As a professional writer, shooter, instructor, and teacher, I test many firearms. I realize the merits of each, although I have my own favorites. As long as the handgun is reliable, the piece has the necessary baseline for personal defense. Just the same, my personal defense handguns have changed little over the past 40 years. The 1911 .45, Smith and Wesson Combat Magnum .357, and Smith and Wesson snub-nosed .38 have been the mainstays of the battery.
When it comes to shotguns for self-defense, the old adage, “I’d rather have more ammo and not need it, than need the ammo and not have it.” can be liberally applied. The DP-12, with its 16-round capacity raised the bar, but manufacturers are again pushing the limits with magazine-fed shotguns and capacities reaching 25 shells. Here are out top high capacity shotguns for 2018.
What is the biggest difference between AR-15 .223 and Mil-Spec 5.56mm chambers? Most people do not know; they say, “I think you can shoot both kinds of ammo through either one, right?”
Possibly, the most interesting Glock handgun introduced in some time is the Glock 19X. The pistol shows that Glock is thinking out of the box and may be the harbinger of a new line of handguns. The idea is simple enough. The 19X features a Glock 17 full size frame with the Glock 19 barrel. There is much precedent to this.
In an age when everything plastic rules, a handgun made of steel with a design more than 100 years old still drives the market. We are talking, of course, of the fabled 1911, and a third of the new guns that follow are based on this legendary platform. That’s not to say that there is no interest in itty-bitty pocket pistols, and it’s clear the revolver is not the antiquated firearm many assume. In fact, when it comes to handguns, 2018 is a good mix of old, new, plastic, and steel, with a wheelgun or two thrown in for good measure.
Shotguns are the ultimate all-purpose firearm. With your favorite shotgun, you can head to the range to bust a few clays, clear a doorway when defending the homestead, or down a deer with slugs buckshot. Therefore, it is no surprise that shotguns are anything but a sideshow. Here are 20+ top scatterguns to fit every shooter’s high demands.
There was little doubt that 2018 is going to be a gun worthy year. Savage Arms alone launched about 100 new models. Weatherby announced that is is done with California and plans to pull up stakes and set roots in the gun-friendly state of Wyoming. Perhaps the most exciting news for many was the announcement of a gun that does not really belong in the Rifles section. However, it is essentially an AR-15 with a 11.5-inch barrel and standard collapsable stock that the ATF does not classify as a rifle or a shotgun! That means no tax stamp or NFA requirements. Read the full details later this week in a future edition of The Shooter’s Log.
Springfield Armory’s XD and XD-S lines have a rabid following for a few reasons: reliability, accuracy, and features. Which is great news now that Springfield has released the XD-S Mod.2 in .45 ACP—one of America’s favorite self-defense calibers. This is the latest edition of Springfield’s most popular pistol, engineered in a slim, single-stack frame, holding 6 rounds of .45 ACP in a premiere concealed-carry firearm.
We all like to be competitive, which isn’t easy in fast paced shooting sports, such as IPSC or even in local IDPA matches. Custom grade 1911 handguns often cost well over $1,000, and the sky is the limit for a true top-end pistol. With standard and stock categories, and many matches catering to guns that might be carried on a day-to-day basis, there was a niche in the market for a high-quality but affordable competition-based handgun. Competition shooting has grown tremendously in the past decade, contributing its share to the ammunition shortage and making for improvements in factory grade pistols. The 1911 is among the most popular competition handguns.
The 9mm Luger cartridge is our most popular handgun caliber. It is a powerful number; capable of high velocity, and a cartridge that is affordable in the quantities needed to master the handgun. Recoil is manageable, and the handguns that chamber it are famously reliable. Ruger has an excellent reputation for reliable function. Ruger’s handguns do not break. Perhaps more attention to ergonomics would have been wise with some of the Ruger handguns, but that is another story. We now have that human engineering in the Security-9 9mm handguns.
Firearms have flown off the shelves for the past couple of years due to panic buying followed by rebates to clear overstocked shelves. That makes 2018 a prime target for new innovation, models, colors, and everything else that makes a shooter’s blood boil and wallet open wide. Here are five new introductions that caught our eyes.
Glock came on to the scene in the 1980s, and the handgun market has never been the same since. Always on the cutting edge of technology, when Glock has news, the market responds. Today, Glock announced two additions to the Gen5 family—Glock 26 and the Glock 34 Modular Optic System (MOS). Here is the full release from Glock.
With most new introductions in the concealed carry handgun market focused on polymer-frame striker-fired handguns, it is good to see that Springfield Armory has catered to the rest of us with a modern, polymer-frame double-action first-shot handgun with a decocker. Springfield incorporated a manual safety into the design as well.
Handgun articles are a favorite of readers who visit The Shooter’s Log, and interest in handguns cuts across all types, sizes, budgets, and uses. Here is The Shooter’s Log’s top 10 handgun and accessories stories of 2017.
AR-15s still rule the range when it comes down to a pure numbers race, but that does not mean AKs, bolt guns, and lever actions do not have a place in our collective primer popping heart. Here is a recap of the top 10 rifle related posts on The Shooter’s Log for 2017.
I have been shooting since I was nine years old. My grandfather taught me firearm safety and the .22 rifle. We kept a .22 for hunting squirrels and a shotgun for wing shooting or rabbits. The handgun was for personal defense.
Some years ago, when the Kahr 9mm pistol was introduced, I obtained and tested an example as soon as possible. In doing so, I found a reliable handgun with excellent features. A smooth Double Action Only trigger, excellent machine work, and a truly compact frame made for a trend-setting pistol. The design was both fresh and intelligent.
I should start this report with a disclaimer. The North American Arms PUG isn’t my idea of a defensive handgun. But then, it is a well made revolver that never gives trouble, and that means a lot. There are folks that simply cannot be convinced to carry a larger handgun, and something is better than nothing. Many people would have loved to have had a .22 magnum revolver handy when attacked. It is better than tooth and nail.