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Glock 43X handgun left profile

Firearms

Range Report: Glock 43X

Glock introduced two exciting, well designed, pistols at the 2019 Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show. Glock, as much or more than any manufacturer, understands how concealed carry is an important part of the market. The Glock 17, Glock 19 and other models are widely respected. In concealed carry, the search was on for a viable improvement over both the Glock 19 and the Glock 43—enter the Glock 43X.

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.

Blazer 9mm ammunition box with Glock pistol

Ammunition

Review: Blazer 9mm Ammunition

CCI is a branch of the Vista Outdoor Company that also owns Federal Cartridge Company and Speer. These are heavy hitters with an excellent reputation in the firearms world. CCI is best known for its success with first-class .22 rimfire ammunition, while the 9mm is simply awesome for range work.

Glock pistol with 33-round magazine inserted on a blue and red target

Gun Gear

Glock’s 33-Round 9mm Magazine — Practical and Tactical

While there are floorplates and such that add up to a 19-round magazine, in the Glock 9mm the 33-round magazine is the grand-daddy of them all. Unlike most competitors and cheap imitations, the Glock magazine features a steel insert that promotes both strength and feeding, and that merely scratches the surface of why the Glock magazine excels above the rest.

Kel-Tec Sub 2000 in the folded position

Firearms

Kel-Tec Sub 2000 9mm — The Home Defender

The Kel-Tec Sub 2000 dispenses with all of the problems of the semi-automatic SMG, and it is a neat trick compared to the best of the competing 9mm carbines. The SUB 2000 isn’t heavy, it has a usable trigger, and it is a feathery-light firearm that handles quickly. While all that is good and well, read the full story to learn why the author recommends it for home defense.

Zenith MKE Z-5RS MP5 pistol right profile with earmuffs

Firearms

Review: Zenith MKE Z-5RS: An Affordable MP5 for the Masses

If there is one weapon that is on nearly every tactical shooter’s bucket list, it is the MP5, For most, spending quality trigger time with a MP5 was out of the question—until now. Zenith makes the MP5 delayed roller lock experience attainable. Don’t call the Zenith MKE Z-5RS a clone, knock-off, or wannabe MP5. The Zenith is a licensed version of the iconic Heckler & Koch MP5. Zenith Firearm in Afton, Virginia, imports a number of H&K-licensed delayed roller lock action models from MKE (Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation) of Turkey.

3 WWII vintage rifles with several vintage handguns

Fishing

The Chiappa 9mm M1-9 Carbine — The Best of Both Worlds

The Chiappa M1-9 Carbine looks like your granddad’s GI Carbine in dim light. However, a glance at the magazine gives notice that something is indeed amiss. The M1-9 is chambered for 9mm and is blowback operated. The M1-9 is fed from standard Beretta handgun magazines, but the similarities do not stop there.

NOVX Engagement Extreme ammunition

Ammunition

Review: NovX Ammunition

While hollow point or expanding bullets have been the standard for personal defense for decades, they are far from perfect. There has been a tremendous amount of development in ammunition during the past few years. Among the most interesting of these has been the advances in nonexpanding ammunition. These loads are intended to produce good wound potential for personal defense without the problems of jacketed hollow point manufacture and performance.