Carrying a handgun is something that is very personal, in that it is with you almost every day of your adult life. Which pistol one carries may be mandated or a matter of choice.
Naval special operators have been using a version of the SIG Sauer P226—the U.S. Navy MK24—for 20 years. The P226 has served and still serves as a “companion” pistol designed to be carried as a backup to whatever long arm is being used or for use during combat boarding operations, raids in tight quarters, engagement
or the class I mainly used a Springfield chambered in .45 ACP with a SureFire X300 light on the rail (supplemented by a SureFire LX2 Lumamax on my belt) and equipped with LaserLyte’s RL-XD rear sight Laser. Holster was Blade-Tech’s Tactical Modular Mounting System worn on a Blackhawk belt with Safariland magazine and cuff pouches.
Most jaded American military, police and Spec Ops warriors look upon the 9x19mm caliber round with some disdain. However, in other parts of the globe, 9x19mm is classified as a powerful handgun caliber and truthfully, is about all most members of foreign military and police can handle skillfully. HRT’s FN The first semiautomatic pistol acquired
The Model 1911 pistol will officially turn 100 years old on May 5, 2011. (For those who would nitpick, yes, I realize that John Moses Browning’s design actually predates 1911 by several years, including the Model 1910, which was the final prototype for the Model 1911.) Besides the power of the .45 ACP cartridge, it
Over 20 years ago, the Beretta M92F was adopted as the replacement for the venerable M1911A1. Despite some early controversy, the Beretta has met the expectations of all U.S. military forces that use it, although some special operations units continue to use customized M1911A1s. The original 92F was essentially a modified and upgraded Model 1951
The Taurus Judge is a revolver intended to be capable of firing both .410 shotgun shells and .45 Colt pistol cartridges. They seem to be wildly popular, and gun shops have a hard time keeping them in stock. They also appear frequently in glowing reviews in the general gun magazines and on the various shooting shows on outdoor-oriented TV channels.
An ever-increasing number of lawful citizens are arming themselves with small revolvers and pocket pistols. With this in mind, Gunsite recently ran a two-day course called “Pocket Guns and Penlights” designed around a product seminar sponsored by XS Sight Systems. My Dad, Denny Hansen, and I were invited to attend.
Everyone I know who carries a gun for a living would like to carry one that will stop an attacker immediately, 100% of the time. But, until someone invents a disintegrator ray-gun or freeze-right-there-statue-maker-gun that’s small enough to carry comfortably on a belt or in a purse, it isn’t going to happen.
Smith & Wesson has been reintroducing older model revolvers as part of their Classic series. And it’s been interesting for me to follow which ones have been included. In a lot of cases, I still had my original revolver from back in the day, so didn’t see any need to purchase a brand new one.