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Chiappa 1873 No. 340.250 22 LR

Gun Tests Grade: C $185 The Chiappa single-action revolver features a 10-shot cylinder. It is larger than two of the other revolvers tested because the Chiappa 1873 is closer to the Colt Single Action/Ruger New Vaquero frame size. Because the revolver is constructed of non-ferrous alloys, it remains light for the size. The Chiappa, then, […]

Ruger SR1911 Officer Stainless 06762

Gun Tests Grade: B $979 Well known (and justifiably so) for their 10/22s, single-action pistols, and 22 autos, as well as their centerfire rifles, Ruger got into the 1911 game a bit late — just about 100 years after Colt — but they have caught up in a big way. Not only did they take […]

Colt Defender Lightweight Stainless O7000XE

Gun Tests Grade: B+ $999 Colt debuted the original “Colt Officer’s ACP” in 1985. This first version was all steel. A lightweight, aluminum-framed version hit the market about a year later. One member of our test group owns one of the original models, and we were able to compare that pistol versus Colt’s 2020 submission. […]

Smith & Wesson Model 351 PD 160228 22 WMR

Gun Tests Grade: A $766 In our opinion, the Smith & Wesson Model 351 PD is highest on this 22 WMR revolver food chain. It offers good sights, light weight, a nice grip, and good accuracy. Of course, it also carries a heavy price tag. The 351 PD is built on S&W’s J-frame, and it […]

Taurus Model 942 2-942M029 22 WMR

Gun Tests Grade: B $309 The 942 is built on Taurus’s small revolver frame, similar to a S&W J-frame. Metal work was excellent, and the matte-stainless frame and barrel contrasted nicely with the chrome thumb piece, hammer, and trigger. In hand, this was a heavy subcompact revolver at 28.4 ounces loaded. It’s okay to drop […]

Ruger Model LCRx 5439 22 WMR

Gun Tests Grade: A- $599 In the middle of the 22 WMR snubnose food chain is the Ruger LCRx. We have tested the LCRx platform in other calibers in past issues and gave the 357 Magnum variant an A- grade. Ruger’s LCR model has an enclosed hammer, while the LCRx has an exposed hammer spur […]

Shadow Systems MR920 9mm Luger

GUN TESTS GRADE: A (OUR PICK) $800 This was recent price from VanceOutdoors.com. The Shadow Systems MR920 is a pistol that resembles the Glock 19 to a great extent, including size. This makes it the most suitable for concealed carry among the three pistols tested. The pistol is made in America, and while it handles […]


GUN TESTS GRADE: B $330 This was a recent in-stock price at ClassicFirearms.com. Also, the Tisas was in stock at more than a few outlets in February 2021. Our new-in-the-box example at the pawn shop sold for $299 out the door. This makes the PX-9 a very good buy. Tisas has manufactured a near-clone of […]

Sarsilmaz SAR9 9mm Luger

GUN TESTS GRADE: A- (BEST BUY) $400 The price reflects an in-stock price in mid-February 2021 at ClassicFirearms.com. The pistol is often found in gun shops at $439 average. The SAR9 seems to be more available than the other two, but this may change any moment. A rater found a dozen SAR9 pistols in a […]

Taurus Tracker 692 Review

GUN TESTS GRADE: A- $705 Next up is the Tracker 692, which costs $200 more than the RIA and offers the most versatility of any the revolvers in this match up because of it multi-caliber capability. The 692 fires 38 Special and 357 Magnums with one cylinder and 9mm with a second cylinder. A button […]

Rock Island Armory AL9.0 Review

GUN TESTS GRADE: A $599 The AL9.0 is imported by RIA from Czech Point, the U.S. location for Czech Small Arms located in Czech Republic. We tested a 357 Magnum version last year and found it to be a capable and accurate revolver. The same can be said with the AL9.0 9mm variant. The AL9.0 […]

Smith & Wesson Performance Center Model 986

GUN TESTS GRADE: A $1129 Nearly double the cost of the RIA, and a step up in performance, is the S&W 986. The 986 comes out of S&W’s Performance Shop, and it looks and performs like S&W took some thought about creating a 9mm revolver. The 968 is built on S&W’s L-frame, which was originally […]

Gun Takeaway Sweepstakes

If you have read this space for the last couple of issues, you’ll recall that I’ve asked what my fellow gun owners believe would...