Is the Lucid HD7 Worth your money?

This is a guest post by Andrew BettsLucid HD7

Not long ago, you could either purchase a cheap, Chinese red dot sight for $30 or shell out $400 plus for a quality reflex from EoTech, Aimpoint, or Trijicon (we didn’t know yet that EoTech sights weren’t all they were cracked up to be). The expensive sights were tough, reliable, parallax free (more or less), waterproof, and even issued by the US military. But if you couldn’t afford to spend that much, you were stuck with Chinese crap.[Continue Reading…]

Why Should I Care About Ham Radio?

This is a guest post by Andrew Bettsham radio

We often think about home defense in terms of guns, bullets, and fighting but the probability of actually being in a firefight in your home is incredibly remote. What is far more likely, to the point of being almost certain, is that there will be power outages, storms, maybe even an extended period without services. It is not at all uncommon for the power to go out for a few days at a time in some areas. [Continue Reading…]

Could Soft Armor Ever Stop a Rifle Round?

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This is a guest post by Andrew BettsBody armor is an important part of the home defense plan for many people. There are a variety of factors to consider, such as weight, cost, threat level, flexibility, and other issues so people may legitimately … [Continue reading]

Is .44 Magnum Suitable for Home Defense?

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This is a guest post by Andrew BettsIf you spend enough time around gun people, you are bound to run into that guy. The one that never misses an opportunity to tell people about how his choice of caliber makes him so much more manly than the rest … [Continue reading]

Rawdog Tactical IWB Holster Review


This is a guest post by Andrew BettsIf you have been carrying a gun for more than a couple years, you probably have a drawer full of holsters. Some of them are great and get worn almost every day. Some are specialized and you may only use them if … [Continue reading]

The Perfect Combat Pistol

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What makes the perfect combat pistol?Jeff Cooper says that high visibility sights, a good/smooth trigger and total reliability. You also want one that you can shoot. That means one that fits your hand, you can manage the recoil and operate the … [Continue reading]

How To Improve Situational Awareness

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The most successful gunfight is the one you're never in. Practicing good situational awareness is your your first line of defense in avoiding a critical situation.Way too many people wander around without a clue as to what is going on around … [Continue reading]

Krav Maga for Home Defense

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We've been asked about Krav Maga for home defense.Here's the thing - Krav Maga is specifically designed to prepare people for defending themselves in real world situations and in as an excellent way of learning how to defend oneself in a real … [Continue reading]

Adjusting Your Sights

adjusting your sights

I have to admit I'm not a big fan of adjusting your sights on pistols.It was drilled into me back when I first started serious shooting. I remember an old, grizzled team sergeant catching some young guys adjusting their sights. He stopped them, … [Continue reading]

Ruger American Pistol

ruger american

The Ruger American Pistol has been talked about quite a bit.It's  a good practical gun that works well and comes at a decent price. I like full size pistols that fit well in the hand. This fits the bill. … [Continue reading]

Shotgun Drills

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As with any firearm, if you are going to own a shotgun for home defense you are going to need to practice shotgun drills in order to get and stay proficient. … [Continue reading]

Top 5 Bad Gun Accessories


This is a guest post by Kevin CreightonOver the past few years, there’s been some tremendous leaps made in the firearms world. From inexpensive laser sights to rugged combat-ready magnified optics to the wide variety of lightweight, accurate … [Continue reading]

3 Crowdfunded Gadgets for Home Defense

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This is a guest post by Lauren VentosaMy husband and I take home defense and safety pretty seriously. We’re the nerdy types that like to see what’s new or upcoming in the gun market.  We’ve been keeping our eyes peeled for any new technology that … [Continue reading]

Comfort-Air Bodyband Review

Comfort-Air Belly Band

This is a guest post by Tarra StoddardTODAY, there are more and more women and men who choose to conceal carry. As a woman who conceal carries myself, often times it is hard to find just the right holster that offers safety, comfort and allows … [Continue reading]

Mossberg 500 Tactical Shotgun Review

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 The Mossberg 500 is a great shotgun that makes an excellent home defense weapon. It's reliable, easy to operate and not extremely expensive. … [Continue reading]

Beretta 92FS Review

beretta 92fs

I have to admit the Beretta 92 series pistol is one of my favorites. I learned to shoot a pistol in the military with it and put a lot of rounds through them.Now a lot of people love them and some don't. That's understandable. It's the same with … [Continue reading]

Choosing a 9mm Carbine for Home Defense

9mm carbine

This is a guest post by Tyler CapobresThere came a point in my life when I debated back and forth about what the ideal home defense weapon would be. I wanted a weapon that would stop an attacker, without risking penetrating through multiple walls … [Continue reading]

How to Use Trail Camera’s for Home Security Purposes

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This is a guest post by Jessica LandersTrail cameras aren’t commonly thought of as an option for home security. Most people relate trail cameras to hunting and general wildlife photography, but they also hold great possibilities for aiding home … [Continue reading]

A Green Beret’s Guide To Low-Budget-Home-Defense Techniques 102: “Defensive Positions”

Defensive Positions

This is reprinted with permission.Jeremiah Johnson is a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne) and a graduate of the U.S. Army’s SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape).This article is a … [Continue reading]

Hi-Point 995 Home Defender

Hi Point Home Defender

Looking for a good carbine for home defense without breaking the bank? Take a look at the Hi-Point 995 Home Defender. … [Continue reading]

Women’s Concealed Carry Issues

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We've taken heat for saying that there are different issues for male and female shooters. Let the critics say what they want - Men and Women are different and there are things that women have to think of that men don't. … [Continue reading]

7 Essential Tips for Gun Maintenance

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This is a guest post by Michelle CustodioOk, so you’ve obtained your CCW - your reliable pistol that you put in a ton of time practicing using top notch defensive ammo. Now, all that’s left is to load up, holster your equalizer and you’re off to … [Continue reading]

Why a BB Gun Will Help You Shoot Better

bb gun

This is a guest post by David Denholm  BB Guns are good for teaching gun safety and learning to shoot well.Long before you let your child use a .22, have him start practicing with a BB gun. A BB gun is a fun gift for Christmas, a birthday party, … [Continue reading]

.300 Blackout vs 7.62x39mm, Which is Better?

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This is a guest post by Andrew BettsTaken at face value, that question is pretty absurd. It’s like asking whether a hammer or a screw driver is “better”. For the question to have any real meaning, we need to put a finer point on it. Because this … [Continue reading]

“Cruiser Ready” Is a Bad Idea

cruiser ready

This is a guest post by Andrew BettsHow Should I Store My Home Defense Gun?By its very nature, a home defense gun should be ready to use as quickly as possible yet be secure from unauthorized use. Some folks also bend over backwards to find … [Continue reading]

3 Great Concealed Carry Guns for Women

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We've talked about this many times - men and women are different. That's pretty obvious. So why not make a distinction between concealed carry guns for women and men? … [Continue reading]