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A Big Bore Single-Six Worthy of a Pistol Whippin’

By / July 18, 2024

Ronnie Wells thought it would be fun to make a five-shot Single-Six in .38 Special. But get this: the thumb-buster is capable of shooting .38-44 type loads … with ease. The post A Big Bore Single-Six Worthy of a Pistol Whippin’ appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Taurus Raging Hunter .460 S&W Magnum: A Brawny Beast — For Besting the Biggest Game!

By / July 14, 2024

The Taurus Raging Hunter in .460 delivers what the old adage describes as: “The rich man’s demand for quality and economy — and the poor man’s need of economy and quality.” This beefy magnum sums that up nicely. At about $1,081, depending upon the exact model, you get a well-designed hunting revolver chock full of…

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Gift from an Advanced Alien Race? The 1858 Starr Revolver

By / July 1, 2024

If we go by the historical record alone, the cap and ball Model 1858 Starr Revolver had to be the most advanced American handgun issued during the Civil War while simultaneously being the least popular. The post Gift from an Advanced Alien Race? The 1858 Starr Revolver appeared first on American Handgunner.

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The 7-1/2″ SAA Colt New Frontier

By / June 26, 2024

For me, at least, the original Single Action Army is the most eye-pleasing of sixguns. However, in a more practical sense, it needs better sights than the standard hog wallow trough through the top of the frame and post front sight. With the taming of the frontier and the use of firearms more and more…

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A Little Off the Top

By / June 24, 2024

If you’re into the classic stuff, the only thing cooler than a proven service pistol is a slightly smaller version better equipped for concealed carry. The CZ75 9mm is a Cold War icon, a stark departure from the largely graceless Czech holster guns that prefigured it. The post A Little Off the Top appeared first…

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Faxon Firearms Launches EXOS Pistol Compensator

By / June 21, 2024

Faxon Firearms, a leader in the firearms industry, is proud to announce the release of its new EXOS Pistol Compensator, designed to significantly enhance the performance of the SIG P365 series, including the P365XL and P365 XMacro. This innovative compensator promises to reduce muzzle rise and felt recoil, allowing for faster follow-up shots and improved…

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The Best Handguns I’ve Known

By / June 12, 2024

Looking back on my long career of handgun shooting, I’ve come to realize that some of the hundreds I’ve experienced stood head and shoulders over others in my estimation. Now understand this: I’m not saying some particular manufacturer made better handguns than others in terms of fit, finish or quality of production. What I am…

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Rock Your GLOCK

By / June 11, 2024

The Franklin Armory G17 Binary Firing System transforms your humble Gen 3 GLOCK 17 into something altogether more. The post Rock Your GLOCK appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Wheelgun Nation

By / June 10, 2024

At a time when almost all modern nations’ military forces were adopting semi-auto handguns, the British stubbornly clung to revolvers. From 1887 to 1928, their standard service revolver cartridge had been .455 Webley, which made the transition from black powder to smokeless powder loadings. Last of the .455 revolvers was the 40-ounce Mark VI, which…

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What You Need to Know About Concealed Carry

By / June 3, 2024

I’ve been a firearms instructor and federally licensed gun dealer for about 12 years now and been asked a whole lot of questions about how to carry a concealed gun. The post What You Need to Know About Concealed Carry appeared first on American Handgunner.

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The Anarchist Assassin Who Killed a President

By / June 3, 2024

Stopping power. That term sounds ominous enough. However, as it relates to handguns, stopping power is a little bit like fiscally responsible Congressmen, supermodels who aren’t crazy, and the Easter Bunny. We may talk about them a lot, but none of that is actually real. The post The Anarchist Assassin Who Killed a President appeared…

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Sixgun Savvy: Armscor’s .357/.22 Magnums

By / May 30, 2024

Armscor’s newest line-up of .22 LR, .22 Mag., .357 and 9mm revolvers reflect the business experience Czech industry shows off. The post Sixgun Savvy: Armscor’s .357/.22 Magnums appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Ruger’s 75th Anniversary SR1911

By / May 25, 2024

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Sturm, Ruger & Co., founded in 1949 by partners Alexander McCormick Sturm and William Batterman Ruger. When Sturm died suddenly in 1951, their first and only product was the Standard Model Automatic, a .22LR pistol designed and patented by Ruger, who, as the story goes, drew his inspiration…

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STREAMLIGHT LAUNCHES PROTAC 2AA-X USB TACTICAL LIGHT

By / May 24, 2024

Streamlight Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting and weapon light/laser sighting devices, introduced the ProTac 2AA-X USB personal carry light, a rechargeable version of its popular ProTac 2AA flashlight, featuring multi-fuel capability with USB or disposable battery options while delivering 550 lumens and 10,250 candela. The exceptionally lightweight light, small enough to fit in pocket or attach to clothing or…

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The Tiny (But Not Really) Beretta Tomcat

By / May 23, 2024

Sure, .32 ACP isn’t the ideal caliber for self-defense, and the Beretta Tomcat isn’t nearly as small as it could be to package and launch the relatively small cartridge. Yet, it has a special something that makes it a delight to handle and shoot. The post The Tiny (But Not Really) Beretta Tomcat appeared first…

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Faxon Firearms Unveils the ARAK-21

By / May 22, 2024

Faxon Firearms is proud to announce the launch of the ARAK-21. This groundbreaking rifle ingeniously combines the features of the AK-47 and AR-15 platforms to offer unmatched adaptability and precision in the modern firearms market. Designed for enthusiasts who demand versatility without compromising performance, the ARAK-21 is set to revolutionize the shooting experience. The ARAK-21 emerges as a…

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The Walther PP: The Autoloader That Changed Everything

By / May 22, 2024

In 1929, Fritz Walther got the world’s attention with his 8-shot magazine, .32 ACP, Model PP autoloader, which could be safely carried fully loaded and in a state of instant readiness, just like a revolver. The safety/decocker lever created a double-action/single-action (DA/SA) where the first shot trigger weight was 13-14 pounds and subsequent shots to…

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Magnificent Manifestation

By / May 13, 2024

No, it’s not. It’s not a Colt, and, it’s not an Italian copy either. Hmmm … the mystery deepens. The post Magnificent Manifestation appeared first on American Handgunner.

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The Marine Modell 1904

By / May 13, 2024

In addition to countless revolutionary technologies employed by the German U-boats, submariners were issued with a most peculiar version of the standard German service pistol. Featuring a long barrel, adjustable rear sight, and detachable board stock, the Luger Marine Modell 1904 was intended to repel boarders or snipe at enemy Captains. In reality, it was…

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AimLock: Leading the Charge in Advanced Semi-Autonomous Weapons Technology

By / May 9, 2024

Denver, CO – AimLock, a pivotal innovator in the defense industry, continues to redefine precision targeting and engagement capabilities with its state-of-the-art semi-autonomous weapon systems.  Since its inception in 2009 and incorporation in 2013, AimLock has been at the forefront of integrating cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, sensor management, and computer vision into advanced weapons…

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GLOCKs vs. Peacemakers

By / May 6, 2024

Here’s the bottom line on a rationale for a Glock/Peacemaker comparison. Each handgun, in its heyday, was the standard by which all others of that era were judged. The post GLOCKs vs. Peacemakers appeared first on American Handgunner.

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A Worthy Nod to the Famous #5

By / May 6, 2024

Tyler Gun Works completed a custom sixgun that’ll surely rock sixgunners’ worlds far and wide. Head honcho and owner Bobby Tyler wanted to build a one-of-a-kind gun exhibiting the skills his staff is capable of in a vintage, old ‘timey’ style, using age-old techniques of yesteryear while implementing the use of modern machinery and tooling.…

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A Trio Of Springfield Armory Nines

By / May 5, 2024

It’s 1980 and the sixgun is king! Most police officers carry a revolver and the vast majority of those are chambered in .357 Magnum. The post A Trio Of Springfield Armory Nines appeared first on American Handgunner.

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H&R .22 Magnum Revolver

By / May 3, 2024

During a recent visit to Brandon’s Gun Trading Co. in Joplin, Mo., something in the used gun case caught Roy Huntington’s eye — a hard-chromed H&R .22 Magnum revolver in need of a little TLC. The post H&R .22 Magnum Revolver appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Faxon Outdoors Presents the Icon 50L Waterproof Duffel

By / May 2, 2024

(Cincinnati, OH) Faxon Firearms, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based manufacturer of quality rifle, pistol components, and complete firearms, is proud to showcase a key product in the Faxon Outdoors ICON series: the ICON 50L Waterproof Duffel. Embark on every adventure confidently, knowing that Faxon Outdoors’ ICON Series is by your side. Whether trekking through the untamed wilderness, engaging in thrilling water sports, or simply enjoying a…

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Playin’ Favorites: .45 ACP / .45 Auto Rim Sixguns

By / May 1, 2024

One of the neatest things about single-action sixguns chambered in .45 Colt is how easily they become .45 ACP sixguns with the addition of an extra cylinder. The post Playin’ Favorites: .45 ACP / .45 Auto Rim Sixguns appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Gemini Customs: Improving The Proven

By / April 30, 2024

I’ve known Marc Morganti, founder of this one-man show called Gemini Customs, for almost 20 years. After nearly two decades of association you learn much about a man’s character. The post Gemini Customs: Improving The Proven appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Pragmatic Anachronism

By / April 29, 2024

No matter what platform you usually shoot, a big bore sixgun and a coffee can full of ammo will take you to school on basics such as grip consistency. The post Pragmatic Anachronism appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Les Baer’s Black Baer 9mm & Boss .45 ACP

By / April 28, 2024

It’s easy to figuratively grab a rattle-can of “Dark Earth” and spray last year’s model of just about anything and suddenly you have a “Hot new product!” The post Les Baer’s Black Baer 9mm & Boss .45 ACP appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Original S&W 1917 .45 ACP

By / April 25, 2024

When FMG’s Roy Huntington purchased this original Smith & Wesson 1917, it was a bag of bits and pieces. After some tinkering and tuning, watch and listen to see how well it performs. The post Original S&W 1917 .45 ACP appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Wilson Combat WCP320 Carry

By / April 22, 2024

The folks at Wilson Combat have a refreshing business model. Most handgun manufacturers produce their own designs and are loath to admit anyone else can come up with a good idea. The post Wilson Combat WCP320 Carry appeared first on American Handgunner.

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The Colt Python

By / April 18, 2024

It was circa-1955. Bullseye shooting, where you stood on your hind legs and shot one-handed is king. Cops’ holsters are filled with either a Colt or S&W DA revolver, with more of the former than the latter. The post The Colt Python appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Making Your Revolver Personal

By / April 16, 2024

In nearly 60 years of handgunning, during which I’ve owned hundreds of revolvers, I’ve learned much about making them suitable for me personally. That’s more about making them as shootable as possible. Here are some of the things I’ve come to feel important for good shooting revolvers. The post Making Your Revolver Personal appeared first…

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Pistols in the Wild Blue Yonder

By / April 15, 2024

From World War I through the Cold War, U.S. pilots chose to carry a pistol with them as they went out to fly and fight for their country. The post Pistols in the Wild Blue Yonder appeared first on American Handgunner.

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S&W Model 29 at 82 yards

By / April 12, 2024

Model 29 .44 Magnum revolver accuracy at 80 plus yards? Watch and listen to find out from FMG’s Roy Huntington. The post S&W Model 29 at 82 yards appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Switched At Birth

By / April 8, 2024

My first thought when I picked up the Colt King Cobra Target .22LR was, “Is this a mini-Python?” I had reason to wonder. The post Switched At Birth appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Smith & Wesson Model 29 in .44 Magnum

By / April 7, 2024

FMG’s Roy Huntington has shot this 50 year-old 6 1/2″ Model 29 .44 Magnum a gazillion times. Is it still appropriate? The post Smith & Wesson Model 29 in .44 Magnum appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Legend Reborn: Springfield Armory SA-35 Hi-Power

By / April 7, 2024

Now you can own one of history’s most classic handgun designs, and in a package you won’t be afraid to carry or take to the range. Springfield Armory releases the SA-35 Hi-Power 9mm pistol. The post Legend Reborn: Springfield Armory SA-35 Hi-Power appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Charter Arms .44 Special

By / April 1, 2024

If you like big bore snubbies, this custom Charter Arms .44 Special is a treat. The post Charter Arms .44 Special appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Henry Big Boys: .357 Magnum

By / April 1, 2024

In the early 1860s, the original Henry Rifle revolutionized warfare. A 16-shot in .44 RF, it proved a small handful of soldiers could win the day if deployed the right way. As one Southern officer commented: “It’s that damn Yankee rifle you load on Sunday and shoot all week.” The post Henry Big Boys: .357…

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Carry Options: Day-by-Day Concealed Carry Choices

By / March 28, 2024

American Handgunner Editor Tom McHale shares his go-to guns for concealed carry, including the holsters and optics he pairs them with. The post Carry Options: Day-by-Day Concealed Carry Choices appeared first on American Handgunner.

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SPRINGFIELD ARMORY XD-S MOD.2 OSP

By / March 28, 2024

I got my hot little hands on an original Springfield Armory XD-S nearly seven years ago. The post SPRINGFIELD ARMORY XD-S MOD.2 OSP appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Channel Your Inner Gun Designer

By / March 26, 2024

There’s something inherently satisfying about creating a custom handgun. You know, one built with just the features and components you want. The post Channel Your Inner Gun Designer appeared first on American Handgunner.

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One and Done: In Search of the Elusive Survival Handgun

By / March 24, 2024

What of the survival handgun? What features should it have? This was the central question in an event I recently attended at Gunsite: if you were limited to a single handgun for all expected tasks, what would it be? The post One and Done: In Search of the Elusive Survival Handgun appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Ultimate Guide to AR-15 Barrel Profiles: Choose the Right One

By / March 22, 2024

(Cincinnati, OH) Faxon Firearms, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based manufacturer of quality rifle and pistol components, complete firearms, and the highly regarded line of Faxon barrels, is proud to provide its latest informational effort: The Ultimate Guide to Barrel Profiles. Building or tweaking an AR-15 can involve a variety of things, some vital, some arguable or even…

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Epic Metal Detector Find!

By / March 22, 2024

FMG’s Roy Huntington shows off a first generation 1873 Colt Peacemaker single action from 1875 found in the Arizona desert. The post Epic Metal Detector Find! appeared first on American Handgunner.

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S&W’s M&P C.O.R.E. Pistols

By / March 17, 2024

A golden moment in the Fast Glass & Smokin’ Brass saga: It’s Day Two shootin’ the new ported M&P C.O.R.E. pistols. I’m poppin’ pills into paper with increasing speed and confidence when BH arrives. Good guy; one of the best natural shots I’ve known. He recently slid up hard against 60, and his formerly eagle…

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S&W M&P .380 Shield EZ

By / March 12, 2024

The call went something like this: “Hey Roy, can you break free for a quick two-dayer to S&W for a new gun launch?” — The post S&W M&P .380 Shield EZ appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Staccato 2011 9MM: Reporting For Duty

By / March 10, 2024

Handgun competitions don’t teach one how to fight, but they do an excellent job of burning in basic gun handling skills like trigger control, malfunction clearances, magazine changes and the like. The post Staccato 2011 9MM: Reporting For Duty appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Custom Smith & Wesson Night Guard in .44 Magnum

By / March 8, 2024

A Mag-na-port customized S&W Night Guard .44 Magnum still thumps pretty good even with .44 Specials, according to FMG’s Roy Huntington. The post Custom Smith & Wesson Night Guard in .44 Magnum appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Springfield Armory’s Micro-Compact Hellcat

By / March 7, 2024

The new Springfield Armory Micro-Compact Hellcat concealed carry pistol packs as much 9mm as you might carry in a full-sized Browning Hi-Power — all going into a trim little package small enough to hide comfortably. The post Springfield Armory’s Micro-Compact Hellcat appeared first on American Handgunner.

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A Surprising 9mm Option

By / March 6, 2024

If a 9mm is fine for protection, fine for targeting, fine for matches, fine for training, fine even for small game and fine for reloading — then why not chamber it in a single action? The post A Surprising 9mm Option appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Hellcat X2 Commander

By / March 5, 2024

Some think the 1911 is outdated — too “old school” to be effective today. They’re not only wrong, but spectacularly wrong. The post Hellcat X2 Commander appeared first on American Handgunner.

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In Search of the Perfect Packin’ Ruger Single-Action

By / March 1, 2024

My first “pair and a spare” was carried out with the S&W .357 Combat Magnum. For the past 20 years, something very important has spurred me on to gather pairs and spares, namely my three grandsons. Whenever possible, I try to buy things in triplicate, and that brings us to the Ruger Super Single-Six. For…

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Lipsey’s Releases Smith & Wesson “Ultimate Carry”

By / February 29, 2024

Featuring an XS Tritium front sight and dovetailed u-notch rear, the Lipsey’s Exclusive Smith & Wesson Ultimate Carry J-Frame is designed to be the ultimate small frame carry revolver. The post Lipsey’s Releases Smith & Wesson “Ultimate Carry” appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Custom CZ’s —The ‘Un-1911’

By / February 29, 2024

I was at the Brownells Gunsmith Fair a few years ago talking to a polite young gent in a tie. We were in line for lunch and I had struck up a conversation since I always enjoy hearing what younger people say about the industry. The post Custom CZ’s —The ‘Un-1911’ appeared first on American…

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Auto Pistol And Continuity Of Fire

By / February 28, 2024

If you have a firearm, any firearm, and shoot it long enough in a big enough fight the gun will go empty. You will be in the gunfight only as long as you have ammunition to shoot back. No ammo, no shoot … no shoot, no more fighting back. The post Auto Pistol And Continuity…

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Coming to America

By / February 26, 2024

The young man hefted his spanking new SIG P365XL 9mm handgun and took its measure. He squared to his target and presented the weapon a couple of times to get a feel for his sight picture. Then he jacked the slide, rested his finger alongside the frame, and purposefully raised the pistol to eye level.…

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Kahr TP9 GEN2 Premium

By / February 26, 2024

When Justin Moon started Kahr, it was mostly due to his own frustration at not having a suitable 9mm-style auto in a small enough package to be convenient to carry. The post Kahr TP9 GEN2 Premium appeared first on American Handgunner.

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The Fusion of Aesthetics and Ability

By / February 22, 2024

Just about 55 years ago, Ed Brown started his American dream in the way so many successful entrepreneurs do. He began moonlighting in his garage after work and on weekends, doing (and learning) custom gunsmith work. After 20 years of honing his skills, he finally quit his day job and went “all in” to the…

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A Shootout At The St. James

By / February 22, 2024

Built in 1872, the St. James Hotel is nestled in historic Cimarron, New Mexico. Known for being the hotel of choice for infamous outlaws in need of a soft bed and fully stocked saloon, famed people such as Wyatt Earp, Jesse James, Buffalo Bill Cody, Annie Oakley, Billy the Kid and Thomas James Wright were…

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Remington’s Double Derringer: An Idea Too Good To Die

By / February 20, 2024

You know a firearm is iconic when it comes to represent an entire class of weapons. Such is the case with a little, two-shot, over-and-under .41 Short Rimfire, variously called a Remington Model 95, Remington-Elliot derringer, Remington Double Derringer, or most commonly, simply … a derringer. Most of us know it from Western genre cinema…

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Cream of the Crop: Wilson Combat SFT9 9mm

By / February 20, 2024

The SFX9 pistol added a few design twists. The most visible differences are a solid frame design with Wilson’s distinctive “X” patterning cut into the frontstrap, backstrap, grip sides and the slide itself on fore and aft cocking positions. The SFX9 also added a bushing fit to the bull barrel and uses an external extractor…

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The Vudoo Gun Works Möbius 1911

By / February 19, 2024

The Möbius 1911 from Vudoo Gun Works is a triumph of Information Age manufacturing technology. Using John Moses Browning’s century-old classic combat pistol as a foundation, the skunkworks at Vudoo Gun Works has unleashed the absolute state of the art in modern manufacturing to produce a 1911 that is without peer. Featuring a slide/frame interface…

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The Rock Island Armory 5.0 Radically Revolutionary

By / February 18, 2024

The Rock Island Armory 5.0 is like the yeti, your daughter’s imaginary uni-corn, or the elusive fiscally-responsible congressman. It is the sort of mystical thing that you overhear folks speaking of in veiled whispers at the range while they glance furtively about, but you’re not convinced it’s actually real. Amidst a lamentable sea of sameness…

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Magnum Research Baby Desert Eagle II

By / February 16, 2024

Back when I was an Army Aviator I once had the privilege of working alongside an Israeli gunship helicopter pilot. One evening we were just chewing the fat about our jobs, our families and our lives. Incredulous at the open space we enjoy in the US, he asked how far it was to the nearest…

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Pedigreed Defensive Precision

By / February 15, 2024

Those of us who care about such obscure things like founders of modern gun companies likely have the name Carl Walther burned into our collection of neurons dedicated to firearm trivia. The post Pedigreed Defensive Precision appeared first on American Handgunner.

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1911+ .357 = SIG TACOPS

By / February 12, 2024

More cops are carrying the 1911 pistol today than at any time in history. “Shootability” due to good ergonomics and trigger pull, a short reach to the trigger favoring smaller hands and mandatory on-safe carry giving the officer one more “buffer” against being killed with his own gun if disarmed, are the reasons why. The…

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A Kimber Trio .380 & 9mm

By / February 11, 2024

While it seems pink and purple may be “in” today in the “let’s get the gals to buy guns” market, in reality, many (dare we say, most?) women shudder at being sidelined like this. “Paint it pink and they’ll buy it, by golly!” is driving all too many marketing movements — and many women I…

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The Effective Range of 6.5 Creedmoor

By / February 8, 2024

Ballistics and effective range can be a tricky subject to get into, especially when you’re working with a caliber that isn’t as common as some. Luckily Faxon has covered and provided this nifty ballistic breakdown. Let’s dive into the effective range of 6.5 Creedmoor. The maximum effective range of the 6.5 Creedmoor is roughly 1,200…

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Ruger 75th Anniversary MKIV .22 Pistol

By / February 8, 2024

The Ruger MKIV Anniversary model is a splendid meshing of today’s modern MKIV with the nostalgic looks of the original Standard model and MKI Target. You should get yours before they’re gone. The post Ruger 75th Anniversary MKIV .22 Pistol appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Blackpowder 101

By / February 8, 2024

Ken Wegman, a Handgunner reader, asked about using black powder and substitutes in modern pistols, comparing their characteristics in velocity, energy, accuracy, cleaning etc. along with a historical review of the actual black powder loads used in handgun calibers. The post Blackpowder 101 appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Kimber’s 10mm Super Jägare

By / February 7, 2024

It seems every time I turn around, gun manufacturers are introducing new 10mm pistols. What’s up with the resurgence of the Centimeter? The post Kimber’s 10mm Super Jägare appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Colt’s Cap & Ball Revolvers

By / February 6, 2024

Some of Sam Colt’s early efforts in creating workable revolvers seem like jokes today. Of course, they were loaded with either paper cartridges holding powder and bullets or loose powder and ball. Ignition was supplied by the relatively new percussion cap. The post Colt’s Cap & Ball Revolvers appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Concealed Carry Contender

By / February 5, 2024

Following the now-familiar pattern of an optic-ready, striker-fired polymer pistol in 9mm, the Mossberg MC2c comes with two magazines, a flush-fit 14-rounder and a slightly extended 15-shot version. The post Concealed Carry Contender appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Ruger Security-9

By / February 5, 2024

The Ruger Security-9 is arguably the best value in a domestically produced defensive handgun today. This new Ruger pistol sports plenty of whiz-bang features along with a price that will just drop your jaw. The post Ruger Security-9 appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Apex Dream Guns

By / February 1, 2024

Brownells has, for some years, teamed up with custom gun builders of all sorts to build what they call “Dream Guns” showcasing the work possible using parts available through Brownells — along with the talents of the craftsmen. The post Apex Dream Guns appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Modernizing a Classic

By / January 29, 2024

The Girsan High Power (trademarked using that exact spelling, so we’ll write “High Power” throughout this article when talking about this model specifically) is, like many modern 1911s, a timeless core design with 21st-century upgrades. If you’re looking for a replica of an original Hi-Power, this isn’t it. If you’re looking for how a Hi-Power…

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Light, Versatile and Discreet

By / January 24, 2024

The idea was simple. After all, they’re the best kind. Build a gun tough enough to be carried all day, in a caliber capable of performing a wide range of tasks, while being light enough to go unnoticed when worn. Ask a slew of handgunners about the perfect platform fitting these criteria, and it’s obvious…

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Single Shot Shooters …

By / January 24, 2024

In the middle 1970s I saw my first Thompson Center Contender in a local gun store. It was unusual, being a single shot, break open, external hammer gun but that uniqueness hinted at intriguing possibilities. Simply put, once I saw it in the flesh, it captured my imagination and I had to know more. As…

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The Ruger American Pistol

By / January 21, 2024

Ruger says about the new American Pistol: “Anything else would be un-American.” I think it’s more than a clever tagline. The post The Ruger American Pistol appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Customizing A Ruger Wrangler

By / January 19, 2024

Hitting the “affordable quality” bull’s-eye is a target chased by most everyone who manufactures anything — if they’re smart, that is. The post Customizing A Ruger Wrangler appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Faxon’s Best .308 Bolt Action Rifles

By / January 19, 2024

Faxon and Refactor teamed up again to create another guide to explore the firearms frontiers for you. They’ve pooled their expertise and research together to talk to you about what they view as the best .308 bolt-actions on the market. If you’re looking for a new bolt gun, read on! Let’s get into it.  Who…

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Global Ordnance Unveils The MONOLITH: SHOT Show 2024

By / January 18, 2024

Sarasota, FL – Global Ordnance, a leading force in the defense and commercial firearm industries, will unveil the MONOLITH bufferless AR-style rifle series at the 2024 NSSF SHOT Show. This extraordinary technical design seamlessly combines cutting-edge features for an unmatched shooting experience.  The Monolith will be available in 16.1” rifle, 12.6” pistol, and SBR configurations.…

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Guncrafter’s Hoss

By / January 17, 2024

We toss terms like “bulletproof” or “indestructible” around sometimes when we’re noting features and benefits in a product, especially guns. The post Guncrafter’s Hoss appeared first on American Handgunner.

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SIG’s P320 X5 LEGION & P365 XL

By / January 14, 2024

A short time ago, SIG SAUER introduced a pair of 9mms that could hardly be farther apart in size and application. The post SIG’s P320 X5 LEGION & P365 XL appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Colt Ace .22 Conversion

By / January 11, 2024

FMG’s Roy Huntington shows how you can have some cheap fun with your favorite 1911 using the Colt Ace .22 conversion unit. The post Colt Ace .22 Conversion appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Worth The Squeeze

By / January 10, 2024

I’m not sure who at CZ came up with the idea of color-coding their match pistols, but it’s sure easier than remembering yet another sequence of numbers. In this case, I’m referring to the Orange version of the TS2, which was developed partially by shooters on the CZ Shooting Team to be match-capable out of…

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Kimber’s Rapide Black Ice 1911

By / January 7, 2024

Rapide seems to me a decidedly French word, conjuring images of croissants and retreat. But don’t hold this against the new Kimber Rapide Black Ice 1911 family of pistols. The post Kimber’s Rapide Black Ice 1911 appeared first on American Handgunner.

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The Kaiser’s Secret Weapon

By / January 4, 2024

The world in 1917 was a hemorrhaging wound. Like toddlers wielding hand grenades, world leaders commanded armies numbered in the millions in a pitiless war of attrition that claimed human life on a magnitude previously unimagined. The post The Kaiser’s Secret Weapon appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Competition And Defense

By / January 4, 2024

We have two sides of the same stone here, if you will. Both come from the excellent Italian maker Tanfoglio (say it like this: Tan-foe-glio), residing in the heart of Italian gunmaking, the Brescia region. The post Competition And Defense appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Optic Plate for Slimlines: Forward Controls Design

By / January 3, 2024

Forward Controls Design is excited to introduce a new Glock Slimline optics plate: the OPF-G43x/48 RMR. It’s a new addition to the OPF family of optics plates. This plate allows Glock 43X MOS or Glock 48 owners to mount a full-sized RMR, SRO, or RCR on their factory-milled slide. The reason we wanted to offer…

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Better By the Dozen

By / January 2, 2024

Question: What popular handgun was made in twelve different calibers by the factory? Answer: The Colt 1911. The post Better By the Dozen appeared first on American Handgunner.

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The Heckler & Koch Volkspistole

By / January 1, 2024

I have a friend who spent more than a decade as a CAG guy. CAG stands for Combat Applications Group. This week’s official designation is actually “Army Compartmented Elements” or ACE. The post The Heckler & Koch Volkspistole appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Best Glock Barrels: Top 7 for Reliability & Accuracy

By / December 28, 2023

Ever felt the sting of disappointment when your Glock doesn’t deliver as expected? Often, the issue lies with an easily overlooked component: the barrel. Like many shooters, you might have experienced how a generic or ill-suited barrel can affect accuracy and consistency. This common problem doesn’t have to be a roadblock. What if you could…

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A Full-Service Sidearm

By / December 20, 2023

Within every legendary handgun company there are individual product lines, generally centered around a specific application, or in modern Tacti-Speak, a “mission” (although in many cases it’s more of a marketing ID). The post A Full-Service Sidearm appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Next-Gen Ammo: Exploring the Benefits of Polymer Rounds

By / December 18, 2023

Polymer Ammunition represents a significant development in the world of firearms, and HOP Munitions is a notable player in this field. They offer a unique approach to firearms training for pistols and rifles, emphasizing the potential benefits of poly ammo.  This type of ammunition is gaining attention for its performance, environmental considerations, and versatility in…

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The Crew-Served Handgun

By / December 18, 2023

Back in the 1990s, the US Special Operations Command set out to rewrite the book on combat handguns. The failure of the FBI’s 9mm loadings to stop two homicidal lunatics during the Miami-Dade County shootout was fresh on everyone’s minds. Meanwhile, SOCOM was busy transforming Close Quarters Battle into the rarefied art form it is…

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SIG’s P229/226 Gunfighter

By / December 17, 2023

SIG Sauer handgun line: the Legion series of P229 and P226 pistols. The post SIG’s P229/226 Gunfighter appeared first on American Handgunner.

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Taurus G3 9mm

By / December 13, 2023

Sometimes we at Handgunner take a little heat for highlighting guns requiring a letter of credit from a Swiss bank to buy. I get it. The post Taurus G3 9mm appeared first on American Handgunner.

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