Monthly Archives: August 2011

SCCY Industries CPX-2

By - Last updated: Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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Rating: 5.1. From 158 votes.
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Wilson Combat X-TAC Compact

By - Last updated: Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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Rating: 3.8. From 20 votes.
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Smith & Wesson Model 637 Wyatt Deep Cover

By - Last updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Smith Wesson 637 Wyatt Deep Cover right side

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Rating: 9.7. From 3 votes.
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Dan Wesson Havoc

By - Last updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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Rating: 5.2. From 18 votes.
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Dan Wesson Titan

By - Last updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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Rating: 5.1. From 32 votes.
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Smith & Wesson Model 637

By - Last updated: Tuesday, August 23, 2011

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Rating: 9.0.
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Rating: 5.6. From 211 votes.
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Dan Wesson Mayhem

By - Last updated: Tuesday, August 23, 2011

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Rating: 5.4. From 21 votes.
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SIG Sauer 1911 Traditional Compact

By - Last updated: Monday, August 15, 2011

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Rating: 8.0.
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Rating: 7.4. From 67 votes.
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Taurus Judge

By - Last updated: Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Taurus Judge 3inch barrel 2inch chamber black left side photoEditor’s Rating

Rating: 9.0.
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Rating: 5.1. From 260 votes.
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FNH FNS-9

By - Last updated: Monday, August 8, 2011

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Rating: 7.5. From 38 votes.
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Ruger Blackhawk Flattop 45 ACP/45 LC

By - Last updated: Saturday, August 6, 2011

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Rating: 5.6. From 13 votes.
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Ruger John Wayne Single-Six

By - Last updated: Friday, August 5, 2011

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Rating: 6.6. From 13 votes.
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Magnum Research MR9 Eagle

By - Last updated: Wednesday, August 3, 2011

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Rating: 5.4. From 127 votes.
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Magnum Research MR40 Eagle

By - Last updated: Wednesday, August 3, 2011

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Rating: 4.9. From 40 votes.
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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