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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 […]

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. […]

Rock Island Armory VR80

GUN TESTS GRADE: B- $600 The Rock Island/Armscor VR80 is the newest version of the gas-operated magazine-fed self-loading shotgun offered by Rock Island Armory (RIA). The VR80 is manufactured in Turkey and branded by RIA. The shotgun resembles the AR-15 rifle. It isn’t an AR-15 and doesn’t use gas impingement or gas-operating-rod type actions as […]

Beretta 1201FP Review

GUN TESTS GRADE: B $500 The Beretta 1201FP is a little-known shotgun in comparison to the Benelli M4 or other Benelli series. The standard 1201 and 1301 shotguns are more common than the 1201FP tested here. The Beretta 1201 features the Benelli inertia-drive-type action. With few moving parts and a promise of low maintenance, the […]

Benelli M4 H2O Tactical Review

GUN TESTS GRADE: A (OUR PICK) $2000 The standard Benelli M4 generally may be found for $1799. We chose the H20 version. MSRP is $250 more than the price we found at Cabela’s. This version features a Titanium Cerakote finish. According to Benelli, the Cerakote finish on the new Benelli M4 H2O Tactical is proven […]

Remington V3 Tactical Review

GUN TESTS: A (BEST BUY) $850 The Remington V3 12-gauge self-loading shotgun features an all-black businesslike appearance. The shotgun is delivered with an 18.5-inch barrel without choke tubes. The V3 is a development of the Versa Max self-loading shotgun. The Versaport dual gas-piston system of the Versa Max is self regulating, and the length and […]

Throwing Shade on Lugers?

Re “Dufflebag Guns: We Test Four Shootable Older 9mm Pistols,” December 2020 Dear Todd, upon opening my mailbox and finding my December Gun Tests, I took it directly to the “Man Cave,” locked the door, and commenced reading the article on page 6, “Shooting Collectibles.” I must say I was shocked to see that my […]

Christensen Arms Ridgeline Review

GUN TESTS GRADE: A (OUR PICK) $1793 We tested this Christensen Arms Ridgeline in the November 2020 edition. If you haven’t already seen that issue, we urge you to go back and take a look. Without repeating everything from the first review here, suffice it to say that we were impressed with the Ridgeline. Our […]

Weatherby Mark V Backcountry Review

GUN TESTS GRADE: B+ $2249 Weatherby has long understood that speed kills. They wanted their own fast 6.5-caliber hunting round and decided to take a different path to get there. Weatherby made their mark producing rifles that shot screaming fast, proprietary cartridges. Starting with the development of their 300 Weatherby Magnum in 1944, Weatherby has […]

Seekins Precision Havak Pro Hunter Review

GUN TESTS GRADE: A $1895 The barrel on the Seekins grabs your eyes right off the bat. All five of our test rifles did different things to help keep weight down. The Havak Pro Hunter 2 uses six deep spiral flutes to cut down on weight and increase cooling surface area while maintaining the stiffness […]

Colt Python (2020) PYTHON-SP6WTS 357 Magnum Review

GUN TESTS GRADE: A $1800 The new 6-inch Python has all the same attributes as the 4.25-inch model. No need to repeat except to say the trigger was also superb. The DA pull was 9.7 pounds, and the SA pull measured 5.8 pounds. The extra heft of the 6-incher makes it more forgiving with less […]

Something Odd Just Happened

On December 23, 2020, Marvin G. Richardson, associate deputy director (ADD) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE), withdrew the “notice...