Top 10 Handgun Posts, August 2014

Picture shows a Kahr Arms handgun finished in "Tiffany blue" laying in a box from Tiffany and Co.

Handgun articles are a favorite of readers who visit The Shooter’s Log, and interest in handguns cuts across all types, sizes, budgets, and uses. Here are our top-ten most-read posts about sidearms and accessories this year.

GLOCK 42 Right Profile GLOCK G42: A Remarkable HandgunBob Campbell has always carried big guns—on and off duty. In fact, his daily carry is a 1911 Commander .45 ACP. Can someone used to that much gun fall in love with a pocket .380 ACP pistol? After running the GLOCK 42 through its paces, Bob just might be a convert. Read this GLOCK 42 review and find out.
 M&P Shield M&P Shield: What’s So Great About It?The M&P Shield 9mm is popular, but is it perfect? What makes it stand out among other competitors? Not quite a pocket gun, but highly concealable nonetheless, the M&P Shield continues to be one of the most popular handguns. After shooting the S&W Shield, the author of “M&P Shield: What’s So Great About It?” discusses what he likes and does not like about one of the industry’s hottest handguns.
Picture shows a Kahr Arms handgun finished in "Tiffany blue" laying in a box from Tiffany and Co. Where can I Buy the Tiffany Blue Kahr Arms PM9?As one of the most shared and liked photos on Pinterest and Facebook in the gun community, we knew how desperate some would be to get their own handgun finished in “Tiffany blue.” It took some digging, but CTD Suzanne found out how to get any gun finished in the iconic color. In fact, she found out where to get your gun finished in any color or pattern your little heart desires. Read about the shop that made the picture famous in “Where can I Buy the Tiffany Blue Kahr Arms PM9?”
 Beretta92_2_150 The End to the 9mm vs. .45 ACP Debate? U.S. Army to Replace 9mmIn July 2014, the United States Army declared its 9mm SIG Sauer M11 and Beretta M9 pistols outdated. After requesting numerous requirements and changes to the new service pistols, the Army held a range day to field trial all possible new sidearms. Read “The End to the 9mm vs. .45 ACP Debate? U.S. Army to Replace 9mm” to see what all those requirements are.
A black SIG P229 lying on a holster. Range Report: SIG Sauer’s Best Pistol—the P229Introduced in 1992, the SIG Sauer P229 quickly became a top seller with its unique slide design and incorporation of the best features of the SIG P series of pistols. Built for duty, many law enforcement agencies, including the secret service, choose the handgun for defense. Author Bob Campbell details why he thinks its SIG’s best in this SIG P229 review.
Taurus Tracker with focus on the fact that it is a seven shot six shooter Taurus Tracker .357 Magnum 7-shot: A New Baseline for RevolversThe Taurus Tracker 627 is a versatile, powerful revolver that handles multiple loads and situations. The Taurus-patented Ribber grips keep your hand right where it needs to be, the versatile options for ammo cover you in many situations—whether taking down an animal in the woods or the robber coming through your window—and the 7 shots give you one more safety option. Read this article for details on adding this revolver to your arsenal.
Hi Point .40 caliber pistol 450-pound Bear vs. Hi-Point pistol? Only in Alaska…A very angry bear is on your porch and banging on your screen door about to bust its way in and you… reach for your Hi-Point? That’s exactly what Alaskan Jim Landess did. Purchased as a sidearm to carry while fishing, Jim proved that a $150 semiautomatic handgun gets the job done. Read this true story “450-pound Bear vs. Hi-Point pistol? Only in Alaska…”
Picture shows SIG Sauer's ad for the pistol-stabilizing device SIG’s SB15 Legal Pistol Stabilizing DeviceRemember that one time we could shoulder a handgun with the pistol stabilizing brace attached without the ATF calling it an SBR? That wasn’t too long ago. Read the ATF’s official original response to inquiries as to the use of the SB15 brace in “SIG’s SB15 Legal Pistol Stabilizing Device.”
 G19large Why I Chose a GLOCK 19 for Concealed CarryHow do you settle on the perfect concealed carry gun? For Mike Branson it was 15 years of spending his hard-earned cash, practice and learning in class. As he describes it, a “light bulb finally went on” and he picked the GLOCK 19 for his EDC. Read all the reasons why he feels the GLOCK 19 is superior for everyday carry in “Why I Chose a GLOCK 19 for Concealed Carry.”
Two handguns, a brown gripped pewter colored on the top, a black snubnose on the bottom, against crinkled white material Handgun Capacity: Quality or Quantity?One of the most argued points when debating rather to choose a revolver or semiautomatic pistol for defense is the amount of rounds either gun holds. When you life is at stake, which is more important—the number of rounds or the quality of a handgun? Bob Campbell explores this subject in this article.

Which article is your favorite? Which handgun do you want to know more about? Tell us in the comment section!

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Comments (5)

    1. I have never shot a high point pistol. I do have a high point carbine in 45 APC and have found it extremely reliable and fun to shoot. So let’s not paint all highpoints with the same brush!

  1. I have a Coonan 357 mag. it is a real tack driver and easy for most shooters. the 357 is a great cartage with plenty of power. I have talked
    to Dan Connan many times about changes and I would think that a titanium

    version would be stronger, lighter, rust proof and might be possible to
    come up with a larger case 357.

  2. Dan,
    For working sidearms my choice has been Sprinfield XD and XDm’s since they were released.. The fact is that they fit my hand comfortably were Glock does not. They operate without failing, at least I’ve never had one and they have been on the cutting edge of innovation year to year since their introduction. They have even led with innovations where Glock has followed.
    Before the Glock fanatics take umbridge at this precived dig I will say that Glock produces a fine product that is used world wide and has a large and ardent following, Glock just dosnt work for me. I have several Glocks in my collection but don’t carry them or use them often myself. They are used by friends and as trainers when friends have wanted wives, daughters, or girlfriends to leard to shoot. Youngsters seem to like them and I’ve had several people do comparison test before buying their wn. Ergonomically they just don’t fit my hand and are uncomfortable for me to shoot. This is not the case with the Springfield. Like all things, its a personal choice. No ones platform is the be-all-end-all.
    Thanks Dan for being another XD supporter! Its nice to hear that someone else finds this an excellent platform.

  3. Springfield XDM .45 is one hell of a semi-auto. 13 round mags and no trigger pull to remove slide. Have put 700 plus rounds of the cheap Rem Auto .45s and have not had a FTF or FTE. Match grade barrel makes this one of the top 10 in my book. Cheers…..

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