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Handguns October/November 2019

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Handguns Magazine specializes in the thorough testing and evaluation of a wide variety of handguns. Each issue is loaded with exciting features on self-defense, law enforcement, handgun hunting, handgun history, competitions, and hand-loading. Also showcased are in-depth evaluations of new guns, ammunition, handgun safety and much, much more!

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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min.

Why Conceal? I am fairly new to concealed carry, and I read articles in your magazine and others about how to prevent the gun from showing. Why? I would think if the potential bad guy knows I am carrying and am able to defend myself, he would be less likely to try to rob (or worse) this crippled old man. What am I missing? MICHAEL CROW SPRINGFIELD, AR Mr. Crow: The biggest issue with your gun showing is it forfeits your element of surprise, which is one of the most critical aspects of self-defense. You’re right that an exposed gun may serve as a deterrent to a potential assailant, but it could have the opposite effect and prompt someone to target you because they want your gun. From a legal standpoint, should your…

1 min.
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For letters and comments on the magazine, contact us at HANDGUNS@OUTDOORSG.COM or write to us at Handguns, P.O. Box 271245, Fort Collins, CO 80527. Please include your town and state of residence. Letters may be edited for brevity and clarity. ADDRESS CHANGE OR SUBSCRIPTION QUESTION? The editorial office above can’t help you with subscriptions. Please email HGSCUSTSERV@CDSFULFILLMENT.COM or write to Handguns, P.O. Box 37539, Boone, IA 50037-0539. If changing address, please send both old and new addresses.…

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AUGUST 12th 2019 <<< Jim, Rich and Scott discuss what they look for in a CCW gun and why. Jim runs a homemade “Skills Drill” that teaches key skills, and Rich reviews reload techniques in “En Garde.” AUGUST 26th 2019 <<< Team Smith & Wesson’s Julie Golob joins Jim and Rich as they dive into the legendary 1911 platform. Julie runs a demanding version of the El Presidente drill, and Jim goes over light/laser operation methods. SEPTEMBER 9th 2019 <<< Scott, Jim and Rich have a blast with an assortment of revolvers—from concealable snubbies to big boomers. In “Zeroing In,” Jim demonstrates proper 1911 fieldstrip techniques, and Rich runs the Triple Threat in “Skills Drills.”…

5 min.
gp100 diy upgrade

AS SOON AS RUGER INTRODUCED THE GP100 in .44 Special, I bought one. A five-shot revolver with a three-inch barrel, I find it an excellent field gun—not heavy like my five-inch S&W .44 Magnum but with plenty of punch. I’ve shot it a ton, both at the range and on the set of “Handguns & Defensive Weapons,” and it’s well-behaved and accurate. But I love to tinker with things, even though I’m not particularly good at it. One day the notion popped into my head to install different grips on it, just for something to do. I settled on Altamont. The company offers both full-size and compact grips for the GP100, and since I already knew what the full-size grips felt like, I figured it would be interesting to see how smaller…

1 min.
vanquish muffs

THE VANQUISH IS CHAMPION’S LATEST foray into electronic hearing protection, and the sample I got for test is one of two Bluetooth-capable models. (The Elite version, which I didn’t test, comes with rechargeable lithium batteries and has active noise cancellation in addition to Bluetooth.) At $125 suggested retail, this is a good set of muffs, providing all-day comfort and excellent noise reduction. The omnidirectional microphones do a good job of picking up important sounds around you—like conversation and range commands—while suppressing gunfire noise. The Vanquish doesn’t do quite as good a job of minimizing wind noise as a pair of more expensive muffs I have, but at half the price I can live with that. The controls are nicely laid out. The power button is easy to find with the muffs on, as…

4 min.
info overload

IT’S OFTEN BEEN SAID THE MORE YOU learn about something, the more you realize how much you don’t know. This is certainly true of my experience with shooting. As a new police officer 22 years ago, I had virtually no shooting experience. I took as gospel what the firearms instructors in the police academy taught. As far as I was concerned, what I was learning was the right way and anything else was therefore wrong. Looking back, I realize I was not only blissfully ignorant but also unjustifiably arrogant. I didn’t know what I didn’t know. As a gun writer for the past decade, I’ve had the opportunity to train with several top-level instructors. It’s been an eye-opening and often humbling experience. It’s easy to think you’re better than you are…