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STI VIP Review

STI VIP Review

When we attended Gunsite’s 250 Centennial course it seemed appropriate to only bring 1911′s.  After all, that was the design the course was based around. With that in mind, we asked STI to provide a couple of pistols for us to review, and they accommodated us with a Trojan and a VIP.  The Trojan is reviewed separately, but the VIP was actually more interesting: billed as the “best carry pistol on the market today,”  the VIP we … Read entire article »

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American Classic Commander Review

American Classic Commander Review

Why an American Classic? I believe a Commander-sized handgun is a terrific compromise between the often opposing needs of concealing well and shooting well, being compact enough to conceal, but large enough for accurate shots. The American Classic Commander is one of a couple of Philippine-made guns the Shooting Reviews staff wanted to review, the other being a Rock Island Armory full-sized 1911. There are many higher-end 1911s; we wanted to see if a budget shooter … Read entire article »

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Rock Island Armory 1911A1

Rock Island Armory 1911A1

Why a Rock Island? Let’s face it — the gun reviewed here isn’t particularly sexy. There’s no big marketing push, so there are no ads in magazines, and the night-time gun-review types on TV aren’t featuring it.  What we’re talking about it a budget gun with a budget price and very few frills. So why review it?  Because I run THR, and we frequently see posts by users asking for an “affordable” 1911 that they can buy in … Read entire article »

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