Month: April 2017

  • Lee Jurras Passes On

    Lee Jurras passed away Monday the 24th. A true pioneer has moved on. Lee didn’t invent the jacketed hollowpoint, but he certainly popularized it with his ammo company, Super Vel. At a time when most police and normal citizens were using round nosed bullets, or semi-wadcutters, and loading a 148-gr. wadcutter backwards was considered really…

  • Low Light Shooting With All-Black Sights

    I mentioned last month shooting this little local pistol league match, two stages on an indoor range, the stages were identical except one stage was shot with the lights turned on, the second with most of the lights turned off. Shot stage 2 last month using a flashlight with the “syringe” technique, which did not…

  • My Favorite Knife

    AND NOW,  A SELF-DEFENSE-HANDGUNS.COM EXCLUSIVE There were several photos submitted with this article but not used in the published version. Here they are, along with the captions. Both scales were decorated by famous engraver John Muns. The blade is almost completed serrated along the cutting edge, with a flat grind to the last half an…

  • Magpul PMAG 17 GL9 Magazines

    I joked with my editor at Dillon’s Blue Press, Mark Pixler, that the December 2015 issue should have been titled the Special Duane Thomas Magazine Reviews Issue. In addition to my review of the Chip McCormick 10-round 9mm 1911 magazines, we also had this piece on the then-new Magpul Glock 17 mags.

  • On the 9mm Revolver

    Words of wisdom from John Farnam. 4 Apr 17 “Bullet-jump” with light-weight revolvers, particularly those chambered for 9mm: Last weekend, during a Defensive Handgun Course, a student brought a Ruger five-shot revolver, chambered in 9mm. During an exercise, shooting factory 115gr hardball from a well-known and reputable manufacturer, a bullet jumped forward far enough to…

  • Reader Feedback

    “Duane hands down writes the best, most thoughtful and thorough articles in the business, backed up by facts, experience and empirical testing and data. His articles on the 9mm and certain custom gunsmiths cannot be beat!” -Jeffery Kupferberg from Facebook Wow. If I ever need a publicity agent, I’m hiring this guy.

  • Chip McCormick 9mm 1911 Magazines

    Given my recent commentary on the Wilson ESP Classic, and how well it works with the Chip McCormick Corporation’s stainless steel 10-round 9mm 1911 magazines, it’s appropriate I post this review of the CMC mags from Dillon’s Blue Press to my website’s Free Articles page.

  • Back From the Range 4/3/2017

    Back from the range; another 263 rounds of 9mm has gone downrange. The range session was to give the Wilson ESP Classic a workout. The name “ESP” does not mean this gun has extra-sensory perception, or that if you shoot it, you will. It’s a version of Wilson’s well-established Classic Model in 9mm, intended to…