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Romanian army trainer bolt action .22 fits well into this picture of classic Americana. Millions of kids learns first on similar rifles.

The debate about the merits of teaching new shooters on semi-automatic vs. manually operated .22 rifles started almost a century ago, when semi-autos first appeared. Prior to that, the debate was repeaters vs. single shot rifles. Even the military of the day had that debate, which is why even some Read More…

The original recoil reducer: a rubber buttpad

The first rubber recoil pads were introduced for English shotguns in the 1870’s. They didn’t become stock equipment on guns until 1970’s. Simple and inexpensive, rubber pads provide only a limited recoil reduction. The next most popular technology is the dynamic muzzle brake. Read More…

9mm Just Right Carbine with 100rd Beta magazine and a 3x Primary Arms prismatic scope. Note that the gun is set up for left-hand ejection.

I first tried JRC carbines two years ago. The main attraction was the ability to switch controls and the ejection direction from right to left (I have a lot of left-handed friends). A magazine wanted to publish a review of the .45 ACP variant, but the maker sent 9mm version because the .45 Read More…

Many early defensive pistols had only rudimentary sights.

Defensive pistols don’t shoot explosive shells, so close doesn’t count. Precise hits on vitals of opponents are required for effect, so pistol sights have evolved in many different directions. It’s impossible to cover all of them in one article, but we’ll look at the most Read More…

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When I got my first 7.62×39 rifle, an SKS, the low cost of ammunition was one of main attractions. Surplus went for a dime per round and was easily available. I later added AKs to the safe motivated by the same: ammunition was available and sturdy magazines cost a small fraction of AR15 Read More…

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The Uzi .22 carbine made by Walther looks like a sound-suppressed Uzi 9mm submachine gun. I tried it at SHOT Show range day and was immediately interested. It’s a very close copy of the original in some ways and completely dissimilar in others. Is it worth having? Let’s look at the Read More…

CZ452-455_5283alloutdoor

Many rifle makers, Ruger, Savage and CZ being some examples, offer the same rimfire action with a choice of barrels and sights. On the one end are the lightweight sporter barrels with iron sights, on the other heavy bull barrels designed for use with high-magnification optics. In making the decision Read More…

Like most of us, I don’t get enough training even with my primary rifle. Shotgun, a secondary weapon for me, gets even less range and class time. As a result, my efforts to operate a Remington 870 or an 1100 efficiently run into the basic lack of familiarity born of insufficient training or Read More…