Collapsible backpacks are a handy means of storing useful luggage in a small space. Because they can be rolled up into a compact shape, these packs can be kept in automotive storage compartments, tucked into suitcases when flying to a vacation spot or even inside another backpack as a backup if needed. Up until now, the collapsible packs I’ve worked with have been useful but simple. They’ve mostly been day packs that offered little in the way of added features or extra capacity.
The Italian-designed Beretta 21A Bobcat is an ultra-compact, semi-automatic double-action handgun chambered for .22 Long Rifle. The Bobcat operates like a traditional, fixed-barrel self-loader would, but its designers included a tip-up barrel. The barrel unlocks by the flick of a frame-mounted lever—making for a gun that is quick and safe to load or unload, which is appealing to folks with limited dexterity. A double-action trigger with a manual safety is also included and its function, when in the safe position, locks the slide from rearward movement.
If you ask just about any grey-haired shooter, “How’s your hearing?” you will likely get an answer of, “How’s that?” or “Say again?” often with one ear cocked toward you. Fact is, guns make a lot of noise, and that noise will damage your hearing, especially if you don’t wear adequate hearing protection—or “ear pro” in range lexicon. None of this is news; shooters have complained about noise for more than a century.
Are you an avid gun collector or want to learn the value of a rare firearm passed down to you? Whether you’re curious about how much your father’s shotgun is worth, or looking to buy, sell or just put a value on a family heirloom, your resource for accurate information is the 39th Edition Blue Book of Gun Values by Blue Book Publications, Inc.
Think the Chauchat is the worst gun in history? Then we think you need to know the story of Thomas C. Neibauer. For it was with the Chauchat (OK, it did jam eventually) and the U.S. Model of 1911 pistol that Thomas Neibauer committed one of the bravest actions of any American during World War I. Not every “doughboy’s” story could make the broadcast in American Rifleman Television’s ongoing series “Over There! The Americans in World War I,” but we shall tell one here.
Single-shot rifles and shotguns seem to fall into two categories these days. On the one hand we have the high-end replicas and modern interpretations of early cartridge guns. These fine guns are rich in heritage and hardwood but have price tags starting at around $1,000 or more. At the other end of the spectrum are the ruggedly built and budget-friendly polymer stocked youth and utility models. These guns will certainly get the job done but don’t count on them winning a beauty contest.