This Turkish made shotgun is a great option for upland bird hunters looking for a reasonable side-by-side. It's a pretty gun, but not so fancy that you won't want to take it afield. The shotgun will retail for about $1,500.
Not every bargain is cheap. These days, it seems like all the big gun makers have a sub-$500 bolt action that is crazy accurate, reliable enough, eminently useful — but screams CHEAP!
Typically, it’s a rough fit and finish and chinsey plastic stock that are doing all that screaming. But you get none of that here. Instead, you get a handsome walnut stock, pretty darn good fit and finish, and the same barrel and action that comes on a Howa Hogue or Weatherby Vanguard Series 2, both good, accurate guns. You also get a 3-9X42 Zeiss Terra 3X scope, plus rings and a one-piece base.
The low profile of the 725 Citori made it a good fit for the 20 gauge caliber. The 20-gauge version of the 725 is lighter and livelier than many of its Citori cousins. It's certain to become a favorite among Browning over/under fans who are looking for a light, well-balanced upland bird gun.
Last year, Beretta rolled out the 20-gauge A400 Action and this year they're going even smaller. This is the first 28 gauge semiautomatic shotgun that Beretta has ever made. It has all the features that Beretta fans have come to expect from an A400 but scaled down in a sub gauge.
We haven't got the specs for this gun yet but it weighs only about 5 pounds. The 20-gauge version of the gun retails for about $1,500.
The Ethos is Benelli's inertia-driven semiautomatic shotgun introduction for 2014. It's a lightweight upland bird gun that features a new shock absorption system in the stock and a comfortable cheek pad. The gun is available with a nickel-plated receiver or an anodized receiver.
Another year, another SHOT Show. Another showcase of the latest and greatest products in the shooting and hunting industry—all of which are made with the intention of having us open our wallets wide and put our collective shoulder to the wheel of the GDP.
Most sportsmen rightfully approach this event with a dash of cynicism. Is there really any way another bolt-action rifle, semi-auto shotgun, or .308 AR-10 can be “new?” And, at the edges of credulity, do we really need another type of deer pee to help us hunt smarter?
I used to be better about putting my guns away after the hunting season. I’d go through them from butt to muzzle, oiling the metal, cleaning the bore, checking the fasteners, and making sure all was ship-shape before putting them to bed for the off season.
These days I’m a little less rigorous and I blame Montana. When I lived in the Northeast, lax gun care wasn’t an option. Any exposed metal or dirty bits would invite pitting and rust in the humid environment. After every range session I’d give each gun a thorough cleaning. Looking back, I have no idea where I found the time.
My first variable power scope was a Leupold 3-9X that I had mounted on a Ruger 77—my first “real” gun. After I mounted it I cranked it up to 9X and don’t think I turned it down ever that I can recall.
It was reading about Africa and hunting dangerous game—long before I ever had a chance to visit the Dark Continent—that I learned about the virtues of hunting with scopes set to lower power, a philosophy that is second nature to me today. The vast majority of my big game kills are at 4X or so. In the case of longer shots, off a steady rest, I might go to 8X but that is a rare exception.
Set up three targets, spaced about five yards from each other, ten to 15 yards down range and shoot them in order this order (6 shots total): 1, 2, 3, 3, 2, 1. Do this with either a handgun or rifle a few times and record your results with a timer. The catch is that only clean runs count—either with A-Zone hits on cardboard silhouettes or hits on 6-inch steel.
Now, if you want to drop at least one second from your times, do this…
Tony Burkea didn’t believe me when I told him that my favorite present from Christmas was the sling he sent me for the sniper match I’m competing in for the next few days. The bottle of vintage port that my lovely ex-wife gave me didn’t count due to the speed with which it disappeared—along with a wedge of stinky Stilton cheese—on Christmas day.
No, the rapid adjust T.A.B. Gear rifle sling is by far the best gift I got. (It costs $110 and you can find it at tabgear.com)
At first glance, the sling seems to be festooned with a confusing array of buckles and clips, and if you’ve never used a sling for anything other than propping a rifle on your shoulder, you could be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed by it.
But everything on the sling serves a justifiable and valid purpose.