Semi-Auto Handguns

IWI US MASADA Pistol

Combining IWI’s legendary reliability with design input from military, LEO and civilians, the MASADA is a high-performance handgun that can stand strong...
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Nighthawk...

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.
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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...
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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,...
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SCCY's CPX1 &...

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...
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New Products...

The Wilson Combat EXPERIOR Series of handguns blends the 1911 design with reliability and ergonomic enhancements to optimize handling and shooting performance.
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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...
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Les Baer's...

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.
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Keltec PMR-30...

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.
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S&W M&P SHIELD...

American Handgunner editor Roy Huntington reviews and compares the S&W M&P SHIELD EZ 380 Auto to the 9mm in this First Look.
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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...
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One Of Roy...

The Dan Wesson Vigil CCO 1911 in 9mm is a favorite of American Handgunner editor Roy Huntington.
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Springfield...

Built for defense use and delivering serious firepower, Springfield Armory expands it's SAINT Victor line to include a .308 pistol.
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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.
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The israel...

The IWI Masada offers everything you could want in a modern polymer-framed combat pistol.
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First Look...

A First Look at the Les Baer custom 1911 made for American Handgunner.
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Walther Q5 Match...

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...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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New Mossberg MC2c

What’s the first thing to pop into your head when you hear mention of Mossberg?
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Retro Time Machines

On the way home not too long ago I stopped by Scottsboro Gun & Pawn, which always has an interesting collection of used firearms.
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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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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...

Last year, Ruger released an Affordable-Care Act we could all sink our teeth into with the Security-9, a full-size, 15+1, hammer-fired 9mm. Despite an MSRP...
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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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Guns We're...

Just days away from the 2020 SHOT Show, we can't help but drool thinking about all the new guns we'll get to shoot, handle and see throughout the week.
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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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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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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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Kimber Deploys...

Kimber has added a great new addition to their already stalwart lineup with the RAPIDE (Black Ice).
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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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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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