Author Archives: Jennifer L.S. Pearsall

About Jennifer L.S. Pearsall

Jennifer L.S. Pearsall joined Gun Digest in summer 2011 as a books editor. She began her career selling guns in a retail gun shop and handgun range in Northern Virginia in the early 1990s. Recruited by the NRA to join its editorial staff in 1999, she then went on to succeed as a freelance writer and photographer. She's been a competitive shooter in many disciplines, including sporting clays, IPSC, and metallic blackpowder cartridge silhouette, and she has been an avid hunter for many years.

Concealed Carry–Shhh, It’s A Secret

It’s “concealed” carry for a reason. The advantage is yours only if others don’t know you’re armed. “I recall the morning I was eating breakfast at my favorite diner. … A seventy-ish man, one I knew to be a retired Philadelphia cop, was putting on his coat, when an elderly couple seated nearby complimented...

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Rust Happens (Even on Stainless Steel Firearms)

So you bought that snazzy stainless firearm because the guy behind the counter told you it’d shed the elements like water off a duck’s back. Yeah, right. “The trend in firearms clearly seems to be away from the classic blued ones and in favor of those being marketed as stainless. But a big misconception...

The revolver is still a popular choice for concealed carry. And probably always will be.

Editor’s Pick: Gun Digest Book of the Revolver

If you’re toying with the idea of adding revolvers to your lineup, whether for target fun, a concealed carry backup, or even your main sidearm, then author Grant Cunningham’s Gun Digest Book of the Revolver should be a must-read before you open your wallet.

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Passing it On–Gun Sports and the Next Generation

We can’t expect to keep our heritage of shooting and gun sports if we don’t pass it on to the next generation of sportsmen. “I landed in Des Moines [for the] Youth Hunter Education Challenge camp … . More than 100 young people … were participating. … Several of the events involved ‘live fire.’...

Ankle Holsters Can Save A Life

It’s usually not the first choice for a self-defense carry rig, but ankle holsters can be a smart choice for many situations. “Many years ago, I wrote an article … that extoled the virtues of the ankle holster … . It included cases like the officer … who was caught off-guard by two vicious...

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The Practical, Tactical Self-Defense Shotgun

Sure, some “tac” guy behind the counter told you buckshot was the only way to go in your self-defense shotgun. He was only part right. “Remember, the load is called ‘buckshot’ because it was originally used for killing large animals, like buck deer … . It is powerful stuff … the shotgun round that...