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RUGER GP100 MATCH CHAMPION 10mm: A Long Time Coming

Every once in a while, someone brings a really good idea to fruition. Ruger has done exactly that with their GP100 Match Champion 10mm. Finally a medium-frame six-gun chambering six major caliber rounds! This idea isn’t new — it was bouncing around in Bill Jordan’s head 60 years ago. He was the originator of the…

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RENDITION OF A CLASSIC: Alchemy Custom Weaponry Prime

True 1911 connoisseurs appreciate an unadulterated version of John Moses Browning’s famous fighting pistol: devoid of any so-called modern improvements, built from carbon steel, and with a fit and finish that only seasoned craftsmen are capable of. Alchemy Custom Weaponry’s (ACW) Prime is one pistol that’s sure to bring a smile to even the most…

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NEWEST MAGNUM HANDGUN: .327 Federal Magnum

Harry Truman had a sign on his desk that read, “The buck stops here!” It was a simple message acknowledging that he alone was responsible for the final outcome of whatever situation he faced. Americans who take responsibility for their own safety through the use of firearms should understand they have adopted that same code.…

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SIXGUN STRESS RELIEVER: Ruger’s New Wrangler Revolver

In 1953, the year before I was born, Ruger introduced the Single-Six single-action revolver. Although it was released in an era when double-action revolvers were king among private citizens and peace officers, it performed reliably for thousands of outdoorsmen. The original Single-Six was in continuous production for two decades. Although a sixgun, savvy pistoleros carried…

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LIONHEART REGULUS: Double Action Plus!

Over the years, semi-automatic handguns have operated by blowback, retarded blowback, delayed blowback, short recoil, and long recoil. This includes the Webley-Fosbery semiautomatic revolver, which could be in the long recoil category. In terms of fire control systems, such handguns generally fall under single-action, double-action, and double action/single action (DA/SA—usually verbalized as SA/DA). This last…

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EVOLUTION AT WORK: FN 509 Tactical

Photos by Ethan Burgreen Recent events illustrate what a dangerous world we inhabit, with terrorist attacks increasing in frequency. If a hostile situation is encountered, a citizen will most likely be defending themselves with a handgun, which is a compromise between portability and performance. Successful handgun designs constantly evolve. This is for a variety of…

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FILIPINO FIRECRACKER: Armscor Tac Ultra Full-Size High-Capacity Pistol

A reputed gun guru recently opined that the new striker-fired pistols have rendered all-metal hammer-fired handguns obsolete. The sleek polymer-frame striker-initiated pistols offer everything an exposed hammer system does but with the added advantage of a more sealed system that makes the pistol more resistant to battlefield debris. It is the handgun system of choice…

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BACK TO THEIR ROOTS: Mossberg MC1sc Pistol

O.F. Mossberg & Sons is the oldest family-owned firearms manufacturer in the United States, having opened their doors in March 1919 and celebrating their centennial anniversary this year. In those 100 years, many product features pioneered by Mossberg have become the standards by which all modern firearms are judged. Best known for their shotguns and…

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THE SPINNY TWINS: Custom Fighting Wheelguns

Dave Laubert of Defensive Creations is a name that may not be familiar to many, but if you appreciate the highest order of pistolsmithing, it should be. Dave is a pistolsmith in the most distinguished sense of the word. A member of the American Pistolsmiths’ Guild, he runs a one-man magic foundry out of Ohio.…

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