Guns > Rifles

Hardware: Gamo Whisper G2

Starlings, squirrels and even larger game are well within the capabilities of today’s high-power air rifles, and hunting with these pellet guns seems to be enjoying a growth in popularity. Gamo offers a number of models designed as much for the field as the firing line, including the .22-caliber Whisper G2.

March 04, 2015

Hunting Guns for Home Defense?

Right now, there’s a guy on a stool in a gun shop arguing over what the “best home defense gun” is. Whether he’s right or wrong isn’t relevant—the best gun for home defense is the gun you have when you need it. For many families, that gun is the same one that puts food on the table and trophies on the wall.

February 27, 2015

Hardware: Merkel RX Helix Explorer

European switch-barrel guns are engineering works of art, and are extremely well-designed and precisely executed. They are wonderful additions to any gun safe. One good example is the Merkel RX Helix.

February 04, 2015

Hardware: New Mossberg Patriot

For 95 years Mossberg has supplied hardworking Americans with hardworking and affordable firearms, but only recently has the company become a serious player in the centerfire rifle market. This year at SHOT Show Mossberg will introduce what might be considered the pinnacle of its sporting rifle efforts, the Patriot.

January 20, 2015

Special-Order Savage

The Savage Arms Special Order Department may be the best-kept secret in the firearms industry—especially if you want a rifle chambered for a non-cataloged cartridge like the 9.3x62mm.

January 16, 2015

Hardware: Savage Axis II XP

Savage offers a wide selection of “package” rifles that come out of the box with a riflescope already mounted and bore-sighted. Essentially, all you have to do is finalize the zero with your load and go hunting. That’s appealing for sure, but so is the price. One of the latest package rifles from Savage is the Axis II XP, and it’s a good example of both the convenience and the value such a deal offers hunters.

December 24, 2014

Extreme-Weather Gun Care

Late-season hunting usually means extreme weather, and that can be rough on your rifle. Weather attacks generally come in two forms: temperature and moisture. Address these issues and you have most potential problems under control.

December 18, 2014

A Shooting Lesson from a Navy SEAL

Want to make more effective shots at deer? Take a lesson from a Navy SEAL. Then take his advice to the range and practice, practice, practice before you hit the woods.

December 16, 2014

Sheriff's Tips: Shooting Courses Really Work

Sheriff Jim Wilson didn't think a professional instructor could teach him anything about hunting rifles that I he didn't already know. Then he went to Gunsite Academy.

December 11, 2014

Hardware: Browning AB3 Composite Stalker

The hip and happening trend with bolt-action hunting rifles right now is to go cheap, but still go big on performance. It seems like every manufacturer has a low-end price-point rifle, and they all seem to shoot pretty well. Browning’s hat in this ring is the new AB3 Composite Stalker.

December 08, 2014

Hardware: Henry Model H010

Few hunting rifles can knock the dust off nostalgia with the same force they hammer a deer. Henry “gets it” and recently added a .45-70 to its stable of American-made lever guns.

December 01, 2014

Hardware: Weatherby Mark V Ultra Lightweight RC

While building a lightweight, accurate production rifle sounds like a no-brainer, it’s often easier said than done. That’s why Digital Managing Editor Justin McDaniel was intrigued when Weatherby announced its new Mark V Ultra Lightweight RC.

November 03, 2014

Ruger No. 1-S 9.3x62mm

This year, Ruger paired their classically styled No. 1-S Medium Sporter with a truly classic cartridge: the 9.3x62mm. How did it stack up when taken afield? Find out in this complete review from Keith Wood.

October 15, 2014

Hardware: Gamo Whisper Fusion Pro

Gamo’s Whisper Fusion Pro air rifle possesses a rather futuristic appearance—especially if your idea of an air rifle is a Red Ryder BB gun. But times change, and the recreational airguns of the 1960s and ’70s have evolved into serious shooting machines, some even suitable for small-game hunting. The Whisper Fusion Pro exemplifies that development.

October 09, 2014

Hardware: Mossberg MVP Predator

Give an American a handy, accurate, magazine-fed bolt gun in a caliber like .308 Win. and he can do many things, including win battles, defend castles, take deer and wild pigs, and have a blast dinging targets nearly as far as he can see. Keep it under $700, too? Mossberg is onto something.

October 03, 2014