What’s In a Name?

9x19mm, 9mm Luger, 9mm Parabellum, 9mm NATO —the same flavor in different wrappers. Some months back, I went with a friend to one of those giant outdoor stores. While he was running his errands, I was perusing the...

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Heavy Mettle

While steel makes a durable pistol, it also makes a heavy and expensive one. I’m looking at this FN 1922, which was originally ginned up as a service pistol for the newly-formed Yugoslavian Army. It’s basically an FN...

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Magazine Issues

See if you can guess the number on the baseplate of the magazine in the gun on the writer’s hip... How many magazines is enough? It’s easy to answer flippantly, with something like “More!” or “No such thing!”...

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Someone Didn’t Get the Memo on Safety Devices

In the article regarding an empty chamber in your carry gun [“Five Beans in the Wheel” by Tamara Keel, CCM Aug/Sept 2011], Ms. Keel states, “if the revolver in question is a double-action revolver made in the last 60 years...

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Let It Drop

Excuse the mess, but the circular bump on the underside of this M&P9 slide is the plunger for the striker block. In an earlier column, I wrote about the various mechanical safety devices used to make revolvers safe...

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Clearing Presents Danger

Top: Too much concern for controlling the cartridge; not enough concern for controlling the pistol. Left: The slide is firmly controlled and the muzzle points safely downrange.   Can I share a pet peeve with y’all? Sometimes the...

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