SEMI-AUTO HANDGUNS

The Springfield Armory SA-35

When I was a young gun guy, I admired the Browning P-35 Hi-Power. It was generally considered the highest quality of “high capacity” 9mm pistols by the...
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Roy Huntington holding Savage Model 1907 pistol
The Savage Model 1907: Ten...

In this week's First Look, we're doing something a little bit different. Roy Huntington flashes back to the days of Bat Masterson and delivers some quick...
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Cylinder & Slide SA-35s

Sometime in 2017 Browning posted a message on their website causing the blood in the veins of shooters everywhere to chill a few degrees: “… the...
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Astra M400 & 600

Two of the most distinctively retro “hammerless” pistols in the vintage military market you’re likely to find are the Astra Model 400 and 600.
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CZ TS 2 (CZ-USA Tactical Sport 2)
CZ TS 2: Reinvented With...

It’s no secret that CZ-USA is the leading firearms manufacturer in the practical shooting disciplines. Their handguns are fast, precise and dynamic, and...
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WHICH PISTOL CALIBER FOR...

One of the staple questions of gun magazine readers and Internet gun enthusiasts is, “What’s the best caliber for self-defense?”
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SA-35 And The Mozambique Drill

The Mozambican War for Independence formally ended with the Lusaka Accord signed in 1974. This pitiless fight technically began back in 1498 when the first...
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Polish P-64 pistol
Polish P-64 SZKOLNY...

Today, let’s consider the Polish P-64 pistol. It was designed in the 1950s and finally adopted in 1965, but such is the nature of government-managed...
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The Mako Attacks

With strong input from pistol champion Phil Strader, the SIG P365 created a new genre of defensive handgun: small and light, polymer frame and striker...
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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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Nighthawk GRP & 30 Super Carry

Formed almost 20 years ago by four people with a passion for quality and distinction, NHC has grown into a cadre of some 80-odd people dedicated to one...
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Daniel defense .300 blackout
Daniel Defense .300...

The Daniel Defense .300 Blackout AR pistol operates via a pistol-length, direct impingement gas system and weighs in at just over 5 lbs.
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man shooting a rifle-caliber handgun
Running The Rifle-Caliber...

Combining rifle-grade power with handgun-sized portability, these testosterone-laden pistols are either the best or worst of both worlds.
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Taurus GX4 T.O.R.O 9mm
Taurus GX4 T.O.R.O 9mm

Taurus introduces the next iteration of its GX4 micro-compact pistol with the Taurus GX4 T.O.R.O 9mm.
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The Staccato 2011 Line Of...

Made in America and providing sure-fire precision, editors Brent Wheat and Tom McHale take a close First Look at the Staccato family of handguns. It's a...
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New Products Gun, Gear,...

The newest guns, magazines and accessories!
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Springfield Armory RONIN EMP

The original EMP may have “looked” like a scaled-down 1911, but inside is a lot of hidden engineering.
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The Red Arrow Weapons Raw 300

The Red Arrow Weapons RAW 300 is what happens when seriously gun-savvy guys set out to build the optimized 300 BLK AR pistol.
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The Lightweight 9mm 1911

Along about 1950, Colt debuted the first American-made pistol in 9mm Luger. Colt figured the 1911 could be so chambered and lightened to boot. The result...
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The Taurus G3 T.O.R.O.

Imagine heading to the indoor range with your no-frills buddy. The gun is Taurus’ new G3 T.O.R.O., or Taurus Optic Ready Option. Wow! Who would have...
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The Optics Ready Mossberg...

GUNS Magazine Editor Brent Wheat spends time with Mossberg's Director of Media Relations getting schooled on how to shoot with a red dot sight on the...
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The German .30 Luger

When it comes to the absolute embodiment of cool, Germany’s .30 Luger has been at the top of the heap since its adoption.
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80 Percent Arms GST-9

In most states, it’s perfectly legal to build your own firearm for personal use, provided you’re legally eligible to own a gun and don’t plan to sell it.
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Taurus TX 200 Competition

At risk of offending the kind folks from Taurus, I don’t see the TaurusTX 22 as a competition-specific pistol at all.
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Smith & Wesson's Shield Plus

The Shield Plus is distinct from the M&P series’ signature hinged trigger, being more GLOCK-ish with a tabbed trigger. No one who handled it on this end...
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Shooting Springfield...

Special Assignments Editor Roy Huntington gives a complete review of Springfield Armory's new all steel Garrison 5" 1911 in .45 ACP!
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Emissary Springfield Armory

I never tire of enjoying being exposed to Springfield Armory’s offerings.
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One Particular M&P

The “Military & Police” has been a Smith & Wesson trademark since 1899 and over the decades I’ve accumulated several, going back to the first...
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Hi-Power Love and the...

The Browning Hi-Power has long been a favorite among shooters, especially among Special Operations teams.  Now, Springfield has released their take on this...
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Complete Review of the...

American Handgunner Editor Tom McHale spends the day at Gunsite Shooting Academy reviewing Mossberg's newly released MC2sc compact handgun.
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IWI's Legendary Masada...

The history and development of the Masada pistol with its extraordinary feature set and state of the art composition.
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The IWI Masada 9mm Pistol...

Like the fortress that inspired it, the Masada 9mm pistol is a fistful of defiance.
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Springfield Armory Ronin 10mm

This 10mm is the latest in Springfield’s successful series of well-made $849 1911 pistols. The fixed sights encompass a ledge-shaped rear to allow...
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Pistol Versus...

The PCC (Pistol Caliber Carbine) is all the rage today. Its relatively mild sound signature is less damaging to the ears than pistol, rifle, or shotgun if...
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SK Customs Introduces "The...

In honor of the 200th anniversary of Mexico’s independence SK Customs is producing “The Emperor” in a limited run of 200. “The Emperor”...
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Guns of the ‘Original’...

With those 10 simple words in 1977, an obscure 33-year-old filmmaker named George Lucas legitimately changed the world.
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You gotta love Commanders!

After prevailing in two world wars, the Government Model 1911 was due for an upgrade of sorts.
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Alliant’s Red Dot and...

For most of my 62 years of Handloading/Reloading, I have leaned to the heavy side of loads.
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Finding the Sweet Spot for CCW

It’s a balance of comfort, discreet concealability, adequate power and “shootability” at speed. A balance of current needs and abilities. Let’s look...
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Shadow Systems

There’s never been a better time in American history to be a gun nerd. It would have been undeniably cool to stroll out of a hardware store in 1933 with a...
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CZ P-10 F Competition...

CZ’s newest striker fired pistol, the P-10 F Competition Ready. has evolved from its tactical line, featuring a barrel and slide a half-inch longer than...
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.375 JDJ — A touch of...

Call me crazy or perhaps just deranged (people have done both), but some years ago I got talked into doing a gun test and evaluation on a Thompson/Center...
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The Smith and Wesson 2206

Sound suppressors make you a better neighbor, help preserve your hearing, enhance accuracy and look cool.
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Rock Island Armory STK100 9mm

Martin Tuason, Armscor/Rock Island’s president, is a shooter and die-hard gun-guy. He’s not one of those company presidents who used to work for an...
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First Look Springfield Armory

Springfield Armory's Mil-Spec 1911 in .45 ACP is accurate, reliable and affordable. An entry-level defensive handgun, it combines GI proven features with...
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Old Favorites

Thomas Wolfe titled his famous 1940 novel, You Can’t Go Home Again. I tell my students, when common sense is involved, there are times you can be wearing...
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New Products October 2021...

Davidson’s now offers two variants of the 1873 Western Revolver. The new Davidson’s Pietta Exclusives are convertible models — each has two cylinders.
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Packing A Lightweight...

If the eyes are the windows of our very soul, the gun we carry is an extension of our defensive cognition.
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On the Level About the Bevel

One debate you find in the electronic gun forums is the importance of reloading speed. I’ve spent years hearing “If you can’t do it with six, you...
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The Springfield Armory...

The Springfield Armory Hellcat showed the world what we could expect from the next generation of concealed carry guns.
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The Walther Polizeipistole

1929 was a pivotal year in modern human history. The 1929 stock market crash triggered the Great Depression, fundamentally altering the fabric of life on earth.
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Beretta APX

Beretta came relatively late to the polymer striker-fired “service pistol” market, but their Apex in this format has drawn raves from most reviewers.
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Rock Island Armory's New...

Ramping up the game with an aluminum frame! Special Assignment Editor Roy Huntington reviews Rock Island Armory's new 9mm handgun that features a...
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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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