Handguns

Beretta Nano Holster,  Accessories, and .40 S&W availability. The annual 2012 NRA meeting and exhibits in St. Louis provided an opportunity to overhear Ben Cook of Beretta talking about what we can expect in the near future for the Beretta Nano in the way of night sights, lasers, an extended magazine, and the new .40 S&W  Nano. [...]

The Smith and Wesson .44 Magnum was made famous by Clint Eastwood in his Dirty Harry movies. Dirty Harry carried a Smith and Wesson model 29, “The most powerful handgun in the world”, and it was at that time. My favorite Dirty Harry quote is from the movie Sudden Impact when Harry says to the [...]

The Sig Sauer P229 is available in a dozen different variations but I think one of the very best looking is the P229 Elite Stainless. The precision fit, superb finish and attention to detail are quite evident and along with the beautiful wrap around wood grips all work to make the P229 elite stainless truly [...]

The new Springfield single stack XD-S pistols will soon be available in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. It is a small pistol suitable for concealed carry, just 6.3 inches long, 4.4 inches high, and 1 inch wide. The New XD-S points naturally a characteristic of all Springfield XD pistols, and has comfortable grip. It [...]

I just purchased the Smith and Wesson model 617. It has the classic look of the Smith and Wesson 38 special crafted in polished stainless. My new Smith 617 is built on the same medium size K frame and at first glance looks just like my S&W 686P. The only difference you notice after picking [...]

The Springfield XD and XDM are made in Croatia and Marketed by Springfield Armory.  The design is based on the HS2000 which was renamed the XD 9. The XD model line is available as full size, compact, and subcompact size pistols in 9mm, .40 S&W, .357 Sig, 45 GAP, and 45ACP. It has a number [...]

The Beretta Nano is an excellent small 9mm for concealed carry. Some Nano owners, me included, have experienced reliability issues with FTE when using less than premium quality ammunition.  Today I learned from a YouTube video that the Beretta Nano was designed to use 124 grain and heavier ammo. In a video by You Tuber [...]

How does the new Sig Sauer P938 compare with the Kimber Solo? The Kimber Solo is a great idea that was released before it was ready, much like Sig Sauer did with the P238. I personally owned the KImber Solo and after six months I had enough of unresolved problems and returns back to the [...]

Beretta Nano 3000 Rounds Review and Update. After shooting over 3000 rounds My Beretta Nano looks great and operates like new. The FTE problem is caused by low quality inconsistent power ammunition. Today’s range session puts the total round count through my Beretta Nano at 3030 rounds. Add an additional 72 rounds fired at Beretta for testing [...]

Here is the best Kimber Solo review I have read. It presents standard Kimber Solo information and specs but also describes the difficulties that all small 9mm pistols have. The initial offering of the Solo began in early 2010 with the TuTone Solo Carry model. The commercial gun magazines, Internet blogs and websites, especially the media [...]

On January 2, 2012 I returned my Beretta Nano to Beretta in Maryland to determine why I keep getting an occasional failure to extract. The spent case is left in the chamber and the slide moves all the way rearward and then returns, loading the next round directly behind the spent case, or sometimes under [...]

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