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Guns & Ammo

Guns & Ammo July 2021

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

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. BLACKPOWDER REVOLVER CLARIFICATION I have been shooting blackpowder guns since the mid-1970s. I have owned four rifles and two revolvers, an 1858 Remington and 1860 Colt made in Italy by Pietta. In Dave Emary’s April 2021 feature, he said that he could carry these revolvers with all six chambers loaded on half-cock. Both of mine have notches between the gaps to lower the hammer on. That seems to be the safest way to carry these to me. Dudley Keeton Florence, Alabama I would like to thank several readers who wrote in to further educate us on the features of…

3 min
market value

DAD USED TO SAY, “Something’s only worth what someone’s willing to pay for it.” I’ve spent my life struggling to argue with his statement because I tend to be sentimental. What I own is always worth more to me than what I’ve wanted to accept in exchange. That said, I love finding deals. I surveyed the wares at a recent gun show. The vendors were fewer than in years past, but there was a record number of attendees. Many sellers had raised prices to make more money than what guns and ammo typically sell for. This was especially so with firearms having collector interest. A table displaying some 20 Colt Single Action Army revolvers didn’t have one marked for less than $2,500. And if there was a factory letter with it —…

1 min
auction block

A superb condition Colt Python Ten Pointer realized an impressive $10,000 at a March 10, 2021, sale by Sportsman’s Legacy. This new-condition .357 Magnum revolver is one of a limited edition of 250 offered in 1989. Finished in Colt’s Royal Blue, it has an 8-inch barrel; red-ramp front sight; adjustable rear sight with white outline; Burris 3X long-eye-relief scope; and Pachmayr grips. It is accompanied by its original black briefcase-style hard case, cardboard box, and all original paperwork from Colt, Burris and Pachmayr. This elegant revolver has never been fired since factory proof testing. For more information about this and future sales, visit Sportsman’s Legacy at sportsmanslegacy.com.…

8 min
identification & values

CONVERTED FLINTER Q: I’ve had this pistol hanging on the wall in my man cave for many years, and I’ve never thought to ask you. So here it is, I know nothing about it. I got it years ago from a friend who’d accompany me to the Great Western Gun Show in Los Angeles. (If you know about it, you’re as old as I am.) Then I hung it on the wall. I just took it down to take pictures and wipe off years of dust! Any info as to its collectability, age, origin etc., and an estimate of value if my heirs decide to sell it, would be greatly appreciated. J.K. San Diego, California A: I truly miss the old Great Western Gun Show. It had several miles of tables and uncounted…

1 min
hollywood hardware

Director John Milius’ 1984 film “Red Dawn,” which featured a group of American high school students heroically resisting an invasion of the U.S. by Soviet, Cuban and Nicaraguan forces. Through the years, it has achieved cult-classic status. As might be expected from a firearms enthusiast as Milius, the movie is full of interesting firearms, including this Steyr Maadi AKM rifle. At the time the picture was shot, not too many real Kalashnikovs were available, so Stembridge Gun Rentals provided 20 AKMs as stand-ins, including this particular rifle, which has been modified for blank-firing. Everything worked successfully because “Red Dawn” became the 20th highest grossing film of 1984. On loan from Doug Wicklund. Photo courtesy of the National Firearms Museum.…

6 min
forever .40

FOLLOWING THE 1986 Miami-Dade Shootout, the FBI sought an improved round for its agents in the form of the 10mm, which quickly evolved to the .40 S&W in 1990. The FBI had worked with Smith & Wesson and Winchester ammunition to develop the .40 S&W, which was meant to be a slightly reduced-pressure version of the 10mm Auto. FBI ballisticians had fallen in love with the 10mm after tests revealed that a 180-grain bullet pushed to 850 to 950 feet-per-second (fps) resulted in the terminal ballistics they desired without the attendant felt recoil of the typical 10mm load featuring a 180-grain projectile moving between 1,100 fps and as much as 1,300 fps! Smith & Wesson’s engineers figured out that by cutting down the 10mm case from .992 inch to .850…