Well into 100 years of service, the 1911 handgun is going strong and more popular than ever. When the 1911 was designed, intensive skilled labor and machine work was less expensive. Today high-end 1911 handguns are often prohibitively priced for many of us. Affordable 1911 handguns, with a forged frame and slide, are few and far between.
For many years, almost every .22 caliber rimfire self-loading pistol was a single-action design. Most did not use a hammer. Instead a firing pin in a bolt was utilized. An exception was the seldom seen, but very desirable, Walther PPK in .22 LR. While a good pistol, the Walther was expensive and sometimes finicky concerning ammunition and reliability. The subject of this report is a modern polymer frame double-action first shot pistol that is also desirable but affordable. The double-action first shot pistol has many good attributes for general use, particularly for outdoors use and personal defense as a house gun.
For most of my service career, I was interested in a handgun load with a good balance of penetration and expansion. Penetration is the single most important factor in wound potential. Without adequate penetration, we have nothing. During the majority of this time, I also worked in rural areas.
Sometimes you just have to have fun. The handgun covered in this report is among the all-time fun handguns to cross my path during the past 50 years of shooting. It works, cracks off with every shot, is accurate enough for meaningful practice and would not be out-of-place hunting small game. That’s right, taking game. The .22 handgun is a great game getter. And just because the piece says ‘1911’ doesn’t mean it is a purely defensive and tactical handgun—far from it. The .45 ACP 1911 has taken its share of game animals and the 1911 .22s are well suited to outdoors use as well. While their primary use is recreational, do not short change a good .22.
Introduced in 1995, and originally conceived as an off-duty gun for peace officers, many of the features of
Fans of Rock Island Armory’s 1911 handguns affectionately refer to their pistol of choice as ‘The Rock.’ This nickname is
Editor’s Note: Prices noted in this article are as of July 26, 2013, and subject to change without notice.
In an accompanying story about the Army winding down its Individual Carbine Competition, one of the firearms listed in the ICC program was the Adcor Defense Brown Enhanced Automatic Rifle (B.E.A.R.), made by a small U.S. player compared to Beretta, FN, H&K, and other global arms giants. About a year ago, I had a chance to shoot a civilian semi-auto B.E.A.R. (#201-2040E) extensively, and after the experience, I bought one. It currently lists for $2,082.95 (#76044) at Cheaper Than Dirt!.
I have the envious position of getting to play with a lot of equipment and calling it work. With bow season rapidly approaching—at least in my mind—I have been crawling through catalogs and samples looking for a new bow sight. One product that caught my eye enough to order for a review was the TRUGLO TSX Pro Series 5-pin.
The recently available Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Tavor SAR, a bullpup rifle chambered in 5.56 NATO, is creating quite a stir among gun cognoscenti. Actual counter prices
Looking almost identical to its bigger brothers and sisters, the S&W M&P .22 pistol is the perfect trainer if you own or plan to own one of Smith &Wesson’s 9mm or .40 caliber M&Ps.
Ok, a bit of a disclaimer. Glock unveiled its 30S today, and I was at the front of the line with every intention of putting it through its paces. However, the lovely Boulder City, Nevada treated us to 25-degree temps with 30 mph winds bringing the wind chill down to about 15°F. By the time everything was open and the line was ready to shoot, I was numb with cold and my fingers were burning at the touch. And yes, I would like some cheese with that whine.
In association with CheaperThanDirt!, the Gun Tests/GunReports.com video team recently did a range review of the Fulton Armory FAR-308 Phantom, a $1,910 retail unit before optional equipment is added. The gun’s basic weight is 9.65 pounds before the upgrades.