Thanks, But No Thanks

December 2019 - Gun Tests Magazine


Folks who live outside Texas often think that my home state is so pro-gun that nothing resembling gun-control legislation has a chance of passing. I wish that were true. In Houston, where the Gun Tests editorial offices are located, Precinct Two Commissioner Adrian Garcia has requested that the Harris County Commission discuss and consider a resolution supporting so-called “universal background checks” (UBCs) on all firearm sales.



Seeing Red Over Red Flag Laws

November 2019 - Gun Tests Magazine


I recently came across an essay by Dr. John Edeen, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon in San Antonio and the membership director for Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership (DRGO.us). DRGO is a nationwide advocacy and watchdog group of physicians and other health professionals who promote gun safety and who seek to prevent injury and death “through wise use [of firearms] and lawful self defense.” Part of the DRGO mission statement says, “We teach what science shows — that guns in responsible hands save lives, reduce injuries, and protect property by preventing violent crime.”



Lefties Sound Off On Holsters

October 2019 - Gun Tests Magazine


Reader Murrell likes the look of the Blackhawk ARC, but not the gun fit. Reader Brendan shows how to enjoy a good Gun Tests read in style and comfort. And Reader Paul mixed shooting and sparking well.

I Believe Them

October 2019 - Gun Tests Magazine

One of the issues gun owners face is whom to believe when politicians stake out policy positions on gun controls they would implement if they are elected to higher office.

The Value of Ankle Med Kits

September 2019 - Gun Tests Magazine

Reader field-tests the Rescue Essentials kit on the job for years and has some thoughts on its usefulness and drawbacks. Reader GW points out that some states have outlawed self-defense coverage.

So Many Good Guns

September 2019 - Gun Tests Magazine

But I believe real-life owners of guns — purchasers — usually tell more truth about product performance in the comments sections of various retailers. I assiduously read such comments, looking for online complaints that are worth checking out when I buy our guns and shoot them head to head. If we can’t duplicate an issue that has come up, we don’t report it — it’s just gossip if we can’t document it ourselves. But, occasionally, a nugget will drop out of the online compost, making the experience worthwhile

A Good Time to Buy

July 2019 - Gun Tests Magazine

It seems gun companies are suffering from a lack of “fear-based buying” because consumers aren’t worried about stricter gun control while Donald Trump is in office. Also, ammo sales have been hit by consumers buying fewer bullets because they stockpiled during past scares, according to Markets Insider, a stock-tracking firm (Markets@BusinessInsider.com).

NICS Gets Attention, Good and Bad

January 2018 - Gun Tests Magazine

The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) has been getting a lot of attention recently. If you’ll recall, a court-martialed Air Force veteran purchased a rifle illegally and used it to kill 25 people inside a Sutherland Springs, Texas, church on Nov. 5. Turns out that the Air Force had not provided the FBI with details of the court martial. The Air Force also missed the shooter’s initial arrest on domestic-abuse charges and his 2012 escape from a New Mexico behavioral health facility. Had NICS been properly updated, it’s likely the system would have blocked the sale of the murder weapon to the shooter.

10 Things Gun Owners Get Wrong About Their Self-Defense Rights

November 2017 - Gun Tests Magazine

For six years, I was an attorney for a national firearms legal-defense program. I represented gun owners who acted in self-defense and traveled the country speaking on firearms issues. I’ve taken countless questions regarding a person’s legal right to self-defense. Over the years, I started to see a pattern — people have the same questions. From your brand-new gun owner to the seasoned carrier, the questions and misconceptions were the same. I’ve heard it all, and nothing catches me off-guard, so I’ve drawn on these experiences to put together the top 10 misconceptions gun owners have when it comes to their self-defense rights.

After Las Vegas

November 2017 - Gun Tests Magazine

The first dreadful pieces of news coming out of Las Vegas on Sunday, October 1, coalesced into yawning horror that would grip a nation and sadden our world. Fifty-nine people were dead and hundreds injured at the hands of a lone sniper, who had secreted more than 20 rifles and handguns on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. From that perch, the shooter had uninterrupted views of the Las Vegas Strip and the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a three-day country music concert, that kicked off at the Las Vegas Village, a venue across the Strip from the Luxor hotel and the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.