If ever there was a firearm that should receive title billing in a movie, it was the Smith and Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum used in Dirty Harry. The synergistic combination of Eastwood’s inimitable presence and the Model 29’s unparalleled power created an enduring cinematic icon. At a time when the Age of Aquarius threatened to castrate American virility, Dirty Harry gently reminded the world that we Americans were still the baddest boys on the block.
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The Coonan really shines as a field and hunting handgun for those that appreciate an instant second shot and the fast handling of the 1911 design. The pistol is fast on target to the first shot, but recoil is such that fast follow-up shots are not in the class with the .45 ACP. And that is ok.
I feel, among the best all-around defensive handguns for home use is the .38 Special revolver with a short barrel.…Read More >
Whether you are looking to upgrade an existing Glock model or looking to go for something completely new, the Glock 22 should be at the top of your short list. However, in this article we look at whether the Glock 22 with an extra barrel or two is the ultimate setup for the money. Our author breaks it all down and shows the easiest way to upgrade your Glock into the ultimate handgun.
Over the last six months, I have worked through a set of theories based on some discussions with some deeply experienced friends, which I would like to share. One high ranking Army friend—formerly a Night Stalker—said, “There is no one perfect small arm for any situation. The dynamics of the environment you expect to be engaged in dictate the armament.” For several reasons, it is my theory that an AR-15 pistol is the better personal defense and road travel firearm to have stowed in your vehicle.
The SCCY CPX 2, with the 9mm Luger, is lightweight, fires a powerful cartridge and is perfect for personal defense and concealed carry. This handgun is reliable, fits in the hand well, has controllable trigger action, features good sights and has good manufacturer support.
MasterPiece Arms (MPA) is producing a limited edition MPA935DMG-LTD, the company’s new machined-grip Defender 9mm pistol. Only 100 of the mini-9 pistols will be produced.
In our final installment of winners of the Blogger for a Day contest, Rachel McMurry reviews her new SIG Sauer P238 .380—a high quality and much-loved replacement to her Ruger LC380.
The Colt 1911 Government Model served law enforcement well for a long time. However, there was one complaint—it was too large and heavy for carrying comfortably. Even before World War II, Colt experimented with smaller handguns. With the maturity of aluminum technology, the smaller Commander-sized 1911 was possible. Today, the Colt Commander is built from steel and proves itself an excellent carry gun. Read our range report in this post.