How To Be An Unattractive Victim

The following is a reprint from Student of the Gun.
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In the firearms culture the words “sheep” and “sheepdog” are tossed
around quite often to describe people who would seem to be all-too-willing
victims and those whose job it is to protect the potential victims. In the
strict sense, a “sheepdog” is specifically tasked with protecting the sheep.
That’s his job. For the average armed citizen, it is not their job to protect
the citizenry. They might do so on occasion, but that is not their purpose or
calling.

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The Porcupine Example

My good friend and one of my original mentors when I began writing professionally,
Walter Rauch, introduced me to the term “prickly people” nearly twenty years ago.
The way Walt explained it, the normal armed citizen does not really fall into the
sheep category, but neither do they truly fit the sheepdog role. Mr. Rauch suggested
that armed citizens should attempt to instead emulate the porcupine.

Consider this, in the animal kingdom, the porcupine is not a predator, but neither
are they an attractive prey. The solemn porcupine goes about his business not
molesting a soul. Should the immature wolf or coyote chose him as their prey they
soon discover the error of their decision, painfully. You may have seen these seemingly
docile creatures in the wild or at very least in the zoo. The porcupine ambles along,
seeking to live their life in peace. It is only when attacked or pushed into a corner
that their sharp quills come into play. The porcupine doesn’t use his quills to prey on
other animals. This prickly creature’s sharp quills lie flat and even appear soft until
the animal is threatened.

Prickly People

Walt’s advice to the concerned citizen was to be the “prickly person”. You don’t
need to be a sheepdog to stay safe in a dangerous world. You should, on the other
hand, appear to the potential predator to be “prickly” or an undesirable target.
The seasoned predator upon considering you as a prey should pause to think twice
and consider a softer target.

How do you become a prickly person?

Does it mean you have to be coarse or unapproachable?

Not at all. Start by keeping your head up and paying attention to what goes on around you.
The difference between a good driver and the average driver is awareness. Good drivers have “near misses”.  Average or poor drivers are in crashes that they never saw coming.

Don’t allow people into your personal space unchallenged. Every human has a personal
comfort zone or their own personal space. This will vary based on age, sex, and your
upbringing. Nonetheless, strangers don’t have some kind of unspoken right to enter your
personal space. Don’t be afraid to put your hand up, give them the universal stop sign
and back them off. Polite people should not be entering your personal space uninvited anyway.

Along the same lines, you are not required to shake the hand of strangers. Be wary of
strangers who begin their interaction with you by sticking out their hands. Unless we’ve
been introduced by a trusted friend, don’t stick your hand out to me.

Mind your back. Putting your back to a wall is always a good habit to practice. The criminal predator is not seeking a one on one boxing match. He wants to land a surprise blow, take you off guard, and commit his crime upon you. Make their job difficult. Don’t surrender your back needlessly.

The prickly person advice doesn’t just apply to your time spent out in public. You can
apply the same thought process to your home. Does your house appear as a choice target or will the predator have to work for it. Do you have an alarm system, ample exterior lighting, and a free-roaming intruder detection and early warning system (dog)?

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Use your Quills

Despite your best efforts to remain aware and alert, the immature coyote may decide you
are going to be their prey. In this case you must have your quills ready. Your attacker
may not be smart enough not to attack you. Having a concealed handgun on your person does not provide some kind of cone of invincibility. Carrying the gun is only part of the equation. You should be both skilled in the gun’s use and mentally prepared to utilize it.

It never ceases to amaze me that people will walk into a gun shop, purchase a compact .380 pistol, drop it in their pocket and think that somehow they have covered all the bases for personal protection. A pocket pistol is not a magic talisman to ward off evil. Sometimes, despite your most valiant endeavors, evil finds you. If that happens, its time to give them a face full of quills.

As always, the choice is yours to make. You can put your faith in luck and chance, hoping
nothing bad will ever happen or you can choose to be the prickly person, the most unattractive victim possible.

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Are American Gun Owners A Bunch of Fools

This article is a reprint from the GUNSAMERICA blog, if you’re not familiar with it go check them out. They are  in my opinion a great resource for shooters of all diciplines.

Here is their site: http://www.gunsamerica.com/blog/

The American gun owning public is being duped again, just like we were duped the two weeks before the election when we were convinced that Romney was ahead by several percentage points.     The media, including our “friends” at Fox, Drudge, and other “conservative” outlets, are attempting to sell us the concept that the “assault weapon ban” legislation can’t pass, and this is a lie.  We are told that Bill Clinton sternly warned his party that they will be punished in the mid-terms, and that the NRA is “too powerful” for any real legislation to make it through congress.  This is also a lie.   Behind our backs, the political machine is crafting public opinion in what have become the majority voting blocks to convince national and state legislators that they are safe for the next election… and they are safe.  American gun owners didn’t show up in force for the last election, and we are not feared as a voting block any longer.  Don’t be a fool and believe it when they tell us we can’t lose. We are going to get beaten again if we don’t act. And this time it isn’t a slippery slope. This time they are going to outlaw an entire class of guns with no loopholes.

If you are on the GunsAmerica email list, or you are clicking in from the website, you are probably a gun owner of some type (or you are desperately trying to buy your first gun before they ban them), and you may feel that we are “preaching to the choir.”   But there is also a 90% chance that YOU HAVE NOT CONTACTED YOUR LEGISLATORS to let them know that you are strongly against any kind of weapon ban, or any increase in our national or state gun laws whatsoever.

Find and Contanct your Representative in the US House by Zip Code: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Contact Your Senators : http://www.senate.gov/

You are silent, because you think it is someone else’s job.  But it is your job, and you have to make yourself be heard. Call and email your legislators today.

The NRA came into this fight almost a month late and their response has been anything but well received.   Even though President Obama’s kids are guarded by armed guards in schools, and even though Dianne Feinstein actually possesses one of San Francisco’s few concealed carry permits, the very sane suggestions of the NRA have fallen on mostly deaf ears.  The media , including Fox, has beat up Wayne Lapierre and is inflating every shooting incident in the country right now, trying to keep the gun control energy as high as possible, so that the legislators will have the courage to vote against the wishes of the majority of their constituents.  The only way they can do this is their constituents, meaning YOU, remain silent.

You must call and write your legislators today.  Let them know that you know who they are. You know their name, and you will remember  how they voted come election day.   Don’t just use the web form, and don’t just call their Washington,  DC numbers.  Call their local numbers and tell their staffers that you and ever gun owner you know will be watching them, and funding their opponents  if they vote for this ineffective and stupid legislation.   At some point you have to take action, and you have to go that extra step, and now is the time.

Most gun owners, like most of America, are ignorant to world history.  Most people don’t know that Kristallnacht, the famous “night of broken glass” in Germany in 1939, was actually a gun roundup.   It is considered the beginning of the Holocaust, but what most people leave out is that Hitler published sweeping gun confiscation legislation on November 11, 1938, the day after the famous Nazi rioting.  You will find the same gun confiscations in the pages of the dictatorial and murderous takeovers of China, Cambodia, Ukraine and throughout  history.   The first thing every government spinning out of control does is register the guns. Then they round up the guns. Then they declare martial law, putting the military in charge.   Do you feel like America has been heading in the right direction? Do you wonder why “prepping” has become more popular than NASCAR?  The government knows that America is a powder keg waiting to pop, and they are trying to use a manufactured crisis to take away your guns.

In President Obama’s speech, which took place right in the middle of SHOT Show of course, he played to “law abiding gun owners,” specifically calling out to our petition that we all signed at the beginning of this crisis. The President actually had the nerve to say that this wasn’t about politics and the tactics of a dictatorial regime, despite the fact that rifles, including AR-15 and other magazine fed rifles, are only used in a tiny percentage of gun violence.  He even admitted this during the debates.  He was appealing to  middle class casual gun owners and hunters. They want us to turn on ourselves. They want the old hunting crowd to say “I don’t know why anyone would need a gun like that,”  or “why would you need a magazine with more than 7 rounds.”   They want the Ipad generation to fall into lockstep with their ideals, and for the old hunting crowd to back them up. We saw it at SHOT Show. Hunters are historically traitors to the 2nd Amendment, and this will be no different.

The people who outvoted us this past November don’t believe in the Constitution.   The Ipad generation believes what they see on TV.  While all those TV personalities  hire armed guards and carry guns themselves to protect their own life and property,  they are building public opinion against our 2nd Amendment freedom to keep and bear arms.  The Ipad generation doesn’t understand the nature of mankind, and the implicit design of the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Holocaust was 60 years ago, not 600 years ago YOU TOUCHSCREEN ADDICTED IDIOTS.  This isn’t about President Obama. It isn’t about what happens next month or next year.   The 2nd Amendment must be preserved if our freedom is to be preserved.     If we give anything today it will be the next thing we give at the next crisis, then the next thing we give at the next crisis, until we are all defending ourselves with airguns like they do in European Union today.  Please contact your legislators today.

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The Ruger LCR Double Action Revolver

I really never thought I’d ever have a need for one of these Ruger LCR double action revolvers or any others like them. Sure I thought they looked cool enough but I didn’t really care to have one. Ok, honestly I convinced myself it would be ok to someday get one but is was way down on the list.

What I found out was that trying to conceal carry a Glock 17 in the summer just wasn’t going to happen. There’s just no way to conceal one and remain appropriately dressed for the warmer temperatures.

So I find myself at one of the local gun dealers asking to look at  a few of the pocket guns they had on display. I looked, and handled the Springfield, Glock, and Kahr pistols. The Springer and Glock both fit my hand well but the Kahr didn’t. So Kahr was off the list. Then it dawned on me that the purpose of a pocket gun might be to shoot it from inside the pocket, so that ruled out the other two. From there the clerk handed me the Ruger LCR. And I have to tell ya it felt good. You know how sometimes you can pick up a handgun or rifle and you get the feeling that you and that gun were made to be together. Well I had one of those moments with the Ruger.

There are a couple of versions of the Ruger LCR and the one I ended up liking the most was the Model 5405 that comes with the XS front sight and the Hogue Tamer grip. I also picked up a Desantis Nemesis pocket holster and after the exchange of some money out the door I went.

I’ve read many articles on how the blending of polymer and metal as in the case of his gun made for a pleasant shooting experience. Well, I’m sensitive to recoil and coming in at 13.5 ounces unloaded I can tell ya I would never consider this for a fun day of plinking. But to be fair I have nothing to compare it to as I’ve never shot anything comparable. But that doesn’t mean I don’t really like the gun. As I said it fits my hand very well, is extremely easy to point in the right direction and has a great double action trigger as well.

I’ve ran a box of Winchester White Box 130 grain, some 158 grain handloads given to me by a friend and some Hornady 38 Special + P 110 grain through it. The heavier bullets tend to shoot a little low and left but the 110 grain buttets seem to hit right where you’re aiming them.

In summary I would buy this Ruger LCR again without giving it a second thought. Again it’s not for plinking at least for me it’s not but I don’t really think that was ever the intended purpose of this pocket revolver.

 

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Glock 17 Gen 4 Update

Here’s an update on the Glock 17. I’ve shot another couple of hundred rounds through the pistol and as far as function goes all seems well. No malfunctions although I have had one or two stove pipes.

One thing I’ve discovered why I might like shooting a revolver instead of a pistol is because of all the darn brass there is to pick up when you’re done. And that was done on a concrete pad, during the dry spell we had I wouldn’t even think about standing in the dried up brown colored grass. The brass seems to blend in very well with that.

I also had the pleasant experience of feeling the recoiling slide come in contact with my misplaced thumb. Why is there never a bandage around when you need one? Funny thing is I just realized there still isn’t any in my range box although I did throw some anti-bacterail wipes in there. Some guys never learn.

During this couple of hundred rounds I did try to do some accuracy testing. The target used was your standard size paper pie plate, I don’t know what the diameter of the pie plate is and really it doesn’t matter. What does matter is I was lucky to get three hits out of ten at twenty five yards. Not stellar by any standards.

So what could be the problem with accuracy? After browsing through a couple of firearm forums I found that the Glock 17 is capable of way better accuracy than that. The problem could be one of a couple of things. One it could be my inability to correctly shoot the pistol. I’ve kind of ruled that out because of the hundreds and hundreds of dry fires I’ve performed so I know I can hold the gun steady and not have the sight picture move when pulling the trigger. Also I was supporting the Glock 17 on a sand bag while testing for accuracy. Secondly it could be the ammo. The ammo used was purchased locally, it was put together with  once fired brass and 115 grain bullets. The velocity out of the non Glock test pistol was 1250 feet per second. Looking through a couple of re-loading manuals it seems that could be pushing it a little bit. I know enough from re-loading that going to the edge or beyond the suggested limits can create accuracy issues.

For the time being I’m blaming the ammo velocity. So what I’ve done is purchased some Winchester white box ammo. One box is the 115 grain and the other being the 147 grain. The 115′s have a velocity of 1190 fps and the 147′s have a velocity of 990 fps according to the Winchester web site data.

So I’ll try the accuracy testing again at 25 yards. Please don’t ask why 25 yards, it’s just what I picked to do. I’m curious to see if there will be any difference between the locally purchased ammo and the factory ammo.

I post the results here in a couple of days.

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Glock 17 Gen 4

As you can probably tell from the title of this site that I’m a big fan of the wheel gun. Not for any one particular reason, I just like them better than pistols.

So with that in mind I headed to my favorite local gun dealer and started comparison shopping. My hands are kind of on the small side so even though I wanted the Glock I wasn’t about to purchase one if it didn’t fit.

I started with the FNX 9 Series, moved on to a Ruger SR9 and then a Smith and Wesson M&P 9 and last but not least the Glock 17 Gen 4. Actually they all fit my hands well. Notice I said hands as I like to switch up which side I shoot with.

In the end my preference was still the Glock and here’s why. First is reliability, Glocks are known for going the distance. Even though some say the new Gen 4′s won’t stand up to the previous generations, for my particular shooting circumstances I have no doubt it will outlast me, a I’m sure that’s true of the other models as well. Second was the lack of any safety device other than on the trigger, you simply take it out of the holster and shoot it. To sum up, it fit well, is reliable and is lacking the safety devices I don’t care for.

Upon getting the Glock 17 home I field stripped it and gave it a good cleaning and just generally checked it out making sure everything went together the way it’s supposed to and did some dry firing to make sure everything worked the way it should.

The Gen 4 differs from earlier versions in the following ways. Most obvious is the rough textured frame surface that allows for a secure grip but isn’t harsh on the hand. Next is the replaceable back straps which didn’t serve any purpose for me as the stock configuration fit my hands perfectly. The magazine release catch is larger and is easily reversible, I like mine on the left side as you look from behind the Glock. I can us my left hand trigger finger to manipulate the release just as easy as I can using the thumb on the right side. And finally the recoil spring, it’s a dual spring that’s supposed to lengthen the spring life and reduce felt recoil. The 9mm isn’t really know to be harsh in the recoil department so I really don’t know if it’s doing it’s thing or not as I have nothing to compare it to.

The first hundred rounds through it was the American Eagle 124 grain ammo. The Glock handled them with ease with no hiccups. Recoil was very tolerable and the gun shot as good as I could shoot it. The next two hundred rounds were from a local ammo shop. I purchased some 115 grain rounds that were rated at 1250 feet per second. Again the Glock performed well with these as I expected it would. The recoil was a litte snappier compared to the 124 grain ammo but still very tolerable.

Oh and by the way I was quickly reminded one of the reasons I prefer revolvers over pistols, less chasing of fired brass. I quickly figured out that if I’m standing in grass while shooting a tarp is a much needed accessory.

All in all I’m happy with this purchase and look forward to many more rounds going down range. Will keep you posted as I get more trigger time in.

Remember to be smart and safe while handling any firearm.

 

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Saiga 12GA – Extremely Hard To Find – Reserve Yours Now

Manufactured at the Izhmash Factory in Russia and imported through Arsenal Inc. in Las Vegas. This Saiga 12 is the perfect balance between price and available features for an extremely reliable semi-automatic shotgun.

Designed as an all purpose shotgun, the Arsenal 12GAdelivers the unprecedented performance needed when using it for competition shooting, hunting, sporting, and home defense. Chambered in the versatile and functional 12-gauge round, this semi-auto shotgun has all the standard features seen on the original Saiga that allows it to operate in the harshest environments with virtually any type of ammunition. This rifle comes with a chrome lined barrel which allows the use of many different types of ammunition to include steel. Arsenal’s Saiga 12 Is capable of cycling both 2 ¾” and 3″ magnum shells.

As with all Saiga 12′s, this shotgun is not designed to use low pressure shells.

Saiga 12 gauges now come standard with the bolt hold open feature. This allows for a quicker change time between magazines (ideal for hunters and home defense alike). With all of the available accessories on the market for these Saiga 12′s the possibilities are endless. You can convert your Saiga into the AK configuration or leave it in the current configuration.

This shotgun was manufactured utilizing the Kalashnikov gas system. This gas system reduces the felt recoil dramatically and will be a guaranteed hit with every squeeze of the trigger. It will be capable of shooting in either a single shot operation, allowing use of all the gases in order to increase the velocity of the round or in the standard semi-auto mode.

Backed by Arsenal, Inc’s standard warranty, hunters, sportsmen, and persons interested in self defense can’t go wrong with this Saiga.

Summary: Saiga 12 Gauge shotgun, chrome lined smoothbore 19″ barrel – Manufactured at the World Famous Izmash Legion Factory in Russia, imported directly through Arsenal Inc Las Vegas. This semi auto shotgun is featured still in its original sporting configuration from Saiga. Will shoot both 2 3/4″ and 3″ magnum.

SGL12 is shipped with one 5-round Russian magazine, cleaning kit, cleaning brush, oil bottle & a Saiga adjustment tool.

SAIGA 12 GAUGE SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Caliber: 12-gauge
  • Total Length: 978 mm (38 1/2 in.)
  • Barrel Length: 483 mm (19 in.)
  • Weight without Magazine: 3.11 kg (6.85 lbs.)

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Now Here’s A Shotgun

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CCI Rimfire Ammo

With all the rimfire shoots coming up I’ve found myself running short on ammo.

I know everyone has their favorite and my go to ammo is CCI Standard Velocity, for a few reasons. One is it’s usually always available, two it’s at a price point I don’t mind paying and last because it works well in any of my 22’s.

If you’re a CCI Standard Velocity fan you’ve probably noticed there are two choices in the way they’re packed. One is the old standard 100 count clear plastic cartridge holder that comes five to a box. The other choice is the 50 count thin cardboard box containing a clear plastic cartridge holder that keeps the ammo organized in the box. Those can be found packed ten per box.

You’ve probably also noticed there is a difference in part numbers also. The old clear plastic box has a number that ends in 0032 and the thin cardboard stuff has a part number ending in 0035.

There is noticeable price difference as well, the cardboard box being about $6 cheaper.

Being naturally curious of just about anything I decided to call CCI and find out what difference there is between the two part numbers other than the obvious.

Interestingly I found out from a very helpful customer representative the difference and a little of the history behind the CCI Standard Velocity ammo.

First and most important to me is that there is no difference between the two except the obvious packing and the price, the cardboard packing being the less expensive.

I also found out that the cardboard packed stuff was originally intended for overseas sales where recycling regulations are stricter.

Also of interest is the fact that about a year and a half ago Federal was making the Standard Velocity ammo for CCI. It was also packed in thin cardboard with the same 0035 part number. The difference was that inside the box the cartridge holder was made of white plastic and had legs on it. Kind of like how Wolf ammo is packed except Wolf uses a black holder And I was informed that it would be very unusual to find any of it on the shelves any more.

So what did I learn?

CCI customer service is very nice and informative

0032 and 0035 is the same Standard Velocity stuff

0035 was intended for overseas sales due to strict recycling regulations

Federal for a short period of time did make the Standard Velocity ammo for CCI

CCI Standard Velocity ammo is made in Lewiston Idaho

Keep em close to the bulls eye and thanks for reading.

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Smith & Wesson Model 625

The Smith & Wesson Model 625, is a six shot double action revolver chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge. The 625 will head space the .45 ACP cartridge in the chambers without use of moon clips, but since the extractor star cannot engage the rimless cartridge, moon clips are needed to facilitate ejection.

The Model 625, based on the large N revolver frame,  was introduced as the .45 CAL MODEL OF 1988, in 1988. It was equipped with a 5 inch barrel with a full-length under lug and was offered originally as a limited edition model intended as an IPSC commemorative.

The regular production model of the Model 625 was introduced in 1989. In 1991 – 1992, it was also made with 3″ and 4″ barrels.

Current standard offerings now only include the 4″ and 5″ barrel.

The Smith &Wesson Model 625 Mountain Gun is a lighter version of the 625. The standard Model 625 Mountain Gun fires .45 Colt through a 4 inch barrel. In 2001, a limited edition was also built by the Smith & Wesson Performance Center that uses .45 ACP ammunition. Both of these revolvers have Hogue rubber grips and adjustable rear sights.

The newest version, the Model 625-10, was introduced in 2004 from the Smith & Wesson Performance Center. It is a snub-nosed version of the 625. The S&W Model 625-10 is a stainless steel update of the Model 25, popular before World War 2 as a starting gun for conversion to a “Fitz Special” (a concealed, contact-distance defensive gun).

The S&W Model 625JM, another recent Performance Center version, , was introduced in 2005. JM standing for Jerry Miculek, a renowned revolver shooter, and is his personal design. The Model 625JM uses a 4 inch barrel with a gold bead black partridge front sight and rear adjustable sights. The Model 625JM is finished in matte bead-blasted stainless steel. The grips are Jerry Miculek’s own design.

Latest .45 ACP revolver in the line up from Smith & Wesson is the Model 325 Night Guard. It is similar to the 625-10 in that the frame is an aluminum scandium blend. It has a similar grooved rear sight as the 625-10, but the front sight of the 325 Night Guard is a tritium night sight. The model 325 has a matte black finish.

Variants of the 625

  • S&W Model 625 (US – Revolver – .45 ACP: .45 Target Stainless)
  • S&W Model 625 Mountain Gun US – Revolver – .45 ACP: Model of 1989 .45 Light Weight 39.5 oz (1.1 kg)
  • S&W Model 625-10 (US – Revolver – .45 ACP: .45 Target Stainless)
  • S&W Model 625JM (US – Revolver – .45 ACP: Jerry Miculek design)
  • 625-2 (1988) Some have a “floating hand” that has been criticized. Only made in 5″ barrel.
  • 625-3 (1989) Very desireable. Made in 3,4 and 5″ barrels.
  • 625-4 (1994) Same as -3, except case colored hammer and trigger, drilled and tapped for scope mounts with new style rear sight.
  • 625-5 (.45 Colt)
  • 625-6 (1998) MIM hammer and trigger, internal firing pin. Several barrel styles, including PC guns.
  • 625-7 (.45 Colt) Some ACP examples may exist.
  • 625-8 Internal lock. 4 and 5″ barrels.
  • 625-9 (.45 Colt)
  • 625-10 PC snub nose, fixed sight, internal lock.
  • 625-11 (.45 colt version of -10)

Unless you are looking for a specific Performance Center gun, most folks consider the Model 625 with the -3 and -4 designations to be the highest quality, with best resale value.

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CZ 550 6.5×55

A few years back when I was just gettin into center fire rifle shooting I really wanted a 6.5×55.

Now you may ask why in the world would I pick that as my first rifle?

Two reasons really. First it’s not a main stream caliber, I kinda like the odd ball stuff. And secondly it was all about the ballistic coefficient of the .264 diameter bullet.

Not being into hunting I was more interested in a target style rifle. So the search began and very quickly came to an end. At the time and I believe to this day a factory heavy barrelled rifle in 6.5×55 is near impossible to find. And the few companies that had an offering didn’t export to the states. Of course I did have the option of a high end Blaser but that was way to above and beyond what I was willing to pay.

So what did I do? I settled and that never usually works out well and this instance was no different. I ended up with a Savage Model 12 in the 308 caliber. Now don’t get me wrong this was a fine rifle. Very accurate for my purposes which boils down to casual competition and plinking. But it wasn’t what I wanted and to be truthful the recoil was a bit harsh for me.

Back to the drawing board and back to a bit of settling again. I decided on the CZ Model 550 in 6.5×55. This was when CZ’s weren’t all that popular and none of the gun shops carried them. So I took a leap of faith and just ordered one. I say I settled once again because the 550 is a sporter type rifle with the thin barrel.

So the CZ arrived and I picked it up and took it home. Upon the initial inspection I could tell I didn’t make a mistake. The fit and finish and overall craftsmanship was well worth the $500 and some dollars I paid for it.

So I ran the cleaner through it and headed over to the loading station to make up some ammo.

I’m really not into high end parts, especially on something new that I’m not even sure how it’s gonna work. So I selected some Remington brass and some Hornady A-Max 120 grain bullets and went to work.

A few years and many rounds later I glad to say that I’m still very please with this fine firearm. With a inexpensive Bushnell 14 power scope it will still hold minute of angle at 200 yards. And to me that ain’t to bad.

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