‘The Single Best Handgun Ever Made’

OK, this is possibly the mother of all flame-worthy post topics. And for that very reason, we’d never presume to designate one handgun as the best ever. Or would we? The choices are daunting, to say the least. Revolvers, semi-automatics, single-action, double-action, DA/SA. Stainless steel or polymer frame. American, German (Austrian?). And then there are […]

Four of the Best .45 ACP Handguns I’ve Ever Shot

If there’s a popular cartridge subject to consistent and largely unwarranted derision it’s the .45 ACP. Naysayers claim it’s too heavy, too slow, and lacks in penetration. Fans cite its long history and feel its weight and diameter more than make up for it being slower. Of course, there’s the .45 Super, Dean Grennell’s creation, […]

Black Friday Alert: Devil Dog Arms

One of the review pistols I’ve been running this fall is from Devil Dog Arms. It’s proven itself to be a reliable, accurate gun (of course, I say this as a 1911 addict…hey, I’m basically an everything pew pew addict). Anyway, among the Black Friday sales you all should be aware of is this one […]

Retro Gun Review: Colt 1991A1 Series 80 in .45 ACP

The 1980s were rough on Colt. Their former dominance in the handgun market was challenged by the likes of Smith & Wesson, Beretta, and a relative newcomer, GLOCK. With the replacement of the 1911A1 in military service by the Beretta 92 Series, Colt lost a strong marketing tool. For generations, they’d marketed the 1911 series […]

My Grandfather’s 1943 Union Switch & Signal M1911A1

Within two months of his eighteenth birthday, my grandpa left the Bronx, New York and was inducted into the Army of the United States. His listed civilian occupation was “boilermaker,” but he was on his way to an MOS of Intelligence Observer 518 in the 209th AAA Automatic Weapons Battalion in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He […]

Gun Review: GLOCK 21SF

Over the last year, I’ve been helping law enforcement agencies with Tactical Combat Casualty Care instruction, patrols, fugitive recovery and warrant service. One of the departments I work with insists I carry a .45ACP full-size GLOCK 21. So my new duty weapon is the GLOCK 21SF . . . A couple of years ago I […]

Gun Review: SIG SAUER 1911 Stainless Super Target

When most people think of a 1911, they think of Colt or Springfield. Truth be told, SIG SAUER is America’s number one maker of 1911 handguns. The New Hampshire manufacturer has been cranking out John Moses Browning’s masterpiece as fast as their CNC machines can turn, in a stunning variety of models. While many favor the clean […]

Silencer Review: Liberty Suppressors Cosmic

Selecting a suppressor — especially a first suppressor — is difficult. With the generally high cost of entry, $200 NFA tax, and ~nine-month wait in addition to various other fees and hassles, it’s a big decision. If you ask me, the Liberty Cosmic is the best first suppressor available. Rated for use on at least […]

Gun Review: Law Enforcement Trade-In GLOCK 22

My go-to FFL, Best Buy Surplus, has always had a steady supply of LE trade-in GLOCKs. Suffice it to say, they’re fans of the genre. Last month they received a shipment of over 300 of these pistols — mostly G22s (.40 S&W), but also a lot of G21s (.45 ACP) — and asked me if I wanted to […]