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Handguns' Favorite Stories of 2014

Handguns' Favorite Stories of 2014

With the new year underway, our staff here at Handguns is looking ahead to what 2015 has in store for the industry and for our readers. But before completely moving on, we'd like to wrap up 2014 by highlighting some our best stories.

The articles presented below received the most traffic and comments out of all those posted over the course of 2014. You might also want to learn more or reexamine a story that's particularly interesting.

These are our some of our favorites from 2014:

10. 9 Misconceptions About Handgun Lasers


There's a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to lasers designed for handguns. Find out nine of the most common misconceptions and their counterpoints.


9. 12 Best Combat Pistols Available Today

There are many great combat-inspired pistols on the market. See our picks for the 12 best.

8. Comfy Carry: Solutions to Common Carry Problems

Finding a comfortable method of carry can be challenging for some and may even prevent individuals from carrying at all. Learn several solutions to common carry problems.


7. Best New Personal Defense Handgun Ammo for 2014

Each year manufacturers introduce a host of new ammo offerings, and there were plenty in 2014. Check out the best new personal defense ammo from last year.

6. 9 Great Long Slide 9mm Pistols


Long slide handguns have dominated the competition markets for some time, but there are a growing number of consumers buying them for target shooting and home defense as well. Read here to learn about 9 great long slide 9mms.

5. 6 Reasons Why Modern Defensive Ammo is Better Than Ever

Advances in technology continue to improve the quality and performance of defensive ammo offerings. Find out why today's modern self-defense ammo is better than ever.

4. The Best .380 Pistols Right Now

Trends in modern ammo technology are allowing smaller cartridges to deliver greater energy and expansion to their targets. The .380 is a capable round, despite some people's objections about its stopping power. Check out our list of the best .380s available now.

3. 9 Great Concealed Carry Belts

It's essential to have the right belt when it comes to concealed carry. Check out our list of nine great concealed carry belts that will perform as needed.

2. Best Self-Defense Revolvers Available Today

Semiautos are the most popular choice for many of today's shooters, but there are also some great revolvers on the market for self-defense purposes. Check out our list of some of the best self-defense revolvers available now.

1. Best New Carry Guns for 2014

A whole new collection of carry guns was introduced in 2014. Find out what were some of the best new carry guns of the year.

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Compact Carry Pistols Are Effective With Practice

Compact Carry Pistols Are Effective With Practice

Small, compact semi-auto pistols are popular with concealed-carry firearm buyers, and these two models – the KelTec PF9 9mm and the Ruger LCP II .22LR – are no exceptions. They are effective for personal protection but only if you put in the time to practice.

KelTec CMR30 22WMR Review - Compact, Versatile & Fun to Shoot

KelTec CMR30 22WMR Review - Compact, Versatile & Fun to Shoot

Designed for lightweight, low recoil accuracy, the CMR30 .22 WMR features a nice, single-action trigger, ambidextrous dual non-reciprocating operating handles, ambidextrous safety and heel catch magazine release. The KelTec CMR30 is a .22 Magnum carbine that holds 30 rounds in each of its two flush-fit magazines. That's a lot of firepower for a 3.8-pound, semi-auto, collapsible truck gun. It comes out of the box as you see it, including Magpul sights and ambidextrous, non-reciprocating dual operating handles. She's a straight blow-back tack driver that delivers a ton of fun.

KelTec P17 22LR Pistol – Feature Packed, Accurate & Fun to Shoot

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If you're in the market for a 17-round, compact .22LR pistol that's feature packed, then the P17 is definitely an option for you. At less than 14 ounces fully loaded, and barely longer than a dollar bill, the P17 is concealable for pretty much anyone. The threaded barrel, Picatinny-style accessory rail, ambidextrous safety, ambidextrous magazine release and three (3) 16rd magazines come standard. That's a lot of value added in such a small package.

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The Kodiak is a long slide 1911-style semi-auto complete with 6-inch bull barrels and chambered in 10mm.

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