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Guns & Ammo May 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

7 min.
reader blowback

G&A BULLET BOARD I made a Guns & Ammo bullet board and took to doing these to stay busy. Back in the ’70s, I bought a Hornady bullet board for Christmas to give my dad. He loved it and always had good memories about it. After he died, my mom gave it back to me and it’s been on my office wall ever since. Everyone was telling me that when I retire from being a plumber, I better have a hobby. While looking at Dad’s bullet board, it came to me that I could make those to give to family as gifts. During the last five or six years, I have made more than two-dozen boards. Counting bullets, I first came up with 118 different types and knew Hornady must have…

3 min.
remington’s fate

IF YOU WERE FOLLOWING the developments on gunsandammo.com, Remington’s second Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing within 2½ years isn’t news to you. In 2007, Cerberus Capital Management, a global private equity firm, acquired Remington and formed the Freedom Group, Inc. The Freedom Group grew the company’s portfolio to include Advanced Armament Corporation (AAC); Barnes Bullets; Bushmaster; Dakota Arms; DPMS/Panther Arms; EOTAC; Harrington & Richardson (H&R); L.C. Smith; Marlin; Mountain Khaki; New England Firearms (NEF); Para USA; and Parker. Worth noting, Remington already had firearm manufacturing operations at its Ilion, New York, and Mayfield, Kentucky, facilities, and established a plant in 2014 at a former Chrysler factory in Huntsville, Alabama. Though its management discussed transitioning its firearm manufacturing to Alabama, union contract agreements kept legacy products such as Remington’s Model 700, Model 870,…

1 min.
auction block

Proving the craze for “snake guns” has not abated, in a January 12, 2021, Sportsman’s Legacy sale, a 1986-vintage engraved Colt Python realized a healthy $7,500. Featuring an 8-inch barrel and Royal Blue finish, this unfired .357 Magnum has adjustable sights and factory wood grips. It comes with its original box, manual, NRA card, service address, warranty card and Colt gift flyer. It is embellished with Class A standard-level American scroll engraving. For more information about this and future sales, visit sportsmanslegacy.com or call 406-212-0344.…

9 min.
identification & values

CZECH JAEGER RIFLE Q: I have shown this muzzleloader to a few different dealers wondering if they could tell me anything about it. I’ve been told that it was from the 1850’s era, so I’m hoping you could tell me a little more. My great grandfather had it hanging over his mantle, as did my grandfather. Now it hangs over mine. B.S. New York A: Interesting little rifle! I noticed the barrel was signed “Gloeckner in Neustadt.” He was a Czech maker (possibly of Germanic descent) around 1850 who worked in either Neustadt an der Mettau or Neustadt an der Taleifichte. The rifle is a Jaeger-style percussion muzzleloader in carbine length. The barrel is unusually short, however it appears not to have been cut. The dealers were correct; it dates from the 1840 to…

1 min.
recommended reads

Early Military Rifles 1740-1850 by Balázs Németh, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, 2020, 80 pages. Osprey Publishing is one of the preeminent publishers of military history books. The firm’s full-color paperback books cover their subjects in considerable depth despite sometimes modest page counts. This cannot be better illustrated than in “Early Military Rifles 1740-1850.” Part of an Osprey series on firearms, this 80-page work is a superb handling of the subject. Author Balázs Németh, assisted by excellent illustrations, gives the reader a detailed account of the development of military riflery during its formative years. Melding developments of Continental, British and American arms of the period, it provides an overall view of how various systems were absorbed military rifles into the military mainstream. For a one-stop rundown on early rifles, one can hardly do…

6 min.
trickle down

THE FIRST TRULY MODERN POLICE DEPARTMENT was created by Napoleon I in the wake of the French Revolution. In fact, the Paris Prefecture of Police was the first uniformed, professionally organized police department in the world. The London Metropolitan Police Department was organized and led by Sir Robert Peele shortly after, and in 1838 the concept reached Boston and New York City by 1844. The service-issue handgun in the United States goes back to the Harpers Ferry Model 1805 (1805-1816), a flintlock in .54 caliber. The first percussion pistol was the Model 1842 (1842-1865), and the first service-issued revolver was the Colt M1847 Walker. The Smith & Wesson Model No. 3 (1871-1873) was the first single-action cartridge revolver, and the Colt M1892 (1892-1909) was the first double-action revolver. John Browning’s Colt…