Gun Shows: A Beginner’s Guide

I’m not a gun show afficionado.  Doesn’t mean I don’t like them, I just never went to them regularly until recently.  I had certain preconceived notions about what they were like, based on popular myths and the imagery conjured up by popular phrases like “gun-show loophole”.  If you’ve never been…


SCCY CPX-2 Review

This gun had a crappy reputation in it’s original incarnation. First they built a gun with sub-standard materials. There were more than a few examples of the CPX-1 exploding and injuring shooters. The owner of my local range said they had a CPX-1 explode and shred a guy’s hand at…


My First IDPA Match

I shot my first IDPA match in May. Needless to say, if I’m every attacked by a horde of cardboard assailants, I’m in deep doo-doo.


Bersa Thunder .380 Review

This was my first .380 and the first compact gun I ever owned. My brother loves his, so I decided to give it a try for myself. For a small gun it really feels good in your hand. The all-steel frame gives it nice heft and the short grip is…


Kel-Tec P32 Review

Looking for a true pocket gun? Look no further. The Kel-Tec P-32 fires the anemic 7.65mm (.32 auto) round and practically fits in the palm of your hand. Great for plinking and pissing off would-be attackers, the P-32 is easy to conceal and fun to shoot. Simple to disassemble and…


A Day in the Mountains with Dad

My dad is not what you’d call a rugged outdoorsman.  Sure, he’d hike to the top of a hill in search of a long forgotten family cemetary in his day, but he’s not exactly Bear Grylls.  He has a small collection of firearms, but they are historical pieces, not modern…


My First GSSF Match

I had never participated in a single competitive shooting event in my life until April 21, 2012 in Morganton, North Carolina. That day, the Burke County Anti-Narcotics Task Force hosted the fifth annual Table Rock Challenge sanctioned by the Glock Sports Shooting Foundation (GSSF). In 2011, Glock named the Table…


Ruger P95DC Review

The Ruger P95 DC (“De-Cocker”) was my first handgun. Purchased after the teenage son of my neighbor several doors down got out of jail for a drug-related killing. Nothing like a fear-related impulse buy, right?


Buying Your First Handgun

There are a number of considerations and questions you need to ask yourself before you buy your first gun. Having gone through it, and having made my share of mistakes, here are a few thoughts and some pitfalls to avoid.


Disarmed by Chuck E Cheese

We recently took my daughter to Chuck E Cheese for her second birthday. It was a trip we had made many times before with our son when he was that age. It was the first trip we made since I had received my concealed carry permit. Reaching the front door…


Whats in Your Range Bag?

When I first started shooting regularly, one of the first questions I wanted to know was, “what do you pack in your range bag?” I wanted to make sure I had all the bases covered without packing too much crap. Now, with a little experience, I’m in a position to…


In Love with Lula

My Son and I attended the Table Rock Challenge GSSF match in Morganton, North Carolina last weekend. I shot three divisions: Civilian, Sub-Compact and Heavy Metal. There are three stages per division. One stage requires four strings of fire, the others three. The Civilian and Heavy Metal Divisions require 11…