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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.


American Rifleman TV: Making the SIG P224

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Beretta Tennessee Groundbreaking

American Rifleman's Mark Keefe is on site at Gallatin, Tenn., for the groundbreaking ceremony of Beretta's new manufacturing facility. He will be filing a full report later today.

Buy a Ruger, Get Free Ammo and Magazine

Purchase a new LCP or SR22 between now and Nov. 30, 2014 to qualify for this promotion.

CA Waiting Period Deemed Unconstitutional for Existing Gun Owners

Victory for California gun owners as a federal judge significantly limits the state's gun-purchase 10-day waiting period.

Size Matters: Springfield's XD(S) 4.0

Springfield Armory has extended the XD line with the XD(S) 4.0 in .45 ACP and 9 mm Luger. Now with a longer 4" barrel and extended magazine, the still-thin XD(S) should be even more appealing to smaller-handed shooters seeking a soft-shooting, “full-size” gun.

BLACKHAWK! New Serpa Holster for Springfield XD-S

The new fit is in response to customer demand for a secure retention holster for small, slim-frame handguns.

Steyr S-A1 Compact .40 S&W Pistol

This sleek, compact Austrian-made polymer pistol packs a punch with a comfortable level of felt recoil.


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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John wrote:
August 25, 2014

During my law enforcement years I carried a Walther PPKin 380 as an off duty weapon. Now I carry an S&W M&P Shield .40. It is light and has a bigger punch.

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.

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