Long Guns Archive

Winchester M97 Trench Gun

I was never one of those shooters who ran out and bought guns because I saw them in movies. Dirty Harry didn’t influence me to buy a Model 29, nor did James Bond films give me an urge for a Walther PPK, though I have owned examples...

Low-Signature Weapons for Military and Police

I recently received the Paladin Press publication Tactical Use of Low-Signature Weapons for Military and Police by Mark White. I’d like to review and comment on some points from the book. This book should be viewed as a short overview that can be read in an evening....

Mossberg 9200A1 Jungle Gun

THE Mossberg 9200A1 Jungle Gun is one of the more interesting shotguns produced over the last 25 years, though it did not really achieve commercial success. The 9200A1’s big claim to fame was that it met very rigorous standards to be designated the first milspec semiautomatic shotgun after passing...

Century Arms Sterling Type II Semi Auto Carbine

In the August issue, I wrote about the Sten gun. Now I’ll examine the Century International Arms semiauto version of the weapon that replaced the Sten—the Sterling. I think most British troops who used the Sten and then the Sterling would have rated the Sterling an improvement. Although the Sterling was initially designed in 1944,...

SRM 1216 Shotgun

I’m a great believer in the combat shotgun for CQC and intimidation.  As a result, I try to test anything new that comes along in fighting scatterguns.  The problem is generally that most “new” shotguns aren’t really new.  They aren’t all that different from the Winchester Model 97 Trench Guns used against...

Leupold Variable-Power Scout Scope

When the Steyr Scout Rifle was introduced some years ago, I discussed in this column why I liked it as a car gun. I later got a Steyr Scout Tactical, which allowed me to mount the scope more conventionally, and I then sold the Jeff Cooper Steyr Scout rifle. I’ll admit that...

Steyr SSG 08 .338 Lapua Magnum

The .338 Lapua Magnum (LM) has granted the military sniper great versatility, as it offers long-range capability approaching the .50 BMG yet in rifles that are lighter and shorter in overall length. In fact, the record for the longest sniper kill is currently held by a British sniper using a .338...

Finnish Soumi KP-31 Submachine Gun

Simo Hayha was the Finnish sniper who accounted for 505 confirmed kills of Russians during the Winter War of 1939-40. Unconfirmed kills raise that figure to 542. Although Hayha used a Finnish M/28 version of the Mosin-Nagant with iron sights for many of his kills, he used the Soumi submachine gun...

Blackhawk Sniper Rest and Pack

Whether a sniper is law enforcement or military, having a steady rest makes for a better shot. Many tactical rifles come equipped with bipods, which can certainly enhance steadiness when shooting prone or from a hard surface such as a wall or table. I shoot pretty well from a bipod and have gotten used...