Guns Holsters And Gear

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Welcome to GHG, otherwise known as  We are a firearms site that focuses on reviews of guns and related gear.  We also publish a lot of news on new firearms, the SHOT Show and other things of interest to gun owners.

Reviews and News

There are two main things covered here: information about new shooting gear and reviews of the same.

News? What’s That?

SHOT SHOW AACWe report on industry news including new gun announcements, manufacturer moves and general information that is important to shooters.

If you represent a gun company, feel free to contact me with your information.  I am always accepting press releases.  Keep in mind that just because I actively seek releases, does not mean that I will publish any of them you send.

GunsHolstersAndGear readers are most interested in hearing about new shooting products.  A release on who was hired for what position is not likely to make it into print here.  On the other hand, an announcement (with photos and video) about a new line of ammo or other shooting product is likely to get coverage here.


I try to keep politics out of the discussion around here. Due to the nature of modern society, sometimes politics are a relevant part of a gun discussion. However, I do try to keep that at a minimum.

I ask that you do the same in the comments.

Product Reviews

I’ll put it simply: my gun reviews are biased toward the consumer.  I aim to give you the best information possible so you can make an informed decision.  No gun manufacturer has paid us or compensated us in any way to publish reviews here.

In addition to all kinds of firearms, I also evaluate other shooting gear.  This includes holsters, ammo, scopes, tactical flashlights, knives and more.  I also test hunting and survival gear.  If it is something of use to a firearms enthusiast, it is probably something I will test and evaluate when I get my hands on one.

MTM Survivor Ammo Can Video

Manufacturers are welcome to send products for review.  We do not guarantee that we will run a review, nor do we guarantee that anything we do review will be positive.  We are not looking to burn anyone’s product, and we have no axe to grind with anyone.

However, out first priority is to our readers.  If something does great, we will tell them that.  If something fails, we will tell them what failed and how your customer service department handled the problem.

For more information on my review policy please click here.

Who Is Behind GunsHolstersAndGear?

Richard Johnson Gun Writer

I’m Richard Johnson. I am the publisher and primary contributor on the site. There are a few others who help me out, and their information is below.

I’ve spent all of my adult life with firearms. First as an armed citizen, then as an armed security officer. Later I spent more than decade as a police officer and trainer. Now, I am just a regular armed citizen again.

My background gives me a heavy bias toward practical firearms designed for self-defense and other serious business. However, I’ve also spent quite a bit of time doing recreational shooting and pulling the handle on a loading press.

In addition to this site, I’m the publisher of BlueSheepdog, writer at TheFirearmBlog and a regular contributor to magazines such as Combat Handguns and Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement.

Additional Contributors

The staff at is a diverse crew with an equally diverse writing and shooting background.  Let me introduce you to them…


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Aaron is a long-time shooter, hunter and street cop. He is also a sniper for his department’s SWAT team. He is quite knowledgeable about handguns, and a true expert on rifles and long range shooting.

You won’t find a stronger supporter of the natural rights to self-defense codified in the Second Amendment than Aaron. Plus he makes some very good jerky with all of the meat he brings home during the hunting seasons.

In addition to being a contributor here, Aaron has taken over my duties as editor at BlueSheepdog.



Randall is the guy you want to sit next to on an airplane on the way to the SHOT Show. Not only is he personable, but he is a real wealth of information on guns and shooting. A wise man will spend more time listening than talking when Randall is in the conversation.

He is a long-time SWAT cop, collector of fine revolvers and has been known to make some very desirable custom knives.

Randall publishes ThinBlueFlorida, and I am very happy to feature his work here.

Anything Else?

Yep – lots of stuff.  GHG will continue to expand our published information on firearms.  We are working on an encyclopedia of rare and unusual guns like the double-barreled Winchester Salvo rifle, bronze 1911 pistol and more.  Feel free to explore the site and find all of the info we put up for your amusement and edification.


Discussions and dissenting opinions are welcome here. I actively seek feedback on both the subject and content of my writing. If you disagree with something I have written, please let me know in the comments section of the article.

The one thing that I ask is that everyone try to keep a civil tone. Just as I would not burst into your business and start cursing you in front of other customers, I ask you extend me the same courtesy.

I’m open to learning new things, and want to know if I’ve mistaken some fact. However, personal attacks and profanity will not be tolerated.

Surviving the Street: Book on Concealed CarrySurviving the Street: Guide to Concealed Carry of a Firearm

Essential information on concealed carry. This book has just the basics - not a lot of fluff to get bogged down in. Easy to read, Surviving the Street introduces the reader to the important information you need as an armed citizen.

The author presents frank information about self defense in a way that is easy to understand and use.