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My sergeant calls me and several other soldiers over and orders us to stand in a “Chet” (three-sided box formation). We stand in the middle of the rocky field near our base, squinting from the strange twilight of the sun through the dusty haze. We know that today is the day we will receive our “packal” or specialty . . .
I carry a 1911 in .45ACP every day. I’ve carried a .45ACP as my daily carry for decades now. I’m invested in the caliber. The key to my ballistic heart: 1911’s incredible pointability. With a good 1911, I can draw and dump a magazine into a 4″ circle at seven yards in a few seconds time. What made me fall in love with the platform is made all the lovelier when it’s chambered in 9mm . . .
As the happy owner of a .22 LR Mini Revolver, which I finally reviewed nearly two years ago, I jumped at the opportunity to borrow one of North American Arms‘ newest creations, the 4″ Sidewinder. Instead of requiring the complete removal of the cylinder in order to reload — a process which many people find complicated in NAA’s revolvers — the Sidewinder employs a traditional swing-out cylinder with an actual extractor mechanism . . .
GLOCK released their MOS, or Modular Optic System, line of pistols a year ago. With the ability to mount a variety of reflex-style red dot optics to the slide, the GEN4 MOS offerings kicked off with big guns suitable for hunting and competition: the G40, G41, G34, and G35. Building on that success and much to the surprise of, well, nobody, GLOCK has given the MOS touch to two of their most popular pistols, the G19 and the G17. I promised Gaston’s gang that I could keep a secret and got my hands on these guys in early December, immediately turning the G19 into my EDC. . .
When I was 21, a friend threw me the keys to his Porsche 911 Turbo. As I sloppily exited the apex of a wonderfully banked turn on the country roads I grew up driving, I laid into the throttle. Hard. I heard the universe tearing at the seams behind me. Mashing the gas drew the cacophony closer. The turbo Porker shuddered, shook and shimmied — but never lost composure, I knew I’d never fully tax the car’s abilities. At the ripe age of 28, firmly ensconced in my shooting mat on a clear fall day, I had my first “in over my head” experience with a rifle . . .
If you want to shoot down a helicopter with a handgun (void where prohibited by law), carry a Walther PPK. James Bond did it in SPECTRE — despite the fact that the timelessly stylish .380 is now built in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Wait. Is it? Unlike the movie’s plot, the whole thing’s a bit of a mystery. One thing’s for sure: Walther’s U.S. division’s on a roll. Ask anyone who’s said how-do-you-do to the PPQ. Will the new Walther PPS M2 sub-compact 9mm bond with American buyers? Glad I asked . . .
Accuracy International isn’t a household name for most American shooters. But military snipers throughout the world revere the marque as it if it was divinely inspired. And with good reason. World’s longest sniper kill? Check. In use with 60+ countries, including British SAS? Check. First chassis system? Check. Industry leading detachable box magazine? Check. We’ve been able to spend some quality time with their AX-50 anti-material sniper rifle and can report now report to the Armed Intelligentsia . . .
I consider myself a competent shooter. I mop up in local shooting competitions. But as soon as I venture out into national shooting competitions I realize I’m merely mediocre. I can hold my own in the middle of the pack, but the whooshing sound I hear when the big boys fly past me like a freight train can be deafening. Max Michel, Jr. is of those amazing shooters, a professional pistolero who knows his way around a 1911. SIG SAUER reached out to Max and offered him the opportunity to design his dream gun for public consumption. The 1911 MAX is the result . . .
With some notably pricey exceptions, Weatherby is known for building affordable to moderately-priced reliable firearms. Their shotgun line’s like Jennifer Lawrence: proficient and attractive yet accessible. Weatherby’s upped their not-incredibly-expensive scattergun game with the $1099 MSRP Element Deluxe semi-auto. It’s a shotgun made for the shooter who likes to spend his days shooting birds — both feathered and clay — while looking good doing it . . .
A properly built AR-15-style rifle can be built to suit a wide range of tasks, from hunting to plinking to self-defense. With just a few tools, a little money and YouTube, an enthusiast can assemble their very own bespoke Modern Sporting Rifle. In fact, a lot of companies selling complete ARs do the same thing (minus the YouTube time). San Antonio’s Sons of Liberty Gun Works is one of them. That’s a good thing, not a bad thing . . .
Researching the web, it seems the Ruger American Pistol’s not exactly a hit with some YouTube gun reviewers. After a weekend spent shooting several hundred rounds through Ruger’s new striker-fired handgun, I believe the RAP’s getting a bum rap. . .