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Citadel 9mm 1911 and two magazines


The 1911 Handgun in 9mm

If you want a 9mm, it does not have to be a GLOCK. If you want a 1911, it does not have to be a .45. A 1911 chambered for the 9mm cartridge can be a neat trick. In this article, discover why it is an option for many.

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.

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.

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.

GLOCK 42 .380 ACP pistol


SHOT Show 2014 Special Edition Day 2: New Handguns

Cheaper Than Dirt! staffers covering the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas have filed their second-day reports on new handguns introduced at the show. In this edition are details of Browning’s A1 Desert Tan and Compact Desert Tan 1911-22LRs, CZ-USA’s P-09; a full-size polymer 9mm pistol offering 19+1 capacity, and Glock’s Gen4 Tactical .45 ACP and ultra-compact .380 ACP, and the new Glock 42 .380 ACP.


SHOT Show 2014 Special Edition Day 1: New Handguns

Cheaper Than Dirt! staffers covering the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas have filed their first reports on new handguns introduced at the show. Manufacturers are offering an interesting mix of new handguns this year, running the gamut from several new .22 rimfire models through dedicated competition guns. You’ll also see a number of new compact concealed-carry pistols, plenty of 1911 models, and more than a few new polymer-framed guns, including those designed specifically for use by officers of the law. In this edition are details about SIG Sauer’s new P320 Modular Pistol for LE use.

Competitive Shooting

All-Time Top 10 Pistol Posts for March 30, 2013

Pistol articles are a hands-down favorite of readers who visit The Shooter’s Log. It’s easy to see that shooters want to know more about handguns of all types and sizes — carry guns, competitive models, high-cost pieces, budget items — it doesn’t really matter. Here our Top-Ten most-read items about sidearms.


Top 10 Budget Buys (Dec 1, 2012)

CTD staff writers have reviewed hundreds of pistols, revolvers, rifles, and shotguns over the years. But stories with specific money-saving advice has interested the CTD community — particularly important during the holidays. Click below to read our top-10 most-popular money-saving stories from the archives.


At the Range with Springfield’s XD-S 45 ACP

Springfield’s slim, compact 45 ACP XD-S was introduced earlier this year as the latest in Springfield’s popular line of XD handguns. The new XD-S 45 ACP seeks to take away market share of other small pistols that ride the tiger — that is, small, lightweight semiautos that fire the big-bore 45 Auto cartridge in something akin to a 380-size handgun.