Home Defense

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What to Look for in a Home-Defense Handgun

Not all handguns are right for home defense. In fact, a nightstand gun is going to have a number of features that might make it unwieldy for many other forms of self-defense, such as concealed carry.

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Video: Defensive Shotgun Patterning

Patterning a shotgun is typically thought of as a hunting exercise. But in this video, famed instructor Clint Smith demonstrates the importance of the practice for a defense smoothbore.

MAG20 class, Massad Ayoob

Lawful Use of Lethal Force: Surviving Massad Ayoob’s MAG20 Class

Do you know when you can lawfully use lethal force? Can you explain your self defense choices? If you have any doubt, Massad Ayoob's class can clear it up. I recently spent two very long and intense days in his MAG-20 Armed Citizens’ Rules of Engagement course. Mr. Ayoob lived up to his reputation,...

Handgun training from Gun Digest

Choosing a Handgun: Hand Size & Strength Matters

Whether you’re interested in hunting, competition, concealed carry or self defense, you can find a handgun that fits. When deciding between a revolver and an autoloader, the size and strength of your hands is an important consideration.

Handgun Training for Personal Protection

Seven Tips to Choose a Handgun for Self Defense

Selecting a handgun is personal—too personal to allow me or anyone else to do it for you. That said, it needs to fit your hand, have a recoil impulse you can control, and be small enough and light enough you might actually carry it and have it with you when you need it. Yes,...

The Savage 110 Tactical .308 Carbine is a five-shot bolt gun that would do for long-range defense, though it is limited in capacity and speed.  Factory equipped with an Army Digital Camo stock, the Carbine is shown with a Vortex scope and bipod. The tactical carbine is lighter than many sniper rifles currently available.

Is There a “Best Survival Gun” For Home Defense?

When preparing for emergencies and survival situations, many of us will rely on firearms purchased for other purposes, such as hunting, target or informal recreational shooting, or defense of home or self during “normal” times. If you're thinking about the security resources you'd like to have on hand in not-so-unlikely survival situations, keep in...