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Upset Gorilla Ammunition bullet showing petals

Ammunition

Bullets: Chunky and Slow vs. Fast and Light

Many of the modern, name brand bullets in .45 ACP or 9mm will do the job well. This data should help you realize, with the proper bullets, ammunition effectiveness is not nearly as large a concern as it once was. That is not say that all bullets in 9mm or .45 ACP perform the same. This article looks at data from different ammunition tests and picks the 3 top performers for consideration.

Les Baer Concept IV pistol with Remington Black Belt ammunition

Ammunition

Range Report: Remington Black Belt Loads

Today, Remington enjoys an excellent reputation for reliability with a far greater range of loads than ever. One load more than worthy of a cursory look is the Black Belt. Currently, The Black Belt line is comprised of four loads—124-grain 9mm, 124-grain 9mm +P, 180-grain .40 S&W, and 230-grain .45 ACP. Like any load, it is the performance in the gun and down range that matters.

Colt 1991A1 pistol left profile with Celtic cross grip

Firearms

Review: Colt 1991A1 — The Modern Colt

A couple of decades ago, Colt needed a price beater. The company was losing market share to Springfield’s GI and Mil Spec pistols, not to mention the imports. Initially, the 1991A1 featured cheap plastic grips and a matte finish. However, the grips did not support the plunger tube and were soon replaced by superior rubber stocks. Today’s 1991A1 pistols feature a blue finish, nice wooden grips, and all of the features of a top-performing modern 1911.

SIG Sauer 1911 handgun with Federal Syntech ammunition

Ammunition

Review: Federal Syntech .45 ACP Ammunition

A few months ago, Federal Ammunition announced American Eagle Syntech—a new concept for range use. While there are many highly-developed loads for personal defense, seldom has much effort been expended in developing range ammunition. American Eagle Syntech is the first range-specific ammunition designed to reduce fouling and extend barrel life with a high-tech polymer bullet coating.

CZ 75 pistol with a Ziplock bag of handloaded bullets

Ammunition

The General Purpose Handload

The Shooter’s Log is often asked about the ‘best’ handgun load. Unfortunately, many correspondents fail to share the intended mission of the load. The mission has a strong influence as to the desired bullet weight, velocity, and penetration. As an example, you may be perfectly happy to run the .44 Special or .45 Colt with a 255-grain SWC at 700 fps for cowboy action or target practice. If hiking in country in which the big cats or bears may be more than a nuisance, the same bullet up to 1,000 fps would be a better choice.

Firearms

Why I Have Never Owned a 1911…

I am not opposed to the 1911 platform. Most of us can agree there are some gorgeous 1911s. So, why do I own more than a dozen handguns and not a single 1911? One could start by saying I came of age at the same time as the Tupperware guns. Gaston Glock had really gotten his marketing ball rolling when I bought my first handgun in the dawn of the ’90s, but there is more to it than that.

Springfield TRP pistol, black with several boxes of ammunition

Firearms

Range Report: Springfield TRP 1911

While designed for service use the pistol is suitable for competition and given proper leather, concealed carry. The TRP is a pistol that encourages shooting. You have got to see what it will do and the rewards are there are those willing to master the piece.

450 SMC from DoubleTap ammunition

Ammunition

CMMG MkG Guard Takes On the .45 ACP Magnum?

CMMG’s MkG Guard is an AR-15 rifle that is chambered in .45 ACP and feeds from factory Glock magazines. At the heart of the Guard is the patent pending Radial Delayed Blowback operating system that works to harness the strong recoil impulse of .45 ACP. After extensive durability testing, CMMG is proud to announce that the Guard is safely rated for 450 SMC.

Dan Wesson Guardian pistol on a used target

Firearms

Range Report: Dan Wesson Guardian

The Guardian is what is referred to as a Commander-type pistol. The Guardian features a 4.25-inch barrel and a full-length grip frame. This isn’t a compromise. Instead, it is ideal for concealed carry. The full-size grip allows fast handling. The sight radius is shorter than the 5-inch barrel Government Model, but excellent shooting may be done with the handgun by those that practice. Read the full story to find out why this should be your next pistol.