Tactical How-To

Competently handling your firearm is only half the equation. The other half is understanding how to react in any given situation. This is where Gun Digest’s tactical how-to section comes into play. Our experts’ articles, reviews and videos are sure to help you master the most powerful weapon at your disposal – knowledge.

Given their usefulness in close quarters and urban environments, the shotgun is becoming a more popular tactical tool.

Defensive Use of Tactical Shotguns

When it comes to shotguns, there has been a marked turn toward home-defense. Here's a few points about taking up the defensive shotgun for the protection of yourself, home or office.

The Blackhawk! SERPA CQC Concealment holster features Level 2 retention. Passive retention is provided with the adjustable detent screw on the side for tightness, while the SERPA Auto Lock release on the side represents the active retention element.

Understanding Holster Retention

Holster retention is an important concept to grasp, whether you open or concealed carry. Here is a look at some general concepts on holster retention.


Fast Draw Vs. Good Ready, Part 2

In Part 1 on this topic, I suggested that keeping a good eye on your environment and getting your hand on the gun early — what I call the “Good Ready” — was preferable for armed citizens over trying to depend on a fast draw in a life-threatening situation. That raised a few hackles.