• What is Concealed Carry Insurance and Why Should You Consider It?

    I was a few weeks away from getting my concealed handgun license when a family friend, an attorney, asked if I had purchased concealed carry insurance. My response: uhhh, what? I had never heard of such a thing, which was quite surprising given the amount of research I had been doing to prepare myself for gun ownership and concealed carry. I had studied up on shooting, dry fire, concealed carry, holsters, belts, self defense ammo, and so much more. But somehow, concealed carry insurance had never come up in my research. It seemed that no one was talking about what…

  • My AR-15 Build: An Update

    Hello friends! I’ve been getting quite a few inquiries regarding the status of my AR-15 build, so I thought I’d write a quick update. In a nutshell, the build is currently on hold. As you may know, I am partnering with Oregon Rifleworks on my first build. Rather than simply buying parts and showing you what I’ve purchased, I’m using this build as an opportunity to educate myself on all things AR-15 and share what I’m learning with you. Josh, the owner of Oregon Rifleworks, and I are sitting down to do a video on each component of my build,…

  • Ask Monica

    Hi friends! I hope you all are doing well in these crazy times we are living in. Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, I have been searching for ways to stay connected with family, friends, and followers. I had grand plans of doing YouTube/IGTV videos, chatting it up on IG stories, FaceTiming with loved ones, and so much more. Unfortunately, I have been having some vocal cord issues, so I’ve had to shift my strategy a bit to do more writing instead of talking. Last week I put up a Q&A on my Instagram story but rather than answering questions via stories,…

  • My EDC: ANR Design Master Blaster

    Every time my ANR Design Master Blaster holster appears on my Instagram, I get questions about it. It’s my most used holster but I haven’t given it a dedicated post yet, so here we go. The Master Blaster is a minimalist pistol + magazine combination appendix inside the waistband (AIWB) holster. ANR Design makes this holster only for subcompact, single stack firearms. So, if you carry anything in the Glock Slimline (42/43/43X/48), Sig P365/P365XL/P938, S&W M&P Shield, Springfield XDs, or something of similar size, this might be a good option for you. Check out the Master Blaster builder on ANR…

  • My AR-15 Build, Part 2: Muzzle Devices and Gas System

    I’m thrilled to be moving along with my build! It’s an intentionally slow process, mostly so I can learn as I go. But man, it’s been tough staying patient! Thanks for hanging in there with me. If you missed Part 1, you can check it out here. For Part 2, Josh at Oregon Rifleworks and I are chatting about muzzle devices and gas system. We had fun with this one and had lots of laughs – I hope you do too! I’m planning out and tracking what I’ve purchased for my build on a Google Spreadsheet. It’s helping me keep…

  • 6 SHOT Show Survival Tips

    Every time I sit down to write a SHOT Show recap, I find myself stuck. It SHOT Show writer’s block a thing? I think it’s a thing. I don’t know how I can possibly sum up such an eventful week. A week of complete sensory overload. A week of meeting amazing people. A week of good times with friends. A week of walking the show floor, networking receptions, parties, and so much more. The times that I was able to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard), I found myself writing about how I managed to get through the…

  • Alcohol + Firearms

    When I tell people my IG/blog is called Pinot+Pistols, a common response is, “That sounds safe [insert sarcasm here]”. I usually enjoy the two separately, but there are times when you’ll see images like the one pictured here, or you’ll see my concealed carry outfit of the day when I’m going to a wine event, or something of that nature. And I often get questions or comments about alcohol + firearms. As we all know, firearms and alcohol don’t always mix well. But don’t worry, I take my safety and the safety of others around me very seriously, and I am not in…

  • My AR-15 Build, Part 1: Barrel Stuff

    I’ve been contemplating acquiring an AR-15 for a while, and have been going back and forth on whether I should buy a completed rifle off the shelf, have someone build one for me, or build one myself. As I started to do a little research on my options, I found that I was completely overloaded with information. The AR-15 platform is slightly more complex than the pistols I am accustomed to, there are so many options, so many parts, so many manufacturers, they are highly customizable, there is a huge range of price and quality, and of course, everyone out…

  • My EDC: Gus The Glock & Stealthgear USA

    The other day, I asked my followers on Instagram what y’all wanted to see from Pinot+Pistols in 2020. Several folks wanted more info about my EDC (everyday carry) and a breakdown of what I carry on a daily basis. I know it’s not quite 2020 yet, but why wait?! My EDC isn’t exactly the same everyday… so I guess I can’t really call it an EDC, but I haven’t come up with a more clever acronym yet (suggestions welcome). There are some items that I carry everyday no matter what, but other items are conditional. For example, my workplace is…

  • My First Time Flying With A Firearm

    Gus the Glock and I went on our first flying adventure together. And by “together” I mean I was comfortable-ish in the cabin and Gus was cold, naked, and alone in a hard-sided locked container inside another hard-sided locked container in the cargo hold. In case you’re new here, Gus is my concealed carry firearm, a Glock 43. I’ve heard the stories – flying with a firearm can be complicated. It seems like everybody has a different experience each time they fly, dependent upon the airport, airline, state, what mood the airline representatives and TSA agents are in that day,…