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Springfield Armory XD-9 Review

Guest blogger Annette Doerr, an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and Range Safety Officer describes how she was debating between the Glock 19, Smith & Wesson M&P and the Springfield Armory XD-9 before making her first 9mm pistol purchase. After comparing all the safety features the XD offers, Annette is glad she chose the Springfield over any of the others. Here is why…

Colt 1911 Commander with three different boxes of ammunition


Range Report: The ‘1911 Commander’ Way

The Colt 1911 Government Model served law enforcement well for a long time. However, there was one complaint—it was too large and heavy for carrying comfortably. Even before World War II, Colt experimented with smaller handguns. With the maturity of aluminum technology, the smaller Commander-sized 1911 was possible. Today, the Colt Commander is built from steel and proves itself an excellent carry gun. Read our range report in this post.

Stainless steel palm-sized mini revolver with wood grips


The One Gun I Loved, But Sold Anyway

Do you have that one gun that got away? One that you will regret selling forever? Shooter’s Log writer and editor, Suzanne Wiley does. After selling expensive, quality self-defense concealed carry guns, classic military rifles and various other firearms, you will be surprised at which one she regrets selling the most.

Black, full-sized 9mm pistol


The Top 7 Highest-Rated Handguns

Do you consider what others say about a product before buying it? Cheaper Than Dirt!’s rating system helps you understand how a particular firearm performs in the real world before committing to purchase. This list is based on our highest-rated self-defense handguns. After reading the list, do you agree with what our reviewers said?

Author holding a black and wood gripped 1911 made by Magnum Research against a silhouette target.


Good Quality with a Fair Price: The Desert Eagle Commander 1911

There continues to be new introductions into the 1911 market. Without good quality, at an affordable price point, a new 1911 will fail to sell. One priced mid-range without cutting corners on quality is the Magnum Research Desert Eagle 1911 Commander. The 1911C is built to strict standards and nothing we can see contradicts that statement. Shooting a variety of cheap .45 ACP ammo to the best in self-defense jacketed hollow points, the Desert Eagle 1911 Commander is worthy of going into anyone’s arsenal.

Kahr CW40 at the Range


Kahr’s Affordable CW40

The Kahr CW40, a purpose-designed compact carry handgun, is an appealing package at a fair price. The author ran a good range of loads through the Kahr, without a single failure to feed, chamber, fire or eject. Read this article for specs and detailed firing results.

Bersa Thunder 9 Ultra Compact Pro


Bersa’s 9mm Pistol—A Great Buy

The Bersa is a well-kept secret, a world-class 9mm at a fair price. Read this review to learn more about this pistol that serves law enforcement as well as civilians well in defensive situations.

Black Beretta NANO and magazine


The Beretta BU9 Nano—A Powerful 9mm Pocket Pistol

An odd name, the Beretta is American made. A product of NANO technology the Beretta Nano BU9 is a neat well-balanced little pistol that will save your life. Read this article to learn the details of what makes it a great concealed carry option.