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Smith & Wesson Performance Center Pro Series Model 640 178044 38 Special/357 Magnum

The Smith & Wesson 640 Pro doesn’t use the company’s controversial action lock, which isn’t desirable on a hard-use Magnum revolver. While problems are few on most wheelguns, one is too many in personal defense.

Taurus Defender 605 2-60539NS Special/357 Magnum

The revolver’s satin stainless finish is attractive. Unlike the highly polished Smith & Wesson 640 Pro, the Defender and the Boxer revolvers each use a matte finish. The Defender features rubber grips.

Charter Arms Boxer 53620 38 Special

The revolver tested is the new Charter Arms Boxer 38 Special. This is an outgrowth of the Charter Arms Bulldog revolver. Charter Arms has offered six-shot 32-caliber revolvers on the five-shot 38 frame and five-shot 32 Magnum revolvers, as well as various rimfire models.

Walther PDP F-Series 4-Inch 2842734 9mm Luger

The grip is the story with the F-Series pistol, and we found the grip is nicely textured and offers an ideal balance of abrasion and adhesion.

Canik TP9 Elite SC HG5610T 9mm Luger

The pistol is supplied with a hard-plastic case. Two backstraps, a standard and extended magazine, mounting plate for a red dot, Allen wrench, a manual, and a credible plastic holster are included.

Shadow Systems MR920 Combat 9mm Luger

Despite there being a bad shortage of 9mm handguns a couple of years ago, in 2023 many well-known brands are reasonably available and are...

FN America Introduces Two FN Reflex Micro Compact 9mm Pistols

FN America's new micro-compact pistols are the FN Reflex and Reflex MRD 9mm pistols. The pistols are available in both standard and MRD (micro...

Davidson’s Rolls Out Exclusive Girsan MC P35 PI OPS Pistol

Davidson’s, a firearms, ammunition, optics, and accessories wholesalers, has announced an Exclusive pistol produced in conjunction with EAA/Girsan — the MC P35 PI OPS. The...

SIG Sauer Expands Legion Series with P320-AXG Legion

SIG Sauer's newest Legion pistol is the P320-AXG Legion, which features a new two-port slide and aluminum X-Series Grip (AXG) module. The P320-AXG Legion is...

5 Best 380 ACP Pistols for Concealed Carry

Over the years, Gun Tests Magazine has reviewed more than 25 concealable pistols chambered in 380 ACP. Of these compact and subcompact handguns, here...

Diamondback Sidekick DB0500A001 22 LR/22 WMR

The Sidekick’s switchable cylinders are quite an innovation. The double-action trigger press is nothing to write home about, while the single-action trigger press is easily the best of the test. The pistol is accurate enough for most uses. We found sight regulation to be slightly off, but it would have been easily fixed.

Court Ruling Supports Carry Reciprocity

I’m looking at a remarkable opinion by Massachusetts District Court Associate Justice John F. Coffey, who ordered on August 3, 2023, that the state’s...