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3 boxes of SIG V-Crown ammunition

Ammunition

Range Report: Ammunition Worthy of a Top Tier Gun — SIG Elite

SIG offers full metal jacketed training loads in the popular calibers but also hollow point defense loads. Among the most interesting are the three choices in .45 ACP hollow point loads. As with all top tier manufacturers, premium names need to deliver a premium product—preferably at a reasonable price. For this review, we put 185-, 2000, and 230-grain V Crown offering through their paces.

Kel-Tec KSG shotgun with a box of Winchester AA Shotshells

Firearms

Range Report: Kel-Tec KSG Shotgun

There are shotguns that do not look like shotguns. All are not practical but a few have merit. Among the most innovative and interesting is the Kel Tec KSG shotgun. The KSG is unmistakably a Kel Tec; the modern design and engineering shows. This is a shotgun you should immerse yourself in to learn the nuances of the design and operation if you plan to deploy the shotgun for personal defense.

Savage Stealth BA with boxes of American Eagle and Federal Fusion ammunition

Gear, Parts and Accessories

Review: Bushnell Elite Tactical LRS 6-24x 50mm Riflescope

A good long-range rifle is a wonderful tool, but its capabilities are only as good as the scope that sits on top of it. The Bushnell Elite Tactical LRS is a looker, in matte black aluminum with rugged-looking turrets and dials. It’s 13.5 inches long, with a 30mm tube. On the objective end, there’s a two-inch sun shade, included in the overall length. Get the full details that make this a must-have riflescope.

Smith and Wesson M&P Shield .45 with slide locked

Firearms

Smith and Wesson’s Big Bore .45 ACP Shield

The Smith and Wesson Military and Police Shield is among the most popular carry guns in America. Light but reliable and accurate this slim line single column magazine pistol has much to recommend. In fact, many believe Smith and Wesson’s .45 ACP Shield is the answer to their personal defense needs. The author certainly agrees. Will you?

Arex Rex Zero 1 pistol right profile with Insight light mounted to rail

Firearms

Range Report: AREX Rex Zero 1 9mm

If you like the SIG Sauer P226, you will love this gun. Look a little closer, and you might even find a number of improvements at a great price! The AREX Rex Zero 1 9mm is an interesting handgun that has proven reliable, accurate, and ergonomic. The pistol is the first handgun manufactured solely in Slovenia, but that’s not all this new pistol will be first in. More than a clone clone, the Arex Rex Zero 1 has modifications that many would consider worthy upgrades. Read the full review and decide for yourself.

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.