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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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The Man-Eaters of Suburbia

A quick flash of movement near the corner of my vision brought an involuntary head swivel and instant frustration.
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Podcast

You’ve probably seen it mentioned elsewhere but the GUNS Magazine Podcast is rolling merrily along! We’ve been talking to a great list of guests and...
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Red Ryder Still Rides

At a recent media event, one section of the firing line was entirely devoted to the venerable Daisy Red Ryder.
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Beto shoots gun control...

The NRA has anointed him AR-15 salesman of the year and liberals are horrified when he gave away the game plan.
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"Underinvesting" In Print?

The smart marketing managers are realizing — or never forgot — if they want to sell things like guns, print is still the prime way to reach the consumer.
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NRA Meeting Change

We’re trying to stay above the NRA fray but things just keep happening which deserve reportage. The latest dust-up occurred when the organization decided...
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NRA Tide Turning?

We’ve avoided staking out a position in the whole NRA fiasco because it’s a no-win proposition — unless we’re simply going for click-bait headlines,...
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How Cool Is My (Old) Tool?

Check out my former duty gun, as re-imagined by the creative geniuses at Toner Machine and Tool (TMT). We officers were allowed to buy back our individual...
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Doing Our Part

FMG Publications, our corporate entity that publishes GUNS Magazine, American Handgunner and Shooting Industry, had a problem: a bunch of Mossberg shotguns...
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Gathered on the fringe

Despite the new leftist meme making the rounds on social media which claims “the NRA is a fringe organization with declining membership,” about 81,000...
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Taurus “Here to Play”

Both myself and American Handgunner Editorial Director Michael Humphries just returned from a short trip to the new Taurus factory in Bainbridge, Georgia....
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“Down” Can Be Deceptive

The BATF has released the final 2017 figures for firearm production in the U.S and, regardless how you spin the numbers, things are trending down. However,...
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A Slicker Snubbie

After a lifetime of shooting medium and large-frame revolvers, developing a crush on S&W J-Frames late in life brings with it a steep learning curve. A...
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A Slicker Snubbie: Part 2

In this wrap-up of the J-Frame snubbie column we started last issue, let’s deal with a couple of critical items. And since they’re the first thing you...
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A Whole Shot-Load

The annual SHOT Show is a chance to see what’s what, and the 2018 edition was no exception. I’ll dispense with the usual scene-setting blather and get...
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SHOT Show scoop

The recently concluded Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trades (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas once again served as a good indicator of the overall health of the...
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A .35 Remington Retro Trio

I got my first gun magazine staff job in 1977. It was on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles at a multi-story building now fallen victim to the wrecking ball....
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THE WORLD EXPLAINED

In December 2018, our friend Jim Shepherd of the online Industry newsletter The Outdoor Wire wrote something which made a lot of sense. As Jim made his...
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Nuthin’ But Blue Sky

For lots of folks, Labor Day is hunting season. It’s not hard to figure out why. In terms of logistics, dove areas are relatively accessible, and the hit...
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It Hasn't Gone Away

The 2018 mid-term elections are now a distant (unpleasant, for many reasons) memory to most folks but the whole dog-fall has just concluded as these words...
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Behind the Scenes: Turkey...

Greetings from the executive suite high atop the GUNS Magazine tower! I’d like to start by wishing a happy Turkey Week to everyone. As I sit here enjoying...
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Things To Come

By now you’ve seen the news Ruger has a factory custom shop building 1911s and 10/22s retailing for roughly half of what a similar gun would cost from a...
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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...
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Vintage Gems

Okay. It’s December. Nobody escapes the Ghost of Christmas Past, so we’ll just surrender here and be done with it. It’s exactly the right time for us...
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Performance-Plus

How hard do you really push a piece of gear to discover its capabilities? I don’t think most of us do, which is too bad because there are often...
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A Return To Single Life

Okay, full disclosure: I didn’t grow up shooting Colt Single-Action Army models of any generation. By the time I was old enough to thumb-crank a hammer...
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Zero Hour

I used to spend a lot of time trying to shoot little tiny groups with scoped, bolt-action deer rifles, generally at 100, but sometimes 200 yards. Often it...
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Sonic Signatures, Sensible...

Assuming you’re not calling winter coyotes on the high plains, when it comes to most varmint (and small game) hunting, rimfires are—for many of us—the...
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SIG’s Service Stand-In

My first “pistol” was an air-powered .177 Benjamin smoothbore with a wooden “Tootsie Roll” pump handle and a grayish plastic set of grip panels. It...
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A Sight to See

Getting an iron-sighted .22 to hit point-of-aim can sometimes turn into an adventure in shade-tree gunsmithing. Mine began with my son’s purchase of a new...
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Pressure Points — Do You...

Here in the US of A, our preeminent “non-magnum” defensive handgun cartridges include the 9mm, .38 Special and .45 ACP. All feature +P versions in more...
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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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“Semi” Snubbie

I don’t quite remember how this whole 3-inch snubbie kick came about. Maybe it was because of my 3-inch Colt Detective Special—which my shooting buddy...
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Sensible Special-ization

More than a half-century ago, when Jeff Cooper pretty much kick-started the Great .45 ACP Revival, one of his major concerns—if not a precipitating...
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Cowboy “Double” Action

I never got bit by the Cowboy Action bug—even when it seemed to be the hottest thing going. Maybe it’s because I don’t look all that good in a...
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