Handgun Reviews 2012

Kahr CM9 ReviewWe are a little more than half-way through the year, I have started a compilation called Handgun Reviews 2012.  As you might imagine, this is a list of various pistol and revolver reviews from this year.  In the list are some reviews that I have done here and on other sites, plus a few from some of our contributors on their own sites.

I’ve got a bunch more that I am loading up, and more that I have scheduled for later in the year.  So, make sure you check back for additional handgun reviews.


Video Reviews

Here are some of the 2012 handgun reviews that are on You Tube.  Some of these reviewers are producing video that rivals what the “pros” are doing on cable TV.  Definitely check them out and subscribe to their channels!

Kahr CM9

This review of the Kahr CM9 pistol was done a few months back.  Since then, I have purchased the gun and shot it a lot more.  It is an excellent pistol and I love it.  I carry this one as a pocket gun with the standard magazine and as a backup gun on-duty as a police officer with the extended magazine.  No problems and it is a smooth shooter!

Smith & Wesson Shield

This is more of an introduction than a review per se.  This was filmed at the 2012 NRA show and features a Smith & Wesson rep running down the features and attributes of the new handgun,.


This all new SIG SAUER autoloader was shown at the 2012 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.  One of writers, Randall, had a chance to spend some time shooting it.  He really liked the gun, as did most of the other press at the range event.

Springfield XDs

Springfield surprised everyone with the introduction of this new compact .45 ACP pistol.  These videos show us shooting the gun and talking to Rob Letham about it.

2012 has seen the introduction of a variety of new revolvers and pistols, plus the re-introductions of a few classics.  And the years is not over yet.  We are hoping to get our hands on a couple of surprises coming out in the near future, so stay tuned!

As new we roll out additional handgun reviews in 2012, I will post them here.  I’ve got several already written, but in need of editing, so please bear with me!

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  1. Dan Fontaine says:

    Hello Mr Johnson,

    I just read your review of the Sig Sauer Carry Nitron. Very good timing for my search for a 1911, Commander sized carry and self defense pistol.

    I have had a Sig P220 for years and have had no problems with it ever so Sig’s 1911 entries caught my interest. I have been looking at the Carry Nitron and the Pro CDP II by Kimber as two options. Do you have any experience with the Kimber CDP and any thoughts one way or the other comparing the two?

    Any other suggestions for carry 1911s? I realize that there are many other factors involved in one’s decision to purchase any weapon but I would like your impressions of how these two might compare for concealed carry or just plain shootin’ fun.



    • Hi Dan,

      Thanks for the note. I’m not sure I have ever shot the CDP, but I know that I have never had one for any kind of evaluation. So, I can’t give you a solid comparison of the two.

      Kimber pistols have a solid reputation, and I wouldn’t hesitate to pick one up if I found one that I liked. The SIG 1911 pistol was a very solid performer (other than the Fiocchi 200 gr JHP), looked great and shot great. I really regret that I sent it back to SIG at the end of the evaluation – I should have just bought it from them.

      There are definitely some differences between the Pro CDP II and the SIG Carry 1911. The Kimber has a full length guide rod, skeletonized trigger and looks to have a larger thumb safety. Personally, I like a solid trigger and don’t care much one way or another about the guide rod. The Kimber does come with the Meprolight night sights, which tend to be brighter than other brands, which I definitely like.

      Assuming they both ran reliably with my preferred ammo, I’d be happy to carry either one.

      I don’t know if that helps at all. Maybe buy both? :)


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