Carry options for older shooters 

New shooter? Don't just tell them '.357 magnum wheelgun'. Not all gun owners are created equal!  Read More

  Erik Nelson       Nov 29, 2017       Nov 29, 2017      1 Comment

The Budget Gun 

Can a good defensive firearm be had on a budget?  Read More

  Erik Nelson       Nov 22, 2017         

The DA/SA Carry Pistol 

There's more to the gun world than Glocks and 1911s!  Read More

  Erik Nelson       Nov 17, 2017         

Dangers of Derringers 

In Today's segment of Erik Ruins Everything: Let's talk about Derringers. Classically designed derringers were pocket pistols for wealthy gentlemen. Remember, the advent of the modern concealed holster is only about 40-50 years ago; 'pocket guns' were all the rage because only cowboys and cops wore belt holsters. Classically, semiauto guns had reliability issues, but wheelguns were too bulky for discreet carry. Old derringers were designed for one to four shots, and chambered in something like .22 LR or .32 ACP. They were designed to be discreet guns for dealing with up-close assailants. Because they fit in a vest pocket and were very reliable they were preferred among people like bankers who might need to shoot someone through their bank teller bars without a lot of accuracy. The fundamental design of a derringer hasn't changed much in the last few decades. There are some interesting derringer ideas out there, such as the NAA Widowmaker (which, despite being a revolver, fits into the 'derringer' category in my mind). The danger of derringers is they are virtually impossible to aim effectively. Speaking personally, my knobby size-9 gunsmith hands can barely maintain a grip on the Widowmaker or other pocket derringers. Even starting from a low-ready position with the NAA, I was faster AND more accurate going from a pocket draw with a .380 Taurus, even at bad-breath distances. Modern derringer designs have, also, gotten kinda ludicrous. There are derringers chambered in .45 ACP, .410, even the ridiculous 7.62x39. You would have to pay me before I'd shoot any one of them. Think long and hard before purchasing a derringer as a self-defense gun over a pocket-sized .380 or even a .22 LR wheelgun. One of the great perks of living in America is the vast diversity of the gun world available to us. Make sure you're shopping for a gun to fill a specific purpose, instead of trying to adjust your tactics around your weapon.   Read More

  Erik Nelson       Aug 30, 2017         

Policy Review -- Fee for Hunting and Game Tags Are Increasing (by Matt Faulks) 

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  Erik Nelson       Jun 13, 2017       Jun 19, 2017    

Policy Views -- Proposed Firearms Training in Schools (by Matt Faulks) 

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  Erik Nelson       Jun 13, 2017       Jun 19, 2017    

Policy Views -- How Idaho's Castle Doctrine Can Affect You in a Self-Defense Situation (by Matt Faulks) 

Our organization's legal counsel gives some general thoughts on the topic of Castle Doctrine in Idaho, and what the law does, fails to do, and how it could be improved. He adds a thoughtful and well-reasoned analysis of the 'Shower Shooting' in Bothel, Washington, that grabbed national media attention.   Read More

  Erik Nelson       Jun 8, 2017       Jun 19, 2017    

Safe Gun Storage 

With the summer months ahead, plan ahead to keep your firearms out of reach from curious toddlers and idle teenagers!  Read More

  Erik Nelson       Jun 2, 2017         

Take a Liberal To the Range 

If we want to fight the gun-control narrative, it has to start at the grassroots level by introducing new shooters to guns. Gun owners must stop letting the 2nd Amendment be a political issue and remind folks it's a human rights issue.  Read More

  Erik Nelson       May 30, 2017       May 30, 2017    

How Far You've Come 

What was your first self-defense firearm?   Read More

  Erik Nelson       May 10, 2017       May 10, 2017    

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