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Handgun Evaluation: A DIY Guide

You've read our handgun evaluations, but what if you want to test your own? Wiley Clapp outlines his process for evaluating a gun.

Collier & Colt: The Origins of the Revolver

For years of writing about firearms, I had been working under an erroneous impression about the origins of the revolver. Really, credit should go to two men. Sam Colt and Elisha Collier.

Origins of Pistolcraft: The Development of the 'Modern Technique'

Over the time that I worked as a police officer and then as a gunwriter, I have informally tried to determine where, when and by whom fighting pistolcraft began.

The HK4: Heckler & Koch's First Semi-Auto Pistol

Heckler & Koch got its start making rifles for military and police use, but the demand for semi-automatic pistols grew in the 1960s, leading to the HK4.

An Old Colt Reborn: Bringing a Single-Action Army Back to Life

This tired, worn-out Colt Single Action Army received a new lease on life, thanks to the efforts of Wiley Clapp and a team of talented gunsmiths.

Wiley Clapp—Guns They Oughta Make: SIG Sauer P225-A2

Wiley Clapp is a fan of the relatively new P225-A1, and sees only one way to improve it.

Wiley Clapp: Guns They Oughta Make—5-inch S&W Model 686

There is a S&W revolver that I regard highly and would like to see a variation thereof.

Wiley Clapp: Guns They Oughta Make—.22-Cal. Commander

Wiley Clapp shares another on his "wish list" of handguns he hopes gun makers will one day produce.

By the Decade: Wiley Clapp's Favorite Handgun—2010s

The "By the Decade" series concludes with the handgun—or handguns—Wiley Clapp considers his favorite.

By the Decade: Wiley Clapp's Favorite Handgun—The 2000s

It was a striker-fired pistol called the "XD" from Springfield-Armory that caught Wiley Clapp's attention in the 21st century.

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