Review: Beretta 92 .22LR Practice Kit Conversion

Your gun, plus a new slide, barrel, and magazine, makes a great .22LR pistol.

Seriously? You’re reviewing a .22LR conversion kit? Are you guys nuts? Don’t you know .22LR ammo hasn’t been seen since 1967? Yeah, I know, .22LR ammo is harder to find than a Jenny Craig meal at Governor Chris Christie’s house. If you do find some, it costs something like $112.93 per round. Well, not really, […]

1,000 Yards with a Smith & Wesson M&P 10?

Will this stock Smith & Wesson M&P 10 .308 shoot consistently at 1,000 yards?

Can You Shoot 1,000 Yards with an AR-10? Well, can you? Conventional wisdom says no. After all, AR’s are semi-automatic designs, with hot burning gas of doom smothering all the important parts like gravy over Cracker Barrel’s Chicken Fried Chicken. Heck, the upper and lower receivers are stuck together with simple push pins. AR-type rifles can’t […]

Concealed Carry Myths: You Can’t Carry a Full-size Gun

Our "her" model (left) is carrying a Sig Sauer P229 with a Galco KingTuk holster. She's 5'6. Our "him" model is a 32" waist size and he regularly carries a full-size 1911, also with a Galco KingTuk. Shirts are tucked in only so you can see the guns.

I’d like to carry a full-sized gun, but I’m too small. I carry this pocket .380 because I have to keep it concealed. Generally speaking, I call B.S. on all of these types of comments. Yeah, I know, we’re all shaped and sized differently, so it’s impossible to make a universal statement. It’s also wrong […]

Ammo Test: Sig Sauer Elite Performance .380 ACP V-Crown

This week, we'll test Sig Sauer's new Elite Performance .380 ACP, 90 grain V-Crown self-defense load.

.380 ACP is a pain in the butt. It’s convenient, and you can make obscenely small and handy guns that can handle the caliber, but it’s a borderline cartridge in terms of performance. I’m guessing it gives ammo manufacturers fits. Why? It’s a light bullet. Generally, 380 ACP rounds are about 90 grains in weight, […]

First Look: Springfield Armory XD(M) Threaded Barrel Models

Silence anyone? The new Springfield Armory XD(M) Threaded 45 (top) and 9mm (bottom)

Shhh! At the request of Springfield Armory, we’re going to keep quiet for a little while. I picked up a package yesterday from the folks in Geneseo, and in the box were too shiny new pistols. I mean really new, like not even on the shelves yet. The first one is a 9mm XD(M) and […]

Gun Review: FNS 9 Compact

The FNS 9 Compact comes with three magazines.

New this year from FN America, formerly FNH USA, are compact models of their FNS series guns. Available in both 9mm and .40 S&W, the Compact models share the same basic design features as their bigger siblings but are sized for carry. I recently received an FNS 9 Compact model to run through the wringer. […]

Ammo Test: Winchester Train and Defend .40 S&W

We tested the .40 S&W Winchester Train and Defend in several different guns including this suppressed Glock.

One of the first questions I ask when testing a new product of any kind is “What’s different or unique about this?” In the case of Winchester Train and Defend Ammunition, there are a few “unique” elements to consider. It’s simple, especially for newer shooters. For practice, use the boxes marked Train. When you load […]

Concealed Carry Myths: Double-action Pistols Suck For Self-defense

On a concealed carry gun, is a long , heavy, double-action trigger a benefit or a curse?

Recently, there has been much rekindled and rehashed debate on whether striker-fired guns are the spawn of Satanic fire-breathing seahorses or the most effective self-defense technology ever to grace a holster. Some folks remain convinced that striker-fired guns like Glocks have trigger press motions that are too easy and too short. According to this view, […]