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Springfield Armory XD-9 Review

Guest blogger Annette Doerr, an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and Range Safety Officer describes how she was debating between the Glock 19, Smith & Wesson M&P and the Springfield Armory XD-9 before making her first 9mm pistol purchase. After comparing all the safety features the XD offers, Annette is glad she chose the Springfield over any of the others. Here is why…

Black 9mm semiautomatic handgun made by FNH.

Range Reports

Throwback Thursday: FN’s Hot 9mm: The FNS 9

It is made in the USA, accurate, reliable, and ambidextrous. In the author’s opinion the FNS 9 just may be the best and most overlooked service grade 9mm in the country- and it is backed by one of the oldest names in gun making. Read this article for the details on why it is the best.

Colt 1911 Commander with three different boxes of ammunition


Range Report: The ‘1911 Commander’ Way

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.

Author holding a black and wood gripped 1911 made by Magnum Research against a silhouette target.


Good Quality with a Fair Price: The Desert Eagle Commander 1911

There continues to be new introductions into the 1911 market. Without good quality, at an affordable price point, a new 1911 will fail to sell. One priced mid-range without cutting corners on quality is the Magnum Research Desert Eagle 1911 Commander. The 1911C is built to strict standards and nothing we can see contradicts that statement. Shooting a variety of cheap .45 ACP ammo to the best in self-defense jacketed hollow points, the Desert Eagle 1911 Commander is worthy of going into anyone’s arsenal.


FNX 40—A Hard-hitting FN

While not as readily recognized as some of the other polymer frame handguns, the FNX 40 demonstrates excellent performance. This is a well-made handgun with much to recommend and you can exactly why in this article.

Range Reports

Range Report: Colt’s Combat Elite

Colt’s Best Pistol? It is a 5-inch steel frame Government Model and that says a lot. However, the list of improvements goes on. Check out this article for the details of how it performed and the great features for this reliable, accurate handgun.