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Guns & Ammo November 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.
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
july ’64

“Legend of the Springfield Armory” by Arnold Chernoff was a two-part series offering a comprehensive summary of the historic military plant in Springfield, Massachusetts. Founded with the approval of George Washington in 1777, and authorized as a national armory by the U.S. Congress in 1794, the arsenal provided military arms during every major American conflict from the Revolutionary War until its closing in 1968. It is now a National Historic Site managed by the National Parks Service and features a must-see small-arms museum.…

7 min.
reader blowback

WRITE US! “Letters,” Guns & Ammo, 2 News Plaza, 3rd Floor, Peoria, IL 61614, or email us at gaeditor@outdoorsg.com. Please include your city and state of residence. Letters may be edited for brevity and clarity. STORY OF A WIN. 1904 I enjoyed Eric Poole’s editorial about the Winchester 1904. In 1949, when I was 10 years old, I went to Boy Scout camp where I got involved with .22 target shooting. After camp, Dad agreed to let me continue shooting. We went to the closet in his bedroom where there was a Winchester 1904. He got the rifle in about 1920 when he was a farm boy, and he told me about his time with it shooting small game where he grew up. He gave the rifle to me and said we…

2 min.
machine guns

CAN YOU OWN ONE? You might be surprised how many Americans (even gun owners) think they are illegal. True, 15 states and the District of Columbia prohibit the possession of “Any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger,” according to the ATF’s definition, plus receivers and certain parts. However, the citizens of 35 states can legally enjoy exercising this aspect of their Second Amendment rights if they are willing to submit to the process of acquiring and registering a machine gun, and assuming they can find one for sale. The National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1934 required interested civilians to pay a $200 tax when a machine gun was…

1 min.
the auction block

A scarce and desirable English .577 “Manstopper” revolver sold for an impressive $16,450, including premiums, at the May 26, 2020, Morphy firearms auction. This circa-1866 to ’70, solid-frame, double-action, though unmarked, was probably made by P. Webley & Son. Of impressive dimensions, condition is very good with the piece exhibiting a considerable amount of its original blued finish, and only a minimal amount of blemishing. The bore is good with some pitting, and the mechanism, though generally sound, exhibits a small anomaly in which the hammer has to be pulled back a small amount in order for the double-action to work properly. These revolvers are rare and sought after by collectors. For more information concerning this and future auctions, contact Morphy at morphyauctions.com, or 877-968-8880.…

6 min.
identification & values

“Well, I must admit, this is a first for the column!Interesting little pistol, and the decoration is certainly attention-getting.” TRAPDOOR CARBINE? Q: I am trying to identify what appears to be a Springfield Trapdoor Carbine. Overall length is roughly 41 inches. Serial number appears to be 74XXX, which, accordingly, would put its production date sometime during 1877. Do you agree? Any information you have would be much appreciated. I am trying to identify the production year and approximate value for my personal records. This was given to me as a gift by a close family friend. I have no intention of parting with it. K.L. Email A: Your “Trapdoor” Springfield’s serial number does place its year of manufacture in 1877 — parts of it at least. From your photos, it appears you have a…

3 min.
hear, hear!

THROUGH THE YEARS, I’ve tried my fair share of in-ear hearing protection. Plugs work well at muffling gunshots but, unfortunately, they make it difficult to hear anything at all. On the range or in the field, this can be problematic. In-ear electronic hearing protection is often uncomfortable, cheaply designed, or lacking sound quality. Trophy Ear’s flagship product, the Flexx Pro takes electronic hearing protection to another level. Of course, in order for Trophy Ear to create your custom digital hearing protection, they need molds of your inner ears. The supplied DIY kit contains a two-part silicone mixture that is placed into an impression syringe and injected into the ear. Here’s a pro tip: Follow the directions, the silicone sets quickly. Or, if you don’t mind paying a little extra, you can…