pistol and shotgun




  I don’t know about you, but there is just something about a former service weapon. That it protected and served gives nobility to such a piece, every bit of wear on the finish humbly calling out as time spent honorably. Whether it ever was drawn in desperation or anger is immaterial—it served. Whether it is gently retired to a second life of shooting pleasure or called out of reserve to guard a home, the [...]

By |January 12th, 2021|

Pocket Power Perfected: Springfield XD-S Mod. 2 .45

By |September 8th, 2020|

The Springfield XD-S Mod.2 Subcompact is a polymer-framed .45 ACP carry gun thinner than a 9mm GLOCK 43, weighing two oz. less than a .380 ACP Walther PPK/S. The XD-S Mod.2 Subcompact packs 6+1 .45 ACP flying ashtrays into the grip yet carries almost as well as your smartphone. Amazingly, [...]

Big Bad Belly Gun

By |September 1st, 2020|

Smith & Wesson Redefines CCW With The X-Frame .500 S&W For Defense Against, Well... Anything By Mark Hampton Photos: Joseph R. Novelozo A few short years ago one of my best friends and I were enjoying some incredible fishing on the Naknek River in Alaska. Those big king salmon could [...]

SIG P210 Target 9mm

By |September 1st, 2020|

Made In America: Legendarily Accurate Competition Classic SIG’s original military Model 210 was introduced in 1949 and shipped with a 50-meter test target with a 5-shot, sub-2" group, establishing a reputation for stellar accuracy. Variations served the Swiss military until the early 21st Century and created a solid niche market [...]

New Era, New Snake

By |September 1st, 2020|

Payton Miller The Colt Cobra—introduced in 1950—was the company’s second “snake gun” (the first being the super-premium Python). A lightweight alloy version of the steel “D-frame” Detective Special, the original First Model Cobra featured the distinctively Coltish unshrouded ejector rod, which eventually gave way to the shrouded rod of the [...]

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Les Baer’s American Handgunner Special Edition 1911 .45 ACP

By |September 1st, 2020|

It’s here, rendered in steel, a sort of living performance of a dream Les and I have shared right along with many of you. This project is one of those times when an idea pinging away at you finally pushes itself to the front. Or, in this case, bashes down the door, demanding to be attended to. Then, suddenly, it’s real and I’m holding it in my hand, answering the question: What would be a “perfect” 1911?

Nighthawk Custom Browning Hi Power

By |September 1st, 2020|

A Splendid Iteration Of A Classic 9mm Photos: Chuck Pittman, inc. A classic since its introduction in the year 1935, it’s known in Europe as the GP for Grande Puissance and in the USA by the English translation, High Power or more commonly, Hi Power. The Browning 9mm remains popular [...]

A Less-Filling Handful

By |September 1st, 2020|

Springfield’s EMP4 Solves The 9mm/1911 Conundrum Story And Photos: Jeff John The slim wood grips are delightfully flat (held by flat-black Torx screws) and the new EMP4 frame is 1/2-inch longer than the 3-inch version. The EMP4 is more like a full-size gun—still very concealable—and fits my hand better. The [...]

Beer Or Champagne?

By |September 1st, 2020|

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 qualification. Ego being what it is, it seemed a good idea to go to the range beforehand and see what I would shoot best. The test: to stand at 15 yards, shoot as fast as I could hold the sights on target, and see where the bullets landed.

Back-Up Guns:

By |February 8th, 2018|

Primary Or Secondary Guns? Or Both… Your back-up gun should be one you would be willing to bring to a gunfight because when you reach for it, you will be in a gunfight. You’ll be in a gunfight and you’ll probably be losing, or at best fighting to an ugly [...]

Handguns What’s New Updated — And Eye-Catching!

By |January 22nd, 2018|

By Aimee Grant Just when you thought it’d all been done we discover nope, there’s more to come! Here’s just a few to tease, tempt and otherwise give you the “Gotta’ have-it’s.” Note the wheelguns prominently displayed. “They” say revolvers are dead. We’d like to say “they” are all wrong! [...]

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