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.

Custom 1911s For a New Century: Stan Chen

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. "Stan is one of the guys who came to gunsmithing not as a way to get the work he wanted done, done inexpensively,...

Custom 1911s For a New Century: Ned Christiansen

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 shows off his Ned Christiansen Titanium Commander in 9mm.