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Celebrating 200 Years Of Remington

Bicentennials are a big deal in any regard, so when America’s oldest gun maker reaches the 200-year mark, it’s cause for celebration.
I am, of course, talking about Remington. In August 1816, Eliphalet Remington II forged his first rifle barrel. It is unlikely he could have foreseen what the next two centuries would hold as he stood at the family forge in Herkimer County, New York.
When the Erie Canal was completed in 1825, an economic boom hit Remington’s region and afforded him an opportunity to expand. By 1828, the forge had been relocated to a 100-acre farm near what would become Ilion, New York, and he supplied thousands of rifle barrels to local gunsmiths. In 1839, Eliphalet’s son, Philo, joined the family business; his second son, Samuel, followed in 1845. At this point, the company was doing quite well despite the fact that it only made barrels, not completed firearms.
Making Its Mark
Remington began by making barrels and eventually entered complete rifle production. Here you can see a full-stock percussion rifle that shows Remington’s work in the early 19th century.
Remington got its first government contract in 1845. In 1841, Nathan Ames of Massachusetts had been contracted by the Navy to build carbines designed by William Jenks. When an additional order was placed in late 1845, Ames’ health was failing and he did not want the contract. Jenks approached Remington, and the two entered into an agreement to supply the Navy with 1,000 carbines using equipment sold to Remington by Ames. This contract came just months after Remington received an Ordnance Department contract for 5,000 Model 1841 “Mississippi” rifles.
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Though Colt’s patent on the revolver didn’t expire until 1857, Remington got into the handgun game in 1856 with the help of improvement patents from Fordyce Beals and Joseph Rider. By the time the Civil War broke out, Remington could offer both rifles and revolvers to the government. The company ramped up production to meet demand and made .36- and .44-caliber revolvers, as well as Model 1863 Percussion Contract Rifles, which were popularly known as the “Zouave” rifle because of a saber bayonet that was similar to the ones used in Algeria by the French.
Between 1861 and 1865, thousands of Remington revolvers and rifles saw combat in the infantry, cavalry and artillery ranks. The company continued to make firearms in a variety of different styles after hostilities ended. Using additional designs from Beals, Rider and others, the company began branching out into the civilian market as well.
Battle Tested

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Remington offered an incredibly wide variety of firearms, ranging from small pocket revolvers to highly accurate target rifles used in competition. The 20th century also saw the gun manufacturer once again gearing up for war.
During World War I, Remington produced millions of arms used by various countries. France used single-shot rolling blocks and Model 1907/15 rifles; England used Pattern 14 rifles; and Russia used Model 1891 Mosin-Nagant rifles. Once the United States entered the war in 1917, Remington also made Mark III signal pistols, Model 1911 pistols and Model 1903 rifles. It also produced half of all the ammunition used by the Allies in the entire war.
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During World War II, Remington churned out more than 1 million firearms for the war effort. With a mixture of M1903 rifles, Model 11 and Model 31 shotguns, Model 81 and Model 550 semi-automatic rifles, and Model 512 bolt-action rifles, Remington made sure it was doing its part to aid in the war effort. The company also did its part in manufacturing ammunition for all those firearms. By the war’s end, Remington had made more than 60 billion rounds of ammunition.
After hostilities ceased in 1945, the company would go on to create some of its most iconic firearms in the coming decades. In 1950, Remington introduced the Model 870 pump-action shotgun. With more than 10 million sold since then, it has proven to be by and large the most popular shotgun on the market.
Introduced in 1962, the Model 700 bolt-action rifle has been a mainstay in the hands of hunters in the woods and the armed forces in combat. More than 5 million Model 700s have been made to date, and more than 30,000 have been used in combat since Vietnam.
Remington’s unique XP-100 pistol was chambered in .221 Fireball and had its bolt action located behind the trigger and grip for quick handling.
Not everything Remington has produced caught on in the market, however. In 1963, it introduced the XP-100 bolt-action pistol for target shooting and hunting applications. The XP-100 action might be thought of as a single-shot version of the Model 600 rifle action, if it did not pre-date that rifle by one year. The .221 Fireball cartridge that it fires is unique to the XP-100.
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In 1988, the M24 Sniper System was adopted by the U.S. Army, and it remained the standard rifle for 22 years. The 21st century has been good to Remington so far. The company introduced its Versa Max autoloading shotgun in 2010, and it opened a new plant in Alabama in 2014.
Now celebrating its bicentennial in 2016, Remington is still going strong. It has come a long way since Eliphalet forged his first gun barrel in New York in 1816. Having been involved in almost every American conflict and supplying quality civilian guns for decades, Remington has become a true American icon.
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Return Of The CETME: The Century Arms C308

As modern sporting rifles have become almost ubiquitous in the firearms world, many shooters have started to turn from their lighter 5.56mm NATO and 7.62x39mm weapons towards the heavier .308/7.62mm NATO semi-autos.
Classic battle rifles like the M14, FN FAL and HK G3 combine the potent 7.62mm NATO with designs that have been proven in some of the harshest environments this world has to offer. While these can be fairly expensive guns, the tremendous popularity of the Spanish CETME and the HK G3 (which was developed as a joint enterprise with the CETME) has resulted in a flood of surplus guns and parts, making the roller-locked CETME/G3 design surprisingly inexpensive. While original rifles, even in semi-auto form, can cost several thousands of dollars, the new C308 from Century Arms is a refreshingly affordable version with all the capabilities of the pricier options.
Century Arms is no stranger to roller-locked rifles in any of their many forms. In business for over 60 years, the company previously imported the CETME as well as the C93, a 5.56mm variant of the HK G3. I first encountered the C308 on a range in early 2015, where I had the chance to run a few magazines through one. As pleasant to shoot as you can reasonably expect from a semi-auto 7.62mm, the iron-sighted C308 hit where I pointed it, regularly striking the 200-yard steel silhouette target from the bench. Standing, it hit every 100-yard target, which was enough to make me want to spend more time with one. Luckily, Century Arms delivered.
C308 Details
The C308’s fixed synthetic stock features a sling loop, two rear QD sling sockets and a thick rubber buttpad to absorb recoil.
My test gun arrived in a foam-lined cardboard container with a manual, two surplus 20-round aluminum G3 magazines, and a steel five-rounder. For those unfamiliar with the finer points distinguishing the CETME from its German brother, the G3/HK91, it would be easy to confuse the C308. Other than the sights and the shape of the thumb safety lever, the lines of the gun are almost identical, down to the HK-style furniture, although the gun itself is built from CETME parts that are either NOS or arsenal refinished. In order to keep the gun 922r compliant—meaning it has enough U.S.-made parts to be legal—the barrel, receiver, operating rod, muzzle device, trigger housing, buttstock and handguard are all made in the U.S.
Finished in business-like black, the C308’s forend is a reproduction of the commonly-encountered “slim” G3 version, with coarser checkering and lacking only the metal heat shield found in surplus forends. The buttstock is a fixed, black polymer unit, and the fire control parts are contained in a polymer Navy-style trigger group.
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The front sight is contained in the familiar “triple tree” arrangement that unites the barrel and cocking tube and forms a hood for the front sight. In place of the square-post front sight of the HK, which is basically made from sheet metal (and devilishly hard to remove), the C308’s front sight is a tapered conical post that rotates to adjust for elevation.
The triple tree also houses the bayonet mount that remains in place on the C308, which is a shrewd little piece of design work that’s easy to miss. The tab-shaped mount protrudes from the front of the triple tree, held in place by a pair of spring-loaded plungers that lock into holes in the triple tree. Depressing both plungers (which can easily be done with tip of a .308/7.62mm cartridge) allows the mount to be rotated and pulled out from the front. Attached to the back of the mount is an aluminum tube with a thread-on cap designed to contain a pull-through cleaning kit. Very clever. My test rifle didn’t have the kit in it, but it did have the tube and cap; a cleaning brush is easy enough to add in later.
In front of the rear sight, a length of Picatinny rail has been stitch-welded onto the top of the receiver. Considering that putting optics on this style of rifle was traditionally limited to a claw-type mount, the inclusion of a low-profile rail makes the gun far more useful than it otherwise would be, especially in a world where we’ve come to expect optics on our sporting rifles. The rear sight, located just aft of the rail, is a flip-over arrangement with four options: three are apertures of varying sizes and one is a V-shaped notch. I kept it on the “4” aperture.
The C308’s forward, side-mounted charging handle folds down when not in use.
The manual of arms is simple: There’s no automatic bolt stop, so to load the rifle, reach forward to the front of the gun with your left hand and rotate the folding cocking handle out, then smartly draw it back all the way to the rear, where it can be rotated up into its locking notch in the cocking tube. Depress the plunger-type magazine release button on the right side of the gun to remove the magazine, and insert a loaded mag. While it’s possible to drive one straight up into the mag well, it’s better to put it in at a slight angle (a la the AK or M14) and rock it backwards until it locks. Slap the bolt handle down out of its locking notch with the palm of your left hand and you’re ready to go. The manual safety is a simple up/down lever—up is “safe” and down is “fire.”
One of the great features of the CETME/G3 rifles is how easily they’re disassembled. A single pushpin holds the forend in place; two secure the buttstock, which can be swapped out for another in a matter of seconds, a trick you’re not likely to try with an AR. Considering the broad variety of M-LOK, KeyMod and other forend arrangements, as well as target stocks like Magpul’s PRS-2 and a broad variety of collapsible stocks (such as the four-position model made by, the C308 would be very easy to modify to suit individual tastes—especially considering how reasonably the gun is priced, and how inexpensively parts can be sourced for it. The C308 can be found online for just over $600 and uses common G3 magazines. Since somewhere over seven million G3s were made, if you’re paying more than single-digit prices for mags, you’re paying too much.
Rock & Lock

Now for the fun part. I tested the C308 at the range with a variety of loads, including those from Black Hills, Federal, Winchester and Wolf Performance Ammunition. In 387 rounds fired, the C308 had a grand total of three malfunctions: one double feed and two failures to eject a spent case. Otherwise, it hummed right along.
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My complaints about the C308 are few and minor. There was a little play in the safety lever—not enough to be a safety hazard, but something a shooter used to a crisp AR safety would notice. On an aesthetic level, the cocking tube seemed to have had a rough life, but this is to be expected with surplus-style rifles, and the surface imperfections did not affect the C308’s functioning in any way. Additionally, while the compensator was surprisingly effective for its small size, it had a bad habit of shooting loose. I resorted to tightening it carefully, but firmly, with a pair of pliers.

While the CETME is a battle rifle, there’s no doubt that the modern sporting rifle can also be a compelling defensive weapon. With this in mind, and considering that modern carbine doctrine often treats the rifle as a replacement for the handgun, I shot double-taps with the C308 at pistol ranges in addition to conducting formal accuracy testing. There’s no doubt that the gun kicks, but even so I was able to post fairly satisfying groups shooting hammers with the big .308, and it transitioned smoothly between multiple targets. Shoot it fast enough and the forend gets a bit warm, not unlike those aluminum rails we see on ARs. During one particularly enthusiastic range session, I resorted to wearing a leather glove on my left hand and kept right on shooting. The rifle never showed any effects of the heat.
For accuracy testing, I ran the C308 with a Weaver 2-10X tactical scope equipped with target-style turrets and a mil-dot, green or red-illuminated reticle. The Weaver scope also came with a stout, one-piece mount that let me both install and remove it quickly on the C308’s top rail. With the Weaver set at the maximum magnification of 10X, I shot the C308 from prone at 100 yards. Five-shot groups from the C308 averaged just under 3.5 inches, with some loads from Black Hills and Federal shooting into just over 2 inches. The best group, produced with the 175-grain Black Hills load, measured 1.55 inches, followed closely by a Federal Gold Medal Match group measuring 1.58 inches.
Capable Warrior

While many shooters have been spoiled by ARs to expect MOA accuracy out of everything, these results are well within reasonable expectations for a surplus service rifle, and careful ammo selection should provide the accuracy needed for any use to which the rifle would be put. For consistency, I’d probably use Black Hills’ Gold Match ammo, which comes loaded with a 155-grain Hornady A-MAX bullet and provided the most consistent accuracy during testing, with an average of 2.12 inches and all three groups within about 0.3 inches of one another.
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While the CETME/G3 platform has its own charms, you’d be hard-pressed to find any rail-equipped semi-auto .308/7.62mm anywhere for the price of the C308. Add in the heritage and rugged reliability of roller-locked rifles, as well as easy customization and plentiful spare parts, and the C308 is a very hard bargain to pass up.
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Rimfire Regulator: The Alexander Arms .17 HMR

Rarely is something AR related truly novel anymore, and rarely is a rifle this much fun to shoot. Alexander Arms has managed these two extraordinary feats somewhat quietly with several rifles, almost as if shaking up the modern sporting rifle world is the company’s day job, which, actually, it is. And it’s extremely good at it. Case in point is Alexander Arms’ AR-pattern .17 HMR, which is so humble it doesn’t have a special name or designation, just a catalog number. But boy, does it do some work out in the country.
Alexander Arms was founded by Bill Alexander, a top armorer from the United Kingdom who has extensive experience developing firearms, ammunition (he invented the .50 Beowulf and co-invented the 6.5 Grendel) and armor, giving him experience in both improving armor and defeating it in new and curious ways.
He moved to America to pursue the creation of his own design and manufacturing firm, to produce truly innovative firearms chambered for the cartridges he created (and a few standard ones, too). Fifteen years on, his company, Alexander Arms, with its manufacturing facility on the Radford Arsenal in southwestern Virginia, produces AR-pattern rifles chambered for .50 Beowulf, 6.5 Grendel and 300 Blackout. Bill and his team have had plenty of successes already by making non-standard cartridges work extremely well in the AR platform.
Now they’ve moved into rimfires, choosing to adapt the AR platform to the hot little .17 HMR cartridge instead of the obvious .22 LR. Why? Because it gives the market an amazingly versatile platform for that cartridge as its popularity spreads through the sporting community. Also, not insignificantly, to see if they can do it. And boy, can they ever.
Varmint Hunter
Alexander Arms’ newest rifle combines the ergonomics and accuracy of the AR platform with the lightning-fast .17 HMR for varmint hunting.
Hornady and Winchester push their 17-grain .17 HMR projectiles to 2,550 fps. CCI pushes its projectile to 2,650 fps. Despite the projectile’s weight, that’s good for 246 foot-pounds of energy for the Hornady and Winchester loads, and 265 foot-pounds for CCI.
Those cartridges each feature polymer-tipped projectiles that offer explosive (figurative) expansion because they have to. The .17 HMR is designed to be used against varmints and effective against coyotes and similar-size creatures. There’s not much projectile-stopping mass to a prairie dog or a squirrel, and not much distance in which to stop it, either. Thus, the projectiles are designed to immediately expand upon contact, to transfer as much energy into the target as possible during its brief passage through the target. The results on small game are devastating and best applied to pest control, where you don’t intend to eat what little is left.
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We learned this when taking the Alexander Arms .17 HMR afield on a squirrel hunt to test its all-around handling. The rifle performed like a dream, displaying the characteristics we love about fielding AR-pattern rifles: their relative light weights, easily manipulated fire controls, instinctive pointing and their ability to hold position off-hand as targets slow down to afford a shot. I collapsed the stock one position from its length during zeroing to accommodate a heavy winter coat, and the triggerguard had no problems accommodating thin gloves.
The .17 HMR cartridge did an excellent job of dispatching a trio of squirrels, with a few shots overperforming by removing a bit too much of the already meager amount of meat we were after. For pest control, though, the more destructive the terminal performance the better, and the .17 HMR provided plenty of that.
Rimfire AR
The flattop upper receiver makes it easy to add optics, and the lower has traditional AR controls.
This rifle is a blowback-operated semi-automatic that accepts 10-round, detachable magazines. The polymer mags are shorter, narrower and skinnier than standard magazines, so the mag well has a flush-fitting sleeve that is pinned in place and not intended to be removed.
The bolt is a clever unit that combines both bolt and bolt carrier group into a single piece of metal that rides inside the upper receiver, with a rimfire-style bolt face and massive extractor claw. A milled metal bar bolts to the top, providing a stepped face that can interact with the charging handle for manually retracting the bolt. The rear of the bolt features a large oval relief just like on the carrier in an AR, through which the hammer swings to impact the rear of the firing pin.
There is no rotating bolt head, no cam and none of the complexity of an AR’s bolt carrier group largely because the .17 HMR has a lower operating pressure and much less kinetic energy to cycle such lockwork, and partly because it’s not needed to hold the bolt closed quite so long as with 5.56mm ammunition. The bolt begins its rearward journey after the cartridge’s rearward energy overcomes its inertial resistance to motion, and the case’s pressure goes down just enough to unstick it from the chamber. Then the whole unit lurches rearward, partially into the receiver tube—just like on any other AR—and is then driven home under spring pressure, stripping a new round from the magazine in the process.
As with any blowback design, this means the receiver gets regular blasts of hot air with unburned powder, but this rifle receives no more so than any other blowback rifle. Possibly less, actually, with the added mass of this very large bolt keeping it closed just that tiny bit longer.
Charging the rifle is the same process as on any AR—via the charging handle beneath the receiver-length Picatinny rail. The safety and magazine release are also the same as you would expect from an AR. The only other significant outward differences are the lack of a forward assist on the starboard side and a lack of a bolt release on the port side. (The bolt is not held open after the last round has been fired, so there is no need for one.)
Range Time

We experienced only two quirks during all of our testing. When the rifle arrived, the rear receiver pin was standing proud by the exact thickness of the receiver’s left wall. No amount of pushing or wiggling got it into place, so, daring fate, we tested the rifle with the pin not completely seated. It worked just fine, and if the rifle were ours, we’d just bang it in there with a hammer and be done with it.
The other issue was the 2-percent failure rate of the Winchester ammunition. It was a consistent two out of every hundred that failed to ignite, over the course of roughly 400 rounds. The suspect duds were run through again, rotated so the firing pin would hit a different part of the rim. None of the first-time duds ignited with the second strike, absolving the rifle. Since the ammunition was all from the same batch, it’s likely an anomaly.
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One spent case—a CCI case, though we’re not sure if the brand mattered—got pinched in the space above the bolt, inside the charging handle’s shaft, deforming in a way that locked its rim against the charging handle interface. It took a pair of pliers to extract, but the rifle never again gave any problems in more than 800 rounds of testing. What caused that problem? It beats me.
We topped the Alexander Arms .17 HMR with a Weaver Kaspa 2.5-10x 50mm tactical scope, a scope that has proven itself with 5.56mm ammunition on other platforms. It was significant overkill for squirrels, though it was just about ideal when we hit the range. Then we moved to 75 yards, where we noticed what was essentially no change in point of impact. Shooting at a nearer berm, there was the same imperceptible change of point of impact, a testament to the flat trajectory of the .17 HMR within 100 yards.
So we backed up to somewhere just beyond 200 yards. We’re not sure how far, precisely, because our obscure, private test range in the back of beyond wasn’t set up for shooting that far back. The field was also unaccommodating of specific range distances, or even comfortable shooting rests, so we kneeled behind a rock and fired 20 shots at our standard accuracy target.

The results were a very pleasing group 3.76 inches in diameter (center to center) that printed about 2.5 inches high and just slightly to the right—likely the effect of improper trigger pull. Certainly the rifle is capable of better. I expected it to print about 6 inches low as that’s what the ballistic charts say. It didn’t. We think the height of the scope above bore line and a change in eye position relative to the rear objective, mixed with a bit of .17 HMR black magic and the steady hand of el Niño, combined to raise that impact point. Then again, maybe it was the coffee.
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In any event, a center hold anywhere from 25 to 200 yards should result in a hit on anything larger than a chipmunk. During our hunt, shots ranged from dead-horizontal at 20 or so yards, to nearly 80 yards at a steep upward angle (backstopped by a giant oak tree, as you cannot allow projectiles to just whistle through space). The rifle never missed. The squirrels fell. The ammunition did its job marvelously.
This would make a great AR-pattern rifle for varmint hunting and pest control, small game hunting and even taking on coyotes if for some reason you don’t want to use a .223. It’s an absolute blast to shoot, and with its lack of muzzle blast and recoil, it would be perfect for younger shooters or those with smaller frames who want to field an AR. You can’t go wrong here.
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Colt Releases New Expanse M4: The CE2000

Colt is broadening its Expanse M4 carbine product line with the release of the new CE2000.
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“This was a natural move for us,” Justin Baldini, Product Director for Colt, said in a press release. “We simply listened to what our customers and our Colt Stocking Dealers were telling us, and the story was simple. Folks want the added features of a real Colt dust cover and forward assist, and they want it to come that way from the factory.”
Building on what customers know and love from the original Expanse M4 CE1000 — the Colt forgings, bolts and other parts used on the Colt M4 line — the new Expanse M4 CE2000 now includes a Colt dust cover and forward assist.
“We couldn’t be happier to deliver to our customers exactly what they want,” said Paul Spitale, Senior VP at Colt. “It’s a proud moment to be able to build on the success we’ve had with the Expanse™ M4 in a way that provides an even better ownership experience to the discerning firearms enthusiast.”
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Chambered in 5.56 x 45 NATO (.223 Rem.), the CE2000 is a great option if you’re looking to build your ideal modern sport rifle or if you’re a collector. The Expanse M4 CE2000 is available at a retail price of $749.
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Gamo Launches New “Whisper Fusion Mach 1” Air Rifle

The following is a press release from Gamo Outdoor USA
Gamo® Outdoor USA, the leading manufacturer of high quality air guns, optics and laser designators is launching the new Whisper Fusion Mach 1 air rifle. The new air rifle features the latest in Gamo technology – the IGT MACH 1™. The IGT MACH 1™ replaces the standard spring powerplant with an Inert Gas Cylinder. But the IGT MACH 1’s monster 33 milimeter cylinder delivers more Velocity and Terminal Penetration. The pneumatic cylinder propels pellets up to 1420 Feet Per Second in .177 Caliber and 1200 Feet Per Second in .22 Caliber (both with PBA Platinum Ammo). Not to mention smooth and consistent cocking efforts with constant power delivered to any pellet you fire. The Whisper Fusion Mach 1 line also offers the exclusive CAT™ (Custom Action Trigger) technology which allows Gamo air rifle owners the ability to independently adjust the first and second stages of their trigger.
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The Whisper Fusion Mach 1 features the Whisper Fusion technology developed exclusively by Gamo®, this new remarkably quiet air rifle includes the latest noise dampening technology that has been integrated into the steel barrel. Compared to standard air rifles, noise is reduced by up to 89.5%. The new SWA™ (Shock Wave Absorber™) recoil pad and molded cheekpad reduces felt recoil up to 74%.
This air rifle also features RRR™ (Recoil Reducing Rail) technology, developed to reduce the stress placed on your scope from the intense recoil of air guns and high-powered rifles. The patent pending two-piece aluminum rail is separated by dual polymer struts to absorb shockwaves. Once mounted to the Recoil Reducing Rail, the recoil stresses to internal components of the scope are reduced by almost 100%. All these technologies combined make this air rifle a must-have for any serious varmint hunter. Answering to consumer needs, the new Whisper Fusion Mach 1 also features a 3-9x 40 AO rifle scope.
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The Whisper Fusion Mach 1 Includes:
– IGT Mach 1 ™ Technology.
– Whisper Fusion™ Technology.
– Fluted polymer jacketed rifled steel barrel
– Rubberized grips
– All-weather black stock.
– Fiber optic front and rear sights
– CAT™ Custom Action Trigger
– RRR™ Recoil Reducing Rail
– SWA™ Shock Wave Absorber
– Fiber optics front and rear sights
– 3-9×40 AO Scope
– 5 Year Warranty
– MSRP: $249.99 (.177 and .22 Cal)
Whisper Fusion Mach 1™
– Velocity: 1420 FPS with PBA® Platinum (.177 Cal.)
– Velocity: 1020 FPS with PBA® Platinum (.22 Cal.)
– 33 mm cylinder, high power plant
– Single Shot.
– Break Barrel: Single Cocking System
– Trigger: Two stage adjustable CAT™ (Custom Action Trigger)
– Safety Manual
Gamo Outdoor USA is a leading consumer products company that designs, manufactures and markets a diverse portfolio of outdoor sporting goods products under such world class brands as GAMO®, BSA Optics®, Laser Genetics®, Aftermath®, and is the exclusive distributor of BSA Guns™ and Joker Knives®. For more information visit:
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PROOF Research: Pre-Fit Carbon Fiber Barrels for Savage Rifles

The following is a press release from PROOF Research
PROOF Research announced that they are offering pre-fit carbon fiber barrels for the Savage rifle, one of the most popular platforms for gun owners to customize. The pre-fit carbon fiber barrels from PROOF Research can be installed without the assistance of a gunsmith, although some special tools are required.
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“By designing a carbon fiber barrel specifically for this platform, we’ve made it easy for Savage owners to extract every last bit of accuracy and handling performance from this iconic rifle,” stated Jason Lincoln, VP of Engineering and Product Development at PROOF Research. “Our barrels are up to 50% lighter than steel barrels of similar contour and cool 60% faster than stainless steel, resulting in virtually no point-of-impact shift during high-volume strings of fire. We believe there is no better choice for the custom gun builder who wants to build a precision long-range rifle.”
For the last several years PROOF Research has been proving that carbon fiber-wrapped barrels aren’t just a lightweight alternative to traditional steel barrels, but that they provide superior performance, including extreme accuracy, and unprecedented durability. By combining their unique manufacturing process with advanced technology composite materials and thermo-mechanical design principles, they’ve accomplished what others have failed to do in the past—match-grade carbon fiber barrels that weigh a fraction of traditional steel barrels while compromising nothing.
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The pre-fit carbon fiber Savage barrels are currently being offered by Stocky’s ( and arrive threaded and chambered in a variety of calibers including 223, 243, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5×284 Ackley 6.5×280 Ackley, 7mm REM MAG, 300 WIN MAG and 22-250.
About PROOF Research, Inc.
PROOF Research is a science-driven defense/aerospace company based in Northwest Montana committed to developing next-generation materials and composites to produce carbon fiber barrels and weapons systems that lighten warfighter load while increasing durability and effectiveness. PROOF Research’s goal is to make reduced weight, unsurpassed durability and match-grade accuracy a reality for all its customers.
Headquartered in Columbia Falls, Montana, PROOF Research maintains sales and manufacturing centers in Montana and Dayton, Ohio. For more information, please visit the company’s website at
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