Rifle Reviews

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  • Don't forget the M1 Carbine

    Known to the military as the United States Carbine, Caliber .30, M1, the hardy little rifle was popular with the US and other militaries around the world for more than 30 years. Today, the M1 is still around and is as loved as ever. The last several ranges I have worked, it seems M1s are constantly coming up. Vito, a good friend and co-worker of mine, a former Marine infantryman now in an Air National Guard special ops unit swears by his. "Want to sell it?" I asked. "Nope." Another...
  • More of the Best Deer Rifles

    In Part One of this series of the 10 Best Deer Rifles, we mentioned the handy brush guns including the Winchester '94, the Marlin 336, the Savage 99, the classic Springfield 1903, and the durable SKS. Now let's look at the rest of the story... Winchester 70 In 1936, Winchester developed what many have called "The Rifleman's Rifle." This bolt-action beauty was the benchmark for a sporting rifle. Based on lessons learned making military rifles in WWI, the company borrowed what worked and gave...
  • 1894 Winchester Take Down

    Firearms historians such as RL Wilson and Hal Herring have referred to the Model 1894 as the “ultimate lever-action design.” Designed by John Moses Browning (what famous American firearm wasn’t?) It was the first commercial firearm to be designed for use with smokeless powder. One other innovation of the design was the fact that Mr. Browning designed the firearm, like his earlier model 1892, as an optional take down model. The takedown model, as the name implies, separates into two halves....
  • Shopping for Old 22s

    With the craze for black rifles, all things 5.56, and 'high-capacity', there may be no better time to shop for great deals on old rimfire rifles. Odds are there are a few dozen of them gathering dust within just a few miles of your house. A few simple tricks will help make sure you get a good one. Why an old 22? The 22 rimfire round in short, long, long rifle, BB, and CB versions has been around since as early as 1857. In the intervening 150 years millions of rifles have come off the lines...
  • 308 Bullpup The New Kel Tec RFB

    Want a 7.62x51mm NATO caliber semi-auto rifle but don't want the hefty 44-inch long boat oar that is the FAL series? Well Kel-Tec has listened and given the people what they want- a .308-bullpup rifle that is just 26-inches long. We are not making this up. Why The .308 Winchester/7.62x51mm NATO round was developed to replace the venerable 30.06 caliber in the US military after WWII. The hearty cartridge has almost all of the same power as the 'aught-six, while coming in a half-inch shorter...
  1. M1: America's Battle Rifle

    General George S Patton called the M1 Garand, "The greatest battle implement ever devised." And with good reason: this hard-hitting 30.06 armed the 'Greatest Generation', as well as a few that came afterward. Why the M1 (Mr Garand with one of his prototypes) After World War 1, the US Army had literally millions of Springfield, Enfield, and Mosin rifles lying around. While these were all adequate for the Doughboys of the Western Front, the military knew that these bolt-action rifles were...
  2. The Neat Cricket 22 Rifle

    Your child's first gun is a momentous choice to make. Children who are brought up without an introduction to firearms become adults who are afraid of guns. One of the best firearms on the market today is the Cricket series of single shot 22 rifles. Design This is no high-power sniper rifle that you can run out and take Cape buffalo with at 1000-yards during a hailstorm. Its super-simple youth model rifle that is just...tiny. The has a short length of pull, an ideal for those pint-sized...
  3. 308 Bullpup The New Kel Tec RFB

    Want a 7.62x51mm NATO caliber semi-auto rifle but don't want the hefty 44-inch long boat oar that is the FAL series? Well Kel-Tec has listened and given the people what they want- a .308-bullpup rifle that is just 26-inches long. We are not making this up. Why The .308 Winchester/7.62x51mm NATO round was developed to replace the venerable 30.06 caliber in the US military after WWII. The hearty cartridge has almost all of the same power as the 'aught-six, while coming in a half-inch shorter...
  4. Shopping for Old 22s

    With the craze for black rifles, all things 5.56, and 'high-capacity', there may be no better time to shop for great deals on old rimfire rifles. Odds are there are a few dozen of them gathering dust within just a few miles of your house. A few simple tricks will help make sure you get a good one. Why an old 22? The 22 rimfire round in short, long, long rifle, BB, and CB versions has been around since as early as 1857. In the intervening 150 years millions of rifles have come off the lines...
  5. The New Caracal CC10 Carbine

    One of the more interesting entries by exhibitors at the 2013 Shotshow was by the Caracal group. They arrived with an interesting polymer framed carbine that is sure to turn heads and finds a ready market. Who is Caracal? The unlikely United Arab Emirates (UAE) firm of Caracal (the name of the desert lynx found across the Middle East) has been a newcomer to the gun markets. Their best-known product, the Caracal F pistol has already built a good reputation since its introduction in 2006. It...
  6. What IS an Assault Weapon

    With all this talk about assault weapons, let's look at what they are talking about. Just what makes something an 'assault weapon' and how does this term compare to the concept of what lawmakers are looking to regulate. Assault Rifles and Guns The first true assault rifle was born in 1943 Germany. Invented by firearms engineer Hugo Schmeisser, it was a select-fire (either full auto or semi-auto at the flick of a switch) rifle that fired an intermediate caliber round (larger than a pistol...
  7. ATI Halo Side Saddle with Add-A-Shell

    ATI Introduces New Halo Side Saddle System Milwaukee - Dec. 3, 2012- Advanced Technology International (ATI), the leading manufacturer in gun stocks and firearm accessories, is introducing the ATI Halo Side Saddle System for the Mossberg 500 and 590 platforms. Locally manufactured in Wisconsin, the Patented ATI Halo Side Saddle System is the first in the industry to mount to the top of the receiver using the existing screw holes. The Halo Side Saddle also features the Add-a-Shell; an...
  8. A Remington Rifle In 44-40?

    Yes, Remington did make a little-known and seldom seen rifle in 44-40 (also 38-40). It was a pump rifle called the Model 14-1/2. It was very much like the more often seen Model 14 and Model 141. This model was made from 1912 to 1925. It was made in rifle (22-1/2" barrel) and carbine (18-1/2" barrel). The model never caught on with the public for many possible reasons. It was directly competing with the very popular and well-made Winchester model 1892 lever action (in both rifle and carbine...
  9. Henry Golden Boy

    Recommended? - Yes Company Website - [URL="http://www.henryrepeating.com"]www.henryrepeating.com[/URL] Manufacturer - Henry Repeating Arms Company The Henry Golden Boy is an American-made lever action rifle available in .22LR/.22L/.22S as well as .22 Magnumand .17 HMR. The .22LR version is the subject of my review.The rifle is 38-inches long and weighs 6.5 pounds. The barrel is 20-inches long and octagonal in shape. The gun is tube-fed and holds 15 rounds of .22 Long Rifle, 18 rounds of .22 Long, and 20 rounds of .22 Short.It is...
  10. More of the Best Deer Rifles

    In Part One of this series of the 10 Best Deer Rifles, we mentioned the handy brush guns including the Winchester '94, the Marlin 336, the Savage 99, the classic Springfield 1903, and the durable SKS. Now let's look at the rest of the story... Winchester 70 In 1936, Winchester developed what many have called "The Rifleman's Rifle." This bolt-action beauty was the benchmark for a sporting rifle. Based on lessons learned making military rifles in WWI, the company borrowed what worked and gave...
  11. 10 Best Deer Rifle Rifles

    Deer of all variety have long been the number one game animal on this continent. However, just as no two deer are the same, no two deer rifles are, and we look at ten of the best. Marlin 30/336 Marlin has been in the lever-action business for over a century and their Model 30/336 line has been the final evolution of these rifles. Most popular in .30-.30, they are also often seen in .35 Remington, .308 Marlin Express, and other exotic rounds. Their solid top design has long been seen as...
  12. The Mossberg MVP

    Ever since the Trench Magazine days of World War 1, detachable magazine bolt-action rifles have been a reality. Once restricted to military and police weapons, commercial manufacturers have in the past decade or so realized that your average shooter would like the capability to change out their ammunition via the common box magazine. Now Mossberg has taken the next step and produced a bolt-action .223-caliber rifle that accepts detachable magazines. The groovy thing is that they are not some...
  13. Do Carbines Hit Harder?

    Pistol caliber carbines such as the Marlin Camp Carbine, Ruger PC series, Hi-Point 995, and Beretta CX4 are very popular with shooters. The capability to have a longarm chambered for the same rounds as your handgun and in some cases even use the same magazines is very handy. With a longer barrel and better sights coupled with a sturdier two-handed grip, these pistol caliber carbines are capable of making long range shots more accurately. It is even banded about that pistol caliber carbines...
  14. The Chiappa M4-22

    Ever since the Armalite M16/AR15 series rifles came on the scene in the 1960s they have been a novelty. While the 5.56mm/.223 is no recoil beast by any means, there has been a steady market in .22LR rimfire AR-style rifles. One of the latest and greatest of these seems to be the Chiappa M4-22. Rimfire ARs The rimfire AR has a neat little niche in the gun world. Even the cheapest 5.56mm rounds, typically Russian-made Wolf/Tula etc. run you at least $4+ a box or about a quarter a pop....
  15. The StG44 and Its Appeal to US buyers

    Of all of the world's military rifles, one of the most exotic and hard to find in US collections is the German StG44. Even though it was mass-produced and nearly a half-million were cranked out, most US firearms junkies have only seen one behind the glass of a museum display or on the History Channel. What is the StG44? When Germany entered World War 2 in 1939, their primary rifle was the K98 Mauser. The K98 was a bolt action 8mm beast that was a slightly modified pre-World War 1 design....
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