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The dirty little (not-so) secret about sub-MOA accuracy guarantees is that they’re usually a pile of baloney. Almost any modern rifle, with quality ammunition, can shoot one three-shot group that measures less than one inch. I’ve owned and tested rifles that produced the occasional three-shot group in the 0.5-0.8-inch range, but that averaged something closer to 1.5 inches.

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Cimarron Exclusive: Winchester 1894 Review

Tuesday, October 15th 2019 09:26 AM

Blazing white in the evening light, a 10-inch steel gong offered a challenge I couldn’t resist. Throwing the color-casehardened lever on my long-barreled Winchester Model 1894 forward and back, I chambered a round and shouldered the rifle from a standing, offhand position. My sights wavered and then settled on the target, just over 100 yards distant. The trigger broke, the target clanged, and a charcoal-colored mark appeared in the exact center of the steel. I was impressed.

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The NEW Springfield Armory Hellcat OSP! – Review

Monday, September 30th 2019 04:37 PM

It isn’t every day you get to open up the box of a brand new firearm the hasn’t even reached the market. Enter the Springfield Armory Hellcat Micro-Compact Pistol. More specifically the Hellcat OSP (Optical Sight Pistol). Just this morning (September 24th) I received Springfield Armory’s newest entry into the handgun market. An offering that strives to bring together what shooters have been wanting from a concealed carry pistol. A thin profile, compact, lightweight, high capacity 9mm that is loaded with features.

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Remington Model 783 Varmint

Thursday, September 26th 2019 03:34 PM

Remington introduced the Model 783 back in 2013 as an alternative hunting rifle to the venerable Model 700 and budget Model 770 that offered good accuracy for an affordable price. Fast forward to the present and Remington is offering some additional versions of the Model 783 outfitted with heavier barrels, muzzle threading, and other features that would appeal to long-range shooters and hunters. At SHOT Show 2019 I got to take a look at some of these models but the Model 783 Varmint, a heavy barreled version with a laminated wood stock, was one that I thought simply looked great. Offered in several common varmint and long-range shooting calibers, I was lucky enough to get a sample to test out chambered in .223 Remington.

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Kimber Aegis Elite Pro: Full Review

Tuesday, September 24th 2019 10:48 AM

While the world continues to fill with new 1911 manufacturers due to the fantastic original design and readily available precision machining centers, Kimber continues to focus on meeting market demands for an Every Day Carry (EDC) 1911 with their Aegis Elite Pro (which I will abbreviate down to Pro for the remainder of the article).

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Springfield Armory 5.56 Saint Victor: A Turnkey Rifle

Thursday, September 19th 2019 10:36 AM

While there are a lot of 5.56 AR rifles out there, Springfield Armory has done a good job of bringing a rifle to market that stands out. They have done this with their line of Saint Victor Rifles. I’ve had the opportunity to spend time with both the 16” 5.56 rifle as well as the 7.5” 5.56 pistol. Running them hard on the range at both a carbine course as well as numerous outings, working through unconventional positions, shooting groups for accuracy, and making my way through stress shoots. Bottom line, I’ve been pretty impressed.

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Ruger has decided to enter the light-weight, long-range hunting rifle game with their appropriately named Hawkeye Long-Range Hunter Bolt Action Rifle. This gun is designed to be accurate, lightweight, user-adjustable and tough. The light profile, stainless steel barrel contributes most to this rifle’s low weight and comes chambered in the most popular 6.5 calibers: 6.5 Creedmoor and 6.5 PRC in order to provide the perfect balance of ballistic coefficient, velocity and recoil for you to make the one shot that matters most.

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Is Winchester’s Wildcat .22 The New Semi-Auto King?

Thursday, September 12th 2019 11:20 AM

Winchester’s new Wildcat .22 is a semi-auto rifle chambered for .22 LR. It joins a well-populated segment of the market, but it’s got such innovation that it will change the plinkster market forever. It has a radical new design and an incredibly low price. I’ve shot with extensively and spoken with some of the engineers involved in its design. This is a rifle worth your attention.

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Weatherby Mark V First Lite Review

Tuesday, September 10th 2019 10:58 AM

Weatherby Mark V rifles have received a makeover in the last few years, as evidenced in the new First Lite rifle. My long love affair with Weatherby rifles began decades ago, during a trip to the company’s old retail store in South Gate, California, to look over the store’s “blemish rack.” In those days, following nearly four years of overseas military service in some never-dull places, my tastes ran toward racy and aesthetically pleasing cars, rifles and members of the opposite sex, and I make no apologies for that. Regrettably, my tastes often exceeded my budget – hence my visit to the blemish rack, which displayed reduced-price guns with minor cosmetic blemishes. It wasn’t long before a rifle with a richly figured walnut stock, Monte Carlo comb, and rosewood forend tip and pistol-grip cap caught my eye. I could find no blemish on it, and my wallet came out so fast it was smoking.

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Firing the Taurus G3 9 mm Pistol

Wednesday, September 4th 2019 09:45 AM

The new Taurus G3 is a gun that fits into one of the most popular classes of defensive handgun, and that is the G19-sized pistol—big enough to be shot well but also still appropriate for daily carry. Fitted with a 4” barrel and weighing about 25 ozs. unloaded, the G3 is 7½” long while being just under 5¼” high with the standard 15-round-capacity flush fitting magazine—10 and an extended 17 rounders are available.

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