Diminutive Dynamite: Kahr PM45

I recently requested and received a Kahr PM45 for test and evaluation. Although smaller than many other compact pistols, it is chambered for .45 ACP, as its name implies.

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Piston-Driven Perfection: LWRC M6 IC Limited Edition

LWRC is a recognized industry leader in the development and manufacture of short-stroke piston-operated AR rifles. In fact, LWRC’s entire raison d’être is the short-stroke piston AR and the improvement it offers over the original AR gas-impingement design.

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Arms Through the Ages: Military Arms in the Hands of Citizens

While the history of mankind is characterized by war and conflict, that history is often driven by technology. Starting when that hypothetical early soldier tied a sharp rock to the end of a stick and made himself a spear, man has tried to produce weapons superior in effect and efficiency to those of his enemies. While the current public discourse on “assault weapons” incites frenetic opinions on both ends of the political spectrum, what seems to be lost is simply how tired the argument itself has become. The scariest full-auto polymer “assault rifle” of today will be ancient history a century from now.

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Bargain Blaster Blows Away Big Boys: Turkish TP-9

Tactical firearms are big business these days. Societal uncertainty combined with a truly abysmal political landscape have fueled an orgy of commerce in guns, gear, and ammunition. And somewhere out there is the contemporary version of me, that young guy just getting into this gig who needs some good tactical iron that isn’t going to bankrupt him. For this particular demographic—as well as a surprisingly wide additional audience—Century International Arms rides to the rescue.

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Deal of the Century: CZ 82

Among shooting enthusiasts, there are a variety of niche firearms that serve as good excuses to acquire additional weapons. One of these is the “stash” handgun. You know, the glove box/downstairs/garage/”wherever you want to leave a ready weapon” gun. Among the key features of the stash gun are reliability, weather resistance, and cost. Recently my

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Go-To Compact Pistol: Ruger SR9C

I’m a 1911/.45 ACP kind of guy. I was one of a handful of deputies who lobbied our sheriff to have the big gun approved for carry and, when it was finally allowed, I carried it for years on patrol and also as a member of my department’s SWAT team. Properly maintained, it has never

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Battle Bug: Taurus 738 TCP

A police officer carries many tools of the trade on his ever-burgeoning pistol belt. Any weight savings is not only appreciated by the end user, but has become a health issue for many as well. Externally acquired weight is also a comfort issue, and sometimes a police officer will delete items from his survival ensemble

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Small But Serious: Smith & Wesson M&P Shield

Smith & Wesson (S&W) has finally joined the growing field of increasingly popular full-power sub-sub-compact pistols specifically designed for concealed carry with its new M&P Shield in 9x19mm and .40 S&W calibers. (the 9mm version is reviewed here.) This downsizing is also testimony to the soundness of the M&P design and engineering. From the basic

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Molon Labe: SIG Sauer Spartan 1911

In 480 B.C., the forces of the Persian Empire under King Xerxes numbered—according to the ancient Greek historian Herodotus—two million men. The Persian army bridged the Hellespont and marched to invade Greece. King Leonidas of Sparta and 300 handpicked Spartan warriors—along with Hoplites from another Greek city-state—marched to meet Xerxes at the narrow mountain gap along the coast at Thermopylae. The gap along the coast was a mere 60 feet wide and was the best location for a blocking action.

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