When it comes to the .32 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol) cartridge, most American gun experts will nostalgically associate it with James Bond in the movies and bestselling novels but dismiss it as a “mouse gun” that’s marginal at best for real-world self-defense. But then again, the first rule of a gunfight is “Have a gun.”
“What kind of a load you using in that .44?” “It’s a light Special. This size gun, it gives me better control, less recoil than a .357 Magnum with wadcutters.”—Inspector “Dirty Harry” Callahan (Clint Eastwood) in response to rookie Officers Davis, Sweet, Astrachan, and Grimes (David Soul, Tim Matheson, Kip Niven, and Robert Urich) in
Of all the pistols on this list, the HK “P2K” is the one with which I’ve done the greatest amount of left-handed shooting. “Lefties Have Rights Too!” If memory serves, I first read this pithy saying in MAD Magazine sometime in the 1980s. In application to the U.S. Constitution, it means that the 2nd Amendment applies to left-wing
A Waimea man is suing Hawaii County in federal court, saying its requirement he sign a waiver of liability for a background check as part of the concealed-carry firearms permit application violates his constitutional right to privacy. Attorneys Richard Holcomb of Honolulu and Alan Beck of San Diego filed the suit on behalf of James
Without ammunition, guns are worth little more than either paperweights or poor man’s clubs. In the category of the 9mm Parabellum (AKA 9x19mm AKA 9mm Luger) cartridge, here are some of 19FortyFive’s top picks. Federal 9BP 115-Grain Jacketed Hollowpoint (JHP) The lightweight 115-grain loads have fallen out of vogue relative to the heavier 124-, 135-grain,
Anti-gun leftists love to claim that there is no time when a gun is good and useful, but there are countless stories to the contrary, including a recent incident in Michigan, where an armed citizen put a quick end to an attempted armed robbery. Police in Cassopolis, Michigan, are investigating an alleged robber who was
Trump calls for arming teachers at NRA convention Former President Donald Trump vowed to defend gun-owners rights in a speech at the National Rifle Association Convention Friday, pledging to create a new tax credit to reimburse teachers “for the full cost of a concealed-carry firearm.” (April 14) AP The Louisiana state representative whose signature issue
The Ruger LCR represents a conundrum for this writer. I am a big fan of Strum Ruger, & Co’s full-sized double-action (DA) revolvers, particularly the GP-100 in .357 Magnum and a Ruger Redhawk in .44 Magnum and consider them to be the finest revolvers in their respective calibers. Yet I’m not fond of snubnose revolvers,
Dr. Tim Calvin. Photo by Allen D. Payton Owner changes name, focus of D1 & Only Martial Arts By Dr. Tim Calvin, Ed.D., CEO & Founder We live in a scary world where violent crime seems to be ever increasing, and our children are becoming the byproducts of a society of unfettered scruples and moral
While the category of subcompact so-called “baby Glocks” such as the 9mm Glock 26 and the .45 ACP Glock 36 is a favorite, I wouldn’t consider them to be true “pocket pistols.” Their so-called “Safe-Action” trigger design, though wonderfully conducive to fast and accurate shooting, is simply too much of a liability for holsterless carry.
As our regular readers are aware, I’m very fond of the 9mm Parabellum and .45 ACP pistol cartridges alike, notwithstanding the endless debates about which is the better of the two calibers for self-defense. Ergo, when I did my two separate 19FortyFive articles on the 5 Worst Handguns in each caliber, I must admit I was a
Snubnose revolvers – affectionately known as “snubbies” – are not fun to shoot, but then again, they’re not supposed to be. As plenty of my fellow gun writers point out, they’re “meant to be carried a lot and shot a little.” They’re certainly amazingly compact and concealable, reliable, and durable as well, as long as
Fellow fans of the classic Stanley Kubrick film Full Metal Jacket will recall the “duality of man, the Jungian thing, sir” scene involving Sgt. Joker (Matthew Modine) and the Pogue Colonel (Bruce Boa). Well, as a firearms enthusiast and gun writer, I sometimes deal with the “duality of man” conundrum myself. I am a
There’s just something about .50 caliber weapons; crossing that half-inch threshold has a certain magically, mystically masochistic appeal to us gun enthusiasts. First and foremost, of course, is dear ol’ “Ma Deuce,” the time-honored M2 Browning .50 caliber machine gun. In sniper rifles, you have the Barrett M82A1 and the McMillan TAC-50. In the handgun
A federal judge has consolidated two lawsuits against the administration of Maryland Gov. Wes Moore, including one from the National Rifle Association, over a new gun law the Democrat signed in May. The Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association, part of the NRA, and the gun rights group Maryland Shall Issue, both filed suit on
Gun rights groups have appealed to federal judges to overturn a lower court decision upholding Delaware’s “assault weapons” ban and other gun control measures. In late March, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Andrews denied a request by the Delaware Sportsmen’s Association (DSSA) and other groups for a preliminary injunction blocking Delaware from enforcing HB 450,
Here we go again with another one of my Top 5 Firearms lists. Having published one article on the all-encompassing general category of concealed carry handguns, and with a CCW revolver-focused article that was just published as I type these words, it’s now time to a write-up focused on Best Semiautomatic Pistols for Concealed Carry.
The era of the double-action (DA) revolver dominated both the American police and armed private citizen handgun markets is long gone, as the semiautomatic pistol mass transition took place way back in the 1980s. That said, even in 2023, the DA wheelgun still has its place in self-defense usage, especially in the realm of concealed
To provide some modicum of objectivity in selecting the guns for the final cut of this best-of-the-base concealed carry guns list, I factor in (1) industry-wide reputation for quality, and (2) personal, hands-on shooting experience so that this writer can vouch for the guns’ accuracy, reliability, handling characteristics, and ease/practicality of concealment. Here is what
Growing up in the United Kingdom, the only time that Iris Pullan encountered guns was playing video games or watching TV. Not even many police in the U.K. carry them. Pullan and her family moved to the United States when she was 13, but she didn’t consider owning a gun until about three years ago.
D.C., Maryland and Virginia all will roll out some new laws on July 1, 2023, although the most attention-grabbing one is certainly Maryland’s legalization of recreational marijuana for adults. Other new laws in the D.C. area involve minimum wage in both the District and in Montgomery County; an expanded move-over law in Virginia, and the
On June 20, Los Gatos introduced an ordinance that would prohibit concealed carry permit holders from bringing their firearms to specific places around town. But in contrast with the hardline positions staked-out on both sides of the gun debate across the United States—with National Rifle Association members claiming guns in classrooms would help solve things
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) doubled down on her defense of relaxed gun control laws, claiming “strict gun laws actually create murder.” Greene opened her remarks by pointing to multiple shootings in Chicago on Memorial Day weekend that left 11 people dead and over 50 injured from gunshot wounds. She claimed Democrats failed to talk
(Newswise) — A new report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions analyzing 2021 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data reveals another record year for firearm fatalities. The 48,830 lives lost to firearms in 2021—the second year of the pandemic—is the highest number on record. Both firearm homicides and suicides reached record
Updated at 5:50 p.m. June 19 to add an additional victim. A party involving teenagers in a downtown St. Louis building ended in gunfire, killing a 17-year-old and injuring 11 others, just after 1 a.m. Sunday. Makao Moore died in the shooting, police said. The victims ranged in age from 15 to 19. Most of
Updated at 9:45 a.m. June 19 after police listed an additional victim A party involving teenagers in a downtown St. Louis building ended in gunfire, killing a 17-year-old and injuring 10 others just after 1 a.m. Sunday. Makao Moore died in the shooting, police said. All the victims ranged in age from 15 to 19.
By Miriam Raftery Image: U.S. Constitution, cc via Bing June 18, 2023 (Sacramento) – California Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed a 28th amendment to reduce gun violence. Newsom says, “The 28th Amendment will enshrine in the Constitution common sense gun safety measures that Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and gun owners overwhelmingly support — while leaving the
Former “President” Donald Trump will be arraigned today at the Wilkie D. Ferguson Federal Courthouse in Miami, and while many indicted criminals have their very own gangs or mobs, most of the time, they tend not to show up outside the courthouse. That’s more of a concern with Trump, who just loves it when a
Earlier this week, I was reminded why I love my job with 19FortyFive so much when our editor asked me which Glock pistols I hadn’t reviewed yet. I replied something along the lines of, “Well, let’s see, there’s the Glock 30S .45 ACP, the Glock 27 .40 cal, and the Glock 19X 9mm.” Naturally, she
Earlier this week, our editor asked me which Glock pistols I hadn’t reviewed yet. I replied something along the lines of, “Well, let’s see, there’s the Glock 30S .45 ACP, the Glock 27 .40 cal, and the Glock 19X 9mm.” Naturally, she asked me to review them all. As our longtime readers have realized, I’m