Semi-Auto Pistols

Para Executive Carry review.

Handgun Review: The Para Executive Carry

The lighter and easier-to-conceal compact 1911-style semi-auto has met with considerable success, and for good reason. The Para Executive Carry tested in this handgun review is a top contender in the category.

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Book Giveaway: A Nod to 1911 Fans

Here's your chance to enjoy a celebration of the first century of the 1911, a pistol that is currently more popular than ever, in "1911, The First 100 Years," written by Patrick Sweeney.

Top to bottom, the popular concealed carry barrel lengths – 4.25-inch, 4-inch and 3-inch.

Commanders, Defenders and Officers Model 1911s

If there is a legitimate criticism of the 1911 as a carry gun, it is size and weight. But the 1911 is also available in smaller size configurations known as the Commanders, Defenders and Officers Models. Choosing from among these models you'll be sure to find a pistol to match your needs.

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.

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,...