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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 […]

Smith & Wesson Performance Center Shield 2.0 11786 9mm Luger

GUN TESTS GRADE: A $735 The Smith & Wesson Shield has been one of the biggest success stories in American firearms history. Introduced in 2012, S&W now reports sales of more than 3 million units. It is small, easy to carry, and shoots well. It is also relatively inexpensive. What’s not to like? Except, perhaps, […]

Springfield Armory Hellcat Micro-Compact OSP HC9319BOSP 9mm Luger

GUN TESTS GRADE: A (OUR PICK) $550 The Springfield Armory Hellcat OSP (Optical Sight Pistol) is the newest entrant in this playing field, having just been introduced in October 2019. While the other pistols tested in this group were slightly larger than other versions of the same firearm, it would appear that Springfield decided to […]

Walther PPS M2 2805961 9mm Luger

GUN TESTS GRADE: A (BEST BUY) $649 The PPS M2 is one of the newer creations from Carl Walther in Germany and is imported by Walther Arms, Inc. in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. As the designer and manufacturer of the famous PPK, Walther knows a thing or two about concealment pistols. This latest iteration is also […]

SIG Sauer P365XL 365XL9BXR3 9mm Luger

GUN TESTS GRADE: A $579 SIG Sauer’s slightly larger version of the very popular P365 is called the P365XL, which adds another 0.6 inch to the barrel and lengthens the grip frame just enough to add two rounds to the capacity of a flush-fit magazine, bringing the total available to 12 in the mag. SIG […]


Our Pick: The National Match Colt is the most accurate handgun tested by a considerable margin.

President Joe Biden and Guns

You’ll recall that in the October 2020 issue, I cut-and-pasted almost all of then-presidential candidate Joe Biden’s gun-regulation plans listed on his website, with...