Ready Tactical uses a minimalist one-piece design that has the belt loop formed integrally, as seen on this holster for the Beretta APX.

LAWFUL CARRY: Ready Tactical Holster

Kydex or similar molded holsters are the norm today and visible everywhere across the shooting landscape. That wasn’t always the case. I can remember the first Kydex holster I saw, in about 1995. It was formed much like a leather Threepersons-style holster, but open to the rear where the folded material joined, and it was

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Wilson Match loads shot consistently well across a number of pistols, with groups like this five-shot knot out of a vintage custom 1911.

BEYOND HARDBALL Modern .45 Loads

.45 ACP loads have been mostly boring for well over 100 years. For much of the cartridge’s existence, there was “hardball,” 230-grain full-metal-jacketed bullets launching somewhere between 825 and 875 fps, and a couple of mid-range target loads for the bullseye shooters. In the modern era, jacketed hollow-points arrived in three standard weights: 185-grain, the

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Takedown feature of 10/22 did not prevent it from being accurate. 100-yard prone group with CCI Velocitors is about as good as you could hope for from a rimfire with open sights.

BREAKING IT DOWN Comparing Takedown Long Guns

Awhile back, I began working on a mental problem, as shooters are wont to do. What might be the perfect “truck gun”? What options exist for takedown long guns and how practical are they? As I did research, I rarely found hard numbers to associate with the “putting it back together and shooting it” part

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ROBAR Custom Rc-1911EAG: A Fitting Tribute to Pat Rogers

As S.W.A.T. readers know, Pat Rogers’ passing in 2016 left a gaping hole in the industry, the training community, and among countless “good guys” who considered him a friend, mentor, and role model. There have been many small efforts to memorialize Pat in a more lasting way than the frequent unprompted memories that many of

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FIVE-YARD ROUNDUP: Timed Close-Up Shooting Drill

As I work with different groups of shooters and organizations, I routinely see a significant training gap: solid hits under realistic time pressure at relatively close range. A compelling body of evidence from anecdotal as well as organizational studies shows that the fight is likely to happen with the interested parties separated only by a few steps.

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Offbeat: RMH Custom 1911 Grips

There’s nothing like a 1911 to beg for a personalized set of panels. Have you looked at a set of 1911 grips and thought how you’d like some with the texture or shape just a little different? You know, a set “kinda” like this or that from another maker, but maybe more this here and

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Underrated Carry Wonder: Beretta PX4 Compact Carry

The Beretta PX4 Compact Carry is a special edition of a 15-shot double-action, polymer-framed 9mm that you have probably never heard of. I can’t even tell you how long the PX4 has been on the market, but like much of the shooting world, I had never noticed it until my friend Ernest Langdon starting messing with one.

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Beretta APX: A Better Mousetrap?

Beretta knows how to build guns. It is an established company, but many shooters may not realize just how established Beretta is. Consider this: When the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, the Beretta family had already been making firearms for over 120 years! Beretta has had a dominant role in the U.S. service pistol market

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$300 Shootout: Testing Bargain Blasters

Poking around the Internet, a new shooter stands a high probability of coming away with one of two impressions. First that he or she is best off with a 1911, but only certain makes and models will do, and those only after sending it off for sundry modifications and reliability work.

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Wet-Work Wonder: Beretta 71

The Beretta 71 was a fairly common plinker in the 1950s and well regarded. The Model 71 is a fixed-barrel, open-slide blowback .22 Long Rifle pistol. The little 17-ounce Italian single-action autos dried up when the Gun Control Act of 1968 made little guns into “bad guns” and ceased importation of many small handgun models. The 71 essentially became a secondhand-market curiosity for Beretta fans.

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