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Proper Grip for Semi-automatic Hand Guns

The Thumbs Forward / Thumbs Parallel Grip

You will see many different grips being used on semi-automatics and it is not right to say that they are all wrong if not using the grip pictured to the left, but it is right to say that they are not as strong as the thumbs forward grip. (picture at left) This is the strongest grip you can use and a strong grip equals control. Control of your firearm is of utmost importance. It is easy to take a single shot then pause and take another single shot but when it come to double taps, triple taps or rapid fire keeping your follow up shots on target is all about control.

This grip starts with a high placement of the shooting hand on the gun, as high on the bore of the gun as possible with the middle finger against the bottom of the trigger guard. The placement of the support hand is equally important. To describe in text is sometimes difficult to explain so we recommend that you watch this video to make sense of this important technique.

What Caliber Should you Carry?
The great caliber debate

Ask the average person who carries a firearm what caliber they carry and why and you will more than likely be told the reason for their choice is stopping power and to an extent that is a good reason for their selection but it is not the only concern one should consider when choosing a caliber. 
There is an old saying which holds true to this very day and that is "placement is more important than caliber." The best caliber for you to carry is the one that you are comfortable with and are able to control. It is better to put a couple rounds of .380ACP into a vital area than a .45 caliber into an arm or leg or other part of the body that may not be sufficient to stop a threat.

Control of your firearm and accuracy are the top concerns. I always advise to carry the largest caliber you can control and use effectively. Remember today's ammunition is far superior to what was being used ten years go and the new plus P's significantly upgrade the velocity and impact of the round. Bear in mind that if you can not keep the gun under control when you double tap or rapid fire and miss the target you are just as dangerous as the threat itself.

Beware When Transporting Firearms or Ammunition

Traveling with a firearm on your vacation this year?

Many people have asked if they can take their firearms with them on their vacation and technically the answer is yes but even with a federal law stating you can under certain circumstances, there are some states are just not gun friendly. A provision of the federal law known as the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act, or FOPA, protects those who are transporting firearms for lawful purposes from local restrictions which would otherwise prohibit passage.

Under FOPA, not withstanding any state or local law, a person is entitled to transport a firearm from any place where he or she may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to any other place where he or she may lawfully possess and carry it, if the firearm is unloaded and locked out of reach. In vehicles without a trunk,
the unloaded firearm must be in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console. Ammunition that is either locked out of reach in the trunk or in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console is also covered.

Travelers should be aware that some state and local governments treat this federal provision as an “affirmative defense” that may only be raised after an arrest. All travelers in areas with restrictive laws would be well advised to have copies of any applicable firearm licenses or permits, as well as copies or printouts from the relevant jurisdictions’ official publications or websites documenting pertinent provisions of law (including FOPA itself) or reciprocity information.  In the event of an unexpected or extended delay, travelers should make every effort not to handle any luggage containing firearms unnecessarily and to secure it in a location where they do not have ready access to it.

For more information on the Federal laws click on 18 U.SC. 926A: Interstate Transportation of Firearms .

To read more about this subject visit the NRA web page that addresses this subject at  



Glock 43
Single Stack 9mm


Length: 6.26”
Height: 4.25”
Barrel Length: 3.39”
Width: 1.02”
Weight: 17.95 oz. (unloaded) 22.36 oz. (loaded)
Trigger pull: 5.5 lbs.
Capacity: 6+1
MSRP: $529

Love them or hate them the Glock has found favor with the law enforcement community as well as with those in the private sector and for years has been one of the top selling semi-automatics in history. These firearms have earned a reputation for durability and reliability as well as being one of the easiest hand guns to disassemble and clean. With that said there are people who find the Glock a tad bulky due to the double stack configuration and even Glock lovers will agree they are low on the aesthetics scale. 

The Glock 43 addresses the profile by going to a single stack thus reducing the width and when you grip this compact you will feel a noticeable difference from its predecessor the G26. There are those who claim this new format is in response to the consumer reaction to the Glock 42 .380ACP  and the success of other low profile single stack 9mms on the market such as the Springfield Armory XDS ,Ruger LC9 and other manufactures catering to the individual seeking a slimmer model firearm that is more ergonomically designed as a carry gun. Aesthetically the Glock is still are a bit homely but you can't base a relationship on looks alone.    

We field tested this gun using a variety of loads and had no failures to extract, eject or feed on any of these rounds and that includes during double taps and rapid fire drills. The G43 has a GEN4 type mag release which can be converted to accommodate the left handed shooter, has your typical trigger pressure of a Glock and your "ball in a basket" type sights that come standard on all Glocks.


The importance of your presentation
Self defense using a firearm starts with your presentation (your draw), getting the firearm out and on target. If you can't do this easily and quickly under duress then carrying your firearm becomes pointless. You don't need to go to the range to practice your presentation, this is something you can work on in your living room (always with the firearm unloaded). Spending some quality time practicing with your gun is one of the most important things you can do, not only when you first purchase your gun, but on an ongoing basis.

Hopefully not, but someday you may need it. When and if that moment comes, you won't know it's coming, it just will. You will be relying on your instincts, you will be forced to react and make split second decisions under extreme stress. This is why practicing with your gun on an ongoing basis is critical. You do not want to be fumbling with it when your life is at stake. Your expertise with your gun is critical to your ability to protect yourself and/or your family and loved ones.

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Choosing a hand gun, semi-automatic vs. revolver

This is a topic which has been debated since the introduction of the first semi-automatic handgun over a century ago and continues today with proponents of each offering convincing arguments supporting their preferred choice of firearm. The question is not which is the best for concealed carry as I believe both the revolver and the semi have their place in the self-defense arsenal but which firearm is best suited for you.
I am not going to try to persuade you to one or the other but simply present some basic facts and considerations about each platform as I see them that may be able to help you come to a conclusion as to which type of firearm may be best suited to your situation and application. When it comes to revolvers and semis what is often the strength of one is the weakness of the other and vise versa.    
The Revolver
The Semi-automatic
  • No failure to extract issues
  • No failure to eject issues
  • No failure to feed issues
  • Limp wristing will not cause a malfunction
  • Just pull trigger again if a misfire
  • Easier to clean
  • Does not require regular lubrication
  • Lower round capacity
  • Slightly bulkier
  • Takes longer to reload
  • Stiffer trigger pull
  • Less allowance for support hand
  • Not as easy to rapid fire
  • Higher round capacity
  • Slimmer profile
  • Can change mags quickly
  • Smoother trigger pull
  • More allowance for support hand
  • Easier to rapid fire
  • Could fail to extract
  • Could fail to eject
  • Could fail to feed
  • Limp wristing can cause malfunction
  • More time to clear a misfire
  • Must disassemble to clean
  • Requires regular lubrication
This is a simplistic overview of the semi-automatic and revolver. Which ever one you choose bear in mind that it is the level of  responsibility and skill demonstrated by the user that is more important than the specific pros and cons of the firearm itself.