Category Archives: $1,751-$2,000

Dan Wesson Silverback

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Rating: 7.1/10. From 18 votes.
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Rock River Arms 1911-A1 Basic Limited

By - Last updated: Monday, April 13, 2015

Rock River Arms 1911-A1 Basic Limited

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Rating: 4.5/10. From 22 votes.
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Coonan Compact .357 Magnum Automatic

By - Last updated: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Rating: 6.7/10. From 28 votes.
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Kimber Classic Carry Pro

By - Last updated: Monday, April 14, 2014

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Rating: 5.1/10. From 34 votes.
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SIG Sauer MPX-P

By - Last updated: Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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Rating: 6.7/10. From 15 votes.
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Les Baer .38 Super Comanche

By - Last updated: Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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Rating: 4.5/10. From 16 votes.
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Para Tomasie Custom

By - Last updated: Friday, May 10, 2013

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Rating: 4.8/10. From 28 votes.
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Colt Marine Pistol

By - Last updated: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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Rating: 6.3/10. From 40 votes.
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STI Tactical SS 5.0

By - Last updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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Rating: 6.1/10. From 36 votes.
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STI Tactical SS 4.0

By - Last updated: Monday, February 11, 2013

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Rating: 5.7/10. From 47 votes.
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STI Tactical SS 3.0

By - Last updated: Saturday, February 2, 2013

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Rating: 6.4/10. From 30 votes.
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Ithaca Gun Company 1911

By - Last updated: Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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Rating: 6.4/10. From 11 votes.
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STI Tactical 3.0

By - Last updated: Saturday, January 21, 2012

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Rating: 5.5/10. From 45 votes.
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Dan Wesson Specialist

By - Last updated: Tuesday, November 1, 2011

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Rating: 6.3/10. From 57 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