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1791 Gunleather’s...

1791 Gunleather’s mission statement can be summed up as follows: “Our love and appreciation of the Second Amendment goes hand-in-hand with our passion for the art of gun leather and its...

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07/18/19

Handguns Of WWII Part 9

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 they first contracted with the company...

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07/15/19

Welcome to the surreal:...

One supposes there is a rough justice in the revelation contained in a study recently released by NYU Tandon School of Engineering that credited media coverage of the gun control debate in the...

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07/12/19

First Favorites — For A...

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 facilitate any further needs down the road.

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07/10/19

The Speedloader Comes of Age

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,

Tags: Colt, HKS, Pachmay, Reloading,...
07/03/19

I can see clearly now!

Missed the target — again! It might be time to have an eye exam. I know you’re really enthused, but knowing a little about optometry and eyewear can make that process less painful — and more...

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07/03/19
People who carry...

Two essays, published ten years apart, offer an interesting perspective on what may be happening in America that separates the doers from the watchers;...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
Blackhawk’s New T-Series...

As a cop, I was trained to realize there would be a gun at every single call I responded to … my own. This sobering fact gave me a real respect for gun...
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Rocky Times On Horizon For...

Nobody likes to be the bearer of bad news, but there’s plenty to go around as July looms on the horizon for Washington gun buyers, California gun owners
Read Full Article Dave Workman
TRUGLO Fiber Optic Pro

The “squints” at TRUGLO have been at it again. You know, the guys/gals who wear the white lab coats, constantly looking for better products to offer...
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The Greatest Honor…

The excitement of travel is rooted to anticipation and excitement of the unknown. We never know what’s in store heading to our destination. Recently,...
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After Virginia Beach, gun...

After a veteran public employee in Virginia Beach decided to gun down a dozen of his fellow workers, anti-gun Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam was quick to...
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Real Avid Makes It Real...

Proper care and cleaning of our guns is paramount to their performance, reliability and functionality. Some are born to tinker, while others would just as...
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S&W Performance Center M&P...

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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Sifting Through Social...

Social Media has, for better or worse, influenced society in ways our forefathers would never imagine. It’s boggling to think how an illuminated box full...
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Two conversations...

Want to ignite a brawl at the next neighborhood cookout, just so you can tell anti-gunners apart from rational people?
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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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FATHER’S DAY TOP 10 DIY...

Looking to get just the right gift for the father in your life? Is he a handy guy who likes to tinker on projects and gets a huge kick out of building or...
Read Full Article Michael Humphries
New, Old Colt Defender ......

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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Handguns Of WWII Part 3

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....
Read Full Article Mike "Duke" Venturino
From the Bench: A...

Roy Huntington Once the word gets out you can “fix guns sometimes,” people start to come out of the woodwork. I don’t mind helping out when I can,...
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From the pen of a legend

Somebody sent me images of a February 1960 article in GUNS Magazine by the late, legendary Elmer Keith, the little cowboy from Idaho and Montana with the...
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Franklin Armory Reformation

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 Your First…

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 WWII Part 2

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...
Read Full Article Mike "Duke" Venturino
VersaCarry Compound IWB...

The camp you subscribe to is telling of your character, or lack thereof. Obviously, the “other” camp is just plain ignorant about the subject matter,...
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ZEV Technologies:...

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 With Your Gun

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 —

Read Full Article Mark Kakkuri
Home-Made Mortars

The Internet revolutionized the way people in developed countries live their lives. Where previously clever jokes, eccentric fetishes, and quirky hobbies...
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When You’re Hot

Ever wondered how gunmakers and gunsmiths get that beautiful, mottled coloring you’ve seen on shotgun receivers and gun parts? Want to learn the ins and...
Read Full Article Jeremy Clough
Home Build A Retro AR

How about we build a semi-auto, old school, dual aperture flip sight, pencil barrel, carry handle, Vietnam issue M16A1 look-alike that’s discretely...
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Handguns Of WWII Part 1

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...
Read Full Article Mike "Duke" Venturino
Kimber KHX Pro (OR) .45 ACP

There’s nothing worse than having to send your beloved “Betsy” away! Separation anxiety, followed by night tremors, cause you to sweat bullets, as you...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Loose Screws — And Other...

How many times have you said, “He’s got a screw loose,” or “He’s a nut job,” without really thinking where these phrases originated? We know...
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None dare call it...

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 Compact

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...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
My Backup Backup Knife

My primary knife is a folder clipped to my strong side pocket. My backup knife is a fixed blade; its location varies depending on the day/situation. And my...
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Turbocharging Your Glock

Americans simply live to customize stuff. Aftermarket widgets abound to amp up our automobiles, cell phones, fashions — even teeth. In no place is this...
Read Full Article Will Dabbs, MD
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 Another Name

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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It’s May, and the...

Elections matter, and even though many gun people are either hunting wild turkeys or getting ready to decimate prairie dog towns, or simply preparing for...
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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...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Behind the Scenes — My...

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...
Read Full Article Michael Humphries
NRA annual meetings this...

It’s official, as the National Rifle Association opens its 148th annual meetings and exhibits in Indianapolis, President Donald Trump is going to deliver...
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Performance Center S&W 45...

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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InvictaSafe Secure Display

Hey, we all love our guns, right? And most of us have at least one or two “special” guns we consider working pieces of art.
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Kahr’s ‘Fallen...

Kahr Arms last year launched a program that strikes Insider Onlineas one of those “right things to do” for the men and women of law enforcement and...

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Taurus Tracker 692…

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...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
The Sconce

I’ve been to Gunsite several times and have had the pleasure of visits with Mrs. Jeff Cooper (Janelle) in her home there. When she and Jeff founded...

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The Virtually Unsnubbable...

Smith & Wesson’s J-frame -- what many consider the quintessential snub-nose revolver -- is virtually unsnubbable. That is, you can’t fault it for much....
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Coming in mid-May: Fifth...

According to USCCA spokesman Kevin Michalowski, last year’s event in Louisville brought 15,000 people through the doors.
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Comp-Tac “Warrior With...

Tactics aside, a pistol-mounted light is one of the most functional accessories you can add to your shooter. What’s better than having a light source to...
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What I Carry: Kershaw...

Here's a favorite lightweight for light duty. The popular Kershaw Leek in orange looks great, opens with a snap, stands out in a bag or backpack or clipped...
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Living Archive: The 9mm Myth

“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...

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Exclusive: Ed Brown...

Ed Brown Products arguably makes one of the best 1911’s on the market. For over 50 years, Ed Brown has been a competitor, tool and die maker and...

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What I Carry: Mike’s...

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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Other Tools at the Ready

I'm a big fan of the tactical pen. A last-ditch strike weapon, it can go virtually anywhere with you, riding innocuously in a shirt pocket. Because — it's...
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FN 509 Mid-Size Prize...

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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Youth Shooting Sport...

As many political leaders seek to overturn the Second Amendment, the closest many young people get to learning about firearms is from a video game...

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Exclusive: HiViZ H3...

Front sights provide direction, while rear sights allow us to fine-tune our aim. In combat or other shooting scenarios, the mantra is, “Front sight,...
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Behind the Scenes: The...

The Gun — and the Challenge …

Ruger’s cool new SR1911 Competition Pistol is our cover gun for the July/Aug 2019 issue of Handgunner. All well and...

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Watch the Flying Case!

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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There’s a new...

Recently, Insider Online reported about the situation out in Washington State, where it appears a majority of county sheriffs and at least one police chief...
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Exclusive: 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!...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Real Avid 4-In-1 Tool for...

The 4-in-1 Tool for Glock from Real Avid sets the new standard for multi-tools for guns. This compact tool holds four essential tools for any Glock owner....
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Exclusive: Nate Squared...

How you strap your shooter on is as personal as the type of underwear you wear, and … how often you choose to change them. Like our bloomers, comfort and...
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Exclusive: Affordable...

I just turned 69, have been hunting and shooting for 62 of my 69 years, but never held, fired or owned a semi-auto handgun until approximately 10 years ago....
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Exclusive: Crooked-Seated...

How important is it to seat the bullet perfectly strait in the case? What if the bullet is seated crooked? Does this affect accuracy? Common sense says it...
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Exclusive: Church Insecurity

In the beginning, there appeared a mentally ill homeless person and an angry man (possibly on some drugs) at the church of a friend. Afterward, the Elders...
Read Full Article Raymond Fleck
Exclusive: Springfield...

If you’re serious about concealed carry, and we know you are, Springfield Armory has just the gun! Called the 911, this miniaturized model of the classic...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Exclusive: Laser Rifles...

At high power, lasers are deadly light sources. Truck-mounted, airborne and ship-based lasers with ten to more than a thousand horsepower have shot down...
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Exclusive: The Mechanical...

What’s the latest innovation set to revolutionize the firearms industry? It’s not a gun, or a new ammunition, or even a new accessory. It’s a new...
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Exclusive: Consistent...

It’s been said consistent velocity produces greater accuracy. That is, the more consistent the velocity is between shots, the tighter the group. The more...
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Exclusive: Robar's...

As a pistol instructor and range safety officer, I see a lot of new shooters signing up for basic pistol classes. This surge in students is due partly to my...
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Exclusive: SAAMI 90 Years...

The year 2016 marked the 90th anniversary of the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, known to most shooters and reloaders simply as...
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Exclusive: 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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Exclusive: Retro Trigger...

The hulking psychopathic cyborg from the future walked into the local gun shop, his preternaturally square jaw locked in a menacing scowl and his glowing...
Read Full Article Will Dabbs, MD
The New Taurus TX22. Love...

Yes, you do need another hi-cap polymer handgun. And this is the one. Here’s why: This gun will be the one you plink all day with, the one you use to...
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Stoeger STR-9 9mm Pistol...

While Sam Colt’s sixgun was the tool that made men equal, affordable polymer-framed striker-fired pistols are the instruments of choice for today’s...
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DoJ Survey Update Blows...

A recently released report from the Department of Justice that updated information from a survey of state and federal prison inmates about the use of...
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What I Carry: Mossberg’s...

I’ll be frank with you, I almost exclusively carry mid- to full-size pistols in an IWB holster rig when I leave the house. Is it a hassle? Is it a lot of...
Read Full Article Michael Humphries
Kimber EVO SP (CS)

Who doesn’t love a custom gun? Customs scream, “Hey! Look at me! I’m special and different from rest!” It also gives skilled workers a chance to...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Rock Island Tac-Ultra FS...

Who doesn’t love an all-steel pistol? Admiring its heft as it’s cradled perfectly in your hand — it feels just right! Build one on JMB’s preeminent...
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Shield RMS-W Red Dot Sight

RMS (Reflex Mini Sight) accessory sights are rapidly gaining popularity in the shooting world, and for good reason. What’s not to like about instantaneous...
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Returning to its Roots —...

When you think of Mossberg, I bet the words that come to mind are probably along the lines of “tough,” “rugged,” “affordable,” “reliable,”...
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Glock’s G48 and G43X —...

Pardon the pun, but here’s the skinny on the newest additions to the GLOCK line, the “Silver Slimline Series.” We here at FMG Publications were given...

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Crimson Trace S&W Shield...

Unless you’re a cat, I know you have trouble seeing in the dark. Being a shooter, I know you also have problems seeing your sights in low/no-light...
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Behind the Scenes: A...

I’ve written about my young friend, Dusty here, who has gotten his custom gunsmithing business off the ground and is doing well. He has a back-log of...
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Exclusive: Ruger SR1911...

I’m not saying the folks at Ruger have big ears, but they sure seem to be listening to their customers. (Maybe there’s a lesson there, eh?) One of the...
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Behind the Scenes: A...

There I was, minding my own business and running some errands when I spotted something really interesting in a parking lot. I looked over at the car parked...
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Federal Premium Personal...

Federal Ammunition’s very existence is owed to the continued technological improvements that have been blasting down our barrels since 1922. Founding...
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Wilson Combat’s Paul...

The Paul Howe Package for GLOCK® from Wilson Combat combines legendary build quality and attention to detail with the 30 years of tactical experience that...
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Exclusive: Comp-Tac Evade...

Serving as vehicles for our guns, our holsters must safely carry, conceal and protect our pistols, while also making them accessible in a moment’s notice....
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Behind the Scenes:...

Yeah, so, um …. we moved to “land” some ten years ago here and foolishly figured having a horse or two might be fun. Wife Suzi knew her way around...
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Exclusive: Black Rain...

Black Rain Ordnance (BRO) is a precision firearm manufacturer specializing in modern sporting rifle design. Founded in 2009, their goal is to design, build...
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Exclusive: Springfield...

The folks at Springfield Armory (SA) never cease to amaze me — they keep releasing very seductive shooters for our well being. Their TRP 1911’s, Polymer...
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Exclusive: Century Arms...

Century Arms has been importing guns from around the world for years. Their latest is an expansion from the popular Draco line in the NAK-9 semi-auto...
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Exclusive: S&W M&P M2.0...

We feel ripped off whenever manufacturers reduce their products. I’ve watched toilet paper magically shrink every time I perform a hot tactical reload....
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Exclusive: FN 509 Tactical...

You really can’t eat at the cool kids’ table these days if your tactical handgun doesn’t sport a sound suppressor, a tactical light, and some kind of...
Read Full Article Will Dabbs, MD
Exclusive: SIG SAUER P365...

What gun would you carry with enough firepower to keep your family and yourself safe from a menagerie of threats? While micro-compacts are comfortable and...
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Exclusive: Springfield...

The Springfield Armory Custom Shop Professional Model 1911 has a rich and storied history, having been developed and produced for a pistol contract with the...
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Exclusive: 3 Skinny...

I love three-inch barreled 1911’s and single-stack 9’s. Even though they can be a handful to hang on to and shoot, they’re skinny and super easy to...
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Exclusive: GrovTec Multi...

Keep it really simple but really effective with a GrovTec Multi Fit holster for your handgun. This belt slide is soft, light weight, but surprisingly...
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Exclusive: One 1911, Two...

For many, “Summer carry” means snubbies, micro .380’s and single-stack 9’s. And rightly so. Smaller and lighter guns are easier to carry and hide...
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Exclusive: Tyler Gun Works...

An old barn sits in the northern panhandle of Texas, near the small town of Friona, the cheeseburger capital of the Lone Star state. Today, 18-wheelers and...
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Exclusive: Bowen Classic...

Pistol sights have come a long way — and some sights more than others. While autopistols have benefitted from near-universal dovetail mounts for both...
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Exclusive: S&W’s Model...

Compared to many concealed carry guns in today’s market, Smith & Wesson’s Model 360 carries half as many rounds — 5 — and costs almost twice as...
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Military/FBI Caliber Choices:

We all know when the fan gets hit there will be no screeching police cruisers, fast-roping hostage rescue teams, or hard charging cavalry showing up just in...
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Exclusive: Documenting...

I began documenting my firearms collection for insurance reasons, but quickly realized it was not only important to document the monetary value of the guns...
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Handguns What's New...

Just when you thought it’d all been done we discover nope, there’s more to come! Here’s just a few to tease, tempt and otherwise give you the...
Read Full Article Aimee Grant
Exclusive: Handloading +P...

Some back-story first. Plus P (+P) brass is designed to be stronger than regular brass in order to withstand the additional pressure of +P rated cartridges....
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Dan Wesson ECO 9mm

What is it about the 1911 which keeps it so adored and desired by so many shooters? Surely more modern designs featuring higher capacity and new materials...
Read Full Article Todd Burgreen
Feeding The Forty-Five

The first thing to learn is that you can’t learn everything. I’ve learned a little about 1911’s. Forty years ago I built a couple from parts. A local...
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