I know there are a lot of fans of the 9mm—particularly after the FBI switched back to the 9mm and a ton of police departments followed suit. On the other hand, the .45 ACP has it followers led by the champions of the 1911. The solution? How about a purpose built 1911 for the 9mm. It’s sacrilege to some and perfection to others, but how it performs is all that really counts.
A few years ago, Kel-Tec introduced the PMR 30 .22 Magnum pistol. The company is known for affordable innovation and performance, and this pistol was no exception. With good accuracy, light weight, and a 30-round magazine capacity, this handgun became the ultimate rimfire plinker. As an outdoorsman’s pistol for hunting and pest control, the PMR 30 is a great piece. Kel-Tec has now followed up with the carbine version, the CMR 30.
For the rifleman primarily interested in hunting, there are a number of inexpensive but useful bolt-action rifles. These include the Mossberg ATR, Ruger American, and the Savage Axis. Some are offered in a package with an affordable rifle scope. I have fired most and find them worth the money—and some worth a little more.
The Mossberg MVP is a light rifle with a fluted barrel, flat-bottom forend, smooth bolt action and generous magazine capacity. It’s designed as a sporting rifle for popping varmints, crows, predators and other types of small game. It’s related to the Mossberg Patrol rifle, a similar bolt action designed for law enforcement. The MVP isn’t supplied with iron sights, having instead a Weaver-type rail for mounting an optic.
Gorilla Ammunition’s loads have favorably impressed me with good quality control, excellent cartridge integrity and accuracy.
When choosing a handgun, some draft or resolution that is approved by a committee of one should be followed. Some choose the pistol based on appearance; others seek a plenum of truth and search for answers as to pedigree, performance, and reliability.
During my time in law enforcement, I chose Federal Cartridge Company for issue loads after a grueling test period in two separate agencies.
Ruger is branching out into products other than firearms. First knives and now ammunition. The branded ammunition is produced for Ruger by Polycase. The load feature an advanced nonexpanding bullet offering an advantage in wound ballistics compared to full metal jacketed ammunition.
When the United States Army adopted the Beretta M9, it was quite a surprise to many of us. The apple cart wasn’t upset; it was wrecked.
Among the more respected but misunderstood handguns is the Czech CZ 75 pistol. Revered by many, the CZ 75 is a proven, accurate, reliable handgun
The SOCOM 16 adapts. Springfield Armory has consistently refined its M1A platform to suit long-range competitive match shooters, operators who want more caliber, and
For over 100 years, the Colt 1911 has been respected as the greatest fighting handgun in the world. The only legitimate gripe concerning the pistol is that it is long and heavy. This has led to various attempts
For some of us the watchword is ‘sometimes you need a .308.’ The .223/5.56mm platform is a wonderful close-quarters combat
America’s 1st Freedom magazine’s staff has had a chance to shoot the Armatix iP1—a so-called “smart gun” touted by some gun-control groups to be the end-all answer to gun safety. However, when shot by the magazine’s team under rigidly controlled circumstances, they found
Some say John Moses Browning was born with an angel whispering in his ear. The man had great status not only as a designer and inventor
Over the years, among the most useful handguns I have used have been five-shot revolvers. Light, handy and powerful enough