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 Hi-Point C9 Pistol

    Ding ding! The bell has rung and let's come out of the corners swinging. A few weeks ago, I wrote an article on Pistol Caliber Carbines. In that article I mentioned favorably the Hi-Point 995 carbine --while sidestepping over a comment that it was better than the same company's pistols. This brought a firestorm from readers who supported the C9 pistol as a valid and effective handgun, especially for the money. - Elegantly clad in its plain white box, the Hi-Point C9 is not pretentious, but...
  • The Double Barrel 1911?

    The new company of Arsenal Firearms in Italy has something on its mind. Yes that is right, a double-barreled 1911 .45ACP. - Here's looking at you kid, (photo by Arsenal Arms) Formed by gun writer and designer Nicola Bandini and gun miniature master Dimitry Streshinskiy in 2011, Arsenal is the parent company for Zanotti 1625 shotguns and Miniature Arsenal scale firearms. This month they have decided to opt for something completely different and debuted a double-barrel semi-automatic...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  1. Old Brit 38 Revolvers for Home Defense

    When something goes bump in the night, many believers in the 2nd Amendment reach for something solid and reliable to arm themselves with before they investigate. Many of these believers reach for an old British 38, and for good reason. Two old popular surplus revolvers, the Webley MkIV and the No.2 Enfield, both "top break" .38 S&W weapons from the WWII-era, are chosen for many reasons. They can always be picked up at gun shows and online firearms sellers such as Gunbroker and Gunsamerica...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Walther P22 Review

    We recently acquired a Walther p22, I was a bit concerned about it from what I had read on the internet but knew to take that with a grain of salt. After firing around 250 rounds through it, it hasn't had a single failure to feed or malfunction in any shape, form, or fashion. When you open the box it comes with various items: Walther P22 1 magazine (10 round capacity) Manuals Additional backstrap of different size 3 aditional front sights, 2 of different heights than what comes on the...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. Ruger Ruger LCR

    Company Website - Ruger.com Manufacturer - Ruger A Lightwieght Compact Revolver ideal for conceal carry. Offered in both .38spl +P and .357 Magnum. This polymer framed revolver has quickly become a favorite among many. Is offered with a vatiety of grips from a Hogue to a Crimson Trace.
  10. 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,...
  11. 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....
  12. 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.
  13. Walther PPK

    Manufacturer - Walther The elegant lines of the legendary WALTHER PPK have caught the imagination of the entire world for over 75 years. Developed in 1931, the WALTHER PPK continues to thrill the shooting public, and the legend lives on. CALIBER .380 ACP BARREL LENGTH 3.3" DIMENSIONS inches, L/H/W 6.1/4.3/.98 WEIGHT w/o mag 20.8 oz. SIGHTS Fixed MAGAZINE CAPACITY 6 + 1 TRIGGER DA/SA TRIGGER WEIGHT lbs 13/4 PPK/S TECHNICAL DATA MODEL PPK/S VAH32001 PPK/S VAH38001 CALIBER .32 ACP .380 ACP...
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