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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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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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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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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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Astute shooters can glean important product performance insights by looking closely at Smith & Wesson’s .22 pistols.   Some of the new handgun models shooters will see in 1997 are .22 LR pistols from Smith & Wesson. The new Model 22s are part of the Smith & Wes-son Sport Series, a collection of se-ven blued […]

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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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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 […]