Today on the blog we've got more tips about appendix carry, but there's also lots of great info on how to safely handle and carry your gun no matter what your chosen method of carry happens to be.
Part 2 in our mini-series on appendix (AIWB) carry.
If you've ever considered picking up a pistol caliber carbine, you've got more options now than ever before. On top of the scores of AR-pattern 9mm carbines that have hit the market in recent years, Sig, CZ, and even Ruger have introduced PCC models of their own design. A couple years back, we did a quick look at Beretta's entry into this category...
In which we address one of the most common questions about AIWB carry...
Hey Facebook, LG Chris here. Last weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the 20th Annual Rangemaster Tactical Conference in Little Rock, AR. This 3-day event features a series of concurrent lectures and range instruction on topics as varied as criminal psychology, lever action rifles, active shooter response, pocket pistols, pepper spray training, escaping restraints, long-range pistol shooting, and a ton of other topics relevant to the armed citizen, and all taught by some... of the absolute best expert instructors in the field. This was my fourth conference and I highly recommend it (2019 sign-ups open up soon!).
Attendees also have the option of participating in a pistol match. This year, 160 men and 26 women competed in the match. The top 16 men and top 8 women returned to the competition range on Sunday to decide the winners in a man-on-man (or woman-on-woman) shootout. I am proud to say I managed to barely squeak into the final 16, but I was eliminated in the first round.
The ladies competition was won by our friend and Lucky Gunner Lounge contributor Melody Lauer with Lynn Givens in second. For the men, the incredible Gabe White beat out Spencer Keepers in a very close final shootout to take home first place. I was able to capture some nice video of the match and I put together a quick montage of the action. There's some very nice technique on display here... if you want some shooting tips, you could do a lot worse than studying the way these men and women run their pistols.
A few practice ideas for all of you Shield owners out there...
Fun fact: Smith & Wesson once sent out a literal "decoder wheel" to dealers to help gun store employees decipher the complex numbering scheme the manufacturer used for their old metal-framed semi-autos (we've seen pictures before, but can't seem to find one now. If anyone has a photo of one of these cardboard contraptions, please post it below!) What we have isn't *quite* as fun as a decoder wheel, but we created this chart a while back as a guide to S&W autos and a lot of fans of the old Smiths have found it helpful.
What if your best available option for a self-defense firearm is a humble lever action rifle? They may not be "ideal" compared to other options we have today, but shouldn't be overlooked as a viable alternative.
Can you pass the same shooting test required of all FBI agents? Check out this post and give it a try.
A few thoughts on some of the less obvious benefits of learning to run a revolver.
Have you tried any of the Gen 5 Glocks yet? Our latest review from Det. Spencer Blue lays out the changes found in the newest Glock pistols and his initial impressions after carrying it on duty.
Is a 20 gauge shotgun worth considering for home defense? In this article, we finally address one of the most-asked questions we get about home defense shotguns.
It's the return of our Start Shooting Better series! Have you tried the El Presidente drill before?
"Most violent encounters are come-as-you-are events that require immediate, robust responses even if you’ve got a diaper bag over one arm, a kid on your hip, and your dominant hand in your pocket searching for your car keys."
There is a real shortage of good information about how our strategies for personal protection might need to change when kids are involved. Melody Lauer is one of the few instructors in the self-defense industry who has done some serious research and experimentation on this topic. Take a look at this article for some excellent advice that covers some of the issues many self-defense-minded parents forget to consider.
A quick access safe is a great way to keep your pistol secure and also readily accessible. But not all of these devices are created equal. LG Chris covers what to look for in a small pistol safe, and points out the pros and cons of seven safes he's been evaluating.