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Handguns February/March 2021

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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

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1 min.
front focus

Compare and Contrast I owe our readers and Lohman Manufacturing an apology for how the lead photograph accompanying Brad Fitzpatrick’s article on the Lohman Ymir looked in the December/January 2021 issue. We adjust all images to account for how they will print on our paper stock. In this case, a Photo-shop error caused Brad’s original image (above) to reproduce with twice the contrast it should’ve had, and somehow we didn’t catch it before it went to press. The Ymir truly is a gorgeous gun, and we failed to show it off properly. For that I apologize.—J. Scott Rupp, editor Reading Is Fundamental I really appreciated James Tarr’s article on KelTec’s PMR30. One fairly important addition to the article’s information would be to thoroughly read the manual about suggested ammunition. KelTec specifically recommends 40-grain…

1 min.
handguns.com exclusive

HK’s Updated VP9SK HANDGUNS.COM | ARTICLES YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED TAURUS G3C NAA ANTI-VENOM We posted the image above on our Facebook page and asked folks whether they were fans of muzzle porting or not. Here’s a sampling of the responses. “On the heavier calibers, maybe. But I’ve seen ported .22 and 9mm. I don’t understand the need for it.”—Bob “Large revolvers it’s nice for a quick follow-up shot.”—Joshua “I have been Magna-porting my firearms for many years.”—Gordy CONTACT US EMAIL Handguns@OutdoorSG.com INSTAGRAM, TWITTER @HandgunsMag FACEBOOK facebook.com/HandgunsMag SNAIL MAIL Handguns, P.O. Box 271245, Fort Collins, CO 80527 ADDRESS CHANGES! SUBSCRIPTION QUESTIONS! EMAIL HGScuStServ@CDSfulfillment.com SNAIL MAIL Handguns, P.O. Box 37539, Boone, IA 50037-0539…

1 min.
handguns & defensive weapons

DECEMBER 10th 2020 Scott, Kourtney and Rich take a look at the complexities of handgun operation as well as new handguns designed for easy handling—plus techniques and features that can make pistols easier to work. DECEMBER 17th 2020 Rich and Scott showcase a number of guns that might be worthwhile to have in an emergency situation. Scott runs a swing drill that can help shooters with target acquisition, and Rich shows how to disengage from a threat to gain the advantage. DECEMBER 24th 2020 Rich, Kourtney and Scott examine more guns that have gained a significant place in firearms lore. Kourtney runs the F.A.S.T. drill that will help any shooter hone his or her skills, and Rich goes over the importance of trigger control. Thursdays @ 10:30 p.m. on Sportsman Channel…

5 min.
handgun fit solutions

ONE OF HANDGUNNING’S MOST CRUCIAL aspects, and most mysterious, is fit. A gun that doesn’t fit you well is more difficult to shoot accurately. Many people go by “feel.” You pick up a gun and it just feels right. I’ve certainly seen that play out countless times at the counter of my local gun shop, with customers commenting on how one gun feels better to them than another. And in my own case, I’ve developed a fondness for Walther pistols because I think they just feel better to me. A lot of factors go into fit: grip angle, grip girth, grip shape and even the presence and configuration of finger grooves. For instance, some people like Glocks because the grip angle suits them. Some people don’t like Glocks and gravitate toward…

2 min.
ruger lcp ii .22 lr

CARRYING A .22 FOR SELF-DEFENSE is not for everyone, but enough people go this route that Ruger made the decision to chamber its LCP II in .22 Long Rifle. This version, which carries a $349 suggested retail price, also adds a new feature: Ruger’s Lite Rack system. Lite Rack sports a new serration pattern at the front and rear of the slide, as well as “cocking ears” at the back of the slide for a better grip. And because the gun is hammer-fired and not striker-fired, it uses a lighter recoil spring as well. Ruger has added a manual safety to the LCP II .22. Unlike typical thumb safeties, you push forward on this one for Fire. After working with it for a bit I found it to be fairly instinctive and…

2 min.
surefire xsc

MICRO-COMPACT 9MMS ARE THE HOT thing in the handgun market right now, and accessory companies certainly didn’t miss the memo. For two years Surefire has been working on a weapon light that would fit these handy pistols. The result of its efforts is the XSC ($329), which measures less than two inches long and weighs just 1.7 ounces. “The micro-compact handgun market has been expanding in a big way due to the amount of capability these handguns give you in such a small package,” said Surefire’s Andrew Wright. “Now the XSC completes the package, giving you almost a full-sized capability in a concealed package. The small form factor gives customers no excuse to not carry a weapon light with them and be prepared for any scenario.” He said the big hurdle was…