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Hard-C.O.R.E.: Smith and Wesson’s Convertible 9mm Handgun

Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson joined forces in 1852 to produce the lever action Volcanic rifle, itself designed around Walter Hunt’s Rocket Ball cartridge. In 1856 Smith and Wesson allied themselves with Rollin White, the father of the bored-through cylinder, and started churning out handguns. Now 150 years later Smith and Wesson is still producing […]

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Savage Beauty—Much more than Skin Deep!

I have been at this “competition shooting thing” a long time. Heck, I have been competing in one shooting sport or another since 1987! So for the most part my gun “collection” revolves around competition-oriented ballistic tools and equipment.  Other than my beloved M1A’s wood stocks, and some neat grip panels on a 1911 or […]

The Thermonuclear Pocket Pistol: The MAC-11 .380 ACP

The Military Armament Corporation MAC-11 .380 ACP Submachinegun Gordon Ingram served in the Infantry in World War II. The M6 submachinegun he subsequently designed never made much of a splash, though it was a remarkably prescient design. Bearing an esoteric similarity to the Thompson, the M6 incorporated such novel stuff as a two-stage trigger/fire selector. […]

Stag Arms Model 9 PCC Review

-By Jeremiah Futch, Head Combat Marksmanship Instructor and competitive shooter. Since its inception in 2003, Stag Arms has been manufacturing quality, mil-spec modern sporting rifles at an attractive price point. When I learned that I was going to be able to spend some quality time with Stag’s innovative and market-ready, 9mm carbine, the Model 9, […]

Alien Gear Holsters: Your Next Upgrade

For years I lived in the exceptionally firearms unfriendly state of Illinois. Fortunately, my employment and travels took me out of there at a relatively young age and, while I lived in Marquette, Michigan, the state of Michigan finally passed concealed carry as “shall-issue” for the entire state. That was almost 20 years ago and, […]

Walther Creed: My New Favorite Gun

–By Jason Hanson, former CIA Officer and New York Times bestselling author. The other day, I was walking through C-A-L Ranch — which is essentially Wal-Mart for cowboys — and I made the mistake of going past the gun counter. To be honest, I need another gun about as much as my wife needs another […]