Handguns > Semi-Auto

1911 Modifications

The 1911’s modular design allows parts to be swapped or upgraded with a few tools and some basic knowledge.

March 26, 2014

A Perfect 10? Sig Sauer's P227

Not much larger than its classic P226 pistol in 9 mm Luger, SIG’s new P227 offers 10 rounds of .45 ACP punch in a package that is ergonomically excellent. Not only is it up to duty use, it may be ideal for personal protection as well.

March 24, 2014

Walther PPX 9 mm Pistol

This full-size, polymer-frame semi-auto offers a top-notch set of features for an affordable price.

March 20, 2014

Walther PPX Review

The distinctively shaped Walther PPX is a duty-size pistol that is well suited to personal protection both inside and outside the home. See the full review straight from the pages of American Rifleman.

March 05, 2014

Kimber Custom Shop Super Carry Ultra .45 ACP Pistol

This concealed-carry 1911 from Kimber looks as good as it performs.

February 10, 2014

Magnum Research Mark XIX Desert Eagle 10-Inch .44 Mag.

Borrowing from time-tested semi-automatic rifle designs and combining them with some unique solutions of its own, Magnum Research was able to successfully launch a semi-automatic pistol capable of firing magnum-caliber ammunition.

January 31, 2014

Investigation of a Legend: The Graf Spee and the Ballester-Molina

The Argentine-made Ballester-Molina pistol, which borrows from both the M1911 and the Star Model B, has an intriguing possible tie to the Graf Spee and Britain’s clandestine MI6. Was a Nazi pocket battleship’s armor really used to make guns for the British during World War II?

January 30, 2014

Re-Ignited: Para USA is Back

Since the mid-1980s, Para-Ordnance, now Para USA, has been enhancing a classic American firearm, the M1911 semi-automatic pistol. Recent changes have kept Para out of the spotlight for several years, but now, with a fresh catalog of feature-filled guns, the creators of the “double-stack” .45 are back and ready to turn up the heat in the M1911 consumer market.

January 27, 2014

Breaking in Precision 1911s

High-quality, precision 1911s come off the factory floor with much tighter tolerances than the models of previous generations. As such, they need a more careful introduction to the range.

January 24, 2014

Century Arms C39 Micro 7.62x39 mm Russian Pistol

This American-made pistol sports a short 6.25-inch barrel, along with the reliability that is expected from the AK-platform firearms.

January 14, 2014

Diamondback DB15 Pistol

This new AR-based handgun is a good example of a well-balanced, reliable, contemporary rifle-action pistol.

January 14, 2014

Glock G41 Gen4 Pistol

The G41 blends the extended barrel length and slim slide profile of the G34 Practical Tactical 9 mm with the potent stopping power of the .45 ACP Cartridge

January 10, 2014

Remington’s New Old Model 51

A few years ago, Remington re-entered the handgun market with its M1911. The company is now jumping into the concealed-carry market with a new version of an old, but popular, pistol.

January 10, 2014

Glock G42 .380 ACP Pocket Pistol

One of the most trusted defensive pistol brands, Glock, has released its first truly pocketable, single-stack .380 pistol.

January 08, 2014

The Colt Marine Pistol

Although the M1911A1 in .45 ACP was superseded in 1985 by the M9 as the official sidearm of the U.S. military, the U.S. Marine Corps has adopted an updated version of the gun—the M45 CQB, or, in its civilian version, the Marine—for some special operations troops.

December 19, 2013