Category Archives: $25-$250

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

Survey Says: the Best Handgun Laser-Lights of 2018

By - Last updated: Saturday, January 6, 2018

Looking to buy a laser sight and light combo for your pistol but not sure where to begin? I’ve combed through the nearly 50 different models in the wild today and identified the six best. All are top-rated with excellent reviews by actual buyers/users.

The Selection Process

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The author investigated nearly 50 different laser-lights to find the best on the market.

First I pulled together a list of all handgun laser-lights, and then I filtered out all discontinued models and all frame-mount/trigger guard-mount models designed to fit only one pistol. Next I researched each remaining laser-light on Amazon.com (and to a lesser degree, OpticsPlanet.com) to gauge how its performing with actual buyers and users.

A couple years ago I examined 33 million Amazon product ratings and learned the average rating across all products is 3.95 stars. The margin-of-error behind each average rating falls to a workable level after roughly 100 votes, and the percentage of the dreaded 1-star vote averages around 8% (to read more about this study, check out my Amazon.com Star Rating Tips article).

With that info in mind, I was able to pick out the obvious winners and losers on Amazon. I also read through numerous reviews on Amazon to look for red flags, quality confirmations, customer service gripes, etc.

Finally, I performed a Google search for “the best handgun laser sights.” I clicked through 12 of the results and copied the names of all the laser-lights listed by those authors into one list to see which laser-lights were mentioned most frequently.

What did all this wisdom-of-crowds data reveal? With no further ado, here are the top six rail-mount handgun laser-light combos available so far this year: Continue reading

Ruger 22 Charger Takedown

By - Last updated: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Ruger 22 Charger Takedown green right side

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Rating: 2.8. From 18 votes.
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Summary: The description, specs, pricing, photo and user ratings for the Ruger 22 Charger Takedown pistol. Continue reading

Cobra Firearms Denali .380

By - Last updated: Thursday, February 19, 2015

Cobra Firearms Denali 380 tan right side

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Rating: 4.1. From 58 votes.
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Summary: The description, specs, photos, pricing and user ratings for the Cobra Firearms Denali .380 pistol. Continue reading

Ruger LCR

By - Last updated: Friday, October 31, 2014

Handgun review photo: Right-side thumbnail of LCR.Editor’s Rating

Rating: 7.5.
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Rating: 7.4. From 216 votes.
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Summary: Dave Spaulding’s review of and rating for Ruger’s LCR revolvers, including pros & cons, a range report, specs, photo, pricing, user ratings and user comments. (Click here to see all of Spaulding’s handgun reviews.) Continue reading

Kel-Tec P-11

By - Last updated: Thursday, December 12, 2013

Editor’s Rating

Rating: 8.0.
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Rating: 5.8. From 89 votes.
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Summary: Bruce Eimer’s review of and rating for the Kel-Tec P-11 pistol, including a description, range report, photos, pricing, specs and user ratings. (Click here to see all of Eimer’s handgun reviews.) Continue reading

USFA ZIP

By - Last updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012

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Rating: 4.8. From 29 votes.
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Summary: The description, specs, photos, pricing and reader ratings for the USFA ZIP pistols. Continue reading

NAA .22 Magnum Mini-Revolver Ported

By - Last updated: Wednesday, October 24, 2012


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Rating: 4.3. From 28 votes.
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Summary: The description, specs, photos, pricing and user ratings for the NAA .22 Magnum Mini-Revolver Ported revolvers. Continue reading

Olympic Arms Whitney Wolverine

By - Last updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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Rating: 3.1. From 30 votes.
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Summary: The description, specs, pricing, photo and user ratings for the Olympic Arms Whitney Wolverine pistol. Continue reading

IO Hellcat II

By - Last updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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Rating: 3.0. From 36 votes.
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Summary: The description, specs, photos, pricing and user ratings for the IO Hellcat II pistol. Continue reading

Taurus PT-25

By - Last updated: Monday, January 30, 2012

Handgun review photo: the Taurus PT-25 left sideHandgun review photo: the Taurus PT-25 w/pearl grips, left sideEditor’s Rating

Rating: 7.0.
Users’ Rating (Click a star to rate this gun.)
Rating: 5.2. From 112 votes.
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Summary: Paul Markel’s review of and rating for the Taurus PT-25 pistol, including a description, range report, photos, pricing, specs, user ratings and user comments. (Click here to see all of Markel’s handgun reviews.) Continue reading

Hi-Point 9mm

By - Last updated: Monday, July 25, 2011

Editor’s Rating

Rating: 7.0.
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Rating: 6.7. From 242 votes.
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Summary: Paul Markel’s review of and rating for the Hi-Point 9mm pistol, including a range report, photos, pricing, specs, user ratings and user comments. (Click here to see all of Markel’s pistol reviews.) Continue reading

NAA Companion

By - Last updated: Friday, February 18, 2011


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Rating: 5.8. From 14 votes.
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Summary: The description, specs, pricing, user ratings and photos for North American Arms’ Companion revolvers. Continue reading

Pedersoli Derringer Guardian

By - Last updated: Saturday, January 29, 2011

Summary: The description, specs and photos of the Pedersoli Derringer Guardian pistol.

Manufacturer’s Description

Pedersoli’s Derringer Guardian recalls the famous X Pert Single Shot derringer produced by Hopkins & Allen in the 1870s, or the several European models known as the System Flobert Single Shot. Continue reading

Pedersoli Derringer Philadelphia

By - Last updated: Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Summary: The description, specs and photos of the Davide Pedersoli Derringer Philadelphia pistol.

Manufacturer’s Description

Pedersoli says its Deringer Philadelphia is a faithful reproduction with brass furniture and a case hardened lock. The lock features the original markings on two lines: Deringer / Philadela. The brown barrel is equipped with a brass V aiming rear sight and blade front sight. The pistol grip is made of walnut, lacquered, with crossed chequered features. Continue reading