August 14, 2008

Pick Up the NEF Sportster For a Song?

NEF rifles

Courtesy GunBroker.com

With little variation this design is available in almost every popular caliber, and all the NEF rifles are cheap enough to be given as a gift by just about anyone. We don’t think you can have much more fun with a firearm for this low price.

New England Firearm’s Sportster in 17 Mach 2 is a great little gun, according to the January 2008 issue of Gun Tests, which rated it as an “A“ pick. The problem is the speciality gun may be hard to find. But a search of Gunbroker.com found a single gun, whose price was below the $169 MSRP found in the GT article.

On Thursday Aug. 14, there were no bids on a no-reserve auction in Auction # 106706340, due to expire 8/16 @ 1:34 p.m. The astute or lucky shopper might pick this one up for a song.

In the Gun Tests review, the testers commented, " t might difficult to explain why a gun limited to one shot between reloads is so much fun, but we’ll try. First, it’s a pleasure to hold and fun to “break” open. It is so simple to use that anyone can operate the Sportster, and it is capable of rewarding even the beginning shooter with outstanding accuracy. "

Comments (2)

I have a NEF sportster in 17HMR, which is my favorite long gun. It shoots flat, has little kick, and is cheap to shoot. - No bad habits whatsoever. I modified mine: It has the H&R Buffalo Classic stocks [straight, walnut, with a crescent butt plate, and nice checkering stocks are very easy to change). I had the scope mount removed and added a Williams peep sight with the smallest aperture (Also from the Buffalo classic) and a Williams front blade. With the bull barrel it truly is a handsome gun. I call it the "Buffalette Classic". There is something about a single-shot that makes me slow down and think things through. This rifle is the perfect gun to spend an afternoon working on the basics of rifle shooting.

Posted by: Mister E | August 15, 2008 1:48 PM    Report this comment

I have eight of these NEF sportsters and handi-rifles in calibers from .17 to 30-06, and love each and every one, but the .17 Mach 2 goes in my casket with me! With a moderate quality scope, I can hit a quarter at 100 yds. all day long with this tack-driver. What I found when looking for the gun was that NEF has stopped selling the gun in this configuration. However, they still sell the .17 Mach 2 barrels for the Sportster which is more easily be found in other rimfire configurations, including .17 HMR, .22LR and .22 WMR. So, under the NEF barrel program, you can send them your receiver and have the Mach 2 barrel custom fitted for less than $100. It is a wonderfully precise rifle in this configuration. If you miss....don't blame the gun!

Posted by: Edward C | August 14, 2008 5:44 PM    Report this comment

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