We’ve reviewed dozens of pistols over the years, and a handful have really piqued the community’s interest. Check out our top 9 most-read reviews of self-defense pistols.
|Factual and Honest Review of the FN Herstal Five-seveN 5.7x28mm Pistol
The FN Herstal Five-seveN has been called a “cop-killer” in the media repeatedly. The LAPD Deputy Chief Michel Moore even said the pistol is used to kill “large lions, tigers and bears.” In “Factual and Honest Review of the FN Herstal Five-seveN 5.7x28mm Pistol,” the author describes how the 5.7x28mm cartridge is nothing of the sort and defends this lightweight, minimal recoiling pistol.
| A Quick Run-Through of the Ruger LC9
As soon as Cheaper Than Dirt! received its first shipment of the much-anticipated Ruger LC9, we took it out of the box for a quick first-impression review. Right away, we noticed the Ruger’s smooth and consistent trigger pull. But is the Ruger LC9 9mm too safe? Draw your own conclusions after reading, “Review of the Ruger LC9: Is it TOO Safe?”
|How GLOCK Upgraded the Gen 4 GLOCK 19Ergonomics. Controls. Value. These three features are why the author recommends the GLOCK 19 Gen 4 for a daily-concealed carry gun. After defending the GLOCK 19 for its size, grip and simple controls, the author concludes with the one most important feature of all that makes the GLOCK 19 Gen 4 perfect for an everyday carry gun. Read “GLOCK 19 Gen 4: Gun Review,” to find out what that one benefit is.|
|Comparing Pocket .380 Pistols
Small, pocket pistols in .380 ACP are one of the hottest tickets on the market. Request and inquiries for these highly concealable guns hasn’t slowed down. With so many to choose from, where do you start? A basic compare and contrast of 10 popular models of subcompact .380s is a good of a place as any. In “Pocket .380 Pistols,” the Walther PPK, PPK/S, Bersa Thunder, Taurus 738 TCP, Kel-Tec P-3AT, Ruger LCP, SIG P238, Colt Mustang, Kahr P380 and the S&W Bodyguard are compared.
|Choosing a Tiny 9mm Pocket Pistol
For many, the .380 ACP just isn’t enough gun and the gun industry quickly responded by producing plenty of choices in small 9mm semiautos. Designed almost strictly for concealed carry, these pocket nines share many similar features. However, every single one of them differs slightly. In this article, we highlight what we consider the best features of the Kel-Tec PF-9, Kahr CM9, Beretta Nano, Ruger LC9, Smith & Wesson M&P Shield, Walther PPS and the Kimber Solo.
|Is the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield a Game Changer?
When Smith & Wesson first announced the M&P Shield, we asked, “Has Smith & Wesson developed a game changer or will the M&P Shield be just another pocket gun?” Silly, us. If only we had know that nearly three years later, the M&P Shield would remain one of the most requested and searched-after guns. Read, “Smith & Wesson Announces the M&P Shield” for the original 2012 announcement.
|SIG Pro SP2022: Sig’s Worst-Kept Secret
In 1998, SIG Sauer joined the few gun manufacturers at the time making polymer-framed semiautomatics with its introduction of the SIG Pro. Innovative for its time, the SIG Pro has developed throughout the years. “SIG Pro SP2022: The Worst Kept SIG Secret” follows the SIG Pro’s history from inception to current models.
|Comparing Entry-Level Semiautos
Can you find a reliable and accurate pistol for $400 and under? You sure can. In “Budget Pistols: Inexpensive Entry Level Semiautomatic Handguns,” CTD Blogger describes some of our favorite, affordable pistols from Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Kel-Tec, Taurus and CZ.
|Handling The Ruger SR1911
What perfect timing! In 2011, the 1911 celebrated its 100th year in production. Joining many firearm manufacturers in producing special commemorative editions of the 1911, Ruger announced its release of it’s rendition of the famous John Moses Browning design. Read about the changes Ruger made to the classic design in its first 1911, the SR1911 in “The Ruger SR1911.”