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A Look Back: The Smith & Wesson Model 48

Most of today’s shooters have little to do with revolvers, but the wheelgun is not dead. Smith & Wesson has returned to making the Model 48 in its limited edition Classic series.

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American Rifleman TV: Making the SIG P224

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New Jersey State Police Transitions to SIG Sauer P229 Enhanced Elite 9 mm

For the past 14 years, the New Jersey State Police has carried the SIG Sauer P228 in 9 mm.

Glock Recognizes Marietta Police Department

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North Carolina State Highway Patrol Selects SIG Sauer P226 in .357 SIG

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The Elusive .480 Ruger Super Redhawk

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Maximus Arms Gladiator: Built Like a Tank

Not your run-of-the-mill M1911, the beefed up Maximus Arms Gladiator has 80 dimensional changes from the original Government Model—and it's made from the same steel as an Abrams main battle tank.

PA State Police Select SIG Sauer P227 as Next Service Firearm

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By NRA Staff
May 31, 2013

Choosing a carry gun can be one of the most difficult decisions a firearms owner can ever face. You have to consider stopping power, capacity, comfort, safety and sheer practicality. It’s a balancing act, and one worthy of careful consideration. Here are 10 choices made by some of the editors and contributors in NRA Publications. What did (or will) you choose? Let us know.

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Jim Carroll wrote:
May 21, 2014

Springfield Arms XD-S .45 cal, 3.3 inch barrel, with 7 rd. extended clip. 'One shot to stop'. I also occasionally add my full-size S&W M&P9, with 17 rd. clips; shoots well and feels so natural in my hand. Both guns have Crimson Trace lasers.

Andy wrote:
May 14, 2014

I carry a S&W 642 with a speedloader backed up by a Ruger LCP with a second magazine. The 642 is in a paddle holster easy on easy off, the LCP is in a pocket holster always present, always.

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