Pistols

Smith & Wesson M&P 40 M2.0 Compact 11522 40 S&W

The M&P40 M2.0, in our opinion, offers the best accuracy, grip customization, and recoil management for less money than the other pistols.

SIG Sauer P239 239M40BSS 40 S&W

The other hammer-fired pistol tested was a SIG P239. This was a police trade-in that came with three steel single-stack magazines. The P239 was produced from 1996 through 2018 and is a metal-frame pistol designed for conceal carry.

Faxon Firearms Offers +3, +5 G19 Magazine Extensions

To start, remove the baseplate from an existing OEM Glock 19 magazine. Having a baseplate removal tool makes this easier. When you take the baseplate off, be sure to capture the magazine spring with a finger.

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 โ€” 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$740Some refer to the Springfield Ronin Operator as a โ€œRetroโ€ gun. If so, the Ronin Operator is reminiscent of...

Tisas 1911 Duty SDS Imports 45 ACP

Gun Tests Grade: B Best Buy$449The Tisas Duty is an upgraded version of the GI pistol offered by the Turkish maker, Tisas, and itโ€™s...

Halfway There

On April 12, 2022, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed Senate Bill 319, Constitutional carry, into law. Constitutional carry in Georgia goes into effect immediately....