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  • In the Trenches: the Legendary Winchester Model 1897 — Full Review
    There are few manufacturers that have a long-storied history in the defense industry as Winchester. Undoubtedly, few things are more formidable or reliable in battle than a 12-gauge pump action shotgun. Winchester’s Model 1897 has proven over time to be a reliable firearm for protection of America’s finest.
  • If You Could Only Own One Rifle: Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle .450 Bushmaster — Full Review
    The one rifle to have if you could only have one. Ruger nailed it. Their new Gunsite Scout Rifle in .450 Bushmaster is a fantastic all-around firearm, offering the power to take down large game and the maneuverability to carry in the thickest brush.
  • The CZ Shadow 2: A 9mm Mag-Dump Machine — Full Review
    The CZ-75 is a legendary handgun design. It is to Eastern Europe what the 1911 is to the west in many ways. The iconic design and silhouette became the ubiquitous standard image of “handgun” on the other side of the iron curtain like the Browning classic Gov’t model did over here.
  • Top Five Plains Game Rifles
    The Big Five, or Dangerous Seven, or whatever you prefer to call the collective of African game animals that can easily end your life certainly gets the lion’s share (pun fully intended) of the spotlight, but the plains game, or more properly put, the antelope species, are much more abundant and affordable. Much has been written about the proper guns and cartridges for African hunting, but it seems there is still considerable confusion about what is needed to effectively hunt the lighter African game.
  • HK VP9SK 9mm: The Long Awaited VP9 Mini-Me - Full Review
    The VP9 is not really all that large a pistol, but it is a full duty-sized gun. And while some folks can and do carry it concealed, I prefer something much smaller for everyday carry. I don’t want my life or my wardrobe to revolve around my carry gun. So, for those of us who are average height and build, and wear normal clothing, a smaller version is much appreciated!
  • To Port or Not to Port? S&W M&P 9L and 40 Ported Barrels — Full Review
    To port or not to port? As with selecting any pistol, there are drawbacks and benefits. For those who are recoil sensitive and like to plink on the range — Smith & Wesson has got something for you. With the release of the M&P 2.0, there is also some other relatively new expansions from the M&P line. This week I got my hands on two very impressive pieces from the Performance Center, the 9L and 40 ported.
  • B.A.M.F. Cobalt Kinetics Team & Eclipse AR-15s — Full Review
    Who doesn't love America's favorite rifle — the AR-15. For the last few years, the AR-15 has rapidly become the 1911 of rifles. There are options for customization so thorough that companies like Brownells now ship a special catalog just for the options available. And every time I think everything possible has been done, a company proves me wrong. This week, Cobalt Kinetics shipped two models of rifle for testing, and I was not disappointed.
  • A Sub-MOA 6.5 Creedmoor for $400? Thompson/Center Compass — Full Review
    Since its introduction in 2007, the 6.5 Creedmoor has taken off like wildfire and Thompson Center (T/C) has delivered a rifle chambered in 6.5 that will go head to head with rifles a few weight classes above it. Thompson Center is one of the oldest names in American hunting. They’re known primarily for their muzzle loading guns that are without peer.
  • A Street-Legal Shorty Double Barrel? The Pedersoli Howdah .45/.410 - Full Review.
    The new Pedersoli Howdah double pistol from the Italian Firearms Group is an historic design with a lineage that dates back to late 19th century Europe and development of the first Howdah-style double barrel pistols for big game hunters.
  • American-Made Freedom: Behind the Scenes with Freedom Munitions
    It isn’t often a new player makes it to the top of a heavily entrenched industry. How many new car brands have you seen in the last 20 years? If a new company does manage to not only survive but also thrive, they are worth paying attention to. They either have a superior product, a non-standard means of making the same product economically viable or tenacity. Freedom Munitions rose from a small garage company to a major contender in a very short amount of time.
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