Compact, lightweight .45 ACP pistols, such as the Springfield Armory XD-S 3.3", are ideal for concealed carry; however, building proficiency with them through regular practice can be painful. Diminutive dimensions—particularly an undersized grip—coupled with minimalist weight, exacerbate recoil. So, when training with pocket-size pistols, eschew traditional 230-gr. loads for those featuring lighter, 185-gr. bullets. Not only is the reduction in felt recoil noteworthy, but, because of the bullets’ increased velocities, energy levels compare favorably to, and sometimes exceed, those of heavier, .45-cal. projectiles. The load below has minimal felt recoil (especially in a larger handgun), and yet, because of its 932-f.p.s. velocity, the 185-gr. JHP produces 357 ft.-lbs. of energy at the muzzle. It’ll punish the targets, not your hand.
Latest Loads: Nosler Custom Competition 185-gr. JHP
When introduced in the 1990s, the FN P90 PDW was far different from more traditional carbines with its design and chambering. It design and layout are truly unique, and even two decades later the semi-automatic PS90 is still popular and futuristic.
Known for coming up with some unique shotgun models, Black Aces Tactical has a stand-out shotgun with its Pro Series Lever-action shotgun design.