Glock 40 Review

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If you go out in the gun market, you’ll find people swearing by their Glocks. And why shouldn’t they? This unconventional underdog somehow managed to shatter all perceptions about guns. Especially ones pertaining to the construction and aesthetics of handguns. And should they own a Glock 40, their pride knows no bounds.

Yes, you are right, we are talking about the plastic frame with no hammer and no safety!

From when its story began way back in February 1980, the Glock has reigned the handgun market through its impressive design, constant innovation, and an at-par performance.

Glock 40

Pros & Cons

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PROS

CONS

  • Both strong and light at the same time
  • Combination of plastic and steel allowed the gun to weigh only twenty-three ounces
  • Reliable and easy to use
  • Average style

So, How Did It Come About?

Believe it or not, the Glock handguns happened due to a bit of accidental eavesdropping by Gaston Glock. Post the World War II era the Austrian Army was looking to replace the Walther P-38 guns with something different. Glock, an Austrian citizen happened to overhear this conversation between two Austrian Army colonels.

Armed with this information, he went to the Minister of Defence and asked if his business could also offer a solution. Receiving an affirmative answer, Glock got down to business. But he knew nothing about guns. He owned a small business that produced field knives and blades for his country’s army. The closest he had been to the battlefield was when he served a few days as a conscript teenager in Wehrmacht during World War II. And that did nothing to teach him anything about guns, leave alone designing them for the benefit of an army.

Nevertheless, Glock decided to give this a try. In order to learn the inside outs of guns, he first went and purchased some of the best pistols in the market. These included the Swiss-German Sig Sauer P220, the Czech CZ75, the Italian Beretta 92F and the P-1 which was an advanced version of the Walther P-38 already in use by the Army. These became his study material. He pondered over their every detail – how they were built and how they operated. Not only this, he went ahead and researched extensively. Spending hours with firearms specialists, understanding what they would want in a modern handgun.

The Target

Glock had his work cut out for him – the Austrian Army knew exactly what it wanted – a high ammunition capacity pistol, significantly more rounds than the eight offered by the Walther P-38, weighed below twenty-eight ounces, had a streamlined design and a consistent, light trigger. All of this packed in under 40 parts.

After spending a year researching and developing, Glock finally filed for a patent for his pistol design on 30th April 1981. On 19th May 1982, he presented his first four test pistols to the Austrian Army for review. This marked the birth of the very first Glock pistol, the Glock 17.

The pistol was tested extensively and measured perfectly by all standards. The army accepted it into service and ordered a contract of 20,000 more such pistols from Glock. 

Know a Glock

The Glock 17 was a game changer in the handguns industry. It is both strong and light at the same time. Made of a polymer frame, its lower half houses a steel fire control group. Its upper half is a unified body of steel. This combination of plastic and steel allowed the gun to weigh only twenty-three ounces, well below the weight required by the Army.

This also knocked out the other competitors Beretta 92F and the CZ75 that was made entirely of a steel frame. Further, Glock simplified the built of the gun, making it out of just thirty-four parts - nearly half of what the Beretta’s 92F pistol had.

Pointability

A key area of focus in Glock’s research was the pistol’s “pointability,”. This refers to the weapons’ ability to work as natural extensions of the hand and eye coordination of the shooter. This is a significant contributor towards the weapon’s ease of aiming and hence the user-friendliness and accuracy.

This focus towards reliability and ease of use helped Glock create a weapon that was not only beautifully designed but also high on performance. So high that in a competition of ten thousand rounds his pistol failed only once.

The Glock 17 was one of the first pistols with a capacity as high as 17. Only one amongst the others in the market could only come up to a short fifteen and the next one could do 13. The Glock 17’s capacity more than doubled the P-38’s capacity in chambering 17 rounds of seventeen rounds of nine-millimeter parabellum ammo.

Safe Action Trigger

Another big Easter egg in the Glock is the safe action trigger. Most handguns have a safety key that needs to be on or off to ensure that firearm does not discharge accidentally. Glock did away with the old mechanism of the safety which had the key externally on the weapon’s body and had to be maneuvered to lock or unlock. Instead, he introduced an inbuilt mechanism with a two-piece trigger that worked as the safety without the manual key. It has a big trigger and a small trigger. And the gun fires only when both the triggers are pulled, essentially turning it into a fast action point-and-shoot gun that was much appreciated by the law enforcement agencies.

Around the World

With all its amazing features, innovation and ease of use, it is no wonder that the Glock 40 has dominated the market since its introduction nearly four decades ago. It has razed its competition time and again and is used by armed forces and law enforcement agencies across the world including the British Armed Forces, the Iraqi military, the Israeli Defense Forces, the Indian Special Forces, the Yemeni military, the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command and Army Rangers.

While Glock was designing and producing his gun for the Austrian Army, the American police officers were being overpowered by criminals. The feeling that their weapon — the classic Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolver — that they’d been using for three-quarters of a century was now inadequate was growing stronger. An FBI shootout with some bank robbers in Miami in 1986 drove the message home and they knew that they needed a more advanced weapon. At that time, Gaston Glock’s innovation came about as an answer to their prayers. And the Glock 40 quickly became a popular weapon amongst the US lawmen and civilian bodies that adopted the gun culture.

The Glock Experience

The Glock 40 is a feature-packed gun that beats all other guns hands down across all categories — innovation, styling, performance and ease of use. But how does it feel to use it?

The Glock 40 requires some experience and expectation when shooting since its trigger needs some effort and the accuracy needs some practice and getting used to. Its plastic frame requires that the user maintain a firm and strong grip to help it absorb the force of firing.

Other than that, the gun is extremely reliable and works perfectly fine in adverse conditions too making it a good choice for home and self-defense.

The Target

The Glock has an impressive range of pistols for every objective out there — law enforcement, shooting, hunting, first buy, self-defense, etc. They are available in different sizes, different power, and different caliber. Their smallest is the Model 42. It is a part of their Slimline collection and is a single stack handgun compatible with 380 ACP. Their larger guns include 17L, 34, 41 and 40 with the 40 being probably their most powerful handgun. Its specs make the ballistics of the cartridge comparable to the Magnum revolver.

The full-size Model 17 in 9mm and 22 in 40 S&W, the compact Model 19 in 9mm and 23 in 40 S&W and subcompact Model 26 in 9mm and 27 in 40 S&W are some of their most popular guns representing their respective size brackets. 

The Glock 40

The Glock 40 have been one of the most loved Glocks of all times. They have a .40 S&W caliber and are surprisingly similar to the 9mm models. what makes a difference is not the size but the number of rounds these guns can hold. Here’s a lineup of the best Glock 40 to celebrate the genius in each of the models.

The Glock 22

Introduced in 1990, the Glock 22 is a full-sized gun. Its reliability and competence made it the weapon of choice for many government agencies and police forces.

SPECS:

  • Category: Full size
  • Caliber: .40 S&W
  • Rounds Capacity: 15
  • Weight: 22.9 ounce
  • Length: 7.3″
  • Height: 5.4″
  • Width: 1.18″
  • Barrel: 4.5″
  • Trigger: Striker Fired
  • If you want the features of the 22 with more comfort and ease of use, its Gen 4 model can offer it to you. It has a better grip, a backstrap that helped adjust the thickness of the grip and a dual recoil spring that increased the longevity of the gun as compared to the Glock 22. It also had a magazine release that could be changed for left or right-handed shooters.

    When Should You Buy It

    Buy the Glock 22 of its Gen 4 is you are looking for the full-size gun which has been tested in fast-paced environments for its performance, speed, durability, and safety.

    Glock 23 — Compact

    A lightweight weapon with the amazing 15-rounds capacity. Backed by the experience of the police force, its a compact version of the .40 caliber.

    SPECS:

    • Category: Compact
    • Caliber: .40 S&W
    • Rounds Capacity: 13
    • Weight:  21.2 oz
    • Length: 6.9″
    • Height: 5.0″
    • Width: 1.18″
    • Barrel: 4.0″
    • Trigger: Striker Fired

    The gen 4 of the Model 23 adds to the proven features of the former model a texture, a modular back strap and a dual recoil spring. It also lets you add a light or other add-ons if needed.

    When Should You Buy It

    The Model 23 and it's Gen 4 is perfect for those who have small hands or need a concealable model.

    Glock 24

    Also called as the Long Slide, this gun comes with a longer barrel than the typical handguns of its size. the long barrel helps to enhance accuracy and hence, the gun is a popular one in competition shooting. The gun has a longer barrel but its magazine capacity is smaller than the average compact Glocks.

    Specs

    • Category: Full size
    • Caliber: .40 S&W
    • Rounds Capacity: 15
    • Weight:  26.7 oz
    • Length: 8.9″
    • Height: 5.4″
    • Width: 1.18″
    • Barrel: 6.0″
    • Trigger Type: Striker Fired

    When Should You Buy It

    Its long barrel makes it a good weapon with enhanced accuracy for competition shooting. Despite its barrel, the weapon is easy to carry on you daily.

    Glock 27 — Subcompact

    The subcompact Glock 27 is smaller than the compact guns. Often carried as a backup weapon by the police, its small size can be deceiving as it still packs a punch. the subcompact of the group. It has a capacity of 9+1 and is a popular weapon amongst civilians.

    A Gen 4 model with the backstrap, texture and dual recoil spring is also available for this model.

    Specs

    • Category: Sub-compact
    • Caliber: .40 S&W
    • Rounds Capacity: 9
    • Weight:  19.8 oz
    • Length: 6.3″
    • Height: 4.2″
    • Width: 1.18″
    • Barrel: 3.5″
    • Trigger Type: Striker Fired

    When Should You Buy It

    A hard hitter, this weapon is a small but powerful one that is concealable and easy to carry as a backup weapon.

    Glock 35 — Competition

    Again a favorite for competition shooters, the Glock 35 has a longer slide making it a good partner in competition shooting in the .40 caliber.

    Its Gen 4 model offers the same upgrades as other Gen 4 models except this one has a MOS (Modular Optic System) that lets you add a reflex optic to the firearm without having to machine the optic to the side.

    Specs

    • Category: Full-size
    • Caliber: .40 S&W
    • Rounds Capacity: 15
    • Weight:  24.5 oz
    • Length: 8.1″
    • Height: 5.4″
    • Width: 1.18″
    • Barrel: 5.3″

    When Should You Buy It

    The Gen 4 option of the model 35 is the only version with the MOS configuration in this caliber.

    The Final Shot

    With the wide range of great models it has, zeroing in on your Glock 40 can be difficult. But the good part is that there is no bad Glock 40. No matter which one you end up buying, it is never going to let you down.

    QUALITY

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    6.55mm Creedmoore Review

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    Introduced in 2007 by Hornady, the 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge had a slow start, appearing in rifle shooting competitions, and gained recognition for its low recoil (significantly so, compared to other cartridges in its category). This was seen as risky by some because 6.5mm cartridges were not really considered seriously by most shooters in the United States.

    Ironically, 6.5mm cartridges have long existed in the European market, but weren’t as popular in America because of the lack of availability and interest, since American shooters were already used to the .308s and .264s.

    As had been witnessed before, some great 6.5mm cartridges that were in the market — the 6.5 Remington Magnum, and the .264 Winchester Magnum (to name a few), didn’t do so well in the gun market. So it is a pleasant surprise for the manufacturers that the shooting world is finally sitting up and take notice of this “new” and “hot” cartridge.



    6.55mm Creedmoore  
    Pros & Cons

    PROS

     ​Very Low Recoil: The low weight of the bullet

     ​Versatility: The round can be used both in competitions and hunting

     Accuracy: This is the most accurate round in its category

     Improved Ballistics: The bullet’s flight time is reduced

     

    CONS

    X Cost: The price of this round is more than its counterparts such as the .308 Winchester

    X Shorter barrel life




     


    6.55mm Creedmoore

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    Price:   Available on SGAmmo.com
    Summary:  The 6.5mm Creedmoor shoots extremely well at long ranges and is swaying long-time shooters as well.
    Manufacturer:  Hornady

    History

    One would think a lot of years would have gone into the development of the 6.5 Creedmoor. But how it came about is actually an interesting story. The cartridge was born out of a discussion between a top-notch shooter (Dennis DeMille) and his ballistician friend (Dave Emary, Hornady) at a championship. The two friends were discussing the shortcomings of the modern-day rounds, and were ‘shooting’ ideas back and forth.

    The discussion was about how the current cartridges in the market were not up to the mark and were causing dissatisfaction among shooters for their below average performance.

    Emary was convinced and started work on the new cartridge when he went back. The year was 2005. After a few back-and-forth sessions, the new cartridge was launched as the 6.5 Creedmoor at a show in 2007. Then, no one had realized the popularity that the new entrant would gain among not only competition shooters, but big/small game hunters because of its superior ballistics, easy availability and competitive pricing.

    Specifications

    Anatomy


    The 6.5mm is not a new round. It has been around for the last 125 plus years by the Norwegian and Swedish armies. Years later, competitive shooters would discover this accurate and powerful round which offered lesser recoil over other calibers, and hence a new market came to exist.

    Diameter: 0.473 inches

    Cartridge Length: 2.825 inches

    Propellent: 44.74 grain

    Velocity Range: 2,940 - 2,665 fps

    Maximum Pressure: 62,000psi

    Case Length: 1.92 inches

    Ballistics

    The 6.5 Creedmoor provides excellent ballistics for a cartridge considering it is a long range in mind. Apart from its low recoil feature, the 6.5 Creedmoor offers wind deflection: the great ballistic coefficient makes short work of slip air resistance, making it carry most of its power towards the target.

    Some long-range shooting enthusiasts have reported shooting a milk jug from a distance of as long as 1 mile! This may seem too far-fetched, but anything close to this is also hugely impressive! Several magazines and shooters have held tests comparing the 6.5 Creedmoor to the .243 and the .308 Winchester, and have found that the 6.5 Creedmooralways performs better than the two.

    The Creedmoor has outperformed most of its counterparts and it has found that not only does it perform admirably when it comes to wind drift, it also has less recoil, making it much easier to shoot. Many shooters have noted that the .308 does not perform well at distances over 700 yards, though it still remains a top choice.

    Customizability

    Because of its shorter length (2.85 inches), it can be chambered for short rifles and those with the AR-10 rifle with no problem at all. Countless other custom gun manufacturers have also followed suit and are producing rifles chambered for this cartridge. The one reason being touted for this superior performance that the Creedmoor has less taper than its counterparts.

    Also, customizing also offers total control over the gun’s configuration, for example, the barrel length.

    What’s more, is that Hornaday doesn’t just stop at factory-produced cartridges. Each 6.5 Creedmoor box comes with a recipe to make your own cartridge, for those who like to make their own by hand. The company also offers up to 10 loads for the cartridge.

    Design

    The great thing about the Creedmoor’s less recoil is that shooters can consistently find their target in the viewfinder quickly. That is an application that the United States military is looking at and we will be covering it later in this article.

    Also, less recoil, in this case, doesn’t mean less power. In comparison, it has been found that the Creedmoor follows the .308’s trajectory almost identically. If one was to summarize the Creedmoor’s performance in a word, it would be “efficient”.

    Counterpart Comparison

    Let’s take a look at how the Creedmoor has perform against its immediate competitor, the Winchester .308:

    Recoil

    The Creedmoor wins easily. Though the Winchester may pack more punch, its recoil as explaine as somewhat excessive, whereas with the Creedmoor, it has been one of its selling points.

    Accuracy

    The Creedmoor shoots flatter and has (less) better wind handling. Also, it has been found to be accurate nearly every time, in particular, from a distance.

    Availability

    The ammunition and weapons available in Creedmoor are more expensive when compared with the Winchester in similar categories. This could be a downside for many. But the plus here is that the Creedmoor is abundantly available!

    Guns That Chamber the 6.5 Creedmoor

    Naturally, with the Creedmoor’s rising popularity, gun manufacturers took notice and started chambering some of their rifles with this caliber. We are listing some of these below for you:

    Ruger Hawkeye FTW Hunter

    Ruger was one of the first manufacturers to chamber guns for the Creedmoor. Available in seven different calibers, the Hawkeye FTW Hunter is a gun for the left-handed and is a bolt-action hunting rifle. It comes in a threaded barrel and holds a capacity of 4 rounds. The rifle has a wooden stock and offers ease in cleaning and durability.

    Seekins Precision Havak Bolt Action Rifle

    Made by a manufacturer that specializes in AR models, this product offers excellent quality and rugged good looks. It comes with a removable box magazine and the muzzle comes threaded for a suppressor.

    Kimber Hunter Rifle

    This weapon comes in a polymer stock and offers a satin steel barrel finish and an adjustable trigger. It holds a capacity of 4 rounds and a detachable magazine for easy and quick loading. The suggested use ranges from varmint to predators and deer.

    S&W M&P 10

    The M&P 10 offers a 10-round clip (+1), has a two-stage match trigger, is semi-automatic and ambidextrous so both right and left-handed shooters will be comfortable with it. This is an AR-type rifle that will perform equally well while hunting or in competitive shooting as well as personal defense.

    Savage 10BA Stealth

    This bolt-action rifle offers a 5-round capacity, adjustable trigger and comes in matte black color. This rifle is for the left-handed and has a sleek design and has a tactical look and feel. The buttstock is shock absorbing and the muzzle comes threaded with a protector.

    Pricing

    The Creedmoor’s pricing is competitive and is available at a price range of $28 - $32 for a box of 20 (at a price of about $1.60 per round). Buying these in larger boxes greatly reduces the price (some websites have priced it as low as 70 cents per round).

    What Is This Being Used For?

    Precision Rifle Shooting

    As we know by now, the Creedmoor started its life as ammunition for precision-rifle shooters. It had a slow start, but quickly gained popularity through word-of-mouth and suddenly everyone wanted a rifle chambered in Creedmoor 6.5.

    With a round like the Creedmoor, long-range shooting feels like a breeze, even for the novice, because fewer adjustments have to be made to the gun.

    Hunting

    Long-time shooters have argued that .260 Remington and the 6.55 Creedmoor almost run side by side when compared. But the fact is, that where the .20 Remington lacks, the Creedmoor excels. In the shooting world, the Remington has been well known, whereas comparatively, the Creedmoor is a late entrant.

    People who have just entered competitive shooting will find it much easier to adapt to the long range, low recoil Creedmoor when compared with the already existing .308 Winchester and the Remington. As a result, hunters were quick to note the many benefits of switching to the Creedmoor. The other two have been popular with those who reload their own.

    More recently, the Creedmoor has come neck to neck with the .308 in big game hunting in North America, owing to its all-around flatter trajectory and less recoil. These species include:

    1. Coyotes
    2. Mountain goats
    3. Feral hogs
    4. Elk
    5. Antelope
    6. White-tail deer

    As a result, manufacturers have started producing 6.5 Creedmoor ammunition in the “big game flavor” as well.  Though typically not considered the “hunting caliber”, hunters have reported excellent results while shooting big game with these Creedmoor variants. Many hunters have claimed to drop big game over a large distance with the Creedmoor, and there are glowing commendations on various blogs on the internet.

    Armed Forces Take Interest

    In a previous article, we had briefly discussed how the United States military is looking to replace its main rifle, the M16, and is looking for a replacement weapon and as a result, looking at new ammunition as well.

    Not surprisingly, the popularity of the Creedmoor has not escaped the army. The first thing that comes to mind when you wonder why this “upstart” is even being considered by the military, is probably its long range. The second thing that pops up is, of course, the reduced recoil.

    More recently, the United States Special Operations Command has switched to the 6.5 Creedmoor, replacing their more standard, 7.62mm ammunition. There are also talks that the army is also looking for a new gun to go with this ammunition.

    Tests concluded by SOCOM officials in 2017 demonstrated that the Creedmoor had a much longer effective range than the existing 7.62mm round, reduced recoil and wind drift. SOCOM has been known for moving with the times and keeping in touch with advancements in modern warfare. The casing on both the Creedmoor and the 7.62 is the same, so it essentially means that in case it comes to a conversion, only the barrel needs to be changed because both rounds use the same magazine. This will save costs, and most importantly, time.

    Conclusion

    For those looking for precision shooting, the 6.5 Creedmoor has a ballistic advantage over the .308 and hence it performs better. For those who spend a long time at the shooting range, this cartridge is recommended because of its low recoil and in general opinion, a fair price for the experience.

    Out of the shooting range and if you decide to go hunting, this is a good alternative to other available options. Hunters across the spectrum have given their verdict and it is proven that the Creedmoor can take out a target at 500 yards.

    The biggest advantage? What is not to like about the 6.5 Creedmoor when you can use it both for hunting and at the range, use it in other modern firearms, it does not falter at long ranges and offers much less recoil than other options available in the same category! Also, the rifles chambered in the Creedmoor are easy to shoot.

    The battle between the 6.5 Creedmoor and its counterparts is far from over, but one thing is clear — the Creedmoor is here to stay for a long, long time.


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    357 Magnum Review

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    Simply put, the 357 Magnum is the most powerful handgun of its time. It was made for the .357 Magnum cartridge which, has a bullet diameter of .357 inches. But the history behind the birth of this gun takes it far far away from anything simple, plain and boring.

    357 Magnum

    Pros & Cons

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    PROS

    CONS

    • Can fire one of the most powerful cartridges
    • Available in a range of variants that can take care of all your concerns
    • Great for new gun users who want to learn to shoot and improve their aim
    • Only 6 rounds compared to many autos


    The Birth of the 357 Magnum

    To understand the 357 Magnum as a weapon, first, we need to understand the magnificent cartridge 357 Magnum and how its need made way for the ultimate handgun of the 20th century.

    The .357 cartridge started the Magnum Era. Its introduction in the year 1934 made way for a range of power packed large-sized cartridges for both — handguns and rifles. Though the cartridge itself came about in 1934, its roots go back to the .38 Long Colt.

    Till the year 1898, the .38 Long Colt had been used as the military firepower of choice. But it was found failing during the Philippine-American war as it was not enough to combat the charges of the attacking army. Hence, the .38 Special with its larger case was introduced by Smith & Wesson. It soon became a favorite of the law enforcement agencies and was the standard service cartridge. Its popularity also made it the common sidearm during the World War 1.

    Evolution

    By the 1920s and 1930s, the gangster era had evolved. Criminals had access to bulletproof vests and used high-speed getaway cars to flee from crime scenes. Additionally, they were not afraid to use the Thompson submachine gun and the Browning BAR to discourage pursuers.

    The law agencies found themselves defenseless against such high-power weapons. The .38 Special could not penetrate automobile doors or the protective vests worn by the gunmen.

    Colt stepped up to this problem and introduced the .38 Super to be used with its semi-automatic pistol, 1911. The .38 Super carried more pressure and power and had a higher velocity that enabled it to penetrate car door and the bulletproof vests that the criminals wore. Many saw this as Colt’s bid to expand its business from military to law enforcement, which was till now Smith & Wesson’s turf.

    Finally, in order to defend its position, Smith & Wesson created the ultimate cartridge for power and protection — the .357 Magnum.

    The Birth of the 357 Magnum

    Designed by avid hunter and experimenter Elmer Keith, the .357 Magnum is an advanced variation of the .38 Special. Joseph Wesson from Smith & Wesson evolved its design and Phillip B Sharp who was a member of the National Rifle Association’s  Technical Division helped with the technical aspects of the cartridge.

    The trio began with a large frame revolver called the N frame revolver that could accommodate a .44 caliber cartridge. They rebarreled and rechambered the gun for a .38 special cartridge. This made the gun extremely strong and able to fire a high-powered cartridge. From here they kept testing and increasing the power of the .38 cartridge till it was twice as powerful as before.

    Size and Appearance

    However, the experimental .357 Magnum and the .38 Special were both identical in size and appearance. Hence, it would be easy for anybody to load a .357 Magnum into a .38 Special revolver. But the weapon would not be able to withstand the impact of the high powered cartridge and could result in disastrous situations. Thus, to differentiate the two cartridges, Smith & Wesson slightly extended the case of the .357 Magnum to 33mm from the original 29.3mm in the .38 Special cartridge. This would make it impossible to load the bigger .357 into a revolver not made to withstand the pressure of the cartridge.

    Making Its Impact

    To make sure that the gun was well introduced to the law enforcement agencies, Smith & Wesson presented the first ever 357 Magnum revolver — Model 27 or the Registered Magnum — to the then FBI director J. Edgar Hoover with Registration number 1.

    They introduced the 357 Magnum as “the most powerful gun ever”. It was made on Smith & Wesson’s large N frame made of and available with 3 1⁄2", 4", 5", 6" or 8 3⁄8" barrel lengths and adjustable sights.

    Manufacturers

    The gun manufacturer wanted to strengthen their foothold with the law enforcement agencies and with this gun and cartridge they did do so. The FBI ordered guns with barrel sizes 3.5, 4 and 5 inches. The fact that the gun was customizable as per buyer request, also made it extremely popular.

    The lawmen were already comfortable with Smith & Wesson products and now with the huge ballistic leap that the .357 Magnum cartridge took, they naturally adopted the handgun as their firearm, even as their personal weapon. Many of them even used the versatile 357 Magnum revolver but loaded it only with the .38 Special.

    Why Is the 357 Magnum so Special

    What’s not to like? A handgun that can fire one of the most powerful cartridges and is available in a range of variants that can take care of all your concerns — the 357 Magnum is definitely a success story.

    But the true beauty of the 357 is in their versatility. You can chamber .38 Special cartridges in any 357 Magnum gun. As well as the power-packed .357, allowing your handgun to turn from a good weapon to a fantastic one.

    It is also great for new gun users who want to learn to shoot and improve their aim. The recoil in a .38 Special is less and the cartridge is also much cheaper than the .357, making it easy for new users to get used to the gun and how it works.

    Stoppage Power

    The stoppage power of the .357 cartridge has been loved by one and all — law enforcement to game hunters. Many a deer have been known to drop in one shot — the .357 cartridge can handle pretty much everything up to a brown bear, making it a great partner for outdoor adventurists.

    The 357 Magnum has been the most popular and effective handgun of all times. Its popularity has hardly dwindled over the years. Due to its popularity, it has a large number of variants with different size, weight, barrel length and finishes. Though it makes the gun a piece to marvel over, choosing one such piece to own it may be difficult. But we’ve made it simpler for you with a pick of some of its best variants.

    The Best Gun Variants

     for the .357 Magnum Cartridge

    Small but powerful, this little gun has an exposed hammer and an underlug barrel of 2.25 inches. Made from a durable synthetic material, the grip is classy black and makes using the gun very easy. Made using stainless steel, the gun is sturdy with enough weight to reduce the recoil. Still, with the weight, it is compact in size and easy to carry as a concealed weapon.

    Ruger Model SP-101

    This is a medium fame stainless steel gun with adjustable rear sight and ramp from sight. The gun comes with a 4-inch underlug barrel. It is a solid gun with enough weight to reduce the recoil on firing a .357 magnum. The gun is easy to take apart and clean by yourself without any special tools. It has a transfer bar mechanism, which is a great safety lock.

    Colt .357 Magnum Trooper MK III Series

    A nickel-body medium-framed gun, this one isn’t the best choice if you want to operate from a hidden vantage point. The nickel reflects light and can take away your element of surprise. The gun comes equipped with a ramp front sight, rear adjustable sight and has an exposed hammer.

    Model 5033 Ruger Redhawk .357 Magnum

    Made using high-grade stainless steel, the Redhawk has an eight-shot barrel and 2.75-inch barrel. Its sturdy build and heavyweight are made to withstand the impact of firing a heavy duty cartridge. An 8-round moon clip helps with faster reloading. The gun has a light recoil which makes it easy to fire continuous shots.

    Smith & Wesson Model 627 Pro Series

    One of the best large frame revolvers, this is an N frame gun with a large trigger and hammer. It has a custom 5-inch underlug barrel and an 8-shot chamber. The gun is already high on its style quotient with an 8-round fluted cylinder, the choice of wood or black synthetic grips makes it even more so. An 8-round moon clip makes it faster to load the gun. It comes with a gold bead front sight and an adjustable rear sight.

    Taurus 608 357 Magnum

    This is an impressive gun, especially for long-time users. Built for durability the gun is made using stainless steel, an integrated hammer and a comfortable rubber grip. Even with continuous shots, the gun is easy to handle and use. It has the impressive Taurus system of locking for safety which includes a key to stop the gun from firing. And the mechanism is built into the gun, so the key is never lost. High on accuracy and reliability, the gun also scores for its aesthetics with a slim build that accommodates eight rounds.

    Taurus 605 Protector Polymer 

    Backed by Taurus, this is one of the best high-performance guns in a reinforced polymer frame that can also be carried in a shoulder holster. The trigger is on the harder side but a rubber grip that makes it easy to carry and use the weapon extensively makes up for it. The recoil in the gun is minimized and makes it easier to control the gun. If you are looking for a reasonably priced compact gun with superb accuracy, the Taurus 605 is a good one to go for.

    Desert Eagle .357 Magnum

    This is an aluminium frame big gun by Magnum Research. Probably not the best for high-speed continuous shots in the battle or an outdoor adventure, but good to shoot and enjoy. You can hard pack up to 10 rounds in this one and have a day at the shooting range. It has amongst one of the lightest recoils in .357 Magnum guns. It looks so stylish in a black anodized finish, that sometimes it is okay that it is a hard one to conceal.

    Chiappa Firearms Rhino 40DS Handgun

    If you are looking for a gun with a clean and beautiful design coupled with an impressive performance, then the Chiappa Firearms Rhino 40DS is your handgun. A slim piece, it is really accommodating in terms of the holster you need for it and fits into just about any. The crisp trigger with a choice in neoprene or wood grip makes it easy to use and hold. It has a slightly longer radius with fibre optic sight which allows more light to come in and gives a clearer view of the target.

    Dan Wesson 715 357 Magnum

    A gun crafted for beauty and convenience of use, the Dan Wesson 715 is a hassle-free and easy-to-maintain handgun. The trigger is smooth to operate and the sight gives a clear view of the target. One of the unique features of the gun is that you can change its barrel and several other parts. Overall, the gun is a work of art with a carefully polished frame and barrel that is not just functional but visually appealing too.

    Gun for It

    So, whether you are a first-time buyer or an experienced one, whether you are looking for home protection or a game hunt, the 357 has something to offer for everyone. Its versatility in chambering the effective .38 Special or the powerful .357 Magnum make it a world favorite. So much that even though the .44 came out as the most powerful handgun in the world, it was not able to dent the popularity of the .357 Magnum.

    The .357 Magnum has been around for about eighty years and though it has begun to phase out with the introduction of high capacity semi-automatics and the Magnum Era is almost over, it will never completely vanish or be forgotten.

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    Review Of The Top M16: The Iconic M16 Rifle And Its Variants

    m16 Rifle

    Considered one of the best assault rifles in the world, the M16 has come a long way from its Vietnam avatar. Ahead of its rivals at the time of its inception, the M16 has had its fair share of detractors but has withstood and preserved for more than six decades. The rifle cut its teeth during the Vietnam War, and since then, has seen many changes during the ages and many conflicts as well. Thanks to its simple design, it has been an infantryman’s choice and weapon, and has entered folklore, and even has had lyrics written about it.

    We will take a brief look at the history of the rifle and the many changes it has undergone over the years and the constant improvement, unlike most of the weapons from its time.



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      Assault rifles/carbines have the ability to shoot longer ranger with a shorter barrel and the M16, well, looks outdated in comparison



    A Brief History Of The M16

    Fresh from the Korean War, the United States military was looking to replace its then rifle, the M1 Garand. As accurate as it was, soldiers found it cumbersome to lug it (more than 9 lb) around the battlefield and were outgunned by the sheer number of enemy forces (the rifle had a clip of only 8 rounds).

    The idea for a better rifle quickly gave way to the M14, which had a 20 round (7.62x51mm) clip, and selective fire. But the gun was unreliable and inaccurate after the first round on full auto. Besides, the gun was as bulky as before. It was only effective when fired at a semi-automatic rate.

    The real realisation only came in around the 1950s during the Vietnam War, when the troops were faced by the much formidable firepower of the AK47, and found that the Garand was indeed, no match for the former. It was only then that the Department of Defense seriously started looking at previously considered options.https://www.maxblagg.net/the-best-ar-15-upgrades/

    Features

    The AR-10 had been scrutinized by the army before because it was lightweight (7 lb), used an out-of-the-box design, and had a 20-round clip. But despite all these attributes, the rifle was still not considered by the army as a serious contender.

    But the rifle’s designer, Eugene Stoner, was not disheartened. He was quick to come up with a much-improved version, calling it the AR-15. This version has a 25-round .22 clip and performed admirably whether fired on full or semi-auto. But the army was not particularly enthusiastic about the smaller caliber, and the M14 continued to be a weapon of choice.

    But it wouldn’t be until 1962, that the AR-15, now called the M16, would be inducted into the air force and the army after a fledgeling Armalite had sold its rights to Colt.  Most of this was because of the changing political and bureaucratic weather. The caliber had also been upgraded to the standard 5.56x45mm.

    Top M16 Variants

    Over the years, the basic design of the M16 has remained the same. What has changed is the way they are handled or the number of accessories they can accommodate. The weapon was designed at a time when the US military needed an advantage over the AK-47-toting enemy. For all these years, the M16 has continued to be one of the most popular weapons around the world.

    We have seen weapons such as the AR-15 (which were an origin point to the M16) gain popularity over the years, because of their availability, ease of use their “Lego-like” customizability. It was this breakthrough design that set the way for compact, modern-day firearms.

    In this section, we will look at the various versions of the M16 which are still in use by the US military.

    The Original M16/M16A1

    The original M16 design was a selective fire, naturally cooled 5.56x45mm rifle with  20-round ammunition clip. When the rifle made its debut in the Vietnam War, it was dubbed the M16A1.

    The rifle quickly became popular as it was a vast improvement over its predecessor, the M14, with praises from the serving troops for its enviable power and overall effectiveness. It was lighter, so troops could carry more rounds per rifle, and had devastating power, which became obvious in the close confines of jungle warfare.

    History

    But soon after, it came under heavy scrutiny for jamming, in the humid climates of Vietnam. Reports started pouring in about the soldiers’ worst nightmare — the gun jamming at the most crucial moments. A lot of it was attributed it to the change of ball powder used in the ammunition that resulted in gas pressure, a change the gun was not designed for. Others attributed it to “human failure”, meaning the soldiers were told at the time of issuance that the gun was “self-cleaning” which was not a fact. Other factors were incomplete knowledge about the gun and no chrome plating in the gun chamber (a military requirement).

    It wouldn’t be until 1968 that the gun would be actually battle ready and reliable after all the kinks were ironed out, one at a time.

    Features

    • Weight without Ammunition and Accessories (bayonet, magazine, sling): 6.5 lbs
    • Weight with Ammunition, Bayonet, Magazine and Sling: 7.6 lbs
    • Length (Including flash suppressor): 39 inches

    With bayonet, it comes up to around 44.25 Inches (approximate)

    • Muzzle Velocity: 3,250 feet/second
    • Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
    • Rates of Fire: Up to 200 rounds/minute under automatic

    Up to 65 rounds/minute under semi-automatic

    Up to 15 rounds/minute under sustained fire

    M16A4

    This rifle came into being after the M16A2 and the M16A2, and being the fourth in the generation of the series, is a refined version of the original M16. The M16A4 was a standard issue weapon but was replaced by the M4, a much more compact version of the original, in 2015. The rifle is still in use by marines from the non-infantry and support units since its inception in 1990.

    Gas Operated Rifle

    Like its predecessors, the M164A is a gas operated, 5.56 x 45 rifle. The fire mode selector, operated by just a flick of the thumb, has positions for “burst”, “semi”  and “safe” and is located close to the pistol grip. The “three-round burst” feature is almost a fixture in modern rifles after military researchers found that the “full auto” feature wastes a lot of ammunition. The rifle also boasts of reduced recoil, making it perfect for close-combat situations.

    It comes with a charging or carrying handle (a mechanism that allows the striker to be in the firing position), and a more modular weapon, when it comes to adaptability. The rifle can be customized using an untold number of gun sights, grips and optics. If need be, an M203 grenade launcher can also be attached under the barrel of the M164A.

    Features

    • Weight without Ammunition and Accessories (bayonet, magazine and sling): 7.8 lbs
    • Weight While Loaded: 8.79 lbs
    • Length Including Flash Suppressor: 39.5 inches
    • With Bayonet: 44.75 inches (approximate)
    • Muzzle Velocity: 3,100 feet/second
    • Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
    • Rates of Fire: Up to 90 rounds/minute in burst mode

    Up to 45 rounds/minute in semi-automatic mode

    Up to 15 rounds/minute in sustained fire mode

    M4 Carbine

    The latest to join the M16 family has been the M4 carbine. Introduced in 1994, it has a shorter barrel (the carbine itself is a variant of the M16A2 rifle), fires the 5.56x45 mm ammunition, and has a folding/collapsible stock. This version has been lauded throughout the armed forces for its lighter weight, reliability and accuracy.

    The M4 has a heavier barrel (14.5 inches) than its predecessors, that makes it stable and the accuracy more consistent, at the same time taking it longer for it to heat, as a result, keeping the rifle cooler. It is also the most preferred carbine above all its previous flavors, given its compact size. Because of this versatility, the carbine is popular among the special forces and paratroopers and several other nations. The M4 has seen action since the Kosovo war and the civil wars of Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

    Features

    • Weight (without ammunition and accessories, magazine and sling): 6.4 lbs
    • Weight While Loaded: 7 lbs
    • Length (with Extended Stock): 33 inches
    • Muzzle Velocity: 2,900 feet/second
    • Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
    • Rates of Fire: Up to 90 rounds/minute in burst mode
      Up to 45 rounds/minute in semi-automatic mode
      Up to 15 rounds/minute in sustained fire mode

    M4A1

    This is essentially an M4 carbine but comes with the fully-automatic mode. The rest of the M4A1 has the same features as the M4 carbine. The army has been on a mission to convert the existing M4 carbines to M4A1s, and have been issuing them to soldiers in batches. The conversion might take as long as mid-2020.

    The slightly heavier barrel of the M4A1 translates to the gun not heating up quickly during a sustained rate of fire and ensures continued accuracy while offering ergonomics to the end user.

    Mark 18 CQBR

    This is another variant of the M4 carbine, but with a much shorter barrel than the M4A1 or the M4.  Because of this, the Mark 18 has a higher barrel life compared with the M4A1. They particularly favoured this carbine by hostage-rescue operatives, making it an extremely close-quarter combat weapon. CQBR stands for a close quarter battle receiver.

    M4 Commando/Colt Commando

    Just like the other variants in its class, they designed the M4 Commando for action in confined quarters, where speed and mobility matter. It has an effective range of 400 meters, and interestingly, appears regularly in popular culture, for example, video games.

    Colt LE6933

    Touted as a patrol rifle, the LE6933 features an 11.33-inch barrel, fires the 5.56x45 mm ammunition, has a collapsible/folding stock and has a semi-auto fire option.

    Standing The Test Of Time

    As we established before, the M16 has stood the test of time for the last 60 plus years. There have been some attempts in the past to replace it by more futuristic-looking weapons, but the weapon has held out so far, evolving and resurfacing under different names, actually too many to name in a single article.

    But surely and steadily, the army is looking for alternatives to the “black rifle”. In the recent years, the M4 carbine has come to be the primary weapon in army units because of its smaller size and reliability. There have been many factors to this gradual transition.

    We will take a quick look at these:

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    They designed the M16 during the Cold War era and has a design which no longer holds true to today’s requirements. The fixed stock that it used to come with, is simply not necessary in today’s day and age. The modern stocks, like the convertible stock on the M4, is more in line with the requirements of today’s soldiers when speed matters.

    Burst Fire Mode

    This particular model was prevalent during the Vietnam War, they stressed it upon soldiers to conserve ammunition and the assumption that a three-round burst would be enough to stop an enemy in their tracks. According to military experts, they rarely use the burst fire mode. Most combat veterans swear that they have stuck to the semi-automatic mode their entire careers.

    Ergonomics

    Let’s face it — the M16 is not a short weapon. As never known, the compactness of M16 (20-inch barrel) makes it unusable in modern-day combat techniques. Today’s soldiers demand a compact, easy-to-carry weapon and the bulky design (compared with its modern counterparts, with barrels as short as 10.5 inches) just doesn’t cut it. Today’s assault rifles/carbines have the ability to shoot longer ranger with a shorter barrel and the M16, well, looks outdated in comparison.

    Conclusion

    Still, the fact remains that the M16 made it all possible for its future generation weapons, owing to its uniqueness and innovation in design (at the time). The army has been in the news for slowly moving towards more compact and deadlier weapons such as the M4 and the M4A1, or even moving out of the M16 family entirely, and in fact, going instead for a new type of cartridge, that has a more effective range and firepower. This would typically mean they are looking at an alternative between 6.5mm to 6.8mm, since they generally acknowledged that the 5.56mm ammunition lacks the punch of a full-bodied 7.62mm round in theatres of war, such as Afghanistan.

    But these things take time, and until then, we hope to see an increment to the M16 family.

    Remington 700 Review

    remington 700 a series of bolt-action rifles manufactured by Remington Arms

    If you are new to shooting or hunting and are just starting off, then you could consider the Remington 700, which is among the best rifles for beginners. The Remington 700 has been an icon in the American gun culture for over 50 years. The Remington 700 is a bolt action rifle which is ideal for precision shooting and is extremely easy to use and maintain.



    Remington 700 
    Pros & Cons

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     The recoil of the rifle is easy     to manage

     The ammunition is inexpensive and quite easy to buy

     Recommended for beginner shooters


     

      CONS

      x  ​Additional safety device



       




      Remington 700

      remington 700 a series of bolt-action rifles manufactured by Remington Arms

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      What is Remington 700?

      Over the years, Remington has introduced several models of the 700 and in hundreds of calibers. Although, today, the Remington rifle may not be a shiny and spiffy model compared to other state-of-the-art advanced rifles available in the market, yet it is still quite popular and affordable too.

      All the models of the Remington 700 rifle feature the X-Mark Pro, the trigger system patented by Remington, which has around 3.5 lbs pull weight right out of the box. However, the biggest advantage of the X-Mark Pro is that it can be adjusted externally.

      The Significance of the Remington 700

      Designed as a modern rifle, it was possible to manufacture the Remington 700 much cheaper than the older designs available during the time. The Remington was comparable to the Winchester 70 and Mauser and in the 50s, it could be produced with greater automation and lesser human assembly.

      The lightweight weight action, easy-to-use push feed design and the extremely affordable price point made the Remington 700 a huge success. Although it had fewer features compared to other rifles in the market, the accuracy and its customizability made the rifle a hot favorite with civilian shooters who liked custom-made rifles.

      Uses of Remington 700

      The universality of the Remington 700 rifle also aided the military to adopt it for all their precision rifle needs. The rifle was popularly used to train marksmen in various branches and snipers in the U.S. military and was a favorite rifle of sharpshooters in law enforcement. The military designation of the Remington rifle led to its widespread use in law enforcement and it became among the most exported rifles of the United States.

      In short, it is extremely versatile and can adapt to any kind of scenario, which is the reason for so many variants of the rifle available in the market. In this article, we will be discussing some of the variants of the iconic Remington 700.

      Remington 700 CDL

      Introduced in 1962, this rifle is a premium hunting rifle. It is based on the traditional Remington 700 design. This is a highly accurate and reliable rifle which is why it is the favorite rifle of hunters and firearm collectors. The CDL 700 is practically ready for anything you throw at it and once the scope is mounted, you’re all set to rock it. All the Remington CDL models feature an American walnut stock that has a satin finish which gives the rifle a sophisticated and elegant look.

      The Remington CDL comes in the following calibers:

      • 270 Winchester: 24-inch barrel
      • 243 Winchester: 24-inch barrel
      • 25-06 Remington: 24-inch barrel
      • 30-06 Springfield: 24-inch barrel
      • 7mm-08 Remington: 24-inch barrel
      • 300 Winchester Mag: 26-inch barrel
      • 7mm Remington Mag: 26-inch barrel

      Remington 700 BDL

      This is a deluxe model that is functionally very similar to the Remington CDL; however, it has a different stock. The BDL model also has the same American walnut finish like the CDL model, but the Monte Carlo design makes the BDL slightly different due to the raised cheekpiece, lighter coloring, and checkering pattern. The BDL also has a built-in sight. The main difference between the Remington CDL and BDL models is that the BDL model has a barrel that is much shorter in length compared to the CDL.

      The Remington BDL is available in the following calibers:

      • 7mm Remington Mag: 24-inch barrel
      • 270 Winchester: 22-inch barrel
      • 243 Winchester: 22-inch barrel
      • 30-06 Springfield: 22-inch barrel

      Remington 700 SPS Varmint

      The main reason why the SPS Varmint model of Remington is cheaper compared to its other models is that of its stock design. Instead of the traditional wooden stock which gives the Remington 700 rifle its classic look, the SPS models feature a synthetic stock.

      If you’re not really looking for aesthetics in your rifle, then the SPS Varmint is an excellent Remington model that you can own without creating a dent in your savings. Apart from the black matte finish and the synthetic stock, the Remington SPS Varmint has nothing major to write home about.

      All the variants of the SPS Varmint have 26-inch long barrels and the rifle is available in the following calibers:

      • 308 Winchester
      • 243 Winchester
      • 223 Remington
      • 22-250 Remington
      • 204 Ruger

      Remington 700 Varmint SF

      This is basically the same rifle as the Remington SPS Varmint, except for a couple of upgrades. The Varmint SF has a polished stainless-steel finish instead of the matte blue barrel, which makes the SF look sleeker. The barrel of the Varmint SF has 6 flutes that help to improve the cooling and also reduces the weight of the rifle.

      The main difference between the Varmint SF and SPS Varmint is that the SF’s stock has 2 swivel studs that allow you to attach the bipod easily. The SF — like the SPS Varmint — comes only with 26-inch long barrels.

      The Remington 700 Varmint SF is available in the following calibers:

      • 223 Remington
      • 22-250 Remington
      • 308 Winchester
      • 220 Swift

      Remington 700 VTR

      The VTR model or the Varmint-Target Rifle is a fantastic long-range precision rifle designed to give you maximum accuracy. The VTR model is much smaller compared to the other variants of the Varmint and all the VTR calibers have a 22-inch barrel, which makes it quite easy to carry the rifle around.

      The triangular contoured barrel and the ported design of the barrel make the VTR different compared to the other Varmint sub-models. The triangular barrel contour design helps in reducing the rifle’s recoil and muzzle rise. The stock of the VTR is quite similar to the Remington SPS Varmint; however, it has a dark earth color instead of a black color scheme. The rifle also has black colored grip panels over the front portion of the stock.

      The VTR Varmint is available in the following calibers:

      • 308 Winchester
      • 260 Remington
      • 22-250 Remington
      • 223 Remington

      Remington 700 VLS

      In terms of the function, the Remington’s VLS (Varmint Laminated Stock) model is quite similar to the SPS Varmint, except that it has a laminated stock. Instead of having the black matte synthetic stock design like the SPS Varmint, the Remington VLS has a woodgrain finish stock that gives the rifle a classic vintage look.

      The VLS rifle has a raised cheekpiece like the BDL and a beavertail front end. Just like the SPS Varmint model, the barrel length of the VLS is 26 inches and the calibers too are the same.

      The VLS rifle is available in the following calibers:

      • 223 Remington
      • 22-250 Remington
      • 204 Ruger
      • 308 Winchester
      • 243 Winchester

      Remington 700 XCR Tactical

      The Remington 700 XCR Tactical has a barrel that has a TriNyte PVD coating which offers extra protection from scratches and corrosion. The rifle has a synthetic stock by Bell and Carlson and the olive coloring of the rifle with the black webbing gives the XCR a truly menacing look.

      It has a few other cool features such as an extended grip, the depressed thumb groove that is just located behind the grip which offers added comfort when you’re shooting off a bench or shooting while lying prone, the beavertail front end and the dual studs located on the front of the stock of the rifle.

      All these features make this rifle stand apart from the other models and also makes it worth the higher price. All the calibers of the Remington 700 XCR Tactical feature a 26-inch long barrel and all of them are equipped with a contoured barrel with 3 flutes.

      The calibers available of the Remington 700 XCR Tactical include:

      • 300 Winchester Mag
      • 308 Winchester
      • 338 Laupa Mag

      Remington 700 Long Range

      The Remington Long Range rifle can hold long-action calibers, which makes it ideal for big game hunters. The rifle is equipped with an aluminium bedding block, a synthetic stock made by Bell and Carlson and an additional swivel that allows you to mount a bipod whenever required.

      The Remington Long Range rifle features a 26-inch contoured barrel that has a barrel crown which has a concave shape. Overall, the Remington Long Range rifle is very similar to the Remington SPS Varmint model but is more suited for long-range shooting.

      The calibers of the Remington Long Range rifle available include:

      • 7mm Remington Mag
      • 25-06 Remington
      • 300 Remington Ultra Mag
      • 30-06 Springfield
      • 300 Winchester Mag

      Remington 700 SPS

      The Remington 700 SPS is almost the same as the Remington SPS Varmint, except that in terms of the overall length and its barrel length, it is a few inches shorter. Also, there are more calibers available for this rifle as compared to the SPS Varmint.

      And, the calibers of the SPS include:

      • 6.5 Creedmoor: 24-inch barrel
      • 7mm Remington Mag: 26-inch barrel
      • 7mm-08 Remington: 24-inch barrel / 20-inch barrel​
      • 223 Remington: 24-inch barrel
      • 243 Winchester: 24-inch barrel / 20-inch barrel
      • 270 Winchester: 24-inch barrel
      • 300 Winchester Mag: 26-inch barrel
      • 308 Winchester: 24-inch barrel
      • 260 Remington: 24-inch barrel
      • 300 Remington Ultra Mag: 26-inch barrel
      • 30-06 Springfield: 26-inch barrel
      • 270 WSM: 24-inch barrel
      • 300 WSM: 24-inch barrel

      Remington 700 SPS Compact

      This rifle is a very basic model, which is a smaller version of the Remington SPS model and just like the SPS model, it has no additional features which make it stand apart. In fact, the Remington 700 SPS Compact looks exactly like the SPS rifle. All the barrels of the Remington 700 SPS Compact are 20-inches long.

      It supports only 2 calibers i.e.

      • 243 Winchester
      • 7mm-08 Remington

      Remington 700 SPS Tactical

      This is an upgraded version of the Remington SPS and includes a contoured barrel, a beavertail front end and being slightly smaller in build, offers greater maneuverability. The Remington 700 SPS Compact offers a 20-inch and a 16.5-inch barrel.

      It comes in the following calibers:

      • 223 Remington
      • 308 Winchester
      • 300 AAC Blackout

      Remington 700 Tactical Chassis

      If you’re looking for a rifle which is sufficiently strong for law enforcement or military purposes, this rifle is the perfect gun for you. The Magpul pistol grip and adjustable stock and the 100% consistency, makes the Remington 700 Tactical Chassis suitable for every scenario.

      The rifle has an aggressive design, very similar to the AR-10. The Remington 700 Tactical Chassis rifle has a Picatinny rail mount at the top, it is bipod ready and also has an AAC suppressor mount. However, the best feature of the rifle is that it has a detachable box magazine that accommodates 5 rounds.

      The Remington 700 Tactical Chassis rifle is available in calibers including:

      • 300 Winchester Mag: 24-inch barrel
      • 308 Winchester: 24-inch barrel
      • 338 Lapua Mag: 26-inch barrel

      Remington 700 Magpul

      The Remington 700 Magpul may be a tamer gun compared to the Tactical Chassis model; nevertheless, it is a fantastic rifle. The rifle does not have a suppressor support, bipod swivels or a rail mount; however, it has an extremely comfortable stock which is adjustable and a box magazine that is detachable and can hold 5 rounds.

      The Remington 700 Magpul is an excellent rifle if you’re looking for a long-range optimized rifle with all the AR-10 features without paying a bomb for it.

      The calibers available for the Remington 700 Magpul are:

      • 6.5 Creedmoor: 22-inch barrel
      • 260 Remington: 22-inch barrel
      • 308 Winchester: 22-inch barrel

      For over 50 years, it has been America’s popular and iconic rifle, that is a favourite firearm of soldiers, shooters and hunters. With over 30 models to choose from and several calibres that they come in, the Remington 700 is the best rifle for beginner shooters. The recoil of the rifle is easy to manage and the ammunition is inexpensive and quite easy to buy. The functionality of the rifle is a lot more than you can imagine and can be used for target shooting, hunting, and home defence. The Remington 700 is probably the most adaptable and versatile rifle that you can buy.

       

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