The April cover of GUNS Magazine features SIG SAUER’s latest evolution of the famed P220 series of .45’s, in the form of the P227 10+1 .45 ACP. Massad Ayoob investigates this new introduction from SIG, and he experienced a personal best while handling this precise semi-auto.

“SIGs have never been cheap. I’ll tell you right now, I think it’s worth it. I like the ergonomics, the reliability and the shootability,” explains Ayoob, achieving his best grouping ever. “The group formed a single, small, angled slash in the target: two very tight doubles connected by a single, smaller-looking .45 hole between them. The group measurement was a personal best in many decades of shooting SIG pistols: right at 0.70-inch for all five, measuring the bullet holes center-to-center.”

This issue also features John Taffin’s look at how Lipsey’s Rugers in .44 Special, .45 Colt and a .45 ACP Convertible classify as “perfect packin’ pistols.”

“Shooting the Bisley Model .44 Special can only be described as pure pleasure, as the grip frame really reduces felt recoil,” describes Taffin. “Both of these .45 Colt Flat-Top Blackhawks are very nicely finished and tightly fitted with no overlapping edges where grip frame meets the mainframe. Actions are relatively smooth and cylinders lock up tight for firing.”

Also featured in this issue of GUNS Magazine is John Barsness’s delve into chronographing factory ammo, Mark Hampton’s trophy-worthy H-S Model 2000P on an East African safari, Mike “Duke” Venturino’s bullet molding practices and Holt Boldinson’s look at the LeMat “Grape Shot Revolver.”

The April Gun of the Month Giveaway features a Monster Prepper Pack, valued at over $1,400. This package is highlighted by the Ruger K10/22 Takedown, and also includes the Duck Commander Foods Survival Pack, a Deluxe Wood Or Charcoal Metal Line Two-Door Stove, a Yeti Tundra 45 and more products from Jetboil Inc., Kershaw Knives, Western Powders and Exotac. Readers can enter to win at www.gunsmagazine.com/giveaway.

The GUNS all-digital edition offers a host of online extras, including an exclusive online Product Index. To sign up for a free digital subscription, visit www.gunsmagazine.com/digital-editions.

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