Pistol

Arron Smith

We thought the polymer-framed Model 21 ran more reliably than Springfield’s Standard Wide Body PB9707.   The game of Practical Shooting demands a gun that can be drawn fast, shot with abandon, and reloaded quickly. Referred to as IPSC competition for the organization that governs it (International Practical Shooting Conference), the courses of fire vary […]

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Last month, the Colt’s gun knocked off Ruger in a comparison of Hunter Pistols; this time, it takes on the venerable Model 29.   We recently tested three .44 Magnum revolvers suitable for use in various silhouette disciplines, and we reported on two of them last month: Ruger’s Super Redhawk GKSRH-7, a stainless-steel gun with […]

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The Colt’s gun squeezes out a win over a Ruger Super Redhawk in this matchup of Hunter Pistol–ready wheelguns.   Handgun silhouette shooters who are in the market for a new competition revolver have a number of items from which to choose, but they must be careful to select a wheelgun that has the basic […]

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We compared five .380 ACP pistols from Colt’s, Browning, Smith & Wesson, and Walther in a head-to-head shooting-performance test.   During a week of intense handgun-technique training at the Smith & Wesson Academy last summer, I was introduced to the relatively new S&W; Sigma Series in .380 ACP. At the academy I developed an interest […]

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Nearly identical target models from Mitchell and High Standard bear the same model name and design. But which one is better?   The original High Standard Mfg. Co. was founded in 1926. During its corporate lifespan, its products were made in at least four different manufacturing facilities in three different cities within the state of […]

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The Olympic/Safari Arms Matchmaster .45 ACP comes out of the box “match ready”; the Springfield Armory Trophy Match needs significant upgrades to make it run right.   Limited-Class United States Practical Shooting Association competition is growing, which is spurring a renewed interest in the firearms that make up this class. To qualify as a Limited […]

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We pitted two high-dollar 10-meter air pistols to see which one offers the most pop for the buck.   In the rarefied confines of international 10-meter air pistol competition, a number of brand names stand out: Pardini, Morini, Hämmerli, Steyr, and Walther. All of these products are made in Europe, with the Pardini hailing from […]

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In a follow-up test of $1,200 10-meter air pistols, the new Anschutz Model 10 out-features the Swiss-made 162EA.   Two months ago, we compared the performance of the Morini Deluxe Compensated Air Pistol 162EA ($1,201) and the Hämmerli 480K, which sells for $1,155. We said both products were superb shooters, but we gave the nod […]