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Coolest Guns in the Outlet: February 2020

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 04:00 works with several reputable gun shops all over the nation to bring you excellent deals on used guns. We compiled a quick list of the 10 coolest used Outlet guns currently listed on our site. Take a look and find your next gun!

Auto Mag Model 180

Auto Mag Model 180

The Auto Mag is undeniably one of the most badass hand cannons ever produced. Chambered in .44 AMP, this gun is in good overall condition with a few scratches on the stainless steel frame. It sports a 6-inch barrel and a 10-round magazine. These are hard to find and this one, a Pasadena-marked original, won’t last long on the market.

For more information, check out’s deep dive into the Auto Mag platform.


2012 Limited Production Colt 1911 Government Anniversary Model

Colt 1911 Government Anniversary Model

Chambered in .45 ACP, this handgun commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Colt Model 1911. It has a high luster blued finish with intricate scrollwork done on both the receiver and the slide. This is paired with the pearl grip panels that contain the 100th Anniversary Colt emblem.

This Commemorative handgun also comes with a matching Colt 100th Anniversary case.


FN America M249S 


This excellent condition FN M249S is chambered in 5.56×45 NATO. This rifle shows an almost new bore and finish and comes with the original box and contents. Decked out in Flat Dark Earth, the 249S is a semi-automatic version of the M249 SAW light machine gun adopted by the U.S. military in 1988. The rifle features an 18.5-inch FN cold hammer-forged, chrome-lined barrel and operates from a closed-bolt position.

It will accept both standard M16/M4-style magazines and, of course, linked belt ammunition.


Belgian Made Rare Antique 20-Shot Western European Revolver

20-Shot Western European Revolver

This curious and commanding revolver, with a 20-shot cylinder, has Liege proofs that tie it to Belgium while others suggest German travels. Chambered in what is believed to be .455 Eley, this revolving hand cannon has a 10-inch barrel and likely dates to the late 19th or early 20th Century.

While other 20-shot revolvers exist, they are almost always much smaller pinfire double-barreled models that bear little resemblance to this piece. An identical offering appeared in Francis Bannerman’s famous 1927 catalog of military surplus with the description, “20 Shot Revolver found in old shop in Paris, bore is about 3/8, length, 15 inches, weight is about 6 pounds. Rare piece. Sold to collector.”

Fast forward another 100 years and this interesting piece, acquired from a New Orleans collector, was said to be a German trench revolver from WWI, rigged to “peek” over the trench and shoot by pulling a string attached to the trigger. 


Colt Python

Colt Python

This Colt Python sports a 5-inch barrel and is decked out in a nickel finish — all listed in good condition. There is slight discoloration of the finish but, hey, no one’s perfect.

Unfortunately, you’ll have to pick up a carrying case to take this bad boy to the range as it ships without a carrying case.


Springfield Armory IDF Mauser

Springfield Armory IDF Mauser

This particular Springfield-imported IDF Mauser comes with a little backstory. It was used by Israeli Defense Force snipers with paperwork to confirm this: 

This ex-IDF sniper was imported back in 2000

Chambered in .308 Win, this uber-sweet bolt action features a 24-inch barrel. 


Beretta 92 SB

Beretta 92 SB

This beautiful Beretta 92 SB is a model rarely seen in the U.S. Produced in Italy, this semi-automatic pistol is in excellent condition, with a 5-inch barrel and one 15-round magazine. It ships with Crimson Trace grips as well as the original grips, though one medallion is missing on the original set.




This FN SCAR 17S is chambered in .308 Winchester/7.62×51 NATO and comes with a 20-round magazine. This rifle shows a like new bore and finish with strong rifling and an undisturbed black finish.


Colt Defense Hartford Conn. 1911 Dated 1915

Colt Defense Hartford Conn. 1911 Dated 1915

This 1911 is a WWI production military handgun from 1915. Boasting an N.R.A Stamped receiver, the gun is one of the 47 handguns Colt released from service to sell as N.R.A National Match handguns from 1915 to 1922.

Ordnance markings of H and R show this handgun came from the Hartford Arsenal, and a type 2 second iteration Colt logo confirms its 1915 manufacture date. Additional final inspection GHS markings also prove that this handgun was the property of the US Army.

The bore has good rifling and the overall finish is good with some holster wear around the edges of the handgun.


Colt Bisley

Colt Bisley

This beautiful Colt Bisley features a 7.5-inch barrel with stag antler grips. It was converted from black powder to pistol caliber. It’s chambered in .357 magnum and holds five rounds.


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Remington Brings Back Bolt-Action Handgun with 700 CP

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 04:00

Remington is in full production with a new bolt-action handgun, the Model 700 CP. Though this is Remington’s second bolt-action handgun, the Model 700 CP looks nothing like the now discontinued XP-100.

Will this new iteration have the 30+ year staying power of the original? takes a closer look at the Model 700 CP.

Meet the Remington 700 CP dives the Remington’s newest bolt-action pistol, the Remington 700 CP. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

The majority of XP-100 pistols were single shots, but the new CP is a tactically inspired, magazine-fed mutant. The Model 700 CP comes built as one of the only bolt-action repeater handguns. The new CP—short for chassis pistol—is based on the Remington 700 bolt action system. More specifically, the new CP is a modified version of the company’s 700 Precision Chassis Rifle.

The target market seems to be an even mix of long-range target shooters as well as hunters, even holding an appeal to tactical customization.

The short action CP is initially offered in a trio of chamberings: .223 Rem, .300 Blackout and .308 Win. Barrel length sits at 10.5-inches on the two smaller calibers and 12.5-inches on the .308 Win. The pistol opts for a threaded muzzle for easy mounting of suppressors or brakes. The CP 700 also ships with a thread cover.

Each pistol ships in the company’s heavy green cardboard box along with a single 10-round P-Mag. A full-length Picatinny rail makes for easy optics mounting. The company’s X-Mark Pro adjustable trigger can be set from 3.5-pounds up to 5.5-pounds. Our test gun’s trigger pull broke just over 4-pounds.

Features are similar to the big brother rifles, with a two-position safety just behind the extended, knurled bolt handle. Magpul’s MIAD pistol grip finishes off the company’s chassis stock, which provides a QD mount at the rear, along with the M-LOK handguard.

Field Notes

The bolt action 700 CP pistol offers a threaded barrel, ships with a Magpul P-Mag and has a rear QD sling mount that can be removed to make room for a pistol brace. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Our test pistol in .308 weighs in just over 6-pounds bare but loading up the 10- round magazine and adding a riflescope pushes it closer to 8-pounds. The weight is welcome in absorbing some of the recoil, as there’s significant muzzle rise in what is traditionally a rifle chambering. The M-LOK forend makes it easy to mount accessories like a bipod for bench shooting. Hunters wishing to carry the CP afield will find an included single-point QD sling adapter at the rear for easier toting.

The oversized magazine release lever, located aft of the mag well, works well even with shooting gloves. The included Magpul magazine is a welcome addition to those accustomed to firing single-shot bolt actions. We also appreciated the full-length Picatinny rail as it allows shooters enough room for optics mounting. Either handgun or riflescopes can be successfully utilized on the CP.

The standard finish is hardcoat anodized with black Cerakote. Additionally, Remington offers a Veil TAC Blue camouflage finish option. This certainly speaks more to a tactical or bench-rest crowd than the hunting market.

Though it didn’t interest us for hunting-related purposes, shooters can remove the sling mount at the rear where the buffer tube would normally attach and affix an aftermarket pistol brace. In that same vein, Remington recently announced the coming of a 700 CP Brace Variant already fitted with an SB Tactical pistol brace. This, of course, expands the use of the otherwise niche bolt-action handgun.

Range Time

The CP 700 worked well alongside a variety of .308 Win ammo. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

For the sake of accuracy testing, we mounted a Leupold VX-3 Handgun optic in 2.5-8×32 for testing. We packed ammo cans with a nice mix of .308 Win ammo and headed to the indoor range.

The CP was quick to zero but delivers its share of recoil from the bench. Controlled with a bit of practice, it takes some time for shooters to become accustomed to the pistol. It should go without saying, but the CP cycled all types of ammunition well and punched out practical groups on target.

Our CP got a legit dose of the elements during our Midwest winter accuracy testing. During an outdoor range session, it endured biting cold temperatures and a bit of wind. The CP 700 fired Federal Gold Medal Berger 185-grain Open Tip Match, Hornady Outfitter 165-grain GMX, Barnes Vor-TX in 150-grain TTSX, Nosler Custom Competition 168-grain HPBT and Sig Sauer Elite Hunter Tipped 165-grain during the range visit.

Three shot groups hovered right around MOA with every brand, with our best three-shot 100-yard group measuring 0.89-inches. We just spent time with the Nosler Independence bolt-action handgun which features a center-grip chassis; thus, the rear-grip on the CP 700 was a bit of a changeup and took some time to acclimate. Without placing the non-dominant hand forward, the pistol can be a handful. A suppressor or muzzle brake would be a welcome tamer on the 700 CP in .308 Win.

Hits and Wishes

The extended Picatinny rail atop the pistol allows shooters ample room for either an extended eye relief pistol scope or even a traditional rifle scope. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

We were a bit surprised to see the fairly short barrel lengths as a few extra inches would benefit cartridge performance. That said, the longer barrels would not play as well with the idea of the Brace Variant pistols, where short and maneuverable is the name of the game. Serious, right-handed handgun bench shooters might also find themselves wanting a left-handed bolt and ejection port to stay in the gun from shot to shot.

The hits, however, are many, especially for those awaiting Remington’s re-launch into bolt-action factory production handgun territory. Whether hunting, target shooting or re-defining the lines of a modified SBR, the 700 CP is expanding the customer base of the old-fashioned bolt pistol.

Remington 700 CP models start with an MSRP of $1,020 with the Veil TAC Blue camo versions coming in slightly higher.


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New Sub-$250 Taurus G3 9mm Pistol Now Available in Gray, OD Green and Tan

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 01:18

Taurus has been busy expanding its new G3 series of full-sized handguns, now offering the 9mm pistol in an array of new colors.

Introduced late last year with options limited to a matte black carbon steel with a Tenifer finish or a stainless steel slide over a black polymer frame, the Taurus G3 built on the company’s successful G2c series of striker-fired pistols. Now, the budget firearms maker has grown the G3 to include frame offerings in Gray, an OD Green, and Tan.

Across the platform, weight is 24.83 ounces while overall length is 7.28-inches, a size that puts the new Taurus model in the same neighborhood as the Glock G19 and S&W M&P M2.0 Compact. The sights on the Taurus include a fixed front and drift-adjustable rear while a Picatinny accessory rail is standard.

Taurus G3 Gray shown. The magazine capacity on the series is 15+1 flush-fit or 17+1 extended with 10-rounders available for gun owners behind the lines. (Photo: Taurus)

Taurus G3 Tan shown. The G3’s striker-fired action has a restrike capability while the pistol incorporates a 6-pound trigger with a short reset. Note the extensive stippling areas as well as front and rear slide serrations. (Photo: Taurus)

The Taurus G3 Green shown. With the flush-fit 15-round magazines, height on the G3 is 5.2-inches on the doublestack 9mm G3 with an overall length of 7.28-inches due to its 4-inch barrel. This puts it in the same neighborhood as the Glock 19 when it comes to specs. (Photo: Taurus)

MSRP across the Taurus G3 series is officially in the $350 range, but that has proven to be closer to the $250-ish area at retailers. This puts the Brazilian polymer parabellum often a good bit cheaper than many comparable Smiths or Glocks which notably have more modular grips through the use of interchangeable palm swells, a feature not shared by the Taurus.

And when it comes to the whole Brazil thing, the company’s U.S branch has officially begun low rate production on firearms in their new Bainbridge, Georgia facility. The company announced last August that the first “Bainbridge” marked gun has rolled out.


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Plinker From Yesteryear: The Elegant Winchester Model 63

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 23:30

Produced from 1933 through 1958, the trim Winchester Model 63 was at first known as “The Speed King.” (Photo: April Robinson/

For 25 years, Winchester made a terrific self-loading takedown .22LR rifle, the Model 63, and it still remains a hit with collectors today.

To understand the Model 63, one first needs to make a pit stop and consider Winchester’s Model 1903, introduced while Teddy Roosevelt was President. Chambered in then-newly-introduced .22 Win Auto, the “03” was designed by noted firearm engineer T.C. Johnson and was fed by a 10-shot tubular magazine inserted through the buttstock. A simple blow-back action, the rifle could be quickly taken down into two parts for storage.

Although it remained in production through 1932, the .22 Win Auto cartridge never caught on and wasn’t used by any other firearms on the market, thus handicapping the rifle’s popularity. With that, Winchester redesigned the rifle to accept the common UMC-designed .22LR, which has been around in one form or another since 1884. Further, the walnut stock was restyled from a typical straight stock found on the Model 1903 to one with a pistol grip.

With that, the Model 63 was born.

The Model 63 stemmed from the earlier Model 1903 but was chambered in .22LR. Other changes included a reshaped pistol-grip stock on the new rifle, whereas the original design had a more simple straight stock. Note the loading port on the right-hand side of the stock to top off the magazine.

Entering the market in 1933 at a price of about $34– which adjusts to around $700 in today’s dollars– the new Winchester 63 was billed as being, “The easiest handling, cleaning, and handiest shooting .22 caliber automatic,” available. In early marketing material, the new rimfire rifle was dubbed “The Speed King.”

The rod protruding from the forearm under the barrel is termed the “operating sleeve.” Pushing it in works the Model 63’s action.

Winchester, at introduction, described the Model 63’s stock as a “shotgun” style due to the pistol grip and its resemblance in shape to that used on the Model 1897 scattergun. The magazine is in the middle of the buttplate. The takedown screw is at the rear of the receiver.

With a minimum of outside moving parts or projections and a wide, rounded forend, the rifle had a very trim look and only weighed 5.5-pounds. Produced with 20- or 23-inch barrels with rear adjustable “sporting” sights, the new rifle sold briskly and remained in production well into the 1950s.

These guns are often encountered with period rimfire optics, such as this 1955 model with an offset fixed-power scope.

This Model 63 has a Redfield 4x rimfire scope. Towards the end of the gun’s production, models were made with factory-grooved receivers for tip-off scope mounts.

By 1958, with the changing nature of firearm production and a general shifting of times, the Winchester Model 63 was listed in catalogs for more than twice its initial price, $79. By 1959, it was not listed in the catalogs at all. The less expensive Winchester Model 77 took its place at a price point of $38 and the world moved on.

Still, the Model 63 remained sought after by gun owners, so much so that in 1997 Winchester rebooted the line for a limited run complete with engraved receivers and checkered walnut stocks. Those commemoratives soon disappeared into the hands of collectors.

It was the Speed King, after all.


If the Winchester 63 isn’t quite what you need to fill the space in your gun safe, but you are hungry for more classic firearms of all sorts, be sure to head over to the Collector’s Corner, where you never know what you are going to find. History is just one click away. 

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Auto Ordnance Shows off 75th Anniversary Commemorative Iwo Jima Series

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 05:09

Thompson Auto-Ordnance recently introduced their Commemorative Iwo Jima Series, which began shipping last month and were on display at SHOT Show 2020 in Las Vegas. (Photos: Chris Eger/

Some 75 years ago this week the battle for Iwo Jima began, and Auto Ordnance has a set of M1 Carbines, M1927 Thompsons and M1911s to honor the occasion.

Each gun in the Iwo Jima tribute series is custom engraved with a variety of images commemorating the epic six-week World War II battle, and are finished in Cerakote OD Green with a distressed Copper color.

The Iwo Jima 1911 is custom engraved by Outlaw Ordnance on the left side with battle scenes, and the official name for the action: “Operation Detachment”. The grips feature Adm. Chester Nimitz’s famous quote, “Among the men who fought on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue”; along with a depiction of the famous flag-raising on Mount Suribachi. The right side also features a battle scene, the dates of the operation, “Iwo Jima”, and an advancing American flag. The grip depicts an eagle and anchor.

The Iwo Jima 1911 starts as an all-steel, Auto-Ordnance GI model 1911, made entirely in the U.S. The caliber is .45ACP, with a 5-inch barrel, and one 7-round magazine. MSRP is $1247.

The Iwo Jima M1 Carbine is engraved with battle scenes on the forearm, along with an island map. At the middle, the left stock displays the dates of the battle, and “Operation Detachment”. Engraved on the opposite side are the words “Iwo Jima” surrounding an advancing American flag. The right buttstock depicts the raising of the flag on Mount Suribachi, and features Nimitz’s quote. The right side has battle scenes in front of the text “WWII.”

Each U.S.-made Iwo Jima M1 Carbine is chambered in .30 Carbine, has an 18-inch barrel One 15 round magazine is included. MSRP is $1,391.

The Iwo Jima Thompson is engraved with “World War II” on both sides of the forearm. The receiver is engraved with “Operation Detachment” on the left, and “Iwo Jima” along with the dates of the battle on the right. Both sides of the wood grip are marked “US”. The buttstock has battle scenes on each side, with “WWII” on the right, and the flag-raising on Mount Suribachi on the left. Nimitz’s quote is engraved on the right buttstock.

Each American-made Iwo Jima tribute Thompson is chambered in .45ACP, has a 16.5-inch barrel and sports wood furniture. One 30- and one 20-round magazine is included. The MSRP is $1886.


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The Best Revolvers Available Today

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 04:00

It seems at times like mighty revolvers have lost their thunder to polymer and steel semi-autos, but they possess a capability and quality that endures.

Sure, revolvers don’t pack the capacity or technology of their semi-automatic competition, but they still stir something in the soul. Whether you want to carry a revolver, keep it in a drawer for home defense, or target shoot, there are a variety of fantastic revolvers from a variety of manufacturers that can fit your needs.

Here’s a list of what we think are some of the hottest revolvers available today.

Kimber K6S

Kimber K6S

When Kimber launched the K6S in 2016, they claimed to have ‘evolved the revolver’. Although that might be a bit of stretch, they certainly breathed some fresh life into the concealable wheel gun market.

The K6S has the smallest cylinder on the market capable of holding 6 rounds of .357 Magnum/.38 Special. It measures only 1.39-inches in diameter. The barrel is 2-inches long and the gun weighs 1.43-pounds empty. The internal hammer, shape, and contour of the gun make it snag-free. Models come with fixed and adjustable sights.

We had the pleasure of shooting the K6S at SHOT Show in 2018 and the trigger is phenomenal. With .357 Magnum loads, it’s snappy. But with .38 Specials, it’s very controllable.


Ruger GP100

Ruger GP100

The Ruger GP100 may be one of the smoothest shooting revolvers on this list. It was the first revolver I ever fired. I was shooting .38 Specials, but I remember thinking to myself, ‘what a smooth shooting gun.’

The Ruger GP100 has been around since 1985. It’s a rugged, proven design known for its dependability and accuracy. The exposed hammer can be worked in either double or single action. A patented transfer-bar mechanism aids in preventing accidental discharges and the triple-locking cylinder provides positive alignment.

Available in a variety of calibers, the GP100 can hold six or seven rounds depending on the caliber. The robust stainless steel construction adds a little heft. A 3-inch barreled GP100 weighs 2.3-pounds empty. Sights are fixed or adjustable.

It is equally suited for outdoor carry, home and self-defense, and target shooting.


Smith & Wesson Model 66 Combat Magnum

Smith & Wesson Model 66 Combat Magnum

In my mind, the S&W K-frame with wood finger-groove grips is one of the sexiest looking wheel guns available.

First launched in 1970, the K-Frame Model 66, chambered in .357 Magnum/.38 Special, gained a lot of respect from shooting enthusiasts and law enforcement agencies; however, in the early 2000s, S&W stopped making the 66. Customer demand ultimately caused it to be reintroduced in 2014.

With the newer model, S&W was able to reduce costs and possibly make it more accurate by utilizing new machining and assembly methods.

Today’s Model 66 Combat Magnums come in two barrel lengths. They have an exposed hammer and can be fired in single or double action. They hold six rounds with a fairly robust design. A Model 66 with a 2.75-inch barrel weighs 2.10-pounds empty.


Colt Python

Colt Python

Introduced in 1955, the Python was deemed by Colt as a ‘premium revolver’. It competed directly with Smith & Wesson’s Model 29. Both wheel guns were chambered in .357 Magnum/.38 Special.

While S&W eventually got Dirty Harry behind their gun, Colt had well-respected firearms writers behind it claiming that the Python was ‘the finest production revolver ever made.’ Not for the faint of heart, Pythons were intended to be big, solid and accurate handguns. They had an excellent reputation with both shooters and law enforcement.

Despite this, Colt discontinued the Python in 2005, perhaps due to a lack of interest at the time in revolvers amid the polymer pistol revolution. In January of 2020, however, Colt re-introduced the Python to much fanfare at SHOT Show in Las Vegas.

According to Colt, the new Python is built out of stronger stainless steel compared to the originals and is available in a 4.25- or 6 inch-barrel model with wood grips.

We were able to shoot the new Python and it shoots and feels really good. The hammer is exposed and it can be fired in signal or double action. It holds six rounds and has adjustable sights. The 4.25-inch model weighs 2.63-pounds.


Taurus Judge

Taurus Judge

Last but certainly not least, the Taurus Judge is named after the Miami judges that carry it as their preferred self-defense weapon. Capable of holding five rounds of either .45 Long Colt or .410 shotshell, it is a very potent self/home defense weapon.

It has a five-round capacity and with exposed hammer, can fire in either single or double action. Sights are not adjustable but feature a high vis fiber optic front sight. There’s also a key-operated Taurus Security System. Shallow rifling of the barrel means the Judge is not a short barrel shotgun under the NFA. However, it is illegal in California due to that states more stringent gun laws.

A judge with a 3-inch barrel weighs 1.81-pounds empty.


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The Battle for Iwo Jima at 75: The Guns They Carried

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 03:56

“Iwo Jima: Another Wave Moves In,” as captioned by the U.S. Marine Corps Archives, showing M-1 Carbine-armed Marines taking cover behind slopes of soft black volcanic ash on the beach and movement on it was described as “trying to run in loose coffee grounds.” The battle for Iwo Jima would last for six weeks, from Feb. 16 to March 26, 1945. (Photos: USMC Archives/U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command.)

Some 75 years ago today, 60,000 U.S. troops began a campaign to seize an eight square mile pork chop-shaped island none of them had likely heard of before– Iwo Jima. Soon, they would never forget it.

Dominated by Mount Suribachi, a dormant volcano, Iwo Jima in February 1945 was an important and strategic steppingstone to the ultimate invasion of Japan during World War II. At three airfields built on the volcanic ash, American B-29 bombers could make emergency landings and escorting P-51 Mustang fighters based there could sortie to the Japanese Home Islands, putting the Empire squarely under the bombsights of the world’s most powerful air force.

Defending the fortress was Gen. Tadamichi Kuribayashi’s forces, which had largely evacuated the civilian population on Iwo and has spent months preparing the island’s difficult terrain to best resist the amphibious assault. They dug 16 miles of tunnels, broken up into 1,500 different bunkers, underneath the island.

U.S. Marines Iwo Jima bound, February 19, 1945.

On February 19, after three days of naval and air bombardment, the V Amphibious Corps, spearheaded by the 4th and 5th Marine Divisions, hit Red Beach and Green Beach and soon found themselves the subject of intense Japanese mortar and sniper fire. Over the next six weeks, as the Marines clawed their way into the interior of Iwo Jima and eventually planted the U.S. flag on Mount Suribachi, the combat would only get worse.

For many Marines, their most common infantry arm was the .30 Caliber M1 Carbine or the larger M1 Garand, the latter chambered in .30-06 Springfield.

“FORMED—- Organized and formed for the assault, Marines of one of the Regiments of the Fourth Marine Division under Major General Clifton B. Cates, USMC, are ready to attack the enemy-held Motoyama Airfield Number One, on Iwo Jima, 500 yards inland from the beach.” Note the Marines in the foreground with M1 Carbines and the unmistakable profile of M1 Garands in the distance.

The M1 Garand, developed by Springfield Armory and adopted by the U.S. Army in 1936, only became a Marine rifle later in WWII. The Marines famously fought their early campaigns on Guadalcanal with the bolt-action M1903 Springfield rifle while elite units like the Marine Raiders and Paramarines were augmented with more exotic platforms such as the Reising submachine gun and M1941 Johnson.

The 9.5-pound Garand, officially ” U.S. rifle, caliber .30, M1″ had a 24-inch barrel and wooden furniture. They cost the Army about $85 to produce during WWII and remained the standard American military rifle until the select-fire M14 came along in 1957. (Photo: Chris Eger/

The more compact M1 Carbine, a “war baby” that only entered production seven months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, was lightweight, at just over 5-pounds. With more than 6 million cranked out by companies as diverse as Inland, Winchester, Saginaw, and IBM, it was one of the more common individual American weapons of the conflict.

The M1 Carbine cost Uncle Sam $45 a pop to make during WWII, meaning about two of these compact light rifles could be bought for the price of each Garand.

Other Marines would carry a version of Gen. John Taliaferro Thompson’s submachine gun into combat. While in Europe at the time the M3 Grease Gun was seeing lots of use with the Army, the Tommy gun was still a favorite with Marine NCOs and came in handy when clearing caves and bunkers.

Marines clear cave on Iwo Jima with Thompson submachine guns

There were also light and heavy machine guns on Iwo, including two of John Browning’s offspring– the M1917 water-cooled .30 cal and its  M1919 air-cooled little brother. Many machine gun operators, like officers, carried the M1911 .45ACP handgun, standard for the Marines through both World Wars.

An M1917 water-cooled Browning machine gun in .30-06. The 103-pound gun used 250-round fabric belts and, though heavy, was famous for its use by Marines like John Basilone. Official caption: “RETURN FIRE—–Struggling forward by the Yard, the Marines fighting for possession of Iwo Jima, a strategic enemy island in the Volcano group, are held up by Japanese machine gunners. An American Marine immediately opens fire on the (enemy) with his .30 caliber weapon.”

The business-end of the M1919. Although a lot lighter than the M1917, the A4 “light” variant in use on Iwo Jima still tipped the scales at 38-pounds, unloaded.

There was another LMG on Iwo of course, the 16-pound M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle. Unlike crew-served weapons, the .30-06 caliber BAR was carried and used by a single man. With a 20-round magazine, they had a cyclic rate of fire of about 500 rounds per minute as long as the mag held out.

“FAITHFUL AND WAITING—-While a gigantic artillery and tank battle rages behind them on the Iwo Jima beachhead, Marines (left to right) PFC Joseph de Blanc, of Union, Maine, and PFC Frank Hall, of Reed W. Virginia, faithfully wait for orders in a shell hole.” Note the M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR).

In use with Marines since the Great War in France, there were also several pump-action 12-gauge scatterguns on Iwo Jima and elsewhere across the Pacific. As noted by Bruce Canfield, Marine divisions in WWII were recommended at least 490 shotguns each and bayonet-equipped Winchester M97 and M12 shotties were present in just about every landing across the Pacific. These were fed with brass-hulled shells often carried in old grenade pouches.

“GOING INLAND— Determination written on their countenances, Marines start the drive to the interior of Iwo Jima. Running at a crouch, they dart across the table and in the shadow of Mount Suribachi, taking advantage of the scant protection offered by small rises in the volcanic sand.” Note the M1 Carbine of the Marine in the foreground, with a rifle grenade attachment installed, and the Devil Dog with a Winchester Model 12 trench gun in the background.

There were other, more dramatic weapons as well.

Flamethrowers were also useful in routing the defenders from the honeycomb of underground tunnels and bunkers on the island.

Marine Hershel “Woody” Williams, the last living Medal of Honor recipient from the Pacific War, carried a 70-pound flamethrower on Iwo Jima and used it to take on a network of reinforced concrete pillboxes by himself. He is currently 96 years old. In all, the Medal of Honor was presented to 22 Marines and five Sailors for their actions on Iwo Jima, many of those given posthumously. Adm. Chester Nimitz observed after the hellish battle that, “uncommon valor was a common virtue.”

In addition to flamethrowers and guns, the Marines also had their war dogs with them.

“Teams like this eliminated many (enemy) snipers who played possum in blasted pillboxes,” notes the USMC Archives. Note the handlers in each case are armed with an M1 Carbine, a handy item when minding a canine partner.

The Marines brought M4 Sherman tanks, rocket-carrying IHC M-2-4  trucks, and artillery as well, although it was often bogged down in the ash.

Photo caption: “Iwo Jima, February 21, 1945. Burrowed in the Sand: A Marine medium tank that couldn’t navigate the soft volcanic sand on Iwo, is track deep in a pit off the beach. This loose sand of the island proved an asset to the Japanese defenders.”

By Feb. 23, the Marines had famously planted the American flag– twice– on Suribachi and Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal’s immortal photo of six Marines raising the ensign borrowed from a beached Navy LST and mounted to an eight-foot-long piece of pipe went on to be perhaps the most famous Marine photograph.

The image was later used for the Marine Corps War Memorial at Arlington to honor all the Marines who have died for their country since 1775.

Nighttime view, east elevation – United States Marine Corps War Memorial, Marshall Drive, Arlington, Arlington County, VA (Photo: Library of Congress)

In all, the Navy and Marines suffered over 26,000 casualties in capturing Iwo Jima, with some units losing as much as half of their strength. The campaign is often characterized as the costliest battle in the history of the Corps.

Was it all worth it? On March 4, 1945, just three weeks after the Marines first landed on Red and Green Beaches and while pockets of resistance were still being rooted out, the first damaged B-29 landed on the island. In all, some 2,400 bombers made emergency landings on the Marine-held island before the end of the war with the Air Force noting “this figure represented an estimated 26,961 flight crewmen, many of whom would have perished at sea without the availability of Iwo Jima as a safe landing strip.”

One B-29 pilot reportedly said, “Whenever I land on this island, I thank God for the men who fought for it.”

For more reading on the Iwo Jima campaign visit the official Navy Historical Command website or consult Col. Joseph Alexander’s text, Closing In: Marines in the Seizure of Iwo Jima at the website of the U.S. Marine Corps History Division.

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6 Classic Sci-Fi Movies from the 1990s and Their Guns

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 07:00

The 90s delivered some of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time and their guns.

The 1990s, unfortunately, gave us the rise of boy bands but on the other hand, it also gave us some great Sci-Fi movies accompanied by their many guns. We take a look at some of the biggest and best sci-fi flicks and their guns from the 90s in the list below.

*Word of warning: spoilers ahead*

T2: Judgement Day – Winchester 1887

It’s hard not to start this list with one of the biggest action stars of all time. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Conner crew handle so many guns trying to defeat the T-1000 that you could write a whole book on it.

Coming in with a reported budget of $102 million, this 1992 film was the most expensive movie ever produced at the time of release; but it paid off thanks, in large part, to the special effects. Though SFX, guns, and ammo included, accounted for $51 million of said budget, the cost was well worth it as this film wowed moviegoers.

Schwarzenegger may shoot a lot of guns in the movie but the most iconic has to be the Winchester 1887 shotgun. Flying through the drainage tunnels of LA and blasting open fences, this lever-action shotgun could do it all. Handling it like a modern-day Kirk Douglas upon a steel Harley-Davidson steed, it doesn’t get much more badass or more 90s than T2.

The T2 finally takes out the tire of the semi chasing them with his Winchester 1887.

The T2 fires a shot at the T1000.

Nobody reloads like Arnie on an H-D.

Winchester 1887s are a bit hard to come by these days, however, Century Arms, Taylors, Rossi, and Henry all keep the dream of a lever-action shotgun alive.  Further, that doesn’t mean you can’t find some great deals on Winchesters by clicking the button below.


The Fifth Element – Zorg ZF-1 Pod Weapon System

The Fifth Element is an amazing Sci-Fi movie hailing from the year 1997 with everything you could ever want in a genre-defying thrill ride. One of the coolest weaponry elements coming out of the film is that memorable Zorg ZF-1 Pod Weapon System which Zorg shows off to the Mangalores.

Some of the best features of the Zorg ZF-1 include the rocket launcher and arrow launcher with exploding poisonous gas head. Perhaps the most unique feature of the rifle was a “replay button” which allowed the shooter to target a point then have every follow-up shot hit that same exact spot — no matter where the rifle was aimed.

In hindsight, this doesn’t seem like the most helpful feature but its sci-fi and, for the time, it looked really cool. It might be hard to tell, due to the other accouterments equipped on this gun, but the Zorg ZF-1 is built on the AK-74U weapon chassis.

A close up of the Zorg ZF-1 Pod Weapon System, not yet fully deployed.

Zorg shows off the flamethrower feature.

The replay feature was a fan favorite.

Of course, you would need multiple tax stamps and live in a good state to be able to own a Zorg ZF-1, but you can get an AK for a fraction of the cost. Check out the selection by clicking the button below.


Mars Attacks! – All the Collectibles

It would be blasphemy to curate a 90s Sci-Fi list without including director Tim Burton and, specifically, his gun-filled 1998 blockbuster Marks Attacks! When those disgusting little Martians touchdown on Earth and start blasting people in Las Vegas, Burton pulls out all the stops.

There are some great battle scenes in this movie including the likes of M14s, Browning 1919s, and even Micro UZIs, to name a few. One of the best scenes, though, might be the dual-1911 wielding General Decker who goes out in a blaze of glory while reciting Churchills famous “We shall fight on the beaches” speech.

Gen. Decker takes on the aliens wielding two 1911’s.

It doesn’t work out so well for him…

You may not be able to find an alien blaster in our Collectors Corner but you can find a lot of great 1911’s and even a replica Browning 1919, just click the button below.


The Matrix – Desert Eagle

The Matrix, like T2, could have an entire book written on the guns used throughout the film. The 1999 movie tops many gun guys’ movie lists simply for the amount of lead shelled out — not to mention the sweet special effects.

While many different guns could define this movie we’re taking a look at the one from the main villain hellbent on taking out our hero Neo — Agent Smith and his IMI Desert Eagle Mark XIX. While the .50 Action Express provides plenty of stopping power it doesn’t do much good when you’re fighting the “Chosen One.”

Interestingly enough, you never will see an agent reloading despite this gun only having a 7+1 capacity, a nod to the program.

A nice closeup of Agent Smiths Deagle.

A birds-eye view of the Deagle.

The famous ending of Agent Smith(s) giving Neo all they got.

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Independence Day – Beretta 92FS – 1996

Independence Day might be known more for its aerial fighting than its gun fighting but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some great gun scenes in the movie.

In this 1996 film, once Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum finally get to Area 51, viewers are privy to experiments scientists are running on a freshly recovered alien. When that Alien gets pissed about being cut open, the Secret Service must step in with some Berettas.

Ready to give that alien a piece of their mind, note the exquisite teacup grip.

Filling the alien with some earthly firepower.

The Beretta 92 finished the job.

While we don’t recommend an Area 51 Boogaloo, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have your own Beretta 92 just in case the aliens show up at your door. Check out our vast selection by clicking the button below.


Jurassic Park – Franchi SPAS-12

In the vast expanse of Sci-Fi flicks, no other opening scene comes with a more iconic line than “Shoot her!” Even though the dinosaurs steal the show in this 1993 movie, there are a couple of good gun scenes — including that opener.

The firearm that sticks in most people’s minds is Muldoon’s Franchi SPAS-12 with that sweet folding stock. A shotgun chambered in 12-gauge may seem like enough firepower but you can never count out a pack of hungry raptors.

Muldoon ready to take in the latest addition to the park.

Poor Muldoon, he really thought he had that raptor…clever girl.

That folding stock though.

You’re going to be hard-pressed to find many SPAS-12’s floating around, especially with that sweet stock. You can find other great Franchi shotguns by clicking the button below.


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Shoot like 22Plinkster with CCI Stangers

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 04:15

CCI Stangers are a special edition .22 LR load dedicated to YouTube Star 22Plinkster. (Photo: CCI)

CCI allows 22Plinkster fans to shoot like their favorite YouTuber with the launch of Stangers.

Affectionately named for 22Plinkster’s distinctive Southern drawl, Stangers feature the same specs as CCI’s Stingers including a 32-grain copper-plated hollow-point bullet and a muzzle velocity of 1,640 feet-per-second. What sets Stangers apart, other than the Plinkster packaging, is the addition of more rounds. Instead of a 50-count box, Stangers boast 100-rounds of rimfire goodness.

The man himself, 22Plinkster, said the opportunity to have his own branded ammunition within CCI’s inventory was a “dream come true.”

“I’ve been shooting Stingers for more than 30 years. My dad would always have a box hidden in the back of the gun cabinet when I was a kid, and he only allowed me to shoot them when we went squirrel hunting. Fast forward to today and I now have my name associated with this iconic ammunition. It’s a dream come true,” 22Plinkster said in a press release.

The ammo features a headstamped 22. (Photo: CCI)

He added, “Whether you call them Stingers, or how we pronounce them in the South, Stangers, you can’t deny the speed, accuracy or performance from this hard-hitting rimfire cartridge.”

The .22 LR ammo comes with a custom “22” headstamp and the ammo is boxed with special packaging with 22Plinkster emblazoned on the front.

The varmint load retails for $16.99.

To see the Stangers in action alongside 22Plinkster, check out the video below.


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Best New Budget Rifles of 2020

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 04:00

While it seems so many of 2020’s hottest rifles are long-range, high dollar, precision quality builds, there are still plenty of new offerings with wallet-friendly price tags. Whether centerfire or rimfire, hunting, plinking, or long-range target shooting, the rifle market has plenty to offer the budget shopper looking for a sub-$1K rifle.

Savage Minimalist

Savage introduces a few models into the Minimalist lineup including the Mark II in green. (Photo: Savage)

Savage’s Minimalist line of rimfire bolt guns includes three models, each available with either brown or green laminate stocks showing modern lines and weight-savings. The Mark II Minimalist comes in .22 LR with an 18-inch carbon steel barrel that is threaded and capped.

The Model 93 Minimalist. (Photo: Savage Arms)

The Model 93 Minimalist is for the .22 WMR shooters, featuring the same 18-inch steel threaded barrel as well as the AccuTrigger. Like the aforementioned, Savage’s 93R17 Minimalist carries the same features but is chambered for the zippy .17 HMR.

Each of the magazine-fed Minimalist versions will debut with an MSRP of $349.


Mossberg Patriot Long Range Hunter

Mossberg unveiled the Patriot LR Hunter to SHOT Show attendees in Las Vegas in mid-January 2020. (Photo: Mossberg)

Long-range is the name of the game in the hunting world these days, and it was only a matter of time before Mossberg dressed up their successful Patriot line. The new LR Hunter spinoff is available in four calibers–.308 Win, 6.5 Creed, 6.5 PRC, and .300 Win Mag–with 22- or 24-inch fluted and threaded barrels. The company designed a Spider Gray wood-core, polymer-coated stock for added durability and grip.

Like the other bolt action Patriots, the LR Hunter features Mossberg’s LBA adjustable trigger, spiral fluted bolt, box magazine, and oversized bolt handle. Though the LR Hunter was on display at SHOT it will not begin shipping until later in the year.

MSRP is rumored around $700.


Winchester XPR Stealth, Suppressor-Ready

Winchester XPR Stealth delivers a suppressor-ready build for those quieter shooting moments. (Photo: Winchester)

Winchester expands its proven line of cost-effective XPR bolt action rifles with the compact and wieldy-sized XPR Stealth Suppressor Ready. Each rifle wears a free-floated, 16-inch heavy sporter threaded barrel and weighs in at 6.8-pounds. The stock features a dark green composite with black Permacote on the metalwork and a dropbox magazine.

Calibers include: .223 Win, .243 Win, 6.5 Creed, 7mm-08 Rem, .308 Win, 350 Legend, 6.5 PRC, .270 WSM and .300 WSM. A full Picatinny scope rail rounds out the suppressor-ready package.

MSRP, regardless of caliber, is an attractive $619.


Ruger American Hunter

Ruger brings a wallet-friendly bolt action rifle to American consumers. (Photo: Ruger)

Ruger’s budget-conscious line of American bolt action rifles continues to expand, this time with the addition of the American Hunter. The rifle offers a factory-installed, adjustable Magpul Hunter stock.

Available in both 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Winchester, the American Hunter ships in three versions: a standard gray stocked model with a 20-inch heavy-contour barrel, a Sports South distributor version with short barrels and green stocks, and a 22-inch with a Flat Dark Earth stock selling as a Davidson’s exclusive. The rifles feature Ruger’s Marksman adjustable trigger, Picatinny scope base, and offer an MOA accuracy guarantee.

The American Hunter ships with a five-round Magpul magazine and a suggested retail price of $799.


Heritage Rough Rider Rancher

Heritage blends wheelguns and rifles with its latest innovation, the Rancher. (Photo: Heritage Manufacturing)

Budget revolver company Heritage Manufacturing ventures into the rifle market with the unique Rancher .22 LR rimfire. The Rancher is a 16-inch barreled six-shooter with a full buttstock. Fans of the company’s single-action wheelguns will find the Rancher built on the same Rough Rider frame with the addition of a checkered Walnut buttstock and trigger guard loop.

The front sight is drift adjustable, while the rear buckhorn can be set for elevation. The manual safety is the same as that found on the handguns. Though they’re currently shipping with a .22 LR cylinder only, we strongly suspect a .22 WMR cylinder will soon be a combo option as well.

The rifle ships with a sling for an MSRP of $297.


Savage Axis II Precision

The Savage Axis II Precision is a great entry option for those looking to dive into the precision shooting pool. (Photo: Savage Arms)

Competition shooters can pick up the new Savage Axis Precision for $550 less than Savage’s Elite Precision rifle, allowing entry into precision performance without breaking the bank. Savage partnered with Modular Driven Technologies (MDT) to offer an aluminum chassis with olive drab injection-molded skin to house the new bolt gun. Both the comb height and length of pull on the stock are adjustable and an M-LOK forend offers multiple accessory mounting options.

Each rifle wears a 22-inch button-rifled, threaded heavy barrel, and ships with a 10-round detachable AICS magazine. Calibers include .223 Rem, .243 Win, .308 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor, .30-06 Spfld and .270 Win.

The Axis II Precision retails for $949 which, for a precision rifle, comes in considerably lower priced than the majority of other options.


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Virginia Governor’s Gun & Suppressor Ban Fails, With a Little Help from His Friends

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 03:58

The proposal, which aimed to ban the sale of many semi-autos and magazines capable of holding more than 12 cartridges as well as future commercial sales of suppressors, was defeated, for now. (Photo: Chris Eger/

On Monday, four Democrats on the Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee jumped ship and sided with Republicans to derail a ban on “assault weapons” and suppressors backed by Gov. Ralph Northam.

In the end, the committee voted 10-5 to kick HB 961 down the road to the Virginia State Crime Commission to study this summer, effectively ending the controversial bill’s course this session. The measure last week had passed the state House 51-48 with three Dems crossing the aisle to side with every Republican in the body against the bill.

“To call today’s vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee a disappointment would be an understatement,” said state Rep. Eileen Filler-Corn, Speaker of Virginia’s Democrat-controlled House.

Grassroots pro-Second Amendment advocates in the Commonwealth mobilized against a raft of proposed new restrictions, with HB 961 being at top of the list.

“Thousands of gun owners packed the General Assembly building this morning and flooded the hearing room,” said the Virginia Citizens Defense League in a statement. “After hearing public input and debating between committee members, the bill was passed by for the year!”

However, the group warns that gun owners in Virginia are not in the clear as many other bills are still very much still tracking this session, with single-party control over the state legislature and Governor’s mansion.

“We are far from being out of the woods,” says VCDL. “Red Flag laws, Universal Background Checks, and destruction of the firearms preemption law are still very much alive this year.”

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The Air Force’s Neat-O GAU-5A: An M-4 Packed for Ejection Seats

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 02:41

Based on the M4, the GAU-5A has a folding pistol grip and a quick-detach barrel/handguard. The guns can be quickly assembled and are packed with four, 30-round 5.56mm magazines. (Photo: U.S. Air Force)

The U.S. Air Force recently released some great images of their new GAU-5A Aircrew Self Defense Weapon in service. The rifle, first shown off last year, is designed to be packed in ejection seat bail-out kits alongside flares, a flashlight, a life raft, medical and survival modules, all intended for aircrew to use in an emergency if needed.

“We were asked to design a stand-off weapon that was capable of hitting a man-size target at 200 meters,” said Richard Shelton, Chief of the Gunsmith Shop, in an Air Force news article. “It disconnects at the upper receiver, is located inside the seat kit [of ACES 2 ejection seats], and can be put together within 30 seconds if needed.”

Weighing in at 7-pounds, the USAF has delivered about 2,700 quick-take-down Aircrew Self Defense Weapons to units between Feb. 2018 and January 2020. (Photo: USAF)

The GAU-5A must stow inside a 16 x 14 x 3.5-inch ejection seat compartment, according to a June 2018 Air Force Times report. The guns get that small due to the use of an M4 style collapsible stock, flip-up backup iron sights, an Israeli FAB Defense AGF-43S folding pistol grip, and a Cry Havoc Tactical Quick Release Barrel (QRB) kit.

Cost to develop and field the system was $2.6 million– a price of less than $1K per gun. Where do we sign up?

Previous bail-out guns

The GAU-5A is not the first rifle to accompany American aircrews. Going back to the 1940s, the M4 Survival Rifle and then the M6 Air Crew Survival Weapon– the latter a double-barrel break-action .410 shotgun over a .22 Hornet– were included in the bailout kits on several aircraft. Those guns, removed from service in the 1970s, are now considered museum pieces.

A Cold War-era M6 on display at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum (Photo: Chris Eger/

Armalite’s AR-5, a floating semi-auto rimfire rifle that could be stowed inside its buttstock, was adopted as the M1A but never put into production, leading the company to produce it for the commercial market as the AR-7. Likewise, the M6 has also gone on to be produced commercially in various configurations. The Bushmaster Arm Pistol in 5.56mm was another planned Air Force survival gun that made it about as high as a lead balloon.

Speaking of pistols, the Air Force has also been submitting the new Sig Sauer-produced M17 pistol, which is replacing the service’s M9 Berettas and M15 S&Ws, to ejection-seat tests.

“This is the first time any service has conducted this type of demonstration to ensure a sidearm is safe for aircrew to carry in ejection seat aircraft,” says the Air Force. (Photo: USAF)

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Patriotic Firepower: Six All-American Gun Companies

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 04:00

There are dozens of USA-based firearms manufacturers cranking out quality firearms with Made in America rollmarks. While we appreciate every company that chooses to manufacture in the States, here are a handful of the most patriotically dedicated from the list.

1. Henry Repeating Arms

Henry Repeating Arms commits American-made firearms.

When we think American-made, Henry Repeating Arms is one of the first to come to mind. With a “Made in America, or Not Made at All” guarantee, the lever-action long gun company has made its home base in Bayonne, New Jersey.

The majority of Henry’s recognizable highly-polished brass receiver models and rimfires hail from the Garden State while its centerfires come from its second factory in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Henry sources all their components from America, including the fine American Walnut used for the stocks.

Henry’s special edition rifles, along with the many charitable “Guns for Great Causes” further embody the company’s American pride.


2. Magnum Research

The Magnum Research Desert Eagle pistol. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Whether in the market for wheelguns like the BFR — that’s Biggest, Finest, Revolver — or hulky Desert Eagle semi-automatic pistols, the true hand cannons from Magnum Research are currently made entirely in the USA.

Walloping calibers like the 50 AE and .45-70 Govt, among many others, set the tone for overbuilt handguns with appeal to both hunters and hardcore plinkers. While the majority have been made in Pillager, Minnesota for many years, the company announced full USA production of their guns in early 2019.

“We believe in the importance of keeping manufacturing jobs here in the United States and are proud to offer American-made products to our customers,” says Kahr Firearms Group Marketing Director Jodi DePorter.


3. Sturm, Ruger, and Co

Ruger was founded in 1949 in Connecticut.

Ruger, as they’ve come to be known over the years, began in 1949 with its founders William Ruger and Alexander Sturm in Connecticut. The rest, as they say, is history. Ruger has long been the dominant force in the rimfire market with both pistols and rifles, but also continue to produce well-respected hunting rifles and handguns, as well as competition guns.

From polymer frames to stainless steel beauties, Ruger’s wide range of both rimfire and centerfire pistols and rifles are all manufactured stateside. Ruger operates two manufacturing facilities — the original and largest in Newport, Connecticut and a newer setup in Prescott, Arizona.

Sturm, Ruger, & Co, Inc is a publicly held corporation on the New York Stock Exchange, proof that even the largest companies can master the American business model.


4. Daniel Defense

Daniel Defense began in the early 200s and is based in Georgia though a second facility was built in South Carolina to assist with manufacturing.

Founded in 2002 by Marty Daniel, rifle manufacturer Daniel Defense continues to call Georgia its home base. With the bulk of operations in Black Creek, Georgia, the company has grown so quickly that they’ve expanded into a second facility in Ridgeland, South Carolina.

While the bulk of Daniel Defense’s products are AR-platform rifles and pistols, they recently launched the sub-MOA capable bolt action Delta 5 rifle as well. Their acquisition of advanced CNC machining centers allows them to build their components in-house, including cold hammer-forged barrels.

Daniel Defense even builds NFA items, including SBR’s and suppressors, right here in the States. Check out’s behind the scenes look at Daniel Defense’s Georgia-based factory.


5. Honor Defense

Honor Defense offers American-made 9mm pistols as well as ammunition. (Photo: Honor Defense)

While many companies label their products “American made,” foreign components often make their way to the assembly line. Honor Defense, however, brings 100% American-made handguns to consumers with no parts outsourced from other foreign companies.

The Gainesville, Georgia based company’s single stack 9mm pistols are the bread and butter of the company’s business, though their branded line of frangible self-defense ammunition is also gaining traction.

The Honor Defense website allows shooters to design their custom pistol online, along with a nice discount for Military, LE, Fire, and Rescue folks. Honor Defense pistols are assembled by veterans, tested with +P loads, and carry a lifetime warranty.


6. Bond Arms

Bond Arms Mama Bear and box. (Photo: Jacki Billings)

Texas pride runs deep in many hunting and shooting areas, but few products scream Lone Star State like the pocket-sized powerhouse Bond Arms handguns. Bond’s headquarters in Granbury, Texas has been turning out the well-recognized and beefy double-barrel derringer-style protectors for 25-years.

Bond offers nearly 30 different models of interchangeable barrel handguns, the majority chambering both .45 Colt and .410 shotgun. Recently, however, a semi-auto Bullpup 9mm pistol has been added to the stable.

“We made a choice when we started 25 years ago that we would do everything right here in the USA including all the parts and manufacturing,” says Bond Arms founder and president Gordon Bond.


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Happy President’s Day: Let’s Take a Peek at Their Guns

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 03:14

With 45 Presidents since 1789, many had a solid interest in fine firearms and often maintained and used extensive collections. Here are some of the more interesting ones we have found.

It should be noted that at least 29 Presidents served in the military including four of the first five. Speaking of which, the Father of the Country, George Washington, served not only as a colonel in the Virginia militia but of course also led the Continental Army and, while in office, commanded troops yet again during the Whisky Rebellion. His collection included at least seven sets of pistols recovered from Mount Veron after his death as well as numerous rifles.

Pennsylvania gunsmith John Philip Buck presented this flintlock long rifle to President George Washington in 1791. The .44-caliber rifle was similar to those used by elite light infantry units under Washington’s command during the Revolutionary War such as Morgan’s Riflemen. It is now in the Frazier in Louisville (Photo: Chris Eger/

As noted by Monticello, Founding Father and primary author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote to his 15-year-old nephew, Peter Carr, concerning what he considered the best form of exercise:

“… I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprize, and independance to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun, therefore, be the constant companion of your walks.”

Jefferson bought these pocket pistols from John Dealtry in London in 1786, paying £4-10. “Because of its small size and detachable barrel, this type of pistol was useful when traveling. Visitors to Monticello noted that he hung a pair of pistols at the foot of his bed, but it is not known whether these are the ones he kept at hand.” They are displayed as such in Jefferson’s Bed Chamber today. (Photo: Monticello)

The 7th President, Andrew Jackson, like Washington had also served in his state militia as well as the Continental Army and the U.S. military, where he rose to the rank of major general. He also reportedly engaged in as many as 100 duels in his lifetime.

“Miss Grace Stockman with President Andrew Jackson’s dueling pistols, at the National Museum” 1926. (Photo: Library of Congress)

President James K. Polk served as a militia major in the 1830s and for years his house in Columbia, Tennessee showed off one of his Colt revolvers on the mantle.

Serving in the Illinois militia during the Black Hawk War, Abraham Lincoln knew firearms and famously test-fired the Spencer carbine on the White House lawn during the Civil War. An 1860 Henry rifle, engraved “Lincoln/ President/U.S.A.” was presented to Honest Abe during the conflict. However, the Army, in the end, ordered far more Spencers than Henrys.

Besides adding six states to the Union, Benjamin Harrison fought in the Union Army during the Civil War– as did seven other Presidents– and was an avid hunter. His great-grandfather signed the Declaration of Independence. (Photos: Benjamin Harrison National Historic Site)

As President and popular war hero, Theodore Roosevelt– who earned perhaps a greater legend as a hunter and conservationist than any other American– had by 1903 led the New York City Police Department, been governor of the Empire State, was Assistant Secretary of the Navy and had famously helped recruit and lead a regiment of volunteers up San Juan (Kettle) Hill in the Spanish-American War. At age 42, he became the youngest president in history– a record that remains today, after already filling the position of vice-president.

It should be no surprise that Teddy moved to buy a specially-modified M1903 from Springfield Armory while in the White House, and actively used it in hunting for years.

“On the great bear hunt President Roosevelt after leaving Newcastle for the mountains, 1905 Colorado.” Note the Colonel, who was president at the time, is carrying the modified M1903 and is using a Spanish-American War-era military-issue Mills Cartridge belt to hold reloads. If a current U.S. president went on a bear hunt with a “military rifle” today’s press would go nuts! (Photo: Library of Congress)

TR’s nephew Franklin D. Roosevelt, while Assistant Secretary of the Navy during the Great War, was photographed several times shooting rifles while visiting military ranges. A Democrat who liked guns, his wife Eleanor maintained a New York pistol permit for years and in 1935, after he became President, he established a pistol range in the basement of the Treasury Building for White House Police and started an annual shooting competition that ran until the 1960s.

(Photos: Franklin D. Roosevelt Library/National Archives.)

During WWII, FDR would visit Springfield Armory and shake hands with John Garand while the First Lady would open the doors of the West Wing to Soviet Red Army sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko, with the two reportedly becoming friends.

FDR’s Vice President, Missourian Harry S. Truman, had fought in the Great War and had two handguns with him in France, a Colt M1911 .45ACP semi-auto, as well as a Colt M1917 revolver, both of which he kept when he was mustered out of active duty in May 1919. When Mr. Truman first went to Washington in the 1930s as the junior Senator from the Show-Me State, he brought another pair of handguns with him– reportedly once owned by the outlaw Jesse James.

“Senatorial stickup. Washington, D.C., Feb. 17, 1938. After inspecting a couple of 45-caliber pistols formerly owned by Jesse James, famed bandit of another generation, Vice President Garner playfully tries his ‘stickup; technique on Senator Harry Truman of Missouri, the present owner of the guns. Senator Truman secured the guns in Southern Missouri from a doctor’s wife, whose husband received them in payment of medical services rendered Frank James, another of the James’ boys.” (Photo: Library of Congress)

Remaining in the Army Reserve until 1953, he eventually was promoted to colonel, even writing to Bess Truman of having to requalify with handguns while at summer training. He also had a curious habit as President of inspecting the small arms of his military escorts.

Inspecting the M1911s of Army MPs at Yalta in 1945, and the M1 Garands of a Marine escort in 1950. (Photos: National Archives)

Following on the heels of Truman, former Supreme Allied Commander and 5-star General Dwight D. Eisenhower had long been a member of the gun tribe outside of his military service. He reportedly carried a small .38-caliber revolver everywhere he went during WWII, maintained a pistol permit, shot STEN guns and M1 Carbines with Winston Churchill and Omar Bradley, and established a skeet range at Camp David which proved popular with many Presidents since.

While in office, Springfield Armory issued Ike a presentation M14 rifle, serial # DDE2, and Smith & Wesson crafted him an early Chief’s Special.

On December 16, 1953: “Deputy Sheriff Dwight D. Eisenhower was presented with a nickel-plated .38-caliber revolver today to use if he’s ever called up for posse duty. Eisenhower tried the gun for size in his inside coat pocket after checking the chamber and twirling the cylinder to make sure it wasn’t loaded. The President, who is an honorary deputy sheriff, was given the weapon by the National Sheriff’s Association “to back up his authority in the event he is ever called upon for posse service.” (Photo: Smith & Wesson)

While a Democrat, JFK was also a life member of the NRA as well as a sports shooter and firearms collector. As a Senator, the WWII Navy hero purchased an M1 Garand from the Army. Once he moved into the White House he was later presented a vintage Spencer Carbine, serial number 44066, because of his fascination with the Civil War, by a delegation from the Springfield Armory, which is now in on display at the JFK Presidential Library.

Spencer Carbine, serial number 44066, presented to the President in Dec. 1962. (Photo: Springfield Armory National Historic Site)

A fan of giving guns as well, JFK also arranged for a Winchester Model 21 shotgun to be presented to the head of Pakistan, then a vital ally in the Middle East.

President Gerald Ford, who was in office during the Bicentennial in 1976 and who’s father reportedly slept with a revolver under his pillow, received a beautifully engraved .30-30 Marlin 336. He had earlier been presented with a Bicentennial musket by Ivy Moore, a Daniel Boone descendant, while on a trip through North Carolina.

Ford’s Marlin (Photo: Ford Library Museum)

President Ronald Reagan, who served as a cavalryman in the California National Guard while clocking in as a Hollywood actor, owned a personalized Colt Single Action revolver. He later accepted a presentation flintlock in the Oval Office in 1982, famously posed with a bolt-action hunting rifle on Air Force One, and later accepted a Colt AR15 from the American Shooting Sports Council at his ranch in California after he left office.

More recently, custom pistol maker Jesse James crafted a presentation M1911 for President Donald Trump in 2018.

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New Mexico Firearm Seizure Bill Heads to Anti-Gun Governor

Sun, 02/16/2020 - 23:37

A gun control measure headed to Gov. Lujan Grisham’s waiting approval has been described as unconstitutional by most of New Mexico’s sheriffs. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Powering through widespread opposition, lawmakers in New Mexico last week forwarded anti-gun legislation to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

The measure, SB5, squeaked through the Democrat-controlled state Senate earlier this month in a 22-20 vote while the state House greenlighted the bill 39-31 on Thursday. The proposal would adopt an Extreme Risk Fiream Protection Order program in the state, a so-called “red flag” bill that would allow courts to order temporary gun seizures for up to a year– a move that some argue is unconstitutional. In fact, 30 of the state’s 33 sheriffs opposed the bill.

Lea County Sheriff Corey Helton reportedly told people at a Eunice City Hall meeting Monday he would rather go to jail than enforce the law. This prompted Lujan Grisham to say local law enforcement “swear an oath and they don’t get to be policymakers,” defending the measure she intends to sign.

A former Congresswoman, the Democrat repeatedly co-sponsored proposals to restart the federal assault weapon ban and expand background checks while in Washington and even brought the head of New Mexico’s Moms Demand Action chapter to President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address. An assortment of gun control groups to include Everytown and Giffords have publicly endorsed Lujan Grisham and her efforts to enact new firearms restrictions in the Land of Enchantment.

National gun rights groups like the NRA are not impressed with the red flag bill, saying it “requires individuals to surrender firearms to law enforcement based on uncorroborated evidence that they are dangerous — further, the measure still allows for ex parte petitions, providing NO initial hearing for these individuals before a judge and NO access to mental health services or treatment before they lose their constitutional right to own a firearm.”

In many instances where such laws are adopted, gun owners have to spend big bucks to fight an uphill battle to get their Second Amendment rights restored. The Naples Daily News found that some 80 percent of those subject to red flag orders in Collier County, Florida had to face the legal system alone without the counsel of an attorney, which costs upwards of $2,500 in such cases. In Colorado, where a red flag law was just adopted, a woman filed a seizure order against a police officer who killed her son in a justified use of force incident in 2017.

At least 17 states and the District of Columbia currently have red flag laws of one sort or another on the books.

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The Plastic Fantastics That Changed the Industry

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 04:30

From left to right: Glock 19 Gen 3, Gen 4 and Gen 5 (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Today, polymer pistols are some of the most popular handguns carried in holsters across the nation. Lightweight with capacity options ranging from slim single stacks to double-digit double stack magazines, polymers have captivated concealed carriers due to their capacity, ease of use, modular designs and, most importantly, affordable price.

To be fair, perhaps the first production handgun that used lots of “plastic” was the Remington XP-100, a single-shot .221 Fireball-chambered bolt-action pistol based on a Model 40X short-action rifle but held in a DuPont Zytel stock with a funky one-piece grip and stubby 10-inch barrel. Debuted in 1963, it appeared on the market about the same type as Big Green’s Nylon 66 rifle. Of course, the barreled receiver is the actual serialized “firearm” in this case, and you can slip it in any other stock you want, so the XP-100 cannot be said to be the first polymer-framed handgun.

Drink in an original XP-100 .221 Fireball, with the original diamond-pattern inlayed nylon stock and dogleg bolt. This example, in the Outlet, is looking for a home, no matter who you feel about plastics, and would make a great companion to a Nylon 66.

True polymer pistol history begins back in the disco era when bell bottoms and platforms were all the rage. More than a decade before Glock became almost synonymous with polymer pistols, Heckler & Koch had its finger on the pulse of plastic.

Launching the first production polymer handgun in 1970, HK’s VP70 — or Volkspistole — landed in the hands of Germans navigating the turbulent waters of the Cold War. With a striker-fired, straight blowback design, the VP70 came in a military version, the VP70M, or a civilian variant, VP70Z. Both offered a length measuring 8-inches and a 4.6-inch barrel.

Weighing 28.9-ounces, the OG polymer pistol packed 18-rounds of 9mm. The VP70 brought an impressive capacity to many used to the somewhat limited capacity of 1911s and revolvers. Even better, the military version brought select-fire into the equation with a 3-round burst option delivering a cyclic rate of 2,200 rounds per minute. Despite its notoriously long and heavy trigger, the VP70 marked the beginning of the plastic age — an era that would soon be met with its biggest name.

Ten years after the VP70 marked the introduction of serious polymer-framed pistols into the firearms industry, an Austrian engineer by the name of Gaston Glock launched a blocky semi-automatic, striker-fired handgun called the Glock 17. Chambered in 9mm, the G17 measures 7.32-inches with a barrel length of 4.49-inches. With a pebble-finished frame and lightweight build, weighing 32.12-ounces, the Glock also offered a 17+1 round capacity at a time when many law enforcement were still sporting standard-issue wheelguns.

The Glock 17, its more modern Gen 4 pictured above, was the first polymer pistol to take off in the consumer market. (Photo:

Slowly introduced to the military and law enforcement market, it wasn’t long until Glock and his designs began capturing the attention of the concealed carry and open carry consumer markets. With an ever-expanding inventory of pistols in nearly every size — from the full-size Glock 17 to the midsize Glock 19 and even down to the Baby Glock, the Glock 26 — the company has maintained its familiar look while tweaking the design for new consumers.

Throughout the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, Glock dominated the polymer pistol industry and it wasn’t long before other manufacturers jumped onto the plastic fantastic train. From Ruger, who launched their first polymer build, the P95, in 1996 to Smith & Wesson’s Sigma– the latter instantly dubbed “the SWock” in the gun community– nearly every handgun manufacturer now offers a polymer option with gun makers continually tweaking the builds to offer more functionality and features. Glock, who pushed polymers into the mainstream nearly 40 years ago, went so far as to unveil a new model, the Glock 44 in 2019, complete with a hybrid polymer-steel slide.

The P95 was the first polymer gun to be introduced by Ruger. (Photo:

Innovations in polymer pistols don’t show signs of stopping as consumers continue to look to brands for their plastic fix.

Thinking about upgrading to polymer? Check out’s inventory of new and used pistols!


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New for 2020: Ruger American Rimfire Long-Range Target

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 00:00

Upgrading the Ruger American Rimfire line, the company’s new Long-Range Target offering is built to go the distance. (Photos: Ruger)

With a fully-adjustable stock, integral bedding block system and a threaded bull barrel, the new Ruger American Rimfire Long-Range Target is here.

Billed as bridging the “gap between traditional wood stock rifles and full-featured chassis rifles,” the new rifle is described as exceptionally accurate due to the combination of a cold-hammer-forged 22-inch free-floating barrel and other features. Said enhancements include the Ruger’s in-house Marksman Adjustable Trigger which can be tuned from three-to-five pounds, and a Power Bedding system.

“This new rifle delivers long-range performance in a .22 LR package,” says Ruger.

The speckled two-tone laminate target stock, similar to what is seen on the company’s Hawkeye Target line, has a two-way adjustable comb, adjustable length of pull with soft rubber buttpad, QD attachment points, and flush-mounted M-LOK accessory rail. The platform uses the commonly-found 10/22-style BX-1, 10-round rotary magazine, which means extras in a wide array of choices are available.

Threaded with a 1/2x28TPI thread pitch, the Long Range Target is suppressor-ready and has a factory-installed one-piece aluminum scope rail. Built for the use of optics from the ground up, the 60-degree bolt is designed with ample scope clearance in mind.

When it comes to specs, the rifle has an overall length of 40.5-inches without a suppressor attached and weighs in at 8-pounds.

Suggested retail on the Ruger American Rimfire Long-Range Target is $599.


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FN Lands Huge $119 Million U.S. Army M4 Contract

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 23:30

FN stands to make $119 million over the next five years on a new M4 contract for the Army. (Photo: Chris Eger/

South Carolina-based FN America beat out a crowd of other vendors to land a whale of a military contract for new M4s.

The company was awarded a $119,216,309 firm-fixed-price contract for a mix of two 5.56 NATO-caliber weapons– the M4 Carbine, NSN: 1005-01-382-0973, and M4A1 Carbine, NSN: 1005-01-382-0953. The contract, awarded by Picatinny Arsenal on behalf of Project Manager – Soldier Lethality (PM SL), was made public on Thursday and stemmed from a March 2019 solicitation for which six bids were submitted.

As detailed by the solicitation, “The M4/M4A1 Carbines provide the Department of Defense with compact, lightweight weapons that fire NATO 5.56mm ammunition from a 30-round magazine, mount the latest generation of fire control accessories and enablers, and provide increased protection and firepower in close quarters.”

The guns must be manufactured exclusively within the United States or its Territories, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 30, 2025.

To see how FN makes M4s for the military at their Columbia, South Carolina facility, check out our recent factory tour below. At the time of our visit, FN said they made roughly 500 M4s every day. After they’re test fired, they’re disassembled, cleaned, then reassembled and given a 101-point inspection. Then, they’re literally dipped in preservation oil and packaged 50 rifles to a large wooden crate.

Gonna be a lot more crates over the next several years.


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Throwback: The Gun Rack at the Navajo Lodge, 1940

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 06:19

Eighty years ago, a photographer captured a New Mexico lodge in time, and many of the guns on hand were classics both then and now.

In April 1940, Russell Lee, a 37-year-old prolific shutterbug who worked for the government’s Farm Security Administration, crisscrossing the country to document American life, stopped in at the Navajo Lodge along U.S. 60 in Datil, New Mexico.

“Navajo Lodge, Datil, New Mexico” (All Photos: Russel Lee/Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Photograph Collection/Library of Congress)

As Lee noted with the Kodak prints he filed- now in the Library of Congress– the lodge “was an old ranch house in the mountains. About thirty years ago the rancher who owned it had it dismantled and moved it piece by piece and rebuilt it at its present location. He is now dead and the house is used as a hotel principally for summer visitors.”

It looked like a pretty sweet place, a rustic remnant of the Old West filled with Navajo rugs, trophies, furniture crafted long before the days of pressboard IKEA junk, and guns. Oh, the guns.

“Entrance to Navajo Lodge. Datil, New Mexico.”

“Interior of the living room of Navajo Lodge. Datil, New Mexico”

“Living room of the Navajo Lodge. Datil, New Mexico.”

“Proprietor of the Navajo Lodge before the fireplace. Datil, New Mexico.” Note the crossed cavalry sabers on the wall and what looks like an S&W Lemon Squeezer top-break revolver.

A photo of the living room shows cougar and wolf pelts on the wall as well as antlers on a stool and numerous cowboy images.

“Corner of the living room of Navajo Lodge. Datil, New Mexico.”

The story of the mountain lion pelt was even recorded in lore of the area, with a National Park Service history recalling that Ray Morley, proprietor of the Navajo Lodge, who reportedly “gained wide fame for the tall tales that he told the travelers,” said he harvested the big cat in a chance encounter when it “jumped on the running board of my car, and I killed it by sticking it in the eye with a hat pin.”

If you are curious about the guns by the pelts, closer inspection shows what looks to be a Sharps falling-block style rifle hanging upsidedown under another long gun that seems to be a Springfield rifle, possibly a Trapdoor breechloader conversion.

It should be noted that 19th-century cartridge rifles such as these were sold in the 1940s as obsolete surplus with a common price of about $10-$15. Good enough for a wall hangar at the time, if nothing else.

Then comes the manager’s desk.

“Manageress of Navajo Lodge at the desk. Datil, New Mexico.”

Note that beautiful gun rack on the wall. Lee apparently was interested enough in the rack to get at least two other pictures of it, showing much better detail.

Now that is nice

From left to right seems to be a pump-action rimfire rifle with a tubular magazine, perhaps a Winchester M1890 or M1906 by the look of the 12-groove slide grip– but on closer inspection is a Stevens Model 70.

Next are a trio of what seems to be lever-action Winchester rifles including an M1894 rifle, M1892 carbine, and “The Gun That Won the West,” an iconic Model 1873 rifle with an octagon barrel.

Then comes a Springfield trapdoor carbine, likely in .45-70 Government, complete with a saddle ring bar on the left side of the stock.

Next is what looks like another 1892 cowboy gun that has a stock repair and sports very well-used furniture. A gun with lots of stories.

Then there is a Remington Rolling Block rifle with an octagon barrel.

Finally, at the far right end of the rack, is a military surplus Krag-Jorgensen .30-40 U.S. Army rifle that has been sporterized with a rubber butt pad and chopped-down Monte Carlo-style stock. The proverbial $99 SKS of its day, we found ads for these guns for $11.50 in the 1930s, shipped right to your door.

Of course, fast forward eight decades and all of the above are incredibly collectible and highly sought after these days.

As for Datil, the town is listed with a current population of 54 and we can’t tell if the old Navajo Lodge is still around, although U.S. Route 60 still intersects it. For Lee, the photographer who captured the images, he died in 1986 and is seen today as a pioneer in terms of the modern photo essay, and more than 23,000 of his images are in the Library of Congress.

While we can’t take you back literally in time to browse the gun rack at the Navajo Lodge, you can always take a look at the interesting pieces we have curated in the Collector’s Corner, where history is just one click away.

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Top Four Premium Hunting Ammo Choices for the .308 Win

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 09:27

Federal Premium, Sig Sauer, Hornady and Barnes performed admirably in both our hunting handgun and rifles. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Despite stiff competition from newer calibers, the .308 Winchester remains one of the most versatile hunting rounds on the market. Selecting a great .308 Win load to accompany your shooting may seem like a daunting task, which is why is here to help.

We’ve selected four of our favorite .308 hunting options that work well in most firearm platforms, tackling everything from predators to big game.

1. Barnes Vor-TX

The TTSX used on the .308 Win rounds are blue polymer-tipped, spitzer boat tail, lead-free projectiles available in three different bullet weights. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Barnes Vor-TX is premium factory ammunition loaded with the company’s world-renowned projectiles. Whether hunting North America, Africa, or anywhere in between, Barnes has been there. The TSX bullets of the Vor-TX ammo offer maximum tissue and bone destruction while also bringing pass-through penetration and “devastating energy transfer.”

The Tipped Triple Shock, or TTSX, used on the .308 Win rounds are blue polymer-tipped, spitzer boat tail, lead-free projectiles. Barnes delivers three options in .308 Win Vor-TX TTSX:

The Barnes Vor-TX retails around $52.99.


2. Hornady Outfitter

The .308 Winchester variant comes loaded with Hornady’s copper alloy GMX bullets. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

The new line of Hornady Outfitter ammunition is, as the name suggests, built for hunting with features desired by outfitters who earn their keep in harsh conditions. Nickel-plated casings are advertised as watertight with both the primer and case mouth sealed, as well as a “waterproofed case” built to perform even in adverse conditions. The .308 Winchester variant comes loaded with Hornady’s copper alloy GMX bullets — acceptable in areas requiring non-lead projectiles, yet capable of performing well on big game.

Hornady Outfitter .308 Win ships in a 165-grain GMX with a .447 BC and muzzle velocity of 2,610 at the muzzle. The load is priced at $35.99.


3. Sig Sauer Elite Hunter

Sig Sauer’s Elite Hunter Elite Hunter Tipped rounds use nickel-plated casings and blackened-jacket boat-tail bullets with a controlled expansion yellow tip. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Sig Sauer’s line of hunting ammunition continues to fly under the radar, yet Elite Hunter has been proving itself in the field. The new Elite Hunter Tipped rounds use nickel-plated casings and concentric blackened jacket boat-tail bullets with a translucent yellow controlled expansion tip.

While the rounds are ideal for deer-sized game, there are reports of Elite Hunter taking down much larger game. We like the Elite Hunter Tipped in .308, but for those seeking alloy bullets, Sig also offers an Elite Copper option better suited to smaller deer, hogs and varmints.

Sig Sauer Elite Hunter Tipped ships in 165-grain loads with a .530 BC and a velocity of 2,840 FPS at the muzzle. Elite Hunter offers a price tag of $36.95.


4. Federal Premium Terminal Ascent

Federal Premium’s Terminal Ascent match-grade, bonded, all-range bullets are designed to have the BC of a match bullet yet the terminal hunting performance to cleanly harvest big game from 50-yards and beyond. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Federal’s new-for-2020 Terminal Ascent rifle ammunition delivers a match grade, bonded, all-range bullet. The load is designed to have the same ballistic coefficient of a match bullet yet the terminal hunting performance to cleanly harvest big game from 50-yards and beyond. The projectiles feature a copper shank and bonded lead core, but it’s the dual AccuChannel grooves that company engineers say brings accuracy at distance. Terminal Ascent’s .308 Win option offers the highest BC we’ve found in hunting ammo and, as such, is the best choice for long-range .308 hunters.

Federal Premium Terminal Ascent ships in a 175-grain version with .536 BC and a velocity of 2,600 FPS at the muzzle. Terminal Ascent retails for $47.99.


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