RemArms, LLC: New Name, Old Models with Desire to Improve Remington

One of the oldest names in the firearm business has also been one of the most troubled ones as of late. Remington Outdoor Company – as they were previously referred to at their largest and grandest point in recent history – has fallen from grace for multiple reasons to the dismay of many loyal gun owners. Now, under new ownership and with a new name to boot – RemArms, LLC – they are looking to hopefully a brighter future with aspirations of restoring the once illustrious Remington name to its full glory.

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Cerberus Capital Management, a private equity group, owned Remington for 13 years most recently and did little to improve or even maintain the brand in many hunters’ and shooters’ eyes. In fact, many would make the case that the once venerable and widely-respected company began to lose its shine once Cerberus Capital Management acquired Remington.

Adam Ballard – Director of Product Management at RemArms, LLC and a 17-year veteran of the firearms industry – gave an exclusive interview to Field and Stream’s Phil Bourjaily to give the firearm industry an update as to what is going on at RemArms and what we should expect in the near future. These are the “cliff notes” from that conversation.

RemArms, LLC Model 700: Bolt-Action Rifle

  • Production Timeline – “on the shelf well ahead of hunting season”
  • Speculative Price-Point – “mid to high end of their respective categories”
  • Accuracy Assessment – “evaluating things like calibers, twist rates, and manufacturing processes”

RemArms, LLC Model 870: Pump-Action Shotgun

  • Production Timeline – “on the shelf well ahead of hunting season”
  • Speculative Price-Point – “mid to high end of their respective categories”
  • Branding – shotguns will be explicitly labeled as “Remington 870” even with the company name now being RemArms, LLC

The overlying tone and message of the interview that Adam Ballard appeared to be driving home was that RemArms, LLC truly wants to re-assess the manufacturing processes as to which the firearms are made, improve the fit, finish, and restore its prior legacy of accuracy. When questioned if certain models would be returning outside the “big two” in the Model 700 and 870 – referring to the 7600, 750, and Model Seven – he creatively responded to Phil’s question without talking about those models; a clever dodge of the inquiry. If you visit the current RemArms website there is another noted absence from their previous firearm portfolio: the Model R51. No gun company is devoid of lemons over the years, but Mr. Ballard definitely did not want to address what would become of the smaller, less liked models from Remington.

Being in my mid-30s, I was raised on Remington 870s and 700s when it came to hunting and target shooting. Also, hailing from Minnesota, “Big Green” was as much a fixture of Americana as was baseball and apple pie. Working for over a decade in my family’s gun shop and writing about firearms equally long, I very closely watched the decline and fall of Remington from grace having to send in increasing Remingtons for warranty and to see their sales drop off precipitously. It is not my aim to paint Remington in a bad light as I once was one of their greatest advocates, but I am like a lover scorned. I am hoping for the best for Remington, but am keeping my distance at the moment. Especially when there are innumerable questions that remain to be answered…

  • Will they warranty Remington products prior to 2021?
  • Will their “new and improved” offerings of previous models have 100% parts compatibility with the previous ones?
  • Will the improvements be in tolerances and quality control? Or in redesigns and new mechanical workings of the firearm models entirely?
  • Will the affordability of the 870 go away once it is “mid to high end?”
  • The Remington 700 is probably the most copied and common action in existence for custom rifle builds. Once the phoenix of RemArms, LLC rises from the ashes, will they improve that action or will it falter once again?

There are many questions that remain to be answered yet I remain hopeful. Many gun enthusiasts are not hoping for RemArms, LLC to reinvent the wheel of firearm technology moving forward. Rather, we are simply hoping to see the Model 700, and its shotgun counterpart the Model 870, brought back to a place of prestige, reliability, and promise. The last 2 years have been incredibly squirrelly with a change in the White House, COVID-19, people stockpiling toilet paper, and innumerable other elements changing in our daily lives. A nice “return to normal” might be to see Remington RemArms, LLC back and making quality firearms again. As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! Would you buy a RemArms Model 700? Their new 870 when it comes out? We always appreciate your feedback.


CZ’s little Scorpion SMG wannabe has become a big hit in the US civilian market. As always, whenever a new gun becomes popular, companies come out of the woodwork to outfit it with accessories, upgrades, and, if we are lucky, magazines. The Scorpion has had the likes of Magpul, Manticore Arms, and ProMag produce magazines for the little fella, and just recently, Elite Tactical Systems has joined that crew. ETS is well known for its transparent magazines they make for the AR and Glock series pistols.

Unlike most companies, they seem to be more open to producing magazines for various caliber’s platforms and in various capacities. If you want a Glock 42 extendo, ETS is the way to go. They’ve worked that same magic on the Scorpion and have produced both 30-round and 40 round magazines that are made in the same transparent polymer material they’ve become famous for.

1. ETS Scorpion Magazines—The Clear Difference

Clear magazines, what’s the point?

Well, looking cool is half the battle, and clear magazines most certainly look cool. Being able to see the rounds inside your magazines is pretty slick. Second, clear magazines allow you to quickly see how much ammunition is left in the magazines when shooting. It’s smooth and allows for an instant ammo check.

Seeing how the springs compress in such an odd way is interesting as you load the magazines. The springs tip and move and bend in a somewhat crazy manner as you slip round after round into the magazine.

Loading the ETS Scorpion magazines is relatively simple, and it doesn’t become anywhere close to difficult until the last two rounds. Even then, they squeeze in without too much thumb bending and breaking. The ETS Scorpion magazine slides right into my standard Scorpion, my Micro, and my bullpup perfectly. They do fit a little loose, at least compared to OEM CZ magazines.

2. Testing and Evaluation

How do I test a magazine?

Well, let’s examine what a magazine does and the weaknesses inherently attached to magazines. Their goal is to feed ammunition to the gun. They are quasi-disposable, at least in a gunfight, and should be able to be dropped and dirtied without issue. That’s how I approached this test and evaluation with the ETS Scorpion magazines.

3. Just Shooting

First and foremost, they gotta be able to feed ammunition.

I loaded my ETS Scorpion magazines with the driest and dirtiest ammo I had—Winchester Forged. This steel case stuff is super dry and causes all sorts of friction inside the mag. I’ve seen this stuff disable good magazines due to its crappiness. It is also super cheap, and I have lots on hand, so it worked out well.

Ammo is tough to get right now, so I focused most of my testing through one of the two ETS Scorpion magazines I had. While one magazine only saw 80 rounds of ammo, the other saw 320 rounds of Winchester Forged. In my testing, only once did I run into a magazine related feeding issue. The follower didn’t rise fully into place to allow a round to feed. I slapped the bottom, and the follower fixed itself.

Remember when I mentioned they were kind of loose in the magwells? Well, I decided to hold the magazine and try and shift them in various directions as I fired. While the mag moved back and forth a bit, it didn’t cause failures. Admittedly that was only in the Scorpion standard magazine. Fiddling with the magazine in a bullpup isn’t easy when shouldering the rifle.

4. Dropping The ETS Scorpion Magazines

Next, when you commit to a speed reload, you commit to letting the bodies hit the floor.

In the past, ETS Glock magazines had an interesting issue: when dropped, they’d spray rounds everywhere. I wanted to see if this issue followed the ETS Scorpion magazines. I loaded both to the max 40 rounds they’d hold and dropped them from shoulder height onto a semi-hard limestone road.

I dropped each ETS Scorpion magazine four times, and a few rounds would pop out. Two to three per drop, but that’s average for most magazines. Most will lose a few rounds when dropped fully loaded. I did not see a difference from the industry standard. Once the magazine capacity slips below 36 or so the magazine will no lose any additional rounds when dropped.

Dropping them also didn’t seem to break anything. Nothing is rattling around, and the ETS Scorpion magazines seem to be well made. Although, they are super thin and that gives me some concern for long-term durability.

5. Reloads and Sand

I live on a sandhill. A Florida sandhill has a thin, beautiful white sand that sinks deeply into every crevice on everything. It’s brutal on guns and magazines, so I found it a great place to test the ETS Scorpion magazines. I ran two-shot reloads and dropped the magazines over and over in the sand. I let em fly, and if they’re anything like Anakin, they hated it.

However, as much as they hated it, they continued to work. They fed and ejected without any issues. I could hear the sand grinding as I loaded the magazines, and the clear design allowed me to even see the sand in the magazines. Yet, the magazines flowed freely, even with the craptastic Winchester Forged ammunition.

6. On the Subject of Reloads

When I started my reloading testing, I did find that the ETS Scorpion magazines are much thinner than OEM magazines. They did not securely fit in my polymer Scorpion mag carriers. They bounced around freely with zero retention. In textile-style soft mag pouches, they seemed to work fine, especially in the BFG Ten-Speed pouches.

7. Beat ‘em Up

ETS magazines have always worked well in my experience. I’ve used them in my ARs, my Glocks, and even the new P320 variants. They always seem to work well and be remarkably affordable. The ETS Scorpion magazines performed on par with the OEM variants, and I have no hesitation in continuing to use them. The additional ten rounds is not an insubstantial amount of ammunition to add to your weapon.

From a home defense perspective, you’ll be unlikely to be carrying a reload, so the extra ammo is also lovely to have. I think Elite Tactical Systems has been refining their magazines and increasing their quality with every new model. They stand to become a significant player in the magazine market if they can keep the quality high and their prices low.

Check out the ETS Scorpion magazines now, and let us know what you think.


As both competition shooting and Glock handguns increase in popularity it makes sense that new accessories are being developed to help pistols like the practical tactical Glock 34 compete with other handguns in the action shooting sports.

Elite Tactical Systems has paid attention to the trends in competition and as a result has developed a new competition legal, 9mm, 27 round, 170mm magazine from its translucent polymer.

ETS has a solid reputation designing and building a wide range Glock handgun magazines and mags for AR-15 rifles and it would make sense that this new mag will follow in the footsteps of previous magazines in that it is expected to be both reliable and durable.

The ETS magazine fits perfectly in gun games like United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) Open Division and serves as a nice compliment to the ETS 22 round, 140mm, USPSA Limited Division legal mag.

The ETS mags, which are compatible with all 9mm Glocks generation 1-4, feature polymer that won’t stretch, crack or break when dropped—even in extreme heat or cold. The feed lips will hold their dimensions even when stored loaded for long periods of time. The easy to remove base pads make cleaning the mags easy as well and like other Elite Tactical Systems magazines, the polymer is resistant to harsh chemicals.

The nearly clear body of the ETS mags looks interesting and at the same time has some unique benefits.  The clear body makes it easy to see exactly how many rounds are in the magazine, what specific ammunition is loaded in the mag, and the overall cleanliness of your magazine.

If you are looking for higher capacity in your Glock 17, 19, 26, or 34, or if you need a “big stick” to be more competitive in gun games, ETS now has a legal, reliable, and cost-effective solution for you.


We’ve all accepted that the 9mm is the pistol cartridge to beat at the moment. Police are dumping 40 S&W left and right, the military is still clinging to 9mm, and the civilian carry market is dominated by 9mm guns. This trend includes revolvers, too! Yep, revolvers in 9mm are getting more and more common even though it’s a cartridge designed for automatic pistols, rifles, SMGs, etc. As the little cartridge that could, the 9mm is also a prime candidate for wheel guns. Is a 9mm revolver for you?

Why I bought a 9mm Revolver

I went revolver shopping when I realized I didn’t have a J-frame revolver. I had some single-action 22s and a Judge, but that was it. I like revolvers, so I knew I had to rectify this situation immediately. When I stumbled across a Ruger LCR 9mm, it seemed like the perfect choice to fill the wheel gun slot in my collection.

Most of my guns are 9mm so with the Ruger LCR, I could avoid adding a new caliber to the collection. I already had a pile of 9mm ammunition, rifles, and pistols, so why not add a wheel gun to the mix? I wanted a revolver as more of a plinker than anything else. It wasn’t for a carry gun necessarily, but could easily be.

The Ruger LCR is also a finely made production revolver—a great carry option with a wonderfully smooth DA trigger and the polymer frame has metal strategically placed in stress points.

By using polymer, Ruger was able to lighten the weight of the revolver without dipping into expensive materials like titanium or scandium. For the money, the Ruger LCR is the lightest revolver out there.

The Ruger LCR 9mm is a great gun, but this article isn’t a review of it. This article is about the pros and cons of a 9mm revolver and what you should know before you dive into one.

Four Pros of the 9mm Revolver

1. Cheaper Ammo

9mm is one of the most affordable centerfire rounds on the market. Every ammo company out there makes 9mm, and competition lowers prices. Before the current pandemic and ammo drought, a box of basic FMJs cost about eight bucks.

When you buy in bulk, the price shrinks even more. In the revolver realm, the most popular calibers are 357 Magnum and 38 Special. A box of the cheaper 38 Special often cost almost 16 bucks. With 9mm being half the price of 38 Special, the option is obvious.

2. Availability and Options

Remember how everyone makes 9mm? Well, the popularity of the round demands it, and capitalism satisfies it. The end result isn’t just cheaper ammo, it’s also easier to find and in more options.

More ammo availability means you’re more likely to see it in uncommon places. Every self-respecting gun store sells 38 Special but does every big-box sports store sell it? What about hardware stores? If they sell any ammo, they likely sell 9mm. It’s also easier to find the cartridge in bulk at various prices and qualities.

9mm revolver ammo options are off the chart, and you can pick and choose your preferred load for your gun. There are lots of options from +P 124-grain loads to subsonic 147-grain loads to 90-grain reduced recoil loads. You can get frangible, FMJs, JHPs, and even tracer rounds.

3. Fast Reloads

The most common 9mm revolver will use moon clips. A few, like the Korth Sky Marshall, do not, but those are rare. In fact, I’d say moon clips are better than the Sky Marshall’s more traditional design. They allow for rapid reloads—nearly as fast as an automatic.

Moon clips are cheap enough to be near disposable and they are faster than both speed strips and speed loaders. Just drop the empty moon clip out and then put in a fresh one. Competition revolver shooters often have their 357 Magnum/38 Special cut to accept moon clips just to be faster on the clock.

You can also say ‘9mm clips’ and drive nomenclature Nazis crazy by making them wrong.

4. Better than 38 Special—Not as Brutal as 357 Magnum

The 9mm outperforms the 38 Special ballistically. It tends to penetrate more, expand better, and do better through thick clothing. The 9mm has more than proven itself as an effective man stopper. This isn’t to say the 38 Special sucks, but better is better.

A 357 Magnum is better than a 9mm, but the 9mm is much easier to control while still being more than enough for a threat. This becomes even more evident when it comes down to small concealed carry snub nose revolvers. A 9mm revolver loaded with a capable defensive load is easier to control than a 357 Magnum.

A 357 Magnum through a small revolver slaps the hand like a solid high five. It’s loud, flashes brilliantly, and requires a good deal of practice to be proficient with. A 9mm revolver is much easier to control.

Cons of a 9mm Revolver

It’s not all sunshine and rainbows with the 9mm wheelguns.

Jumping Crimp

Revolver rounds have a crimp designed for revolvers. 9mm projectiles do not have the same type of crimp. When you toss a 9mm round into a revolver, you can run into issues with the projectile jumping the crimp. When this occurs, the projectile separates from the case and renders it useless.

This occurs because rounds in the cylinder are hit with some serious G forces when the gun is fired. The lighter the revolver, the more recoil there will be, and the more likely the bullet will jump crimp. A revolver round is crimped appropriately to prevent this.

When this happens, the best-case scenario is that the projectile separates and renders the round a party popper. In the worst case, the round gets pinned between the frame and the cylinder and renders your revolver useless until it’s corrected.

This has only happened once in my 9mm revolver. It was with a 147 grain round. It’s never occurred with 115 or 124 grain over hundreds of rounds. It’s worth being ready for so you need to test your chosen ammo if you choose to carry a 9mm revolver.

You, Me, and the 9mm Revolver

The Ruger LCR isn’t the only 9mm revolver on the market. The S&W 986  and Taurus 692 are options. Rock Island is importing a 9mm revolver, and Charter makes the 9mm Pitbull, so options are out there. Heck, Ruger makes three or four different 9mm revolvers, including a single action Blackhawk convertible.

If you’re a modern cat carrying George Luger’s 9mm and you desire an old-school wheelgun, there are plenty of good reasons to choose a 9mm revolver. What say you? Does an automatic cartridge belong in a revolver?

Is it an abomination?


Both MR73s have target-adjustable sights, an adjustable trigger (adjustable three ways: overtravel adjustment on the trigger itself, trigger weight on double-action, and trigger force — two screws that adjust the mainspring force within the frame), and a fully cold-hammer-forged barrel

About that barrel, Beretta’s Tactical and Pro Shop manager Erik Stern said, “With the cold-hammer forged barrel, and the extremely strong steel used in the manufacture of these pistols, the French GIGN and special police units actually tested and mandated in their spec for these revolvers when they were developed back in the 70s, that they be able to withstand tens of thousands of full-power .357 Magnum loads, and be able to maintain timing and lock up.” 

“They are, in my biased opinion, the best revolvers in the world,” Stern says, adding, “It is a .357 Magnum, medium frame revolver with “some of the best bluing, period, as well as one of the best triggers on the market.”

In this video, Stern covers the details.

Here is the full product release from Beretta:

Beretta USA is excited to announce the inclusion of Manurhin revolvers into our commercial product line-up. The official launch of this new line will take place this week at the 2021 USPSA LOCAP Nationals in Talladega, AL.

The French company Chapuis Armes, a world leader in hunting firearms, has manufactured, produced, and distributed the legendary Manurhin revolvers for nearly 20 years. These storied firearms benefit from the expertise and craftsmanship of Chapuis Armes’ gunsmiths for quality and finish. The full range of Manurhin revolvers fulfills the needs of target shooters and law enforcement officers worldwide.

The Manurhin MR73 series of revolvers were explicitly developed for the requirements of the French Gendarmerie and special service units of the French Police and Military. The pistols feature exceptional accuracy and proven reliability, tested with tens of thousands of rounds of full power .357 Mag ammunition during durability testing.

“Beretta is proud to have the opportunity to bring the best revolver in the world to the US market in cooperation with our sister company, Chapuis Armes – the parent company of Manurhin. These products are in keeping with our philosophy of producing the best offerings on the market, and we are excited to enter into the revolver market with such a storied brand and the renowned MR73 series specifically,” Erik Stern, Tactical and Pro-Shop Product Manager, said.

The MR73 Gendarmerie 4” and MR73 Sport 5.25” will be the first Manurhin products that Beretta will import and include into the current premium product line-up. The accurate and durable MR73 series features cold hammer-forged barrels, target adjustable sights, an ergonomic target grip for enhanced recoil mitigation, and a premium target trigger that is adjustable for overtravel.

Manurhin Features

The cold hammer-forged barrel allows for enhanced durability and world-class accuracy. Cold hammer-forging processes provide the highest level of repeatability and consistency possible in the industry and are standard for Manurhin revolvers.

The LPA target adjustable rear sight allows the shooter to make macro and micro-adjustments for wind and elevation as necessary, making any adjustments needed for longer range shooting a snap.

The MR series of revolvers ships with a highly ergonomic target grip created by the legendary Jacques Trausch. These grips are known for extreme recoil mitigation (especially with full-house .357 Magnum loads) and high levels of shooter control and allow for increased accuracy, faster follow-up shots, and limit recoil transfer to the shooter’s hands.

All Manurhin MR73 series revolvers feature a triple adjustable trigger with an overtravel screw built into the trigger as well as a hammer force adjustment screw and a hammer spring weight adjustment screw built into the frame. This high level of adjustability allows for the shooter to dial in the trigger to the precise specifications needed for maximum control over the shot.


Production of the Ruger 10/22 easily exceeds over seven million models sold. This little fella has been kicking around since 1964 and continues to be the most dominant rimfire rifle sold on the market. Ruger 10/22s have been used far and wide for plinking, hunting, target practice, and even in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It’s been everywhere, and its popularity drives a massive aftermarket. That aftermarket includes stocks, like the very tactical FAB Defense 10/22 stock.

FAB Defense hails from Israel and makes a wide variety of tactical accessories. Some are awesome…others not so much, so where does the FAB Defense Ruger 10/22 stock sit? Well, you’ll have to keep reading to figure it out.

Tooling Up with the FAB Defense 10/22 Stock

Are you not the handiest shooter? Find yourself more comfortable holding a Glock than turning a wrench? That’s okay, and it takes almost zero effort to install your Ruger 10/22 in this stock system. Remove a barrel band, remove a bottom screw and remove the receiver and barrel from the wood stock.

Drop the receiver and barrel into the FAB Defense Ruger 10/22 stock and replace the receiver screw. Use the included Allen wrench to attach the handguard/scope mount to the stock. That’s it, your done. I did it watching an episode of Falcon and the Winter Soldier laying in bed, eating popcorn. Does butter make decent lube? If so, I’ll figure it out when we go to the range.

Features and Layout

First and foremost, what makes the FAB Defense 10/22 stock worth your dollarydoos? For some, it could be made from titanium and increase your group by 100%, and they won’t like it. I get it, but if you are getting a little bored of that all wood stock or outgrown it, you have an option.

I’m a big ole boy, and my Ruger 10/22 carbine was a little short for me. I wanted to increase the LOP a little but also saw the potential to tacticalize it a bit. Why not? It’s American, and I wanted a folding stock, a proper Picatinny scope mount, and modern sling mount options.

The FAB Defense Ruger 10/22 stock offered all that, plus rails mounted everywhere, a collapsing M4 style stock, and didn’t force me through a weird installation process. It functions with both standard and bull barrels, but you lose the top cover with a bull barrel.

Fold It

Our folding stock does fold to the left and allows for users to fire with the stock closed. Why you would want that is beyond me, but this is America. If you are running a takedown model, this stock isn’t compatible.

Construction is made up of durable fiberglass-reinforced polymer. It’s relatively lightweight and balances well for a small gun. QD sling slots populate both sides of the gun, and it’s lefty friendly. You can reverse the collapsing stock to accommodate left-hand shooters who want the stock to fold to the right.

The FAB Defense AR stock can also be replaced with any other M4 style stock. Toss on a Magpul, a Mission First Tactical, or whatever else you desire on the platform. The pistol grip allows for storage but can’t be swapped for other AR-type pistol grips, sadly.

Accessorizing With the FAB Defense 10/22 stock

You’ve got rails positioned at the 12, 6, 3, and 9 o’clock positions. You can add whatever your heart desires—lights, lasers, cup holders, and of course, optics of all types. I’ve chosen a Bushnell 1-4X that’s cheap and effective for a 22LR rifle.

However, it will accommodate much bigger optics. The top rail is somewhat healthy and fits everything from red dots to massive night vision optics. A small slot allows you to still use your iron sights too. Heck, I can toss a Cloud Defensive OWL, a magnified optic, and an offset red dot on this thing and call it a day.

To The Range

Shooting stuff like this makes my job awfully sweet. I loaded down a few BX 25 mags, set up some steel targets, and started plinking away. With ammo prices like they are, it’s nice to shoot something that’s still somewhat cheap. After a quick zero, I started my day of outdoor, lead-fueled therapy.

First, the FAB Defense 10/22 stock completed the task I really needed it to, and it made the LOP long enough for a grown man of my size persuasion to comfortably handle. The five-position stock can make it extremely long, way longer than I need it to be. I’m comfortable at position two.

Our included stock provides an excellent cheek weld that makes using an optic easy and comfortable. It offers excellent support and moves easily between positions. The rear of the stock features a big rubber pad that’s aggressively textured and makes it easy to lock into my shoulder.

Ergos In Action

The forward end and pistol grip are textured nicely and comfortable to grip. The forend is surprisingly comfortable, and FAB Defense scalloped the sides of the stock to provide a natural placement for your fingers.

Shooting-wise, not much has changed. I saw no noticeable change in accuracy, even with the barrel band removed. I shot steel hanging targets from 2 inches to .25 inches at 25 yards. Admittedly not every round hit those .25 inch targets, but dang it, I tried, and most made their way there.

All the stock parts and pieces are very easy to reach and access. Working the charging handle, the magazine release, and the safety are all very simple. Getting mags in and out is not a challenge by any means.

Size Matters

While the FAB Defense 10/22 stock adds some weight and bulk to the gun, it never makes it feel overly bulky. It’s not a big chonk of plastic, and it keeps the slim design of the Ruger well. Who needs a big bulky Ruger 10/22?

One thing worth noting is that this stock makes the gun longer. It might make the gun too long for a kid to shoot it. The folding design means the collapsing stock isn’t as short as a normal AR-style stock. It’s fine for adults, but if your kiddo likes to plink, then this might not be the best option.

Plinking in Style

The FAB Defense 10/22 stock gives you the ability to plink in a very tactical way. I mean, in a major ammo drought like it is, it’s nice to spice up my 22 LR shooting. I can work more practical drills and keep my fundamentals sharp without spending a buck per round for 5.56.

Overall, FAB Defense has made a rock-solid stock for those looking to make their 10/22 a big boy option. Check it out and let us know what you think below.

Charter Arms Bulldog .357 Magnum

The Charter Arms Bulldog isn’t a go-anywhere do-anything handgun like a four-inch barrel .357 Magnum or a Colt Government Model .45, but it is a great defensive sidearm.

For easy packing and as a bedside gun, these sturdy double-action revolvers have much merit. The name is an honorable one in revolver history.

The first Bulldogs were developed about as soon as we had cartridge revolvers.

The British Bulldog revolvers were typically small-frame revolvers with five-shot cylinders firing the .450 Adams cartridge, and later, the .455 Webley.

Back when the British were free people — ironically they are less free now than when under a monarchy — these revolvers protected Brits the world over.

The American Sheriff’s Model revolvers did not quite fit the bill, as most were six-shot revolvers on a large frame.

A true Bulldog should be relatively compact. There were also American Bulldogs, some chambered for smaller cartridges.

The stainless steel Charter Arms Bulldog is one burly revolver!

History of Charter Arms

Charter Arms made a name for themselves with the introduction of a lightweight steel-frame revolver in the 1960s.

Good guns were scarce, and the Charter Arms revolvers were available. In 1973, Charter introduced the Bulldog .44 Special revolver.

The frame of the Charter Arms Undercover .38 was lengthened, and the revolver fitted with hand-filling grips and a three-inch barrel.

The new Bulldog sold well.

The design featured an ejector rod that locked at the rear, but not the front, and the finish was not on a par with the old-line makers.

However, the modern revolver featured a transfer-bar ignition system. This is the safest of revolver systems.

Bulldog Features

There is a big difference between inexpensive manufacture and cheap manufacture.

The Bulldog isn’t a copy of an old-line revolver made to sell more cheaply, rather, it is designed to offer a reliable, but affordable option.

The company designed a good handgun. The .38s are good guns as well, however, the Bulldog is my favorite of the Charter Arms revolvers.

The new Bulldog revolver features a shrouded barrel and ejector rod, tall front sight, and is available in stainless steel.

The modern grips are superior to the ones on the original handgun.

The new rubber grip design is a great aid in firing powerful cartridges, and the Bulldog is chambered for powerful cartridges!

Load Selection

The .44 Special was intended as a mild and accurate big-bore cartridge. The .45 Colt was the man-stopper and the .44-40 the outdoors cartridge.

Attempts to “hot rod” the .44 Special have worn out many good revolvers.

With a 246-grain RNL bullet at 750 fps, the .44 Special compared closely to the .455 Webley at 650 fps with a 265-grain bullet.

Both have a good reputation in personal defense. The newest Bulldog in the gun safe is a stainless steel version chambered in .357 Magnum.

The Magnum makes a lot of sense. With full-power defense loads, the .357 Magnum offers plenty of wound potential.

If you have a need for defense against animals, the superior penetration of the .357 Magnum cartridge is important.

The new Bulldog features modest barrel ports, which help control recoil.

The hand-filling grips make for good comfort even when firing full-power magnum loads.

The action of the new Bulldog is smoother than most revolvers on the market and smoother than any vintage Bulldog.

Modern CNC machinery makes for exact manufacture. The .357 Magnum revolver may also be fired with .38 Special ammunition.

In this heavy-duty revolver, .38 Special loads are mild and easy to control.

Yet, there are pretty impressive .38 Special loads that offer good ballistics.

Truth be told, the .38 Special is about all the power the occasional shooter may effectively handle.

With the .357 Magnum you have a considerable improvement in power.

As an example, the Remington 125-grain Gold Saber isn’t a full-power magnum load, but a powerful load intended for personal defense.

This is the ideal loading for the Bulldog.

For those not quite up to controlling this level of recoil, a quality .38 Special such as the Remington .38 Special Golden Saber or Remington 158-grain lead semi-wadcutter hollow point is ideal.

When hiking or spelunking, feral dogs and big cats are a concern addressed by a light but powerful revolver.

The .357 Magnum Bulldog makes a lot of sense.

Accuracy and Performance

When practicing with the Charter Arms Bulldog, the goal is to press the trigger smoothly and get a center hit, recover and press again.

A small group on the target with 10 or 15 rounds clustered never saved anyone’s life. Groups do not do the business in personal defense.

A fast center hit with a credible defense cartridge will save your life.

Practice getting on target, pressing the trigger smoothly to the rear, and getting a hit.

It doesn’t matter if the sight wavers a little, you cannot hold it completely still at all times.

But concentrate on keeping the front sight on target as the hammer falls. Stop the wobble just as the hammer falls.

As for absolute accuracy, the revolver will put five shots into a single ragged hole at seven yards.

From a solid benchrest firing position with the Remington Wheelgunner .357 Magnum, firing single-action with no timeframe, the piece put five shots into two inches and just a little over.

That is more than accurate enough for defense use.

Conclusion: Charter Arms Bulldog

With the .357 Magnum Bulldog, the power-for-ounce factor is high, the piece carries light and is reliable.

It is a classic defensive revolver appreciated by those that understand the reality of personal defense.

SIG Sauer P220 SAO

In the 1970s, Germany did something unprecedented.

They conducted an extensive test of handguns in order to choose a new police, service and anti-terror handgun.

The primary requirement was reliability. Accuracy had to be sufficient for hostage rescue and engaging threats at long handgun ranges.

The pistol had to be simple to use. The pistol was to have safety features, but no manual safety.

The pistol had to be capable of going into action without racking a slide, cocking a hammer or disengaging a safety.

The SIG P220 9mm featured a double-action first-shot trigger. The SIG P220 was among the first pistols to feature a positive firing-pin block.

This feature keeps the firing-pin block securely locked in place until the trigger is pressed to the rear.

The firing-pin block has become a standard feature of service-grade pistols.

The P220 9mm evolved into the .45 ACP P220, the high-capacity P226 9mm, the compact P228P229 and others.

The SIG SAO design is well done and properly executed.

The SAO, or Single Action Only, pistol is a model designed for those that prefer a single-action trigger.

The long double-action trigger is eliminated and a thumb safety added.

The new pistol featured the same lockup by butting the ejection port into the slide.

This is a simple, but precise, lockup that results in excellent accuracy potential. The SIG SAO takes standard P220 magazines.

The grip is the same and there is no decocker. The SIG’s legendary reliability is retained.

The pistol features excellent fit and finish, and a good set of sights.

The SAO SIG will appeal to those that may prefer the 1911 pistol’s cocked-and-locked carry, but who respect the SIG’s reliability and accuracy.

You must spend a lot of money for a custom 1911 to equal the SIG P220’s accuracy. However, it isn’t a cocked-and-locked pistol.

When the safety is applied the slide isn’t locked in place. The pistol may be loaded with the safety on, which has some appeal.

The safety locks the hammer and trigger, however, and the pistol will not fire until the safety is released.

Rapid magazine changes and combat handling are ideal.

It is interesting that the SAO configuration makes for some improvement in handling.

Many shooters tend to ride their thumb on the SIG P-series slide lock during firing. As a result, the slide does not hold open on the last shot.

This will not happen with the P220 SA0, as the safety prevents the thumb from riding on the slide lock.

Let’s be clear, if you prefer a double-action first-shot pistol, the standard P220, which uses a double-action trigger for the first shot, followed by subsequent single-action fire, is among the finest made.

If you prefer a single-action and are comfortable with hammer-to-the-rear and safety-on carry, then the SIG SAO pistol is a viable choice.

Disassembly and Maintenance

SIG offers legendary reliability and accuracy in the SAO pistol.

The trigger isn’t the same as the double-action first-shot P220 pistol in single-action mode. The break is much cleaner.

Trigger compression on the pistol illustrated breaks at 5.2 pounds, clean, with a sharp reset. Disassembly is simple enough, like all SIG pistols.

Remove the magazine and lock the slide to the rear. Rotate the takedown lever, release the slide lock, and the slide will run off the slide rails.

The magazine guide and spring are lifted out and the barrel is angled out of the slide. This is simpler than the 1911 and most other handguns.

Assembly is the reverse.

The Super Match Model

This is the Super Match version along with a TRUGLO combat light. This is a good kit for home defense.

I like this pistol a great deal. I have the P220 SAO in the original four-inch barrel configuration.

The SIG SAO is also offered in the Super Match model with a five-inch barrel and fully adjustable sights. I have both slides.

The four-inch barrel model is an ideal carry gun, hard-hitting, fast into action and reliable. The Super Match is an excellent match-grade setup.

It really isn’t difficult to carry, as the five-inch P220 is just about the same length overall as a Government Model 1911

The SIG and Falco holster make a good combination.

The SIG P220 SAO is fast on target and easy to get hits with in rapid fire.

Most of my shooting has been with a handload using the Hornady 185-grain XTP and Titegroup powder at 870 fps.

This an accurate loading that is easy to control. For personal defense use, the Hornady Critical Defense is an accurate loading I deploy often.

A sure bet for superb accuracy is the Hornady 200-grain XTP. These loads will group five shots into two inches are a little less at a long 25 yards.

Conclusion: SIG Sauer P220 SAO

This is an accurate, reliable, fast-handling pistol well worth its price.

For concealed carry, I carry the SIG P220 SAO in a Falco fabric inside-the-waistband holster.

All About Corrosive Ammunition

Corrosive ammunition is ammunition that uses a primer with chemicals that, when ignited, leave a residue of corrosive salts.

Most often, these primers have potassium chlorate or sodium perchlorate which, when burned, decomposes into potassium chloride or sodium chloride.

Sharp-eyed readers will note that sodium chloride is also known as common table salt.

Potassium chloride isn’t much different than common table salt and both are very hygroscopic (meaning that they attract water) and, because of that, are highly corrosive.

We’ve all seen what salt water does to metal. The same thing happens to your rifle when it is left uncleaned after firing corrosive ammunition.

What Is Corrosive Ammunition?

Potassium chloride and sodium chloride are pretty harmless alkalis, but when exposed to the hydrogen and oxygen from the ambient humidity in the air, they can form a powerful acid that will cause the steel in your rifle to rust and pit.

Most modern ammunition is not corrosive, but old military surplus ammo is different. For surplus ammunition, there are two main types of primers: Berdan and Boxer.

Boxer-primed ammunition is not corrosive, so you don’t have to worry about it. Not all Berdan is corrosive, but almost all of the surplus ammunition you find on the market with Berdan primers is corrosive.

If your ammunition is Berdan-primed, it’s better to be safe than sorry and treat the ammunition as if it is corrosive.

It won’t hurt your rifle to clean it, so it’s a good idea to thoroughly clean it to get any salts out any time you’re shooting Berdan-primed ammunition.

Cleaning and Maintenance

In the past, when corrosive ammunition was standard issue for the military, soldiers would simply rinse the gun with hot and soapy water.

Since the corrosive salts are hygroscopic, they readily dissolve in the water. The basic solution of soap and water also neutralizes the acids created by the corrosive salts.

The firearm would then be dried out and re-greased or lubricated.

The same method can be used today after a trip to the shooting range. First, you should always make sure that your firearm is unloaded and safe. Then, simply disassemble your rifle and immerse the parts small enough to fit in a basin of hot, soapy water.

For the barrel or other parts too large to fit, you can carefully rinse out the part by pouring the soapy water over it. Once the parts are removed, the hot water will quickly evaporate.

WD-40 or some other water-displacement fluid can be used to make sure no water remains in the little nooks or crannies on the rifle.

If the thought of soaking your precious rifle in soapy water doesn’t seem like something you’re comfortable with, you can use an aqueous solvent like Hoppes 9 Plus or Shooter’s Choice Aqua Clean.

Both of these cleaners are water-based and have solvents that will dissolve the corrosive salts. In addition, they will also work for the general cleaning of your rifle, as they will remove carbon fouling and buildup.

Don’t forget to properly swab the bore with an oily patch, and oil and lubricate your firearm after cleaning.

Conclusion: Corrosive Ammo

Corrosive ammunition is perfectly fine to use. The corrosive surplus ammunition on the market is a great and inexpensive way to enjoy your military rifle.

By properly cleaning your rifle after using ammunition that is or is suspected to be corrosive, you can ensure that your rifle will have a long and corrosion-free life.

Ruger American Bolt-Action .22 Magnum

Recently I tested one of the finest bolt-action rimfire rifles I have used. I purchased it, as I often do, based on looks.

The Ruger features a Go Wild camo stock and bronze cerakote finish.

It may not be any more accurate than a standard dull black Ruger American Rimfire, but it certainly has plenty of bling!

The rifle features excellent fit and finish, and a smooth action, all we may ask.

The rifle may cost a little more than price leaders, but it is affordable and certainly offers all of the performance I need for small game.

After an appraisal of the performance of the rifle and the newest .22 Magnum ammunition, I may move it from small-game to small-game and varmint category at modest range.

I liked the original well enough, but just did not see replacing my long-serving 10/22 rifles with the bolt-action Ruger American.

The new rifle is a different matter! The .22 Magnum is more accurate than the .22 Long Rifle Ruger I tested, and the .22 Magnum does things the .22 LR will not.

Bling aside, the action is very smooth, but also locks up tight. The fit of the stock to the action is good. Bedding is everything for accuracy.

The stock-to-action fit is ideal for accuracy, as my testing bore out. Humidity will not warp the synthetic stock. The barrel is free-floated.

The rifle weighs but six pounds, a useful weight for keeping a steady hold and carrying in the field.

The rifle also features the new Ruger Marksman trigger. I like being able to adjust the trigger action for my own ‘sweet spot’ in feel.

I set the trigger for a smooth 2.5 pounds. The Ruger American Rimfire rifle features a ‘big gun’ type of safety, with safe and off-safe positions.

The bolt may be manipulated with the safety in the on position.

Scope Options

The rifle, surprisingly enough, was delivered with a nice looking muzzle brake. The Ruger American Rimfire rifle has practically no perceived recoil.

The barrel is threaded for other devices as well.

My rifle wears an excellent optic for the type of shooting I envision, mostly fun stuff at 100 yards or a little more. The Burris Fullfield E1 is my choice.

The Fullfield E1 4.5-14x42mm is designed to slot into the lineup with a significant increase in magnification over the 3-9x, but still keeping a small lower end magnification of 4.5, which allows for a significantly wider field of view than the larger 6.5-20x. 

This model of Fullfield E1 features side-adjusting parallax focus.

There are two models available in this size, one with the Ballistic Plex E1 reticle and one with the Long Range MOA reticle.

I chose the Ballistic Plex. The Ballistic Plex E1 is a variation on the highly-engineered and extremely popular Burris hunting reticle.

The Long Range MOA reticle offers details and enough ultra-fine precision to get this scope into the long-range competition market.

It’s also very popular with folks sniping predators and varmints from significant distances.

This riflescope is resistant to a lifetime of field use, heavy recoil and harsh vibration. It is protected by the Burris Forever Warranty

Perhaps I did not need this much rifle scope on a rimfire rifle, but then perhaps I felt that the rifle’s accuracy justified this type of optic.

The .22 Magnum Load Advantage

A great benefit of the .22 Magnum is its versatility. The rifle has been tested with the CCI VNT 30-grain loading.

This load will vaporize pests at short range and is among the least likely of loads to ricochet.

There is simply very little left in ballistic testing, it simply flies apart. The CCI Maxi Mag 40-grain load is a staple for .22 Magnum fans.

Accurate and with good effect, this is a fine general-purpose load. For small-game hunting, you don’t need expansion.

Rabbit and squirrel are cleanly taken with the Winchester 40-grain FMJ load. This load is clean-burning, affordable and accurate.

An overlooked and useful load is the Hornady 45-grain Critical Defense loading.

Intended for personal defense in handguns, this isn’t a fast load at about 1,600 fps in the rifle.

But this load offers a good balance of expansion and penetration.

I would be hard-pressed to choose between this load and the traditional 40-grain JHP is I were to use the .22 Magnum for coyote or bobcat.

As for accuracy, the Ruger is far more accurate than I would have guessed.

A good standard for .22 rimfire accuracy is two inches at 50 yards for a three-shot group.

The Ruger American Rimfire .22 Magnum will beat this accuracy not at 50, but 100 yards. One group with the CCI Mini Mag averaged 1.5 inches.