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right profile AR-15 rifle with Elftman stock

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AR Rifle Upgrade— Making Good, GREAT!

The difference between a factory MIL-SPEC two-stage trigger breaking at seven pounds and a custom-grade trigger is immense. The Elftmann, however, is a different beast among many triggers. However, the question becomes what makes a good trigger and which trigger is best suited for tactical or personal defense shooting.

3 WWII vintage rifles with several vintage handguns

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The Chiappa 9mm M1-9 Carbine — The Best of Both Worlds

The Chiappa M1-9 Carbine looks like your granddad’s GI Carbine in dim light. However, a glance at the magazine gives notice that something is indeed amiss. The M1-9 is chambered for 9mm and is blowback operated. The M1-9 is fed from standard Beretta handgun magazines, but the similarities do not stop there.

Beretta APX pistol left profile

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Range Report: Beretta APX 9mm Compact

The Beretta APX is Beretta’s entry into the polymer-frame striker-fired field, and they added a modular design for good measure. The APX is going against stiff competition. While Beretta has brand loyalty, the piece must stand on its own merit.