SEMI-AUTO HANDGUNS

Understudy Guns

Handguns identical to your “serious” sidearm, but chambered for .22 Long Rifle for cheap practice, mild recoil and soft report.
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Davidson's Sam Colt...

What exactly transforms something otherwise mundane into an objet d’art?
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Otis Technologies AR Elite...

Some take meticulous care of their firearms, others do not. Regardless of which category you fall into, all AR owners need to clean their firearm...
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Ruger Doubles Down Part 2

Roy Huntington turned loose on Ruger's .380 “Anniversary” LCP.
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Springfield XD-M Elite 3.8
Springfield Adds...

It’s been a difficult year-plus for firearm manufacturers, but that hasn't stopped Springfield Armory from introducing new models of popular firearms,...
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Handloading the .45 ACP Part 2

I load and shoot large amounts of cast bullets of several types in my 1911s. As outlined in the first installment of this series, all of my .45 ACP rounds —
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Big Horn Armory AR500

Big Horn Armory’s (BHA) AR500 chambered for the most powerful cartridge in existence for AR-platform guns — the 500 Auto Max!
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The Rise, Fall — and...

In the early 1980s, the combined wisdom of Jeff Cooper and Whit Collins created the 10mm Auto cartridge. Dornaus & Dixon introduced their Bren Ten pistol as...
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Rock Island TAC Ultra CS 9mm

In the beginning there were many barriers to wrapping the 1911 platform around the 9mm cartridge.
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Heckler & Koch SP5L
Heckler & Koch SP5 Goes Lang

Despite an almost comical 16.57” Navy barrel, the new Heckler & Koch SP5L remains a designated pistol by import regulations and joins the series of...
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Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield Plus
Smith & Wesson Announces...

During an online virtual event, Smith & Wesson announced the latest iteration of the popular M&P Shield series — the new M&P9 Shield Plus and M&P9 Shield...
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New Products May 2021 Issue

The Comfort Flex IWB is made with a forward cant for an easy draw. It is held in place by a strong belt clip for stability and fit while remaining easy to...
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Aero Precision EPC
Epic PCC: Aero Precision...

For gun DIYers, few experiences are as epic as the adventure of building your own firearm. New for 2021, Aero Precision is entering the pistol caliber...
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Walther Q4 SF

What does the name of the Walther Q4 SF tell us about the gun? Walther is the short name for the German firm building high-quality handguns treasured by...
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The Rise of the Polymer...

In October of 2020 I taught a MAG-40 class at Tallgrass Shooting Sports facility near Manhattan, Kansas.
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Why Stoeger’s New STR-9...

About 30 years ago, I literally smooth-talked a guy out of a 20-gauge side-by-side shotgun from Stoeger, a double-trigger model they call the Uplander, with...
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Taurus G3C

The Taurus G3 hit the market as a resounding success. It’s a 15- or 17-round gun about the size of a GLOCK 19 but costing half the price.
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Union Switch & Signal 1911A1

“We’re about to find out what 1944 air smelled like,” Thomas Mackie said jokingly as he started turning the key to open our sealed WWII vintage...
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19 Rounds of Do-Everything...

From carry to competition, EAA Corp's new do-everything Girsan Regard Sport Gen 4 is a full-size, 18+1 9mm pistol with a familiar design that can literally...
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Guns Across The Border

Twice a year gun writer Dick Williams organizes a three-day theme shoot and I recently attended one of these events at Gunsite.
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Ruger Koenig Custom SR1911

Today, the Koenig model is still in Ruger’s lineup, also with a model also chambered for .45 ACP, and take my word for it the pistol is everything it...
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FN 509 LS EDGE
FN Gives Shooters New Edge...

The most advanced handgun FN has ever designed, FN has extended the popular 509 series with a long-slide model designed to give shooters the edge they’re...
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SAR USA Goes Platinum

American Handgunner Editor Tom McHale takes a close First Look at the new SAR 9X Platinum, featuring a smooth double-action trigger, adjustable sights and...
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KelTec 5.7x28mm P50 Gives...

Never one to shy away from innovation, KelTec has repurposed FN P90 magazines to feed their latest creation for 2021 — the futuristic-looking 50-round...
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Cold Carry

The late Jackson Beard, who rose through the ranks of the King County, Washington Sheriff’s Department, once observed during a conversation about stopping...
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MasterPiece Arms Launches...

Following the release of the AR9 PCC, a 9mm AR-style Pistol Caliber Carbine designed by CK Arms, MPA has launched the DS9 Hybrid series of double-stack...
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Springfield Armory 9mm...

Take the 9mm lightweight Colt Commander of 1950, update it, make it work with a cartridge shorter in overall length (OAL) than it was originally designed to...
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Smith & Wesson Adds M&P15...

Smith & Wesson has announced the addition of two brace-equipped AR pistol models to its lineup in 2021, including the M&P15 Pistol and the return of the...
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SIG SAUER P365 Gets ZEV...

An official collaboration between the two companies, ZEV Technologies has expanded its custom line of SIG SAUER pistols to include the new performance Z365...
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Glock 26

The G26 is roughly the size and weight of a six-shot Detective Special .38, but contains the round count of a DS plus the five shots of a J-Frame.
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P320 Studio: Build Your...

After months of waiting, SIG SAUER P320 Custom Works FCUs have started shipping to dealers and SIG has launched the Custom Works P320 Studio, a virtual...
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Ruger Model 57

What’s in a number? There was a time in ancient history, and for some people still today, when numbers were thought to be mystical.
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Lone Wolf Guardian: Easy...

Amidst record high NICS firearm background checks and firearm sales, Lone Wolf Distributors is providing an all-in-one gun and basic defensive training...
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Walther CCP M2 .380

Men and companies alike must be able to adapt in order to survive and the Walther Firearms Company has been adapting steadily ever since it started in 1886,
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Kimber K6s

One of these days I plan to retire, or at least semi-retire, and as I move into that stage of life, I’ll be making some different choices so far as...
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GLOCK Updates .40 S&W...

Earlier this summer, GLOCK announced it would cease production of 9mm and .40 S&W Gen4 models and update its .40-caliber lineup to the latest generation. As...
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Firearms for Trump

We look at some of the custom firearms produced in the last four years in honor of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.
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Guncrafter Industries...

I was fortunate enough to tour the CZ factory in the Czech Republic some years ago after this beautiful country was freed from the yoke of Communism.
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SIG Sauer 365 SAS

How many times have I heard this statement in my 72 years of shooting handguns? It certainly did not begin with me as I recall reading older books as a...
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SIG Custom Works Delivers...

Delivered just in time for the Halloween season, SIG Custom Works has reimagined the manufacturer’s Nightmare series with new blacked-out P220, P226 and...
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Taurus Model 856 Defender...

The Taurus 856 line is derived from the venerable Taurus Model 85, one of the Brazil-based gun company’s most popular revolvers.
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Palmetto State Armory...

After making a name for itself in the budget-friendly AR market, Palmetto State Armory (PSA) announced it was taking a stab at the handgun market,...
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Dan Wesson Vigil CCO 9mm

It’s difficult to imagine the name of a gun being more appropriate to the gun in question.
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Ruger American Competition...

What makes a good competition pistol? If you’re running against a clock the gun needs to be accurate, handy, maneuverable and dead nuts reliable.
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How I learned to stop...

“The best laid plans of mice and men go oft awry,” said poet Bobby Burns. John Steinbeck took this as his theme for his novel Of Mice and Men....
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Smith & Wesson M&P9 M2.0...

The use of optics for personal defense has become increasingly popular in recent years. To meet the demand, Smith & Wesson has added new optics-ready...
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Retro GLOCK P80 Has Us...

Will Dabbs, MD takes a First Look at Lipsey's exclusive retro GLOCK P80 — a historical reproduction of the original innovative Glock 17.
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Springfield Armory Saint...

It’s no secret the world isn’t a very nice place right now. In fact, by the time these words hit subscriber mailboxes and the newsstand, things might...
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Lipsey's Reintroduces...

Lipsey’s has teamed up with GLOCK for a reissue of the P80 with original features and style to allow modern GLOCK enthusiasts to acquire a piece of the...
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New Heckler & Koch...

The mantra “bigger is better” doesn’t just apply to America. German small arms manufacturer, Heckler & Koch, has announced the latest variant of their...
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GLOCK Introduces...

Introduced in July 2019, the GLOCK G43X and G48 were the manufacturer’s first compact-size Slimline handgun. One year later, the models are now available...
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.22 Magnum For Self-Defense

I’m a rootin’ tootin’ .45 shootin’ concealed carry practitioner and instructor — or, I was. For most of my years, I’ve been an adamant advocate...
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Ruger Lite Rack LCP II

The new pistol sports the same 2.79" barrel, 4" height, and 8/10" width as its .380 sibling but the magazine holds 10 rounds, the same capacity as the big...
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Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm EZ

Being on the Cutting Edge is a very good feeling. We have a long list of very powerful sixguns and semi-automatics available to us as well as...
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SIG SAUER Launches...

With the SIG Custom Works P320 Fire Control Unit, you can build your dream pistol from the ground up, starting with the soul of the SIG SAUER P320.
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The Glock 44

Since the 1983 debut of the G17, GLOCK has sold 18 million auto pistols, all centerfires. Now, with the G44, they have finally brought out a factory .22.
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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.
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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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