New Product Spotlight: “The Five Most Dangerous Guns”

By Suzanne Wiley published on in News

By now, I am sure you have read Rolling Stone’s July 2014 article titled, “The Five Most Dangerous Guns in America.” As one of the most stupidest pieces of “journalism” I have read in awhile, Rolling Stone contributor Kristen Gwynne apparently researched—I used the term loosely—which guns were the most “dangerous” in America. Meaning, which guns criminals used to commit the most crimes. She came up with this asinine list:

  1. Pistols
  2. Revolvers
  3. Rifles
  4. Shotguns
  5. Derringers

Have a good laugh here.

So in jest to Ms. Gwynne’s ridiculous article, I am highlighting Cheaper Than Dirt!s newest, most dangerous guns.


“…Popular among handgun owners…”

Picture is of a hammer-fired black pistol.

Holding 12 rounds, Steyr’s L40-A1 shoots in double-action only.

Steyr L40-A1

A year after releasing the 9mm L-A1 pistol, Steyr recently announced the availability of the new .40 S&W model, the L40-A1. The L40-A1 is a striker-fired, full-sized polymer-framed semiautomatic pistol with a full-length slide and 4.5-inch barrel. Holding 12 rounds, Steyr’s L40-A1 shoots in double-action only. Similar to a GLOCK, a passive safety integrates into the trigger of the L40-A1. However, Steyr calls the redesign the Reset Action System Trigger. It breaks at a crisp and clean 5.6 pounds. Intended for use as a service, competition or target pistol, the Steyr L40-A1 also makes an excellent self-defense gun. Everything about its design lends itself to point and shoot reliability. The high angle of the grip means the barrel axis sits lower in your hand for an instinctive point of aim and aids in lower felt recoil. Further, the Steyr exclusive trapezoid-shaped, drift adjustable sights make it easier to focus on the front sight—aiming is instinctive, quick and accurate. A Picatinny rail allows you to add accessories. It is priced aggressively against its competitors.

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Specifications and Features

Caliber: .40 S&W
Capacity: 12 rounds
Barrel: 4.52” cold hammer-forged
Trigger: Double-action only Reset Action System
Operation: Striker-fired
Safety: Integrated safety
Sights: Drift-adjustable
Frame: Polymer
Slide: Mannox-finished steel
Grip: Anti-slip checkered
Overall length: 7.9”
Height: 5.1”
Width: 1.2”
Weight: 28.8 ounces


“Some grenade launchers, shotguns, and rifles also have rotating barrels, but the term “revolver” is generally used to describe handguns.”

Ruger LCRx

Picture shows a Ruger LCRx, a small revolver with exposed hammer.

The LCRx is now also available with an exposed hammer.

Ruger’s introduction of the newest model LCR during SHOT Show 2014 gave shooters the option of a single and double action small pocket .38 Special. With the extreme popularity of the LCR in previous years, the LCRx is now also available with an exposed hammer. Constructed of a mix of 7000-series aluminum, stainless steel and polymer, the LCRx has a changeable Hogue Tamer Monogrip, matte black finish and weighs only 13.50 ounces. Unlike many easy-to-conceal pocket revolvers, the Ruger’s LCRx has a replaceable pinned ramp front sight. The barrel is only 1.875 inches long and the Ionbond Diamondblack-finished cylinder holds five rounds.

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Specifications and Features

Caliber: .38 Special
Barrel: 1.875”
Capacity: 5 rounds
Frame: Aerospace-grade, 7000-series aluminum Monolithic
Cylinder: Fluted, Ionbond Diamondblack-finished
Action: Single/double-action, exposed hammer
Grips: Hogue Tamer Monogrip
Finish: Matte black, Synergistic hard-coated
Overall length: 6.50”
Height: 4.50”
Width: 1.28”
Weight: 13.50 ounces


“Pulling the trigger of a rifle fires one projectile at the intended target, as opposed to the shotgun’s ability to spray.”

Pciture shows the entry level AR-15 by POF.

POF-USA’s first entry-level AR-15 has all the same parts and quality as the company’s regular P-15 rifles.

POF-USA Puritan AR-15

POF-USA’s first entry-level AR-15 has all the same parts and quality as the company’s regular P-15 rifles such as three mode piston operation, drop-in trigger, enhanced anti-tilt buffer tube and a one-piece bolt and bolt carrier group, but incorporates the new E” Extraction Technology. The Puritan has more than what comes standard on typical “entry” level AR-15s, such as the Magpul MOE stock, handguard and pistol grip and KNS anti-walk pins. The single-stage, match-grade trigger has a 4.5-pound pull. Included on the rifle is a bayonet mount, A2 flash hider and an ambidextrous safety. “God Bless America” is proudly stamped on the ejection port.

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Specifications and features

Caliber: 5.56x45mm NATO, .223 Remington
Operation: Short-stroke gas piston
Barrel: 16.5” nitride heat-treated barrel, 1:8, ½-28 thread
Capacity: 30 rounds
Safety: Ambidextrous
Stock: Magpul MOE
Trigger: Single-stage, match-grade, 4.5 lbs.
Overall length: 32″ to 35.25″
Weight: 6.7 lbs.


“Additionally, the explosive that creates the energy to fire the gun occurs in the fixed shell of a shotgun rather than the metallic cartridge of a rifle.”

Beretta 1301 Tactical Semiautomatic

Picture shows a black tactical semiautomatic shotgun.

The Beretta 1301 Tactical is available in 12 gauge only with a 3-inch chamber and will fit four 2/3-inch shells.

In a bid to win over the tactical market, Beretta introduces the 1301 Tactical semiautomatic shotgun. Optimized for law enforcement, home defense or 3-Gun competitions, the easily maneuverable Beretta 1301 Tactical has a compact fixed stock and 18.5-inch barrel. At the height of the 1301 Tactical features is the self-cleaning BLINK gas operating system with a cross tube gas piston. Beretta says this system makes the 1301 Tactical cycle faster than nearly half of any other autoloading shotguns on the market. The oversized, easily accessible controls matched with the shotguns aggressive forearm texture makes the gun comfortable to operate and shoot, securing your grip on the shotgun never slips. The Beretta 1301 Tactical is available in 12 gauge only with a 3-inch chamber and will fit four 2/3-inch shells. The length of pull on the compact stock is 13-inches, but Beretta includes two spacers for ½” or a full one-inch adjustment. There is a reversible enlarged safety switch, and protected front and adjustable rear sights. Lastly, a Picatinny rail allows you to add a flashlight or red dot sight.

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Specifications and Features

Gauge: 12 Gauge
Barrel: 18.5″ Steelium cold hammer forged barrel (tri-alloy Ni/Cr/Mo)
Chamber: 3″  (accepts both 2-3/4″ and 3″ shot shells)
Capacity: 4 +1
Operation: Semiautomatic, gas
Safety: Crossbolt and reversible
Sights: Ghost Ring rear sight with adjustable windage and elevation, removable front blade sight
Chokes: Optima Bore HP choke system
Finish: Matte black
Weight: 6.7 lbs


“Derringers, small pocket or palm-sized pistols with one or two barrels, have no strict legal definition, but are included in the ATF’s trace form as a category of firearm.”

Bond Arms Backup

Picture shows a black and gray Derringer.

Texas-based Bond Arms releases a compact, lightweight and concealable special edition Derringer, the 2014 Bond Arms Backup.

The word “Derringer” refers to the original single-shot pocket pistol. We now think of the Derringer is a double-barreled and often dual caliber two-shot pistol. Derringers were popular with women, due to its ease to conceal. Traditionally a Derringer was the smallest, but still functional pistol you could buy. Besides the DoubleTap, we know modern-day Derringers are from the smallest pistols available. Designed to resemble the original 1860s Remington Double Derringer, Texas-based Bond Arms releases a compact, lightweight and concealable special edition Derringer, the 2014 Bond Arms Backup double-shot, double-barreled .45 ACP pocket pistol. The Bond Arms Backup has a 2.5-inch barrel, with the option to interchange with a .357 Magnum, .45 Long Colt or .40 S&W. It has a crossbolt safety and spring-loaded cammed locking lever for a tighter barrel and frame fit. Loading and unloading is quick and easy. The Backup’s frame is stainless steel with a matte finish.
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Specifications and Features

Caliber: .45 ACP
Barrel: 2.5”
Safety: Crossbolt
Grips: Black rubber
Frame: Stainless steel with matte finish
Sights: Blade front and fixed rear
Overall length: 4.5”
Weight: 18 ounces

Out of the five most “dangerous” guns listed above do you want the most and why? Tell us in the comment section.


Introduced to shooting at young age by her older brother, Suzanne Wiley took to the shooting sports and developed a deep love for it over the years. Today, she enjoys plinking with her S&W M&P 15-22, loves revolvers, the 1911, short-barreled AR-15s, and shooting full auto when she gets the chance. Suzanne specializes in writing for the female shooter, beginner shooter, and the modern-day prepper. Suzanne is a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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Comments (60)

  • mark


    The most dangerous firearm I know of is the .38 revolver my mom carries in her Playtex cross your Heart holster for the past 78 years. She cleans it weekly. She goes to the range with us but not on Tuesdays. (Bingo).
    Thats how my mom fights crime.



  • Mc Ruger


    Secundius. You must have information I don’t. I do not recall any report that there were a lot of guns / people with guns at any I the shootings. Maybe you have the inside scoop. Further, assuming some people did have guns during these shootings they would also need the opportunity and where with all to use them.

    JIM. We are all very impressed now … Thank you, you are very intelligent.


  • Secundius


    @ Andrew.

    What I remember the most about the Mall Shooting Story There were a lot of guns their, it STILL DIDN’T STOP the killings.


  • Jim


    I very much enjoy your website and thank you for the time you obviously out into your research. With all due respect, however, I would like to suggest that you get some help from an editor prior to publishing your articles. Any professional writer or journalist should care about proper sentence structure and grammar. Thanks again for the great information!


    • Bob


      Read the liberal press, then talk to me about professional journalist and sentence structure, let alone facts and the truth!


    • Secundius


      @ Bob.

      Right Fox News Network? The Network that TELL’s the New, and don’t REPORT the News!!!


  • Andrew


    Ron White said it best. “You can’t fix stupid.” I wonder how anti gun she would be if i saved her child in the local mall from some piece of garbage bad guy who decided to shoot it up. Would she criticize me for carrying? Or keep her mouth shut and thank God i was there that day. She’s the one who blames her ink pen for being a bad speller. Makes sense to me, right?


  • JR


    — Her article is an exercise in the ridiculous since her list is not only the most dangerous guns, but also All of the guns in America with the exception of Machine Guns. She must have slipped on that one.
    — However I am sure the list makes perfect sense to the typically ignorant, anti gun, anti-second amendment, limousine liberals! But really, how much sense can you expect from people who have no common sense to start with?


    • Steve


      Of course, Rolling Stone’s point is that the “most dangerous” gun is every gun. It’s kind of like asking how to tell when a politician is lying; his lips are moving. I disagree with Rolling Stone. And they’re not as smart or funny as they think they are.
      Saying all guns are dangerous is like saying all cars are dangerous. Yet tens or hundreds of millions of Americans own and use cars daily, despite the deaths they cause.
      The problem is human depravity, not the devices they employ.


  • nunwithagun


    The first comment to the Moronic article should have been “There are NO dangerous guns” , Only Dangerous people , and that she must have been refering to Guns that were less reliable than others. All firearms sold in the US have to meet strict standards of Manufacturing. therefore More expensive Firearms will last longer and be more reliable that the Less expensive ones. there are guns that you could not get me to shoot , But thats my choice and its your chioce to buy at your price range. educate yourself and allways buy Quality…God Bless


  • Wade


    Someone needs to hand deliver a copy of the actual FBI murder statistics to her so she can at least have access to the true facts!!! Plus anyone who believes that or defends that stand should read them also, no politics just the trueth then have have to make a conscious effort to believe the lie over the trueth!!! If they still do we know they are sheep (no insult intended to the mentality of sheep)!!!


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