Pocket Power Perfected

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 post Pocket Power Perfected appeared first on American Handgunner.

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The Goldilocks Principle

I might have saved a lot of time and money if I’d kept Goldilocks in mind on my journey to becoming a shooter and collector. A lot of my collection bounced from one extreme to another, with me over-intellectualizing why a certain handgun would be perfect if only… The post The Goldilocks Principle appeared first…

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Get A Grip!

Yeah, I have my share of GLOCKs. But my first and last love is single-action revolvers. There, I’ve said it and I’m sticking to my guns (mostly in .45 Colt). Anyone who has spent even a little bit of time shooting an SA revolver knows you normally hold it with two fingers grasping the grip,…

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Engineering Excellence Embraces Artistic Style

Nighthawk Custom’s collaboration with the German makers of the astounding Korth revolver series has helped serve to rewrite expectations on what a revolver can — or might — be. The post Engineering Excellence Embraces Artistic Style appeared first on American Handgunner.

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No Magic Bullet!

At the age of 5 I shot a 200-pound pig in the head with a .22 LR. It was dead when it hit the ground. I shot lots of .22 ammo as a kid, but after watching the first Big Bear “Leather Slap” competition in Southern California with Jeff Cooper, Thell Reed and Jack Weaver,…

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Springfield Armory 1911 Prodigy OSP: Superlative Workmanship, Insane Capacity, Genetic Hybridization, and Warping Spacetime

The Springfield Armory Prodigy OSP (Optical Sight Pistol) is arguably the most capable 9mm 1911 in the world. The Prodigy OSP sports a top-tier feature set and a magazine capacity of which old John Moses Browning might only have dreamt. With its inimitable 1911 single-action trigger and a whopping 27 rounds on tap, the Prodigy…

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Holy Handguns!

Some people swear once you go ported you never go back. Others claim Satan makes his guests use ported pistols while paying double for their ammo. I was an ambivalent “porter” until I spent some quality time with a few new Smith & Wesson Performance Center M&P pistols. Now? Read on and see. The post…

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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 one of my own. Being historically minded, I began pondering how my new double action, polymer frame, wonder-of-modern technology might compare to its old school, all-steel,…

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Herter’s Big Bore Sixguns

Readers in my age group likely remember when the Herter’s Company had a thriving mail order sporting goods business, selling everything from firearms and ammunition, reloading equipment and fishing tackle to camping supplies. The post Herter’s Big Bore Sixguns appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Bears, Cougars & Dirtbags Beware…There’s A New Sheriff In Town

One can argue the revolver’s ascendancy as a weapon for self-defense was eclipsed decades ago by the autoloader. As someone who finally retired his five-shot, S&W 649 snubnose .38 Special revolver for an eleven shot, Springfield Armory Hellcat 9mm, scarcely bigger, I mostly agree … mostly. In circumstances where the threat will not only kill…

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