GREAT GUNS & INNER CONFLICTS
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.