Successful Downsizing: Heckler & Koch VP9SK

In the spring of 2014, Heckler & Koch surprised the firearms world with the introduction of their striker-fired HK VP9. The gun was comfortable to shoot, accurate, customizable to users’ hands, reliable, and affordable. I am not sure that even HK was expecting the gun to be as big of a hit as it was.

Read more »

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

Read more »

Read more »

RUGER HOMERUN! Mark IV 22/45 Lite

When I was 14 years old, I got my first Ruger .22 Standard Model pistol for Christmas. It was the six-inch barreled version and I shot small game with it, along with hundreds of tin cans and other oddball targets I came across. In the ten years I owned and shot that Ruger, I can

Read more »

Read more »

Slovakian Super Shooter: Grand Power P1 Ultra 9mm

Eagle Imports is well known for their manufacturing and import efforts, which give the U.S. consumer opportunities to own weapons that would not normally be available via other domestic manufacturers. The latest offering from Eagle Imports that is attracting attention is a handgun designed and manufactured in the Slovak Republic by the Grand Power Company,

Read more »

Read more »

Top Choice of Elite Military Units: SpecOps Glocks

When the Glock premiered in 1982, it was met with skepticism by shooters, agencies, and politicians. Slowly at first, but then faster and faster, it came to dominate the U.S. and world police handgun markets. But it lagged behind in military acceptance. Not only were most military buyers conservative about new weapons, but they viewed

Read more »

Read more »

Race Ready and More: SIG Sauer P320 X-Five

In military parlance, the letter “X” attached to an object’s nomenclature usually means experimental. By no means is the SIG Sauer P320 X-Five an experimental firearm, but rather the sophisticated relative of the big Army’s replacement for the Beretta, sans bilateral thumb safeties. It also joins SIG Sauer’s X-Five fine family of steel and alloy,

Read more »

Read more »

Low-capacity Pistols: Is There a Perfect Ten?

As of this writing, the options for reciprocal concealed carry to the U.S. traveler are as good as they’ve ever been. Even without a valid permit, a record number of states have included the right to carry a concealed weapon in their laws or constitutions, and most jurisdictions have at least some attainable reciprocity with

Read more »

Read more »

Premium Primary Pistol: Wilson Combat EDC X9

My primary carry gun is a striker-fired system, and almost all the training and practice I do is with striker-fired weapons. I’ve used 1911s on occasion but haven’t worked with them enough to have the same level of comfort I do with my Smith & Wesson M&Ps or Shield, from which I’ve fired several thousand

Read more »

Read more »

Embrace the Future: Gear Head Works Tailhook Pistol Brace

The future of pistol braces has arrived. Gear Head Works (GHW) Tailhook™ is a revolutionary new ATF-approved pistol brace that further blurs the distinction between pistol and rifle. It’s one of the most practical products to hit the firearms marketplace in a long time. AR-15-type pistols were once considered little more than range toys. The

Read more »

Read more »