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Nickel

Even before I was a peace officer, I was a little suspicious of people who used nickel-plated guns. The high shine never appealed to a guy who grew up with Parkerizing and tung-oil finished walnut.

1911s Tighter

Some believe that the original 1911s had tighter tolerances than today’s guns, but since they were intended for field duty that is probably not the case.

Ambidexterity in Handguns

There may be upward of 41 million left-handed Americans, and a significant number of these people are shooters who must deal with firearms designed for right-handed use.

The Impressive .45 Colt/.410 Handguns

The .45 Colt/.410 handgun market has been driven and defined by the popular Taurus Judge series of double-action revolvers. With the success of the Judge, other manufacturers have released new or redesigned models in order to provide dual-caliber shooting options for this growing segment of the market. Here are some of the models currently available:

Bersa BP9CC

With a little more care and craftsmanship in fit and finish, this Argentine offering could become a real competitor in the concealed-carry market.

Taurus View

The Taurus View features a new contoured grip and grip frame, along with a Polycarbonate side plate that reveals the revolver’s mechanism.

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

The SIG Sauer P250

American Rifleman's Tactical Gun of the Year

Semi-auto or Auto

A reader responded to a blog with his concerns over proper use of the terms “automatic” and “semi-automatic.” In terms of describing the type of action used in many magazine-fed firearms, automatic means continuous fire as long as the trigger is depressed and ammo is available in the gun. Semi-automatic means one shot for each trigger press and reset.

1911 Accuracy

John Moses Browning’s iconic handgun has been continuously improved during its more than 100 years of use, and its accuracy just keeps getting better.

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