SEMI-AUTO HANDGUNS

New Products September...

Protect yourself and your family with Rock River Arms’ compact BT92152. The BT-9 pistol with SBA3 arm brace in 9x19mm has a billet aluminum lower with a...
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GLOCK Adds Gen5 Models,...

GLOCK has announced plans to expand the Gen5 line to include .40 caliber models and will subsequently stop production of 9mm and .40 caliber Gen4 pistols...
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Springfield Hellcat Tops...

Introduced in 2019, the Springfield Armory Hellcat proved its mettle in a 10,000 round test, with every round documented. Now, that very same Hellcat pistol...
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Taurus Releases Compact...

Following last year's introduction of the full-size G3 9mm polymer-frame, striker-fired pistol, Taurus has introduced, the newest addition to its G-series...
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The Trigger finger...

For decades, I’ve told left-handed students not to complain about this but to rejoice because it lets them dump an empty magazine faster than their...
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Mossberg MC2C

In November of 2008 I was invited to attend the rollout of the Mossberg MC1sc pistol at Gunsite Academy in Arizona. Spelled out, the model is the Mossberg...
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The British L66A1

In the 1970s Northern Ireland was a tinderbox. The ongoing ethno-nationalist conflagration was called simply “The Troubles,” and it ultimately claimed...
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Springfield Armory Saint...

Pistol-length ARs are undeniably “hot” right now. Some people prefer to build (actually assemble) their own AR pistol but if quality parts are used the...
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Wilson Combat X-TAC...

When testing a gun, I like to shoot it under pressure. This is where you really pick up the subtleties of how it handles and performs.
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Springfield Armory XD-M...

Now Springfield Armory has taken everything righteous and wholesome about the XD-M and amped it up to the next level. This new apex predator is the...
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Ruger Charger Now Offered...

When it was first introduced a few years ago, the Ruger .22 LR Charger — built around the proven 10/22 action — was a fun semi-auto pistol with which I...
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S&W Prototype 1911

It was 2006, well within striking distance of Smith & Wesson’s at-long-last decision to offer its own M1911.
Read Full Article Jeremy Clough
KRISS Vector 22 SDP-SB

The history of the .22 Long Rifle cartridge is both storied and uniquely American, dating back more than 130 years when it was developed by the Union...
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Diamondback DBX57 Pistol

Less than 26″ long, a modest 1.25″ wide and just 3.7lbs. with brace, it’s clear the DBX57 packs a punch in a small, versatile package.
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Cheap pistols

Gun writers collectively tend to forget something — we all want to carry a $5,000 custom defensive pistol but sometimes a large soft drink at the local...
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Springfield Armory Hellcat...

The world shifted just a bit on September 25, 2019. Did you feel it? It wasn’t one of those silly Instagram events like Kim Kardashian brushing her teeth...
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Nighthawk Custom’s Colt...

No matter what anyone thinks of the basic Model 1911 pistol, its track record is the gold standard.
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Mix-N-Match Shooters

In Mary Shelley’s timeless novel, Dr. Frankenstein created his eponymous monster from body parts stolen from the grave and reanimated.
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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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The Timberwolf Subcompact 10mm

Lone Wolf Distributors cut their teeth designing and producing top-quality aftermarket accessories for GLOCK pistols.
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The HK VP70Z

Each Heckler and Koch VP70 sported a detachable shoulder stock and a radical polymer frame.
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John May, Ed Brown...

Sales & Marketing Director for Ed Brown Products, John May is one of those outgoing people who's never met a stranger and is quick with a story, including...
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Identical Shooting Twins

The lady was being stalked. Encouraged by her husband, she made an appointment with me to learn how to shoot a gun.
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The Wedge Hold

In 47 years as a handgun instructor, I’ve noticed more bad shots go low and to the shooter’s “weak hand” side than anywhere else. It’s often due...
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Heckler & Koch SP5 Pistol

Designed to closely resemble the “look and feel of the legendary MP5 submachine gun,” the new Heckler & Koch SP5 is a civilian semi-automatic 9mm pistol...
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SHOT Show Sights: Show Day 2

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: 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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Guns We Want to See at...

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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Taurus G3

On the day Taurus officially announced their new G3 pistol, one of my grandsons was turning 16 and put together a shooting adventure with some of his...
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Ruger's 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,...
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
Kimber Raptor...

Full disclosure: The first Kimber pistol I ever tested was the Compact Custom with a 4" barrel, shortened grip frame (Officer’s Model), bushingless...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
SIG Sauer P320 XFive Legion

The standard SIG SAUER P320 is the basic platform the company used to enter the U.S. military trials to select a new pistol. As a result, the P320 was...
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.40 S&W: Dead Duck or Best...

There’s a popular meme on the Internet today — “Is the .40 S&W dead?” It comes from the tidal wave of police departments trading in their .40s for...
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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...
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Springfield Armory SAINT...

When Springfield Armory introduced its SAINT Victor and Edge pistols, they became immediately popular, and based on the public response, Springfield has...
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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...
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Smith & Wesson .45 ACP Shield

Back in 2016 Smith & Wesson introduced the .45 ACP Shield and I tested it for a feature article in this magazine. I already owned the 9mm and .40 S&W...
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Classic Shots From Classic...

We thought it might be fun to recreate a few of our favorite gun scenes from some of our favorite action movies to see how they played out here in the Real...
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Kahr Arms K9 25th Anniversary

For the anniversary model, Kahr took 500 of their iconic K9s and tricked them out with (amongst other things) an engraved,
Read Full Article Jeremiah McCarthy
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
Taurus G3: A New 9mm That...

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to test and evaluate a number of Taurus handguns, including revolvers from .38 Special to .44 Magnum, and...
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Colt 1903 Pocket...

1903 — Henry Ford launched his motor company but the first models were still a few years away. Automobiles on the road were still a novelty if not a...
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New Products December 2019...

The TP9 Elite Combat Executive is based on the 2019 TP9 Elite Combat but with upgrades from Salient Arms International.
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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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Mossberg MC1SC 9mm

Slim, subcompact 9mm concealed carry pistols are one of the hottest things on the firearms market today and Mossberg, most famous for its functional,...
Read Full Article Massad Ayoob
Revolver Requiem?

When they first pinned a badge on me in 1972, the service revolver was the standard law enforcement sidearm, and most private citizens with licenses to...
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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...
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HANDGUNS OF WWII PART 11

It’s perhaps true more people were killed by Soviet handguns in World War II than by those used by any other combatant nation. At least eight, and perhaps...
Read Full Article Mike "Duke" Venturino
The Nighthawk Custom Agent 2

Fifteen years ago, Mark Stone bumped into a couple of guys at church who built 1911 pistols. They were firearms artisans struggling to find their niche and...
Read Full Article Will Dabbs, MD
When A Great Gun Guy...

In May of 2019, we lost Denny Reichard after a valiant battle with COPD. We’d been friends and colleagues for well over 30 years. Let me tell you about him.
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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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Handguns Of WWII Part 8

Starting in grade school my primary passion was World War II history and the firearms used. Therefore it was an amazing day when around age 12 my father...
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Performance Center Shield 2.0

The Smith & Wesson Shield has now become the 2.0 version and the Performance Center mod shop has added enhancements with a ported model. The gunsmiths at...
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COLT’S LAST THREE CAP &...

We’re going to lump the last three Colt cap and ball revolvers together in one article because they were simply modifications and adaptations of...
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THE 1860 ARMY .44

For about a decade Samuel Colt was quiet as far as introducing new revolver models. Obviously they were using all their factory’s production capacity just...
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Dan Wesson’s New DW ECP...

My first experience with a Dan Wesson handgun was with one of the old modular revolvers, in .357 Magnum, belonging to a small-town police chief friend of...
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CPX-3 .380 ACP

SCCY is a remarkable gun company with a strange name. Their defensive handguns are pacesetters in the modern firearms market and the newest SCCY CPX-3 .380...
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Glock G48

The 2019 introduction of the G48 9mm finally answers the yearning of three decades of GLOCK users. Introduced in the late 1980s, the very popular G19...
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THE BABIES

As early as 1848 Samuel Colt realized the military market was going to be finite. After all, the U.S. Army was a relatively small organization and those...
Read Full Article Mike "Duke" Venturino
SB Tactical FS1913 Side Folder

Do you have the perfect PDW-style pistol but want to make it an even more stable firing platform?
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HANDGUNS OF WWII PART 7

American fighting men anywhere in World War II could have been issued one of two basic .45 caliber pistols. The primary one was the Model 1911A1, and its...
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HANDGUNS OF WWII PART 5

Next to the Luger, Germany’s most recognized World War II handgun was the Walther-designed P38. It’s credited as being the first military pistol with a...
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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...
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THE COLT WALKER .44

We’re excited to begin this exclusive on-line series by Duke on the Genesis of the Colt Single Action revolver.
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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...
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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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Springfield Armory 911

Springfield Armory has been a significant player in the concealable handgun arena and the 911 is their first .380 — and smallest handgun — in the...
Read Full Article Mike Cumpston And Deborah Daviso
GLOCK’s G45 Modular...

It didn’t take long after making its debut at the 2019 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Indianapolis, for GLOCK’s new G45 Modular Optic System (MOS)...
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Understudy Guns

My predecessor as Handgun Editor here at GUNS was Jan Stevenson, who the late George Nonte called the most articulate of gun writers. I think George was...
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S&W SW1911SC E-Series

Some of us were carrying slim pistols before slim was cool. Before the S&W Shield, Springfield XD-S, G43 and SIG P365, there was the … dare I say it? The...
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Ruger Mark IV Competition...

I’ve not had a lot of experience with Ruger .22 pistols so I jumped at the chance to spend a little quality time with Ruger’s Mark IV Competition, built...
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Browning’s ComBloc...

Unless you’re hopelessly enamored of Germany’s P38, any list of WW2 service pistols would have Browning’s 1911A1 and Hi-Power as top contenders for...
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Behind the Shirts

I can't say what the best gun and holster for concealed carry is for you. It depends on a lot of factors. But I will offer you this:
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Introducing The Newest...

Officially introduced at the recent NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Indianapolis, the latest entry in the Taurus Raging Hunter family is ready for action...
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Auto Ordnance 1911GCH

The email from GUNS editor Brent T. Wheat was short and to the point. “Tank, I’ve got an assignment for you. It’s kind of a rush job. Don’t let us...
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Trijicon SRO (Specialized...

Spring has sprung and in addition to all the flowers and pollen, the firearms industry is seeing plenty of new products popping up at the National Rifle...

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Pocket Pistol Shootout!

I recently tested a Kel-Tec P-3AT .380 ACP (three-A-T, get it?) and was impressed with how far pocket pistols have come. I liked the pistol so much I got...
Read Full Article Frank Jardim
TangoDown Magazine...

Now here's a handy tool... TangoDown® Inc. announces the latest addition to the lineup – the TD Magazine Floorplate Removal Tool for GLOCK®...
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Perfecting The GLOCK Grip

As Americans we like to modify things; it’s practically in our DNA.
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Voices From The Past

History has been a passion of mine ever since grade school days and I thank the excellent teachers who instilled this love within me.
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Ideal Conceal IC380 Cell ...

On several occasions in recent memory, Americans have found themselves under fire from murderers while exercising their religious freedom.
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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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Fluted Ammo: Great Or Gimmik?

I first became acquainted with the new fluted bullet designs for defensive ammo in the latter part of 2015 with the introduction of ARX ammunition,
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Springfield Armory XD(M) 10mm

If we ignore the constraints of the physical universe, what might be the particular attributes of the ideal defensive handgun?
Read Full Article Will Dabbs, MD
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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A Bull of a Pup

It appears to be yet another 9mm sub-compact pistol, and this one is very nicely made. There’s a visible pivoting hammer at the rear, so it’s obviously...
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Ready to Serve: The FN 509

FN’s 509, essentially an improvement over the FNS introduced about 3 years ago, joins the legion of polymer Parabellum pistols vying for the market...
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A Generational Advance

There has been much discussion about the new Gen5 GLOCK 9mm pistols. They don’t derive from the military’s MHS (Modular Handgun System) testing.
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A Commanding Commander

Without fear of repeating myself (which I never do), GUNS provided much inspiration and information especially in my formative shooting years. I was a...
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Beer Or Champagne?

For 2017, my training year ended in mid-December with a third-level class requiring the lead instructor (me), to demonstrate a triple-speed pistol...
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TX22 semi-auto pistol is...

Let’s go back maybe a half-century, maybe a bit more, to the time when I got to first-fire a .22-caliber semi-auto pistol — an original Ruger Standard...
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Behind the Scenes at...

Editors tend to spend a fair amount of time at a desk, hovering over a keyboard, wrangling text, photos, and videos. But every now and again we get out to...
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Apologies to Gaston Glock

Behold, my unfailing Glock 19. Carried for years, shot regularly, field stripped and detail stripped countless times, and hand stippled by yours truly —...
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Faxon Firearms Pistol Barrels

A gun has become a standard when you can build one entirely from parts manufactured by someone other than the original manufacturer—for example, Ruger’s...
Read Full Article Jeremy Clough
Walther’s PPQQ4 TAC

The Walther PPQ Q4 TAC is a polymer-frame striker-fired combat handgun with literally all the bells and whistles. Sporting three interchangeable backstraps,...
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Ruger Doubles Down

Two on two: OK. Here’s the deal: We turned two of our sneakiest shootists — Mike Humphries and Roy Huntington — loose on two new Ruger handguns. These...
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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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Two Top 10s

It took a while. But patience has been rewarded and the 10mm is now alive and well. Two of the latest offerings in this excellent chambering come from...
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Why the Flex is Best

Tim Smith, editor of Airgun Hobbyist, was devoting a whole issue to safety and asked me why I teach a flexed trigger finger position up on the frame at low...
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An Influential Smith &...

During the day-to-day grind of content production for our magazines and websites, I like to keep an eye on the daily press releases we receive to stay on...

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Accurate Versatile Reliable

The HK VP9 is a full-size pistol in 15-shot 9mm and .40 S&W (called the VP40, capacity is 13). Ours is basic black, but other versions have frames in grey,...
Read Full Article J.B. Wood
S&W M&P .380 Shield EZ

If you have trouble working today’s semi autos, look no further than the S&W M&P P380 Shield EZ 2.0. The key thing to look at is the “EZ” — because...
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The Case For Big Butts

On January 22, 2018, GLOCK released its newest pistol to the public — the 19X. It’s essentially the company’s entry into the recent competition for...
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Springfield Armory’s...

Well, Saint’s galore! Springfield Armory recently announced what it calls “a new tier” in the SAINT family: The Victor series of rifles and pistols...
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What I Carry: Glock 19 Gen5

For this writer, “personal primary carry gun” is a fungible thing. I’m constantly testing firearms, mostly defensive ones, so how they carry is a test...
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Behind the Scenes: How I...

Easily one of the top five questions I get asked as an online editor for FMG Publications is something along the lines of, "So, what are you carrying...
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What I Carry (And How And Why)

Regular readers of GUNS know my first concealed carry sixgun in 1956 was a then-brand new 2nd Generation 7-1/2" Colt Single Action .45. It was chosen very...
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Handguns In Africa

The early morning mist evaporated quickly as the sun beat down on the Zambezi River. As we launched the boat, two women were washing their clothes in the...
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SIG M17 9mm

Countless rounds fired … untold man-eons of Research and Development … the inevitable, relentless post-competition acrimony. After a long, twisting...
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Gabe White Pistol ...

When Gabe White first trained with me in the early 2000s, he was already well along the way to mastering the handgun. Gathering much training in a broad...
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Aegis Elite Pro 9mm Vortex...

The ageless 1911 marches on, even managing to stay on top of newly emerging trends as it goes. Case in point: The Kimber Aegis Elite Pro, coming direct from...
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SIG SAUER’s New MPX...

Nowadays it seems everybody on the map is cranking out some sort of semiautomatic modern sporting rifle in .223 Remington/5.56mm NATO. So when SIG SAUER...
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Three For The Defense

What happens when a Ruger American, Ruger 9E, and Ruger LC9s all land in our home at the same time? A gentlemanly family feud, of course.
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GLOCK Announces New...

It’s a new year, which calls for a new handgun or two, and the engineers and designers at GLOCK have come up with a pair of 9mm sidearms sure to capture...
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Dan Wesson ECP

Dan Wesson continues a history of innovation with the 1911 and their latest offering — the 9mm Enhanced Commander Pistol — is no exception.
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Remington RM380 Executive:...

Handguns are accepted as a compromise in terms of lethality traded for portability compared to rifles or shotguns. Remington’s latest introduction in the...
Read Full Article Todd Burgreen
Springfield Armory RO...

Forget what you may have heard about the M1911 being an anachronism that should be retired to a museum. When the chips are down and the pros need a...
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60 Years of Concealed...

As I mentioned last month, when I was teaching I felt protecting my students was much more important than any regulations. Of course, I had to be able to...
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High-Volume Help

A group of friends and I once ran 10,000 rounds through a single Battle Rifle Company AR in eight hours. We pushed ten 30-round magazines through the gun,...
Read Full Article Will Dabbs, MD
Remington RM380 Executive

Remington introduces Model RM380 Executive, an all-metal, micro pistol designed for concealed carry.
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Make Mine A 1911

In 1911 the airplane was less than 10 years old, Henry Ford was making cars and Chevrolet had tooled-up to compete with him — but when is the last time...
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FN 509 Tactical

In the beginning there was the 1911 and the P-08 Luger. These two iconic combat pistols represented Good versus Evil through two World Wars.
Read Full Article Will Dabbs, MD
Smith & Wesson Adds .45...

When it comes to fight-stopping muscle in a concealable handgun, it’s my humble opinion the .45 ACP is top dog. Put it in a full-size semi-auto sidearm,...
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5 Tips To Better Shooting

How to shoot accurately is simple to explain. In reality there are only two things necessary: (1) Stabilize the muzzle in the proper perspective to the...
Read Full Article George Harris
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...
Read Full Article Robert Kolesar
Dominant Players

In the June 1968 GUNS, the legendary Col. Charles Askins Jr. wrote an article predicting the future of firearms development in America. Noting a generation...
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Three Nines to Beat

As basically a .38 Special/.45 ACP guy when it comes to handguns, I’ve always looked on with a bit of fascination — perhaps mixed with primitive metric...
Read Full Article Payton Miller
The Wraith 10mm

Webster defines manliness as “the traditional male quality of being brave and strong.” Proper manliness carries along with it an implicit ruggedness.
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Ruger Observes 10th...

When Ruger first introduced the pocket-sized LCP (Lightweight Compact Pistol) a decade ago, it got a lot of attention from law enforcement and armed...
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Quiet Zone

The CZ P-10C is the latest iteration of a long line of superlative Czech combat handguns hearkening back decades. Featuring state-of-the-art materials science,
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Pin Busters

Old gunnies remember — and younger shooters have heard the stories — of the Second Chance Shoot that ran from the mid-1970s to 1998. It was resurrected...
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Springfield’s New XD(M)...

When the rage broke out over striker-fired, polymer-framed pistols several years ago, I recall one of the main complaints about many of those guns was they...
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SIG NEW-NICHE 9

The goal was to create a pistol the size of a 7- or 8-shot super-slim pocket 9mm. Something in the S&W Shield, GLOCK 43 or Ruger LC9 category — but with...
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Big Bore For Big Boars

At the risk of enraging millions of American deer hunters, I will boldly state my favorite big-game quarry is wild boar. Without debating all the...
Read Full Article Dick Williams
The Five-Yard Roundup

For 20 years now, master trainer Tom Givens has run his value-packed Rangemaster Tactical Conference. In tandem he offers the Polite Society defensive...
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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...
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When Less Is More

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts,...
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New From FN: 509 Tactical...

When it comes to firepower, the new FN 509 Tactical produces. Here’s a striker-fired semi-auto that cannot be described as “just another 9mm.” One...
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All In The Family

I don’t know a lot of folks still driving their ancestors’ Model A Fords. But I’ve met lots of folks who still own and use the guns of their...
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Packrat Confessions

The technical appellation is Neotoma lepida. The debris piles they construct are called middens. Some can be the size of an institutional refrigerator and...
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Glocked-In Solid

Okay. I admit to being a hidebound dinosaur, especially when it comes to handguns (and pickup trucks). I prefer those with a real soul, which mainly equates...
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Rock River’s New RRAGE...

Let’s get this up front: the semi-automatic modern sporting rifle (MSR) is easily the most popular rifle platform in the United States today, and one...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
If You Like The 1911, You...

For years, I didn’t care for the Model 1911 pistol for a combination of reasons. The specimens I had a chance to fire as a much younger fellow weren’t...
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Ruger’s Officer-Style...

The guys at Ruger make me crazy — it’s probably not that difficult — because it seems every time I turn around, they’ve lifted the cover on another...
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Here’s A Keeper: FN 509...

When the National Rifle Association (NRA) met earlier this month for its annual meeting in Dallas, the timing for FN could not have been better. Days...
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Kahr's Black Carbon Beauties

From its beginnings in the late 1980s, Kahr Arms has been a dynamic innovator in the realm of concealable handguns. The compact, finely engineered models...
Read Full Article Mike Cumpston
Compact Carry Option:...

Chambered for the potent 9mm cartridge, which has gone through a serious phase of evolution over the past two decades thanks to advances in propellants and...
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SIG’s New P210 Target...

I shot the new SIG SAUER’s 9mm P210 Target model, and in my all-too-short visit, I managed to get a very favorable impression of this slick semi-auto.
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No Limits

It always warms my shooting spirit to see things turn out the way they are supposed to. The good news is the 10mm has seen a real rejuvenation of interest...
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Hammer Time!

One of the Big Things at the 2017 NRA Show in Atlanta was Springfield Armory’s new polymer-frame XD-E, the company’s first double-action semi-automatic...
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Doomsday Defense

There isn’t any real reason why anybody would need to pack a .300 AAC AR pocket howitzer in a shoulder rig for personal protection. However, you also...
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On Guard Always!

Our editorial director Roy Huntington first called my attention to the Honor Guard pistol at the 2016 SHOT Show and introduced me to the guy responsible for...
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The “Harlem Hellfighters”

Outpost 20, May 14, 1918, 2 a.m. Pvt. Henry Johnson and Pvt. Needham Roberts were manning the forward observation post in the Argonne Forest in the...
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It's An X-Ring Christmas

Christmas comes but once a year they say. But if you do it right, once a year is more than enough. To use an overworked, semi-obnoxious piece of...
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A Less-Filling Handful

A lot of engineering has gone into “shoehorning” the 9mm Luger into the 1911 frame designed for the .45 ACP. The simplest solution (albeit initially the...
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Springfield Armory...

If by some miracle there had been a machine with the magic X-ray capability allowing a look in to my handgunnin’ heart 25 years ago, the largest chamber...
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A 9 For All Reasons

Springfield Armory first introduced the Croatian-made HS200 as their flagship XD pistol in 2002. It was my first lengthy exposure to a striker-fired...
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The Baddest Bugout Duo

We live in the strangest of times. Terrorism can strike anywhere and anytime. Civil unrest turns neighborhoods into war zones and weather-gone-wild...
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Battle Tested

I like the 9mm M9 service pistol. It’s been in GI holsters now for over 30 years, it’s fought wars and pacified the streets of many of our cities in...
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Easy Shootin’ Compacts

The genius of John Browning can be seen not only by the fact his basic 1911 design is still going strong after more than a century, but also because so many...
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The Women's Defensive Handgun

Women face several challenges when it comes to concealed carry. The most significant challenge is the simple fact, despite the growing number of women...
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Seriously? Yes

I recently reconstructed a gentleman’s left hand after he had an unfortunate encounter with a belligerent canine. The dog’s owner arrived before things...
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Zone Defense

The Springfield Armory XD series has come a long way since it began as the re-branded Croatian HS2000. We've seen the superb XD(M), a refinement springing...
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Revolver, Auto, Derringer?

When it comes to personal defense handguns, a person’s innate proclivities are put on display. Some folks swear by revolvers while others will fill their...
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Zombies And The Walking Dead

They make indisputably great cinema and simultaneously sell a lot of weapons. Battalions of the walking dead swarm after the living, intent on consuming...
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