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Shooting Times

December/January 2020-21

Every issue of Shooting Times brings you exciting, authoritative coverage of guns, ammunition, reloading, and the shooting sports. Written for the experienced and novice gun enthusiast by focusing on new product developments and activities in the shooting industry.

Paese:
United States
Lingua:
English
Editore:
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
Frequenza:
Monthly
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3 minuti
readers speak out

The Real “Rifleman” WHEN I READ THE “HIPSHOTS” COLUMN IN THE JUNE ISSUE, BEING A FAN of the old The Rifleman TV show, I quickly saw the parallels between the real Pink Higgins and the fictional Lucas McCain, who was also a rancher that helped maintain justice during rough times. Higgins’s prowess with his lever action obviously predated the TV character, but the similarities are striking. Perhaps Pink Higgins was the inspiration for The Rifleman in the same manner that old-time lawman Bass Reeves is thought to be the basis for The Lone Ranger. The column described Higgins using his cows to pair up with their rustled calves. I recall an episode of The Rifleman in which rancher McCain did the exact same thing to retrieve his stolen bull calf! In another…

4 minuti
developing the .30 newton-prc wildcat

IF YOU’VE READ MY COLUMN FOR A WHILE, YOU know I’m fond of odd cartridges and enjoy handloading obsolete and wildcat rounds. The latest of which I’ve designated as the .30 Newton-PRC. The idea came about while I was reviewing the .300 PRC for Hodgdon’s 2020 annual reloading manual. One of the rifles included in that review was a one-off version of Montana Rifle Co.’s M1999 Extreme Tactical Hunter. Although it would readily chamber factory-loaded cartridges, the action and magazine were approximately 0.15 inch short. That minor issue was easily overcome by single-loading factory rounds and building my handloads to 3.5 inches COL. However, the Magpul vertical-stack magazine, which was designed to accommodate five .300 Winchester Magnum rounds, wouldn’t work with .300 PRC ammo. After inserting the third .300 PRC round,…

8 minuti
the right fight-stopper

MOSSBERG’S 590A1 SHOTGUN IS built for hard use. Featuring mil-spec construction, according to Mossberg, the 590A1 is the only pump-action shotgun to pass Mil-Spec 3443E and has been selected for duty by the U.S. Armed Forces. Select models feature Parkerized and Marinecote finishes; fixed, full-length, six-position adjustable, +4 Shell Holder, and Magpul butt-stocks; and XS rail-mounted sights. The model I selected for this review features the Parkerized finish, a Ghost Ring adjustable rear sight, and a special M-LOK forearm. I’ll get into the details of those features in a minute, but first, let’s review some of the reasons a pump shotgun is a good choice for defense. Almost every review you read about tactical shotguns talks about their versatility. That’s certainly true when you’re talking about the different types of ammunition…

11 minuti
the terrific .280 ackley improved

WHEN P.O ACKLEY GAVE THE 280 REMINGTON a steep 40 degree shoulder and straightened out most of the cartridge case’s body taper, he likely knew he was on to something special. However, it’s doubtful he anticipated that more than a half-century later, his 280 Ackley Improved cartridge would blossom into a favorite of savvy open-country hunters across the West Decades ahead of his time in cartridge design Ackley became a household name for his work at least among cartridge enthusiasts He d take a typical factory-designed cartridge reduce the amount of taper in the body of the case and increase the shoulder angle aggressively. These modifications resulted in added capacity, which increased velocity, and less case stretch which resulted in longer case life What Ackley didn t change was the datum point…

5 minuti
an easy model 1911 upgrade

WHEN THE “GREAT 1911 BOOM” REALLY got underway—back in the early 1970s, as I recall—custom enhancements started flying around so fast they were tough to keep track of. But mixed in with all the ejection port enlarging, exotic sight arrangements, full-length guide rods, stippling, fish-scaling, and squared-off trigger guards, there eventually emerged a return to something refreshingly close to minimalism. This philosophy was encapsulated ultimately by Jeff Cooper. Basically, it boiled down to this: What was really needed to help Browning’s great pistol reach its full potential was (1) easier-to-acquire sights, (2) a ramp job to facilitate the use of non-hardball ammo, and (3) a decent trigger. Nighthawk Custom has long been crafting high-end 1911s, all of which elegantly address these elemental concerns. And now the company offers an aftermarket remedy…

10 minuti
affordable everyday carry

I BORROWED RUGER’S COMPANY SLOGAN FOR THE EC9s for the headline of this report. The company’s wording goes like this: “Everyday Carry, Everyday Affordable.” I tweaked it slightly. Let’s get the affordable part out of the way right off the bat. The standard EC9s retails for $299. I’m highlighting a version of the pistol that is exclusive to Davidson’s (I’ll get to the details of this special pistol in a few minutes), and it retails for $294. I think just about any serious handgunner will admit that $294 is pretty affordable, especially for a gun that’s manufactured by one of the most reliable gunmakers in the United States. With the affordability issue out of the way, let’s take a close look at the EC9s. Regular Features The EC9s is very similar to Ruger’s earlier…