Jim Davis served in the PA Dept. of Corrections for 16 ½ years as a corrections officer in the State Correctional Institute at Graterford and later at SCI Phoenix. He served on the Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT), several of those years as a sniper, and also the Fire Emergency Response Team (FERT). For 25 years, he was a professional instructor, teaching topics including Defensive Tactics, Riot Control and Tactical Operations, Immediate Responder, and cognitive programs as an adjunct instructor at the DOC Training Academy. He was then promoted to the title of corrections counselor, where he ran a caseload and facilitated cognitive therapy classes to inmates. His total service time was close to 29 years. He was involved in many violent encounters on duty, including incidents of fatalities. He is a dedicated Christian and attributes any skills that he has to the glory of God.

Maglula Universal Pistol Mag Loader/Unloader: Is It Worth A Darn?

At first, it was awkward for me to operate the Maglula Mag Loader , but after a few rounds I got the hang of it. After a short time, I got to the point where I could load one round about every second. Even magazines with extremely stiff springs posed no challenge to the loader.

Taurus 85 Total Titanium: A Quality Revolver

The little wheel gun functioned well at the range, as expected. The recoil was stout but manageable.

Sig Sauer P365: Will It Trip Your Trigger?

I immediately bought an optional 12-round magazine, which extends the grip slightly, making it very easy to get a solid, comfortable purchase on the Sig Sauer P365.

The FN Reflex Vs. Springfield’s Hellcat: There’s A Clear Winner

Today, we'll be pitting two micro-9mm pistols – the Springfield Hellcat and the FN Reflex – against each other to consider their differences and attributes. After we put them through their paces, we'll declare a winner. You will likely be surprised at who the winner is; the decision is very clear-cut for me.

Federal’s OOO Buckshot: Bucking The System

Federal advises that their OOO buckshot load has eight pellets and the overall payload of the pellets is 1 1/4 ounces. That's a massive payload delivered to the target with one pull of the trigger, and it all arrives simultaneously.

Blackhawk’s Shotgun Bandolier: A Game Changer

Blackhawk's 12 Gauge Bandolier sells for $28.99 at the time of writing, and I believe it represents a solid buy for what the consumer gets. The bandoleer is built very robustly and should last for a lifetime.

Range Essentials: A Gun Day Fun Day List

A few items mentioned here could even be appreciated by seasoned shooters, as they can add to the overall range experience. No matter how experienced we are, let us never fall into the trap of thinking we know it all. I'm still learning, and I've been shooting for close to 50 years.

Smith & Wesson 640-1: A Snubby With Venom!

If you're in the market for an extremely potent self-defense handgun that will fit into a pocket, this is a good one. Loaded with lighter .38 Special rounds, the recoil and muzzle blast are quite manageable. When stoked with heavier Magnum loads, it will be a force to be reckoned with, capable of serious penetration.

Why Wear Shooting Glasses?

With affordable shooting glasses and eye protection available, there is absolutely no reason that anyone has to be without such protection at the range and elsewhere. Given the dangers that firearms, BB guns, airsoft guns, and others offer, the need for eye protection is very real. We only have two eyes, and risking them is simply unacceptable. Just ask Ralphie - he nearly shot his eye out!

Least Favorite Handguns I’ve Ever Owned

Those of us who have been into guns for any length of time have probably experienced one or more that we didn't really warm up to. Maybe we didn't care for the feel of the handgun. Perhaps it was unreliable. Or maybe inaccurate. There are a host of things that can sour our attitude toward a handgun. Let's take a look at a few handguns I've owned over the years that I just didn't care for very much.

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