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Handguns June/July 2020

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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.
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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
front focus

What’s That Holster? I’ve been a subscriber for several years and have learned a lot from your magazine. I am trying to find the manufacturer of the holster that was on the inside cover of a Springfield Armory ad for a few months, one of which was the Aug./ Sep. ’19 issue. BRUCE LEMNAH You’ve got a keen eye for good holsters. It’s a Yaqui belt slide, a design originally conceived by Col. Jeff Cooper—inspired by a holster he’d seen in Central America, according to an article by Jim Wilson—and first executed by Milt Sparks. There are a variety of takes on this classic, and two companies make a version like the one you saw in the ad: DeSantis Holsters (shown) and Galco. More Love for the .45 ACP Revolver I have a Brazilian .45…

1 min.

APRIL 13th 2020 We take a closer look at the Marlin 1895 Dark Series At The Range. We feature another historical Marlin firearm to celebrate 150 years. In the Pros vs. Joes competition, Jesse Harrison gives cameraman Matt Young all that he can handle at the heavy duty dueling tree. APRIL 20th 2020 We have the Davidson’s exclusive Sig Sauer P320 Stars & Stripes Coyote 9mm At The Range. We tests SBR Function & Ammo in New Mexico in our Ballistic Science feature. APRIL 27th 2020 We have the Springfield Armory M1A Tanker .308 Win. At The Range. We test applied ballistics in New Mexico in our Ballistic Science feature. We continue our Marlin 150th anniversary with a look at the Marlin Model 44 cutdown shotgun.…

4 min.
prime number

SMITH & WESSON’S HUGELY SUCCESSful Military & Police service revolver morphed into the Model 10 in 1957—when the company began numbering its models. It’s since served as the launching pad for a head-spinning array of handguns. Barrel lengths/configurations, calibers, sight types and finishes may change, but the basic template has always been a medium-frame revolver featuring either a round or square butt. The .357 Magnum made its medium-frame, mid-1950s debut in the Model 19—a beautiful, adjustable-sighted revolver envisioned by its champion, Bill Jordan, as the ultimate law-enforcement tool. In 1974, however, a down-and-dirty, fixed-sight, heavy-barreled .357 variation on the Model 10 theme appeared: the Model 13. Originally a square-butt four-inch gun, it was followed later by a three-inch round-butt version that has the distinction of being the last FBI-issue revolver before the Great…

2 min.
streamlight switches it up

STREAMLIGHT IS ALWAYS PUSHING forward with its products, and this year is no different. There’s a lot going on in Eagleville, Pennsylvania, and I wanted to focus on what I think is a big deal: the company’s new A-series switches. I’ve had a TLR-8G light/green laser mounted on my bedroom gun, a Smith & Wesson M&P9 2.0 Compact, for about a year, and I’ve been happy with it except for one thing: It’s not easy for me to operate the unit’s side-mounted switch. I can do it, sure, but it requires readjusting my hands from a true firing grip. My wife, who has longer fingers, doesn’t have the same problem, so I’ve just trained with it to the point it doesn’t pose an issue. Now this same light/laser is available with two new…

1 min.
a chat with remington’s new ceo

WHEN I SPOKE WITH KEN D’ARCY, Remington’s new CEO, I was impressed with his no-BS approach to getting the company back on the right track. America’s oldest gun maker has been put through the ringer the past few years, and nobody knows that better than D’Arcy, who has previously served on Remington’s board of directors. Job one, he said, was getting the company back on a solid financial footing, and he plans to consolidate the firm’s operations. But moreover, he sees the path to success as building quality products. “If you look at any successful company, they have a quality product,” he said. “You need to bring new products to the market on a regular basis, and these have to be quality products. They don’t always have to be innovative, but they’ve…

1 min.
closing the gap

WITH TODAY’S THREAT OF ACTIVE shooters ever present, being able to shoot at distance can be an important skill. Similarly, the ability to hit a target when you’re physically challenged could make a big difference in such a situation. GEAR No special gear DRILL This one requires some room. Place an IPSC target or eight-inch paper plate against a safe backstop. From 50 yards, engage the target with five rounds. Move quickly but safely to 25 yards and engage the target with another five rounds. Move quickly but safely to 10 yards and engage the target with another five rounds. If your carry gun is a revolver or semiauto with limited capacity, you’ll have to perform at least one reload. GOALS Get hits—period. You want to see how well you can shoot farther…