Taylors & Company
Taylors had their new Alaskan Takedown at the range for SHOT Show, and we put it through its paces. Taylors is well known in the cowboy action shooting and historical circles. The Alaskan Takedown is a departure for Taylors, and a step into the modern era by a company that primarily deals with historical interpretations of firearms from the 19th Century. And we’re smitten. The more utilitarian chamberings and compact design make the Alaskan Takedown the perfect pack gun.
The Alaskan Takedown is based off the old Winchester 1892, one of the many John Browning-designed guns. The ’92 was built to be a pistol caliber lever action long gun, and Taylors’ version stays true to this vision. It comes chambered in either .357 Magnum, or .44 Magnum. It has a 16” or 20” barrel finished in what in a matte chrome. The stock and forend look like plastic, but they’re actually rubber-coated wood. The best feature is its takedown design. The rifle comes apart by unscrewing the magazine tube, then twisting the barrel and receiver apart. It’s simple, fast and easy. The Alaskan comes equipped with Skinner Express Sights and it is tapped for a scout scope.
The example Taylors had for us out at the range on Media day was chambered in .44 Rem Mag, and it was a joy to shoot. The modern sights made for fast target acquisition, but the size of the rear aperture is too big for accurate distance work. That’s hardly a liability. A guide gun is not meant for long distance shooting. It is meant to be small, light and fast. The Taylors has this in spades. The MSRP is $1,324.