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In 1911, the U.S. Army adopted the finest combat handgun ever fielded. The Colt Government Model of 1911, designed
When the great handguns of modern times are discussed, the go-to list of reliable handguns I completely trust is
Previously, I tested the HPR handgun loads in 9mm and .45 ACP calibers. The load demonstrates attention to quality and good accuracy.
As a professional, I take every handgun on its own merits. I take dry lines and trope and infuse the
I tend to look forward rather than back. The fundamental premises of youth, however, are hard to shake. I grew
This article originally appeared on March 8, 2012.
I enjoy a good sales pitch. Part of being an American
Among instantly recognizable handguns is the Glock. But Glock large-frame guns are often overlooked.
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.
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.
I have enjoyed good service with the Rock Island brand of 1911 handguns. The pistols are true to the original format and fire the authoritative.45 ACP cartridge. Armscor manufactures these handguns in the Philippine Islands. The original pistols were straight-up GI versions of the 1911, although there are also elevated examples with good features, including tactical-grade sights and improved grips.
These days, it seems anyone with a small shop can put together 1911 handguns and offer them for sale.
When it comes to personal defense ammunition, the first criterion to meet is reliability. This criterion is closely followed by accuracy, clean burning and a good primer seal. That is the bottom line. No ballistic advantage is worth pursuing if the ammunition is not completely reliable.
There are two great service-grade types in the 1911 handgun—stainless steel handguns are good, serviceable pistols for hard use and commander-size handguns are a good choice for concealed carry. After all, if there were a legitimate criticism of the 1911 pistol, it would be size and weight. The 1911 is thin and heavy. Ergonomics are excellent and beyond question. The attributes of the type make modification, and even redesign, desirable as long as you keep the advantages.
Long slide and ‘Pro’ model self-loaders with elongated slides and barrels are popular. Used by tactical teams as well as serious shooters, the long-slide Glock pistols in 9mm and .40 are great competition handguns. If you have never handled one, well, you have missed something; they shoot like a dream. But Glock has not offered a long slide .45 until this year.