Pistols & Revolvers

March 11, 2023

The Best 9mm Pistols

The 9mm pistol is the staple handgun for many Americans. These weapons are versatile, affordable, and easy to learn with, but sifting through the mountain of 9mm pistol models, sizes, configurations, actions, brands, etc. has led more than one aspiring handgun owner to abandon their search altogether. No need to stress. Below, you’ll find a… Continue reading The Best 9mm Pistols

March 08, 2023

The Best Canik Pistols

The story of Canik pistols is the age-old story of the underdog. When the TP9 was first introduced to the market, the price tag coupled with the then-unknown brand name meant that for many people the words “quality” and “Canik” couldn’t co-exist. Years after first being introduced to the US market, Canik is now one… Continue reading The Best Canik Pistols

February 12, 2023

The Best Pocket Pistols

According to research by the Crime Prevention Research Center, over 19 million Americans in 2020 had concealed handgun permits – allowing them to carry a gun for personal defense. Of course, this factor doesn’t include adults who carry without a permit in the 15 states that do not require one. One of the more popular… Continue reading The Best Pocket Pistols

January 16, 2023

Ruger Wrangler Review

The Ruger Wrangler has quickly become one of Ruger’s most popular offerings and is a fan favorite among rimfire shooters on a budget. These kinds of inexpensive plinkers are fun to shoot, but with many brands that focus on fun can mean sub-standard quality and, uh, generous tolerances. That said, Ruger has a reputation for… Continue reading Ruger Wrangler Review

January 12, 2023

The Best CZ Pistols

The CZ 75 is the best CZ pistol for most people. Beyond its iconic look, the 5.23-inch barrel yields impressive accuracy, which is packed into a pistol that offers the same reliable CZ performance and comfortable design shooters have come to expect from the Czech brand. For beginners and seasoned veterans alike, if you have… Continue reading The Best CZ Pistols

January 12, 2023

CZ Scorpion Reviewed

PCCs and subguns have exploded in recent years. PCCs being a pistol caliber carbine and subguns large format pistols with an SMG-like appearance, both styles offering short barreled rifle mobility but in the easy-to-control (and wallet-friendly) 9mm caliber. One of the guns that spearheaded this explosion of popularity is the CZ Scorpion. Scorpion pistols have… Continue reading CZ Scorpion Reviewed

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January 12, 2023

The Best PCC 9mm Carbines

The Palmetto State AR-V 9mm is the best PCC for most people, thanks to its build quality, lightweight design, and wallet-friendly price point. It’s reliable, accurate, and approachable for all skill levels, and often available in any number of configurations that help it meet a broader variety of needs than the competition.

FN 5.7 Review

January 06, 2023

FN 5.7 Review: The Future Is Now

The FN Five-seveN pistol helped usher in the 5.7x28mm round it is named after and, now in its third generation, has benefited from a series of upgrades that have brought it into the 2020s with ease. We look at this icon from the last days of the Cold War and weigh the new MK3 MRD… Continue reading FN 5.7 Review: The Future Is Now

January 03, 2023

Walther PDP Review

Despite their pedigree and depth of experience, Walther Arms seems to be the true underdog of the firearms manufacturing industry, never reaching the ubiquity and prominence of the Glocks and S&Ws of the world. Founded in 1886 by Carl Walther and manufacturing firearms and air guns for over 100 years, the quality of Walther Arms… Continue reading Walther PDP Review

December 09, 2022

Glock 19X Review

Glock’s first “crossover” design that borrowed from the lineage of two proven 9mm Glock pistols, the G19X has been around for just over a half-decade and is something of an overlooked gem. We’ve got the scoop on this Coyote-colored war horse.

November 10, 2022

KelTec SUB2000 Review

The Kel Tec SUB 2000 is undoubtedly one of the most interesting PCCs ever built. Pistol caliber carbines have come and gone in popularity, but the SUB-2000 has remained popular and produced for over two decades. Why? It scores high in the basics of being a good gun. It’s reliable, easy to use, and accurate.… Continue reading KelTec SUB2000 Review

November 07, 2022

HK VP9 Review

HK’s VP9 pistol is one of the most popular full-sized firearms on the market today. Its wide acceptance and popularity have given rise to several versions and variants, and you can now find an HK VP9 in a compact, tactical threaded barrel model, an optics-ready VP9, and even one dedicated to competition shooting. Heckler &… Continue reading HK VP9 Review

November 02, 2022

Sig Sauer XMacro Review

With a magazine capacity that dwarfs everything else out there in its class in addition to a flat-faced trigger, integrated compensator, and unmatched modularity, Sig Sauer’s new P365 XMacro may not be a total “game changer” but is sure to reset how the game is played.

October 23, 2022

Glock 19 Review

The Glock 19 is the most popular carry handgun in America, but is it really all that it’s cracked up to be, or has it just become the “default” choice? The vanilla ice cream of the handgun world? Well, I’ve owned and carried the G19 for years, and honestly, I’m not sure. I’m a fan,… Continue reading Glock 19 Review

October 01, 2022

Glock 17 Review

Glock is a household name that most Americans know, whether they’re pro or anti-gun, thanks to Hollywood and television featuring Glocks in thousands of productions. Glock’s catalog has expanded significantly over the years, but regardless of the Glock in hand, the platform has created some of the most reliable and popular handguns on the market… Continue reading Glock 17 Review

September 06, 2022

Guide to the Beretta 92

Undoubtedly one of the most popular handguns ever made, the Beretta 92 has been around for a solid half-century and has no signs of going away any time soon. We detailed the 100-year history of Beretta’s pistols previously, but the 92 is a beast of its own. With that, how do you pick a good… Continue reading Guide to the Beretta 92

August 16, 2022

Glock 22 Review

The Glock 22 (along with its siblings, the compact G23 and subcompact G27) are Glock’s .40 Auto pistols and have been incredibly popular with law enforcement across the US for decades. They offer up pistols chambered in the larger LE-focused cartridge while being identical in size to the 9mm G17, Glock 19, and G26 pistol… Continue reading Glock 22 Review

May 19, 2022

The Best Handguns for Home Defense

Perhaps the most common and effective means of home protection, given purpose-driven selection and the proper training in use, is a good defensive handgun. With that in mind, let us take a look at some of the better options out there.

April 03, 2022

The Best Ruger 9mm Models

In a world filled with imported 9mm pistol designs, Ruger has risen to the top of the American handgun market over the past four decades to produce some of the most rugged, reliable firearms available. However, with a dizzying variety of Rugers on the shelf, picking out the best one can sometimes be overwhelming —… Continue reading The Best Ruger 9mm Models

March 29, 2022

The Best .357 Magnum Guns

The .357 Magnum is an American classic and has been a popular round since its introduction nearly 90 years ago. It’s a powerful round that doesn’t quite stray into “oh God my wrist” levels of recoil like some of its magnum brethren, but it still has a legacy of reliably handling a variety of game… Continue reading The Best .357 Magnum Guns

March 20, 2022

The Best 10mm Pistols

The 10mm pistol is rapidly becoming more popular, even though the 9mm counterpart is the traditional choice for a self-defense sidearm. 10mm pistols can be just as effective and versatile as 9mm handguns, though, and can produce fantastic accuracy and stopping power with a relatively compact and comfortable frame. Perhaps because 9mm pistols are more… Continue reading The Best 10mm Pistols

March 15, 2022

The Best Subcompact 9mm Pistols

The S&W M&P9 M2.0 Subcompact is the best subcompact 9mm pistol for most people. Beyond its easy-to-use, concealable design, the M&P line has an incredible number of options, calibers, and models — making it hard to beat when it comes to ensuring you can find the right pistol for you.

March 14, 2022

The Best 9mm Revolvers

When it comes to concealed carry, revolvers have been in use for over a century. That’s a long time in the firearm world, and since over those 100 years or so handheld firearms have seen a lot of innovation. For most people, that means when they think of a carry arm, they gravitate toward a… Continue reading The Best 9mm Revolvers

March 13, 2022

The Best Kimber 1911s

Kimber produces more American-made M1911-style handguns than anyone else, fielding over 70 assorted models and variants. While this may seem to confuse things, we are here to easily sort it all out and help you pick the best one.

March 08, 2022

The Best .22LR Pistols

After testing more new models, we’ve updated our top recommendation to the Glock G44 .22 LR Pistol. We’re keeping the other recommendations on our list, but now recommend them as runners-up or budget options. Once just a specialist category of firearms relegated primarily to smallbore Bullseye-style competition shooting and military handgun marksmanship training, the current… Continue reading The Best .22LR Pistols

March 05, 2022

The Best Glocks: Rated and Ranked

Chances are if you’re a gun owner looking for a new pistol – either for self-defense or something new for the range – a Glock handgun can do the job. These pistols are consistently top sellers  in the civilian market charts thanks to their durability, consistency, and variety. In general, handguns designed for concealed carry… Continue reading The Best Glocks: Rated and Ranked

February 27, 2022

The Best Concealed Carry Revolvers

Deciding to take responsibility for one’s self-protection is a big step, but millions are taking the plunge every year to carry a concealed handgun and today it has never been easier to do it successfully provided you make the right critical choices

February 15, 2022

The Best Custom 1911 Builders

The most classic and timeless of American firearms, the 1911 has sleek lines that are instantly recognizable and a fan base that has spanned centuries. However, is this gun still a great choice for defense, competition, and collectors? We cover a selection of the best 1911 builders so you can make a fully informed choice… Continue reading The Best Custom 1911 Builders

February 13, 2022

The Best 1911 Pistols

Patented on Valentine’s Day in 1911 by firearms genius John Browning, the M1911 has been in continual production and use for well over a century – and for good reason – it’s an instantly recognizable classic that has improved on Browning’s original design time and time again.

February 06, 2022

The Colt 1911

While dozens of companies are busy making 1911-style pistols, only one name stands above all others as the inventor of the original– Colt. With over a century in the game they kicked off, Colt is still the GOAT when it comes to John Browning’s Government model.

January 29, 2022

The Best Concealed Carry Guns

The Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 Compact is the best concealed carry gun for most people. The M&P line is full of reliable pistols in a huge number of calibers and configurations — often at much lower price points than competing brands.

January 23, 2022

The Best Ruger Handguns

What are the best Ruger firearms you can buy? Sturm Ruger & Company, generally known as Ruger Firearms or just Ruger, is one name in American firearms that everyone should know. Founded by Bill Ruger and Alexander Sturm in 1949 (both gun designers by trade) the focused on inexpensive handgun geared toward target shooting before… Continue reading The Best Ruger Handguns

January 18, 2022

The Best Taurus Revolvers in 2022

Based in São Leopoldo, Rio Grande do Sul Brazil – Forjas Taurus is a manufacturing conglomerate founded in 1939. Originally focused on tool and die forging, the company now consists of a variety of divisions that specialize in metals manufacturing, plastics, body armors, helmets, and civil construction – as well as Taurus Armas, its firearm… Continue reading The Best Taurus Revolvers in 2022

January 11, 2022

Ultimate Guide to Smith & Wesson 9mm Pistols

Smith & Wesson is a legend for a reason– they have a special place both in past firearms history and today’s gun industry. One of only two publicly-traded firearms companies, Smith is a giant in the field and has so many 9mm pistol variants that it can be a little daunting to try and figure… Continue reading Ultimate Guide to Smith & Wesson 9mm Pistols

November 10, 2021

The Best .45 ACP Pistols

What is it about the vaunted .45 ACP cartridge that keeps it as one of America’s most self-protection and competition rounds? We examine this classic round, break down why it has survived and thrived for generation after generation, and provide a selection of great handguns that are chambered for it.

August 07, 2021

In-Depth Review: Glock 43 [Hands-On]

Is the slimline Glock 43 the best striker-fired carry gun on the market today? We put this polymer frame single stack 9 under the microscope then melted it down on the range to help determine if this svelte subcompact is right for you.

July 25, 2021

In-Depth Review: Taurus G3C [Hands-On]

Is the subcompact Taurus G3C the best budget polymer handgun on the market today? We take this striker-fired polymer frame pistol through its paces and help you determine if this affordable pistol is right for you.

April 15, 2021

Canik TP9SFX Review [Hands-On]

Canik calls the TP9SFX “The Choice of Champions.” And with all the features packed into its price point, it’s hard to argue with that sentiment. If you’re entering the competitive shooting world, this gun is ready to take home the gold right out of the box.

April 14, 2021

The Chiappa Rhino: A Review

A Review of the Oddball Italian Stallion Rarely encountered in the wild, Chiappa Rhino revolvers are very different and a little weird, but these Italian stallions have a solid pedigree and a lot of hidden traits that make them phenomenally comfortable guns to shoot. The Best of the Chiappa Rhino Models Browsing Chiappa’s catalogs for… Continue reading The Chiappa Rhino: A Review

April 08, 2021

The KelTec CP33: A Review

The KelTec CP33: A Review The .22 target pistol market is an exciting segment of the firearms world. Often costing thousands of dollars, many of the designs meant for competition are custom-fit .22LR pistols that look like something out of a science-fiction show set in the not-too-distant future. KelTec CP33 Pistol A .22LR competition pistol… Continue reading The KelTec CP33: A Review

March 06, 2021

The Glock 29 Reviewed [Hands-On]

The no-nonsense Glock 29, a pint-sized 10mm subcompact, is a handgun that trends towards the unique and offers a lot for the person with the will to master it.