Author Kat Ainsworth

Kat Ainsworth is an outdoor writer, author, and Field Editor for Range365. She is a contributor for an array of major industry publications including USCCA Concealed Carry Magazine, Outdoor Life, and SHOT Business. Kat is heading into her second decade of concealed carry, has been an avid hunter for decades, and has never met a firearm she didn’t want to run (she also has a penchant for big bores). If it pew-pews, it’s on. Although she is now a full-time outdoor writer her background is eclectic and includes K9 Search-and-Rescue and emergency veterinary medicine.

Pistol

8 Best .45 ACP Pistols (That Aren't 1911s)

Want a .45 pistol...but not the 1911? We've got you covered with our top 7 picks of modern handguns that minimize recoil and maximize capacity of the .45 ACP. (Read)

How-To

[Guide] How To Shoot a Pistol One Handed: Tips, Tricks, & Drills

You might not always be able to use both hands to shoot your pistol. We go over helpful tips, tricks, and drills to master how to shoot a pistol one handed. (Read)

Safety

Firearm Self-Defense with Your Children Present

Hold their hand, drop your baby, what do you do in a firearm self-defense scenario when you have your children around? We go through all the scenarios. (Read)

Observations

Remembering Operation Red Wings: What Happened?

Operation Red Wings is one of the darkest times in SEAL team history and the inspiration behind the movie Lone Survivor. So what exactly happened? (Read)

Beginner's Guide

Top 5 Firearms Instructors (That You Can Still Learn From)

Want to learn shooting from the best? We gather our favorite firearm instructors from all around the US. Now get your learn on! (Read)

Ammo

Hague Convention: Does It Only Allow FMJ vs Hollow Point Ammo?

Can the US armed forced only use full metal jacket (FMJ) ammo instead of hollow points? Does this affect what you should use for self-defense? Answers! (Read)

Gun Reviews

[Review] HK VP9: Better Than Glock?

The VP9 is H&K's entry into the striker-fired handgun arena but does it beat Glock? We hands-on review it for reliability, accuracy, value, and more. (Read)

Safety

De-Escalation & Secondary Measures for Gun Owners

You can't shoot all your problems away. We cover some de-escalation techniques and secondary measures for gun owners and concealed carriers. (Read)

Observations

History of Gun Media: What's Changed?

How has gun media changed from its start in the 1900s to the golden age of print magazines and now to internet publications? And what's next? (Read)

Ammo

The Ammo Equation: How Much Ammo Do You Really Need?

How much ammo do you really need for each caliber and firearm? We dive into the "ammo equation" and even throw in how many magazines you need for each gun. (Read)

How-To

How to Buy a Used Gun [Ultimate Guide]

Want to save some money by buying a used gun? We go over how to choose the right gun to buy, a checklist of things to look over, and where to buy. (Read)

1911

1911 Series 70 vs Series 80: What's the Best?

What's the difference? We go over everything from the safety, bushing, and hammer in the Series 70 and Series 90 1911s to see which is the best for you. (Read)

Beginner's Guide

10 Things New Gun Owners Need to Know

Got a new gun? Here's 10 things you've got to know to stay safe, shoot accurately, and not look like a newbie at the range. (Read)

Safety

Kids and Guns 101: Safety, Age, & Recommendations

Want to get your kids into the shooting sports? We go over some essential safety, the right age, and a few gun recommendations perfect for children. (Read)
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