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Wheel Gun Series #1

BY Herschel Smith
3 hours, 28 minutes ago

With his focus on level guns and now revolvers, I like the direction Chris Costa is headed with his videos.  This is full service analysis, not just MSRs.

But then, I’m pretty old school and see 1911s, revolvers and open carry as dignified and gentlemanly.

Two New Competition Pistols: FN 509 LS And CZ Tactical Sport 2

BY Herschel Smith
1 day, 3 hours ago

Recoil Magazine gives us the details.

It is a striker fired pistol with 5″ barrel length, slide cuts, what appears to be a slide cut for a red dot optic, a 17-round magazine, aggressive stippling and a flared mag well.  It’s an attractive pistol.

Here’s another attractive pistol, the CZ Tactical Sport 2.

This is a two-tone pistol with very nice texturing on the grips, large controls, a 5.23″ barrel and 20-round magazine.  The burnt bronze frame is especially attractive, as is the profile.  The thing that appeals to me most is that it is a hammer-fired pistol rather than a striker-fired pistol.

Take a hard look at it.  Then compare it with this pistol at CZ-USA.  They’re not the same gun.  I sent a note to CZ today and asked about this, and was told that this particular model was not what was being imported.  I was told that CZUB was probably the author of this picture.

Indeed, this picture comes from a different site, international CZ I suppose.  I have not received a response on how one might obtain one, but at the moment it doesn’t appear to me that anyone is importing this particular gun.

This is massive fail with Shooting Illustrated in my opinion.  They have written up a pistol that apparently cannot be obtained.  Don’t they have editors?

Ruger 77/357

BY Herschel Smith
2 days, 2 hours ago


But getting back to Ruger and their bolt action .357. I knew the various manufacturers had other handgun cartridge chambered long guns like .44 magnum, I just didn’t know about the .357. Never though about it, I guess. It makes sense, though. In my experience, I’ve found that cartridge a good killer of medium-sized big game beyond 200 yards. When Sandi and I lived in Montana, where it was legal, I put several deer in the freezer with my .357 Ruger Blackhawk.

But back to the Ruger .357. I discovered, via an article in one of the gunzines, the Ruger bolt action. Interestingly enough, the article was written about using that particular rifle as part of a triad of firearms, all chambered for the .357. This imaginative gent who wrote the article combined the rifle with a holster gun, which was a .357 Ruger Blackhawk, (imagine that) and a .357 Ruger LCR, the Ruger LCR being a short barreled pup of a gun, designed for concealed carry.

To me, that would be good for scraping miscreants off your face in a dire situation. I really don’t know where that leaves it as a field gun? Especially since you’re already toting a .357 Blackhawk.

Perhaps that writer’s implication was that with those three firearms, one had a suitable firearm for any occasion, all chambered for the same cartridge? Regardless, this .357 Ruger bolt gun intrigues me. Light, handy and accurate, it’d be powerful enough for anything from badger to black bear. It makes an excellent light-duty, woods running gun and is nearly ideal for collection everything from rock-chuck to a grouse for your dinner or potting a coyote. It would also make an excellent trunk gun for your car, for emergency use, and, with a holster gun also chambered in .357 caliber, it just makes perfect sense for a woods companion.

Or even a traveling companion. Just saying.

I confess that I wasn’t aware of these rifles either.  Immediately when I saw this article I wondered if like the Ruger 77/357, there was a Ruger 77/44.  There is.

Hickok 45 has two reviews of this gun here and here.  And if I had been the “buddy” who loaned him that gun, he would have given it back to me a long time ago.

Chris Costa Discusses the 45-70

BY Herschel Smith
3 days, 2 hours ago

He does an impressive job of hitting his targets.  He has several 45-70 guns, something that seems appealing to me.

Sure, it sounds a lot like an infomercial for Mad Pig Customs, but it’s still worth watching.  I think Chris may be auditioning for the only trainer on the use of the tactical lever action gun.

I take it that Mad Pig Customs does a great job with lever action gunsmithing, but they seem to be small.

Savage IMPULSE Straight Pull Rifle

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 3 days ago

Wide Open Spaces.

Savage Arms has announced the latest addition to their lineup of firearms, and it’s a style of gun Americans may not be entirely familiar with.

The new Savage IMPULSE has just been unveiled, and we’ve got all the details straight from the source.

The American-made IMPULSE rifles feature a unique straight-pull bolt action, popular in European markets, that refines the basic function of the conventional bolt into one quick movement. Instead of twisting the bolt handle up, pulling back, pushing forward, then twisting back down, a straight pull rifle like the IMPULSE only requires a straight back, then straight forward manipulation of the cycling process.

The key to IMPULSE’s lightning-quick functionality is the new action, which is built around Hexlock, an innovative new style of lockup that allows for IMPULSE’s reliability and speed, not to mention safety and accuracy.

Hexlock holds the key to the unique straight pull action, and operates in a rather interesting way. Six hardened steel ball bearings combine to lock the bolt in place inside the receiver’s barrel extension. When pressure increases, Hexlock’s hold strengthens, making sure that the bolt can’t move rearward.

Once the round has left the barrel, the pressure eases up, and the action can open safely with the straight pull of the bolt handle. In addition, the bolt handle’s position can be adjusted to several different angles, which helps ensure you’re clearing optics or satisfying your personal preference. You can even switch from a right hand to a left hand bolt operation without any special tools or skills.

This model has an MSRP of $1379.  I have to confess that I’m not familiar enough with European designs to know much about straight pull systems.  Gunsmiths can weigh in.

But the MSRP (which will doubtless be higher than what you see in stores) is enough to buy a classical bolt action gun, and a very good precision one at that.  Savage is making some very nice equipment, but some of it is still a bit pricey.

Smith & Wesson Performance Center Pro Series Model 60 357 Magnum Review

BY Herschel Smith
1 week, 6 days ago

Jeff Quinn has left us, but his brother carries on.  This is a nice wheel gun.  A gentleman’s gun indeed.  This appears to be similar to the Kimber K6 with its beautiful grip.

Good Advice

BY Herschel Smith
2 weeks, 3 days ago

James Wesley Rawles.

We can safely assume that gun sales in calendar year 2021 will be just as strong as 2020, and possibly much stronger. Given Joe Biden’s age and frail health, I expect to see Harris succeed Biden within 18 months. Plan on at least four years of a Democrat in the White House, and possibly much longer, given their proven skill at vote-rigging. That will mean 4+ years of gun, magazine, and ammunition shortages.  Sort supplies always lead to higher prices. So we can safely anticipate those prices to exceed the prevailing consumer price inflation. Plan (and invest), accordingly.

As of this writing, the big unanswered question is whether or not the two Republican U.S. Senate candidates will prevail in the January 5th runoff election, in Georgia. If those two seats instead go to Democrats, then that will result in a 50/50 split in the Senate, with the tie votes broken by the President of the Senate: The Vice President of the United States. And odds are, that will be none other than the extreme leftist Democrat Kamala Harris. Needless to say, she has a horrendously anti-gun record.

So here is my advice:  If on January 5th the two Senate seats in Georgia go to the Democrats, then you should immediately take any extra cash and buy magazines. Buy lots of 20+ round magazines!  This is because one of the top legislative priorities for the Democrats will be a ban on new production for civilian sale of any magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds.  That will drive the price of “high capacity” magazines through the roof. Specifically, I recommend buying the following magazines as an investment, even if you do not yet own the corresponding guns …

This is on the tail end of telling you how important it is to own guns and ammunition, and keep buying them if you can.

Guns, ammunition and accessories (such as magazines) will be the new gold standard in the coming weeks, months and years.

I don’t see this getting any better.  The days of 50 cents per round 5.56mm are gone forever, and Magpul magazines will not go for $12 one of these days very soon.  They will cost much, much more than that.

Even pistol ammunition is now 60 – 70 cents per round, and that’s if you buy in bulk.

Primary Arms ACSS Vulcan Holosun 507v2 Handgun Red Dot Review

BY Herschel Smith
2 weeks, 3 days ago

Ron Spomer: How and When to Clean Your Rifle

BY Herschel Smith
2 weeks, 4 days ago

Cleaning rifle barrels – advice from a legend.  I need to do a much better job with copper cleaning.  I found his discussion on Windex and rubbing alcohol interesting.

Revolver vs. Semi-Auto: Which is better for self defense?

BY Herschel Smith
2 weeks, 5 days ago

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