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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 USA Presents M9A3 Pistol to U.S. Army

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Getting the Most from a Defensive Shooting School

Having been both student and teacher for many years, Sheriff Jim Wilson knows a thing or two about defensive-shooting schools. Before you invest your time and resources to attend one of these academies, read Sheriff Jim's six tips to help you get the most out of your experience.


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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Frank J. Santucci wrote:
October 30, 2014

My carry is a Kahr P45. Lightweight, accurate, plenty of pop. 7 rounds of .45 ACP does the job.

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.

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