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Guns & Ammo March 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

FIRESTICK PRICING I just read the January 2021 article “Boomstick” by Brad Fitzpatrick that introduced the Traditions NitroFire muzzle-loader and Federal FireStick. I thought it was very good and informative, but there was one important omission: Fitzpatrick neglected to mention the cost of the FireSticks! Being a brand-new product, he should have mentioned the price since it factors into the cost of shooting the NitroFire. Mike Slaybaugh Email Federal has given the Fire-Sticks an MSRP of $28 for a pack of 10. For that, you have less wasted powder, or powder going bad with age since it is protected in its sealed capsule. I’ve also found that I save money on bullets because I don’t need to shoot the NitroFire to unload it. — B. Fitzpatrick BACK TO THE FUTURE A muzzleloading FireStick? Really? I think…

4 min.
ethical shots

LONG-RANGE HUNTING is controversial. Few subjects elicit such a passionate response from readers. Having served as your editor for nearly seven years, I am aware that many shooters are not hunters, or don’t support the killing of some or all animals. Therefore, I make an effort to fairly mix the content to address news, prevailing trends and changing interests. Among lawful hunters, there are additional divides. When the Lyman Alaskan 2.5X scope was introduced in 1939, many argued against its use for spoiling fair chase. Such sportsmen assert rules to ensure that hunters have no advantage over wild, free-ranging game. They pair equipment with one’s ability to afford the equal opportunity for an animal to escape. Fair chase also promotes self-restraint and encourages a hunter to develop fieldcraft. Fair chase believers often…

1 min.
auction block

J. Rigby & Co. CZ-BRNO Magnum, .416 Rigby A superb J. Rigby & Co., special-order .416 Rigby bolt-action sporting rifle realized an impressive $20,000 at a September 15th Sportsman’s Legacy sale. Custom built on a CZ-BRNO Magnum action for the late Lord Nunburnholme, the rifle exhibits a number of refinements such as a ribbed octagon barrel. The front sight was machined from the rib, also. The original side safety button and shroud have been replaced for the better with a contoured shroud and three-position wing safety. The bolt handle is straight and contoured so the embellished knob tucks in for fast operation. The stock is dressed with a wrapping, bordered, 20-lines-per-inch diamond-checkered pattern, and is dimensioned for holding down and tight for a fast recovery between shots. The cheekrest is a…

8 min.
identification & values

NICKELED M1911 FROM WORLD WAR I Q: I have a U.S. Army-issued Colt .45 that was used by my family’s bodyguard in the early 1950s. The bodyguard said that he had protected Gen. George Patton in World War II, but I can’t confirm that. The gun is nickel-plated. As you can see from the photos, there is “MODEL OF 1911 U.S. ARMY” and “No. 373XXX” on the right side. Patent marks “APR. 20, 1897, SEPT. 9, 1902 , DEC. 19, 1905, FEB. 14, 1911, AUG. 19, 1913; COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A.” is on the left. Is there any way I can find out the name of the soldier the gun was issued to? What, approximately, is the gun worth? B.R. Email A: The pistol is a military issue arm…

1 min.
recommended reads

“Rifles, Rangers & Revolution,” by Jeff John. Art in Arms Press, 2020, 188 pgs. To my mind, one of the best ways of learning, nay, experiencing history, is by means of the hands-on approach. As far as military lore is concerned, there are few better ways of getting a feel for a period and the inhabitants therein than by studying and wielding the arms of the time. Author Jeff John has done this with the Revolutionary War. “Rifles, Rangers & Revolution” covers the background, development and employment of arms used principally by the Queens’ Loyal American Rangers including such weaponry as the Ferguson Rifle, Brown Bess, Pattern 1776 Rifle and 3-pounder Grasshopper artillery piece. Using high-quality replicas and following the loads and drill of the era, John presents the reader with…

5 min.
feisty feline

TRIGGERS, and what actually makes a trigger “good,” are among the most misunderstood areas of handgunning. But Apex Tactical Specialties’ founder, Randy Lee, gets it. Engineering and experience matter, and Lee has both. Many shooters, even experienced ones, make the mistake of thinking that a light trigger is a good trigger. That is not always the case. Have you ever shot a pistol with a trigger so light that it resulted in double fire? That’s a light trigger that’s not so good. Have you ever pressed a trigger and thought that it had a 3-pound press only to find out it measured 6 pounds? That’s an example of a good trigger that isn’t light. Starting 20 years ago, Lee was gunsmithing on competition revolvers. His company, Apex Tactical, became a household name…