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Ed Brown’s CCO LW is the best example of a 9mm 1911 carry gun you’re going to find. Because of watching too many episodes of “Miami Vice” as a teenager, when I was in my early 20s I found myself the owner of a Lightweight Colt Officer’s Model. It was the closest thing I could
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Kimber’s new Aegis Elite Custom OI combines functionality, modern styling and a pre-mounted optic. According to Greek mythology, the aegis was the protective shield or breastplate handed down from Zeus, ruler of the Olympian gods, to his daughter Athena. It is referenced in Homer’s Iliad, and according to popular accounts, the aegis was adorned with
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An ordinary smartphone with slow-motion capability will reveal flaws in your draw stroke you didn’t even know you had. It’s often said that perception is reality. I beg to differ. Just because you perceive yourself to have good shooting technique doesn’t mean you actually do. If you want to improve a particular skill, you need
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Well-known for leather, Galco’s ‘plastic’ rigs are just as good. We live in an era of websites, but back when catalog shopping ruled the earth, the Galco Gunleather catalog was one of the best-looking catalogs of gun-related products on the planet. Beautiful glossy shots of holsters in exotic locations with amazing and unusual props—like one
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M&P45 M2.0 Compact pistol features shorter 4” barrel, 10 round magazine. Smith & Wesson Corp. announced the expansion of its line of popular M&P semi-automatic polymer pistols to include a M&P M2.0 Compact pistol, chambered in .45 Auto. Featuring a shorter, 4” barrel, a 10+1 round capacity, and the M2.0 feature set, the M&P45 M2.0
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Cold weather garments present obstacles in both drawing and firing, and gloves add another potential hurdle. As a native Californian, I sometimes forget the whole world doesn’t walk around in T-shirts, shorts and flip flops year-round. Recent trips to northern Illinois and central Pennsylvania reminded me not everyone has it so easy when it comes
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MGM Target’s Steel Challenge plate rack is an affordable and fun way to train. It ships in a metal bucket with six hexagonal unpainted plates (Rupp did his in gray) and hangers plus two end brackets that accommodate 2x4s. I struggle with rapid target transitions and achieving a proper trigger press while doing same. That’s
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 by Eve Flanigan Not all holsters are created equal. Aside from the safety/retention aspect, it’s important to consider your daily activities, surroundings and preferred way of dressing to select the rig that’s right for you. The firearm industry is practically doing backflips to meet the whims and needs of female carriers, and the number of
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The Super Blackhawk was introduced in 1973 and touted as being one of the world’s truly great handguns. If there is one handgun that sticks out in my collection, it’s the Ruger New Model Super Blackhawk. Now in my possession for more than 40 years, the gun remains tight and as accurate as the first
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The company’s J-frame Airweight series dates back to the 1950s when these guns—chambered first to .38 Special—were built from aluminum frames and cylinders. The snubnose revolver has been a cornerstone of concealed carry for a long time, and despite the huge influx of small, lightweight semiautomatics, the snubby hangs in there. And for good reason:
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If you just want to buy a Glock that is ready to go right out of the box, the Gen 5 with its improved trigger pull, integral mag well, and AmeriGlo Bold sights is the closest thing to perfection Glock has ever made. For its size, Glock is an unusual gun company. It doesn’t make
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By: Jeff Chudwin Rock River’s Basic Limited 1911 is a finely crafted gun that’s also a solid shooter. In the cookbook of handguns, steel and wood are the original main ingredients. Using these tried-and-true materials, Rock River Arms of Colona, Illinois, is producing a 1911 that is a standout in quality and performance. Known as
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Ed Brown’s new LS10 is a standout in the growing field of long-slide 10mm handguns. If you have your finger on the pulse of the goings-on in the handgun industry, you’re aware that we’re in the midst of a 10mm Auto renaissance. The 10mm’s sudden popularity comes as no surprise to the cartridge’s substantial fan
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The five-inch 686 (l.) holds seven shots and is cut for moon clips while the four-incher (r.) is a six-shot gun that is loaded conventionally. The Performance Center, a sub-brand within the Smith & Wesson family, has come out with a pair of new Model 686 revolvers—one with a four-inch barrel, the other with a
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The VP9SK’s three sizes of backstraps and side-panel pairs allow you to completely customize the grip to fit your hand. Heckler & Koch has been on a roll thanks to the solid, reliable and effective VP9, and now the company has introduced a subcompact version, the VP9SK. The VP9 line features the HK precision strike
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The Streamlight TLR-6 is a combination light/laser designed to fit dozens of compact and subcompact handguns, including 1911s without frame rails. Streamlight is the choice of many serious users in law enforcement and elsewhere. Its products reflect the latest trends in light/laser technology. Streamlight’s venerable TLR is its flagship weapon light, and it’s developed into
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M&P 45 Shield M2.0 pistol with integrated Crimson Trace red and green laser, chambered in .45 Auto. Smith & Wesson Corp. expanded its M&P Shield M2.0 pistol series with the addition of the new M&P 45 Shield M2.0 pistol with integrated Crimson Trace red and green laser, chambered in .45 Auto. The M&P45 Shield M2.0 pistol with integrated Crimson Trace red and green laser delivers all of the familiar M&P Shield pistol operating features, including a slim profile and 18-degree grip angle for
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As opposed to mashing a button, the Pepper Blaster II has rudimentary sights and a trigger, which makes it more instinctive for a shooter to use. “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” This popular quote, attributed to Abraham Maslow, is particularly relevant for concealed-carry permit holders. When you’ve opted
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Pop Packs are filled with environmentally safe, water-soluble gel, and they explode when hit. With their different colors, numbers and shapes, they’re great for target-decision drills—and they’re a whole lot of fun. Let’s face it: Shooting holes in paper over and over can turn your range session to a snooze fest in short order. After
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MTM Case-Gard Pistol Rest The simplest gear is often the most effective. For the past few months I’ve been doing my handgun accuracy tests off MTM Case-Gard’s pistol rest ($20). It’s a molded-plastic platform with a broad, adjustable plastic fork covered in rubber. The fork can accommodate about any handgun you could think of, and
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by Eve Flanigan This is a drill used in an advanced pistol class by Larry Vickers. It’s named after, and likely designed by, the legendary Rob Leatham. It’s great for good shooters to do after some time away from the range or from a particular gun to reacquaint themselves with the trigger. It also works
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Scout IWB Holster Galco Gunleather has introduced an improved Scout IWB holster! Improved for 2018 with an in-line redesign to add Galco’s innovative new UniClip and Ultimate Stealth clips, the open-top Scout is constructed with the rough side of the leather out. This construction method provides additional stability in the waistband, as well as a smooth leather holster pocket
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Holsters from Rocking K Saddlery (top) and Jeffrey Custom Leather are modern examples of the Threepersons design. Tom Threepersons was among the most famous of all western lawmen of the previous century. He was by all accounts not only a formidable lawman but also a great cowboy, competing in rodeos prior to World War I,
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SIG SAUER Match Elite Pistol Competition Ammunition SIG SAUER introduced their Match Elite pistol competition ammunition. Available in 147gr 9mm Luger, low-recoil Match Elite load features coated nickel cases, and clean-burning powder for exceptional performance and shootability in fast-paced competitions. Velocities will range from approximately 860 to 900 fps, depending on the type of pistol
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