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Handguns August/September 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

3 min
front focus

More on the Cats Keith Wood’s “Two Cool Cats” article (February/March), including the Beretta .25s, brought back memories of my father’s Cold War days. He carried a Beretta 6.35 as a regular sidearm while working as a military counter-espionage agent in Europe. He said his unit preferred it to the U.S.-issued .38 snubby. My comment was that it would be a bit anemic as a sidearm, and he replied it was for “up close and personal” work. He also carried it religiously, concealed on his person, in Vietnam for two tours, prior to retiring as a high-ranking intelligence officer. Those criticizing these little guns obviously do not understand that they are designed for a purpose. I still have Dad’s Beretta, and both my daughters learned to shoot with it before moving…

4 min
6 single-action secrets

THERE’S AN OLD SAYING THAT ”EVERYthing old is new again,” and while it might be a cliché, it certainly applies to some of the traditional shooting techniques many of us were taught or learned on our own years ago. However, there are some that, for one reason or another, have not been passed down to a new generation of shooters. This certainly is true when it come to single-action shooting, firing those 19th century-inspired revolvers that feature ergonomically pleasing plow-handled grips and graceful high-profiled hammer spurs. Firing a shot by first cocking the hammer and then pulling the trigger sounds like a simple procedure, but there are a few subtle techniques that can make your single-action shooting much more effective. During the years of the wild and wooly western frontier, if you packed…

2 min
smith & wesson terrier

PRIOR TO 1926 MOST POCKET REVOLVERS featured a three- to 3.5-inch barrel. Smith & Wesson’s Terrier was one of the new breed of snubnose revolvers—one with which Smith & Wesson was playing catch-up after Colt introduced the Detective Special. The need for a fast-handling, short-barrel revolver was needed for urban and vehicle carry and for use by plainclothes officers. Smith & Wesson’s square-butt Regulation Police .32, an I frame, was given a short barrel, chambered in .38 Smith & Wesson, and called the .32/38—and later the Terrier with a round butt. The Terrier continued in production after World War II, and most of these revolvers seem to have been made after 1945. Soon after World War II the Terrier was given a coil spring to replace the original leaf spring (K-and N-frame revolvers…

2 min
guns & gear

SPRINGFIELD XD-M ELITE 3.8 COMPACT OSP It wasn’t that long ago the 3.8 was new. Now it’s new and improved with an optics-ready slide. This XD-M Elite combines 14+1 firepower with easy-to-carry dimensions (6.75 inches overall length, 4.58 inches high), and its slide is now cut to accept red dot sights. And you get the choice of buying either the stand-alone pistol or one that comes with Springfield’s Hex Dragonfly sight. It features the new META trigger, ambi slide stop, Tactical Rack U-Dot rear sight and a removable mag well that can turn the gun from a 14+1 to 19+1 with addition of a high-cap magazine. {$633 (pistol only), $818 (pistol with Hex Dragonfly); SPRINGFIELD-ARMORY.COM } LEUPOLD DELTAPOINT PRO 6 M.O.A. The DeltaPoint Pro is now available with a six-m.o.a. dot. This big dot…

5 min
cover conundrum

MOST PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT COVER, which can be defined as an object capable of stopping incoming bullets, but recognizing what that might be is only one piece of the puzzle. The defensive-minded handgunner should also know how to get to it quickly and be proficient at shooting from behind it—whatever shape it may take. In a parking lot, the two-foot high concrete pillar at the base of the light pole would offer considerable protection if you were to kneel down behind it. The concrete wall surrounding the dumpster would stop most bullets and enable you to remain standing, which affords you more mobility. Vehicles make pretty good cover, too, especially the engine block and wheels. In a more rural area, a large tree or rock could serve as cover. Indoors, heavy furniture may…

5 min
hex sign

SPRINGFIELD ARMORY SEEMS TO HAVE its finger on the pulse of the shooting public. The company’s Hellcat, XD series and, of course, its 1911 handguns were all runaway successes long before the pandemic buying spree made any functional firearm an immediate best-seller. Springfield’s understanding of its customers’ wants and needs has helped shaped the company’s expansive product line, and right now handgun owners want red-dot-equipped pistols. The company answered the cry for more red-dot pistols by adding additional optics-ready versions of its popular semiautos. But Springfield took things a step further. The company no longer just makes red dot-ready guns; it now makes red-dot optics, too. Meet the Springfield Hex. There are currently two members in the Hex family. The compact, lightweight Wasp is designed for concealed carry and weighs just 0.7 ounce…