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BarryinIN last won the day on January 2 2020

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  1. I’ve seen one now, and it’s quite a bit smaller than I expected. It’s more appealing than I thought.
  2. I think it will depend on what the buyer wants. If you want a classic HiPower with some improvements that make it easier to use- the SA. I’m not sure who the FN will please. I’m sure it could be a great functioning, good shooting gun. It might, and should, have a great trigger. But it’s going to be chunkier feeling and heavier than an HP or most other guns in its class.
  3. MSRP $1049-1099 https://www.smith-wesson.com/volunteer?utm_source=iContact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=smith-wesson&utm_content=11%2F18+Volunteer+Announcement
  4. https://fnamerica.com/highpower/?fbclid=IwAR1ZS7ovUm4JQhVdD6zBsyynkrQ9c6qbFxTamLxHmaYVbpLSLphHZ5prWQ4 A 40 ounce single action 9mm that only vaguely resembles a BHP and has an MSRP of double the SA. I’m not sure who the target audience is here.
  5. And then there’s this:
  6. Lightweight coming? Recently, Kimber let slip (on purpose?) that a lightweight model was coming. They listed a K6xs on order sheets. Then some images appeared online claiming to be of the 2022 Kimber catalog. The specs listed weight as 15.9 ounces for a 2”, or 7.9 oz less than the all-steel K6s. That’s around 1.5 oz more than an Airweight S&W J frame. EDIT: .38 Special only. The picture shows a couple more changes. There is a grooved topstrap for a rear sight instead of the separate dovetailed sight the K6s uses, and more traditional cylinder flutes. This started maybe two months ago. Since then, nothing. The SHOT Show is this week, so maybe there will be an announcement. Or maybe it was all a ruse. An internet hoax, if those even exist.
  7. https://www.springfield-armory.com/hellion-series/hellion-rifles/ Bullpup 5.56 from, you guessed it, Croatia. I wonder if it has a Grip Zone??? Additional info from the HS VHS-2 (Croatian) website: https://hs-produkt.hr/military-law-enforcement-program/vhs-2/ It has an adjustable length stock, which is lacking on other bullpups. Even better is that it will surely be priced better than other ‘pups. Oh wait, MSRP $1995.
  8. Jumping straight to the point of my posting this: SWFA-branded scopes have been a standout for me Their SS line has become my go-to. https://www.swfa.com/optics/riflescopes.html?brand=SWFA+SS#brand=SWFA+SS (Bold statement alert) Until you are talking higher level brands of at least $1,000 and up, I’ve just about stopped bothering with anything else. Or put another way, from their starting price point of around $300 on up to $1000 or so, they are my pick. Yes, you generally get what you pay for in optics, but the SWFA products seem to perform out of their price range. Just about the only time I don’t look at them first is when I’m forced: They don’t have a wide enough line to cover every need. I recently wanted a small and light scope for a small and light short range rifle. A fixed 2.5X was about right, but they don’t have one, so I bought a Leupold. The Super Sniper (SS) line they’ve sold for years is their standard bearer. The base design was originally a 10X submitted for a US military test in the 1980s. SWFA contracted to have this 10X made for commercial sales, then expanded out to 6X, 12X, 16X, and 20X. Later they added other variations like the HD with better quality glass, and a choice of parallax knob location. In the last few years, they’ve sold some new designs like the 1-4X I’ve posted about here, a 2.5-10X Lightweight, and variable power models with HD glass. As far as I know, all are made in Japan or the Philippines. Don’t knock that. Most scopes seem to be made in Japan, the Philippines, or China. Many of the really nice brands we ooh and ahh over are made in Japan, and some good ones are also made in the Philippines. China, well… China. The SS line is $299.95 with a rear-located parallax control (where a variable’s power ring is) and $100 more with a side knob. A couple of reticle choices, 1/4 MOA or 1/10 Mil, 30mm tube. I use one for the long range .22 matches where we are dialing the knobs constantly. The clicks are accurate and repeatable, which is extremely important there. A $300 scope. And I haven’t paid full price yet. They have sales a few times each year. Specific models get a good cut, plus the rest get 10% off across the board. They also have a “Sample List” of demos and trade-ins. The SS models are usually around $250. If you time it right during a sale, you can get a like-new one for around $220-225. It’s almost comical what a deal they are. The demos and trade-ins have three condition ratings. I’ve had the top two and levels and could only see a very slight ring scuff on one of them. I have never had an HD model; only the “Classics”. It’s a pretty fair step up in price for an HD (the 10X HD is $800) but they are still priced very competitively and everything I’ve read says they are worth it. The only negative I can think of is shortages in the best of times. When they are out of stock, it can take a while for the boat to arrive. They have a big Black Friday sale that wipes them out pretty good each year, and it can be spring before they get some items back.
  9. I guess their place is for those who prefer an aluminum frame, like the Sig P938.
  10. This one had escaped into the public eye a few days ago, but it has now been officially announced. https://www.smith-wesson.com/product/csx?sku=12615
  11. New from Federal, to give us something to ask “What for?” is the .30 Super Carry cartridge. Sort of a rimless .327 Federal. I guess the idea was to outperform the .32ACP and .380ACP, but at 9mm length it pretty much requires a 9mm-size gun. Pressures of around 45k PSI will need a locked breech. But at least it gives us another cartridge we can’t find. https://www.federalpremium.com/30supercarry.html My only interest would be that I wouldn’t turn away an auxiliary .30 Super Carry cylinder for my .32 Mag Single Six. Not that it offers anything new, but it would give one more cartridge option.
  12. Astro- I too am curious how people use them. Almost everywhere I saw this news posted, most replies were demands for a longer barrel.
  13. I really want a BAR! Watching old episodes of Combat! on H&I channel is not helping at all.
  14. Nine year update: Still going strong. Still my favorite .308 semiauto, and probably my favorite rifle. I thought pretty seriously about getting it a present recently. There were some tempting Black Friday scope sales, and I was looking hard at 1-8X and 1-10X scopes. I was ready to pop for a Vortex Razor Gen III 1-10X, but was reminded of something. I was at dinner with my classmates in my annual night shooting class, and the year we worked with rifles came up. The instructors remembered the SCAR/Trijicon doing well, which in turn got me wondering why I wanted the replace it. I couldn't think of anything that 1-4X couldn't do that I'd asked of it. More magnification would be nice sometimes, but definitely is not necessary. I chose to save the money and the seven ounces the bigger scope would add. Instead, I treated the SCAR to a thorough bore cleaning with copper fouling removal. And is it ever fouled! I don't think I've ever given it a real copper removal type cleaning, and it's had (mumble) thousand rounds through it. I'm making lots of blue-stained patches!
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