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Firearms News Volume 75, Issue 7

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in this issue

17 min.
waving the red flag — taurus’ new g3c t.o.r.o.

Polymer-framed, striker-fired guns are now the most popular type of handgun in the American consumer market. You can’t swing a dead cat in a gun store without hitting one — or, at least, that was the case before the pandemic/fiery-but-mostly-peaceful-protests/civil war 2.0 gun sale surge. At least half of all new pistol introductions are guns which fit this mold. Taurus’ G-series of pistols are some of them, and see huge sales, but don’t get as much attention as other competing designs. I don’t know if this is because the Taurus pistols are “budget priced,” but with quality and design of all pistols going up across the board, if you haven’t been paying attention to Taurus guns as affordable alternatives, you’ve been missing out. With the introduction of the brand-spanking-new G3 and G3c…

23 min.
the big mac attack

On July 11, 1979, a white Ford Econoline van cruised through the parking lot of Dadeland, urban Miami’s largest shopping mall. Dade-land was fifty acres of late 1970’s awesome, populated with niche shops, anchor stores, and throngs of families out doing what Americans did in the years immediately prior to Ronald Reagan. Among the many shoppers enjoying the mall that day was one German Jimenez Panesso and his bodyguard, Juan Carlos Hernandez. (German was his name, not his nationality.) German Jimenez Panesso was a Colombian drug lord. Panesso travelled in an armored Mercedes limousine befitting the stature of one of Miami’s top drug dealers. At 37, Panesso was handsome, rich, powerful, and on top of his game. At 2:30 pm on this torrid Miami afternoon Panesso and Hernandez made their way…

24 min.
the remington 8

Strikingly futuristic-looking even today, the Remington Model 8 must have come as a shock to sportsmen of the early 20th century who had long gone afield comfortably armed with a lever action or single-shot rifle. Some still used muzzleloaders, and the bolt action was having trouble making inroads. It would take a couple of more decades and a World War before the bolt-action’s ascendance was assured, and 100 more before the self-loader’s ascendancy was similarly assured. Although the Model 8 rifle was an engineering dead end using a long-recoil action, it proved a self-loading rifle could be accurate, reliable and durable firing cartridges suitable for any game in the Americas. John Browning walked a hard road trying to bring these ideas to fruition. After helping put Winchester aright by creating many…

2 min.
the lyman 41 peep sight

Lyman’s 41 receiver sight offered both windage and elevation, but installation required three holes drilled into the receiver. While the 8 never garnered many whistles for its looks (except possibly from early science fiction fans), the Lyman sight adds an aesthetic eyesore to the otherwise clean lines of the rifle. The man who owned this Model 8 originally removed the barrel sight and added a Lyman bead front as well. While ugly, it is a very useful setup. Having scrounged a barrel sight, I quickly found restoring it to the barrel interferes with the sight picture, so off it remains. The twin bosses where screws retained the old barrel sight on the jacket remain, sticking up like the masts of a sunken wreck. The original owner was quite correct in…

1 min.
disassembly for cleaning

Fieldstripping the Model 8 for cleaning is easy peasy. The rifle comes apart into three large parts for cleaning or transportation. Pull the bolt back to its lock position and look inside to ensure no cartridges are present in the magazine and chamber. Unscrew the forearm latch and remove (1) . The forearm catch screw is captured in the wood and will not come out. The barrel takedown lever is pinned to the barrel nut and resides in a tunnel in the forearm. Folding it out provides the leverage to loosen the barrel nut screw (2) . Turn it out all the way. When free, pull the barrel straight out (3) . Reassemble in reverse order. Tighten the barrel nut well or it will loosen, but don’t overdo it! Keep…

14 min.
the gray zone

Until very recently, firearm suppressors were seen in Russia as strictly Spetsnaz equipment, or instruments of organized violent criminals, mafia hitmen, or poachers. However, not long ago some legitimate Russian shooters started to use so called “flash eliminators of enclosed design,” “muzzle brakes — compensators of enclosed design” and other similarly named fancy devices on their AK and AR type rifles, mostly for plinking. Those flash eliminators and compensators looked and sounded exactly like sound suppressors, and many a conservative shooter raised their brows and preached a wraith of the powers that be upon those brave “can” users. However, there were few, if any, actual legal cases involving non violent use of sound suppressors in Russia, so their popularity grew quite rapidly. Today, there are probably at least two dozen…