Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol and picture of a gunwriter

Fightin' Iron: The Smith & Wesson Model 39 Handgun

When he made the point, my buddy was speaking from a position of strength. Chuck Karwan—West Point graduate, champion heavyweight wrestler, combat platoon leader, Green Beret, outdoorsman, gunwriter—was a bear of a guy. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of firearms of all sorts. Karwan was particularly fond of digging into the development of handguns; sights, systems, breeching, etc.; from Paterson to present.

Fightin' Iron: The ASP Pistol

Developed under mysterious circumstances, the single-stack 9mm ASP pistol as a discreet-carry gun has a surprisingly long history.

Classic Guns: Smith & Wesson Model 39 'ASP' Combat Pistol

In the workshop of mysterious genius Paris Theodore, the Smith & Wesson Model 39 was customized into the famous ASP combat pistol, supposedly used by clandestine agents.

Fightin' Iron: The ASP 9 mm Pistol

The single-stack 9 mm ASP pistol as a discreet-carry gun has a surprisingly long history.

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