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With everything assembled, it was time to get to the range and see what kind of performance I could get out of all those components I’d put together.
SIG SAUER, Inc. is proud to announce the Nevada Highway Patrol has transitioned to the SIG SAUER P320 9mm pistol as their official duty pistol.
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Yeah, yeah, it sounds like clickbait, but it’s not– we took a serious look at each recent American cultural generation and matched it to the best-known or most ground-breaking new handgun from that era.The Lost Generation (born 1883 to 1901)
Those who were born in this era became adults during the Great War and the Roaring Twenties, moving from the last days of the Old West into the brave new world that was the 20th Century. Perhaps one of the most important handguns born inside that generation was John Browning’s No. 1 pistol, which reached production as the FN Mle. 1900.
Designed in the late 1890s, the .32 ACP-chambered blowback pistol was, unlike many early semi-autos, reliable. Further, it was compact, being just 6.8-inches long overall and 4-inches high, arguably capable of being carried in a pocket. President Theodore Roosevelt even owned an M1900, which he reportedly kept either on him or by his bedside.
Over 700,000 FN 1900s were made in Belgium while untold thousands of unlicensed copies across the quality spectrum were produced around the globe. Many of the operational aspects of the pistol were recycled by Browning into other designs of his that are still in production today.The Greatest Generation (1901 to 1927)
The individuals who came of age during the dark years of the Great Depression and World War II, it was up to this generation to liberate Europe and Asia. With this in mind, it is a no-brainer that possibly the best handgun born alongside the Greatest Generation was one they would often carry on the battlefield– the M1911.
Never out of production in the past 109-years, the M1911 series is now made overseas for U.S. import while there is no shortage of domestic gun makers who crank out their take on the platform, in various slide/barrel lengths and with all sorts of upgrades that Browning could have never foreseen.The Silent Generation (1928 to 1945)
Born after WWI and running through WWII, the Silent Generation would become adults during the era of the Korean and Vietnam wars. While many great pistol designs were likewise put into production for the first time during this same period– the Walther PP, P-38, Browning Hi-Power, et.al.– we would be remiss if we did not tip the hat to the first production .357 Magnum revolver, Smith & Wesson’s Model 27.
With early guns termed Registered Magums, the S&W Model 27 was introduced in 1935 with firearm historian Roy Jinks describing this N-frame as, “The most important handgun developed in the 20th Century.” Big Blue’s first revolver to used a counter-bored cylinder to protect the rim and, being the most powerful handgun available on the commercial market at the time, was a custom order piece through 1939.
Modified with a short-throw hammer after WWII, the model was only dubbed the Model 27 in the 1950s but has remained a solid performer for Smith, who still makes the gun today.Baby Boomer Generation (1946 to 1964)
It was the Boomers who grew up as one of the first generations to have a TV in their home, and, while often quick and ready fans of hoglegs that were already nostalgic in that era– such as the Colt 1873 Peacemaker and M1911s seen in Westerns and WWII combat programs– their time saw an important introduction to American gun culture. Yup, they were born alongside the introduction of the domestic-made 9mm handgun to the States.
Courting a possible Army contract to replace the M1911, Smith & Wesson submitted early X100-series pistols to the military starting in 1948. While the contract evaporated, the company went to market with a more fleshed out design in 1955 and the Model 39 was born. Later stretched to a double-stack 15+1 capacity to become the Model 59, the rest in 9mm history.Generation X (1965 to 1979)
While overseas during this period several very nice double-stack 9mm pistols hit the market for the first time– the CZ 75, Beretta 92, and Sig P220 for instance– here in America perhaps the most popular new Gen X period handgun was Harry Sefried’s Security-Six/Service-Six/Speed-Six revolvers, followed by the scaled-up Ruger Redhawk, which was born in the same era.
The company’s first double-action revolver, the thick new Rugers became wildly successful, with more than 1.5 million of the medium-framed Six series produced alone. While the Sixes were replaced by the GP100 in the 1980s, the Redhawk line is still going strong.Millennials (1980 to 1994)
A generation that was old enough to see the dawn of the Millenium, the Millennials grew up in the computer age, witnessed big hair bands and Grunge come and go, and lived in the age where seemingly all of the cool new handguns were “plastic.” While polymer-framed guns had already popped up on the radar during Gen X, it was the Millennials whose time became Glock-o’clock.
Adopted by the Austrian Army in 1980 as the Pistole 80, by 1986 ads for the Glock G17 were running in American Handgunner with the more compact 15-round G19 following just a couple years later. The invasion of “plastic fantastics” helped heap dirt on the graves of S&W and Ruger’s wondernines of the same era and those companies soon switched gears by the mid-1990s to polymer, joining the club.Gen Z (1995 to 2012)
Moving past your early generations of polymer pistols that had to be customized with Dremel tools and skateboard tape, Gen Z shares an era that saw the world’s first commercially available handguns that sported a removable, serialized chassis. This allowed owners to buy new grip modules in a wide variety of colors and sizes, then simply swap out the chassis from grip to grip. Early pistols with the technology included the Steyr M-series pistols and the Sig P250.
Today the concept is common, being used by the Beretta APX and Sig P320, among others.The future?
Generational scholars tell us we are currently on what is being termed, “Gen Alpha,” which began around 2013 and will run through the mid-2020s. While several innovative guns have already been delivered to the market in the past several years, such as double-stack micro-compacts like the Sig Sauer P365 and Springfield Armory Hellcat, along with new race guns with forward-looking features like the Walther Q5 Match SF and Laugo Alien, we will reserve naming a Gen A handgun for a while.
You never know what the future holds.
John Moses Browning’s M1911 persists as one of the most prolific handguns in the modern era, but how has this pistol maintained its popularity more than a century after its inception?
The Model 1911 surfaced in the early 1900s after American soldiers realized they needed more firepower and capabilities than the standard M1892 revolver, which had been found wanting during service in the Philipines. Browning answered the call for a more robust handgun, introducing the Model 1911 which was adopted by the U.S. Army on Mar. 29, 1911. As the best Valentine’s to gun culture, Browning’s patent on the design was issued Feb.14, 1911. The M1911 offered a .45 ACP chambered pistol with a standard 8+1 capacity and versatility that made it a sensation.
Seeing service during both World Wars, the M1911 was renowned for its reliability in combat. In fact, during initial military testing, the gun underwent an intense 6,000 round torture test with no malfunctions.
After seeing action in World War II the Model 1911 underwent refinements to its design — namely, it gained an arched mainspring housing, better ergonomics, a shorter trigger, and improved sights. The revamped edition was renamed the M1911A1 to set it apart from the original design.
The M1911A1 was employed in combat in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars in addition to riding alongside law enforcement personnel in the U.S. Border Patrol, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Texas Rangers. Though the military eventually replaced it with the M9 in 1985, the M1911A1 remained a steady companion for many special operations units.
Diving into the world of guns, there aren’t too many that have enjoyed the long-term popularity and success as the 1911 platform. Still, a preferred concealed and open carry pistol for many gun owners, the M1911 has proved itself with a slimmer width that often neatly slips into a holster. Available in three sizes —Government, Commander, and Officer — the M1911 allows owners to select a size that fits individual needs, be it carry, competition or home defense.
With an easy to maintain and easy to use design, the M1911 is the go-to for many new .45 ACP gun owners learning the ropes of ownership and carry. Not to mention, for new shooters that manual safety often brings a sense of security while carrying. The M1911 also brings versatility to the handgun game with customizations galore, which has even led to custom 1911 makers like Wilson Combat and Nighthawk Custom making out-of-the-box high-end 1911s.
Whether its the nostalgia that its history brings, its tested reliability or its ability to easily integrate into most facets of gun ownership — be it casual ownership, carry or competition — the M1911 is a stalwart pistol with a steady trajectory that doesn’t seem to be slowing anytime soon.
Interested in owning your own 1911? Head to Guns.com to check out new and used 1911s of every flavor.
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On Feb. 6, 2020, the petition against the Liberal’s proposed ban of”military assault rifles’ closed with record results. The petition, E-2341, which opened on Dec. 17, 2019, garnered a total of 175,310 signatures — the most signatures for any type of petition in the history of Canada.
If passed, the government would begin a buyback program much like New Zealand despite the fact that Public Safety Canada still has no legal definition as to what a “military assault rifle” is. The Liberals, meanwhile, have repeatedly emphasized a ban would not target hunters.
The Minister of Public Safety, Bill Blair, has estimated that a buyback program would cost between $400 to $600 million. According to studies, there are approximately 250,000 semi-automatic rifles owned in Canada, though they are already heavily regulated. Owning an AR-15 in Canada requires a restricted license and the owner can only shoot at a licensed gun club.
Critics of the ban feel the government should focus on fighting actual crime instead of removing guns from law-abiding Canadians.
“Let’s do things that are going to make a difference for targeting criminals and not the law-abiding Canadians by putting hundreds of millions, potentially billions of dollars, into programs that deter kids from joining gangs, crime prevention issues, addiction, and mental health treatment, strengthen border security so we don’t have smuggled firearms, and focus police resources on targeting criminals,” Conservative MP Glen Motz, who started the petition, recently said.
Motz is also concerned by the way the government is trying to pass the ban. The Liberals are currently attempting to implement the measure by way of an Order in Council, limiting debate in the House of Commons.
As of right now, gun bans and most other issues have taken a back seat as The Liberals try to solve a two-week-long anti-pipeline protest which has shut down rail activity from coast to coast and is crippling the Canadian economy.
In 1973, a hunter discovered his rifle had been swiped from his truck. This month, the gun is now on its way back home.
A detective in Circleville, Ohio last month reached out to police some 500 miles away in Madison, Wisconsin about a Mauser bolt-action rifle whose serial number jibed with one that had been reported stolen there decades prior. The firearm had been gone missing from a1966 GMC pickup, where the 41-year-old victim had left it beneath a blanket in the truck’s bed. The crime occurred at the 200 block S. Baldwin St, which, then as now, is a residential area.
Soon, the rifle was on its way back to Madison, where police there discovered, sadly, that the unnamed owner of the Mauser passed away in 1998.
“However, his children are still alive, and are being contacted 47 years after their dad reported the crime,” said MPD in a statement.
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found that bans on semi-automatic firearms commonly referred to as “assault weapons” have no effect on fatal mass murders.
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Stoeger Industries is adding a new pump-action shotgun with a side-folding stock to their Freedom Series, the P3000 Supreme.
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Everytown for Gun Safety is spending $60 million on the 2020 elections, $8 million of which will target Texas as the nation’s anti-gun lobby hopes to turn the Lone Star State from Red to Blue.
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Blazer by CCI Ammunition is proud to announce new Blazer Brass 10mm Auto. Shooters who rely on Blazer for high-volume training now have a new quality option: a 180-grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ). Shipments of this new product have begun to arrive at dealers.
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ear & Son Cutlery, manufacturer of premium made-in-the-USA knives, is proud to announce Kroll International as a major distributor for 2020. Starting immediately, a product line of American-made automatic, tactical, rescue, and EDC knives will be offered to law enforcement, public safety, military and homeland security dealers throughout Kroll’s distribution channels.
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Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun control group bankrolled by billionaire presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, is treading lightly with their benefactor.
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CCI Ammunition announced Blazer will see a new addition to its pistol ammo lineup in the form of a 180-grain 10mm Auto option.
The full metal jacket opts for brass cases paired with non-corrosive, non-mercuric CCI primers. The combo, according to the company, produces reliable ignition with “consistent ballistics.”
“Shooters who rely on Blazer for high-volume training now have a new quality option: a 180-grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ),” CCI said in a news release. “New Blazer Brass 10mm Auto pushes its 180-grain FMJ bullet for accurate, realistic training.”
CCI says the standard velocity at the muzzle is 1,200 feet-per-second with 575 foot-pounds of energy. It’s worth noting the brass is reloadable for those that want to cut long-term costs by reloading. Blazer brass is also 100-percent American made.
The new 10mm option ships in a 50-count box and retails for just over $20.
Guns.com works with several reputable gun shops all over the nation to bring you excellent deals on used guns. We compiled a quick list of the 10 coolest used Outlet guns currently listed on our site. Take a look and find your next gun!Auto Mag Model 180
The Auto Mag is undeniably one of the most badass hand cannons ever produced. Chambered in .44 AMP, this gun is in good overall condition with a few scratches on the stainless steel frame. It sports a 6-inch barrel and a 10-round magazine. These are hard to find and this one, a Pasadena-marked original, won’t last long on the market.
For more information, check out Guns.com’s deep dive into the Auto Mag platform.
Chambered in .45 ACP, this handgun commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Colt Model 1911. It has a high luster blued finish with intricate scrollwork done on both the receiver and the slide. This is paired with the pearl grip panels that contain the 100th Anniversary Colt emblem.
This Commemorative handgun also comes with a matching Colt 100th Anniversary case.
This excellent condition FN M249S is chambered in 5.56×45 NATO. This rifle shows an almost new bore and finish and comes with the original box and contents. Decked out in Flat Dark Earth, the 249S is a semi-automatic version of the M249 SAW light machine gun adopted by the U.S. military in 1988. The rifle features an 18.5-inch FN cold hammer-forged, chrome-lined barrel and operates from a closed-bolt position.
It will accept both standard M16/M4-style magazines and, of course, linked belt ammunition.
This curious and commanding revolver, with a 20-shot cylinder, has Liege proofs that tie it to Belgium while others suggest German travels. Chambered in what is believed to be .455 Eley, this revolving hand cannon has a 10-inch barrel and likely dates to the late 19th or early 20th Century.
While other 20-shot revolvers exist, they are almost always much smaller pinfire double-barreled models that bear little resemblance to this piece. An identical offering appeared in Francis Bannerman’s famous 1927 catalog of military surplus with the description, “20 Shot Revolver found in old shop in Paris, bore is about 3/8, length, 15 inches, weight is about 6 pounds. Rare piece. Sold to collector.”
Fast forward another 100 years and this interesting piece, acquired from a New Orleans collector, was said to be a German trench revolver from WWI, rigged to “peek” over the trench and shoot by pulling a string attached to the trigger.
This Colt Python sports a 5-inch barrel and is decked out in a nickel finish — all listed in good condition. There is slight discoloration of the finish but, hey, no one’s perfect.
Unfortunately, you’ll have to pick up a carrying case to take this bad boy to the range as it ships without a carrying case.
This particular Springfield-imported IDF Mauser comes with a little backstory. It was used by Israeli Defense Force snipers with paperwork to confirm this:
Chambered in .308 Win, this uber-sweet bolt action features a 24-inch barrel.
This beautiful Beretta 92 SB is a model rarely seen in the U.S. Produced in Italy, this semi-automatic pistol is in excellent condition, with a 5-inch barrel and one 15-round magazine. It ships with Crimson Trace grips as well as the original grips, though one medallion is missing on the original set.
This FN SCAR 17S is chambered in .308 Winchester/7.62×51 NATO and comes with a 20-round magazine. This rifle shows a like new bore and finish with strong rifling and an undisturbed black finish.
This 1911 is a WWI production military handgun from 1915. Boasting an N.R.A Stamped receiver, the gun is one of the 47 handguns Colt released from service to sell as N.R.A National Match handguns from 1915 to 1922.
Ordnance markings of H and R show this handgun came from the Hartford Arsenal, and a type 2 second iteration Colt logo confirms its 1915 manufacture date. Additional final inspection GHS markings also prove that this handgun was the property of the US Army.
The bore has good rifling and the overall finish is good with some holster wear around the edges of the handgun.
This beautiful Colt Bisley features a 7.5-inch barrel with stag antler grips. It was converted from black powder to pistol caliber. It’s chambered in .357 magnum and holds five rounds.
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