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Captured Mauser Rifles Get Me Thinking

I recently saw this photograph of captured Mauser rifles stacked like kindling. I thought it was very interesting. The first thing that struck me was the volume. That’s a lot of Mauser rifles! Looking at the picture, I don’t know what timeframe it was taken. But if I were to make an uneducated guess, post WWII? But frankly, I could …

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Browning Safe Break-in

A couple of readers have sent us this photo. It appears the owner of a Browning Gun Safe had his guns stolen. What is interesting is how thoroughly the door was cut. I am not expert on civilian gun safes in general or Browning safes in particular, but looking at the damage one does have to figure this is more …

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Twist Rate

A friend of mine just jumped into the AR-15 game and wasn’t clear on how to select the optimum twist rate for the various bullets he wanted to use. He had been told that the faster twist rates (1:7-inch) require a heavier bullet (75 grains) with longer bearing surfaces, and that a slower twist (1:9- or 1:10-inch) will shoot the …

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Best Pawnshop in a While

I travel quite a bit. Not as much as I used to, but it comes in spurts. I suppose everyone who travels is different. Some taste the local food. Others are drawn to the local pubs. While people such as myself, are always looking for guns, gun shops and gun-culture. It doesn’t matter if I am in Timbuktu or Tacoma, …

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Auto Pistol Maintenance

Auto pistols are maintained so that their condition and appearance are preserved and so that they work properly when put to use. Your pistol maintenance should follow the manufacturer’s guidelines, and be modified according to how much you use your pistol. Regardless of how much or how little you choose to maintain your auto pistol, always make sure the gun …

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POTD: Amy’s 1897 Marlin Rifle

Amy sent me this photo of her old rifle a while back. I have been meaning to post it since the summer. It’s a very cool old gun and if only it could talk. –Marky  Hey Marky, After seeing pics of your nice Winchester 1897 shotgun – I thought you might enjoy seeing another 1897 – my Marlin 1897 rifle. …

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Graphic – Shooter Puts 22-250 Through Foot

This was sent to us by a reader who wanted us to pass it along. It is my understanding that a shooter was unloading a Remington ADL rifle. For those not familiar, it is a traditional style hunting / bolt action rifle. The ADL model has a “blind magazine”. What that means is, the rounds are captured inside of the …

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Mounted Correct Scope On Our Swede Sniper M41B

We like to have “correct” items in our reference library. We don’t go nuts like some of the MIL-Surp collectors and obsess over every little detail. But we do like to have reasonable reconstructions for reference and training purposes. Here is a M96 Swede rifle that was converted to a sniper by the Swedish government around 1941. Hence the M41B …

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Winchester Brand Celebrated 150 Years At SHOT

The Winchester Brand is 150 years old this year and to commemorate this historic milestone Winchester introduced five special firearms at SHOT that will be available in limited quantities. First on the list is a Commemorative Model 1866 “Yellow Boy” lever-action rifle. This polished brass beauty is faithful to the original and embellished with some of the most authentic Ulrich-style …

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SMI STORM 47

At SHOT Show, SMI Arms featured its interpretation of the ideal modern AK-47. Utilizing popular aftermarket parts along with expert craftsmanship, this rifle was built to shoot. The goal was to balance weight with modularity to provide a flexible rifle that can be set up for numerous applications. This 922R-compliant rifle is built off of an AKM pattern parts kit …

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New Federal Premium Loads

One of the more interesting loads at SHOT was shown by Federal Premium. Their new American Eagle Syntech range ammunition “promises to redefine the target-shooting experience” by using an all-new polymer-encapsulated Total Synthetic Jacket (TSJ) bullet. There have been all kinds of jacket materials used since guns were invented including linen patches for muzzleloader roundballs, paper patches, wound wire, steel, …

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ASA Side-Charging ARs

American Spirit Arms released its new non-reciprocating LR-308 Compatible Side Charger upper receivers and the new 308 Carbine at SHOT. The Side Charger is the latest evolution of the AR-15 and AR-10 platforms featuring a non-reciprocating charging handle on the left side of the receiver. This means the shooter no longer has to break cheek weld or take the rifle …