Saturday, February 21, 2009

March 2009 American Rifleman Review

I just got my March 2009 issue of American Rifleman. Before going into the review of this month’s issue, voting members – remember to vote! Defending our Second Amendment rights is going to be harder over the next few years than it has been for quite some time, and we’re going to need strong individuals on the board of the NRA. Individuals who won’t compromise on assault weapons, high capacity magazines, handguns, or concealed carry to protect “hunting rifles” (aka “the next target” once they’ve banned everything else).

On that topic, the first major article in the issue discusses the ongoing legal actions in light of the Heller case. It details not only the ridiculous array of anti-Second Amendment legislation passed in DC since the Heller case, but the NRA’s legal response, not just in DC, but in Chicago and San Francisco as well. The anti-Civil Rights legislatures passing these laws are trying to create a moving target – fortunately the NRA is the legal equivalent of a skilled marksman.

In the “Random Shots” section there’s a treat for the classic firearms enthusiast – a new world record single gun price - $800,000 ($920,000 with the auction premium) for what is most likely the world’s finest example of a military Colt Walker. I only wish they’d printed a larger picture of the firearm.

There’s also a reader letter on the so-called “multi-caliber” Astra. While many have been able to use something other than 9mm Largo, AR recommends using only 9mm Largo or in some rare cases .38ACP. They caution against using 9mm luger and a host of other loads that would result in unsafe chamber pressures and other dangers. I have a nice Astra 400, but I haven’t been able to take it out shooting yet.

Tucked away between one and a half pages of advertisements is another good reader question “During World War I, why didn’t the United States simply make more ‘03s instead of adopting the M1917?” The answer is good, and fairly straightforward – the 1914 tooling was in place, whereas tooling up contractors to build the M1903 would have taken time.

There’s an article on the 6.5 Creedmor, the Kimber Talkeetna, as well as 3-gun competitions. There’s also a decent write up on John Hall, his unique breechloading rifle, and his quest to move toward mass production. There’s also an article comparing modern shotguns to their more classic counterparts.

Overall not a bad issue, and remember to VOTE!

Until next time!!!

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