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Springfield Armory Emissary PX9220L 45 ACP

This is a pricey pistol but a very good one. The handle is nicely designed for maximum adhesion and abrasion. The sights are among the best personal-defense sights we have tested, bar none. The trigger action is the best of the test. The Emissary is a modern 1911 with unique features.

Springfield Armory Loaded Operator PX9105LL18 45 ACP

Reliable. This is a pistol well suited to tactical use. The finish is easily the most durable of the pistols tested. Pricey, but a very good example of the 1911. The trigger is the heaviest of the test, but smooth. The Operator’s three-dot sights and hand-filling grips added up to good accuracy potential.

Springfield Armory Garrison PX9420 45 ACP

Reliable and well suited to personal defense. Good sights, a good trigger, and feeds with reliability. We didn’t like the slim grips, but they are easily changed to something you prefer. The Garrison uses a standard barrel bushing and recoil-spring lockup. This is a lot of gun for the dollar.

Smith & Wesson Model 66 10061 357 Magnum

The Model 66 Combat Magnum was introduced in 1971 and produced until 2005, when it was discontinued. It went through seven design changes during that time.

Rock Island Armory AL3.1 3520S 357 Magnum

Our expectations were high for the Czech-made AL3.1, having tested the AL3.0 in the May 2020 issue. The matte-stainless finish was okay.

Ruger GP100 Model 1790 357 Magnum

Ruger and Talo Distributors teamed up to create this variant of the GP100, which features a 2.5-inch barrel, compact grip, green fiber-optic front sight, and adjustable rear sight. In hand, this GP100 weighs in at 36 ounces unloaded.

Mossberg MC2c 89031 9mm Luger

The Mossberg MC2c starts off with a slide just over 0.9 inch wide by our measurement. It has a flat top and beveled upper edges. The nose has been rounded for easy insertion into a holster.

Colt King Cobra Target Model KCOBRA-SB4TS 38 Special/357 Magnum

One of the newer members of Colt’s snake-gun line is the King Cobra Target. We reviewed the King Cobra in 2020 and thought it was a good option for EDC, giving it an A rating. The

Ruger Security-Six 38 Special/357 Magnum

The Security-Six debuted in 1972 and was Ruger’s first DA/SA revolver. It spawned a number of models, including the Service-Six and Speed-Six. About 1.5 million Security-Six models were built and used by various LE agencies

Rossi Rimfire Rifle RS22L1811-TH 22 LR

A couple of years ago, it wasn’t unusual to see the RS22 for sale for $110, and we think the record for low price was $99. With supply coming back, we think you will be able to find this rifle for $139 or so, as one of our raters recently did.

Kimber K6s Model DASA 4-Inch Target 3400031 38 Special 357 Magnum

The DASA 4-inch Target shares the same frame as the snubnose iterations of K6s and the same traits: slab-side cylinder, flat-bottom trigger guard, and high grip.

Winchester Wildcat 521100102 22 LR

We waited more than a year and a half to obtain the Wildcat, despite its introduction in 2019. They were scarce. An interesting feature is that the rifle uses a striker-fired ignition.

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