The Armed Citizen® December 16, 2016

posted on December 16, 2016
ac2009_fs.jpg (4)

In Chicago, a concealed-carry permit holder warded off an attack late one night. As the armed citizen was sitting with another man in his car, two aggressors with guns approached and attempted to rob the two men. The quick-thinking armed citizen thwarted the attack, firing at the bad guys and hitting one of them. The assailant who was shot was later declared dead at the scene, while the second bad guy got away. (, Chicago, IL, 9/29/16)

The Armed Citizen® Extra
A deputy police officer was assisting the Florida Highway Patrol tend to an auto accident when a driver in another vehicle unrelated to the crash nearly struck him. Believing the incident was intentional, the officer began a chase along the southbound lanes of the interstate. The man stopped at an off ramp, got out of his car and approached the officer as he exited his patrol car, and slammed him to the ground. The officer was unable to break free and was struggling to retain his weapon from his attacker. A nearby witness, a CCW permit holder whom the sheriff’s office is calling a Good Samaritan, shot the man after he failed to heed his warnings for him to stop attacking the officer. The officer is recovering from his injuries. (The News-Press, Fort Myers, FL, 11/16/16)

From the Armed Citizen® Archives
December 1982
A jogger stepped into the Miami Lakes, Fla., real estate office of Gerri Fontanella, inquired about a townhouse and locked the door when she turned around. After ordering her to disrobe, he stabbed her in the stomach, then forced her into a back room. When he looked away, Fontanella was able to unstrap a small pistol secured to her ankle and fire a shot that grazed the assailant. The man fled but was later apprehended and charged with several counts, including attempted first-degree murder. (The Herald, Miami, FL)


Beretta logo blue circle three arrows pointing skyward
Beretta logo blue circle three arrows pointing skyward

Beretta: Nearly 500 Years Strong

It all began in 1526, when Mastro Bartolomeo Beretta of Gardone Val Trompia, Brescia, Italy, received 296 ducats as payment for 185 arquebus barrels.

The AK-74: From Soviet Small Arm To Resistance Symbol

Watch this video and read this story by American Rifleman Field Editor Martin K. A. Morgan regarding the function and history of the AK-74 select-fire rifle, chambered in 5.45x39 mm.

Editor’s Choice: Taurus USA Model 327

Taurus Firearms is drawing attention to an often-overlooked revolver cartridge with a new series of double-action/single-action defensive wheelguns simply called the Taurus 327.

NRA Gun Of The Week: Taurus USA 327

Watch this Gun of the Week to learn about the Taurus 327, a compact yet potent revolver chambered for one of today’s underappreciated defensive cartridges.

The Armed Citizen® May 20, 2022

Read today's "The Armed Citizen" entry for real stories of law-abiding citizens, past and present, who used their firearms to save lives.

Rifleman Q&A: A Parkerifled Single-Shot Pistol

Q: I have an old gun that I cannot identify. It’s a .22-cal., single-shot, target-style pistol. I believe the barrel is a Parkerfield, but the stamping is spelled “PARKERIFLED.”


Get the best of American Rifleman delivered to your inbox.