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A reader recently asked if we could run a test of compact 357 Magnum revolvers to see if there was any significant difference in performance and handling with different barrel lengths. We procured three suitable compact revolvers for testing which included a new Colt King Cobra with a 3-inch barrel, a used Rossi Model 971 […]
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Compact 357s from Rossi, Rock Island Armory, and Colt

A reader recently asked if we could run a test of compact 357 Magnum revolvers to see if there was any significant difference in performance and handling with different barrel lengths. We procured three suitable compact revolvers for testing which included a new Colt King Cobra with a 3-inch barrel, a used Rossi Model 971 […]
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Lightweight 1911 9MMs: We Test Ruger, Colt, Taurus, SA

The U.S. Army adopted the Colt Model 1892 New Revolver chambered in 38 Long Colt in – drum roll please – 1892. This chambering, which is roughly equivalent to a mild 148-grain wadcutter loading in 38 Special worked well until it had to be used in combat. The Spanish-American War brought American troops to the […]
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How to Get an Old Issue of GT

How to Get an Old Issue? I am curious as to the availability of past issues. I happened to be on the cover of the October 1997 issue, and I am looking to find an original issue (or good copy). I had a copy at some point but can only find a rough copy. If […]
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Dear Gun Tests Readers

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, there is no doubt we are in uncertain times. We at Gun Tests want to provide an update to our loyal readers about plans for the coming weeks and months as it relates to our ongoing gun-testing coverage. As a leading provider of reader-focused gun-testing content, we are […]
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22-Caliber Double Actions From Ruger, S&W, and Taurus

Rimfire revolvers offer a lot of plinking fun. They can also be great training guns to perfect revolver technique without the added cost and recoil of a centerfire revolver. We took a look at three revolvers, all of which have centerfire counterparts. Our test revolvers included an S&W Model 617-6 built on an L-Frame, a […]
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Shoulder Holsters Compared

A few months ago, a reader remarked favorably on our ongoing holster tests. The reader said that his orthopedic doctor opined that those carrying concealed handguns are best served with a shoulder holster. This load-bearing harness takes the weight of a handgun off the belt and puts it on the shoulders, so that the weight […]
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Download The Full April 2020 Issue PDF

  • 308 BOLT-ACTION RIFLES
  • 22-CALIBER WHEELGUNS
  • SHOULDER HOLSTERS COMPARED
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308 Bolt-Action Rifles: We Compare Four Head to Head

Many associate the 7.62x51mm cartridge with the American M-14, Belgian FN-FAL, and German G3 rifles. It was, indeed, developed with a military application in mind. Being approximately one-half inch shorter, as well as lighter, than the venerable 30-06 Springfield round, troops could carry more ammunition for the same weight and the bullet was only about […]
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Tips for the Older Shooter

We have heard from many Gun Tests readers who have been shooting most of their life but find their chosen handguns, such as the Commander 45 ACP or midsized-frame 357 Magnum, are more difficult to control with the onset of aging and muscle loss. In the current firearms market, choosing a handgun can be a […]
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Replicas of Famous Firearms, Part 2: Take a Pass on ISSC

In part one of our tests of eight 22 LR firearms that resemble famous battle rifles, we examined the Carl Walther HK MP5 A5, the Chiappa Arms M1 Carbine, the Carl Walther Colt M4, and GSG’s StG44. Now we’ll review the second set, which includes Anschütz’s MSR RX22 SCAR along with the very similar ISSC […]
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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 […]
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Download the Full March 2020 Issue PDF

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Better Gun Shopping

If you’re in the market for guns right now, you probably already know how things have changed in the last two months. Supplies of...