NEW: Palmetto State Armory PSA 9mm AKV

Coming this fall from Palmetto State Armory: the PSA 9mm AKV, an American-made 9x19mm Parabellum Vityaz. The Vityaz is a Russian AK design based on the AK-74. For the AK lovers among us this should be a serious hit. Last week I had the opportunity to run the prototype during an event at the High […]

Five Ways to Reuse Spent Cartridges

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire — where there’s gunfire, there will be spent casings. Okay, so not in all cases, but the vast majority of firearms leave you with an empty cartridge casing after the shot has been fired. And far too many of those casings (and especially shotshell wads) remain on the ground to […]

Three Reasons to Carry a .45 Caliber 1911

I took a ration of sh*t for my post Three Reasons Not to Carry a .45 Caliber 1911. And deservedly so. A .45 caliber 1911 is a wonderful gun for concealed carry. WTF you say? Take it from a guy who married a drop-dead gorgeous babe who turned out to be an alcoholic (now in recovery), […]

Gear Review: K Rounds Range Back Pack (Gen1)

K Rounds is a company that’s not afraid to experiment. In fact, they have a solid reputation of making products like the Pancake-Thigh Rig come to life in their custom shop by tapping into their extensive manufacturing resources. Of course, not all products in their catalog are customer-initiated – most are internal creations. Case in point: […]

Gun Review: FN 509 Striker-Fired 9mm Semi-Automatic Pistol

The 509 was born out of FN’s multi-million dollar bid for the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System contract. FN is coy about the MHS testing protocols and the results generated by the new gun. But the Belgian gunmaker claims their striker-fired pistol exceeded DOD, NATO and their own even more rigorous requirements for drop, dust, temperature and salt spray tests. And that […]

Gun Review: Military Surplus Browning Hi Power MK II

By Nick Franssen: The pistol that would eventually become known as the Browning Hi Power pistol started life as the P-35. It was in its final stages of development when its creator, the legendary John Moses Browning, died at the FN plant in Belgium. From there, the pistol was completed by Dieudonne Saive and put into […]

Of Fads and ‘Facts’: Enough With the 9mm Already!

  A dear friend came to me the other day for advice on his first firearm purchase. After a lively dinner, we determined that he really wanted a semi-automatic centerfire handgun. The night was young. Our local gun shop closed at eight. Here’s the deal, folks. Thanks to the FBI, there’s a manageable wimp load […]

Gun Review: Dan Wesson Discretion

Dan Wesson makes some of the finest 1911s on the market. I regard most of their products as highly as those from, say, Wilson Combat, Nighthawk, Les Baer, and others. The crazy thing is that MSRP on a Dan Wesson is often 33% to 50% less. In 2014, I got my hands on and reviewed […]

Gun Review: Kahr CM9

I don’t generally care for micro pistols. I carry a Commander 1911 or larger, and I have never had the need for something smaller. Maybe it’s a confidence thing, I’m not sure. One thing I am sure of is that the micro compact market has been exploding in recent years. Guns like the Smith & […]

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