Joel Nadler is the Training Director at Indy Arms Company in Indianapolis and co-owner of Tactical Training Associates.  He writes for several gun-focused publications and is an avid supporter of the right to self-sufficiency, including self-defense. Formerly a full professor, he has a Ph.D. in Psychology and now works as a senior consultant living on a horse ranch in rural Indiana.  Feel free to follow him on Instagram @TacticalPhD.

Five Best Carry Handguns: An Opinion

I've put together a list of the five best guns I have carried (and still carry) and why. This list includes the Glock 17 Gen 5 in 9mm, IWI Masada in 9mm, Walther PPQ in .45 ACP, Kimber Micro 9 stainless in 9mm, and the Sig Sauer P365 SAS in 9mm.

IWI Galil ACE Gen 2: A Modern Take on the AK-47 Design

By all metrics the Galil ACE Gen II is what I was looking for as a functional and reliable platform to transition from the AR to more experience with the AK. 

10mm: A Rational and Ballistic Examination for Civilian Self Defense

The 10mm still provides a reliable high-power handgun round in a semi-automatic platform with near 9mm capacities in similar guns. The question is: how quickly and accurately can you fire a 10mm version compared to a 9mm version? 

Top 5 Least Favorite Carry Handguns

Throughout my tenure as a gun owner, I've found a few handguns that I'd never again carry. Some were uncomfortable, some were unreliable, and some just didn't work well for me. I've compiled a list of my top 5 least favorite carry handguns. Some might disagree with this list, but to each their own, right?

The Quest for .50 Cal: Examining Options Other Than .50 BMG

The .50 cal has always had an allure for me. There’s a certain rush shooting these bigger guns that isn’t diminished when watching a friend shoot one for the first time. So, what are some available .50 cal options without absolutely breaking the bank?

Preparing for SHOT Show 2025? What to Expect Your First Time

As I recover from another successful SHOT Show, I thought I would reflect on what I have learned over the years. It is helpful to know what SHOT Show is, how to qualify to attend, and some helpful tips for your first time attending. If you are thinking about attending in 2025, or just want an idea of how other people navigate the show, this is an article for you. If you have questions that I have not addressed, feel free to ask away in the comments.

SHOT Show 2024 Day 4: Top Handguns of Interest

Being the last day of SHOT Show 2024, I wanted to think about some of the best new handguns of interest this year. Though I appreciate all firearms, my focus has always been handguns and I am always on the lookout for anything new or interesting. SHOT Show did not disappoint, as I found many handguns that caught my interest this year, though all of my top picks are semi-automatics.

SHOT Show 2024 Day 3: My Picks for Top New Long Guns

What would be your top five long guns at SHOT Show 2024? Let me know which long guns you agree with and what guns you think I should have focused more on. I definitely will be picking a few of these up before the next SHOT Show in 2025!

SHOT Show 2024: Day 2 Coverage with Tactical Gear Reviews

Day two is in the books with another business lunch, networking, and many discussions completed. For days three and four, I will focus on the firearms that have caught my attention, so look out for my next article!

SHOT Show Day One: Overview and Focus on New Training Products

For day one of SHOT Show 2024, we directed our attention to the latest and greatest products from exhibitors that focused on training. After eight hours perusing only a third of the over 800,000 square feet of displays, here's a few of the training products that caught our eye.

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