.38 caliber revolver was the standard for stateside law enforcement

Colt Commando on display at the NRA Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - As most of us are recovering from holiday cheer and a deluge of family, the boys from NRA News are back with another edition of Curator's Corner. Continuing his salute to law enforcement, NRA Museum Senior Curator Philip Schreier breaks out a 1940s Colt Commando.

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A pistol designed for the new female shooter from Shooting Illustrated

Offering more than a change of frame color, the Pavona has a host of features making it attractive to a diverse group of shooters. Tamara Keel shares some insights on the EAA Pavona for Shooting Illustrated magazine ...

La Femme Pavona
Many handguns marketed to women are merely an existing model painted pink. EAA has changed that paradigm with the Pavona, a pistol designed for new female shooters mechanically as well as cosmetically.

I like going to my local range on weekdays, around midday, because that’s when one is most likely to have it to one’s self. There’s hardly anybody there except a few stalwarts: A retiree working up handloads, or an attorney on his lunch hour working on draw times from his USPSA rig in one of the pistol bays, but that’s usually about it. On the day I was wrapping up testing of the EAA Pavona, there were only three people using the range.

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International Pistol shooter and Olympic gold medalist Sandra Uptagrafft opens up her shooting bag

Olympian Sandra Uptagrafft

Fairfax, Virginia - The December issue of Shooting Sports USA, features Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News sitting down with Sandra Uptagrafft, International Pistol shooter and gold and silver medalist at the 2012 Olympics, to ask one question: What's in your shooting bag?

The first time Sandra Uptagrafft shot a firearm, she had to—for Army Basic Training. “I found it challenging and quickly showed some skill. When I came home and started college in the early 1990s, a group of us wanted to join a rifle team, but our school didn't have one. We found a coach willing to teach us pistol and even provided equipment, so we started a team and began competing in collegiate matches. From those matches, I was recruited by the Army Marksmanship Unit. Within a year, I made the National team, and that was the start of my International Pistol career,” explained Uptagrafft.

Uptagrafft is one of the few Olympians married to another Olympian—Eric, who is a member of the National Rifle Team. (Matt and Katešina Emmons are another Olympic couple and are both rifle shooters.) Now in the Navy Reserves specializing in information technology, Uptagrafft shoots Women’s 10m Air Pistol and Women’s 25m Sport Pistol on the U.S. Olympic team.

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Boxed .44 Special was 500,000th Bulldog made by Charter Arms

.44 Special Charter Arms Bulldog revolver

Fairfax, Virginia - There was such a positive reaction to last week's boxed presentation gun on Curator's Corner that we decided to do it again. Actually it was NRA Museums Senior Curator Philip Schreier who decided ... but why get messy with the details.

What we have here is the 500,000th .44 Special Bulldog made by Charter Arms.

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NRA's American Rifleman loads up on handgun ammo opinions

America's Top 5 Handgun Cartridges America's Top 5 Handgun Cartridges
Handgun aficionados are as loyal to their favorite cartridges as their riflemen counterparts.

The author struck a chord with readers when he published his idea of the "Top Five Sporting Cartridges" of all time, so much so that comments continue to pour in. Thus he’s decided to keep the spirited conversation going by identifying what he calls "America’s Top Five Handgun Cartridges."

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NRA's largest competitive match of the year begins January 1 and you can compete at your home range

NRA National Indoor Rifle & Pistol Championships

Fairfax, Virginia - Are you looking to do some competitive shooting this winter? The 2015 NRA National Indoor Rifle & Pistol Championships start January 1 and they're the NRA's biggest match of the year. Unlike NRA's Bianchi Cup or National Matches at Camp Perry, the Indoor Championships are shot as a postal match, through multiple sectional tournaments all across the country. This means you can join the action from the comfort of your local range. There's no need to travel half way across the country!

Results are sent to the NRA where they're compared to everyone else's and winners are determined. It's a fun way to compete with many other shooters and it's easy to get involved.

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Alex Chichkov is coming off two World Championships titles and has his sights set on the 2016 Olympics in Rio

Fairfax, Virginia - In the November issue of Shooting Sports USA, Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News catches up with Alex Chichkov, World Champion pistol shooter and 2016 Olympics-hopeful, to ask the young marksman one question: What's in your shooting bag?

Not bad. Not bad at all when a 19-year-old competitive shooter can say he’s already won two World Championships at the recent 2014 World Shooting Championships in Granada, Spain, (Jr. Men’s Standard Pistol and Jr. Men’s Sports Pistol). Alex Chichkov, who emigrated from Bulgaria with his family when he was three, lives in Tampa Bay, FL, and hopes to represent the U.S. in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

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G42 offers the benefits of the Glock platform in a truly pocket-size pistol

American consumers can finally benefit from an ultracompact deep-concealment pistol designed by the legendary Austrian company: the G42 Shooting Illustrated asked Duane A. Daiker to take a look at the latest from GLOCK: the G42 ...

Glock G42
Few handguns have been as highly anticipated as the single-stack Glock chambered in .380 ACP. This year, American consumers can finally benefit from an ultracompact deep-concealment pistol designed by the legendary Austrian company: the G42.

Undoubtedly, Glock was late to the party with a micro-size .380 ACP handgun. By the time Ruger introduced its LCP in 2008, the race to produce miniature .380 ACP pistols was well underway. Similar offerings appeared from most of the major manufacturers, and the “9 mm Kurz” was the hot pistol caliber for several years. Although Glock had models in most every popular semi-automatic chambering, a .380 ACP was noticeably absent from its lineup—at least in the United States. Glock actually has a double-stack .380 ACP available in overseas markets: the G25. U.S. law, however, prohibits domestic sale of the G25 due to import restrictions.

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From GLOCK - GLOCK to donate $50,000 to the Young Marines at the 2014 AUSA Annual Meeting

GLOCK to donate $50,000 to the Young Marines

Smyrna, Georgia - GLOCK will continue to support the Young Marines organization by contributing another $50,000 at 10 a.m. (EST), Monday, Oct. 13, at the GLOCK Booth #3824 at the Association of United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting & Expo, held Oct. 13 – 15, 2014, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon PL, NW, Washington D.C.

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