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Scott Wagner with the Smith and Wesson Bodyguard with Crimson Trace laser engaged

Firearms

Review: Smith and Wesson M&P Bodyguard Crimson Trace .38 Spl Revolver

“From pistols designed for concealed carry to modern sporting rifles, all M&P firearms are jam packed with power, performance, and protection. Delivering superior products with versatile, easy-to-customize features, M&P adds undeniable value to every shooting experience. The .38 Bodyguard ups the bar for concealed-carry revolver performance.” That’s some pretty fancy marketing speak from Smith and Wesson. However, the author is ready to back that up and more with his review.

Savage Scout Rifle with 2 boxes of Federal ammuition

Firearms

Review: Savage Arms .308 Model 11 Scout Rifle

Despite being quite old, the scout rifle concept—originally developed by Jeff Cooper—is still very hot. Ruger’s versions are reportedly still selling well on the retail shelves and now Savage Arms has joined in with its own Model 11 Scout Rifle offering. So, let’s jump in with both feet for a head-to-head comparison between the Savage and Ruger offerings, because after all, buyers will on the showroom floor.

1911 pistol with 3 boxes of ammunition and two empty magazines

Ammunition

The Rock Island 1911 and a History of the .38 Super Cartridge

The .38 Super is dimensionally identical to the .38 ACP of 1900. The .38 ACP fired a 130-grain bullet at 1,100 fps. The .38 Super was a sensation, noted for its high velocity of 1300 fps and nine fast shots. Colt upped the power of the cartridge but used the same length cartridge case and chambered the .38 Super in the 1911 when it dropped production of the .38 ACP pistols. At the time, you had to know not to fire a .38 Super in older Colt 1903 pistols.

Bad guy target with bullet holes and Honor Guard Honor Defense pistol

Firearms

Honor Defense Honor Guard — Designed for +P 9mm

The Honor Defense Honor Guard 9mm handgun is a rule beater. All American, even down to domestic steel, the Honor Guard 9mm isn’t a cheap handgun made to undersell the competition. It is an affordable handgun that costs a little more than some competitors and a little less than others. The thing to remember though, is that there is no compromise with this handgun.

Close-up of the Trijicon MRO red dot sight on a MIL-STD 1913 rail

Optics

Video Review: Trijicon MRO—American Made

Much has already been written about the Trijicon MRO. One forum has no less than 52 pages of arguments, many of which seem to be written by people who don’t actually USE their optics beyond their couch or local gun range. Unlike others we have seen, this MRO review points out one really big thing that many have ignored or glossed over.

Meopta MeoRed sight left rear quartering

Gun Gear

Review: Meopta MeoRed Reflex Sight

When selecting a compact reflex sight, there are a few must have features: low profile so you can co-witness the iron sights, lightweight, and fast, close-quarter acquisition to shoot with both eyes open. Most of all, it needs to have premium-grade glass with a well-protected lens that provides a virtually parallax-free sight picture. The MeoRed brings all of this and so much more.

CCI's Maxi Mag +V ammunition with Henry Octagon Pump rifle and target

Firearms

Range Report: The Gallery Gun Reimagined: Henry’s Pump Octagon

At a cursory glance, Henry’s Pump Octagon looks very much like old gallery guns—such as the 1890 and 1906 series that Winchester once produced. The overlooked Henry Pump Action Octagon may not be as romantic as the lever gun of Western lore; but it is a well made send-off to the gallery guns of the county carnival era and just as formidable of a rimfire platform now as it was then.

Blackhawk CQC Concealment holster with Smith and Wesson Model 642 revolver

Gun Gear

Review: Blackhawk SERPA CQC Concealment Holster

I have been using Serpa holsters since at least 2006. Back then, I had put together a training consortium and created the “727 Counter Terror Training Unit.” BLACKHAWK!’s gear, especially the Serpa holster, proved its durability and reliability time and again making it one of the most popular pieces of gear. Today’s Serpa fills a range of duty and civilian uses. Find out if it is right for you.

Walther CCP pistol right profile

Firearms

Range Report: Walther CCP

Walther’s CCP has generated a lot of attention. Light, attractive, and with the Walther name, the pistol was designed to compete with the Glock 43 9mm and similar sized handguns for personal defense. However, not all ammunition ran smoothly for the author. Read the full review.