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Handguns: The Modern-Day Revolver

Handguns: The Modern-Day Revolver/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379d0e8fe7e_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379d0e8fe7e_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } In a time of semi-auto dominance, revolvers — and the cartridges they shoot — are far from irrelevant. Given their simplicity of operation and potency of ammo, revolvers still have a place. Ruger's LCRx offers a lightweight option perfect for self-defense and carry. The company's GP100 now has a .44 Special model, plenty capable to ward off fiends. Nighthawk recently partnered with German-maker Korth to offer the Sky Hawk. The 9mm is a sweet shooter, but costs a pretty penny — $1,699. S&W produce many hunting wheelguns, few more powerful than the .500 S&W. In 1994 I was hired as a patrol officer. On my first day, the department firearms instructor took me to the range to qualify. The gun in my holster was a Smith & Wesson Model 686 .357 Magnum with a 4-inch barrel. I left for the police academy about 6 months later with that same revolver. I was one of the only cadets with a revolver and still managed to be top gun. The moral of this story is that the revolver is still a viable self-defense option. Of course you would not know that by reading today’s gun magazines; they’re all about the semi-automatic for personal protection. Admittedly, semi-automatics do have advantages. They can have a higher capacity, can be purchased at a cheaper price, and when compared to revolvers of the same size, weigh less. Of course, there are good things about revolvers, too. They’re less prone to stoppages and simpler to operate. Revolvers can also harness more power than semi-autos of comparable size. The big thing is, the revolver does not appeal to the cool kids. Tactard trainers and the gun gurus on the Internet shun them because they lack the capacity to deal with a zombie horde or a hundred charging jihadists. The new millennium gun guy is also enamored with plastic. In reality, however, most self-defense situations are solved with very few shots and, in case you’ve not been paying attention, plastic revolvers do exist. Diversity Through Simplicity Consider Ruger’s new LCRx. This is a 17-ounce .357 Magnum with a 1.87-inch barrel. It has a monolithic frame made of 400-series stainless-steel and a polymer fire control housing. The stainless-steel cylinder has been fluted to reduce weight, and it has a PVD coating to enhance durability. The revolver will accept modular grips, has a pinned, white-striped front sight and an external hammer for single-action operation. That’s a long way from the 42-ounce .357 I carried as a cop! Related GunDigest Articles 9 Standout Concealed Carry Revolvers For Personal Defense (2020) 7 Classic Revolvers You've Got To Have Choosing the Right Hunting Revolver Best Starter Kit for Concealed Carry: S&W M&P 9 SHIELD $394.96 guns.com Safariland IWB Holster $43.99 brownells.com Safariland Duty Belt $88.99 brownells.com SnagMag Ammo Pouch $LOW! gundigeststore.com Disclosure: Some of these links are affiliate links. Caribou Media Group may earn a commission from qualifying purchases. Thank you! Of course some wheelgun aficionados like the robustness of an all-steel revolver. Ruger’s new 3-inch, stainless-steel, GP100 in .44 Special weighs in at 36 ounces. It comes with a fully adjustable rear sight and a fiber optic front sight. Unless you were born before 1970, you might not have any appreciation of the .44 Special, but it’s fully capable as a self-defense cartridge for use against a murderous fiend or a furry ball of fur and claws. And that’s an aspect of self-defense often overlooked by the average gun owner: Bad guys are not the only things you might need protection from. Outdoorsmen who frequent bear country would do well to arm up with a firearm capable of putting the smackdown on a toothy attacker. Revolvers make excellent trail guns due to their ability to handle cartridges generating magnum power. With its 2.75-inch barrel, Ruger’s new .357 Magnum Redhawk is a big gun capable of helping tame the rock and roll of the hottest .357 Magnum loads. And, like all .357 Magnum revolvers, it will fire .38 Special ammunition, too. Because of they way they’re made, revolvers can house more powerful cartridges than similar sized semi-automatics. Along similar lines, look at the Ruger SP101 Match Campion. This revolver has a 4.2-inch, full-lugged barrel and is much lighter and handier than the big Redhawk. It will still handle .357 Magnum or .38 Special ammunition, but its five-shot cylinder reduces overall weight. It would be an ideal sidearm for a backpacker or camper, and don’t forget revolvers are well suited for use with shot shells, making them perfect for poisonous snakes or other vermin around home or camp. ‘Wheel-Life’ Protection But, let’s get back to fighting bad guys. The compact revolver has long been a favorite of concealed carry. However, the quintessential example of that genre of wheelguns has remained basically unchanged for about 100 years. Nighthawk Custom Firearms looked to rectify that for the American consumer through a partnership with German-built Korth revolvers. By virtue of my profession, I’ve pulled a lot of triggers on a lot of guns. I’ve never pulled a trigger on any gun as impressive as those on the Korth revolvers. The first time you do it your mouth will drop open and maybe stay that way long enough for a fly to buzz in. Initially, Nighthawk will be offering three Korths configured to Nighthawk specifications. The Sky Hawk — the revolver serious self-defense practitioners should consider — is a compact, 20-ounce, six-shot revolver chambered for 9mm Luger . However, neither half- or full-moon clips are required. Every part is machined from billet steel or aluminum, and it’s available with a 2- or 3-inch barrel. A gold bead front sight, Houge grips, hard-coated frame, TSA-approved travel case, cleaning rod, grip removal tool, lubricating oil, lanyard and a proprietary speed loader are standard. Yes, this revolver retails for a staggering $1,699, but there’s nothing else like it on the planet. A discussion of revolvers in any capacity cannot be complete without mentioning Smith & Wesson. My grandfather’s pistol was a Model 10 Smith & Wesson . It was the first handgun I ever fired, and according to Grandpa, it was the best pistol in the world. I’m not sure much has changed; Smith & Wesson is still the premier revolver manufacturer in America, and it has some new and cool wheelguns for just about any application.

Gun Review: HK Hammering P30SK

Gun Review: HK Hammering P30SK

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379cec4c24f_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379cec4c24f_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } Heckler & Koch didn't shoot from the hip with the HK P30SK, producing a well-balanced, high-performing subcompact, engineered to deliver when it matters most. In the late 2000s, Heckler & Koch of Germany introduced the U.S. to its P30 semi-automatic pistol, a double-action, polymer-framed pistol with a high-capacity magazine and a revolutionary polygonal barrel. The response was overwhelmingly positive, and the P30 became a hit with American shooters who appreciated its high level of engineering and fastidious attention to detail. After all, HK’s catchphrase is Keine Kompromisse !, or “No Compromise!” for those not fluent in German. Because the slick German semi-auto was so successful stateside, it seemed only natural that HK would target the burgeoning American concealed carry market. And it did, just not right away. The HK P30SK (SubKompact) is a scaled-down 9mm version of the popular P30 semi-auto. Even though the P30SK simply looks like a shrunken P30, it took HK three full years of engineering and development to translate the full-sized semi-auto into a compact carry version. The mechanics remain much the same between the two guns, but the ergonomics of the P30SK were redesigned to make this a stand-alone handgun instead of a cropped-and-chopped version of another model. The SK shares the same basic DNA as its alterer bruder , including a single-action/double-action design with large ambidextrous slide stop levers, luminescent three-dot sights and a polymer frame with a nitro-carburized steel slide with a corrosion-resistant blued finish, but with a much more compact design that makes it a great choice for concealed carry. While striker-fired guns are all the rage, including HK’s own VP9 and VP40, double-action semi-autos such as the P30SK still have a loyal following and still make perfect sense as a concealed carry gun. The double-action trigger pull is heavy — about 12 pounds — but it’s smooth, and it’s easy to pull this gun from a concealed holster and fire the first shot quickly and accurately. Subsequent shots feature a much lighter 5.5-pound single-action trigger pull with modest take-up and a crisp, clean break. Most shooters don’t really appreciate how good or bad a trigger pull really is until they begin firing shots from a sandbag on the range. Bad triggers make this a real chore because they are heavy and creepy, never offering a clean snap. The team at HK did a great job on the trigger with this gun, and after a few shots off the bags I could predictably take up the slack in the trigger, press evenly and count on being surprised at the shot. The trigger pad is also very wide and comfortable. The P30SK grip geometry is excellent. It features a textured side and rear panels that are neither slick nor so aggressive they hurt the shooter’s hand. The cross-directional texturing keeps the gun firmly planted in your paw, and the P30SK, like the P30 before it, features interchangeable rear and side panels. Related GunDigest Articles Photo Gallery: 20 Semi-Auto Handguns of Gun Digest 2015 Handguns Lead the Way, While Long Gun Sales Plug Along Tactical Shotgun: Mossberg Flex Review Best Starter Kit for Concealed Carry: S&W M&P 9 SHIELD $394.96 guns.com Safariland IWB Holster $43.99 brownells.com Safariland Duty Belt $88.99 brownells.com SnagMag Ammo Pouch $LOW! gundigeststore.com Disclosure: Some of these links are affiliate links. Caribou Media Group may earn a commission from qualifying purchases. Thank you! Each new gun comes with three different backstraps and three different sets of side panels, so when HK claims this gun offers a perfect fit, it means it. Removing the rear and side inserts requires the use of a punch and a hammer, but once the pin is free you can mix and match component parts until you find the perfect combination. The P30SK is available with or without a manual safety, which is understandable. Some shooters vehemently support carrying guns with no manual safety, while the other camp is equally dedicated to manual-safety-only guns. No matter which doctrine you follow, there’s a P30SK for you. Both versions come with hammer and firing pin safeties but no magazine disconnect, so you can fire the gun without the mag in place. There’s also a special Law Enforcement Modification (LEM) model that comes with a bobbed hammer and a double-action-only (DAO) trigger with a crisp 5.4-pound pull. If you haven’t shot the HK P30 line of pistols, you will have to familiarize yourself with the location of some of the controls. The extended ambidextrous slide release is mounted along the top of the frame just below the chamber. Notably absent is the standard magazine release button that is traditionally situated just behind the trigger guard. Like other German guns, including the first-generation Walther PPQ, the HK P30 line has a paddle-style magazine release lever located on either side of the trigger guard. It’s not a traditional American styling, but it serves a very important function — when the gun is holstered, it’s impossible for an assailant to drop the magazine from your firearm. And once you become familiar and comfortable with the system, you’re probably going to like it. When the mag runs dry, simply press down on the paddle with your trigger finger, drop the magazine and reload. The system is fast and intuitive. The P30SK has a decocker, but just like the magazine release, it isn’t in the traditional position. Instead, it is located just to the left of the hammer. This too serves a very important function. When you are clearing the gun in the middle of a gunfight, you won’t accidentally hit the decocker since it’s tucked out of the way. Simply press the button and the hammer drops, and, as with the magazine release lever, it becomes second nature once you do it a few times. Some pistols look and feel cheap. Others feel like they are well-built and robust, and there are a handful of pistols that feel like they are so solidly constructed you could wither away on the range trying to get them to fail. The P30SK is that third kind of pistol. It is made of quality parts that are well machined and so tightly fitted that it feels like a custom gun. The interior parts are polished free from machine marks. The slide is tight and smooth, and the slide/frame fit is precise.

Real Emergency Survival Fund: Gold, Silver, Money, and Barter Items

Real Emergency Survival Fund: Gold, Silver, Money, and Barter Items

When you hear a financial planner talk about having an “emergency fund” they are referring to a savings or checking account that will get you through tough times.  We think this is wise but we also feel that the “Prepared Individual” should also plan for dire situations and have a Real Emergency Fund. Quick Navigation Emergency Fund Prepardeness The Big 4: Gold, Silver, Dollar, and Bartering Items Best Silver Coins To Buy For Survival Silver Eagles Junk Silver Where To Buy Silver Coins For Survival Purposes? What To Keep On Hand – The Best Plan Here is a breakdown guide for a Real Emergency Survival Fund: Where to keep your “Real Emergency Fund”? "Emergency Fund Prepardeness" If you are on this site then you have probably spent time thinking about long term food storage , how to get fresh water or how to get your family Out of Dodge if the SHTF.  If you have already thought about all this stuff,  how much time have you spent thinking about your economic well being after a disaster?  Any good survival or disaster plan should have an economic component to it as well.  Whether it is buying gas for your car, food to feed your family or safe passage through a group of hostile people in a urban survival situation.  You will need something to trade and barter with in these survival situations.  If you think that your platinum credit card will get you through any disaster then read no further, this article is not for you. Here @ SurvivalCache we do not get into predicting the future and we do not know what type of disasters the future holds (complete economic collapse, earthquake, global pandemic virus, World War III, TEOTWAWKI, etc).  However we do know that good planning can get you and your family through the most difficult times and having a “Real Emergency Fund” along with a food, shelter, water , transportation and protection plan will help you do just that. The Big 4: Gold, Silver, Dollar, and Bartering Items If you are living in the United States it comes down to the big four – Gold, Silver, The US Dollar, or Bartering Items (food, watches, fresh water, jewelry, ammo, warm clothes, etc).  Like any good financial planner will tell you, diversification is the key to success. This is no different in a survival scenario.  For example, let’s say you only keep platinum in your home for an emergency fund because it is your favorite precious metal and your father told you that platinum is always the most valuable metal.   That is great for you and your dad but a lot people do not understand the value of platinum or its resale potential. This means that if all you have is platinum, you either might not be able to trade for goods & services or you will get a reduced trade where you receive much less in the way or goods & services for your platinum. On the other hand, everyone knows the value of Gold unless you have been living under a rock. Gold has been a source of value and wealth since the beginning of recorded time.  The problem with Gold is that it is so valuable these days that just 1 Gold coin can be worth a significant amount. For example, as of 04/19/2020, a 1oz gold coin can be purchased for the market rate of $1,864.17 on Golden Eagle Coins (our recommended partner to buy gold, silver, etc.) "Best Silver Coins" To Buy For Survival There are two types of silver coins that one can buy: Silver Eagles The U.S. government mints Silver Eagles which are 99.99% silver. These come in 1oz (ounce) increments. These are great to have since you do not need a ton of “junk silver” to build up a nice stash. The challenge though is that these are 1oz thus have a market value of $20-$28 depending on the economic situation. What happens if you need to buy something cheaper? That’s where junk silver coins come in to the picture Check out the best deals on Silver Eagle coins. Junk Silver Before 1964, U.S. coins were produced with 90% silver. Therefore, there is a ton of “junk silver” in circulation. It comes in good use when you need to give out smaller denominations when trading or buying something if SHTF. You do not want to just give out 1oz coin worth ~$25 for something that costs $3. You need variety in your prep. Check out the best deals on junk silver coins. Where To "Buy Silver Coins" "For Survival Purposes" ? We highly recommend using "Golden Eagle Coins" , as they have reasonable premiums that they take as there profit. You can also buy smaller quantities down to just 1 coin; that is usually unheard of since bigger players require minimum purchase amounts of $100-$500 or more. Other options, which are not that recommended due to safety, is to use eBay auctions, local coin shops, and Craigslist. These all have pros and cons. What To Keep On Hand – "The Best Plan" What if you have ten Gold coins in your Emergency Fund and all you need is a loaf of bread, how do you get change in a survival situation?  Do you want to pay over a $1000 for a loaf of bread?  Maybe if you are really hungry (or if it is really good bread) but I seriously doubt it.  So what is the best plan? The best plan is to have a mix of Gold, Silver, US Dollars , and Barter items.  I personally like Silver. A 1oz Silver coin is worth about $20 to $28 depending on the market and for a few hundred dollars you can have a pretty good mix of coins. I also recommend having a good amount of Gold, Barter Items and US Dollars. You can buy gold, silver, and other metals via online websites like Golden Eagle Coins . Once purchased, they will ship the items directly to you so you can store them yourself. Check out the services for buying metals that we highly recommend: Some people would tell you that you don’t want US Dollars because they might not be worth the paper they are printed on.  I say having $1000 to $2000 on hand in $20, $10 and $5 bills might get you out of a jam.  What if the person you have to deal with in TEOTWAWKI still believes in the valve of the US Dollar?  In that case, the US Dollar is definitely worth having on hand.  Also the US Dollar is light and easy to conceal. Here is a breakdown guide for a Real "Emergency Survival Fund" : Let’s say you were going to set aside $5,000 worth of currency for a disaster.  This is how I would break it down, you might do things different.  Come up with a plan that works for you. $1000 – Gold Bullion Coins – 1/10 oz. size ( 20% of your EF ) $1500 – US Dollars – by $20 and $10 bills ( 30% of your EF ) $1500 – Silver Bullion Coins – All sizes ( 30% of your EF ) $1000 – Barter items (see list below)  ( 20% of your EF ) You can buy all of these metals at trusted sites that we have vetted and recommend. Check them out below: Remember – come up with your “Real Emergency Fund” after you have completed your water, food, weapon/ammo, shelter, transportation and Bug Out Bag plans. Here is a short list of ideas for Emergency Barter Items: Tobacco: they can last a while if packed in airtight containers. Canned Meat: Spam, don’t laugh it stays good for a long time and it is great source of protein and fat. Batteries: Alkaline and Lithium batteries will be hard to get items. Synthetic Oil: Full synthetic oils have long shelf lives and numerous uses. Also If filtered they can be re-used many times. Antibiotics: Another great barter item worth huge exchange when your sick you’ll “make-a-deal”. Multi-Vitamins: Often overlooked but in a survival situation this will be essential to maintaining good health from poor nutrition. Seeds: Another great barter item especially if you live in a good growing climate. Ammo: Shotgun (12 gauge & 20 gauge), 22LR, 9mm, .45 ACP, 5.56mm/.223, .270, .308  (Note: Even if you don’t own a .22, stocking 22LR ammo is a wise choice for barter because it is cheap and a lot of people own .22 Rifles) Shampoo: A good barter luxury hygiene item that can double as soap. Disposable Razors: People will like to be clean-shaven. Soap & Laundry Detergent: Good hygiene is important Allergy medicine: You might not have them but a lot of people do. Hard alcohol: It will keep for a long time and it also has a medicinal value as well.  Wines will also last a long time.  Beer, sorry not a good choice. Aloe Vera :  Good medical uses Animal traps : An easy way to hunt without leaving your house. Antacids : Heartburn may follow a bad diet Antibiotics – Good medical uses Anti-histamines – Good medical uses Antiseptic – Good medical uses Apple cider vinegar – Many uses Aspirin – Good medical uses Baby formula – Might be worth a lot to the right person Can openers – Nothing worse than wasting half of the can of food trying to get it open Candles – Beats sitting in the dark Canned food – Easy to trade and always in demand Coffee – Good coffee might be worth a lot to the right person Cooking oil – Many uses Fishing gear – Low-stress way to gather food Flashlights – As long as they come with batteries Flour – Many cooking uses Sea salt Tea – Medical uses and worth a lot to tea drinkers Toilet paper – like gold Tools – if you have extras and can trade they will be valuable Where to keep your “Real Emergency Fund”? A good safe (the first choice) is always nice and secure but they can also attract unwanted attention if they are not well hidden.  If you do not have a safe, look around your home or apartment for clever places to keep your Emergency Fund (never keep it all in one place!!). Here are some ideas to get you started: air ducts, in bags of frozen food, hollowed-out books , duct taped to the bottom of drawers, in a sealed bag in your toilet’s water tank, in the spare tire in the truck of your car. Photo credits: anunews.net, quicklybored.com, zunia.org, goldworld.com Other interesting articles: Survival Cache Podcast Episode 16: Ten Cool Survival Gear Items Top 15 Survival Items You Can Buy at the Dollar Store 7 Reasons to have Money in your Bug Out Bag 29 Everyday Items to Stockpile For Survival

The 4 Best Ruger SR9C Accessories – Mods & Parts Review 2020 Photo by Eddie / CC BY In a world awash with polymer-frame, striker-fired pistols, the Ruger SR9c stands out as uniquely Ruger. Rarely does Ruger create truly groundbreaking firearms but rather takes established design features and crafts a marvelous refinement that is both highly affordable and appeals to a wide range of different needs and tastes. Excellent for concealed carry, home defense or even law enforcement and security duty, the SR9c is truly an every day pistol for the every man (or woman!). Like with any popular firearm, a number of accessories have been rushed to market. Some good, some questionable and some downright laughable. We grimaced over the gimmicks and laughed over the absurd so you don’t have to, so check out our list of the 4 best Ruger SR9c accessories . Traction Grip Overlays Tractiongrips in Black for Ruger SR9c/SR40c Pistols Price: $10.50 Price as of 08/14/2020 15:00 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. One thing is certain about Ruger pistol grips, regardless of model. You hate them, love them, or are utterly indifferent to them. I think many people fall into the latter; I know I do and for good reason. Like most things Ruger puts out, their grips are usually strictly utilitarian and may do the job, but not particularly well. Fortunately, the functional but mediocre SR9c grips can be readily improved with these grip overlays. Offering much needed textured gripping surfaces, these overlays are a most have for people who shoot with gloves, have sweaty hands, may be shooting in wet or damp weather, or who simply may want a little more control over their gun. Absurdly affordable and easy to install or remove, you risk little trying these out, but may gain a whole new appreciation for your SR9c. Tractiongrips install on a Ruger LCP. Watch this video on YouTube

5 Best Air Rifles for Plinking & Hunting [All Budgets]

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Want to do some plinking and maybe even some hunting … but not with a firearm ? Many gun owners are used to thinking of air rifles as toys…but modern air rifle technology is far from what your grandfather found under the Christmas tree when he was a boy. He’d be shocked with what he could do accomplish using modern airguns. Aim for the Heart and Lungs! That’s right, you can even hunt some larger game — such as small deer — with today’s big bore airguns. And because air rifles aren’t classified as firearms, in most areas you don’t have to go through a background check or waiting period to pick up your gun. There are so many options available, it’s nearly impossible to say what the “best” air gun is for any given application. If you’re a beginner, you probably want a smaller caliber, simpler and less expensive air rifle to plink with and maybe even do some varmint hunting or pest control. Table of Contents Loading... If your budget and skill level allows, you might step up to a larger caliber or a more sophisticated power plant — there are a variety of methods used to propel slugs, pellets, and BBs in modern air guns. But if you really want to do some long range shooting or have a shot at taking anything up to a small deer, you’ll probably want to pick up a “big bore” air rifle in .45 or .50 caliber. .50 Cal HP Air Rifle Pellet, 185gr. Roughly the same weight as a .40 SW bullet. Rather than try to run through all of the possible options, let’s take a look at a few quality air rifles for a variety of applications, and see if we can’t surprise you with what these guns can do. Keep in mind, these weapons are not toys and are meant to be used in serious hunting applications or for responsible plinking. Entry Level Options There is a dizzying array of air guns for beginner shooters, and we’ll take a look at a couple that would suit someone with less experience, but who still wants a gun that can serve effectively in a variety of applications. These rifles are usually available in .177, .22 and .25 calibers, which are the more traditional calibers for airguns. Soft shooting, simple to use, great for beginners of any age. 1. Gamo Whisper Fusion Mach 1 Air Rifle This is a great option for those seeking a quiet air rifle in .177 or .22 caliber. Newer air rifle shooters will like the Mach 1’s ease of use and simplicity. To operate the rifle, you just pull the barrel down, breaking it open, put in a pellet, close the barrel, and you’re ready to go. Best Starter Air Rifle Gamo "Whisper Fusion Mach" 1 Air Rifle 225 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 225 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing This model operates with a gas-powered piston, so instead of compressing a spring, you’re using compressed gas to power the gun. This has several advantages, including less weight, noise, and vibration, and offers the ability to leave the rifle cocked for long periods of time. In addition to Gamo’s Whisper noise-reducing system, the break-barrel Mach 1 features a synthetic stock, two-stage trigger, integrated iron sights and a scope. It also comes with a buttstock pad, but the recoil is already minimal, and most shooters won’t have a problem handling the rifle. Regarding the 3×9 scope included with the gun, many users complain it isn’t up to snuff – but since this is a beginner’s air rifle, that shouldn’t be shocking. One of our editors replaced the original scope with a Simmons Truplex .22 Mag 3-9×32 scope and loves it. Best Budget Rimfire Scope Simmons Truplex Rimfire 3-9x32mm Scope 40 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 40 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing The rifle is accurate out to around 100 yards or more, and the open sights will serve at this range, though if you’re hunting small game, you’ll probably want to use a better scope to ensure accuracy. 2. Crosman Benjamin Trail XL and NP XL Air Rifle Another break-barrel air rifle, the NP XL feature’s Benjamin’s Nitro Piston power plant, a gas-powered piston system that Benjamin pioneered. "Crosman Benjamin Trail" NP XL 1500 225 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 225 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing Easy to shoot and benefits from all of the features gas-powered pistons offer air guns, including low noise and vibration, low recoil, and the ability to leave the rifle cocked for longer periods. You’ll find it available in .117, .22 and .25 calibers, and is accurate out to around 100 yards. A baffled barrel is an added plus helping to quiet your shots while the wood stock adds a more traditional look to the rifle. It also comes with a 3×9 scope that is adequate, but some will want to replace it with a more capable after-market model. The option to pick up this rifle in .25 is very nice, though this caliber is somewhat more divisive because the larger pellet size takes more pressure to reach usable velocities. You can even take slightly larger varmint species ethically with these calibers, provided you’re well trained and know how to place your shot appropriately. What’s your take on the NP XL? Readers' Ratings 4.96/5 (279) Your Rating? Serious Air Power If you’re an experienced shooter or you need something with more punch, you might want to consider stepping up to pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) air rifles. These systems are more expensive but can achieve substantially greater energy output, making larger calibers viable in an air gun platform for the first time. Since these sport larger bores, they are generally called “big-bore” guns and can shoot all the way up to a .50 caliber special slug. 3. Seneca Yang Dragon Claw Dual Tank Air Rifle This single-shot precharged pneumatic air rifle pushes a .50 caliber slug at around 650 feet per second. That’s a lot of punch. The charging handle sits on the right side of the gun, and each slug has to be hand-loaded and the handle pulled back to ready the gun to fire. Seneca Dragon "Claw Dual Tank" , .50 Cal 700 at Airgun Depot Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 700 at Airgun Depot Prices accurate at time of writing The tank sits underneath the barrel and can be filled from a tank of compressed air at the appropriate PSI, or with a special high-pressure hand pump, though this can be a serious workout. A full tank will deliver between 8 to 10 shots depending on a variety of factors. Be aware, however, that the gun doesn’t automatically regulate pressure — there is a selector to toggle between “low” and “high” pressure to adjust air output depending on the target — and as you shoot, your velocity will drop. With a wooden stock and blued steel, this is a high-end option for someone looking for a PCP rifle that’s appropriate for taking medium-sized game, and even small deer if you’re experienced and confident in your ability. While you certainly could have fun plinking with it, it’s really designed more for serious hunting applications. At this price point, you’ll likely want to put it to use. Though PCP air tanks can be difficult to refill in the field, especially if you’re out hiking all day, the Dragon Claw is a more than capable air rifle. It has another special feature, as well: you can fire the specially made Air Venturi Air Bolts — they look like a cross between a crossbow bolt and an arrow — out of the rifle’s barrel, essentially making the Dragon Claw a dual-purpose rifle. Air Venturi .50 Cal Air Bolt 99 at Airgun Depot Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 99 at Airgun Depot Prices accurate at time of writing 4. AirForce Texan and Texan SS With improvements in air rifle technology, big bore guns have become totally viable options for those seeking a weapon that can actually perform in the field. AirForce Texan 999 at Airgun Depot Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 999 at Airgun Depot Prices accurate at time of writing The Texan and Texan SS are PCP-powered .45 caliber big bore options for those who want a lot of power in a portable and convenient platform. Because these big bore airguns are pushing a lot more pressure, they tend to be louder, and the SS model features a fully shrouded barrel to seriously dampen noise output. Big Game Hunting Air Rifle AirForce Texan SS 1150 at Airgun Depot Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 1150 at Airgun Depot Prices accurate at time of writing These rifles are accurate and definitely capable of taking a small deer within appropriate range. Perfect for a property with adjacent neighbors and you don’t want to bother them with your shooting, the SS is an excellent option for hunting or just plinking. 5. Benjamin Bulldog Shrouded .357 Bullpup This is another PCP air rifle with some innovative features and customizability from Crosman. The rifle is formatted in the bullpup layout, meaning that the barrel runs almost the entire length of the gun. Best Bullpup Air Rifle Benjamin Bulldog 660 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 660 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing As with real bullpup firearms, such as the IWI Tavor or Kel-Tech RDB, this helps keep the rifle compact while retaining the velocity necessary to push the .357 slug out with impressive energy. What’s different about this gun, though, is its integrated 5-round rotary clip and it’s fully shrouded barrel. This is a quiet air rifle and a relatively light air rifle, and you will probably go through quite a few slugs and air fills before you’ll be willing to quit shooting. It’s well suited for quiet hunting as well, and is suitable for medium-sized game, though there may be better options for deer. Conclusion These are just a few of the air rifles I like, and tons of excellent alternatives are available, with more coming out all the time. Newer designs, such as gas-piston and pre-charged pneumatic systems, have changed the game in the last few years, and who knows what new developments will emerge to change the landscape further. There’s an air rifle platform for almost any application and budget, and I think in many cases they have surpassed traditional firearms, such as for certain varmint control situations and discreet plinking. Best of all, these guns are plain fun to shoot. If you’re looking to get your start this hunting season, our Introduction to Deer Hunting article is a great place to start! I’m sure you can think of other uses for air rifles, so let us know what you think of the options we’ve highlighted.  Check out the rest of our guns & gear in Editor’s Picks .

Q&A with Winchester Product Manager Glenn Hatt

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379d38d895e_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379d38d895e_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } Of all the names in the world of firearms, Winchester Repeating Arms is among the most recognizable and beloved. There’s little wonder why. The legendary rifles and shotguns that have poured out of the company in its more than 150 years of existence helped tame the wild west, win America’s wars and put meat on the table. This pedigree — not to mention top-notch designs — has made Winchesters among the most collectable firearms around. With the release of the Standard Catalog of Winchester Firearms 3rd Edition , Gun Digest went to the source to dig a little deeper into the company and its wares. We sat down with "Winchester Repeating Arms" Product Manager Glenn Hatt for a quick Q & A about the past, present and future of this renowned company and its guns. Gun Digest: We’ll pitch you a softball to start off: What’s it like to work for one of the world’s most historic gun brands? Were you a Winchester enthusiast before working for them? Hatt: I’ve been with Winchester for 18 years, and it is easy to say it has been a very humbling and cool experience, something I’m very proud. Winchester has been around for more than 150 years, so it’s something special when you say you work for company that historic. People know its name and have a very positive feeling towards it. And of course I was a Winchester fan before coming here. I had an old (Model) 94 and Model 70 before coming on board. Related GunDigest Articles Know Your Cartridge: .243 Winchester Winchester Offers New Model 1873 Sporter .308 Winchester: A Top Survival Ammunition Choice Gun Digest: Given the release of the new edition of the Standard Catalog of Winchester Firearms , we’re particularly interested in the collecting end of things concerning Winchester. With that said, there are so many variables regarding old Winchesters that dramatically affect their value. Where does one begin to decipher these idiosyncrasies? Hatt: Gun Digest does a good job and would be a good starting point. Gun Digest: We’ll take that. Anywhere else? Hatt: Really, it’s difficult to say, but it is one of the questions I get asked the most. Everybody wants to know what their Dad’s or Granddad’s old Winchester is worth. But there are so many variables to each gun it’s difficult to say which would be the most important. A firearm’s wood, steel and history all play a role in its value. In addition to this, the company has also produced numerous commemorative firearms, which also influences value. I suppose if there is an area of interest to a collector — hunting, military, film — that would be a good starting point. From there, the best advice I could give is to research the Winchesters you are interested in, learn about them and their history. Then go online; see what they’re selling for at retailers and at auctions. If you can’t find your exact model, look for something close and work from there. This will give a collector an idea about what Winchesters are going for in the present market. The great thing about the company is if there is an era in history a collector is interested in, there is most likely a Winchester that fits into it. Speaking of recent military history alone, Winchester produced both the M1 Garand and M14. Also, Winchester's guns have been in a lot of movies, which can drive interest. Some people just have to have one of the models of Winchester that John Wayne shot or was featured in Open Range . Again, the variables are so broad, it’s difficult to nail it down to one thing.

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