Gun Review: Smith & Wesson SW1911 Pro Series Compact

A mouse gun? I don't think so...

I have this near irresistible urge to make a wisecrack about the mouse that roared, but I’d be hard pressed to call a compact .45 ACP handgun a “mouse” gun. In fact, this little 1911 is even a tad smaller than the original Colt Officers model released back in 1985. That one included a 3.5-inch […]

Gun Review: LWRC R.E.P.R. 20 .308 Sniper Model

The LWRC R.E.P.R. 20-inch rifle, right side.

Sometimes visceral reactions are surprisingly on-target. About a month ago, I stopped by my FFL to pick up an LWRC R.E.P.R. A couple of other folks were there finishing up a gun purchase, so I opened the R.E.P.R. box while I was waiting. The contents immediately became the center of attention. The other customer asked […]

Handgun Review: Smith & Wesson Model 66 Combat Magnum Revolver

Smith & Wesson Model 66 Combat Magnum

It’s funny how things have a way of coming back into vogue with the passage of time. While I hope never to see the return of those hip-hugger, bell-bottom jeans and zip-up Naugahyde boots from the 70s, I am thrilled to see the return of a venerable and street-proven revolver, the Smith & Wesson Model […]

Gun Review: Smith & Wesson 647 Varminter

The Smith & Wesson 647 Varminter, shown without the included red dot sight or blade front sight.

I first laid eyes on this little/big gem while on a prairie dog hunt in the great state of Montana. It took just one shot at a distant prairie dog for me to know I had to get one in my hands. Big, heavy, long and beautiful, its performance on varmints was astounding. The Smith […]

Gun Review: The FN-15 DMR Designated Marksman Rifle

The FN-15 DMR comes out of the box with a variety of features for longer range accurate shooting, like an 18-inch barrel.

Recently I got my hot little hands on one of the new FN America rifles for 2015. This one is the FN-15 DMR or Designated Marksman Rifle. It’s designed to shoot accurately. More specifically, it’s designed to shoot longer and heavier projectiles accurately. Does it? Let’s find out. What makes a DMR a DMR? If […]

Gun Review: Savage M-11 Trophy Hunter XP Package Rifle

The Savage M-11 Trophy Hunter XP comes complete with Nikon 3-9x scope.

No matter how you look at it, hunting continues to make gains in participation rates, spending, and popularity. For example: Between the years of 2006 and 2011, hunting participation soared by nine percent. A big part of that boom was a burgeoning interest in hunting among females. In fact, female hunters were 25 percent more […]

Gun Review: Mossberg’s MVP Patrol 7.62mm/.308

Mossberg's MVP Patrol is ready for addition of accessories, like suppressors.

Having caught the suppressor bug, I’ve wanted to check out a bolt-action .308 that’s compact enough to handle the extra length and weight of a silencer, yet still remain portable and handy. That’s what peaked my interest in the Mossberg MVP Patrol. The MVP Patrol is a 7 ½ pound rifle (not including optic) that, […]

A Striker-Fired .357: The Sig Sauer P320

Sig Sauer's new P320 - this one chambered in .357 Sig.

When you think of Sig Sauer pistols, you think of classic double/single-action. Or single action like the new P938 and classic 1911s. Or maybe that Double Action Kellerman (DAK) design. What you don’t think of is striker-fired. While the new P320 clearly inherits some ideas and inspiration from the modular Sig P250 design, the action […]