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Handgun Operation: Semi-Automatic Safety Mechanisms

Semi-automatic pistol safety systems can assume a dizzying variety of forms.

Handgun Operation: Loading Semi-Automatic Pistols

Loading means filling an empty gun with cartridges. Proper pistol handling includes knowing the process to safely and efficiently load one.

Handgun Operation: Firing Semi-Automatic Pistols

Procedures for firing single- and double-action semi-automatic pistols are essentially the same.

Handgun Operation: Unloading Semi-Automatic Pistols

How to unload a semi-automatic pistol safely.

Handgun Operation: Types Of Semi-Automatic Pistol Mechanisms

All about the three most popular semi-automatic actions for pistols—blowback-operated, recoil-operated and gas-operated.

History Of The First Semi-Automatic Pistols

Did you know the first semi-automatic pistol was unveiled in the late 19th century?

WATCH: Savage Arms Renegauge Shotgun

Seven years in the making, Savage's new Renegauge 12-gauge semi-automatic scattergun sports an innovative gas management system and needs little maintenance.

New: Devil Dog Arms 1911 Pistols

Devil Dog Arms’ new 1911 pistols are in the company’s own words, “masterpieces of engineering and manufacturing innovation.”

Review: SIG Sauer P320 X5

SIG’s 320 X-Series flagship is a full-size semi-auto pistol that’s designed for both competition and everyday use, straight out of the box with no mods

New: Performance Center Lightweight T/CR22 Rimfire Rifles

Combining carbon-fiber barrels with lightweight stocks, these rimfire rifles are ideal for both competitive shooting and small-game hunting.

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