In this week’s Gunfight we have two takes on the .22/.410 combo gun: One, a .22 Hornet over a .410 barrel intended for survival; the other is a receiver with interchangeable barrels made for fun. he Hornet/.410 is a civilian version of the M6 Survival Rifle developed in the ’50s by Ithaca and issued to U.S.A.F. aircrews into the 1970s. The Rossi .22/.410 is a versatile little gun that changes barrels almost instantly. I had the Trifecta version for a while (.22 LR/20 gauge/.243), and my younger son would have me time him as he swapped barrels. His record was 26 seconds.
Here are this week’s guns:
Tim Platt’s Rossi .22/.410
This is a Rossi 22/.410 with a very old (circa 1960) Savage scope. It’s a great starter gun I bought when my oldest son was about 6 or 8 years old. It has easily interchangeable barrels. We used to have skeet shooting marathons at my friend’s house who also bought his son one of these guns. Our kids only wanted to shoot the 3-inch shells, so I put the butt pad on there after I noticed they both had black and blue shoulders.
Tim Flannery’s M6
This Springfield M6 Scout lives in my go bag and seldom sees the light of day. It is chambered in .22 Hornet over .410 bore. These civilian versions of the Air Force survival rifles were made in the Czech Republic by CZ for Springfield. It features a squeeze trigger that will accommodate a gloved hand, a compartment in the buttstock that holds spare ammunition, and the rifle breaks down to two parts to fit in a factory soft case.
Thanks to Gunfight Friday mainstays Tim Flannery and, especially, Tim Platt, who has now appeared in three fights in a row, or maybe four. Really, I need pictures from the rest of you. Doesn’t matter what they are as long as the pictures are sharp. We’ll figure out a matchup. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.