Category Archives: Pistol

1911 FLGR – Yes or No? An observation from Experimentation

There has been a long-standing debate regarding the advantages and disadvantage of full-length guide rods (herein, referred to simply as FLGR or FLGRs) in 1911 pistols. Usually, I am of the standing that if a 1911 is equipped with a … Continue reading

Springfield Armory 1911 Loaded (PX9151L) – Product Review

There is something about a stainless-steel firearm that says rugged reliability is inherent.  Those of us who live in the Southern United States also realize the advantages of owning and carrying stainless-steel firearms, as they are less prone to the … Continue reading

Ruger MKIV Hunter (40118) Review Gittin' Yur' Groove On!

If you have read my review of the new Ruger MKIV Target 22 (Ruger MKIV Target (40101) Review The Best MK Yet!!: http://guntoters.com/blog/2016/10/30/ruger-mkiv-target-40101-review/), you already know how excited I am with this new version of the “MK” line of Ruger … Continue reading

Rock Island Armory XT 22, Model 51930 .22LR 1911-based Pistol Part 3 of 3 - Return to Sender

If you have read my earlier reviews of the Rock Island Armory XT 22LR (Rock Island Armory XT 22, Model 51930 .22LR 1911-Based Pistol Part 1 of 3: http://guntoters.com/blog/2017/02/05/rock-island-armory-xt-22-model-51930-22lr-1911-based-pistol-review/ and Rock Island Armory XT 22, Model 51930 .22LR 1911-Based Pistol … Continue reading

Rock Island Armory XT 22, Model 51930 .22LR 1911-Based Pistol Part 2 of 3 - The Issues

This article is a follow-up to my Rock Island Armory XT 22, Model 51930 .22LR 1911-Based Pistol Part 1 of 3: http://guntoters.com/blog/2017/02/05/rock-island-armory-xt-22-model-51930-22lr-1911-based-pistol-review/ article. This article focuses on a couple of issues that I have with the pistol and how I … Continue reading

Rock Island Armory XT 22, Model 51930 .22LR 1911-Based Pistol Part 1 of 3

The Rock Island Armory XT series of pistols have opened the door to inexpensive, reliable, and fun shooting 1911-based pistols intended for target shooting, competition, plinking rounds, defensive work, and hunting rodent-like animals.  Three versions are available: XT 22 Standard … Continue reading

Ruger MKIV Target (40101) Review The Best MK Yet!!

I rarely get excited about firearms that are coming out these days, although some of them are really nice. The Smith & Wesson “Victory” was an exception and it is a fine pistol of the .22 caliber persuasion. The single-point … Continue reading

Springfield Armory XDM 5.25, Model XDM952545BHCE, .45ACP Review Thick and Long - What more can you ask for!

I have long been a fan of Springfield Armory products. I would say that Ruger and Springfield Armory (mentioned in alphabetical order simply not to place one above the other) comprise the majority of firearms in the collection. It could … Continue reading

Springfield Armory XDM 4.5 .45ACP Pistol Review The Plot Thickens!

By now, most hand-gunners are familiar with the existence of the Springfield Armory line of XD pistols, which includes the XD, XDM, and XDS in chambering of 9mm, .40 Smith and Wesson, and .45 ACP. The XD line (known as … Continue reading

PARA-USA EXPERT 14.45 Review (In the Thick (Grip) of Things!)

The PARA-USA 14.45 1911-based pistol has always been controversial. Para-USA was the first to manufacture a high-capacity 1911 that was “large and in charge” and it does take some large hands to fulfill its mission. I purchased my PARA-USA “Expert” … Continue reading