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Rifles

  • February 10, 2014

    Rifles: Taking It Personally

    By David E. Petzal

    Granted that shooters are an odd lot (although no more weird than birders, who are really odd, or golfers, who are pretty much beyond description) but sometimes they really baffle me. A while back I wrote that through much of the 1950s, and into the early 1960s, Winchester turned out a lot of really crummy Model 70 rifles. As a result I got an e-mail from a pre-64 Model 70 enthusiast who was beyond livid. How dare I say that the Rifleman’s Rifle was ever less than perfect? Who the hell did I think I was? It was as if I had just whacked his old mom in the spleen with a grub hoe handle. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 7, 2014

    Gunfight Friday: Semiauto Deer Rifles

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Two classic semiauto deer rifles go head-to-head this week: Dr. Ralph’s Winchester Model 100 and Jack Swanson’s Remington 740.

    The Remington 740 was comparatively short-lived. It was introduced in 1955 and replaced by the 742 in 1960. During its production run, it was chambered in .308, .30-06, .244 and .280. There are some complaints about its durability, but apparently Jack Swanson’s rifle never got that memo. It has been shot forever and is still alive and ticking.

    The Winchester Model 100 is one of the better-looking semiautos ever made. It was envisioned as a companion to the lever action Model 88. Introduced in 1961, it was produced in .308, .243 and .284 until 1973. Dr. Ralph’s rifle is new to him and has no history — yet. But it’s a beautiful 100. [ Read Full Post ]

  • February 7, 2014

    Gun Cleaning Tips: Mind Your Muzzle

    By David E. Petzal

    One of the questions I got for “Ask Petzal” had to do with using a rod on barrels that have to be cleaned from the muzzle end. Do I give them special treatment?

    And how. It takes thousands of rounds to burn out the rifling in a barrel, but if you damage the grooves and lands at the front end, you can see its accuracy vanish quickly, and there are few better ways to do this than by running a cleaning rod in and out at an angle. It has to remain centered in the bore. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 31, 2014

    Petzal's SHOT Picks: 5 Best New Rifles of 2014

    By David E. Petzal

    Before we get to my favorite new rifles of the year, a travel note. Those of you who fly Delta may have noticed that when you board, they put a post in the middle of the walkway that says “Sky Miles Medallion,” which refers to people who fly Delta a lot. First class, business class, and frequent fliers walk to the left of the post. When they’ve all boarded, the rest of the herd files to the right of the post. I flew with the peasants, and when they told us to board to the right, I and the young man next to me burst out laughing. If my old mom had asked me what my life’s ambition was, I would have said “Ma, I want to walk to the left of the Delta post some day.” Perhaps it’s just as well she is not here to see that I failed. But that’s not important now.

    This year at SHOT it was hard to walk 10 feet without encountering a tactical rifle, or a rifle that was designed for long range, or a rifle that cost $3,000. Apparently there are a lot of people out there who are not shy about spending three large on a good gun, and boy, are there some good ones. However, since I walk to the right of the Delta post and am therefore a man of the people, I will include some guns that are affordable by the masses. So here we go.

    1) Forbes Rifles

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  • January 31, 2014

    Gunfight Friday: The One-Shot Wonders

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Today's Gun Fight is a battle of one-shot wonders. Carl Huber supplied not only one of the contestants but also suggested the name for this one. Coincidentally, Tim Flannery sent in a photo of his single shot rifle a couple of days later.

    I love it when a gunfight comes together.

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  • January 30, 2014

    Champion Bella Ballistica: New Shooting Glasses for Women

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    By The Editors

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    Champion's new Bella Ballistica glasses give female shooters a chance to stay fashionable without sacrificing function at the range. The glasses were designed specifically for women  in modern styles that don't scream "skeet shooter!"

    These glasses are a spin off of Champion's popular Ballistic line and feature ANSI z87+ glass, so they are much more than sunglasses being marketed as shooting glasses. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 30, 2014

    The Rifle Musket, Rethought

    By David E. Petzal

    “Gettysburg: The Last Invasion,” is a terrific new book by a historian named Allen C. Guelzo, who is a fine writer, a superlative researcher, and a radical thinker. I’ve been reading about the battle practically since it happened, and I doubted that anyone could come up with anything really new, but he has.

    Guelzo has drawn a number of conclusions that will infuriate some and enrage others, but among the most startling of his conclusions is this (in my words): The horrendous number of casualties over those three days was caused not by the effectiveness of the rifle musket, but by the poor training (or nonexistent training) of the soldiers involved, the near impossibility of controlling them in any kind of effective fashion, and the epic incompetence of some of the generals involved. It was, he states, an era of combat in which it was still more or less safe to stand erect on the field of battle. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 24, 2014

    New Long-Range Rifle: Montana Rifles Company MMR

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    By David E. Petzal

    What with long range being all the rage, there is no shortage of tactical rifles, but this is one of the less weird, more versatile ones. The MMR can serve as a beanfield gun, terminate the careers of coyotes, compete in F-Class matches … or even shoot tactically. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 23, 2014

    The New Long Range: Shooting at 400 yards

    By David E. Petzal


    Photo by Vic Schendel

    Ever since there was a Kaiser-Frazer dealer around the corner or down the street (Google this to see the time frame), the long-range limit for hunters has been 300 yards. This is the maximum distance at which a competent marksman can reliably hit a big-game-size critter with a more or less ordinary rifle. However, there is now equipment—lots of it—that enables you to hit well beyond 300 yards. And so if you're wondering if 400 yards is the new 300, I can answer "Yes, with qualifications."

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  • January 23, 2014

    New ARs: Rock River Arms X-Series

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    By The Editors

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    Rock River Arms' big introduction for 2014 is the X-Series of AR rifles. The guns come in a black tactical version or a desert tan hunter version. The tactical version sports a muzzle break with a nasty set of teeth. The series offers four calibers: .223, .308, 6.8mm SPC, and .458 SOCOM. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 21, 2014

    New Rifle Scope: Nightforce SHV

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    By David E. Petzal

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    Nightforce was able to keep the costs down on its new SHV (Shooter, Hunter, Varminter) by utilizing simpler controls, employing a less complex manufacturing process, and by reducing the overbuilding that goes into their tactical scopes. The SHV will stand up to any kind of sane treatment, but you can’t break rocks with it, or chock truck tires, or beat recalcitrant mules, as you can with the higher-priced Nightforces. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 21, 2014

    New Long-Range Rifle: Armalite AR-31

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    By The Editors

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    The AR-30A1 has earned a reputation as a super-accurate, long-range rifle, and now it's little brother, the AR-31, is looking to build upon that reputation in 2014. The new AR-31 is chambered in .308 (the AR-30A1 is chambered in either .300 Win. Mag. or .338 Lapua) and can be used with Armalite's AR-10B double-stack magazines, meaning you can use 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 round mags. Even the smaller version of the rifle is a beast. It has a total length of 45.4 inches and weighs 14 pounds. It will retail for about $3,400. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 19, 2014

    Reader Questions with Eva Shockey, Pt. 2

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    By The Editors

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    F&S and OL interviewed hunting legend Jim Shockey's daughter Eva Shockey in our video suite. The 26-year-old is an up-and-comer in the hunting industry and has already hunted all over the world. We tapped our readers for questions and then let the cameras roll.

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  • January 19, 2014

    New Tactical Scopes: Burris XTR 2 Series

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    By The Editors

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    The XTR 2 Series is Burris' latest push into the tactical scope market. This series of scopes has a wide range of magnification options, from 1-5 to 8-40, and includes a ton of features. The scope in the video is a first focal plan mil scope, but it utilizes a donut-shaped reticle feature on the second focal plane. This reticle doesn't change sizes as you zoom up or down in magnification. The scope also includes an offset mount and a red dot sight. 

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