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Heritage Rough Rider Tactical Cowboy RR22B6-TH 22 LR/22 Magnum

We really liked this inexpensive but useful revolver. Accuracy is good to excellent, and the sights are the best of the test. The ability to mount a red-dot sight is very interesting. This is a lot of gun for the money.

Ruger Wrangler Birdshead 2030 22 LR

The Wrangler is a well-made handgun. There is no faulting its reliability. The Wrangler Birdshead handles well and is fast into action. The problem is the sights. The sights simply fade out and are difficult to see, making its practical accuracy the poorest of the three revolvers tested.

SIG Sauer P938 Legion No. 938-9-Legion 9mm Luger

The form of this pistol closely mimics that of a 1911 and, as such, the early versions have nice crisp edges on the slide and frame.

Smith & Wesson CSX 12615 9mm Luger

S&W engineers put some thought into the bottom end of the CSX. Instead of polymer used for the Shield frame, the CSX frame is made of aluminum alloy with a matte-black finish.

9mm Luger Personal Defense Ammunition Testing

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Rock Island Armory XT 22 51996 22 Magnum

As tested with an additional magazine we bought separately and a Wilson Combat Slide Lock, the total comes to $614.

KelTec PMR-30 PMR30TACGY 22 Magnum

The PMR-30 has been out the longest of the three handguns and still appears futuristic in profile.

Walther WMP 5220300 22 Magnum

The Walther WMP has received a lot of attention. Walther’s ad campaign stresses a duty to be ready.

Canik METE SFT HG5636-N 9mm Luger

In hand, the full-size SFT has nice balance and grip. The beavertail is extended. The grip girth is manageable for small-handed shooters.

Girsan MC28 SA 390100 9mm Luger

Modular back straps seem to be the norm with striker-fire pistols, and the Girsan provides three options: small, medium, and large. A tool is provided to push out the plastic pin that holds the back strap in place.

IWI Masada M9ORP17 9mm Luger

Most striker-fire pistols use a trigger bar assembly that articulates, with the striker acting as both a trigger bar and a sear.

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