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Guns & Ammo April 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.
12 Issues

in this issue

7 min.
reader blowback

NRA LETTERS Editor’s Note: Keith Wood’s February column, “Diminished Support,” sparked the largest-ever intake of letters from Guns & Ammo’s readers. Below is a sampling that features the variety of positions and opinions we received. DRAIN THE SWAMP First, I’ve been a member of the NRA since I was 10 years old, and I’m more than 70 years now. Second, I am concerned that the members have been unwittingly supporting Wayne LaPierre’s lavish lifestyle. Where in the NRA’s charter does it require that members’ dues be spent on LaPierre’s personal clothing at a cost of more than $275,000? And how does he justify luxuriously traveling to Budapest, Italy and the Bahamas for $253,000? What possible roles do these countries play in the NRA’s mission? Why travel to the Bahamas? To check in on…

3 min.

I MARRIED RACHEL in 2008, and she continues to make me a better person. First a teacher and then a school librarian, I was immediately attracted to her love for American history and devotion to study. Through our courtship, we made it a pastime to visit national landmarks, and among my favorite trips were visits to the presidents’ homes. Though I’ve been more determined than her to complete a quest to see them all, I secretly hope to write a book of these places if I can manage to photograph and document each one. For now, I enjoy collecting family portraits of us embracing in front of their houses as if they were our own. Many of these trips involved tours. Being a firearms enthusiast, I can’t help but to notice…

1 min.
auction block

A fine-condition Colt Super Match Model 1911 realized a very respectable $17,000, not including the buyer’s premium at the October 24, 2020, Carol Watson Orange Coast Auctions sale. Manufactured in 1934, the .38 Colt Auto-chambered pistol’s original blue finish is in approximately 98 percent condition with only minimal thinning. It sports a King’s red-dot mirror reflector front sight and windage-adjustable notch rear. This is a superb example of a scarce, elegantly understated handgun. For more information about this and future sales, contact Carol Watson’s West Coast Auctions at cwocauctions.com or call 714-213-8709.…

9 min.
identification & values

EAST INDIA PERCUSSION PISTOL Q: My father-in-law worked for a not-to-be-named three-letter federal agency during which he and his family were posted to some interesting places in South and Southeast Asia. Coincidentally, major armed conflicts were typically brewing during or shortly after the postings. He always had good relations with at least some of the powers-that-be, which may be how this pistol was obtained. The pistol shown in the pictures was allegedly obtained from Afghanistan in the 1956 to ’58 time frame. It is stamped “EIG”, which according to information online stands for East India Government, and “1867 Birmingham”. The markings on the barrel seem to be “86”; a crown; “Tr”or T capital gamma; an arrow; “B5”; and “B12”. It has a captive ramrod, is smoothbore and functional. Any information you…

1 min.
hollywood hardware

“Quigley” Sharps Rifle This Shiloh Replica Sharps No. 3 rifle has the distinction of being one of the most iconic pieces of Hollywood hardware in recent times. Used by Tom Selleck, portraying sharpshooter “Matthew Quigley” in the 1990 Western (actually set in Australia) “Quigley Down Under,” the rifle’s engraved action is decorated with the gold initials “MQ” of the film’s protagonist. Caliber of the piece is .45-110, though it is referred to in the film as a “big fifty.” Owned by Tom Selleck, the gun is currently on display at the National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA, to which we give thanks for the image and history of this elegant firearm.…

5 min.
the new normal

FROM OPTIC CUTS to compensators, today’s pistol shooters are reaping the benefits of a technological revolution. Shooters, as a whole, tend to be a rather conservative bunch. I’m not talking about politics; I’m talking about technology, which is understandable. When your life is on the line, you want to know your equipment works in the real world, not just in a laboratory or workshop. With the unprecedented information exchange allowed by the internet, shooters now have a much faster and more complete picture of what any given technology is actually capable of. When I started shooting in the 1980s, there were still many shooters with combat experience that believed a semiautomatic pistol would get you killed on the streets. While they were ultimately proved wrong with hard-earned experience, it took time for…