The September issue of Shooting Illustrated, on newsstands now, is packed with the latest information on self-defense revolvers, loads and shooting skills that will help you get the most out of your wheelgun. And there’s more: Shooters on a tight budget or those wanting to boost their disaster preparedness will find articles on those topics as well.

Coverage begins with the Taurus Protector Poly, a small-frame revolver with a contemporary twist. A fiberglass-reinforced nylon overmold provides a distinctive look and corrosion resistance, and the gun can still withstand the pressures generated from +P loads. “The latest revolver development is the use of polymer in the gun’s frame as a way to reduce weight and cut cost. Taurus demonstrates both of these benefits in its double-action Protector Poly, a five-shot snubby that weighs less than 16 ounces and retails for less than $350,” explains author and Shooting Illustrated Editor in Chief Adam Heggenstaller.

While the Protector Poly may be new, the .38 Spl. has served with distinction for more than a century and remains a favorite today. Ammo Editor Richard Mann tests more than a dozen of the latest loads in an effort to show how modern propellants and technological advancements in bullet construction help make one of America’s favorite personal-protection cartridges even better with age.

Of course, having a cutting-edge snubby stoked with premium self-defense fodder isn’t all you need to defend yourself. Jorge Amselle examines fundamental techniques to effectively grip, shoot and reload your trusty revolver. He also stresses the importance of learning to use it in conjunction with a handheld light.

You do have a tactical flashlight, don’t you? If not, Shooting Illustrated makes it easier for you to stretch your dollars even further by offering an assortment of 50 products—ranging from clothing, concealed-carry gear, firearm accessories, shop essentials and survival tools—all for less than $50.

Survival tools will likely be at the top of your list, because in the wake of a natural or man-made disaster, bugging out may not be an option. Thankfully, Guy J. Sagi draws from his many years of search-and-rescue work to detail some simple preparations to help you survive in place if the next hurricane, earthquake or terrorist attack sets its sights squarely on you.

Look for these articles and more in the September issue of Shooting Illustrated, The Definitive Source for the Modern Shooter, at a newsstand near you. You can also subscribe by calling (877) 223-3840.

For more information: visit, call Editor in Chief Adam Heggenstaller at (703) 267-1392 or e-mail

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  1. Leave it to SI to come up with the goods for everything you need to enjoy shooting, outdoors, or survive in the event of disaster. I have been a subscriber for years and have learned much. They have firearms, clothing, bug out, shelter in place and anything else a thinking person should know. I think they could add a C in front of SI, because another name for them could be Common Sense Illustrated.

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