Richard L. Johnson is a veteran police officer and trainer who publishes, a police training community. Richard also publishes, a firearms news and reviews site.
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  • Breaking in a new defensive handgun

    Breaking in a new defensive handgun

    So, you got a shiny new pistol you plan on carrying or keeping around the house for self defense.  Great!  But, how do you know it will work when you need it to? Over the years, I’ve answered many questions | Read More »

  • Decisive Action: Don’t let the bastards kill you

    Decisive Action: Don’t let the bastards kill you

    When a citizen tries to negotiate in the face of imminent violence, the citizen is going to lose. Tense situations can be de-escalated. People intent on doing you harm, however, are more likely to leave you cold and lifeless than to parley.

  • Review: RKBA holsters - Quality holsters at a reasonable price

    Review: RKBA holsters – Quality holsters at a reasonable price

    Looking for a quality holster for a relatively inexpensive price?  How about one made here in the US by a small businessman who is happy to work with you for a custom project?  Take a look at RKBA Holsters. I | Read More »

  • A light for every occasion

    The world of tactical lights has evolved a great deal in recent years. Tactical lights were once expensive tools with short run times and relatively weak output compared to today’s lights. Today, high output lights are made by a variety of manufacturers. Many of them use LEDs to produce very bright light and achieve remarkable run times.

  • The new gun culture

    But the new generation of gun owners no longer fit the old-school sportsmen look of yesteryear. The new generation of gun owners are fiercely independent, yet socially active – especially in the online space. The new generation comes from urban centers as well as middle America. New gun owners are of all genders, colors, creeds and social strata. They are not Elmer Fudd.

  • Emerald Trace? - CTC introduces new green lasers

    Emerald Trace? – CTC introduces new green lasers

    Crimson Trace announced new green lasers for a variety of handguns. Specially designed new green lasers will mount to the various Glock pistols, the Springfield XD and XD(M) handguns and 1911 pistols from Kimber and Smith & Wesson. Additionally, the company is making a green laser in the Rail Master line, allowing a shooter to mount a generic green laser aiming device to any pistol with a Picatinny-type rail.

  • TekMat Bench Mats: The gun cleaning accessory you will want to show off

    The TekMat line of gun mats are of good quality, and have the feel of a high-end mouse pad. The bottom of the mats are rubber, which provides good cushion for your guns. The rubber backing also provides excellent traction so your mat will not slide across a table top.

  • Home Training Tips:  Low Cost Ways to Improve Your Defensive Shooting

    Home Training Tips: Low Cost Ways to Improve Your Defensive Shooting

    When I first started carrying a gun for a living, I bought a Dillon Square Deal progressive loader in .38 Special. I’m not sure how many thousands of rounds I cranked out using that simple, but very effective, loading machine. Although reloading can be a fun hobby, I saw ammo production as a tool to get more time on the range – and it helped do exactly that.

  • Buying guns at auction: Treasures on the cheap

    Don’t hesitate to keep a few reference books out in the car either. I’ve relied on the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson and the Standard Catalog of Colt on a few occasions to identify guns that I could not locate in the Blue Book or elsewhere online. The publisher, Gun Digest, also prints Standard Catalog books for Winchester, Remington and Browning.

  • Smith & Wesson updates SD line

    Smith & Wesson recently updated the SD line of pistols with the new SD9 VE and SD40 VE handguns.  I previously reviewed the original SD40 and found that gun to be an exceptional value.  I still believe the SD40 is | Read More »

  • Gun Arguments: Aspirin, Stitches and Hospital Visits

    Gun Arguments: Aspirin, Stitches and Hospital Visits

    There are a lot of ways to start a bar fight. You could start talking to the girlfriend of a outlaw biker, or you could walk into a Tuscaloosa bar on a Saturday night after the Iron Bowl and yell | Read More »

  • Smith & Wesson 642: My constant companion

    Smith & Wesson 642: My constant companion

    Belly gun. Pocket gun. Backup gun. These are all terms I have heard for the Smith & Wesson Centennial revolvers, and all can be accurate.  The Centennials are the small revolvers made by S&W with internal hammers, giving them a | Read More »

  • Glock 19: Rough and ready

    Glock 19: Rough and ready

    Probably one of the most popular handguns in modern times is the Glock 19.  Sure, it’s not pretty.  What it is, though, is reliable.  And for a fighting handgun, is there any trait more desirable? Falling somewhere between the typical | Read More »

  • SIG SAUER 1911 Carry Nitron Review

    SIG SAUER 1911 Carry Nitron Review

    Oxymoron:  a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction; example: SIG 1911. When introduced several years ago, I thought someone had spiked my brownies.  I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.  A SIG 1911?  A SIG | Read More »

  • SIG SAUER P226

    The SIG SAUER P226 has been the ultimate fighting handgun in the minds of many people ever since it was introduced more than quarter-century ago.  Much of the gun’s mystique comes from its service with the elite US Navy SEALs. | Read More »

  • Open Carry thoughts

    Open Carry thoughts

    Open carry of firearms in the United States is a source of regular debate among Second Amendment advocates.  Some people see open carry as a social or political statement, while others merely see it as a convenient way to carry | Read More »

  • Good Gunleather: Milt Sparks Summer Special II

    Gunleather is one the things few things left in America where old-world craftsmanship is still appreciated.  Most folks are looking for the instant gratification of getting their new gear RIGHT NOW.  But shooters still understand that working leather into a | Read More »

  • Fast and Furious: One cop’s perspective

    Ethics can be defined as principles that guide a person’s actions.  I was once told that being ethical was doing the right thing even when nobody is looking. When entering police work, I took an oath to defend the innocent, | Read More »

  • Charter Arms Off Duty

    In the world of defensive handgun shooting, there are several guns that stand out as being very useful tools.  The “hammerless” revolvers are one of the constant favorites for many people. The classic hammerless wheelgun is the Smith & Wesson | Read More »

  • New guns not seen at SHOT

    The annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoors Trade (SHOT) Show is typically where many manufacturers announce new products and show them off to the media and distributors.  However, there are 51 other weeks throughout the year during which gun makers can | Read More »