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Smith & Wesson Model 29-2 44 Magnum

We owe much of the 44 Magnum concept to the late Elmer Keith. Mr. Keith spent a good bit of the early to middle parts of the last century working with (and sometimes blowing up) hot-loaded 44 Special revolvers. As with many great experimenters, he did not let setbacks stop his work. Convinced of the practicality and efficacy of a max-loaded 44, he finally won Smith & Wesson over to his way of thinking, along with Remington ammunition. The revolver that became what we know as the Model 29 (and what Clint Eastwood made really famous in 1971) was introduced in late 1955.

Taurus Model 44 2-440049 44 Magnum

The Taurus M44 brings many of the changes S&W decided were good for its guns. This genre of handgun tends to spend much of its working time in the outdoors, in inclement weather and in sweaty holsters, making stainless-steel construction preferable to blued carbon steel.

CZ-USA CZ 75B Urban Grey Suppressor-Ready Omega 91235 9mm Luger

We tested a factory gun, a CZ-USA CZ 75B Urban Grey Suppressor-Ready Omega 91235 pistol, alongside the custom units to give us a reminder of what a well-appointed factory handgun felt and shot like — and which cost one half, one third, or one quarter of what the custom units might command today. The primary […]

Beretta Wilson Combat 92G Centurion

In this day of polymer-frame striker-fired pistols stamped out by the thousands, there is still a place for customized handguns, made with skill and detail. We recently elected to test two such 9mm handguns from custom shops, both being double-action-first-shot pistols with metal frames and hammer-fired mechanisms. For contrast, we also shot a Browning Hi-Power […]

Browning Hi-Power 1979 9mm Luger

In this day of polymer-frame striker-fired pistols stamped out by the thousands, there is still a place for customized handguns, made with skill and detail. We recently elected to test two such 9mm handguns from custom shops, both being double-action-first-shot pistols with metal frames and hammer-fired mechanisms. For contrast, we also shot a Browning Hi-Power […]

Guncrafter Industries Executive CZ 75B 9mm Luger

In this day of polymer-frame striker-fired pistols stamped out by the thousands, there is still a place for customized handguns, made with skill and detail. We recently elected to test two such 9mm handguns from custom shops, both being double-action-first-shot pistols with metal frames and hammer-fired mechanisms. For contrast, we also shot a Browning Hi-Power […]

Taurus Is Getting Busy with New Guns in 9mm, 22, 460

The Taurus GX4 is a new micro-9mm pistol that is built on a stainless frame with a polymer grip. It is only 1 inch...

Springfield Ronin Operator PX9120L 45 ACP

Gun Tests Grade: A- OUR PICK $740 Some refer to the Springfield Ronin Operator as a “Retro” gun. If so, the Ronin Operator is reminiscent of high-end custom guns of a generation ago. Custom packages, including good sights, a beavertail grip safety, and a good trigger action, could run one $1000 or more on the […]

Tisas 1911 Duty SDS Imports 45 ACP

Gun Tests Grade: B Best Buy $449 The Tisas Duty is an upgraded version of the GI pistol offered by the Turkish maker, Tisas, and it’s brought into this country by SDS Imports of Knoxville, Tennessee. We looked it over and found an impressive array of features. The barrel was hammer forged and hard-chrome plated. […]

Metro Arms MAC Bobcut 1911 Deep Blue 45 ACP

Gun Tests Grade: A- $902 Because this is a modern pistol intended for personal defense, we matched it up against the flashy Ronin. This gave us two steel-frame Government Model pistols, a steel-frame Commander, and an aluminum-frame Government Model. The Commander-size Bobcut was actually heavier than the full-length aluminum-frame Kimber Custom LW. The Metro was […]

Kimber Custom LW 37000597 45 ACP

Gun Test Grade: A- $709 Kimber hit the ground running with a pistol that covered many custom features previously found only on expensive custom items. While it is old news today, at the time it was introduced, the pistol was a sensation. The pistol tested was the “base” Kimber, the original Custom II with an […]

Tisas Regent BR9 9mm Luger

Gun Tests Grade: A- $558 We understand why FN/Browning discontinued the famous Hi-Power handgun: It simply became too expensive to compete in the current market. The Hi-Power, like the 1911, requires considerable handfitting. Its price could not be cut because of expensive handwork and fitting in the 1935 design. Since it has been decataloged, the […]

Russian Ammo Ban Is Here

Well, no surprise, it looks like the Biden Administration is trying its best to choke off a major supplier of inexpensive ammunition to the...