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Smith and Wesson 380 Shield EZ

Concealed Carry

Top 5 “Small” Carry Choices for Arthritic Hands

I like to think that I am still close to my prime; but I can certainly see how my parents are no longer near their peak. This is very evident with my mother’s arthritic hands. Roughly 10 years ago, she purchased a Ruger LCP (the original) as her every day carry (EDC) gun. Her hand strength was fine for recoil control, slide manipulation and her finger was certainly strong enough to manage the trigger. Over intervening time, those processes have become much more difficult, making her rethink her handgun choice.

Kel-Tec PMR-30

Firearms

Top 10 (New) Semi-Auto Pistols of 2018

Top 10 lists are always a reader favorite. Readers love to see their personal favorites among the top 10 list. They also like to leave blast-o-grams to the author decrying the list as a shame because their favorite did not make the list. Don’t blame the author, this list is all you, the reader or more appropriately the buyers’ top choices for 2018 based on sales.

Kel-Tec CP33

Firearms

New Product Round Up — SHOT Day 3

Guns, Guns, and more Guns! Taurus has a new .22 LR target pistol that rocked the range. If you liked, Maxim Defense’s CQB stocked, you are about to blown away with the PDX! Beyond some of the finest ammunition on the market, Hornady is owning the security segment—and for good reason. Check out all of these offerings and more in The Shooter’s Log’s latest SHOT Show coverage.

Bob Campbell shooting the Ruger SR1911 Commander

Firearms

Low Capacity, High Efficiency

The trend in handguns has been toward increased capacity. Many revolvers have even gained a cartridge or two in modern designs. However, high capacity doesn’t always mean greater efficiency. Here are nine top performers

SIG MPX-PSB pistol left profile

Firearms

Range Report: SIG Sauer MPX-PSB — Next Generation Civilian PDW

The SIG is a tactical-looking weapon because it has a military/LE weapon ancestry that is especially noticeable due to the magazine mounted in front of the trigger guard and not in the grip. Initially, there is an awkwardness shooting pistols such as the SIG MPX. It feels like an SBR (Short Barrel Rifle), yet it does not have a stock for a steady aim.

Kahr ST9 pistol left profile

Firearms

Best Handguns Under $500

A few folks that think guns are too expensive these days, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a quality gun. Here are some solid handguns on the market that are under $500.

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.

SIG MCX Rattler with bump helmet in the background

Firearms

Range Report: The MCX Rattler

What do you get when you take some of the finest firearm engineers in the industry and ask them to design the smallest AR-based close combat weapon imaginable? Stipulations include that the gun needs to be piston-driven for the ultimate in reliability and ruggedness, modular for maximized flexibility, and chambered in .300 BLK so it will run a sound suppressor well. The culmination of that ballistic quest is the SIG MCX Rattler. This thing just drips cool.

Sideguard inside the waistband leather holster

Concealed Carry

Choosing the Best 9mm

Finding the best 9mm is about as personal of a decision as finding the best pizza. With dozens of manufacturers, hundreds of models, and thousands of configurations, there just isn’t really a “best,” just a “best for me.” However, that doesn’t mean all 9mm pistols are made equal. There are some that stand head and shoulders above the rest, here are three of them.