July 2019

Features

Inexpensive Commanders: DE, Iver Johnson, Taurus, Kimber

Subscribers Only — Among the most popular handguns of the previous 70 years is the Commander-type 1911 45 ACP. The Commander is a shortened version of the original 1911 and was introduced to compete for a military contract way back in the day. Like the modern Glock 19X and Beretta APX, the Colt Commander was not adopted by the U.S. Army, but it proved to be a commercial success, nonetheless. The Commander was a Government Model modified with a shorter slide and barrel and shorter dust cover on the frame. A rowel-type hammer and short grip safety completed the modifications. The original Commander retained the Government Model’s barrel bushing, but the bushing was shortened. Today, there are numerous variations of these features, but the length of the slide and frame are used to identify the pistol as a Commander Model.   More...

VALUE GUIDE: 1911 Pistols

Subscribers Only — VALUE GUIDE: SHORTER 1911 PISTOLS GUN NAME ISSUE GRADE COMMENTS Metro Arms Co. MAC 1911 Bobcut M19BC45C 45 ACP, $746 Oct. 2018 A The Bobcut offers a crisp trigger pull and bobbed grip for better concealment. American Classic Commander ACC45C 45 ACP, $568 Oct. 2018 A- Our only ding is the lack of a serrated front grip strap. Taurus 1911 Commander 1-191101COM 45 ACP, $459 Oct. 2018 A- The trigger was a bit too heavy, but the sights are good. Great fit and finish. …   More...

9mm Slimline Pistol Shootout: New Glocks & Mossberg Vie

The growth of the concealable 9mm Luger handgun market continues to grow apace, with seemingly dozens of new models being introduced every year from makers all over the world. This suggests a vital and interested market because manufacturers wouldn’t be building guns for people who wouldn’t buy them. That includes Gun Tests readers, of course, who are always on the lookout for a better mousetrap. Here, we look at three new models from two manufacturers, Glock and Mossberg. Yep, you read that right. The well-known shotgun and rifle maker is dipping a toe into the sidearm market as well — and why not? Perhaps Mossberg has studied the pistol market long and hard and found holes in the function and form of the existing selections. Our range testing would find out.   More...

Interpretations of ‘Scouts’ from Ruger, Savage, Mossberg

Subscribers Only — While these three rifles did check off some of the boxes for the Scout specs, they all fell short of being a true Scout Rifle, at least going by Cooper’s definition. But would we want to carry these rifles for long periods of time, and could we easily hit a target out to 100 yards? Yes, most definitely.   More...

VALUE GUIDE: SHORT-ACTION RIFLES (MULTIPLE CHAMBERINGS)

Subscribers Only — VALUE GUIDE: SHORT-Action Rifles (MULTIPLE CHAMBERINGS) GUN NAME ISSUE GRADE COMMENTS Savage 110 Apex Storm XP 57344 6.5 Creedmoor, $605 June 2019 A- Best Buy. Accurate, reliable, and fast handling. The Vortex scope is a credible optic.   Mauser M18 M18065P 6.5 PRC, $628 June 2019 A- Accurate and reliable. The rifle is expensive compared to the others. Savage Axis II XP Rifle 57289 6.5 Creedmoor, $400 June 2019 B+ A credible choice. We would save a few more weeks to buy the Apex. …   More...

Tested: Ankle-Worn Medical Kits from Galco and Rescue E

Subscribers Only — When it comes to mainline sports and recreation, safety precautions are as common as the activities themselves. Visit any sporting-goods store, and you’ll see helmets being sold in the bicycle department, life preservers in the boating department, and first aid in the camping aisles.However, that’s not always true for the shooting sports.   More...

VALUE GUIDE: 9MM HANDGUN RANKINGS

Subscribers Only — VALUE GUIDE: RECENT 9MM HANDGUN RANKINGS GUN NAME ISSUE GRADE COMMENTS Springfield XD(M) 4.5 XDMT9459FDEHCE TB 9mm, $505 Apr. 2019 A Our Pick as a personal-defense, home- defense, and tactical pistol. Glock G34 Gen5 MOS PA3430103MOS 9mm, $710 Apr. 2019 A The Gen5 guns are the best yet, with superior accuracy and features over earlier Glocks. CZ-USA CZ P0-9 91620 9mm Luger, $402 Apr. 2019 B Best Buy. CZ has managed to pack a lot of value into the P0-9. 19-round magazine. …   More...

Taurus Model 66 38 Sp. +P/357 Magnum, $325

When we began testing the 4-inch 357s, we wondered if a longer barrel, such as the 6-inch Taurus 66 357 Magnum, might give us the best of both worlds. It is a K-frame revolver like the Combat Magnum, but a 6-inch barrel might give us good velocity and accuracy. We were disappointed in its performance. Still, we would have got our money’s worth for a modestly priced recreational and home-defense revolver.   More...

NRA Annual Meetings 2013

The recently concluded National Rifle Association 142nd Annual Meetings & Exhibits, held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston May 3-5, set attendance records that are likely to stand awhile. More than 86,000 Second Amendment supporters attended the NRA’s annual meeting in Houston last month, shattering the previous attendance record by almost 15,000, said NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam.   More...