Competition Firearms for Self-Defense

One day at our local BS (Breakfast and Shooting) session, the topic of using a pistol intended for competition as a self-defense firearm came up. While we all agreed that it would not be a good thing to do, the … Continue reading

‘Cuda” Holster by Simply Rugged Holsters

Authors Note: You may think, by the above image, that what you are seeing is a bulge from a concealed firearm. As you find out later, it is not. Out of the many aspects of carrying a firearm concealed, the … Continue reading

Glock GEN 5 G45 Compact, 9x19mm

“The Compact Crossover pistol G45 in 9x19mm combines a compact slide with a full size frame and has all the benefits of a Gen5 model. Utilizing the design and engineering GLOCK developed for its military pistols (G19X) combined with Operator … Continue reading

Glock G45 vs. Springfield XDm 3.8

The Glock G45 now provides us with a G19 barrel with G17 capacity; a “Commander” length G17, if you will. The Springfield XDm 3.8 in 9mm has given us that combination for quite some time. It was only logical for … Continue reading

Ruger ‘New Model’ Single-Six Convertible

A New Look at an old Single Action Revolver There, nestled away in a Pawn Shop showcase, was a New Model Ruger ‘Single Six’ Convertible. That was in 2010 and I am still drawn to it today as I was … Continue reading

Ruger SR1911 Officer-Style 1911, .45 ACP Model Number: 6762

Before I get into the meat of this review, I want to juggle some ballistic figures. According to Ballistics by the Inch (, a Federal 230-grain HST will have a velocity of around 990 fps out of a 5” barrel … Continue reading

Shooting Black Powder – The Traditions “Trapper” Percussion Pistol in Caliber 50

My first excursion with the Traditions “Kentucky” ( was so enjoyable that I already knew that another ‘Capper’ was going to be welcomed into the family, and there are many of them from which to choose. Pedersoli of Italy makes … Continue reading

Shooting Black Powder – Pietta 1851 Navy Colt, .36 Caliber “Griswold” The Day the Bear Ate Me!

This was my introduction to Pietta firearms. It was also my introduction black powder percussion revolvers. For all of my early West (cartridge) firearms, Uberti has been my top choice. However, I felt that it was time to take a … Continue reading

Shooting Black Powder – Whada’ U Mean My Nipples Are Too Small! An Education in Percussion Caps and Nipples (Cones)

As I venture further into the domain of shooting black powder percussion firearms, I am receiving quite an education about them. The CCI #10 percussion cap seems to fit fine on the Traditions “Kentucky” pistol (read my review @:, … Continue reading

Shooting Black Powder – Traditions Percussion “Kentucky” Pistol, 50-Caliber

It was a typical Sunday morning, just another Sunday morning that is reserved for BS, which stands for “Breakfast and Shooting” among me and my two shooting companions. After breakfast, we head off to the gun club and range to … Continue reading