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S&W 22a

Throwback Thursday: .22 LR Competition Pistols: What to Buy, What Not to Buy

With ammo costs going up and availability going down, many shooters are turning to the good old .22 Long Rifle cartridge for affordable shooting fun. Rimfire competition shooting leagues are springing up across the country. New shooters are mastering the fundamentals of marksmanship. Experienced shooters are rediscovering that .22 LR competitions are a fun way to hone their skills to a fine edge. So, what should we look for in a competition .22 pistol?

GLOCK 42 .380 ACP pistol

SHOT Show 2014 Special Edition Day 2: New Handguns

Cheaper Than Dirt! staffers covering the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas have filed their second-day reports on new handguns introduced at the show. In this edition are details of Browning’s A1 Desert Tan and Compact Desert Tan 1911-22LRs; CZ-USA’s P-09, a full-size polymer 9mm pistol offering 19+1 capacity; and Glock’s Gen4 Tactical .45 ACP and the new Glock 42 .380 ACP.

Browning Citori 725 Skeet 12 gauge

SHOT Show 2014 Special Edition Day 2: New Shotguns

Cheaper Than Dirt! staffers covering the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas have filed their first set of follow-up reports on new shotguns introduced at the show. In this edition, Browning has added models to its High Grade shotgun program and has expanded the 725 Citori lineup. CZ-USA adds new models in its pump-action, semi-auto and over/under lines.

Browning Hunter X-Bolt Full Line Dealer

SHOT 2013 Preview: Browning to Expand X-Bolt Line

Arguably, Browning has one of the most prestigious names in the firearms community. Their products are functional, durable and even beautiful. Browning set a high standard when it released the X-Bolt series by including a list of impressive features many popular rifles don’t have. For 2013, Browning is expanding its current line of X-Bolts to include the Hunter Full Line Dealer model.

Browning Citori 725 Skeet 12 gauge

How the New Citori 725 Commercial Was Filmed

If you have seen Browning’s new Citori 725 over-and-under shotgun commercial, you may have wondered how the very-high-resolution images of the pheasant flushing were captured. Also, how did the video team make the 725 appear out of nowhere in the hunters’ hands? Answer: Green-screen and CGI technologies.

Pump Action Shotgun

Consider a Shotgun for Your First Firearm

If you’re thinking about buying that first gun, but are not sure which way you should go, consider the shotgun. Since its early days, the shotgun filled several roles, as it does today. It remains the only firearm capable of fulfilling nearly all functions of a gun, with very few exceptions.

Wild Turkey Hunting

What Makes a Turkey Shotgun?

The turkey shotgun is one of the integral parts of turkey hunting. What makes a shotgun a turkey shotgun? Some gun manufacturers would have you believe that you can’t kill a turkey unless you spend top dollar on specialized shotguns with high-end components. While these little details certainly will not hurt, just about any shotgun can kill a turkey, and slight modifications to the firearm will increase your chances drastically.

Picture shows a close-up of a black polymer-framed 1911 stamped "MODEL 1911-A1"

2012 SHOT Show Special Report: Rock River Arms Polymer 1911

It’s been done before, but Rock River Arms decided to roll out a polymer 1911 for the world to see at the 2012 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Whether or not you think it is blasphemy to make a polymer 1911 is beside the point, because they are doing it, and there seems to be a fair amount of support for this big plastic handgun.

To be fair, the entire gun isn’t plastic, just the frame. Like any run of the mill Glock or Kahr, Rock River made the gun with a polymer mainspring housing and a polymer shoed trigger. There is a 4140 steel billet frame insert and the slide is of 4140 steel as well. While there are plenty of choices on the market for polymer .45s, one has to wonder what Rock River was thinking. Walk into almost any gun store and you can have your hands on a XD-45, a Glock 21, or an M&P45 and be out the door without spending a fortune. You would also have greater magazine capacity, and you wouldn’t be sacrificing quality with any of the above choices either. The argument that stands in place however, is the same argument that 1911 owners have used for decades. There are indeed plenty of other pistols in the world, but none of them are 1911s. No other pistol holds the historical clout, or overall aesthetic value of the 1911. It is just something about holding that gun that just works. When a person thinks about a pistol, the 1911 is usually the first gun they picture in their mind. That panache comes with the owners of the guns knowing full well that there are more advanced designs available, and often for a cheaper price. The owners of these guns still rally around their pistols with a fervor that hasn’t died down in over 100 years. One has to wonder though, does adding a polymer frame to a 1911 detract from the historical and aesthetic value of this gun. Time will tell, but I have a feeling that if Rock River can sell this gun at a competitive price, we will all be seeing more and more plastic 1911 pistols at the range.

Cheap and Expensive Shotguns Still Go Bang

So you want to go shoot some sporting clays eh? Me too! What some people don’t realize is that you don’t have to have a super expensive shotgun to go have fun. If you aren’t competing on a professional level, then you can blast those little clay pigeons all day long without spending a fortune. Here are some choices to get you started.

H&R Pardner

H&R Pardner

H&R Pardner

It’s bare bones for sure, but it does go bang. You do get a 28-inch vent-ribbed barrel, as well as a walnut stock with a recoil pad. I would hunt with this gun, it’s cheap and if I break it or lose it, who cares. The steel-made receiver is nice considering the price. One of the best values in the gun industry, this shotgun delivers firepower downrange for less. The H&R Pardner works great for the beginner, or even the price conscious expert. This model features a three-inch chamber and has a five round capacity. H&R installed a convenient cross bolt safety and a screw in modified choke tube. The forend has a classic groove pattern. To increase the smoothness of the action, H&R put in dual action bars, which assist in extracting spent shells. The front sight is a bead, which allows for fast and accurate acquisition of the target. Taking down the shotgun for cleaning is a snap, and the ventilated recoil pad makes the gun comfortable to shoot. This gun is value at its best.

Remington 870 Wingmaster

Remington 870 Wingmaster

Remington 870 Wingmaster

Sure as autumn arrives, the Model 870 Wingmaster rises to meet another day in the upland fields and woods of America. The Model 870 is so smooth and reliable that today, nearly 60 years after its introduction, it’s still the standard by which all pump shotguns are measured. With a receiver machined from a solid billet of steel, it is the model of enduring strength. True to its original design, the pump glides with silky surety on two twin action bars for the utmost in positive chambering and ejection. These characteristics, along with its flawless balance and natural pointing qualities have made the Model 870 the best-selling, most trusted shotgun of all time, of any action type, from any manufacturer. As the most aesthetically refined representative of our prestigious pump-action family, the Model 870 Wingmaster is a true American icon.
Available in 12 gauge 2 3/4-inch and 3-inch, 20 and 28 gauge, and .410 bore, it has a custom-quality finish and handsome American walnut woodwork. The richly blued and highly polished receiver has a classic appeal. Remington also offers a broad selection of barrel and choke options to fit your application.

 

Winchester Super X3

Winchester Super X3

Winchester Super X3

Bold looks and innovative features make the Winchester Super X3 Field a remarkable sight and a force to reckon with. This beautiful gun weighs in at a scant 6 3/4 pounds, thanks to a weight-saving magazine tube, recoil spring system, slim barrel, and an alloy receiver. The three-inch chambered Super X3 Field has all the features you want in a field gun, or a sporting gun for that matter. The self-adjusting Active Valve gas system reduces recoil significantly more than recoil-operated systems and a proprietary next generation Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad fits snugly to further increase shooting comfort. Trim grip and forearm dimensions add to the lightweight, fast handling feeling. The .742-inch Back-Bored Technology and Invector-Plus choke tube system work together to provide perfect patterns. Winchester applied a unique gunmetal grey Perma-Cote Ultra Tough surface finish to the external surfaces for extreme corrosion protection. Winchester also plated the bolt with electroless nickel for added corrosion resistance. This is one shotgun you must experience to believe. Three choke tubes and two stock spacers for length of pull adjustments are included. The magazine holds up to four, 2 3/4-inch shells depending on shell length. Some slug shells are a little longer than standard 2 3/4-inch shot shells.

Remington 1100

Remington 1100

Remington 1100

The rugged, ultra-dependable Remington shotguns continually evolve as they’re called to serve in new, increasingly demanding environments. Remington built these shotguns on a time-tested and extremely reliable legendary standard of quality and a level of flexibility that only comes with experience in the field. The famous Model 1100 shotgun comes with a standard stock and a 28-inch vent-ribbed barrel. Remington chambered these guns for 2 3/4-inch 12 gauge shells. Reliability is in the forefront when talking about an automatic shotgun. The 1100 has a stellar reputation both on and off the battlefield. Police, military, private contractors, hunters, and competitors around the globe rely on the 1100 for their shooting needs. The speed at which you can fire an 1100 is very impressive. Since it is a semi automatic, the shooter will still be able to operate the weapon with one hand. A pump-action shotgun is far more difficult to operate this way, which gives the semi automatic a leg up in the shooting competition. The 1100 series from Remington is a perfect shotgun for nearly all applications, both on and off the course.

Browning Citori

Browning Citori Lightning

Browning Citori Lightning

The Citori is more than a shotgun; it is the quintessential representative of the quality of the Browning brand. Wood-to-metal fit is paramount on the Citori and with tight, consistent junctions, it doesn’t disappoint. Browning machined the action components to exacting tolerances. They later heat-treated these components for greater strength, and fitted them using the traditional lampblack-and-file method to ensure the precise fit of critical components prior to assembly to the action. It is this extreme level of craftsmanship that leads to the dependable function, impeccable looks, championship performance, and respect from both Citori owners and the competition alike.

We challenge you to take any Citori from the rack and you’ll see the same high level of fit and finish on every gun. Open and close the action and throw it to your shoulder. IF you sight down the barrels, then will you fully understand why the Citori has gained its reputation as the finest over and under shotgun available in the world.