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CZ Shadow 2 Pistol Review

The CZ Shadow 2 is the next generation of the highly popular CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow pistol. The CZ 75 SP-01 brought many of the modern pistol design advancements to the original CZ 75 design. The new Shadow 2 has reportedly been in research and development for over 2 years, with a design focus to […]

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Mossberg 500 Persuader Review

Over the past several years, Mossberg has developed a series of modern slide-action and autoloading shotguns intended specifically for tactical use. I’ve recently put two of these purpose-built scatterguns through their paces and was highly impressed with their capabilities. The two guns feature the same, time-proven Model 500 actions that have been a Mossberg mainstay […]

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Benelli M4 Tactical 12 Gauge Shotgun Review

The Benelli M4 semi-auto 12-gauge is considered by many serious users to be the Cadillac of tactical shotguns, and it happens to be the current general-issue combat shotgun (M1014) of the United States Marine Corps. There are reasons for both, and where price is not a barrier, performance becomes the issue. Benelli has built its […]

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Ruger Lightweight Carry Revolver Review

Ruger is not known for overhyping its products, so when company spokesman Ken Jorgensen stood up in front of me in the conference room at Ruger’s Newport, New Hampshire, plant and said, “we’re about to show you the most significant change in revolver design in the past century,” he had my attention. He also had […]

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The FN SCAR 17S

Rifles like the Fabrique Nationale SCAR 17S are welcome additions to the modern rifle marketplace. But beyond its contribution to increased market variety, does the 17S have true staying power, or is it simply a niche rifle with “Call of Duty” looks and a Ferrari price tag? Visually, the design language of the 17S commands […]

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SIG SG 550 Assault Rifle

Development of the SIG SG 550 assault rifle commenced in the late 1970s. Its prototype was based on the previous SG 540 design. In 1984 its designation was changed to the SG 550. Its production commenced in 1986. The SIG SG 550 was officially adopted by the Swiss army in 1990 as the Stgw.90. It […]

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Colt Mustang XSP Review

I’ve always been a fan of the .380 Colt Mustang, but by the time I had both the inclination and money to buy one, Colt had ceased production (in 2000). A few years back, however, the company decided to jump back into the commercial market with both feet and introduced not just the New Agent […]

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Browning Black Label .380 1911

Two of John M. Browning’s original inventions, the Model 1911 handgun and the .380 ACP cartridge, have been brought together in an unexpected way. Unlike most 1911-styled .380 pistols currently on the market, the new Black Label 1911-380 is a scaled-down pistol that’s 85 percent the size of the Model 1911A1 in .45 ACP. Most […]

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Smith & Wesson Model 48 (K-22 MRF Masterpiece)

The Model 17 K-22 Masterpiece .22 LR revolver was Smith & Wesson’s finest double action (DA) rimfire revolver and, along with the Colt Diamondback .22, probably the best rimfire target revolver available anywhere. A version of the K-22 Masterpiece revolver is still offered today, as the Model 17 Classic. This article is about the Model […]

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Review: The Kel-Tec KSG

Every now and then an invention completely redefines a genre. The iPhone. The microwave oven. Snuggies. The Kel-Tec KSG. While the 14+1 round shotgun doesn’t instantly render current home defense scatterguns obsolete—wait. There’s no getting around it. It does. The KSG has at least three major advantages over any other home defense/tactical shotgun currently on […]