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Gun Digest February 2019

Gun Digest is your source for firearms news, pricing and classifieds. Our in-depth editorial, exclusive price guide and new product features bring valuable information to your hobby.

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Caribou Media, LLC
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humble beginnings

As a young boy, I vividly remember the Daisy BB gun that hung high above the cash register at Runnings Fleet and Farm — jet black with a matching scope, and on display for all to admire in its white, open-faced cardboard box. I’d stand at Dad’s heels as he paid for new gloves, twine string or those stinky Tingley knee-high rubber boots he always wore for working the hogs. And make no mistake: Dad made sure I always had my own pair of those damn boots, too. An un-hired hand needed the right equipment to be kept to task.Honestly, I can’t remember if I put on my negotiating pants and begged Dad for that gun every time we worked through the check-out line, or if my silent…

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letters to the editor

Guns, Girls And Guitars Upon skimming the January 2019 issue, I choked on my toast when I read, “It feels better in my hand than any other handgun and a lot of women,” on page 18 in Richard Mann’s “Defensive Handgunning” column. Then, I read the remainder of the entertaining and interesting article. Gun Digest is far and away my favorite firearms magazine, and it has been for many years.–Jim Campbell Canton, MI Thanks for the nod, Jim. I’m always tempted to throw Richard Mann to the wolves when he gets crabby with me, but there are enough readers like yourself who write in favorably that force my hand to keep him around … at least for one more issue. -Luke Hartle, Editor A…

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the .17 hornady magnum rimfire (.17 hmr)

Historical Notes In 2002, Hornady provided shooters with serious reasons to consider a rimfire cartridge for medium-range (200-yard) varmint hunting. Its new .17 HMR was the fastest rimfire commercially available. It pushes a 17-grain bullet on trajectories very similar to the larger .22 Hornet centerfire cartridge. General Comments Launching a 17-grain V-Max bullet at 2,550 fps, Hornady’s bottleneck rimfire cartridge printed five-shot groups measuring 0.460-inch at 100 yards, and 1.005 inches at 200 yards, using a Wiseman-barreled Marlin rifle in factory tests. Flattening the .22 WMR’s trajectory by more than 10 inches at 200 yards, the flat-shooting .17 HMR also drifts 15 inches less in a 10-mph wind. Contributing to this fine performance is the boat-tail V-Max bullet with a polymer tip engineered for dramatic expansion. Hornady…

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the .224 valkyrie

Historical Notes The .224 Valkyrie cartridge by Federal came on the scene in late 2017 as a long-range AR-15 round with modest recoil. It’s basically a necked-down 6.8 SPC with a long and skinny .224-diameter bullet that has a high ballistic coefficient. AR-15 shooters should be able to add a new bolt and a new barrel and fire the Valkyrie without a problem. Standard .223 Remington magazines should also work, but they should be function-tested to ensure proper feeding. General Comments The Valkyrie’s edge comes at long distances. A 77-grain MatchKing .223 Remington drops to subsonic speeds before it hits 1,000 yards. With a similar bullet, the Valkyrie maintains supersonic speed past 1,300 yards. Or, looked at another way, the .224 Valkyrie with a 90-grain MatchKing (ballistic…

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industry news

Quiet Revolution In New Jersey Anti-gunners seem to believe that if you ban it, they will come. That is, if a gun or accessory is banned then gun owners will obediently line up and relinquish the contraband to the proper authorities. New Jersey is the latest state to discover that simply isn’t so.The Garden State’s ban on what it calls “Large Capacity Magazines,” those that hold more than 10 rounds, hasn’t gone as swimmingly as officials had hoped. The Dec. 10, 2018, deadline to surrender the standard firearms fare has come and gone and law enforcement has netted zero of the dreaded implements. You heard right, zero, according to an investigation by writer John Crump. This, despite possession now a fourth-degree felony, punishable by a maximum fine of…

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digital/new in the store

FROM THE ARTICLES AT GUNDIGEST.COM HOW-TO ARTICLES Building Your Own Precision AR-15 The precision AR-15 build is designed to keep double-taps within an inch at 10 yards — while maintaining 1-MOA accuracy at 100 yards. AMMUNITION INFORMATION Match-Up: .38 Special vs. 9mm Offering many of the same advantages, the .38 Special and 9mm shine for much different reasons. GEAR REVIEWS Review: Leupold’s RX-2800 TBR/W Able to account for wind and effective out past 1,600 yards, the Leupold RX-2800 TBR/W more than goes the distance. NEW GEAR REPORTING FN’s New Trimmed Down 509 Midsize Right-sized for concealed carry, the 509 Midsize is trimmed down, yet still optimized for superior performance. SOCIAL SPOTLIGHT…

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