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The S&W .38 M&P Victory Revolver

S&W .38 M&P Victory Revolver

by Joseph von Benedikt

A wartime iteration of the superb .38 M&P, the Victory revolver proved to be an outstanding fighting sidearm.

Plenty of components for making good .38 Special ammunition for snubnose revolvers are available, but the handloader needs to be mindful of certain concerns when assembling the ammo.

Handloading the .38 Special for Snubnose Revolvers

by Lane Pearce

When handloading a snubnose revolver, the proper powder-and-bullet recipe is critical because you are trying to balance two opposing performance criteria.

Shooting Times May 2018 Feature

Now on the Newsstands: Shooting Times June 2018 Issue

by Shooting Times Online Editors

Shooting Times Magazine June 2018 Issue is now on newsstands!


Firearms Industry Economic Impact Rises 169% Since 2008

by Shooting Times Online Editors

The economic impact of the firearms industry in the United States increased from $19.1 billion in 2008 to $51.4 billion in 2017, a 169 percent increase.

SW22 Victory Target Model

Smith & Wesson Launches SW22 Victory Target Model Pistol

by Shooting Times Online Editors

Smith & Wesson Corp. announced the addition of its new Target Model to its SW22 Victory line of pistols.

In the .380’s favor for pocket carry or backup use are guns that are smaller and lighter than the smallest and lightest 9mms.
When both are fully loaded, Kimber’s Micro 380 (left) is 5.5 ounces lighter and half an inch shorter than the Micro 9 (right).

Why You Should Choose a .380 ACP Semiauto for Self-Defense

by Layne Simpson

As the old saying goes, a .380 in the pocket when something really bad happens is better than a .45 left at home.

The Auto-Ordnance 1911BKO resembles the military Model 1911A1, and it uses a 5.0-inch barrel, a standard recoil spring guide assembly, fixed sights, and brown plastic grip panels, although it has several differences from the original military 1911A1.

Auto-Ordnance’s 1911BKO .45ACP

by Joel J Hutchcroft

Auto-Ordnance’s GI-style Model 1911BKO is a serviceable .45 ACP pistol with a great retail price.


Alliant Powder Releases Improved Red Dot

by Shooting Times Online Editors

Alliant Powder, a manufacturer of smokeless propellant, offers clay target shooters a consistent, clean-burning option with the release of improved Red Dot.

The newest variation of Smith & Wesson’s classic .357 Magnum Model 66 has a 2.75-inch-long, two-piece barrel; black synthetic wraparound grips; an adjustable rear sight; a pinned-in red ramp front sight; a restyled cylinder release button; and an internal key locking system with the key slot located just above the cylinder release button.

S&W Model 66 2.75-inch .357 Magnum

by Joel J Hutchcroft

The S&W Model 66 .357 Magnum K-Frame revolver is now offered with a 2.75-inch barrel. The gun is a double-action revolver with an adjustable rear sight.

The .454 Casull dwarfs the traditional trio of Magnum revolver cartridges in size and raw performance.

The Fascinating .454 Casull

by Allan Jones

The .454 Casull dwarfs the traditional trio of Magnum revolver cartridges in size and raw performance.


Now on the Newsstands: Shooting Times May 2018 Issue

by Shooting Times Online Editors

Our Shooting Times May issue will be on Newsstands from March 20th. Read about the SIG Sauer P210 pistol and the Savage Model 11 Package rifle, plus more

Terry’s “Little Thug,” which started life as a .577 Snider double rifle but is now a 20 gauge, is remarkably comfortable to shoot, with negligible muzzle jump. It puts forth a hard-hitting charge and a choking cloud of smoke that can be very handy in a defensive situation. Handloaded Spirepoint, pumpkin ball, and shot loads perform effectively at 15 yards.

An Unusual Self-Defense Gun

by Shooting Times Online Editors

If you can’t get to your ideal self-defense gun when things go bad, be prepared to go with what you can grab.

Tactical Walls Concealment Coffee Table houses home-defense guns, including AR-15s, shotguns, and handguns. An RFID-activated shelf drops down, providing quick access to the home owner.

12 Ways To Hide Your Personal-Defense Firearms

by Layne Simpson

Here are a dozen ways to keep your personal-defense firearms out of sight, but close at hand.

X-Five ASP Silver

SIG SAUER Introduces the X-Five Advanced Sport Pellet Air Pistol

by Shooting Times Online Editors

SIG SAUER, Inc. expanded its line of Advanced Sport Pellet (ASP) airguns with the introduction of the new X-Five ASP CO2-powered pistol.

The Leatherslap competition led Jack Weaver to develop his namesake stance. Prior to that, there was a lot more missing than hitting at Leatherslap. 
(That’s Jeff Cooper peering out from the hay bale behind Weaver.)

Why The Weaver Stance Should Not Be Discredited

by Shooting Times Online Editors

Here’s one expert’s opinion on why the tried-and-true Weaver stance should not be discredited.

Two new handgun propellants are TCM and No. 11FS. They are designed for hand-loading popular magnum handgun cartridges, the speedy .22 TCM cartridge, and the .300 Blackout.

New Handgun Powders

by Lane Pearce

The new TCM and No. 11FS propellants are targeted primarily for reloading magnum handgun ammunition.


U.S. Marine Corps Selects Leupold TS-30A2 Mark 4 MR/T for M38, Squad-Designated Marksman Rifle

by Shooting Times Online Editors

The United States Marine Corps has selected Leupold’s TS-30A2 Mark 4 MR/T riflescope for their M38, Squad-Designated Marksman Rifle.

This tiny .380 ACP Model 1911 features a Flat Dark Earth finish, black G10 grip panels, front slide serrations, and night sights.

Review: SIG Sauer P238 Emperor Scorpion

by Jake Edmondson

The P238 Emperor Scorpion features a Flat Dark Earth finish, black G10 grip panels, front slide serrations, and night sights.

Making technical sense from only a cartridge’s name is thwarted because most are marketing names with just the most basic technical information included. Additionally, cartridge identification in pre-1900 cartridges was often complicated by a lack of headstamp information. The case head shown is a 40-70 Sharps.

How Cartridges Get Their Names

by Allan Jones

Trying to find a consistent system in U.S. and British cartridge names will get you nowhere because naming cartridges is a marketing function.


Review: CMMG Mk3 DTR2 6.5 Creedmoor

by Jake Edmondson

Jake Edmondson reviews CMMG’s new 6.5 Creedmoor Mk3 DTR2 AR.