Christmas 2015 is now in the past and we are hours away from seeing
2015 itself slide into history. 2015 has been a hectic year with the Obama
administration doing it’s best to ban everything we believe in and care for.
Christians are being persecuted all over the world, even here in the U.S. Our
leaders are kissing the asses of every Muslim that complains about something, so
afraid they will hurt their feelings. Our school teachers are teaching Islam to
our kids. Gun control is on the lips of every liberal in office and Obama
threatens to use presidential decree to get what congress won’t give him, which
is more gun control. As Bob Dylan said, “the times they are a’changing”. Our
presidential race has turned into a clown fest. This next year will make or
break us. If we don’t hold strong in the elections, our freedoms as we know them
will be gone. We have lost a large percentage of our freedoms in the last few
years and I don’t blame the Democrats. I blame the Republicans. The lazy
Republicans that are too lazy to get off their collective asses and vote. I
personally know 5 or 6 friends that did not vote in the last few elections. And
they give asinine reasons. In the presidential election they didn’t vote for the
republican because he was a Mormon. How stupid can you get? Then the same people
didn’t vote because they didn’t like McCain. In both cases we ended up with much
much worse than either of those candidates. And the list goes on, with the
stupidest reasons for not voting. In 2016 anyone that doesn’t vote deserves the
outcome. The bad part is the rest of us that did vote don’t deserve that
outcome. Now is the time to start making sure all your friends and relatives are
registered to vote. Now, not next October. If we don’t work hard to get a
conservative in office, you can kiss your freedoms goodbye.
Now that I have bored you to sleep on my soap box, let’s get down to guns and
stuff. Lots of new products are promised for 2016. Hopefully some of them will
come to pass. Many years ago Kase and I both tried hunting with the Coonan 357
magnum pistol. It is a great, super slick pistol but the 357 caliber never did
much for us in the way of a hunting caliber. I always hoped they would go ahead
and put it out in 41 Magnum. Supposedly a handful were made but I never actually
saw one or heard from someone that I believe that had one. Now they are
announcing a new caliber. I kept my fingers crossed but it wasn’t quite what I
hoped for. The new Coonan is coming in 45 ACP and I am sure will be a great
handgun as all Coonan’s are. But 45 ACP is just another 45 ACP. A great gun but
nothing for the handgun hunter.
Speaking of 45 ACP, the Llama Max and Micro Max are coming back and being
imported by Eagle Arms. Both are in 45 ACP. The Micro Max is sort of an
Officer’s model while the Max is the standard Government model. The Llamas are
well made guns and have always been dependable 45s for the person that wants a
good 45 but can’t afford $800 for some of the other 45s on the market.
Armscor, who makes some of the finest 1911s in their Rock Island series, in my
humble opinion, is introducing a new youth rifle called the M14Y. It is a bolt
action 22 LR that comes with a 10 round magazine, and a larger 15 round mag is
also available. Rock Island also has a new 1911 in 22 Magnum slated for release
this coming year. It has a 14 round magazine and has the normal 1911 looks and
feel. That one is sure to be a welcome pistol for small game hunters. Rock
Island is also building a new 22 conversion kit for the Glock 19.
Some new powders are coming out in 2016. Hodgdon has their new IMR 4955 powder
that is designed for the standard size cartridges, like 30-06, 270, 25-06 and up
to 300 Win Mag. Alliant powder has their new Reloader 16 coming out. It is
similar to 4350 in the burning rate and is designed also for the 30-06 range of
calibers. It contains a de-copperizing additive. Alliant also has a new pellet
for black powder rifles. It is their Blue MZ. It comes in 50 grain pellets and
is designed to produce high velocities even in extreme weather. it also cleans
up with water based solvents.
As just about any gun person knows, Stag Arms was shut down in the last couple
of weeks by the ATF on charges of bad record keeping and having some full auto
receivers in stock with no serial numbers. Stag Arms has had similar problems in
the past with missing guns, missing lower receivers and non-registered machine
guns. Apparently they had been warned several times to get their act together
but failed to do so. The owner of Stag Arms has plead guilty to several charges
and he will be forced to step down from the head man at Stag Arms and never work
in the firearms industry again. Other charges may also be levied on him in the
next few weeks. Stag Arms will have to be sold to new owners before they can
open the doors again. This is a shame as Stag has been the major company
offering left hand AR-15s for years.
Inland Manufacturing has introduced a gun they hype as something brand new on
the market, an M-1 Carbine pistol. It is called the Advisor. It has a 12 inch
barrel, adjustable sights and wood stock. It comes with a 15 round magazine but
a 30 round is also available. Obviously their ad men are non gun people who
don’t know about or forgot about the Universal Enforcer, an M-1 carbine pistol
that was made in the ‘60s and ‘70s. I also think the price of well over $1200
will slow down sales of this little pistol.
We will be testing some 8½” 12 gauge pump firearms in the next few weeks that
are fully legal without the short barreled shotgun paperwork. These have been
OK’d by the ATF as standard firearms. We expect the first shipment this coming
week and I will give a full report on them in the next issue.
Ithaca Gun Company is back in the firearms business. Those of us older than
navel lint will remember Ithaca shotguns that were some of the most popular
shotguns in the 60s and 70s. They have their new 1911s out and are bringing out
2 new rifles. They are called simply the Ithaca Hunting Rifle and will be
available in 308 or 300 Win Mag. They will be available in 20 and 24 inch
barrels and in dark walnut or maple stocks.
And speaking of older gun companies and older series of guns, Browning is
bringing back the Sweet 16, again. They have brought it back a couple of times
now and it hasn’t done well and was dropped each time, but they are trying
again. This time it is again on the A5 platform in a smaller, lighter weight
package, much like the original. It comes in 26 or 28” barrel lengths. I have
always felt the 16 gauge has flopped in modern times mainly because it doesn’t
have the word Magnum behind the gauge. The younger crowd that Browning is aiming
toward is magnum crazy and the 16 gauge only comes in the 2¾” size, no magnums.
Browning also has their Black Label 1911 style 22 LR pistols out that are
threaded for suppressors. We have had a couple brought into the shop with
problems and to be honest I am surprised Browning puts their name on this little
gun. I hope the guns I saw did not represent the rest of their guns as they were
sloppy, loose and you could see thru the action between the slide and action.
They have the same gun coming out in 380 and I hope it is a better example of
You Desert Eagle freaks will be happy to know that your favorite pistol is going
lightweight in 2016. In the past the gun has hit the 5 lb spot on the scale. Now
Magnum research is introducing a couple of lightweight models that are almost 2
lbs lighter. Their new 357 magnum has a 5” barrel and comes with the integral
muzzle brake and weighs 2 lbs 9 ozs. Their new 50 AE is 3 lbs 7 ozs. and comes
with the integral muzzle brake. The down side, to me at least, is the almost
$1800 price tag for the 357 and well over $2000 for the 50 AE.
For those that like the AK-47 firearms, Century International Arms, CIA, has a
new short barreled rifle just out. It is 29” long total overall including a 10”
barrel and folding stock. Another company, Kalashnikov USA is introducing
several new true AK-47s this coming year. All are 7.62X39 and all have 16”
barrels. They are all much improved over the original com-bloc guns with CNC
machined parts with a bolt hold open feature. The wood actually looks like that
that you would find on a decent hunting rifle.
Traditions Firearms, long known for affordable black powder rifles, has
introduced a couple of new handguns. One is the copy of the Colt SAA in 357
Magnum with 3.5” and 5.5” barrels and color cased receivers. The other new
handguns are black powder revolvers. They are an 1858 Army with an 8” barrel, an
1851 Navy with a 7” barrel, an 1851 Navy in nickel with a 7” barrel, and an 1860
Army with an 8” barrel. All 4 of these are chambered in 44 caliber which is a
first for them.
American Tactical Imports, (ATI) has several new guns slated for release this
coming year. One is a new over/under shotgun called the Cavalry Turkey Fowl
shotgun. An unusual name that I am not sure the reason for, but the gun looks
good with a light colored stock and vent rib barrels. They also have a new 9mm
pistol coming out and a new 9mm AR-15. The 9mm AR comes in a pistol version and
a carbine version. It has a billet lower, forged upper and 17 round magazine.
Not to be outdone, Winchester has announced some special rifles for 2016. The
down side is these are quite expensive and aimed at the person with a fat
wallet. Americans are looking for a nice lever action in 30-30, and for some
reason Winchester doesn’t realize this. They keep introducing commemoratives at
high prices. The newest is an exact copy of the original 1866 Yellow Boy in
44-40. It comes with a brass receiver just like the original along with
engraving on the receiver and high grade wood. The Winchester rep said they
would have some model 94s out too, but no info on those. Winchester is also
re-introducing the 1873 rifle and the model 101 shotgun. They are all
commemorating Winchester’s 150th anniversary.
Ruger, as usual, is coming out with several neat guns for 2016. The main one
will be welcome for those in Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey and
Puerto Rico. It is a new AR-15 called the AR-556. Similar to their standard
AR-556, it has a non threaded barrel (Lord knows those threaded barrels are
dangerous), a fixed stock, and a 10 round fixed magazine. I will sure sleep
better knowing that stock is fixed and it only holds 10 rounds in the mag. But
it will be welcome news for those in the commie run states mentioned above.
Ruger has also recently introduced their ARX line of ammo in 380, 9mm, 40, and
45. The bullets are special injection molded copper/polymer.
Last time I mentioned several new products coming from Hornady. Including their
new Iron Press, which is promoted as the heaviest. most rigid press in it’s
class. They also have their new ELD ammo, the Extremely Low Drag bullets out in
hunting and match grade. They also have a new handgun safe called the Rapid Safe
with touch free entry and guaranteed child resistant. In a bit over a week
Colleen is scheduled to spend some time with the Hornady folks and will have
more info then.
A new company called Jagemann Sporting is making magazines for the Glocks that
are said to be fool proof (they don’t know some of the fools I know) and self
lubricating. They are also making their own brass, starting out with 44 Magnum.
I have about 10 pages of notes to tell you about but that will have to wait
until next time. In the meantime, our next HHC is scheduled for March 3 thru 6
in Monterey Tennessee. We have again booked the entire lodge and have room for
45 to 50 hunters. This is our 83rd handgun hunt since 1987 and consider this
your personal invitation to join us. It is always a good time with like minded
handgun hunters in a relaxing atmosphere. The last hunt in October ended up with
46 hunters from all over the country. A great time was had by all. If you are
interested, feel free to call me at 928-526-3313 at the shop for more info. It
is always a great hunt on 15,000 acres of Tennessee wilderness. A great hunt,
good food and great company and prices about half of what the other preserves
charge. It is hard to beat. Join us on the next HHC (Handgun Hunter’s
Until next time, introduce a youngster or lady to shooting. They are our future.
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