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With an MSRP starting at $269, the new Rough series of double-barreled handguns from Bond Arms now includes a Grizzly.
Whereas many of the pistols in the Texas-based company’s catalog have prices starting well above $500, the Rough line is a more budget-friendly offering that still provides the same sturdy design but with a bead blasted finish that runs a bit plainer.
“To create a more affordable option for budget-conscious customers without compromising features, Bond Arms trimmed down its finishing process,” explained the company in a statement. “The Rough Series was born and included the Roughneck, Rowdy, and the newest addition, the Grizzly double-barrel guns. The result is a handgun with the same outstanding qualities inherent in every Bond Arms’ gun without all the frills.”
While not as pretty as other Bond Arms pistols, the Rough series still comes standard with the same stainless-steel barrels and frames as the rest of the company’s handguns. Other features include a cross-bolt safety, retracting firing pins, spring-loaded cam-lock lever and rebounding hammer.
The newest of the series is the .45LC/.410 bore Grizzly, which sports a pair of 3-inch barrels and comes in at 5-inches long overall. Using bear-engraved rosewood grips with a checkered panel, the pistol includes a matching leather holster.
Introduced late last year, the Rough N Rowdy could be described as a more low-key Grizzly without the bear, coming standard with plain black rubber grips. Like the Grizzly, its 3-inch barrels are chambered in .45 Long Colt, and 2.5-inch .410 bore shotshells.
The more lilliputian of the Rough line is the Roughneck, a 9mm double pistol with 2.5-inch barrels and an overall length of 4.5-inches. Using black rubber grips, it has an all-up weight of 22-ounces.
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Noted underwater explorer, Air Force Veteran, and novelist, Clive Eric Cussler, died this week at age 88, leaving a hole on book racks and in the hearts of his fans.
“It is with a heavy heart that I want to share the sad news that my husband, Clive passed away on Monday,” noted his wife Janet on the author’s social media account on Wednesday. “It has been a privilege and a great honor to share in his life. I want to thank you, his fans and friends for all the support, for all the good times and all the adventures you have shared with him.”
Cussler, born in Aurora, Illinois in 1931, was an Eagle Scout who went on to serve in the military during the Korean War. While working in advertising in the 1960s, he took up writing fiction on the side and found success in thriller novels featuring the swaggering Dirk Pitt, a decorated Air Force pilot on loan to a fictional maritime agency who often finds himself a human monkey wrench thrust into the center of international intrigue and buried treasure.
Importantly, Pitt was legendary when it comes to stoking modern gun culture. Just about any firearm that you could think of has graced the pages of a Clive Cussler novel.The guns of Dirk Pitt
Between 1973 and 2018, Pitt appeared in at least 25 high-octane adventure novels– two of which were made into movies— all featuring a lot of serious hardware in addition to a range of classic cars, damsels in distress, and international thugs of all sorts with which to engage. As such, he predated today’s “American James Bond” figures such as Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.
Pitt’s go-to firearms were often classics: an M1911 carried by his father in World War II “from Normandy to the Elbe River,” an early M1921 Thompson submachine gun with 50-round drums, and a Mauser .32ACP pocket pistol taped behind a bottle of gin in Pitt’s refrigerator. He was also sometimes a fan of having “car guns” as shown off when a well-placed select-fire Model 712 Schnellfeuer came in handy on a drive.
While Pitt’s loyal sidekicks, Rudi Gunn and Al Giordino, were typically armed with a variety of wholesome American iron like Smith & Wesson revolvers, Vest Pocket .25s and Remington 1100 shotguns, bad guys were just as typically armed with any variety of bad guy guns such as Makarov pistols, Broomhandle Mausers, and Lugers. There are also heavy sprinklings of popular firearms like the HK MP5, Ruger P-85 pistols, and Benelli Super 90 shotguns. For good measure and when the going got really tough, RPGs, anti-tank guns and even black-powder cannons could be found and put to good use, as one does.
Exotic pieces such as a Colt Woodsman .22LR with a “four-inch suppressor,” a Glisenti pistol, an Aserma (Protecta) Bulldog shotgun, Patchett submachine guns, and a LeMat revolver make guest appearances.
Several fictional guns existed only in Cussler’s supercharged imagination. These included the Mosby underwater rifle, the Israeli-South African Felo gun that fires “swarms of razor-sharp disks capable of severing an eight-inch tree trunk with one burst” and the 20-shot Hocker-Rodine suppressed pistol in .27-caliber. One book includes a Holland & Holland shotgun named “Lucifer” while another has a Vulcan cannon by the name of “Madeline.”
Still, Cussler pulled his punches a tad when it came to firearms at least. In Cyclops, where (spoiler alert) part of the action involves U.S. moon colonists defending their secret base against pesky Soviet cosmonauts, it is not a laser gun but a straight-shooting National Match M-14 that helps save the day.
A manufacturer of heroes, Cussler’s other series such as the more recent Issac Bell books, which are set in the early 20th Century, see period guns of that era put to good use against bootleggers, gangsters, and cutthroats– with the occasional dirty Bolshevik thrown in for good measure. Then there are the NUMA files books, which feature a very Pitt-like Kurt Austin as the hero, and the spin-off Oregon files series with the tough Juan Cabrillo.
In all, Cussler had a hand in more than 80 published novels, as well as several non-fiction and children’s’ books.
As a hobby, he founded the NUMA shipwreck hunting non-profit organization which discovered some of the most important shipwrecks in history including the Civil War submarine Hunley.
“He was the kindest, most gentle man I ever met. I have always loved him and always will,” said Janet Cussler, “I know his adventures will continue.”
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The U.S. Marine Corps this month selected Wixom, Michigan’s Trijicon to supply the service’s new Squad Common Optic.
The Marines describe the SCO as a “magnified day optic that improves target acquisition and probability-of-hit with infantry assault rifles.” Using a variable power non-caliber-specific reticle with an illuminated or nonilluminated aim-point, users can identify their targets from farther distances than the current RCO standard– the Trijicon ACOG 4×32.
“The SCO supplements the attrition and replacement of the RCO Family of Optics and the Squad Day Optic for the M27, M4 and M4A1 weapon platforms for close-combat Marines,” said Tom Dever, interim team lead for Combat Optics at Marine Corps Systems Command.
The glass selected for the SCO program is Trijicon’s VCOG 1-8×28. The waterproof (to 66 feet) optic has a 7075-T6 aluminum housing and a first focal plane reticle that allows subtensions and drops to remain true at any magnification.
Further, an integrated mounting adapter eliminates the need for conventional ring mounts, which the company says allows users to quickly and easily mount the VCOG to any rail system.
“We introduced VCOG 1-8×28 to the commercial market in early 2019, but its design was inspired by requests from our warfighters,” said Chuck Wahr, Trijicon’s Global Vice-President of Sales & Marketing in a statement from the company. “During design, development, and testing, we constantly challenged ourselves to produce a scope that would deliver the performance necessary in the most punishing of conditions.”
Trijicon is slated to produce approximately 19,000 VCOGs for the Marines, with the first units expected to reach the fleet in 2021. MCSC notes the purchase includes spare parts, training, nonfunctional units, interim contractor logistics support and refurbishment of test articles.
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Ruger has further expanded their catalog of rifles chambered for the new .350 Legend cartridge by adding a Ruger Scout Rifle to the mix
“The straight-walled .350 Legend round is attractive for hunters who can appreciate its impressive muzzle energy and low recoil,” notes Ruger in a statement. “This new rifle chambered in .350 Legend is another bolt-action offering from Ruger that provides the rugged reliability that Ruger Scout Rifles are known for.”
The new round, which premiered last year and caused a buzz for its attributes that included a claim to the throne of the fastest production straight-walled cartridge on the market, offers more energy than the classic .30-30 Win. with less recoil than the .243 Win. Ruger had previously added the chambering to two models of their American Ranch Rifle and one of their AR-556 MPR.
The .350 Legend Ruger Scout Rifle is light– at just 6.3-pounds– and has a compact aluminum bedded 16.5-inch threaded barrel for an overall length of about 37-inches, or about the same size as a Ruger Mini-14.
Other features include an adjustable ghost ring rear aperture sight and a non-glare, protected blade front sight along with a forward-mounted Picatinny rail. The muzzle brake, as the barrel has a 1/2x28TPI thread pitch, can be removed in lieu of other devices or a suppressor.
With a 5-shot magazine, the Ruger Scout in .350 Legend has an MSRP of $1139 and is set to be available in any color you want– so long as that color is black.
As for ammo, Winchester is currently offering the Legend in a variety of loads including a 350-grain open tip Super Suppressed subsonic, a 150-grain Extreme Point, a 145-grain FMJ, and a 180-grain Power Point, among others.
Marksmanship is all about hitting the target and requires an understanding of the fundamentals and sometimes even some training by professionals. It also helps to have the right gear on hand.
We’ve gathered together some tried and true tips to help you select the best products to improve marksmanship.Choose the Right Platform
With so many great rifles manufactured today, the right platform could come from almost anywhere. When choosing a rifle, select one that fits you and has the requisite features and accuracy for your intended purpose. The length, caliber and even weight of the rifle all depend on your activities.
If shooting from standing or intend to lug the firearm into the field, you may want a lightweight rifle. On the other hand, if you plan on entering the competitive shooting circuit, a heavier gun may be an advantage.
Be it for hunting, target, or competition, it is important to have the proper length of pull, cheek weld, etc. so that you can handle and control it accurately. The rifle should be configured to provide proper sight alignment for the best sight picture as well.
Don’t hesitate to buy the stock now and upgrade as you go to spread the cost over the long-term. Keep in mind, you can always add aftermarket accessories to most firearms. The right platform is a comfortable one that shoots accurately while allowing you to aim and focus on the target.
Accuracy is typically measured in group sizes or patterns at a given distance. The smaller the pattern of shots, the more consistent the shooter and rifle are at aiming them. When accuracy is the goal, it’s wise to invest in a good barrel that is intended to aid the shooter in producing accurate shots.
In addition to putting some cash into a decent barrel, gun owners should also consider upgrading the trigger to one that breaks clean and consistent. Most quality rifles sold today have a decent trigger available but for those which aren’t quite up to par, there are plenty of aftermarket manufacturers with an improved replacement option.
Whether you opt for a single-stage or two-stage, light or heavier trigger, your ability to trip the sear without affecting the positioning of the rifle is what will bring better shots. The goal is to pull the trigger without impacting your sight pictures. Safe dry firing is an excellent way to test drive your trigger and determining whether more practice or an upgrade is required.
Whether you make simple adjustments for a more comfortable break, learn to use the trigger as is, or spring for an entirely new trigger system, make sure you are well practiced and familiar with how it operates.Select the Right Ammunition
A rifle is no better than the ammunition that feeds it, so selecting loads optimized for the gun and activity is of particular importance. Not all munitions are created equal, and even the same brand of ammunition can see variances between models. Some shooters forego this issue by simply handloading their ammo, while others stick to specific lines or brands they know work.
In marksmanship, consistency breeds accuracy, and ammo is key to this equation. When selecting loads, start with two or three options and test them out side-by-side to gauge results. Find the ammo that produces the best on paper results for the intended application and fits within your budget and run with it.
Setting aside time at the range to familiarize yourself with your preferred brand of ammo will help you expertly know what to expect from shots, how they perform in the elements, at distance, and on animals.
“You get what you pay for” rings true when it comes to budgeting and buying an optic for your platform. While there are many new and less expensive options available today, make sure you opt for something that can accomplish the job — whether that is to hold zero on a heavy magnum or offer repeatable elevation adjustments for long-range shooting.
A budget scope may work in the interim but long term it may not hold up. Not to mention, less expensive scope internals could shift under recoil or other force. Scopes or even open sights that aren’t properly secured are known to flex or even come off – an obvious impediment when to accuracy. For this reason, it is paramount to grab the best possible option when it comes to optics. A good scope often costs two to three times the rifle it is destined for, but any shooter will tell you that’s well worth the price.
While rifle scopes have long been the go-to for rifle optics, a large portion of modern rifles sport optical sights, such as telescoping sights or red dots. Whichever type you use, install it properly with robust mounts that are adequate for the recoil and duty. Much like the rifle, it should also fit you and your shooting needs.
A final reminder, don’t skimp on the optic!
It’s worth pointing out that gun owners can grab the best equipment on the market, but it won’t do a bit of good if you don’t know how to properly use it. Understanding and implementing the basics like posture, breath control, trigger discipline, recoil management, and sighting will further accuracy and prevent human errors which can throw off even the best equipment.
Trigger control, using the pad of your finger versus the joint impacts the location of shots while breathing properly reduces the amount of movement as the trigger is broken. Additionally, shooters need to intimately understand the proper use of their chosen optics and learn how and when to adjust for come ups or wind values, not to mention requisite holds.
This is where training with a qualified instructor comes in handy. A professional will provide instructions on the fundamentals as well as how to properly integrate gear into the shooting scenario. Often, a few critiques and tips from a professional yield much better results than toiling away solo on the range trying to work it out yourself. The shooting sports industry offers many different training opportunities that can help you better your skills and employ them in your quest for marksmanship.Final Thoughts
The most satisfying part of the marksmanship journey is finally gaining the confidence to hit what you choose to hit with a rifle setup that feels like an extension of you the shooter.
Apply yourself to the basics and make sure your equipment fits the task at hand and you’ll soon find yourself making better shots. Keep practicing and learn from every shot whether hit or a miss.
While searching through the Guns.com Vault, I came across a gem of a gun just begging to be taken for a test drive — a Zev Custom Glock 19 Gen 3.
All-American, Zev offers a huge catalog of upgrades for Glock fans. Not to mention, the company is known for bringing a radical look to the otherwise blocky, uniform Glock – all without breaking reliability.The Upgrades
Immediately, the Zev slide atop the Glock frame catches attention with its aggressive serrations. This upgrade is leaps above the small factory serrations normally found on Glock pistols. Additionally, the slide comes pre-cut for an optic with the Trijicon RMR resting nicely on it. The slide is built to allow absolute co-witnessing with traditional iron sights.
This optic system is great for quick sight acquisition, not to mention, should the red dot fail the irons are ready as a back-up. The Zev Custom Glock 19 also features a rail on the underside of the muzzle, which proves useful in low light conditions. I attached a Surefire X300 Ultra which brought more illumination to my range day. When looking at the practical use of a firearm in tactical situations or home defense, having a gun capable of sporting a weapon light is a definite bonus.Range Performance
The biggest performance upgrade centers around the compensator. The compensator comes pinned to the KKM Precision barrel and keeps the gun shooting flat. Compared to a stock Glock, the compensator mitigates recoil immensely, keeping shots on target. The KKM barrel brings higher tolerances over stock barrels while the proprietary button rifling boasts better accuracy. This particular barrel features a Black Nitride finish — a top of the line offering – that can withstand a beating. The barrel is also super easy to clean, even after a high round count practice.
Wrapping my hands around the grip module, the Zev stippling offers some added traction. The trigger guard provides a double undercut which allowed me to ride higher on the grip. The trigger guard also holds a bit of stippling here too.
Speaking of accuracy, this gun has it. My first time shooting, I was able to perform the one-hole drill to near perfection at 7-yards. At 15-yards I made tight half-inch groups while keeping an upbeat split cadence of 0.20 to 0.25 seconds. When it came time to reload, the oversized magazine release was right there for easy access — so much better than the smaller stock release on the Glock. The aluminum mag well also helped ensure smooth reloads.
The Zev trigger is a big upgrade over the stock Glock trigger group, with a crisp pull and less take-up. Overall this gun comes chock full of upgrades, with even the striker plate replaced with a hex design aluminum one.Conclusion
If considering similar modifications to your Glock, save yourself some time and consider for a gun with the work already done. From a competitive perspective, the Zev equipped Glock 19 offers a great open-class option for 3-Gun or Outlaw Matches. Be it tactical, competitive, range plinking or protection, this particular Glock 19 has a lot of features that would make anyone grin. If you’re looking for a Zev Technologies gun for yourself just click the button below to see what Guns.com has in the Vault.
Further estranging the state’s sheriffs and pro-gun advocates, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday signed a new “red flag” bill into law.
The measure, SB 5, was backed by national anti-gun groups such as Giffords and Bloomberg-financed Everytown, who applauded the action by Lujan Grisham, a Democrat who ran for office on support from such groups. The bill squeaked through the Democrat-controlled state Senate earlier this month largely along party lines in a 22-20 vote while the state House greenlighted the proposal 39-31.
The law adopts an Extreme Risk Fiream Protection Order program in the state to allow courts to order temporary gun seizures for up to a year. Arguing the concept ranges from flawed to downright unconstitutional, 30 of the state’s 33 sheriffs opposed the move. To this, Lujan Grisham this week said the lawmen should step down if they persist in vows to refuse to enforce the controversial seizures.
“If they really intend to do that, they should resign as a law enforcement officer and leader in that community,” she said, as reported by ABC.
Second Amendment groups, who strongly opposed SB 5, argued it would have little impact on crime while forcing individuals to surrender legal firearms to law enforcement based on uncorroborated statements, then putting them into an expensive uphill fight to get their rights restored. Further, the law requires the individual who is the subject of the order be reported to the FBI’s NICS background check database as a person prohibited from purchasing a firearm until the order expires.
Red flag bills are often pitched to lawmakers as a tool to be used by police in uncommon circumstances when other tactics won’t fit. However, in states where they have been passed, they are increasingly becoming the routine mechanism of choice to impound firearms from gun owners put in the spotlight. For example, in Florida, where a seizure law was adopted in 2018, the law “has been applied more than 3,500 times,” the AP reports, noting that the pace of orders issued is “accelerating.”
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At Guns.com we’re all about selling all types of guns, rare gems included. You can visit our Collectors Corner to see a curated gallery of all the most exciting collectible guns that we have to offer at any given time. We scoured through the corner and also found a few gems that slipped through the cracks so join us as we examine the top rare guns from the Guns.com Vault.Browning M1919 A4/A6
Have you ever dreamed of owning a replica wartime machine gun? Here’s your chance! This Browning M1919 replica is a semi-auto version of its full-auto brethren which has seen action in nearly every modern-era combat amphitheater.
This big boy is built with a 24-inch shrouded barrel and is chambered in .30-06 Spfld with the ability to fire belt-fed. It also comes with a height-adjustable tripod. Talk about home defense! There is only one way to pick up one of these bad boys for your castle, that’s by clicking the button below.
This is truly a rare find as only 100 of these beautiful rifles were ever produced. For those of you who are fans of Indiana basketball legend Larry Bird, this is a must-have!
Some beautiful details are on display on this gun including engraving that commemorates this as number 78 out of 100 produced. Other scrollwork you’ll notice pays homage to the legend’s run with the Celtics from 1979 – 1992 and his time spent on the Olympic team as part of the original Dream Team.
If you love Larry Bird, the Hoosier state, or the great game of basketball then this would be a worthy piece to include in your collection. Check it out by clicking the link below.
Who said the art of bullseye shooting with obscure calibers is dead? This beauty from Robert Fluckiger fires a 5mm Bergman Rimless cartridge out of a 12-inch barrel. You probably aren’t going to find any spare ammo laying around but this is one of the more aesthetically pleasing guns we have in the vault, ready for a good collector.
HK is a prolific gunmaker with several designs that stand the testament of time, one of them being the P7 series. The P7 was introduced in 1978 and was produced through 2008. The M13 variant is considered among one of those vaunted HK designs that will forever be sought.
The M13 was debuted in 1982 in an attempt to win the US Army contract that eventually went to the Beretta M92. The 13+1 capacity of the pistol along with its low bore axis and unique squeeze cocking mechanism make this pistol continually sought after. The P7 M13 we have in the Vault is in excellent condition and ready for a new home.
The Smith & Wesson Model 61 Escort went into production in 1970 and had a short production run of three years with just over 60,000 produced. This little pocket pistol is chambered in .22 LR and is meant to be carried in deep concealment.
It practically disappears with a 2.1-inch barrel. Those beautiful faux wood grips give it a distinctive 70s vibe, inviting you to carry with it with your best leisure suit. This model from the Guns.com Vault comes with original case, box, and 5 round magazine.
If you’re looking to pair that Browning with another home defense weapon then your next logical choice would be this replica 1877 Colt Gatling Gun. This 10-barrel Gatling gun will need a mule to move it with a total weight of around 320-pounds. These have been produced since 2009 by U.S. Armament Corp but this model has the unique privilege of having serial number 1.
An amazing and unique opportunity for the right collector. Chambered in .45-70 Government this can fire up to 1,200 rpm and because it’s hand-cranked there are no NFA restrictions, though state and local laws should be checked. As a bonus, if you buy this, Guns.com will fly to wherever you are to film the joy of your initial range visit.
To see a full review on the gun and its design check out our article here. To get this in your yard ASAP simply click the button below.
No other gun may encompass the space-age design aesthetic of the 1950s better than the Whitney Wolverine. With it’s sleek and sweeping lines this pistol looks like it’s ready for a race or a Martian colony.
The famed firearms inventor Robert Hillberg set out to produce “the world’s fastest firing pistol” in the Wolverine but ultimately had to shut the doors due to pricing and legal problems. During its short production run, just over 13,000 of these plinkers were produced, making them extremely valuable for any collector.
We wrote a comprehensive review of the Whitney Wolverine and it’s inventor, check it out by clicking here. To add this space-age design to your collection simply click on the link below.
This revolver is so rare that it doesn’t even have a manufacturer attached to it. This is believed to be a trench gun that served in WWI to “peek” over the trench. As you can see there really isn’t a traditional trigger, rather a lever that appears to have been pulled with a rope attached.
There are very few recorded instances of this gun existing which leads one to believe that this may have been a prototype design that was later scrapped. We did a full review of this historic beauty, you can see the full write-up by clicking here. You won’t find this rare gem in anyone else’s collection so get it now while it’s still available by clicking the button below.
For those looking for a percussion cap muzzleloader that is over 100-years-old, this is the long gun for you. Henry Parker was a lock maker in Trenton, NJ who worked during the mid-1800s. His locks appear on a number muzzleloaders of the day but these rifles appear to be produced by him with the words “Henry Parker Warranted” engraved onto the lock plate.
At 42-inches long this rifle may be too long for your gun safe but it would look excellent hanging on a wall. It fires the equivalent of a .50 BMG in a black powder form so it can take down any big game. The golden deer, which is embedded in the stock, is a nod to the game hunted with this rifle.
This gun is a work of art not to mention a great historical artifact that would do well in any collector’s home. Add to your collection today by clicking the button below.
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Hunters have harvested trophy gobblers for decades, however, having shotguns optimized for turkey hunting makes it easier to put out devastating patterns on target. Here are some of the best new turkey guns ready for the field in 2020.Savage Renegauge Turkey
Savage’s new Renegauge gas-driven shotgun uses a dual-valve gas system to vent excess gases before—not after—it drives the bolt. In addition to soft-shooting 12-gauges, Savage is also launching a turkey-specific model.
The Renegauge Turkey wears a 24-inch vent rib barrel, Mossy Oak camo finish, fiber optic sights and comes with four chokes. The 12-gauge chambers 2-3/4 and 3-inch shells and holds 4+1 rounds. The synthetic stock is adjustable for LOP and comb height as well as drop and cast.
Pricing on the Renegauge Turkey is $1,549. For those that like the idea of the Renegauge aren’t interested in bagging turkeys, Savage also offers Field and Waterfowl editions.
Tristar’s Turkish-made Viper G2 Turkey semi-automatic shotguns have been around for almost five years, yet 2020 sees another addition to the gobbler-busting fleet. A baby bore .410 joins the existing line of 12- and 20-gauge G2 Turkeys. There are multiple camo pattern options, with each gun wearing a rubberized pistol grip and 24-inch barrel for quick handling in the woods.
The receivers are drilled and tapped for easy optics mounting, an important feature given the growing desire to use optics on big birds. MSRP on the gas-driven gobbler models is $655, making it the most affordable semi-auto specialty model.
Love the trend or not, there’s no denying that the .410 bore is the fastest-growing turkey market in both specialty guns and ammunition. Mossberg already entered that realm last year with a gobbler-specific Model 500 pump action 410.
For 2020, the company makes the addition to their semi-automatic shotgun platform with the SA-410 Turkey. These small-frame, 6.5-pound scatterguns wear Mossy Oak Bottomland camo and a 26-inch barrel. The SA-410 Turkey comes topped with an XX-Full extended turkey choke in addition to a user-friendly fiber optic ghost ring rear sight.
These features work together alongside an incredibly light recoil to produce enjoyable hunting for every age. Mossberg’s SA-410 Turkey retails for $735.
Whoever says specialty turkey shotguns must be expensive has never met the Stevens Model 301 single shots. The Stevens Model 301 single shots saw an upgrade in features all the while maintaining an incredibly affordable price point.
The 301 Turkey XP features a break action with a 26-inch barrel and extended extra full choke. The XP variant includes a mounted and bore-sighted 1×30 red dot optic. Offering Mossy Oak stocks and a removable Picatinny rail, the lightweight 301 series weighs in at just over 5-pounds.
Chambered in .410 bore and 20-gauge, the 301 Turkey XP makes a great run-and-gun companion in addition to being “newbie” friendly. The new Stevens 310 Turkey XP is priced at $239.
Turkish-made Retay shotguns provide inertia driven semi-autos built on a reputation of high-end features with more affordable in-class prices. Both the Masai Mara and Gordion lines offer plenty of hunting-specific models, but it’s the new Gordion Turkey that piques our interest.
With a 24-inch barrel, Picatinny rail, a quick-unload system, and a fiber-optic sight, the 12-gauge Gordion is built for turkeys with a 2-3/4 or 3-inch chamber. The guns feature full camo coverage, with options in either Mossy Oak Bottomland or Realtree Timber. The Gordion Turkey also ships with five chokes.
Everything comes packed in a hard case for an MSRP of $925. It’s worth noting that hunters desiring a 20-gauge may want to wait for the just-announced and scaled-down Masai Mara, which will eventually include a smaller gauge Masai Mara Turkey.
The company is known primarily for budget-friendly firearms ventures into the world of longbeards—and varmints—with their new M3500 Predator/Turkey model.
This inertia driven semi-auto 12-gauge uses a wieldy 24-inch ported barrel, Mossy Oak’s new Overwatch camo pattern and a rubberized pistol grip. Like most others on our list, the M3500 is drilled and tapped for optics mounting.
Like all other 12-gauges made this year, the Stoeger M3500 chambers both 2-3/4 and 3-inch shells, forgoing the 3-1/2 magnums in favor of using specialty ammo with what is proving to be superior patterns.
MSRP on the new coyote and gobbler busting model is $929 and that includes a paracord sling.
Georgia-based Honor Defense says they have a new handgun inbound, complete with a ported slide and flat trigger– the Pro9.
Describing the new offering as “Sexy and accurate,” the Pro9 has a higher capacity than the company’s HG9 series. While the legacy HG9 offers a 7- or 8-round magazine, the Pro9 comes standard with two 10+1 capacity extended mags.
The Pro9 will be offered in both a compact version with a 3.8-inch barrel and a sub-compact 3.2-inch barrel. As with the rest of the company’s handguns, the Pro9 is 100% made-in-the-USA and assembled by veterans. Further, the pistol will have a polished stainless-steel chassis with a crowned barrel.
The Pro9 is backed by the lifetime warranty, and no trigger-pull or tools are needed for disassembly. The gun is ambidextrous and is billed as having a snag-free design.
The pistol G42/43 sights and Hyve extensions fit the magazines. MSRP is not available and the Pro9 is expected to start shipping in April– likely right around the upcoming 149th NRA Annual Meetings in Nashville.
Webley & Scott, formerly of Birmingham, England, has been rebooted in India this month, with a new plant in Lucknow making shotguns, handguns, and airguns.
The first offering from the reborn company will be a line of .32 S&W-chambered top-break double-action revolvers with the first batch hitting dealer shelves on the subcontinent in April.
Similar to the storied WWII-era Webley Mk IV .38/200 service revolver used across the British Commonwealth from the 1930s through the 1960s, the new revolvers are also dubbed Mk IVs, although they have a noticeably shorter profile.
Webley & Scott of India is set to produce two versions of the reimaged Mk IV, dubbed the Pocket and a slightly taller Overhand Pocket, with 3-inch barrels and an overall length of 7- and 7.5-inches, respectively.
Why the lilliputian caliber when the original .38/200 is often seen as anemic these days? Handgun ownership in India is rare with calibers restricted to no larger than .32 and an Arms License required for purchasing even these restricted, Type C weapons.
Even at that, a very similar top-break marketed by the Indian Ordnance Factories Service, the country’s state-run firearms corporation, was introduced in 2014 marketed towards women and has since proved popular with both sexes.
Going past the more traditional offerings, Webley also has a catalog full of other guns listed for 2020 including a polymer-framed semi-auto .32 ACP with a 12+1 capacity, a 70-Series M1911 with G10 grips and fiber optic sights– because literally everyone makes an M1911, right– and long guns.Will the Indian-made Webleys make it over to this side of the pond?
On the company’s Facebook page, questions to that effect were met with the answer, “absolutely,” although it is not clear if the concern has a U.S. importer already lined up, or what models would be imported. Further, the guns would have to meet U.S. handgun importation criteria established in 1968, which could mean longer barrels among other tweaks to get enough points to earn the nod from ATF.
Nonetheless, President Donald Trump is currently in India on a state visit and said on Monday to an enthusiastic crowd in Ahmedabad at the world’s largest cricket stadium, “India is now a major market for American exports—and the United States is India’s largest export market.” This comes as Trump and Indian Prime Minister Modi are in the process of negotiating a big new trade agreement.
The country already imports a large number of firearms for military use, including a 72,400-unit purchase of rifles last year from New Hampshire-based Sig Sauer.
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Colt last week issued an update to clarify some reported questions with their rebooted Python series of .357 Magnum revolvers.
In the above, Justin Baldini, Colt’s Director of Marketing, delves into a number of comments and concerns they have received since the new snake gun’s rebirth.
First off, are reports of light strikes from users of the new Python. This, Baldini chalks up to being caused by the use of imported ammunition from overseas. While stressing that Colt recommends the use of SAAMI-certified brass-cased ammo with the Python. Nonetheless, he says the company will modify the Python’s mainspring “in order to lessen the potential for light primer strikes.” While Baldini says this will have a “small effect on the trigger pull,” it will still fall within the published specs of a 7-to-9.5-pound double-action trigger pull.
Second, there have been reports of loose side plate screws, causing the cylinder not to turn. Colt said they will be using a thread-locker moving forward to prevent this. Baldini urges customers not to remove the side plate on Colt revolvers and says that those who have a Python with loose side plate screws should contact the company so they can inspect the revolver for possible unseen internal damage.
Further, some new Pythons could have gotten out of the door with cosmetic damage to the area around the muzzle crown. As with other issues, Baldini says to contact Colt and they will “address the damage, no problem.”
Beyond that, the good news is the new generation of Pythons can be dry-fired if needed, a departure from older wheelguns. Finally, more Pythons are reportedly on the way to eager crowds of Colt fans looking to get one of their own.
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New Hampshire-based Sig Sauer has announced that the 480-strong Nevada Highway Patrol has successfully transitioned to the P320 handgun.
The Patrol, founded in 1908, is part of the Nevada Department of Public Safety and is the only statewide uniformed law enforcement agency. The NHP is the second-largest law enforcement agency in the state, only just behind the Las Vegas Police Department in size.
“Our initial transition to the Sig Sauer P320 has been seamless, and our Troopers are impressed with the accuracy and superior performance of the pistol,” said Col. Daniel Solow with the NHP. “Our diverse group of Troopers is going to appreciate the custom fit of their P320, and having the ability to choose a grip size based on their personal preference due to the unique modularity that the P320 is known for.”
As noted by the manufacturer, the P320 pistol is a modular, striker-fired pistol, available in full-size, carry, compact, and subcompact sizing with the serialized trigger group making it easy to switch between size and grip options. The NHP is currently issuing its P320s in 9mm.
“Sig Sauer is honored to continue our long-standing relationship with the Troopers of the Nevada Highway Patrol through their selection of the P320 as their official duty pistol,” said Tom Jankiewicz, Executive Vice president, Law Enforcement Sales, Sig Sauer. Jankiewicz went on to point out that NHP, “with the inclusion of the optics-cut on their slides they have the ability to easily expand the pistol’s capabilities in the future with the addition of a red dot optic.”
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A measure recently introduced in the U.S. House would lower the minimum age to buy a handgun to 18.
The Second Amendment For Every Registrable (SAFER) Voter Act, introduced on Capitol Hill by U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., would establish that adults, aged 18 or older, would be able to legally purchase a handgun. That right has largely been disallowed by federal law for those under age 21 since 1968.
“Today, I introduced my bill to reinstate Second Amendment rights for 18, 19, and 20-year-old Americans,” said Massie on social media.
The measure, which has been filed as H.R.5716, would reduce, from 21 years of age to 18 years of age, the minimum age at which a person may obtain a handgun from a Federal firearms licensee. According to 2016 estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau, there were more than 13 million Americans aged 18, 19 or 20.
Until 1968, the legal age to purchase handguns was 18, a benchmark that was upped by the 191-page Omnibus Crime Bill signed that year by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
“Why should a 20-year-old single mom be denied the right to defend herself and her children?” said Massie on the issue previously. “18, 19, and 20-year-olds are considered adults and are able to vote on important public policy issues. They can also form business contracts, get married, and serve in the military. As adults, these Americans should not be deprived of basic constitutional rights.”
H.R.5716 has four co-sponsors and has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. It is not without precedent. in 2017, Utah lowered the age to seek a concealed carry permit from 21 to 18.
Handguns are perhaps the most in-demand firearm in the country. According to the latest figures from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, 8,669,259 new firearms of all sorts were produced in 2018. Of that total, revolvers and pistols accounted for 4,277,971– a figure nearly twice the number of rifles and five times the number of shotguns produced in the same period.
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For over 50 years, California’s Frank Pachmayr turned out high-quality custom rifles with Old World craftsmanship. This is one of his beauties.
Frank learned his trade at the hands of his gunsmith father, German immigrant Gus Pachmayr, and young Frank reportedly learned to turn barrels by the ripe old age of eight. By age 22, in December 1929, the junior Pachmayr struck out and founded his own shop.
For over a half-century, Pachmayr Gun Works, or PGW, would remain on 1220 S Grand Ave in Los Angeles where rifled actions would be mated with finely figured walnut stocks, then tuned to the customer’s specifications or choice of caliber, and a finished, custom gun delivered to spec. He also became one of the first to transform the GI M1911 .45ACP into the popular combat/competition gun seen in the late 1970s, in short, tactical/practical before it was called that.
In time, Pachmayr invented dozens of accessories that are still standard in the firearms community today, including a host of recoil pads and handgun grips, optics mounts, and detachable sling swivels.
With that as a backgrounder, let us take a look at an exquisite Pachmayr-made rifle currently in the Guns.com Vault of Certified Used firearms.
A Remington Model 30-S Express, this PGW-made rifle is chambered in .458 Winchester Magnum, a belted Big Five safari-level cartridge. This is a departure from the rifle’s standard offerings, which were .30-06, .25 Rem, .257 Roberts, .30 Rem, .32 Rem, .35 Rem, and 7x57mm Mauser.
The Model 30, which was produced commercially from 1926 through 1940, was based on the Enfield M1917, which Remington made in large quantities for the U.S. Army in the Great War. The “American Enfield” was renowned for having a strong receiver. The 30-S Express was a more deluxe version
Nonetheless, relics of the good old days of PGW, such as this Model 30, still endure for the next generation.
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Yeah, yeah, it sounds like clickbait, but it’s not– we took a serious look at each recent American cultural generation and matched it to the best-known or most ground-breaking new handgun from that era.The Lost Generation (born 1883 to 1901)
Those who were born in this era became adults during the Great War and the Roaring Twenties, moving from the last days of the Old West into the brave new world that was the 20th Century. Perhaps one of the most important handguns born inside that generation was John Browning’s No. 1 pistol, which reached production as the FN Mle. 1900.
Designed in the late 1890s, the .32 ACP-chambered blowback pistol was, unlike many early semi-autos, reliable. Further, it was compact, being just 6.8-inches long overall and 4-inches high, arguably capable of being carried in a pocket. President Theodore Roosevelt even owned an M1900, which he reportedly kept either on him or by his bedside.
Over 700,000 FN 1900s were made in Belgium while untold thousands of unlicensed copies across the quality spectrum were produced around the globe. Many of the operational aspects of the pistol were recycled by Browning into other designs of his that are still in production today.The Greatest Generation (1901 to 1927)
The individuals who came of age during the dark years of the Great Depression and World War II, it was up to this generation to liberate Europe and Asia. With this in mind, it is a no-brainer that possibly the best handgun born alongside the Greatest Generation was one they would often carry on the battlefield– the M1911.
Never out of production in the past 109-years, the M1911 series is now made overseas for U.S. import while there is no shortage of domestic gun makers who crank out their take on the platform, in various slide/barrel lengths and with all sorts of upgrades that Browning could have never foreseen.The Silent Generation (1928 to 1945)
Born after WWI and running through WWII, the Silent Generation would become adults during the era of the Korean and Vietnam wars. While many great pistol designs were likewise put into production for the first time during this same period– the Walther PP, P-38, Browning Hi-Power, et.al.– we would be remiss if we did not tip the hat to the first production .357 Magnum revolver, Smith & Wesson’s Model 27.
With early guns termed Registered Magums, the S&W Model 27 was introduced in 1935 with firearm historian Roy Jinks describing this N-frame as, “The most important handgun developed in the 20th Century.” Big Blue’s first revolver to used a counter-bored cylinder to protect the rim and, being the most powerful handgun available on the commercial market at the time, was a custom order piece through 1939.
Modified with a short-throw hammer after WWII, the model was only dubbed the Model 27 in the 1950s but has remained a solid performer for Smith, who still makes the gun today.Baby Boomer Generation (1946 to 1964)
It was the Boomers who grew up as one of the first generations to have a TV in their home, and, while often quick and ready fans of hoglegs that were already nostalgic in that era– such as the Colt 1873 Peacemaker and M1911s seen in Westerns and WWII combat programs– their time saw an important introduction to American gun culture. Yup, they were born alongside the introduction of the domestic-made 9mm handgun to the States.
Courting a possible Army contract to replace the M1911, Smith & Wesson submitted early X100-series pistols to the military starting in 1948. While the contract evaporated, the company went to market with a more fleshed out design in 1955 and the Model 39 was born. Later stretched to a double-stack 15+1 capacity to become the Model 59, the rest in 9mm history.Generation X (1965 to 1979)
While overseas during this period several very nice double-stack 9mm pistols hit the market for the first time– the CZ 75, Beretta 92, and Sig P220 for instance– here in America perhaps the most popular new Gen X period handgun was Harry Sefried’s Security-Six/Service-Six/Speed-Six revolvers, followed by the scaled-up Ruger Redhawk, which was born in the same era.
The company’s first double-action revolver, the thick new Rugers became wildly successful, with more than 1.5 million of the medium-framed Six series produced alone. While the Sixes were replaced by the GP100 in the 1980s, the Redhawk line is still going strong.Millennials (1980 to 1994)
A generation that was old enough to see the dawn of the Millenium, the Millennials grew up in the computer age, witnessed big hair bands and Grunge come and go, and lived in the age where seemingly all of the cool new handguns were “plastic.” While polymer-framed guns had already popped up on the radar during Gen X, it was the Millennials whose time became Glock-o’clock.
Adopted by the Austrian Army in 1980 as the Pistole 80, by 1986 ads for the Glock G17 were running in American Handgunner with the more compact 15-round G19 following just a couple years later. The invasion of “plastic fantastics” helped heap dirt on the graves of S&W and Ruger’s wondernines of the same era and those companies soon switched gears by the mid-1990s to polymer, joining the club.Gen Z (1995 to 2012)
Moving past your early generations of polymer pistols that had to be customized with Dremel tools and skateboard tape, Gen Z shares an era that saw the world’s first commercially available handguns that sported a removable, serialized chassis. This allowed owners to buy new grip modules in a wide variety of colors and sizes, then simply swap out the chassis from grip to grip. Early pistols with the technology included the Steyr M-series pistols and the Sig P250.
Today the concept is common, being used by the Beretta APX and Sig P320, among others.The future?
Generational scholars tell us we are currently on what is being termed, “Gen Alpha,” which began around 2013 and will run through the mid-2020s. While several innovative guns have already been delivered to the market in the past several years, such as double-stack micro-compacts like the Sig Sauer P365 and Springfield Armory Hellcat, along with new race guns with forward-looking features like the Walther Q5 Match SF and Laugo Alien, we will reserve naming a Gen A handgun for a while.
You never know what the future holds.
John Moses Browning’s M1911 persists as one of the most prolific handguns in the modern era, but how has this pistol maintained its popularity more than a century after its inception?
The Model 1911 surfaced in the early 1900s after American soldiers realized they needed more firepower and capabilities than the standard M1892 revolver, which had been found wanting during service in the Philipines. Browning answered the call for a more robust handgun, introducing the Model 1911 which was adopted by the U.S. Army on Mar. 29, 1911. As the best Valentine’s to gun culture, Browning’s patent on the design was issued Feb.14, 1911. The M1911 offered a .45 ACP chambered pistol with a standard 8+1 capacity and versatility that made it a sensation.
Seeing service during both World Wars, the M1911 was renowned for its reliability in combat. In fact, during initial military testing, the gun underwent an intense 6,000 round torture test with no malfunctions.
After seeing action in World War II the Model 1911 underwent refinements to its design — namely, it gained an arched mainspring housing, better ergonomics, a shorter trigger, and improved sights. The revamped edition was renamed the M1911A1 to set it apart from the original design.
The M1911A1 was employed in combat in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars in addition to riding alongside law enforcement personnel in the U.S. Border Patrol, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Texas Rangers. Though the military eventually replaced it with the M9 in 1985, the M1911A1 remained a steady companion for many special operations units.
Diving into the world of guns, there aren’t too many that have enjoyed the long-term popularity and success as the 1911 platform. Still, a preferred concealed and open carry pistol for many gun owners, the M1911 has proved itself with a slimmer width that often neatly slips into a holster. Available in three sizes —Government, Commander, and Officer — the M1911 allows owners to select a size that fits individual needs, be it carry, competition or home defense.
With an easy to maintain and easy to use design, the M1911 is the go-to for many new .45 ACP gun owners learning the ropes of ownership and carry. Not to mention, for new shooters that manual safety often brings a sense of security while carrying. The M1911 also brings versatility to the handgun game with customizations galore, which has even led to custom 1911 makers like Wilson Combat and Nighthawk Custom making out-of-the-box high-end 1911s.
Whether its the nostalgia that its history brings, its tested reliability or its ability to easily integrate into most facets of gun ownership — be it casual ownership, carry or competition — the M1911 is a stalwart pistol with a steady trajectory that doesn’t seem to be slowing anytime soon.
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On Feb. 6, 2020, the petition against the Liberal’s proposed ban of”military assault rifles’ closed with record results. The petition, E-2341, which opened on Dec. 17, 2019, garnered a total of 175,310 signatures — the most signatures for any type of petition in the history of Canada.
If passed, the government would begin a buyback program much like New Zealand despite the fact that Public Safety Canada still has no legal definition as to what a “military assault rifle” is. The Liberals, meanwhile, have repeatedly emphasized a ban would not target hunters.
The Minister of Public Safety, Bill Blair, has estimated that a buyback program would cost between $400 to $600 million. According to studies, there are approximately 250,000 semi-automatic rifles owned in Canada, though they are already heavily regulated. Owning an AR-15 in Canada requires a restricted license and the owner can only shoot at a licensed gun club.
Critics of the ban feel the government should focus on fighting actual crime instead of removing guns from law-abiding Canadians.
“Let’s do things that are going to make a difference for targeting criminals and not the law-abiding Canadians by putting hundreds of millions, potentially billions of dollars, into programs that deter kids from joining gangs, crime prevention issues, addiction, and mental health treatment, strengthen border security so we don’t have smuggled firearms, and focus police resources on targeting criminals,” Conservative MP Glen Motz, who started the petition, recently said.
Motz is also concerned by the way the government is trying to pass the ban. The Liberals are currently attempting to implement the measure by way of an Order in Council, limiting debate in the House of Commons.
As of right now, gun bans and most other issues have taken a back seat as The Liberals try to solve a two-week-long anti-pipeline protest which has shut down rail activity from coast to coast and is crippling the Canadian economy.
In 1973, a hunter discovered his rifle had been swiped from his truck. This month, the gun is now on its way back home.
A detective in Circleville, Ohio last month reached out to police some 500 miles away in Madison, Wisconsin about a Mauser bolt-action rifle whose serial number jibed with one that had been reported stolen there decades prior. The firearm had been gone missing from a1966 GMC pickup, where the 41-year-old victim had left it beneath a blanket in the truck’s bed. The crime occurred at the 200 block S. Baldwin St, which, then as now, is a residential area.
Soon, the rifle was on its way back to Madison, where police there discovered, sadly, that the unnamed owner of the Mauser passed away in 1998.
“However, his children are still alive, and are being contacted 47 years after their dad reported the crime,” said MPD in a statement.
CCI Ammunition announced Blazer will see a new addition to its pistol ammo lineup in the form of a 180-grain 10mm Auto option.
The full metal jacket opts for brass cases paired with non-corrosive, non-mercuric CCI primers. The combo, according to the company, produces reliable ignition with “consistent ballistics.”
“Shooters who rely on Blazer for high-volume training now have a new quality option: a 180-grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ),” CCI said in a news release. “New Blazer Brass 10mm Auto pushes its 180-grain FMJ bullet for accurate, realistic training.”
CCI says the standard velocity at the muzzle is 1,200 feet-per-second with 575 foot-pounds of energy. It’s worth noting the brass is reloadable for those that want to cut long-term costs by reloading. Blazer brass is also 100-percent American made.
The new 10mm option ships in a 50-count box and retails for just over $20.