Dan Wesson TCP

By - Last updated: Tuesday, January 29, 2019

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Rating: 7.0/10. From 1 vote.
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Colt King Cobra

By - Last updated: Thursday, January 24, 2019

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Rating: 6.0/10. From 1 vote.
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Handgun Roundup: the Glock 19 Killers?

By - Last updated: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Glock 19 dimensions sketch

The Glock 19’s dimensions place it in the center of the compact camp.

Over the years, I’ve spent a lot of time in gun-related forums, and I don’t know how many times I’ve seen a new-to-guns person post something along the lines of, “I’m looking to buy my first self-defense pistol, any advice?” Invariably, someone will respond, “Glock 19.” Sometimes with no explanation, just make and model.

Brevity aside, it’s a standard answer because when it comes to utilitarian, do-it-all self-defense pistols, the 19 arguably is the standard. It’s chambered in 9mm, an adequate self-defense round that doesn’t kick excessively. Its compact, shortened grip improves concealability but still offers a hefty 15+1 rounds of capacity. Its shortened barrel also improves concealability while delivering acceptable velocity and accuracy. Its polymer frame makes it light to ease carry, but not so light that recoil becomes an issue. With a striker-fired trigger system and no manual safety, it’s simple to operate. It’s not expensive, relatively speaking. And probably most importantly, it’s stone-dead reliable.

Since Glock first blitzed the shooting world with its polymer pistols in the 1980s, numerous gun manufacturers have stepped into the arena with their own polymer pistols in a wide range of sizes and varying features. If a new model hews closely to the basic Glock design, it’s sometimes hyped as a “Glock killer,” much as some new smartphones aspire to be iPhone killers.

Glock 19 Killers spreadsheet screenshot

This spreadsheet lists all the below Glock 19-esque guns, and each gun’s user rating and specs.

In 1988, Glock introduced the model 19, and since then several manufacturers have developed pistols that match up well with the 19’s form factor. Are any of them actually better than the Glock 19? I’m not sure, but I think it’s interesting to check them all out side-by-side.

To that end, this article pulls together info on the seven polymer pistols currently in production that closely match the Glock 19’s specs. That means the only guns making it in measure roughly 5″ tall and 7.28″ long, with barrels measuring approximately 4″ long. And of course the other parameters must match up, too—caliber, capacity, firing mechanism, etc. Continue reading

Mossberg MC1sc

By - Last updated: Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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Rating: 8.3/10. From 6 votes.
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Springfield Armory 911

By - Last updated: Thursday, November 29, 2018

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Rating: 5.8/10. From 8 votes.
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Ruger SR1911 Competition

By - Last updated: Tuesday, October 30, 2018

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Rating: 6.0/10. From 8 votes.
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Trailblazer Firearms LifeCard

By - Last updated: Friday, October 26, 2018

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Rating: 5.3/10. From 3 votes.
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Wildey

By - Last updated: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

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Rating: 7.5/10. From 44 votes.
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Smith & Wesson Model 19 Classic

By - Last updated: Friday, May 25, 2018

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Rating: 7.3/10. From 39 votes.
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Holster Roundup: the Back Pocket Holsters

By - Last updated: Wednesday, February 28, 2018

wallet holster line art photoIn recent years, the popularity of pocketguns has exploded. According to my last count, 22 companies are producing 50 different pocketgun models (click here to see them all in a spreadsheet).

If you own a pocketgun, you need a pocket holster, and that market has also exploded. A huge variety of pocket holsters currently exists, accomodating a wide range of pocketguns, pocket sizes and carry methods.

In this holster roundup, I’ve pulled together information on the 37 pants back pocket holsters I’m currently aware of. Most of these holsters are wallet-style holsters; that is, when carried in your back pocket, it looks to onlookers as if you have just a wallet in your pocket. And due to the somewhat similar size of all back pockets, most of the below back pocket holsters are designed for semiauto-type pocketguns: Continue reading

PTR 9C

By - Last updated: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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Rating: 4.7/10. From 22 votes.
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FightLite SCR Raider

By - Last updated: Saturday, February 3, 2018

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Rating: 7.1/10. From 20 votes.
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Taurus 1911 Officer

By - Last updated: Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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Rating: 4.3/10. From 57 votes.
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Hudson H9A

By - Last updated: Monday, January 29, 2018

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Rating: 6.5/10. From 11 votes.
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SIG Sauer P365

By - Last updated: Saturday, January 27, 2018

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Rating: 7.4/10. From 31 votes.
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