My first center fire rifle was a Mosin Nagant. I think quite a few of you may be able to say the same. The rifle cost $65, and it was a poor example of the type having suffered the indignity of having the original military stock cut short and an odd-looking pistol grip nailed to the stock. However, in 1970 money, the Nagant cost more than a nice example costs today.
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Inexpensive, but reliable, accurate and powerful handguns are not common. Occasionally we get more than our money’s worth. Bersa handguns are among the best buys on the market. Although the Bersa line retails for less than many competing designs, they have proven both reliable and accurate.
A Rifle on the Hip
You won’t find Magnumitis in the dictionary. The term, coined as a derisive nickname for the tendency of shooters to go for broke in the pursuit of power, simply implies a shooter who has succumbed to Magnumitis places power above accuracy.
A proven resource in creating a marksman is the use of inexpensive .22 caliber ammunition and .22 caliber firearms. The rimfire offers little or no recoil, minimal report and good accuracy. It is recognized that the rimfire is a good training aid for pure marksmanship, that is trigger control and learning sight alignment and sight picture. In today’s tight economy, we see both .22 caliber conversions and dedicated .22 caliber firearms pressed into service in training. With the high, and increasing, costs of training, .22 caliber conversion units and .22 caliber firearms appear to be a good buy.
Recently, my grandson and I enjoyed firing a top grade 1911 handgun. The pistol features a beavertail grip safety, crisp trigger, high-profile sights that are not only excellent examples of the type but adjustable, a light rail, and an ambidextrous safety similar to the Les Baer. The pistol handled well, proved quite reliable and more accurate than we would have guessed.
Powerful, accurate and reliable, the .38 Special is among our most under appreciated cartridges.
The Glock pistol presently holds 75% of the police market, has enjoyed considerable military success, and is a tremendously popular civilian handgun. The pistol isn’t an old generation handgun but sprang forth in the early 1980s winning overnight acclaim.
Introduced in 1995, and originally conceived as an off-duty gun for peace officers, many of the features of
A few months ago, Joyce and I visited the city of love and the city of lights. Just before we arrived there had been an unfortunate incident in Libya and a call for violence against Americans in Europe. The French president immediately took measures and let his paras do the talking for him.
I have to admit to a bit of gun prejudice. Blue steel and walnut, chrome and cocobolo are what catch my eye. I do own and use a few black polymer handguns and find them useful, but when it comes to pride of ownership there is nothing like a 1911, High Power or CZ 75. This brings us to the subject of this review.
I have used Columbia River Knife and Tool products for well over a decade, always with satisfaction.
Advances in firearms are often slower and incremental in nature. Society changes but slowly and so do society’s tools. When the 1911 pistol was adopted for U.S. military use and then a generation later improved into the 1911A1, few could foresee the tremendous popularity of the type. The 1911 went from a fight-winning pistol to a handgun used in competition and which won every competition it entered.
Among the best buys and most effective compact pistols on the market is the Russian designed Makarov pistol.
Fans of Rock Island Armory’s 1911 handguns affectionately refer to their pistol of choice as ‘The Rock.’ This nickname is
When deciding upon a certain mission for a rifle, the lucky ones choose the caliber and then the rifle. If I wished to fire .223 Remington ammunition, I would do so in my beautifully accurate Howa rifle. I would not be concerned with powder burn rates, lubrication, and perhaps even barrel twist. But such is not the case. My rifle is the AR-15 and I like it very much. And this rifle is chambered for the .223 Remington. While no single tool is ideal for everything, the AR is my basic go anywhere do anything rifle. I fire it a lot. The expenditure of two hundred rounds in an evening is not out of the question. Only the most ardent bolt gun shooter, craving repetition, would approach that weight of brass with a bolt-action rifle.
Today there are many opportunities to own a great rifle. There are even high dollar celebrity branded rifles that allow you to pay a premium to get the other guy’s name on your gun. No kidding. And then there are the basic claptrap rifles that work most of the time and are OK for plinking. They are a little loose and tie up on occasion, but hey, we are only shooting rats at the dump, right?