Category Archives: $2,001-$2,250

Dan Wesson Discretion

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STI Hex Tactical SS

By - Last updated: Thursday, May 5, 2016

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Dan Wesson Valkyrie Commander

By - Last updated: Saturday, April 30, 2016

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Dan Wesson Valkyrie

By - Last updated: Saturday, March 12, 2016

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Dan Wesson Bruin

By - Last updated: Wednesday, January 13, 2016

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Rock River Arms 1911-A1 Tactical

By - Last updated: Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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Dan Wesson Silverback

By - Last updated: Wednesday, September 16, 2015

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Kimber Classic Carry Pro

By - Last updated: Monday, April 14, 2014

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Les Baer .38 Super Comanche

By - Last updated: Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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STI Tactical SS 5.0

By - Last updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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STI Tactical SS 4.0

By - Last updated: Monday, February 11, 2013

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STI Tactical SS 3.0

By - Last updated: Saturday, February 2, 2013

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Ed Brown Special Forces

By - Last updated: Friday, March 2, 2012

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SIG Sauer P210 Legend Super Target

By - Last updated: Thursday, February 9, 2012


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Handgun Roundup: The Semiauto Magnums

By - Last updated: Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Charles Bronson deployed a Wildey in Death Wish 3. © MCMLXXXV Cannon Productions N.V.

In America, many of us gravitate toward the biggest, the baddest, the fastest. Hence the Corvette, Pamela Anderson, 60-inch TVs, Wild Turkey, Mike Tyson, the Kingda Ka roller coaster and the Super Bowl.

This inclination has its adherents in the handgun world, too. Pistol power has been ratcheting up for, well, forever, and it’s due to demand. Remember when the .44 Magnum was the most powerful handgun in the world? That was a long time and many new cartridges ago. Modern behemoths include rounds such as the .500 SW Magnum, the .454 Casull and many others.

Most magnum-capable handguns are revolvers. Why? It’s proven difficult to construct a practical, functional, usable, magnum-caliber semiauto. Typically, semiautos hold the ammo inside the grip (there are exceptions, such as the Tec-22, Ruger Charger, etc.), and because magnum rounds are big, they require a big grip. Too big for some shooters to feel comfortable with, it turns out.

That’s not to say semiauto magnums don’t exist. Over the years, at least seven models have gone into production chambered for heavyweight rounds such as the .357 Magnum, .44 Magnum, .44 AMP, .45 Winchester Magnum and several others.

A number of these semiauto magnums have entered popular culture. Quick, what was that big semiauto Dirty Harry broke out in the movie “Sudden Impact?” The Auto Mag, of course. Charles Bronson shot bad guys with a Wildey in “Death Wish 3” (pictured at right), and the Desert Eagle has appeared in countless action films.

Of the seven pistols listed below, five appear to be out of production (the Auto Mag, the AutoMags, the Grizzly and the Wildey). You can still find used specimens for sale in gun shops and on online sites such as GunBroker.com. The Desert Eagle and Coonan are both still in production (at press time).

This article pulls basic info for the semiauto magnums into one place. Each pistol’s listing is an excerpt from its main-info page, which contains the full description, specs, more photos, pricing info (when available) and links to external articles and reviews. To go to that page, Continue reading