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I’ve been writing articles for gun magazines since 1989, and making my living at it since 1992. In the past on Self-Defense-Handguns.com I’ve offered downloads of some of my old articles for sale on a pay-per-view basis. Although that made me money, I’ve since decided it serves this site’s users better to simply put my old articles out there for free. This is not pay-per-view, these are free articles for you to read. In some cases these are direct scans of old articles, in others the publishers have provided me the original PDFs. Scanning and adding more of my old articles will be an ongoing project for me; feel free to stop by often for new stuff.

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Loading Plated Bullets (Dillon’s Blue Press, June 2017) New!

My First-Sold, Never-Published Gun Magazine Article (1989)
Concealment With Style (Petersen’s Handguns, June 1990)
Combat Weaponcraft: Lethal Force Institute (Soldier of Fortune, January 1993)
Second Chance Body Armor: Up Close & Personal (S.W.A.T., April 1993)\
Colt’s Special Combat Government Model (Handguns, September 1993)
What Is the Best Combat Shooting Stance? (Handguns, September 1993)
Kydex Knife Sheaths for the 20th Century (S.W.A.T., May 1994)
Wilson’s Gun Maintenance Videos (S.W.A.T., September 1995)
The Credit Card Companion (S.W.A.T., May 1997)
Blackjack Classic Model 1-7 Vs. the Randall Model 1 (S.W.A.T., August 1997)
Handgun Ready Positions (Gun World, July 1999)
Why You Need a 1911 (Gun World, October 1999)
How to Grip the Combat Handgun (Gun World, March 2000)
Choosing a Duty Pistol (Gun World, June 2000)
Dream Gun! Custom Carry from Wilson Combat (Gun World, August 2000)
How to Choose Your Guns for Cowboy Action Shooting (Gun World, January 2001)
How to Be a ‘Speed Demon’ Pistolero! (Gun World, March 2001)
How Fast Is Your Holster? (Gun World, May 2001)
To Conceal or Not to Conceal? (Laser-Cast Shooter’s Journal, Summer 2001)
Wolff’s Variable Power Recoil Springs (Laser-Cast Shooter’s Journal, Summer 2001)
How Often Should I Change My Recoil Spring? (Laser-Cast Shooter’s Journal, Summer 2001)
The 1911 .45 Auto – Absolutely the Gun of the Future (Laser-Cast Shooter’s Journal, Autumn 2001)
IPSC Vs. IDPA Explained (Laser-Cast Shooter’s Journal, Autumn 2001)
My Coolest Shot (Dillon’s Blue Press, October 2002)
The New Face of Combat Handgunning (Gun World, December 2002)
The Officer’s Parabellum (Gun World, January 2003)
The First-Ever Factory Gun Nationals (Gun World, February 2003)
David Olhasso: Grand Master With a SIG (Sigarms Velocity, May 2003)
T9: Kahr’s “Big” 9mm (Gun World, October 2003)
Customizing the SIG for Competition (Sigarms Velocity, Winter 2003)
Everything Turns Gray: The Bruce Gray Interview (Sigarms Velocity, Winter 2003)
Common Sense 1911 Modifications (Gun World, February 2004)
SIG Captures the House of 1911: The Ernest Langdon Interview (Sigarms Velocity, Spring 2004)
Kimber’s “Rimfire Super” Pistol (Gun World, September 2004)
How to Make Your AR Run (Book of the AR-15, August 2005)
JP Enterprises’ Competition Tactical Rifle (Book of the AR-15, August 2005)
Rainier Ballistics’ Leadsafe Bullets (Dillon’s Blue Press, May 2006)
Caspian’s 1911 Pocketsmith (Dillon’s Blue Press, June 2006)
Video Review: Shotgun Mastery (Dillon’s Blue Press, July 2006)
Nowlin’s Bobtail Carry Pistol (Gun World, August 2006)
Heavy Metal (Dillon’s Blue Press, October 2006)
The Winning Ways of Glock’s Top Guns (Glock Annual, 2006)
The Kahr PM9 (Dillon’s Blue Press, February 2007)
Higher Capacity Glock Magazines (Dillon’s Blue Press, April 2007)
STI’s Spartan .45 (Dillon’s Blue Press, May 2007)
Video Review: “Shooter Ready?” (Dillon’s Blue Press, June 2007)
De-Mooning & Re-Mooning (Dillon’s Blue Press, July 2007)
Mods and Odds (The Book of the AR-15, August 2007)
Just How Awesome Is the Glock 34? (Dillon’s Blue Press, October 2007)
The Dillon Leather/Mitch Rosen Stylemaster-DL Shoulder Holster (Dillon’s Blue Press, November 2007)
Kimber’s Compact Aegis Ultra II 9mm (Dillon’s Blue Press, February 2008)
C-More Systems’ Red Dot Sights (Dillon’s Blue Press, March 2008)
Video Review: 3GM (Dillon’s Blue Press, May 2008)
MagPul’s MIAD Grip Kit (Dillon’s Blue Press, August 2008)
Laser-Cast Bullets (Dillon’s Blue Press, September 2008)
Video Review: 3GM2 (Dillon’s Blue Press, December 2008)
The Glock 21 SF (Dillon’s Blue Press, November 2008)
Brian Enos’ Slide-Glide (Dillon’s Blue Press, January 2009)
Lone Wolf Distributors’ Glock Barrels (Dillon’s Blue Press, March 2009)
Gremlins Are Stealing My Trigger Springs (Dillon’s Blue Press, April 2009)
Loading the .45 Colt for Cowboy Action Shooting (Dillon’s Blue Press, September 2009)
“Let’s Make a Big Production Out of It!” (Dillon’s Blue Press, November 2009)
The Ruger SR-556 (Dillon’s Blue Press, February 2010)
The Martial Gamesman (Dillon’s Blue Press, March 2010)
Bruce Bennett, Bionic Shooter (Dillon’s Blue Press, May 2010)
Arredondo Accessories: The High(er) Capacity Magazine (Dillon’s Blue Press, July 2010)
Hit Factor: Beyond Stand and Shoot (S.W.A.T., September 2010)
Why I Love My Glock 17 (Dillon’s Blue Press, December 2010)
Heckler & Koch’s 45 Compact (The Original, Totally Honest Version)
Heckler & Koch’s New Compact .45 (The Raped Version) (Gun World, December 2010)
Larry Correia, Monster Hunter (Dillon’s Blue Press, January 2011)
The Golf Club Technique (Dillon’s Blue Press, February 2011)
Advanced Defensive Handgun Training at the Firearms Academy of Seattle (Concealed Carry Magazine, February/March 2011)
Heckler & Koch’s P30 9mm (Dillon’s Blue Press, March 2011)
The Intensive Handgun Skills Speed Shooting Practice Drills (Concealed Carry Magazine, February/March 2011)
STI’s Very Important Pistol (Dillon’s Blue Press, April 2011)
Kimber’s Ultra CDP II 9mm (Dillon’s Blue Press, June 2011)
The Case for Kydex (Concealed Carry Magazine, July 2011)
STI’s Spartan 9 (Dillon’s Blue Press, August 2011)
STI’s GP6 (Gun World, August 2011)
The Prodigal Revolver (Dillon’s Blue Press, November 2011)
“Never Try to Follow Up Perfection While Showing Off” (Dillon’s Blue Press, January 2012)
Don’t Shoot – RUN! (Dillon’s Blue Press, April 2012)
The Case for Mirror Image Holsters (Concealed Carry Magazine, July 2012)
One-Hand-Only Double Feed Clearance (Dillon’s Blue Press, September 2012)
The Offside Draw (Concealed Carry Magazine, October 2012)
New York Reload Meets the Auto Pistol (S.W.A.T., July 2014)
Galco’s Original Jackass Rig (Dillon’s Blue Press, September 2014)
Kicks Like a Mare’s Leg (Dillon’s Blue Press, November 2015)
Chip McCormick 9mm 1911 Magazines (Dillon’s Blue Press, December 2015)
Magpul PMAG 17 GL9 Magazines (Dillon’s Blue Press, December 2015)
Why the .45 GAP Failed (Dillon’s Blue Press, March 2016)
There’s Nothing New Under the Sun (Dillon’s Blue Press, May 2016)
Let’s Hold on to the High Ground! (Dillon’s Blue Press, June 2016)
Chamber Empty = Suicide (Dillon’s Blue Press, August 2016)
How Important Are Uniforms to Shooting Skill? (From a Guy Who Used to Wear One) (A Self-Defense-Handguns.com Exclusive!, August 2016)
Action Shooting International: A Move & Shoot Sport for Everyone (Dillon’s Blue Press, September 2016)
Cayla’s Rifle (Dillon’s Blue Press, November 2016)
The Hand-Sized Pistol Championship (Dillon’s Blue Press, November 2016)
Modding the Glock (Because Stock Does Not, In Fact, Rock) (The Tactical Journal, Winter 2016)
Cameron’s Rifle (Dillon’s Blue Press, December 2016)
The 5×5 Drill (Dillon’s Blue Press, January 2017)
Silly Things You’ve Seen at IDPA Matches (Dillon’s Blue Press, March 2017)
40,000 (Plus) Rounds With a Glock 34 (Dillon’s Blue Press, March 2017)
Arredondo Accessories’ Extra-Capacity Floorplates for Magpul Glock Magazines (Dillon’s Blue Press, April 2017)
My Favorite Knife (Dillon’s Blue Press, May 2017)