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The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
~Wayne LaPierre


Top Manufacturers and Handguns Searched in 2015

As we start the new year we thought that we would look back through the Genitron Handgun Database and see which handgun manufacturers and models received the most searches and views for 2015. The first table below shows all 88 manufacturers in our database ordered by the number of searches that were made against all their [...]

New Pistol from the UAE Now on the US Market and in Our Database

The name Caracal comes from the African wild cat, also known as the desert lynx. It is appropriate then that it should also be the name of a line of firearms from the desert Arabian Peninsula, the United Arab Emirates. Caracal International is a small arms manufacturer out of Abu Dhabi which develops and produces [...]

Two Unique Additions to the Handgun Database

Per visitor requests we have added two new and rather interesting handgun models to our database. One is a US newcomer with international ties, and the other is the re-emergence of a very interesting 1980′s US design. First up is Lionheart Industries. This Redmond, Washington company formed in 2011 and partnered with Korean S&T Motiv (formerly Daewoo [...]

Our Definitions of a Handgun, Revolver and Pistol

We have seen several forum discussions asking why we categorize a handgun in our database as either a pistol or revolver. Many argue that the term “pistol” is really the same as “handgun” and shouldn’t be used to distinguish the characteristics of a given weapon from those of a revolver. We at adhere to [...]

Star Handguns added to the Genitron Database

Many of our visitors have asked us why we didn’t have the line of Spanish made Star pistols in our database. While the company closed its doors back in 1997 there is still a strong following, as well as a strong market for many of these guns. The issue was acquiring enough technical specifications on as [...]

Foam Tipped Swabs for Cleaning Your Gun Barrels from Swab-its

Here’s a unique little gun cleaning product that was just featured in the November, 2012 Edition of the American Rifleman magazine. Made by a company called Swab-its, the Bore-Tip is a soft, absorbent and solvent-resistant foam swab that is designed to fit on a standard 8-32 cleaning rod. The reusable foam tip can be cleaned [...]

Sneak Preview of Genitron’s New Comparitive Shopping Service

We’ve come a long way with the development of our new comparitive shopping service which focuses on firearms related products and accessories. We hope to have the new website rolled out sometime in November, so keep an eye out for it. The website features a full and flexible search engine. Simply enter a company, brand, [...]

Bersa’s New Polymer Frame Pistol

For all of you that are endeared with the underdog from Argentina like I am, Bersa is now producing its own polymer framed pistol designed for concealed carry – the BP9cc. This eight-round single-stack 9mm pistol has dimensions and characteristics similar to the Kahr P9 and contains a passive trigger safety similar to a Glock [...]

What is the IDPA Power Factor?

The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) is the governing body of a shooting sport that simulates self-defense scenarios and real life encounters. It was founded in 1996 as a response to the desires of shooters worldwide. The organization now boasts membership of more than 17,000, including members in 50 foreign countries. One of the unique [...]

Basis for Ranking Calculations is Muzzle Velocity and Bullet Weight

Power Factor and Recoil Factor measurements are as much about the cartridge used in a gun as the gun itself.  Bullet weight and muzzle velocity are key parameters in these calculations. The challenge for making comparitive calculations for the guns in our database is coming up with a standard representation of a particular caliber.  Given all [...]

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