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Taurus 738 TCP .380 Review

Taurus 738 TCP .380

Taurus? Really? I never was a huge fan of Taurus. In fact, I thought I’d never own one. However, this little pocket package is quite appealing and something I don’t believe I’ll give up! I began my search for a .380 pocket gun when the need became more pressing. Some days while at work and dressed with slacks and a dress shirt it became too difficult to hide my compacts or even single stacks chambered in 9mm or 45ACP, even with an inside the waistband tuckable holster. On these days I … [Read more...]

Glock 26 vs. Smith and Wesson M&P 9c: Which One is Best for You?

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The Glock 26 has a legendary history and popularity as a concealed carry and backup weapon for both civilians and law enforcement. It accepts magazines for the Glock 26, 19, and 17 making it a very versatile weapon. Its 10 + 1 magazine capacity makes it quite a stout package despite its tiny size. The only real critiques of the Glock 26 are its width and its short grip allowing only a 2 finger grip for folks with large mits. Glocks by nature are girthy and can be hard to hide for some people. … [Read more...]

Is the Smith and Wesson M&P Replacing Glock?

Smith and Wesson M&P

The Smith and Wesson M&P has been taking market share away from Glock in the Law Enforcement world since its launch. This momentum has been keeping up at an extraordinary rate. Smith and Wesson is getting the M&P in the hands of the Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department, Texas DPS, and is now approved by many Federal agencies for duty carry. In fact, many City, County, and State departments are issuing the M&P. So why is this all happening? What is happening to Glock? We all know … [Read more...]

Is the 1911 the Perfect Carry Gun?

The 1911 has been around a very long time. Many people have shied away from them for a few reasons. They are expensive, their ammunition is expensive, they have a manual safety that takes lots of training to become muscle memory, and some of them have reliability issues. What about the good? They are SLIM! They are very, very, very accurate. Most people shoot them better than any other platform. They look classy, and sharp. They are iconic to American history. They are chambered (most often) … [Read more...]

Striker Fired Guns or Traditional Double Actions for Concealed Carry?

Striker Fired versus Double Action

Glock took the American market by storm with the introduction of the Glock 17. Why? Two reasons: 1. Ease of use 2. Reliability Smith and Wesson, who had a very strong presence in the law enforcement market, made extremely reliable semi-automatics. There was nothing “wrong” with them per se, but when Glock introduced the striker fired system, it revolutionized the trend in defensive weapon selection for both law enforcement and civilians alike. Heckler and Koch, Smith & Wesson, and … [Read more...]

Does the .380ACP Still Have Its Place?

Kel-Tec P3AT

The .380ACP has been an extremely practical and popular choice for concealed carry guns. Why? It’s simple: size! The .380 guns, sometimes called “mouse guns,” can very easily be hidden in pockets, purses, and when worn inside the waistband. The .380s have been used as a backup gun for law enforcement and deep carry for civilian use (especially in warm climates like Texas and Florida). The popular .380s are the Keltec P3AT, S&W Bodyguard, Ruger LCP, Glock 42, and Sig P238. These tiny … [Read more...]

Glock 19 – Is it still the ultimate “All Purpose” Handgun?

Glock 19

The Glock 19 has been viewed as the ultimate “all purpose” handgun. It is compact enough to be carried easily, yet handles like a full size gun, and has the capacity (15 round) of many other full size weapons. The Glock 19 is a beautiful hybrid-sized beast that does nearly everything extremely well. It is dead-nuts reliable and has aftermarket support out the wha-zoo! Despite being a “dime a dozen” gun, it has developed a cultish following since its inception. But does the Glock 19 … [Read more...]

Is the Glock 36 being replaced by the Springfield XDs .45?

Glock 36 versus Springfield XDs

The .45ACP has developed a Colt-like following over the years (pun intended). For those that didn’t want a manual safety on a 1911, the cost of a 1911, or the occasional reliability concerns of a smaller frame 1911, the answer was a Glock 36. There are other single stack .45s on the market such as the S&W CS45, Sig P220, Kahr CM/PM45, but none have gained the popularity of the Glock 36 to fill the niche of the officer-sized 1911 carry alternative. The Glock simplicity, trigger, aftermarket … [Read more...]

The Battle of the Slim 9mm Carry Guns

Walther PPS 9mm Pistol

What do people typically want in a carry gun? Short grip, short barrel, slim, and as high capacity as possible in a convenient to carry package. This niche is filled with slim single stack 9mm carry guns. The popular choices are the Smith and Wesson M&P Shield in 9mm, Walther PPS, Beretta Nano, Springfield XDs, Sig P938, and Kahr CM9/PM9. How do these guns compare and how should you approach them as a fit to your carry needs? Let’s start with the Shield. Smith and Wesson Shield The … [Read more...]

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