The reintroduction of the Colt Anaconda has been a solid success. Utilizing an oversized Python action and a linear leaf spring for a smooth trigger pull, the Anaconda is as good a shooter as ever. A beefy stainless steel frame and recessed target crown help ensure durability and accuracy. Available in 4, 6, or 8-inch barrel lengths, the Anaconda will be equally at home on the range or out hunting.
The CZ 75 SP-01 takes the outstanding ergonomics and accuracy of the original CZ 75 up another notch. An extended beavertail, more aggressive checkering, and a Picatinny accessory rail come together to help tune the weight distribution and hand-feel of the gun. The decreased perceived recoil has helped this pistol make its mark in military and law enforcement use, as well as a favorite for competition and recreational shooters. With 19+1 rounds on tap and extreme reliability, the SP-01 is ready to tackle any job.
The Ruger LCR utilizes a monolithic frame made from aerospace-grade, 7000-series aluminum (.22 LR, .22 Magnum, .38 Special) and 400-series stainless steel (.357 Magnum, 9mm Luger, .327 Federal). Combined with a polymer fire control housing, the result is a lighter revolver that still helps reduce overall felt recoil. A Hogue Tamer Monogrip and the light, friction-reducing trigger help ensure good shootability in this pocket-sized revolver. Ruger met their goal of making a lightweight revolver that is fairly affordable and reliable with the LCR.
The Beretta 21A is the perfect size for concealed carry and even pocket carry if that’s something you’re interested in. It’s a .22 LR model with a tip-up barrel — perfect for those that struggle with semi-auto slides. The gun is a fun plinker and a nice one to take to the range.
“The CZ P-01 is a small pistol that doesn’t know it. Most smaller guns feel like small guns, but CZ found the magic though and built the P-01 so that it’s smaller but doesn’t feel like it. Between an excellent cold hammer-forged barrel and outstanding design, it is the most accurate compact I have in my safe. While there is an argument to be made that it isn’t as important as some might claim it is, the P-01 has a very low bore axis. Combined with the metal frame and it simply eats recoil. Everything about the P-01 adds up to being a great pistol.” – David Lane
A metal-framed .32 ACP semi-automatic pistol is almost an oddity in today’s world. Despite this, the Tomcat is an interesting pistol. A tip-up barrel means you never have to rack the slide, making it accessible to just about every shooter regardless of strength or dexterity. The .32 ACP cartridge is also extremely soft shooting, and even with a heavier trigger, this gun is accurate and fun to shoot.
It disappeared for a bit…but it’s back. The Python has made a triumphant return and builds onto Colt’s Snake Gun series. This revolver is a decent wheelgun that admittedly had some kinks on first launch, but those seem to be worked out. It offers a modern stainless steel barrel while keeping to that classic Python look. It’s accurate and a stunningly fun gun to shoot.
“Kimber did an awesome job with this revolver. Aesthetically it’s appealing and eye-catching. The controls are easy to manipulate, the trigger is beautifully smooth, and the gun feels good in my hands. The biggest downside is the need for speedloaders because they are not easy to find.” — Kat Stevens
The Beretta M9 served as the standard sidearm of the U.S. military for over 30 years, owing to its reliability and ease of use. These are accurate handguns with strong ergonomics, and the size and weight make them easy to shoot and instill confidence in the user. Although the design is a bit dated at this point, many are still drawn in by the aesthetics, shootability, and reliability of the 92-series platform.