American Handgunner Celebrates 50 Years Of Dan Wesson

In celebration of Dan Wesson’s golden anniversary, American Handgunner’s May/June issue pays tribute to the iconic brand’s origins, innovations and successes over the past five decades.

The first Dan Wesson, the Model 12, was “as homely as Aunt Minnie,” John Taffin playfully quips. Perfecting the formula over the years, the name is synonymous with quality, reliability and excellence. The 50th Anniversary Limited Edition .45 ACP 1911 is not only a remarkable collectible, it’s fully functional and lives up to its pedigree. John’s experience with the Anniversary model — outfitted with scroll engraving and faux-ivory G10 grips with gold inlaid Dan Wesson emblems — produced nothing less than perfection.

“This .45 is not just another pretty face … Nothing has to be done to make it ready to shoot. I ran it with two-dozen different factory loads. It performed flawlessly with everything I tried. This really is a first-class gun,” he lends.

Plenty of power is packed into North American Arms’ Ranger II — a diminutive .22 Magnum deserving of consideration as a second, or even third, backup gun. Compared to its predecessor, the Ranger II boasts a beefed up release latch system as well as a modified ejecting system. J.B. Wood says, “Like the original Ranger, the Ranger II is almost jewel-like. With its degree of beauty, quality and precision, it’s worth it — even at full price.”

A SIG SAUER P320-M17 commands the Handgun Of The Month giveaway package. A variant of the M17 U.S. Armed Forces sidearm, the P320-M17 is dressed in Coyote Tan, chambered in 9mm Luger and topped with a SIGLITE front night sight. The winner will also receive a Trijicon RMR (Ruggedized Miniature Reflex) and two open top multi-fit holsters (BH2.4) from 1791 Gunleather. Altogether, the package is valued at $1,623.99. Readers are encouraged to enter the free drawing at

The May/June issue of Handgunner includes Mark Kakkuri’s look at nine of the best budget-friendly handguns on the market. In Tactics & Training, the Coach & Shooter method is one of the smartest ways to get help and ensure adherence to the “Four Safety Rules.” Learning how to micro-weld may help save time and money — the Pistolsmithing installment reveals some of the how and why. Narrowed down from the hundreds, six new products in “Hot SHOT Show Products” may soon find a way onto your “must-have” list.

Log on to the new and improved for this month’s Exclusives “Dan Wesson: Red Hot 9mm’s” and “Learning To Shoot — Finally!” Digital subscriptions and the May/June issue are available for purchase at Kindle and digital versions are also available.

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