Gun Report

AWA Lightning Carbine .45 LC

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The AWA was mighty slick, we thought, with its fine and nicelycheckered walnut. However, we found out this is upgraded wood,not what comes on the AWA as standard. This early AWA carbineoriginally had a carbine-type butt plate and no checkering onthe buttstock. So don't expect this nice checkered wood on yourAWA unless you’re willing to pay extra. All new carbines seem to have the crescent butt plate, though, which was found on some original carbines.

AWA Lightning Carbine .45 LC

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Home Defense
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Replacement wood or not, this was mighty nice workmanship, we thought. The AWA was probably the most accurate of the trio, though still not all that great. This sight is also a replacement, and is the most common sight (military-type) found on original carbines. AWA provides a buckhorn as standard.
AWA omits the action cover, probably a good thing because they're prone to getting lost, and also require cutting away steel from the action. Note the graceful line of the trigger guard.
The long portion of that rear sight stands up, and has a slider for elevation. We liked this gun, but the Taurus was a better deal, we thought.

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