Nine Magazine and Reload Tips: (And One From Rob Pincus)

Col Benjamin Findley (not shown) writes [via ammoland.com]

1) When you grab or acquire a mag from the pouch or insert it into a mag well, always index and guide it into place by extending your support-hand index finger on the front strap of the mag;

2) Always safely keep the gun’s muzzle pointed downrange or slightly up to the air on your right side, while grabbing the mag from the pouch and performing the reload . . .

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Col Benjamin Findley (not shown) writes [via ammoland.com] 1) When you grab or acquire a mag from the pouch or insert it into a mag well, always index and guide…

How to Deal With a Traffic Stop: Guns For Beginners

Police aren’t always the nicest people on planet Earth. To be fair, the people they interact with aren’t always peaceable, law-abiding types either. As for the officer above — who drew his gun on these motorists and assured the driver that he, the police officer, was ready to shoot — we don’t know the totality of the circumstances. Suffice it to say, gun owners have special reason to take care when stopped by cops . .

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Police aren’t always the nicest people on planet Earth. To be fair, the people they interact with aren’t always peaceable, law-abiding types either. As for the officer above — who drew his…

Carry a Spare Magazine: Guns for Beginners

A lot of gun owners worry about their gun going “click” instead of “bang.” Yes, well, with basic maintenance and self-defense (i.e. hollow-point) ammo, the vast majority of modern handguns are incredibly reliable. As long as you test fire your gun and ammo on a regular basis, you have little cause for concern. That said, the desire to reduce the odds of a life-ending mechanical malfunction is perfectly understandable. The single most likely cause of failure . . .

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A lot of gun owners worry about their gun going “click” instead of “bang.” Yes, well, with basic maintenance and self-defense (i.e. hollow-point) ammo, the vast majority of modern handguns are incredibly reliable….

The biggest mistake a concealed carrier can make: dying at the hands of an aggressor. Only not really. Let’s be honest. You could do everything right in an attack and still be killed. By the same token, you could do everything wrong and live. Concealed carry is a game of playing the odds. The better prepared you are, the greater your chances of emerging victorious. Just how much thought and training you put into carrying is up to you. But here are three common mistakes that can get you killed . . .

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The Three Biggest Mistakes Made by Concealed Carry Gun Owners: Guns for Beginners

The biggest mistake a concealed carrier can make: dying at the hands of an aggressor. Only not really. Let’s be honest. You could do everything right in an attack and still…

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Former CIA Officer Jason Hanson on How to Pick Self-Defense Ammunition: Guns for Beginners

Written by Jason Hanson. Republished with permission from spyescapeandevasion.com A Peoria, Arizona man named Dave B. awoke in the middle of the night to the sound of his security alarm going off….

One Simple Trick for Choosing Your First Carry Gun: Guns for Beginners

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Finding the perfect carry gun requires the successful selection of size, action type (semi-automatic or revolver), trigger function, caliber, brand and (let’s face it) style. It also depends on how you’re going…

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Tips on Gun Show Etiquette from Someone Who Runs One

By Marlon Knapp My compadres who work with me at the Chisholm Trail Antique Gun Association check-in table have asked me to compile a short tutorial on gun show etiquette….

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Three Reasons Why “Smart Guns” Are A Bad Idea

TTAG’s blogged the development of so-called “smart guns” for years. With President Obama’s executive order paving the way for government agencies to deploy guns requiring electronic owner identification of one…

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“Concealed Means Concealed”: Guns for Beginners

If you’re just beginning the process of exercising your natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms, the gun world can seem a strange and intimidating place. A world unto…

One Simple Trick for Cleaning Your Gun!

A lot of our readers like to clean guns. They find it soothing and reassuring. Personally? Not so much. My usual trick for cleaning my guns: get Nick or Jon to do it. For those of you who share my aversion to carbon crud toothbrushes and solvents and can’t impose on an OCD ballistic BFF, an ultrasonic cleaner is the simple solution (so to speak). The Hornady Hot Tub above costs a pretty penny ($467.99 at Cabela’s) but it’s way more thorough than even a TTAG reviewer’s best manual labor. (Note: there are smaller, cheaper ultrasonic cleaners available.) Disassemble, dunk, flip the switch. Wait a bit, rinse and reassemble. Done. What could be easier?

A lot of our readers like to clean guns. They find it soothing and reassuring. Personally? Not so much. My usual trick for cleaning my guns: get Nick or Jon to…

In the story above, a motorcyclist drew his weapon when a road rage [intentionally] bumped his Gold Wing trike, and then approached him aggressively. The only time you can use or threaten to use deadly force: when someone poses an imminent, credible threat of death or grievous bodily harm. Someone walking towards you, swearing, does not in and of itself constitute a deadly threat. “You’d end up killing all sorts of people if that were the case,” TTAG’s Jon Wayne Taylor points out. If, however, the man is screaming “I’m going to kill you” and has the means to do that (fists count), well, that’s a different story. But not this one.

Don’t Draw On A Person Unless You Think They’re Trying to Kill You: Guns for Beginners

In the story above, a motorcyclist drew his weapon when a road rage [intentionally] bumped his Gold Wing trike, and then approached him aggressively. The only time you can use…

In the report above, the reporter holds up a key to one of those small cable locks that comes with most firearms. It’s flimsier than a paper clip. She says “experts tell me that you should keep the key on you at all times . . . that way you’ll ensure that this gun is never used for the wrong reasons.” Rubbish. Both the lock and the argument. Well the argument sucks because of the cable lock. Anyone older than a toddler can defeat the standard issue “gun lock” in seconds. That’s why you must view . . .

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All Guns Are Always Unlocked: Guns for Beginners

In the report above, the reporter holds up a key to one of those small cable locks that comes with most firearms. It’s flimsier than a paper clip. She says “experts tell me…