The February issue of Shooting Illustrated, on newsstands now, examines one of the more animated discussions about handgun shooting—which stance is best: Weaver or Isosceles. Richard Mann and Sheriff Jim Wilson discuss both stances and their strengths and weaknesses. Find out which stance is best for your defensive needs.

No matter which stance you prefer, the new PPQ M2 from Walther is a solid choice. Walther has a new U.S. facility and a fresh new version of the famed PP-series is one of its latest offerings. Dick Williams tests both a 9 mm variant as well as a .40 S&W, two duty pistols fresh from Walther’s new U.S. home in Fort Smith, AR.

If rifles are more your cup of self-defense tea, Smith & Wesson’s M&P10 is an exciting new option. Smith & Wesson’s first mid-caliber AR created quite a buzz when it was introduced early last year, and Managing Editor Ed Friedman put the .308 Win. rifle through its paces.

“Ultimately, Smith & Wesson did more than merely check a box to fill a void in its M&P line—it created what might be the epitome of a utility rifle.” writes Friedman. The M&P10 may be Smith & Wesson’s first entry in the mid-caliber AR category, but it is an excellent rifle with a host of user-friendly features like fully ambidextrous controls.

Looking for glass to put on your own favorite utility rifle? Bryce Towsley puts some time in with the Tracking Point smart scope, which at one time might have been considered science fiction but now mounts on your rail. Rarely are the terms “500 yard shooting” and “boring” paired together, but Towsley found the Tracking Point system—a computer for your rifle—made long distance shots nearly routine.

Look for these articles and more in the February 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.

For more information: visit, call Managing Editor Ed Friedman at (703) 267-1331, or e-mail

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