Hunting Rifles

The Big Five Combo: Mauser 03 Africa and .404 Jeffery

The Big Five Combo: Mauser 03 Africa and .404 Jeffery

The reasons for disappearance of .404 Jeffery caliber can be traced to the shortage of ammunition in markets, as well as decreased interest in weapons that use it. It’s a pity that such a cartridge, which can parry .375 H&H magnum and .458 Win. Mag. is almost completely forgotten. At the turn of 19th century, .450/.400 NE 3” started taking over as a favorite rimmed cartridge in dangerous hunts... »

Werner Bartolot Rifles: Hunting the Big Six

Werner Bartolot Rifles: Hunting the Big Six

Affluent hunters don’t buy their rifles in gun stores. For many of them a production rifle just won’t do, no matter how well-made it is. What they are looking for is a highly customized hunting piece. Although the demand for custom hunting weapons is on the downward slope, a handful of master gunsmiths still survive, inspiring awe with their products and innovation. One of them is the Austrian gun... »

RX Helix: Don’t Mess with Merkel

RX Helix: Don’t Mess with Merkel

The new Merkel RX Helix was designed as a revolutionary direct action hunting rifle. Now, after almost three years, this fine rifle has taken a high place on the hunting rifles’ market. We will explore the details of its operation and introduce the models and versions thatwere derived from the basic RX Helix design. In the central Germany, in the Federal State of Thuringia, a region covered in den... »

Blaser BD14: Gentlemen Prefer Drillings

Blaser BD14: Gentlemen Prefer Drillings

This superb break-action rifle is a universal hunting rifle, especially for gentlemen hunters who are continuing the Old World traditions. European hunting philosophy was based on measuring a hunter’s dexterity and wood lore with the natural instinct of the game. These hunters are reluctant to accept technical superiority of modern rifles. They hunt with pieces that don’t rely on interchangeable m... »

Italian Elegance – Fausti Shotguns

Italian Elegance – Fausti Shotguns

The Fausti company was founded by Cavalier Stefano Fausti in 1948. The first series of rifles made by the company, the Taranto series, was very well received. Exquisite Craftsmanship Stefano Fausti proceeded with crafting hammerless double-barrelled shotguns and side-by-side shotguns. The success of these weapons led to expansion of his business. In fact, he was so successful and respected that he... »

T/C Dimension: One Carbine to Rule Them All

T/C Dimension: One Carbine to Rule Them All

We can’t believe there’s a one-shot hunter who hasn’t heard of “Thompson/Center Arms Company”. Their single-shot break-action pistols and rifles Contender and Encore have become synonymous with a single-shot kill, especially because of their muzzle loader line. During the WW2, Warren Center was a specialist for several types of firearms in the US Army. After the war, he worked in Dallas, TX ... »

Browning A5

Browning A5: Autoloader with High Warranty

The last year’s IWA 2013 Outdoor Classics saw FN Browning company from Herstal, Belgium overwhelming its competition. Heavy lies the crown, and whoever plays the game of thrones either wins or dies. That is why the people from Browning marked the 40th exhibition anniversary with two completely new designs. One was the brand new auto-loading shotgun named A5 and the other the new direct action hunt... »

Single Shot Low Caliber Rifles Chiappa and KSA

Single Shot Low Caliber Rifles Chiappa and KSA

The first .22 LR model that we would like to draw attention to is Italian-made Chiappa rifle, known as the Little Badger. It’s a single shot, folding rimfire rifle, which is quite small when folded, making it very easy to carry around in a backpack. This leads us to believe that it is primarily intended for use by campers and people who spend a lot of their time in the great outdoors and need a li... »

Beretta 486 Parallelo

Beretta 692 and 486 Parallelo: High Class at Moderate Price

Last year’s IWA Outdoor Classics Exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany was marked by the huge Beretta Group stalls which occupied most of the Hall 4. The biggest and the most splendid one belonged to the leading firm of the Group, of course – the Beretta itself. This firearms giant, founded in the 15th century by the master gunsmith Bartolomeo Beretta, prepared two premieres – two double barrel s... »

Aero SR The Only Survivor

Aero SR: The Only Survivor

A limited number of small arms is designed exclusively for self-defense, sports, and survival. These guns are usually highly specialized and simple carbines which fire pistol rounds. This concept has bred a series of compact, but not necessarily too reliable and accurate carbines, all of which followed one rule – they were lightweight and easy to use. They were made for fast, intuitive operation i... »

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