Pistol Test: The Perfect Carry 1911

The rounded butt of the SW1911 Sc helps with concealment and shooting comfort.

I like carrying a Model 1911 pistol, but I’m not one of those guys who say silly things like: “I carry a .45 because they don’t make a .46.” Sure, .45 ACP is a great caliber. For over 100 years, it’s done an admirable job. But I don’t carry a 1911 because of the default […]

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 […]

I Feel the Need for .45 Speed!

The Doubletap Ammunition .450 SMC rounds work from a standard +P rated .45 ACP pistol.

Sometimes we shooters do things because, well, why not? It’s as good reason as any, right? At first glance, the .450 SMC cartridge may appear to fall into the “why not” category. When you start to look at specifics and potential use cases, it can make a whole lot of sense. What’s a .450 SMC […]

What Makes a 1911 a 1911?

An example of a modern 1911, this Springfield Armory 1911 TRP has a number of tweaks to the original design.

Love it or hate it, the 1911 pistol is kind of a big deal, even if just for its longevity. Just past the turn of the previous century, the Army figured out it wanted an autoloading handgun with similar ballistic capability to the .45 Colt which had served them well. Since our military folks rode […]

Gun Review: Smith & Wesson’s 1911TA eSeries

One of the design goals of the eSeries line was elegant, but not gaudy, appearance.

There’s always something appealing about a nice 1911. While carrying a full size, all steel 1911 isn’t always fun, shooting one sure is. This particular eSeries model is a blend of traditional and modern innovation. Like the origin government model, it’s got a 5 inch barrel, single stack .45 ACP magazine and single action trigger. […]

Win a Wilson Combat 1911 From Brownells

Ryan models the Brownell's custom Wilson Combat CQB 1911. That's OK though as I don't think he's eligible to win.

At the recent NRA annual meeting, the Brownells booth was busier than the door of Michael Moore’s refrigerator. Fortunately, the inside of the Brownells booth was a whole lot safer than the contents of Mikey’s Frigidaire. The Brownells team is nice, respectful and knowledgable, unlike the other extreme presented here. Why the crowd? Brownells is […]

A Comfortable Holster For Big Guns: Blackhawk! 3 Slot Pancake Holster

The Blackhawk! 3-slot pancake holster spreads out the weight of a large gun like this Springfield Armory 1911.

The Blackhawk! 3 Slot Leather Pancake Holster features not 2, or 4, but 3 belt slots. Tricky huh? It’s for good reason. The placement of the belt slots allow for side, behind-the-hip, appendix or cross draw positioning. The holster backing is large and does a great job of distributing the weight of even large and […]

23 Things You Can Do With A Leatherman Rail Tool For AR-15s

The Leatherman Rail holds a lot of tools per square inch.

Today’s gift idea for you or your favorite gunnie is the Leatherman Rail tool for AR-15s and lots of other stuff. The Leatherman Rail is a nearly flat tool that is nowhere near flat when it comes to versatility. Just under 5 inches long, 1 ½ inches wide and ½ inch thick, it packs a […]