Concealed Carry Hand Guns - - FROM THE EDITOR - Steven Paul Bar­low, Ed­i­tor CC

As you’ll see, much of this is­sue is de­voted to high­light­ing the new guns and gear in­tro­duced at this year’s SHOT Show, es­pe­cially those things that are of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est to those who carry con­cealed.

One of the great things about the SHOT Show is that all week you are sur­rounded by thou­sands of like-minded peo­ple with a pas­sion for shoot­ing and the out­door sports. The en­thu­si­asm is con­ta­gious. For five whole days, there is no need to ex­plain to non-be­liev­ers why you en­joy firearms or to re­as­sure them that most gun own­ers are ra­tio­nal, safety-first in­di­vid­u­als.

Like most peo­ple, I was anx­ious to see what’s new in the world of firearms. Af­ter look­ing around a bit, I saw so many things I wanted that I started to de­velop some in­ner con­flicts. When it came time to pur­chase my next gun, what would it be? Should I choose a long gun or a hand­gun? Should it be for hunt­ing or de­fense, carry or com­pe­ti­tion?

On the cover of this is­sue, we are fea­tur­ing a new semi-auto—the Ruger Amer­i­can Com­pact .45—and a new re­volver with an old fa­mil­iar name—the Colt Cobra. The cover is rem­i­nis­cent of the cov­ers of so many gun mag­a­zines dur­ing the 1970s and 1980s when high-ca­pac­ity semi-au­tos were re­plac­ing re­volvers as the is­sue guns for many po­lice agen­cies and were chal­leng­ing the pop­u­lar­ity of re­volvers among pri­vate cit­i­zens as well.

It wasn’t un­com­mon to read the hype, “Semis vs. wheel­guns, which is bet­ter for self-de­fense?” An­other com­mon head­line was, “Are re­volvers dead?” Well, semi-auto pis­tols are very pop­u­lar these days, es­pe­cially the new breed of small, sin­gle-stack mod­els. But re­volvers are far from dead.

Each type of gun has ad­van­tages and draw­backs and I won’t get into that here. I own semi-auto pis­tols and re­volvers suit­able for con­cealed carry, hunt­ing and com­pe­ti­tion. And I love them all. The hardest part about se­lect­ing a new gun is de­cid­ing which old one I might have to give up to af­ford it.

The new Ruger Amer­i­can Com­pact

.45 and the new Colt Cobra are both ex­cel­lent hand­guns. Both are quite ca­pa­ble for their in­tended roles. And as more com­pa­nies con­tinue to come up with ex­cel­lent de­signs, the de­ci­sion gets even harder. So, af­ter han­dling and, in some cases shoot­ing, many great guns at this year’s SHOT Show, the old semi-auto ver­sus re­volver de­bate rages on. But this time, be­cause I can en­vi­sion my­self car­ry­ing ei­ther one, it’s strictly an in­ner con­flict.

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