Handgunner Celebrates 35 Years Of Excellence
San Diego, Calif. –-(Ammoland.com)- American Handgunner’s January/February issue hits the stands as the first in a series of six celebrating the magazine’s 35th Anniversary. This action packed issue features Springfield’s .45 XDm.
The anxiously awaited addition to the popular XD Series has a 4.5″ barrel and has upgrades in finish, CNC cuts, grip sizing spacers along with other exciting new additions.
Handgunner’s own Clint Smith writes, “Our early test gun showed the fit and finish we’ve come to expect from the XD series, and the XDm in particular. It felt solid in the hand, and the enhanced ergonomics of the grip-profile was immediately apparent.”
The XDm also features a metal magazine that holds 13 rounds and a “plus-one” 14th round.
“I like the metal magazine and have never had an issue with them in either my XD or the new XDm while firing or testing it. All the XD series guns I’ve had have been solidly reliable,” notes Smith.
In this issue, Mike “Duke” Venturino takes a look at the usefulness of Big Bore Snubbies in the feature article, “Big Bore Snubbies: Brawny carry guns—or a big waste of time?” Duke got S&W Models 627, 657 and 629 from the S&W Preformance Center and put them to the test.
“In my opinion barrels will differ more individually in regards to accuracy than they will because of lengths. What does suffer, is the shooter’s ability to actually hit with them because of reduced sight radius,” writes Duke.
Duke also comments on how the short barrel affects velocity saying, “In a nutshell, velocity loss can vary from inconsequential to extreme. The key factor is what the ammunition is meant to do in the first place.”
To read Duke’s full review of the Big Bore Snubbies, see our January/February issue.
Also, don’t forget to check out this months American Handgunner Handgun of the Month giveaway, the Para-Ordnance Package, featuring Para’s PXT Hi-Cap Single Action Limited S14. Also included as a sweet bonus is an “Urban Tactical” folder from George Tichbourn, LockSAF’s PBS-001 Biometric Safe, and the Thunder Ranch Defensive Firearms video. January/February’s giveaway is valued at more than $2,000. To enter, for all contest rules or to purchase a copy of American Handgunner, visit www.americanhandgunner.com.