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Guns Illustrated 2011: The Latest Guns, Specs & Prices





Dan Shideler

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Edited by Dan Shideler

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The recent centerfire ammunition shortage, painful though it was, yielded at least one benefit: a renewed appreciation for the .22 rimfire. The tricked-out Colt/Umarex M4 Carbine (top) combines two red-hot products - the AR-15 and the .22 Long Rifle round - into a package that offers economical practice and a whole lot of fun. Advertised as a the hammer-fired Walther P22 (below) is a single/double-action semiauto that offers the look and feel of a centerfire combat pistol - but it, too, is chambered in .22 Long Rifle. With excellent-quality .22 LR ammo once again available in quantity, the Colt/Umarex M4 and the Walther P22 are bound to be crowd-pleasers.


About The Cover


by Tom Tabor

The Unlikeliest Sleeper of Them All

by Dan Shideler


by John Haviland

The Volunteer Arms/Commando Mark 45 Carbine

by Dan Shideler

Semi-Auto Pistols

by John Malloy

The Enforcer

by Dan Shideler

Revolvers and Others

by Jeff Quinn

The H&R Vest Pocket

by Dan Shideler

Editor’s Picks

by Dan Shideler

Ithaca’s M66 Supersingle

by Dan Shideler

Guns and Gear for Women

by Gila Hayes

H&R’s Forgotten Tacklebox Guns

by Dan Shideler


by Wm. Hovey Smith

Big? Yes! Boring? No!

by Dan Shideler


by Wayne Van Zwoll

S&W Model 58

by Dan Shideler


by Tom Caceci

Remington’s Amazing Model 552 Speedmaster

by Dan Shideler


by Larry Sterett

The Smith & Wesson First Model .32 Hand Ejector

by Dan Shideler

Gunsmithing Products

by Kevin Muramatsu

The Hamilton No. 7

by Dan Shideler

Of The Rau Wildcat

by Dan Shideler

Ammunition, Ballistics and Components

by Holt Bodinson


Average Centerfire Rifle Cartridge Ballistics & Prices

Centerfire Handgun Cartridge Ballistics & Prices

Rimfire Ammunition Ballistics & Prices

Shotshell Loads & Prices

Catalog of Arms and Accessories Contents




Double-Action Revolvers

Single-Action Revolvers



Centerfire – Autoloaders

Centerfire – Lever & Slide

Centerfire – Bolt-Action

Centerfire – Single Shot

Drillings, Combination/Double Guns

Rimfire – Autoloaders

Rimfire – Lever & Slide Action

Rimfire – Bolt Actions & Single Shot

Competition – Centerfire & Rimfire



Slide & Lever Actions



Bolt Actions & Single Shot

Military & Police


Single Shot Pistols – Flint & Percussion


Muskets & Rifles




Long Guns




If it were possible to lay my hands on the old Savage Model 110 that I hunted with as a youth and place it next to one of the rifles I currently use today, on the surface few people would notice a great deal of difference. But while the basic firearm design concepts haven’t changed significantly in recent decades, the gun manufacturers have without a doubt made significant inroads when it comes to accuracy, performance and dependability. I suppose that is why people such as I get so excited each year when the new models are brought out. No matter what shooting discipline we choose to participate in, we are eager to take advantage of anything that could result in improving our shooting performance. The following is just a sampling of some of the innovative Rifles that are now available to world’s sportsmen.


The new Anschutz Model 1770 represents the first totally newly-designed Anschutz action in over thirty years.


The Italian-made, desmodromic Sabatti SAB92SF side by side Rifle, imported by EAA, blends Old-World charm with a price tag that’s hard to beat.


Author shown with an Asian water buffalo taken in the Northern Territory of Australia with a custom Rifle using a CZ action chambered for .500 Jeffrey.


The Model 1770 is the latest addition to Anschutz’s hunting rifle line and is currently offered in only .223 Reming-ton. This rifle represents the first time in over thirty years that Anschutz has introduced a totally new action. The design includes a six locking lug, a short 60-degree bolt lift and a single stage match trigger, which is set at the factory to 2.5-lbs. pull, but can be adjusted from 2 to 4.5 lbs. The German style Meister grade stock comes with an oil finish, semi-oval cheek piece, Schnabel forend and rosewood pistol grip cap. The stock is checkered at the pistol grip and forend. The medium weight barrel is cold hammer forged and 22 inches long. Overall length of the Model 1770 is 41.73 inches and the weight without a scope is 7.48 lbs. The MSRP for the new Model 1770 is $2,495.


Benelli is possibly best known for their semiautomatic shotguns, but recently the company has announced a new combat carbine rifle that is not only used and appreciated by the U.S. military forces but now can be the centerpiece of an effective home defense plan and in some cases for hunting and target shooting. The new MR1 fires the 5.56mm NATO (.223 Remington) and uses the ultra-reliable, battle-proven ARGO (Auto-Regulating Gas-Operated) system. This is the same system developed by Benelli for the M1014 and used for over a decade in multiple conflicts by the U.S. Marine Corps. The ARGO system incorporates a gas port located just forward of the chamber where the gases are hotter and cleaner, resulting in less fouling and more reliable cycling. The stainless steel, self-cleaning piston operates directly against the rotating bolt, thereby eliminating the need for complex linkages. The Picatinny rail allows mounting of both conventional and night-vision sights, while still retaining the capabilities of the metallic-sight. And, an optical Picatinny tri-rail forend kit is available that permits the mounting of a laser sight. The rifle comes from the factory equipped with a five-round magazine, but it will also accept any standard M16 magazines.


Benelli’s new MR1 combat carbine is not only used and appreciated by our armed forces but can now be the centerpiece of an effective home defense plan or in some cases used for hunting and target shooting.


The new Blaser bolt-action, detachable-magazine R8 Rifle blends elegance with versatility.


The new BRNO Effect single-shot rifle comes attractively engraved with high country game scenes on the receiver.


The latest addition to Browning’s A-Bolt is the TCT Varmint with a Bell and Carlson stock specifically designed for shooting from the prone position.


After several years of being out of production, the Browning T-Bolt is now available once again in all sorts of flavors.


CZ-USA’s Model 455 rimfire Rifle. Some consider it a classic, and who are we to argue?



For years Blaser has been recognized for their versatile interchangeable-barrel rifles, but the company has carried this trait one step further with their new Blaser bolt-action, detachable magazine R8 Rifle. The R8’s magazine and trigger assembly have been merged together into a single compact module. The magazine buttons are positioned just above the trigger guard. For safety reasons, when you remove the magazine the R8 automatically de-cocks, keeping the cocking slide from engaging. The new Blaser Precision Trigger breaks at a trigger pull of 1-5/8 lbs. with an extremely short release time and does not rely on a spring to reset the trigger after firing. The desmodromic trigger mechanism offers reliability in extreme conditions such as freezing rain and blowing dust. [Editor’s Note: ? No, Tom didn’t just make up that word. It refers to mechanisms that use different types of controls in order to function. Who knew?–DMS] A wide variety of R8 models are available to select from, including even an individually engraved version.


The new BRNO Effect single-shot rifle comes with a select walnut stock and is available in full-length style. The rifle weighs only a mere 6-pounds and comes engraved with high country game scenes on the receiver. It also comes with a single set trigger, automatic safety and iron sights and includes the scope base for mounting optics. Currently the Effect is available in .308 Winchester and .30-06 and carries a MSRP of $1,699.


Years ago, Browning’s inventory consisted of only two guns: the Superposed and the Auto-5 shotguns, but today that line has been expanded to include approximately 300 flavors of shotguns alone, about 350 different models of Rifles and around 30 different pistols. Included with that vast array of noteworthy firearms today is the T-Bolt™ .22 rifle. After dropping this innovative straight-pull design years ago, Browning decided to bring it back recently and now offers several different stock variations and finishes, including composites, sporters and target/varmint styles. The short-throw action makes the T-Bolt quick to load from the unique 10-round magazine. MSRP for the T-Bolts range from $705 to $789.

Another Browning rifle that has experienced a great deal of success has been the A-Bolt. Like the T-Bolt, this rifle is offered in many different variations and styles including the recent TCT Varmint. (Sad to say, the has nothing to do with the author’s own initials.) This particular A-Bolt comes with a glass bedded receiver that is matte blued and drilled and tapped for a scope. The barrel is free-floating, 22 inches long and fluted and is also matt blued with a target crown. The composite stock is a hand-laid fiberglass Bell and Carlson that is specifically designed for shooting from the prone position and comes with aluminum bedded block for improved accuracy. Currently the TCT Varmint is available chambered for .223, .22-250 and .308 and weighs 10 lbs., 6 oz. MSRP is $1,299.


When compared to many other rifle manufacturers, Cooper Firearms of Montana isn’t a large company, but over the last two decades they have earned a reputation for making rifles of exceptional high quality that possess unsurpassed tact-driving accuracy. their attention on better customer relations, improved products and a shorter order turnaround time. Cooper changed ownership in 2009 and since that time the company has focused

In the past the company has concentrated primarily on rimfire and the smaller centerfire chamberings that lend themselves for use by varmint hunters and predator hunters and for moderate-range target shooting. This has included both the normal production cartridges as well as a broad array of wildcats. This year the company entered a new era of production by offering a short-action repeater called the Model 54. This totally newly-designed rifle was specifically developed for the classic .243-.308 family of cartridges. Currently it is available in .22-250 Remington, .243 Winchester, .250 Savage, 7mm-08 Remington, .308 Winchester and .260 Remington, but the company plans to add to those choices in the near future. The Model 54 comes in a wide variety of stock configurations including several classic styles and varmint designs. All of the Model 54s come with fully adjustable single stage triggers of the Cooper design, Sako style machined extractors, plunger style ejectors machined from solid bar stock and the three front bolt locking lugs that Cooper has become known for. The basic MSRP for the Classic and Varmint Laminate is $1,695 and that of the Western Classic is $3,895. Because Coopers is essentially a custom shop, custom features can be added to any of their rifles. Prices for those are available upon request.


The CZ 455 is a new generation of rim-fire bolt-action rifles that will eventually consolidate all of the receivers currently used in the Model 452 line into a single platform. This combination, with CZ’s new interchangeable barrel system, will allow the user to easily change the stock configuration as well as the caliber. The American Model is the first to see the benefits of this change, but other configurations will soon follow. The Model 455 comes with an adjustable trigger, hammer forged barrel and billet machined receiver and is available in .22 LR, .22 WMR and .17HMR. The MSRP for the American CZ 455 is $463 to $504.


Quality double rifles often come with five-figure price tags. On the other hand, European American Armory (EAA) is importing a high-quality, Italian-made double that not only carries an attractive price tag but it is chambered in a wide variety of cartridges, ranging from the tried-and-true .45-70 all the way up to the big .500 Nitro Express. [Editor’s Note: Yes, but is it desmodromic? –DMS] The Sabatti SAB92SF comes with all the quality features and characteristics that are common in doubles today including a beavertail forend, European styled checkpiece, deep cut checkering, high grade walnut stock, tang mounted safety, chrome-moly barrels, very attractive full engraving and a chrome-steel receiver. For quick target acquisition, modern fiber optic sights have been added. MSRP on the Sabatti SAB92SF is just over $6,000. For more information you can visit, or contact EAA Corp. at 411 Hawk St., Rockledge, FL 32955 or at (321) 639-4842.


Elegance, accuracy and quality are what Cooper’s new, first short action repeater, the Model 84, is all about.


Hi-Point Carbines may not be exactly what all shooters are looking for, but these lightweight, low-cost, very versatile rifles fills a nice niche in the firearm field that few others seem to be filling at this time. Currently the Hi-Point Carbine comes chambered in 9mm Luger or .40 S&W, which allows the shooters the benefits associated with using the same ammunition for both their rifle and sidearm. This makes these rifles an excellent choice for either law enforcement or for home defense applications. The robust all-weather black molded polymer skeletonized stock is both tough and lightweight. The forearm has a grabby surface that permits the shooter to wear gloves or shoot bare handed in all types of weather. The simple blow back design feeds the cartridges from the compact single stack 10-round magazine, which is interchangeable with those of the Hi-Point series semi-auto pistols of same caliber. The metal finish is a special high-durability black powder coat and the stock is a black molded polymer construction. The carbine comes equipped with both an upper and lower Picatinny rail, so you can hang no end of stuff off it if you want. Depending on caliber, the barrel length varies from 16-1/2 to 17 inches and the weight runs about 7 lbs. The Hi-Point Carbine’s MSRP is remarkably low at only $249 to $299.


Howa has extended its Howa/Hogue Model lineup recently to include the newly developed .375 Ruger powerhouse cartridge. It includes a Hogue Over-molded ™ stock in either black or OD green color, a 20-inch #2 contour barrel, Hi-Vis #3 front and rear sights and is available in either blued or stainless.


Kimber has now added to their line of fine Model 84s with a brand new long action Rifle, appropriately called the Model 84L. It comes in two styles: the Classic Select Grade and the Classic. The Classic Select Grade Model is available in .25-06 Remington, .270 Winchester and .30-06 Springfield. The stock is French walnut with an ebony forend tip. The Classic Model 84L is available in .270 Winchester and .30-06 Springfield and comes with a Claro walnut stock. The weight is the same for both the Classic Select and Select Grade at a mere 6 lbs., 2 oz. Both come with 24-inch barrels and are equipped with all-steel trigger guards and floorplates. MSRP for the Classic Select is $1,359 and $1,179 for the Classic.


Mossberg has recently released two new centerfire bolt action rifles in the company’s Maverick Series: a Long-Action Rifle and a Super Bantam Short-Action Rifle. The standard features include such niceties as a free-floating button-rifled barrel, a recessed muzzle crown, factory installed Weaver-style two-piece scope bases and a 4+1 cartridge capacity. They are offered in four popular calibers. The long action model comes in either .30-06 Springfield or .270 Winchester and the short action Super Bantam comes in either .243 Winchester or .308 Winchester. Both come with a matte blued finish and a black synthetic stock, but in the case of the Super Bantam the stock is adjustable in order for it to grow as the youngster grows. Adding or removing inserts at the butt permits the stock to be lengthened or shortened as needed to fit the shooter.


Nosler has made a significant addition to their current Model 48 line of rifles with the introduction of the Model 48 Trophy Grade Rifle (TGR). The new TGR features a free-floating 24-inch chrome-moly barrel and a crisp 3-lb. Basix trigger. Targeting those hunters who face wet and inhospitable conditions, the TGR includes a custom aluminum bedded Bell & Carlson composite stock and the exterior metal surfaces are protected by a special application of Cerakote. The interior working parts have a corrosion-resistant coating of Micro-Slick, too. Nosler officials indicate that hunters can expect sub-MOA performance at 100 yards with the TGR. It is available in nine big game calibers, with the addition of two new choices in the Model 48 Varmint Rifle: .204 Ruger and .223 Remington. The MSRP for the Model 48 TGR runs from $1,745.95 to $1,895.95.


The Howa/Hogue Model lineup is now available chambered for .375 Ruger.


The utilitarian Hi-Point Carbine comes chambered in either 9mm Luger or .40 S&W.


The stylish Kimber 84L Classic Select Grade.


Mossberg’s Super Bantam Short-Action Rifle comes with the ability of in stock length as the young shooter grows.


Ruger’s 10-22 VLEH Target Tactical rifle.


One of the more unique new designs comes from Rossi/Taurus. The Circuit Judge blends a revolver design into a rifle and is capable of firing either .45 Colt or .410 shotgun ammunition.


Sako offers economy in their new modestly-priced Model A7 bolt-action rifle.


Savage has added to its very successful Model 10 BAS-K and 10 BAT/S-K line with yet another long range offering, the Model 110 BA chambered in .338 Lapua and 300 Win. Magnum.


Savage is offering their new Model 111 Long-Range Hunter chambered for 6.5x284 Norma, which has a reputation as being very successful in competitions out to 1,000 yards.


Thompson Center’s HotShot™ Youth Rifle chambered for .22LR is sure to be a hit with young shooters by mirroring mom & dad’s T/C Pro-Hunter Rifles.


Weatherby’s Vanguard® Youth Rifles features a removable elongated spacer system that is adjustable to fit the shooter.


The John Browning-designed Model 1895 and 1886 are once again available from Winchester, honoring a historic time in our history.


Olympic Arms continues to build top quality ARs in a wide variety of configurations. The usual 5.56mm, 6.8 SPC and .7.62x39 are available, as well as some pistol calibers. Unique to Olympic is the Model K8-MAG that is offered in .223, .243 and .25 WSSM. New for 2010 is a new cartridge developed by Olympic called the .300 Olympic Super Short Magnum (OSSM). This new hotrod produces ballistics exceeding those of the .30-06 out of a 22-inch barrel. Winchester .25 WSSM brass is easily necked-up to make the cases. Hornady makes the dies, Hodgdon will have load data available soon, and HSM supplies factory loaded ammo. Complete rifles, as well as uppers ready to go on your existing AR, are available. The complete rifle is called the and it’s a real looker with its camo finish, ACE skelton-buttstock and ERGO Sure Grip. It comes with no sights, but its fl attop design allows shooters to arrange it in any optics configuration that they see fit. The aluminum handguard is free-floated and the 22-inch stainless-steel barrel is of a lightweight hunting contour. Overall weight is a comfortable 7.5 lbs.


Possibly one of the most unique new rifles making its debut is the Rossi/Taurus Circuit Judge. [Editor’s note: The Circit Judge also pops up in our Shotguns section. –DMS] The rifle combines the design of the Taurus revolvers with that of a long gun. This shotgun/rifle crossover offers the ability to shoot .410 2-1/2- or 3-inch magnum shotshells or .45 Colt ammunition in any order or combination without the need of changing barrels. The Circuit Judge is available in either a smooth bore or a Rifled barrel version and comes with a blued finish, hardwood Monte Carlo style stock, single-action/double-action trigger, fiber-optic front sight, yoke detent, recoil pad, transfer bar and the Taurus Security System. The barrel measures 18.5 inches long, the overall firearm length is only 38 inches and total weight is only a mere 4.75 lbs. MSRP is $618.00.


It wasn’t long after Ruger appeared on the firearm/shooting scene in 1949 that shooters throughout the world began to appreciate the quality of the products that this company produces. Over the six-plus decades that followed, Ruger has established a reputation as a very progressive company that seemingly has the inherent ability to supply exactly the type of firearms that shooters are looking for. And there is no better example of this than a couple of newly released rimfires.

First there is the SR-2 that combines the visual features of an AR rifle with the fun and economy of shooting a .22 LR. The SR-22 uses a standard 10/22 action inside a top-quality, all-aluminum chassis that faithfully replicates the AR-platform dimensions between the sighting plane, buttstock height and the grip. It includes a Picatinny rail optic mount and a six-position telescoping M4-style buttstock on a mil-spec diameter tube, plus a Hogue Monogrip pistol grip. The round, mid-length handguard is mounted using a standard-thread AR-style barrel nut, which allows a vast array of rail-mounted sights and accessories to be used. The 15-1/8-inch barrel is precision-rifled and constructed of cold hammer forged alloy steel and comes capped with a SR-556/Mini-14 fl ash suppressor.

The second new addition to Ruger’s rimfire rifles is the 10/22® VLEH Target Tactical rifle. This rifle offers many of the inherent features used in the Hawkeye® Tactical bolt-action rifle but in a semi-auto rimfire action. It builds on many of the features of the Ruger 10/22 Target Model, beginning with the same precision-rifled, cold hammer forged, spiral-finished barrel, but cut to the shorter length of 16-1/8 inches in order to reduce the weight and improve the handling. The .920-inch OD match-grade barrel is capped with a target crown to protect the rifling at the muzzle, and the barreled action is mounted in a non-slip, rugged Hogue OverMolded stock. The trigger of the 10/22® VLEH Target Tactical rifle is the same as used on the 10/22® Target Model and an adjustable bipod comes with each rifle. The Rifle, minus the bipod, weighs 6-7/8 lbs.


For the economy-minded shooter, Sako has merged many of the desirable Sako features into their Model A7 bolt-action rifle, yet kept the price down. The A7 comes in wide variety of the most popular calibers ranging from .243 up to the .300 Win. Mag. It is available in either blued or stainless steel and includes such features as a cold hammer forged match-grade barrel, single stage adjustable trigger (adjustable from 2 to 4 lbs. pull), detachable magazine, two-position safety with separate bolt release button, Weaver-style scope bases and a lightweight synthetic stock. Depending on caliber, the weight ranges from 6-3/8 to 6-5/8 lbs. with barrel lengths from 22-7/16 to 24-3/8 inches. Each rifle is guarantee to place five shots into a 1-inch group at 100 yards. MSRP for the blued model is from $850 to $900 and the stainless model runs from $950 to $1,000.


In the last decade Savage Arms has substantially improved both the quality of their products and expanded their firearms lines. The company’s newly developed AccuTrigger and AccuStock come stock on many of those products, and this has provided Savage with a signifi cant edge over their competition. This year the company followed up their very successful 2009 release of the radical Model 10 BAS-K and 10 BAT/S-K tactical/target rifles with yet another: the Model 110 BA. Chambered for .338 Lapua and .300 Win. Mag., this considerably extends the range of these great precision rifles. The BA modular platform is built around an aluminum stock that features Savage’s innovative three-dimensional bedding system. Buttstock and pistol grips are easily interchanged and a three-sided accessory rail adds versatility. The 110 BA features a five-round detachable magazine, high-efficiency muzzle brake and a Magpul PRS adjustable stock. MSRP is $2,267.

Another great addition at Savage is their new Model 111 Long-Range Hunter with a new chambering for 2010, the 6.5x284 Norma. The 6.5x284 Norma has been very successful in competition out to 1,000 yards and is a favorite of those who appreciate 26-calibers. The new Long-Range Hunter features a 26-inch fluted magnum sporter barrel, AccuTrigger, AccuStock with Karsten adjustable cheekpiece and a matte blued finish. MSRP is $934 to $972.


Smith & Wesson is best known for their high-quality handguns, but over the last few decades the company has very successfully moved into the rifle and shotgun market. Recently the company released a great new addition to their line of rifles, the .22LR-platform Model M&P 15-22, which mirrors the AR-style centerfire rifles. The M&P 15-22 comes with a 25-round detachable magazine and a six-position collapsible CAR stock that’s capable of collapsing to an overall length of 30.5 inches or extending to 33.75 inches. The match-grade precision barrel is 16 inches long with a 1:16 twist. The weight is a moderate 5.5 lbs. and the sights are an adjustable A2-style post in the front and an adjustable dual aperture in the rear. In addition, the M&P 15-22 comes with a functioning charging handle, quad rail handguard, threaded barrel with an A1-style compensator, and lightweight, high strength polymer upper and lower receivers. They come from Smith and Wesson with a lifetime service policy and carry an MSRP of $569.


In the recent years Thompson/Center Arms (nowa Smith & Wesson company) has become a major player in the area of sporting firearms. Answering the calls of predator hunters, in January 2010 the company added yet one more member to their Venture family of rifles, the T/C Venture Predator. At the core of the T/C Venture Predator is its 22-inch precision barrel with 5R rifling and target grade crown. T/C guarantees these rifles to have MOA accuracy. Just a few of the many inherent favorable features include a trigger with an adjustable pull from 3.5 to 5 lbs, a nitrate-coated bolt with a 60-degree lift, a roller-burnished receiver (which helps to provide quick follow-up shots), and a classic styled composite stock with inlaid traction grip panels. The T/C Venture Predator comes from the factory with a drilled and tapped receiver and ships complete with Weaver-style scope bases already installed. Currently the rifle is available in .204, .22-250, .223 and .308 and comes with a single stack 3+1 detachable nylon box magazine. The Venture Predator is entirely made in the U.S. and is backed by Thompson/Center’s lifetime warranty for a retail price from $549 to $599. Sounds like a helluva deal to us.

To be available in April of 2010 from T/C is the new .22LR HotShot Youth Rifle. Designed to mirror mom and dad’s T/C Pro-Hunter, the HotShot includes many features that are favorable to a youngster, like an easy to operate break-open system, a weight of only 3 lbs. (!) and an overall length of 30-1/4 inches. With the rifle’s single shot design and hammer block trigger, the HotShot will not fire until the hammer is cocked. It’s available in three colors (black composite, Realtree AP camouflage and pink AP camoufl age). The HotShot is made totally in the United States and is also backed by T/C’s lifetime warrantee at an anticipated retail price ranging from $229 to $249 (again: !).


Weatherby has long been a supporter of our youth and the company’s introduction of their new Vanguard® Youth Rifle further emphases that dedication of getting youngsters involved in shooting sports. The Vanguard Youth features a removable elongated spacer system that is adjustable to fit the shooter. Installing the spacers creates a longer length of the pull, allowing it be changed from 12-1/2 up to 13-5/8 inches. The rifle weighs only 6-1/2 lbs. and comes with a #1 contour 20-inch barrel. It’s equipped with a black synthetic stock, fully adjustable trigger, a cold hammer forged barrel and the proven Vanguard short action. It has an injection molded Monte Carol style stock and is currently only available in a right-hand version. Available calibers include .223 Remington, .22-250 Remington, .243 Winchester, 7mm-08 Remington and the .308 Winchester. The Youth Vanguard Weatherby carries a MSRP of $529.00.


Ruger combines the AR platform with economy in their .22LR-chambered SR-22.


Olympic Arms’ Model K8-MAG is now offered in a new cartridge developed by Olympic, the .300 Olympic Super Short Magnum (OSSM).


The latest addition to Nosler’s line of fine Rifles is the Model 48 Trophy Grade Rifle (TGR).

A number of shooters appealed to Weatherby, requesting that the company produce a detachable magazine rifle. Weatherby responded with a couple of new offerings in their Vanguard line: the Synthetic DBM (stands for detachable box magazine) and the Sporter DBM. The magazines are made of a durable polymer, which helps to reduce the overall weight of the rifles. The magazines hold three rounds and come with a unique cartridge counter for easy reference in the field. Other features of the Synthetic DBM include a black injection-molded composite Monte Carlo stock, matte black metalwork and a low-density recoil pad. The Sporter DBM has a raised-comb Monte Carlo walnut stock with a satin urethane finish, a rosewood forend and low-luster, matte-blued metalwork. Both rifles weigh 7 lbs. and are available in .25-06 Remington, .270 Winchester and .30-06 Springfield and come with a 24-inch #2 contour barrel, but, again, only in a right hand. configuration


Winchester has expanded its line of Rifles once again to include a couple of John Browning-designed models from our distant past: the Grade I Model 1895 and the extra light Model 1886. Both of these lever action models have deeply blued receivers and blued steel end caps and are equipped with straight buttplates. Both come with top tang safeties and adjustable buck-horn rear sights. The 1895 is available in .405 Winchester, .30-06 and .30-40 Krag, while the 1896 is available only in .45-70. The Grade I 1895 carries a MSRP of $1,179 and the Grade I 1896 is $1,269. Also new from Winchester is a takedown versison of the 16-inch-barrelled Model 1892 Trapper Carbine, a finely-machined little honey that’s expected to be vailable in short, short, short supply sometime this year.



Back around 1971, when I was just getting interested in guns and shooting, my older cousin Steve Shideler sent me a full-page ad he had clipped from the pages of Guns &Ammos magazine. In the margin of the ad he had penned a brief editorial comment:

The ad showed two guns, the ugliest things I had ever seen. They looked like some sort of over-and-under rimfire Rifle, but there wasn’t a splinter of wood anywhere on them. Their stocks were made of wire. They apparently had two triggers. And they were headlined

Ah, yes, the Garcia Bronco! At the time, I dismissed the Bronco as just another one of those nutty phenomena that appeared with distressing regularity in those days, like Tiny Tim or George McGovern. Time heals all wounds, however, and today the ugly-duckling Bronco is a prime collectible. Don’t believe me? Just try to find one!

The weird little gun best known as the Garcia Bronco appeared in a number of incarnations in the late 1960s and early to mid-1970s. To begin with, the name wasn’t even unique to the skeleton-stock rifle. Garcia - a major sporting goods distributor - used the name pretty willynilly. In fact, if you wanted to spend a day in the Great Outdoors, you could outfit your Garcia Bronco spinning rod with a Garcia Bronco open-face reel. For good measure you could carry your Garcia Bronco recurve bow and strap on your Garcia Bronco quiver. And if squirrel season was in, you’d better take along your Garcia Bronco rifle.

The gun later known as the Bronco was first made in 1967 in Accokeek, Maryland, by Firearms International Corporation and wasn’t labeled at all. It came in only one flavor: a 3-1/2 lb., 16-1/2-inch-barreled, solid-frame single-shot .22 rifle. When Garcia bought Firearms International in 1970, they added three more flavors: a single-shot .22 Magnum rifle with pretty much the same dimensions as the .22 LR version; a 4 lb. single-shot .410 shotgun with a somewhat heavier receiver and a 20-inch barrel; and a .22/.410 over-under combo gun with a 20-inch barrel. As Garcia maintained, the Broncos were indeed guns No truer words were ever spoken.

My first impressions of the Garcia Bronco were erroneous. The gun did not in fact have two triggers: what I had mistaken for a front trigger was in fact a cocking piece. On the single-shot version, what appeared to be the upper barrel was in fact a pivot rod that allowed the barrel to swing sideways for loading. And the stock wasn’t wire at all but a zinc-alloy casting with a rod-stock insert.

If the truth be told, the Bronco was nothing more than an updated version of the old Hamilton Model 7 made from 1889 to 1901 by the Hamilton Rifle Company of Plymouth, Michigan. In the Hamilton Model 7, the barrel pivoted to the right away from a standing breech. You stuck a shell in the exposed chamber, swung the barrel to the left to close the action, cocked the striker, and touched ‘er off. It was a simple, low-cost, virtually foolproof system. In fact, the system was so elemental and easy to manufacture that it later appeared in

Hamilton’s later Model 11 and in the Savage Model 101 single-shot revolver-that-wasn’t-a-revolver. The Hamilton Model 7 was a rather attractive little gun, what with its brilliant nickel plating. The appearance of the Bronco, however, fell somewhat short of brilliant. On the Firearms International models, the pot-metal frame and stock were painted with olive drab or bronze enamel (often incorrectly described as an anodized or powder-coated finish), while the post-1970 Garcia versions were finished in black crinkle paint. The Bronco differed in other details from the Hamilton, too. When the front


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Written by a technical expert who has fired many of the guns featured, this book includes wide and varied assemblage of weapons from each of the world’s major manufacturing countries.

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