Tom Stilson began his career in firearms in 2012 working the counter for a gun store. He progressed to conducting fine and collectible firearms appraisals before becoming the firearms compliance merchant for a major outdoor retailer. In 2015, he entered into public service and began his law enforcement career. Tom has worked for urban and rural agencies and obtained certifications as a firearms instructor, field trainer, and in special weapons and tactics. He enjoys time on his backyard range if he's not spending it with family or spreading his passion for firearms and law enforcement.

Modern Classics: A Review of the Beretta 80X Cheetah

The Beretta 80X Cheetah is a reliable work of modern art. But don't just take my word for it. Let’s delve into the 80X Cheetah and how it performed after more than 300 rounds through it.

.380 ACP for Defense: The Never-Ending Debate

The .380 has experienced a resurgence in popularity in the last few decades. And while the debate over the use of the .380 ACP as a defensive cartridge will continue to rage on, the .380 has an established place within the defensive firearms industry. Here's a look at the pros and cons.

The Aftermarket Trigger: How does it affect Accuracy and Speed?

With a case of ammo and shot timer in hand, I headed to the range to see just how much of a difference a trigger upgrade makes. Check out the results!

Going Gucci with your Glock: Zev Pro Flat-Face Trigger and Barrel

A few weeks ago, I finally bit the metaphorical bullet and acquired a Zev Pro Flat-Face trigger along with their Optimized barrel to upgrade my Glock 17 pistol. It was probably one of the best decisions I've ever made.

Overpressure: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?

Overpressure and the resulting concussive blast are far too often overlooked in personal defense planning. Here's why it matters.

Stealth Armor Systems: Flexible, Lightweight Rifle-Rated Armor

Stealth Armor System's Level IIIA soft armor is exceptionally light, flexible, and as thin as cardboard. Nevertheless, it performs like its thicker and heavier counterparts.

Vetting Instruction: What is Best for You?

The world of self-defense education can be overwhelming and confusing. Here's some guidance on finding instruction applicable to your needs.

Magazine Extensions: How they work and why you need them

From time immemorial, shooters have been on a quest to increase the ammunition capacity of their firearms. The early days of percussion revolvers gradually progressed to modern magazine-fed firearms and while the need for appropriate shot placement and ammunition selection remains important, the reality is you can never have enough ammunition – especially for applications involving personal protection.

The Optic or the Gun: Which Matters More?

Which matters more: a gun equipped with an optic or the quality of the firearm? We ran some tests, and after several hundred rounds in muggy Midwest summer temps, the conclusions gleaned from our testing were fascinating.

Making the Cut: Pistol Optic Cuts and Red Dot Compatibility

Red dot pistols have exploded in availability and variety over the last few years. Nearly every major firearms manufacturer offers a factory “optics ready” platform in their pistol lineup. Meanwhile, optics manufacturers continue to add to a dizzying array of pistol optics already available. As a result, those in the market for a red dot for their pistol frequently face this question: “What type of red dot fits my firearm?”

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