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Smith & Wesson Model 1854 13812 44 Special/44 Rem. Magnum

We’ve seen at least three changes in Marlin Firearm’s ownership over the decades, with the last coming when Remington Outdoor Co., which owned Marlin’s assets, filed for its second bankruptcy in July 2020. Shortly thereafter, Sturm, Ruger & Co. saw an opportunity and bought Marlin in November 2020, purchasing the Marlin name and all the tooling. The last of the Remington/Marlin-made rifles had a reputation for problems and poor accuracy. We wanted to see if Ruger properly addressed those issues, and if shooters who had been scared off by some of the reports from years ago needed to reconsider buying a redesigned Marlin.

Marlin Model 1894 Classic 70401 44 Special/44 REM. Magnum

We’ve seen at least three changes in Marlin Firearm’s ownership over the decades, with the last coming when Remington Outdoor Co., which owned Marlin’s assets, filed for its second bankruptcy in July 2020. Shortly thereafter, Sturm, Ruger & Co. saw an opportunity and bought Marlin in November 2020, purchasing the Marlin name and all the tooling. The last of the Remington/Marlin-made rifles had a reputation for problems and poor accuracy. We wanted to see if Ruger properly addressed those issues, and if shooters who had been scared off by some of the reports from years ago needed to reconsider buying a redesigned Marlin.

Ruger Introduces American Rifle Generation II Models

Sturm, Ruger & Company has announced 36 new configurations of the Ruger American Rifle Generation II, which includes 18 configurations of the new Predator...

Ruger Celebrates 60th Anniversary of the 10/22 Rifle

In celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the 10/22 rimfire carbine, Sturm, Ruger & Co. has introduced the Sixth Edition of the Ruger Collector's...

‘Banana Clip’ Magazines Available from Palmetto State Armory

If you need a hoot at the range, Palmetto State Armory is selling limited-edition PSA-branded yellow ‘Banana Clips’ for 5.56/223 AR rifles in 30-round...

Smith & Wesson Announces Safety Alert for Select S&W Response Rifles

Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. has announced a safety alert for all Response rifles manufactured before February 12, 2024. Smith & Wesson has identified a...

Ruger American Ranch Rifle No. 26968 300 Blk

Mid-caliber carbines are very popular. Many are chambered in popular offerings, such as 30-06 Springfield, 7.62x39mm (or 7.62 Soviet), 300 Blackout, 308 Winchester, and 30-30 Winchester, to name but a few. These traditional cartridges have proven useful in semi-auto, lever-action, and single-shot handy rifles, and some have been adapted to bolt-action carbines, which like the other action types, can be reliable, fast handling, accurate, versatile, and safe. As a ranch rifle, for instance, a bolt-action carbine can ride with an empty chamber and the bolt partially closed on top of rounds in a magazine and out of battery, then the shooter can work the bolt quickly to chamber a round and fire to drive pests or predators from the property or take medium game at moderate ranges. Also, short, light carbines may not be ideal for personal defense because of their low rate of fire, but they could serve in that role if need be.

CZ 600 Alpha Rifle No. 07403 7.62X39MM

Mid-caliber carbines are very popular. Many are chambered in popular offerings, such as 30-06 Springfield, 7.62x39mm (or 7.62 Soviet), 300 Blackout, 308 Winchester, and 30-30 Winchester, to name but a few. These traditional cartridges have proven useful in semi-auto, lever-action, and single-shot handy rifles, and some have been adapted to bolt-action carbines, which like the other action types, can be reliable, fast handling, accurate, versatile, and safe. As a ranch rifle, for instance, a bolt-action carbine can ride with an empty chamber and the bolt partially closed on top of rounds in a magazine and out of battery, then the shooter can work the bolt quickly to chamber a round and fire to drive pests or predators from the property or take medium game at moderate ranges. Also, short, light carbines may not be ideal for personal defense because of their low rate of fire, but they could serve in that role if need be.

Savage A22 BNS-SR 47249 22 LR

Semi-automatic 22 LR rifles are a mainstay with shooters and hunters. These rimfire rifles are fun to shoot and offer fast follow-up shots when plinking, small-game hunting, informal precision shooting, or pinging steel plates. Plus, ammo is inexpensive. However, not all 22 rimfire rifles can do all things well. That’s why there are specialized models. For this match up, we wanted to look at 22 LR semi-auto rifles that could easily be used for hunting as well as dabble in fast shooting competition, or maybe punch tiny groups at the local range for bragging rights among our pals. We didn’t want to feel undergunned or overgunned in the scenarios mentioned above, but we wanted a moderately priced do-all type of rifle/scope combo. Must-haves for these rifle/scope combos were: accuracy, a trigger that would not force us to cuss, comfortable stock, and mounting an optic needed to be easy and simple. If the rifle were further customizable, it earned bonus points. The three rifles in this review are the Bergara BXR, Ruger 10/22 Target, and Savage A22.

Ruger 10/22 Target Model 21186 22 LR

Semi-automatic 22 LR rifles are a mainstay with shooters and hunters. These rimfire rifles are fun to shoot and offer fast follow-up shots when plinking, small-game hunting, informal precision shooting, or pinging steel plates. Plus, ammo is inexpensive. However, not all 22 rimfire rifles can do all things well. That’s why there are specialized models. For this match up, we wanted to look at 22 LR semi-auto rifles that could easily be used for hunting as well as dabble in fast shooting competition, or maybe punch tiny groups at the local range for bragging rights among our pals. We didn’t want to feel undergunned or overgunned in the scenarios mentioned above, but we wanted a moderately priced do-all type of rifle/scope combo. Must-haves for these rifle/scope combos were: accuracy, a trigger that would not force us to cuss, comfortable stock, and mounting an optic needed to be easy and simple. If the rifle were further customizable, it earned bonus points. The three rifles in this review are the Bergara BXR, Ruger 10/22 Target, and Savage A22.

Bergara BXR Steel BXR001 22 LR

Semi-automatic 22 LR rifles are a mainstay with shooters and hunters. These rimfire rifles are fun to shoot and offer fast follow-up shots when plinking, small-game hunting, informal precision shooting, or pinging steel plates. Plus, ammo is inexpensive. However, not all 22 rimfire rifles can do all things well. That’s why there are specialized models. For this match up, we wanted to look at 22 LR semi-auto rifles that could easily be used for hunting as well as dabble in fast shooting competition, or maybe punch tiny groups at the local range for bragging rights among our pals. We didn’t want to feel undergunned or overgunned in the scenarios mentioned above, but we wanted a moderately priced do-all type of rifle/scope combo. Must-haves for these rifle/scope combos were: accuracy, a trigger that would not force us to cuss, comfortable stock, and mounting an optic needed to be easy and simple. If the rifle were further customizable, it earned bonus points. The three rifles in this review are the Bergara BXR, Ruger 10/22 Target, and Savage A22.

Savage Launches 110 Magpul Scout Rifle Series

Savage Arms has launched the 110 Magpul Scout rifle, which features an updated iron sight system, full-length extended Picatinny rail, and a Magpul Hunter...

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You may not have seen the very odd news that the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published an Interim Final Rule...