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Browning Hi-Power 1979 9mm Luger

In this day of polymer-frame striker-fired pistols stamped out by the thousands, there is still a place for customized handguns, made with skill and detail. We recently elected to test two such 9mm handguns from custom shops, both being double-action-first-shot pistols with metal frames and hammer-fired mechanisms. For contrast, we also shot a Browning Hi-Power […]

Guncrafter Industries Executive CZ 75B 9mm Luger

In this day of polymer-frame striker-fired pistols stamped out by the thousands, there is still a place for customized handguns, made with skill and detail. We recently elected to test two such 9mm handguns from custom shops, both being double-action-first-shot pistols with metal frames and hammer-fired mechanisms. For contrast, we also shot a Browning Hi-Power […]

Taurus Is Getting Busy with New Guns in 9mm, 22, 460

The Taurus GX4 is a new micro-9mm pistol that is built on a stainless frame with a polymer grip. It is only 1 inch...

Springfield Ronin Operator PX9120L 45 ACP

Gun Tests Grade: A- OUR PICK $740 Some refer to the Springfield Ronin Operator as a “Retro” gun. If so, the Ronin Operator is reminiscent of high-end custom guns of a generation ago. Custom packages, including good sights, a beavertail grip safety, and a good trigger action, could run one $1000 or more on the […]

38 Special Loads: Federal’s Punch Is a ‘Best Buy’ Bullet

The 38 Special has been around since 1899. Originally loaded with a 158-grain roundnose bullet at 800 fps, the 38 Special has been regarded as the most powerful cartridge the occasional shooter may use well. In a mid-size revolver, the 38 is docile, accurate, and easily controlled. The problem is, wound ballistics are unimpressive, and […]

Tisas 1911 Duty SDS Imports 45 ACP

Gun Tests Grade: B Best Buy $449 The Tisas Duty is an upgraded version of the GI pistol offered by the Turkish maker, Tisas, and it’s brought into this country by SDS Imports of Knoxville, Tennessee. We looked it over and found an impressive array of features. The barrel was hammer forged and hard-chrome plated. […]

Metro Arms MAC Bobcut 1911 Deep Blue 45 ACP

Gun Tests Grade: A- $902 Because this is a modern pistol intended for personal defense, we matched it up against the flashy Ronin. This gave us two steel-frame Government Model pistols, a steel-frame Commander, and an aluminum-frame Government Model. The Commander-size Bobcut was actually heavier than the full-length aluminum-frame Kimber Custom LW. The Metro was […]

Kimber Custom LW 37000597 45 ACP

Gun Test Grade: A- $709 Kimber hit the ground running with a pistol that covered many custom features previously found only on expensive custom items. While it is old news today, at the time it was introduced, the pistol was a sensation. The pistol tested was the “base” Kimber, the original Custom II with an […]

Tisas Regent BR9 9mm Luger

Gun Tests Grade: A- $558 We understand why FN/Browning discontinued the famous Hi-Power handgun: It simply became too expensive to compete in the current market. The Hi-Power, like the 1911, requires considerable handfitting. Its price could not be cut because of expensive handwork and fitting in the 1935 design. Since it has been decataloged, the […]

Zenith Tisas ZiG PCS9 9mm Luger

Gun Tests Grade: D $549 The majority of the Tisas 9mm Commander handguns we viewed on line were illustrated with checkered wooden grips. When ours arrived, it had G10 grips, which may be something of a bonus. The pistol is stainless steel and seemed nicely put together. When you compare the price to the features, […]

Ruger SR1911 6722 9mm Luger

Gun Tests Grade: A (Our PICK) $775 This is the most expensive pistol tested. As such, we expected good performance and reliability. We most recently tested this pistol in the May 2020 issue, wherein this pistol earned an A grade and was named Our Pick. We see no reason to change that thinking with this […]

Citadel M1911A1-CS CIT9MMCSP 9mm Luger

Gun Tests Grade: B (BEST BUY) $479 The Citadel 9mm is a 1911 type that operates in the same manner as the Ruger and the Tisas Commander, but it has the shortened slide and grip frame of the Officer’s Model, so it isn’t a Commander. The pistol features the Parkerized finish common to Philippine-produced 1911 […]

Miller v. Bonta Decision

Click the link below to see the entire Miller v. Bonta decision referenced in the August 2021 Downrange editorial. gov.uscourts.casd.642089.115.0_1