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Thompson Center Contender handgun left on groundhog paper target

Firearms

Review: Thompson Contender — The Specialist’s Handgun

Among the most interesting hobbies is the pursuit of accuracy. Some handguns have it and some do not—the level of accuracy varies widely. I have often mentioned that I do not own a machine rest as I prefer to keep in touch with reality. I do own a couple of devices that help me shoot well such as the Bull Shooters pistol rest. But the single handgun I have found is most like a machine rest or laboratory fixture is the Thompson Center Contender.

Walther Creed 9mm pistol left with spare magazine on bed of rocks

Firearms

Review: Walther Creed 9mm Pistol

The new face of Walther is far more than just a legacy of James Bond’s Walther PPK but a company offering real innovation. The company has leapt into cutting edge designs, which some gun buyers get right away like the fabulous little PPS M1 and M2. Other designs are a bit tougher to understand for the seasoned shooter… that is until they handle them.

Ruger GP100 .44 Special revolver right side

Firearms

Range Report: Ruger’s Rugged GP100 Goes Big Bore

State of the art is a good description. Among the most successful designs is the Ruger GP100 revolver. The Ruger GP100 .357 Magnum is easily the most accurate revolver I have fired recently. The only revolver that may exhibit superior accuracy is the Colt Python. However, the Colt, sadly, is no longer in production and terribly expensive. Thankfully, the GP100 is chock full of features with range performance worthy of a Ruger.

Benjamin Trail XL 1100 air rifle-2305

Firearms

Review: Crosman Benjamin Trail NP XL 1100 .22

After the acquisition of the Benjamin line, Crosman maintained the Benjamin line as its premium line marketed to select retailers. There are air rifles, and then there is the Trail NP XL 1100, which is Crosman’s top of the line air rifle. The fit and feel is excellent from the laser logoed hardwood checkered thumbhole Monte Carlo-style stock to the perfectly blued steel. However, the heart of every worthy review is the performance.

SW Victory 22 pistol with Winchester M-22 ammunition yesterday

Firearms

Range Report: Smith and Wesson Victory .22 Pistol

Smith and Wesson’s Victory .22 has garnered a lot of interest since its introduction a few months ago. The Victory .22 is intended to compete with similar .22 calibers handguns such as the Browning Buckmark and Ruger Standard Model. As such the Victory will have to have good features, good reliability, and acceptable accuracy. The price point is also important. Smith and Wesson’s previous .22 caliber self loaders were not in the class with this pistol and the hopes Smith and Wesson has pinned on this pistol are not without justification.

Three Ruger Single Six revolvers

Firearms

Review: Ruger Blackhawk

Today, much of the market seems to revolve around tactical gear and personal defense. That is important, nothing is more vital than taking responsibility for our own safety. However, personal defense isn’t the only reason to own a powerful and accurate handgun such as the Ruger Blackhawk. This single-action revolver is also a fine target gun and a great game getter.

Walther PPS M2 pistol with boxes of Hornady Critical Defense and Civil Defense ammunition

Firearms

Review: Walther PPS M2 9mm Pistol

The PPS was a gun ahead of its time delivering a feature rich, accurate, and configurable, ready-to-carry single stack that could behave like a compact, mid- and full- sized gun. Based on two years of carrying and shooting the PPS, it is my perception that it is one of the best subcompact concealed carry single-stack guns on the market despite the introduction of many other competitor firearms.

GLock G29 pistol with Federal ammunition and two combat knives

Firearms

Review: Glock G29 10mm Pistol — Bad Things Roam at Night

Actually, owning two Desert Eagles, I would argue the Glock 10mm is “the” most reliable high power semi-auto pistol and the G29 is the smallest format available. The 10mm G29 is capable of delivering 600-800 ft./lbs. of energy depending on the ammo you feed it. Not bad considering you have 10+1 rounds on tap—it’s a lot of firepower in a very small concealable package. Best of all, shooters with medium to small hands can establish a comfortable and secure grip. Read the full review to learn the history of the 10mm and how the G29 performs.

Mechanix Glove Winter Armor insulated camo back

Gear, Parts and Accessories

Review: Mechanix Glove

The number one bodily injury since the dawn of mankind is…. yes, you guessed it, hand injuries. Like eye protection, most of those injuries could be prevented with something as simple and comfortable as Mechanix Wear’s line of gloves.