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United States
Caribou Media, LLC
16 Issues

in this issue

2 min
active shooter response

In mid-June, a man pledging his cause to ISIS opened fire at a nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 people and injuring another 53. Sadly, it was not the first, nor likely the last, active shooter situation on American soil. While many of our civil authorities continue to downplay the terrorist threat or the fact that these mass shootings continue to happen in “gun-free zones,” one thing has been made abundantly clear yet again— the right and responsibility for armed self-defense has never been greater. As a current Gunsite trainer and 28-year law enforcement veteran who spent 15 years on SWAT, Bob Whaley points out the ever-present need to rethink the classic, “Run, Hide, Fight” strategy that so many have embraced when it comes to active shooter situations. Instead, Whaley argues, it’s…

1 min
.380 auto

This cartridge was designed by John Browning and introduced in Europe by FN of Belgium in 1912, as the 9mm Browning Short. It had previously been added to the Colt Pocket Automatic line, in 1908. Several governments have adopted it as the official military pistol cartridge. It is also much used by European police. Colt, High Standard, Remington, and Savage have made .380 Auto pistols in the U.S. In Europe, Browning, Beretta, Bayard, CZ, Frommer, Astra, Star, Llama, Walther and others made or make .380 Auto pistols. This cartridge has been very popular because of the light, handy pistols chambered for it. The .380 Auto has more stopping power and is a far better cartridge for almost any purpose than the .32 Auto. It is about the minimum pistol cartridge…

1 min
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5 min
masterful micro

I really wasn’t impressed at first. Yes, Remington staff told us their new pistol was small, a “micro,” as they called it. But when I got my first look at the new semi-automatic pistol, all I could think was: This baby boy is tiny. Palm-sized. Sure, that meant great concealability, and certainly Remington made the RM380 for the concealed carry market. But I guess my love of the 1911 pistol has created certain biases in my thinking about handguns, like the notion that really small can’t be really effective. And then I shot the RM380—several hundred times in fact—over the next two days at the Gunsite training facility in Paulden, Arizona, in March 2015 at Remington’s early launch of this new pistol. I pretty much drilled everything I aimed to hit. Admittedly,…

5 min
the great debate: 9mm vs. 40s&w vs. 45 auto

Of all of the firearms related quarrels, none rival the argument over which auto pistol cartridge is best for personal defense. This is partly because personal protection is very important, partly because folks assume there has to be a single best answer, and finally because there exists no definitive proof that one works any better than another. With auto-pistol cartridges a triangle analogy is appropriate because you’re trying to balance a three-sided equation. On one side of the triangle we have power, on another speed, and finally, capacity. This triangle exists because a human hand can only control so much force, because a bullet’s speed is what makes it work, and because if capacity didn’t matter we’d all be carrying derringers. With the 9mm Luger, .40 S&W, and .45 Auto, you have…

6 min
get a grip

Springfield XD9 Mod 2 Service Model Review When we find an exception to a rule, the first thing we tend to do as humans is to exploit that exception for a personal benefit or a competitive advantage. Examples are all around us, from diet and exercise to schoolwork, politics and, of course, firearms. With one of its latest pistols, Springfield Armory has created an exception to the old cliché, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Springfield’s venerable XD Compact polymer pistol received a major facelift in 2015 after more than a decade of faithful service. But why change a reliable pistol that has earned widespread trust among thousands of different shooters? It’s simple: The folks at Springfield Armory knew they could successfully innovate the pistol while maintaining the dependable performance we’re used…