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FN America’s NEW 509 pistol combines modern styling with a century-long history of military firearms production. FN Herstal was established in Belgium in 1889 as a manufacturer of military arms, and over the course of the last 128 years, the company has produced a wide variety of weapons ranging from the Browning Hi Power and
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Streamlight TLR-7, TLR-8 The new small-footprint light (TLR-7) and light/laser (TLR-8) will fit on practically any gun with an accessory rail and are perfectly at home on smaller pistols. The powerful white light on each has a 500-lumen output. The TLR-7 can be programmed to cycle through high and strobe, and the TLR-8 can be
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IMR Target Smokeless Powder Not too long ago, shooters were introduced to new powders from IMR, which is owned by Hodgdon Powder—the same company that makes Titegroup. So if you’ve already got one good-selling pistol powder, why do you need to introduce another? “Target was designed to do what Titegroup, a spherical powder, would do—but
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Rock Island Armory Baby Rock 1911 Rock Island isn’t the first company to build a 1911 downsized to fit the .380 ACP cartridge. I remember being a kid in the 1980s swooning over Colt’s glossy catalog and its then brand-new Mustang. However, a design that was considered little better than a toy 30 years ago
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A fistful of drills to enhance your pistol skills. There’s nothing wrong with shooting drills for the sake of fun, but doing so at the expense of practicing more fundamental skills is foolish—if your goal is to be a better defensive handgunner. Drills that have you running and gunning against the timer tend to become
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The Performance Center T/C Long Range Rifle Performance Center and Thompson/Center Arms announced the launch of a new bolt-action, chassis-style rifle – the Performance Center T/C Long Range Rifle (LRR).  Co-developed by Performance Center and Thompson/Center Arms for extreme long range shooting, the Performance Center T/C Long Range Rifle is built on an aluminum chassis stock and is available in popular long range shooting calibers: .243 Winchester,
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Smith & Wesson Corp. today announced that it has added a short-barreled version to its M&P M2.0 Compact pistol series.  The newest in a series of additions to the M2.0 platform, the M&P M2.0 Compact 3.6″ pistols feature a 3.6″ barrel, the enhanced M2.0 feature set, and the magazine capacities of the M&P M2.0 Compact 4″ pistols. Jan Mladek, General Manager of Smith & Wesson and M&P brands, said, “When
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The TOR Micro Laser Steiner eOptics now offers two new pistol-aiming lasers– the TOR Micro and TOR Mini. These rail-mounted lasers specifically designed for pistols and small enough to fit inside the majority of all commercially produced holsters on the market. The TOR Micro Laser mounted. Both the TOR Mini and TOR Micro feature rugged
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Kahr’s CT380 gets an updated grip and a new Cerakote finish, making a great carry gun even better. Justin Moon has a habit of being in the right place at the right time. In the 1980s he was working for a company manufacturing precision CNC machining equipment, technology that completely changed manufacturing processes (including firearms
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by Jeff Chudwin The Colt Cobra As a young police officer, my introduction to the short-barrel, double-action revolver came when a salty field training officer bent down and pulled up his pant leg, revealing a blue steel revolver strapped in a black holster over his white sock. “Kid, get yourself a snub .38 as a
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The Kahr S9 Okay, a philosophical question: Is there such a thing as an everyday carry pistol that is too small, too light and too easy to shoot? The last one, absolutely not. But the other two, now they are matters of opinion. I feel it is possible to get an everyday carry pistol that
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SIG Sauer P220 Hunter 10mm Auto Earlier this year we needed a 10mm pistol to use on “Handguns & Defensive Weapons” television, and I turned to SIG Sauer’s P220 Hunter, a 2015 addition to the company’s stable of P220 variants. Unlike the rest of its stablemates, the P220 Hunter is a single-action-only semiautomatic. As the
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Springfield’s Range Officer Elite Compact 9mm is one gun that can do it all. For a long time the 1911 universe was pretty easy: You bought or built a full-featured, full-size pistol for competition. Then you bought a plain-Jane beater for daily carry. The competition gun was tricked out with all the features. It was
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Colt Detective Special My Detective Special has been with me since I bought it in 1974. It’s an old friend, and I have carried it on many occasions. This six-shot snubnose revolver has been a popular backup gun for law enforcement ever since it was introduced in 1927. The Detective Special underwent a number of
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Ruger SR1911 Target When I was coming up through the ranks in competitive target shooting, the .38 Special in a souped-up double-action revolver was the norm. High sights, a bull barrel and a holster that looked like it came out of “Star Wars” were the equipment of the day, and, yes, this combo actually brought
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SIG Sauer 1911 Super Target Precision shooters have never had it so good. Whether you are into Bullseye or other competitive sports, picking a handgun to do the job is easier than ever. In the past, you had to purchase a gun, pick a good gunsmith and have him tune it for you. Today, manufacturers
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Ed Brown’s new compact combines an Officer’s frame with a Commander slide to create an ideal carry 9mm 1911. Ever wonder what type of car Matt Kenseth drives to the grocery store or which restaurant Emeril Lagasse and Wolfgang Puck choose to meet for a business lunch? Perhaps you’d be interested to take a peek
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Ruger’s GP 100 .44 Special is right at home in the Predator Pancake from Wright Leather Works. A stiffening strap at the top ensures the holster stays open. Like most of you, I’ve got my fair  share of holsters. None of them is fancy. The Predator Pancake that Wright Leatherworks sent me for review isn’t
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The Colt Police Positive Target .22 is one of the most well-balanced rimfire revolvers you’ll ever shoot. Some of the features we take for granted today were true innovations in their day. Colt’s Police Positive was quite a revolver when introduced, one that gave all others stiff competition because it incorporated a positive internal hammer block that allowed six cartridges
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When your pistol malfunctions during a range session, do you stop and look at it, dumbfounded? Do you set your pistol down and raise your hand for assistance because you aren’t sure how to remedy the problem? These are common reactions for a new shooter, but if you’re going to carry a pistol or keep
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Smith & Wesson has been experimenting with frame size in revolvers for more than a century, and the results have not always been positive. In 1935, the company unveiled the new .357 Magnum in its beefy N-frame wheelgun, which was large enough and strong enough to handle the .357’s prodigious power. It was also so
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Brand new from Springfield Armory is what the company is calling the “Hammer,” otherwise known as the XD-E. In short the XD-E could be described as a hammer-fired version (the “E” stands for external hammer) of Springfield’s popular striker-fired XD-S compact. But that’s not completely accurate—or the full story. Before I get into the reasons
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In 1868, the British—who subscribed to the theory that a slow-moving and heavy bullet provided good stopping power—brought out their first double-action handgun chambered for the .450 Adams. The Adams served until 1880 when the revolver and round were replaced by the .455 Mark I cartridge and the Webley revolver. (The Adams round, which is
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In August 2016, Kim Woodman was charged by a sow brown bear on the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska and subsequently killed the animal with five shots from his sidearm. Such events invariably start conversations and debates, but much of this discussion revolving around this particular incident had to do with the caliber of Woodman’s weapon:
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