Proving their worth in more than just the competition arena, a pair of Smith & Wesson Performance Center wheelguns highlights the cover of the GUNS Magazine November issue. With an innovative blend of rugged simplicity and modern technology, the Model 629 and Model 686 Competitors can be used in a variety of applications. Contributing editor Mark Hampton examines and reviews these aesthetically pleasing and functional models — giving them his stamp of approval.

“Are these Performance Center guns worth the coin? Well, if you happen to be a revolver aficionado with an inextinguishable desire for top-shelf six-shooters, the Competitors will be worthy of a position in your arsenal,” explains Hampton. “They are good looking guns and just as importantly, they shoot well too. Plus, they would make a stellar hunting handgun. What more could you ask?”

With the holiday season just around the corner, this issue features the 2013 Military Christmas Gift Guide. Contributing editor John Connor details the best items to include in gift packages for troops overseas, including products from BLACKHAWK!, Hallmark Cutlery, Brownells and more. He also highlights the charitable work of, which connects civilians with soldiers in need.

In “A Lady’s Big-Game Rifle,” Sam Fadala provides recommendations and techniques for arming and teaching prospective women hunters — giving pointers on guns, such as the Savage Model 11 Lightweight Hunter, gear and instructional methods.

“Ammunition comes in two forms for our lady: practice and hunting,” writes Fadala. “The cartridge for the lady’s big-game rifle has to carry enough impetus to do the job.”

This issue of GUNS also includes a look at the sport of BPCR Silhouette shooting, John Barsness’s take on why it’s important to have combination guns when bird and big-game seasons overlap and a tribute to how the Colt CCO paved the way for concealed carry 1911s.

A Ruger SR45 highlights November’s Gun of the Month giveaway, valued at over $887.60. An Under Armour Hustle Storm Backpack accompanies the .45 ACP. The TS484B TacSlide Belt Holster, Ruger Real Avid Gun Tool and TOPS Mil-Spie 3.5 Knife complete the November giveaway. Enter to win at

The GUNS all-digital edition offers a host of online features, including an exclusive online Product Index and this month’s “Taurus Public Defender.” To sign up for a free digital subscription, visit

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