Gun Review: Magnum Research Baby Desert Eagle III in .40 S&W

After the infamous 1986 Miami shootout the FBI convinced itself that its agents were under-gunned. Special Agent-in-Charge John Hall of the Firearms Training Unit channeled his inner Scotty, declaring “we need more power!” The Agency adopted handguns firing Smith & Wesson’s how-about-this-then necked-down 10mm cartridge. Yaysayers claimed .40 S&W offered more stopping power than 9mm and greater carrying capacity than a .45. True, but… […]

Gun Review: CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow Target Custom

(This is a reader-submitted review as part of our gun review contest. See details here.) By David Blanton If you’re the type of person whose eyes instinctively dart for the nearest target every time you hear an electronic beep and know the inviolable sanctity of the 11th commandment (“Thou shalt not break the 180”), then […]

Gun Review: Remington V3 Field Sport Shotgun

If your father took the leap and bought one of those new-fangled auto-loading shotguns, there’s a good chance he bagged rabbits, busted clays, killed turkeys or downed ducks with an elegant Remington 1100 or the more workmanlike (but versatile) Remington 11-87. Big Green still sells both guns, in large numbers, for good reason. They remain useful, reliable and affordable firearms. Yes, but […]

Gun Review: War Sport GPR-CC Rifle

After years of reading “Meh, another overpriced AR” hundreds of times in the comments section here, I’ve come to the conclusion that a certain vocal portion of our readership will never see the value in spending car downpayment money on a modern sporting rifle. As a guy who has seen what $100 worth of training buys, […]

Gun Review: Ruger LC9s Pro

By Daniel English If you poll gun owners about what they consider to be the most appropriate handgun for concealed carry, you’ll likely get answers ranging from a .22 mini revolver to a .50 AE Desert Eagle. Suffice it to say that opinions vary, and it’s up to each individual to decide what size gun […]

Gun Review: Lancer Systems L30 Heavy Metal Rifle

Lancer Systems, manufacturer of the best 5.56 and 7.62 AR magazines on the market, was kind enough to loan me a L30 Heavy Metal rifle for use in my .308 Muzzle Brake Test. Although I had already shot L30s in all of the available configurations, even winning a gun writer competition with one, I still couldn’t […]

Gun Review: FN M249S Semi-Automatic SAW

FN Manufacturing has been cranking out weapons in Columbia, South Carolina for the U.S. military for years now, winning contracts for everything from the infantry man’s friend, the M4, through the explosively fun M240B. Up until last year the civilian side of the house had been forbidden from offering civvy-legal versions of their military guns — […]

Gun Review: Kahr Arms CW380

Just because I carry a boat anchor cleverly disguised as a 1911 doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate a gun that’s roughly the same size and weight as an iPhone 6+. Pocket pistols have their place. Guess where? And no, I’m not a hypocrite. When I advise people to schlep the heaviest gun they can comfortably carry I’m aware […]

Gun Review: STI DVC 3-Gun 9mm 1911

It’s been a while since I’ve put many rounds through a dedicated race gun and I forgot how much fun and easy it can be. Plus, punching the center out of an IDPA target at 35 yards in fairly quick fire can make it look like even I know what I’m doing. The STI DVC […]

Gun Review: TriStar TT-15 Top Single Trap Shotgun

Trap shooters are an odd lot. While every kind of shooting has its own variations of guns and equipment, trap devotees and their tools seem just a little more out there than most. Whether it’s the glasses, the gear or the extra-long barreled smoothbores, shooting trap is its own animal. So when TriStar announced that […]