Rock Island...

I was chatting with Martin Tuason, Armscor/Rock Island’s president on the phone about their new STK100.
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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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The Budischowsky...

The “Buds” as they were fondly called, had all the features and benefits of something like a bigger S&W auto of the time, but were shrunk for shirt...
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The Super .38...

John Taffin's dream 1911 pistols in .38 Super from Volkmann Precision. Those two Luke Volkmann .45 ACP pistols were the Combatant Carry and the Custom...
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The Super .38...

During the Roaring 20s, police were armed primarily with .38 Special revolvers whose ammunition would not penetrate car bodies. Colt’s answer to this...
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Pistol Small...

Did you know federal law requires marksmanship training courses to be held annually at the National Matches?
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Taurus GX4...

There’s a new pocket pistol in town and, hold on to your shorts, it’s … affordable!
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Walther P38

The Walther P38 wasn’t the first 9mm: The honor goes to the P08 Luger which, like later German service pistols, mostly came to the U.S.
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The Max-9

As two to three generations have grown up with little or no experience with revolvers, it seems they drift away from wheel guns toward what they’re more...
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Quick Thoughts:...

Springfield Armory’s new 1911 Emissary dares to bridge the gap between defensive and custom pistols. The .45 semi-auto has a foundation of forged steel in...
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First Look at...

The .45 ACP 1911 Emissary blends form and function seamlessly in a defensive-minded handgun loaded with custom-grade features.
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Taurus TX 22...

The thing about pistol red dot sights is it doesn’t matter where you put them on the gun. Whether on the back of the slide, or more forward like some type...
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Ruger LCP MAX:...

Special Assignments editor Roy Huntington reviews Ruger's new LCP MAX and compares it to the other pistols in the LCP family.
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Quick First Look...

Special Assignments Editor Roy Huntington looks very quickly at the just released Ruger LCP MAX. Full review and accuracy test coming up!
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Ruger LCP Max

Ruger’s recent addition to the LCP Family has greater capacity and more features than others in the line. The pocket-sized .380 is ideal for personal...
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Rock Island's...

Armscor, the parent company of Rock Island Armory, manufactures more 1911s than any other company in the world.
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New Products...

Lone Wolf Arms introduces the Lightweight Tactical Defense (LTD) Pistol Line. Unlike many other GLOCK-pattern alternatives on the market, the LTD is not...
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STK100
Rock Island...

Ramping up the game with an aluminum frame! Special Assignment Editor Roy Huntington reviews Rock Island Armory's new 9mm handgun that features a...
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Misadventures of...

I’m not new to firearms, just to handguns. If you ask me about service rifle reloading, natural point of aim, or reading mirage, I can help you....
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The Blockbuster...

In September 2019, Springfield Armory raised the bar for micro compact carry pistols with the Hellcat.
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American...

It was a Tuesday night in December 1954. I specifically remember the day as every Tuesday I took the bus to town to pay my paper bill. My paper route had...
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SAR9 X Platinum

The SAR 9X Platinum is a complete defensive or range plinking solution in a box.
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Pedigreed...

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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SIG SAUER Custom Works U.S. Army Best Ranger Competition M17 Trophy Pistols
SIG SAUER...

A new tradition as manufacturer of the U.S. Army’s official sidearm, SIG SAUER will present two custom M17 Best Ranger Competition Trophy pistols to the...
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The Ultimate...

American Handgunner Editor Tom McHale takes a First Look at the new TaurusTX 22 Competition model and finds it has more uses than just competition.
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Tall, But True,...

No, while all these guns tell a story, none are in my collection. Sigh … But I do know the stories of all but one, and strangely I did own it at one time.
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13 Reasons to...

Chambered in 9mm with 13/15+1 capacity, Suzi Huntington takes a closer first look at Mossberg's follow-up to the MC1sc — the feature-rich, compact and...
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Cabot Guns 10 Year Anniversary Collection
Cabot Guns...

Celebrating their 10-year anniversary, Cabot Guns has unveiled a collection of eight one-of-a-kind 1911s, all featuring Damascus steel and chambered in the...
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Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield Plus
Why Would Smith...

Smith & Wesson takes their M&P9 Shield to the next level with the new M&P9 Shield Plus. Special Assignments Editor Roy Huntington does an in-depth review of...
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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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SIG SAUER P365X ROMEOZero
SIG SAUER P365X...

Given the popularity of the P365, the features of the P365XL and aftermarket interest in P365 conversions, SIG SAUER has answered the call with a new...
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Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield Plus
Smith & Wesson...

The latest major firearm manufacturers to announce a micro-compact, high-capacity 9mm pistol, Smith & Wesson recently unveiled the latest iteration of the...
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Ruger MAX-9
Ruger MAX-9...

The perfect size for pocket carry and the answer to many consumer demands, FMG Publication Special Assignments Editor Roy Huntington takes a close First...
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Ruger MAX-9
New Ruger MAX-9...

Over the last few years, micro-compact 9mm handguns have dominated the growing concealed carry market. Listening to consumer demands, Ruger recently...
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Toro, Toro: New...

Capitalizing on the growing trend of optics-ready handguns, Taurus has thrown their cape into the bull ring with the introduction of the new G3 and G3c...
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Springfield...

Much ado has been made about the 10mm; some true and some not so much.
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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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DIY Freedom

The GST-9 pistol from 80% Arms is a DIY kit that allows you to build a GLOCK-style 9mm handgun legally on your dinner table.
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SIG SAUER Custom Works P320MAX
SIG Custom Works...

Already one of the most popular pistols in competitive shooting, the P320MAX takes the P320 X5 Legion to the next level thanks to performance enhancements...
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Walther PDP Compact with Holosun 508T
Walther Launches...

It's your duty to be ready and American Handgunner Editor Tom McHale shows how Walther's new 9mm Performance Duty Pistol (PDP) keeps you alert and always at...
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Aero Precision EPC-9 Pistol
Epic PCC: Aero...

For gun DIYers, few experiences are as epic as the adventure of building your own firearm. New for 2021, Aero Precision is entering the pistol caliber...
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Playing The Long...

The distance was about a hundred paces. The 8" Action Target steel Bianchi Plates looked like tiny dots atop the Ruger’s front sight
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Short and to the...

Introduced in 1966, HK’s iconic MP5 submachine gun first came into public view during the dramatic 1980 Prince’s Gate hostage rescue by the SAS.
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Did GLOCK Invent...

Was GLOCK the first firearms manufacturer to invent the trigger safety? Special Assignments Editor Roy Huntington dug into his collection to find a revolver...
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Springfield Armory Hellcat RDP
Rapid Defense:...

Already available in standard and optics-ready models with and without a red dot, Springfield has announced an updated and upgraded version of the popular...
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Springfield Armory Hellcat RDP in hand
New Springfield...

In a dual announcement of new products for 2021, Springfield Armory has announced the new Hellcat RDP (Rapid Defense Package) and a new optics project...
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Walther PDP Performance Duty Pistol
Walther Unveils...

New for 2021, the Walther PDP (Performance Duty Pistol) is the manufacturer’s new flagship handgun. And while it resembles the popular PPQ, its feature...
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FN's 1910 Pocket...

The spark that ignited the fuse leading to World War I was the assassination of the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire on June 28, 1914, in...
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A Light Touch

We’ve grown so accustomed to seeing Nighthawk turn out finished guns built in- house most people don’t realize it also offers gunsmithing services on...
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SIG SAUER P365 .380 ACP
Popular SIG...

One of the most innovative firearm designs in recent memory, the SIG SAUER P365 9mm has quickly become a popular handgun among gun owners. Now, SIG SAUER is...
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GLOCK Ad from American Handgunner Mar/Apr 1990
Retro Photo:...

Just two years after the introduction of second-generation GLOCK 17s to the U.S. market, GLOCK was already claiming dominance over firearm manufacturers and...
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Student...

Is the safety on? I thought to myself as I continued to put steady pressure on the trigger. I noticed I was anticipating a shot that had not yet come,...
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Firearms and...

When a friend asked Insider to build a concealable holster for his SIG SAUER compact model, he stated carrying. Sign of the times?
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19 Rounds of...

From carry to competition, EAA Corp's new do-everything Girsan Regard Sport Gen 4 is a full-size, 18+1 9mm pistol with a familiar design that can literally...
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Taurus TX22 Competition with Leupold DeltaPoint PRO
Taurus Ups...

After setting a new standard for out-of-the-box rimfire handguns, Taurus has upgraded the budget-friendly, performance TX22 with the introduction of the...
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Timeless Tradition

The more things change, the more they stay the same. John Moses Browning’s Model 1911 proves it every day.
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SAR 9X Platinum with weapon light
SAR USA Goes...

American Handgunner Editor Tom McHale takes a close First Look at the new SAR 9X Platinum, featuring a smooth double-action trigger, adjustable sights and...
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FN 509 LS EDGE
FN Gives...

The most advanced handgun FN has ever designed, FN has extended the popular 509 series with a long-slide model designed to give shooters the edge they’re...
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The HK VP9L OR

The new HK VP9L OR is the latest iteration of HK’s extraordinary VP9 striker-fired polymer-framed combat handgun.
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KelTec P50 handgun
KelTec 5.7x28mm...

Never one to shy away from innovation, KelTec has repurposed FN P90 magazines to feed their latest creation for 2021 — the futuristic-looking 50-round...
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The CZ Shadow 2 OR

The CZ Shadow 2 Optics Ready pistol represents a radical divergence from your typical modern gun shop fare.
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Gear Spotlight:...

While you should always have a handheld light available for searching, a weapon light makes sense for target illumination and final verification.
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The Mauser HSc

Agent 007 sat quietly in the corner of the darkened bar nursing his signature Vodka Vargtass.
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Lightweight...

Special Assignments Editor Roy Huntington takes a Classic First Look at the CZ 75 B handgun and all the special features it comes with that new and old...
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Lipsey's Glock P80

There is currently a pervasive primal urge to possess trinkets indicative of a Quixotic romanticized past.
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Tussey Custom...

I’ve known Terry Tussey for about 35 years — translating to just a bit more than half the time he’s been working on 1911s.
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The CZ 75 Gets A "B"

Special Assignments Editor Roy Huntington takes a Classic First Look at the CZ 75 B handgun and all the special features it comes with that new and old...
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MasterPiece Arms...

Following the release of the AR9 PCC, a 9mm AR-style Pistol Caliber Carbine designed by CK Arms, MPA has launched the DS9 Hybrid series of double-stack...
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Colt’s 1903...

When the Colt Automatic Pistol, Pocket Model, Hammerless was introduced in Browning’s own .32 ACP cartridge in, oddly enough, 1903, America and the world...
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Smith & Wesson...

Smith & Wesson has announced the addition of two brace-equipped AR pistol models to its lineup in 2021, including the M&P15 Pistol and the return of the...
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Concealable Class

Most of us were familiar with Cabot even before the meteorite guns. Founded in 2011 during the centennial of the M1911, Cabot Guns makes pistols to...
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SIG SAUER P365...

An official collaboration between the two companies, ZEV Technologies has expanded its custom line of SIG SAUER pistols to include the new performance Z365...
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Cooler Than Ice:...

American Handgunner Editor Tom McHale has a First Look at the 10mm Kimber Rapide (Black Ice). Cool looking and lightning-fast, 1911 catches Tom's eye with...
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Charles Daly...

When you think about Italian Colt handgun clones, chances are you’re thinking of the many (and excellent) Civil War and Old West replica six-shooters.
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P320 Studio:...

After months of waiting, SIG SAUER P320 Custom Works FCUs have started shipping to dealers and SIG has launched the Custom Works P320 Studio, a virtual...
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Springfield...

Springfield Armory’s recent addition to their 1911 line, the Ronin, offers classic retro styling combined with modern “improved shootability” features.
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Springfield...

Combining classic styling with modern features at a remarkably affordable price, Tom McHale hits the range for a First Look at the new Springfield Armory...
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Customize Your...

American Handgunner's Tom McHale shows the steps on how he reconfigured his carry gun customizing it to his specifications with no tools.
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Lone Wolf...

Amidst record high NICS firearm background checks and firearm sales, Lone Wolf Distributors is providing an all-in-one gun and basic defensive training...
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Handgun Milestones

Recently a fellow asked me when I became interested in guns. My reply was … I was born with it.
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Colt .22 Service...

I met Joe and Reecy Ireland at a church in Fayetteville, NC, shortly after being stationed at Fort Bragg upon my return from Vietnam.
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The Dead Man's Gun

In 1903 Colt debuted John Moses Browning’s Pocket Hammerless .32ACP pistol. This trim little automatic ran via unlocked blowback and featured a tight...
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Springfield XD-S...

American Handgunner Editor Tom McHale takes a First Look at the newly released Springfield XD-S Mod.2 OSP that comes optics-ready with a Crimson Trace...
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GLOCK Updates...

Earlier this summer, GLOCK announced it would cease production of 9mm and .40 S&W Gen4 models and update its .40-caliber lineup to the latest generation. As...
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Firearms for Trump

We look at some of the custom firearms produced in the last four years in honor of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.
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Wilson Combat...

The folks at Wilson Combat have a refreshing business model. Most handgun manufacturers produce their own designs and are loath to admit anyone else can...
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Hybrid ATI...

American Tactical (ATI) has seen fit to outfit Americans with a hybrid handgun in the 1911 tradition.
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Polynesian...

A culture dating back 3,000 years, Polynesians believed symbolic images could display a person’s spiritual power, or ‘mana.’ Inspired by Polynesian...
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Playin' Favorites

I’m taking advantage of my advancing years and looking at my favorite handguns — an admittedly subjective exercise.
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Wilson Combat's...

If there’s a more bandwagon-centric racket than the firearms industry, I’m not aware of it. There seems to be no saturation point to the AR-platform...
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Ed Brown FX2

What red-blooded American wouldn’t enjoy wrapping their well-versed fingers in an overhand grip around the stylish slide of a Commander-sized 1911? But...
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SIG Custom Works...

Delivered just in time for the Halloween season, SIG Custom Works has reimagined the manufacturer’s Nightmare series with new blacked-out P220, P226 and...
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Ruger American...

The Ruger American Competition pistol is a whole lot of gun for the money. Building upon the time-tested Ruger American line, the new Competition is...
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A Perfectly...

Roy Huntington takes his first look at and shots with the new Springfield Armory XD-M Elite 3.8" Compact — the perfectly sized handgun for control and...
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SIG SAUER AXG...

Introduced in 2014, the SIG SAUER P320 has always been a 9mm polymer-frame pistol with modular serialized fire control unit — that is, until now. The new...
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