MISCELLANEOUS HANDGUNS

Diagnosing...

When the quality of your shooting drops off, a process of elimination may show what needs correction.
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Marine Corps...

These combat-used M45A1 pistols were undeniably sexy cool and Colt now owned them outright. Never before had there been a serious lot of modern GI-issue...
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Stevens No. 35...

From its 1864 founding through its eventual 1920 absorption by Savage, the Stevens Arms Company was responsible for several signature creations — the...
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Colt and...

Colt or Remington? I have often wondered which I would have picked had I lived in the last half of the 19th century. I have not had the privilege of...
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Pin Shoot #30

When people compete on the firing line, there are lessons to be learned.
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Shootin' For The...

A few years ago, I bought a SIG Mosquito .22 pistol, thinking it would be an inexpensive practice understudy for my 9mm SIG P226. The Mosquito handled some...
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Five Beans In The Wheel?

It’s an argument as old as time, or at least since 1976 when The Shootist hit the silver screen. It is one of my favorite John Wayne movies but one I hate...
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Skills Tracking

Are you as good with a handgun as you used to be? It makes sense to keep track.
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The Return Of The 10mm Auto

Smith & Wesson’s recent introduction of their Military & Police pistol in 10mm Auto is but the latest proof this caliber is undergoing a reasonably strong...
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PPC Competition

Depending on who you talk to, PPC stands for “Practical Police Course,” “Police Pistol Course” or “Police Pistol, Combat.” LAPD veteran,...
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Bond Arms Roughneck

The Remington over-under, single-action Derringer has been seen in numerous Western movies and television shows. The little guns were popular in real life...
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Silencer Central Banish

What’s the most intimidating aspect of suppressor ownership? The $200 transfer tax is indeed onerous. However, profligate government spending and...
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Taylor & Company "1858 The...

When I first saw the Taylor’s & Company’s snub-nosed, cap & ball 1858 Remington with a conversion cylinder to shoot .45 Colt, it instantly struck me as...
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Black Powder Sixguns

Looking for the best load for percussion sixguns is not all that different from cartridge-firing sixguns in the endless possibility of choices
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Was President Truman a...

Harry S Truman was president of the United States when I was born — and, yes, I am old. Reading history left me with a lot of respect for the man.
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The 3" Colt Python

Introduced in 1955 and advertised as the Cadillac of revolvers, the Colt Python became something of a cult gun to my generation of handgunners.
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CZ Scorpion 3+ Micro

I defy you to pick up the CZ Scorpion 3+ Micro and not slip into a daydream of protecting a powerful dignitary with your briefcase machine pistol, or...
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Don't Fall Victim To...

The recent gun and accessory shortages have created the perfect environment for those seeking to part us from our hard-earned money. We are desperate to...
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Ruger Old Army

Colt had produced five Dragoon Models from 1847 to the early 1850s, consisting of the original Walker, the Whitneyville Walker Dragoon/Transition Model, and...
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The Heritage Barkeep Boot

In 2020 Heritage Firearms introduced their Barkeep .22-caliber revolver. Heritage produces all those bargain-basement utilitarian Western-style rimfire...
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Ransom Pistol Machine Rest

New visitors to my Shooting Shack often point at a permanent fixture and ask, “What’s that for?” It’s my Ransom Pistol Machine Rest and I explain to...
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What Were We Thinking?

I came across two handguns. Each had an emotional connection — and each had been significantly modified — and which, I knew now, both would have a...
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Percussion Pocket Pistols...

Samuel Colt began things by offering the first successful revolver, the Paterson in 1836.
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Are You Worthy of a Custom...

The biggest factor to overcome when going the custom gun route is asking yourself, “Am I worthy of owning one?”
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hornet handguns
Hornet Handguns

Today we have a long, long list of repeating rifles available chambered in cartridges designed for long-range varmints and small game hunting. A century ago...
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Redundancy

The importance of redundancy: As Clint Smith put it so eloquently, “Two is one and one is none.”
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10mm Auto
10mm Auto: One...

I was intrigued with the 10mm Auto when it came out in the early mid-’80s and bought one as soon as I saw it at Riley’s Gun Shop in Hooksett, NH.
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Handgun Maintenance for...

Firearms are considered emergency life-saving rescue equipment, making regular handgun maintenance necessary not optional.
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Case hardening redux

Honest wear doesn’t bother me so long as guns’ bores are bright and mechanical function is correct. Damage from neglect is a different matter. I always...
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Spanish Copies of S&W...

Around the turn of the 20th century, Smith and Wesson’s flagship K-Frame became big news and big business for the Springfield firm. Innumerable Spanish...
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Earning A Nickel Finish

Assembled from an Essex receiver with a Colt slide and parts, it’s a very cool pistol but well worn. The slide to frame fit rattles, and unlike the hard...
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WWII Handguns

In my lifelong study of World War II history, much of the focus has been on handguns used in the immense fracas.
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Short-Barrel Cartridge...

In 1856 Smith & Wesson entered into an agreement with Rollin White who held the patent on revolvers with bored-through cylinders.
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A Tall Mountain — Short...

There comes a time in life when you wake up one morning and the brutal reality of your existence hits home.
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XS Sights Remington 870...

I’ve often said I’m one of the last extant gun writers who still loves the pump shotgun for defensive use.
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The Singular Fitz Specials

I have often said the best part of my job of being a gun writer for nearly 55 years is not all the guns I get to test but the many interesting people I meet.
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SPREAD THE PUNCH

As I get older, I’ve discovered the increasing importance of size, shape and diameter when it comes to shooting big bore sixguns.
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.375 JDJ

Thanks to stalwarts JD Jones of SSK Industries and Larry Kelly of Mag-na-port International, the 1970s were the heyday for handgun hunters, the decade being...
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Feeding Your .45 Sixguns

Hands down, the .45 Colt is my favorite handgun cartridge. You know this! Sure, I love other cartridges too, fickle as I am, but .45 caliber cartridges just...
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DIY Stocks With SK Grips

The easiest and most noticeable way to change the personality of your shooter is by giving it some custom stocks.
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Christensen Arms Modern Precision Pistol
Christensen Arms MPP Short...

Following the release of their ultralight chassis-based Modern Precision Rifle (MPR) a few years ago, Christensen Arms is out to prove size doesn’t matter...
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Pedersoli Howdah

The breeze had stalled and the heat began to pound at the sweating men in the howdah. Their pith helmets were damp, hot and uncomfortable in the sun.
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