Handgun Reviews

This category covers all handgun reviews.

  • The Colt Detective Special

    Twenty years before Smith and Wesson gave the world their Chief's Special, Colt pioneered the snub-nosed revolver. A handy six-shooter with a 2-inch barrel, the Colt gun was revolutionary for its day and is still viable nearly a century later. Colt called it the Detective Special. Why In the 1920s, a new wave of Prohibition criminals such as John Dillinger, Machinegun Kelly, and Clyde Barrow captured the public's imagination. They also scared the crap out of law enforcement. With these...
  • The Charter Arms Undercover Lite

    Whether political, economic or social, debate the causes all you want but the effect is undeniable, more responsible, law-abiding American citizens are exercising their rights to own and carry a firearm for protection of life and family every day. In my home state, the Commonwealth of Virginia, firearms purchases are off the charts and firearms retailers, from "big box" retail stores to local gun shops, are busily handing devices that go "bang" across the counter to everyone from new...
  • Pattons Colt 45 Single Action Army

    General George Smith Patton, Jr. (11 November 1885 21 December 1945), is a legend in US military history. In his 60-years of life, he spent the majority of it wearing one uniform or another and died on active service. Forever the warrior, he is fittingly buried in a military cemetery in Europe, not far from where he died. As a soldier, he carried many guns, but one of these is almost as famous as he was. His Colt .45. The Single Action Army Colt's Model of 1873, better known as the Single...
  • 9x18mm Blowback Pistols

    After 1946, the 9-18mm round was designed by B.V. Semin to be the most powerful round that could function safely in a direct blowback pistol (such as the Walther PP type.) Slightly more powerful than a .380 auto and just a hair less powerful than a 9x19mm parabellum, the 9x18mm was designed as a self-defense round. By 1951, it was ready for the field. It became a Warsaw Pact iconic round. Let's look at some of the pistols encountered in the US that fire it. The Makarov To replace the 19th...
  • Bersa Thunder 9 Ultra Compact Pro Review

    As I have a limited budget, I'm always on the lookout for an inexpensive firearm to fill the requirements of a CCW gun. While at a local gun show recently, I came across a Bersa Thunder 9, and decided to give it a closer look. The particular model I came across was the Thunder 9 Ultra Compact Pro priced at $400. In spite of its "Ultra Compact" name, this gun is not a pocket gun. At 6.5 inches in length and 4.75 inches tall, weighing in at 23 ounces empty, it is significantly bigger and...
  1. Smith & Wesson's M&P .40: A Modern Contender

    As we all know, Smith & Wesson has been a staple in the American firearm industry since the late 1850s, producing weapons for civilians, LEO, and Military alike. Their reputation for making innovated and excellent wheel-guns proceeds them in a prestigious manner. There's a reason they've been around for so long, they make good stuff! Smith & Wessons earlier attempts at the civilian and Mil/LEO semi-automatic pistol markets have been "hit-and-miss", if you will. Some models, such as the...
  2. Five Good $300 CCW Guns

    For many who would chose to carry a concealed handgun, there is a moment of pause were what's in the pocketbook doesn't support buying that flashy Kimber or SIG that's on the cover of the gun mags. With that in mind, here are a few solid roscoes that won't break the bank. Kel Tec PF9 Florida-based Kel Tec is one of the better-known medium-sized firearms makers of the past twenty years. Their sub compact PF-9 is one of the lightest (just 18.2 oz. fully loaded) and flattest (0.88″ wide) 9mm...
  3. Ruger LC9

    Recommended? - YES! Company Website - Ruger.com Manufacturer - Ruger Model: LC9 Maker: Ruger caliber:.9mm(Para/Luger) Wt.: 17.1Oz. Barrel: 3.12" Steel Alloy Slide: Hardened Alloy Capacity: 7+1 Width: 0.90" Twist: 1:10" Right Hand Finish: Blued Length: 6.00" Height: 4.50" Sights:Adjustable 3-Dot Std. Available with Crimson Trace Or Lasermax Grips: Glass Filled Nylon CA Approved: Yes MA Approved: No MSRP: $449.00 (Image Courtesey of Ruger.com)
  4. How Many Weapons Do YOU Carry

    When you leave the house and go about your daily travels, are you armed? If so, with what? Do you vary multiple weapons, and if so, do you carry more than one firearm? Let us look at that. The philosophy of a backup weapon Putting your eggs all in one basket-- or for the subject of this article, trusting your life and those around you to one imperfect gadget, is borderline foolhardy. Yes, you may have a super tactical top-of-the-line CCW handgun that you have practiced with for a decade...
  5. Walther PPS

    Company Website - [URL]http://www.waltherarms.com/[/URL] Manufacturer - Walther A self-defense handgun does no good if it is miles away when you need it. The PPS is a concealed carry firearm that is slim, light and comfortable to wear all day long. Yet it is fast to bring into action, pleasant to fire and easy to shoot accurately. With Walther, performance comes in small packages. Features: Low profile three dot polymer combat sights. Rapid aiming and target acquisition. Rear sight screw adjustable...
  6. The Nearly Forgotten 38SW

    Today when you say speak of a 'thirty-eight,' most people think first of the near universal .38 Special round, used since 1898. Well lets set that aside and speak of the 'special's granddaddy-- the .38 S&W. This 140-year old mild-recoiling round was a favorite of yesteryear and is still a viable shooter today. The History of the round Back in the 1870s Smith and Wesson was introducing a new revolver, what later became known as their First Model series and they needed a new, reliable round...
  7. The New Beretta BU9 Nano

    Whenever I decide it's time to purchase a new firearm, the first step in the process of deciding what to buy is usually its planned use - at least that's what I tell myself. From there the process is helped greatly by the Internet. Whether it's video reviews, websites or forums, there are so many opinions out there...and you know what they say about opinions. But it's easy to sift through the "BS" and get to the honest, thorough, and useful information to help along the way. Heck that's...
  8. The ZIP22 an Answer in Search of a Question

    With all of the ergonomics of a nice staple gun but without the quality, there is a new player on the compact/oddball 22LR market. The ZiP22 Why According to US Firearms website on the ZiP, it was designed because, "we believe consumers just want to pull the trigger as affordably as they can . . . all day long." With that, the gun is a very forward-looking design that is almost overly safe to fire. Something like this shows potential for training safe firearms use for new shooters, or an...
  9. The Colt Detective Special

    Twenty years before Smith and Wesson gave the world their Chief's Special, Colt pioneered the snub-nosed revolver. A handy six-shooter with a 2-inch barrel, the Colt gun was revolutionary for its day and is still viable nearly a century later. Colt called it the Detective Special. Why In the 1920s, a new wave of Prohibition criminals such as John Dillinger, Machinegun Kelly, and Clyde Barrow captured the public's imagination. They also scared the crap out of law enforcement. With these...
  10. Pattons Colt 45 Single Action Army

    General George Smith Patton, Jr. (11 November 1885 21 December 1945), is a legend in US military history. In his 60-years of life, he spent the majority of it wearing one uniform or another and died on active service. Forever the warrior, he is fittingly buried in a military cemetery in Europe, not far from where he died. As a soldier, he carried many guns, but one of these is almost as famous as he was. His Colt .45. The Single Action Army Colt's Model of 1873, better known as the Single...
  11. Handguns for the Ladies

    In my job as a firearms instructor, both NRA and State certified, I am often asked what firearms are the best choices for females. This comes both from females as well as for males looking for a handgun for that special woman in their life. Here is what I tell them Who says women are more delicate? Women may be the fairer sex but there is nothing out there that says they are too delicate to use a handgun. On the contrary, I have instructed several female officers with my agency and they...
  12. Rock Island Armory .22TCM/9mm Micromag

    Recommended? - yes Company Website - Armscor/Rock Island Armory,com Manufacturer - Armscor 1911-style double-stack autopistol 17 rounds .22 TCM/15 rounds 9 mm capacity. weight - 2.60 lbs unloaded/2.84 lbs loaded 8.75 " long/ 5.5" high .22 TCM barrel - 5" long, 6-groove/1 in 16" twist trigger pull 4-6 lbs. frame & slide construction - steel grips - polymer comes equipped with: 1-.22 TCM barrel, recoil spring and extractor 1- 9 mm Parabellum barrel, recoil spring and extractor 1- magazine...
  13. 1911

    Recommended? - yes Company Website - [URL]http://www.hoguestore.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=734[/URL] Manufacturer - Hogue I do not own the 1911 that these grips were put on. I bought the grips for myself when I go shooting with my cousin who owns the gun, so I just swap them out. That being said, these are nice grips. Sure I like the look but that is a matter of opinion and style. They are very comfy in my medium sized hands. The grips absorb the recoil very well, which from the guns I have...
  14. Shotgun Handguns

    Shotguns have been a favorite for both hunting and defense for centuries. The handgun, with an even longer lineage, is likewise here to stay. With the two above-mentioned facts in mind, naturally there have been several efforts over the years to blend the two concepts. Ithaca Auto Burglar One of the classic shotgun builders, Ithaca firearms of New York, produced what many felt was the best purpose-designed shotgun-pistol. The "Auto & Burglar Gun" (meant to keep in one of the first and use...
  15. A Tan LCP

    With new and gee-whiz firearms coatings popping up left and right, I came to a crossroads in which I needed to make a choice. Here is the story of how I ended up with a rather sandy looking .380. My Ruger LCP dilemma So I carry a back-up gun from time to time in my line of work. Occasionally in street clothes as a normal CCW practitioner, I also sometimescannot carry a full-sized handgun comfortably without printing, especially in summer. This leaves me with one of the best compact .380s...
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