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The S&W Mod. 69 – A Warrior’s Fighting Spirit

American Handgunner editor Roy Huntington takes an inside
look at Mag-na-port’s S&W Model 69 .44 Magnum, he dubs The Haka!

GLOCK Adds Gen5 Models,...

GLOCK has announced plans to expand the Gen5 line to include .40 caliber models and will subsequently stop production of 9mm and .40 caliber Gen4 pistols...
Read Full Article Joe Kriz
Ruger’s LiteRack LCP II...

We’re experiencing a renaissance of .22 rimfire offerings. There are lots of new .22s on the market and we’re having plenty of fun shooting and writing...
Read Full Article David Freeman
Because It’s Different!

It was a time when everyone was enamored with the .44 Magnum S&W Model 29, the Dirty Harry gun for which so many would add their names to waiting lists,...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
Historically Significant:

The first compact pistol chambered for a significant caliber, the ASP was a revolutionary pistol initiating much of what we take for granted today.
Read Full Article Jeremy Clough
Plain Precision from Bond Arms

Okay, they’re not as “pretty” as the regular derringers from Bond Arms, but they have the same high-quality materials and the same careful fitting inside.
Read Full Article J.B. Wood
Editor Picks: Best Handgun...

When you stop to think about it, we all have different eyesight. Some of us are nearsighted, farsighted, color blind, or just have older and more tired...
Read Full Article Tom McHale
Taurus G3 9mm

Sometimes we at Handgunner take a little heat for highlighting guns requiring a letter of credit from a Swiss bank to buy. I get it.
Read Full Article Tom McHale
Housekeeping

Some of you gifted with eagle eyes might have noticed changes in the table of contents. Maybe lots of changes. Never fear, we haven’t removed any of your...
Read Full Article Tom McHale
Devil Dog Arms 10mm 1911

Any true handgunner will have at least one if not several 1911s in their armament. John Moses Browning’s slab-sided, semi-auto is the most revered and...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Springfield Hellcat Tops...

Introduced in 2019, the Springfield Armory Hellcat proved its mettle in a 10,000 round test, with every round documented. Now, that very same Hellcat pistol...
Read Full Article Joe Kriz
Reach For The SCCY!

A SCCY pistol that is. American Handgunner editor Roy Huntington reviews SCCY's CPX-4 .380 auto as he shoots around his chickens!
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No Regrets | Wheelgun Diaries

I initially had some misgivings about altering the gun, as the 624 was an elegant and rare revolver in its original configuration, but I wanted to make it...
Read Full Article Joe Kriz
Ruger CarryHawk

Ruger’s release of the new TALO exclusive, the CarryHawk, is proof of their ability to please the masses by understanding their customer base.
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
A Dear Old Friend |...

A buddy of mine had this old Taurus .38 Special that fit the bill and the price was right, so I bought it. It lived in the closet for a while, out of sight,...
Read Full Article Joe Kriz
The Sixguns Of Milt Morrison

Back in the 1990s, Milt and Karen Morrison were visiting us and after supper I pulled out a few sixguns. I had the idea of coming up with a different kind...
Read Full Article John Taffin
The KelTec CP33 .22 LR Pistol

Ten years ago, the design wizards at KelTec startled us with the PMR30, a neat pistol in .22 Magnum with a magazine capacity of 30 rounds
Read Full Article J.B. Wood
Taurus Releases Compact...

Following last year's introduction of the full-size G3 9mm polymer-frame, striker-fired pistol, Taurus has introduced, the newest addition to its G-series...
Read Full Article Joe Kriz
Air Saber
AirSaber For Handgunners?

American Handgunner's Tom McHale has some First Look fun with Umarex's AirSaber air archery arrow rifle airgun.
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A Friend in War | Wheelgun...

I came into possession of my blued 6” Smith & Wesson Model 14 K-38 Target Masterpiece .38 Special revolver in November 1986. I hadn’t planned anything...
Read Full Article Joe Kriz
Big .38 Special

Today we think of .38 Special mostly as a self-defense round for snub nose revolvers, But, before .500, .480, .475 and .460 revolvers, before .357, .41 and...
Read Full Article Mike "Duke" Venturino
DIY Bullshooter Stocks

There’s no easier way to dress up your sixgun than putting on fancy stocks. A proper grip is the foundation to good shooting and doing the work yourself...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Father's Day Gift Guide

As a certified Dad myself, I feel qualified to offer some insight into what might get your favorite dad’s attention this Father’s Day. Whether he’s a...
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
Full-Auto Fun With Beretta

American Hangunner editor Roy Huntington has his First Look at Umarex's Beretta Model 92A1 BB Pistol and takes a tin can down.
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
Smythons & Cougers |...

I'm actually a Ruger revolver lover at heart. You can also see my custom Speed vice-Six I built because I couldn't stand not having a 3" round butt...
Read Full Article Joe Kriz
The New Colt Python

It was circa-1955. Bullseye shooting, where you stood on your hind legs and shot one-handed is king. Cops’ holsters are filled with either a Colt or S&W...
Read Full Article John Taffin
Nighthawk Tactical Ready...

Hearing the name Nighthawk Custom will instantly have one thinking of top-tier custom guns built by one of the most respected manufacturers in the industry.
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
A Colt Buntline Special Find

Upon entering the door of a recent Montana gun show, I thought, “My money is safe. There will be nothing in here that trips my trigger.”
Read Full Article Mike "Duke" Venturino
Lost And Found | Wheelgun...

I’ve loved revolvers from the very first day I laid hands on a Colt .38 Detective Special. Little did I know that one day in the near future I would find,...
Read Full Article Joe Kriz
Ported Perfection

I’d like to think the folks who work at Smith & Wesson’s Performance Center hang onto every word we pen about their products, but I suspect the truth is...
Read Full Article David Freeman
stan chen customs

I know the man, Stan Chen, and am always impressed by his modest, self-effacing demeanor. Yet his guns and parts are without compromise. What he does is,...
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
An Airweight Night |...

I found a homeless Airweight Bodyguard at a local pawn shop and arranged a payment schedule to make it mine on a rookie’s salary. In the humid North...
Read Full Article Joe Kriz
Wilson Combat WCP320

Known for their high-performance 1911 pistols, tactical long guns and accessories, Wilson Combat has something new to satisfy shooters yearning for a...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Short Brass Long Chambers

One question often arising from handloaders has to do with the use of short brass and long chambers. Cartridges like the .38 Special in .357 Magnum and .44...
Read Full Article John Taffin
A Vietnam Trooper |...

I arrived in Vietnam in March of 1968 and received a letter from my father, a combat veteran of both WWII and Korea, telling me he was sending a gift. A...
Read Full Article Joe Kriz
SCCY's CPX1 & CPX2 Red Dot...

I was already a SCCY fan before getting one mounted with a Crimson Trace CTS-1500 Red Dot. Joe Roebuck of SCCY was a Mechanical Design Engineer with over 40...
Read Full Article David Freeman
New Products July/August...

The Wilson Combat EXPERIOR Series of handguns blends the 1911 design with reliability and ergonomic enhancements to optimize handling and shooting performance.
Read Full Article Handgunner Staff
FN 503 Slim Pistol

In 2017, the firearms industry was taken by storm by the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS) program. One of the many handguns to come out of the...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Les Baer's American...

It’s here, rendered in steel, a sort of living performance of a dream Les and I have shared right along with many of you.
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
Keltec PMR-30 .22 Magnum

In the Sept/Oct 2019 Handgunner I covered two .22 Magnum semi-autos, the long gone AutoMag II and the new RIA (Rock Island Armory) 1911 chambered in .22 Magnum.
Read Full Article John Taffin
Top 10 Revolver Manufacturers

In 2018, a total of 664,835 revolvers were produced — 99.8% by 10 firearm manufacturers. We review the ATF Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Export Report...
Read Full Article Joe Kriz
AIRGUNS: AFFORDABLE ...

When you live in the suburbs, most neighbors tend to frown upon the idea of constructing a shooting range in your backyard.
Read Full Article Tom McHale
An Amos Grundy Story:

Amos lifted his welding helmet after working on a gouged side plate on a S&W revolver. Scout was always interested when Amos was TIG welding and although he...
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
CZ-USA Shadow 2 SA

Most gun owners argue — it’s what we do. Just ask a group of shooters what the most important characteristic of a handgun is and watch the opinions...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Close Look: New...

Are you a new shooter? If you’re already experienced, how about getting busy and recruiting a beginner?
Read Full Article Tom McHale
A Turkish Delight

The 9mm FN/Browning Hi-Power, one of John Browning’s best designs, was released in 1935 – the same year as the S&W .357 Magnum.
Read Full Article Tiger McKee
Taurus Revolver Renaissance

Essentially a classic 856 small-frame model with some enhancements, the Defender stands out with the VZ grips and 3" barrel.
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
Slip-Ups And Blunders

With my writing career nearing 50 years (full time since 1981) with over 2,000 printed features and columns I’m bound to have made mistakes.
Read Full Article Mike "Duke" Venturino
The israel weapon...

The IWI Masada offers everything you could want in a modern polymer-framed combat pistol.
Read Full Article Will Dabbs, MD
SHOT Show Highlights

Four frantic days, 1,600-odd exhibitors, seven miles of aisles and 60,000 people all trying to see and be seen — welcome to the SHOT Show in Las Vegas.
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
Walther Q5 Match SF Black Tie

Firearm technology has advanced beyond John Moses Browning’s wildest dreams, but it’s human nature to long for the past and time when guns relied more...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
The Astra Model 400

That grand old man Skeeter Skelton once described the Astra Model 400 as “wart-hog ugly,” but I’ve always thought it had a certain simple elegance.
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Retro Revolver...

What better way to spend our time while quarantined than dusting off our magazine archive, flipping through the yellowed pages and reminiscing on classic...
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A Royal Restoration

In the May/June 2019 Handgunner I spoke of Old School Cool. It was all about a very special Colt Single Action Army dating back to before WWII.
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9 Reasons to...

A favorite of military, law enforcement and civilian gun owners since its introduction in 2014, Heckler & Koch has upgraded the popular VP9 with new...
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A G-2-Three

AG-2-Three is not an artificially intelligent 24th century spaceship robot. Rather, it’s my Thompson/Center Contender G-2 pistol with three barrels:
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In Praise Of The...

It’s fine to like nice things. No one should feel guilty for sleeping on sheets with a high thread count, driving a sports car, or wearing a watch...
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Beretta 92X...

To the average non-shooting citizen — yes, they exist — a gun is a gun is a gun. Sheesh! How can anyone have such an opaque opinion towards one of the...
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the rise and...

In 2003, a joint effort by GLOCK and an ATK team led by the brilliant Ernest Durham birthed the .45 GAP cartridge. GLOCK’s 13+1 round G21 had, in 13 years,
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Para’s Expert GI

Most any US veteran sporting grey or missing hair and the aches and pains of age associated with service prior to the introduction of the Beretta M9 is...
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The Mighty 32's

When someone mentions .32 caliber handguns, we often think of small, low powered rounds. The .32 ACP comes to mind, and the .32 S&W Short and Long pop into...
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New Products...

The 92 Elite LTT has been described as the ultimate Beretta 92. Recently, Langdon Tactical released the carry friendly versions of the pistol —
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Remington 1911...

Combining legendary 1911 performance with a new lightweight design, the Remington 1911 R1 Ultralight is a great option for today’s shooters.
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Wilson American...

Wilson introduces the American Combat Pistol (ACP) series in .45 ACP or 9mm. Hand built in Berryville, Arkansas, the ACP features all of the precision,...
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SIG's Fastback...

I was helping open packages and check in guns at the gun store. As I picked up one box, I was admittedly a little giddy with anticipation.
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Budget Beaters

While one person’s “budget” gun might cost a bit more than another’s, the idea here is to not break the bank — but still deliver the goods.
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Taurus 942 &...

Since their inception, and later introduction to the U.S. market in 1968, Taurus has led the way in affordable, reliable firearms.
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America’s Got...

As a way of promoting non-Master engravers, Bobby Tyler had an idea. Why not hold a national contest for engravers of non-Master status, offering them a...
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Leaning Left...

Got your attention I’ll bet, but we’re not talking about “that” left here. Left-handed people in many ways are better off today than in the past.
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Taurus 380 UL

A neat little revolver, using full-moon clips, and chambered for the .380 Auto cartridge? At this point, a gun-cynic might ask why?
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Springfield...

The new Springfield Armory Micro-Compact Hellcat concealed carry pistol packs as much 9mm as you might carry in a full-sized Browning Hi-Power — all going...
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Odd But Good?

A perusal of revolvers developed around the world in the last 150 years cannot help but give you some insight about the human mind.
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DOUBLE, TRIPLE,...

Let’s think about the .38-40 and the .41 Long Colt. Two totally different cartridges. The first is a tapered or bottleneck cartridge beginning life in the...
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Pliers And Files

In the spring of 1984 I was preparing to fly to Southern California to participate in my very first End Of Trail cowboy action match. I had only one misgiving.
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Pocket Snakes...

The first pocket-sized, 5-shot .38 Special arrived in 1950 when it was unveiled as the Smith & Wesson Chief’s Special at a national gathering of chiefs of...
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They Called Him...

As with all boys from time immemorial, the young lad was curious while at the same time somewhat bored with nothing to do. Going into his father’s office...
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Buck and Ball ...

In these pages I’ve previously made it clear I am not the .45 Colt’s greatest fan. That said, there is one area where it shines above all other revolver...
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Long Range Rugers

It had been a long hot summer, in fact the last of three painful summers. Summers are meant for shooting, camping, hiking, outdoor activities with the family.
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Keep Your Fancy...

I gotta be me.” That’s good. We all should do that. Don’t just say it — do it! But know your “do it” attitude might not be someone else’s cup...
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Dear Handgunner

Well, the new .44 Magnum is now arriving regularly at local dealers both in the original S&W .44 Magnum and the Ruger Blackhawk.
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EAA'S MC1911SC...

Just what is the ultimate 1911 pistol? John Browning birthed the gun back when telephones were both tethered to the wall and rare.
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A Robar Single...

A seed was planted in my brain over 13 years ago. In December 1996 I was invited to participate in a unique class conducted at Thunder Ranch, then located...
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Perfect...

Several years (decades?) ago I coined the phrase Perfect Packin’ Pistol, or as it has come to be known by many readers, PPP.
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The Return Of...

There was a time when elephants roamed North America. Mastodons had tusks up to 15' in length and were found in Africa, Europe and both North and South...
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A Special That...

A few issues back I wrote a piece in these pages titled “The .44 Special Ain’t So Special” (July/Aug 2009). Some might be surprised I received as many...
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J! S&W’s Most...

The mighty X-frame revolvers and the gorgeous handguns of their Performance Center notwithstanding, the single most popular handgun Smith & Wesson makes...
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I Gotta Be Me

In the 1950s I discovered Elmer Keith and his writings, which often covered customized sixguns. He had about a half-dozen highly customized .44 Special...
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On Accuracy

So I shot the gun at the normal combat range of seven yards,” reads all too many lines, in all too many gun articles I see.
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MANSON REAMERS...

Every now and again, a tool comes along that will revolutionize a process, however obscure or seemingly unimportant.
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An Heirloom Colt

The elements of style can be mystifying. Just as there are billions of people in the world, we might safely say there are billions of ideas of what...
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Laugo Arms Alien...

Every once in a while, a gun comes down the pike that makes us take pause. In the case of the Laugo Arms Alien, it has gun owners in awe as if it had, well,...
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Pocket Pistol...

I’m not as prepared for emergencies as I should be, and there was a time I wanted to be ready for anything.
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Real .44 Cowboy...

The last place to learn safe gun handling is at the movies or the TV screen and it’s a rare film that ever depicts recoil in any shape or fashion....
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An Expert’s Gun

Yeah, I know, we all have one or more of them, and there’s nothing wrong with that. In experienced hands — and I mean near-expert hands — they are...
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Lawman Leather

Here’s a holster quiz for ya, trivia fans: Back in 1978, the late great Elmer Keith described somebody’s leather as “… the most comfortable holster...
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Big Bore Snubbies

The concept of bigbore, snub-nosed revolvers isn’t new. In fact it’s just about as old as revolvers themselves. As soon as men began to carry revolving...
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Colt Rising

Like the proverbial Phoenix rising from the ashes, I’m seeing more and more fine old Colt revolvers coming out of drawers, gun cabinets, estates and other...
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Purdy Gear

There’s a reason Karla Van Horne’s cowboy shooting alias is “Purdy Gear,” it’s because she makes, well … purdy gear.
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BluMagnum Grips

Skeeter Skelton’s earliest articles appeared in the pages of our sister publication, GUNS, in the late 1950s when he was still known as Charles A....
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The Best Ever...

What’s the best ever big-bore revolver cartridge? I’m not talking about something chambered in a bazooka-length revolver fitted with a bipod.
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ACCOUTERMENTS

My dictionary says “accouterments” are military accessories. I love the word because to me it seems like a combination of accumulate and collect,
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The First...

The era of The American gunfighter of fact and legend didn’t begin until 1850. That was when Samuel Colt introduced his first “Belt Pistol” meaning...
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All Things 1911

I know, I know … more 1911 stuff? You bet. The design doesn’t die because it works, and Browning’s genius allows incremental improvements, each one...
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New Mossberg MC2c

What’s the first thing to pop into your head when you hear mention of Mossberg?
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Trio Of Treats...

What would the state of the sixgunning world be without dreamers? Those who looked at what was and saw what could be.
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umarex beretta...

Nope, this isn’t a “real” Beretta. But at first glance, it really looks like one. In the hand it feels like one too, with the right weight, heft and...
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The First...

An exclusive look at the first engraved new-production Colt Python, beautifully hand scroll-engraved by Dale Bass of Tyler Gun Works.
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caspian 1911 mods

We touched on these new offerings from Caspian a while ago but I wanted to flesh ’em out a bit. Basically, you can buy a frame and slide,
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12 New Revolvers...

Despite the ever-growing market of polymer semi-auto handguns, new revolvers are not only still being produced, but also generating a lot of buzz in 2020....
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Taurus .357...

Shooters buy firearms for many reasons including self-defense, hunting, target shooting and just plain old plinking.
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one for the...

Handguns are purchased for a variety of reasons, with self-defense and general outdoor use right at the top.
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Glock 44 .22 LR...

When word of the GLOCK 44 trickled out, the keyboard commandos dropped their Cheetos bags and fired up their computers, yet again.
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Ruger Security-9...

The three R’s of guns could easily be Rugged, Reliable and Ruger. Add an additional “R” for “Reasonably” priced and you’ve got Ruger’s...
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Nighthawk Custom...

Try not to be too jealous, but I’ve had an early production model of Nighthawk Custom’s hot new honest-to-gosh drop-in trigger system for 1911s, and the...
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Sortin' Out The...

Life used to be so simple. When I started seriously shooting, sixguns had names like Outdoorsman, Combat Magnum, Heavy Duty, Triple-Lock and on and on.
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Ruger Custom...

Priced at workingman wages since their inception over 70 years ago, Ruger has provided us with a slew of rugged and reliable guns.
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Chippa Rhino...

As a guy who makes his living evaluating and writing about guns, I get a lot of “What’s the best …” questions from folks.
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80 Percent Arms...

The nation’s largest manufacturer of 80% lowers and frames, 80 Percent Arms, is proud of their innovative history of providing do-it-yourself frames and...
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Ruger LCPII .22 LR

If you’re looking for a back-up gun, you’ve found it. If you just want a handy .22 for the trail, your pocket around the farm or to teach kids to shoot,...
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Looking Like A...

Tooling down an Exhibit Hall aisle at the NRA Expo in Fort Worth, I did an abrupt turnaround when a tabletop of color caught my eye. Just another black gun...
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Walther Q5...

Walther makes the standard PPQ pistol series, and recently introduced the Q5 Match series, which rapidly rose to the top ranks among competitors. Now, with...
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A Woebegone...

This all started typically for me. I walked into a gun store on University Avenue in San Diego about 1980 and there, staring at me from the display case,
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Ed Brown Fueled...

Ed Brown Products is proud of their custom-built 1911s — and for good reason. For over 50 years, they’ve set the standard in design and advanced...
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Home Defense...

We like shotguns and rifles for home defense, but we really like handguns, too. Full-size handguns are legit options for home defense, but so are...
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SIG’s P320 X5...

A short time ago, SIG SAUER introduced a pair of 9mms that could hardly be farther apart in size and application.
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ca-legal colt...

Four Colt revolvers were recently added to the California “certified for sale” roster approved by the state’s Department of Justice.
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The Cinderella Gun

Several years ago, I was at a local gun show helping my shooting buddies offload a bunch of guns from departed friends. There were some pricey items, but at...
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Kimber Deploys...

Kimber has added a great new addition to their already stalwart lineup with the RAPIDE (Black Ice).
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S&W's Model 610...

A few months ago I stumbled across a couple of S&W 657 models in .41 Mag. One was a 6.5" version while the other wore a 7.5" barrel.
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Re-Visiting An...

It’s confession time. For many years I’ve neglected the .357 Magnum. When hunting big game with straight-walled pistol cartridges, I generally reach for...
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Your First Time

I’ve been a firearms instructor and federally licensed gun dealer for about 12 years now and been asked a whole lot of questions about how to carry a...
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Wilson Combat...

To refine is “to improve something by making small changes, in particular, make an idea, theory, or method more subtle and accurate.”
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The NRA PPC...

The term PPC has several historical variations on a theme. Practical Pistol Course, Police Practical Course and Police Pistol Combat are all cited.
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You Asked For It...

It’s only natural the world’s best handgun magazine teamed up with Les Baer Custom to create an exclusive celebration of the classic John Browning 1911...
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Hand Ejectors

Colt Patent Firearms had an 8-year head start when it came to solid-frame revolvers with swing-out cylinders.
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DA Semi-Autos

It’s been 90 years since Walther made what’s generally considered the first commercially successful DA semi-auto pistol, the model PP. Most previous...
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The Sixguns Of...

Colt dropped the single action from production prior to World War II and announced it would never be produced again.
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Reunited

Back in 1973 a friend and I got it in our heads we should take a couple saddle horses and my trusty steed “Duke” as a pack horse and head south.
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Dan Wesson DWX

A hybrid is defined as combining something from two different elements. When the best of both are combined, a super-hybrid is the result.
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Motor City...

Heading up the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I set my sights on mi amigo, Doc Barranti’s adobe in Pittsburgh, 3.5 hours away. From there, we head north for 5...
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.38 Super Or...

When it came to semi-autos, like many teenagers from my era I had one of the 1911 Government Model .45’s and a source for military hardball.
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An Officer And A...

The folks at Ruger have an annoying habit of releasing new guns I just can’t resist.
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Taurus Raging...

As my buddy Dick Thompson candidly says, “You never master a handgun.” Shooting is a diminishing skill unless you keep chasing it. To maintain upmost...
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The Extreme...

We all know squibs are bad. The most common result is a bullet stuck in the barrel. If the shooter is not aware of what’s happened
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The .40 Story

One of the many quirks of history is the truth is often more complex and nuanced than the commonly-accepted version of events. If history is truly written...
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How Accurate Is...

In my experience handgun shooters don’t obsess about accuracy the way rifle shooters do. Back in the late ’60s and early ’70s when I was getting into...
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A Retro-Mod 1911

Pistolsmith Jarret Wehunt has created what looks like a battle-worn WWII era Colt — but there’s actually a race car lurking underneath those familiar...
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Black Collar...

As a cop, you quickly learn if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck! Conversely as a gun writer, if looks like a rifle and...
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A Remington...

Back in the first years of this century a fellow contacted me saying he was putting a replica of the Remington Model 1875 revolver into production and he...
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Providing Value...

Providing American firearms owners with value since 1990, EAA Corp has searched the world to import quality firearms from respectable international...
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Honor Guard 9mm

With a market flooded with poly-framed, striker-fired pistols, how do you go about creating a new gun that would stand apart from all the others?
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Dan Wesson 1911...

As suppressors are fast becoming a popular accessory, it’s no wonder manufacturers are turning out guns with threaded barrels to accommodate their use.
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Remington's...

When I first heard Remington was introducing a bolt-action pistol, the discontinued XP-100 came to mind. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one. Could...
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Ruger's Time Machine

Whether gumshoe detective or guncrank writer, the words “revolver” and “reliable” are synonymous to these probing guys. There’s a reason some guns...
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The SCCY CPX-3.380

By now, most gun-people know about the compact 9mm pistols from SCCY, the CPX-1 and CPX-2. They differ only in the presence or absence of a manual safety.
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Wrangler Vs....

In about 1969 I was 15 “going on 16” as we used to say. I had a hopeless case of the “gun crazies” and had been suffering from the syndrome since I...
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Walther PPQ Q5...

Funny things happen when a manufacturer releases a good gun — everyone wants one, and now! Those who previously purchased an earlier model may feel...
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A Perfect Pair

There’s simply nothing better than a good .22. Recently I picked up two really great Classic .22’s, a Colt Match Target and a High Standard...
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Stoeger's STR-9

I have to admit when I think of Stoeger my first thought turns to shotguns. You know, all those solid and affordable side-by-sides, over-unders, pumps,...
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More Carry...

Our old friends from Alaska have come up with a bare minimalist holster fitting medium and large autos. Called the “Alaska EDC,”
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Fussing With A Fitz

Sometimes you just have to get out of your comfort zone. I work on a lot of 1911’s every year. So when I got a call from Mark Mason of Downers Grove,...
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HK's...

The two thugs yanked their captive roughly to his feet, a black hood over his head and his hands secured with a zip tie. Any normal man would have panicked,...
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One Eye — Or Two?

Should I shoot with one eye open — or two? The short answer is two. Most shooters, most of the time, are better off with both eyes open. Most of the top...
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Ruger's .22...

In 1956 I was straight out of high school and purchased my first handgun, a Ruger .22 Single-Six for $63.25. At the time I was working for $0.90 an hour so...
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SCCY CPX-3 .380...

Owning a compact pistol means there’s no excuse for you to go unarmed anymore! Their ease and comfort of carrying means you can be armed at all times. The...
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Team Tactics...

“A journey of discovery…teaching married couples a simple yet highly effec-tive communication technique…to grow in their marriage through open and...
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Preferences,...

The advice you get when trying to choose a new gun may come from a father, brother, sister, uncle, cousin, co-worker, magazine article, online forum, or...
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Revolver Trappings

Arevolver’s strength lies in its simplicity, but these must-have accessories will profoundly improve performance. From grip, to reloading, to cleaning, to...
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Hellcat X2 Commander

Some think the 1911 is outdated — too “old school” to be effective today. They’re not only wrong, but spectacularly wrong. It’s like looking at a...
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Mag-na-port's...

The Maori warriors of New Zealand are legendary for their fighting spirit. Part of the mystique is the war “Haka” — a traditional ancestral war cry,...
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The "I"s Have It

As we’ve been told so often, there’s no “I” in team. But you do need it to spell words like interesting and iconic.
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Pre-War Perfection

I sort of stumbled onto this .38 Special Colt Officers Model a couple of years ago. I did a favor for a friend and he asked if I wanted “Something in a...
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.45 Colt...

While loving the simplicity of the strong and reliable single-action thumb-cocker, I’m savvy enough to appreciate its swinging sidekick — the...
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Ruger Flag Series

You’re a Grand Ol’ Flag and what better way to show your patriotic pride by having ol’ Glory ruggedly displayed on your favorite Ruger shooter?
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Beretta APX Pistol

Over the past 30-plus years, I’ve written two books on Beretta pistols, so my fondness for the brand should be well known.
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The SAA's Most...

Research has shown the Colt SAA (Single Action Army) has been chambered for about 30 cartridges ranging from .22 to .476 Eley during its on-again/off-again...
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Esthetics In...

Esthetics — also correctly written as aesthetics — are words defined as “the laws and principles determining the beauty in nature, art, taste, etc.”...
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Who Wants A...

What’s that? A polymer-framed 9mm? Is it striker-fired? How about a double-column magazine? Accessory rail on the front end, replaceable backstraps on the...
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The Taurus Spectrum

The array of colors really catches the eye, and of course, it gave the pistol its name. But, don’t be misled, this is not just another little .380.
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The Rock River...

Back in 1996, two brothers named Mark and Chuck Larson started a modest gun company in Cleveland, Illinois, devoted to building the finest 1911 pistols...
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The Overlooked...

Over the last couple of decades we’ve been inundated with new handgun makes and models. I’m not complaining mind you, competition among manufacturers...
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Double-Barrel...

Ex Vice-President Joe Biden is apparently planning a post-political career as an expert on defensive firearms and tactics. On the subject of firearms, he...
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More Ways To...

When his Editorship asked me to write a piece about guns that are fun to shoot, cost effective and light recoiling, but weren’t .22 caliber, I had to...
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Smith & Wesson...

The Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380 ACP pocket pistol is almost — but not quite — awesome. Running on a miniaturized version of John Moses Browning’s...
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Behind Enemy...

It might be surprising to some in more recent generations there was a time when many of our celebrities and entertainers were more than just carnival...
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An Interview...

Don’t ask me how it happened — there ain’t room here. It took years of clandestine meetings with physicists and fakirs, crystal-gazers and crackpots,...
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The .40 S&W: Too...

While the price of Maseratis has not risen as fast as the cost of health insurance under the oddly named Affordable Care Act, I’m resigned to live without...
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Make Mine A...

As a wee lad, I lived often with my grandparents and three good-looking aunts, especially one, a tall Northern Italian beauty with long wavy reddish hair...
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Gordon...

Small-caliber concealable handguns in a variety of sizes, weights, calibers, and hues are commonplace nowadays. However, back when U.S. gun laws were...
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Handguns Of WWII...

It’s perhaps true more people were killed by Soviet handguns in World War II than by those used by any other combatant nation. At least eight, and perhaps...
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The Carolina...

Timex makes superb timepieces. Their watches are built in a variety of plants in a variety of countries from quality materials using state of the art...
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SIG’s P320

For those of us who revere the classic P226 and its cousins, the new P320 from SIG/Sauer is very different. Different, though, in good ways. You get the...
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The SCCY’s The...

Finally in most parts of our country a law-abiding citizen not averse to a little administrative baggage can legally carry a gun for personal protection....
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Handguns Of...

Some folks hold the Webley Mk VI .455 revolver in near reverence. I’m not one of them. To me it’s big, clunky, ugly, underpowered and worst of all I...
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Roberts Defense...

I met him in a relatively quiet corner at some industry show. SHOT, maybe. Or NRA. Honestly, I can’t recall. The impression stayed with me, though. Rob...
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Remington 1911...

Combining legendary 1911 performance with a new lightweight design, the Remington 1911 R1 Ultralight is a great option for today’s shooters.
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Colt's Last...

We’re going to lump the last three Colt cap and ball revolvers together in one article because they were simply modifications and adaptations of...
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Handguns Of...

Perhaps the British could claim at least a small amount of credit for the advent of Smith & Wesson’s Model 1917 .45 Auto revolver. Just into World War II...
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Kimber Micro 9...

When talking about concealed carry, size matters — especially a lack thereof. The smaller the gun, the easier and more convenient it is to carry, making...
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First Favorites...

As always, I had to have one — you know the feeling! I needed the ultimate hunting handgun, one fitting my needs perfectly, and yet having the ability to...
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An Evolutionary...

Charles Darwin’s controversial book On the Origin of Species formulates his theory of evolution by natural selection. Did man evolve from the monkey?
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Handguns Of...

Starting in grade school my primary passion was World War II history and the firearms used. Therefore it was an amazing day when around age 12 my father...
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The Speedloader...

When the Colt Paterson revolver burst onto the scene in 1836, the game changed forever. With five chambers of .36 caliber ball at the shooter’s disposal,
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Gemini Customs:...

I’ve known Marc Morganti, founder of this one-man show called Gemini Customs, for almost 20 years. After nearly two decades of association you learn much...
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Handguns Of...

American fighting men anywhere in World War II could have been issued one of two basic .45 caliber pistols. The primary one was the Model 1911A1, and its...
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The Legacy of...

The wide array of sixguns we have today comes from the vision of three men, namely Sam Colt, Daniel Wesson and Bill Ruger. Both Colt and Wesson were gone by...
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Pocket Power...

The Springfield XD-S Mod.2 Subcompact is a polymer-framed .45 ACP carry gun thinner than a 9mm GLOCK 43, weighing two oz. less than a .380 ACP Walther PPK/S.
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Mossberg's New...

When you think of Mossberg, I’ll wager the words coming to mind are along the lines of “tough,” “rugged,” “affordable” and “reliable.”
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Handguns Of...

When Britain jumped into World War I and dragged Canada along, as usual their military outfits were woefully short of weapons. In those days the United...
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The Dragoons

As pointed out in Part One of this series, in U.S. Army parlance of the 1840s/1850s the word Dragoon referred to horse mounted troops. It’s also the term...
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Handguns Of...

Next to the Luger, Germany’s most recognized World War II handgun was the Walther-designed P38. It’s credited as being the first military pistol with a...
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So you carry a...

Some weeks ago a friend, Detective Dick Peters, and I, watched a made-for-TV movie one night at my place. It was called ''A Small Killing" and starred...
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S&W Performance...

When S&W released their M&P .380 Shield EZ, it caused a lot of head scratching. Why a mid’ish-sized .380? The question was answered after a host of gun...
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Heizer's PK045

It may seem impossible, but here it is. A semi-auto in .45 ACP about the same size as a 9mm compact. The design is brilliant, and the materials and...
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Handguns Of...

Next to the Luger, Germany’s most recognized World War II handgun was the Walther-designed P38. It’s credited as being the first military pistol with a...
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Aimpoint Acro P-1

I’ll admit to liking the challenge of shooting with iron sights, but I’m hardheaded. Nothing’s more satisfying knowing you’ve lined up your front...
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New, Old Colt...

You know the Colt Defender. It’s a classic 1911 for concealed carry, an old-timer showing how to pack .45 ACP into a small, rough and tumble platform....
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Revolvers And...

In the “old” days almost everyone had a “wheel gun” sitting in the sock drawer at home, carried in a leather holster — or sometimes just shoved...
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Handguns Of...

Without a doubt the U.S. Army’s adoption of Model 1917 .45 ACP revolvers was a “make-do” situation. And also without a doubt it “made-do” very...
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.25 ACP Ragtime...

Every Era deserves its Index Fossil and no material remnant evokes those carefree days from 1890 until roughly WWI quite as convincingly as the small,...
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A Betta' Beretta

In the world of defensive handguns, Beretta is a name to conjure with. And in the world of its popular Model 92, the same’s true of the name Ernest...
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Little Big Gun

I’ll be frank with you. I normally have practically zero interest in micro .380s. Am I impressed by the engineering expertise in getting a bullet this...
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Handguns Of...

A statement I’ll make about the British Enfield No. 2 Mk I .38 revolver is one I’m not willing to make about any other British weapons of World War II....
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Remington 1911...

Combining legendary 1911 performance with a new lightweight design, the Remington 1911 R1 Ultralight is a great option for today’s shooters.
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How I Carry

I don’t always carry a Glock 26 in a shoulder holster, but when I do, it’s usually in a Diamond D Custom Leather rig. This good-looking, functional...
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Franklin Armory...

We all know SBRs (Short Barrel Rifle) are handy and convenient, along with being top-tier cool on the fun scale … but they have one drawback. Their...
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You Never Forget...

No doubt about it, good, bad, or ugly — you never forget your first, well…anything. Be it first day of school, first kiss, first car or first car wreck
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Handguns Of...

As with so many Americans during most of my life, I felt nothing but disdain for Japanese firearms. In fact in the pages of American Handgunner I’ve...
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ZEV...

It would make no sense and strike as arrogant to assume refinements to GLOCK striker-fired handguns would not benefit the user after nearly 40 years of...
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Safely Practice...

You can train with a blue gun or a red gun but it won’t be your gun. But when you do non-shooting training drills with your gun — a real gun —
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Handguns Of...

Luger P08 9mm pistols were considered the best souvenirs by American troops in the European Theatre of Operations (ETO) during World War II. That’s...
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Help For Hurting...

Sooner or later age catches up with all of us. For some of us, ailments such as arthritis, bursitis or neuropathy affect our ability to shoot any kind of...
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None dare call...

Pay close attention to the release of the FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2018 in late September and refer quickly to Table 15 under “Homicides,” because...
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Ruger Security-9...

The three R’s of guns could easily be Rugged, Reliable and Ruger. Add an additional “R” for “Reasonably” priced and you’ve got Ruger’s...
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Turbocharging...

Americans simply live to customize stuff. Aftermarket widgets abound to amp up our automobiles, cell phones, fashions — even teeth. In no place is this...
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Trigger Nometry

Squeeze them, pull them, press them, slap them, whatever you do to make a gun go boom, you do it with a trigger. Arguments abound about how you do it and...
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The Devil By...

He may have meant well. “It’s a double-stack DA. Threaded. Ported. Night sights. Lemme show you.” The young lady handed the pistol back. He cycled...
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Naroh Arms N1

The Naroh Arms N1 is a sub-compact, single-stack, 7+1, DAO hammer-fired, polymer-framed 9mm pistol that was years in the making. I could stop here, but then...
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Behind the...

I’ve become quite enamored with the new MC1sc pistol from Mossberg and have made it my primary pocket carry gun since I picked one up earlier this...
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Ruger’s Wrangler

When word trickled out about Ruger’s new Wrangler, the Internet was abuzz as naysayers were gearing up with ludicrous Ned Ludd worries. Turns out these...
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Ruger Custom...

Oh, hi Paul,” I said, answering the phone. It’s always nice to hear from Paul Pluff as he’s usually the bearer of news of note. Paul is a dear old...
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Performance...

The mere words “Performance Center” blended with the moniker S&W, brings a wry smile across the lips of those who know a thing or two about guns.
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Ruger’s Blued...

Ruger’s been at it yet again and it’s why we love them so much! Using their SP-101 platform this time, they released a powerful-punching wheelgun using...
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Taurus Tracker...

Whether you need the raw power of a .357 magnum for your heavy-handed chores, or desire something a little more subtle, for light-duty paper punching, like...
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The Virtually...

Smith & Wesson’s J-frame -- what many consider the quintessential snub-nose revolver -- is virtually unsnubbable. That is, you can’t fault it for...
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Performance...

Who doesn’t love a J-Frame? Not doing so is as un-American as skipping over a John Wayne movie while channel surfing.
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What I Carry: A...

I’ve almost always been the guy who carries a full-size handgun for CCW. I was willing to forego comfort for capability, wanting to make sure I had a gun...
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Living Archive:...

If you prefer a flat handgun that is easier to conceal and carries more rounds than a revolver, you have only to take your pick from the large array of 9mm...
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FN 509 Mid-Size...

In a world brimming of poly-framed, striker-fired 9mm pistols, the mere thought of yet another release will surely torque traditionalists’ tempers....
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Dan Wesson: Red...

To those of us still clinging to the sanctity of the 1911 and the beloved .45 ACP cartridge, technology has chipped away at our core assumptions leaving us...
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Behind the...

Ruger’s cool new SR1911 Competition Pistol is our cover gun for the July/Aug 2019 issue of Handgunner. All well and good, and frankly, I’m looking...
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Ed Brown EVO-KC9

Ed Brown Products arguably make one of the finest 1911’s on the market. Don’t think so? Then you’ve probably never had the privilege of shooting one!...
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5.11 Small Kit...

While you’re creating an all-around survival kit list, I'll bet it numbers more than 10 items. Probably at least 20. So think of what you’ll put all...
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Hot SHOT Show...

In the movie “Amadeus” the king accuses Mozart’s music of having “Too many notes!” and wants him to “…cut some out.” We feel Mozart’s pain...
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The Air-Powered...

We can’t always get to the range to shoot our fire and brimstone guns, and frontyard ranges tend to upset the neighbors — at least some neighbors.
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A New Direction

It’s amazing how far you can end up from where you began. From the unintended discovery of penicillin to the creation of Superglue during the development...
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NAA's Ranger II

After many years of making their beautiful little updated version of the solid-frame spur-trigger revolver, they decided to try something different.
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S&W Model 460XVR

There’s no doubt, most Americans like things big — really big. We like big trucks with big tires and big motors. Big boats, big homes, big farms, you...
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Taurus Officer &...

Both my Grandfathers wore overalls to work seven days a week. Farmers, they were the salt of the earth, hardworking, honest men. Far from being city-slicker...
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The Knocabout...

I was casting about at a garage sale some years ago and my eye caught what I first thought was an air pistol of some sort. When I picked it up, I realized...
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Ed Brown EVO-KC9

Ed Brown Products arguably make one of the finest 1911’s on the market. Don’t think so? Then you’ve probably never had the privilege of shooting one!...
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Watch the Flying...

As long as I can remember, shooting sports aficionados have always had a fascination with the empty case flying from auto-loading firearm as it fires....
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Dan Wesson: Red...

To those of us still clinging to the sanctity of the 1911 and the beloved .45 ACP cartridge, technology has chipped away at our core assumptions leaving us...
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FN 509 Mid-Size...

In a world brimming of poly-framed, striker-fired 9mm pistols, the mere thought of yet another release will surely torque traditionalists’ tempers....
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Performance...

The mere words “Performance Center” blended with the moniker S&W, brings a wry smile across the lips of those who know a thing or two about guns.
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Dan Wesson Turns 50

Dan Wesson, great-grandson of the original Daniel B. Wesson, had a different idea. Not only was he part of the original Wesson family he also served many...
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Cross-Dominant...

As an aviator from age 22 on, I was subjected to eye exams every year. For many years, the results of those exams revealed 20/20 vision in my right eye and...
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