Come and Join Us at Shot Show 2018!

Lots of fun at the Shot Show 2018 in Las Vegas Nevada at the Sands Expo Center.
It will be starting January 23rd through the 26th.
Come and see us our Booth number will be #16753.

Gun Ownership in NYC May be Dangerous to Health

New York City, one of the toughest places on earth for the average law-abiding citizen to obtain a license to carry or even possess a handgun could soon add a health warning for everyone applying for a pistol license.

New York City’s City Council Public Safety Committee voted 6-1 recently to require the NYPD to hand out written warnings about the risks of gun ownership to new applicants for firearm permits, The New York Post reported.
“Just like the [Surgeon General’s] warning that you see on the side of cigarette packs have changed the perception of smoking, these gun warnings are the first step to changing the public’s conversation,” said Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, a co-sponsor of the gun bill.
“We would be one of the first major jurisdictions to enact this type of legislation.”

NRA, CRPA Petition for SCOTUS Review of DROS Fee Lawsuit

Attorneys for NRA and CRPA have filed a petition in the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) asking that Court to hear the case of Bauer v. Becerra. The Bauer case challenges California’s unconstitutional use of millions of dollars it has collected through overcharging law-abiding gun purchasers $19 for the cost that the California Department of Justice incurs to conduct a background check for a firearm transaction (also known as the Dealer Record of Sale or “DROS” fee).
The petition was filed as an appeal of a ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals which upheld California’s use of DROS fees to fund the flawed Armed Prohibited Person System and other general law enforcement activities. But the DROS fee was intended to fund only the costs that DOJ incurs when conducting background checks. Over the years, technological advancements have dramatically reduced DOJ’s costs. Despite this, the $19 DROS fee was never reduced—generating a surplus of over $35 million!
The NRA and CRPA petition explains that the exercise of a Constitutional right cannot be conditioned on the payment of a special fee that is used to fund general law enforcement activities bearing no relation to the fee-payer’s own conduct. If the fee does, it is an illegal “poll tax.” Considering the 9th Circuit’s repeated history of refusing to uphold constitutional and Second Amendment rights, the case presents an ideal vehicle for SCOTUS to address the limits on governments imposing special fees as a condition of exercising the right to keep and bear arms.

Air Force Says It Is Correcting NICS reporting

The Air Force is requiring higher levels of review before criminal cases are closed in order to ensure required disclosures are reported to the FBI’s National Instant Back Check database, Secretary Heather Wilson told Senate lawmakers on Dec. 6.
The new steps come after the Air Force failed to report the criminal background of a former airman to federal authorities, a disclosure that would have prevented him from purchasing firearms before he fatally shot 26 people last month inside a Texas church, the Washington Times reported.
Multiple levels of command now have to confirm that required disclosures have been made to the background check system in all reported incidents, Wilson said.
She also told lawmakers it could take up to five months to complete a review of 60,000 cases in which service members potentially should have been reported to the federal gun background-check database.
The now deceased Texas gunman, Devin Kelley, was able to obtain multiple firearms legally after passing background checks despite a history of abusing his ex-wife and stepson during his time in the Air Force.
Once a final report on the Kelly incident is completed by the Air Force, Ms. Wilson said a decision “about any accountability or disciplinary action” will be made.
“Before we pass new laws, we should make sure that our current laws are being effectively followed and enforced,” said Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Charles E. Grassley (R-IA). “We should also make sure that existing programs designed to ensure NICS reporting compliance are fully funded and effectively run.”

NAA Pug—A Potent Fist Full!

The NAA Pug is well made of the best material. Ounce for ounce the Pug offers good utility.

By Bob Campbell,
Contributing Editor

The Pug isn’t difficult to load and make ready, but it takes time.

I do not wish to damn this little gun with faint praise. The North American Arms Pug is a tiny revolver that is well made of good material and reliable. I have never seen anyone have trouble with the revolver as regards reliability and it has been in service for decades. The problem is the same as its appeal―its size. It isn’t easy to use well and the caliber isn’t noted for effectiveness, although there have been a number of documented saves. The Pug is for a last ditch defense or when the handgun must be concealed above all else.
I am not recommending anyone break any rules but a number of my close friends have been in this situation. A close friend and a wonderful caring psychiatric nurse went to work every day with a Colt .25 auto concealed. She practiced unbuttoning the top button of her blouse, drawing the Colt, and taking a head shot. (Before commercial bra holsters, she sewed her own.) She told me she loved the people or she couldn’t do her job, but she wasn’t going to let one of the dangerous psychopaths―those that cannot be helped―kill her. It was her decision and it worked well for her until she retired.

The wedge under the heavy lugged barrel is turned to make for easy disassembly.

There are folks that simply cannot be convinced to carry a larger handgun and something is better than nothing. Many people would have loved to have had a .22 Magnum revolver handy when attacked. It is better than tooth and nail. The Pug makes for a good backup to the carry gun as well. It is affordable which isn’t true of many of the better type of defensive handguns, yet I would put North American quality at the top of the heap.
There is a tremendous demand for handguns that may be concealed in the pocket.

The rear sight is fast to use.

A small handgun carries the problem of high recoil and poor accuracy, not to mention engineering obstacles. North American Arms has created a niche market all their own replacing the once common derringers. The five-shot .22 Magnum revolver is easier to use well than any derringer and makes much more sense.
The design goal of the NAA mini revolver seems to be light weight. There are a number of variations, some with longer and shorter barrels and different grips. The Pug is the lightest and the most modern in appearance.
I have fired .22 LR and .22 Magnum NAA revolvers and this one has the best performance for personal defense I have yet seen. The Pug features a five-shot fluted chamber with recessed cylinders (for safety in case of a blown case head, and also to increase reliable operation as the cylinder rotates) and a 1-inch barrel. This one also features barrel ports. The pistol weighs but 6.2 ounces. It is 4.5 inches long, and it is only 3 inches tall.
You can stash this revolver just about anywhere and that is pretty important. The Pug is a single-action design and that means the hammer must be cocked for every trigger press. This is a simple action and the hammer is large enough for plenty of purchase for manipulation. The first challenge is loading the revolver. The cylinder must be removed from the frame for loading. There is a lock on the barrel underlug that is rotated to move forward, freeing the base pin. The cylinder is then pressed out from the frame. The cartridges are loaded in the cylinder. Replace the cylinder in the frame and replace the base pin.
It is very important that you keep your fingers from around the muzzle.

The front sight is highly visible.

The hammer is down, to be certain, but muzzle discipline demands the finger be away from any handgun’s muzzle at all times. When you are firing the Pug, also be certain that the fingers do not drift toward the muzzle. Quite a bit of practice in handling any firearm is demanded before deploying it for personal defense.

Five .22 Magnum cartridges rest in the Pug’s cylinder.

Please be very careful with such a short handgun.
I find practice sessions are limited to twenty cartridges or so due to the slow loading process. This isn’t a revolver that will be much more accurate the more you practice but what accuracy it has a trained shooter may make the most of. Be certain not to allow the hammer to rest on a loaded cylinder. This could result in a discharge if the revolver is dropped or the hammer struck. The hammer nose must be lowered into a safety notch located between the cylinders of the revolver. Always follow this program. The hammer is moved slightly to the rear and the cylinder rotated enough to properly line up the hammer nose and the safety slot. This is a safe, strong system.
I really like the Pug’s grip. It is superior, in my opinion, to anything offered by NAA on other revolvers. The synthetic grip offers plenty of adhesion when firing. While recoil isn’t great, muzzle flip is, and this grip helps control the handgun. The grip is important in order to effectively keep the hand stabilized as you cock the hammer and fire the revolver.
This Pug doesn’t have a trigger guard as none is needed. It will only fire if the hammer is cocked and the trigger pressed.
Finally, the revolver features some of the best sights I have seen on a small handgun. Small handguns need good sights even more so than larger handguns, as the short sight radius invites misalignment. The NAA Pug features express type sights intended for fast work at close range.
I began my test fire with Fiocchi’s 40-grain JHP. I placed the target at five yards and fired five shots as quickly as I could manipulate the hammer and trigger. I put all five into four inches. Frankly I was surprised. The Pug sights and grip really make a difference in performance. The 1-inch barrel generated 830 fps. I have clocked the Fiocchi load at 1,000 fps from the longer barrel NAA revolvers, so there is a price for compactness. Hornady’s 45-grain Critical Defense load exhibited 844 fps. After firing at 5 yards I stepped back to the 15 yard line. This is substantial for the Pug, but I elected to try the shot.

The NAA Pug follows in a long tradition of short and handy .22 caliber single-action revolvers beginning about 1860! The .22 Magnum is far more powerful than the .22 Short and .22 Long cartridges these revolvers chambered.

I aimed for center mass and after firing three rounds found only one on target, near the head. I reloaded and fired again, this time aiming for the belt buckle region. This time all three bullets impacted in the center region in a group about 5 inches wide. Knowing what I know about small handguns this is impressive. At close range the sights are well regulated. Muzzle flip takes its toll at the longer and improbable ten yard range and beyond.
The .22 Magnum cartridge has advantages over the .25 ACP in penetration and velocity. The NAA Pug is reliable and may be fired accurately enough to strike man-sized targets at close range. Any handgun is sufficient for a threat, and the NAA Pug offers more power than a .22 Long Rifle or .25 ACP cartridge. The Pug is something that is much better than nothing.
I recommend practicing quickly drawing the piece at close range and getting a head shot. Use it like you are giving the threat a nasal inhaler. That will make the most of the power the Pug has. Also practice getting shots into the target at contact range.







Low Recoil Handgun Loads

By reducing bullet weight, Hornady has managed to produce a load with modest recoil.

By Bob Campbell,
Contributing Editor

Despite the light bullet weight Hornady Lite bullets exhibit good penetration.

Handguns are the weapon of opportunity. Not as powerful as a long gun, they are portable and may be carried with us at all times. The handgun demands plenty of practice to master.
The rub is that handguns kick a lot in some calibers and in lightweight handguns. Until the laws of physics are changed this is a reality. It is also a reality that the more powerful cartridges have greater wound potential and are more likely to stop a felonious assault with a minimum of well-placed shots.
Some of the more popular defensive handguns, including the snub nose .38 and the compact 9mm, have more recoil than some are willing to master. Others such as the .357 Magnum are a bear to fire in lightweight handguns. Load selection is critical. A heavy bullet load at +P pressure isn’t a good choice for a lightweight handgun. Rather a functional load with decent ballistics is best. The single most important component of stopping power is shot placement. The single most important cornerstone of combat ability is to be able to control the handgun. There are calibers I do not enjoy firing. I have been at this a long time and I avoid the heavy kickers except when necessary. I make a smart choice and shoot straight.
The means of achieving low recoil varies. Some loads use the same projectile but a smaller powder charge. Others achieve high velocity by using a lighter bullet that generates lower felt recoil. A high velocity service load often uses a bonded core bullet to achieve penetration.

This is an expanded Hornady Critical Defense Lite bullet.

A fast expanding bullet is fine for personal defense and doesn’t have to be driven as fast. Hornady achieves good results with their Lite loads by reducing bullet weight but maintaining good velocity. The .38 Special and 9mm Luger Lite loads are reliable, accurate and offer good expansion.

Different size and weight handguns will behave differently with the same load. The aluminum frame .38, top, offers harsh recoil with many loads. The steel frame .38, center, is heavier and easier to control. The four inch barrel steel frame revolver, bottom, is the easiest of all to fire and use with the same .38 Special ammunition.

These low recoil loads do not offer the balance of expansion and penetration of +P loads designed for service use. Their range of penetration is adequate but they may not be effective against vehicle glass and light cover.

Against lightly clad threats they will deliver superior wound ballistics. Other makers such as Black Hills Ammunition achieve good results in a different manner. Be certain of your needs and consider the likely threat.
9mm Luger
The Hornady Lite uses a 100-grain bullet with a pink tip. It is a Critical Defense bullet loaded to over 1,000 fps and especially designed to expand at modest velocity. I have gauged performance in my Honor Defense Honor Guard handgun and find it good. A load that I am enthusiastic concerning might be considered for full size handguns.

Attention to detail and controlling your handgun is what matters the most.

The Black Hills Ammunition 115-grain EXP or Extra Power load is loaded as fast as possible without getting into +P territory. The 115-grain EXP clocks 1233 fps from the Glock 17. This is faster than any standard pressure 115-grain load I am aware of but just behind the +P loads. Wound ballistics are good without going to the harder kicker +P which may also produce more wear on the handgun.
Another interesting choice is the Black Hills Ammunition 125-grain Honey Badger. A non-expanding bullet at 970 to 1000 fps in most handguns, the Honey Badger relies upon a cutting mechanism for wound potential. I find it accurate and controllable in any handgun. Like the 9mm, 147-grain subsonic, this load may not work as well in handguns with heavy recoil springs. The load works perfectly in my SIG P250 and also the Honor Guard FIST.
.357 SIG
The .357 SIG is a powerful cartridge. I would not consider this cartridge in a compact pistol. For a mid-size handgun such as the Springfield XD this is an acceptable caliber.

Black Hills Ammunition non-expanding Honey Badger loads offer excellent all-around performance without heavy recoil.

Most loads jolt a 125-grain bullet to 1350 fps; some of the 115-grain loads are at 1500 fps. This is a difficult cartridge to master. A light load that also offers excellent wound ballistics is the Hornady Critical Defense 115-grain load. Sensibly downloaded, the Critical Defense sails over the Competition Electronics chronograph at 1203 fps. No hotter than a warm 9mm this load offers good control. As an example the full power .357 SIG Hornady 147-grain XTP breaks 1200 fps- ideal for service use.
.38 Special
The .38 Special is a mild cartridge in a four-inch barrel revolver with steel frame. Load a .38 +P in an aluminum frame two-inch barrel handgun and recoil is brutal. Good grips are an aid, but snub nose.

This was shot by instructor Brittany Caton. Standard loads are easily controlled, accurate, and relieve stress.

38 geometry being what it is there is a tendency of the cylinder release to put a bloody notch in the knuckle of the thumb. Hornady offers the Hornady Lite 90-grain .38 Special low recoil low. While light weight sometimes means under penetration, this isn’t the case with the Critical Defense bullet.
.357 Magnum
The .357 Magnum revolver has a well-earned reputation as the most effective handgun caliber ever deployed. The Magnum is a great stopper but it also exhibits a great deal of muzzle blast and recoil. It is a daunting proposition to master the revolver without extensive training. The rub is prolonged firing with full power loads is also hard on the small parts of the revolver. An alternative is to deploy the most powerful .38 Special loads, which work well and function in the Magnum cylinder. The Hornady Critical Defense 110-grain load is one choice. Another is the Black Hills Ammunition 125-grain JHP +P.
In the .357 Magnum we have the Hornady Critical Defense 125-grain load at 1380 fps from the four-inch barrel revolver.

The Hornady XTP is a good choice in .44 Special.

While an intensive practice program is needed to control this handgun and load it isn’t as harsh as some of the loads that break 1400 to 1450 fps in .357 Magnum. I would avoid lightweight aluminum frame compact Magnum revolvers for personal defense.

.40 S&W
The Black Hills Ammunition 140-grain TAC loading using the Barnes all copper hollowpoint seems to be the best combination of low recoil and effect among what is usually a hard kicking set of loads for the .40 S&W.
.44 Special
Modest operating pressures for the .44 Special and the presence of the lightweight Charter Arms Bulldog means that the ammunition companies must load this cartridge light.

Smith & Wesson’s Model 69 Combat Magnum .44 Magnum serves a purpose but it is a bear to control with Magnum loads. The shorter .44 Special cartridge works just fine and makes for an excellent home defense cartridge.

Hornady 165-grain Critical Defense loading offers good expansion and lower recoil as a result of a lighter weight bullet. At over 900 fps this load offers good expansion. A full weight load is the SIG Sauer 240-grain JHP at about 750 fps. This load is mild and controllable and suitable for use in the lightweight five-shot .44 Special revolvers. These loads offer less recoil in a steel frame .44 Special revolver than most .38 Special +P loads in the .38 revolver by comparison. Those needing more power should look to the .44 Magnum. The .44 Special is a mild shooting big bore cartridge with good properties for personal defense.
.44 Magnum


The .44 Special Critical Defense is a reasonable load for .44 Special and .44 Magnum revolvers.

Recently a student showed up with two inherited revolvers. One was a four-inch barrel .38 and the other a 1970s Model 29 .44 Magnum with a four-inch barrel.

She was leery of firing the .44 Magnum. I supplied a box of 210-grain Black Hills Ammunition “cowboy loads” and we tried out the Model 29. It recoiled less than the .38 Special and was more comfortable, accurate, and easier to use well with these 750 fps loads. The .44 Special loads mentioned are ideal for personal defense use with this powerful hunting handgun. The heavy barrel really dampens recoil.
.45 ACP

The .45 Colt offers excellent wound ballistics.

In the .45 ACP a certain balance must be maintained to ensure that the firearm functions. A self-loading handgun requires a certain amount of recoil force. +P loads are not needed in the .45 ACP.

Even a lightweight hollow point may exhibit a good balance of penetration and expansion with the .45 ACP. The Hornady Critical Defense 185-grain load, the Hornady 185-grain XTP or the Black Hills Ammunition 185-grain JHP are all good choices with good wound ballistics.
.45 Colt
Among my favorite calibers is the .45 Colt. I prefer the .45 Colt to the .44 Special and even the .44 Magnum revolver cartridges. Even the cowboy action loads, which are loaded light for good control and for economy, are fine for home defense. A 250-grain .45 caliber bullet at 750 fps is a huge chunk of lead for a handgun bullet. The Black Hills Ammunition cowboy load is easily controlled and accurate. If you are familiar with the handling of your cowboy action revolver there is no reason you cannot count on it for home defense. An expanding bullet load that outstrips the .44 Special in wound ballistics is available from Hornady. When I use the .45 Colt for home defense, the Hornady 185-grain Critical Defense is a first choice. This load offers impressive wound ballistics and excellent accuracy.
These loads allow the use of handguns that may have seemed too painful or hard kicking to fire with good control. Yet, they offer good wound ballistics and predicted effect. Make a wise choice and concentrate on accuracy and control.




New Handgun Introductions Slated for 2018 SHOT Show

New Browning Buck Mark Plus Lite .22 with fluted barrel.

1st Airborne Division soldiers are the first unit issued M17 MHS pistols manufactured by Sig Sauer.

By W&G staff

It wouldn’t be a SHOT Show without new handguns to show off, and there are a bunch of them this year, at least that we heard about before this issue of W&G went to press.
Some manufacturers embargo news of their new product introductions until almost of the annual trade show itself, and Sig Sauer is one of those companies. But Sig did report that the Army has issued the first of its new M17 and M18 (modular Handgun System, also known as MHS) to the 101st Airborne Division 1st Brigade Combat Team on Nov. 28 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The M17 full-sized pistol and the M18 compact version are variants of the P320 pistol, available in 9mm and 40 S&W.
Here then are some quick notes on the new pistols that W&G editors learned about before SHOT.
Browning this year is introducing the Black Label 1911-380 Pro Stainless model in both Compact and Full Size configurations. There will be an accessory rail option. The Black Label has a matte black composite frame and machined 7075 aluminum sub frame and slide rails.
It’s a looker with a stainless slide and satin silver finish on the barrel.
Also from Browning is a new Buck Mark Plus Lite Flute model with a 5½-inch steel barrel inside an alloy sleeve, with fluting. It has a matte blue finish except for the flutes.

Iver Johnson 10mm Eagle.

And Browning has another .22-caliber pistol, the Buck Mark Camper UFX Suppressor Ready model with an all matte finish and threaded barrel to accept a suppressor. It’s got a TruGlo/marble Arms fiber optic front sight and Picatinny rail.

For black powder buffs, Cimarron Firearms has announced a new replica 1851 Navy cap-and-ball sixgun they call the “Percussion Peacemaker.”

This .36-caliber revolver was a favorite among Old West gunslingers, most notably James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok, who frequently carried a pair of Model 1851 wheelguns. The replica is made by Pietta and is faithful to the original.
The revolver features handsome laser engraving and has a 7½-inch octagonal barrel with traditional bead/post front sight, and checkered one-piece walnut grip. It features a case hardened old silver frame with a standard blue finish. According to Cimarron, it is also available in a .44-caliber version.
New from Inland is the M30-P, based on the popular Inland full-size .30-caliber carbine platform. This one has a 12-inch barrel that is threaded at the muzzle for a suppressor, and it has a Gear Head Mod II Tail Hook arm brace at the other end.
This new pistol comes with a single ten-round magazine and it has a Sage EBR aluminum chassis stock.

Engraved Cimarron 51 Navy percussion pistol.

A second entry from Inland is the M30-I.M.P. (for “Improved Motor Patrol”) pistol in .30 caliber with a 7 ½-inch barrel that is also threaded. It has M1-style sights, is 16 inches long overall, and has a special Sage aluminum pistol chassis with Ergo Sure Grip pistol grip.
Iver Johnson has announced the Eagle XLC model, a long-slide 1911 pistol with a 6-inch barrel in 10mm or .45 ACP. The pistol wears a satin chrome finish and has a 1045 steel frame and slide with a 4140 steel barrel. There are lots of features handgunners like, including a fully-adjustable white dot rear sight and dovetail front sight, beavertail grip safety with memory cut, lowered and flared ejection port, skeleton hammer and three-hole trigger, front and rear angled cocking serrations, beveled magwell and dual texture walnut grip panels.


Springfield-Armory’s new XD-E polymer framed .45 ACP.

It has an 8-round magazine and weighs 44 ounces unloaded—not a lightweight handgun.
Ruger is launching a compact, all-stainless steel Ruger SP101® chambered in the powerful .327 Federal Magnum, which approximates the performance of .357 Magnum but allows an increase in capacity to six rounds in the cylinder. This model features a 3” barrel, fixed sights and a cushioned rubber grip with engraved wood grip panels.
They are also introducing a seven-round version of the popular GP100®, chambered in .357 Magnum. These new model offerings are available in three popular barrel lengths – 2.50”, 4.20”, and 6” and feature one-piece rubber grips with hardwood inserts, adjustable rear sights and fiber optic front sights.
And Ruger is offering four new LCRx® configurations of the popular compact pistols chambered in 9mm Luger, .327 Federal Magnum, .22 Magnum as well as a 3” barrel version in .22 Magnum. All of these new additions to the LCRx® family feature an external hammer for single-action use and a Hogue® Tamer™ grip.
Late in 2017, Springfield Armory announced the .45 ACP version of the XD-E semi-auto pistol.

Ruger Light Compact Revolver chambered for the .327 Federal Magnum.

Like the 9mm version, this one has a polymer frame, dual recoil spring with full length guide rod, exposed hammer, ambidextrous manual safety/decocker, 3.3-inch hammer-forged barrel and fiber optic front sight.
Weighing 23 ounces, it comes with six- and seven-round magazines.
Taurus will be spotlighting the new 1911 Commander and Officer model pistols, the Raging Hunter revolver and two other wheelguns, the Model 692 in .357 Magnum and the Model 856, a .38 Special snubby.

Taurus .38 snubby in satin black with cushioned grips.

The two new 1911 clones will work well for armed citizens. Chambered in .45 ACP, the Commander model has a 4.2-inch barrel, front and rear cocking serrations, carbon steel construction, Novak drift-adjustable sights, beavertail grip safety with bump and matte finish.
The Commander sized gun has an 8-round magazine and the Officer’s version has a six-round magazine.
The Raging Hunter is a mammoth sixgun chambered for the .44 Magnum, with a rail on top of the heavy barrel for a scope or some other sight, soft rubber grip, adjustable rear sight and blade front sight. The barrel is ported.
The Model 692 has an unfluted cylinder with seven chambers, a stainless or blue finish, Ribber grip, ported barrel available in either 3- or 6 ½-inch lengths, adjustable rear sight and ramp front sight and most important of all, it comes with a second cylinder for 9mm ammunition.
For concealed carry, the Model 856 in .38 Special has an exposed hammer, six-round capacity, blue or stainless finish, soft rubber grips, and is +P capable.





Appendix Carry and Belly Bands

Be certain to practice the draw often! Note natural draw with this Viper appendix rig.

By Bob Campbell,
Contributing Editor

These holsters from JM Custom Kydex are molded for the lightweight Glock 42. The one on the left features an anti-roll out extension.

I have come rather late to appendix carry. However, after an honest evaluation I find appendix carry is an alternative to strong side or crossdraw carry but primarily as a choice over inside the waistband behind the hip holster. Purpose-designed appendix draw holsters have become available and many are well designed. This has made appendix carry more popular.

Appendix carry isn’t for everyone and every body type. But for some it is the ideal carry. The bellyband holster is also a viable alternative. The cheap formless belly band must be avoided. But the good quality belly band holster from Galco is actually service grade, which is something of an accomplishment. The appendix and belly band types offer a strong side carry but unlike behind the back carry they offer a draw from where the hands usually hang. The draw is natural.
As an observation the criminal element usually carries their handguns appendix style.

This JM Custom Kydex holster is fitted with an anti-roll out feature.

The handgun is stuffed in the belt to one side of the belt buckle. I have yet to see a criminal wearing a holster. Often small guns were carried in the pocket. Very few criminals are armed at all times. Most grab the pistol from under the car seat and stuff it into the belt before they commit a crime or assault. Typically the handgun is carried at a severe angle and it isn’t unusual for a felon to drop the pistol on the floor before he can draw the piece from the belt. By keeping the handgun in this position the piece may be drawn easily and if discarded there is no holster to bear evidence the felon was armed. Occasionally there is a bizarre humor in the criminal that manages to shoot himself using appendix draw but this is also a warning for the rest of us.

A standard IWB holster such as the Galco Stow and Go is well suited to appendix carry. These are versatile holsters. Then there are purpose-designed holsters such as those offered by JM Custom Kydex that are designed to offer good function as an appendix holster. I have examined a dozen or more holsters.

This Galco IWB is light but well designed and works well for appendix carry.

I find the less rigid types with good molding and a sweat guard to protect the body from the sharp edges of the handgun work the best.

Appendix carry is a viable concept with certain advantages. There are also drawbacks. The strong side belt scabbard is the default holster that should be chosen when concealment allows.

When a thinner covering garment or a short garment that will not cover the hand holster is worn, the inside the waistband holster should be chosen.

Galco’s first quality belly band holster is ideal for concealed carry.

A covering garment that covers a high riding belt holster is even more efficient with the IWB holster. Even so, the handle of the handgun may print against the garment when the wearer bends steeply.

Many holster and handgun combinations offer concealment in most circumstances but will not survive close scrutiny. The IWB offers the advantage of concealing a larger handgun compared to a belt holster that requires a longer drape from a covering garment to conceal the holster. The IWB is worn inside of the pants and the garment need only conceal the handle of the handgun. In some ways the appendix holster is an IWB worn in the front but in other ways it is very different. The IWB requires the pistol be tilted into the draw to allow a rapid presentation from concealed carry. The tilt is a forward rake. The appendix holster requires a rear rake, handle behind the muzzle to afford a fast draw. The standard IWB cannot be simply moved to the front right of the belt buckle.

Beginning the draw get the firing grip as you draw and be certain the trigger finger is outside the trigger guard.

This is similar to moving a strong side holster to the crossdraw position. It simply doesn’t work out.
A drawback to appendix carry is that it isn’t as well suited to longer handguns as the standard IWB.

Larger handguns may pinch the body when we bend just as a long handgun will pinch the seat when we sit using an IWB holster.

The Viper appendix holster offers excellent concealment.

These handguns are not comfortable to carry in the appendix position. The appendix position may also limit bending, so be aware of the restrictions. The Glock 19 9mm carried by many in an appendix draw seems well suited to the carry, so does a SIG P229. It depends on the individual’s build and tolerance for weight. The higher the waist the better for appendix carry. Some wear a belly band type holster that isn’t dependent on a belt. For female shooters especially this carry mode offers advantages in a kind of modified appendix. Some wear the trousers higher for comfort and this may make for speed in drawing the handgun. The appendix holster is best suited to handguns with relatively short barrels and hand filling grips. This allows a good grip and a very fast draw. A concern with appendix holsters is roll out. This occurs when the holster rolls away from the body near the handle. This depends on the design of the holster and the belt area spread of the user. The IWB holster nestles into a natural hollow in the back. The appendix holster may be forced away from the body by the mid-body spread. The JM Custom Kydex holster features a roll out feature. This device maintains the holster draw angle.

A pressing concern is the direction of the muzzle in appendix carry. No one wants an accidental discharge of any type but this muzzle direction is particularly concerning. A bullet wound to any part of the body is potentially crippling or fatal.

Note adjustments on Reign Tactical IWB.

Only a service type holster worn on the point of the hip keeps the muzzle from covering the body. Most concealed carry holsters cover the body with the muzzle at some point. The muzzle rake most profitable in appendix carry results in the muzzle pointing toward tender and important parts of the anatomy. In some cases the muzzle points down the leg and follows the line of the femoral artery.
When drawing a great deal of dry fire practice should go into the appendix carry. Trigger discipline must be observed. The finger is never in register until we fire, not when we think we will fire or may fire but when we fire. When deploying the appendix holster the drill I follow is to belt up the loaded gun and holster at the same time rather than belting on the holster and then the handgun. This simple regimen will serve well and works better than belting on the holster and then attempting to adjust the handgun. Appendix carry isn’t inherently less safe than any other and has advantages. But it is justified to take special care with the appendix holster.

Business Group Honors Minnesota Woman Rangeowner

Jeanine Gill, President and Owner of the Osseo Gun Club & Pro Shop, in Osseo, MN, a Minneapolis suburb, has won the Woman Pioneer of the Year award from National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Minnesota for achievement in a predominately male-orientated industry.
The award presentation was scheduled for a gala event on Dec. 7.
At age 50, Gill changed careers to work for a manufacturer of military and commercial firearm ranges where she took her first firearm training courses. In 2014, Jeanine and her husband, Chris, partnered to open a family friendly public gun range.
The range offers ladies only classes, with Tuesday evenings set aside for women’s classes and range time as well as at Friday evening “date night,” with range time for two and refreshments.


Backlash over Steinle Verdict Reignites Sanctuary City Debate

By Dave Workman,
Contributing Editor
Conservatives and gun rights activists seemed to be in agreement following the jury verdict in the case against an illegal immigrant accused in the 2015 shooting death of Kate Steinle: Only in San Francisco could he be acquitted of second degree murder but convicted of illegal gun possession.
Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, had previously been deported five times. But in the “sanctuary city” of San Francisco he was free to wander around, finding himself at Pier 14 where he allegedly found a handgun wrapped in a cloth. The gun “accidentally” discharged and Steinle was hit in the back by a bullet that allegedly ricocheted off the pavement.
Steinle died in her father’s arms.
Garcia Zarate is a convicted felon, and that put him squarely in the bull’s eye for conviction on the gun charge. The pistol involved in Steinle’s shooting death had been stolen only days before from a car belonging to a ranger for the federal Bureau of Land Management. Steinle’s family is suing that agency.
The verdict brought a swift reaction of outrage from President Donald Trump, who called the verdict “disgraceful.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions blamed the “sanctuary city” policy in San Francisco for having allowed Garcia Zarate on the streets.
Possession of a firearm by a felon can draw up to a three-year sentence in the county jail under California statute. There’s also a possible fine of up to $10,000.
The case has reignited controversy over the “sanctuary city” policy. San Francisco is one of dozens of cities that have adopted such policies. Trump had made the case a campaign issue last year, using it to call for immigration reform and building a wall along the southern border.
But it also serves as a text book example of the false promise of gun control. Restrictive California and federal gun control laws did not keep a gun out of Garcia Zarate’s hands, nor did they prevent Steinle’s slaying. It does provide a way to hand down a conviction on a far lesser charge than second degree murder.
Garcia Zarate may not be out of the woods. According to a spokeswoman for the Department of Justice, that agency is now “considering” filing federal charges.
The case brought public attention to so-called “sanctuary cities” that offer safe harbor to illegal aliens by refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Garcia Zarate had recently been released in the San Francisco area when he claimed to have found the stolen gun wrapped in a cloth. He claimed the pistol discharged accidentally, sending a bullet to the pier surface, and then it ricocheted and hit Steinle in the back. She was several yards away.
There are new demands to immediately cut off all federal funding to all “sanctuary cities” although federal courts have already ruled against such actions by the administration. In addition to San Francisco, several other cities around the country have declared themselves to be “sanctuaries.” Among them are Portland and Seattle in the Pacific Northwest.