Posts Tagged ‘.45 ACP’

Colt Commander, circa 1975.

The 1911 Pistol — Reliability and Accuracy

Today we see a great deal of revisionist history in the media, often tainted with rose-colored glasses and a personal agenda. Young people seem to demand more continuity from their comic book epics than from their history professors. However, when you level the criticisms and fallacies toward a firearm that has served Americans well for over 100 years it is more than irritating. When that same firearm has saved your life more than once, perhaps it is time for a report.

Remington R51 Slide Open

SHOT Show 2014 Special Edition Day 3: New Handguns

Cheaper Than Dirt! staffers covering the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas have added a third day of articles about new handguns introduced at the show. In this edition are details about Kahr Arms’ CT4543 and full-frame CT40 and CT45 and Magnum Research’s 3-inch ultra-compact 1911, the Undercover DE1911U. Also, Para USA has new 9mm 1911-patterned handguns, and Remington surprises the firearms industry again with the introduction of the new R51 compact 9mm semi-auto.

GLOCK 42 .380 ACP pistol

SHOT Show 2014 Special Edition Day 2: New Handguns

Cheaper Than Dirt! staffers covering the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas have filed their second-day reports on new handguns introduced at the show. In this edition are details of Browning’s A1 Desert Tan and Compact Desert Tan 1911-22LRs; CZ-USA’s P-09, a full-size polymer 9mm pistol offering 19+1 capacity; and Glock’s Gen4 Tactical .45 ACP and the new Glock 42 .380 ACP.

Shotgun laying across a target with Winchester PDX shells in posed position

PDX, Winchester’s Buck-and-Ball Loads (AND MORE!)

During the era of musket warfare, there were times when the musket was loaded with multiple projectiles. As an example, during the Boston massacre the British muskets were loaded with buck-and-ball loads. These loads were common during the 19th Century. Buck and ball is simply a mix of large and small shot.

Magnum Research Desert Eagle

Range Review: Magnum Research Desert Eagle 1911G

The Magnum Research Desert Eagle 1911G is one of many 1911 pistols Cheaper Than Dirt! sells for less than $1000, but choosing between those extensive offerings can be difficult. We all want to get as much for our money as possible, and we would like to have a good idea of what we can legitimately expect from a pistol when it arrives at our receiving FFL.

The Ruger SR1911 CMD .45 with a Two-Tone soft gray green treatment with brown grip against a log

Ruger’s SR1911 CMD .45—The Right Gun at the Right Time

Advances in firearms are often slower and incremental in nature. Society changes but slowly and so do society’s tools. When the 1911 pistol was adopted for U.S. military use and then a generation later improved into the 1911A1, few could foresee the tremendous popularity of the type. The 1911 went from a fight-winning pistol to a handgun used in competition and which won every competition it entered.

The Old and the New: Colt Combat Commander Mark IV and the RIA Tactical II

Art of the Gun: Old and New 1911s

The 1911 is one of—if not the most—popular handgun models in America. Developed around the turn of the century by the famed John Moses Browning for Colt’s Manufacturing Company, the United States Army adopted this gun as its official sidearm in 1911.


Why I Love a GLOCK 22

Since 1990, droves of both law enforcement and civilians have carried the GLOCK 22 for duty and personal protection. It remains one of the most common pistols purchased and shares many similarities to its smaller 9mm brothers, the GLOCKs 17 and 19. What makes the GLOCK 22 such a long-term winner?

A Revolver is Still an Excellent Choice

What is Your Gun’s Role?

There are thousands of different makes and models of handguns. Many designers make firearms with the power to stop attackers in their tracks. Some design handguns for target practice. While yet others are better suited for a museum or a collector’s display case. When people ask me, “What is the best type of handgun to buy?” I usually reply with the question, “What do you want it to do?”

A Thompson T5 1927 1C Lightweight

SHOT 2013: Some Old Favorites Make a Cameo

There is something about old models of guns, especially military firearms. At the 2013 SHOT Show, Kahr, Auto-Ordnance and Magnum Research put out a few throwbacks I thought the world should see. The Thompson sported a familiar configuration. A 30-round stick magazine and that huge reciprocating charging handle. Unlike many modern semi- or fully-automatic sporting rifles, it’s fun to actually see the charging handle fly back toward you when the weapon cycles. It still strikes me as odd when I see old model firearms fresh from the factory. Most of the originals have very aged wood and no shortage of dents and scratches from years of improper storage or heavy use. Seeing clean and shiny new Thompson sub-machine guns decorating the walls on the side of a huge portrait of Winston Churchill holding a Thompson is just plain cool looking.

The MTM Survivor Ammo Can

Stash Your Ammo in The MTM Survivor Can

I like the idea of having a place to stash valuables—cold hard cash, documents, heirlooms, guns, food or whatever. The fellows over at MTM just made my wishes a little easier to fulfill. Storing emergency money in one of these might actually be safer than storing it at a bank. More importantly, stashing something that would not be worthless in an apocalyptic emergency such as tradable goods or ammunition would be your best bet.