Handgun Reviews

This category covers all handgun reviews.

  • ISSC M22 22LR Review

    I have always liked shooting .22LR for target practice; it's doesn't bust the wallet, it's easy to load, and easier to group for training purposes as well as just having fun at the range. I had just recently sold my Walther P22 in favor of the .380 but still missed having a .22LR for fun at the range. So when asked to review the ISSC M22 .22LR I was quite happy to get my hands on it. Out of the box and into my hand I knew right away I liked the feel of the M22 much better than previous...
  • Review of Rock Island Armory Tactical Compact

    I purchased my RIA Tactical Compact mainly because I carry a full size 1911 daily and wanted something more compact and comfortable for concealed carry but yet I wanted all the controls to be the same as my day to day carry piece. So I began my search of local gun shops and ran across the RIA since I've read a decent amount of good reviews I figured I would save a hit to my wallet and purchase it instead of an EMP or something similar which can be twice the price. As soon as I bought the...
  • 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...
  • Glock G30

    Manufacturer - Glock The GLOCK 30 in the legendary .45 caliber offers excellent out-of-the- box precision paired with the ballistic quality of a genuine big-bore caliber. The smooth design and the simple operation of the GLOCK pistol allow quick drawing of the pistol. Because of these advantages and especially because of its compact dimensions, the GLOCK 30 is the first choice of plain clothes officers and protection personnel.
  • The Mars Syndicate Pistol

    Wool jackets, bowler hats, waxed mustaches and the pall of London's thick coal-dust fog. All you, the discerning gentleman are missing, is a pistol to practice the manly art of self-protection. You can choose any of the superb Webley products like the Bulldog or Ulster Constabulary style weapons; however, you are looking for something bigger, better. You ask yourself as you read the Times, what would define you as a man in modern steam-powered 1902 London? Then you see it, the MARS pistol. A...
  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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