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Cimarron Firearms Co. Model No. 3 1st Model American CA8661 45 Long Colt

Back in the Old West, there was a variety of six-shooters to choose from, but as years passed, many of these revolvers ended up in the bone orchard as new and modern models became available — just like today. Luckily, gun manufacturers resurrected some of these unique revolvers and are reproducing them today using stronger steel, better manufacturing techniques, and incorporating internal safeties. We acknowledge that these revolvers may not be Simon-pure compared to originals, but that doesn’t matter because these reproduction revolvers allow you to experience what it was like to wield these guns. 

Taylor’s & Company Cattleman Old Model Military Markings RC1/550585 45 Long Colt

Back in the Old West, there was a variety of six-shooters to choose from, but as years passed, many of these revolvers ended up in the bone orchard as new and modern models became available — just like today. Luckily, gun manufacturers resurrected some of these unique revolvers and are reproducing them today using stronger steel, better manufacturing techniques, and incorporating internal safeties. We acknowledge that these revolvers may not be Simon-pure compared to originals, but that doesn’t matter because these reproduction revolvers allow you to experience what it was like to wield these guns. 

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.

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Smith & Wesson Shield EZ 180023 380 ACP

In 1908, John Moses Browning designed a cartridge he called the 380 Automatic Colt Pistol, but which we know today as the 380 ACP. The Germans called the cartridge the 9mm Kurz, with the Italian name for the same round being the 9mm Corto. Both of those foreign words mean short, with the 380’s metric nomenclature being 9x17mm, compared to the 9x19mm sizing of the 9mm Luger (or 9mm Parabellum).

Ruger Security 380 Lite Rack 03839 380 ACP

In 1908, John Moses Browning designed a cartridge he called the 380 Automatic Colt Pistol, but which we know today as the 380 ACP. The Germans called the cartridge the 9mm Kurz, with the Italian name for the same round being the 9mm Corto. Both of those foreign words mean short, with the 380’s metric nomenclature being 9x17mm, compared to the 9x19mm sizing of the 9mm Luger (or 9mm Parabellum).

Beretta Model 84BP 380ACP

In 1908, John Moses Browning designed a cartridge he called the 380 Automatic Colt Pistol, but which we know today as the 380 ACP. The Germans called the cartridge the 9mm Kurz, with the Italian name for the same round being the 9mm Corto. Both of those foreign words mean short, with the 380’s metric nomenclature being 9x17mm, compared to the 9x19mm sizing of the 9mm Luger (or 9mm Parabellum).

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.

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