Most of us want the lightest, smallest gun possible to carry. But, when it comes time to fight for our lives, we prefer the most powerful cartridge we can find. The trouble is that when you put powerful cartridges in lightweight handguns, we tend to whine about the recoil and how much they kick.
So the question becomes, do we carry a full-size handgun in a powerful cartridge? Or do we pocket one of the cute little boutique pistols in a pipsqueak cartridge and hope we never actually have to fight with the gun? Actually, there is a third way.
The secret is porting the barrel. The pioneer and continued leader in this field in my opinion is Mag-na-port. The process was developed by handgun hunting legend Larry Kelly using EDM (electric discharge machining), which uses an electrical “erosion” process to make precision cuts in metal to create ports in the barrel. These precision ports will redirect some of the gasses under pressure and counteract the recoil by using the jet action of the gas. Kelly spent years perfecting the shape, size and position of the ports for optimum performance in a wide range of firearms, and none more so than handguns. The company has been under the leadership of Larry’s son Ken for several years who is recognized as an outstanding pistolsmith in his own right.