More than a 100 years after Browning’s original conception, the 1911 continues to evolve as the consummate fighting pistol. In the American Handgunner May/June cover story, “A Pair And A Spare,” Contributing Editor John Taffin evaluates an alluring trio of 1911s from CZ-USA and Wesson Firearms — illustrating the 1911 is anything but mundane.

Taffin provides insight into the full-size Wesson Specialist and its compact counterpart, the Wesson EOC, along with the polymer, double-action CZ P-07 Duty model. All three 1911s performed exceptionally, with Taffin reserving special praise for the pair of Wesson .45s.

“No matter which bullet shape or which .45 Wesson I used, functioning was absolutely flawless, and accuracy was way above adequate for self-defense use,” writes Taffin. “The Specialist is the easiest to shoot, while the EOC is easiest to pack, so we can pay our money and take our choice — or follow the easier path and simply go with both of them!”

Although not as glamorous as taking down a 10-point whitetail, handgun hunting small game offers the perfect opportunity for hunters wishing to hone their skills before embarking on their next big-game hunt.

“If you want to get out of the house and go hunting more often, then enjoy the adventure of small-game hunting,” urges Field Editor Mark Hampton. “It’s fun, challenging and comes at a cost that won’t leave a big hole in your wallet. Plus, it will make you a better hunter.”

This issue of American Handgunner features other inviting topics, including the practical and inexpensive fun airsoft and airguns provide, the first gunfighters’ sixgun, an exclusive look at Rambo’s famous First Blood knives and a fresh account from the Ayoob Files covering the armed citizens who fought back in the Newhall Massacre.

A Kimber Super Carry Pro in .45 ACP highlights the Handgun of the Month Giveaway. Valued at over $2,300, this prize bundle consists of an Andrews Custom’s Wrapid exotic skin holster, the 200-lumen Inforce INF-6VX-B-W Flashlight, a tactical tanto-style knife from SCAR Blades and a SEAL cleaning kit. Readers can enter for a free chance to win this giveaway online at

Beginning with the May/June issue, readers will be able to download a digital PDF version of American Handgunner for only $2.00 — allowing for on-the-go access on phones, tablets or laptop computers.

American Handgunner comes primed with online-only exclusives and the May/June issue is no exception. This issue includes a review of the Taurus PT 809, a narrative shedding light on old west law-abiding citizens and a collection of all-digital editions. Readers can sign up for a free digital subscription by visiting

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