Gun Review: Beretta 92 FS Compact L

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(This is a reader gun review contest entry, click here for more details.)

By Chris Valle

Fabbrica d’Armi Pietro Beretta, founded in 1526, is the oldest firearms manufacturer still producing today. Over the last 450 years Beretta has gained a reputation as a high quality manufacturer of arms; from easily and cheaply produced submachine guns for military use to some of the world’s finest sporting shotguns. Here in the States Beretta is probably best known for their handguns. Most notably their 90-series pistols, a variant of which was adopted as the sidearm of the United States Armed Forces after a controversial-on-the-internet series of handgun trials beginning in the early 80’s . . .

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Gun Review: Polish WZ-48 .22LR Military Trainer

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By Brian Boonyalug

I fancy myself as somewhat of a casual collector of Mosin Nagants. While I have known of the Wz48 rifles for some time, it was not until early 2013 until I decided to pick one up. A Polish single shot military trainer modeled in the image of the Mosin Nagant M38 carbine (which itself shared similarities with the M44 carbine which Poland actually put into service). The WZ48 is now my go-to firearm to use to introduce new shooters into the world of shooting sports due to its simplicity and accuracy . . .

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Gun Review: Smith & Wesson 460XVR 3.5″

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Smith & Wesson’s 460XVR (X-treme Velocity Revolver) is a Performance Center hand cannon aimed squarely at the handgun hunting market. As if to evince the seriousness of its purpose, the snub-nosed 460XVR comes packaged in a plain white corrugated box, not the usual cardboard container gaily decorated with the vivid blue and white S&W colors. The box is highly utilitarian and can be used for many other purposes, such as shipping heavy machine parts or an improvised midnight burial of the neighbor’s Labrador . . .

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Letter to the Editor, Columbus Dispatch

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We, as citizens of this great country, need to realize that we are responsible for our own safety and well-being. When one is being victimized by a thug, the first five seconds of that encounter are absolutely the most important. I found that out eight and a half years ago when I was the victim of a home invasion. Because I was caught off-guard, I became a victim. I was forced into being reactive during the whole 25-minute episode . . .

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Gun Review: Colt Mustang Mark IV Series 80 Plus II

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By Bentley Lignell

Growing up in the 1990’s I feel like was a blessing and a curse as a gun enthusiast. Us darn kids got to grow up never knowing the struggle of watching all of favorite new rifles turn their beautiful wooden furniture in for synthetics. We weren’t blown away by Gaston’s “plastic” gun. But we didn’t ever truly gain a respect for what the 1911 did for auto-loading handguns. I literally can’t shoot a revolver, where I try to grip the gun is way too high. I can’t imagine heading to the range without a mag-loader and the majority of handguns I’ve owned have required a trigger pull to remove the slide . . .

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Gun Review: SIG SAUER X-Five Classic

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By Christopher Cicchitelli

A few weeks before my wedding, my soon-to-be wife informed me that we had to exchange wedding gifts with each other. Oh, and she had a piece of jewelry already picked out at Mr. Yurman’s store. Since it was required spending on my part, I offered her a compromise deal – she’d get her jewelry if I got an equivalent contribution to a new gun. Just two weeks later, she agreed . . .

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Gun Review: Lee-Enfield SMLE MkIII*

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By Broken Eight

I love the gun show. Ever since I’ve gotten into guns I’ve always enjoyed going. Sure, you can get better prices and more availability on the internets, but you don’t get the same experience of actually holding the gun in your hands, or the excitement of never knowing what you might find, what might jump out at you. At a particular gun show in August 2013, what jumped out at me (and followed me home) was none other than a Lee-Enfield SMLE MkIII* chambered in .303 British . . .

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Gun Review: FN PS90

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By Ed Rogers

For most of my life, I only discharged a rifle when I qualified during M-16 training. That was once every three years. Since I lived on base, I would have had to store any guns I owned in the base armory. It just wasn’t worth the hassle. It was after I retired from the USAF that I considered buying a gun for home protection (I’m too lazy to hunt). We bought an M15, since we were already familiar with the maintenance. Well, then we started looking at other guns…which leads me to today. There aren’t too many firearms that immediately scream ‘futuristic’ than the FN PS90 . . .

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Gun Review: Taurus Model 809 9mm

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By Aaron James

My father’s Llama Comanche .357 magnum rode faithfully in the console of his work truck for nearly 20 years, while also serving as his nightstand protector in between the highway miles. As happens with so many revolver guys, he decided last year to swap it for something with a bit more capacity. He’s no pistol buff, so he came to me with a list of features he wanted in his new handgun: semi-automatic, chambered in 9mm, full-size, hammer-fired, a manual safety, and a double-stack magazine for the added rounds. Plenty of fish in the sea fit that description. Oh, and one last requirement: keep it under $400 . . .

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Gun Review: Heckler & Koch P2000

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By Paul K.

Heckler & Koch P2000. Is it “In a world of compromises, some don’t”, or “Because you suck, and we hate you”? If you were born in the mid 80’s, you might understand the brainwashing that has been bestowed upon me about HK firearms. Between Tom Clancy, Metal Gear Solid, and the US SOCOM pistol trials, there has been a never ending craving to own what has been heralded as the best, most durable, most accurate, most awesomest combat pistol ever created. It’s true, Thor’s Hammer can be yours for only $1,800 in the form of the Heckler &Koch MK23 . . .

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Gun Review: LWRC M6IC

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By Paul Jeong

Inside an unassuming white cardboard box lies a rifle so superlative it draws comparisons to the legendary Red Ryder carbine-action, two hundred shot Range Model air rifle. This is the one rifle to rule them all. At least when you’re talking about AR-15s. The LWRC M6IC is Christmas morning in the shape of a rifle . . .

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