Author Archives: Patrick Sweeney

Patrick Sweeney

About Patrick Sweeney

Patrick Sweeney is the author of many of Gun Digest books' best-selling titles, including Gun Digest Book of the 1911, Vols. I & II; Gun Digest Big Fat Book of the .45 ACP, Gun Digest Book of the AR-15, Gun Digest Book of the AK and SKS, Gun Digest Book of the Glock and Gunsmithing: Pistols and Revolvers, among other titles. A master gunsmith, Patrick is also Handguns Editor for Guns & Ammo magazine.

For fast follow-up shots, a bolt gun loses every time to a self-loader. Here, they’re just watching suspicious activity on Highway 1 in Zabul Province. DoD photo by Spc. Joshua Grenier, U.S. Army.

The Case for Semiautomatic Sniper Rifles – Part I

The classic image of a military or police sniper is the man peering through a scope mounted atop a bolt-action rifle, patiently awaiting the long-distance shot. But the terrain of actual battle in the world often requires fast follow up shots or sudden evasion from an area. For this real-world work, marksman are choosing...

1911: Before the Great War

The Pistol, 1911, .45 ACP, adopted by the armed forces of the United States, was quite a beast. In a time of transition to medium-bore pistols, a .45 was a cannon.

The STI Hi-Cap 1911 and IPSC Competition

While also in the business of producing fine single stacks, STI makes a hybrid polymer-steel 1911 that takes hi-cap mags. There is no such thing as a "basic" STI.

A Primer On Buying Used Handguns

There is nothing wrong with buying a used handgun. Assuming, of course, that there is nothing wrong with the used gun you are buying. But how to tell?

Custom 1911s For a New Century: Heirloom Precision

In this excerpt from the new Gun Digest book, 1911: The First 100 Years, Patrick Sweeney takes a look at custom 1911s that are both works of art and precision shooters. In this installment, Sweeney spotlights the work of Ted Yost and Jason Burton at Precision Heirloom.