The November issue of Shooting Illustrated, on newsstands now, reviews four new, purpose-built 1911 pistols from Para USA, and provides an in-depth tutorial on selecting and using night-vision devices. As readers will discover, both the 1911 and the technology behind night vision just keeps getting better.

Para USA’s relocation to Charlotte, NC, in 2010 resulted in more than a change in scenery. It heralded the arrival of several new 1911s. “While the Para Elite, Elite Carry, Black Ops Recon and Pro Custom 14.45 are all 1911s, each is designed to perform a specific mission, appeal to a separate segment of the market and target a different price range,” writes author and Shooting Illustrated Handgun Editor Dick Williams. See how the pistols held up during a three-day workout at Gunsite.

Former SOF sniper and Rifle Editor Steve Adelmann details the history of night-vision devices, explains the differences between optical, digital and thermal technology, and offers tips on how today’s commercial models can give you an edge against nighttime aggressors. The result is a practical, easy-to-understand guide packed with the type of advice only a combat veteran can provide.

Also featured in the November issue is a review of the new 9 mm Springfield Armory XD-S, a detailed look at how the old-school practice of casting your own bullets could solve the problem of finding ammo, and tips on how shoot a rifle more accurately from various field positions.

Look for these articles and more in the November 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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