Happy Medium: Springfield Armory EMP

Any two opposing forces, given enough time working against each other, eventually come to a middle ground. Springfield Armory’s .40-caliber Enhanced Micro Pistol (EMP) might just be the defensive pistol embodiment of this universal law.

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Day of the Ankle Gun: Kahr Arms PM45

Having owned and extensively shot the Kahr P40, I was looking forward to their producing a similar sized pistol in .45 ACP. Their release of the larger TP and KP models merely whetted my appetite. When they finally released the PM45 to the market, I was not disappointed.

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Lean and Very Mean: Taurus PT 709

As one competitor of Taurus has opined, “Slim is in.” The sub-compact Taurus PT 709 series certainly provides an individual with that currently coveted attribute in three different metallurgical formats. The frame is lightweight polymer, but slides can be acquired in carbon and stainless steels and Titanium. The relatively flat single stack with 3.27-inch barrel

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Shooting Star: DoubleStar 1911 Combat Pistol

After years of making various and sundry AR-15 parts, JT Distributing/ DoubleStar Corporation (DSC) began making their Star-15 rifle series. Their black rifles were made on their lowers. A number of parts came from other makers. They tended toward the better class of AR parts.

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Don’t Tread on Me: Springer Precision Tactical XD Pistol

Both medium and large frame four-inch barreled revolvers were no problem for larger stature personnel, but as dress belts and belt loops became narrower and the FBI’s height requirement was abolished, issue sidearms also saw reductions in profile because of concealment concerns.

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Single and Available: New Techniques Revive Single-Action Revolvers

Over the years I have attended numerous “tactical” firearm courses. With the exception of shotgun courses, the firearms I employed were modern semiautomatics, usually fed with high-capacity magazines. Recently, however, I attended a basic handgun course at Gunsite that was sponsored by Hornady, Ruger, Surefire and XS Sights.

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Fight Club: Tactical Response Fighting Pistol Courses

James Yeager is the owner of Tactical Response and served as lead instructor during the courses, with instructor Jay Gibson also keeping the students on track during the four days of training. Yeager and Gibson’s full resumes are listed on Tactical Response’s well-executed website. Both men are imminently qualified to instruct and are dynamic teachers, each with their own style.

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Family Affair: Charter Arms Revolvers

While I like revolvers, based on my experience, wheelguns—especially Snubbys—are actually about 20% harder to shoot well, excluding the more complex manual of arms of an auto-loader. That does not mean, however, that the Snubby is not still a viable weapon.

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