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Guns & Ammo January 2021

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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

6 min.
reader blowback

RUGER 57 CORRECTION In contrast to Kyle Lamb’s comment regarding the size of the Ruger 57 compared to the Model 1911, I found that the Ruger 57 is no larger than the M1911. This image features an example that was the covergun used on my “The M1911 Complete Assembly Guide” on top of my Ruger 57. As you can see, the M1911 completely covers the Ruger. The 57 is a fooler because of the slim slide and dust cover. The Ruger 57 looks like it should be larger, but it isn’t. Walt Kuleck Author Mr. Kuleck, thank you for this observation and writing in to Guns & Ammo. Your book “The M1911 Complete Assembly Guide: Vol. 2” deserves a plug, as do all of your “Assembly Guide” series. They are a must-have for…

2 min.
best states

ARIZONA HAS RANKED number one as the best state for gun owners since Guns & Ammo began tabulating its results in 2013, but that may change in coming years as residents relocate from California and contribute to electing anti-gun politicians. Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (DAZ) founded a gun-control advocacy organization following her attempted assassination. Gun Owners for Safety now has chapters in Colorado, Minnesota and Texas, and advertises itself as an alternative to membership with the National Rifle Association (NRA). Though the name “Gun Owners for Safety” reads as if it were a common-sense brand for an organization that most Americans could stand behind, it is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Gun Owners for Safety shouldn’t be confused with an entity that supports your Second Amendment rights. Letters that Guns &…

1 min.
the auction block

An elegant Hamilton Bowen full-custom Ruger, three-screw Black-hawk revolver in .32-20 Winchester realized an impressive $6,500 at a September, 7, 2020, Sportsman’s Legacy sale. This handsome piece features a 5½-inch octagon barrel with integral raised sight base; steel ejector-rod housing; adjustable rear sight with serrated blade; color case frame, loading gate and reshaped hammer; beveled cylinder flutes; steel grip frame; and spectacular ivory grips. It was originally built for the late master grip and stockmaker Roy Fishpaw, who also fashioned the grips for the piece. Apparently Fishpaw fired only six rounds through the revolver, thus the gun remains in virtually mint condition. For more information, contact Sportsman’s Legacy at 406-212-0344 or visit sportsmanslegacy.com.…

10 min.
identification & values

“It is a lovely rifle that I would be proud to have in my own collection.” MINTY EDDYSTONE MODEL 1917 I bought this Model 1917 rifle, s/n 580XXX, from a friend some years back. It’s been described to me as a “1914 Pattern Rifle,” and also an “American Enfield.” It’s chambered for .30-’06 and is reasonably accurate. My initial research revealed that it was built at the Eddystone Arsenal. What puzzles me is the overall condition of this rifle! For a military firearm that’s more than 100 years old, I would expect to see more wear and handling marks. Except for some expected wear on the surfaces of the bolt, other metal surfaces on the barrel and receiver are excellent and all markings are sharp and clear. The only wear that stands…

1 min.
recommended reads

U.S. Small Arms of World War II by Bruce N. Canfield; Mobray Publishing, Woonsocket, RI; hardcover; 2020; 864 pages; $95.99 The back of the dust jacket of Bruce Canfield’s new tome, “U.S. Small Arms of World War II,” proclaims, “If it could be carried into battle, it’s in here.” For once, the publisher’s hyperbole is understated. This 864-page full-color magnum opus covers everything the American fighting man did or could have used during World War II. A list of the chapters gives the reader a good idea of the range of the book: Edged Weapons; Handguns; Rifles; .30 Caliber Carbines; Shotguns; Submachine Guns; Automatic Rifles; Machine Guns; Anti-Tank Rifles; Bazookas; Recoilless Rifles; Grenades; Mortars; and Flamethrowers. Author Canfield has covered each of these subjects in his usual assiduous fashion. The photographic…

4 min.
n8 tactical revenant

NATE BEARD AND NATE JOHNSON of Lexington, North Carolina, had been in the holster business since 2009. Together, they became N82 Tactical (spoken “Nate-squared”). Like many entrepreneurs, they started a business when they couldn’t find the product they wanted. Most cheap holsters are not American made and use hard plastics and thick cowhide, making them bulky and uncomfortable to wear. Their first prototype was created using neoprene and material from Under Armour clothing, and further experimenting continued for months. The Original inside-the-waistband (IWB) holster combined an elastic pocket, suede, smooth leather and the same neoprene used in manufacturing diving suits. These materials made the holsters waterproof, which prevented sweat and salt from corrupting the handgun in a humid environment. N82 Tactical’s early days saw holsters made on Johnson’s kitchen table, and…