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Some Concealed-Carry Advice

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  If you carry concealed, you’ve doubtless read lots of advice for dos and don’ts. Here are a few that you might not have read about or considered. I hope you find them helpful! By Andy Rutledge * * * Keep as much kit as possible on your belt (to free up pockets). Since, as a concealed carrier, you went …

Ruger Mark IV 22/45 Lite

Shooting Review – Ruger Mark IV 22/45 Lite Pistol

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  Improvement and upgrades are a good pattern to follow for pistol model progression. The Ruger Mark IV 22/45 Lite is a nice improvement and has excellent upgrades over the previous model. This small, light, attractive pistol is an excellent platform for a suppressor and makes for a fantastic plinker. By Andy Rutledge * * * Why Consider the Mark …

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Concealed Carry and Competence

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  If you carry a concealed handgun, it means that you’re committing yourself to a few logical conclusions. In the event of a life-threatening event, carrying means you’re committed to: drawing a live weapon from concealment in the heat and chaos of a terrifying moment, doing so safely and competently, despite your adrenaline-compromised state of mind and physical mechanics, so …

Sig Sauer 1911 Match Elite

Shooting Review – Sig Sauer 1911 Match Elite 9mm

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  The Sig 1911 Match Elite is a purpose-made competition pistol and the only 1911 available in 9mm from Sig Sauer. It’s also available in .40 S&W, but it is the 9mm that I spent time with this month and will be reviewing here. By Andy Rutledge * * * The Match Elite is interesting in that it has some …

Nighttime traffic stop

On Getting Pulled Over At Night While Armed – Very Armed

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  A couple of months ago I was on my way home from the outdoor range after an afternoon of training and then a nighttime, no-light rifle class. It was about 9 or 9:30 pm and I was headed down Main street in Flower Mound, which was still quite busy with traffic. As I neared Lewisville, the posted speed limit …

M&P 9 M.20

Shooting Review: The M&P 9 M2.0

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  The M&P 9 is one of the more popular handguns for duty, carry, home defense, and even competition. Recently, Smith & Wesson released an update to this pistol, the M&P 9 M2.0. I got to spend some time shooting this updated model over the past month. By Andy Rutledge * * * The M2.0’s feature updates over the previous …

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On Innovation and Qualitative Progress: A Rant

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  Read a bit about firearms and related products and you’ll see the term “innovative” thrown around here and there. Given the almost entirely stagnate disposition of the firearms industry, that term is almost always misused and misapplied. By Andy Rutledge * * * There have been a few firearms innovations over the past few decades. I’m overlooking maybe a …

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Shooting Review: Three Pocket Pistols Compared and Contrasted

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  Among available pistol calibers, the .380 is the minimum recommended for personal protection. It’s not the best caliber for carry, but pistols chambered in .380 have the advantage of generally being smaller and lighter than pistols chambered in the more effective 9mm caliber. This characteristic makes them good choices for formal-dress situations and non-permissive environments. Therefore, the smaller.380 pistols …

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Grip Issues: Lessons Learned from 126,000 Pistol Rounds

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I’m a student of firearms. For the past | three-plus | years I’ve made a habit of training two to five days each week at the range—both indoor and outdoor—coupled with dry-fire training at home. I’ve taken more than a dozen classes and have participated in quite a bit of GSSF and USPSA-style competition. It has been an expensive and …

Shooting Review: The Walther CREED

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  One common criticism of the firearms industry these days centers on the overall lack of innovation. There are some cool doo dads becoming available now and then, but these are usually from the firearm accessories realm; particularly with ARs. Pistol and rifle newness these days generally comes from aesthetics rather than technology. But one recent innovation is the broadening …

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Cold-Weather Everyday Carry

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  Winter’s onset presents some obstacles, responsibilities, and opportunities with respect to our everyday carry of firearms and other EDC gear. Cooler weather means wearing more layers, heavier clothing, and perhaps even gloves. These changes in turn mean that you’ll likely find it …different clearing clothing, getting to a concealed weapon, bringing your firearm into the fight, running your gun, …

Osprey suppressor

Buying Your Suppressor – Easy Day

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  With the passing of ATF 41F in July of 2016, suppressor sales saw a considerable drop. New legislation and its requirement for additional paperwork sparked a large rush for pre-41F purchases, and ushered in a dramatic slowdown for suppressor sales across the industry. The main drawback for would-be purchases seems to be a misunderstanding of the new suppressor purchase …

Canik TP9 SA

Shooting Review: The Canik TP9 SA

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  Full size polymer-bodied pistols of decent quality generally cost from $500 to $750 these days. If you dip below the $500 mark it may mean you’re getting something of significantly reduced quality and reliability. Turkish gun manufacturer Canik is challenging that notion with their TP9 SA pistol. The $399 TP9 SA is an evolution of their TP9 double-action/single-action pistol. …

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How to Practice at the Gun Range

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  If you own a firearm, especially if you carry one at home or in public, responsibility requires that you train and practice with it on a regular basis. The alternative?… Imagine that you’re suddenly called upon to give a public piano concert. If you’ve never been trained to play the piano well and never practiced a complex concerto over …

Sig P320

Shooting Review: Sig Sauer P320 Carry

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  Since I have for some time had my carry weapon system locked in, I don’t spend much effort trying to find the next pistol I want to buy. But once in a while a worthwhile innovation makes me sit up, take notice, and contemplate reconsidering my carry platform. The Sig P320 is one of these and I’ve been waiting …

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A Firearms-Event Emergency Plan

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  “If you’re planning on taking up arms, plan on getting hurt.” – NCScout In the unlikely and unfortunate event that someone is severely injured in a firearms training class or competition, every individual present should know without a doubt who is responsible for performing specific duties as well as what they and every other individual are supposed to do …

Kel-Tec KSG

Shooting Review: The Kel-Tec KSG

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  The KSG is the double-tube magazine, bullpup-design, tactical shotgun from Kel-Tec. A pump-action shotgun, the KSG’s chambering is 12-gauge and it takes up to 3” shells. The KSG’s design is unique and striking, with clever attention paid to both function and efficiency in the overall design. I recently spent some time with the KSG and found a lot to …

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Everyday Carry During Wartime

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  We are at war. We ordinary citizens are at a special disadvantage, though, because the only targets are civilians; you and me. We are at a further disadvantage because only the enemy knows when he or she will attack. And when they attack it will be somewhere ordinary people gather to do ordinary things, like work or teach or …

M&P 45 Shield

Shooting Review: M&P 45 Shield

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  The M&P 45 Shield is Smith & Wesson’s new compact, single-stack pistol chambered in .45 ACP. The 45 Shield is virtually identical to the original Shield in 9mm and .40, with the same design and look and is only slightly larger. By Andy Rutledge * * * I have never been a big fan of the M&P Shield, but …

Come and take it.

What the Second Amendment Actually Protects

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  The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not protect guns. It does not even protect the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Rather, the only thing the 2nd Amendment protects is tyrants from armed patriots. I’ll explain in more detail in a moment. By Andy Rutledge * * * Contrary to what one may hear …

CZ P-07

Shooting Review: The CZ P-07

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  When I got this review assignment I was skeptical. I don’t shoot hammer-fired pistols very often. DA/SA pistols tend to have what I deem to be unnecessarily pesky and distracting features: an inconsistent trigger and operating controls additional to a trigger and slide lock. On that point, some say I’m overly picky. It’s a fair criticism, but a pistol …

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Hot Brass!

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  My first encounter with hot brass was memorable, and not in a good way. I was at an indoor range and had forgotten my ball cap that day. Not surprisingly, then, while firing a string of shots one of the ejected casings bounced off of the lane’s wall and lodged between my shooting glasses and my right eye (Always …

SW22 Victory Pistols

Shooting Review: The SW22 Victory Pistol

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  I typically review personal-defense weapons so it was an interesting change of pace to spend time with a fun, target pistol for a while. I’m not a true precision-shooting hobbyist so at first I didn’t know what to make of the SW22 Victory pistol. It didn’t take me long to become a fan. By Andy Rutledge * * * …

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Shooting Fundamentals: Mechanical Offset

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  The fact that you must zero your rifles and pistols is a result of the fact that you aim with sights or optics that are some distance above the center bore of your barrel. The spatial difference between the two is known as mechanical offset. By Andy Rutledge * * * Mechanical offset varies from firearm to firearm, but …

Review: Glock 19 Gen 4 – After 80,000 Rounds

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  Okay, full disclosure: the 80,000-round count is for my two Glock 19 Gen 4s. I got my first Glock 19 Gen 4 in December of 2013. In less than 2 years I had ~55,000 rounds through it and figured I’d better get a backup. So in September of 2015 I got a second Glock 19 Gen 4, this one …

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Gun Fundamentals: Cleaning your Everyday-Carry Glock Pistol

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  When you shoot your pistol, you must clean it. For new gun owners, especially, field stripping and cleaning a pistol can be a daunting prospect; possibly fraught with dark secrets and esoteric minutiae privy to only the most experienced operators. Or whatever. Let’s remove the mystery with a video.

Ruger LC9s

Shooting Review – Ruger LC9s

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  The Ruger LC9s is a redesigned version of the Ruger LC9, which has a hammer-fired, double-action-only (DAO) setup. The 9mm, striker-fired LC9s has an improved trigger, but still has a magazine disconnect and thumb safety. This is a subcompact, single-stack pistol made for concealed carry and, perhaps, for people with smaller hands.

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Don’t Blame the Glock

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Last year, the L.A. Times published an op-ed by Bearing Arms editor, Bob Owens, wherein he hung the litany of plain human irresponsibility and resultant failings squarely around the neck of an inanimate object: the Glock pistol.

HK VP9

Shooting Review – The H&K VP9

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The VP9 is Heckler & Koch’s long awaited, full-size, striker-fired 9mm pistol, suitable for duty, open carry, or home defense. Even so, “striker fired” doesn’t tell the whole story. The firing system has yet more interesting details than the typical double-action-only trigger configuration.

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Drills for the Indoor Range, 2:
Multi-Targets for Handgun or Carbine

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Most indoor gun ranges, including Eagle Gun Range, have strict rules for shooting activity in your lane. These typically include limited firing rate, no drawing from a holster, and other restrictions that limit how you can train. There are, however, plenty of ways to get valuable training at an indoor gun range.

Walther CCP

Shooting Review – The Walther CCP

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The Walther CCP—Concealed Carry Pistol—is a conundrum. It has some highly valuable and interesting features and some highly frustrating ones as well. It’s a wonderful shooter, so long as you don’t intend to shoot much with it (I’ll explain later). It’s exceedingly simple construction somehow results in an exceedingly difficult disassembly process. It is made specifically for concealed carry and …

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Your Range Bag: Which Bag & What to Have In It

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If you’re going to the gun range, especially if you’re going to make a habit of doing so, you need a range bag in which to carry your pistol and/or necessary and useful gear. Your choice of range bag will vary according to practical issues, like what and how much you intend to carry in it, but also according to …

100 rounds

Drills for the Indoor Range, 1:
Handgun Warm-up & Skills Evaluation

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So there you are, standing in a narrow, walled lane at an indoor range. The range rules are stringent: no drawing from a holster; no rapid fire or “double taps” because max. 1 shot/second; no multi-target shooting. This is all very well and good if you’ve come just to stand there and slowly practice your no-stress trigger discipline, but what …

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Opinion: Firearm Safety Levers Greatly Reduce Safety

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  We didn’t have firearms in the home when I was growing up. We did, however, spend part of every fall season at my grandparent’s cabin for deer and squirrel hunting. I don’t recall any handguns, but there were plenty of rifles and shotguns there at the cabin and in my grandparent’s and uncles’ homes when we visited. Not just …

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On Appendix Carry

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Carrying a concealed handgun means finding the carry position that best suits your preference, your body type, your clothing, and your lifestyle. While preference and lifestyle are important, I’ll suggest that practicality should in some large measure rule the day.

Review: The Springfield EMP

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The Springfield Armory EMP is a 1911-style pistol built around the 9×19 Parabellum/Luger and .40 S&W round. Because it’s not a traditional 1911 modified to accommodate a shorter round, this subcompact pistol carries no extra bulk and it features some mechanical departures from a traditional 1911. This is a review of the 9mm model (since I could never condone the …

Glock 26

Maintaining Your Glock

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There are only two kinds of components in a Glock pistol: those that have broken and those that will break. Despite the well-deserved reputation for being tough as nails, every component in your Glock pistol will fail at some point. If you shoot it enough. Best learn how to maintain your Glock and learn when and how to replace parts …

Sphinx SDP Compact Alpha

Review: The Sphinx SDP Compact Alpha

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I’ve been seeing magazine ads for Sphinx pistols for years. As I’m a designer, the precise and beautiful lines and the soft luster of the finish on these pistols make me swoon just a bit. Sphinx compact pistols come in a variety of setups and color/material configurations and Eagle Gun Range has a couple of them. Recently I got the …

Pistol 2 class

Eagle’s Introduction to Practical Shooting Class

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Pistol handling competence varies greatly among gun owners. Many of us have just enough competence to carefully and deliberately load, chamber, grip, then stand still to aim and fire, then carefully and slowly unload. Then there are the high-speed competitive shooters and tactical-operator types who manipulate their pistol and magazines almost like elvish warriors from some Hollywood fantasy film. It’s …

Glock 42

Review: The Glock 43

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At long last Glock offers a single-stack, 9×19 carry pistol. For some, it’s the answer to long-held specific desires. For others, it’s a worthy candidate for consideration in a narrow field of pistols (a field of narrow pistols? Ahem.). Regardless, it’s a pistol that Glock should have made long ago and perhaps made too late.

Going for a spare magazine

Concealed Carry Matters: The Spare Magazine

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Those of us who choose to carry a concealed pistol daily are confronted by still more choices related to that first one. Among them is the choice of whether or not to carry a spare magazine. If you choose to, then there’s the choice of how and where to carry it. Then there’s the matter of being competent to get …

Review: Springfield Armory XD-S 9mm

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The Springfield Armory XD-S is a pistol that I waited for with great anticipation before its release. The photos and specs made it seem like an almost perfect carry pistol. Then shortly after release they largely disappeared from store shelves due to a voluntary recall in 2013. When the upgraded versions were available and after shooting an XD-S rental pistol, …

SILENCERS

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Did you know it is 100% legal to own a silencer for your firearms? Stop by and see the Silencers we have in stock and discuss the process of purchasing one. Silencers are available for Rimfire, Centerfire Pistol and Rifle.