American Rifleman’s Joe Kurtenbach had an opportunity to take the SIG Sauer P365 to the range today. It was a big deal. Of all the buzz so far this year, the P365 is leading the pack. This new micro compact is a game changer when it comes to small concealment pistols. It is a 10-round capacity gun with the flush-fitting magazine, and a 12-round magazine is also available. SIG Sauer designed a new magazine that starts as a double stack then tapers to a single stack, providing that on-board round count. And yes, they have several patents pending.
Remington’s new Model 700 PCR (Precision Chassis Rifle) pairs the action from its legendary Model 700 with an exclusive aircraft-grade aluminum alloy chassis to create a stable and consistent platform for long-distance shots. Accurizing upgrades include a 24” barrel with 5R rifling that is free-floated in an aluminum handguard, as well as a completely user-configurable Magpul PRS Gen 3 stock. The rifle has been confirmed to have sub-MOA accuracy using the same system used to confirm the accuracy of Remington Defense sniper rifles currently serving in theatres worldwide. The rifle comes in three popular long-range chamberings including 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win, and .260 Rem. MSRP: $1199.
Speer is launching new products later this month, to include a new self-defense load, the Gold Dot Personal Protection 10 mm Auto. Details will follow post SHOT Show, but other new products announcements of interest to reloaders include Gold Dot Rifle Component Bullets (13 weight and caliber options), and Grand Slam Rifle Component Bullets for 6.5 mm, ,243 cal. and .257 cal Two new 224 and .308 cal. Total Metal Jacket bullet options for reloaders will also be offered.
Low cost doesn’t necessarily equate to lousy performance. A case in point: Recently, while using a Savage Axis rifle in .243 Win.—purchased at Walmart for $269 and subsequently fitted with an aftermarket Timney trigger and a Bushnell Banner 6-18X 50 mm scope in basic Weaver bases/rings—and the recipe below, I was able to achieve sub-m.o.a. performance for five consecutive, five-shot groups at 100 yds. Three-shot, one-half-m.o.a. groups were commonplace. These groups weren’t achieved using match-grade, target-specific bullets, either; rather, I used Hornady’s high-performance, yet low-cost, 95-gr. Super Shock Tip (SST) bullets, which were designed for hunting medium-size game, such as deer and antelope. This all speaks to the quality of firearms, optics and handloading components available to shooters and hunters today—even those with low price points. You can get a lot for a little.
It is the spark that sets off everything we love about firearms and shooting. Without that infinitesimal flash, nothing happens. During some of the recent and real threats to the Second Amendment, primers and .22 LR ammunition were in short supply due to the fear that the government might restrict them. People stocked up well beyond what they would normally have on hand. Primers are that critical.
Any working actor will tell you that his biggest worry is his next job. Many aspire to become household names but a miniscule few ever realize that dream. Fewer still can claim top billing in a hit series that runs eight years or more. And how doubly blessed can one be to find themselves repeating that success, 30 years later?