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Devil Dog Arms 4.25 Standard DDA-425-BO45 45 ACP

GUN TESTS GRADE: A- $1,150 This is a recent price at DevilDogArms.com. The Devil Dog Commander 45 is a distinctive handgun. The pistol is manufactured with forward cocking serrations and a flattop slide. The frame is cast, while the slide is forged steel. The flattop slide is attractive in a manner formerly reserved for much […]

Guncrafter Industries Commander GCI-COMM-RAIL-45-FCB-FCSS-AMBI 45 ACP

GUN TESTS GRADE: A (OUR PICK) $3,285 This is sometimes called the Gun With No Name, as there are no slide markings. We really like the smooth slide treatment. The serrated dished out slide rib is well done. We had elected to test three full-size 1911 handguns, one of them with a rail, and two […]

Springfield Armory Loaded Operator PX9105LL 45 ACP

GUN TESTS GRADE: A (BEST BUY) $1,162 This was a recent price at TombstoneTactical.com. When ordering this handgun, a letter makes a difference. The ML pistol is supplied with Pachmayr grips, as an example. That’s fine if that is preferred, but our rater ordering the Loaded Operator with G10 grips, or LL. There are several […]

Nighthawk Custom Falcon 45 ACP

GUN TESTS GRADE: A $3,699 This was a recent ordering price direct from NighthawkCustom.com. The Falcon is a 5-inch-barrel Government Model-type 1911 without a frame rail. Among the Nighthawk’s features is a mainspring housing and magazine well custom built from tool steel and de-horned to prevent sharp edges. The forward portion of the slide has […]

Dan Wesson 1911 Heritage RZ-45 01981 45 ACP

GUN TESTS GRADE: A- $1,227 This was a recent price at BudsGunShop.com, but the SKU is showing out of stock as we went to press. The company website shows it was discontinued in 2019. The Dan Wesson Heritage is a stainless steel Government-Model-size handgun. The pistol is well made of good material, and it’s free […]

Uberti Cattleman 22 356186 22 LR

GUN TESTS GRADE: A $453 This was also a recent pre-Covid price at BudsGunShop.com. The Cattleman 22 is a traditionally styled revolver with all the heft of centerfire single action. Unlike the other rimfires tested, which have a six-round capacity, the Cattleman 22 has a 12-round capacity. At first glance, it looks like a centerfire […]

Cimarron Plinkerton ASPLINK1 22 LR

GUN TESTS GRADE: B $172 This was a pre-shutdown price at BudsGunShop.com. The Cimarron Plinkerton is inexpensive and looked it. This model is actually discontinued by Cimarron, but it is available from Chiappa Firearms. The Plinkerton and the Chiappa 1873 SAA 22 are virtually the same revolver. Both are manufactured by Chiappa in Italy. The […]

Smith & Wesson M&P22 Compact 22 LR

GUN TESTS GRADE: A (OUR PICK) $286 The barrel is fixed. We liked the takedown; twist a lever and pull the slide back and up. The S&W is finished in a nice, dark anodizing on aluminum slide, and the frame is black polymer. The safety is ambidextrous. The slide lock is left hand only. The […]

Ruger Wrangler 2003 22 LR

GUN TESTS GRADE: A $210 This was also a BudsGunShop.com price prior to the lockdowns. We think old man Ruger would have been delighted with the manufacturing cost savings — which translates to less cost to the user — of the Wrangler because one of his company’s flagship products is the rimfire Single-Six. He may […]

Cowboy Plinker Shoot Out: Cimarron, Ruger, and Uberti

If we were to put together a list of top plinking pistols, we would have to put single-action rimfires at the top of that list. The ammo cost is low, recoil is nil, and muzzle blast is tolerable, especially for new shooters. To see which of three single-action wheelguns hit the tin can for us, […]

Testing New Rimfire Pistols from Glock, S&W, and Ruger

Within the past few months, two major firearms makers, Glock and Ruger, introduced 22 rimfire versions of popular centerfire handguns. Already in the smallbore pistol market is the Smith & Wesson M&P22. Most 22 pistols can be great trainers if they are rimfire twins of a centerfire handgun. For instance, the Smith & Wesson M&P22 […]

Ruger LCP II Lite Rack 13705 22 LR

GUN TESTS GRADE: B $299 The grip design and forward cocking serrations are each well designed and effective. The barrel doesn’t recoil with the slide, but it tilts a bit as the handgun recoils and the cartridge loads into the chamber. The recoil spring is tiny. One rater likened it to a ballpoint-pen spring. There […]

A Supreme Disappoinment

I was hopeful that the Supreme Court would take up at least one gun-rights case that had seemingly ripened enough for the justices to...