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Model 1917

The Model 1917: A Great Old Revolver

  One of the best double-action sixguns ever produced, the Model 1917 is a big-bore gem. Whether a Colt or Smith & Wesson, it’s still a good idea. Just for you nostalgia buffs and collectors, we’re going to take a look at the Model 1917, for no other reason than the fact that it...

The Colt LE901-16A configured with 7.62 upper. Photo by Corey Graff

Colt LE901-16S: From 5.56 to 7.62 in 30 Seconds

There was no shortage of AR-style rifles at SHOT Show 2012. But one of the most interesting was the Colt LE901-16S, a select-fire rifle designed to allow you to change the upper from 5.56 to 7.62 in a matter of seconds.

Choices, choices

Ask the Editor: Which Gun Price Guide Do I Need?

With several gun pricing books to choose from, we here at GD are often asked, “Which price guide has the [insert your gun model here] in it?” Here’s a quick look at what each book does (and, in some cases, doesn’t) cover.

German Mauser Model 98

Mauser: The Most Important Rifle

With the closest estimate of production hovering between 91 million and 125 million, and having been manufactured for the military of twenty or more countries, it's hard to imagine a rifle more important than the Mauser Model 98.

The top cluster was a 100-yard benchrest group, and the bottom group was shot off-hand using the leather sling and kneeling position. While the top group indicates this load is not very accurate, note that the off-hand group, other than point of impact being lower, was only slightly larger. The rifle is a custom-made .280 Ackley Improved.

The Military Sling For Better Off-Hand Shooting

More time spent learning the military leather sling and off-hand shooting positions will reap big rewards in the game fields or tactical environments where fast-shooting may be the only option.