SHOT Show 2015: Smith & Wesson New Products Booth Tour

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Dan and I got a tour of the new-for-2015 products from S&W and Thompson/Center. Details in the video above, and a few photos follow. . .

S&W Share Price Jumps 18%, WSJ Blames ‘Paranoia’

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“Everybody needs money,” Danny DeVito sneers at Gene Hackman in David Mamet’s classic movie Heist, “That’s why they call it ‘money.’” If Smith & Wesson is making ‘money’ hand over…

Old From Smith & Wesson: Model 66 Revisited

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Smith & Wesson is bringing back the well-loved, if not outrageously over-engineered, Model 66 ‘Combat Magnum’ for 2014. The original Model 66 has been out of production for nine years,…

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New From Smith & Wesson: Model 69 L-Frame .44 Magnum

I’ve long wanted a Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum, but the considerable size and heft of their marvelous Model 29 and 629 revolvers have been among the factors that have…

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S&W Model 929 8-Shot Revolver Tells NY SAFE Act To FOAD

There are two definitions of legally diminished capacity in New York State. The first applies to the state’s ammunition magazines, now limited to ten rounds (of which you can only…

New From S&W: M&P C.O.R.E. 9mm

The M&P “Combat Optics Ready Equipment” version features a worked-over 4.5 pound trigger (slicker than buttered Teflon), and raised iron sights to allow co-witnessing with mini red-dot sights like the Trijicon RMR shown here. The slide also has a factory cutout and five adapter plates so you can mount the mini red-dot of your choice. Now I ought to point out that raised iron sights are also perfect for use with suppressors, but the M&P C.O.R.E. doesn’t come with a threaded barrel. Can you say ‘aftermarket?’ Price: $650.

The M&P “Combat Optics Ready Equipment” version features a worked-over 4.5 pound trigger (slicker than buttered Teflon), and raised iron sights to allow co-witnessing with mini red-dot sights like the…

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Gear Review: Elite Iron CQC 1 Tactical Muzzle Brake

As a resident of Big Sky Country I am constantly running into native companies that are making some very nice firearms products. Recently I came across one of these firms…

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I need a new wingman…uh…Wingmaster.

In my continuing effort to come up with a workable home defense strategy, some time back I bought a shotgun. Actually, let me be more specific. Sometime ago, I bought…

.38 Special Comparison: 3rd Place – Taurus Model 85

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It just so happens that three extremely-representative samples of these guns live in the nightstands of people in my family. My dad (who used to serve warrants as a part-time constable) owns probably the newest of these – the very-mainstream Taurus Model 85. My mom (a former Justice of the Peace who issued the warrants dad served) owns the original-and-even-more-ubiquitous Smith & Wesson Model 36. And last but not least, my 82-year-old grandmother packs in her pajama drawer one of the most premium small .38s ever produced – the iconic Colt Cobra, a derivative of the famous Colt Detective Special.