The Return of the Pistol-Caliber Carbine

Photo credit: Gordy & Sons Outfitters


Pistol-caliber carbines are popular now, once more illustrating that what’s old is new again. I have always had an affinity for pistol-caliber carbines, specifically the lever actions. Back in the 1970s, I bought a Marlin Model 1894 in .44 Mag. and set out to do some mild customizing work to meet my needs. I had a gunsmith cut the barrel and magazine tube to 16 inches and re-crown the muzzle. A ramp front sight was installed with a brass bead. Then he removed the rear sight and instead mounted a Williams Foolproof peep sight on the receiver. 

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Surviving A Gunfight: Go Back to Basics

Photo Credit: USCCA

Recently, I was watching a video by my friend Dave Spaulding. Dave was mulling over all of the efforts that we make to understand what goes on with a person during a violent confrontation. He talked about adrenaline dumps, increased heart rates and those folks who could manage to get the job done—and those folks who never would be able to meet the challenge. At the end, he talked about the old-time gunfighters and their philosophies about fighting.

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3 Reasons to Consider the Shotgun for Home Defense

Nowadays, it seems a lot of attention is focused on using the AR-15 as an ideal gun for home defense. While the AR-15 is a fine choice, citizens considering a long gun for home defense should not overlook the shotgun. There are a number of reasons why the shotgun will fit the bill quite nicely as a home defense firearm.

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Security Tip: Support Your Local Sheriff

When you see a police officer coming, get out of the way.
You have no idea what the tactical situation is.

Recently, our little town was shaken by a particularly vicious murder. It was some 30 hours before the suspect was found, deceased, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. What was even more shocking was watching and listening to people trying to figure out what to do to protect themselves and their families while the manhunt was going on. It was clear that the vast majority had never given any thought to this sort of thing—and really didn’t have a clue as to what to do.

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