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    My Favorite Ruger 10/22

    Let me begin by saying that I’m not much of a .22 rifle guy.  Like many youngsters who grew up in the late 1950s and early 1906s my Father taught me firearms safety and shooting at around age 10 to 12.  I learned to shoot on my Dad’s Marlin Model 81 bolt action rifle.  We shot at tin cans behind grandpa’s barn.  I inherited that rifle when my Father passed away in 1999.  Still own it.  A used Marlin Glenfield Model 25 bolt action rifle was my first firearm purchase after I turned 18 and had a steady, full-time job.  The price was $50 in 1973, which was all I…

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    Ruger Super GP100

    This time Thursday Day at the Range continues the double-action revolver series with more DA action. My focus for over six decades has been single action automatic pistols, specifically M1911s. Oh, sure, I dabbled in single-action revolvers such as the Ruger Single-Six, and at one point had an S&W Model 38 and a Walther P38. But, I didn’t shoot them much. This series of Thursday Days is intended to remedy my double-action deficiency. Last time we ran a Ruger Wiley Clapp GP100 with a 3″ barrel. This time, it’s another Ruger, a Super GP100. The Super GP is essentially a Super Redhawk with an eight-shot .357 Magnum cylinder and a…

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  • Ruger,  Thursday Day at the Range

    Ruger GP100

    This Thursday Day at the Range included the first revolver we’ve run in some time. We’ve had a long string of autopistols, thus I think it’s time to switch things up with a little wheel-gun action. This week’s subject is a Wiley Clapp special edition 3″ Ruger GP100. The GP100 is Ruger’s heavy-duty medium frame .357 Magnum revolver. It replaced the much-loved Security-Six in much the way that S&W supplanted their K-Frames with the slightly stronger L-Frames. Wiley Clapp, a long-respected handgunner, has been retained as a consultant by Ruger (and Colt) to recommend product enhancements. In the case of the GP100, a fiber optic front sight and Novak-style rear…

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  • Thursday Day at the Range,  Ruger

    Ruger BSR9

    Today’s Thursday Day at the Range was, shall we say, both interesting and a bit humbling. After posting the “Five Best” 1911 targets below, this week’s targets weren’t nearly so impressive. That’s the humbling part. The interesting part is the contrast between this Ruger BSR9 (“B” for black slide) and the SR9 from a few weeks ago. The recent SR9 shoot was somewhat disconcerting because the front sight decided to attempt a walkabout. Needless to say, the accuracy results were somewhat compromised by a sight attempting to escape its dovetail. While contemplating a remedy for that pistol, which has a stainless bare finish slide, I decided to break out another SR9,…

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    .30 Luger Ruger P89

      This week’s Thursday Day at the Range includes a reshoot of the .30 Luger Ruger P89. If you recall from the earlier Thursday Day at the Range report, Ruger offered a .30 Luger conversion kit for the 9x19mm P89 pistol. I was reminded at that time the Ruger actually offered a two-caliber version of the P89, the “P89X.” The .30 Luger barrel and recoil spring assembly had their own little recesses in the plastic pistol case. This particular setup was a separate kit, apparently offered by Ruger to use up extra .30 Luger ensembles. Our previous experience with the ersatz P89X involved adapting a P89DC (decocking) slide to a P89.…

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    Ruger P91DAO

      Today’s Thursday Day at the Range is brought to you courtesy of two Thursday Days at the Range ago, a shoot saved for a day when I could not make it to the range. You see, today instead of the customary range session I got the first fitting for my new hearing aids. Ironic, no? Well, you might ask, what about the gun? Those who are regular readers of these Thursday Day at the Range reports will recall the Ruger P89 and P89X sessions. During the discussion of these Rugers the comment was made, “I have a P91DAO; have you ever had one?” The P91 is, for practical purposes,…

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    You Can Go Home Again

    In June of 1976 I bought my first handgun from Esman’s in Pitcairn, PA.  It was a new S&W Model 10 (.38 Special) with blued finish, pencil thin 4-inch barrel and round butt.  The price was $113.50. I quickly discovered that I would not shoot it as much as I had planned due to the price of .38 Special ammo being beyond my budget.  But I wanted to learn to shoot a handgun and would not be deterred.  I had become a regular customer of Export Sporting Goods, having purchased a few long guns from them.  They treated me well on prices and allowed me to make payments on layaway…

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    10/22 Deja Vu

      You’ll have to read the text to find out what this is… Here’s a question for you: what is this that is pictured above?  Take your time; I’ll wait… Got it?  Or not?  Anyway, it’s the trigger assembly from a Winchester Model of 1905.  The Win ’05, as it is commonly termed, is a long-recoil autoloading rifle developed by Tom Johnson and introduced, presumably, in 1905. Now that you know what it is, here’s a second question: why is it the subject of a blog post here?  After all, we’ve never done anything on the Win ’05.  Take your time to answer; I’ll wait… It’s here because it’s the…

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    The Ageless 10/22

    It’s October of 2020, so the 22nd must be National 10/22 Day!  If you have a 10/22, be sure to bring it out and shoot it.  If you don’t have a 10/22…wait, doesn’t everyone have a 10/22?  Anyway, perhaps it would be a good day to get a 10/22. The 10/22 is truly a phenomenon in the gun industry.  It is one of the few firearms of which we are aware that has not gone through any fundamental design changes in all these years and millions of units.  Oh sure, the receiver finishes have changed, and the original three models, rifle, sporter and International, have permutated into literally hundreds of…

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