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  • July 15, 2011

    Scout Rifle Showdown: Steyr vs. Ruger-13

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    Ruger’s new Gunsite Scout rifle has had rifle geeks of all stripes in a twitter since it was introduced earlier this year and for good reason: It is a well-built, accurate and affordable take on the scout rifle concept as originally pioneered by Col. Jeff Cooper, the founder of Gunsite Academy. Plus, it was built in conjunction with Gunsite instructors—the keepers of Col. Cooper’s flame.

    It’s such a nice rifle, in fact, that we gave it our prestigious “Great Buy” award during Outdoor Life’s annual gun test this year. I considered that rifle such a good value that I bought it for my personal collection.

    All this adoration heaped on Ruger’s newest hasn’t gone unnoticed by Steyr, the makers of the original scout rifle, and now the company has decided to fire back, claiming primogenitor and talking smack about both the Ruger rifle and ARs in general. This is from a press release put out a couple days ago:

    “With the rage over modern sporting rifles—or “mouse-guns” in Col. Cooper vernacular—and their increasingly burdensome array of accessories waning, common sense has seemingly returned to the American rifleman, as the Colonel’s lightweight, .308-caliber bolt-action, rabbits-to-elk, bug-out Steyr Scout rifle has eclipsed its initial sales figures. It’s become so popular within the last 13 months that yet another company has made an attempt to emulate Col. Cooper’s intent.”

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  • January 21, 2011

    Hot from SHOT: Remington 700-1

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    Tyler Freel talks about his favorite rifle: The Remington Model 700 dressed in .25-06. This year Freel will take the rifle into the mountains of Alaska on a sheep hunt.

    The stainless steel and synthetic stock make for a tough rifle that can survive the elements on even Freel's toughest hunts.

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  • January 20, 2010

    What's Hot, What's Not-6

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    After spending a couple days here in Vegas looking at new products it is clear that this is not going to be a huge year for new guns. No, instead the story is going to be ammunition. The themes? Value and performance. 

    For value there is a new line of ammunition that Weatherby is introducing that will cost significantly less than what we currently pay to shoot rifles in Weatherby chamberings. Shooters who own either a .257 Wby. or a .300 Wby. will soon be able to purchase a box of ammunition that doesn’t require a second mortgage.

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  • January 11, 2010

    Swiss Bliss-14

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    If you think that Americans are obsessed with preserving their gun rights, you haven't seen anything until you've been to Switzerland.

    Rich Wehr, in a column published earlier in the month in the Evansville, Ind. Courier & Press, offers some interesting observations about Switzerland that may stun Nanny-Fascists and anti-gun whackoes.

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  • January 28, 2009

    The Enemy Within-10

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    Alan Scholl warns in The New American that state and federal elected officials share a “widespread ignorance and fear of guns” that could dismantle the Second Amendment piecemeal. But a more subtle danger lurks in the form of “a neon fox in the henhouse”—businesses that profit by gun control.

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  • January 23, 2009

    The Anti Hillary-3

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    The great Baltimore newspaperman and perpetual gadfly H.L. Mencken once said, “every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.” I was feeling the same way as I watched the inevitable circus of buffoonery over who would succeed Hillary Clinton as senator from New York.  But when the spectacularly inept Caroline Kennedy withdrew her name from consideration, the path cleared for Governor David A. Paterson to act. 

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  • January 14, 2009

    NEW Coyote Buster Load-6

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    Bob Baker at Freedom Arms, who happens to be one of the nicest guys in the gun business, has been hard at work on a couple of projects, one of which is the new .224-32 FA cartridge.

    What Bob has done is to neck down brass from the .327 Federal to accept .224 diameter bullets, creating what should be one hell of a coyote/varmint/predator round for use in revolvers in the process.

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