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Handguns April/May 2021

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!

United States
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
front focus

Beretta’s Cool Cats Keith Wood’s “Two Cool Cats” article in the February/March issue gave some really good details on the beautiful and elegant diminutive autos as well as the usual excellent photos I’ve come to expect in Handguns. I liked the history related to the development of the Bobcat and Tomcat. However, I have to admit some surprise of the article’s subtitle calling the pistol pair “CCW semiautos”! Calling them fun little plinkers, yes. Expressing their size convenience to shove in a pocket, you bet. But to label them as a CCW pistol, hardly. With their almost nonexistent sights, sight radius and magazine release location, not to mention their anemic caliber, these pistols are anything but CCW/defensive handguns. However, they would certainly serve as a last resort, being better than no…

1 min
handguns.com exclusive

6 Top Home Defense Revolvers ARTICLES YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED KORTH NXR HORNADY SUBSONIC Here’s what a few fans think about the military’s switch to the SIG P320/M17 (the P320/M18 shown here is profiled elsewhere in the issue). “A metal framed, hammer fired weapon is a better sidearm for the military. The M9 served me well. That said, I really enjoy my personal M18.”—Allan “Not a great choice. Would prefer the .45.”—Joshua 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…

6 min
pistol ammo primer

DISCUSSIONS ABOUT HANDGUN CARtridges can be confusing if you’re relatively new to defensive handgunning. Let’s start with one basic fact: Pistol rounds are rarely decisive threat-stoppers. None of them truly possesses the energy to overwhelm and shut down an attacker’s vital functions quickly with a single shot every single time, with the exception of the so-called “T-box” head shot. That’s why defensive training drills focus on delivering multiple well-placed hits to incapacitate an assailant as rapidly as possible. However, with the proper bullet, the more powerful the round the more likely your hits will have the desired effect—through tissue destruction, wound cavity and other factors. The trick then is to select a cartridge—and gun and specific load—that works best for you, and it’s a trade-off between the power of the round…

2 min
short shot sig p320-m18

I WAS WORKING MY FIRST JOB OUT OF school at American Rifleman when the military adopted Beretta’s double action/single action Model 92 as the M9. I remember there was much hand-wringing at the time due to the move to the 9mm cartridge and some early structural problems with the Beretta. More than 30 years later the military went looking for a new sidearm under its Modular Handgun System program, and the winner was SIG’s striker-fired P320. I’m not saying there was no handwringing, but the pistol’s reception seemed much warmer. The military designations are M17 for the full-size gun and M18 for the compact, and SIG is now selling P320-M17 and P320-M18 civilian versions. The only outward differences between the military and civilian guns are the controls, which are black on the…

3 min
charter arms undercover

IT MAY SEEM OUT OF LINE TO HONOR A budget revolver with the term “classic,” but the Charter Arms Undercover has earned it. This .38 Special was the first of many Charter Arms revolvers and remains in my opinion the most useful. The Undercover was introduced at a time when good handguns of any type were difficult to come by. During the Vietnam War both Colt and Smith & Wesson revolvers were in short supply, but Iver Johnson, Harrington & Richardson and various imported revolvers were cheap and available. The introduction of the Charter Arms Undercover in 1964 brought another type of revolver into the market—a good quality revolver offered at a good price, thanks to modern production techniques that allowed advances in safety with less expensive manufacture. The most obvious difference…

2 min
guns & gear

SPRINGFIELD XD-S MOD.2 OSP Springfield’s excellent single-stack 9mm is now optics ready, and one version of the gun comes with a Crimson Trace red dot. The pistol sports a 3.3-inch barrel and is only 0.9 inch wide and 4.4 inches tall with the flush-fit seven-round magazine installed. With that mag in place, weight is just 21.5 ounces. The extended magazine is a nine-rounder. Both the barrel and slide are Melonite-finished steel, and the black polymer frame has an enhanced grip texture over the original XD-S. {$549 (w/sight), $425 (no sight); SPRINGFIELD-ARMORY.COM } KORTH SPEEDLOADERS Available through Nighthawk Custom, these brand-new Korth speedloaders are available for a variety of revolvers. The magnums are stainless steel; the 9mm is aluminum. The .44 Magnum six-shot fits Korth NXR; S&W 29, 69 and 629; Ruger Redhawk and Super…