As home to the nation’s most prominent hunter training school, the SAAM Precision course, the FTW Ranch in Southwest Texas is a familiar name to many rifle shooters. In 2015, Ruger introduced the FTW Hawkeye Predator rifle based on many of the lessons learned at its namesake property.
The high-velocity, high-energy .17 Winchester Super Magnum rimfire is a welcomed cartridge for many wishing to engage everything from destructive rodents to marauding coyotes, especially in regions where centerfires are noisy, frowned upon or even illegal. But finding a rifle to shoot the world’s fastest rimfire has been a challenge.
In 2012, after Benelli’s patent on its inertia action expired, Browning seized opportunity with a new-aged Auto-5, simply called the A5. Today the A5 line includes Mossy Oak bedecked guns and the shoot-all shown above, the new 31/2-inch Stalker, a semi-auto that looks and feels much like the old but that outperforms it in every way.