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Guns & Ammo December 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

7 min.
reader blowback

7MM REM. MAG., PLEASE I am an avid reader of your magazine and have two rifles in 7mm Remington Magnum, which I enjoy shooting very much. My T/C Compass is very accurate, and I’ve been shooting paper at 100 yards without a problem. However, I don’t see much information or specifications for this cartridge. I would also like to see some range and field data on the 7mm Rem. Mag.’s long-range hunting capabilities. Maybe you could print an article on this topic. Donald Schalk Elgin, Illinois SAVAGE OWNER’S MANUAL? I just finished the January 2020 issue of Guns & Ammo. I must offer that I was most moved with Craig Boddington’s historical Savage article “1894” because it mentioned the Model 340. About 10 years ago, after my father passed, I inherited the Model 340D…

3 min.
behind the curtain

PolyOne becomes Avient, and it likely affects you. ON JULY 1, 2020, it was announced that PolyOne would change its name to Avient, a new word for a new kind of specialty materials company. Who are they? Besides developing and manufacturing thermoplastics that are widely used by the automotive, aircraft and marine industries, Avient’s polymers are also found in such benign products as flexible toothbrushes, waterproof boots, solar panels, and even casings on X-ray machines! You may not have realized that one company was behind so many everyday items, and it’s likely that you were not aware that Avient also supports the firearm and outdoor industries. Located in Avon Lake, Ohio, Avient has a “challenge accepted” approach to developing next-generation materials. Avient creates sustainable material solutions for their customers, which include manufacturers…

1 min.
the auction block

Deer Gun A rare and desirable Vietnam War-era Deer gun realized a respectable $8,820, including premiums, at the August 13, 2020, Morphy Auctions sale. Manufactured by American Machine and Foundry Company in 1964, this single-shot 9mm pistol was designed to be dropped to South Vietnamese guerillas. Some 1,000 were manufactured, though their existence has been denied by the CIA. Apparently, they were never delivered as intended. Most were reported destroyed and only a few remain. For more information about this and future sales, contact Morphy Auctions at 877-968-8880 or visit morphyauctions.com.…

9 min.
identification & values

“It’s a tough call , but as the Colt has always felt better in my hand, I believe that’s the one I’d opt for.” RELIC REVOLVER Q: I was reading the latest issue that described a Colt Frontier Single Action Army; interesting history. I decided to see if you can help solve a mystery. My dad has this pistol and never told us about it or where it came from. The only discernible marking was the “497” on the cylinder. I’m sure there’s no market value, but I would be very interested in any factual information. L.L. Email A: Well, that old fellow has seen better times, but it certainly exudes a lot of character. From what I can make out beneath the pitting and rust, it is a European folding-trigger double-action revolver circa…

1 min.
hollywood hardware

Paramount “Potato Digger” When the United States entered World War I, film director and patriot Cecil B. DeMille organized the Paramount Home Guard to train and equip actors, stage hands and crews to help deal with the national emergency. Uniforms were supplied by Paramount’s costume department and arms were supplied by James S. Stembridge, founder of Stembridge Gun Rentals. One of the pieces fielded by the Guard was this Colt Model 1895 “Potato Digger” machine gun in .30-40 Krag. Though outmoded by 1917, the belt-fed “Potato Digger” provided practice and familiarity with autos to the tyro Hollywood warriors. Courtesy of Cinema Weaponry and the National Firearms Museum.…

6 min.
shooting competitions

And why every rifleman benefits. NOBODY WANTS TO SUCK. Get a bunch of guys together for a friendly shooting match and, sooner or later, it’ll get serious. I’ve never known a guy to give even a friendly competition his half-effort. The best way for all of us to get better as riflemen is to compete with others. I learned this lesson while I was in the military. When I was on the combat pistol team at West Point, the matches we attended were against other service academies, and the sport was still new. While the competition was serious for us, it was a far cry from what occurred at the national level. Still, competition helped me identify areas where my shooting needed improvement. My next foray into competitive shooting occurred when I was…