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Combat Handguns July/August 2023: Deadpool Meets Wick?

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Welcome to the July/August issue of Combat Handguns—America’s definitive handgun magazine for over 40 years. In this issue, we give you a glimpse into some of the latest and greatest handguns on the firearms scene, and boy, are there some good ones!

Combat Handguns July/August 2023: Latest and Greatest Handguns on the Firearm Scene

Our cover guns prove that point right off the bat. Take the Dan Wesson DWX, for example. Sure, it’s a sexy pistol but it’s also a very accurate shooter as you’ll see from our report beginning on page 28. Just for kicks, we put it in the hands of some “Backyard Dads,” and that’s when the fun really began.

Our other cover pistol, the new Canik Mete MC9, deserves equal attention. Following the huge success of the Mete line, this is Canik’s first foray into the micro-compact pistol category. Reading Garrett Lucas’ report on page 14 will likely have you setting aside some money to purchase one of these diminutive jewels. But you won’t need much—the MSRP on this well-built little shooter is only $440!

It’s likely that you didn’t get to attend this year’s Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas, but don’t despair. Fortunately, we were there on your behalf, walking the miles and miles of aisles to see what’s new in a number of different categories.

In this issue, find our SHOT rundowns of 17 new revolvers, 21 new defensive pistols and 28 brand-new handgun loads. You’re going to be impressed with what gun industry companies brought to the table in 2023.

If you don’t find something out of those 66 new products that you’d like to haul along on your next trip to the shooting range, you might need to schedule a check-up with your doctor. Add another seven new products in our Stockpile section, and you’ll see that those wanting to learn about the latest and greatest have definitely picked up the right magazine!

The Hits Keep Coming

And the hits keep coming! Features ranging from a test of an “Amped up” Glock, to a comparison of two 5-inch-barreled competition pistols, to a look at a new Taurus compact .22 that’ll make any day on the range a blast, give readers plenty of food for thought.

Also, two self-defense experts explain why the old axiom, “Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight,” is actually way off the mark. You’re likely to reconsider your EDC gear needs.

Last but not least, perhaps nobody knows more about the ins and outs of armed self-defense—and the aftermath of such incidents—than Massad Ayoob. He has been an expert witness in shooting cases for nearly five decades. Catch his “Self-Defense & The Law” column to learn what can happen to you if your attorney isn’t vigilant about who gets on the jury in a self-defense case.

Of course, reader feedback is always appreciated. Let us know what you liked about this issue—or didn’t like—by shooting us an email at [email protected].

On behalf of our CH editorial team, until next time, carry on!

So, what are you waiting for? Pick up your copy today!

In This Issue:


  • Canik’s new MC9 delivers superb features, performance and extras for less than $500


  • Find out what happens when some backyard dads lay their hands on Dan Wesson’s latest


  • Live Free Armory juices the Glock footprint by kicking polymer to the curb


  • The innovative DR920P takes flat-shooting firepower to the max
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  • A pair of 5-inch barreled steel bangers duke it out for the “king of the firing line” title


  • Testing .38 Special +P versus .357 Magnum for personal protection
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  • The new TaurusTX 22 Compact delivers the same performance in a smaller form factor


  • Tom Kier and Bill Rapier offer expert advice for when everyday life goes sideways
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Read all this and more in the May/June 2023 issue of Combat Handguns. Get your copy today at OutdoorGroupStore.com.

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