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72 CONCEALED CARRY
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good name, wrote King
Solomon, is more desir-
able than great riches.
Smart companies know the two dont
have to be mutually exclusive.
My son is a Los Angeles Clippers fan,
and my oldest daughter attends USC, so
I find myself in downtown LA frequently
these days. Recently, I trekked a few
blocks southeast from the Staples Cen-
ter in search of 1220 South
Grand Avenue, once a
mecca for anyone seeking
high quality firearms, un-
paralleled gunsmithing and
innovative products.
For decades, it was the
street address of the Pach-
mayr Gun Works.
Today, its a parking lot.
And yet, even though
Frank Pachmayr sold his
firm more than 30 years
ago, the sweat equity he
and his employees invested
in his namesake company
continues to pay dividends,
long after they paved para-
dise and put up a parking
lot. The Lyman Corporation,
which purchased Pachmayr
from another group in
1996, still offers Franks rev-
olutionary recoil pads, sling swivels and
handgun grips, and these continue to
make shooting more comfortable, con-
venient and accurate for new generations
of enthusiasts.
And with the wisdom of Solomon,
Lyman markets Pachmayr products as
Americas most trusted name...
A good name can outlast bricks and
mortar, but it cant be developed
overnight.
While paging through Gun Worlds
Oct. 1973 issue recently, I read a feature
on Brownells Inc., and their new facility
in Montezuma, Iowa. Like Pachmayr, the
Brownell name has become synony-
mous with quality, and every gunsmith
Ive spoken with has them on virtual
speed dial. Its no wonder they continue
to burst at the operational seams as they
approach their 75th year in business.
In one 1973 photo (below), founder
Bob Brownell and his son Frank pose
outside headquarters. Today, their web-
site features a photo of Frank, now
Chairman, and his son, Pete, the current
CEO, breaking ground on their newest
warehouse and office facility in nearby
Grinnell, Iowa. But unlike Pachmayrs in
LA, the headquarters will remain in the
same Montezuma building they ex-
panded back in 1973.
It seems that a good name is desir-
able, whether it hangs outside a certain
building or not.
But I wonder since I cant walk
wide-eyed through Pachmayrs retail
store in downtown LA, is the walk-up
window at Brownells headquarters still
open? GW
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NAME RECOGNITION
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A good name can
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Brownells, Inc. in the October 1973 issue of Gun World.
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NEW
PRODUCTS
LYMAN PRODUCTS
PRODUCTS: Tools for Serious
Shooters and Reloaders
WEBSITE:
www.lymanproducts.com
Brands That Perform is more than
an advertising slogan to the team
at Lyman. It means delivering value
while advancing technology, and
most importantly, listening to the
needs of shooters. Lymans prod-
uct development team pays careful
attention to customer feedback,
and to comments from the retailers
who supply them. Whether pio-
neering the use of digital technol-
ogy in reloading tools, or
reintroducing antique calibers
and bullet molds, Lyman continues
to improve and innovate the tools
used by serious shooters and re-
loaders.
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A HANDY HALF-DOZEN FROM
LYMANAND PACHMAYR
MICRO-TOUCH 1500
Lymans smallest electronic scale, the Micro-Touch 1500 has
all the features of much larger models combined with state-
of-the-art touch screen controls. Just 3.25 wide by
5.375 long and 1.25 tall with the dust cover in place.
This scale has a full 1500 grain capacity. It is pow-
ered by an included AC adapter, but can also
function on battery power when at the range
or camp. The Micro-touch 1500 also in-
cludes its own powder pan and calibration
weight. MSRP: $69.95
THE BRASS TAPPER GUNSMITHING HAMMER
Lymans no-mar gunsmithing hammer and drift pin. For gun-
smithing and other delicate jobs, this hammer has three inter-
changeable heads including nylon, brass and steel. For delicate
tapping, a knurled brass drift pin stores inside the handle.
MSRP: $19.95
REVOLUTION ROTATING GUN VISE
This revolutionary multi-function gun vise (featured on page 27 of our Do it Yourself section) handles
dozens of maintenance chores, and is ideal for everyone from the active gunsmith to the casual shooter.
Engineered with a full range of adjustments, the Lyman Revolution tilts, clamps and has inserts to se-
curely hold any firearm. The padded contact points protect the firearm during cleaning, maintenance or
gunsmithingeven bore sighting. Secure, padded clamping and a wide range of adjustment make this
unique vise an essential item for anyone who cares about their firearms. MSRP: $95.95
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DECELERATOR GRIPS
All guns recoil, and recoil affects your accuracy, control, and overall shooting en-
joyment. For shooters who want the most out of their shooting experience, Pach-
mayr offers the Decelerator Grips. After years of research, Pachmayr has developed this
breakthrough rubber material - 50% softer than a regular grip. The New Finger Groove De-
celerator Grip is designed to control the recoil produced by a powerful revolver. Combined
with recoil absorbing air cushions along the backstrap, this grip is ideal for shooters that require
the ultimate control and shooting comfort. The Decelerator is shown on a Ruger Redhawk.
MSRP: $39.98
PACHMAYR
PRODUCTS: Recoil reduction,
grips and accessories
WEBSITE: pachmayr.com
Frank Pachmayr was a gifted and
dedicated shooter who understood
the needs of shooters, and the
Pachmayr name continues to repre-
sent quality and innovation. Today,
the products he created or inspired
remain the first choice of shooters,
gunsmiths, law enforcement profes-
sionals and firearm manufacturers
seeking top quality handgun grips,
recoil pads and firearm accessories.
Pachmayr products possess an un-
equaled combination of superior
materials and advanced engineering.
NEW
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TACTICAL GRIP GLOVES
These Stretch-to-fit Grip Gloves are custom molded for each top-selling pistol model, which makes them ideal for the popular
polymer frame handguns that have no replacement grips available. In addition, Pachmayr Decelerator material delivers proven re-
coil reduction and enhanced control that no other slip-on can match. They also have the right shape and flexibility to make instal-
lation a snap no trimming, tearing or hard work - just a perfect fit.
Finally, the distinctive ventilated side panels and finger grooves provide more instinctive gun orientation, enhanced control and
they look more professional than the old, one-size-fits-all rubber band models. Tactical Grip Gloves are the only ones that fit like
a glove. MSRP: $13.98
RECOIL PADS
Pachmayr remains the industry standard for reducing felt
recoil, and continues to offer the broadest selection of
high quality recoil pads available designed to suit the
needs of every shooting sport. Pachmayr recoil pads are
blended from only the highest quality rubber com-
pounds and dont cut corners on quality like those
made from synthetic materials. Their Pre-Fit De-
celerator Pads (shown) provide superior re-
coil control and great looks and, best of all,
you can install them yourself. Designed
to fit within .050 inch tolerance on fac-
tory stocks, these pads will enhance
the look and feel of the gun, improve
your shooting performance to help
you shoot tighter groups, bag more
game or break more clay. MSRP: $41.98
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QUESTION: I have a Winchester Model 70 chambered in
.458 Win. Mag, and Im planning a trip to Africa to hunt buffalo
and hippo. It is equipped with open sights, but it has been
drilled and tapped for scope mounts. I have scopes on all my
other rifles, but Ive heard that big bores were never meant to
have scopes, and the recoil would likely destroy the scope
anyway. Is there a problem mounting one on my .458? And if
there isnt, what type of scope do you feel would be best?
Bob M., Atlanta, GA
TOM TABOR ANSWERS: Like you, Ive occasionally had
people tell me that a scope should never be mounted on a big
bore rifle, but I too find a scope much more to my liking in the
vast majority of shooting situations. The idea of open sights is
a good one when your game is close and quick shooting is
called for, but buffalo and hippo arent al-
ways shot at close range, and it is
these times that a low powered
scope can give the safari
hunter a significant edge.
Buffalo and hippo are fre-
quently the most dangerous
of the Big 6 to hunt on sa-
fari. So, the way I see it, if a
scope will help you to place
your shots more precisely,
mount one on your rifle and
ignore the naysayers comments. Likely, they may have never
even set foot on the Dark Continent, much less hunted there.
There is an option that can provide you with the best of both
worlds, iron sights for the very close shots in dense cover and
a scope for when longer shots are called for. It comes in the
form of a quick detachable mounting system, such as those
sold by Leupold, Warne and Weaver. These systems allow the
hunter to quickly and easily remove the scope when it isnt
needed, and then remounted with no change to the bullet im-
pact point. Ive used these systems for many years and found
them to be completely reliable and they generally wont cost
you much more than a standard set or rings.
As far as scopes go, for a big bore, Id recommend a low
magnification variable. Shots are usually not tremendously
long when hunting dangerous game in Africa, so a scope
somewhere in the area of a 1.5-5x would be perfect in my
opinion. By turning the scope down to the lowest possible
setting a scope like this will even work in
close quarters situations. I
wouldnt scrimp when it
comes to scope quality
however. The heavy re-
coil that big bores pro-
duce could be damaging
to low-end type optics, but
the better quality scopes can
generally handle this abuse in
fine fashion.
For a big bore,
Id recommend a
low magnifcation
variable.
SCOPES OR
SIGHTS?
A low power variable scope like this 1.5-5x Leupold is
a great choice for dangerous game. In this case I have
it mounted on a Kimber .458 Lott chambered rife.
These Weaver Grand Slam Lever Lock Rings are a fne ex-
ample of modern quick detachable scope mounts.
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Thomas C. Tabor is Gun Worlds
resident hunting columnist, and
routinely goes afield in pursuit of
small birds, large game and good
stories. His Todays Hunter col-
umn may be found on Page 56.
Leroy Thompson is an interna-
tionally recognized authority on
weapons and tactics, and is the
author of 50 books. His most re-
cent feature, on the tactical em-
ployment of the assault rifle, may
be found on Page 64.
Mike Dickerson is a widely pub-
lished outdoor writer and photog-
rapher, and has pursued big
game, predators and upland game
birds for decades. His passions in-
clude accurate rifles, fine shotguns
and defensive handguns. His re-
view of the Ruger Magnum Hunter
may be found on Page 38.
QUESTION: I tried copper factory ammo in several hunting
rifles many years ago, but none shot accurately. Im moving to
California, but the state is trying to ban all lead hunting ammo.
What do you recommend?
Bill H., Las Vegas, Nevada
MIKE DICKERSON ANSWERS: My results with the early
Barnes X copper bullet were mixed. Some rifles loved them,
but many did not. Accuracy improved when Barnes re-
designed the shape of some bullets and brought out their TSX,
or Triple Shock Expanding bullet, which uses driving bands
and cannelures to reduce peak pressure and copper fouling.
The newest generation TTSX, or Tipped Triple Shock, uses a
polymer tip for more rapid and reliable expansion. Competitors
have introduced many other non-lead rounds, so there are nu-
merous factory alternatives.
Before you rush out and buy a bunch, use a good copper re-
mover on your barrels and make sure all action, scope base
and ring screws are torqued to spec. Search the Internet to see
how others fared with copper ammo for your specific makes
and models of rifles. You might also contact the rifle manufac-
turer. Some will provide specific recommendations. All rifles
have individual preferences, but this may provide a good start-
ing point.
Lately, Ive been impressed with Barnes VOR-TX (TTSX) and
Federals Trophy Copper loads. Ive yet to find a rifle in my col-
lection that wont shoot them well. Additional candidates in-
clude Hornady GMX, Winchester E-TIP and Remington Premier
Copper Solid. Other manufacturers offer ammo loaded with
the same bullets used in some of these loads.
If none of these works for you, consider handloading. Cop-
per bullets generally shoot more accurately in standard-twist
(versus slow-twist) barrels and when seated off the lands and
grooves.
COPPER
CONUNDRUM
Accuracy improved when
Barnes redesigned the shape
of some bullets
The author is impressed with the newest generation
Barnes VOR-TX (TTSX) and Federals Trophy Copper
loads. So are his rifes.
OUR SEPTEMBER EXPERTS
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QUESTION: I recently rented the film Never So Few about
the OSS in Burma, and noticed that Frank Sinatra and other
characters were using the Sten submachine gun. Did the OSS
really use the Sten, and if so, was it very effective?
Lawrence H., Cleveland, Ohio
LEROY THOMPSON ANSWERS: The Sten would have
been available to members of the OSS through their British
equivalent, the SOE, though in Burma the OSS often used the
M1 Carbine as their primary car-
bine. Later, the OSS ordered
some M3 Grease Guns (which
were normally in .45 ACP) in
9x19mm caliber and some with
suppressors. Members of the
OSS definitely used the Sten in
Europe working with the French
Resistance prior to D-Day since
quite a few Stens had been dropped to French, Dutch, Danish,
and other Resistance groups. The OSSand later the CIA and
US Special Forcesused suppressed Stens in Vietnam.
As far as its effectiveness, the Sten was a weapon of its
time. It was designed to be produced cheaply and quickly at a
time when the British feared a German invasion and needed to
arm as many troops and Home Guard as possible. The most
widely produced version, The MK II Sten, could be just as dan-
gerous to its user as the enemy. Its safety consisted of a notch
cut into the receiver, into which the cocking handle could be
rotated so that it could not go forward.
Additionally, the Sten fired from an open bolt, and even if
carried without a round in the
chamber and the bolt forward,
the bolt could jar back allowing a
round to chamber and the Sten
to fire on full-auto. There were
also reliability problems with the
Stens magazine, which was a
double column design that
merged to a single column prior
to feeding. This magazine fed from the left side of the Sten,
which added a protrusion that could catch on vines, etc. in jun-
gle fighting. GW
SINATRAS STEN
Members of the OSS
defnitely used the Sten
in Europe...
Thompson fring a MK II Sten Gun.
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The CZ P-09 design minimizes recoil impulse, allowing
a user to keep sights on target during strings of fre.
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The youngest member of the CZ semi-auto family traces its her-
itage back to the 1970s and the CZ 75, a gun that none other than the
late Jeff Cooper heralded as the finest 9MM service pistol ever made.
Very few of these made their way to the US during the Cold War, and the
ones that did are held onto tightly by the fortunate individuals blessed to
have one.
Story & Photos by Todd Burgreen
With the P-09, CZ Offers a Powerful Successor
to the CZ 75 and P-07
E
ven the most successful handgun
designs evolve. Although this
evolution can happen for a variety
of reasons, changes often come about
because of market and technological
pressures magnified by the ever-chang-
ing mission requirements of end users.
The CZ P-09 Duty could be the poster
child for successful design modification.
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The end of the Cold Warcombined
with rescinding of the misguided (at best)
high capacity magazine banled to the
rebirth/re-emergence of the CZ Wonder
Nine. Most of us would admit that carry-
ing eight rounds of .45 ACP in the classic
1911 frame is preferable to ten rounds of
9MM, but the choice gets tougher once
the 9MM count gets to 15+ rounds.
The P-09 packs a very generous 19+1
in 9mm, which helps make CZs newest
wonder gun a much easier choice.
A NEXT GEN CZ
The CZ P-09 may be viewed as the up-
dated polymer sibling of the legendary
CZ 75 and the more recent P-07. While
not an exact match, the P-09 comes very
close to the classic grip shape of its
predecessor, and there are other nu-
ances to the CZ P-09 that further distin-
guish it. The frame has been upgraded
with a railed dust cover, allowing for ac-
cessories such as lights and lasers, and
CZ has included interchangeable back
straps of different sizes to enable a user
to obtain their preferred grip.
One feature that attracted many to the
CZ 75 was that you could carry it
cocked and locked (similar to the 1911
and Browning Hi-Power) or hammer
down (typical of DA/SA designs), but
the P-09 arrives with a de-cocking safety
lever as its standard configuration. Still,
CZ 75 aficionados should enjoy the new
Omega trigger system, which has fewer
parts than the 75 and touts a better trig-
ger pull. While long in travel (as is typical
of DA/SA handguns), the pull is smooth
in the Double Action mode, with the Sin-
gle Action featuring a light break with
short reset. The other benefit of the
Omega trigger is the ability to switch the
P-09 from the standard de-cocking safety
to a safety set up similar to the CZ 75 al-
lowing for Condition One cocked and
locked carry. This safety changeover is
simple enough for a layman to accom-
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CZ IN A NUTSHELL
CZ-USA is the U.S. importer for the Czech Republic-based CZ (Ceska
zbrojovka Uhersky Brod) Corporation. Created in 1936 via a political de-
cision of the Czechoslovakia National Defense Council, CZ began the
production of military and civilian arms in January 1937. The first prod-
ucts were aircraft machine guns, military pistols and rifles, and during
the Nazi occupation the plant was forced to produce and repair military
arms. Events leading up to and through WWII (and the subsequent Cold
War) kept CZ products from reaching the U.S. market for the latter half
of the 20th Century. In 1990, however, CZ ceased manufacturing goods
for the Czechoslovakian armed forces and turned its newly available ca-
pacity to expanding production of arms for hunting and sporting pur-
poses, as well as exports for police and military units.
The P09
packs a very
generous
19+1
in 9mm
The slide is machined from bar stock and features front and
rear serrations to aid in manually manipulating the slide.
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plish, and the company website features
a video tutorial in support of the Owners
Manual directions.
The P-09s beavertail frame and grip
panels are textured, allowing a positive
grip even with slippery hands. CZ also
included rough textured patches on the
forward part of the frame that serve as
memory spots for a shooter using the
preferred thumbs forward grip. The slide
is thicker than the CZ 75s, the result of
being machined from bar stock, and
many will find the thicker slide easier to
grip when manipulating it. The slide
moves along rails embedded inside the
polymer frame, not outside the frame as
with Glocks or 1911s. Proponents of this
slide action point to benefits such as
smoother cycling and finer tolerances,
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CZ P-09
Caliber: 9MM (tested; also
available in .40 S&W)
Mag. Capacity: 19+1 in 9MM
(16+1 in
.40 S&W)
Barrel Length: 4.5 inches
Overall Length: 8.1 inches
Weight (empty): 28 ounces
Sights: Fixed three dot
configuration
Finish: Matte black
MSRP: $528
Disassembly is a simple matter that begins with aligning the two witness marks located on the
frame and slide, and removing the slide stop lever.
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translating into better accuracy potential.
One drawback...the operator must be
more conscious of grip placement when
manually operating the slide.
The dimensions are similar to a full
size duty weapon. Frame and slide color
are black, and the P-09 utilizes an exter-
nal extractor. Like the CZ 75, the P-09
functions via a short recoil operated
locked breech ala Brownings design.
This serves to unlock and lower the bar-
rel during the recoil cycle. CZ has
slightly modified this design by moving
the locking recess from the barrel. In-
stead, CZ utilizes a single locking lug
milled above the barrels chamber using
the slides large overhead ejection port
as its locking recess. The front contour
of the barrel lug cam slot has been cut
square to direct counter-recoiling forces
up and forward into the barrel itself to
reduce stress on the lug. The fixed steel
iron sights are three-dot design; two on
the rear sight and one on the front post.
The Omega trigger provides a good
user experience, and may force a re-
evaluation of some DA/SA opinions, es-
pecially if a user chooses to carry in a
Condition One status after converting
from the standard de-cocking configura-
tion. Once the Omega trigger control is
masteredwhich takes surprisingly little
orientation trainingthe P-09 is very ca-
pable of firing multiple shot strings with
the utmost accuracy.
The P-09s modified profile wrapped
around a high capacity 19-round maga-
zine makes it ideal for duty as a night-
stand handgun and for open carry, but it
will also serve well on tactical response
A REAL ATTENTION-GETTER
T&E was conducted at Echo Valley Training Center (EVTC), a private
range located near Winchester, VA, where many local and federal law
enforcement tactical team members train. It was difficult to count how
many of these professionals perked up when first exposed to the CZ P-
09, but it was more than a few. I will say that just about every time one
got to handle and shoot the P-09, CZ obtained a convert. The duty
weapons these professionals brought with them ran the gamut, includ-
ing custom tuned 1911 pistols, but all appreciated what the P-09 offers
in accuracy, reliability, handling, capacity, lethality and reasonable price.
The CZ P-09 proved capable of putting an
entire magazines worth of 9MM into 2 at
20 yards from a standing position.
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LE teams and special military units, es-
pecially in .40 caliber. There are a large
number of holster manufacturers making
product for the P-09, including Bianchi,
Dale Fricke, Crossbreed, Fist, and
Kramer, which only adds to its versatil-
ity. Finally, the P-09 disassembles
quickly by pulling the slide open, align-
ing witness marks on the frame and
slide, and then rotating the takedown
lever downward on the frame, freeing
the slide. The gun I tested exhibited no
evident tool marks and no lateral play in
the slides fit to the frame or barrel to
slide, and the barrel locked up tight
when in battery.
EVALUATION DRILLS
I decided to dedicate some of my
evaluation time using several drills I
experienced during training at Suarez
International, Tactical Response, Gra-
ham Combat, and other schools. These
drills included working around breach-
ing facades, door entries, and other
CQB activities encountered in shoot
house environments. In these scenar-
ios, a premium is placed on a quick
handling accurate handgun (such as
the P-09), with multiple rounds fired in
quick succession as the norm to put a
target down. The natural point-ability
of the P-09 really manifested itself in
this context, and reloading during high
volume drills exposed no idiosyn-
crasies with the easily accessed maga-
zine release button.
The P-09 impressively handled all am-
munition brands, bullet types, and
weights with equal aplomb. Black Hills,
Federal, Hornady, and Winchester am-
munition was used, and loads fired
spanned 115 grains to 147 grains with
hollow points and FMJ bullet types uti-
lized. CZs ergonomics and handling
characteristics make a user understand
why the P-09 is so well regarded, and
the beavertail grip frame and overall bal-
ance made felt recoil negligible. The
slide reciprocated smoothly with the
sights tracking effortlessly between
shots fired, and significantly, no mal-
functions were experienced while test
firing more than 500 rounds.
I tested the CZ P-09 as it was designed
to be usedstanding without support
and moving dynamically to get off the
X. To me, this is the true measure of
accuracy, combining trigger pull, grip,
and sights. After a few runs orientating
myself to the first round DA trigger pull,
first round hits became the norm on the
various steel targets, plate racks, and du-
eling trees. The beavertail frame settled
the pistol naturally into my hand and
provided a point of reference when
drawing rapidly from a holster. Through-
out these tests, the P-09 did not disap-
point, regularly producing 2 to 4-inch
groups at 25 yards when fired from
standing unsupported positions.
CZ deserves major kudos for maximiz-
ing the P-09s performance features
without turning it into a finicky or fussy
competition gun. The CZ P-09 is also ex-
ceptionally adaptable to individual, de-
partment or unit needs right out of the
box. Every type of userfrom the home-
owner with a light/laser combo to an
elite military team member with night vi-
sion and an infrared target designator
will find the P-09 worthy of
consideration.
And, with an MSRP of around $500,
buyers will also find the CZ P-09 to be a
great value. GW
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CZ-USA
PO Box 171073
Kansas City, KS 66117
800-955-4486
www.cz-usa.com
ATK/Federal Cartridge Company
900 Ehlen Drive
Anoka, MN 55303
800-322-2342
www.federalpremium.com
Black Hills Ammunition
PO Box 3090
Rapid City, SD 57709
605-348-5150
www.black-hills.com
Echo Valley
Training Center
www.echovalley
trainingcenter.com
Hornady Mfg. Inc.
3625 Old Potash Hwy
Grand Island, NE 68802
800-338-3220
www.hornady.com
Winchester
Ammunition
427 N. Shamrock St
East Alton, IL 62024
www.winchester.com
A shared lineage with the CZ 75s grants the P-09 instant credibility.
CONTACTS
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DO IT YOURSELF
Pictorial by Steve Sieberts
SELF HELP
A Photo Guide to Outfitting Your Own Gun Workshop
F
rom outfitting a small corner of
your garage with items to keep
your firearms clean, to building
an entire room that rivals the con-
tents of the newest Brownells cata-
log, a home gunsmithing workshop
can be anything you want or need it
to be.
On the next few pages, Steve Sieberts, an expert
gunsmith for more than three decades, gives us a
photo tour of his home workshop, and offers time-
tested recommendations about tools and equipment
essential for the craft. Editor
Explaining the functioning of the 1911A1 to my son Kyle.
A close-up of the workspace.
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My bench features a vise with
padded jaws (Yost brand vises
will last a lifetime) and a rotating
gun vise. Made by Lyman, its a
great way to work on a variety of
frearms, including handguns.
The lower shelf is useful for stor-
ing items such as a sandpaper
roll, a bench brush, and addi-
tional rags. Note: If you have a
grinder or sander, try to keep
them as far away as possible
from the main workbench be-
cause of the dust.
ABOVE: A sturdy, lockable tool chest with room to grow is es-
sential. Tools are vital, and keeping them organized makes it
easier to perform repairs.
RIGHT: A cleaning station includes a small coffee can flled with
paint thinner, which is cheap and works very well. A good as-
sortment of brushes helps in getting into the small spaces. (L to
R) A 1-inch paintbrush, brass bristle brush, rounded brush, GI
cleaning brush, acid brush. Paintbrushes are soft, and wont
damage a guns fnish. The brass brush is stiffer and will remove
caked-on carbon. The rounded bristle brush is good for cleaning
out tunnels and rounded grooves. The GI brush is my favorite, as
it has two sets of bristles for cleaning. The acid brush is good
for applying cleaning solutions and solvents that are too harsh
for a nylon bristle brush.
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A selection of hammers needed for gunwork. (L to R) Heavy nylon hammer, dual head brass and
nylon hammer, rubber mallet, rubber dead blow mallet. The dual head brass/nylon hammer is
probably used the most because we are always driving pins in and out and tapping things into
place. The soft nylon and brass wont mar the fnish of the frearm, and the heads are replace-
able. The dead blow mallet is usually flled with lead or sand and does not bounce off the part
when struck. This imparts the maximum force to the part and is useful when parts seize or are
otherwise locked together.
TEENAGE
MOTIVATION
Dont tell Steve Sieberts that
teenagers lack direction or motiva-
tion. He knew he wanted to work
on firearms when he was fifteen.
Like many enthusiasts, he re-
ceived a good deal of practical
experience in the military. I
started out as a Small Arms Tech
with the 82nd Airborne Division
at 21, he told me recently. I
placed 2nd in the Ft. Bragg Pistol
Championships, got picked up by
the Ft. Bragg Team, then the
Army Marksmanship Unit, where
I shot for four full seasons, receiv-
ing the Distinguished Pistol Shot
Badge, 2600 Club, and Presi-
dents Hundred Tab.
His skill soon led to other oppor-
tunities. While attending the
Counter-Sniper School at Ft.
Meade, he worked with the Team
Pistolsmith Mike Zeffiro, and when
Zeffiro became the Chief Gunsmith
at the Secret Service, he asked
Sieberts to join him. He spent 18
months in Germany as the Small
Arms Shop Supervisor for 8th In-
fantry Division, and later joined the
DoD working on R&D and Testing
and Evaluation of small arms sys-
tems for classified Special Ops.
After several decades at the
craft, Sieberts remains connected
to gunsmithing because of teenage
motivation. This time, however, the
teenager is his nineteen year-old
son, Kyle.
Hes expressed an interest in
shooting and tinkering on
firearms, reports his proud father,
and would like me to teach him
what I know about gunsmithing,
marksmanship, reloading, ballistics
and firearms in general. I want to
show him that firearms are a safe
and fun hobby that can be enjoyed
for a lifetime. Craig Hodgkins
A good assortment of quality fles will be your
best friend. Files are necessary because many
metal parts are made to specifc tolerances
that may or may not ft your specifc frearm.
If they dont, you will need to fle off some of
the material to make them ft. Many times,
parts advertised as drop-in, in fact, do not.
Also, many parts are intentionally made over-
sized so you have to ft them. Rear sight dove-
tails and sights are a good example. Sights
bases are intentionally left a little oversized so
they have to be a drive ft. Many people dont
know that the sights go into the dovetail from
the right, and out from the left, always. To
drive them in or out any other way will en-
large the dovetail and ruin it over time.
From L to R; #0 double cut fle, round parallel fle, 60 degree sight base fle, #00 fat fle, 20LPI
Checkering fle. If you dont clean your fles with a good fle card as you use them, they will get
clogged and gouge the metal, making deep grooves which will have to be fled/sanded out, pos-
sibly causing the gunsmith to remove more metal than they intended and ruining the part.
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An assortment of handy tools include; T-handled tap handles, an assortment of Allen wrenches,
a metal scribe, and a blue Sharpie for marking parts to show where they are rubbing. Top is a
chamfering/deburring tool for screw/pin holes.
Measuring tools are always essential for precise work. From the Top; Machinists scale, Brown
and Sharpe calipers, feeler gauges, square, micrometer. Do not try to save money on measuring
tools. A little money spent up front and the tool will last a lifetime. Machinists tools like Starrett
and Brown and Sharpe are always a good investment.
FROM DO IT YOURSELF TO BUILD YOUR OWN
Paladin Press offers a variety of popular Home Workshop titles for the gunsmith,
featuring several booksand a step-by-step DVD Guideby esteemed gunmaker Ben Holmes.
Many are also available as eBooks and for the Kindle. These titles include:
Home Workshop Guns for Defense and Resistance (Volumes 1-5) $18 - $25 ($81.95/set)
A Master Gunmakers Guide to Building Bolt-Action Rifles (Pictured) $27
Home Workshop Prototype Firearms $32
Home Workshop Weaponry (A DVD/Video Guide) $29.95
For more information on these titles, and to see Paladins full catalog of offerings on firearms, self-defense,
historical arms and combat, and other topics, visit www.paladin-press.com.
12
GUNSMITHING
ESSENTIALS
1. A clean, well-lit place to work.
2. A quality toolbox to
keep things organized.
3. A sturdy workbench at least
4x2, with a lower shelf for
storage.
4. A quality bench vise, with
padded jaws, mounted
solidly to the bench.
5. A cleaning station for cleaning
firearms.
6. An air compressor, the bigger
the better.
7. A gunsmithing screwdriver
set, NOT from the hardware
store.
8. An assortment of punches:
drift, center, roll pin, brass,
nylon, etc.
9. A good brass and nylon
hammer. Brass and nylon
wont mar finishes.
10. A selection of polishing
stones.
11. An assortment of pliers.
12. An assortment of files.
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DO IT YOURSELF
A Gunsmiths screwdriver set from Brownells is critical. Hollow
ground screwdriver bits like these keep screw heads from being dam-
aged. Also shown are an assortment of punches, including a brass,
nylon, and a center punch.
If you have a drill press (nice to have, but not essential), quality drill
bits and center drills and taps are whats needed if you are drilling and
tapping screw holes. 2nd from the left is a TiN coated drill bit. (Tita-
nium Nitride is a coating that extends the life of drills and end mills.)
Scope mounting the Ruger 10/22.
POLISHING STONES
(L to R): Square India stone, triangle India,
square hard Arkansas, ruby stone, diamond
stone, diamond lapping stone, Top, diamond
bench stone.
Quality polishing stones are also necessary for
smoothing and deburring internal parts. Firearms
parts are frequently manufactured in a mass pro-
duction facility, and while most companies do a
great job removing tool marks and burrs, they
cannot economically take the time to perform the
amount of handwork needed to smooth and pol-
ish the internal parts. This is where the gunsmith
comes in. Be aware, however, some surfaces on
some internal parts should be left untouched or
left to a professional. For example, the case hard-
ening on S&W trigger parts is very thin, if you pol-
ish through this, you are exposing softer internal
metal that would wear very quickly, making for a
possibly unsafe firearm.
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Story & Photos
by Dr. Martin D. Topper
Jim Garthwaite Will Teach You How
to Build Your Own Custom 1911
C
ant find a factory 1911 with the features you
want? Youre not alone.
Each year, thousands of shooters order cus-
tom-built 1911s, or send their guns out for aftermarket
upgrades. Then they waitand waitsometimes for a
year or more!
The ftting of the hammer and sear on a 1911 is critical to good performance and safety. Jim Garthwaite manufactures his own 1911 fre control
system parts out of tool steel, and they are hand-ftted by his students under Jims personal supervision.
LOSE THAT WAIT
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DO IT YOURSELF
Others seek to speed up the waiting
game by installing after-market parts
themselves, but even drop-in parts
can require some fitting to work prop-
erly. If you dont have the right tools or
know what youre doing, you could
make a very costly mistake.
Fortunately, there is a third option. If
you want to build your own custom
.45and avoid the usual waityou
should seriously consider attending Jim
Garthwaites pistolsmithing class. Youll
be able to build the gun you want under
his expert direction, and youll get it
right the first time!
MEET JIM GARTHWAITE
Jim Garthwaite is a member of the
American Pistolsmiths Guild, and was
the Guilds Pistolsmith of the Year in
2004. He builds high-end 1911s and
Browning Hi-Powers for his customers,
and also teaches a course in how to
build an M1911 several times a year at
his workshop in Watsontown, PA. Jim
takes up to six students at a time and
teaches them how to build and maintain
a reliable 191l.
The class costs $2,950, and its worth
every penny. The tuition includes a new
Springfield National Match Pistol along
with a number of high-quality custom
parts. These include a Kart National
Match barrel and bushing, dovetailed
Heinie or Novak Fixed front and rear
sights, a high-sweep beavertail grip
safety, a custom thumb safety, all
springs and pins, Coco Bolo factory
stocks, two high-quality magazines and
a Garthwaite hammer, sear, disconnec-
tor and trigger. These last four parts are
custom-made by Jim from tool-quality
steel on his own CNC machinery. The
entire pistol is bead-blasted and fin-
ished in a non-reflective matte blue.
Should the student desire different
stocks, sights and other accessories,
they can be added for an additional
cost. Many high-end custom 1911s are
now going for over $3,500, so getting a
SPECIFICATIONS
GARTHWAITE CUSTOM SPRINGFIELD NM 1911
Action: Single Semi-Automatic
Caliber: .45 ACP
Barrel Length: 5 inches
Overall Length: 8.5 inches
Height: 5.7 inches
Weight: 38 ounces
Capacity: 8 rounds with one round in
chamber
Grips: Walnut
Sights: Heinie Fixed Rear Sight,
Garthwaite Gold Bead Front Sight
MSRP: $2,950 (for Class and Pistol)
The Garthwaite custom 1911 is built on a
Springfeld Armory National Match quality
pistol because the pistolsmith feels they
provide a consistently high quality platform
for customization. The pistol John Yarnell
built under Jims direction has relatively
thin grips, a short trigger and a fat main-
spring housing. It fts Johns hand perfectly
and therefore makes it very easy for him to
shoot fast and accurately.
The class costs $2,950,
and its worth every penny.
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complete custom gun and the knowledge
of how to build and maintain it for $2,950
is a good value.
AN EXCELLENT MATCH
Jim sent me a National Match Spring-
field Armory 1911 (customized in his class
by probation officer John Yarnell), and it
received very positive comments when I
picked it up at the Florida Gun Exchange.
The bead-blasted matte finish is evenly
applied and the blueing is without blem-
ish. The double-diamond checkered Coco
Bolo grips have an attractive dark grain.
Overall, the pistol has a clean and busi-
ness-like appearance. There are no burrs
or tool marks anywhere on the pistols in-
terior surfaces.
Jim told me that he focuses on three
critical areas when his students build their
pistols; barrel fit, sight fit and trigger fit. If
these areas are properly fitted, the pistol
will provide maximum accuracy
and reliability. John
Yarnell must have paid
keen attention, be-
cause the internal

The serrated rear surface of the Heinie sight helps reduce glare and
provides an excellent sight picture. The sights contoured profle is also
easy on the hand when the slide is racked quickly.
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workmanship on the pistol is well exe-
cuted. All of the parts fit together pre-
cisely. Lock-up is tight and there is no
play between the barrel, slide and frame
when the pistol is in battery.
In addition to these three critical
areas, the pistol showed many other
signs of excellent quality control. The
magazines insert easily and lock snugly
in place. The slide cycles smoothly with
moderate effort, indicating a true align-
ment between major components. The
manual safety, grip safety and the dis-
connector all function well. The fitting of
the grip safety is even with a minimal
gap between the safety and frame.
When depressed, the rear surface of the
safety blends smoothly into the frame. If
a 1911 is not well made, the fitting of the
grip safety will often be the first sign that
something is not quite as it should be.
The pistol has the quality one would
expect in any high-end tactical pistol,
and it also has some features that make
it unique to Johns individual needs.
DO IT YOURSELF
PERFORMANCE
Load Name Projectile Velocity Muzzle Best Average
Weight Energy Group Group
Black Hills
230 gr. 835 fps. 355 ft. pds. 1.49 2.26
230 gr. JRN
Blazer Brass
230 gr. 833 fps. 354 ft. pds. 1.81 2.53
230 gr. JRN
HPR XTP HP 230 gr. 904 fps. 417 ft. pds. 2.48 3.43
Winchester
230 gr. 923 fps. 435 ft. pds. 2.35 2.97
230 gr. SXT
Average group size is the average of three five-shot groups at 15 yds. Velocity was measured at 15 from the
muzzle using a PACT 1XP Chronograph
Dr. Topper fred the Army L Course at the Fla-
gler Gun Club Informal Bullseye Match with
the pistol built by John Yarnell. He used full-
power Black Hills ammo and an Isosceles
Stance to score 94-2X during the 15-yard
Rapid Fire Stage.
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The custom beavertail grip safety and Com-
mander-style hammer eliminate any possibil-
ity of hammer bite to the web of the shooting
hand. The grip safety also provides a high grip
that aids in controlling the recoil of full-power
.45 ACP loads.
The first is a short trigger reach. Most
tactical .45s have a flat mainspring
housing and a long trigger like the origi-
nal .45 caliber pistol adopted in 1911.
This pistol has a flat mainspring hous-
ing and a short trigger. Using the short
trigger and flat housing gives this gun
the minimum trigger reach that can be
achieved on a standard frame 1911.
John has strong, short fingers and the
gun fits him very well. In addition, John
set the trigger break at 4.5 pounds as
measured by my RCBS trigger scale.
This is light enough for good accuracy
without being too light. Trigger control
is the secret to fast and accurate
shooting with any handgun, and
having a 1911 built to your specifi-
cations helps assure that youll
shoot your best with it.
John chose fixed Heinie sights
for his pistol. These rugged sights
are regulated for 230-grain ammu-
nition and have a
rounded, no-snag
configuration. The rear sight has hori-
zontal serrations on its rear surface to
prevent reflection. It can also be drifted
in its dovetail to adjust for windage. The
front sight is slightly ramped and has a
highly visible Garthwaite gold bead.
The Heinie sights promote a smooth
presentation from the holster and facili-
tate getting on target fast. In the rare
event a stoppage needs to be quickly
cleared, the rounded edges of the rear
sight wont cut the shooters hand when
the slide is racked to the rear.
SHOTS FIRED
The custom 1911 was tested with
four 230-grain loads. They were Black
Hills JRN, Speer Blazer Brass JRN, HPR
XTP JHP and Winchester SXT, and the
This custom Browning High Power built by
Jim Garthwaite has an excellent trigger pull, a
gold bead front sight and an ambidextrous
speed safety. These modifcations greatly im-
prove the utility of the High Power as a de-
fense pistol, compared to the one that Dr.
Topper owned in the early 1970s.
Heart and headshots from cover
were no problem.
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ATSA
www.teddytactical.com
717-233-0402.
Black Hills Ammunition
www.black-hills.com
605-348-5150
HPR Ammunition
www.hprammo.com
928-468-0380
Florida Gun Exchange
www.floridagunexchange.com
386-304-9499
Jim Garthwaite
www.garthwaite.com
570- 538-1566
Leupold Optics
www.leupold.com
800-538-7653
MTM
www.mtmcase-gard.com
937-890-7461
PACT Chronographs
www.pact.com
800-722-8462
RCBS Trigger Gauge
www.rcbs.com
800-533-5000.
Speer Ammunition
www.speer-ammo.com
800-256-8685
Springfield Armory
www.springfield-armory.com
800-680-6866
Winchester Ammunition
www.Winchester.com
800-356-2666
CONTACTS
John Yarnell pies a corner with his Garthwaite/Yarnell 1911. Note that his fnger is off the trigger until he identifes his target.
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manufacturers graciously provided
most of the ammunition. There were no
failures to function of any type with any
of the ammunition. The gun ran just as
it should, and thats probably because
Jims course includes a section on
clocking the gun. Clocking is a reliabil-
ity test in which several hundred rounds
of ammo are marked as to brand and
then run through the gun to ensure it is
reliable with a broad variety of commer-
cial ammunition. All of the guns built in
Jims six most recent classes have had
zero problems with reliability.
Accuracy and velocity tests were per-
formed at the Volusia County Gun and
Hunt Club. Testing equipment included
an MTM Front Sight Rifle Rest, a Le-
upold Kenai Spotting Scope and a
PACT chronograph. Since this is a tacti-
cal pistol, accuracy tests were con-
ducted at 15 yards. Average accuracy at
this distance ranged between 2.26
inches and 3.43 inches. Best groups
were between 1.49 inches and 2.48
inches. This is clearly sufficient for any
tactical scenario. Even though the short
trigger reach John built into the gun did
not fit my long, thin hands, I was able to
shoot it reasonably well. I used a two-
hand isosceles stance to shoot the pis-
tol in a Flagler Gun Club Bullseye
Match, and my score on the rapid-fire
stage of the Army L Course was 94-
2X at 15 yards. Not my best score, but
still quite respectable.
Velocity and energy levels were quite
good for standard pressure ammuni-
tion. Both ball loads came in at a little
more than 830 fps. which generated en-
ergy levels in the 350 ft. pd. range. The
two 230-grain hollowpoint loads pro-
duced more than 900 fps and left the
muzzle with energy levels above 415 ft.
pds. This is very good performance for
standard pressure loads in .45 ACP.
Following the accuracy and velocity
tests, John joined me at the annual Tac-
tical Camp of the American Tactical
Shooting Association. Using one of
Rusty Sherricks custom holsters, John
demonstrated just how quickly and ac-
curately he could draw and fire in one
of the ATSA shoot houses at the West
Shore Sportsmans Association in Har-
risburg, PA. Heart and headshots from
cover were no problem. Since Im par-
ticularly fond of Garthwaite High Pow-
ers, I couldnt resist borrowing one
from ATSA President Skip Gochenour. I
fired four quick double taps from cover
at a 7-yard target. All went into the cen-
ter of an IDPA target, which is not bad
for a gun Id never shot before.
FINAL NOTES
If youre looking to build a high-qual-
ity custom .45 to your specifications,
contact Jim about enrolling in one of
his classes. The 2014 class dates will be
announced soon on his web site. Not
only will you leave with a highly reliable
pistol that precisely meets your individ-
ual needs, youll take home the knowl-
edge to keep it running trouble-free for
many years to come. GW
John Yarnell installed Jim Garthwaites 10K gold bead front sight. The sight has a ramped no-
snag design and is highly visible under a broad range of light conditions.
Dr. Topper fred four quick double taps from around cover at this IDPA target with a Garthwaite
High Power. All eight hits were in the vital zone with the last six forming a 1.5-inch group.
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RUGERS RISK,
YOUR
REWARD
Consider, for example, Rugers recent collaboration with
Hornady to develop (and chamber rifles for) new cartridges
such as the .17 HMR, .204 Ruger, .375 Ruger, .300 & .338 Ruger
Compact Magnums, and .416 Ruger. Whether all of these
rounds survive the test of time remains to be seen, but you
have to admire the companys willingness to take calculated
risks.
This emphasis on improvement got a further
boost when Mike Fifer took the reigns as CEO
in 2006. He brought with him a belief that
growth is fueled by innovation and an emphasis on developing
new products with a keen understanding of what customers
really want.
Mix in some new lean design and manufacturing systems,
and the result has been a steady parade of new products, such
as the LCP, LCR, LC9, SR9, SR40, SR45, and SR1911and thats
just on the handgun side. The acclaim, awards and sales these
The New M77 Hawkeye Magnum Hunter Rifle
is Built to Handle the Elements
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I
nnovation rarely comes easily, and continuous im-
provement can be even more difficult. Still, in fol-
lowing the narrow path of no risk, no reward,
Sturm, Ruger & Company continues to advance the
state of firearms technology and manufacturing.
Story & Photos by Mike Dickerson
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TOP: Rugers new M77 Hawkeye Magnum Hunter rife
was conceived as a go-anywhere, do-anything rife that
can take the most punishing weather Mother Nature
can dish out.
LEFT: Rugers proprietary scope mount is milled right
into the receiver. Rings are provided with the rifes.
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products have generated attest to the
success of Rugers approach.
Along the way, the company also took
a close look at its venerable Model 77
bolt action rifle. In 2006, the M77which
had by then evolved into the M77 Mark
IIunderwent a second major redesign
and emerged as todays M77 Hawkeye,
and redesigns always carry an element
of risk. The biggest changes included a
redesigned stock and the new LC6 trig-
ger, a mostly successful attempt to ad-
dress complaints about those features
on the Mark II.
The Hawkeye did retain the M77s
solid, reliable Mauser-type action in-
corporating twin-opposing locking lugs
and a large external claw extractor for
controlled-round feed. It has a fixed-
blade type ejector for positive ejection
and a solid-steel hinged floorplate with
a latch that fits flush with the trigger
guard. A three-position safety allows
you to load or unload with the safety
engaged. Another popular feature is
Rugers proprietary scope mount,
which is milled right into the receiver.
Rings are provided with the rifles.
The M77s evolution continues this
year with the introduction of several
new Hawkeye variants (Editors note:
see last months issue for a review of
the Ruger Model 77 African rifle). The
Magnum Hunter rifle, chambered in
.300 Win. Mag. only, was conceived as
a go-anywhere, do-anything rifle that
can take the most punishing weather
Mother Nature can dish out.
The Magnum Hunter has a matte
stainless action and 24-inch barrel with
a 1:10 twist. Magazine capacity is three
plus one. Overall length is 44.75
inches. Tipping the scales at eight
pounds out of the box, the rifle is no
lightweight. Of course, not too many
people relish the thought of launching
.300 Win. Mag. bullets from an ultra-
light rifle.
The rifles LC6 trigger has no creep
and a crisp break. My only gripe is that
it breaks at a rather heavy five pounds,
and isnt designed to be user-ad-
justable (although you can lighten the
pull by replacing the trigger sear
spring).
What really sets this rifle apart are
a couple of key pieces of hard-
warespecifically, the stock and a new
muzzle brake systemthat merit more
detailed examination.
THE STOCK: HIT OR MISS?
The use of a pillar-bedded Hogue
OverMolded stock is an interesting
choice. While the stock has many
fans, detractors assert that the
forend is too flexible for
precision shooting or
repeatable accuracy.
By this, they
The Magnum Hunters new proprietary muzzle brake system
employs a removable radial-port muzzle brake. It can
be removed and replaced with a dynamically-
matched muzzle weight that enables the rife
to shoot to the same point of aim.
Rugers new muzzle brake system includes a dy-
namically-matched muzzle weight for times when
you dont want to use the muzzle brake. Ruger also
includes a thread protector.
The biggest changes included
a redesigned stock and the
new LC6 trigger
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mean its too easy to apply sufficient
pressure to make the rubber edges of
the upper barrel channel contact the
stock and lose the theoretical advantage
of a free-floated barrel. This effect is re-
portedly most pronounced, in some ri-
fles, when a bipod is attached.
That simply wasnt the case with the
rifle I tested. I had my doubts when I first
inspected the rifle because the barrel
wasnt precisely centered in the barrel
channel. It did, however, prove to be
truly free-floated. I shot the rifle with the
forward part of the stock resting on
sandbags, and I shot it with a bipod at-
tached. In both cases, results were the
same: the barrel retained its free-floated
status. On this rifle, at least, forend flexi-
bility was a non-issue, and the rifle, as
youll see, was no slouch in the accuracy
department.
The fact that Ruger and other manu-
facturers have elected to offer rifles
equipped with the OverMolded stock
from the factory is, in itself, a vote of
confidence. The stock does offer some
significant advantages, particularly in in-
clement weather. Bonded chemically
and mechanically to a rigid fiberglass
skeleton, the soft, synthetic injection-
molded elastomer stock material is im-
pervious to the elements as well as the
usual array of cleaning solvents and lu-
bricating oils used on firearms. Its quiet
in the brush. It wont harden with age,
and it provides a sure, non-slip grip,
which is enhanced with a cobblestone
texture in the right places.
If youre a fan of lustrous, high-grade
wood stocks or fancy paint jobs on syn-
thetic stocks, youll find little to praise
aesthetically in the Hogue stock. If, on
the other hand, you find beauty in raw,
utilitarian functionality, the OverMolded
stock may just be your cup of tea.
A NEW APPROACH
TO MUZZLE BRAKES
Many custom rifle makers have, for
some time, installed muzzle brakes on a
high percentage of their rifles. Some will
put them on every rifle they make unless
the customer specifies otherwise.
That fact has not gone unnoticed by
manufacturers, for muzzle brakes are in-
creasingly showing up on factory rifles.
While some might argue that this points
to a general wimping-down of the shoot-
ing populace, its a clear indication that
manufacturers detect a trend and are
moving to capitalize on it.
The chief advantage offered by muz-
zle brakes is their ability to reduce felt re-
coil by as much as half, depending on
the caliber and design of the brake. To
put it in terms most shooters can easily
grasp, a decent muzzle brake will reduce
.338 Win. Mag. recoil to a perceived
level approximating that of a .308 Win.,
or tame a 30-06 Springfield down to .243
levels. That can be a real blessing to
those with low recoil tolerance or shoot-
ers with medical conditions that seri-
ously restrict the choice of cartridges
they can safely shoot. Many varmint
shooters prefer muzzle brakes, even
though they shoot rifles with very little
recoil, in order to see bullet impact
SPECIFICATIONS
RUGER M77 HAWKEYE
MAGNUM HUNTER
Action: Bolt action
Caliber: 300 Win Mag
Mag. Capacity: 3 + 1
Barrel Length: 24 inches
Overall Length: 44.75 inches
Weight (empty): 8 pounds
Sights: None, integral
Ruger ring
mounts
Stock: Green Hogue
OverMolded
Finish: Matte Stainless
MSRP (base): $1,099
The one-piece bolt uses a non-rotating, Mauser-style claw extractor for controlled-round feed
The Magnum Hunter rife
uses Rugers new proprietary
muzzle brake system
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The three-position safety allows you to load
or unload the rife with the safety engaged.
Like all M77 Hawkeye rifes, the Magnum Hunter has a solid-steel
hinged foorplate with a latch that fts fush with the trigger guard
to guard against accidentally dumping cartridges.
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through their scopes and adjust aim ac-
cordingly.
Muzzle brakes also have disadvan-
tages. First and foremost is the in-
creased noise and muzzle blast. I can
assure you its no fun to stand off to the
side of the muzzle brake-equipped bar-
rel of a rifle chambered for one of the
real thumpers, like a .378 Wby. Mag.,
when someone touches it off without
warning. I have figuratively had my bell
rung and literally had my hat blown off
my head in these situations. For this rea-
son, some guides wont allow hunters
to use muzzle brake-equipped rifles. Its
a great way to go deaf quickly if you
dont use proper hearing protection.
Ive also seen inexpensive scopes fail
on rifles with muzzle brakes. Im not en-
tirely certain of the scientific explanation
for this, but it happens often enough
that you would be wise to equip a heavy
hitting muzzle brake-equipped rifle with
a scope proven to be rugged and reli-
able.
Another disadvantage stems from the
fact that most muzzle brakes are remov-
able. Thats not a problem if you zero a
rifle with the brake on and leave it on
permanently, but if you remove it, barrel
weight and harmonics are altered suffi-
ciently that few rifles will shoot to the
same point of impact. Savage addresses
RUGER M77 HAWKEYE MAGNUM HUNTER RIFLE .300 WIN MAG
LOAD AVG. MUZZLE AVG. 100-YARD BEST 100-YARD
VELOCITY (FPS) GROUP (INCHES) GROUP (INCHES)
Barnes VOR-TX 180 gr.
2957 0.70 0.47
TTSX
Barnes VOR-TX 165 gr.
3231 0.88 0.67
TTSX
Federal Vital-Shok
3124 1.30 0.73
165 gr. Nosler Partition
Hornady Superformance
3338 1.51 1.29
150 gr. GMX
Winchester Ballistic
3006 1.42 1.33
Silvertip 180 gr.
The Magnum Hunter shot its tightest groups at the bench with Barnes VOR-TX 180-grain TTSX ammo.
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this issue with a twist-open, twist-closed
muzzle brake on several of their rifles.
Ruger is taking an entirely different ap-
proach. The Magnum Hunter rifle uses
Rugers new proprietary muzzle brake
system, which employs a removable ra-
dial-port muzzle brake. Should you pre-
fer not to use it, you simply unscrew it
and replace it with what Ruger calls a
dynamically-matched muzzle weight
(or an included thread protector if you
desire neither). Ruger claims that switch-
ing between the brake and the weight
will not alter point of impact for a given
load. Does it work? Well reveal the an-
swer shortly, but first, heres a rundown
on how the rifle performed at the range
with the muzzle brake attached.
ACCURACY TO SPARE
Velocity testing yielded no major sur-
prises. All five factory loads tested over
my Competitive Edge Dynamics M2
chronograph came in reasonably close
to their advertised velocities. The most
noteworthy variance came from the
Barnes VOR-TX 165-grain TTSX, which
averaged 111 fps faster than factory-
stated velocity. It was outpaced only by
the lighter 150-grain Hornady Superfor-
mance load, which came in 62 fps below
factory-stated velocity. Both the Federal
Vital-Shok 165-grain Nosler Partition
load and Winchesters 180-grain Ballistic
Silvertip sped along a bit faster than ad-
vertised, while the Barnes VOR-TX 180-
grain load was only three fps off the
mark.
Accuracy has long been a point of dis-
cussion with the M77 rifle, starting in the
early years when barrel quality varied
considerably. Today, barrel quality is
much more consistent, and its been
quite some time since I encountered a
Model 77 that couldnt be coaxed into
shooting with acceptable accuracy. The
Magnum Hunter didnt need much per-
suasion.
Federals hard-hitting 165-grain Nosler Partition loads shot well in the Magnum Hunter.
Barnes Bullets
www.barnesbullets.com
Competitive Edge
Dynamics
www.cedhk.com
Dietz Gun Shop &
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Federal Premium
Ammunition
www.federalpremium.com
CONTACTS
Hornady Manufacturing Company
www.hornady.com
Nagels Gun Shop
www.nagelsguns.net
Sturm, Ruger & Company
www.ruger.com
Weaver Optics
www.weaveroptics.com
Winchester Ammunition
www.winchester.com
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For testing, I mounted a new Weaver
Super Slam scope. I chose the 2-10 X 42
mm. model with Weavers EBX ballistic
reticle. The scopes sharp, multi-coated
optics and pull-up turrets made sighting
in a snap.
With limited ammo and time, accu-
racy testing was restricted to shooting
four three-round groups for each load
tested. The rifle proved to be consis-
tently accurate across a range of bullet
styles and weights, as demonstrated by
an average group size, for all ammo
tested, of just 1.16 inches. The largest
average group size for any single load
measured was just an inch and a half.
Clearly, if you do your part, the Magnum
Hunter will get the job done in the field.
While inch-and-a-half groups are per-
fectly acceptable for an off-the-shelf
hunting rifle shooting factory ammo,
things got a bit more interesting when I
fed the rifle Barnes VOR-TX ammo with
tipped triple shock bullets. Groups shot
with the 180 gr. load averaged just 0.70
inches., with a best single group of 0.47
inches. The 165-grain VOR-TX load was-
nt far behind. Average groups meas-
ured 0.88 in. with a best group of 0.67
inches.
And what of Rugers claim that the
Magnum Hunter shoots to the same
point of impact with the muzzle brake or
muzzle weight installed? I put that claim
to the test by firing one additional group
for each tested load and found that the
rifle did, indeed, shoot to the same point
of impact with no discernible difference
in average group size.
That effectively eliminates one of the
disadvantages of muzzle brakes. You
can zero the rifle at bench, without beat-
ing yourself up with recoil, and replace it
with the muzzle weight for field use with
full confidence that your rifle will still hit
where its supposed to.
And, with its rugged, all-weather de-
sign, it will do so just about any place
you care to take it. GW


the Magnum
Hunter will
get the job done
in the feld.
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SUPER
SNUB
Smith & Wessons Custom Model 637
Deep Cover Packs a +P Punch
A right side view of the S&W Model 637
Deep Cover. Note the Clip Grip.
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Built on the tried-and-true five shot J-frame platform, the
Double Action Only (DAO) 637 Deep Cover features an alu-
minum frame for lightness and stainless steel cylinder, barrel,
and other essential parts for corrosion resistance (read: sweat
proof) and strength. The little 14-
ounce gun can take the baddest
+P .38 Special loads even if
you cant. A smooth and
highly polished trigger allows
the shooter to pull one of the
best out of the Double Action
box triggers put on a factory gun.
The 637s hammer has been ground off and
polished to be as snag-free as a bobbed ham-
mer can be. The polished cylinder flutes add
some class, and credit is given where credit is
due with the Gunsmoke logo etched on the right side of the
barrel and Wyatt Deep Cover on the left side of the frame. The
sights are standard fixed sights and there are no lasers, light
rails or other goofy stuff to inhibit this fighting guns primary
Story & Photos by Jerry Catania
H
ave you been snubbed lately?
If not, Smith & Wesson has re-created a custom Model 637 first seen on the
highly rated television series American Guns, and even though the show has
been suspiciously cancelled, the Master Gunsmiths at the Performance Center have hon-
ored original creator Rich Wyatt and his Gunsmoke gun shop in Colorado with this neat,
little concealed carry revolver.
CONTACTS
Smith & Wesson
www.smith-wesson.com
Buffalo Bore Ammunition
www.buffalobore.com
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Close-up of Clip Grip and polished smooth trigger. Tucked in a waistband, the Deep Cover is virtually invisible.
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purpose: Deep Cover Concealment. The
gun is a steal at its suggested retail
price.
As neat as such a light .38 is, how-
ever, the thing that really intrigued me
was the Polymer Clip Grip. Old timers
will remember the original Clip Grip, a
smooth plastic grip with a flare on the
right to allow concealed carry in waist-
band or boot that is still being produced
in its original form today. In fact, the
original customized Wyatt model used
these grips.
The S&W clip grip is made of polymer
(heyit looks like plastic to me) but in-
corporates finger grooves and checker-
ing for a superior grip. These grips do
not cover the back strap, nor do they ab-
sorb recoil, but they do have the flare to
carry the little revolver sans holster. In
my opinion, having used both types,
they do provide a better grip while still
being minimal enough for concealed
carry. It works well, holding the gun se-
curely and safely, yet allowing a full-
handed grip as needed for a proper
draw.
THE .38 SPECIAL: THEN
The .38 Smith & Wesson Special was
designed in 1898 as a black powder car-
tridge offering more pizzazz than the.38
Short Colt and .38 Long Colt cartridges.
Before 1900, it was loaded with smoke-
less powder and quickly became the
leading Law Enforcement cartridge for
Double action revolvers, and remained
so for decades.
Originally loaded with bullets running
the gamut from 110 to 200 grains, the
.38 Special was largely standardized in
the 1940s with a 158-grain round nose
lead bullet travelling at about 850 feet
per second muzzle velocity out of a four
to six inch barrel. This load did not ex-
pand at all and proved inadequate as a
man-stopper, causing the manufacturers
(both big and little) to attempt to bring
out something more effective. Several
designs were tried, but when the smoke
cleared, the Winchester +P 158-grain
Lead (un-jacketed) Semi-Wadcutter Hol-
low point (at about 850 feet per second
muzzle velocity) emerged as the best
load to be had. This came to be known
as the FBI Load after it was adopted by
that agency in 1972. It performed well in
four-inch barrels and actually expanded
in 2-inch revolvers, making it the No. 1
choice for Belly Guns.
Winchesters +P+ 110-grain Jacketed
Hollow Point load, nicknamed the Trea-
sury Load, was used by the Secret
Service for a while and issued to the
Border Patrol from 1982 to 1986. While
loaded to higher pressure, it failed to
provide adequate penetration in 2-inch
barreled revolvers and was discarded in
favor of other options. The FBI load con-
tinued on until semi-automatic handguns
replaced the Bureaus revolvers in the
late 1980s, and remained the best of the
Both Bufalo Bore loads
functioned and fred with
100 percent reliability.
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Caliber: .38 S&W Special +P
Capacity: Five rounds
Barrel Length: 1.87 inches
Weight: 14 ounces
Action: Double Action Only
(DAO)
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Cylinder and Barrel: Stainless
Steel
Front sight: Integral with barrel
Matte Silver
Rear Sight: Fixed notch
OAL: 6.31 inches
Stocks: NEW Polymer Clip Grip
MSRP: $549
best until a company by the name of
Buffalo Bore came along.
THE .38 SPECIAL: NOW
The two things that made the Win-
chester load so good were its soft lead
hollow point and higher than average
velocity. Worth noting is the higher per-
centage of one-shot stops when the load
is fired in a four-inch barrel versus when
its used in a snubbie. Keep this fact in
mind. Now we have loads made by Buf-
falo Bore that take those principles to the
next level. Utilizing the same type of soft
(and they mean soft) lead hollowpoint
semi-wadcutter, Buffalo Bore makes two
versions: a standard pressure load and a
The Model 637 with Buffalo Bore ammo
loose and in an HK Speed Loader.
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Shooting the Buffalo Bore load at an
indoor range in conjunction with the
Winchester load proved that point be-
yond dispute. The Winchester load pro-
duced a cloud of black smoke while the
Buffalo Bore load produced no more
smoke than a jacketed bullet. In the
dimly lit indoor range, Buffalo Bores
flash-suppressed powders verified the
companys claims about reduced flash.
Both loads hit hard, expand, and pene-
trate deep. They are basically the most
street-proven loadson steroids.
Both Buffalo Bore loads functioned
and fired with 100 percent reliability. The
standard pressure load in a two-inch
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SPECIAL FEATURES
+P load (higher pressure). Both use a
gas check on the base of the bullet that
serves two functions: it eliminates lead
fouling of the barrel from the soft bullet,
and stifles the smoke usually associated
with lead bullets.
Close-up showing polished cylinder
futes; contrasting matte fnished
barrel and frame.
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the FBI load in a four-inch barrel! Sub-
jectively speaking, the +P load was a bit
much for me recoil-wise in the light-
weight 637, although it was perfectly
suited to my all-steel S&W 640 and
Model 10, and is my load of choice for
those revolvers. The standard pressure
load was hands-down the go-to load for
me in the 637. Recoil was controllable
and accuracy was excellent at reason-
able combat ranges, and the 637s sights
were perfectly regulated for this load.
Low flash, low smoke, low blastwith
more power than the street-proven FBI
load; whats not to like? The FBI has
concluded that most civilian gunfights
occur at a distance of considerably less
than 21 feet, so I feel more than ade-
quately armed with the M637.
Laden with the above loads, the Wyatt
Deep Cover 637 represents an almost
perfect combination of lightweight, easy
carrying firepower. If youlike me
choose a lightweight revolver for gen-
eral concealed carry, the Performance
Centers M637, with the right load, is one
of the best choices to be had. GW

VELOCITY READINGS
IN THE
DEEP COVER 637
Winchester 158 gr.
SWCHP (FBI Load):
792 feet per second
Muzzle Velocity
Buffalo Bore Standard Pressure
(20C/20) LSWHP-GC:
861 feet per second
Muzzle Velocity
Buffalo Bore +P (20A/20)
158 gr. LSWHC-GC:
998 feet per second
Muzzle Velocity
Close up of bobbed & polished hammer,
and a rear view of the Clip Grip.
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RELOAD
As stated on the can,
Hodgdons CFE 223 is suit-
able for loading cartridges
in numerous calibers.
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The same is true for those of us who work on cars, trim
shrubs, paint walls andlets be truthful heretest bullets,
cartridges and powders.
As with most technology, the discovery of a way to improve
performance often results in a new product, and this is cer-
tainly the case with a powder introduced by Hodgdon a little
over a year ago. The literature on that product, CFE 223,
claims that it dramatically reduces copper fouling. In fact,
the CFE in the name stands for Copper Fouling Eraser, and
Hodgdon boldly maintains that it contains an ingredient origi-
nally used in military propellants to inhibit the formation of
copper residues.
A high quality powder that promises to keep the barrel of
CLEAN
CUT
Loading Experiments with
Hodgdons Copper
Fouling Eraser-CFE 223
F
or centuries, mankind has struggled to
clean up after itself. We love to cook
and eat, but hate the mess we create.
The results? Everything from self-cleaning
ovens to remote control vacuum cleaners.
CFE 223 is a powder that consists
of spherical particles.
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my rifle cleaner certainly merits testing. I
just needed to determine which car-
tridges and rifles to use.
The burning rate of CFE 223 makes it
suitable for use in cartridges such as 17
Remington, .204 Ruger, .223 Remington,
.308 Winchester and many others. In
other words, it is suitable for use in al-
most all cartridge cases of medium ca-
pacity. Cartridges such as the .300
Winchester Magnum and .25-06 Reming-
ton have case capacities that are quite
large for the caliber, so CFE 223 is not
the powder for loading these cartridges.
However, Hodgdon lists some loads for
light bullets in the .270 Winchester,
which is also a cartridge that has a lot of
case capacity for the bore diameter.
In listings of powders by burning
rates, CFE 223 shows up close to Win-
chester 748 and to Hodgdon BL-C(2) and
Varget. These powders are well known
for their versatility in loading ammuni-
tion in many calibers. The effectiveness
of CFE 223 is in reducing copper fouling
that results from use of jacketed bullets.
RELOAD
RESULTS OBTAINED FROM LOADS UTILIZING HODGDON CFE 223

Caliber/ Length, Charge, Velocity, S.D. Group,


Bullet in. gr. ft/sec in.
.223 Remington
40 gr Sierra BlitzKing 2.251 27.8 3267 32 0.36
50 gr Sierra Spitzer 2.215 27.2 3041 12 0.66
50 gr Nosler Ballistic Tip 2.247 27.4 3064 27 0.53
50 gr Hornady V-Max 2.251 27.5 3126 33 0.46
55 gr Hornady Spire Point 2.221 26.3 2889 11 1.09
.308 Winchester
110 gr Hornady Spire Point 2.662 52.0 3059 16 1.16
110 gr Sierra H.P. 2.588 51.0 2929 23 0.88
125 gr Nosler Ballistic Tip 2.795 50.7 2893 21 1.77
125 gr Remington PSP 2.580 51.8 2982 26 1.62
150 gr Winchester Pwr. Pnt. 2.728 48.5 2755 10 2.05
168 gr Sierra MatchKing 2.800 46.5 2609 8 1.56
Average velocity is for 6 shots and S.D. is the standard deviation in velocity. Group size is the average of two
three-shot groups at 100 yards.
These loads were safe and reliable in the authors rifles, but neither the author nor the publisher accepts any
responsibility for their preparation and use by others. These loads should be approached with caution.
The bullets utilized in .223 Remington loads were (left to right) 40-grain Sierra BlitzKing, 50-grain
Hornady V-Max, 50-grain Nosler Ballistic Tip, 50-grain Sierra spitzer, and 55-grain Hornady spitzer.
The discovery of a way to improve
performance often results
in a new product
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It is a spherical powder, and powders
having grains of that configuration are
known to give reproducible metering. In
view of the characteristics of CFE 223, it
seemed fitting to experiment with it in
two of the calibers that are most appro-
priate, the .223 Remington and .308 Win-
chester.
My .223 Remington is a Savage Axis
(Editors note: see the review in our Sep-
tember issue) that has shown excellent
accuracy when topped with a 4-16X
CenterPoint scope. One of my favorite ri-
fles is a .308 Winchester Model 70 Feath-
erweight. It has never displayed
outstanding accuracy, but I like it any-
way. The only modification to the rifle
has been the addition of a Hogue pillar
bedded stock, and it was tested with a 3-
9X Leupold Vari-X II scope mounted.
These .223 Remington and .308 Win-
chester rifles were used to test the loads
utilizing CFE 223.
Remington cases trimmed to 1.748
inches and primed with Winchester
small rifle primers were used for the .223
loads. Winchester cases trimmed to
2.010 inches and primed with Winches-
ter large rifle primers were used in as-
sembling the .308 Winchester loads. For
each load, six cartridges were prepared
so that two three-shot groups could be
obtained for testing accuracy. Powder
charges were weighed to the nearest
0.1-grain, and velocities were measured
at 10 feet from the muzzle utilizing a
Competition Electronics ProChrono
chronograph. The accompanying table
shows the results obtained.
Testing was carried out at a range
near Buffalo, WY, where wind is always
a factor. Shots were fired during lulls in
in the wind in order to try to minimize its
effects. As the testing progressed, it be-
came evident that the Savage Axis .223
Remington continues to deliver excellent
accuracy. Moreover, the results from the
five loads tested show accuracy that is
as consistent as I have obtained with any
loads in that rifle. All of the loads per-
formed quite well, but the polymer
tipped Sierra BlitzKing, Nosler Ballistic
Tip, and Hornady V-Max showed excep-
tional accuracy.
Although the accuracy of the .308
Winchester loads is not outstanding, it
is not totally unacceptable for a very
lightweight hunting rifle. Groups in the
1.5-2.0 inch range are normal for that
rifle so I was pleased with the results
obtained, especially with the two 110-
grain bullets. The 0.88-inch average for
the 110-grain Sierra hollow point is the
result of a group measuring 1.28 inches
and another three shot cluster of 0.50
inch. Such groups are as good as I
have ever obtained with that Model 70
Featherweight. I have no doubt that
some tweaking of the loads could lead
to improved accuracy with some of the
bullets.
No cleaning was performed during the
tests, but inspection of the bores after-
ward showed a minimum amount of
residue. If the results of my experiments
are typical, CFE 223 performs very well,
and I plan to burn a lot of it.
Now if I could only use it to clean my
barbeque GW
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CONTACTS
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(913) 362-9455
www.hodgdon.com
Load testing was carried out using a .308 Win-
chester Model 70 (left) and a Savage Axis in
.223 Remington (right).
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The huge eland trophy is certainly an impressive sight.
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Story & Photos by Thomas C. Tabor
In Search of One of the Largest Antelopes in the World
T
here is nothing common about the common
eland. In fact, this native of Southern and East
Africa (known in more formal circles as the
Taurotragus oryx), holds the distinction of being the
second largest antelope on earth, right after its
cousin, the Giant (or Lord Derby) eland.
SUPERSIZED
SAFARI
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These impressive animals can weigh
more than a ton, which exceeds the
weight of even the Cape buffalo, and are
similar in appearance to the Brahma bull.
But dont be mislead. These creatures are
extremely agile afoot and are on par with
a whitetail deer when it comes to pro-
pelling themselves skyward over obsta-
cles, often vanishing from sight before a
hunter even has time to take his or her
safety off. Elands are also herd animals,
with herds usually consisting of 8 to 12.
Larger groups are frequently encoun-
tered, as well as an occasional single ani-
mal, but most often there will be ten pairs
of eyes on the lookout for danger.
The eland prefers a habitat consisting
of savannahs, semi-desert and grass-
lands, but with an adequate amount of
cover to evade danger. They are
browsers by nature, but are also partial
to freshly sprouted grasses. Like their
close cousin, the gemsbok, eland arent
dependent upon an open source of
water for drinking, and this only further
Id returned to South Africa
specifcally to add a nice eland bull
to my collection.
The average male adult eland stands 5 feet at the shoulder and weighs 1,300 pounds, but they can grow much larger.
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SCORING AN ELAND
If you are contemplating an eland hunt of your own, do not scrimp
on firepower. The minimum cartridge that I could recommend for
these huge beasts would be .300 Winchester Magnum, but a .338 Win.
Mag. or even one of the big .458 magnums would also suffice. Person-
ally, I preferred using my .375 H&H over those cartridges, which came
with a significant amount of bone shattering energy and could be used
for a variety of other game as well. Whether you load your own, or pur-
chase factory-loaded cartridges, you should only use ammo loaded
with the very best quality hunting bullets, like the Nosler Partitions,
Barnes TSX, Swift A-Frames, or Trophy Bonded Bear Claws.
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distributes their numbers over a broader
area.
TAKING THE EXPRESS
On my previous safaris, Id devoted
my efforts in other species, but Id re-
turned to South Africa specifically to add
a nice eland bull to my collection. I chose
to use my Winchester Model 70 Super
Express chambered in .375 H&H Mag-
num, and decided to shoot my own
handloads with Nosler AccuBond 300-
grain bullets. Because of their preferred
dense habitat, Id mounted a moderate
powered Leupold Vari-X II 2-9x scope on
the .375 using Leupold QRW quick re-
lease mounts.
Once I arrived at the Johannesburg
airport and cleared customs, I made my
way to the police area and completed
their documentation before meeting up
with my PH, who in turn transported us
to the safari camp. After making the
usual introductions and getting our gear
stored, we headed out to see if we could
find an eland before the evening meal.
We did encounter a black-backed jackal,
which I quickly dispatched with my light
rifle, a Winchester Model 70 chambered
in 7mm WSM, but we didnt turn up a
single eland.
The days that immediately followed
were equally unsuccessful. While we oc-
casionally spotted our quarry, either the
herd didnt have a good bull in it, or the
animals would spot our approach and
vanish into the bush with little sign left
behind. Eventually, though, we ran across
another PH whod seen a large herd of
eland only a few minutes earlier. His
clients werent looking for an eland, so
they left the herd unmolested, knowing I
was in the area. After getting a quick run-
down of the general location, we headed
off in that direction, but after several
hours of scouring the area both by vehi-
cle and by foot, the only thing we found
were a few hoof marks in the sandy soil.
Around the supper table that night,
my PH, Werner Botha, told me hed seen
a particularly nice bull the week before
my arrival in camp with unusually wide
and heavy headgear. The next morning
we got a quick glimpse of a fast fleeing
herd, but we werent even sure there
were any bulls in it, much less the trophy
that Werner had seen earlier.
After hearing of a herd of eland in the area, we took to traveling the ranch roads by foot in hopes of
getting a shot, but once again the creatures managed to elude us.
The sign of a good bullet. After penetrating through the elands shoulders the bullet was found
lodged just under the skin on the opposite side.
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By this time Werner figured it was
time for a change of venue and sug-
gested we alter our course a bit and try
for some other animals on my wish list,
which included the somewhat unusual
trophies of a baboon and a bushpig. But
as the day dragged on, I found myself
getting sleepyalmost to the point of
dozing offwhen the safari rig suddenly
came to an abrupt stop, nearly dislodg-
ing me from my seat.
By the time Id regained some of my
composure, Werner slammed the rig in
reverse and headed swiftly backwards
into the tangled bush. Apparently he had
spotted a huge eland bedded about a
half a mile ahead along the edge of the
dense cover. Once Werner was satisfied
that his avoidance tactics were success-
ful and we were assured the bull had
stayed put, we began our stalk. We de-
cided to circle deep into the bush to bet-
ter conceal our approach. After making a
substantial amount of progress, Werner
suggested that he creep out to the road
edge to verify that the eland was still
there. It was decided that it would proba-
bly be best if I stayed put and out of
sight until we knew better what the con-
ditions were.
THE BULL STOPSTHERE
Within minutes, Werner returned with
his report. The bull hadnt moved, but we
were still too far away for a good shot. So,
dropping back in the bush, we made one
more circling movement, then ever so qui-
etly made our way back out in the direc-
tion of the road. Again, Werner suggested
that I stay concealed while he checked
things out, but in a moments time he sig-
naled to me to move up and into shooting
position. As I reached Werners side
though, the eland must have spotted my
movements. In an instant he was on his
feet, and had spun around 180-degrees to
face in the opposite direction. There was
no time to ponder the situation. With the
eland now standing broadside at about
100 yards, I quickly braced the forearm of
the .375 against a small sapling and
squeezed off the shot. Immediately the
bull broke into a thunderous crashing high
speed dash, plowing its way through the
bush, knocking down whatever got in its
way, including trees of considerable size.
We followed in the direction of the com-
motion as quickly as we could run, but
long before we reached our destination
the bush fell silent.
We found the eland piled up against a
tree, dead. The 300-grain Nosler Ac-
cuBond bullet had penetrated both
shoulders and lungs and was found lying
just under the skin on the opposite side.
Ironically, as we attempted to load the
eland onto the truck, Werners new
winching system broke under the esti-
mated 2,000-pound weight of the ani-
mal. So, in order to get the eland loaded,
our trackers dug holes for the rear
wheels to drop into, lowering the bed
closer to the ground. Werner then got on

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the radio and called for help, and with
fourteen sets of hands, we finally were
able to roll the critter in.
This certainly wasnt the easiest safari
Ive undertaken, but it will certainly
count as one of my most memorable.
From days under the intense African
sun, to crushing defeats, to monstrously
large animals, to a winch system that
couldnt handle the weight of the game,
and finallysuccess, it all added up to
one huge adventure.
Sometimes, adventures and animals
do come supersized. GW
The frst attempt at loading the eland involved breaking the Werners newly fabricated winching
system.
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The Austeyr, the Australian
version of the Steyr AUG,
mounting an Elcan sight.
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Quite fittingly, most arms historians trace the
development of todays assault rifles to the
German Sturmgewehr 44, a design produced in
substantial numbers late in World War II.
Among the features of the Stg 44 that have
been incorporated into its successors are 1) the
ability to fire full or semi-auto, 2) an intermedi-
ate power cartridge between those used in
SMGs or those used in infantry rifles of the
time, and 3) a detachable box magazine. As-
sault rifles tend to be more compact than tradi-
tional rifles, and this allows them to be used
more effectively in mobile warfare.
The post-war transfer of German engineers
to Spain influenced the development of another
assault rifle that employed the Stg 44s roller
locking systemthe CETMEthat in German
service would become the G3. Strictly speak-
ing, the G3 might be termed a battle rifle as it
fired the full-power 7.62x51mm NATO round.
Today, the term assault rifle usually incorpo-
rates battle rifles. Some historians would also
argue that the 7.62x51mm NATO battle rifles
were really the result of coercion on the part of
the USA for other members of NATO to adopt a
weapon in the same cal-
iber as the M14.
Although other battle
rifles were developed for the 7.62x51mm round
including the Beretta BM59, Swiss 510-4 (AMT),
and American AR10, it was really the G3 and
FAL that would becomealong with the
AK47three of the most widely used and influ-
ential weapons in history. All three remain in
military service today and are extremely popu-
lar among US civilian users in semi-automatic
format. I am a fan of all three designs. One of
my favorite rifles is a DSA Para Model FAL that
with optical sights makes an excellent DMR
(Designated Marksman Rifle), though in my
case that means a good all around combat rifle.
I should point out that the M-14, FAL, and G3
have all undergone a renaissance serving as
DMRs during the War on Terror. Their ability to
reach out across valleys in Afghanistan has
made them a popular adjunct to the lighter ar-
mament carried by infantrymen today. As I
wrote in last months Sniper Rifle installment
of this overview series, a DMR is designed to
bridge the gap between a long-range sniping
rifle and a shorter-range assault rifle. Because
of the accuracy of the 7.62x51mm NATO
round, many sniping rifles have been built for it.
The Rise of the Modern Assault Rifle
DIE
Story & Photos by Leroy Thompson
T
he term assault rifle is derived from the
German word Sturmgewehr, which
translates literally as storm rifle, but
which idiomatically refers to an assault or attack.
Third in a four-part series on the development
& deployment of the worlds fighting guns.
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The Swiss Stg 57 was designed for
Switzerlands citizen army and is
renowned for its quality, at times being
termed the Rolex of rifles. Chambered
for the 7.5x55mm Swiss cartridge, the
Stg 57 is long and heavy, but popular
with the Swiss troops who used it. It was
imported to the USA (in semi-auto form)
in small numbers as the PE-57. These ri-
fles are highly sought by US collectors
and can bring as high as $10,000. Most
who own them consider them well
worth that price. The AMT mentioned
above is the semi-auto version of the
510-4, the 7.62x51mm version of the Stg
57 designed for export sales.
THE AK47 AND THE M16
Generally, the AK47 will not be as ac-
curate as the battle rifles I have just dis-
cussed, nor will it have the range.
However, the AK47 will function in con-
ditions that will likely cause other rifles
to stop. Designed for conscript infantry-
men who may not have known (or
cared) how to properly maintain their
rifle, the AK47 will just run and run and
run, and semi-automatic versions have
been very popular in the USA. I have a
Norinco underfolder version that I have
used for years because it is so compact
that I can easily throw it into my truck or
carry it slung. My favorite AK47 is proba-
bly a Polytech Legend fixed stock rifle,
but different shooters will have different
favorites. I do recommend that anyone
purchasing an AK47 should get one with
a chromed bore as there is so much cor-
rosive 7.62x39mm ammunition around.
I mentioned Eugene Stoners AR10
rifle earlier, but he will be best remem-
bered for the scaled-down AR15.
Adopted by the U.S. Army in 1963 as the
M16 rifle, the Stoner design remains in
use with the U.S. armed forces today as
the M4 carbine. The design is gas-oper-
ated with a rotating bolt using a direct
impingement gas operating system,
though many AR15/M4 type rifles built
today use a piston system instead. M16
rifles were chambered for the
5.56x45mm NATO round which contin-
ues in service today. Well suited to the
shorter engagement distances in Viet-
nam and a smaller enemy, the 5.56-
round also allowed higher magazine ca-
pacity in rifles or carbines chambered for
it. Initially, the M16 took a 20-round mag-
azine, which by the end of the Vietnam
War was being replaced by a 30-round
magazine. Since that time, higher capac-
ity magazines which function reliably
have been developed, including the
SureFire 60 and 100-round versions and
the Beta C-Mag, which holds 100
rounds.
The M16 had some initial reliability
problems, which were generally solved
by chroming the chamber and training
the AK47 will function
in conditions that
will likely cause
other rifes to stop.
U
S
N
The M14 rife has gained a new lease on life in use during the War on Terror. In this case, it is used in the Maritime Anti-Terrorism (MAT) role.
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Thompson fring the Swiss Stg57/PE57.

troops to properly maintain it. After a
half century of service, the design has
subtly evolved, and, currently, the
M16/M4 serves with the U.S. armed
forces and numerous others around the
world. The civilian AR15 and semi-auto
M4 have become the most popular
sporting rifles in the USA and many
shooters own one that they use for self-
defense, hunting, and target shooting.
Many of the criticisms of the M4 in
Afghanistan and Iraq result from a per-
ceived lack of stopping power and
range. As a result, the M-14, which was
really the only standard U.S. service rifle
for a decade or so, has risen, like the
Phoenix, from its own ashes and is
widely issued today as a DMR (Desig-
nated Marksman Rifle) to grant more
range. AR-type rifles are now being pro-
duced in 7.62x51mm caliber as well.
Although the U.S. had initially used
the M16 primarily in Southeast Asia and
retained the M14 in Europe and Korea,
by 1970, the M16 had replaced the M14
with troops assigned to NATO as well.
This change was not universally greeted
with enthusiasm by many NATO allies
who felt the USA had pressured them to
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adopt a rifle in 7.62x51MM caliber for lo-
gistic consistency with the M14. Many
NATO countries would continue to use
rifles chambered for the 7.62x51mm
round for decades, as their rifles in that
caliber were relatively new. Eventually,
most would adopt a rifle in 5.56x45mm
NATO. Normally, these rifles were de-
signed to take the STANAG (STANdard-
ized AGreement) magazine, which was
basically an M16 magazine.
FAST FAVORITES
Ive fired virtually all 5.56x45mm rifles
developed for NATO usage and have
found most of them quite useful. My fa-
vorite is the FNC, which is based to
some extent on the Kalashnikov. Bel-
gium first used the FNC for its airborne
troops, and adopted it as a replacement
for the FAL in 1989. Sweden, though not
a NATO member, also adopted its own
version manufactured by Bofors as the
AK 5. I have fired the select fire FNC in
Belgium and have owned a semi-auto
Para model with folding stock for many
years. It is accurate and reliable and han-
dles very well. Ironically, in the USA,
semi-auto FNCs have become harder
and harder to find as there were a large
number of sears registered with the
BATF, which has resulted in the semi-
auto rifles being bought up for conver-
sion to full auto Class III weapons.
More recently, FNH has developed the
SCAR (Special Operations Forces Com-
bat Assault Rifle). This modular rifle is
available in various barrel lengths and in
5.56x45mm or 7.62x51mm calibers. It
was originally developed in hopes of a
large U.S. military contract, but the U.S.
decided to retain the M16 and M4. Some
SCAR Heavy rifles in .308 are used by
US SOCOM. Some SCARs have also
been sold to Peru and some other coun-
tries.
The HK33, which I also like, uses the
same roller locking system as the G3,
but is chambered for the 5.56x45mm
round. Quite a few countries adopted
the HK33, but Germany did not. Ger-
many did use the excellent HK53 ma-
chine carbine, one of the best compact
assault weapons in the world. I used one
on some VIP Protection jobs and
thought it was optimum for that mission.
Instead of issuing the HK33 on a wide
scale, Germany developed the HK G36
as the 5.56x45mm replacement for the
G3. Constructed of polymers and having
an interesting dual sighting system, the
G36 has been widely adopted by coun-
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Heres an admittedly subjective list of the authors own top ten fa-
vorite assault/battle rifles, based on decades of experience with them:
THOMPSONS
TOP TEN
n SIG 550/551
n FN FAL
n VALMET M76
n AK47/AKM
n FN FNC
n FN SCAR (ABOVE)
n M4 CARBINE
n HK 33/93
n STEYR AUG
n M-14/M1A
Thompson fring a semi-auto version of the Czech Vz58.
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tries other than Germany, most notably
Spain.
When some members of the former
Warsaw Pact entered NATO, they con-
tinued to use the AK47s they had in their
armories, but many eventually switched
to a rifle, often AK based, chambered for
the NATO standard. The Polish kbs wz.
1996 Beryl is a good example. The
Czech Republic, on the other hand, has
continued to use the vz. 58 in
7.62x39mm, though it is in the process
of being replaced. The vz. 58, which has
some similarity to the AK47 in appear-
ance, is a Czech design which internally
is very different, relying on a short-
stroke gas piston system. No parts are
interchangeable with the AK, including
the magazines, but this is an excellent
rifle.
NON-NATO DEVELOPMENT
Some non-NATO countries developed
their own 5.56x45mm assault rifles. The
best of theseand in my opinion the
best assault rifle in the worldis the SIG
550 and its more combat-ready 551 and
552 versions. Designed for a country of
marksmen, the 550 (known as the Stg90
in Swiss military issue) is accurate and
very well designed. Its folding stock is
more comfortable than most fixed
stocks. Its rear rotating diopter drum is
easy to use and more precise than most
non-optical sights. 550 series magazines
are of clear polymer (which allows a
quick check of rounds remaining) and
are also easily clipped together to allow
a second magazine to ride next to the
one in the mag well for a very fast
change. I could list paragraphs of other
features that make this a great assault
rifle, but space prohibits it. SIG-Sauer is
now offering a semi-auto version of the


Bullpup
rifes place the
action of the
weapon behind
the trigger.
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SIG 551 for sale in this country and I
highly recommend it.
Semi-auto versions of the SIG 550
and 551 were imported into the USA in
limited numbers and are widely sought
today. For most shooters, the current
SIG-Sauer 551 is an excellent choice.
Semi-auto Galils were also imported.
Most recently, parts guns have been as-
sembled on U.S. receivers and mar-
keted as the Golani. I tested a Golani
and fired a lot of rounds through it, and
it performed well. Semi-auto versions of
the K1 and K2 were also imported in
limited numbers and still turn up for
sale occasionally.
A few other 5.56 rifles produced by
non-NATO countries are worth men-
tioning. Israels Galil was a very sturdy
rifle based on the Kalashnikov operating
system, but the U.S. M16 has replaced
it. Japan produces its own assault rifle,
the Howa Type 89. This is the only rifle
Ive discussed so far that I have not han-
dled or fired, as Japan has been very
strict about exporting the rifle. A friend
who has trained Japanese military units
armed with the Type 89 likes its light-
ness and handiness and finds it an ef-
fective weapon, though with no
spectacular improvements on other ri-
fles. It will take STANAG magazines.
Ive always liked South Koreas Daewoo
K1 and K2 assault rifles. The K2 is the
most widely used and has a folding
polymer stock. It is quite serviceable.
Less often seen is the K1, which is used
by ROK Special Forces units. It has a
sliding stock and seems to have per-
formed satisfactorily for the ROK opera-
tors.
The USA and NATO countries
werent the only ones to adopt a
smaller caliber assault rifle. The Soviet
AK74 in 5.45x39mm saw its baptism of
fire in Afghanistan just as the U.S. M16
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had seen its first combat in Vietnam.
Since then, the AK74 has been the pri-
mary Soviet/Russian service weapon.
The folding stock AKS74 and the ma-
chine carbine/rifle caliber SMG version,
the AKSU, are my favorites.
As the modern battlefield continues to
evolve, so do the requirements for the
assault rifle. The resurgence in interest
in the 7.62x51mm rifle in Afghanistan of-
fers a good example, and Austrian in-
fantry tactics offers yet another. As good
as the Steyr AUG is, it does not offer the
range to fight across the valleys in the
Alps. Thats why each Austrian infantry
squad has had at least one soldier
armed with a Steyr SSG sniping rifle.
By performing the function previously
accomplished by the submachine gun as
well as the battle rifle, the assault rifle
gives the infantryman and special opera-
tor more versatility. Combined with
more effective ammunition and better
sights, the assault rifle allows the soldier
to engage an enemy effectively at short
to intermediate distances with sustained
fire, so no matter what the requirements
may be in the future, the Sturmgewher
in all of its iterations and variationswill
remain an essential battle weapon. GW
In simple terms, bullpup rifles place the action of the
weapon behind the trigger, keeping overall length to a
minimum. Although the British experimented with a
bullpup design in the early 1950s, it is generally ac-
cepted that the first successful bullpup design was the
Steyr AUG, adopted by the Austrian Army in 1977. In
addition to popularizing the bullpup design, the AUG
also was influential in its use of polymers and in incor-
porating a 1.5X optical sight into the carry handle. For-
tunately for U.S. shooters, quite a few AUGs were
imported prior to the Clinton Assault Rifle Ban, and
Steyr USA now imports the AUG/A3. I liked the AUG
the first time I fired it more than 25 years ago, and I still
like it.
Two other major European countries adopted their
own bullpup designs. France adopted the FAMAS (Fusil
dAssaut de la Manufacture dArmes de Saint-tienne)
in 1978, and it remains the primary French rifle today.
IMIs TAVOR TAR-21 has been selected as the new Is-
raeli infantry rifle, and Indonesia produces the Pindad
SS3, which is just coming into issue with Indonesian
armed forces. My favorite of the other bullpup designs
is the FN F2000 and the semi-auto FS2000 version. Al-
though at first glance the F2000 appears as if it would
be ungainly and awkward, it is very ergonomic and
comfortable to shoot.
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CONCEALED
CARRY
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Workmans personalized carry gun is a lightweight
Colt Commander, built from parts by retired gun-
smith Tim McCullough. It is shown with authors
D&D Gunleather rough-out IWB.
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One question you must answer before
you decide is how much are you willing to
spend? Another is even more important.
How much is your life worth?
I know some pretty high profile gun guys who have per-
sonalized their carry guns because they want something totally
reliable that is also comfortable and consistently accurate. Ive
been blessed over the years with the opportunity to shoot a lot
of defensive handguns, but the first time I took possession of
one personally built to my specifications was when gunsmith
maestro Richard Niemer at Olympic Arms assembled a .45
ACP he calls the Street Deuce, with my personal serial number.
Its a handsome two-tone x-ring puncher that has failed to
function because of bad ammunition or a crummy magazine
the sum total of four times in nearly the 15 years Ive owned it.
The pistol wasand remainsdead-bang accurate, feeds
everything I put into it (in a reliable magazine, of course), and
has gone with me down a dark alley or two.
I fell in love with the Colt Commander, however, and man-
aged to find an all-steel vintage 1964 Combat Commander at a
gun show a few years ago. Niemer installed a set of Trijicon tri-
tium night sights and a Wilson Combat beavertail grip safety
for me, but everything else on it is stock Colt, including the
short factory trigger. I tricked it out with a set of stag grip pan-
els, and it has been on my hip nearly every day.
Like my other pistols, the Commander is very
accurate at 25 yards, even with 230-grain ball
ammunition. I can also reliably bounce tin cans
around using handloads topped by Noslers su-
perb 185-grain JHP.
DESIGNED TO FIT
Personalized defensive pistols should be less for show and
far more for performance. People who dont know the differ-
ence often feel compelled to buy the latest tricked-out zombie
killer they read about on the Internet. They forget that you
need substance and not flash when the dreadful moment ar-
rivesthat moment when that gun will help you defend your
life, or the lives of people in your presence and for whom you
are responsible; be that wife, girlfriend, children, parents or
siblings.
The Combat Commander is a dear companion, but Ive
longed for a Lightweight Commander, and this is where gun-
smith Tim McCullough enters the picture. Hes what I would
call semi-retired, because he still works on handguns, but he
also likes to tinker.
When he tipped me off that he had found components for a
lightweight in his parts cache, it took all of a heartbeat for me
to give him the nod when he suggested it was time to assem-
ble a gun and let me shoot the hell out of it.
McCullough told me the slide is from a Colt manufactured in
1953 and the frame was made in 1951. He fitted the frame with
an Ed Brown beavertail grip safety and an ambidextrous safety
acquired a while back from the Colt Custom Shop. He trued
and hand-fitted everything for a nice tight-but-not-too-tight fit
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Story & Photos by Dave Workman
PERSONALIZED
PACKING
Cant Find the Perfect Pistol? Have One Built, or Do it Yourself
S
electing a personal defense sidearm for con-
cealed carry might be compared to shopping
for a good suit. You can buy one off the rack, or
you can have one tailor made. Both options have ad-
vantages, but most people start with the former and
some work up to the latter, in both suits and guns.
Personalized defensive pistols should be less for show
and far more for performance.
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that cycles smooth as greased glass.
He next installed a stainless steel Na-
tional Match barrel and bushing, the lat-
ter of which he taper cut for a smooth fit.
He fitted the barrel to the slide so it has a
very tight lockup. He installed a 20-
pound recoil spring, and dug out a short
Colt standard Commander trigger that
he drilled and tapped, installing an over-
travel screw so that the trigger breaks
crisply at just over four pounds.
He found a stainless Commander ring
type hammer and bright-
ened it up a bit, and
an extended mag-
azine release,
also stain-
less.
My
contribu-
tion to
this
project
was a
set of
Trijicon
tritium
night sights,
identical to the
dovetailed set on
my steel-framed pis-
tol. Here a little back-
ground is in order, because it
is my humble opinion that a de-
fensive pistol must have tritium sights,
and Trijicons sights are at the top of the
heap (see sidebar). I have seen them on
handguns used by professionals, and
Ive installed them on three of my per-
sonal handguns. Trijicon installs lamps
for several OEM sights.
Those interested in duplicating this
setup for a Commander or similar-sized
pistol on the 1911 platform should take
note. According to Trijicons Susan Be-
langer, whose assistance on this project
was critical, the rear sight is the CA10R
and the front is the CA23F.
THE ACID TEST
What really counts with a defensive
pistol is not how it looks but how it
shoots. With a couple of hundred rounds
of 230-grain FMJ ammunition from Black
Hills and Remington, and some hand-
loads, I headed for the range. Why any-
body would carry a pistol that he or she
hasnt fired quite a bit to affirm how the
sights align and where the bullet impacts
is simply a mystery.
Ive seen people who buy handguns
one day and the next theyre packing
them in whatever holster they could find.
All the gods in the heavens might not be
able to bail such folks out of a mess,
while Ive never carried a gun on the
CONCEALED
CARRY
The handsome concealed carry piece has a black matte fnish and genuine stag grips,
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The author swears by Trijicon tritium
night sights, and he prefers them
dovetailed front and rear.
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street that hadnt been through at least a
few boxes of ammunition, and a couple
of baths of Hoppes No. 9.
After the first of several range visits, I
happily called McCullough to advise him
that the pistol hed assembled shoots
dead on at 25 yards. After punching
several holes in a series of Birchwood
Casey targets, I zeroed on an empty
water bottle some slob had left at the
range, and proceeded to bounce it
around, up and down the 25-yard sand
backstop.
A pistol must be capable of at least
moderate accuracy during rapid fire, and
that certainly is the case with Tims parts
gun. Its always a good idea to shoot a
match or two with your carry piece to
confirm accuracy and improve profi-
ciency. It will either be a confidence-
builder or a personal improvement
workshop, depending upon your results.
If you buildor have someone else
builda personalized carry piece, re-
member it can be babiedbut it is also
designed to shoot. In other words, its not
a show horseits a workhorse. And
while you may want to treat it gently,
theres nothing wrong with a little tough
love to make sure it is fit for combat. GW
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TRIJICON AND TRITIUM
Tritium is a luminous gas that Trijicon houses in tiny lamps sur-
rounded with a metal body, and the lamps feature a sapphire window.
Frankly, in a dark room or alley, there is nothing quite effective as a tri-
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Many people like to add laser grips, but you have to keep the batter-
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glow. Good sights are perhaps the most critical component of a defen-
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The author found plenty to like with the Pathos
20-gauge over-under shotgun from F.A.I.R. It
comes up quickly, points well, and swings fast.
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But then, as if to balance things out, they habitually fly
25 to 50 yards and land on the limb of a tree in plain view,
where a seasoned hunter can come in from the flank and
shoot the dumb critter. They dont call blue grouse fool
hens for nothing. Ive actually had occasion to walk up to
blue grouse on an old logging landing and nudge them
along with the toe of my boot. It is not unusual to find
them walking up the middle of a gravel mountain road,
seemingly oblivious to everything going on around them. I
frequently find them sitting just off the road shoulder in tall
wild grass, and it takes a little effort to spook them back
into the bush a bit, and they often just walk back there.
But on the wing, the blue grouse poses a
challenge to wingshooters, and that chal-
lenge is amply met by a superb over-and-
under shotgun called the Pathos,
manufactured in Italy by Fabrica Armi Isidoro Rizzini and
marketed by the Italian Firearms Group LLC (IFG), which
encompasses F.A.I.R., Tanfoglio, Sabatti and Pedersoli, all
names familiar to American shooters, competitors and re-
enactors. Having had the opportunity to take a 20-gauge
Pathos (also available in 12-, 16- and 28-gauge and .410
bore) afield against these magnum-sized grouse, I can say
this smoothbore more than measures up.
A PASSION FOR QUALITY
Pathos is Greek for passion, and according to F.A.I.R.
literature this gun features fine-pitch Scottish-type check-
T
he western blue grouse has one trait that fre-
quently saves it from the game bag and stew
pot. When flushed, they frequently explode
from cover in a noisy flurry of wings.
Story & Photos by Dave Workman
The F.A.I.R. Pathos is a Handsome,
Fast-Swinging, Bird-Busting Stackbarrel
WINGSHOOTERS
WONDER
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ering on the grip and forearm that I
learned is done with a laser. For a hunter
who is passionate about the birds he or
she pursues afield, one could find far
worse companions than this double gun.
My test gun (Serial No. 259456) had a
Schnabel forearm, deeply blued 28-inch
vent-rib barrels and steel receiver, single
selective gold plated trigger, tang-
mounted safety and barrel selector and
came with five stainless steel Techni-
choke choke tubes in Full, Modified, Im-
proved Modified, Improved Cylinder and
Skeet. They came with a choke wrench
in a hard plastic case that can slide into
the pocket of a hunting vest.
One thing to anticipate with this shot-
gun is that the first time you swap choke
tubes, be prepared to put some elbow
grease into it. At least, the tubes in my
test gun were screwed in rather tight,
and presumably thats done at the fac-
tory. Id remove both tubes and pull the
spares out of the box, clean them all off
and wipe them all down with an oily
cloth.
My test shotgun had 3-inch chambers,
a gold bead front sight, and a remark-
ably handsome European walnut stock
and forearm dubbed FX Wood. It has a
14-inch length of pull, 1-inch drop at
comb, a 2-inch drop at heel, and the
overall length with 28-inch barrels is 45
inches. The oil finish is enhanced by a
special laser-made pattern of veins in the
wood that create a unique visual effect
unlike anything else Ive ever seen.
F.A.I.R. calls this Optowood. One
might suppose the stock is hand-rubbed
because it certainly appears that way.
The result is striking, and thats not an
adjective I use very often.
One other thing that came with the
shotgun was a set of sling swivels, one
designed to clamp to the lower barrel
ahead of the forearm, and the other that
mounts on the stock. They are both
deeply blued to match the barrel and re-
ceiver. Im not certain these accessories
were intended for use on my particular
shotgun, as there were no correspon-
ding mounting points on the lateral rib
or butt stock.
Wood-to-metal fit on my test gun was
flawless, and likewise between the wood
and the recoil pad. There were no gaps
anywhere, and when this shotgun goes
off, it feels solid.
SPECIFICATIONS
Fabrica Armi Isidoro
Rizzini Pathos
Importer: IFG LLC, Cocoa, FL
Gauge: 12, 16, 20, 28
and .410 bore
Finish: Blue barrel, receiver
Stock: European walnut with
FX Wood finish
Barrel: O/U, 26 or 28 inches,
depending upon
gauge, with inter-
changeable choke
tubes
Trigger: Single selective
Chokes: F, M, IM, IC & S
Sight: Front bead
MSRP: $2,236
Barrels are clearly marked, and the chambers in the 20-gauge model were 3-inchers.
Handsome Scottish-style checkering adds to the overall appearance of the Pathos.
This smooth
bore more than
measures up.
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The ventilated recoil pad was fine,
though if this were my gun, I would re-
place it with one of the more cushioned
urethane-type pads, as they really soak
up recoil. I have such pads on my per-
sonal shotguns, and they are superb.
Also, to be honest, while the gold bead
up front is both classy and classic, I
might opt for a fiber optic front sight for
working through heavy timber, where
shadows can block out light even on a
very sunny day. These are observa-
tions, not complaints. One would have
to be a real elitist snoot to complain
about any of this shotguns features, as
the Pathos did not exhibit any faults
during my evaluation.
Taken all together, the Pathos is an
eye-catching package that cradles very
well while tramping through the timber
or up an old logging road, while crossing
a meadow or fording a small stream. My
test gun weighed less than 6.5 pounds,
and it felt much lighter, even after hiking
around some pretty steep terrain in
Washingtons Central Cascades.
That gold trigger breaks crisp and
clean, and it resets fast for quick follow-
up shots. I made a few of those during
several days of testing and evaluation. I
was also delighted with the ease of dis-
assembly. The Pathos features a small
lever in the forearm that allows that
component to be quickly removed. Then
its just a matter of opening the action
and removing the barrel assembly.
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SWING, POINT AND SHOOT
I discovered a couple of other things about the Pathos that should
make it a real winner with dove and quail hunters, Midwest pheasant
hunters and chukar gunners. The Pathos swings fast and points very
well. Thats important for grouse hunters whether you hunt over a dog
or without one, as is typical for blue grouse hunters out in my native
Pacific Northwest. Shots are fast, and because these big fool hens fre-
quently hang together in pairs or larger groups, and they seem to take
off consecutively rather than all at once.
Thats another trait that has landed a fair number of blue grouse in
my bag. On more than one occasion, however, it has also made it pos-
sible for the third and fourth birds to make their escape. But I found out
that the Pathos could track behind the best of them, and take them
down.
The test gun came with fve interchangeable Technochoke tubes and a wrench.
Wood-to-metal
ft on my test gun
was fawless...
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LOADING UP
My choice of shotshells was confined
to 2 -inch Federal No. 5s and 6s, which
have the horsepower and penetration to
bring down a big blue grouse. Being
used to a side-by-side double, warming
up to the over-and-under platform took a
few missed shots, but thats the name of
the game when youre grouse hunting.
I know guys who hunt these big
grouse with 3-inch 20-gauge shells, but
Ive never found that necessary unless
one expects to make rather long shots.
The interesting thing about hunting the
kinds of upland birds I likegrouse,
chukars and pheasantsis that they will
hold tight and suddenly erupt from al-
most right under your feet. In such a sit-
uation, a hunter and gun must move fast
and in tandem, and the Pathos I tested
does that.
Empties were positively ejected, but if
you just need to unload the live rounds,
they lift out of the chambers smoothly.
The Pathos is available with long stroke-
ejectors and/or auto-ejectors.
F.A.I.R. engineers put this gun to-
gether with a nice, tight break-open ac-
tion that locked up solidly. One sup-
poses you could slick up the action a bit,
but Ive never been an advocate of doing
that with any break-action shotgun. They
come from the factory that way for a
reason, and if one treats them right,
these shotguns will remain nice and
tight for many seasons and many years.
I packed the Pathos for a weekend
hunt just to see how it did in camp, and
after a while, one barely notices that it is
there. That says a lot about any firearm,
and especially about a shotgun that
someone might be walking up and down
deep canyons where chukar and Hun-
garian partridge call home in the Snake
River breaks, or across pine slopes or
cut wheat fields.
The Pathos really made an impres-
sion, and despite the small things I
would change if this were my personal
shotgunthe front sight and recoil
padthis one is definitely a keeper.
Kind of wish I had, actually. There are
some grouse and other gamebirds that
need my attention. GW
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by Dr. Martin D. Topper
FINDING TAVOR
IWIs Street-Legal Bullpup Comes to the U.S.
CONTACTS
Israel Weapon Industries
www.iwi.net
+972-3-7606001
Meprolight
www.meprolight.com
+972-4-6244123
Federal Ammunition
www.federalpremium.com
800-322-2342
Wolf Performance Ammunition
www.wolfammo.com
888-757-9653
A
semi-automatic version of the TAVOR rifle from Is-
rael Weapon Industries (IWI) is now available in the
U.S. This short, fast-pointing bullpup is ideal for
hunting in thick cover, competition and home defense.
The TAVOR is a compact and handy rife that is easily fred from any position. Here, two Big 3 East participants paired up to deliver concentrated fre
at 100 yards from the kneeling position.
Two American versions of the TAVOR are being assembled at the Israeli Weapon
Industrys new 21,000-square-foot facility in Harrisburg, PA. The flattop model has
a full-length M1913 Picatinny rail on top and iron sights. The IDF Model has iron
sights and the highly regarded Meprolight Mepro M21 optical reflex sight which com-
bines fiber-optic and tritium illumination for reliable day and night operation. Both ri-
fles are made to the strict standards of the IDF. The TAVORs bullpup design places
the action in the buttstock, giving the rifle an overall length of only 26.125 inches
when equipped with a 16.5-inch barrel. An optional 18-inch barrel is available making
the overall length 27.625 inches. The flattop comes in black or flat earth, and the IDF
model comes in black.
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The Israeli Defense Forces put the 5.56
NATO caliber TAVOR in service in 2001
after ten years of design and intensive
testing. The TAVOR is not the first
bullpup to be developed for military use,
of course, but some of those developed
by other nations have had significant
problems with reliability. The TAVOR, on
the other hand, is extremely reliable and
accurate, and has proven itself time and
again in combat.
The TAVORs short configuration gives
it a number of tactical advantages over
traditional rifles. It is more maneuverable
in close quarters than the M4 carbine,
and its bullpup design shifts the center of
gravity to the rear, making it easier to
carry for long periods of time. Other ad-
vantages include the ability to easily con-
vert the rifle for left hand operation, and
its Over the Beach capability, which al-
lows it to be fired immediately after
being removed from water. And, since
the rifle is fully treated to resist corrosion,
it becomes a truly all-weather firearm. Fi-
nally, it is easy to change barrels. This al-
lows high-volume shooters to quickly
replace barrels that have become worn.
IWI recently brought the TAVOR to
the Big 3 East conference in Daytona
Beach, FL. The yearly Big 3 and Big 3
East Conferences offer gunwriters a
hands-on opportunity to try-out the lat-
est in tactical guns, training and gear.
The five semi-auto TAVORs used at Big
3 East fired approximately 6,500 rounds
of Federal 5.56 NATO and Wolf .223
Rem. steel case ammunition without a
single failure to fire and cycle. Thats im-
pressive performance!
Look for the TAVOR at your local
dealer. GW
SPECIFICATIONS
TAVOR
Israel Weapon Industries
Caliber: 5.56 NATO and .223 Rem.
Barrel: 16.5 inches or 18 inches
Stock: Polymer Composite
Color: Flattop Model comes in
Black or Dark Earth
IDF Model comes in Black
Length: 26.125 inches or
27.625 inches
Weight: 7. 9 pounds unloaded
with 16.5-inch barrel
(Flattop) 8.2 pounds
unloaded with 18-inch
barrel (Flattop)
8.4 pounds IDF Model
Action: Gas-Operated
Semi-Automatic
Capacity: Up to 31 rounds with
loaded chamber
Magazine: Takes all NATO
Standard Magazines
Sights: Flip-up Adjustable
MSRP: $1,999 Flattop Model
$2,499 IDF Model with
Meprolight Mepro
M21sight
IWIs TAVOR is a rugged all-weather rife that is equally reliable on land or in a boat. It is available
in both 5.56 NATO and .223 Rem.
Although designed as a military rife, the TAVOR would make a great gun for hunting hogs when
loaded with ammunition topped with deep penetrating solid-copper X bullets or bonded-core pro-
jectiles.
It is more maneuverable in close
quarters than the M4 carbine...
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TACTICAL
GEAR
This .308 FAL based pistol, displayed
by Matt Bender from DS Arms, looks
perfect for a zombie attack.
Robar has developed interchangeable back
straps for earlier Glock pistols.
New from Advanced Tactical is a kit to convert
the Mossberg 500 family of shotguns to use a
5-round stick or 10-round drum magazine.
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Since this is an overview of tactical gear and guns from the
show, I wont write about the seminars or keynote addresses,
although some of them were interesting and inspirational. As
in years past, the meeting provided a chance to spend a little
more time with folks I already know, visit unseen booths and
provided new (to me) discoveries.
HANDGUNS & ACCESSORIES
Several new handguns were introduced: The new poly-
mer-framed Colt Mustang XSP and the Beretta Pico, along
with the redesigned Walther PPQ M2, with a tradition-
ally located magazine release as
opposed trigger guard mounted.
Both were handled by everyone,
as was the Glock 30S and Springfield
XDs 9mm. I got a chance to examine
Boberg Corporations unique XR9-L and XR9-S
pistols and DoubleTaps two-shot, sub-compact
.45 ACP pistol.
I also spent time at the Bushmaster display
examining their new AR pistol. The popular Di-
amondBack 9mm and .380 pistols were dis-
playing a number of frame colors. Not to be
left behind, Kel-Tec CNC also paraded out
an array of frame colors.
Kimbers sub-compact Solo is now offered directly from the
factory with Crimson Trace LaserGrips. For sub-
compact/pocket pistols I think a laser (and XS Sight Big Dots)
are a must.
Pistols firing 7.62 NATO rounds and based on the FN-FAL
will never be considered as sub-compact or even compact.
The SA58 Tactical Pistol from DS Arms, the FAL folks, sport-
ing only an 8.25-inch barrel sure looked like it would be a
blast to shoot!
Finally, I stopped by a booth offering both rifles and
1911s, Uselton Arms. An interesting item was the 1911
aluminum alloy frame with explosively bonded
(plasma jet) steel rails for durability.
Robars Robbie Barrkman
the man who made Glock-grip
reductions famous, and whose
name is synonymous with firearm
coatingshas developed a process
(called the Tri-Fit) to add replaceable back-
straps to Gen 3 and earlier Glocks. Robbie is
also offering his version of an over-built, inde-
structible sight mover, the UniPro Sight Tool. I
suspect even I could not break it!
LaserMax had several new lasers on hand
to fit the Generation 4 Glocks, some by re-
placing the guide rod. I spent a few min-
utes checking out the unusual holster so many minimalists are
toutingthe VersaCarry, and its an intriguing design! Laser-
Lytes Center Mass also appeared to be an excellent option,
GUNS & GEAR
GALORE
New Products Dominate the Exhibition Floor
at the NRA Meetings in Houston
Story and Photos by D. K. Pridgen
I
n early May, the 142nd NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits for NRA members took
place in Houston, TX. There were 86,228 attendees and over 620 exhibitors, but dont
panicI wont review the wares of all exhibitors or provide additional statistics!
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w w w . f n h u s a . c o m
D i s t i n c t A d v a n t a g e
SCAR 17S
AFTER MONTHS
ON THE RANGE
thousands of rounds
an understanding boss
and a family who gets me
I HAVE WHAT IT
TAKES TO WIN
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with its nine dots in one
beam, and it can be used
on long guns too.
Polymer powerhouse
Magpul had their nice-
looking new line of 1911
grips out for display.
Crimson Traces new line, the Defender
Series, looked great and should put laser
lights in the realm of those who find
other versions outside their budgets.
Speaking of lasers, I was able to
spend a few minutes with Viridian
Greens new handgun system that is ac-
tivated just by removing it from any hol-
ster. After seeing the Dead Ringer Snake
Eyes sight setup I was really interested
in doing a T&E on it. The fiber optic acti-
vated glowing rear sight ring seemed to
pop in front of the eye quickly and cen-
ter itself around the front sight. Speaking
of sights, XS was displaying all of their
new sights for handguns, including a Big
Dot set for the Ruger LR 9.
LONG GUNS: SHOTGUNS AND
ACCESSORIES
Smoothbores are among my most fa-
vorite firearms. Theres something about
the solid thump to the shooter and the
devastation heading down range that
appeals to me! European American
Arms (EAA) had a number of tactical
versions of their Turkish-made popular
hunting shotguns on display, including
the SARARMS Pump Action Special Pur-
pose Shotgun (SARPASP) and
SARARMS Semi Auto Special Purpose
Shotgun (SARSASP). Both have railed
receivers, pistol grips and ghost ring
rear sights.
Century International Arms Cata-
mount Fury semi-auto shotgun reflects
its AK heritage. The Furys gas system is
adjustable for high or low-pressure am-
munition, and the barrel arrives with
three choke tubes. The NRA Meeting
was the first time I laid hands on the
UTAS UTS-15 bullpup pump shotgun
Notice just how
bright the rear sight
from Dead Ringer is
on this Glock 20.
Berettas Pico is billed as the thinnest .380 madeby 1 mm!
Kimbers sub-compact Solo
is now ofered directly from the factory
with Crimson Trace LaserGrips.
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TACTICAL
GEAR
holding 14+1 rounds, an impressive de-
sign now available in several colors.
Remingtons Magpul 870 was causing a
stir. The proven 870 characteristics
along with Magpul furniture looked
sharp and effective.
Advanced Technology Inc. (ATI) had a
vast array of new products for almost
any shotgun or rifle. This included rails
and spare shell carriers for shotguns.
They even had accessories for the af-
fordably priced Winchester SPS.
I stumbled across Advanced Tactical,
and discovered they offer a kit to convert
the Mossberg 500 family to using a 5-
round stick or a 10-round drum maga-
zine. Nice!
LONG GUNS: RIFLES AND AC-
CESSORIES
Doublestar was proud of their Mil-
Spec M4, perfect for those demanding a
real Mil-Spec Carbine and the Constant
Carry Carbine (C3), designed for ultimate
lightness. Famous for their comfortable
AR grips, Ergo Grip offers butt stocks,
grips and rail covers in a variety of col-
ors and can personalize rail covers. Usel-
ton Arms had their new Black Widow AR
on the tablea nice-looking AR.
Daniel Defenses Class 3 carbine with
an 11.5-inch barrel and marked for LEOs
looked great hanging on the wall and felt
even better in the hands. For .308 fans
like myself, Springfields M21, a tricked
out M1A with adjustable walnut sniper
stock, would have caught my interest
even if it were not almost identical to the
DM M14s being used overseas.
It did not take Kel-Tec long to make
the RMR-30, a rifle version of their popu-
lar .22 mag pistol. Diamondback had
their ARS on display. Nice-looking car-
bines that felt and looked solidly made.
Yankee Hill Machine surprised me with
their new 9 mm-chambered AR.
DS Arms had the FAL and RPD in their
booth that piqued the USMCs interest
several hundred were ordered for troop
familiarization training for those Africa-
bound. At Ashbury Precision Ordnances
booth I saw a modular replacement bolt-
action stock and the Warrior, a complete
precision tactical rifle. Both showed ex-
cellent attention to detail. One big draw
to the SIG booth was their new MPX sub
gun that operates with a fully closed
Ergo Grip offers butt stocks, their famous grips, and rail covers in a variety of colors, with person-
alization of the rail covers.
Bright-Strikes RID3 Tactical Balls are aptly named as a Rolling Illuminated Distraction and Dis-
orientation Device.
One of the new TerraLux Lights, the TT-3 was developed for tactical and self-defense applications
and puts out 250 ANSI lumens.
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and locked rotating bolt system.
Back in the precision rifle arena, Sav-
age Arms 10BA LEO tactical rifle looked
like excellent proof this 119-year old
company still has it! It took several trips
by the FN USA booth to get a chance to
handle their Ballista, a fully modular rifle
with easy caliber changes. Over at Ar-
malite, their new .308 chambered AR-
30A1 Precision Rifle looked and felt
professional. Sisk Rifles has made nu-
merous improvements on their exten-
sively, adjustable replacement stock, the
STAR, cutting weight and adding fea-
tures.
Command Arms Accessories demon-
strated their new MSE AQC Red Dot
sight designed by a member of the Is-
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new .300 Blackout have the EOTech
XPS2-300, a 2-dot ballistic drop reticle
for subsonic or supersonic rounds. Their
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play, too. XS Sight showed me their new
offset AR sights, quick backup irons
available by canting the rifle. The
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now comes in a kit perfect for ARs.
LIGHTS
At SHOT Show I missed seeing Brite-
Strikes RID3 Tactical Balls, and cor-
rected it in Houston. Even in the bright
light of the displays it was easy to see
why they derived their name from
Rolling Illuminated Distraction and Dis-
orientation Device. I took the time for
my first visit with the folks at TerraLUX
TT-3 flashlight. These lights are effective,
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LaserMax had several new lasers
on hand to ft the
Generation 4 Glocks
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M
y grandfather was big on loyalty.
One of his favorite sayings was
dance with the one that brought
ya, so the folks at Hodgdon would have
made him proud. The powder that
launched their businessH4895remains
in production, although it has been joined
by a host of other powders, pellets and
brands, including IMR, GOEX, and Win-
chester Smokeless Propellants.
Chris Hodgdon, Sales/Public Relations Manager for the pio-
neering powder company, filled us in recently on how his
grandfather got things started, as well as whats on the horizon
for Hodgdon.
GUN WORLD: How did Hodgdon get into this industry?
CHRIS HODGDON: All his life, my grandfather Bruce Hodg-
don was interested in shooting, hunting, and reloading. He
custom-loaded ammunition for friends during World War II
while he was in the Navy and after, while working full time as a
salesman for the Gas Service Company. Somewhere, Grand-
dad read that the government had burned huge stocks of sur-
QUESTIONS
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By Craig Hodgkins. Photos by Hodgdon Powder.
Hodgdon Powder Continues to Lead
an Industry it Helped Pioneer
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plus powder after WWI because of the lack of market for it, and
he figured that the same would be true after WWII ended in
1945. In November of 1947, he borrowed $1,500 ($15,000 in
todays dollars) off his life insurance policy (no bank would
loan him a penny) and purchased 50,000 pounds of govern-
ment surplus 4895. Bruce started the business as a part-time
endeavor selling powder by mail order.
GW: What makes you unique in the marketplace?
CH: Under the family of Hodgdon Powder brands, we offer the
widest variety of powders to the handloader/muzzleloader in
the world. There are fifty-nine smokeless, fifteen black powder
substitute powder/Pellet combinations and seven authentic
black powder products.
GW: What is it like to grow up in, and work for, a family
business?
CH: When I was a boy, my first job was mowing, sweeping the
floor and cleaning the bathrooms. Later on while attending col-
lege, during summer breaks I learned the art of packaging
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Hodgdons spacious headquarters in Shawnee, Kansas.
The rife powder that started it all for Hodgdon, H4895.
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thousands of pounds of powder, filling orders and loading/un-
loading trucks in the 90 degree heat. Those experiences made
a lasting impact, taught me about the business, and instilled in
me a hard work ethic that has stayed with me through today.
The family business has its challenges, but the rewards out-
weigh everything else. The best part is working alongside my
father Bob Hodgdon, Uncle JB Hodgdon, and Brother-in-Law
Erwin Rodriquez.
GW: Your website features an FAQ about product availability.
How do you manage customer expectations in times like
these, and what steps have you taken to increase production?
CH: Hodgdon continues to operate at capacity each and every
week. With safety being paramount, we physically can do no
more than we are now.
GW: Hodgdon products are almost always used in conjunc-
tion with other products you dont manufacture. Whats it
like to be both independent and dependent?
CH: Of course our products are dependent on other compo-
nent manufacturers. The biggest issue this year is that with the
current buying frenzy all components are in critical supply.
GW: How do you decide which products get made, and do
you have a typical timeframe to make new or improved
goods available to the public?
CH: Right now all of our products are selling regardless of
which kind it is. Our loyal customers are happy to see any
powder on the shelf.
GW: Has the current national dialogue about firearms im-
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50 YEARS AGO (OCTOBER 1963) In Cleanliness is
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