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Personal Defense World #224 Gun Buyer's Guide

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6 Números

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8 min.
scar’d for life

MY relationship with .308 Winchester/7.62mm NATO rifles is unpredictable. One day I love them; the next, I ignore them entirely. After retiring from law enforcement, I was allowed to explore other calibers like the .260 Remington, then the 6.5 Creedmoor. At serious distances, both of those will do anything a .308 could only dream of. So long as the barrel is in the 18- to 20-inch range, the 6.5 Creedmoor still rules. But shorten the barrel to 16 inches and things change, especially with the advent of lighter and faster .308 rounds in the 125- to 155-grain range. Barnes, DoubleTap, Hornady and others have really stepped up to the plate to produce reliable performers in this range, prompting me to reexamine my relationship with .308 rifles. Most recently, I took another…

8 min.
bringing backup

Recently, a buddy of mine and I were talking all things concealed carry, and the subject of backup guns became a topic of conversation. Neither of us are law enforcement, and in his opinion, civilians don’t have a pressing need for backup weapons. His argument was that it’s the police officer’s job to engage and pursue criminals, and they have a much higher probability of needing a backup weapon in case things go south. This outlook was a bit perplexing to me since I always believed that, as a concealed carrier, having a backup weapon was as natural and necessary as breathing air. On the surface, he was correct that cops have a much higher probability of getting into a gunfight than civilians, but if that was his reasoning, why did…

5 min.
rockin’ a revolver?

IN A WORLD with so many semi-automatic weapons, with their high round counts and quick reloads, some people wonder if the revolver still has a place when it comes to everyday protection or concealed carry. Some folks argue that the revolver is an antiquated design, a hindrance should you have to rely on it to save your life. Contrary to this view, there are still many gun owners out there rocking revolvers. Revolvers definitely have stellar attributes that keep their fanbase going strong. This article isn’t meant to point out reasons why the revolver is better than other guns, but rather to shed light on why it shouldn’t be dismissed as a viable option. The revolver has been with us and trusted for many years, and will be for years to…

2 min.
kimber’s k6s dasa

In all honesty, when it comes to concealed carry, I personally tend to go with a semi-auto. It’s just what I am accustomed to, and what I began with. However, one specific revolver I have fallen in love with and would consider carrying is the Kimber K6s DASA. With this revolver, Kimber has taken its proven K6s system and incorporated a double-action/single-action(DA/SA) trigger mechanism. This allows you to carry six .357 Magnum or .38 Special rounds in a super-compact envelope, but now you can cock the hammer for SA fire or leave it down for a DA trigger pull. The Kimber is simple yet elegant and strong. “Sexy and badass” sounds cliché, but it’s the best description I have for this gun. And I was surprised when it came time to…

9 min.
ultralight ranger

FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS, I’VE HAD A RUNNING CONVERSATION WITH BILL WILSON OF WILSON COMBAT. My intent has been to convince Bill that the shooting public has a need for a “ gentleman’s rifle.” In other words, I wanted a lightweight rifle that the average Southern gentleman would carry as he strolled the woodlands of his plantation. As you would expect from any writer, I have given him the specifications of my dream gun while totally ignoring the realities of production and marketing. After all, if I wanted it, I just assumed everyone else would. I’ve talked about a bolt-action rifle with a walnut stock and metalwork that sports a deep blued finish. I’ve preached about an action sized down for my favorite cartridge—the 7.62x40 WT—with a short 18- to…

9 min.
agents of night hawk

AT the 2017 NRA show in Atlanta, Nighthawk Custom surprised the market by introducing a collaborative pistol. The company had worked with Agency Arms, RailScales and Hillbilly 223 to produce the Agent 1, a Commander-sized 9mm 1911. As with many projects, the genesis of the Agent 1 started with a phone call. In November of 2016, Steve Fisher, the founder of Sentinel Concepts, was visiting Nighthawk’s headquarters in Berryville, Arkansas. Fisher is a big fan of Nighthawk’s 1911s as well as the work that Agency Arms does on Glocks, so he pitched the idea of a collaborative pistol to Nighthawk’s Mark Stone and Nelson Davis. He then got on the phone and called Mike Parks of Agency Arms. With introductions made, the seed was planted. Several months later, at the 2017 SHOT…