MISCELLANEOUS HANDGUNS

SHOT Show Sights: Show Day 1

A daily photo dump of the best sights from the range and show floor of the 2020 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.
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SHOT Show Sights: Range Day

A daily photo dump of the best sights from the range and show floor of the 2020 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.
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New Products March 2020 Issue

The Recon Tactical is Wilson Combat’s vision of “a practical AR for rigorous tactical training, hardcore hunting or all-purpose field applications.”
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Black Hills Ammo

Over the span of about three decades, Black Hills Ammunition has grown from a small part-time operation to one of the most respected manufacturers of...
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SilencerCo Omega 36M...

While the ill-fated Hearing Protection Act, which would have taken sound suppressors out from under regulation of the National Firearms Act, didn’t become...
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Desert Eagle 429 DE

Armed with killer good looks, the Desert Eagle’s sex appeal has only increased over the years. The legendary gun continues to make appearances in some...
Read Full Article Jeremiah McCarthy
Percussion Revolver 101

Shooting pre-cartridge black powder revolvers is solidly ensconced in worldwide shooting culture.
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TMT Tactical Glock Makeover

It’s been said — and even sung — “Everything old is new again.” In this issue we’re taking the sentiment to a new level with an old gun given a...
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
Century Arms Draco NAK9X

The Century NAK9X is what would happen if a Kalashnikov rifle had a baby with a GLOCK handgun. The end result is just stupid-reliable while remaining ugly...
Read Full Article Will Dabbs, MD
Lumbago and the Armed American

I hurt my back when I was 27 years old and a soldier. I wish I could tell you it was fast roping into some evil despot’s lair to rescue the Dallas Cowboys...
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The Non-Slip Grip

Every year I compete in Richard Davis’ seminal bowling pin shoot at Central Lake, Michigan (pinshoot.com). This year I saw some things to inspire this...
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Rock Island XTM

Rock Island Armory — sometimes they create a niche, sometimes they fill a niche. There wasn’t a 1911 in .22 Magnum but now there is. I can just hear the...
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Taurus .357 Magnum Raging...

As closely as I can count, I’ve had extensive experience with over 75 .357 Magnums. This includes single and double action revolvers, semi-automatic and...
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The ABDO Concealed Carry...

Phasmids are insects designed to look like something they are not. The walking stick bug is the archetypal example. Such camouflage is an effective survival...
Read Full Article Will Dabbs, MD
EDC: Striking a Balance

There’s a cliche on the gun-related internet and “around the cracker barrel at the gun shop” which, in effect, says, “Anyone who carries more...
Read Full Article Massad Ayoob
Semi-Auto Handguns Of WW2

World War II handguns ranged from the poorly thought out single-shot “Liberator .45s” to General Patton’s iconic brace of engraved, ivory stocked...
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Rolling-Block Thunder

While the American Civil War was raging, the U.S. Navy was already casting about for a metallic cartridge replacement for their cap-and-ball revolvers.
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Guns And Aging:

One of the most senior shootists I’ve known was John Hansbury, who had two careers including chief armorer of the U.S. Coast Guard. I got to know John...
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Black Rain's Ion 9

Its sexy-looking, ventilated fore grip has Picatinny bases for front and rear sight mounting. It also has Picatinny bases on the fore grip’s left and...
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The Bull Is Back

The round, black bulls-eye target with tight scoring rings comes from traditional one-handed target shooting. It has long since fell into disfavor with...
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Taurus Curve

Back in 2014 the Taurus Curve was introduced. At the time it was at the forefront of what could easily be described as a “New Wave” of .380 ACP pocket...
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Hold Tight To The Past

In any discipline we revere the old masters because we learned from them. “Old” does not equal “obsolete,” not for firearms and not for shooting...
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The Mauser C96

The old pistol mounted in the orange, felt-lined wooden box overhanging my grandfather's basement bar always fascinated me.
Read Full Article John M. Buol Jr.
Smith’s “Special-K”...

In 1971 S&W introduced a stainless-steel version of their Model 19 .357 Magnum. Without rehashing the history of Bill Jordan’s K-Frame M19 dream gun, the...
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Optical Delusions

Somewhere between target and brain are your eyes and front sight. It’s pretty straightforward but sometimes along this line, things get misinterpreted...
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Exclusive: A 14" 12 Gauge...

The National Firearms Act (1934) restricts an individual’s ability to own full-auto firearms, and rifles and shotguns with short barrels. The law did...
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Pachmayr Pair

When I was younger I spent many a happy hour at Pachmayr Gun Works on South Grand in Los Angeles. It’s a long-gone memory, but Pachmayr is still a revered...
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Germany's Great Pistole...

“Epiphany,” according to Mr. Webster, refers to the moment when a previously mundane item or event takes on a new and unexpected significance. It was an...
Read Full Article Will Dabbs, MD
Skeeter-ize Your Smith

Skeeter Skelton was born in 1928, served in the Marine Corps and joined the Amarillo Police Department in 1949. In 1951 he joined the Border Patrol and...
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The Mauser C96

The old pistol mounted in the orange, felt-lined wooden box overhanging my grandfather's basement bar always fascinated me.
Read Full Article John M. Buol Jr.
A Shotgun In Your Holster

Well, not quite, but handgun shotshells have come a long way and have greatly expanded the utility of that handgun on your hip. I’m sure creative...
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Go For The Glow: New DXT2...

I’m a big fan of tritium night sights because they work, as I’ve personally experienced on a few occasions over the year. I prefer them to a gun-mounted...
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HandALL Beavertail Grip...

I’ve always had high regard for Hogue grips, with their trademark “Cobblestone” textured surface that helps prevent slippage in wet weather or when...
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LONE STAR SUMMIT

I’m writing this shortly after returning from the Texas Firearms Law Seminar hosted annually by the State Bar of Texas. It’s a CLE (Continuing Legal...
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The Silent Legion Direct...

I finally found it. After a lifetime of searching I’ve stumbled upon a sound suppressor that’s as effective as the fake ones they use in the movies. The...
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Apex Tactical Specialties...

Apex Tactical Specialties is now offering a 9mm threaded replacement barrel for the Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 compact pistol: The company promises it is a...
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At Home On The Range

The most fun I’ve had shooting lately has been working with and shooting older surplus military handguns. These “issue” pistols usually have tiny...
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Dovetail DIY

It’s alarming to see some of the home-brewed “gunsmithing techniques” we come across on the Internet and various social media channels. Many might...
Read Full Article Lewis Patrick and Rob Reaser
Backyard Battlefields

Homo sapiens is an intrinsically predatory species. It’s tucked someplace within our DNA. One need only survey male kindergarteners on a playground to...
Read Full Article Will Dabbs, MD
Germany's Great Pistole...

“Epiphany,” according to Mr. Webster, refers to the moment when a previously mundane item or event takes on a new and unexpected significance. It was an...
Read Full Article Will Dabbs, MD
Pachmayr Pair

When I was younger I spent many a happy hour at Pachmayr Gun Works on South Grand in Los Angeles. It’s a long-gone memory, but Pachmayr is still a revered...
Read Full Article Payton Miller