Five Guns I Really Want in 2013

By Woody published on in Firearms, General

2012 is in the rearview window now. Some guns I handled and shot in the past year have come and gone and won’t be missed. However, a handful made a big impact, and now that they are gone, I want them back. So in 2013, I may slake my gun-buying thirst with a handful of interesting rifles, pistols and shotguns that I knew only too briefly last year, and whose absence I now regret.

Benelli Ultra Light 28 Gauge
The slim Ultra Light weighed just under 5 pounds. It felt great between my hands and was lightning-quick on both birds and five-stand targets. Unlike a light 12 gauge, less recoil from the 28-gauge shell made the UL fun and easy to shoot. Patterning (30-inch circle at 30 yards) with the supplied Modified choke produced 75% density when fired with Winchester AA Target loads (2 3/4 inch, 3⁄4 ounce, No. 7 1⁄2 shot, average muzzle velocity of 1300 fps). On the outside of the circle, I found only three 3-inch holes in the pattern. The Ultra Light uses Benelli’s Inertia Driven system that features only three moving parts—the bolt body, inertia spring and rotating bolt head. So cleanup was a snap afterward. Going price: We don’t have this shotgun listed at CTD, but “buy it now” prices at GunAuction.com and other online sites put the counter price around $1600, with the MSRP being $1760.

Benelli Ultra Light 28 Gauge

Benelli Ultra Light 28 Gauge

H&K P7 9mm
Long ago, I had a P7M8, but I’d never handled a P7 until June 2012. First, I dry-fired it with a snap-cap and noticed how naturally it pointed. For a steel gun firing 9mm +P rounds it didn’t kick much, and I found the squeeze-cocking mechanism to be easy to use. The trigger and sights were excellent, and I didn’t have to fight muzzle flip like on many lighter polymer guns. Cleanup was easy, with most of the parts that need day-to-day attention right under the grip panels. It’s a collectible to be sure, but still has game. “Buy it now” listings at GunAuction.com and other online sites puts the counter price around $800.

HK P7 9mm Left

HK P7 9mm

Smith & Wesson 108485 1911 SC Enhanced E-Series Pistol .45 ACP
Bobtailed 1911s from Wilson and Kimber have more competition now. I fired about 200 rounds through a friend’s Enhanced pistol and loved the way the round butt felt in my hand. The E-Series is packed with features, the biggest being the frame alloy. This gun weighed in at 29 ounces empty, a result of weight savings of scandium versus steel, plus, this is a Commander-sized pistol with a 4.25-inch barrel. The two-tone gun came with tritium night sights, oversize extractor and combat ejection port in the stainless slide. Scalloping in the slide looked great, and the wooden laminate E-Series grips are likewise distinctive. The trigger pull was 5.3 pounds, which seemed to improve the more I shot it. Another item not listed here at CTD, it seems to be selling for around $1100.

 

Smith & Wesson 108485 1911 SC Enhanced E-Series Pistol 45 ACP

Smith & Wesson 108485 1911 SC Enhanced E-Series Pistol 45 ACP

Adcor Defense Brown Enhanced Automatic Rifle (B.E.A.R.) #201-2040E 5.56mm NATO/223 Rem.

In the B.E.A.R., the gas block is attached to the rail rather than the 18-inch barrel. Having the gas block separate from the barrel allows the barrel to be free floating. The ambidextrous forward-placed charging handle/forward placed assist allowed me to work the bolt without raising my head—a big plus in prone. The B.E.A.R wears a Magpul telescoping six-position buttstock and Magpul pistol grip. The rifle comes supplied with two Magpul P-Mag magazines. The Adcor had a decent 8.0-pound trigger break. I fired five-shot groups at 50 yards with red-dot sights and got 0.7-in. average group sizes with Ultramax .223 Rem. 52-gr. HP #223R1 rounds. Monarch (Barnaul) .223 Rem. 55-gr. FMJBs came in at 1.1 in. average group sizes. Earlier this year, I found a B.E.A.R Elite for $1665 and didn’t buy it. Mistake. Now, prices for it is through the roof.

Adcor Defense Brown Enhanced Automatic Rifle (B.E.A.R.) #201-2040E 5.56mm NATO/223 Rem.

Adcor Defense Brown Enhanced Automatic Rifle (B.E.A.R.) #201-2040E 5.56mm NATO/223 Rem.

Cimarron Evil Roy 357 Magnum #ER4104

The Cimarron Evil Roy is the SASS-tuned version of the Uberti-made standard Model P single-action revolver, made to the specifications of world champion “Evil Roy” Gene Pearcey. Among the speed improvements, the front and rear sights are slightly wider than normal, thus faster to acquire. The trigger was lightened to just 2 pounds, and the cylinder rotation is especially smooth. Winchester .38 Special +P 125-grain ammo fired at 10 yards recorded average group sizes of 1.7 inches. A Cowboy load by Black Hills, the company’s 158-grain lead bullet, fired into 3.1-inch groups, on average. It costs $770 from Cimarron.

Cimarron Evil Roy 357 Magnum #ER4104

Cimarron Evil Roy 357 Magnum #ER4104

We’d like to hear which firearms you really want to buy in 2013. Please tell us in the comments below.

 

 

 

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Comments (67)

  • Bill Edwards

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    I did not get any guns this year but I will work on getting a AR-15 and maybe another mossin nagant next year…….really would like to get a nagant revolver.

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  • kimberwanter

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    Totally want a Kimber eclipse 5 inch before it gets taken off the DOJ approved list in march 2014!!!! I don’t know how I’m going to do it but I will have to incur some debt to get one.

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  • AR Shooter

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    I agree with “shooter” no.49 I want one too ! ! ! I don’t want to shoot a plane , train or threaten national security but as said on TV that would be “COOL TO OWN” if you could could get the ammo ! ! ! if not a pristine M-1 GARAND lightened to about six pounds .

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  • Paul Ard

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    1. Westley Richards double rifle (SxS not O/U), 2 triggers, multiple leaf express sights, flip over large ivory bead “twilight” front sight, drop-lock feature (that’s a box lock with in-the-field removable firing mechanisms, and was/still is generally supplied with one pair of spare locks), only sparse scroll engraving, no game scenes, or gold inlays, caliber .303 British, 26″ barrels, with ejectors, semi-pistol grip stock, smooth steel buttplate, with trap, oval cheek piece, 1 set spare 26″ rifle barrels in .405 Winchester, 1 set spare shotgun barrels in 28 gauge (2.75″ chambers), 28″, solid rib, large ivory bead, choked true cylinder right barrel and full choke left barrel.

    2. Exact same rifle make and features as above but in .500 Nitro 3″ and with over-the comb extended tang, leather covered anti-recoil pad, spare 28″ shotgun barrels, in 12 gauge, 3″, choked right barrel true cylinder and left barrel full, large ivory front bead.

    3. Pre-War Oberndorf Mauser, Model 98 Magnum, single square bridge, standard Mauser single trigger, 4 shot magazine, multiple leaf express sights, flip over twilight large ivory bead/banded front sight, caliber .404 Jeffery, 24″ barrel, standard sporter style Mauser semi-pistol grip stock, oval cheek piece, steel grip cap, horn forend tip and leather covered anti-recoil pad.

    4. Pre-War Merkel O/U shotgun, 16 bore, 2.75″ chambers, 2 triggers, semi-pistol grip stock, oval cheek piece, leather covered anti-recoil pad, 28″ raised/solid rib barrels, ejectors, choked true cylinder under barrel and full choke upper barrel, with 1st set of spare 26″ rifle barrels, claw mounted period Zeiss 4x scope with standard crosswires, in 9.3x74R also with solid rib, 2nd set spare rifle barrels/mounts/scope-same as above except in 6.5x52R (that’s .25-35 Winchester to the caliber of persons who, as they read my wish list, are planning to grumble about it).

    5. Smith & Wesson revolver, blue finish, Model 27-2 or earlier (Pre-1970s), caliber .357 magnum, with scarce 6.5″ barrel, wide hammer, narrow trigger, S&W walnut presentation case.

    All of the above were factory guns/options in their day, not custom Gunsmith re-works.
    Those were the days.
    Unfortunately, those 5 together would cost more than my house, and once I did own the above described revolver but, I sold it in a fit of stupidity.
    I am sad to report that Santa has forgotten to bring any of these to me again this past Christmas as usual.

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  • mightyike

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    Win 71 or 86 clone in 500 S&W

    Sig Nightmare in 357 SIG

    10mm Commander

    Nice quality 22 short long and long rifle single shot

    Seecamp 9mm

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  • Dan N

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    1) Glock 30S
    2) S&W Shield .40 & 9mm
    3) Sig P290
    4)Kahr PM380

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  • thomas

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    my wish list B.A.R.,browning 1919a4,cetme 308,MG42,long colt 44.street sweeper 12 gauge.MP-5,AR15,weatherby .303,or anything else KIng Husseien dislikes

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