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Duty guns are all the rage but its hard to


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grew up in the car culture of


Southern California in the
1960s, attended many drag
races and custom car shows, and
developed a love and appreciation
for classic muscle cars of that era.

I first became involved in practical


shooting as a member of the original Southwest Pistol League in Los Angeles
in the mid-1970s and was introduced to one of the all-time-classic firearms,
the Colt 1911A1. That attachment to handguns and classic firearms has
continued to this day.
Ive owned examples of the classic 1911A1 pistol, in one form or another,
for most of my adult life. I think one of the reasons I tend to choose handguns
over anything else is because of the challenge they provide. To be sure,
hitting the 10-ring of a high-power rifle target while trying to dope the wind
and mirage at 600 yards is extremely difficult, and being able to smoke
a clay pigeon using a finely fitted shotgun has its challenges as well.
But for me, because of the various types of competitions available for
a handgun from long-range
silhouette, to Olympic pistols, to
the handgun is the
the various action events, to just
every day tin can plinking the
most challenging and
handgun is the most-challenging
and rewarding of all of the
rewarding of all of the
firearms to master.
Each category of firearms
firearms to master.
has its classic from back in the
day: think back to the 1903
Springfield rifle, the P08 Luger and the aforementioned 1911A1 at the turn
of the century, through the Thompson submachine gun of the 1920s, the M1
Garand and then M14/M1A of WWII, through the pre-1964 Winchester Model
70 bolt-actioned rifle, and continuing on through the other classic Winchester
of that era, the Model 12-pump shotgun.
Current classic firearms would arguably include the Remington M700 rifle,
the Glock pistol, the S&W Model 10 revolver and the Remington 870 shotgun.
I think thats what I enjoy the most about firearms, other than shooting them,
is the rich history and appreciation of the finely engineered classic guns from
then to now.
We have assembled a unique buyers guide of handguns and rifles for you
with the hope that you will find something between these pages that you
can turn into a classic of your own.
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Nine Solid Reasons to


Carry the CZ P-09
By Brad Fitzpatrick

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[it is] a thoroughly modern combat handgun with the goods to compete
in this crowded field.
here are few niches in the firearm
market that are more competitive
than the full-size tactical pistol
segment.
Perhaps more than any other type of
firearm, these guns serve as life insurance
for thousands of uniformed military and
police officers on a daily basis, and gun
companies invest millions in the design,
production and manufacture of these guns
in an effort to offer a competitive option.
There are some very good guns that dont
get the recognition they deserve in this
arena. Case in point, CZs high-capacity P09 semiautomatic, the latest offering from a
company that produced one of Europes
favorite service guns, the CZ-75.

The P-09 may trace its heritage back to


the 75, but it is its own gun, a thoroughly
modern combat handgun with the goods to
compete in this crowded field. There are a
lot of reasons to love the CZ and here are
nine of them.

VERSATILITY

The P-09 was designed to


accommodate a variety of
different tastes.
For starters, it features an ambidextrous
design, so left- or right-handed shooters
can operate the controls on this pistol
equally well.
In addition, the P-09 offers the shooter
the choice between a decocker or a manual

The P09 makes for an affordable,


accurate and reliable defensive
handgun that is chambered for
most popular calibers.

safety, and the gun can be converted back


and forth relatively easily. The large
accessory rail offers plenty of space for
mounting lights or lasers, and the oversized
trigger guard makes it easy to shoot the gun
even while wearing tactical gloves.
The P-09 comes with three interchangeable back straps (sized as small,
medium and large) so its easy to customize
the grip with components provided with the
initial purchase of the firearm. Theres also a
version with a threaded barrel for suppressors.

Combat pistols are thoroughly


tested and that testing requires
heavy abuse to ensure that the gun will
perform under any and all conditions. The
CZ is a quality-built gun all you need to

do is pick one up and cycle the action a few


times to feel how smooth and well-made
this pistol is.
The large extractor offers peace of mind
and the gun that I tested went through
several hundred rounds of ammunition, both
rapid and slow fire, without a single
malfunction. I did my best to give the CZ
every opportunity to fail, firing rapid shots
with a limp-wristed grip, shooting full
magazines in rapid succession, shooting lowpower loads and cheap, dirty ammo. It is a
hammer-fired gun, which offers some peace
of mind over a striker-fired pistol because the
slide doesnt have to be pulled back to fire
the gun in the event of primer failure.

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DEPENDABILITY

ACCURACY
With Federals HST ammunition,
the P-09 managed sub-2-inch
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The Crimson Trace Rail Master makes an excellent addition when mounted on the P-09.
groups at 25 yards off a fixed bench, which
is excellent for a production pistol. But
bench-rest accuracy and real-world tactical
accuracy are two different things, and thats
an important distinction to make. Mounting
a handgun into a machine rest will tell you
how well the chamber is cut, how uniform
the rifling is and what the pistols inherent
accuracy is.
Field accuracy is harder to quantify and it
is affected by grip shape, balance, the
quality of the trigger pull, the shooters
influence on the handgun when delivering
the shot and so forth. The P-09 is accurate
from the bench, and its ergonomics and
design make it an easy gun to shoot well in
the field, too.

CAPACITY

If youre relying on a gun to see


you through a real crisis, its good
to know that it holds 20 rounds of 9mm
ammunition (19+1, 15+1 in .40 S&W).
Thats a lot of shooting, and if you carry a
loaded 9mm pistol with a spare magazine,
youd have more than three dozen rounds
ready for action.
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guns, thats overkill, but duty guns are a
different story altogether. That prodigious
capacity doesnt cause the grip to expand to
the size of a liter soda bottle either; the grip
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OUTFITTING YOUR P-09


The P-09 comes ready for duty but if you want to make
additions, here are some ideas:
I. CUSTOM SIGHTS
CZ Custom offers a wide selection of iron sights for the P-09,
including ber optic, duty and tactical rear sights, and ber optic
front sights. Finding a set of iron sights that allow you to shoot over
a suppressor can be tough but CZ also offers a set of higher sights
designed for use with pistols that are outtted with suppressors.
CZ Custom iron sights retail for between $8085.
WEB: CZCustom.com
II. LASER AND LIGHT OPTIONS
Crimson Trace offers a wide selection of different laser and light
options, including the new Rail Master Pro that features both a
laser (red or green) and a high-intensity LED light. This unit is
compact yet it serves as both a laser and a light, maximizing the
space available on the accessory rail. The Rail Master Pro has an
MSRP of $279 with a red laser and $379 with a green laser.
WEB: CrimsonTrace.com
III. LASER DOTS
LaserLytes new Center Mass laser offers a ring of eight laser dots
that surround a central aiming point, providing for rapid target
acquisition even in low light. The unit is very light and extremely
durable. The cost is $164.95.
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remains relatively thin, given the magazine


capacity, and is comfortable for shooters
with a wide range of hand sizes.

BALANCE

TRIGGER

SLEEK PROFILE

SIZE

Because it holds 20 rounds, the


P-09 needs to be appropriately
balanced, it is just that, and with a full
magazine it points naturally. Even when the
magazine is loaded to half-capacity, the gun
is still well-balanced. The grip helps things;
it has an appropriate angle and is wide
enough to absorb recoil and narrow enough
to be comfortable. The low slide and
excellent sights make target acquisition
easy, and accurate double-taps can be
delivered very quickly.
The CZs fire controls were set close to the frame, making for a slim profile, yet were
easy to manipulate.

The smooth trigger and generous area around the trigger on the P09 make for
effective shooting with gloves on.

The P-09 uses the tried and true three-dot sight system, which is fast and effective.
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The P-09 utilizes the Omega


DA/SA Trigger System. In doubleaction mode, the pull is a relatively heavy
10 pounds; in SA mode, it breaks at slightly
less than 4 pounds. Its a clean, smooth
trigger and one of the best Ive found on
any standard production gun, especially
given the price point. The trigger contour is
also well thought-out; it features a straight
center section with a steep angle on the
bottom.

The low bore axis means that


there isnt a lot of gun above the
CZ P-09s polymer frame. That helps make
the gun easier to shoot quickly by
transferring the recoil up the shooters arm
rather than around the axis of the wrist, but
it also has an additional benefit of reducing
its overall height. This helps with recovery
during recoil and aids in delivering faster
follow-up shots.
The front edges of the slide have been
angled, and the slide stop, decocker (or, if
you prefer, the manual safety) and the
magazine release button are all low-profile
and wont snag.
The sights also have a smooth, lowprofile design. This is obviously a gun that
was engineered with special attention to
creating a sleek, smooth, easy-to-draw
profile.

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RIGHT TOP: The accessory rail


underneath the dust cover
enables for mounting any of the
most-popular lights and lasers.
RIGHT BOTTOM:The CZ is
available with interchangeable
backstraps in order to customize
the grip for individual shooters
hands.

compact carry guns, the P-09 is a bona fide


combat pistol. Thats not to say its heavy (it
weighs just under 30 ounces unloaded) or
that it is oversized and unwieldy. That
simply means its a full-frame, highcapacity, manageable pistol with a
relatively long barrel and plenty of gripping
surface, a purpose-built gun that was
designed with tactical applications in mind.

PRICE

The CZ P-09 is priced between


$530596, making it
unequivocally one of the best bargains in
the world of tactical pistols.
I shot several hundred rounds at the
range before I checked the specifications
from CZ and was surprised that the gun
retailed for under $600. I would have
guessed it at a $700 or even $800, and the
CZ P-09 has the look and feel of any gun in
that range. Actual price in stores may vary,
so you might find one under $500. If you do,
buy it. You wont be sorry. GW
About the author: Brad Fitzpatrick is a
regular contributor to Engaged Media. His
work also appears in World of Firearms.

FEDERALS HST AMMUNITION


For the tests performed here, I used Federal Premium
HST ammo, which is available in 9mm Luger, .40 Smith &
Wesson and .45 ACP.
Because of its defensive and tactical applications, HST

tapered jacket prole that aids in consistent feeding.


Co-aligned internal and external skiving on the bullet
allow for rapid expansion and massive shock transfer
while maintaining a solid structure that penetrates deep.

ammunition undergoes a battery of tests and it has

The HST ammunition used in this test proved to be very

proven to be effective as a defensive bullet. All HST

reliable and accurate, and groups were consistent. There

ammunition is loaded with Federal Premium nickel-

was no excess fouling with these loads, nor were there

plated brass cases and has waterproong on the case

any failures to feed, chamber, extract or eject the

neck and around the primer for reliable function in the

ammunition or spent cartridge cases.

worst conditions. The tapered hollow point bullet has a

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PHOTO BY MARTIN TOPPER

PRIMARY DEFENSE
Reliable, High-End and Rugged Duty Sidearms
andguns are the primary defensive arms of
police, special investigators and many
military officers. While these professionals
hope they never need their firearm, they must be
absolutely certain of their guns reliability and
firepower in the few moments once or twice a lifetime
they might.
To that end, the market offers high-end and
production models in a staggering array of
configurations and popular defensive calibers. At a

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minimum, they are ruggedly built and designed to


withstand thousands of rounds without gun-related
malfunctions. Some are rated for use in marine
environments. Most have accessory rails to receive
tactical lights, lasers and other mission-essential
gear, and a lot of them have night sights of some sort.
This selection of duty-ready sidearms represents
top manufacturers and some of the most exciting
models they offer. We hope you can find your next
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BERETTA
90-TWO

ARMALITE
AR-24 TACTICAL CUSTOM
WEBSITE: ArmaLite.com
MSRP: $631
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 13+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.9 inches
LENGTH: 7.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2 pounds

FEATURES: Adjustable sights,


extensive grip checkering, hammer spur

WEBSITE: Beretta90Two.com
MSRP: $700
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .40 SW
CAPACITY: 12+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.9 inches
HEIGHT: 3.5 inches
LENGTH: 8.9 inches
WEIGHT: 2.03 pounds

FEATURES: Updated 92FS,


lighter weight, wraparound
mono-grip, accessory rail

BERETTA
PX4 STORM FULL

WEBSITE: Beretta.com
MSRP: $575
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .40 SW
CAPACITY: 14+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4 inches
LENGTH: 7.6 inches
WIDTH: 1.4 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.75 pounds

FEATURES: Rotating barrel,


interchangeable backstraps, designed
for defensive work
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CANIK
TP-9
WEBSITE: CenturyArms.biz
MSRP: $440
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 18+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4 inches
LENGTH: 7.25 inches
WEIGHT: 1.65 pounds

FEATURES: Tritium night


sights, chrome-lined barrel,
ambidextrous safety/decocker
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CARACAL
CARACAL F

WEBSITE: Caracal-USA.com
MSRP: $400
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 18+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.1 inches
LENGTH: 7 inches
WIDTH: 1.1 inches
HEIGHT: 5.3 inches
WEIGHT: 1.63 pounds

FEATURES: Pre-A1 military


styling, very high capacity, novel
Quick Sight system

CZ
.85 COMBAT
WEBSITE: CZ-USA.com
MSRP: $664
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 16+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.61 inches
LENGTH: 8.11 inch
WEIGHT: 2.21 pounds

FEATURES: Ambidextrous version of


CZ75, reversible magazine release,
improved trigger pull

CZ
SP-01 PHANTOM

CZ
P-07 DUTY
(DISCONTINUED. DS)

WEBSITE: CZ-USA.com
MSRP: $510
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 15
BARREL LENGTH: 3.8 inches
LENGTH: 7.2 inches
WIDTH: 1.46 inches
HEIGHT: 5.3 inches
WEIGHT: 1.7 pounds

FEATURES: Safety/decocker interchangeable


with standard safety, high-capacity, designed to
meet police defensive requirements
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WEBSITE: CZ-USA.com
MSRP: $595
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 18+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.7 inches
LENGTH: 8.2 inches
WIDTH: 1.5 inches
HEIGHT: 5.8 inches
WEIGHT: 1.81 pounds

FEATURES: Polymer frame for light weight, accessory rail, integral accessory rail
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GLOCK
G31
WEBSITE: Glock.com
MSRP: $649
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: .357 sig
CAPACITY: 15+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.5 inches
LENGTH: 8 inches
WIDTH: 1.2 inches
HEIGHT: 5.4 inches
WEIGHT: 1.44 pounds

FEATURES: White outline rear sight, polymer frame for light


weight, combat trigger guard, double-stack magazine

GRAND POWER
K100 MK7

WEBSITE: GrandPower.eu
MSRP: $665
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 15+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.25 inches
LENGTH: 7.97 inches
WEIGHT: 1.81 pounds

FEATURES: Interchangeable
backstraps, ambidextrous
controls, integral accessory rail
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HECKLER & KOCH


P2000SK

WEBSITE: HK-USA.com
MSRP: $1,049
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 10+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.26
inches

LENGTH: 6.4 inches

HEIGHT: 4.55 inches


WEIGHT: 1.5 pounds

FEATURES: Three-dot
sights, interchangeable
backstraps, integral
accessory rail, multiple
trigger/control types
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MAGNUM
RESEARCH
DESERT EAGLE
WEBSITE: MagnumResearch.com
MSRP: $1,563
ACTION: Semi-automatic,
gas piston system

CALIBER: .44 MAG


CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 6 or 10 inches
LENGTH: 10.75 inches
WEIGHT: 4.4 pounds

FEATURES: Chambered for magnum


revolver cartridges, integral accessory rail,
unique gas operation, decocking lever

SIG SAUER
P210
WEBSITE: Sig-Sauer.com
MSRP: $2,199
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.7 inches
LENGTH: 8.6 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 5.6 inches
WEIGHT: 2.34 pounds

FEATURES: Adjustable sights, wood grips,


designed for extreme accuracy, plush comfort

SIG SAUER
P229 EXTREME

SIG SAUER
P226 X-FIVE TACTICAL

WEBSITE: SigSauer.com
MSRP: $1,696
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 15+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.8 inches
WIDTH: 1.6 inches
HEIGHT: 5.7 inches
WEIGHT: 2.25 pounds

WEBSITE: SigSauer.com
MSRP: $1,239
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 15+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.9 inches
LENGTH: 7.6 inches
HEIGHT: 5.4 inches
WEIGHT: 2 pounds

FEATURES: Exciting tactical design, integral accessory rail,


5-inch barrel, thumb safety rather than decocking lever

FEATURES: Siglite night sights, Hogue G-10


grips, short-reset trigger, accessory rail

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SMITH & WESSON


M&P40 VTAC

SPRINGFIELD
XD(M) 3.8 .45 ACP

WEBSITE: SpringfieldArmory.com

WEBSITE: Smith-Wesson.com
MSRP: $779
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .40 SW
CAPACITY: 15+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.25 inches
LENGTH: 7.63 inches
WEIGHT: 1.52 pounds

FEATURES: VTac Warrior sights, ambidextrous controls,


integral accessory rail, multiple color options

MSRP: $732
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 9+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.8 inches
LENGTH: 6.9 inches
HEIGHT: 4.55 inches
WEIGHT: 1.69 pounds

FEATURES: Frame-mounted
safety, low-profile combat sights,
high capacity for size

SMITH & WESSON


M&P45
WEBSITE: Smith-Wesson.com
MSRP: $599
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 10+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4 inches
LENGTH: 7.5 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.73 pounds

FEATURES: Interchangeable backstraps, white-dotGWlow-profile


tactical sights, designed for duty and defensive carry

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Affordable Rifle & Scope Combo
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he business of manufacturing of firearms isnt always


smooth and trouble-free. As such, in the 1960s and
throughout the 1980s, Savage Arms struggled against an
onslaught of competition.
During that era, ownership of the company changed frequently
before finally culminating in a bankruptcy filing in 1988. Many
feared this would be the final blow to the Savage legacy, but we
now know that didnt happen. The credit for the companys
survival goes to Ron Coburn. As president/CEO of Savage, he
immediately implemented a series of carefully laid strategies and

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production changes that brought the company back from the brink.
A large part of the Coburn plan was to continue the companys
efforts to construct affordable and high-quality rifles and to make
sure they had a high degree of accuracy. The Axis series centerfire
rifles are a perfect example of that, as I learned when I had the
chance to review the Axis II XP.

THE AXIS II XP PACKAGE


When the Axis was first released a few years ago, it quickly
became one of Savages most-popular hunting models. Being so

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Its weather-resistant exterior is perfectly matched to the harsh


conditions frequently encountered in many hunting environments.
TOP: The Axis II XP rie package
came with a Weaver Kaspa 39x40mm scope installed and
boresighted at the factory.
BOTTOM: The removable .223
magazine held ve cartridges that are
stacked in the magazine in the typical
Z formation.

well received by the worlds shooters, the


company recently decided to take the rifle
to a new level by offering a slightly
modified version in a ready-to-shoot
package called the Axis II XP.
This package included a Weaver Kaspa
3-9x40mm scope, which comes from the
factory already mounted and boresighted,
but the benefits dont stop there.
Rather than possessing a traditional-style
trigger like the original Axis, the new Axis II
XP comes equipped with an AccuTrigger.
The AccuTrigger is a great system that
allows the rifle to be adjusted to very light
trigger pull weights and still be safe to use
in the field for hunting.
To adjust the trigger, the rifle stock must
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TOP: Removing the bolt of the Axis II


is a multi-handed proposition. After
ensuring the rie is unloaded with no
cartridges in the either the chamber
or the magazine, you must take the
safety off, raise the bolt handle and
press forward on the bolt release
simultaneously while squeezing the
trigger.
MIDDLE: The Axis II XP trigger guard
is made of the same or similar
material as the synthetic stock and
matches the exterior of the rie
perfectly.
BOTTOM: The author found the
shape of the ventilated recoil pad on
the Axis II XP to be unique in shape
but it t nicely in the pocket of the
shoulder.

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first be removed. Following that, a small


adjustment tool, which comes with each
rifle, is inserted into a hole located near the
rear of the trigger assembly. A turn in one
direction will increase the weight of the
pull; when turned in the opposite direction,
it lessens it. The test rifle came from the
factory with the trigger already adjusted to
2.68 pounds (five-pull average), and the
consistency between those five pulls was
extremely good, varying by a mere 3.2
ounces.
The action design on the Axis II XP is a
common one used on many Savage rifles
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TOP: A machined slot has been cut in


the bottom of the Axis II receiver that
matches a metal lug within the stock.
BOTTOM: Unlike the earlier Axis
ries, the Axis II XP comes equipped
with an AccuTrigger. This is a great
feature that allows the trigger to be
adjusted to very light pull weights and
still maintain a degree of safety for
eld use.

amount of machining needed to produce it.


Less factory machining equates into less
production cost and those savings are
passed on to the customer in the form of
lower rifle prices.
This design results in the rear portion of
the bolt being a bit larger in diameter than
most other actions. While not necessarily
unattractive in appearance, it does make
Savage centerfire rifles easy to recognize. In
recent years I have shot many Savage rifles
that possessed this action and have always
found them to function very well and the
accuracy to be very good.
It is a push-feed design with plungertype ejectors located within the recessed
face of the bolt. Twin locking lugs are
present, which have been positioned up
front. The cast metal bolt handle comes
non-checkered with the knob being
uniquely oval-shaped. I particularly liked
the fact that the Axis II action was designed
so that bolt could be opened without
needing to take the safety off. This is a
great safety feature.
Removing the Axis II bolt from the
receiver was a little tricky and to do so
essentially became a multi-hands operation.
After making certain the rifle is completely
unloaded (chamber and magazine), the
procedure detailed here must be followed.
Place the safety in the off position and
raise the bolt handle. The bolt release
(located along the right side of the receiver)
should now be pushed forward while
simultaneously pulling the trigger and
drawing the bolt rearward. This releases the

BEHIND THE NAME


The Savage story is an
interesting one. The companys
roots date back over 120 years ago
when a Jamaican by the name of
Arthur William Savage came to
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namesake company.
Preceding the founding of
Savage Arms, Savage led an
adventurous and exciting life. After
being schooled in the United
States and England, he decided to

explore Australia. There he became


the owner of the countrys largest
cattle ranches before moving to
New York and establishing his
future legacy as the founder of
Savage Arms.

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Any rifle that can consistently group as well as


this one did right out of the box while shooting
factory-loaded ammunition is a great value.
bolt catch mechanism, allowing the bolt to
be extracted to the rear.
The Axis II XP is available in a wide
range of popular hunting calibers, including
.223, .22-250, .243, .25-06, .270, .30-06,
.308 and 7mm-08. Each rifle comes allinclusive with an AccuTrigger, a synthetic
stock, a detachable box-type magazine,

SPECS
ACCUTRIGGER: Yes
ACCUSTOCK: No
MAGAZINE: Detachable box
STOCK MATERIAL: Synthetic

sling swivel studs and a ventilated recoil


pad. I chose the .223 for testing, which, in
my view, would make a perfect choice for
the hunting of a wide range of small- to
medium-sized game and predators. I like
the hunting versatility that comes with this
particular cartridge and believe it would be
a near-perfect choice for anything from
prairie dogs, ground squirrels, foxes, coyotes
and marmots, all the way up to the hunting
of feral hogs, with the right
ammunition.
The magazine capacity
was listed at four rounds by
the factory, but I found I
could easily squeeze in a fifth

BARREL MATERIAL: Carbon steel

round. Quite likely this increase in magazine


capacity over that purported by the factory
is due to the smaller overall physical size of
the .223 cartridges versus the other
available caliber choices. Be aware that
trying to squeeze in extra ammunition
beyond what is listed from the factory can
sometimes induce malfunctions.
The removable magazine is secured into
place by way of an integral plastic latch
system that consists of the same molded
plastic material as the magazine floor plate.
The synthetic stock is matte black, which
perfectly matches the finish of the 22-inch
carbon steel 1:9 twist rate barrel. This
barrel is rifled with a 1:9 twist rate, which
is perfectly suited for the wide range of
bullet weights this rifle is intended to use.
The 1:9 twist rate will stabilize the heavier
.224 caliber bullets (up to the 6970 grain)
that handloaders like to use in order to get a
little extra range out the .223 caliber, and
will also handle the more-standard 52-55grain bullet weights that are more-common
to this caliber. The heavier bullets will
retain their velocity at longer ranges.

BURNING RANGE POWDER


After running a few solvent-soaked
patches down the bore to clean out any
left-behind debris from the manufacturing
processes, I headed out to my private range
for a powder-burning episode.
The boresighting had already been
completed at the factory so my first zeroing
rounds were already on paper. From there it
was an easy operation to fine-tune the
scope so my bullets were impacting
precisely where I wanted them.
For my testing, I chose to shoot factoryloaded Federal Premium ammunition, which
had been loaded with the excellent 43grain Speer TNT Green bullets. Id used this
same ammunition previously on a prairie

STOCK FINISH: Matte


BARREL FINISH: Matte

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STOCK COLOR: Black

RATE OF TWIST: 1 in 12 inches

BARREL COLOR: Black

WEIGHT: 6.5 pounds

SIGHTS: Weaver Kaspa 3-9x40 scope,

OVERALL LENGTH: 3.66 feet

mounted and bore-sighted

BARREL LENGTH: 1.83 feet

FEATURES: Adjustable AccuTrigger

AMMO CAPACITY: 4 rounds

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OPPOSITE: The Axis II XP magazine


is held in place by way of an integral
plastic latch system that consists of
the same molded plastic material as
the oor plate.
RIGHT: The synthetic trigger guard of
the Axis II XP allows it to blend in
perfectly with the color and texture of
the rie stock.

dog shooting-palooza a short time back and


found it to be very consistent and accurate.
With this ammo sighted in to hit point of
aim point of impact at 100 yards, the bullets
would drop -2.7 inches at 200 yards and
drop -11.9 inches as they reached the 300yard mark.
It didnt take long before I became
impressed by the accuracy of both the
Savage Axis II XP rifle and my Federal
ammo. Averaging all of the three-shot
groups produced a mean size of 1.45 inches
with the smallest group measuring a mere
0.69 inches and the largest coming in at
1.875 inches. I felt these results were quite
good, but Im sure after the rifle has been
fully broken in, and when shooting
handloads that have been specifically
tailored to the rifle, those group sizes could
easily be squeezed down even smaller.

BARGAIN, QUALITY
The Savage Axis II XP is a great bargain
for the money. While it might not be quite
as pretty as some other rifles that have
been adorned with a fancy walnut stock,
high-gloss bluing and a slightly more
elegant features, I really liked the simplicity
and ruggedness of this particular rifle.
Its weather-resistant exterior is perfectly

matched to the harsh conditions frequently


encountered in many hunting environments.
Even though the Kaspa riflescope supplied
with this rifle essentially resides at the
bottom of the Weaver hierarchy of products,
I found the view it offered to be
exceptionally clear and, overall, the scope
functioned perfectly throughout my testing.
Obviously, the Axis II XP rifle/scope
combo package was never intended to
compete as a high-end collectable firearm.
However, with an MSRP of only $489 for
the entire rifle/scope package and the high
degree of accuracy and performance that I
experienced with it, I would be surprised if

anyone could find anything to object about.


Any rifle that can consistently group as well
as this one did right out of the box while
shooting factory-loaded ammunition is a
great value.
For those shooters who dont want to
take the time to find an appropriate scope
base to fit the rifle, locate the proper height,
size and color of rings, bore sight the rifle
and even select and mount a scope, I would
think the Axis II XP would be the perfect
match for that individual. GW
About the author: Tom Tabor is a regular
contributor to Engaged Media.

FOR THE YOUTH


In addition to the adult version
of the Axis II XP, there are submodels designed specically for
younger shooters. Within that
youth series there is a shortened

black stock version as well as


one that the company refers to
as its Muddy Girl that comes in
a very attractive pink camo
pattern. If my arms werent so

long, I might have been


persuaded to call a Muddy Girl
my own but, alas, I decided to
stay with the black version that
would t me better.

Savage Arms youth version Muddy Girl Axis II XP would make


an excellent choice for the younger shooter.

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Hand Cannons

PHOTO BY THI NKSTOCK

Firearms for Big & Small Game

ears ago, if a hunter wanted to use a handgun to pursue his sport, he was limited to
the 22LR for small game and the .41 or .44
Magnum for larger game.
Today, there is a wide variety of guns and chamberings that can take down any animal that walks
the Earth. Additionally, the engineering that goes
into these modern hand cannons is leaps and
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Add to this the advances in ammunition and accessories, and the modern handgun hunter is better
equipped than ever before.
The small game arena has not been left out,
either. More models, variations and advances in the
types and features of modern optics available make
shooting them more fun and rewarding than ever.
We are sure that you will find something that
makes the sport even more exciting in this guide.

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CHIAPPA
RHINO 60DS

BROWNING
BUCK MARK HUNTER

WEBSITE:
ChiappaFirearms.com

WEBSITE: Browning.com
MSRP: $499.99
CALIBER: .22 LR
BARREL LENGTH: .6 feet
ACTION: SA
CAPACITY: 10+1
LENGTH: .94 feet
WEIGHT: 2.38 pounds

MSRP: $1,099
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .357 MAG
CAPACITY: 6
BARREL LENGTH: 0.5 feet
LENGTH: .88 feet
WEIGHT: 2.06 pounds

FEATURES:
Heavy tapered bull barrel,
adjustable rear sight,
integral scope base

FEATURES: Also available in .40 SW and 9mm,


wooden grips, fires from bottom cylinder for low-bore axis

EAA
WITNESS HUNTER TANFOGLIO
WEBSITE: EAACorp.com
MSRP: $1,293
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: 10mm
CAPACITY: 14+1
BARREL LENGTH: 0.5
feet

LENGTH: .83 feet


WEIGHT: 2.88 pounds

FEATURES: Extremely long


barrel, powerful specialized
cartridge, comfortable Witness
ergonomics

ROSSI
MATCHED PAIR PISTOL
WEBSITE: RossiUSA.com
MSRP: $382.58
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 Colt/.410 Shotshell
CAPACITY: 1
BARREL LENGTH: 0.92 feet

FEATURES: Two pistols in one


system, removable choke tube,
adjustable rear sight
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RUGER
SUPER BLACKHAWK-HUNTER

WEBSITE: Ruger.com
MSRP: $859
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .44 MAG
CAPACITY: 6
BARREL LENGTH: 0.63
feet

LENGTH: 1.11 feet


WEIGHT: 3.25 pounds

FEATURES: Adjustable
rear sight, integral optics
mount, transfer bar for safety

SMITH & WESSON


647 .17 HMR VARMINTER

WEBSITE: Smith-Wesson.com
MSRP: $1,419
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .17 HMR
CAPACITY: 6
BARREL LENGTH: 1 foot
LENGTH: 1.41 feet
WEIGHT: 3.38 pounds
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SMITH & WESSON


460XVR

WEBSITE: Smith-Wesson.com
MSRP: $1,559
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .460 SW Magnum
CAPACITY: 5
BARREL LENGTH: 1.17 feet
LENGTH: 1.79 feet
WEIGHT: 5.5 pounds

FEATURES: S&W
Performance Center tuned
action, folding adjustable
bipod, fluted barrel with brake

TAURUS
TRACKER .22 MAGNUM

WEBSITE: TaurusUSA.com
MSRP: $555
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .22 MAG
CAPACITY: 9
BARREL LENGTH: .54 feet
LENGTH: 0.9 feet
WEIGHT: 2.75 pounds

FEATURES: Fluted barrel,


red and green dot optical
sight, includes bipod

FEATURES: Includes .22 LR


cylinder, custom ribber grip,
low-profile adjustable sights GW
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Timeless Design
The 1911: The Preeminent Single-Action Semiautomatic

ohn Brownings eternal design will arguably stand as


one of the finest handguns ever produced.
Being used in multiple forms around the world for
plinking, competition, hunting and defense, the pistol
is also one of the most modified guns in existence because
of that great design.
Looking at any magazine stand, online forum, or
any formal or informal shooting match will attest to the
popularity of the design, and the trend does not seem
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If Browning were alive today, he would be astonished at and very proud of what his timeless design
has become. There is a reason that governments,
militaries and shooters around the world have returned
to the 1911 platform for over a hundred years when
searching for a rugged and reliable handgun.
Look around at our catalog; all of these manufacturers have gone to great lengths to do justice to carry on
the tradition of Browning and his 1911A1.

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SIG SAUER
1911 Tactical Operations
WEBSITE: SigSauer.com
MSRP: $1,213
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.7 inches
WEIGHT: 2.6 pounds

FEATURES: Checkered front strap,


ambidextrous thumb safety, integral
accessory rail, low-profile night sights

KIMBER
MASTER CARRY SERIES

CITADEL
M-1911 COMPACT

WEBSITE: KimberAmerica.com
MSRP: VARIES BASED ON MODEL
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.56 pounds

WEBSITE: LegacySports.com
MSRP: $639
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.5 inches
LENGTH: 7.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.13 pounds

FEATURES: Crimson trace grips, matchgrade barrel, super-accurate, easy to carry,


low-profile fixed sights

FEATURES: Hogue grips,


skeletonized trigger and hammer,
ambidextrous safety

STI
NITRO 10
WEBSITE: STIGuns.com
MSRP: $1,514
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: 10MM
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.77 inches
WEIGHT: 2.49 pounds

FEATURES: One of the few 10mm handguns in


1911 format available, accurate, powerful, ships with
single side safeties, beavertail grip safety, blued matte
finish

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STI
MARAUDER
WEBSITE: STIGuns.com
MSRP: $2,621
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: 9x19 only
CAPACITY: 17+1/19+1

BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches


LENGTH: 8.77 inches
WEIGHT: 2.26 pounds

FEATURES: Fiber Optic


front sight, polymer frame with carbon steel slide, approval is pending

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COLT
DEFENDER
WEBSITE: Colt.com
MSRP: $885
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3 inches
LENGTH: 6.75 inches
WEIGHT: 1.5 pounds

COLT
DEFENDER 7002D

FEATURES: Wraparound rubber grips,


competition-style sights, just tall enough
for full-finger grip for some hands

WEBSITE: Colt.com
MSRP: $1,015
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3 inches
LENGTH: 6.75 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
WEIGHT: 1.56 pounds

FEATURES: Novak low-mount carry


sights, large capacity for size, 9mm caliber in a 1911-type frame

COLT
NEW AGENT
WEBSITE: Colt.com
MSRP: $885
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3 inches
LENGTH: 6.75 inches
WEIGHT: 1.41 pounds

FEATURES: Slim-fit double diamond


grips, trench-style no-snag sight milled
into frame, extremely streamlined design

COLT
380 MUSTANG POCKETLITE
WEBSITE: Colt.com
MSRP: $599
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .380 ACP
CAPACITY: 6+1
BARREL LENGTH: 2.75 inches
LENGTH: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: .78 pounds

FEATURES: High-profile sights for


accuracy, checkered composite grips,
aluminum alloy frame, stainless steel
barrel and slide

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KIMBER
SAPPHIRE ULTRA II
WEBSITE: KimberAmerica.com
MSRP: $1,612
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3 inches
LENGTH: 6.8 inches
WEIGHT: 1.56 pounds

FEATURES: G-10 thin grips, satin


silver frame, tritium tactical wedgestyle dot sights

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KIMBER
CUSTOM CDP II
WEBSITE: KimberAmerica.com
MSRP: $1,331
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.7 inches
WEIGHT: 1.95 pounds

FEATURES: Aluminum framed pistol


designed for carrying for long periods,
Rosewood stocks, meprolight three-dot
night sights, ambidextrous safety with
match-grade barrel

KIMBER
SOLO CARRY
WEBSITE: KimberAmerica.com
MSRP: $747
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 6+1
BARREL LENGTH: 2.7 inches
LENGTH: 5.5 inches
WIDTH: 1 inch
WEIGHT: 1.06 pounds

FEATURES: Low-profile white-dot


sights, three-dot combat sights, aluminum
grip frame, 9mm in a 1911-inspired design

KIMBER
SOLO CDP
WEBSITE: KimberAmerica.com
MSRP: $1,223
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 6+1
BARREL LENGTH: 2.7 inches
LENGTH: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.06 pounds

FEATURES: Rosewood
Crimson Trace LaserGrips, Kim
Pro II frame, ambidextrous thumb
safety and mag release, satin
stainless slide

KIMBER
ULTRA CRIMSON CARRY II
WEBSITE: KimberAmerica.com
MSRP: $1,206
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3 inches
LENGTH: 6.8 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 4.75 inches

FEATURES: Match-grade barrel,


snag-free sights, Crimson Trace
LaserGrips standard

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PARA USA
STEALTH
WEBSITE: Para-USA.com
MSRP: $1,339
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 6+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3 inches
LENGTH: 6.5 inches
WIDTH: 1.4 inches
WEIGHT: 1.5 pounds

FEATURES: Combat-style

PARA USA
WARTHOG

sights, beavertail grip safety,


unique-to-style DAO trigger

WEBSITE: Para-USA.com
MSRP: $999
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 10+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3 inches
LENGTH: 6.5 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 4.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.5 pounds

FEATURES: Fiber optic front sight,


extended beavertail grip safety, 10-round
magazine capable, flush-fitting lowerround-count mags for discrete carry

SPRINGFIELD
MICRO COMPACT
WEBSITE: Springfield-Armory.com
MSRP: $1,247
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 6+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3 inches
LENGTH: 6.5 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.63 pounds

FEATURES: High-hand
beavertail grip safety, subcompact
design, steel frame

SPRINGFIELD
EMP
WEBSITE: Springfield-Armory.com
MSRP: $1,345
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 9+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3 inches
LENGTH: 6.6 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 4.8 inches
WEIGHT: 1.75 pounds

FEATURES: Diamond-pattern
cocobolo grips, large capacity for
type, tritium night sights
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STI
OFF DUTY
WEBSITE: STIGuns.com
MSRP: $1,243
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.24 inches
LENGTH: 7 inches
WEIGHT: 1.9 pounds

FEATURES: Three-dot adjustable


combat sights, checkered cocobolo grip
panels, ramped bull barrel
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WILSON COMBAT
ULTRALIGHT
CARRY COMPACT

[COMMANDER]

WEBSITE: WilsonCombat.com
MSRP: $3,650
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4 inches
LENGTH: 7.6 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 4.9 inches
WEIGHT: 1.66 pounds

FEATURES: Combat-style sights, fiber


optic front sight insert, Armor Tuff finish

STI
TOTAL ECLIPSE
WEBSITE: STIGuns.com
MSRP: $1,843
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 9+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.24 inches
LENGTH: 7 inches
WEIGHT: 1.4 pounds

FEATURES: Fixed and recessed


tritium night sights, ramped and
fully supported barrel, Recoilmaster
guide rod

AMERICAN
CLASSIC
CLASSIC COMMANDER
WEBSITE: AmericanClassic1911.com
MSRP: $600
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.25 inches
LENGTH: 7.5 inches
WIDTH: 1.25 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.19 pounds

FEATURES: Extended beavertail grip safety, skeletonized trigger and hammer, custom features standard

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AMERICAN CLASSIC
AMIGO
WEBSITE: AmericanClassic1911.com
MSRP: $684
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.5 inches
LENGTH: 7.25 inches
WIDTH: 1.25 inches
HEIGHT: 5 inches
WEIGHT: 2 pounds

FEATURES: Novak-style combat


sights, easily concealable length,
straightforward 1911 design

AMERICAN
CLASSIC
OFFICERS MODEL
WEBSITE: AmericanClassic1911.com
MSRP: $684
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.5 inches
LENGTH: 7.25 inches
WEIGHT: 2.03 pounds

FEATURES: Novak-style rear combat


sight, super-compact officer-size design,
lowered and flared ejection port
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COLT
1991 SERIES
COMMANDER
WEBSITE: Colt.com
MSRP: $1,008
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.25 inches
LENGTH: 7.75 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.06 pounds

FEATURES: Lowered ejection port, white dot sights,

COLT
XSE SERIES
MODEL O

updated Commander-pattern ergonomics

WEBSITE: Colt.com
MSRP: $944
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.25 inches
LENGTH: 7.75 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.13 pounds

FEATURES: Adjustable trigger,


extended and ambidextrous framemounted safety, extended beavertail
safety with palm swell

DAN WESSON
GUARDIAN
WEBSITE: CZ-USA.com
MSRP: $1,619
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 9+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.3 inches
LENGTH: 8 inches
WIDTH: 1.5 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.81 pounds

FEATURES: Bobtail design for concealment, 9mm in a 1911 frame, alloy


frame to save weight

DAN WESSON
ECO

DAN WESSON
V-BOB

WEBSITE: CZ-USA.com
MSRP: $1,662
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.5 inches
LENGTH: 7.25 inches
WEIGHT: 1.56 pounds

WEBSITE: CZ-USA.com
MSRP: $2,077
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.25 inches
LENGTH: 8 inches
WIDTH: 1.45 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.2 pounds

FEATURES: G10 grips, night


sights, impressively light weight,
rounded butt for concealment

FEATURES: Ceramic-base finish,


no-snag combat-style sights, designed
for concealability

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GUNCRAFTER
50GI M3

ED BROWN
KOBRA CARRY
LIGHTWEIGHT

WEBSITE: GunCrafterIndustries.com
MSRP: $3,185
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .50 GI
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.25 inches
WEIGHT: 2.19 pounds

WEBSITE: EdBrown.com
MSRP: $2,920
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.25 inches
LENGTH: 7.75 inches
WIDTH: 1.4 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.69 pounds

FEATURES: Heine Slant


Pro tritium night sights, super
custom textured grips, round-butt
forged frame

FEATURES: Front night sight,


cocobolo grips, light weight

LES BAER
CONCEPT VII
WEBSITE: LesBaer.com
MSRP: $1,920
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.25 inches
LENGTH: 7.75 inches

FEATURES: Combat-style tritiumilluminated night sights, LBC speed


trigger, throated barrel, guaranteed to
shoot 3-inch groups at 50 yards

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WEBSITE: LesBaer.com
MSRP: $1,990
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.25 inches
LENGTH: 7.75 inches

LES BAER
STINGER SS

LES BAER
1911 .38 Super
COMMANCHE
WEBSITE: LesBaer.com
MSRP: $2,495
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .38 Super
CAPACITY: 9+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.25 inches
LENGTH: 7.75 inches

FEATURES: Tritium combat-style night


sights, ambidextrous controls, rounded
corners for snag-free concealed carry
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FEATURES: Four-pound
skeletonized speed trigger,
lowered and flared ejection
port, rounded edges for snag-free
concealed carry

NIGHTHAWK
T3 STAINLESS
WEBSITE: NightHawkCustom.com
MSRP: $3,400
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.25 inches
WEIGHT: 2.5 pounds

FEATURES: Also available in 9mm and .40 SW, Heinie


Straight-Eight pro night sights, G-10 grips, extended mag well
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OLYMPIC ARMS
CONSTABLE
WEBSITE: OlyArms.net
MSRP: $1,163
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4 inches
LENGTH: 7.75 inches
WEIGHT: 2.19 pounds

FEATURES: Adjustable sights,


attractive color case hardened finish,
ivory-colored grips, parts numbered
to frame before case-hardening

PARA-USA
BLACK-OPS Recon

OLYMPIC ARMS
COHORT

WEBSITE: Para-USA.com
MSRP: $1,299
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 18+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.5 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.5 pounds

WEBSITE: OlyArms.net
MSRP: $973
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4 inches
LENGTH: 7.75 inches
WEIGHT: 2.25 pounds

FEATURES: Stainless steel frame


and slide, integral accessory rail,
three-dot tritium Trijicon night sight,
front strap checkered, ambidextrous
thumb safety

FEATURES: Adjustable rear sight, satin


bead blasted finish, beavertail grip safety

PARA-USA
LDA Officer
Crimson Trace
40

WEBSITE: Para-USA.com
MSRP: $1,225
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: 9mm & 45 ACP
CAPACITY: 18+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.5 inches
LENGTH: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.88 pounds

FEATURES: Stainless steel frame


and slide, full-length guide rod,
Crimson Trace laser grips

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WEBSITE: Para-USA.com
MSRP: $949
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches

PARA-USA
ELITE

FEATURES: Integral accessory rail,


two-dot rear, fiber optic front sight,
front strap checkered, ambidextrous
thumb safety

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PARA
1911 LTC

WEBSITE: Para-USA.com
MSRP: $899
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.25 inches
LENGTH: 7.75 inches
WEIGHT: 2.19 pounds

FEATURES: Ionbond treatment for longevity, checkered flat


mainspring housing, beavertail
grip safety, extended mag release

PARA
HAWG 7
WEBSITE: Para-USA.com
MSRP: $899
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.5 inches
LENGTH: 7.1 inches
WEIGHT: 2 pounds

FEATURES: Match-grade barrel,


fiber optic front sight, Ionbond finish
for longevity
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SHOOTERS ARMS
COMMODORE
WEBSITE: CenturyArms.com
MSRP: $531
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.25 inches
LENGTH: 7.75 inches
WEIGHT: 2.4 pounds

FEATURES: Combat-style rear sight,


low-glare matte finish, extended controls

SIG SAUER
1911 COMPACT NICKEL

REGENT
R350CR

WEBSITE: SigSauer.com
MSRP: $999
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.2 inches
LENGTH: 7.7 inches
WEIGHT: 2.43 pounds

WEBSITE: RegentArms.com
MSRP: $549
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4 inches
LENGTH: 7.625 inches
WEIGHT: 2.19 pounds

FEATURES: Low-mount sight,


checkered front strap

FEATURES: Lowered and flared


ejection port, skeletonized trigger,
stainless hammer-forged barrel

SIG SAUER
1911 CARRY
SCORPION

SMITH &
WESSON
SW1911
BOBTAIL CARRY

WEBSITE: SigSauer.com
MSRP: $1,213
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.2 inches
LENGTH: 7.7 inches
WIDTH: 1.4 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.19 pounds

WEBSITE: Smith-Wesson.com
MSRP: $1,539
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.25 inches
LENGTH: 8 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.88 pounds

FEATURES: Low-profile night


sights, Hogue grips, Hogue G-10 grips,
ambidextrous safety, accessory rail

FEATURES: Relieved slide,


fish scale serrations, bobbed tail
for increased concealability

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SMITH &
WESSON
SW1911 SC E-SERIES
WEBSITE: Smith-Wesson.com
MSRP: $1,369
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.25 inches
LENGTH: 8 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.88 pounds

FEATURES: Scandium alloy frame, round butt, S&W


Custom Shop fit and finish

SPRINGFIELD
ARMORY
CHAMPION
OPERATOR
LIGHTWEIGHT
45 ACP

WEBSITE: Springfield-Armory.com
MSRP: $949
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4 inches
LENGTH: 7.6 inches
WEIGHT: 1.94 pounds

FEATURES: Commander-length barrel,


full-size magazine, fully supported ramped
bull barrel, integral accessory rail, beavertail
safety, Novak Lo-Mount three-dot tritium
sights

STI
TACTICAL 4.0
WEBSITE: STIGuns.com
MSRP: $2,018
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 17+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.26 inches
LENGTH: 7.65 inches
WEIGHT: 2.12 pounds

FEATURES: Polymer grips on modular


steel frame, integral tactical rail, fully
supported and ramped bull barrel

STI
GUARDIAN
WEBSITE: STIGuns.com
MSRP: $1,135
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4 inches
LENGTH: 7.5 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
WEIGHT: 2 pounds

FEATURES: High rise beavertail


safety, Novak-style combat sights,
also available in .40 SW and 9mm

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WILSON COMBAT
CQB LIGHTRAIL
LIGHTWEIGHT COMPACT
WEBSITE: WilsonCombat.com
MSRP: $3,280
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .38 Super
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4 inches
LENGTH: 7.6 inches
WEIGHT: 1.71 pounds

FEATURES: Adjustable rear combatstyle sight, fiber optic front sight, 3.75pound trigger pull, match-grade stainless barrel
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[FULL SIZE]
ADEQ
VIGILUM TACTICAL
WEBSITE: ADEQFirearms.com
MSRP: $1,850
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .40 SW
CAPACITY: 9+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.75 inches
WEIGHT: 2.6 pounds

FEATURES: Novak-style low-profile


combat sights, G-10 grips, match-grade
trigger, sear and hammer

WILSON COMBAT
X-TAC COMPACT

WEBSITE:
AmericanClassic1911.com

MSRP: $586
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.4 inches
WIDTH: 1.25 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.31 pounds

WEBSITE: WilsonCombat.com
MSRP: $2,785
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4 inches
LENGTH: 7.6 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 5.1 inches
WEIGHT: 2.65 pounds

FEATURES: Novak-style rear


combat sight, classic style and
ergonomics, full-length barrel for
highest velocities

FEATURES: Combat-style sights, fiber


optic front sight, unique milling, gripenhancing grip panels

AMERICAN
CLASSIC
TROPHY

AMERICAN
CLASSIC
CLASSIC II

ARMSCOR
M1911A1 TACTICAL

WEBSITE: AmericanClassic1911.com
MSRP: $796
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.4 inches
WIDTH: 1.25 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.31 pounds

WEBSITE: ArmscorUSA.com
MSRP: $460
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.56 inches
WEIGHT: 2.87 pounds

FEATURES: Adjustable combat-style sights,


match-grade barrel, designed for supreme
accuracy in competitive and defensive use

FEATURES: Three-dot low-profile


night sights, integral accessory rail,
ambidextrous safety

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CABOT
CGI CLASSIC

AUTO
ORDNANCE
1911A1

WEBSITE: CabotGun.com
MSRP: $4,950
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.4 inches
WEIGHT: 2.5 pounds

WEBSITE: Auto-Ordnance.com
MSRP: $627
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.44 pounds

FEATURES: Hand-polished

FEATURES: Parkerized finish, drift-adjustable

and blued, flared ejection port,


semi-polished and bright bluing,
Chip McCormick Power Mag magazine

rear sight, classic parkerized finish with brown


plastic checkered all-weather grips

COLT
01991L
WEBSITE: Colt.com
MSRP: $786
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.19 pounds

FEATURES: GI-specification design,


modern metallurgy and production
techniques, serial numbers starting
where Colts government-contract
1911 numbers left off

CENTURY ARMS
MILITARY
WEBSITE: CenturyArms.com
MSRP: $400+
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.63 pounds

FEATURES: Pre-A1 military


styling, classic look and feel, handles
just like the century-old original

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COLT
38 SUPER AUTO
WEBSITE: Colt.com
MSRP: $837
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .38 Super
CAPACITY: 9+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.38 pounds

FEATURES: Adjustable target sights,


classic styling, .38 Super caliber for
competition and use in countries that
ban military calibers for civilian use
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COLT
COMBAT ELITE 1911
WEBSITE: Colt.com
MSRP: $1,032
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.25 pounds

COLT
70

FEATURES: Novak low-mount carry


sights, upswept beavertail grip safety,
fine ergonomics

COLT
GOVERNMENT
DOUBLE ACTION

WEBSITE: Colt.com
MSRP: $919
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.31 pounds

WEBSITE: Colt.com
MSRP: $1,017
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.69 pounds

FEATURES: Aluminum frame,


steel slide, lowered/flared ejection
port, unique (to 1911s) DAO action

FEATURES: Series 70 firing


mechanism, improved safety with
hammer down on live round

COLT
RAIL GUN XSE
WEBSITE: Colt.com
MSRP: $1,087
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.28 pounds

FEATURES: Novak three-dot combat sights, accessory


rail, forged steel frame, National Match barrel

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DAN
WESSON
SPECIALIST
WEBSITE: CZ-USA.com
MSRP: $1,870
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
WIDTH: 1.5 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.06 pounds

FEATURES: Tritium night sights,


accessory rail, designed with law
enforcement input for duty use
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DAN
WESSON
VALOR

ED BROWN
KOBRA

WEBSITE: CZ-USA.com
MSRP: $2,012
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.8 inches
WIDTH: 1.5 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.38 pounds

WEBSITE: EdBrown.com
MSRP: $2,195
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
WIDTH: 1.4 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.38 pounds

FEATURES: Heinie straight-eight

FEATURES: Novak-style combat sights,


custom snakeskin serration pattern,
extended frame safety

adjustable night sights, match-grade barrel,


undercut trigger guard for comfort

GUNCRAFTER
AMERICAN
WEBSITE: GunCrafterIndustries.com
MSRP: $2,895
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.5 pounds

FEATURES: Heine Slant Pro tritium night


sights, accessory rail, match-grade stainless
steel barrel

GUNCRAFTER
50GI M2

GUNCRAFTER
MODEL: CCO

MSRP: $3,185
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .50 GI
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.66 pounds

WEBSITE: GunCrafterIndustries.com
MSRP: $2,795
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.75 inches
LENGTH: 8 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.06 pounds

FEATURES: Heine Slat Pro tritium


night sights, checkered aluminum
grips, accessory rail

FEATURES: Tritium snag-free night


sights, enlarged beavertail grip safety,
custom fit and finish

WEBSITE:
GunCrafterIndustries.com

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KIMBER
CUSTOM II

WEBSITE: KimberAmerica.com
MSRP: $871
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.7 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 5.25 inches
WEIGHT: 2.38 pounds

FEATURES: Adjustable rear sight,


ergonomic controls

GUNCRAFTER
PISTOL WITH NO NAME
WEBSITE: GunCrafterIndustries.com
MSRP: $2,695
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8 inches
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.38 pounds

FEATURES: Heine Slant Pro tritium night


sights, match-grade stainless barrel, heavyduty bushing for accuracy

KIMBER
ECLIPSE CUSTOM

WEBSITE: KimberAmerica.com
MSRP: $1,476
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.7 inches
WEIGHT: 2.44 pounds

FEATURES: Tactical Wedge


tritium night sights, custom desert
tan finish, civilian version of
USMC sidearm

KIMBER
SUPER CARRY CUSTOM HD

WEBSITE: KimberAmerica.com
MSRP: $1,289
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.7 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 5.25 inches
WEIGHT: 2.38 pounds

FEATURES: Meprolight adjustable


night sights, front serrations, rich
checkered wood grips
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DESERT WARRIOR

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WEBSITE: KimberAmerica.com
MSRP: $1,658
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.7 inches
WEIGHT: 2.38 pounds

FEATURES: Kimpro II custom


finish, aluminum match grade trigger, stainless steel slide and frame

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KIMBER
TACTICAL ENTRY II

KIMBER
WARRIOR

WEBSITE: KimberAmerica.com
MSRP: $1,490
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.7 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.5 pounds

FEATURES: Ambidextrous
frame-mounted safety, deluxe
sights, accessory rail

WEBSITE:
KimberAmerica.com

MSRP: $1,476
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.7 inches
WEIGHT: 2.44 pounds

FEATURES: Custom
Kimpro II finish, extended
beavertail safety, ambidextrous
thumb safety

LES BAER
BOSS 1911
WEBSITE: LesBaer.com
MSRP: $2,109
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
WIDTH: 1.4 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.5 pounds

FEATURES: Chrome frame, high-end


combat sights, exquisite fit and finish
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LES BAER
PREMIER II SUPER TAC

LES BAER
PREMIER II
WEBSITE: LesBaer.com
MSRP: $1,790
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
WIDTH: 1.4 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.44 pounds

FEATURES: Adjustable target-style


sights, extended ambidextrous safety, front
and rear slide serrations

LES BAER
CQC-45 COMBAT PISTOL
WEBSITE: LesBaer.com
MSRP: $3,123
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.31 pounds

WEBSITE: LesBaer.com
MSRP: $2,280
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
WIDTH: 1.4 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.44 pounds

FEATURES: Stainless match bushing,


extended beavertail safety, custom Baer
checkering

FEATURES: DuPont custom


finish, adjustable night sights,
ergonomic controls

LES BAER
1911 THUNDER
RANCH SPECIAL

LES BAER
SRP

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WEBSITE: LesBaer.com
MSRP: $2,590
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
WIDTH: 1.4 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.38 pounds

WEBSITE: LesBaer.com
MSRP: $1,980
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches

FEATURES: Similar to FBI


contract model, match-grade
components, ergonomic controls

FEATURES: Three-dot tritium


night sights, lowered and flared
ejection port, match-grade trigger
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LES BAER
ULTIMATE TACTICAL
CARRY 5-INCH

WEBSITE: LesBaer.com
MSRP: $1,930
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.31 pounds

FEATURES: Combat-style
rear sight, tritium front sight,
match-grade trigger

NIGHTHAWK
GLOBAL RESPONSE PISTOL
WEBSITE: NightHawkCustom.com
MSRP: $2,895
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: Caliber: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.44 pounds

FEATURES: Ambidextrous thumb safety


available, Perma Kote custom finish, Heinie
Slant Pro tritium night sights

OLYMPIC ARMS
WESTERNER

PARA
BLACK OPS

WEBSITE: OlyArms.com
MSRP: $1,033.50
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.75 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.44 pounds

FEATURES: Faux-ivory laser-etched grips,


custom western-influence finish, classic style

OLYMPIC ARMS
BIG DEUCE
WEBSITE: OlyArms.net
MSRP: $1,033
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 6 inches
LENGTH: 9.75 inches
WEIGHT: 2.75 pounds

WEBSITE: Para-USA.com
MSRP: $1,299
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 14+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 5.75 inches
WEIGHT: 2.5 pounds

FEATURES: Adjustable sights,


custom beavertail grip safety,
extremely long barrel and slide

FEATURES: Custom night


sights, extremely high capacity,
black Ionbond finish

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REGENT
R100
WEBSITE: RegentArms.com
MSRP: $499
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.6 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 5.4 inches
WEIGHT: 2.5 pounds

FEATURES: Hammer-forged stainless


barrel, Hogue rubber grips, standard
features for low price

REGENT
R200

PARA USA
USA PXT 1911
WEBSITE: Para-USA.com
MSRP: $1,149
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 14+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
WIDTH: 1.6 inches
HEIGHT: 5.75 inches
WEIGHT: 2.5 pounds

WEBSITE: RegentArms.com
MSRP: $599
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.6 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 5.4 inches
WEIGHT: 2.5 pounds

FEATURES: Extended mag well,


Novak Extreme Duty adjustable sights,
extremely high capacity

FEATURES: Hammer-forged
stainless barrel, Hogue rubber
grips, brushed-stainless finish

ROCK RIVER ARMS INC.


1911 POLY

WEBSITE: RockRiverArms.com
MSRP: $799
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.04 pounds

FEATURES: Custom Rock River


over-molded grips, aluminum speed
trigger, polymer frame

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RUGER
SR1911

WEBSITE: Ruger.com
MSRP: $829
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.7 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 5.45 inches
WEIGHT: 2.44 pounds

FEATURES: Skeletonized
hammer and trigger, oversized
beavertail grip safety, Novak
combat sights
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SPRINGFIELD
GI 45
SIG SAUER
1911
TRADITIONAL RTSS
WEBSITE: SigSauer.com
MSRP: $949
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.7 inches
WIDTH: 1.4 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.63 pounds

WEBSITE:
Springfield-Armory.com

MSRP: $667
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
WIDTH: 1.4 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.44 pounds

FEATURES: Trijicon adjustable night sights, extended


ergonomic controls, attractive style

FEATURES: Classic military


styling, stamped U.S., identical
to WWII-issue

Enable Your Ideas with a PCNC Mill


Discerning gunsmiths and manufacturers know theres only one
choice in CNC for affordable precision:
The Tormach PCNC 1100.

SPRINGFIELD
ARMORY
MIL-SPEC 1911A1
WEBSITE: Springfield-Armory.com
MSRP: $715
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
WIDTH: 1.4 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.44 pounds

Take aim at your most demanding machining needs


- engraving, milling, threading, reaming, and boring. Big
or small, Tormach hits the bullseye to deliver for you.

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$8480
(plus shipping)

Every PCNC 1100 features:

1100 lbs cast iron construction

Ground P4 ballscrews and single


shot lubrication

Computer controlled spindle speed


and direction

PTFE bonded slideways (similar to Turcite)

Precision R8 spindle - 100 to 5000 RPM


with vector drive technology

Easy to use in manual or automatic modes

FEATURES: Military-spec pistol,


modern metallurgy for strength, classic
style and grace

2011 Pistolsmith of
the Year - SDM
Fabricating Inc.
uses his PCNC
to customize a
357 Magnum.

Product information and online ordering at

Shown here with


optional stand,
LCD monitor,
machine arms,
and accessories.

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STI
LAWMAN 5.0
WEBSITE: STIGuns.com
MSRP: $1,433
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5.11 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.43 pounds

FEATURES: Match grade barrel and


bushing, custom beavertail grip safety,
tactical adjustable sights

SPRINGFIELD
ARMORY
RANGE OFFICER
WEBSITE: Springfield-Armory.com
MSRP: $1,099
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.5 pounds

FEATURES: Stainless steel match


grade barrel, custom fit and finish,
attractive design

TAURUS
PT 1911 AR

WEBSITE: STIGuns.com
MSRP: $2,045
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 11+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
WIDTH: 1.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.13 pounds

FEATURES: Front and rear slide


serrations, custom sights, double
stack mag for high capacity

WILSON COMBAT
X-TAC

WEBSITE: TaurusUSA.com
MSRP: $870
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
WIDTH: 1.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.1 pounds

FEATURES: Heinie front sight,


lightened hammer and trigger, fine
custom checkering
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TACTICAL

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WEBSITE: WilsonCombat.com
MSRP: $2,760
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.7 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 5.6 inches
WEIGHT: 2.38 pounds

FEATURES: Custom grips and finish,


fiber optic front sight, distinctive milling
and checkering GW

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Small But Potent


Lightweight Concealable Guns for Personal Protection
he smallest of the small, but still potent.
The variety in the small handgun
market is testament to the popularity
of these diminutive defensive pistols. These are
available in either the Seecamp semi-autos or in
revolvers such as the North American Arms. This
category of handguns fit perfectly in an array
of locations for personal defense.
Calibers for this class of handguns range in .22

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short to the .45 long colt, and many calibers in


between. Even the big boys like Beretta get into the
act with its PICO .380 caliber semi-auto, proving
that these classes of guns are an important niche in
the realm of handguns for personal protection.
Lightweight, concealable and delivering serious
defensive stopping power, the tiny concealable
class of handguns is an important consideration for
your personal protection.

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AMERICAN DERRINGER
DA38
WEBSITE: AmDerringer.com
MSRP: $690
ACTION: DA
CALIBER: .38 SPL
CAPACITY: 2
BARREL LENGTH: 3.3 inches
LENGTH: 4.7 inches
WIDTH: 1.1 inches

HEIGHT: 3.3 inches


WEIGHT: 14.5 ounces

FEATURES: Rather unique doubleaction derringer, very concealable,


fixed sights

AMERICAN DERRINGER
MODEL 1
WEBSITE: AmDerringer.com
MSRP: $705
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 Colt/.410 shotshell
CAPACITY: 2
BARREL LENGTH: 3 inches
LENGTH: 4.8 inches

WIDTH: 1.2 inches


HEIGHT: 3.35 inches
WEIGHT: 15 ounces

FEATURES: Automatic barrel


selection, hammer block safety,
dual ammunition

AMERICAN DERRINGER
M7
WEBSITE: AmDerringer.com
MSRP: $775
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 2
BARREL LENGTH: 3 inches
LENGTH: 4.8 inches

WIDTH: 1.1 inches


HEIGHT: 3.3 inches
WEIGHT: 7.5 ounces

FEATURES: Aluminum
construction for light weight,
automatic barrel selection

BERETTA
21A BOBCAT
WEBSITE: Beretta.com
MSRP: $410

FEATURES: Tip-up
barrel, comfortable
grip, also available in
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ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .25 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 2.4 inches
LENGTH: 4.9 inches
WIDTH: 1.1 inches
HEIGHT: 3.7 inches
WEIGHT: 11.5 ounces
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BERETTA
TOMCAT & TOMCAT INOX
WEBSITE: Beretta.com
MSRP: $390

WIDTH: 1.1 inches


HEIGHT: 3.7 inches
WEIGHT: 14.5 ounces

ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .32 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 2.4 inches
LENGTH: 4.9 inches

FEATURES: Tip-up barrel, crisp


trigger in single action, INOX model
made of all-weather stainless steel

BOND ARMS
CENTURY 2000
WEBSITE: BondArms.com
MSRP: $435

FEATURES: Fixed
sights, rosewood or
laminated black ash
grips, satin-finished
stainless steel

ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 Colt/.410 shotshell
CAPACITY: 2
BARREL LENGTH: 3.5 inches
LENGTH: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 21 ounces

BOND ARMS
COWBOY DEFENDER
WEBSITE: BondArms.com
MSRP: $415
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 Colt/.410 shotshell
CAPACITY: 2
BARREL LENGTH: 3 inches
LENGTH: 5 inches

HEIGHT: 3.75 inches


WEIGHT: 19 ounces

FEATURES: Interchangeable
barrels, spring-loaded cammed
locking lever, extremely powerful

BOND ARMS
RANGER
WEBSITE: BondArms.com
MSRP: $634

FEATURES:
Interchangeable barrels,
fixed sights, extremely sturdy
construction

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ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 Colt/.410 shotshell
CAPACITY: 2
BARREL LENGTH: 4.25 inches
LENGTH: 6.25 inches
WEIGHT: 23.5 ounces

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BOND ARMS
BOND MINI 45
WEBSITE: BondArms.com
MSRP: $395
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 Colt
CAPACITY: 2
BARREL LENGTH: 2.5 inches
LENGTH: 4.5 inches
HEIGHT: 3.75 inches
WEIGHT: 19 ounces

FEATURES: Crossbolt
safety, retracting firing pins,
extremely powerful

BOND ARMS
SNAKE SLAYER
WEBSITE: BondArms.com
MSRP: $489
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 Colt/.410 shotshell
CAPACITY: 2
BARREL LENGTH: 3.5 inches

LENGTH: 5.5 inches


HEIGHT: 4.3 inches
WEIGHT: 1.38 pounds

FEATURES: Interchangeable
barrels, fixed sights, automatic
extractor

CIMARRON FIREARMS
DIABLO
WEBSITE: Cimarron-Firearms.com
MSRP: $220
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .22 MAG
CAPACITY: 2
BARREL LENGTH: 2.4 inches
LENGTH: 4.4 inches
WEIGHT: 9.4 ounces

FEATURES: Top-hinged barrel,


integral sights, .22 LR barrel set
included

CIMARRON FIREARMS
TITAN
WEBSITE: Cimarron-Firearms.com
MSRP: $427

FEATURES: Trigger guard,


lightweight, powerful chambering

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ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 Colt/.410 shotshell
CAPACITY: 2
BARREL LENGTH: 3.5 inches
LENGTH: 5.5 inches
HEIGHT: 3.7 inches
WEIGHT: 1 pound

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COBRA FIREARMS
C22
WEBSITE: CobraPistols.net
MSRP: $185

FEATURES: Top-hinged barrel,


integral sights, available in many
colors

ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .22 LR
CAPACITY: 2
BARREL LENGTH: 2.4 inches
LENGTH: 4 inches
WEIGHT: 9.5 ounces

COBRA FIREARMS
CB9
WEBSITE: CobraPistols.net
MSRP: $187

LENGTH: 4.7 inches


WEIGHT: 14 ounces

ACTION: SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 2
BARREL LENGTH: 2.75 inches

FEATURES: Top-hinged barrel,


integral sights, available in an
array of colors

COBRA FIREARMS
CB38
WEBSITE: CobraPistols.net
MSRP: $187
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .38 SPL
CAPACITY: 2
BARREL LENGTH: 3.5 inches
LENGTH: 5.4 inches
WEIGHT: 1 pound

FEATURES: Top-hinged barrel,


integral sights, available in many colors
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WEBSITE: ColtsMfg.com
MSRP: $599

COLT
.380 MUSTANG POCKETLITE

ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .380 ACP
CAPACITY: 6+1
BARREL LENGTH: 2.75 inches
LENGTH: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 12.5 ounces

FEATURES: Lowered ejection port,


commander-style hammer, 1911 design
in very tiny package

HEIZER DEFENSE
DOUBLE TAP
WEBSITE: HeizerFirearms.com
MSRP: $499

WIDTH: 0.7 inches


HEIGHT: 3.9 inches
WEIGHT: 12 ounces

ACTION: DA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 2
BARREL LENGTH: 3 inches
LENGTH: 5.5 inches

FEATURES: Unique double-action


design, carries two spare rounds on
an included speed strip in the grip
panel

KEL-TEC
P32
WEBSITE: KeltecWeapons.com
MSRP: $318
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .32 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 2.7 inches
LENGTH: 5.1 inches

WIDTH: 0.75 inches


HEIGHT: 3.5 inches
WEIGHT: 6.6 ounces

FEATURES: Locked breech,


light trigger, light weight

MASTERPIECE ARMS
MPA380P
FEATURES: Machined
aluminum grips, snag-free
no sights design, extremely
light weight

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WEBSITE: MasterPieceArms.com
MSRP: $375.95
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .380 ACP
CAPACITY: 5+1
BARREL LENGTH: 2.25 inches
WEIGHT: 11.3 ounces

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NORTH AMERICAN ARMS


GUARDIAN 25 NAA
WEBSITE: NorthAmericanArms.com
MSRP: $402
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .25 NAA
CAPACITY: 6+1
BARREL LENGTH: 2.2 inches
LENGTH: 4.4 inches
WIDTH: 0.9 inches

HEIGHT: 3.3 inches


WEIGHT: 13.6 ounces

FEATURES: Proprietary
bottle-necked cartridge, stippled grip
for ease of control, improved
reliability

NORTH AMERICAN ARMS


MAGNUM 1 5/8-INCH BARREL
WITH CONVERSION CYLINDER & HOLSTER GRIP

FEATURES: Grip
folds under pistol,
accepts .22 LR
cartridges, doesnt
print as a gun

WEBSITE:
NorthAmericanArms.com

MSRP: $284
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .22 WMR

CAPACITY: 5
BARREL LENGTH: 1.63 inches
LENGTH: 5.25 inches
WIDTH: 0.9 inches
HEIGHT: 2.9 inches
WEIGHT: 6.2 ounces

NORTH AMERICAN ARMS


22S
WEBSITE:

BARREL LENGTH:

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1.13 inches
LENGTH: 3.6 inches
WIDTH: 0.81 inches
HEIGHT: 2.4 inches
WEIGHT: 4 ounces

MSRP: $209
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .22 Short
CAPACITY: 5

FEATURES: Contoured
grip, amazingly light,
extraordinarily small

NORTH AMERICAN ARMS


380 ACP GUARDIAN
WEBSITE:
NorthAmericanArms.com

FEATURES: Stippled grip


for control, very short
height, 2.5-inch barrel for
improved velocity

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MSRP: $449
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .380 ACP
CAPACITY: 6+1

BARREL LENGTH: 2.5 inches


LENGTH: 4.8 inches
WIDTH: 0.9 inches
HEIGHT: 3.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.19 pounds

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NORTH AMERICAN ARMS


MAG 1 1/8-INCH BARREL

WEBSITE: NorthAmericanArms.com
MSRP: $219
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .22 WMR
CAPACITY: 5
BARREL LENGTH: 1.1 inches

LENGTH: 4.75 inches


WIDTH: 0.9 inches
HEIGHT: 2.9 inches
WEIGHT: 5.9 ounces

FEATURES: Extremely short


for caliber, reloads by removing
the cylinder, exceedingly
compact

NORTH AMERICAN ARMS


MINI MASTER MAGNUM WITH
ADJUSTABLE SIGHTS
WEBSITE:
NorthAmericanArms.com

MSRP: $314
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .22 WMR
CAPACITY: 5

BARREL LENGTH: 4 inches


LENGTH: 7.9 inches
WIDTH: 1 inch
HEIGHT: 3.7 inches
WEIGHT: 10.7 ounces

FEATURES: Adjustable
target sights, vented top rib,
surprisingly long barrel

NORTH AMERICAN ARMS


PUG-T
WEBSITE:
NorthAmericanArms.com

MSRP: $334
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .22 WMR
CAPACITY: 5

BARREL LENGTH: 1 inch


LENGTH: 4.5 inches
WIDTH: 0.9 inches
HEIGHT: 2.75 inches
WEIGHT: 6.4 ounces

FEATURES: Tritium night


sights, powerful .22 cartridge,
extremely compact revolver

NORTH AMERICAN ARMS


MAG 1 1/8-INCH BARREL VENT BAR WASP
WEBSITE:
NorthAmericanArms.com

MSRP: $284
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .22 WMR
CAPACITY: 5

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BARREL LENGTH: 1.6 inches


LENGTH: 4.75 inches
WIDTH: 0.9 inches
HEIGHT: 2.9 inches
WEIGHT: 5.9 ounces

FEATURES: Powerful
.22 cartridge, very light weight, includes .22
LR conversion cylinder
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ROHRBAUGH
R9
WEBSITE: RohrbaughFirearms.com
MSRP: $1,195

FEATURES: Anodized aluminum,


spur-style magazine release,
double-action reliability

ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .380 ACP
CAPACITY: 6+1
BARREL LENGTH: 2.9 inches
LENGTH: 5.2 inches
HEIGHT: 3.7 inches
WEIGHT: 14 ounces

RUGER
LCP
WEBSITE: Ruger.com
MSRP: $379

HEIGHT: 3.6 inches


WEIGHT: 9.4 ounces

ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .380
CAPACITY: 6+1
BARREL LENGTH: 2.75 inches
LENGTH: 5.2 inches
WIDTH: 0.8 inches

FEATURES: Snag-free design


for pocket carry, low-profile
sights, seven rounds total
onboard, LCP available with
LaserMax or CrimsonTrace lasers
sights

SEECAMP
LWS .32
WEBSITE: SeeCamp.com
MSRP: $446.25

FEATURES: Spur-style magazine


latch, exceptionally light, deepconcealment ready

ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .32 ACP
CAPACITY: 6+1
BARREL LENGTH: 2 inches
LENGTH: 4.25 inches
WIDTH: 0.9 inches
HEIGHT: 3.25 inches
WEIGHT: 13.25 ounces

TAURUS
25B
WEBSITE: TaurusUSA.com
MSRP: $273
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .25 ACP
CAPACITY: 9+1
BARREL LENGTH: 2.75 inches
WIDTH: 1.1 inches
HEIGHT: 4.25 inches
WEIGHT: 12.3 ounces
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FEATURES: Tip-up barrel, framemounted 1911-style safety, magazine


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Thickness: 5/32"
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PATTERN 42
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Firearms for concealed carry often dont have room


for your little finger, which can be rectified by use
of magazines with finger-extension base plates.

Serious Calibers,
Serious Purposes

PHOTO BY DAVE NORMAN

These Concealed Carry Options Present the Best of Both Worlds

oncealed carry represents one of the most


popular categories of handguns on the
market today, and for good reason. These
handguns have the ability to be chambered in
serious calibers for serious purposes. Plus, they
have enough size that you can control them even
while firing those heavy cartridges. They are the
best of both worlds.

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HANDGUN

Having a lawfully permitted concealed handgun


on you carries with it immense responsibility. You
also have a responsibility to practice with your
chosen firearm in order to become proficient, if that
day ever comes where you have to use that firearm
to protect yourself or your loved ones. Shootability
is a term for this class of concealed carry handguns.
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ACCU-TEK
HC-380
WEBSITE: Accu-TekFirearms.com
MSRP: $330
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .380 ACP
CAPACITY: 13+1
BARREL LENGTH: 2.8 inches
LENGTH: 6 inches
WEIGHT: 1.63 pounds

ARMALITE
AR-24 COMPACT

FEATURES: Mag release on bottom of


grip, thumb safety blocks firing pin,
adjustable rear sight

WEBSITE: ArmaLite.com
MSRP: $550
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 13+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.89 inches
LENGTH: 7.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.6 pounds

FEATURES: External framemounted safety, all-steel construction,


illuminated sights

BERETTA
CHEETAH 85FS
WEBSITE: Beretta.com
MSRP: $770
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .380 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.8 inches
LENGTH: 6.8 inches
WIDTH: 1.4 inches
HEIGHT: 4.8 inches
WEIGHT: 1.46 pounds

FEATURES: Cocked-and-locked
capable, safety/decocker, scaled-down
cousin of the 92FS/M9

BERETTA
BU9 NANO
WEBSITE: Beretta.com
MSRP: $445
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 6+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3 inches
LENGTH: 5.6 inches
WIDTH: 0.9 inches
HEIGHT: 4.2 inches
WEIGHT: 1.25 pounds

FEATURES: Adjustable sights,


striker-fired, tiny for a 9mm

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BERETTA
PX4 STORM COMPACT
WEBSITE: Beretta.com
MSRP: $575
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .40 SW
CAPACITY: 12+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.2 inches
LENGTH: 7.6 inches
WIDTH: 1.4 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.73 pounds

FEATURES: Interchangeable
backstraps, accessory rail, full-finger
grip, concealable dimensions

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BERSA
BP9CC
WEBSITE: Bersa.com
MSRP: $429
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.3 inches
LENGTH: 6.35 inches
WIDTH: 0.94 inches
HEIGHT: 4.8 inches
WEIGHT: 1.34 pounds

FEATURES: White-outline rear sight,


polymer frame, rear sight interchanges
with Glock

BERSA
THUNDER 380 CC

BERETTA
PX4 STORM SUBCOMPACT

WEBSITE: Bersa.com
MSRP: $323
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .380 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.5 inches
LENGTH: 6 inches
WIDTH: 1 inch
HEIGHT: 4.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.03 pounds

WEBSITE: Beretta.com
MSRP: $575
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 13+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3 inches
LENGTH: 6.2 inches
WIDTH: 1.4 inches
HEIGHT: 4.8 inches
WEIGHT: 1.63 pounds

FEATURES: Drift-adjustable

FEATURES: Accessory rail,

rear sight, sculpted grip, bobbed


low-profile hammer

ambidextrous safety/decocker, smallest


Storm model

BERSA
THUNDER 380 COMBAT

BERSA
THUNDER PRO

WEBSITE: Bersa.com
MSRP: $353
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .380 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.5 inches
LENGTH: 6 inches
WIDTH: 1 inch
HEIGHT: 4.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.03 pounds

WEBSITE: Bersa.com
MSRP: $495
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .40 SW
CAPACITY: 13+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.25 inches
LENGTH: 8 inches
WIDTH: 1.5 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.94 pounds

FEATURES: Safety-decocker, textured grip for


recoil control, sculpted grip

FEATURES: Cocked-and-locked-capable,
large capacity of serious defensive caliber

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BOBERG ARMS
XR9-S

BROWNING
HI-POWER MK III

WEBSITE: BobergArms.com
MSRP: $1,049
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.35 inches
LENGTH: 5.1 inches
WIDTH: 0.96 inches
HEIGHT: 4.2 inches
WEIGHT: 1.09 pounds

WEBSITE: Browning.com
MSRP: $1,059
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 13+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.625 inches

FEATURES: Truly unique operation, very compact


for barrel length, rotating locking barrel

FEATURES: Ambidextrous safety,


integral thumb rests, John Brownings
last 1911-style design

CARACAL
CARACAL SC
WEBSITE: Caracal-USA.com
MSRP: $400
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 13+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.4 inches
LENGTH: 6.34 inches
WIDTH: 0.93 inches
HEIGHT: 4.9 inches
WEIGHT: 1.38 pounds

FEATURES: Fiber optic front sight,


accessory rail, low-bore axis for recoil
mitigation

CARACAL
CARACAL C
WEBSITE: Caracal-USA.com
MSRP: $499
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 15+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.66 inches
LENGTH: 6.57 inches
WIDTH: 1.1 inches
HEIGHT: 4.8 inches
WEIGHT: 1.56 pounds

FEATURES: Ambidextrous magazine release, extremely low-bore


axis, unique sighting options

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CZ
75B
WEBSITE: CZ-USA.com
MSRP: $612
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 14+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.9 inches
LENGTH: 8.1 inches
WIDTH: 1.4 inches
HEIGHT: 5.4 inches
WEIGHT: 2.2 pounds

FEATURES: Three-dot
combat sights, similar ergonomics
to 1911/high-power pistols,
DA/SA design
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CZ
CZ 97 B
WEBSITE: CZ-USA.com
MSRP: $707
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 10+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.5 inches
LENGTH: 8.3 inches
WIDTH: 1.4 inches
HEIGHT: 5.9 inches
WEIGHT: 2.54 pounds

FEATURES: Loaded chamber indicator, cocked-and-locked capable, steel


frame for durability

CZ
P-01

CZ
75 D PCR COMPACT

WEBSITE: CZ-USA.com
MSRP: $627
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 10
BARREL LENGTH: 3.8 inches
LENGTH: 7.2 inches
WIDTH: 1.4 inches
HEIGHT: 5.1 inches
WEIGHT: 1.75 pounds

WEBSITE: CZ-USA.com
MSRP: $599
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 14+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.8 inches
LENGTH: 7.24 inches
WIDTH: 1.38 inches
HEIGHT: 5.03 inches
WEIGHT: 1.91 pounds

FEATURES: Decocker,

FEATURES: Forged aluminum alloy

forged alloy frame, meets NATO


specifications

frame, decocking lever, light weight

CZ
P-06

CZ
SP-01 TACTICAL

WEBSITE: CZ-USA.com
MSRP: $680
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .40 SW
CAPACITY: 10+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.9 inches
LENGTH: 7.2 inches
WIDTH: 1.4 inches
HEIGHT: 5.3 inches
WEIGHT: 1.82 pounds

WEBSITE: CZ-USA.com
MSRP: $737
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .40 SW
CAPACITY: 12+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.6 inches
LENGTH: 8.15 inches
WIDTH: 1.46 inches
WEIGHT: 2.4 pounds

FEATURES: Rubber grips, light forged alloy frame,


firing pin blocking safety, decocking lever

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FEATURES: Tritium sights, integral


accessory rail, fore and aft slide serrations,
combat-style trigger guard
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EAA
WITNESS STEEL
FULL SIZE TANFOGLIO
WEBSITE: EAACorp.com
MSRP: $607
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 15+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.5 inches
LENGTH: 8.1 inches
WIDTH: 1.4 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.06 pounds

FEATURES: Sleek anti-snag design, DA/SA operation

EAA
WITNESS
COMPACT

for hammer-down carry, once popular in competitions for


high capacity and durability

WEBSITE: EAACorp.com
MSRP: $607
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .40 SW
CAPACITY: 12+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.6 inches
LENGTH: 7.3 inches
WIDTH: 1.4 inches
HEIGHT: 4.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.88 pounds

FEATURES: Chambered in 9mm, .40


SW, 10mm and .45 ACP, steel frame for
long service life, compact version of
full-size Witness model

FNH
FNS-9
WEBSITE: FNHUSA.com
MSRP: $599
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: 9 mm
CAPACITY: 17+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4 inches
LENGTH: 7.25 inches
WEIGHT: 1.58 pounds

FEATURES: Night sights, interchangeable backstraps, loaded chamber


indicator, front and rear slide serrations

EAA
WITNESS POLYMER
CARRY
WEBSITE: EAACorp.com
MSRP: $691
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 17+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.6 inches
LENGTH: 7.5 inches
WIDTH: 1.4 inches
WEIGHT: 1.81 pounds

FEATURES: Polymer version of


Witness model, tapered cone-lock
barrel for accuracy, integral rail
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GLOCK
G17
WEBSITE: Glock.com
MSRP: $599
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 17+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.5 inches
LENGTH: 8 inches
WIDTH: 1.2 inches
HEIGHT: 5.4 inches
WEIGHT: 1.38 pounds

FEATURES: White outline rear sight,


polymer frame for light weight, combat
trigger guard, double-stack magazine
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GLOCK
G22
WEBSITE: Glock.com
MSRP: $529
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: .40 SW
CAPACITY: 15+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.5 inches
LENGTH: 8 inches
WIDTH: 1.2 inches
HEIGHT: 5.4 inches
WEIGHT: 1.62 pounds

FEATURES: White outline rear sight,


polymer frame for light weight, combat
trigger guard, double-stack magazine

GLOCK
G21

GLOCK
G23

WEBSITE: Glock.com
MSRP: $649
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 13+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.6 inches
LENGTH: 8 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.87 pounds

WEBSITE: Glock.com
MSRP: $529
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: .40 SW
CAPACITY: 13+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4 inches
LENGTH: 6.88 inches
WIDTH: 1.2 inches
HEIGHT: 5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.45 pounds

FEATURES: White outline rear


sight, polymer frame for light weight,
combat trigger guard, double-stack
magazine relieved backstrap to fit
smaller hands

FEATURES: White outline rear


sight, polymer frame for light
weight, combat trigger guard,
double-stack magazine

GLOCK
G26

GLOCK
G27

WEBSITE: Glock.com
MSRP: $629
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 10+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.5 inches
LENGTH: 6.5 inches
WIDTH: 1.2 inches
HEIGHT: 4.2 inches
WEIGHT: 1.23 pounds

WEBSITE: Glock.com
MSRP: $629
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: .40 SW
CAPACITY: 9+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.46 inches
LENGTH: 6.29 inches
WIDTH: 1.2 inches
HEIGHT: 4.2 inches
WEIGHT: 1.23 pounds

FEATURES: White outline rear sight,


polymer frame for light weight, combat
trigger guard, double-stack magazine

FEATURES: White outline rear sight,


polymer frame for light weight, combat
trigger guard, double-stack magazine

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GLOCK
G30SF

GLOCK
G33

GLOCK
G37

WEBSITE: Glock.com
MSRP: $619
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 10+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.8 inches
LENGTH: 6.9 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 4.9 inches
WEIGHT: 1.25 pounds

WEBSITE: Glock.com
MSRP: $599
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: .357 sig
CAPACITY: 9+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.43 inches
LENGTH: 6.5 inches
WIDTH: 1.2 inches
HEIGHT: 4.2 inches
WEIGHT: 1.25 pounds

WEBSITE: Glock.com
MSRP: $562
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: .45 GAP
CAPACITY: 10+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.5 inches
LENGTH: 8 inches
WIDTH: 1.2 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.63 pounds

FEATURES: White outline rear sight,


polymer frame for light weight, combat
trigger guard, double-stack magazine

FEATURES: White outline rear sight,


polymer frame for light weight, combat
trigger guard, double-stack magazine

FEATURES: White outline rear sight,


polymer frame for light weight, combat
trigger guard, double-stack magazine

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GLOCK
G39
WEBSITE: Glock.com
MSRP: $614
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: .45 GAP
CAPACITY: 6+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.5 inches
LENGTH: 6.5 inches
WIDTH: 1.2 inches
HEIGHT: 4.2 inches
WEIGHT: 1.5 pounds

FEATURES: White outline rear sight,


polymer frame for light weight, combat
trigger guard, double-stack magazine

HECKLER & KOCH


USP COMPACT

GLOCK
G38

WEBSITE: HK-USA.com
MSRP: $999
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 13+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.6 inches
LENGTH: 6.8 inches
WIDTH: 1.14 inches
HEIGHT: 5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.47 pounds

WEBSITE: Glock.com
MSRP: $614
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: .45 GAP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4 inches
LENGTH: 7.4 inches
WIDTH: 1.2 inches
HEIGHT: 5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.5 pounds

FEATURES: Accessory rail,

FEATURES: White outline rear sight,

interchangeable backstraps, easily


engaged controls, scaled-down
HK USP design

polymer frame for light weight, combat


trigger guard, double-stack magazine

HECKLER
& KOCH
VP9

HECKLER
& KOCH
P2000
74

WEBSITE: HK-USA.com
MSRP: $999
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .40 SW
CAPACITY: 12+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.66 inches
LENGTH: 6.8 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.38 pounds

WEBSITE: HK-USA.com
MSRP: $719
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 15+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.09 inches
LENGTH: 7.34 inches
WIDTH: 1.32 inches
HEIGHT: 5.41 inches
WEIGHT: 1.66 pounds

FEATURES: Interchangeable
backstraps, available in 9mm and
.357 SIG, integral accessory rail,
multiple trigger types

FEATURES: Accessory rail, short-recoil


linkless locking system, striker fired,
ambidextrous controls, polymer frame with
interchangeable grips and backstraps

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WEBSITE:
Hi-PointFirearms.com

MSRP: $189
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.5
inches

LENGTH: 6.75 inches


WEIGHT: 1.81 pounds

HI-POINT
C9

FEATURES: Threedot adjustable sights,


thumb safety, rear
aperture sight option

KAHR
ARMS
CM9

WEBSITE: Kahr.com
MSRP: $460
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 6+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3 INCHES
LENGTH: 5.42 inches
WIDTH: 0.9 inches
HEIGHT: 4 inches
WEIGHT: 1 pound

FEATURES: Polymer frame for


weight reduction, very narrow, stippled
grips for control

KAHR ARMS
CW45
WEBSITE: Kahr.com
MSRP: $449
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 6+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.6 inches
LENGTH: 6.32 inches
WIDTH: 1 inch
HEIGHT: 4.8 inches
WEIGHT: 1.38 pounds

FEATURES: .45 ACP with dimensions


of a 9mm-frame gun, law enforcementfriendly DAO action, very narrow width

KAHR
CW40
WEBSITE: Kahr.com
MSRP: $855
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .40 SW
CAPACITY: 6+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.6 inches
LENGTH: 6.4 inches
WIDTH: 0.94 inches
HEIGHT: 4.6 inches
WEIGHT: 1.63 pounds

FEATURES: White-bar dot sights,


very slim, full-finger grip for many hands
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KAHR ARMS
K40
WEBSITE: Kahr.com
MSRP: $855
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .40 SW
CAPACITY: 6+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.5 inches
LENGTH: 6.1 inches
WIDTH: 0.94 inches
HEIGHT: 4.55 inches
WEIGHT: 1.19 pounds

FEATURES: White-bar dot sights,


full-finger grip for many hands, very
narrow, tight tolerances for accuracy
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KAHR ARMS
P40
WEBSITE: Kahr.com
MSRP: $739
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .40 SW
CAPACITY: 6+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.6 inches
LENGTH: 6.1 inches
WIDTH: 0.94 inches
HEIGHT: 4.6 inches
WEIGHT: 1.19 pounds

FEATURES: Bar-dot-style combat


sights, incredibly slim and light, stainless
slide for longevity

KAHR
ARMS
P45

KAHR ARMS
P380
WEBSITE: Kahr.com
MSRP: $649
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .380 ACP
CAPACITY: 6+1
BARREL LENGTH: 2.5 inches
LENGTH: 4.9 inches
WIDTH: 0.75 inches
HEIGHT: 3.9 inches
WEIGHT: 0.69 pounds

WEBSITE: Kahr.com
MSRP: $805
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 6+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.6 inches
LENGTH: 6.07 inches
WIDTH: 1.01 inch
HEIGHT: 4.8 inches
WEIGHT: 1.31 pounds

FEATURES: Textured polymer grip,


very compact design, optional Crimson
Trace laser, optional night sights

KAHR
ARMS
PM45
WEBSITE: Kahr.com
MSRP: $855
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 5+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.24 inches
LENGTH: 5.8 inches
WIDTH: 1 inch
HEIGHT: 4.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.19 pounds

FEATURES: White-bar-dot enhanced


sights, full-finger grip for many hands,
very slim for a .45 ACP, available with
stainless slide as the CM45
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FEATURES: Polymer and steel


construction, snag-free sights,
easily concealable dimensions

KAHR ARMS
T9
WEBSITE: Kahr.com
MSRP: $831
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4 inches
LENGTH: 6 inches
WIDTH: 0.9 inches
HEIGHT: 4.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.56 pounds

FEATURES: Bar-dot-style combat sights,


wood grips with gentle palm swell, single stack
design for easy concealability
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KEL-TEC
PF9

KIMBER
SOLO CARRY

WEBSITE: KelTecWeapons.com
MSRP: $318
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .32 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 2.7 inches
LENGTH: 5 inches
WEIGHT: 6.6 ounces

WEBSITE: KelTecWeapons.com
MSRP: $333
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.1 inches
LENGTH: 5.9 inches
WIDTH: 0.9 inches
HEIGHT: 4.3 inches
WEIGHT: 0.81 pounds

WEBSITE: KimberAmerica.com
MSRP: $815
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 6+1
BARREL LENGTH: 2.7 inches
LENGTH: 5.5 inches
WIDTH: 1 inch
WEIGHT: 1.06 pounds

FEATURES: Extremely concealable,

FEATURES: Accessory rail, magazine

KEL-TEC
P-32

lifetime warranty, perfect size for


smaller hands

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includes finger rest, extremely light, various color choices

FEATURES: Low-profile white-dot


sights, 1911-inspired design in strikerfired configuration, three-dot combat
sights, aluminum frame

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MAGNUM RESEARCH
BABY DESERT EAGLE II COMPACT
WEBSITE: MagnumResearch.com
MSRP: $656
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 12+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.64 inches
LENGTH: 7.25 inches
WIDTH: 1.125 inches
HEIGHT: 4.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.31 pounds

FEATURES: Available in steel or polymer


frame, various barrel lengths, large capacity
for its size, unique aesthetics

MAGNUM
RESEARCH
MICRO DESERT EAGLE

MAGNUM RESEARCH
BABY DESERT EAGLE II
POLYMER COMPACT

WEBSITE:

WEBSITE: MagnumResearch.com
MSRP: $629
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 10+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.52 inches
LENGTH: 8.25 inches
WEIGHT: 2.41 pounds

MagnumResearch.com

FEATURES: Three-dot sights,


integral accessory rail, firing pin block
safety, carbon steel slide

FEATURES: Slight palm swell,

MAGNUM
RESEARCH
MR9
78

WEBSITE: MagnumResearch.com
MSRP: $559
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 15+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4 inches
LENGTH: 7.1 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 5.3 inches
WEIGHT: 1.75 pounds

FEATURES: Decocking button,


interchangeable backstraps, fully
adjustable rear sight, replaceable
front sight

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MSRP: $467
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .380 ACP
CAPACITY: 6+1
BARREL LENGTH: 2.2 inches
LENGTH: 4.5 inches
WEIGHT: 0.88 pounds
no-snag sights milled into frame,
very unique aesthetics

RUGER
LC9

WEBSITE: Ruger.com
MSRP: $449
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.12 inches
LENGTH: 6 inches
WIDTH: 0.9 inches
HEIGHT: 4.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.06 pounds

FEATURES: Snag-free
ergonomic design, low-profile
adjustable sights, accessory rail,
smooth trigger pull
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RUGER
P95
WEBSITE: Ruger.com
MSRP: $399
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 10+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.9 inches
LENGTH: 7.25 inches
WIDTH: 1.2 inches
HEIGHT: 5.75 inches
WEIGHT: 1.69 pounds

RUGER
SR9C

FEATURES: Synthetic grip, stainless slide,


decocking lever, polymer frame to save weight

WEBSITE: Ruger.com
MSRP: $529
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 17+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.5 inches
LENGTH: 6.9 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 4.6 inches
WEIGHT: 1.46 pounds

FEATURES: Accessory rail, front


slide serrations, amazing capacity for
size, various finishes for slide

SAR ARMS
K2
WEBSITE: EAACorp.com
MSRP: $657
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 14+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.7 inches
LENGTH: 8.3 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 5.7 inches
WEIGHT: 2.5 pounds

FEATURES: Adjustable rear sight,


cocked-and-locked carry, very large
capacity for caliber, integral accessory rail

RUGER
SR40C
WEBSITE: Ruger.com
MSRP: $529
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: .40 SW
CAPACITY: 15+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.5 inches
LENGTH: 6.9 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 4.6 inches
WEIGHT: 1.46 pounds

FEATURES: Interchangeable
backstrap, large capacity for size,
polymer frame to save weight,
ambidextrous mag release
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SAR ARMS
K2P
WEBSITE: EAACorp.com
MSRP: $412
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 16+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.8 inches
LENGTH: 7.3 inches
WIDTH: 1.2 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.81 pounds

FEATURES: Ambidextrous safety,


full-size grip with compact slide,
ambidextrous safety
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SCCY
CPX-2
WEBSITE: SCCY.com
MSRP: $314
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 10+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.1 inches
LENGTH: 5.7 inches
WIDTH: 1 inch
WEIGHT: 0.94 pounds

FEATURES: Snag-free design, leverstyle slide release, all-internal hammer

SIG SAUER
P224 SAS

SCCY
CPX1 Stainless

WEBSITE: SigSauer.com
MSRP: $1,149
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 11+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.5 inches
LENGTH: 6.7 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 4.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.59 pounds

WEBSITE: SCCY.com
MSRP: $334
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 10+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.1 inches
LENGTH: 5.7 inches
WIDTH: 1 inch
WEIGHT: 0.94 pounds

FEATURES: Palm swell, doublestack magazine, snag-free sights,


miniscule package for a Sig design

FEATURES: Snag-free design, leverstyle slide release, all-internal hammer

SIG SAUER
P226

SIG
SAUER
P229

WEBSITE: Sig-Sauer.com
MSRP: $1,015
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 15+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.4 inches
LENGTH: 7.7 inches
WIDTH: 1.5 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.13 pounds

WEBSITE: Sig-Sauer.com
MSRP: $1,015
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .40 SW
CAPACITY: 12+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.9 inches
LENGTH: 7.1 inches
WIDTH: 1.5 inches
HEIGHT: 5.4 inches
WEIGHT: 2 pounds

FEATURES: Decocking lever, ergonomic controls


for one-hand operation, steel construction, wide range
of custom features

FEATURES: Snap-on modular grips,


optimized for concealed and discreet carry,
safety/decocking lever

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SIG
SAUER
P232

SIG SAUER
P238 SAS
WEBSITE: SigSauer.com
MSRP: $766
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .380 ACP
CAPACITY: 6+1
BARREL LENGTH: 2.7 inches
LENGTH: 5.5 inches
WIDTH: 1.1 inches
HEIGHT: 3.9 inches
WEIGHT: 0.94 pounds

WEBSITE: SigSauer.com
MSRP: $809
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .380 ACP
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.6 inches
LENGTH: 6.6 inches
WIDTH: 1.2 inches
HEIGHT: 4.7 inches
WEIGHT: 1.15 pounds

FEATURES: Cocked-and-locked singleaction carry, 1911-style in a subcompact,


many finishes/colors available

FEATURES: Siglite night sights optional,


ergonomic style, non-slip grips

SIG SAUER
P29 RS
WEBSITE: SigSauer.com
MSRP: $599
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 6+1
BARREL LENGTH: 2.9 inches
LENGTH: 5.5 inches
WIDTH: 1.1 inches
HEIGHT: 3.9 inches
WEIGHT: 1.28 pounds

FEATURES: Integral laser, optional Siglite


night sights, extremely compact design

SIG SAUER
P239 DAK
WEBSITE: SigSauer.com
MSRP: $993
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .40 SW
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.6 inches
LENGTH: 6.6 inches
WIDTH: 1.2 inches
HEIGHT: 5.1 inches
WEIGHT: 1.84 pounds

FEATURES: Double-strike capable for hard primers, Nitron finish on


slide for durability, DAO trigger is
law-enforcement friendly
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SIG SAUER
P938
WEBSITE: SigSauer.com
MSRP: $838
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 6+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3 inches
LENGTH: 5.9 inches
WIDTH: 1.1 inches
HEIGHT: 3.9 inches
WEIGHT: 1 pound

FEATURES: Siglite night sights,


snag-free body design, single-action
cocked-and-locked capable
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SMITH & WESSON


M&P9C THUMB SAFETY
WEBSITE: Smith-Wesson.com
MSRP: $569
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 12+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.5 inches

FEATURES: Interchangeable
backstraps, ambidextrous thumb
safety, integral accessory rail

SMITH & WESSON


M&P .40

SMITH & WESSON


M&P BODYGUARD 380
WEBSITE: Smith-Wesson.com
MSRP: $379
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .380 ACP
CAPACITY: 6+1
BARREL LENGTH: 2.75 inches
LENGTH: 5.25 inches
WEIGHT: 0.75 pounds

WEBSITE: Smith-Wesson.com
MSRP: $569
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: .40 SW
CAPACITY: 15+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.25 inches
LENGTH: 7.6 inches
WIDTH: 1.2 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.5 pounds

FEATURES: Polymer frame, stainless steel


slide, sights similar to M&P sights, molded
grip for ergonomic fit

FEATURES: Interchangeable
backstraps, large capacity for caliber,
low-profile tactical sights

SMITH &WESSON
M&P 40c

SMITH &
WESSON
M&P 45C
WEBSITE: Smith-Wesson.com
MSRP: $569
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: .40 SW
CAPACITY: 10+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.5 inches
LENGTH: 6.7 inches
WIDTH: 1.2 inches
HEIGHT: 4.3 inches
WEIGHT: 1.38 pounds

FEATURES: Steel Novak Lo-Mount carry sights,


smallest .40 SW in the M&P line, snag-free design

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WEBSITE: Smith-Wesson.com
MSRP: $599
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4 inches
LENGTH: 7.5 inches
WIDTH: 1.2 inches
HEIGHT: 4.8 inches
WEIGHT: 1.64 pounds

FEATURES: Steel low-profile carry sights,


interchangeable palm swells, compact version
of the M&P in .45 ACP
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SPRINGFIELD ARMORY
XD(M) 3.8 FULL-SIZE 9MM
WEBSITE: Springfield-Armory.com
MSRP: $697
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 19+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.8 inches
LENGTH: 6.75 inches
HEIGHT: 5.75 inches
WEIGHT: 1.81 pounds

SPRINGFIELD
ARMORY
XD SUBCOMPACT

FEATURES: Grip safety, trigger safety,


fiber optic front sight, outstanding capacity,
snag-free rear combat sight

SMITH & WESSON


SHIELD
WEBSITE: Smith-Wesson.com
MSRP: $449
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.1 inches
LENGTH: 6.1 inches
WIDTH: 0.95 inches
HEIGHT: 4.6 inches
WEIGHT: 1.19 pounds

WEBSITE: Springfield-Armory.com
MSRP: $549
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 13+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3 inches
LENGTH: 6.25 inches
WIDTH: 1.2 inches
HEIGHT: 4.75 inches
WEIGHT: 1.63 pounds

FEATURES: Frame-mounted
safety, low-profile combat sights,
polymer frame for incredible lightness,
frame-mounted safety

FEATURES: Three-dot driftadjustable and interchangeable rear


sight, accepts full-size XD magazines, compact length

SPRINGFIELD ARMORY
XDS SINGLE STACK

WEBSITE:
Springfield-Armory.com

MSRP: $599
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 5+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.3 inches
LENGTH: 6.3 inches
HEIGHT: 4.4 inches
WEIGHT: 1.34 pounds
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FEATURES: Two-dot rear


sight, fiber optic front sight,
short reset trigger, available
in 9mm (7+1)

STEYR
C-A1

WEBSITE: SteyrArms.com
MSRP: $649
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 17+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.6 inches
LENGTH: 6.7 inches
WIDTH: 1.2 inches
HEIGHT: 5.1 inches
WEIGHT: 1.6 pounds

FEATURES: Adjustable three-dot


sights, low barrel axis, integral
accessory rail, trigger safety

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STOEGER
COUGAR

STEYR
S-A1

WEBSITE: StoegerIndustries.com
MSRP: $469
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .40 SW
CAPACITY: 11+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.6 inches
LENGTH: 7 inches
WEIGHT: 2 pounds

WEBSITE: SteyrArms.com
MSRP: $560 - CURRENT
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .40 SW
CAPACITY: 10+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.6 inches
LENGTH: 6.7 inches
WEIGHT: 1.5 pounds

FEATURES: Ambidextrous
safety/decocking lever, rotating
barrel, available as well in 9mm
and .45 ACP

FEATURES: Trapezoidal sights, integral trigger safety, integral


accessory rail, natural-point-of-aim ergonomics

TAURUS
709 SLIM

TAURUS
92B-17
WEBSITE: TaurusUSA.com
MSRP: $638
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 17+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
WIDTH: 1.6 inches
WEIGHT: 2.13 pounds

WEBSITE: TaurusUSA.com
MSRP: $403
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 7+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3 inches
LENGTH: 6 inches
WEIGHT: 1.19 pounds

guard, multi-position frame-mounted safety/decocker

FEATURES: Low-profile
fixed sights, ergonomic design,
snag-free controls

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FEATURES: Improved capacity (17+1), combat-style trigger

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TAURUS
738B
WEBSITE: TaurusUSA.com
MSRP: $356
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .380 ACP
CAPACITY: 6+1
BARREL LENGTH: 2.84 inches
WEIGHT: 0.63 pounds

FEATURES: Extremely light weight,


low-profile snag-free sights, straightforward
operation, extremely compact

TAURUS
740 SLIM

TAURUS
809B

WEBSITE: TaurusUSA.com
MSRP: $403.98
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 6+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.2 inches
LENGTH: 6.24 inches
WIDTH: 1.02 inches
WEIGHT: 1.19 pounds

WEBSITE: TaurusUSA.com
MSRP: $487
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 17+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4 inches
LENGTH: 8.25 inches
WEIGHT: 1.88 pounds

FEATURES: Trigger safety, integral


contoured thumb rests, available in blue
or matte stainless

TAURUS
DT 40
WEBSITE: TaurusUSA.com
MSRP: $589
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .40 SW
CAPACITY: 11+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.2 inches
LENGTH: 6.3 inches
WIDTH: 1.15 inches
HEIGHT: 5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.5 pounds

FEATURES: Adjustable sights, safety integral to


trigger, polymer frame to save weight
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FEATURES: Multi-position
safety/decocker, cocked-andlocked capable (even as a DA/SA)

TAURUS
PT 24/7 G2
WEBSITE: TaurusUSA.com
MSRP: $528
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: 9mm
CAPACITY: 17+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.2 inches
LENGTH: 7.3 inches
WEIGHT: 1.75 pounds

FEATURES: Adjustable sights, accessory rail,


extremely high capacity, ergonomic design
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WALTHER
P99

WALTHER
PK380

WEBSITE: WaltherArms.com
MSRP: $629
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .40 SW
CAPACITY: 12+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.1 inches
LENGTH: 7.2 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 5.3 inches
WEIGHT: 1.6 pounds

WEBSITE: WaltherAmerica.com
MSRP: $399
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .380 ACP
CAPACITY: 8+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.7 inches
LENGTH: 6.5 inches
WIDTH: 1.2 inches
HEIGHT: 5.2 inches
WEIGHT: 1.21 pounds

FEATURES: Safety/decocker button, ambidextrous mag release


built into trigger guard, three-dot adjustable combat sights

FEATURES: Three-dot sights, similar to a slimmed-down


P99, molder finger grooves

WALTHER
PPQ M2

WALTHER
PPK

WEBSITE: WaltherAmerica.com
MSRP: $629
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .380 ACP
CAPACITY: 6+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.4 inches
LENGTH: 6.1 inches
WIDTH: 1 inch
HEIGHT: 3.8 inches
WEIGHT: 1.4 pounds

FEATURES: James Bonds original defensive pistol, sleek profile,


snag-free design, decocking lever

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WEBSITE: WaltherArms.com
MSRP: $649
ACTION: STR
CALIBER: .40 SW
CAPACITY: 11+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.1 inches
LENGTH: 7.2 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 5.3 inches
WEIGHT: 1.6 pounds

FEATURES: Interchangeable
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Picking the
Per fect M atch
Best Kydex and Leather H olster Options

ouve saved your money and purchased


that new carry gun. Youve spent hours at
the reloading bench carefully crafting up
the perfect handload, or have purchased enough
ammunition for a long session at the range with
your new firearm.
After all that time and expense, buying a

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holster for your new handgun can be as much fun


and take as much thought as it took to buy the
handgun in the first place.
Take some time and look over the selection of
holsters we have assembled here. Whether you
prefer utilitarian Kydex or handcrafted leather,
were sure you can find the perfect match.

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[KYDEX]

[LEATHER]

BLADE-TECH
Eclipse OWB Straight Drop
Ambidextrous Holster

DESANTIS
Mini Scabbard

Pocket Points
Mini Scabbard will accommodate
belts up to 1.5 inches wide
Available in black or tan
unlined leather

WEBSITE: Blade-Tech.com
MSRP: $79.99
DESCRIPTION: This Blade-Tech holster was designed with
comfort and concealing in mind.

WEBSITE: DesantisHolster.com
MSRP: $59.99
DESCRIPTION: This unique holster has been reduced to the
barest of essentials, yet offers a secure grip on the handgun
thanks to exact molding and adjustable tension device.

[LEATHER]

[LEATHER]

DESANTIS
Thumb Break
Mini Side

DESANTIS
Thumb Break
Scabbard

Pocket Points
Available in black or tan leather
Belt slots are 1.75 inches wide

Pocket Points
Belt slots are 1.75 inches wide
Available in black or tan leather,
with or without suede lining,
in plain or basket weave finishes

WEBSITE: DesantisHolster.com
MSRP: $69.99
DESCRIPTION: Premium saddle leather, double seams and a

WEBSITE: DesantisHolster.com
MSRP: $72.95103.95
DESCRIPTION: The firearm rides high and is presented at

highly detailed molded fit make this exposed-muzzle, tight-fitting,


two-slot holster a great choice for your favorite pistol. It features an
adjustable-tension device.

an optimum draw angle in this holster. Its thumb break and


exact molding, together with a tension device, allow for a
secure and highly concealable carry.

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[KYDEX]

[LEATHER]

GALCO
Triton Kydex IWB Holster

GALCO
Combat
Master
Belt
Holster

WEBSITE: GalcoGunleather.com
MSRP: $54.95

DESCRIPTION: Constructed of durable, virtually maintenancefree Kydex, the Triton is fast, thin and easy to conceal. The belt clip
offers quick on and off capability, while the sweat guard protects
both gun and gun carrier. The firm holster body allows a smooth
and easy return to the holster after the draw, while the raised
sweat guard protects the pistol from corrosive perspiration and also
protects your skin from hard steel.

Pocket Points
Made for semi-automatic
pistols and double-action
revolvers
Combat Master is available in
right- or left-hand designs in
tan or black finishes

WEBSITE: GalcoGunleather.com
MSRP: $85.95
DESCRIPTION: The open-top design offers a swift draw and
presentation, while detailed molding provides secure retention.
The butt-forward cant allows effective concealment of even a
large defensive handgun. The Combat Master has an open muzzle
and fits belts up to 1.75 inches.

[LEATHER]

[LEATHER & KYDEX]

GALCO
SSS Side Snap
Scabbard (Gen 2)

GALCO
TacSlide Belt
Holster

Pocket Points
Side Snap Scabbard
is offered for rightor left-hand draw
in black

WEBSITE: GalcoGunleather.com
MSRP: $124.95
DESCRIPTION: Constructed of premium steerhide, the Side Snap
Scabbard retains the quick on-off snap loops that fit belts up to 1.5
inches. The open-top design remains the same, with the addition
of a reinforced mouth for smooth and easy one-handed return to
the holster. New to the SSS is a slight butt-forward cant, in contrast to the steeper angle of the earlier version. It keeps the
adjustable tension unit and the comfortable, highly concealable
forward-molded design of its predecessor, while adding a raised
sweat guard to protect both the firearm and the gun carrier.
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Pocket Points
TacSlide is currently offered for popular
semiautomatics and double-action revolvers

WEBSITE: GalcoGunleather.com
MSRP: $45.95
DESCRIPTION: Galcos new TacSlide combines steerhide and
Kydex for a belt holster that is fast and concealable. The steerhide
back plate is smooth where it rides against the wearers body,
greatly increasing comfort.
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[LEATHER & KYDEX]

BLACKPOINT TACTICAL
Leather Wing RHC

WEBSITE: BlackPointTactical.com
MSRP: $85
DESCRIPTION: This is Blackpoint
Tacticals bestselling holster, and
for good reason. The Kydex center
provides excellent adjustable retention, while leather wings provide
the flexibility to bend to the
wearers hip dimensions.

Find us on

Pocket Points
Kydex
Completely customizable through
BlackPoints website with 30
different color options

[LEATHER]

BLACKPOINT TACTICAL
Standard Outside-the-Waistband (OWB) RHC
WEBSITE:
BlackPointTactical.com

MSRP: $75
DESCRIPTION:
Designed with U.S. Special Forces input, this
holster is made for comfort and concealment. A
slightly higher ride (this
is adjustable by the end
user with different belt
clips), a more complete
bend (the holster all
together has a curve to it
as opposed to the ends
just being bent in) and
an open bottom are just a
few of the differentiating
details.

Pocket Points
Belt-mounted holster
Available in 30 colors

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The Or iginals
Revolvers Are the Standard for Defensive & Competition Handguns

rom the early 19th-century firearms that


settled the Old West through the famous
firearms used in exhibition shoots around
the country, the revolver represents the original
standard for a defensive or competition handgun.
Chambering for this class of firearm runs the
gamut from the ubiquitous 22LR that can be used
for plinking, small game and even some steel-type
competitions at the club level, up to the mighty

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S&W 500 that is capable of taking down any animal


on the face of the earth.
Literally hundreds of years of engineering and
technology have gone into creating the contemporary revolver and the market has never been more
robust and exciting.
We are sure that you will find something on the
following pages to meet any need, from a concealed
carry firearm to a large-framed hunting revolver.

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TAURUS
RAGING JUDGE MAGNUM

WEBSITE: TaurusUSA.com
MSRP: $1,030
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .45 Colt/.410 Shotshell
CAPACITY: 6
BARREL LENGTH: 6.5 inches
LENGTH: 1.17 feet
WEIGHT: 4.54 pounds

FEATURES: 3-inch chambers, soft rubber grips


with cushioned insert, rated to fire .454 Casull cartridges
as well, 3-inch barrel version also available

TAURUS
617
WEBSITE: TaurusUSA.com
MSRP: $560
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .357 MAG
CAPACITY: 7
BARREL LENGTH: 2 inches
LENGTH: 6.6 inches
WIDTH: 1.5 inches
HEIGHT: 5.1 inches
WEIGHT: 1.75 pounds

FEATURES: High capacity


for caliber, recoil-cushioning
grip, integral sights

CHARTER ARMS
SOUTHPAW
WEBSITE: CharterFirearms.com
MSRP: $415
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .38 SPL +P
CAPACITY: 5
BARREL LENGTH: 2 inches
WEIGHT: 0.75 pounds

FEATURES: Dedicated left-hand model, aluminum


frame for light weight, available in two-tone pink finish
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CHARTER ARMS
UNDERCOVER LITE
BLACK STD
WEBSITE: CharterFirearms.com
MSRP: $410
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .38 SPL +P
CAPACITY: 5
BARREL LENGTH: 2 inches
WEIGHT: 0.75 pounds

FEATURES: Aluminum frame with steel,


spurred hammer, integral sights

CHIAPPA
FIREARMS
RHINO 40DS

WEBSITE: ChiappaFirearms.com
MSRP: $1,073
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .357 MAG
CAPACITY: 6
BARREL LENGTH: 4 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.87 pounds

FEATURES: Fires from bottom cylinder,


concealed hammer, extremely low bore axis

CHIAPPA FIREARMS
RHINO 200DS
WEBSITE: ChiappaFirearms.com
MSRP: $999
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .357 MAG
CAPACITY: 6
BARREL LENGTH: 2 inches
LENGTH: 6.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.5 pounds

FEATURES: Extremely low bore


axis, fiber optic front sight, powerful
defensive cartridge

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COBRA FIREARMS
SHADOW

EAA
BOUNTY HUNTER
.44 MAGNUM

WEBSITE: CobraPistols.net
MSRP: $425
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .38 SPL +P
CAPACITY: 5
BARREL LENGTH: 1.9 inches
LENGTH: 6.4 inches
WEIGHT: 0.94 pounds

WEBSITE: EAACorp.com
MSRP: $480
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .44 MAG
CAPACITY: 6
BARREL LENGTH: 7.5 inches
LENGTH: 12.7 inches
WEIGHT: 2.56 pounds

FEATURES: Hammerless design,


wide range of custom colors, integral
sights

FEATURES: Nickel finish,


steel frame for strength, rightside loading gate

ROSSI
462

ROSSI
R971
WEBSITE: RossiUSA.com
MSRP: $465
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .357 MAG
CAPACITY: 6
BARREL LENGTH: 2 inches
LENGTH: 6.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.63 pounds

FEATURES: Low-profile fixed

WEBSITE: RossiUSA.com
MSRP: $465
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .357 MAG
CAPACITY: 6
BARREL LENGTH: 4 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2 pounds

FEATURES: Adjustable sights,


molded grips, great sight radius

sights, scalloped grips, solid firepower

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RUGER
GP100

ROSSI
85104
WEBSITE: RossiUSA.com
MSRP: $391
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .38 SPL
CAPACITY: 6
BARREL LENGTH: 4 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2 pounds

WEBSITE: Ruger.com
MSRP: $759
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .357 MAG
CAPACITY: 7
BARREL LENGTH: 4.2 inches
LENGTH: 9.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.5 pounds

FEATURES: Ventilated rib atop


barrel, adjustable sights, supremely
comfortable grips

FEATURES: Adjustable sights,

CHARTER ARMS
BULLDOG BLUE STANDARD

palm-swell grip, extra shot by


virtue of unique chambering, 4inch barrel model also available

CHARTER ARMS
PINK LADY OFF DUTY

WEBSITE: CharterFirearms.com
MSRP: $405
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .44 SPL
CAPACITY: 5
BARREL LENGTH: 2.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.31 pounds

WEBSITE: CharterFirearms.com
MSRP: $421
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .38 SPL
CAPACITY: 5
BARREL LENGTH: 2 inches
WEIGHT: 0.75 pounds

FEATURES: Bobbed hammer


design, snag-free receiver design,
serious defensive caliber

FEATURES: Bright pink cast


aluminum frame, extreme light
weight, very simple operation

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RUGER
LCR

WEBSITE: Ruger.com
MSRP: $879 (with Crimson
Trace laser grip)
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .357 MAG
CAPACITY: 5

BARREL LENGTH: 1.9 inches


LENGTH: 6.5 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 4.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.04 pounds

FEATURES:Hammerless design,
some polymer components, custom
Crimson Trace laser grips

RUGER
LCR .22 WMR
WEBSITE: Ruger.com
MSRP: $529
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .22 WMR
CAPACITY: 6
BARREL LENGTH: 1.9 inches
LENGTH: 6.5 inches
WIDTH: 1.3 inches
HEIGHT: 4.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.04 pounds

FEATURES: Hammerless design, some


polymer components, integral sights

RUGER
SP101

WEBSITE: Ruger.com
MSRP: $699
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .357 MAG
CAPACITY: 5
BARREL LENGTH: 4.2 inches
LENGTH: 9.12 inches
WEIGHT: 1.84 pounds

FEATURES: Fiber optic front sight,


adjustable rear sight, 3-inch barrel for
improved velocity
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RUGER
SUPER REDHAWK
ALASKAN
WEBSITE: Ruger.com
MSRP: $1,079
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .44 MAG
CAPACITY: 6
BARREL LENGTH: 2.5 inches
LENGTH: 7.6 inches
WEIGHT: 2.81 pounds

FEATURES: Adjustable rear sight, large


capacity for caliber, wide grip for recoil mitigation

SMITH & WESSON


60
WEBSITE: Smith-Wesson.com
MSRP: $729
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .357 MAG/.38 SPL +P
CAPACITY: 5
BARREL LENGTH: 2.1 inches
LENGTH: 6.6 inches
WEIGHT: 1.41 pounds

FEATURES: Ergonomic grip, stainless steel


for durability, designed for discreet carry

SMITH & WESSON


60 LS LADYSMITH
WEBSITE: Smith-Wesson.com
MSRP: $759
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .357 MAG/.38 SPL +P
CAPACITY: 5
BARREL LENGTH: 2.1 inches
LENGTH: 6.6 inches
WEIGHT: 1.31 pounds

FEATURES: Walnut full-finger grips, fits easily


in a purse or discreet holster, integral sights
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WESSON
351C

SMITH &
WESSON
586

WEBSITE: Smith-Wesson.com
MSRP: $689
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .22 MAG
CAPACITY: 7
BARREL LENGTH: 1.9 inches
LENGTH: 6.2 inches
WEIGHT: 0.69 pounds

WEBSITE: Smith-Wesson.com
MSRP: $839
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .357 MAG/.38 SPL +P
CAPACITY: 6
BARREL LENGTH: 4 inches
LENGTH: 9.25 inches
WEIGHT: 2.56 pounds

FEATURES: Hammerless design,


high capacity for size, suitable for
the recoil-sensitive

FEATURES: Red ramp front


sight, comfortable grip, fantastic
accuracy potential

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WESSON
686

SMITH &
WESSON
640

WEBSITE: Smith-Wesson.com
MSRP: $829
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .357 MAG/.38 SPL +P
CAPACITY: 6
BARREL LENGTH: 2.5 inches
LENGTH: 7.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.17 pounds

WEBSITE: Smith-Wesson.com
MSRP: $839
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .357 MAG/.38 SPL +P
CAPACITY: 5
BARREL LENGTH: 2.1 inches
LENGTH: 6.6 inches
WEIGHT: 1.44 pounds

FEATURES: Adjustable sights

FEATURES: Fully shrouded hammer,

with white outline, orange insert


front sight, comfortable grip

snag-free design, powerful cartridge

SMITH & WESSON


GOVERNOR

SMITH & WESSON


BODYGUARD 38

WEBSITE:
Smith-Wesson.com

WEBSITE: Smith-Wesson.com
MSRP: $539
ACTION: DAO
CALIBER: .38 SPL
CAPACITY: 5
BARREL LENGTH: 1.9 inches
LENGTH: 6.6 inches
WEIGHT: 14.3 ounces

FEATURES: Hammerless design,


laser sight, integral metallic sights
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MSRP: $869
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .45 Colt/.410 Shotshell
CAPACITY: 6
BARREL LENGTH: 2.75 inches
LENGTH: 8.5 inches
WIDTH: 1.75 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.88 pounds

FEATURES: Accepts .410 shotshells,


.45 Colt and .45 ACP, features integral
sights, rifled barrel
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M629

TAURUS
65

WEBSITE: Smith-Wesson.com
MSRP: $949
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .44 MAG/.44 SPL
CAPACITY: 6
BARREL LENGTH: 6 inches
LENGTH: 11.63 inches
WEIGHT: 2.81 pounds

FEATURES: Target sights, oversized


ergonomic grip, fantastic for hunting

TAURUS
85PLYSS2

WEBSITE: TaurusUSA.com
MSRP: $398
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .38 SPL +P
CAPACITY: 5
BARREL LENGTH: 2.5 inches
HEIGHT: 4.4 inches
WEIGHT: 1.13 pounds

FEATURES: Extremely lightweight,


rated for powerful +P loads, slightly
longer barrel for higher velocities
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WEBSITE: TaurusUSA.com
MSRP: $489
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .357 MAG
CAPACITY: 6
BARREL LENGTH: 4 inches
LENGTH: 10.5 inches
WIDTH: 1.5 inches
HEIGHT: 5.5 inches
WEIGHT: 2.38 pounds

FEATURES: Full-size
stippled grip, integral sights,
smooth action

CHARTER ARMS
PIT BULL .40

WEBSITE: CharterFirearms.com
MSRP: $484
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .40 SW
CAPACITY: 5
BARREL LENGTH: 2.3 inches
WEIGHT: 1.25 pounds

FEATURES: Chambered for .40


SW, integral sights, short cylinder
reduces bulk and weight
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TAURUS
444
WEBSITE: TaurusUSA.com
MSRP: $792
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .44 MAG
CAPACITY: 6
BARREL LENGTH: 4 inches
LENGTH: 9.8 inches
WIDTH: 1.8 inches
HEIGHT: 6.3 inches
WEIGHT: 1.75 pounds

FEATURES: Cushioned insert grip to


help tame recoil, fiber optic front sight,
exceptionally powerful

TAURUS
731 ULTRA LITE
WEBSITE: TaurusUSA.com
MSRP: $514
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .32 H&R MAG
CAPACITY: 6
BARREL LENGTH: 2 inches
LENGTH: 6.5 inches
WEIGHT: 1.06 pounds

FEATURES: Lightweight design, powerful


specialty caliber, compact overall package

TAURUS
850B2UL
WEBSITE: TaurusUSA.com
MSRP: $474
CALIBER: .38 SPL +P
CAPACITY: 5
BARREL LENGTH: 2 inches
LENGTH: 6.5 inches

FEATURES: Concealed no-snag


hammer, rubber grips, very light

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TAURUS
4510

WEBSITE: TaurusUSA.com
MSRP: $608
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .45 Colt/.410 Shotshell
CAPACITY: 5
BARREL LENGTH: 3 inches
WEIGHT: 1.81 pounds

FEATURES: 3-inch chambers, integral


sights, shoots .45 Colt cartridges and
.410 shotshells interchangeably

CHARTER ARMS
MAG PUG STANDARD

WEBSITE: CharterFirearms.com
MSRP: $390
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .357 MAG
CAPACITY: 5
BARREL LENGTH: 2.2 inches
WEIGHT: 1.44 pounds

FEATURES: Rubber grips, easily


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Extreme Firepower
Special-Purpose Handguns for CQB, Sport & Personal Defense

n the following section youll find


something that you may need or want
for close-quarters battle or personal
defense. On the other hand, maybe you just
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the range or maybe you just want


to look.
Regardless of your intentions and needs,
theres plenty to behold in the guide on the
following pages.

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ROSSI
RANCH HAND
WEBSITE: RossiUSA.com
MSRP: $596.82
ACTION: LEVER
CALIBER: .44 MAG
CAPACITY: 6+1
BARREL LENGTH: 1 foot
LENGTH: 2 feet
WEIGHT: 4.9 pounds

FEATURES: Adjustable buckhorn


rear sight, oversized loop lever, saddle
ring with rawhide tie

OLYMPIC ARMS
OA-93

WEBSITE: OlyArms.com
MSRP: $1,267.50
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: 5.56 NATO
CAPACITY: 30+1
BARREL LENGTH: 6.5 inches
LENGTH: 1.42 feet
WEIGHT: 4.46 pounds

FEATURES: Phantom-style flash


suppressor, T6 forged aluminum receivers,
416 stainless steel barrel

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THOMPSON/CENTER
Encore Pro Hunter Predator
WEBSITE: TCArms.com
MSRP: $882
ACTION: Break Open
CALIBER: .204 Ruger, 22-250 Rem, .223
Rem, .308 Win

CAPACITY: 1
BARREL LENGTH: 28 inches
LENGTH: 42.5 inches
WEIGHT: 7.7 pounds

FEATURES: Single-shot break-open design,


makes for a challenging hunting firearm, comes
in camo finish on stock and barrel, includes
scope bases.

THOMPSON/CENTER
G2 Contender Pistol

WEBSITE: TCArms.com
MSRP: SEE DEALER
ACTION: Break Open
CALIBER: Various. 17 HMR up through 45/70 Govt.
CAPACITY: 1
BARREL LENGTH: 12 or 14 inches

FEATURES: Single-shot break-open design, can be configured as either a rifle or handgun by interchanging parts, walnut or composite stocks

KRISS
VECTOR SDP PISTOL
WEBSITE: Kriss-USA.com
MSRP: $1,895
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 13+1
BARREL LENGTH: 6.5 inches
LENGTH: 1.33 feet
WEIGHT: 5.4 pounds

FEATURES: Accepts Glock


magazines, delayed blowback
operating system, modular system
with four sub-assemblies
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AUTO-ORDNANCE
THOMPSON 1927A-1 DELUXE PISTOL TA5

WEBSITE: Auto-Ordnance.com
MSRP: $1,377
ACTION: Semiautomatic, closed-bolt blowback operation
CALIBER: .45 ACP
CAPACITY: 50+1
BARREL LENGTH: 10.5 inches
LENGTH: 1.94 feet
WEIGHT: 5.91 pounds

FEATURES: Walnut furniture, drum or stick magazines,


cooling fins on barrel

KEL-TEC
PLR-16
WEBSITE: KeltecWeapons.com
MSRP: $665
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: 5.56 NATO
CAPACITY: 30+1
BARREL LENGTH: 9.2 inches
LENGTH: 1.54 feet
WEIGHT: 3.42 pounds

FEATURES: Adjustable sights,


long-stroke gas piston operating
system, threaded muzzle with brake

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The Old Pro


The Reliable .22LR Is Ideal for Hunting, Plinking & Competition

rguably the most-used class of firearms, the


ubiquitous .22LR has taught generations of
young people the fundamentals of handgun
and rifle marksmanship. Theres no doubt that a
major part of its popularity is because of the versatility of the round.
Used for everything from small-game hunting to
plinking and Olympic competitions, the .22LR, in
one form or another, should be in the gun cases of
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the .22LR is that you can use it to develop muscle


memory of many marksmanship fundamentals such
as stance, position, grip, sight alignment breathing
and trigger control without spending a large amount
of money.
The products featured on these pages represent
many of the most popular firearms in this class. We
hope that you will find something unique for your
special application.

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BERETTA
U22 NEOS

BERETTA
87 TARGET

WEBSITE: Beretta.com
MSRP: $275
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .22 LR
CAPACITY: 10+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.5 inches
LENGTH: 8.8 inches
WEIGHT: 2 pounds

WEBSITE: Beretta.com
MSRP: $880
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .22 LR
CAPACITY: 10+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5.9 inches
LENGTH: 8.9 inches
WEIGHT: 1.84 pounds

FEATURES: Unique Giugiaro design,


adjustable rear sight, modular design
for extensive customization

FEATURES: Ergonomically
similar to M9 and 92FS, beveled
magazine well, adjustable sights

BROWNING
1911-22 COMPACT

CHIAPPA
MFOUR-22

WEBSITE: Browning.com
MSRP: $599
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .22 LR
CAPACITY: 10+1
BARREL LENGTH:
3.625 inches
LENGTH: 6.5 inches
WEIGHT: 0.94 pounds

FEATURES: Aluminum
alloy frame and slide,
authentic military look,
identical controls and
ergonomics to 1911A1
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WEBSITE: ChiappaFireArms.com
MSRP: $459
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .22 LR
CAPACITY: 28+1
BARREL LENGTH: 6 inches
LENGTH: 1.19 feet
WEIGHT: 4.7 pounds

FEATURES: Imitation
flash hider, quad rail fore
end, detachable A2-style
carry handle

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KEL-TEC
PMR-30

CZ
75 KADET
WEBSITE: CZ-USA.com
MSRP: $690
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .22 LR
CAPACITY: 10+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.6 inches
LENGTH: 8.1 inches
WEIGHT: 2.43 pounds

WEBSITE: KeltecWeapons.com
MSRP: $415
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .22 magnum
(.22wmr)

CAPACITY: 30+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.3 inches
LENGTH: 7.9 inches
WEIGHT: 0.85 pounds

FEATURES: Adjustable sights,


combat-style trigger guard, balanced
and weighted like CZ75 B

OLYMPIC ARMS
WHITNEY WOLVERINE

WEBSITE: OlyArms.net
MSRP: $306
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .22 LR
CAPACITY: 10+1
BARREL LENGTH: 4.625 inches
LENGTH: 9 inches
WEIGHT: 1.2 pounds

FEATURES: Ergonomic frame


and grip, vented rib over barrel,
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FEATURES: Aluminum-frame
skeleton, steel slide and barrel,
three-dot fiber optic sights

RUGER
MKIII TARGET

WEBSITE: Ruger.com
MSRP: $495
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .22 LR
CAPACITY: 10+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5.5 inches
LENGTH: 9.75 inches
WEIGHT: 2.63 pounds

FEATURES: Available in blued


or stainless steel, blued version
has Weaver rail, precision front
sight with adjustable rear sight
and manual safety
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SMITH & WESSON


22A

UMAREX
GOLD CUP .22 LR

WEBSITE: Smith-Wesson.com
MSRP: $339
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .22 LR
CAPACITY: 10+1
BARREL LENGTH: 7 inches
LENGTH: 11 inches
WEIGHT: 2.43 pounds

WEBSITE: UmarexUSA.com
MSRP: $469
ACTION: SA
CALIBER: .22 LR
CAPACITY: 12+1
BARREL LENGTH: 5 inches
LENGTH: 8.6 inches
WEIGHT: 2.25 pounds

FEATURES: Alloy frame, steel


slide, Weaver-style accessory rail on
top, tool-less takedown, soft-touch
grip and adjustable sight

FEATURES: Reproduces Colt


Gold Cup, skeletonized trigger,
adjustable target sights

WALTHER
P22

WEBSITE: WaltherAmerica.com
MSRP: $379
ACTION: DA/SA
CALIBER: .22 LR
CAPACITY: 10+1
BARREL LENGTH: 3.42 inches
LENGTH: 6.3 inches
WEIGHT: 0.94 pounds

FEATURES: Three safeties,


three-dot adjustable combat
sight,
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Modern tactical lights are


compact enough to mount
to your pistol and light up
an entire room like a
spotlight.
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HOT ADD-ONS

Personalize Your Handgun & Drive Your Confidence Up

he accessory market for the modern handgun


offers the shooter a huge variety of parts to
make each firearm in their collection unique.
Variations in iron sights, electronic optical
sights and stocks make selecting the right accessory
almost as much fun as installing and using it.
Many companies specialize in providing that
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and enhanced for a particular sport or need can be


even more effective than a stock handgun because the
act of enhancing or personalizing it gives the user
more confidence that the pistol will perform when
needed.
Whether its night sights or tactical lights for
personal defense, or an optical sight for a hunting
handgun, we are sure that you can find an accessory
here that will make the sport of shooting even better.

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BLADE TECH
REVOLUTION DOUBLE HANDGUN
MAGAZINE POUCH
WEBSITE: Blade-Tech.com
MSRP: $29.99
MATERIAL: Polymer
ATTACHMENT: Tek-Lok
FITS: Various

FEATURES: Ambidextrous, several attachment options


available
These magazine pouches are the standard for many handgun
competitors and concealed carriers. They are at home on duty
belts, hiking belts and competition belts alike. With no retention
strap, you get a smooth, error-free draw every time you grasp for
one. An adjustable friction fit keeps magazines from falling out.

BUSHNELL
FIRST STRIKE REFLEX SIGHT
WEBSITE: Bushnell.com
MSRP: $219
LENGTH: 2.4 inches
WEIGHT: 2.1 ounces
RELIEF: Unlimited
DOT: 5 MOA

FEATURES: Self-regulating brightness, waterproof, shockproof


This tough, waterproof and shockproof reflex sight from Bushnell
features a large, bright red dot on its multi-coated screen that
automatically adjusts its brightness to stand in easily acquired
contrast in whatever lighting condition needed. The sight mounts
to standard accessory rails as found on many of the more unique
modern handguns and can swap over to your rifle or shotgun, too.

CAT LASER
OS LINE
WEBSITE: Cat-Laser.com
MSRP: $199.95
MOUNTS: Glock

FEATURES: Replaces rear sight, includes complete optical sight setup


This unique approach to mounting lasers on pistols that lack grip panels
and dustcover accessory rails replaces the rear sight unit entirely. The OS
Line laser features a 5.5mW laser that shines out of the front of a unit that
includes a quick-acquisition sight system with a rear notch and front post
sight above the laser. The existing front post on your pistol sits too low to
use with this system. A sub-model includes a replacement front sight and
a laser unit that has only the rear notch sight, which takes advantage of
the longest sight radius possible atop your slide.

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DEEP CONCEAL
ULTRA CONCEALED CARRY
HOLSTER

FEATURES: Two sizes fit virtually all


defensive handguns, hook-and-loop
adjustment, extremely discreet design
This holster is meant to be worn beneath a
button-down shirt and is designed to hold
your handgun discreetly against your body
in a modified shoulder holster position. It
holds a spare magazine on the opposite
side, which helps in part to balance the
load.

WEBSITE: DeepConceal.com
MSRP: $43.95
FITS: Most Handguns
HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT: 7 inches

GEMINI DEFENSE
Z-FLEX FLIP-UP SIGHT

FEATURES: Glowing dots and brackets,


recharges with sunlight or flashlight, flips
up/down

WEBSITE: GeminiDefense.com
MSRP: $99

This truly unique sight flips up for CQB so that


you fire when the portion of your target that you
want to hit fills the aperture. For longer range
shots (beyond 8 meters or so) you can flip the
sight down and avail yourself of a moretraditional two-dot rear sight.

HEIGHT: 0.6 inches


THICKNESS: 0.18 inches
WIDTH: 0.8 inches
WEIGHT: 0.75 ounces

LASERLYTE
CK-AMF Ruger/Kel-Tec
WEBSITE: LaserLyte.com
MSRP: $109.95

FEATURES: Mounts to subcompact polymer-frame pistols


without rails
This laser is designed for the popular Ruger and Kel-Tec
subcompact pistols. Because these pistols lack accessory rails
or removable grip panels, the SML is designed to bolt onto the
starboard side of the pistol and provide a 650nm red dot
courtesy of four 377 batteries that last for five hours in constant
use and 10 hours in pulse mode.

LASERMAX
5SD
WEBSITE: LaserMax.com
MSRP: $349.99

FEATURES: Replaces recoil guide rod, completely internal unit,


completely holster-compliant
With many laser units, you need a custom holster that is designed to accommodate the
under-barrel laser or the bulge in the grip panel. This unit fits completely inside your gun,
though, so you can use the holster youre accustomed to. Turn it on via a switch that
comes in a replacement takedown lever and you can easily turn it on and off.
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LASERMAX
UNIMAX-G
WEBSITE: LaserMax.com
MSRP: $349

FEATURES: Green beam, 1-ounce weight with


batteries
This small laser can mount to pistols with at least
1.75 inches of rail length. It uses two tiny CR1/3N
batteries. Like any good laser, its adjustable for
windage and elevation. What sets it apart, aside from
its diminutive size, is the length of standard RIS rail
formed into its body that allows a light or other
accessory to mount directly to the laser unit.

LEUPOLD
DELTAPOINT REFLEX SIGHT
WEBSITE: Leupold.com
MSRP: $564
ADJUSTMENT RANGE: 60 MOA
DOT SIZE: 3.5 MOA
RELIEF: Unlimited
WEIGHT: 0.6 Ounces

FEATURES: Mounts to dovetail sight groove, patented


intelligent brightness, aspheric scratch-resistant lens
Built within an extremely light magnesium housing, the
Leupold Deltapoint Reflex Sight is designed to mount
directly to the slide of your 1911 and reciprocate as it
does, providing an exceptionally close-to-bore-axis
bright sighting solution. This sight also works with other
pistols with a dovetail rear sight groove.

MEPROLIGHT
NOVAK NIGHT SIGHTS
WEBSITE: Meprolight.com
MSRP: $164
MOUNT: Dovetail
FITS: 1911s from Colt, Taurus
Springfield

FEATURES: Tritium sight inserts,


snag-free low-slung design, retention
screw
Night sights are a prerequisite for most defensive handguns and those from
Meprolight feature very bright illumination. Designed in the Novak combat
sight style that is frequently found on 1911s and higher-end defensive
pistols, these sights are snag-free and should mount to any slide with a
1911-style rear sight dovetail, including the Taurus 24/7 pistols.

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NC STAR
MODEL: AQPTLG

aircraft grade anodized aluminum body


This budget-priced laser is designed to fit
on the accessory rail of your handgun and
shines bright green for improved visibility.

WEBSITE: NCSstar.com
MSRP: $51.33
MOUNT: Picatinny
BEAM DIAMETER: 1 mm
MAXIMUM OUTPUT: 5mW
OPERATING CURRENT: 300mA

FEATURES: Green laser, compact design,

OTIS
BONE TOOL
WEBSITE: OtisGun.com
MSRP: $24.99

FEATURES: 8-32 threaded hole to act


as a cleaning rod T-handle, interfaces
with all AR/M16 bolts

Designed specifically to
clean the bolt carrier
assembly on your ARpattern rifle, carbine or
pistol, this tool scrapes
the carbon fouling from
the bolt, bolt carrier and
firing pin. This is perfect
for getting your Bushmaster Carbon 15 handgun clean and running
smoothly.

FEATURES: Elastic
headband, multiple spare
lenses, padded carrying
case

REVISION
HELLFLY
WEBSITE: RevisionMilitary.com
MSRP: $99.99

These glasses are rated to


stop a 17-grain steel projectile at more than 900
feet per second. In Gun
World field testing, they
have kept our shooters
eyes safe from bullet splash
on the range and a great
number of airborne hazards
around the workshop.

FUNCTION: Ballistic Eyewear


WEIGHT: 1.25 ounces
IMPACT RATING: Mil-Spec
UV RATING: Full Protection

FEATURES: Quick-detachable
bungee sling, red-dot sight, cocking
slide

SIG SAUER
ACP-L
WEBSITE: SigSauer.com
MSRP: $499
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HEIGHT: 7 inches
WEIGHT: 1.08 pounds

SIG Sauers dramatic ACP-L is a


drop-over housing for its popular
duty pistols that allows for the
attachment of carbine accessories
like lasers, lights and electronic
sights, while retaining the ease of
operation of their pistols. The single-point sling is meant to create a
stable platform while pushing the
pistol away, rather than attaching a
stock, which would turn the gun
into a short-barrel rifle.
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STREAMLIGHT
MODEL: TLR-4
WEBSITE: StreamLight.com
MSRP: $215
MOUNT: Picatinny

FEATURES: Integral laser, 11 hour run


time, 110 lumens of illumination

This powerful unit is two tactical tools in one:


a 110-lumen tactical spotlight with an integral laser sighting unit. The bright laser dot is
visible even with the light switched on but
can be utilized by itself during the day.

This economical light


creates 120 lumens of
night-fighting light from
its hard-anodized body
using just one CR2
lithium battery for
around an hour of
continuous run time. To
fight light-creep on
heavy recoiling arms, it
includes a unique cam
lever that tightens down
on the RIS rail it rides
upon.

UTG
ELP-123R
WEBSITE: Leapers.com
MSRP: $52.97
LUMENS: 120
BATTERY: CR2 Lithium

FEATURES: Anti-slide Posi-Tab clamp

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Engineered for
Performance
Ammunition for Hunting, Competition & Defense

he best part about collecting firearms is taking the opportunity to shoot them. Within
each category of firearms, there are many
types, brands and configurations of ammunition for
almost any shooting scenario.
There was a time when the only options for centerfire handgun ammunition were round-nose or a
good JHP. Nowadays, the science of ballistics has
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life projectiles and loaded ammunition that are


designed to perform under any conditions specifically for unique situations.
From the 22LR up to the largest rifle and handgun loads for dangerous game, the engineering that
has gone into ammunition we shoot today is amazing. Look through the pages of this catalog and you
will find a sample of some of the best ammunition
and components in the business.

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FEDERAL AMMUNITION

WEBSITE: FederalPremium.com
MSRP: $52.95
CALIBER: 45 ACP
BULLET STYLE: JHP
BULLET WEIGHT: 185 grains
BRAND: Premium Personal Defense
MUZZLE VELOCITY: 950 fps
DESIGNED FOR: Personal Defense

FEDERAL AMMUNITION
WEBSITE: FederalPremium.com
MSRP: $31.95
CALIBER: 308 Winchester
BULLET STYLE: BTHP
BULLET WEIGHT: 168 grains
BRAND: Gold Medal
MUZZLE VELOCITY: 2,650 fps
DESIGNED FOR: Competitive/Tactical

SIERRA BULLETS
WEBSITE: sierrabullets.com
MSRP: $27.52
CALIBER: .224
BULLET WEIGHT: 55 grain
BULLET TYPE: BlitzKing
DESIGNED FOR: Varmint/Predator Hunting

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NOSLER
WEBSITE: Nosler.com
MSRP: $26.90
CALIBER: 22-250
BULLET WEIGHT: 40 grain
BULLET STYLE: BTLF
BRAND: Lead Free
USE: Varmint & Targets

BLACK HILLS
WEBSITE: Black-Hills.com
MSRP: PRICE VARIES DEPENDING
ON BULLET WEIGHT
CALIBER: .357 Magnum
BULLET STYLE: JHP
BULLET WEIGHT: 125 grains
BRAND: Black Hills
MUZZLE VELOCITY: 1,500 fps
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MATCH GRADE NOSLER


WEBSITE: Nosler.com
MSRP: $49.60
CALIBER: 40 S&W
BULLET WEIGHT: 180 gr JHP Ammo (50ct)
BULLET STYLE: JHP
BRAND: Match Grade

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SIERRA BULLETS

WEBSITE: SierraBullets.com
MSRP: $22.04
CALIBER: .355
BULLET WEIGHT: 115 GR
BULLET TYPE: SportsMaster
BRAND: Sport/Defense

BLACK HILLS

WEBSITE: Black-Hills.com
MSRP: PRICE VARIES DEPENDING
ON BULLET WEIGHT
CALIBER: .380
BULLET STYLE: JHP
BULLET WEIGHT: 90 grains
BRAND: Black Hills
MUZZLE VELOCITY: 1,000 fps
DESIGNED FOR: Home Defense
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HORNADY
WEBSITE: Hornady.com
MSRP: $26.59
CALIBER: .22-250
BULLET STYLE: Ballistic Tip
BULLET WEIGHT: 50 grains
BRAND: V-MAX
MUZZLE VELOCITY: 4,000 fps
DESIGNED FOR:
Varmint/Hunting/Predators

HORNADY

WEBSITE: Hornady.com
MSRP: $44.61
CALIBER: .308 Winchester
BULLET STYLE: Ballistic Tip
BULLET WEIGHT: 168 grains
BRAND: Tap FPD
MUZZLE VELOCITY: 2,700 fps
DESIGNED FOR: Tactical/Defense
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Utility Player
From Competition to Defense to Hunting, Centerfire Rifles Are Versatile

enterfire rifles occupy a small niche in the


overall spectrum of firearms, yet this category delivers a wide variety of capabilities
in its application.
This class of rifle is used in various types of
formal and informal competition. It can be used
for small game and varmint hunting and has the

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ability to take down the very largest and most


dangerous big game species on the planet. Thats
the definition of versatile.
In the following section, you will find products
that can be a versatile and important part of your
collection.

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REMINGTON
700 BDL

WEBSITE: Remington.com
MSRP: STARING AT $994
ACTION: Bolt
CALIBER: Various
CAPACITY: 3, 4, 5+1 (depending on caliber)
LENGTH: 3.543.88 feet
BARREL LENGTH: 1.832.17 feet (depending on model)
WEIGHT: 7.257.63 pounds

FEATURES: Two-lug bolt design, fastest lock time


in the industry, robust aftermarket parts available to
customize the rifle

REMINGTON
700 MOUNTAIN SS

WEBSITE: Remington.com
MSRP: STARTING AT $1,135
ACTION: Bolt
CALIBER: Various
CAPACITY: 3, 4, 5+1 (depending on caliber)
LENGTH: 3.47 feet
BARREL LENGTH: 1.83 feet
WEIGHT: 6.5 pounds

FEATURES: All-weather hunting rifle,


stainless steel design, chambered for the
most-popular hunting calibers

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REMINGTON
700 SPS TACTICAL

WEBSITE: Remington.com
MSRP: STARTING AT $788
ACTION: Bolt
CALIBER: .223 Rem, .308 Win, .300 AAC Blackout
CAPACITY: 4+1
LENGTH: 3.023.3 feet
BARREL LENGTH: 1.381.67 feet
WEIGHT: 7.5 pounds

FEATURES: Hogue overmolding the stock, X-Mark


Pro trigger, tactical accuracy right out of the box

WINCHESTER
MODEL: 70

WEBSITE: WinchesterGuns.com
MSRP: $879919
ACTION: Bolt
CALIBER: Various
CAPACITY: 3, 4, 5+1
(depending on caliber)

LENGTH: 3.523.73 feet


BARREL LENGTH: 1.832 feet
(depending on model)
WEIGHT: 7.5 pounds

FEATURES: Forged steel receiver


with integral recoil lug, three-position
safety allows bolt to be actuated with
safety on, controlled-round feed, pachmayr recoil pad
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WINCHESTER
70 Ultimate Shadow
Hunter SS

WEBSITE: WinchesterGuns.com
MSRP: $1,079
ACTION: Bolt
CALIBER: Various
CAPACITY: 3, 4, 5+1 (depending on caliber)
LENGTH: 3.54 feet
BARREL LENGTH: 1.832 feet (depending on model)
WEIGHT: 7.5 pounds

FEATURES: Forged stainless steel receiver with


integral recoil lug, barreled action is bedded front and
rear into a synthetic stock for all-weather performance,
lightweight synthetic stock with mossy oak camo

SAVAGE
14/114

WEBSITE: SavageArms.com
MSRP: $922
ACTION: Bolt
CALIBER: Various
CAPACITY: 4+1
BARREL LENGTH: 1.83 feet
LENGTH: 3.5 feet
BARREL LENGTH: 1.832.17 feet
(depending on model)

WEIGHT: 7 pounds

FEATURES: Fully adjustable for weight,


wood stock with detachable box magazine,
chambered for popular hunting calibers

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SAVAGE
12 BVSS

WEBSITE: SavageArms.com
MSRP: $1,081
ACTION: Bolt
CALIBER: 22-250 Rem, 223 Rem, 308 Win
CAPACITY: 4+1
BARREL LENGTH: 2.17 feet
LENGTH: 3.85 feet
WEIGHT: 10 pounds

FEATURES: Drilled and tapped for scope mounts,


laminated wood stock in varmint hunting configuration,
stainless steel barrel and action

SAVAGE
10 FCP McMillan

WEBSITE: SavageArms.com
MSRP: $1,545
ACTION: Bolt
CALIBER: 308 Win
CAPACITY: 4+1
BARREL LENGTH: 2 feet
LENGTH: 3.88 feet
BARREL LENGTH: 2 feet
WEIGHT: 10 pounds

FEATURES: McMillan tactical A5 fiberglass


stock, AccuTrigger is adjustable for weight,
sub-MOA accuracy out of the box

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RUGER
Hawkeye Standard
WEBSITE: Ruger.com
MSRP: $899
ACTION: Bolt
CALIBER: Various
CAPACITY: 3, 4, 5+1
BARREL LENGTH: 2 feet
LENGTH: 3.67 feet
WEIGHT: 7.25 pounds

FEATURES: Satin blued finish with


American walnut stock, chambered for
most popular calibers

RUGER
Hawkeye Predator

WEBSITE: Ruger.com
MSRP: $1,029
ACTION: Bolt
CALIBER: Various
CAPACITY: 3, 4, 5+1
BARREL LENGTH: 2 feet
LENGTH: 3.76 feet
WEIGHT: 8 pounds

FEATURES: Stainless steel


barreled action with matte finish and
a laminated stock, two-stage adjustable
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