The April issue of Shooting Illustrated, on newsstands now, is chock-full of guns, gear and self-defense tactics. Leading this month’s coverage is Ruger’s latest Commander-style 1911 pistol, an answer to customer demand for a concealed-carry version of the company’s popular SR1911.

“Ruger’s success in recent years is based, in part, on the continuous flow of new products to consumers,” writes author and Gunsite instructor Ed Head. “The company tests its product concepts through a program called ‘Voice of the Customer,’ and one of the products customers wanted was a Commander-size SR1911.”

“Head’s article successfully illustrates the natural evolution of Ruger’s SR1911 line and the vital role the company places on customer-oriented feedback in steering its product development,” said Shooting Illustrated Editor-in-Chief Adam Heggenstaller. “There’s a demand for concealed-carry handguns, and Ruger is able to tailor its 1911 platform to meet it.”

From arming yourself against criminal threats to dealing with a natural disaster, the April issue has you covered. Dick Williams presents a compelling argument for grabbing a .45-caliber handgun, and suggests several models of semi-automatics and revolvers to carry when you must seek higher ground.

If 9 mm is more your thing, Richard Mann considers John Browning’s last creation, the overlooked Hi Power. Mann first identifies its shortcomings but goes on to highlight several fixes that improve the handling of the legendary sidearm. The custom updates Robar gives the factory version of the Hi Power will change perceptions of this historically important handgun.

Look for these articles and more in the April issue of Shooting Illustrated, The Definitive Source for the Modern Shooter, at a newsstand near you. You can also subscribe by calling (877) 223-3840.

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