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Bob Campbell aiming a Mossberg 500 Persuader shotgun

Firearms

Review: Mossberg 500 Persuader

If you are serious about defending the home, the first choice is a shotgun, mainly because a 12-gauge shotgun will repel boarders like no other firearm. A number of years ago, Mossberg offered a short-barrel pump-action shotgun known as the Persuader. Today, the piece is back as a highly finished retrograde shotgun worthy of consideration.

Fiocchi .22 LR HV ammunition box and loose rounds

Ammunition

Fiocchi .22 LR — Plinking and Beyond

One of the best uses for the .22 LR is training youngsters to shoot. The cartridge offers a mild report, is inexpensive, and is plentiful at present, and its accuracy with the right load is excellent. Any ammunition may be used for this pastime or for training. Most often, the most inexpensive ammunition is used. This is OK as far as it goes. However, when you are firing at targets and attempting to shoot to the best of your ability, you will value accuracy more.

Uberti Bisley right profile with Fiocchi ammunition

Firearms

Review: Uberti Bisley — Blue Steel and Case Hardened

The Uberti is well made of good material and probably stronger than the first Generation Colt. The Bisley revolver is handsomely finished. The grips fit the grip frame well. The barrel is what is sometimes called the Gunfighter length, cut off at the end of the ejector for 4 ¾-inch length.

Traditions Bill Tilghman revolver and Fiocchi ammunition

Firearms

Review: Traditions Bill Tilghman Revolver

Hand engraving is expensive. Few shooters in the old west era carried engraved firearms, but some did. During the gangster era Frank Hamer—the man who killed Bonnie and Clyde—carried Old Lucky, an engraved SAA .45. Bill Cody and a very few well-heeled shooters carried such revolvers. Today however, while you are not likely to be a famous gunman, you can own a fine, engraved revolver for traditions such as the Bill Tilghman Single Action Army.

Beretta APX pistol left profile

Fishing

Range Report: Beretta APX 9mm Compact

The Beretta APX is Beretta’s entry into the polymer-frame striker-fired field, and they added a modular design for good measure. The APX is going against stiff competition. While Beretta has brand loyalty, the piece must stand on its own merit.

Bob Campbell defending the home with a shotgun

Gun Gear

Review: XS DXT Shotgun Sights

By adapting modern tritium technology to the classic Express sight, XS sights has been able to offer a truly unique system for making fast hits on a dangerous threat. XS DTX sight is not a set up for target shooting or long range. This is a set of sights that will give you every advantage, night or day, in a dangerous situation where your shotgun is the solution.

Snubnose revolver with pocket knife, and speedloaders

General

Smith and Wesson Bodyguard .38 — Not Another J Frame

The Bodyguard is a concealed-hammer double-action-only .38 Special snubnose, which is obvious. However, the Bodyguard differs from other J frames in that the cylinder rotates in a different direction—to the right. This is the same as the now defunct Colt Detective Special. Further, if you open the cylinder by pressing the lever on the top of the backstrap, you are enjoying a different manual of arms.