Gun Review: Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle in Stainless

The weather here in Michigan has been pretty nasty this year. We’ve had absurdly low temperatures, tons of ice and snow, barely any sunlight, and bad outbreaks of cabin fever. While that seems bad, it is, in fact, the ideal conditions to test the stainless steel Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle. The rifle is built for […]

Gun Review: Mossberg 590 Shockwave 12 Gauge

“Not everything has to be about urban combat.” That was my justification for considering a Mossberg 590 Shockwave. I knew my more tactically “woke” friends would harangue me if I reviewed one. Pistol-grip-only (often called “cruiser grip”) shotguns aren’t looked upon favorably by most highly experienced self-defenders. I noted that the Shockwave doesn’t have a cruiser grip. Instead, it […]

Gun Review: Heckler and Koch SP5K 9mm Pistol

Over the last few years, we’ve all heard that one gun or the next will be the “MP5 Killer.” None of them have been that “MP5 killer.” In fact, roller lock firearms, and MP5 clones in general, are making a big comeback. Many companies are making inexpensive semi-automatic MP5 clones, and a few are making expensive […]

Gun Review: Remington 1911 R1 Enhanced Threaded Barrel

Remington’s R1 pistols have been around a while, being introduced in 2010 as a basic service-style build. In some respects, the R1 was a re-entry into the pistol market by the company, which produced pistols for use in World War I. More than 21,000 of the .45 ACP-chambered handguns were delivered by what was then […]

Gun Review: CZ 75 Compact 9mm

There’s unquestionably a dedicated cadre of CZ fanboys amongst our readership as well as in the general gun-owning community. There are plenty of very good reasons for that. The Czech pistols are time-tested, well-made, ultra-reliable and reasonably priced. In short you get a lot for your gun-buying dollar with a CZ handgun. I’ve never counted […]

Gun Review: SIG Sauer P220 Legion Full-Size .45 ACP

Though I have fired thousands of rounds through SIG Sauer‘s various P-series guns, I have never owned one. The manual of arms, the view from behind, the balance, the general feel, and the trigger have never really “done it” for me. But if I could afford it, I’d buy a P220 Legion today. SIG’s P220 […]

Gun Review: GLOCK G48 Single-Stack 9mm

GLOCK introduced the new Slimline model G48 earlier this year and showed it off at the SHOT Show. It’s actually a longer-slide version of their new G43X pistol. Since it’s the same size, some describe the G48 as a hybrid between the GLOCK G43X and the GLOCK 19. I would describe it as a two-tone, […]

Gun Review: GLOCK G19 Gen5 9mm Pistol

Reader Heather Myers writes: One of my first gun purchases was the Gen5 GLOCK 19. As a fairly new shooter I had just spent the past two years trying out every single gun I could rent at the range. I was looking for something that fit my hand, was easy to use and fairly simple […]

Gun Review: Kel-Tec CP33 .22LR Pistol

Thirty-three rounds. That’s 33. The Kel-Tec CP33 holds 33 rounds of .22 LR. Unless, of course, you slap on a little magazine extension and load up 50. Fifty rounds in a pistol magazine. A factory magazine. You have my attention. Boy oh boy is it easy and fun to go through all of that .22 […]