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Loaded Smith and Wesson Model 625 JM with cylinder open atop a box of ammunition

Firearms

Review: Smith and Wesson 625 JM — A Fast Shooting Revolver

The Smith and Wesson 625 JM is a big burly revolver that has many good design features. This stainless steel revolver features fully adjustable rear sights, a post front sight with a brass insert often referred to as a gold bead, a full underlugged barrel, and a smooth trigger action.

Enfield revolver opened with ammunition

Ammunition

Breathing New Life Into Old Cartridges

Firing an old handgun that once belonged to someone 100 or more years ago is like shaking hands with the past. We just like to get the feel of the implements of the day. However, our overwhelming concern must be safety. There have always been more cheap guns than good guns, and some were none too safe even when they were new.

Taylors Cattlebrand revolver and Randall Trailblazer Bowie knife

Camping & Survival

Handguns and the Backcountry

Some of the places are little known and others are historic. A focus on nature and a connection is important. This is the animals’ home and they are a concern. The cute ones that run away with your sandwiches are only funny once. The big ones want a larger meal. A fear of animals is primal and worthy of study, but when it is the furbearer or you, you better have the right gun.

Heritage Rough Rider

Consumer Information

By the Numbers: America’s Top 5 Revolvers

While semi-automatic handguns took the top spot, we still love are revolvers and it seems some of you do to. After all, revolvers are iconic and one of the most reliable self-defense guns you can carry. Of the top 5, you may guess one or two, but few will get the number one best-selling revolver of 2016 right.

Hard cast bullet

Ammunition

A Brawny Handful of Revolver and the .38-44 Buffalo Bore

Most feel the .38-44 set the stage for the .357 Magnum revolver—and it did—but the .38-44 is more than a footnote in history. This is a fine revolver that is useful on its own merits. Buffalo Bore is famous for first-class loads that maximize the caliber, and this is no exception.

1911 pistol on top of several shooting patches

Safety and Training

Training: Shooting Well — Shooting to Win

Most shooters advance quickly. They go from having difficulty controlling their shots to what they think is good shooting. If they do not have other shooters to gauge their accuracy by, they often have an overinflated idea of their own skills. A few rounds of IDPA competition will put things in perspective. It is tempting to get pretty good with the handgun and then empty the pistol into the target. Machine gunning a paper target is fun but it isn’t viable training, and you do not learn much.

Randall #27 knife and Traditions Sheriff’s Model revolver

General

Firearm and Knife Collecting: A Healthy, Hearty, and Rewarding Pastime

There is more to collecting than you might think; the psychological and personal benefits are many. Collecting has no time line; it may be enjoyed at any point in life, which isn’t true of sports or mountain climbing. Quite a few of us despise the idle moment and like to keep life interesting. Nothing does so like a good hobby. Jump in and get started. You will not be disappointed.

Smith and Wesson Shield 9mm top vs. .45 ACP bottom

General

Choosing Your First Handgun

The most common question presented to trainers, writers, and the family ‘gun person’ is, “Which handgun should I purchase for personal defense?” The bottom line is dependent upon the shooter and how much or how little time, effort, and training will go into the final choice. Here are a few tips to get you on the right path.

Smith and Wesson M&P 2.0

Firearms

10 (Mostly) New Pistols for Concealed Carry

Concealed carry is on the rise, which means more citizens are able to defends themselves and their loved ones better than ever before. However, that means having the right training, holster, or carry system, and most importantly the right pistol. Handguns are not a one-size-fits-all affair. This makes choosing—or recommending—a handgun rather difficult. However, when it comes to handguns, even men love to shop! Here are 10 top choices for your consideration.

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.