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New For 2017: Ruger Mark IV 22/45 Lite

  By Trampas Swanson Tradition has always held a very important role in the worldwide shooting industry. In the United States, tradition has helped the immortal 1911 semi-auto pistol and AR15 rifle continue to top sales year after year over new designs and concepts. Manufacturers such as Colt, Springfield, and …

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The Guns of Cowboy Action Shooting – Part 2

  Continued from The Guns of Cowboy Action Shooting – Part 1. Lever Action Force Multiplier Heralded as the “Gun that won the west,” the lever action rifle quickly became a military force multiplier during the American Civil War. The U.S. Army previously employed slow to reload rifles such as …

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The Guns of Cowboy Action Shooting – Part 1

  By Trampas Swanson Perhaps one of America’s most storied times in U.S. history is that of the fabled “Old West.” Wrapped in gallant tales of both fact and fiction of the 1800’s North American frontier, legendary figures such as Tom Horn, Wyatt Earp and Jessie James span both sides …

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Nikon Monarch 7 (2.5-10×50) Advanced BDC XR Turret

  By Craig Reinolds This month, I wanted to take a look at the Monarch 7 Advanced BDC series of scopes recently released by Nikon. The specific model I was shipped for this review was the Nikon Monarch 7 Advanced BDC 2.5-10X50. When I received the scope for testing and …

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Nikon Prostaff 5 3.5-14×40 FFP Scope Review

  By Trampas Swanson In the optics market, there seem to be specific categories of scopes and common misconceptions about them. On the bottom of the spectrum, there are your “plinker” or “starter” scopes that come in blister packs hanging on peg hooks in your local sporting goods store. These …

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TrackingPoint – Part 2

Continued from TrackingPoint Part 1. By John M. Buol Jr. In Practice A rifle that zeroes, adjusts sights, and fires itself? What sorcery this be? No sorcery here, just a very creative application and careful integration of many existing technologies. Software computing ballistics has been with us for years and …

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TrackingPoint – Part 1

  Guided Smart Weapons for Riflemen By John M. Buol Jr. Project White Feather was a US Special Operations Command (SOCOM)-sponsored effort to improve sniper weapon fire control technology to help extend effective range and increase first round hit probability. As envisioned, the fire control improvements were to provide the …

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Hornady Match Ammunition Review: 308 Winchester 168 Grain AMAX

  By Kip Staton Hornady is well known for their zero-compromise attitude when it comes to bullet design and construction. Does the same hold true when those same bullets are loaded into their Match Ammunition line? Let’s take a look. First, the details: Caliber: 308 Winchester G1 Ballistic Coefficient: .450 …

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Heckler & Koch SP5K Review

  By Trampas Swanson Throughout history, few firearms are ever created that transcend the shooting industry and become iconic symbols across the world. Colt’s Single Action Army, John Browning’s 1911, Kalashnikov’s AK-47 and Stoner’s AR-15 are just a few rare examples of this phenomena. For the German based company, Heckler …