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The Smith and Wesson SD VE Semi-Auto Pistols

The Best Defensive Handgun Value on the Market.


Smith and Wesson Performance Center Firearms

The Smith and Wesson Performance Center, which is now its own brand under the Smith and Wesson banner, provides specialized services and products which the average gun purchaser may not be aware of.


Building and Keeping Traditions

Making Christmas memories that last a lifetime.


Defensive Handguns for Women

Women today are significantly represented among the ranks of first time gun owners.


Review: The Glock 43

A review on Glock's first single stack 9mm pistol.


Springfield Armory Hit the Range 2016

Between November 4th - 6th, be the first to try out the highly anticipated SAINT™ from Springfield.


Crimson Trace Laser Sights

Giving defensive shooters the tactical advantage for 22 years.


Keep it Clean - The Basics of Firearm Cleaning and Maintenance

Breaking down what the newcomer to the shooting world needs to properly clean and maintain their firearm.


Welcome, First Time Gun Buyer!

Follow these steps to feel more comfortable when purchasing a firearm for the first time.


Auto Ordnance and Inland Manufacturing M1 Carbines-Excellent Close Range Defensive Options

With a less offensive look than the AR15 and AK47, the M1 Carbine is off the radar screen of the anti-gun, anti-freedom crowd.


Join the NRA through Vance Outdoors

Right now, all NRA memberships are being discounted through the NRA when you sign up with Vance Outdoors.


Ruger 10/22 Review

In the last few years, exacting .22 rimfire replicas of famous centerfire rifles and carbines have literally exploded in popularity.


Century Arms S47 AKs - Russian Ingenuity/Made in USA Quality

Invented by Mikhail Kalishnikov and introduced in the former Soviet Union in 1947, the AK has a lot going for it.


Springfield Armory Range Officer Stainless 1911 .45 Review

A thorough review of the Springfield Armory Range Officer.


Smith and Wesson's .22 Magnum 351 PD Revolver

Review: Smith and Wesson's .22 Magnum 351 PD Revolver

A thorough review on Smith and Wesson's lightweight 7 shot ccw defender.


Exploring Mineral Site Benefits

Exploring Mineral Site Benefits

Using minerals will promote an overall healthier herd and antler growth for a buck.


Top Five Shotguns

Top 5 Shotguns

The Top 5 series continues with my list of favorite shotguns.


NRA 2016 Annual Meeting and Conference is in Nearby Louisville, Kentucky

Mark Your Calendar

NRA 2016 Annual Meeting and Conference is in Nearby Louisville, Kentucky.


Top Five Defensive Handguns

Top 5 Defensive Handguns

These choices are from actual experience with these guns. The number 1 choice is a gun I would not part with under any circumstance.


Mace Brand Triple Action Pepper Spray

Mace Brand Triple Action Pepper Spray - An Effective Component of Layered Self-Defense

There are times when the law abiding come under physical threat where deadly force is not justified for self-defense.


Top 5 Defensive and Survival Rifles

Top 5 Defensive and Survival Rifles

These choices are from actual experience with these guns. The number 1 choice is a gun I would not part with under any circumstance.


Ruger Mini-14 carbine review

The Ruger Mini-14: Ultra-Reliable 5.56mm Defense Capable Carbine

The Ruger Mini-14, a scaled down .223/5.56mm semi-automatic carbine based on the .30-06 M-1 Garand and the .308 caliber M-14, hit the market in 1974 as an alternative to the AR15.


The Armed Citizen in the Age of Terror

The Armed Citizen in the Age of Terror

The opening shots of this process have been fired - but what can the armed, or about to be armed citizen do about it?


The Christmas .22 Rifle Tradition

The Christmas .22 Rifle Tradition

The .22 caliber rifle has traditionally been the first real firearm that kids receive under the tree.


Hillary Clinton and Common Sense Gun Control

Hillary Clinton and Common Sense Gun Control

Debunking the Common Sense Gun Control debate.


Remington 870 Review

The Remington 870 Pump Shotgun: Time Tested Defense/Utility/Hunting Tool

Whatever version of the 870 you choose, you can't go wrong.


Ruger Precision 308 Rifle Review

The .308 Ruger Precision Rifle - Custom Rifle Excellence at Production Price

The Ruger Precision Rifle is designed as a highly portable, lightweight solution to tactical problems or sporting use.


Glock .40 Caliber Police Trade Pistols

Consider a Glock .40 for Defense

With police trades on the rise, there's no better time to buy a used Glock.


Carrying Two Guns While Travelling

The Walther CCP: Cutting Edge Single Stack 9mm Ideal for Carry or Home Defense

If you appreciate accuracy, comfortable shooting and smooth operation, the CCP is well worth the money.


Carrying Two Guns While Travelling

Carrying Two Guns While Travelling

Travelling outside of Ohio? Consider bringing a backup gun along for the ride.


Sig Sauer P229: Classic Mid-Size 9mm with Modern Updates

Sig Sauer P229: Classic Mid-Size 9mm with Modern Updates

The P229 is a pistol that will give you a lifetime of quality service, whether used for concealed carry, home defense, or recreational shooting.


Why buy police trade in guns

Police Duty Weapon Trade-Ins: Affordable Self-Defense Options

Buying a police duty trade-in firearm can save you a lot!


Here's what you need to know about the range maintenance for the week of July 27-31.

July Shooting Range Maintenance

Here's what you need to know about the range maintenance for the week of July 27-31.


Ohio House Bill 147 and What it Means for You.

Ohio House Bill 147 and What it Means for You

Ohio H.B 147 seeks to make a rather drastic overhaul of Ohio's Concealed Carry Permit System which began in 2004.


Bond Arms' Derringers Deliver a Classic One-Two Punch.

Bond Arms' Derringers Deliver a Classic One-Two Punch

Bond Arms take on a 19th Century compact self-defense firearm, the Derringer, makes this two shot defender 21st Century capable.


Send a Veteran to Washington D.C

Send a Veteran to Washington D.C

Honor Flight Columbus is helping veterans reach war memorials at no cost to them.


The SCCY CPX-2 Pistol

SCCY CPX-2 CB 9mm: USA Manufactured Quality Self-Defense Pistol at a Bargain Price

Sometimes, quality and reliability come at an unexpectedly reasonable price.


The Pump Shotgun: Ultimate Castle Defender

The Pump Shotgun: Ultimate Castle Defender

The pump shotgun can be considered a primary home defense weapon.


Taking Aim at Breast Cancer

Taking Aim at Breast Cancer

Help us do our part to wipe out Breast Cancer for good!


Advanced Defensive Revolver Operation Course

Advanced Defensive Revolver Operation Course

Details on the upcoming Advanced Revolver Course held at Vance Outdoors Obetz.


Mothers Day at the Vance Outdoors Shooting Range

Save & Shoot: Mother's Day at the Range

If you're still looking for Mother's Day ideas, look no further. Vance Outdoors has you covered!


Shooting the Glock 43 at the Range

Video: Glock 43 Review

Aaron and JB review the Glock 43 by test firing and comparing the new 9mm single stack pistol with the Glock 42 and 26 at the Vance Outdoors Shooting Range.


Streamlight ProTac 1AAA-Mini Tactical Light

The Streamlight ProTac 1AAA Tactical Light is an affordable, yet quality flashlight.


AK-47 vs AR-15 Firing at the Range

Video: AK-47 vs AR-15 Comparison At the Range

Aaron and JB visit the Vance Outdoors Shooting Range to finish their AK-47 and AR-15 comparison by firing both rifles.


Glock Days 2015

Glock Days 2015 at Vance Outdoors

This year's Glock Days may be the best one to date.


Ruger Retailer of the Year

Ruger's Retailer of the Year Award goes to Vance Outdoors

Vance Outdoors receives its second award this year as Retailer of the Year in the firearms industry.


The S&W 642 .38 Special Revolver: Concealed Carry Excellence in a Lightweight Package

As a police officer, the Smith and Wesson Model 642 was my most often carried handgun of choice when off-duty. And after 15 years, it's still my top choice for concealed carry.


AK-47 vs AR-15

Video: AK-47 vs AR-15 Comparison

Aaron and JB give a basic understanding of the AK-47 and AR-15 platform, noting the positives, negatives and differences between two of the most popular modern sporting rifles available today.


Carrying a Double-Action Revolver for Self Defense

A double-action revolver can be a great choice for concealed carry, but is it the right choice for you?


Choosing the Best Ammo for Self Defense

For the new defensive handgun user, choosing which type of ammunition to use for self-defense can be somewhat bewildering. But relax and read on, because the question of which defensive ammo to select is fairly easy to solve.


The Handheld Tactical Light

A handheld tactical light is another piece of essential equipment that those, who are seeking to be prepared for any eventuality, should always have on their person.


Understanding the Basics of the Glock Pistol System

The Glock pistol is undoubtedly one of the most popular series of pistols in the world, even though it had a rather inauspicious beginning in 1982.


Concealed Carry 101: Understanding Basic Concealment Carry Modes

There are three basic modes of firearms concealment that should accommodate any conceivable situation for those who carry lawfully concealed firearms.


Intermediate Force Options: Preparing For Any Defensive Circumstance

Most situations that require the use of force to control suspects do not require deadly force.


Being a Good Witness

Carrying a lawfully concealed firearm is a much more serious venture than using a firearm for home defense.


Handgun Mounted Tactical Lights: The Home Court Defensive Advantage

Choosing the best handgun light and deciding whether it makes sense for every defensive situation.


Review: Sig Sauer 9mm P320 Carry

SIG's First Foray into Striker Fired Polymer Pistols is a Huge Success.


Review: Smith and Wesson M&P15-22

Smith & Wesson's Rimfire Replica of the 5.56mm M&P15 is Training and Self-Defense Capable.


Championship of the Universe

Video: Jason Hornady vs. Todd Vance Shooting Competition

Jason Hornady (Hornady Ammunition) vs. Todd Vance (Vance Outdoors) competing at the range for the "Championship of the Universe".


Selecting a Concealed Carry Handgun

When it comes to choosing the best concealed carry handgun, every person is different in terms of capabilities and skills, along with defensive needs and financial status, so clearly one size or one answer will not fit all.


There Are Indoor Shooting Ranges and There Are Shooting Facilities...

The new Vance Outdoors location in Obetz is a shooting FACILITY. Not only that, it is, simply put, the finest indoor range facility in all of Ohio.


Indoor Shooting Range

Video: Advanced Features Sneak Peek of the Vance Outdoors Shooting Range

A sneak peek at some Advanced Features of the new Vance Outdoors Shooting Range. Opening October 17th, 2014 in Obetz, Ohio.


Jim Triplett Firing the First Shots Down Range

Video: First Shot on the Vance Outdoors Shooting Range

A first look at the new Vance Outdoors Shooting Range, opening October 17th, 2014 in Obetz, Ohio. The honor of firing the first shot goes to Jim Triplett.