Gun Nuts Review: Smith & Wesson 638 .38 Special

Smith & Wesson 638 two page right side

2014 was the last year that the humble j-frame was a legitimate contender at the IDPA BUG Nationals. In early 2015, the rules were changed in order to make Back Up Gun a full on division, and to do that meant making it a mandatory six shot division. The justification for this was that classifying with a five shooter would have been a nightmare, and while that’s true, it’s sad that IDPA killed the only place where the old-school king of carry guns could play. With the rise of the 9mm pocket gun, what is to become of the humble Airweight?

Gun Nuts Review: Smith & Wesson M&P9 ultimate tactical edition

M&P9 with Crimson Trace and RMR

There is no doubt that pistols equipped with red dot sights are here to stay. That’s the future of handgun shooting, and while the technology isn’t quite 100% yet, for many shooters it’s an excellent solution. I’ve done a bit of work with dot equipped pistols in the past, but thought it was high time to commit some of that work to paper. Our initial test platform is a Smith & Wesson M&P9 with thumb safety that has had the slide milled to accept a Trijicon RMR and equipped with a Crimson Trace Railmaster Pro green laser/light.

Gun Nuts Review: HK UMP45

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HK has a reputation for producing legendary sub-machine guns. The MP5 is the most iconic sub-machine of all time; however I’ve always felt that the UMP, especially the UMP45 was an awesome gun that deserved a little bit more love than it got. Recently, I had the chance to spend a lot of range time with a UMP45. This is my first time reviewing a sub-machine gun, so needless to say I was pretty excited.

Top 5 AR optics under $500

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You just bought an AR15, and because you’re a smart person, you bought a quality AR from a quality manufacturer like Colt or Smith & Wesson. Unfortunately, that means you’re out about $1,000 (unless you bought an M&P15 Sport), and you’ve only got $500 left to spend on an optic, because let’s face it your AR needs an optic. Luckily, we are in living in a pretty awesome world right now where decent glass is more affordable than ever. Here are 5 AR optics, each of which I or someone on staff has personal experience with for under $500 that I recommend. These are not presented in any particular order.

Ruger Introduces SP101 in .327 Federal Magnum

Ruger SP101 327 Federal 4 inch

(editor’s note: I swear, someone at Ruger must be reading the blog. Just a month and a half ago I wrote a post bemoaning the lack of good .327 Federal revolvers, and today Ruger drops a six shot, 4 inch SP101 on us. TAKE MY MONEY)

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) is pleased to introduce the SP101® in .327 Federal Magnum. The Ruger® SP101 in .327 Federal Magnum is a six-round, small frame, double-action revolver with a 4.2 inch barrel and adjustable sights. Built from stainless steel, this new model features a light-gathering front sight, windage and elevation adjustable rear sight, and a rubber grip with checkered hardwood inserts.