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New Shooter’s Guide: What Is a Pistol Caliber Carbine?

If you’re just entering the firearms world, you may see the term Pistol Caliber Carbine, or PCC, and not quite understand what it means....

Springfield Armory Emissary PX9220L 45 ACP

This is a pricey pistol but a very good one. The handle is nicely designed for maximum adhesion and abrasion. The sights are among the best personal-defense sights we have tested, bar none. The trigger action is the best of the test. The Emissary is a modern 1911 with unique features.

Springfield Armory Loaded Operator PX9105LL18 45 ACP

Reliable. This is a pistol well suited to tactical use. The finish is easily the most durable of the pistols tested. Pricey, but a very good example of the 1911. The trigger is the heaviest of the test, but smooth. The Operator’s three-dot sights and hand-filling grips added up to good accuracy potential.

Smith & Wesson Model 66 10061 357 Magnum

The Model 66 Combat Magnum was introduced in 1971 and produced until 2005, when it was discontinued. It went through seven design changes during that time.

Springfield Armory Garrison PX9420 45 ACP

Reliable and well suited to personal defense. Good sights, a good trigger, and feeds with reliability. We didn’t like the slim grips, but they are easily changed to something you prefer. The Garrison uses a standard barrel bushing and recoil-spring lockup. This is a lot of gun for the dollar.

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Fruits of Bruen

A couple of issues ago (August 2022), I wrote in this space about the earth-shaking effect that the Supreme Court’s Bruen decision would have...