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.
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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.
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.
Tip: A few decades ago the FBI did a study and found that a handgun that weighs over 35 ounces becomes a drag on the pants after a few hours. Perhaps concealed carry handgun permit holders should consider 26 ounces as a reasonable top end.
I have always loved the .410. At a young age, I was introduced to it as an alternative to the .22 long rifle for rabbits and squirrels. Due to the shot pattern, it was easier to harvest the fast moving little critters. Later, I was introduced to bird hunting and quickly realized those old men were not shooting the .410 to gain an advantage. Instead, it was a show of skill on fast-moving Bobwhite’s. However, it was when I was first introduced to the .410 for self-defense that I gained a respect for the cartridge.
Bat Masterson ordered a custom pistol that may be rightly called the first of the Gunfighter’s Guns.
Smith & Wesson Corp. announced today that it is now offering its popular M&P Shield pistol in .45 AUTO. Smith & Wesson’s M&P45 Shield is a slim, concealable, lightweight, striker-fired polymer pistol. From its one-inch profile to its optimized 18-degree grip angle, the M&P45 Shield offers professional-grade features that provide consumers and professionals with reliable performance and simple operation in a concealed carry. 45 AUTO firearm.
Smith & Wesson has announced that the company’s popular Performance Center Ported M&P Shield pistol, in both 9mm and .40 S&W with factory ported barrel and slide, is now available with front and rear tritium night sights.
Most often, new shooters are introduced to the sport on .22 LR pistols for good reason. They have a low recoil, light Bang!, and offer an easy initial introduction. But what about a “first gun” for new shooters or those who have shot before, but are not familiar with the latest models? Perhaps you have a need for a home defense pistol or carry gun without time to go through the motions of learning on a .22 LR for personal reasons. Fear not, we have a few of our top picks to get you started. There will be plenty of dissension and additions to the list, but here are 7 pistols perfect for any new or experienced shooter.
Shooters who can’t attend the 2015 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits in Nashville can still get a peek at some of the festivities on a live TV feed from Smith & Wesson.
Smith & Wesson’s Model 10, .38 Special revolver started it all. Called the “Military & Police” revolver, S&W have been
After deploying a steel frame handgun for many years I have come to appreciate lightweight (LW) frame handguns. Aluminum frame revolvers
The term tactical pistol is used a lot without real understanding. A tactical pistol is a different breed than some, and to
Part 7 in our concealed carry series.
If you are new to concealed carry, you probably started carrying a large handgun then
Part 6 in our concealed carry series.
Choosing your personal handgun is just that—a personal choice. While individual preference is important, you should not select a poor quality or ineffective handgun on a whim. Once a certain level of quality is met, the differences in handling matter most. While quality handguns differ in features, most handguns in a particular class are tactically similar, with the final determiner of survival being your skill. When you are a student, you are human and often make poor choices.
I have been fascinated by the great buildings of the world all my life and always find architecture interesting. While Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower are monumental achievements, the Pirate’s House in Savannah, Ga., is another structure I find completely interesting. And Joyce and I love the mile-high bridge at Grandfather Mountain.