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Handguns December/January 2019-20

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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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United States
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
6 Issues

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Bond’s ‘Real Man Stopper’ I enjoyed James Tarr’s article about the Walther PPK/S. I wanted to add a bit to his sidebar about the famous British secret agent. In “The Man With the Golden Gun” (the novel, not the film), Scaramanga carries a golden Colt SAA in .45 Colt. He asks Bond what he carries. Bond replies that he carries the Walther in 7.65. Scaramanga’s response of “a real man stopper” makes me question Ian Fleming’s knowledge of handguns! SCOTT TANKARD FORSYTH, GA Barrier Testing In the recent October/November issue, James Tarr had a terrific piece where Speer’s new Gold Dot G2 ammo was tested for performance through a variety of hard materials (plywood, drywall and metal). It was interesting to see his results, but what about some testing on ballistic gel with a layer…

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contact us

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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OCTOBER 10th 2019 Jessie Harrison of Team Taurus joins Jim and Scott to introduce viewers to the exciting sport of steel challenge. Scott reviews the elements of a proper draw, and Rich discusses drawing from an open-front garment. OCTOBER 17th 2019 Jim and Rich explain the concept of practical accuracy and demonstrate the best techniques shooters need for improvement. Jim runs a draw-from-concealment drill, and Rich shows viewers how to shoot if they get knocked to the ground. NOVEMBER 14th 2019 Jim, Rich and Scott review guns and accessories that work well for home defense. Scott runs the one-shot-draw drill, and in “Zeroing In” Jim explains the importance of rotating defensive handgun ammunition.…

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the federal blues

FEDERAL’S SYNTECH FAMILY OF BULlets and ammunition continues to grow, and the latest addition is the company’s all-new Syntech Defense ammo. Like other Syntech loads, the Defense line features Federal’s synthetic jacket design—blue, in this case—which eliminates lead and copper fouling in the barrel and greatly reduces friction and heat. But unlike the original Syntech bullet, which features a lead core inside the polymer coating, the Syntech Defense bullet utilizes a hollowpoint design with three nose segments and a one-piece core designed for deep straight-line penetration and maximum energy transfer. Upon impact, Syntech Defense’s base penetrates 12 to 18 inches into bare ballistics gel, which is optimal because it offers plenty of penetration to stop an attacker without the risk of overpenetration. Gel testing shows the lead core continues to penetrate in…

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fighting with your handgun

Our self-defense editor and co-host of “Handguns & Defensive Weapons,” Richard Nance, has a couple videos designed to make you better at defending yourself and your family from a deadly threat. “Fighting Handgun” is unique in that it’s not a “draw-and-blast” video but rather a ground-up overview of a wide variety of techniques that can help you prevail against a threat—from how to strike someone to how to shoot someone when it’s warranted to do so, and how striking and shooting work together. It does require a bit of patience because at two hours plus it’s a long video, and Nance necessarily has to start with basics such as mindset, stance, types of blows, how to deliver them and other fundamentals. But once he’s established a baseline of knowledge—which he’s really…

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intel report

Did you know that our very own JAMES TARR is a novelist? Waiting for the Kick is his third novel and the second in his series starring protagonist Dave Anderson, picking up up two years after that character made his debut in the novel Whorl. Guns play a central role in Waiting for the Kick, as you might expect—and so do other aspects of firearms familiar to those in the shooting community—as Anderson tries to save his skin as he’s pursued by organized crime. Check it out on Amazon. Softbound, $18 Kentucky and Oklahoma have joined the ranks of states allowing CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY —the ability to carry concealed without requiring a permit. That brings the total number of U.S. states with constitutional carry to 16. Police in Allentown, Pennsylvania, have made the…