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Colt M45A1 CQBP in Box

Range Reports

USMC Re-ups with the Colt 1911

The Marines’ new M45 CQBP (Close-Quarters Battle Pistol) is based on Colt’s rail gun and is a “highly enhanced version of an already excellent combat weapon.” We take it on a test drive.

Picture shows a black, steel CZ 75 9mm pistol.

Range Reports

The Merits of the Full-Sized CZ 75 for Home Defense

Even though smaller handguns may look easier to handle, the shorter barrels and lighter weights of pocket pistols actually make perceived recoil worse. Though full-sized semi-automatic handguns are more difficult to conceal for women, they make excellent home defense guns. Due to the full-sized, all-metal frame of the CZ 75, I can shoot incredibly accurately with it. In this article, I explore the merits of a full-sized 9mm pistol for home defense.

Black Walther, barrel pointed to the left, a black combat pen and a black knife.


The .32 ACP is Still Kicking!

Despite the introduction of many compact .380 ACP pistols the .32 ACP is still kicking. Our resident big bore fan has even worked up handloads for the tiny cartridge! There is some appeal in the efficient little .32. Check out this post to get all the details on which one is best and how it performs at the range.

Brown grip, black barreled Citadel 9mm, barrel pointed down on a white background


Range Report: Citadel 9mm 1911 Handgun

The Citadel 9mm 1911 is an excellent choice for personal defense and serious conflicts. It handles well, has low recoil, only weighs 32 ounces and the Novak sights are excellent. Read this post for details and how it performed at the range.

45 Short Barrel with Hornady Ammunition


Short-Barrel Performance — The .45 ACP and Barrel Length

Bob Campbell reports on the differences in .45 ACP ammunition when fired through different barrel lengths. Bob compares results from a GLOCK M41, Rock Island Compact, Colt Commander, and a Colt 1991A1 using Cor Bon DPX and Speer Gold Dot ammunition. Read this report for the results!

Silver/gray compact RIA and a reddish dirt background, muzzle pointed down and to the left


Rock Island Armory’s Latest .45, the Tactical II

The Rock Island Tactical II is a high performance, high quality handgun with an ideal balance of control and compactness. With great features, ranging from a comfortable VZ beavertail grip to a standard non-textended slide lock, this new ,45 is well priced and easy to handle. Read the post for the latest scoop on all the features and range results.

Black SIG P290 with boxes of ammo on a wood plank background

Range Reports

SIG’s Light 9mm, the P290

The SIG P290 is a great pistol for personal defense: it is light, compact, functional, smooth in operation and accurate enough for the task at hand. Discover how it performed at the range and get all the details about the features and functions by reading this post.