SEMI-AUTO HANDGUNS

Handloading the .45 ACP:...

The U.S. Military used the 1911 through two world wars and then in 1947 the Army began looking at the possibility of adopting a smaller, lighter .45 ACP pistol.
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Understudy Guns

“Understudy gun” was a term first heard in these pages and is now more relevant than ever.
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Davidson's Sam Colt...

What exactly transforms something otherwise mundane into an objet d’art?
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Otis Technologies AR Elite...

Some take meticulous care of their firearms, others do not. Regardless of which category you fall into, all AR owners need to clean their firearm...
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Springfield XD-M Elite 3.8
Springfield Adds...

It’s been a difficult year-plus for firearm manufacturers, but that hasn't stopped Springfield Armory from introducing new models of popular firearms,...
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Handloading the .45 ACP Part 2

I load and shoot large amounts of cast bullets of several types in my 1911s. As outlined in the first installment of this series, all of my .45 ACP rounds —
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Big Horn Armory AR500

Big Horn Armory’s (BHA) AR500 chambered for the most powerful cartridge in existence for AR-platform guns — the 500 Auto Max!
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The Rise, Fall — and...

In the early 1980s, the combined wisdom of Jeff Cooper and Whit Collins created the 10mm Auto cartridge. Dornaus & Dixon introduced their Bren Ten pistol as...
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Rock Island TAC Ultra CS 9mm

In the beginning there were many barriers to wrapping the 1911 platform around the 9mm cartridge.
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Heckler & Koch SP5L
Heckler & Koch SP5 Goes Lang

Despite an almost comical 16.57” Navy barrel, the new Heckler & Koch SP5L remains a designated pistol by import regulations and joins the series of...
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Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield Plus
Smith & Wesson Announces...

During an online virtual event, Smith & Wesson announced the latest iteration of the popular M&P Shield series — the new M&P9 Shield Plus and M&P9 Shield...
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New Products May 2021 Issue

The Comfort Flex IWB is made with a forward cant for an easy draw. It is held in place by a strong belt clip for stability and fit while remaining easy to...
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Aero Precision EPC
Epic PCC: Aero Precision...

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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Walther Q4 SF

What does the name of the Walther Q4 SF tell us about the gun? Walther is the short name for the German firm building high-quality handguns treasured by...
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The Rise of the Polymer...

In October of 2020 I taught a MAG-40 class at Tallgrass Shooting Sports facility near Manhattan, Kansas.
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Why Stoeger’s New STR-9...

About 30 years ago, I literally smooth-talked a guy out of a 20-gauge side-by-side shotgun from Stoeger, a double-trigger model they call the Uplander, with...
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New Products April 2021 Issue

The LifeLite Mobile combines an LED flashlight and aiming laser with a PepperBall launcher. It is smaller and sleeker than the regular LifeLite,
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Taurus G3C

The Taurus G3 hit the market as a resounding success. It’s a 15- or 17-round gun about the size of a GLOCK 19 but costing half the price.
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The “Play Like You ...

It’s axiomatic — we “play like we practice,” and therefore should be “building our repetitions” with the same gear, even the same clothing, and...
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Guns Across The Border

Twice a year gun writer Dick Williams organizes a three-day theme shoot and I recently attended one of these events at Gunsite.
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Ruger Koenig Custom SR1911

Today, the Koenig model is still in Ruger’s lineup, also with a model also chambered for .45 ACP, and take my word for it the pistol is everything it...
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FN 509 LS EDGE
FN Gives Shooters New Edge...

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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Night sights make sense

My first exposure to tritium night sights came decades ago came at a gun range when I was chatting with a sheriff’s deputy. He showed me his...
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KelTec 5.7x28mm P50 Gives...

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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