Handguns

Arron Smith

The model JCP has a polymer frame – a 4.5-inch barrel, & a slide composed of ZAMAK-3 with steel reinforcements like all Hi-Point pistols, It features an indispensable accessory track for mounting Hi-Point JCP 40 lasers & flashlights on Hi-Point rings. The security is a combination lever for locking the slide & blocking the sear […]

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We pitted a $2,000 Freedom Arms .44 Magnum against the $800 Smith & Wesson Model 629 Classic DX and came up with a money-saving finding.   In our experience, we’ve seen that short-range handgun hunters generally prefer three revolver brands—Freedoms Arms, Smith & Wesson, and Wesson Arms—over wheelguns from other companies. But because Wesson Arms […]

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In our view, the Versatility and Custom Classic outshot and sported better features than Colt’s Combat Target.   The word production is taking on new meaning as it relates to the manufacturing of .45 ACP semiauto handguns. An increasing number of shops are making, taking, matching, and fitting frames, slides, guide rods, triggers, grips, magazines, […]

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This $1,250 Magnum Research Action Express gun costs too much for its limited usefulness, we think. Also, it hits shooters in the head with extracted cases.   Shooters interested in performance have probably read about the .50 Action Express and wondered if the cartridge fills any useful niche between the powerful .44 Magnum and the […]

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This powerful handgun cartridge can be too much of a good thing unless you learn how to reload ‘lite’ rounds.   The .44 magnum sits near the top end of the power/recoil spectrum, even though several more potent handgun rounds have replaced it as the world’s most powerful handgun cartridges. Still, people who shoot the […]

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This powerful handgun-hunting cartridge can tame big game better than the .454 Casull or .45-70 Government.   It wasn’t so many years ago that big-game hunting with a handgun was thought of as a stunt. It may have started with the introduction of the .357 Magnum in 1935, which was used to take critters up […]

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You need to know what handgun and ammo choices will best take deer in the most common field situations.   Handgun hunters face difficult choices when they are deciding which firearms and ammunition to use when hunting whitetail deer. Differences in geography, season timing, and specific hunting situations dictate that one cartridge/gun combo can clearly […]

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This $2,000 custom conversion is fashion forward, grip forward, and accurate as hell.   To be successful in one of the most challenging handgun matches currently being competed—the Masters International Long Range Handgun event—shooters are turning to a heavily modified version of a now-defunct gun model. The base model, no longer being manufactured by Remington […]

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Known as the SSP-91 in an earlier incarnation, the basic $350 Magnum Research handgun will shoot with another $50 to $300 of improvements.   1991 Magnum Research, Inc., began to market a unique and affordable handgun designated the SSP-91, the letters in which stand for Single Shot Pistol. In 1993, the handgun underwent a name […]

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Sadly, these wheelguns just don’t have what it takes to overcome the capacity advantage of semiautos. The only way to learn about a gun is to shoot it in competition. When we go to our “We Wish We Knew Then WhatWe Know Now File,” we find that a recent IPSC/Action project gun based on a […]