One question I get asked very frequently is “What kind of handgun should I get for home defense”. My answer is always the same: “I wouldn’t get a handgun for home defense.” There are a handful of reasons why a pistol just isn’t the brightest idea for protecting against a home invasion.

The best option for home defense is a tactical 12 gauge shotgun.

Why use a handgun when you can use a long gun?         

Any experienced shooter will tell you that they would rather bring a rifle to a gun fight then a handgun.… Read the rest


I mentioned in the M16-14SF knife review that the legal maximum blade length is 3 inches in WA state. After being corrected by a reader, and researching it myself; I found that WA State does not in fact have any RCWs (Revised Code of Washinton) stating the legal limit on blade length. It is important to note however, that some cities have laws regarding blade length. For instance, maximum legal blade length in Seattle is 3.5inches. My apologies for the incorrect information initially given in the article, it has been edited to reflect the information brought  to light.… Read the rest

CONFESSIONS OF A GUNAHAULIC – What is wrong with me?

My Sprinfield XD .40 subcompact with the extended magaizne, and my 4.5 in XDM 9mm in PINK!


So I was at the range teaching an Intro to Oregon (and FL) Concealed Carry  class on Saturday. Everything was pretty much status quoe, but when we got to the live shooting portion, I shot terrible on my demos. I was pretty irritated with myself; so after class I shot about 200 rounds of 9mm through my XDM  (also known as the Pink Gun of Shame) very slowly so I could concentrate on the fundamentals.… Read the rest


CRKT M16-14SF Tanto

Note: I made the following video to be watched as a supplement to the written review below. The video alone does not contain my complete review.



When I received the M16-14SF in the mail from CRKT, I was ecstatic about the size of the knife. As I always say with firearms and knives alike, bigger is better. The M16 surely meets any size standards I may have on a pocket folder. The one problem I face is that I cannot legally carry this knife out and about as the blade is 3.875 inches as my local city limit on blade length is 3.5in.… Read the rest


Yesterday I was reading about a device known as the Trigger Trainer. I wasn’t all that surprised when I saw it, as trigger-finger strength training is part of my daily routine. I know…I’m a geek.

Did you know that practicing a controlled trigger pull can actually improve your speed and accuracy? That’s enough reason for me to make it a usual activity. And if that isn’t enough motivation: the NRA claims that trigger control is the most important shooting fundamental. This is why I’ve decided to dedicate an entire post to trigger training.Read the rest

CONFESSIONS OF A [DEFESNSIVE] GUNOHAULIC – Where have all the good guns gone?

Hi. My name is Gracie, and I’m a gunohaulic. I am addicted to buying guns. I have a lot of firearms (more than 30, less than 50). That’s not all that many guns you say? Well, I agree.  But for a 24 year old girl who has only been acquiring them for 3 years, that’s a decent selction.

Most of my posts on this blog are informational, but today I’m deviating from the status quo to talk about guns on a more personal level.… Read the rest


This is an excellent video about the importance of concealed carry. I would like to extend a thank you to Greg Willis for bringing this video to my attention.

Warning, this is a chilling video and can be very disturbing. It contains real audio footage of a murder.

This video is a great reminder that recorded 911 calls make excellent witnesses. Even if you can’t talk to the dispatcher, having one on the line to record the event audibly is a wise decision.… Read the rest


I’m not a survivalist, I don’t have six months of canned food in my basement, heck I don’t even have a week’s worth of canned food in the pantry (that is probably something I should work on).  But I do understand and appreciate the spirit of preparedness. As a very active firearms instructor, heck, just as an avid shooter,  there is one area I can’t afford not to prepared in: that area is first aid.

First aid

Every shooter should have a first aid/trauma pack readily available.… Read the rest


Yes, it’s me, teaching a Street Carry class.

Choosing a good firearms instructor is critical to getting effective and accurate training. There are so many options out there and the choices can be overwhelming. I would say that “shopping” for the right instructor is just like shopping for the right handgun. So many choices and opinions, but in the end it’s a very personal decision. Here are a few (I’m sure not all) considerations you should take into account when deciding who’s going to train you:

Is he/she the right instructor for the job? … Read the rest


I found this video in the “recommended videos” on youtube. I would like to point out that I asked permission from the owner of this video, Tex Gerbner of Tex Gerbner Outdoors before posting  it to this site. 

Tex was brave enough to actually upload this video of him shooting himself to youtube, and has taken a lot of flack for it since. In my opinion, Tex is  a courageous and humble man who wants only for the viewer to learn from his mistakes, so they don’t have to learn through their own.… Read the rest