Pistols in the Wild Blue Yonder

By |2024-04-16T10:41:08-04:00April 16th, 2024|

Tom L. has access to an amazing collection of vintage photos. I'm always amazed at the stuff he comes up with. Love this pictorial story on pistols carried by aircrews. America pioneered the aircraft, and shortly after Americans took flight, they took firearms aloft with them. And while machine guns captured most of the attention, growing ever larger in the amount and the caliber of automatic weapons fitted to flying war machines, airborne Americans never lost their fascination with handguns.

Carry Options: Day-by-Day Concealed Carry Choices

By |2024-03-28T14:34:21-04:00March 28th, 2024|

I’ll show you mine if you show me yours. I’m talking about the carry guns that actually get daily “out-and-about” concealed carry use. Around here, we spend a lot of time talking about (and testing) a wide variety of guns and gear, so excepting the days spent doing formal evaluations of new carry guns and holster rigs, I thought it might be helpful to share the guns that have more recently occupied the lion’s share of my more discretionary carry time.

The Vudoo Gun Works Möbius 1911 Pistol: Premium Guns Made Different

By |2024-02-25T13:47:33-05:00February 25th, 2024|

I ran across the folks at Vudoo Gun Works a little over a year ago and was intrigued by their manufacturing approach. The company makes high-end guns but has come up with some interesting manufacturing techniques to bring the price point down. Make no mistake, you'll still pay a pretty penny for a very nice gun, but had it been made using more traditional techniques, you'd be adding a grand or so to the price. 

Holy Handguns! To Port or Not to Port?

By |2023-11-30T09:46:15-05:00December 5th, 2023|

Some people swear once you go ported you never go back. Others claim Satan makes his guests use ported pistols while paying double for their ammo. I was an ambivalent “porter” until I spent some quality time with a few new Smith & Wesson Performance Center M&P pistols. Now? Read on and see.

Big Capacity! New EAA Witness 2311

By |2023-11-30T09:40:40-05:00December 1st, 2023|

There’s a new crop of double-stack “1911” pistols on the market: Staccato, Springfield Armory and now, EAA Girsan. The new Witness 2311 family offers double-stack configurations in 9mm, .45 ACP and 10mm. Let’s take a look at the 4.25″-barrel 9mm model for starters.

A Modern Take on the Classic Hi-Power: Girsan MCP35 LW OPS

By |2023-10-03T09:28:56-04:00October 3rd, 2023|

It’s really nice to see the famous Hi-Power design coming back. Arguably, depending on where you are in the world, it never really went away, but we haven’t seen much mainstream production and innovation until the last couple of years. A great design is a timeless design, and I, for one, welcome the tweaks and changes we’re seeing with modern versions. Who can argue with the many improvements made to the 1911 platform over the years?

New From Springfield Armory: Echelon!

By |2023-09-09T08:04:46-04:00September 9th, 2023|

There’s a new service, duty and defensive pistol in town, compliments of the busy folks at Springfield Armory. While no one is saying “replacement for the XD series,” it is a brand-new, ground-up design.


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