Man in green shirt and camo hat shoots Remington R1 Commander with HPR Ammo

HPR Ammunition

High Precision, Down Range. I hoped the claim held true. Frankly, when you test and evaluate as many firearms as I do, you are glad to have something to shoot, whether it is your first choice or not. And while we came in on different ships, we are all on the same boat.

Federal Premium Trophy Bonded ammo

Semiauto Salvation: Federal 10mm Auto

A new full-power load resurrected the 10mm Auto, transforming it into a potent big-game platform. Hogs. Bears. Deer. Whatever the target, most handgun hunters traditionally opted for stout revolvers chambered in .44 and .41 Rem. Magnums, .357 Magnum and the like. Semiautomatic handgun options have been slim. That is changing with ammunition such as the new Vital-Shok Trophy Bonded Jacketed Soft Point in 10mm Auto.

Two boxes of CORBON ammunition

COR®BON 9mm High-Velocity Loads

I remember when the 9mm handgun was first issued in great numbers to peace officers. The first generation, before the SIG P226 and Beretta 92, were not very good handguns. They were often unreliable, and the fit, feel and accuracy were poor. The Smith & Wesson Model 59 was much less accurate than the revolvers it replaced. Few officers could successfully quality with the M59 at 50 yards. Yes, we qualified at 50 yards in those days.

GLOCK 42, CORBON DPX Ammunition and ProChrono

GLOCK G42: A Remarkable Handgun

For most of my life I have carried what some refer to as big guns. The Chief’s Special is a backup. The Commander .45 is a carry gun. And I am familiar with practically every light pistol made in the past century, from the Harrington and Richardson SLP to the Walther PP Super. Some work better than others. Very few have service-gun reliability.

The very nice, slick SIG P230 is a great handgun, and there are not many others I trust.

5.56 NATO Ammunition

Top 10 Ammo Posts

Whether you shoot rifles, shotguns, or handguns the most, the biggest lifetime expense — even considering the initial purchase cost of the firearm — is almost always ammo.

Pistol firing with expended shell still in the air

Handgun Defense Loads

In the pursuit of wound potential, sometimes called stopping power, there have traditionally been two alternatives. The first, and most reliable, was to increase bullet diameter and weight. Examples include replacing the .36 Colt with the .44 Army revolver and the later invention of the .45 Colt revolver. Designed to drop not only enemy soldiers and aboriginal tribesmen, these firearms could drop warhorses as well.

Young man in blue t-shirt, green ear protection and sunglasses practices shooting a black Beretta 9mm

Is the High-Capacity 9mm the Right Gun for You?

Is the high-capacity 9mm the way to go? For some it is.

I am aware of trends. I observe many and take notes until trends assert themselves as more than fads. Tradition takes longer to recognize; I am glad that when I run out of things to teach, I am still able to learn. I have noticed a trend among beginning students and hardcore defense shooters. A number have experimented with different handguns, although in the end, chose a high-capacity 9mm pistol as a personal defense sidearm.