Armed Defense

Get handgun training and insights from real-world experience, in "Combat Shooting with Massad Ayoob"

Handloads: Not a Good Idea for Concealed Carry

As an expert witness in shooting cases over the past few decades, Massad Ayoob has drawn a few conclusions about what works and what doesn't. Find out why he avoids the use of handloads in self defense applications.

Armed: The Essential Guide to Concealed Carry

Concealed Carry: When Can You Use Deadly Force?

When can you use deadly force? The short answer is that your attacker must possess the ability and opportunity to do you grave harm—but you must also have to have done everything in your ability to avoid a confrontation. In "Armed: The Essential Guide to Concealed Carry," Bruce Eimer, Ph.D., provides a more detailed...

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All your CCW needs in one place

If you want to improve your concealed carry skills and expand your knowledge of self-defense and gear, like handguns and holsters, that keep you safe, check out this great package from Gun Digest that puts all the information you need in one place.

Armed: The Essential Guide to Concealed Carry

Concealed Carry: Do This, Not That

Concealed carry is not for folks who lack good judgment and restraint. Follow these ten tips (five dos, and five don'ts) to make intelligent choices and carry a handgun responsibly.

The Gun Digest Special CCW Edition is available now!

Great CCW Information Now On The Newsstand

Gun Digest's special Concealed Carry edition is on sale now. Look for it on the newsstand and learn how to choose a great concealed carry holster, handgun or accessories. This edition also provides training tips and reviews of great concealed carry handguns.

Don't just shoot. Train

Are you sharpening CCW skills?

If you carry a concealed weapon you need to hone your skills on a regular basis. Dave Fessenden's book "Defensive Handgun Skills" will help you do that.

"Tactical Pistol Shooting" by Erik Lawrence

Practice Drills Maximize Handgun Training Time (& Who Won the Book?)

If you want to learn how to shoot a pistol faster and more accurately, "Tactical Pistol Shooting" by Erik Lawrence delivers the handgun training you need. These shooting drills are a great place to start, whether you carry a pistol for a living, or carry concealed for self defense or personal protection.