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Ruger American Pistol Pro Duty 10 08607 9mm Luger

GUN TESTS GRADE: A (OUR PICK) $579 As determined by figures released by the BATFE (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives), Ruger is now No. 1 among American firearms producers. The American series is their latest product in the defensive-handgun category. To make its capacity more in line with the others, we got a […]

Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield EZ NTS 12437 9mm Luger

GUN TESTS GRADE: A- $479 Smaller stature, injury, and age can bring the best of us to a point where firearms can be difficult to manipulate. Magazines can be hard to load. Slides become hard to cycle. Technique can obviate some of those problems, but not all of them and not always. A few years […]

Taurus G3C 1-G3C931 9mm Luger

GUN TESTS GRADE: B+ (BEST BUY) $306 Taurus has a long-standing and well-deserved reputation for producing inexpensive firearms. In their case, inexpensive does not necessarily mean cheap. They seem to find a way to pack a lot of features into a firearm that doesn’t cost so much. We know any number of devotees of their […]

KelTec PF9 Blued/Black 9mm Luger

GUN TESTS GRADE: B+ $358 We at Gun Tests have examined any number of KelTec designs, with the most recent being the company’s PMR30, a high-capacity 22 Magnum in the October 2020 edition. On the whole, we have found KelTecs to be inexpensive, functional firearms whose designs are usually simple. The PF9 continues that trend. […]

Sturm, Ruger & Co. Ruger-57 16401 5.7x28mm

GUN TESTS GRADE: A $749 The Ruger-57 is a hammer-fired delayed-blowback semi-auto pistol. When the trigger is pressed, the pistol fires essentially single-action with the barely-visible internal hammer having been cocked by the reciprocating alloy-steel slide. Unlike most blowback designs, where the barrel is fixed, the barrel on the 57 moves to the rear for […]


GUN TESTS GRADE: A- (BEST BUY) $429 KelTec CNC Industries, Inc., aka KelTec, is the brainchild of George Kellgren. A Swedish engineer and designer, he started KelTec in 1991 and has been manufacturing firearms since 1995. Located in Cocoa, Florida, the company is well known for innovative designs. In 2008, Tobias Obermeit, KelTec’s chief engineer, […]

Rock Island Armory TCM044816 22 TCM

GUN TESTS GRADE: A (OUR PICK) $460 The Rock Island 1911 produced the best times on two of the three speed drills and displayed the best accuracy with the one type of ammo we could secure for testing. The workmanship was excellent. Movies take us back in time, and so does this pistol. Everything about […]

Springfield Armory XD-M 5.25 XDM952510BHCE 10mm Auto

GUN TESTS GRADE: A- (BEST BUY) $681 The XD-M is made in Karlovac, Croatia by HS Product and has been imported by Springfield Armory since 2002. The match version (the reason for the “M” suffix) was introduced in 2009. Various XD iterations have been tested by Gun Tests over the years to very good reviews. […]

SIG Sauer Tacops 1911R-10-TACOPS 10mm Auto

GUN TESTS GRADE: B-/A $1050 Recent SIG Sauer 1911s tend to be a bit different. The slide is not mil-spec nor is the muzzle. When you order a holster for a SIG 1911, make sure you tell them it is a SIG, because they don’t fit in tight standard rigs. Our Tacops sample is no […]

Colt Delta Elite 02020RG 10mm Auto

GUN TESTS GRADE: A- $1134 We won’t call the look two-tone, but the Colt Delta Elite 10mm is a beautiful contrast of finishes. Flat surfaces on the pistol are a smooth, brushed finish with all curved or cast parts showing a bead-blasted look. The lines on the frame and slide delineating the two are sharp […]

Success with the Legend Round

Re “350 Legend Bolt-Actions from Winchester, Savage, and Ruger,” July 2020 I purchased a Ruger American Ranch Rifle in 350 Legend and used it last deer season. I shot a buck at about 40 yards using Hornady’s 170-grain round, and it really brought him down with just one shot. Also, used it on a coyote […]

Red-Dot EDC Pistols from SIG, S&W, Walther, and Springfield

It may be too simplistic to suggest that competition drives most of the technical advances in the USA today, but sports are nothing if not competition. Just like NASCAR or Formula One racing, technology filters down to the family SUV, the technological advances developed for competitive shooting wind up, eventually, in your everyday carry pistol […]

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...