Consider any carry quandaries quashed — Smith & Wesson’s M&P .380 Shield EZ boasts surprising accuracy in a “bigger” .380 and easy to operate controls. The thoroughly remarkable addition to the M&P family gets top marks from Publisher Roy Huntington in the September/October issue of American Handgunner.
Among one of the first to view and test the M&P .380 Shield EZ, Roy admits it took a while to “get.” He soon realized its size, controls, modest recoil and adequate stopping power appear to answer the question of what a defensive firearm should look, run and feel like.
Accuracy, he argues, is “top-tier for any production semi-auto in any form.” He adds, “And I did notice it was a sheer pleasure to shoot and not be beat up by recoil. … What would I change? Not a darn thing.”
“Dripping with cool” is how Will Dabbs, MD describes Rock River Arms’ 1911 Poly. Setting it apart from other polymer-framed 1911 pistols is its svelte, trim frame — much like John Moses’ originals. When it comes right down to it, “Everything about the 1911 Poly makes the gun shoot reliably, comfortably and straight. The RRA 1911 Poly is yesterday’s gun ready for continuing service today,” Will proffers.
A GLOCK 34 Gen5 leads the pack of the issue’s Handgun Of The Month giveaway. Featuring the GLOCK Modular Optic System, the G34 Gen5 up for grabs has a flared mag well, ambidextrous slide stop levers and factory-installed Ameriglo Bold sights. The winner will also receive a Shield Sights Reflex Mini Sight, 200 rounds of DoubleTap 9mm +P 124-gr. Bonded Defense ammo, a Chest Holster with Magazine Pouch and Alaska Hunter Hip Holster from Diamond D Custom Leather and a Gerber Ghostrike Deluxe Knife Kit. The total package is valued at $1,983.60. Readers are invited to enter the drawing for free by visiting www.americanhandgunner.com/giveaway.
There’s more included in the Sept/Oct issue, of course. Find the right field rest — be it bipod, tripod, boulder or back — courtesy of the “Handgun Hunting” column. In the “Better Shooting” installment, Dave Anderson makes the case for adding long guns to a shooter’s diet if their palate currently prefers handguns-only. Throat-choke is no joke: “Guncrank Diaries” delivers the goods on how to get accuracy and a clean bore back in no time.
Exclusive content is only a click away: Tank Hoover pens this month’s online feature, “Tyler Gun Works = Fun Stuff For You. A ‘Guild’ Of Family Members!” Log on to www.americanhandgunner.com/digital-version to find out more, and access previous issues of American Handgunner. The September/October issue can be purchased and downloaded as a PDF. Kindle and digital versions are also available.