Recoil July/August 2020 #49

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7 Min
hidden history

Throughout history, firearms have been used by countless people for many different reasons. They were initially developed as a way to evolve warfare beyond confrontations of melee, but the technology quickly outpaced military strategy and opened the door to a growing market for sport. By the 1500s, firearms weren’t just cumbersome hand cannons or arquebuses that used a burning rope to operate, they could be rifled, shrunken down to handgun size, and operate with an ignition system that didn’t require a slow burning match. With those developments, the uses of firearms expanded even further. This expansion, however, instilled a concern by royalty for misuse and, more specifically, for assassination. Prior to the introduction of the concealable firearm and the invention of rifling, an assassin armed with a firearm needed to be in…

7 Min
fast af (f)

I’m trying to move my right foot onto a small step, but it keeps getting buffeted by the wind. When I do finally manage to make contact, the step proves to be a bit wobblier than anticipated — I make a mental note to be careful of it, otherwise I might fall off and plummet 12,000 feet to the desert below. Which is ironic, because that’s exactly what I’m committed to do next. For years, I’d managed to avoid ever having to exit a functioning aircraft in flight. That was all about to change, as I signed up for the American Parachute Association’s Accelerated Freefall course, in anticipation of having to jump into the northern Rockies, later this year. While the motivation for undertaking this particular adventure might’ve been unusual, the…

11 Min
the rifle in the high castle

The year is 1951. The jubilation of worldwide Allied victories is fading with the ominous realization that global totalitarianism hasn’t died, but merely shifted shape. The dread of the thousand-year Reich is replaced by the ever-extending tentacles of a global Soviet. If Nazism was the plague of the free world, Communism would prove to be its cancer. But large-scale clashes of armies, like those seen a decade prior, are no longer. Instead, a new model of warfare emerged, with large groups of powerful nations collecting up smaller, less sophisticated lands like so much loose change on the world floor. Admirals and generals accustomed to laying down force like brick-and-mortar are now reduced to playing checkers with peasant guerrillas and insurgent commandos who don’t even speak their language. The beginning of…

6 Min
bowers group wardog k9

Shorter, lighter, louder. That’s how Tom Bowers describes his latest silencer, the Wardog. Coming in at 1.7 inches in diameter by 4.3 inches in length, it tips the scales at a mere 7.8 ounces. Bowers claims it’s rated for heavy use in full-auto fire with both 9mm and 300 Blackout, subsonic and supersonic. One of the ways they were able to keep it so svelte was by using aluminum for most of the construction with steel inserts, which will absolutely be a turn-off for some. But read on and remember: Short silencers are the definition of compromise. DEVELOPMENT The Wardog K9 has its roots in the Bowers Group’s Vers 9, which is a full-sized, high-volume 9mm subgun silencer rated for full-auto fire. Because it’s in 9mm, it can perform double duty as…

10 Min
x marks the spot

This issue, we’ve been playing with alternate history in a few articles, and this one continues that theme. We sat down and thought about a world where autoloading firearms simply never existed. What would warfare look like? This is an extension of that thought experiment, which also benefits those in ban states or nations. A strong contender for our long-gun in this fantasy world would be a leveraction carbine in one of the Magnum revolver cartridges. We found just that in the Henry Big Boy X-Model, chambered in the hard-hitting 44 Mag, with the added bonus of being threaded for a silencer. LEVER TIME This matte-blued rifle has black synthetic furniture with an excellent stock-to-metal fit, two sling swivel studs for mounting a traditional two-point sling, a solid rubber recoil pad, two M-LOK…

12 Min
big shot

In the 1980s, John Linebaugh’s life changed. With a new Chevy truck that he bought off the lot, Linebaugh — thanks to a series of articles about his inventions, including a Guns & Ammo cover in 1986 — would finally be able to transition from working odd jobs around the small town of Cody, Wyoming, to turn his passion for ammunition and firearms design into a full-time career. Despite his lack of professional training, he gave many legacy firearms and ammunition companies a run for their money, when he came out with his first big-bore cartridge, the .500 Linebaugh, chambered for not in a rifle, but a cowboy-style revolver. This cartridge, and its smaller sibling the .475 Linebaugh, would both change and inspire the sport of handgun hunting forever. Linebaugh’s firearms…