The folks at Henry Repeating Arms Company made another gun to be proud of with the Small Game Carbine, chambered in .22 Magnum. This lever-action rifle delivers on several levels. The gun is handsome and plain, reminiscent of a grandpa’s pocket knife. There’s no pizzazz, as well as nothing unappealing in its appearance. It’s a utilitarian tool, and a perfect example of form following function.
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Among the most interesting hobbies is the pursuit of accuracy. Some handguns have it and some do not—the level of accuracy varies widely. I have often mentioned that I do not own a machine rest as I prefer to keep in touch with reality. I do own a couple of devices that help me shoot well such as the Bull Shooters pistol rest. But the single handgun I have found is most like a machine rest or laboratory fixture is the Thompson Center Contender.
Smith and Wesson’s Victory .22 has garnered a lot of interest since its introduction a few months ago. The Victory .22 is intended to compete with similar .22 calibers handguns such as the Browning Buckmark and Ruger Standard Model. As such the Victory will have to have good features, good reliability, and acceptable accuracy. The price point is also important. Smith and Wesson’s previous .22 caliber self loaders were not in the class with this pistol and the hopes Smith and Wesson has pinned on this pistol are not without justification.
At a cursory glance, Henry’s Pump Octagon looks very much like old gallery guns—such as the 1890 and 1906 series that Winchester once produced. The overlooked Henry Pump Action Octagon may not be as romantic as the lever gun of Western lore; but it is a well made send-off to the gallery guns of the county carnival era and just as formidable of a rimfire platform now as it was then.
The PMR-30 is a unique and highly interesting handgun. This is a polymer frame pistol with a steel slide and barrel that works on the simple blowback principle. The first thing you notice after the space age appearance is that the pistol weighs less than 14 ounces. Even with a fully loaded 30-round magazine, the piece weighs but 20 ounces. Yes, 20 ounces for a 30-shot pistol!
Shotshells for a revolver is great snake medicine and useful on other small game as well. For those who have been looking or are just coming around to the thought, CCI has stepped up to the plate with a full host of offerings above the traditional .22 LR.
A few years ago, Kel Tec introduced the PMR 30 .22 Magnum pistol. The company is known for affordable innovation and performance, and this pistol was no exception. With good accuracy, light weight, and a 30-round magazine capacity, this handgun became the ultimate rimfire plinker. As an outdoorsman’s pistol for hunting and pest control, the PMR 30 is a great piece. Kel-Tec has now followed up with the carbine version, the CMR 30.
When outside factors limit the shooters’ ability to control a heavier caliber, determination and marksmanship might carry the day. Self defense demands all the power the shooter can handle. However, that does not mean you have to be over-gunned.
If you spend anytime outdoors, eventually you will run into a snake—especially if you live in the Southwestern United States. And pretty much, that snake will be poisonous. For Shooting Gallery, Gun Stories and Down Range TV contributor Ed Head, this means potentially deadly run-ins with rattlesnakes. Don’t let your shooting and outdoor adventures have a tragic outcome—learn how to load your self-defense handgun for snakes in this article.
It is fun, it is quiet, and this load is also affordable. Accuracy is surprisingly good as well. Check out the details in this post and see how it performed in testing with multiple firearms.