featured item

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

Video Player
video 1
video 2
Gun of the Week: Remington Model 1911 R1 Enhanced A Double-Barreled 1911: The AF2011-A1 I Have This Old Gun: Smith & Wesson Model 1913
ad Gun of the week Armed citizen newsletter sign up
Top Stories

SilencerCo Announces Threaded Aftermarket Pistol Barrels

Sales will begin with most common Glock models, with additional pistol brands added in early 2015.

Ruger GP100 Match Champion

Based on Ruger's quarter-century old design, this new revolver has been slicked up and tricked out for IDPA competition and self-defense.

Round Count

Sheriff Jim Wilson cautions that a defensive shooting school should not be about it how many rounds you fired, but about how much you actually learned.

Kahr CT40 Pistol

This compact .40 S&W semi-auto is an excellent balance of size, accuracy and reliability in an affordably priced defensive pistol.

7 Tips for First-Time Handgun Buyers

Follow these tips to help save you time, money and frustration when making a handgun purchase.

Turnbull M1911

Turnbull Mfg. has built quite a reputation by accurately restoring vintage firearms to like-new condition. Not to rest on its laurels, the company has recently begun to manufacture a series of M1911 pistols.


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.

View the Gallery >>

Latest Comments

jrap26 wrote:
September 26, 2014

Mr. Keefe, I could not agree with you more. Years in LE during the wheel gun era, I used a model 66 and a model 60 as number 2. Now the model 60 has been upgraded to a 360 PD with the laser grip. If I have a belt and outerwear I slip on the Glock 23, but the nice, light, compact yet powerful 360PD is always in the front pocket.

JoeBob wrote:
September 23, 2014

I have small .380s ,Kahr CM9 with Wright Holsters all, and a Glock 19 but still find myself carrying Charter and Smith 5-shot .38s most of the time. Old habits die hard.

Join the Discussion >>