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Ruger’s Lightweight Compact Revolver A handful of hammerless 357 Mag

10/17/2021 – Ruger introduced its revolutionary Lightweight Compact Revolver in January 2009; long glass fiber filled polymer fire control housing, forged and anodized series 7000 aluminum cylinder frame, series 400 stainless steel cylinder and 17-4 PH stainless steel barrel. Hammerless, it is chambered for the 38 Special +P cartridge. As more powerful, higher pressure cartridges…

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Smith and Wesson’s Venerable Model 60 Sometimes a little can go a long ways

09/19/2021 – I just wrapped up the last live fire session for the S&W Model 60. I have to say, it was a lot of fun. But, Joe, aren’t all guns fun to shoot? Not really, but thank you for asking. As a personal perspective, some guns are boring. Some are not the greatest in…

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Winchester Model 1892 Carbine Part II An appropriate diet of 357 Magnum handloads

11/29/2020 Quite a week for getting things done. The area light on the shop would only dimly glow blue, a very small firefly in a very large bottle, was repaired with a simple bulb change. The ballast on this fixture is not replaceable. If it had failed it would have meant swapping out with a…

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Smith & Wesson’s Performance Center 686 357 Mag Short barrel self-reliance

My wife and I spent the weekend pushing the home perimeter tree/brush line back ten feet. The project may not sound like much but, in Maine, old growth trees line up twenty-five feet apart and saplings… anything three inches in diameter or less, stand shoulder to shoulder with heavily leaved branches blocking out the sun….

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Ruger’s New Custom Shop Super GP 100 357 Magnum

Ruger has done a great job with the Ruger Custom Shop. The SR1911 Competition Pistol and 10/22 Competition Rifle both offer a high degree of aesthetic appeal, significant functional refinement over standard models and measurably enhanced performance. The Super GP100 is aggressively more of the same with a revolver that fits right into USPSA, ICORE…

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