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Guns & Ammo October 2020

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Guns & Ammo spotlights the latest models, from combat pistols to magnum rifles...reviews shooting tactics, from stance to sighting...and explores issues from government policies to sportsmen's rights. It's the one magazine that brings you all aspects of the world of guns.

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United States
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
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12 Issues

in this issue

5 min.
reader blowback

RUGER’S FIRST LOOK The September 2020 issue of Guns & Ammo featured an article authored by Eric Poole entitled “The Sweet Spot,” detailing Hornady’s exciting new 6mm ARC Cartridge. The article describes “…a new Ruger AR-556” chambered in 6mm ARC. The rifle that was tested was indeed “new.” In fact, it was one of the first prototypes of an AR-556 chambered in this new caliber that Ruger made, and was shipped to G&A to assist in the evaluation of the new cartridge in an AR-style platform. We at Ruger still have to work hard to prove out accuracy, reliability, and durability to our usual standards before we release an AR-556 chambered in 6mm ARC to full production and for sale to our customers. These are typically exhaustive processes, and they have…

3 min.
the star system

BACK IN THE DAY, Founding Publisher Robert “Pete” Petersen was known for going after popular editors and writers with other magazines. “He believed in the Star System,” Senior Field Editor Craig Boddington recalled. “He also believed that he could make his own stars, elevating Elmer Keith for example. The headline on the November 1961 cover announced, “Elmer Keith Joins G&A Staff!” Keith wrote for many different publications, but as Guns & Ammo became successful, Petersen wanted Keith’s association exclusive to the brand. When starting G&A in 1958, Petersen secured well-known authors such as P.O. Ackley and Jeff Cooper, among others. Arguably the biggest name in firearms at the time was Col. Townsend Whelen, who contributed until his death in 1961. In the early ’70s, it was rumored that Jack O’Connor was planning…

1 min.
the auction block

A beautiful Winchester Model 70 in .30-’06 Springfield stocked by Master Gunsmith George Hoenig realized a comfortable $4,000 at a June 16, 2020, Sportsman’s Legacy sale. Custom made for the late Tom Siatos, former editor and later publisher of Guns & Ammo, the rifle is based on a refined barreled action made in 1941. The metal has a superb rust blue finish and remains almost entirely original, the exception being a careful rounding of the bottom metal to blend with the contour of the stock. The metal grip cap is engraved “G. HOENIG BOISE ID”. The stock is shaped from an elegant blank of AAA-grade English walnut to the contour of a proper mountain rifle. The open grip, at least for an American custom rifle, was ahead of its time.…

9 min.
identification & values

“I once had a Belgian pinfire revolver brought to me with the initials ‘BTK’ scratched on the inside of the grips, the owner insisting it was ‘Billy the Kid’s.’” COLT OFFICER’S MODEL TARGET Q: A few years ago, I bought a Colt from an older friend who needed a little cash. I thought the gun needed repair as it would only operate in single action, only the cylinder would move in double action. I bought the gun anyway with the thought of repairing it. I later read an article about Colt building these for competition. On the ranges where these guns were used, they were referred to as a “cheater” gun. I would like to know if this was a factory feature or a clone, and if there is any real value.…

1 min.
hollywood hardware

Wooden Flintlock O/U Prop Rifle, “Unconquered” (1947) In the 1947 Cecil B. DeMille film “Unconquered,” star Gary Cooper played a colonial Virginia militia officer and carried a splendid original circa-1760 flintlock over/under rifle made by John George Flittner of Carlsruhe, Germany. This fine piece was also notably brandished by Dewey Martin portraying a frontiersman in the 1952 movie, “The Big Sky.” Needless to say, such an early and valuable arm had to be carefully handled, so a wooden mockup (shown below) was made that could be used when it was necessary to treat the piece a bit more harshly. Also seen in “The Big Sky,” “The Buccaneer” (1958) and other films, originally this prop emulated the Flittner rifle closely, but was later modified and lost one of its barrels and one…

5 min.
the support side

I REMEMBER HEARING THE PHRASE, “You don’t have a weak hand.” As a young firearms instructor, I thought that I’d be repeating it to small-statured people in uniform. I never thought I’d have to tell it to myself. You often hear about support-side training, but how many of us have really trained diligently with the support hand? I did, but only on occasion. It took major surgery on my primary side shoulder to get my mind right about the subject. After the doctor looked at the MRI, he sent me home from police work. I knew things were bad. “You’re not going to work until I fix the shoulder,” he said. “It’s a mess, and it’s gotten worse in the last six months. If we don’t fix it now, it will…