Taurus Spectrum [Review]

The Taurus Spectrum, Magazines and Ammo

This article/review is about Taurus’ relatively new .380 ACP handgun, the Spectrum. But, before we get into discussing the Spectrum itself, a word about Taurus may be in order. (To cut to the chase, I really like my Spectrum – it’s a very reliable pistol). The following is directed at those who are not fans … Read more

Colt Combat Commander [Review]

Colt Commander Rail Gun

The Colt (Combat) Commander has had a long, blue-ribbon-pedigreed history. Evolving from the legendary Colt 1911, the Commander is not a lot different from that storied gun – the most obvious difference is that the Commander has a 4.25-inch barrel as opposed to the 5-inch one in the 1911 – but it has gained a … Read more

Colt Delta Elite 10mm [Review]

Title Shot of Colt Delta Elite

I approached my shooting bench with a bit of trepidation. I was holding an original, older Delta Gold Cup that belonged to a friend of mine who’d loaned it to me for this article. As you can see from the photo above, it is a beautiful pistol. He has had it for many years. He … Read more

Best Pistol Red Dot Sights [2019]

Vortex Venom front

My eyes are getting older, along with the rest of me. I just celebrated a birthday…which one, I won’t say but if it were the last two numbers in a year in the 20th century, the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper” album would have just been released. What does this have to do with red dot sights? … Read more

Charter Arms Pathfinder Review [.22 LR]

Pathfinder left side

I just traded for a fun little gun. I got one of these… This is Charter Arms’ Target Pathfinder .22 LR with a 4.2-inch barrel. They also make a snubby version but I wanted the longer barrel and adjustable rear sight. If you’ve read many of my articles on this site about handguns, you would … Read more

Review: Ruger LC9S

LC9S and holster

Small. Thin. Light. Reliable. Cheap. What’s not to like? I’m talking about the Ruger LC9S, a single-stack, striker-fired pocketable 9mm that has sold like hotcakes. Why is this such a popular gun? We’ll examine it in some detail to see if we can determine the answer to that question. Variations On A Theme Before we … Read more

Review: Taurus G2C 9mm

Taurus G2C with holster and ammo

The Taurus G2C is something of a phenomenon. Sales are greater than expected, which surprises a few people. Taurus is not the company it was, even 10 years ago. It used to be that if you bought a Taurus (especially a semi-auto), some fellow shooter might hand you a quarter and say “flip it – … Read more

Guide To Used Gun Values [What is it worth?]

Used guns on shelf

We’ve all been there. Somehow, we acquire a handgun, rifle or shotgun that eventually just becomes a safe queen. It could have been (as in my experience) a pistol that I thought would be just the ticket for concealed carry/hunting/steel targets/etc. Yet somehow, after owning the gun a while, I decided that maybe I acted … Read more

Best Concealed Carry Insurance Comparison [2019]

Concealed Carry CCW

“You’ve got to be prepared for anything, anytime, anywhere… I felt I was able to do the right thing and be protected as a law-abiding citizen…” -David Jackson, USCCA Member, South Carolina Shot Armed Robbers Who Threatened The Lives Of Innocent Barbershop Patrons And His Frightened Children… In this litigious, politically-correct society that we live … Read more

Best .44 Magnum Revolvers

.44 Magnum Revolver

How do you choose a good .44 Magnum revolver when there are so many great guns out there? I’ll attempt to narrow it down a bit and, hopefully, by the end of this article you might have more information about them than you did before. Are You Sure…? Before we get into specifics, let’s make … Read more

Best 10mm Pistols [2019]

Springfield Armory XD(M) 10mm

If you’re trying to select the best 10mm pistol, you definitely have a hard job ahead of you. This is one task that, about 25 years ago, would have been simple due to the lack of said-chambered guns. Not so much now – the 10mm is experiencing a renaissance of sorts as more shooters discover … Read more

Best Concealed Carry Guns [2019]

Concealed Carry Gun Draw

So…you’ve decided that you want to carry a gun. Depending on what state you live in, this may not be the easiest decision you’ve made. Different states have different laws, as we know. Some states make it easier than others to get a concealed carry permit. Now that Illinois has joined the club, all fifty … Read more

Handgun Calibers [Ultimate Guide]

Handgun Caliber Comparison

If you’re a brand-new handgunner or if you’re a seasoned veteran, sometimes it’s good to take a step back and look at some data on the cartridges we shoot. Maybe we’re thinking of expanding our gun collection but are not sure which way to go in terms of caliber, or maybe we’re just curious as … Read more

10 Best .357 Magnum Revolvers [2019]

Smith & Wesson Model 60 Barrel

The .357 Magnum cartridge is, arguably, the most popular all-around revolver cartridge out there. Whether you are carrying a snubby for protection or a larger gun for target shooting, competition, hiking, or other activity, the .357 seems to be the go-to round for wheelgunners. With the availability of many different loads and bullets, the cartridge … Read more

Best 1911’s Chambered in 9mm [2019]

To many handgunners, the numbers 1, 9, 1 and 1 means only one thing: a classic semi-automatic handgun that was adopted by the military in 1911. Another related thought that usually pops into his or her mind is that the gun was chambered in caliber .45 ACP. As the original chambering of the vaunted 1911, … Read more

Best Compact 9mm Pistols [2019]

Ruger Security 9 Rear Sight

I recently did an article on the best 9mm subcompact pistols. Those small, single-stack guns can be very handy if you’re looking for something to stick in a pocket holster or carry discreetly, but what if you want to bring a bigger bat to the ballgame? Full-size guns, with their longer barrels and grip frames, … Read more