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Higher-Retention Holsters: We Test Seven Candidates for You

A reader asked us to do a report on retention holsters for concealed carry, so, of course, we listened. During the test, we came...

Optics-Ready Holsters: We Test Carry Scabbards for Red Dots

A handgun with a mounted red dot offers many advantages to the shooter, but there are few holsters available. Here we test a drawer full of optics-ready holsters. Some are fresh designs, while most are based on existing designs but are cut differently to accept the new high-rise sights.

Four AR-15 Lower Receivers Assembled and Range Tested

With the design and development of the AR-15 in the 1950s and 1960s, Eugene Stoner was able to begin the process of bringing the...

SHOT 2022: Holosun AEMS Takes Aim at Red Dot Market

The Holosun AEMS combines a large field of view in a compact, lightweight package. AEMS has double the glass surface area and is 11% shorter...
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Gun Tests Best Guns & Gear for 2022

Toward the end of each year, I survey the work R.K. Campbell, Roger Eckstine, Robert Sadowski, Tracey Taylor, and Joe Woolley have done in Gun Tests, with an eye toward selecting guns, accessories, and ammunition the magazine’s testers have endorsed. From these evaluations I pick the best from a full year’s worth of tests and distill recommendations for readers, who often use them as shopping guides.

Smith & Wesson Launches New M&P12 Pump-Action

Smith & Wesson’s new bullpup-style pump-action shotgun is called the M&P12 and is designed for home protection.

Trijicon SRO SRO2-C-2500002

Trijicon, renowned for the effectiveness and durability of its products, directed its efforts towards the development of an optical pistol sight a number of years ago, resulting in the RMR (Ruggedized Miniature Reflex) sight. Further development has also brought us the SRO (Specialized Reflex Optic), which we included in this test.

Vortex Razor RZR-2003

The secret to shooting a handgun correctly has been boiled down to three words — Front Sight, Press. Anyone can line up the sights...

SIG Sauer Romeo1Pro SOP1P101

The SIG Romeo1Pro red dot is available with 3- or 6-MOA dots, and we chose the larger for these closer-range pistol tests. The Romeo1Pro is covered via their Electro-Optics Infinite Guarantee, and somewhere in there the Electronic Component Limited 5-Year warranty takes over.

Crimson Trace CTS 1250 01-00560

Crimson Trace (CT) has been around since 1994 and has developed a sterling reputation for its laser sighting devices, even providing free batteries for life. CT was purchased by Smith & Wesson in 2016. CT introduced a series of red-dot sights for pistols in late 2018.

Federal Announces Shotshell Product Line for Competitors

Federal Ammunition’s new Federal Premium High Over All (HOA) shotshell product line offers competitive shooters extensive plastic shotshell products.

Faxon Firearms Offers +3, +5 G19 Magazine Extensions

To start, remove the baseplate from an existing OEM Glock 19 magazine. Having a baseplate removal tool makes this easier. When you take the baseplate off, be sure to capture the magazine spring with a finger.

Gun News, Good and Bad

Over the past three years, historic numbers of Americans legally purchased a firearm. According to Larry Keane, senior vice president and general counsel of...