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BOLT-ACTION UNDERSTUDY: Ruger Precision Rimfire Rifle

Sturm, Ruger & Co is a noteworthy force in the U.S. in all firearm categories, whether sporting, competition, tactical, or personal defense. Their most recent addition is the Precision Rimfire. This rifle model indicates a new approach at Sturm, Ruger & Co. The Precision Rimfire is Ruger’s take on creating an affordable, yet highly accurate,…

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CLONING DONE RIGHT: Building America’s Rifle

A lot of open-source information is available from the military on the M4 and its variants—the M4A1, MK18, and MK12 Special Purpose Rifle (SPR)—including pages upon pages of online photos and videos of troops downrange using various rifle and carbine set-ups. But some of the most detailed information on military rifles can actually be found…

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NEW TAKE ON A CLASSIC: Chiappa Firearms M1-9 Carbine

I was a true country kid in the 1960s and 70s. Almost everyone had a BB and/or pellet rifle and knew how to shoot, and our Dads hunted. Heck, it was not unusual to see long guns hanging in window racks of trucks most of the year. Mass shootings were unheard of. From a young…

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ADAPTABILITY FOR ANY MISSION: SIG Sauer MCX Virtus

Photos by Richard King SIG Sauer has evolved into a recognized industry leader in the development and manufacture of rifles, SMGs, handguns, optics, ammunition, suppressors, and more. This leads us to SIG Sauer’s latest rifle offering—the MCX Virtus. The MCX Virtus represents the latest rifle methodology typified by modularity without sacrificing rugged reliability. While sharing…

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LEVER-ACTION RIFLES Ready for Action in the 21st Century

I noticed something a little different at the SHOT Show in January. Instead of rifles made of aluminum and plastic, there was a lot of interest in guns made from blue steel and wood. Maybe folks think they have bought enough AR-type rifles in the last few decades (hint: you can never have too many)…

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VERSATILE PRECISION RIFLE: LWRCI R.E.P.R. MKII

My first centerfire rifle was a Model 740 Remington Woodsmaster chambered in .308 Winchester handed down to me by my brother. I made my first successful deer hunt with it at the ripe old age of 13, using M80 ball ammo. Knowing what I know now, I would never consider using FMJ ammo on game,…

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OVERDUE UPGRADES Improving the M4 Carbine

There is no doubt the M4/M4A1 is the finest carbine in the world. From the streets of Baghdad to the mountains of Afghanistan, the M4 series carbine has proven to be fully capable of providing the lethal fire needed by our nation’s warfighters. But does that mean it has no room for improvement? The M4A1…

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ISRAEL’S AMERICANIZED BULLPUP: Versatile Tavor X95 Rifle

When I traveled to Israel on a counterterrorism project, I rendezvoused with the commanding officer of a military counterterrorist unit at a relative’s home in Jerusalem. He was one of three IDF personnel I had trained with while attending a GSG 9 counterterrorism conference in Germany that hosted members of ten other nations’ hostage rescue…

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DYNAMIC DUO: Ruger Security-9 Pistol and PC Carbine

Back in December, I attended a three-day rollout of new Ruger products at Gunsite a month before they were officially launched. The firearms included the Security-9 pistol, PC Carbine, and Precision Rimfire. This report features the first two guns. A BIT OF HISTORY In 1971 Ruger introduced the Security Six double-action revolver. The revolver was…

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We the People: SIG Sauer 1911 and M400 Carbine

After 20+ years as a gun writer and a lifetime as a member of the gun culture, it is good to have my passion for something rekindled. Leave it to my offspring to give me a look in the mirror. My youngest son, Ethan, is a bona-fide gun enthusiast and my constant companion during range…

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