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Gun Control, by the Numbers

Many people in the US hold serious misconceptions regarding gun violence, and at the risk of further muddying the waters I want to point out some facts. According to a 2013 Pew Research Center survey, 56% of Americans believe gun crime is higher now (well, 2013) than it was two decades prior. In reality it is much lower, with homicides by firearm declining from 7.0/100,000 people in 1993 to 3.4/100,000 people in 2014. Over the same time period the rate of non-fatal firearm victimizations declined dramatically from 725.3/100,000 to 174.8/100,000. It is important to note that within that time frame...

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Testing the Kimber Micro 9

If you’re on the fence about the Kimber Micro 9, this article in American Rifleman might give you the nudge you need. Well written and informative, it discusses the design differences between the Micro 9 and the original 1911 which inspired it, as well as explaining the key features that make this gun one of the top contenders in the “hideout pistol” market.

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New Stock-Stabilized Pistol

Brügger & Thomet, the Swiss defense supplier, has just released the USWA1 Compact, a pistol with side-folding stock and compatible holster, intended to be a force multiplier for counter terrorism units. Initial testing in Switzerland proved the efficacy of the design, as officers without advanced pistol training made well placed shots at distances normally reserved for rifles. This excellent post on The Firearm Blog discusses the unique new pistol platform, and the updated design philosophy behind it.

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Kimber Micro 9 Versus .380

My wife says “Don’t tell people stories that make you sound stupid. Let them figure it out themselves!” She may be on to something, but I’m going to share this anyway. When I first began developing my Kimber Micro .380 grips, I didn’t realize that’s what I was doing. What I mean to say is I didn’t know the .380 and the 9mm Micros used different, non-interchangeable grips. I had purchased a set of aftermarket grips from a custom maker to use as a template for the profile. He sold them simply as “Kimber Micro”, with no caliber designation. Since...

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About 1911 Open Sights

1911 Pistol Sights

Many 1911 manufacturers are shipping their pistols with decent sights, or at least better than those found on the old GI Colt.  If you carry, there are many things to consider regarding pistol sights, and lots of different options in after-market hardware. This is one of the better articles I have read on the topic of choosing 1911 open sights.  The author is experienced and knowledgeable,  and offers sound advice about night sights, as well as CCW considerations.

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