September 2019

So Many Good Guns

But I believe real-life owners of guns — purchasers — usually tell more truth about product performance in the comments sections of various retailers. I assiduously read such comments, looking for online complaints that are worth checking out when I buy our guns and shoot them head to head. If we can’t duplicate an issue that has come up, we don’t report it — it’s just gossip if we can’t document it ourselves. But, occasionally, a nugget will drop out of the online compost, making the experience worthwhile   More...

The Value of Ankle Med Kits

Reader field-tests the Rescue Essentials kit on the job for years and has some thoughts on its usefulness and drawbacks. Reader GW points out that some states have outlawed self-defense coverage.   More...

40 S&W Compacts: Taurus, Kahr, S&W, Springfield, & SIG

Despite a noticeable drop in popularity and sales, the 40 S&W handgun is far from being a dead issue. Quite a few shooters realize that the 40 is just the bridge between the 45 and 9mm that it was meant to be. The 40 hits hard and enjoys an excellent reputation in police service. Wound ballistics are excellent. The 40 may be shoehorned into a 9mm-size frame. The single downside seems to be increased recoil over the 9mm and a loss in capacity that amounts to a cartridge or two compared to the 9mm. Let’s look at some of the options in a carry gun in this caliber. We chose subcompact handguns for review, with an emphasis on concealed carry, which would emphasize both the recoil and capacity drawbacks. After a thorough test, we found five good handguns, including one we like the best.   More...

VALUE GUIDE: RECENT SELF-DEFENSE SHOTGUN RANKINGS

Subscribers Only — GUN NAME ISSUE GRADE COMMENTS Mossberg 590 Shockwave Model 50657 20 Gauge, $455 Mar. 2019 A The Shockwave in 20 gauge substantially reduces felt recoil. We liked the strapped forend. Mossberg 590 Shockwave Model 50649 .410 Bore, $455 Mar. 2019 A Loaded with one of the specialty 410 defense loads, this would make a good home-defense choice. Remington Model 870 TAC-14 81145 20 Gauge, $464 …   More...