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Ruger’s 75th Anniversary...

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Sturm, Ruger & Co., founded in 1949 by partners Alexander McCormick Sturm and William Batterman Ruger. When Sturm...
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Beretta Tomcat
The Tiny (But Not Really)...

Sure, .32 ACP isn’t the ideal caliber for self-defense, and the Beretta Tomcat isn’t nearly as small as it could be to package and launch the relatively...
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The Walther PP: The...

In 1929, Fritz Walther got the world’s attention with his 8-shot magazine, .32 ACP, Model PP autoloader, which could be safely carried fully loaded and in...
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Pedigreed Defensive Precision

Those of us who care about such obscure things like founders of modern gun companies likely have the name Carl Walther burned into our collection of neurons...
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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.
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The Marine Modell 1904
The Marine Modell 1904

In addition to countless revolutionary technologies employed by the German U-boats, submariners were issued with a most peculiar version of the standard...
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Modernizing a...

The Girsan High Power (trademarked using that exact spelling, so we’ll write “High Power” throughout this article when talking about this model...
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Legend Reborn:...

Now you can own one of history's most classic handgun designs, and in a package you won't be afraid to carry or take to the range. Springfield Armory...
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The Ruger...

Ruger says about the new American Pistol: “Anything else would be un-American.” I think it’s more than a clever tagline.
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Concealed carry guns staccato 2011, springfield armory xd-s and smith and wesson 642 j-frame
Carry Options:...

American Handgunner Editor Tom McHale shares his go-to guns for concealed carry, including the holsters and optics he pairs them with.
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SPRINGFIELD...

I got my hot little hands on an original Springfield Armory XD-S nearly seven years ago.
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Channel Your...

There’s something inherently satisfying about creating a custom handgun. You know, one built with just the features and components you want.
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One and Done: In...

What of the survival handgun? What features should it have? This was the central question in an event I recently attended at Gunsite: if you were limited...
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Les Baer Custom Carry Commanche
Les Baer’s...

There’s something about a Les Baer Custom 1911 allowing them to stand-apart from most others. While taking advantage of modern machine technology to help...
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Springfield...

The Springfield Armory Prodigy OSP (Optical Sight Pistol) is arguably the most capable 9mm 1911 in the world. The Prodigy OSP sports a top-tier feature set...
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S&W's M&P...

A golden moment in the Fast Glass & Smokin’ Brass saga: It’s Day Two shootin’ the new ported M&P C.O.R.E. pistols. I’m poppin’ pills into paper...
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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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S&W M&P .380...

The call went something like this: “Hey Roy, can you break free for a quick two-dayer to S&W for a new gun launch?” —
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Staccato 2011...

Handgun competitions don’t teach one how to fight, but they do an excellent job of burning in basic gun handling skills like trigger control, malfunction...
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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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Hellcat X2 Commander

Some think the 1911 is outdated — too “old school” to be effective today. They’re not only wrong, but spectacularly wrong.
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Custom CZ's...

I was at the Brownells Gunsmith Fair a few years ago talking to a polite young gent in a tie. We were in line for lunch and I had struck up a conversation...
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Auto Pistol And...

If you have a firearm, any firearm, and shoot it long enough in a big enough fight the gun will go empty. You will be in the gunfight only as long as you...
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SIG P365XL
Coming to America

The young man hefted his spanking new SIG P365XL 9mm handgun and took its measure. He squared to his target and presented the weapon a couple of times to...
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Kahr TP9 GEN2...

When Justin Moon started Kahr, it was mostly due to his own frustration at not having a suitable 9mm-style auto in a small enough package to be convenient...
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Cream of the...

The SFX9 pistol added a few design twists. The most visible differences are a solid frame design with Wilson’s distinctive “X” patterning cut into the...
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The Vudoo Gun Works Möbius 1911
The Vudoo Gun...

The Möbius 1911 from Vudoo Gun Works is a triumph of Information Age manufacturing technology. Using John Moses Browning’s century-old classic combat...
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The Rock Island...

The Rock Island Armory 5.0 is like the yeti, your daughter’s imaginary uni-corn, or the elusive fiscally-responsible congressman. It is the sort of...
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Magnum Research...

Back when I was an Army Aviator I once had the privilege of working alongside an Israeli gunship helicopter pilot. One evening we were just chewing the fat...
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