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Dan Wesson Kodiak, handful of fury.

I took my time with the Dan Wesson Kodiak, review with myself and many friends taking just over three months to run some 400 various rounds downrange. In that time we learned a few things. First Impressions  The controls are finished in an attractive bronze color with plenty of real estate on the extended thumb […]

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Blowback vs Recoil Operated

There seems to be a misunderstanding of the similarities and the differences between these two basic designs. so I thought I might be able to clear up some of it. First, let’s look at what recoil is and where it comes from…what causes recoil. Recoil is the reaction side of an action-reaction event.  Newton’s 3rd […]

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1911 School, Feeding Part 3 of 3.

The next critical dimension is the cartridge OAL itself. Too short or too long and you’ll have problems. The issues that so many people ascribed to the 1911’s failure to feed hollowpoints came from the old Speer 200 grain JHP “Flying ashtray” in the 80s…but it wasn’t the size of the cavity that caused the […]

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1911 School, Feeding Part 2 of 3.

The 1911 style pistol with internal extractor, as originally designed. The extractor’s role in feeding is often misunderstood and underestimated. Most important is the deflection. That is, the amount of the wall behind the claw that protrudes beyond the guide block into the breech area…and this is where I’ve found problems in pistols produced in […]

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THOUGHTS ON MR. BROWNINGS PISTOL

Thoughts on Mr. Browning’s Pistol “An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it.” Col. Jeff Cooper I happen to like guns, and I am certainly not ashamed of it. Now some of you who read this column are thinking, “Yeah, that is readily apparent,” but in […]

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Old 1911s and old springs

In the spring of 1991, when I lived in Rural Hall, NC I got a call from my stepfather. His aunt had died at the ripe, old age of 96, and her children had discovered one of his uncle’s pistols in her attic, wrapped in a diaper and stashed in a hat box. He said […]

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The 9 lives of the 10mm

A little history in the 10mm Auto. Early in the 1970s Whit Collins (who was on staff with Guns and Ammo magazine) was interested in rechambering the 9mm Browning Hi-Power into a more powerful cartridge. He initially looked at the Super .38 (which came about in 1929 using the.38 Automatic but increasing the propellant to […]

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Coonan Compact .357 Magnum, pocket powerhouse.

I have reviewed several pistols in the Coonan line up, the .357 Magnum Classic,  .357 Magnum Classic factory comp, .45 Automatic, and 10mm Automatic so I am somewhat familiar with the platform.  The Compact is a bit of a different animal so I thought it warranted a separate review. Range Time  First Impressions    Standard three dot sights, the […]

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