SEMI-AUTO HANDGUNS

Springfield’s XDM OSP Is All About Options

Springfield Armory’s new XDM OSP 9mm is optics ready right out of the box and features plenty of options.

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 New 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,...
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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...
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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,
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 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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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 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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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...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. Rather,...
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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 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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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?
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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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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...
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Perfecting The GLOCK Grip

As Americans we like to modify things; it’s practically in our DNA. Of course, not all modifications go according to plan and you end up with photos of...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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...
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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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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: 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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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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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. The ECP...
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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. It...
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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...
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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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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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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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