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The Springfield Armory TRP


Art of the Gun: The Springfield Armory Tactical Response Pistol .45 ACP

The Tactical Response Pistol is built to the same specs as Springfield’s FBI contract Professional Model, but at about half the cost and no waiting list while they hand tool and fit each part. Amazingly, you aren’t going to sacrifice much in the way of performance and durability. The TRP is a tactical 1911 that stands out from the crowd.

Classic, black metal-framed Beretta M9 9mm handgun


Art of the Gun: Beretta 92 Series M9

Often imitated, but never duplicated, this “Wonder 9” has been in production for nearly 40 years, and it doesn’t seem like the world is ready to give up the Beretta 92 any time soon.

The epitome of cool


Art of the Gun: The H&K USP

After watching the return of the TV show 24, I was reminded of how cool the H&K USP (and its compact version) is. Developed to be the paragon of a duty weapon, the USP features the best parts of many previous handguns and optimized for safety and accuracy. This ‘Art of the Gun’ reveals many of the features built into this business-ready handgun.

German MG-42 Machine Gun

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Art of the Gun: German MG-42 Machine Gun

May 2, 2014 is the first day of the spring auction at the Rock Island Auction Company. There are lots of historical, collectible, and beautiful firearms up for grabs this year, but this one caught my eye. Dubbed “Hitler’s Buzz Saw” by WWII soldiers, this German MG-42 medium machine gun was used by the Nazi forces throughout the second World War. The design was easily produced, innovative, and effective, the Allies copied much the weapon to create the M60 machine gun. The specimen on sale is outfitted to be used as an anti-aircraft weapon with a mount, anti-air sights, and optical sight.

A black handled, silver barreld Walther PPK and box of ammunition, with barrel pointed down and to the left on wooden plankts.


Art of the Gun: Walther PPK

James Bond always had great style. Though notorious for its slide bite, you can’t deny that great look of the PPK (or its America-friendly version, the PPK/s). Class emanates from the gradual curves leading from the muzzle to the trigger guard are iconic, the grip tang and exposed hammer, all the way to the base plate of the magazine.

Beretta Storm PX4 Take Down Controls


Art of the Gun: The Beretta PX4 Storm

Beretta decided to take the best parts from their popular handguns and apply them to create a gun that was perfect for defensive use. With a light steel-reinforced polymer frame, smooth contours, familiar trigger and safety systems, and a recoil-reducing rotating barrel, the Px4 Storm is designed to be one of the best concealed carry handguns on the market.

IWI Tavor Right Side Quarter


Art of the Gun: IWI Tavor

The IWI Tavor just recently came to the US, and it has gotten a lot of press. Though we’ve written about it before, here’s why we selected the Tavor as this week’s Art of the Gun.