‘The Caliber Wars:’ Does the Round Really Matter?


I used to think that we gunwriters brought out the old “9 mm vs. .45 ACP” articles when we ran out of something else to write about. But, now I’m not so sure, because I see the same debates going on in gun forums and other social-media discussions. I suspect if we could go back in time and find a copy of the old Sherwood Forest Shooting Gazette, we would discover authors having at each other over the “Crossbow vs. Longbow” issue. I think that some folks like to argue.

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‘My Way or the Highway:’ The Wrong Way to Teach & Train

Not too long before his death, Col. Jeff Cooper, founder of Gunsite Academy, was quoted as saying that he wished that he hadn’t made such a big deal about the difference between the Weaver Stance and the Isosceles Stance. I suspect that he wasn’t giving up on the Weaver but, instead, admitting that there is more than one way to skin a cat, as the old saying goes. Too many of today’s instructors have a “My Way or the Highway” attitude that does them a disservice and impedes their ability to teach. Instead of saying, “this is THE way,” they should be saying, “this is ONE way.”

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Double-Action Revolvers & Their Place in Personal Defense

As someone who started out during the era when revolvers were king, you are probably not the least bit surprised that I am tickled to see so many companies again producing double-action revolvers that are suitable for personal defense. They are not the answer for everyone’s defensive needs by any means, but they are about as reliable and accurate as any firearm can be. Many people find that it is easy to remember how they function and operate, an important consideration when your focus is going to be on the threat.

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How to Stop an Attack Before It Starts


A few years ago, I was coming out of a New Mexico restaurant after having lunch. As I stepped from the sidewalk into the parking lot, I saw a scruffy-looking guy, definitely out of place, with his hands in his coat pockets, headed straight for me. As he closed, he asked me the time.

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