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FEATURES

BENELLI R1 By Stan Trzoniec
Recoil-friendly, rugged, reliable, customizable and fast—she’s ready to hunt!

HYBRID HUNTER By Andy Massimilian
RRA’s crossover 5.56mm ATH varmint blaster bridges the gap between field rifle and black gun!

RUGER 77/357: BRUSH-COUNTRY BOLT GUN By Richard Mann
Economical and out-of-the-box accurate, this new pistol-cal. rifle is a deer hunter’s dream.

LONG ARM TAC-308 By Cory Trapp
McMillan’s lean, mean, surgical-striking machine proves bigger is not always better.

1,000-YARD SAVAGES By Jon R. Sundra
The long-barrel 12 F/TR screams precision for competition, critter blasting and plain old fun!

WILDCAT THUNDER By Bryce M. Towsley
Power-packed .358 and .416 Ultra Mags: the ultimate home remedy for behemoths that won’t go down without a fight!

M48 TROPHY TAKER By Richard Mann
Big on quality, not price, and guaranteed to go sub-MOA, Nosler’s newest is ready for prime time!

MONSTER HAMMERS By Wayne van Zwoll
Quiet angry beasts and come home alive with these heavy-hitting rifles, loads and tactics!

U.S. SURVIVAL AR-7 By F.W. Demara
Henry upgrades its compact, can-do classic .22 that will be spot on when you need it most!

NEXT-GEN FLINTLOCK By Bill Vaznis
Smoke out early-season whitetails with Traditions’ modernized PA Pellet .50-cal. muzzleloader!

ONE-OF-A-KIND OREGON HUNTER By David Bahde
With 39 years in the trade, shooting records to his credit and a stellar LE career under his belt, this maker delivers!

PLINKING M4-22 PERFECTION By Dennis Adler
Convert your AR lower to a trainer, plinker and varmint buster you can enjoy on a workingman’s budget!

DEPARTMENTS

FIRE IN THE HOLE
Editor’s welcome By Nino Bosaz

RIFLEMAN’S OPTICS
The optics trifecta By Wayne van Zwoll

HANDLOADING
Maxing out rifling twist rates By Richard Mann

AMMO BOX
Hard-hitting Hornady cartridges By Jon R. Sundra

EXTREME AIR
Turbo-charge your airsoft rifle By John Fasano

LONG GUN LEGENDS
William Ruger, gunmaker to a nation By F.W. Demara

PEAK PERFORMANCE
Chronographs and the science of speed By Jay Langston

FIRST SHOTS
The keys to starting newcomers right By Richard Mann

RAPID FIRE

Industry insider report By Greg Lickenbrock

FIRING BACK
Colt’s General Keys on guns and Marines By Jay Langston

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