January 2007

Big-Bore Sub-Compacts: We Test a Quintet of Good Guns

We recently shot the Taurus PT145, Glock’s Models 30 and 39, the Smith & Wesson CS45, and Springfield Armory’s XD SC HC side by side. The winners? We’d go with the PT or XD.

Big guns may be the stuff of movie legends but in the world of the CHL (concealed handgun license), smaller pistols are more likely the stars. We recently tested five smallish guns that shoot big bullets: They were the $566 .40 S&W Springfield XD40 SC HC, Glock’s $614 .45 GAP Model 39, and three others chambered for .45 ACP.

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