A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.



HOLSTERS Observations From Personal Experience

—by M1911A1— Choosing a holster is much like choosing a wife or a husband: There’s lots of candidates out there, but you need to find the one which truly satisfies most of your needs. Further, the one you choose needs … Continue reading

PARA-USA EXPERT 14.45 Review (In the Thick (Grip) of Things!)

The PARA-USA 14.45 1911-based pistol has always been controversial. Para-USA was the first to manufacture a high-capacity 1911 that was “large and in charge” and it does take some large hands to fulfill its mission. I purchased my PARA-USA “Expert” … Continue reading

Para-USA 1911 “Expert” Review

Para-Ordnance, a company that specialized in the production of competition, high capacity, and double action 1911-style pistols, was founded in Canada in 1985 by two childhood friends, Ted Szabo and Thanos Polyzos. Para-ordinance; however, started out manufacturing a plastic paintball … Continue reading

ULTICLIP A Gun Gadget Review

—by M1911A1— Wonder of wonders, here’s a gun gadget that actually does exactly what it promises to do! Not only that, but it’s pretty inexpensive, and it’s also pretty easy to install in a couple of different ways: It can … Continue reading

Thoughts About Self-Defense Pistols (but your mileage may vary)

—by M1911A1— If you ever have to use your self-defense pistol in real self defense, you will be in a panic. Your brain will not be functioning rationally. Your “small-motor” skills will disappear. Your fingers will feel thick as sausages, … Continue reading

Scouting Around – Part II (Ruger Gunsite Scout Review - Continued – Finally!)

If you have read my review of the Ruger Gunsite Scout in .308 Winchester (Scouting Around – Part I: http://guntoters.com/blog/2014/11/15/scouting-around-part-i/, I presented a somewhat detailed view of the RGS and promised a range report.  My, oh my, how time flies! … Continue reading

The One That Got Away…and The One That Didn’t Personal History

—by M1911A1— 1. The One That Got Away: Martin B. Retting, the large and prosperous gun shop in Culver City, California, used to be located in West Hurley Village, in Ulster County, New York. In the summer, I used to … Continue reading

Gun-Free Zone Liability?

“Currently, while these gun-free zone businesses possess the right to prevent legally licensed to carry permit holders from carrying a firearm while on their premise, there is no designation of responsibility to provide for the safety of their patrons during … Continue reading

‘Cause They Don’t Make a 46! (A Satirical Viewpoint About Caliber)

A favorite of those who carry a pistol chambered in .45 ACP is, “I carry a 45 because they don’t make a 46!” When a police chief was asked why his officers had shot a man 100 times his response … Continue reading

Carry Often, Shoot Little?

How many of us carry “Holster Queens?” I would venture to say quite a few, but not as many as LEOs. I think that it would be safe to say that there are plenty of us who carry a firearm … Continue reading