The Cooper Model 51 is a breath of fresh air. It is not cutting-edge. It doesn’t feature an innovative (read: unproved) action. The stock doesn’t have knobs, shims, rails, or any moving parts. Incredibly, for a new rifle, the stock is made of wood—and lovely wood at that. No petroleum products here. The action is even secured into the stock with old-school (and stylish)slot-head guard screws, the slots of which are indexed to run perpendicular to the axis of the barrel. Who knew rifle makers still did that? Go ahead and inspect it from muzzle to butt pad—you won’t find a single gimmick. The rifle balances well, is easy to carry, and can shoot the eye out of a coyote at 200 yards. It’s a keeper.
The Ruger Guide Gun is a serious piece of business. The heart of the rifle is Ruger’s M77 action, which embodied Bill Ruger Sr.’s ideas of what a bolt-action ought to be—meaning a design that properly honored the genius of Paul Mauser and his creations from the late 19th century.
For solid and reliable operation, it is difficult to beat what the M77 offers. The full-length claw extractor, dual locking-lug configuration, stout ejector, and three-position safety make for a no-nonsense big-game rifle. This is doubly so when the rifle is chambered in .375 Ruger, as was the case with my Guide Gun.
Varmints have a new reason to quake in their burrows. Winchester has introduced the .17 Winchester Super Magnum, which is not only going to be the world’s fastest rimfire round, but also one that offers a significant performance increase over the .17 HMR (see charts below). It pushes a 20-grain bullet at 3,000 fps, which is 625 fps faster than the .17 HMR. What does that extra velocity buy you?
Every winter I get a couple pallets’ worth of centerfire ammunition to run through the new rifles in Outdoor Life’s annual gun test. The ammo comes from every major manufacturer and includes broad samplings from within each maker’s product line. I order everything from best-in-class match ammo to cheapo loads. I also make sure to get a mix of products that are tried-and-true as well as the newest stuff to roll off the production line.
This is done in an effort to ensure that our head-to-head gun test produces valid results. Run all that ammo through the guns and the data tells you a lot about the rifles.
But this road runs both ways. Using the same batches of ammo in all those rifles tells you a lot about the ammunition as well.
#1 - Break a True Pair Take the rear target first and continue your swing to get out in front of the lead clay. For going-away birds, take the clay that’s more of a straightaway and then swing on the target that’s angling away.
#2 - Get Steady Off-Hand During dry-fire practice, pick a small target to focus on, and with the rifle held low, bring it up in a smooth motion. As soon as the target comes into view with the reticle centered on it, break the trigger.
Rock River Arms, Inc. introduces the Fred Eichler Series Predator .223 rifle, developed and field tested with the extensive help of Fred Eichler, host of the television show Predator Nation.
The Fred Eichler Series rifle weights 7.7 pounds and was designed for run-and-gun varmint hunting. The 16-inch mid-length stainless steel barrel is cryogenically treated to increase accuracy and aids in cleaning the firearm.
Nathan Masters, creater of Flippinoutslingshots.com, creates hand-crafted sling shots for the small game hunter. From the more common, to the more exotic, any of Masters slingshots pack enough punch to take out a squirrel or rabbit. With the double-banded slingshot you can catapult a 50-caliber piece of lead about at about 250 feet per second.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard a historic constitutional gun rights case in McDonald v. City of Chicago. But, as Ken Klukowski notes in his FOXNews.com blog, the White House is not taking a position.
"Instead, President Obama is hiding under his desk in the Oval Office," he writes. "What a profile in courage."
Major League Baseball's gun ban reveals how some sports reporters are clueless about real issues
Most sports reporters live in privileged sanctuaries where the world's realities are but a hazy background to games, scores, statistics and players. And let's be honest: Most of us would happily live such a life, if we could.
But sports reporters are still journalists. As such, they should be held to the same standards as all journalists and take the time to understand issues before commenting on them.