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Ruger's 'New' Vaquero: The Wiley Clapp Review

When re-introduced in 2005, after a short production pause, the new Vaquero marked a return to the smaller and lighter single-actions Bill Ruger built in the ’50s and ’60s. Many shooters prefer them for their speedier handling, and the latest gun has an improved action and finish.

Gunsite Academy Honors Wiley Clapp With Training Room Re-Name

A recent celebration at Gunsite Academy recognized American Rifleman Field Editor Wiley Clapp for his many accomplishments in the firearm industry.

Springfield Armory’s XD 45: The Wiley Clapp Review

Springfield’s 13-plus-one .45 ACP XD may prove to be the most popular offering in the company’s evolutionary polymer pistol line.

Nighthawk Custom Global Response Pistol: The Wiley Clapp Review

Nighthawk starts with precisely crafted receivers and slides that come out of its CNC machines close to perfect and require little in the way of fitting. The same is true of the smaller parts that make up the guns.

Heckler & Koch's USP Tactical: The Wiley Clapp Review

The USP Tactical is a big, raw-boned brute of a sidearm. It sits big in your hand and takes a fat magazine of those chunky cartridges that Americans have been using for almost a century. An accurate pistol with subtly effective lockwork, this H&K is a pistol that I can recommend to you.

Handgun Shooting Stances: History & Development

What's your stance on handguns? Here, we’ll take a quick look at the history of handgun shooting stances then get into what is currently in vogue with some discussion of the pros and cons of the better positions.

Colt's .44 Mag. Anaconda Returns

The modern era of powerful handguns began with Smith & Wesson’s 1935 introduction of the .357 Magnum. That company’s major competitor, Colt, also came along with Single Action Army (SAA) models in .357 Mag. before World War II and double-actions a few years later.

Smith & Wesson's Walthers

When Smith & Wesson's name showed up on Walther PPK and PPK/s pistols, many were shocked, but what does that mean for build quality and performance? Follow along with Wiley Clapp and his investigation of S&W-made Walther pistols.

Smith & Wesson's Triple Lock: A Look Back

The Triple Lock was the first Smith & Wesson revolver built on what is now called the N-frame—S&W’s N-frames have defined the modern wheelgun.

Review: Smith & Wesson SW99

Two of the world’s best handgun makers―one from the “Old” and one from the “New”―have partnered to make one of the best semi-autos of all time: the SW99.

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