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A Defensive Handgun, Two Magazines, and $1000

What’s next? Many people who buy a handgun fall into one or more categories: recreation, competition, or self-defense. Normally I find those who buy a gun for recreation or competition understand the budget required to manage their new hobby. But people who buy a handgun for self-defense often aren’t knowledgeable about the associated expenses of…

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POCKET AUTOLOADING PISTOLS: for Personal Defense

Small autoloading pistols, whether referred to as pocket pistols, hideout guns, backup guns, or mouse guns, get no respect. Frequently maligned by firearms trainers as too small, inaccurate, and not powerful enough, they are the red-headed stepchildren of the firearms community. Nonetheless, these little guns represent a major segment of the firearms sales market. The…

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Decocker 101

Although recent trends in the law enforcement and commercial markets have favored striker-fired semi-automatic pistols for home and holster, the more traditional double-action semi-auto retains a strong presence. Many of these guns utilize a mechanical system to return a cocked single-action hammer to the resting double-action position. Commonly called a “decocking lever,” this device allows…

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Maximizing the Combat Handgun Grip

Understanding, developing and refining an effective and consistent combat or final firing grip on the pistol are essential to repeatedly engage a designated target with both fundamental (precision) and combative (getting the hits necessary to stop the threat) marksmanship. While a less than optimal grip will allow us to hit a target once, follow-up shots…

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