Pistols & Revolvers
September 05, 2023
CZ P-10 S Review: More Than Just Another Subcompact?
The CZ P-10 S is the 9mm subcompact offering in the popular P-10 lineup. It’s a scaled-down version of the P-10 C that’s similar in size to the Glock 26 but carries two more rounds. You may be wondering if it’s just another striker-fired polymer-framed subcompact gun. And the answer is yes, but with CZ… Continue reading CZ P-10 S Review: More Than Just Another Subcompact?
August 23, 2023
Shadow Systems DR920 Review: The Ultimate Glock Clone?
We live in an epoch where movies are constantly remade, conspiracies come true, and firearms patents have long expired. While the clone wars are still a few years off, the battle of clones is already upon us. The Glock clones. Glock has arguably designed some of the best pistols of the last century, many of… Continue reading Shadow Systems DR920 Review: The Ultimate Glock Clone?
August 07, 2023
A Look At The World of Micro Compact 9mm Pistols
A category of handguns that didn’t even exist before 2018, the micro compact 9mm is exploding in popularity, with almost 20 models currently in production. Let’s look at what these guns are, why they are important, and how they stack up against each other.
August 04, 2023
PSA’s Rock 5.7 Pistol Reviewed: The Budget 5.7 King?
There are some exciting new developments in the firearms market, it seems like there is a new product release every time you turn around. Polymer-framed pistols are one of the places where many companies are putting their focus, and with the recent court rulings, I would expect to see more. Palmetto State Armory (PSA) has… Continue reading PSA’s Rock 5.7 Pistol Reviewed: The Budget 5.7 King?
July 28, 2023
Glock 48 MOS Review: 1,000 Rounds Later, Still The ‘Just Right’ Glock?
The Glock 48 is a compact size, striker-fired, polymer framed concealed carry pistol. It’s a single-stack pistol that’s part of Glock’s Slimline lineup, which fits (size-wise) in between the single-stack and double-stack categories. If you’re familiar with Glocks, think of it as a skinny G19. It’s also very similar in size to Sig Sauer P365XL.… Continue reading Glock 48 MOS Review: 1,000 Rounds Later, Still The ‘Just Right’ Glock?
July 27, 2023
Springfield Prodigy Review: A 2011 Wunderkind or More of the Same?
Last fall, Springfield Armory announced the release of their new 1911 double-stack pistol, the Prodigy, in 5-inch and 4.25-inch versions. These pistols are squarely aimed at the 2011-style 9mm pistols used by competitive shooters and also found a market with people who traditionally carried a 1911 but wanted more capacity in a carry gun. The… Continue reading Springfield Prodigy Review: A 2011 Wunderkind or More of the Same?
July 21, 2023
Canik METE MC9 Review: A Turkish Micro-9 For The Masses
Polymer-framed pistols have been taking the handgun market by storm these past few decades, it’s a phenomenon I can get behind as I’ve been quite pleased with the results. One of the big names that have become quite popular is the Canik brand, a Turkish-made brand imported by Century Arms that has found its stride… Continue reading Canik METE MC9 Review: A Turkish Micro-9 For The Masses
July 17, 2023
Taurus TX22 Compact Review: The New Rimfire Champ?
Semi-automatic rimfire pistols have been a bit of a conundrum in the past, it seems every manufacturer has tried to make one that is both reliable and feature-filled. But there always seems to be a shortcoming or compromise. When I first put my hands on the Taurus TX22 years ago, I had a preconceived notion… Continue reading Taurus TX22 Compact Review: The New Rimfire Champ?
July 13, 2023
Taurus Judge Review: From The Courtroom to The Range
The Taurus Judge, most people know about it and love it but many don’t know the importance of this revolver. Before the Taurus Judge nearly every firearm had one intended purpose. A shotgun was for hunting and shooting clays, a rifle was for hunting or defense, and pistols were mainly designed and used for self-defense… Continue reading Taurus Judge Review: From The Courtroom to The Range
July 10, 2023
Top Handguns for Women in 2023
The best handgun for a woman is one she can shoot accurately, handle comfortably, and, if she wishes, conceal easily. No single choice will satisfy all these factors for all women. As with men, finding the right pistol is a process. And as we look for “the one,” it helps to have a jumping-off point.… Continue reading Top Handguns for Women in 2023
July 07, 2023
Taurus 856 TORO Review: An Optics Ready Revolver To Rule Them All
There are many things I never thought I’d see in the firearms world, a bullpup AR15, an 8×57 M1 Garand, and a suppressed shotgun are a few that come to mind. But a red dot mounted on a small frame revolver is a bit more believable, and today we are looking at the first example… Continue reading Taurus 856 TORO Review: An Optics Ready Revolver To Rule Them All
July 02, 2023
SIG Sauer P320 M17 Review: Hands-On with The Civvy M17
If it’s good enough for the US Military and multiple law enforcement agencies across the country and worldwide, it should be good enough for you, right? That’s what I figured when I got the opportunity to pick up a surplus SIG Sauer P320 M17 from the West Point Military Academy’s competition pistol team. The SIG… Continue reading SIG Sauer P320 M17 Review: Hands-On with The Civvy M17
June 30, 2023
KelTec CP33 Reviewed: Space Toy or Real Competition Pistol [Video]
The CP33 has many features that make it versatile. Hunters and competitors like its high-capacity magazine. Its long Picatinny rail is great because it will allow a wide variety of sights. The generous grip will fit nearly anyone’s hand. However, its large size makes it an unlikely choice for concealed carry. Follow me to determine… Continue reading KelTec CP33 Reviewed: Space Toy or Real Competition Pistol [Video]
June 27, 2023
Beretta Bobcat Review: A Palm Full of 22 Caliber Prevention
The Beretta Model 21A, commonly just called the Bobcat, is an ultra-compact semi-auto pistol offered in .22LR and .25 ACP. With a single-stack magazine that gives the user 7-8 rounds, it is fun to shoot, can be dependable in operation with the right ammo, and is easy to load and operate with its “tip-up” barrel… Continue reading Beretta Bobcat Review: A Palm Full of 22 Caliber Prevention
June 25, 2023
PSA Dagger Review: The Top Budget Glock Clone?
Manufacturing innovation has greatly advanced firearms technology and opened the door to an incredible array of new products for the shooting public. Palmetto State Armory (PSA) has long been known for offering economic firearms, and its freedom-over-profit business model has helped perhaps millions of Americans reach their second amendment goals. Today we will be visiting… Continue reading PSA Dagger Review: The Top Budget Glock Clone?
June 03, 2023
Hands on with the Canik SFx Rival
One of the most underrated and primarily unknown polymer pistols available on the market today is the Canik SFx Rival. This full-size pistol is loaded with features out of the box that manufacturers like Glock and Smith & Wesson can’t beat, with a price point that’ll shock you. And the best part about the Canik… Continue reading Hands on with the Canik SFx Rival
May 31, 2023
A Brutally Honest Ruger LC9 Review
The Ruger LC9, which stands for Lightweight Compact 9mm, is exactly what the name describes—a small self defense pistol designed for concealed carry. Developed through Ruger’s Voice of the Customer program, the LC9 was named Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence’s Handgun of the Year in 2011. I purchased mine in 2011, shortly after it was… Continue reading A Brutally Honest Ruger LC9 Review
May 17, 2023
Browning Buck Mark Review: The Best Luger-Style .22LR Pistol?
The Browning Buck Mark has remained one of the most popular rimfire pistols for decades now, but how does this classic .22 hold up against the modern market? We wanted to find out for ourselves, so we brought one out to the range to see what was what. Overall, we wanted to find out how… Continue reading Browning Buck Mark Review: The Best Luger-Style .22LR Pistol?
March 27, 2023
FN 509 LS Edge Review: A Fantastic Modern Defensive Pistol
The market for polymer frame, striker-fired pistols has never been larger. That’s not a bad thing because it means we have options, options that allow us to choose the gun that’s just right for us. Today we are looking at a rather new option, the FN 509 LS Edge. The FN 509 LS Edge is… Continue reading FN 509 LS Edge Review: A Fantastic Modern Defensive Pistol
March 20, 2023
Mastering the 10mm: Top Pistols and Essential Buying Tips
The 10mm pistol is rapidly becoming more popular, even though the 9mm counterpart is the traditional choice for a self-defense sidearm. 10mm pistols can be just as effective and versatile as 9mm handguns. They can produce fantastic accuracy and stopping power with a relatively compact and comfortable frame. Perhaps because 9mm pistols are more common,… Continue reading Mastering the 10mm: Top Pistols and Essential Buying Tips
March 11, 2023
Our Favorite 9mm Pistols of 2023: The Best 9mms for Any Scenario
The 9mm pistol is the staple handgun for many Americans. These weapons are versatile, affordable, and easy to learn to use, but sifting through the mountain of 9mm pistol models, sizes, configurations, actions, brands, etc. has led more than one aspiring handgun owner to abandon their search altogether. No need to stress. Below, you’ll find… Continue reading Our Favorite 9mm Pistols of 2023: The Best 9mms for Any Scenario
March 08, 2023
Best Canik Pistols: Carry, Competition, & Home Defense Picks
The story of Canik pistols mirrors the age-old tale of the underdog. When the TP9 was first introduced to the market, the price tag coupled with the then-unknown brand name meant that for many people the words “quality” and “Canik” couldn’t co-exist. Years after being first introduced to the US market, Canik has become one… Continue reading Best Canik Pistols: Carry, Competition, & Home Defense Picks
February 12, 2023
The Best Pocket Pistols in 2023
According to research by the Crime Prevention Research Center, over 19 million Americans in 2020 have concealed handgun permits – allowing them to carry a gun for personal defense. Of course, this factor doesn’t include adults who carry without a permit in the 15 states that do not require one. One of the more popular… Continue reading The Best Pocket Pistols in 2023
January 18, 2023
The Best Taurus Revolvers in 2023
Based in São Leopoldo, Rio Grande do Sul Brazil – Forjas Taurus is a manufacturing conglomerate founded in 1939. Originally focused on tool and die forging, the company now consists of a variety of divisions that specialize in metals manufacturing, plastics, body armors, helmets, and civil construction – as well as Taurus Armas, its firearm… Continue reading The Best Taurus Revolvers in 2023
January 16, 2023
Ruger Wrangler Review
The Ruger Wrangler has quickly become one of Ruger’s most popular offerings and is a fan favorite among rimfire shooters on a budget. These kinds of inexpensive plinkers are fun to shoot, but with many brands that focus on fun can mean sub-standard quality and, uh, generous tolerances. That said, Ruger has a reputation for… Continue reading Ruger Wrangler Review
January 12, 2023
The Best CZ Pistols: Czech Value & Precision
The CZ 75 is the best CZ pistol for most people. Beyond its iconic look, the 5.23-inch barrel yields impressive accuracy, which is packed into a pistol that offers the same reliable CZ performance and comfortable design shooters have come to expect from the Czech brand. For beginners and seasoned veterans alike, if you have… Continue reading The Best CZ Pistols: Czech Value & Precision
January 12, 2023
CZ Scorpion Reviewed: Feel The Sting
PCCs and subguns have exploded in recent years. PCCs being a pistol caliber carbine and subguns large format pistols with an SMG-like appearance, both styles offering short barreled rifle mobility but in the easy-to-control (and wallet-friendly) 9mm caliber. One of the guns that spearheaded this explosion of popularity is the CZ Scorpion. Scorpion pistols have… Continue reading CZ Scorpion Reviewed: Feel The Sting
January 12, 2023
Top 9mm PCC Carbines of 2023: Reviews and Comparisons
The Palmetto State AR-V 9mm is the best PCC for most people, thanks to its build quality, lightweight design, and wallet-friendly price point. It’s reliable, accurate, and approachable for all skill levels, and often available in any number of configurations that help it meet a broader variety of needs than the competition.
January 06, 2023
FN 5.7 Review: The Future Is Now
The FN Five-seveN pistol helped usher in the 5.7x28mm round it is named after and, now in its third generation, has benefited from a series of upgrades that have brought it into the 2020s with ease. We look at this icon from the last days of the Cold War and weigh the new MK3 MRD… Continue reading FN 5.7 Review: The Future Is Now
January 03, 2023
A Long Term Walther PDP Review
Despite their pedigree and depth of experience, Walther Arms seems to be the true underdog of the firearms manufacturing industry, never reaching the ubiquity and prominence of the Glocks and S&Ws of the world. Founded in 1886 by Carl Walther and manufacturing firearms and air guns for over 100 years, the quality of Walther Arms… Continue reading A Long Term Walther PDP Review
December 09, 2022
Glock 19X Review: The Crossover Champ?
Glock’s first “crossover” design that borrowed from the lineage of two proven 9mm Glock pistols, the G19X has been around for just over a half-decade and is something of an overlooked gem. We’ve got the scoop on this Coyote-colored war horse.
November 10, 2022
KelTec SUB2000 Review: Know When to Fold ‘Em
The KelTec SUB 2000 is undoubtedly one of the most interesting PCCs ever built. Pistol caliber carbines have come and gone in popularity, but the SUB-2000 has remained popular and produced for over two decades. Why? It scores high in the basics of being a good gun. It’s reliable, easy to use, and accurate. Beyond… Continue reading KelTec SUB2000 Review: Know When to Fold ‘Em
November 07, 2022
HK VP9 Review
HK’s VP9 pistol is one of the most popular full-sized firearms on the market today. Its wide acceptance and popularity have given rise to several versions and variants, and you can now find an HK VP9 in a compact, tactical threaded barrel model, an optics-ready VP9, and even one dedicated to competition shooting. Heckler &… Continue reading HK VP9 Review
November 02, 2022
Sig Sauer XMacro Review: 18 Rounds Ready
With a magazine capacity that dwarfs everything else out there in its class in addition to a flat-faced trigger, integrated compensator, and unmatched modularity, Sig Sauer’s new P365-XMACRO may not be a total “game changer” but is sure to reset how the game is played.
October 23, 2022
Glock 19 Review: The Versatility King
The Glock 19 is the most popular carry handgun in America, but is it really all that it’s cracked up to be, or has it just become the “default” choice? The vanilla ice cream of the handgun world? Well, I’ve owned and carried the G19 for years, and honestly, I’m not sure. I’m a fan,… Continue reading Glock 19 Review: The Versatility King
October 01, 2022
Glock 17 Review
Glock is a household name that most Americans know, whether they’re pro or anti-gun, thanks to Hollywood and television featuring Glocks in thousands of productions. Glock’s catalog has expanded significantly over the years, but regardless of the Glock in hand, the platform has created some of the most reliable and popular handguns on the market… Continue reading Glock 17 Review
September 06, 2022
Guide to the Beretta 92
Undoubtedly one of the most popular handguns ever made, the Beretta 92 has been around for a solid half-century and has no signs of going away any time soon. We detailed the 100-year history of Beretta’s pistols previously, but the 92 is a beast of its own. With that, how do you pick a good… Continue reading Guide to the Beretta 92
August 16, 2022
Glock 22 Review
The Glock 22 (along with its siblings, the compact G23 and subcompact G27) are Glock’s .40 Auto pistols and have been incredibly popular with law enforcement across the US for decades. They offer up pistols chambered in the larger LE-focused cartridge while being identical in size to the 9mm G17, Glock 19, and G26 pistol… Continue reading Glock 22 Review
May 19, 2022
Top Handguns for Home Protection: Defend Your Domain
Perhaps the most common and effective means of home protection, given purpose-driven selection and the proper training in use, is a good defensive handgun. With that in mind, let us take a look at some of the better options out there.
April 03, 2022
The Best Ruger 9mm Models
In a world filled with imported 9mm pistol designs, Ruger has risen to the top of the American handgun market over the past four decades to produce some of the most rugged, reliable firearms available. However, with a dizzying variety of Rugers on the shelf, picking out the best one can sometimes be overwhelming —… Continue reading The Best Ruger 9mm Models
March 29, 2022
The Best .357 Magnum Guns
The .357 Magnum is an American classic and has been a popular round since its introduction nearly 90 years ago. It’s a powerful round that doesn’t quite stray into “oh God my wrist” levels of recoil like some of its magnum brethren, but it still has a legacy of reliably handling a variety of game… Continue reading The Best .357 Magnum Guns
March 15, 2022
Top Subcompact 9mm Pistols in 2023: Find Your Perfect Carry Gun
The S&W M&P9 M2.0 Subcompact is the best subcompact 9mm pistol for most people. Beyond its easy-to-use, concealable design, the M&P line has an incredible number of options, calibers, and models — making it hard to beat when it comes to ensuring you can find the right pistol for you.
March 14, 2022
Revolver Evolution: The Best 9mm Revolvers on the Market
When it comes to concealed carry, wheel guns have been in use for over a century. That’s a long time in the firearm world, and since over those 100 years or so handheld firearms have seen a lot of innovation. For most people, that means when they think of a carry gun, they gravitate toward… Continue reading Revolver Evolution: The Best 9mm Revolvers on the Market
March 13, 2022
The Best Kimber 1911s in 2023
Kimber produces more American-made M1911-style handguns than anyone else, fielding over 70 assorted models and variants. While this may seem to confuse things, we are here to easily sort it all out and help you pick the best one.
March 08, 2022
Best .22LR Pistols of 2023: Find Your New Favorite Plinker
Once just a specialist category of firearms relegated primarily to smallbore Bullseye-style competition shooting and military handgun marksmanship training, there should be at least one .22 LR firearm in everyone’s collection. You can find the ammo anywhere, often at 10% of the price per round of larger-bore firearms. Plus, the current batch of .22LR autoloaders… Continue reading Best .22LR Pistols of 2023: Find Your New Favorite Plinker
March 05, 2022
Best Glocks: Rated and Ranked for 2023
Chances are, if you’re a gun owner looking for a new pistol – be it self-defense or something new for time at the shooting range – you’ve likely come across one (or a half dozen) of the ubiquitous Austrian wonders Gaston Glock made famous. Glock pistols are consistently top sellers in the civilian market charts… Continue reading Best Glocks: Rated and Ranked for 2023
February 27, 2022
The Best Concealed Carry Revolvers in 2023
Deciding to take responsibility for one’s self-protection is a big step, but millions are taking the plunge every year to carry a concealed handgun and today it has never been easier to do it successfully provided you make the right critical choices
February 15, 2022
The Best Custom 1911 Builders of 2023
The most classic and timeless of American firearms, the 1911 has sleek lines that are instantly recognizable and a fan base that has spanned centuries. However, is this gun still a great choice for defense, competition, and collectors? We cover a selection of the best 1911 builders so you can make a fully informed choice… Continue reading The Best Custom 1911 Builders of 2023
February 13, 2022
The Best 1911s of 2023: Find Your Perfect Match
Patented on Valentine’s Day in 1911 by firearms genius John Browning, the M1911 has been in continual production and use for well over a century – and for good reason – it’s an instantly recognizable classic that has improved on Browning’s original design time and time again.
February 06, 2022
The Colt 1911: The History & The Glory
While dozens of companies are busy making 1911-style pistols, only one name stands above all others as the inventor of the original– Colt. With over a century in the game they kicked off, Colt is still the GOAT when it comes to John Browning’s Government model. We turn back the clock to investigate how Colt… Continue reading The Colt 1911: The History & The Glory
January 29, 2022
Best Concealed Carry Guns of 2023: All Calibers & Carry Styles
The Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 Compact is the best concealed carry gun for most people. The M&P line is full of reliable pistols in a huge number of calibers and configurations — often at much lower price points than competing brands.
January 23, 2022
The Best Ruger Handguns
What are the best Ruger firearms you can buy? Sturm Ruger & Company, generally known as Ruger Firearms or just Ruger, is one name in American firearms that everyone should know. Founded by Bill Ruger and Alexander Sturm in 1949 (both gun designers by trade) the focused on inexpensive handgun geared toward target shooting before… Continue reading The Best Ruger Handguns
January 11, 2022
Ultimate Guide to Smith & Wesson 9mm Pistols
Smith & Wesson is a legend for a reason– they have a special place both in past firearms history and today’s gun industry. One of only two publicly-traded firearms companies, Smith is a giant in the field and has so many 9mm pistol variants that it can be a little daunting to try and figure… Continue reading Ultimate Guide to Smith & Wesson 9mm Pistols
November 10, 2021
The Best .45 ACP Pistols
What is it about the vaunted .45 ACP cartridge that keeps it as one of America’s most self-protection and competition rounds? We examine this classic round, break down why it has survived and thrived for generation after generation, and provide a selection of great handguns that are chambered for it.
August 07, 2021
Glock 43 Review: The Top Carry Glock? [Hands-On]
Is the slimline Glock 43 the best striker-fired concealed carry firearm on the market today? We put this polymer frame single stack 9 under the microscope then melted it down on the range to help determine if this svelte subcompact is right for you.
July 25, 2021
In-Depth Review: Taurus G3C [Hands-On]
Is the subcompact Taurus G3C the best budget polymer handgun on the market today? We take this striker-fired polymer frame pistol through its paces and help you determine if this affordable pistol is right for you.
April 15, 2021
Canik TP9SFX Review: A Feature-Rich Turkish Competition Pistol [Hands-On]
Canik calls the TP9SFX “The Choice of Champions.” And with all the features packed into its price point, it’s hard to argue with that sentiment. If you’re entering the competitive shooting world, this gun is ready to take home the gold right out of the box.
April 14, 2021
The Chiappa Rhino: A Review
A Review of the Oddball Italian Stallion Rarely encountered in the wild, Chiappa Rhino revolvers are very different and a little weird, but these Italian stallions have a solid pedigree and a lot of hidden traits that make them phenomenally comfortable guns to shoot. The Best of the Chiappa Rhino Models Browsing Chiappa’s catalogs for… Continue reading The Chiappa Rhino: A Review
March 06, 2021
The Glock 29 Reviewed [Hands-On]
The no-nonsense Glock 29, a pint-sized 10mm subcompact, is a handgun that trends towards the unique and offers a lot for the person with the will to master it.