Highly polished blued steel and checkered walnut are the earmarks of earlier S&W handguns, and the Chiefs Special was no exception. We found some machining marks, and as collectors know, the older the better for finest vintage Smith quality. We liked this gun, but would have liked it more if the hammer had not been cut off. Still, we did our best and fastest DA work with it.
Did you know that a retired associate justice of the United States Supreme Court had penned a New York Times op-ed entitled, John Paul Stevens: Repeal the Second Amendment? In his op-ed, Stevens (nominated by a Republican president) praises the work of the March for Our Lives organizers and urges the group to seek more effective and more lasting reform via a repeal of the Second Amendment. He calls the Second Amendment a relic of the 18th century. Read More
Gun Tests reporters and editors on the scene at SHOT Show 2018 in Las Vegas scoured the show for new pistol and handgun accessory entries for our readers to consider this year. Amazingly, a handgun made of steel with a design more than 100 years old the fabled 1911 still drives the market. A third of the new guns that follow are based on this legendary platform, followed closely by pocket pistols, and its clear the revolver is not the antiquated firearm many assume. In fact, when it comes to handguns, 2018 is a good mix of old, new, plastic, and steel, with a wheelgun or two thrown in for good measure, along with loads for defensive handgun use to feed these new beasts. Heres a rundown on a few new handgun and ammunition choices for 2018 that our staff thought were notable and which well be looking to include in future issues. Read More
Reader Mike says hes the guy who gets all the duds when he buys ammo. We should thank him for his great public service. Also, Reader Bill thinks the M1 should have won a recent test. Read More
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