Handgun Reviews

This category covers all handgun reviews.

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kel Tec P3AT .380 ACP

    Manufacturer - Kel Tec This is my "carry" autoloader, a Kel Tec P3AT. It's a .380ACP caliber 6+1 capacity. It is about as small as you can get with a 380 and still hang on to it during your "time of Need". I had some feed issues at first but a polish job on the ramp fixed it. Kel Tec says it needs breaking in... maybe so, But you can't put you life at risk with a gun that "needs breaking in". That's why I opted to Fluff & Buff my Kel Tec right from the start. It will shoot any .380 ammo,...
  • 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...
  • Springfield Armory 3.8 Compact 45ACP

    I have been shooting and enjoying 1911s since the late 80's. Recently my wife picked out a Springfield Armory XDm 4.5 inch in 9mm and after trying her gun out I had to get an XDm of my own. I chose the 4.5 inch 45acp version. After shooting it for the last couple of months i have been converted from a dyed in the wool 1911 snob. I shoot the XDm much better, faster, and more accurate than I can my 1911s. I love my 1911s but they take back seat at this point to the XDm series. I tried the XD...
  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. Colt King Cobra .357 Magnum

    Manufacturer - Colt It's a spin-off from the Colt Trooper and a "budget" version of the Colt Python, the Colt King Cobra is a force to reckon with, even today. My King Cobra is 21 years old and it still shoots as good today as it did back in 1987! Litterally thousands of rounds and it has never mal-functioned. You just point it at your target and squeeze the trigger... KA-Boooom, six times if needed. The King Cobra hasn't been made for over 10 years, but they are still readily available....
  6. Do not Rule out the Derringer

    The humble derringer-style pocket gun has served western civilization for a large part of the past three centuries. History of the Derringer The original Derringer was the Philadelphia Deringer (note, just 1 R) invented by one Mr. Henry Deringer, around 1825. His pistol, usually a large caliber single shot fired by the then-novel percussion cap, made him much more money or fame than the Model 1814 or 1817 rifles he designed for the Army or the dueling pistols he lavished attention on. His...
  7. 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...
  8. Flare Gun Sub Caliber Inserts

    We all have them or at least have seen them. Those cute little International orange or yellow plastic flare guns with their abbreviated 12-gauge rocket flares. They run about $50 for a new one. There has long been a desire to turn them into...something more. 26.5mm European Projectors These flare guns are popular with foreign militaria collectors. They are lore bore (slightly over one-inch wide) projectors used by many Western European military units and merchant shipping/SOLAS purposes....
  9. 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.
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. Kel Tec P3AT .380 ACP

    Manufacturer - Kel Tec This is my "carry" autoloader, a Kel Tec P3AT. It's a .380ACP caliber 6+1 capacity. It is about as small as you can get with a 380 and still hang on to it during your "time of Need". I had some feed issues at first but a polish job on the ramp fixed it. Kel Tec says it needs breaking in... maybe so, But you can't put you life at risk with a gun that "needs breaking in". That's why I opted to Fluff & Buff my Kel Tec right from the start. It will shoot any .380 ammo,...
  14. Kimber America Kimber Stainless TLE II

    Company Website - [URL]http://www.kimberamerica.com/1911/custom-ii/stainless-tle-ii[/URL] Manufacturer - Kimber America Quote: The Stainless TLE II" .45 ACP is a stainless steel version of the duty pistol carried by LAPD SWAT. Important upgrades from the Kimber Custom Shop" like Meprolight night sights and 30 lines-per-inch checkering on the front strap are also included. Based on the Kimber Stainless II," it has standard features like match grade barrel, chamber, trigger and barrel bushing, along...
  15. New Russian Army Pistol

    The 29-ounce 9x18mm Makarov pistol (Soviet designation Pistolet Makarova, M-442), adopted in 1951, is still in service around many former Warsaw block countries and is still found in wide military and police use in Russia. With its 8-shot magazine, stout recoil and heavy trigger pull, the 'Soviet Walther' is something of a last ditch weapon. Since 2003 it had been supplemented for combat operations by the more modern MP443 Grach (Russian designation 6P35 Pistolet Yarygina PYa) double action...
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