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
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
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
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.
My love affair with the Browning Hi Power began with a book. Fellow S.W.A.T. alumnus Marcus Wynne wrote a novel called No Other Option. It showcased a customized Hi Power, which in Wynne’s world was toted and employed handily by the JSOC-veteran hero of the story. I’ve lusted for one on and off since reading the story almost a decade ago
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
First appearing in 1950, the Colt Cobra amounted to a lightweight version of the Colt Detective Special revolver, which was introduced in 1927. Where the all-steel Detective Special weighed 21 ounces, the Cobra tipped the scales at six ounces less, due to the aircraft-quality aluminum alloy of which its frame was made. The two revolvers
The S&W M&P is issued by many agencies, including the Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff’s Office (MCSO). Maricopa County is the fifth largest county in the United States. Encompassing 9,226 square miles, it is actually larger than four states. MCSO is the third largest sheriff’s office in the country. MCSO employs 3,300 people (sworn, detention, and civilian). With a budget of $353.4 million, they have the resources to choose whichever pistol they feel is best for their needs—and they chose the M&P as their issue pistol. Incidentally, the Shield is MCSO’s only officially authorized off-duty gun. In January, S&W introduced the latest pistol to the M&P line—the M&P M2.0™ pistol.
Every few years, the FBI looks for a new pistol. I was initially trained with revolvers. When the field SWAT program was transferred to the Special Operations and Research Unit, we acquired the 9mm S&W 459 pistol, while field agents carried the S&W M13 revolver.
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.