Sure, lefties can shoot right-handed guns. I’m left-handed and I’ve used right-handed guns for just about every kind of shooting and hunting that you can imagine. I usually find a way to make them work well enough to get the job done and if the price on them is right I can typically make peace with the awkward reaching and occasional fumbling. That being said, I really appreciate how much easier life is with the collection of left-handed firearms I’ve put together. It really does make a difference. When is the last time you saw a right-handed person making do with a left-handed gun?
This year Savage Arms has repackaged its very popular Axis rifle for the younger set in the form of two different models: the Axis XP Youth Camo and the Axis XP Muddy Girl. The Axis youth models are very well done, shrunk down from the original Axis size with stocks that are two-inches shorter, allowing for smaller shooters to get proper eye alignment with scopes and barrels that are also two-inches shorter, to make for a smaller gun that is balanced just as well as its larger version. Savage has also wisely chambered these gun in centerfire cartridges that will suit lighter shooters. The Axis Youth can be had in .223 Remington for basic practice and plinking or .243 Winchester and 7mm-08 Remington for the kid’s first big game season.
For years, Uberti has been supplying the cowboy-action crowd with well-made, wonderfully functional recreation arms from the American west. Uberti’s offerings have all the class and charisma of the originals without a hundred years of wear showing. While most of Uberti’s firearms are for competition or retro hunting, its new Silverboy .22 Magnum is just for fun. Although with a magnum chambering you can take your fun seriously.
Spring has sprung and while it would be terribly clever to make this article about cleaning the springs in your guns, I am not that clever. However, I do wish to instill upon you ubiquitous gun owners that since the season of flowery warmth is upon us, now is a good time to empty the gun safe. Not just empty that safe, but also a thorough and intense cleaning of your items that go bang.
Changes are all around us. Some days it seems that no matter where you look, everything suddenly appears different. The firearm community is no exception to this rule, and is currently feeling the winds of change. SHOT Show has made two large announcements in the past few weeks. Both, which will have a great impact on the show.
As a gun owner and responsible person, you probably use at least one of several possible methods in order to keep your firearm out of the wrong hands. You may use a trigger lock, cable lock, keep your devices locked in a safe or a myriad of other methods. However, for the ultimate in gun safety, Kodiak Arms has now come out with the Intelligun.
When I think of over/under (O/U) shotguns I think of pretty wood, fine craftsmanship and then price tags that ruin the whole fantasy. Even if I did part with the dough to acquire a $2000 shotgun, I wouldn’t get much use out of it because I’d have to keep it locked up in the safe instead of dragging it through swamps and snowstorms in search of birds. So at this year’s SHOT Show I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Stevens has gone and solved this problem for me. Now you can have a shotgun that looks as nice and, more importantly, handles as nice as any O/U out there for a very reasonable price.
The 1920’s were the golden age of the takedown rifle, with models offered by Winchester, Savage and any other company that could figure out a way to make it work. Many people favored the takedown design as a means of making it possible to fit rifles and shotguns into cars, while still allowing space for passengers. It was also popular with packers because the delicate scopes of the period had to be stowed in cases, which was a lot easier if you were able to break down your entire rifle and put it into a case. Despite these advantages, the takedown rifle has all but disappeared today. However, like so many other popular ideas that may have gone the way of the dodo, Ruger (NYSE:RGR) has decided to bring back the takedown rifle.
Almost every year brings a new centerfire cartridge that’s meant to fit some niche in the market. While centerfires are turned out like clockwork, the appearance of a new rimfire cartridge is a rare enough event to be worthy of note. In the last few years, .17 is the only caliber that seemed to interest rimfire developers with the .17 HM2 and .17 HMR, essentially just necked versions of the .22 LR “Stinger” and .22 WRM, respectively. Both cartridges have found a fair amount of favor with the shooting public and to capitalize on this popularity Winchester has now introduced the .17 Winchester Super Magnum based off no existing case (it’s “parent” cartridge is actually a .27 caliber powder-actuated nail gun) and capable of velocities far exceeding those of any rimfire predecessors.
One of the most interesting things to discover at this year’s Shot Show was Ithaca’s reentry into the 1911 business. From 1942 to 1945 Ithaca turned out some of the nicest GI model M1911A1’s ever built. These firearms are now highly prized on the collectors market. However, when WWII ended so did Ithaca’s 1911 production. Since then, the company went back to mostly producing shotguns, which is the niche that Ithaca is known for.