Scorching Features In Handgunner & GUNS July Issues

Previewing The July 2023 Print Issues Of American Handgunner and GUNS Magazine

July/August American Handgunner

For the July/August American Handgunner cover gun, the idea was simple: Build a gun tough enough to be carried all day, in a caliber capable of performing a wide range of tasks, while being light enough to go unnoticed when worn. But what gun? For most, it’s a no-brainer: A single-action revolver chambered in .45 Colt. Jeff “Tank” Hoover showcases the customized New Model Ruger Vaquero that Tyler Gun Works applied their talents to in “Light, Versatile And Discreet.”

Jeremy D. Clough contends a classic 9mm service pistol is owed more attention than it gets — the CZ75. Česká zbrojovka was a long-established producer of Czechoslovakian military firearms, and the 75 (introduced in 1975) represented a sharp departure from its previous service pistols. Clough provides a CZ75 “retrospective” in “Better Than I Knew.”

Consumers are understandably agog at the Heckler & Koch VP9, and the P30L draws longing stares every time someone watches a John Wick movie. Before those guns, however, H&K introduced the USP lineup in 1993 — and still catalogs them. Some may question whether the USP still contends with the latest and greatest. Clayton Walker answers with a resounding yes! “Not only do these guns contend,” he asserts, “they continue to excel.”

The July/Aug lineup also includes Girsan’s “Detective” MC P35 Hi Power, 10mm loading lessons, light loads for .45 Autos, why bigger is better — when it comes to EDC, an analytical approach to red dot sights and the gunfighter’s choice, the Colt 1851 Navy.

July GUNS Magazine

A Browning SA-22 turns up the heat in July GUNS. The takedown rimfire was first produced in 1914 and was the first production semi-automatic rifle offered in .22 Long Rifle. Turnbull Restoration added their special touches — particularly color case-hardening of the downward-ejecting receiver and beautifully restored walnut — to the legendary cover gun.

GUNS Editor Brent T. Wheat submits his nomination for the most outlandish gun project of all time: custom Ruger Wranglers modified by FMG Special Projects Editor Roy Huntington. Huntington takes the already good Ruger Wrangler sixgun and gives it more custom touches than would seem possible, turning the $200 .22 revolver into a serious work of art and shooting iron.

Clayton Walker tackles the tale of the Remington Model 30, a bolt-action designed to utilize surplus M1917 parts leftover from World War I. Going back even farther in time, Alan Garbers ponders pocket pistols of the Old West era. While most tend to think of lawmen, gunfighters and settlers packing a large-caliber hogleg, many of them actually kept a “hideout” gun as their principal weapon. Rounding out the July features, Wayne van Zwoll offers his hard-earned insights on “Bear Guns In Elk Country.”

Elsewhere in the issue, John Taffin dishes on black powder cartridges, Tom Keer touches on fitment in the Shotguns installment and in the Surplus & Classic column, Payton Miller pays homage to the Benelli Vinci.

Put your message in front of FMG’s motivated consumer audience in these scorching summertime issues by reserving space before the Mar. 8 (Handgunner) and Mar. 20 (GUNS) deadlines.

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