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Trigger Semantics

There are subtle differences between double-action-only and striker-fired semi-automatic handguns.

Converting a CZ P-09 to Single-Action

Learn how to convert the CZ P-09 from its standard double-action/single-action trigger with a decocking lever to a cocked-and-locked single-action trigger with a manual safety, similar to the CZ 75.

Is the Half-Cock a Good Safety Feature?

Half-cock notches are found on many firearms with exposed hammers. They are found on shotguns, rifles, revolvers and pistols from a variety of manufacturers.

Handgun Service Life: Facts & Factors

What determines the service life of a handgun? Is there a certain number of rounds that guns are built for? Here's a rundown of the facts and factors that determine how long your handgun will last.

Pinned 1911 Grip Safety: What Does It Do?

Every once in a while, you'll run across a pinned grip safety on an old 1911. Our Tech Wisdom editor explains why they made this modification.

Tech Wisdom: Why Does My 1911 Hammer Fall to the Half-Cock Notch?

What do you do when your 1911 hammer falls to the half-cock notch? George Harris answers in his Tech Wisdom column.

Why Not All Magazine Components Are Compatible

As it turns out, not all magazine components are compatible, even when dealing with different magazines from the same model of handguns. George Harris explains why that is.

Tech Wisdom: How to Remove a Stuck Case

I am a reloader and have to admit I use my brass as long as possible. Usually, the case necks split before I throw the brass away, but this time only half of the case came out—leaving the front half in the chamber.

Tech Wisdom: Gunsmith or Armorer Fix?

Replacing a faulty 1911 extractor can be done by an armorer. Yet, repairing more serious damage will likely require the talents of a skilled gunsmith.

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