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EMF’s Updated, GWII Deluxe “Grande Californian” 2019

In 2002, when EMF introduced the Great Western II “Californian” single action revolvers. True to Colt’s original SAA, with the floating firing pin, the “Californian” models feature hammer forged steel barrels, which are highly polished and blued. The CNC machined, dropforged frames are colorcasehardened, in Pietta’s signature deep, rich combination of blues, browns, and purples. These frames are an improvement on the traditional casted frames of the Colt single action revolvers. The wider rear and larger front sights offer faster sight acquisition. The combination of traditional esthetics and the best modern technology made the Great Western II “Californian” a popular, durable, and reliable single action on the market for the last 17 years.

The GWII Deluxe “Grande Californian” model elevates the classical beauty of the “Californian” to a completely new level! Elegantly engraved with a combination of Victorian scrollwork and sunbursts on the blued barrel and deep rich colorcasehardened frame, it is accented with a one-piece diamond checkered grip. If you want an engraved SAA on a budget, this is a very atractive package.

Available in .357Mag or 45LC, the Deluxe “Grande Californian” has a 4 ¾” barrel.
With a MSRP of $655,

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January 19, 2019 · 7:33 pm

Colt Adds to the M2012 Line-up, SHOT Show 2014

Colt 2012 in 260 Remington

In conjunction with Cooper Firearms of Montana, Colt, is expanding the M2012 bolt action rifle family with the introduction of two new models. The M2012MT308T and M2012LT308G/M2012LT260G.

 “The durability and accuracy provided by the M2012 bolt action rifle family is outstanding,” said Joyce Rubino, Vice President of Marketing for Colt. “These new ‘crossover’ rifles transition easily from target shooting at the range to long-range hunting in the field.

All M2012 models feature a custom fluted, match grade barrel and a single stage, adjustable Timney trigger. A signed, serial numbered and dated test target is included with each rifle as a testament to its accuracy.  The new variations are available in 260 Remington as well as 308 Winchester.

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Chiappa Firearms, Tell Me More…

Chiappa 1911-22Chiappa Firearm Company is an incredibly modern and progressive company operating out of Brusha, Italy. It employs high-tech types and old school traditional craftsmen to turn out a wide variety of high-quality firearms. Currently Chiappa makes over 70,000 firearms a year out of their new ultra-modern 108,000 square foot main plant which employs 80+ employees and exports to 62 countries world wide.

The company was started by Ezechiele “Oscar” Chiappa. In the early 1950s Oscar started in his career with Tanfoglio as a production line worker. But within four years at the ripe old age of 22 he was promoted to manager of all production which at that time was revolvers for the most part.

In 1958 the owner of Tanfoglio became ill and abruptly passed away; his wife decided to sell the company. In the process, Oscar was removed from his management position so he decide to resign and move on. His life-long love of firearms, along with his machining expertise, kept him in the industry.  He formed a new company to do subcontract work for other manufacturers. Eventually this new business lead to Oscar founding another company, Armi Sport.1887 Lever Shotgun

Armi Sport manufactured replica firearms such as black powder and early western models as used in America’s Wild West. These were and still are popular thanks to movies and television. And back then American westerns were very popular with Europeans. Eventually Oscar’s replica firearm business bled over into the huge U.S. market.

Oscar’s son Rino (pronounced Reeno) virtually grew up in the gun industry going to dad’s factory when possible. Rino learned early on how to make firearms at Armi Sport. By the age of 10 Rino was able to correctly operate most of the machines. Rino’s manufacturing education continued at the family business after hours, through high school and during summer vacation from school.

When Rino was around 19, that the old Tanfoglio Company that dad, Oscar worked in went bankrupt. This presented an opportunity to the Chiappa family to pick up more firearm orientated milling machines for their growing company. Rino pressed for the family to buy these machines–and to restructure the current Arim Sport. Imagine, the non-emotional and quiet family discussions these easy going Italians had around the dinner table… NOT.

In the mid-80s Rino took over management with dad Oscar watching to make sure he did not screw things up. But Rino had things well in hand and was growing the company and now granddad Oscar was teaching his young grandchildren how to make guns. In 2002, work was nearly completed on the new current super modern factory when Oscar took sick and passed away; he never saw the new factory completed later that year.

The company was growing very quickly and now with the name of Chiappa Firearms they expanded production further into modern firearms (some revolutionary like the Rhino Revolver). Production of their quality replica and blank firearms continued.

 Chiappa’s replica firearm unit reverse engineers vintage firearms and then using modern equipment creates accurate high-quality replicas. Chiappa machines all the parts and components from solid bar stock–no castings. All wood parts are hand oiled 3 to 4 times and hand polished. This is old country quality combined with modern day technology producing beautiful quality firearms.

1874 Sporting Deluxe

Rino is an active NRA member and he is not just a gun maker and designer; he is an avid hunter, shooter and President of SASS in Europe. 

 

www.mkschiappa.com

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M1911 range tool that we could all use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caspian has this tool for 1911 pistol fans.  Its a handy tool that will allow you to work on your 1911 at the range without a whole box full of tools.  Because its design specifically for one gun it has everything you need in the way of tools at the range and it fits in a small belt pouch when not in use.  I like it!

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1911 AUTO POCKETSMITH IIG

1911 AUTO POCKETSMITH IIG

What a great too for your shooting box.  Ever been and the range and needed to make a quick repair or adjustment, only to find you don’t have any tools with you.  This is the kind of tool that I would put in my shooting box and just leave there so it will always be handy when I need it at the range.

Caspian Arms all-in-one, stainless steel pocket tool that has all the tools needed to service your 1911 at the range . Stainless steel, fold-open design has a bushing wrench, pliers, and wire cutter. Additional tools in the handles are 3/32″ and 5/32″ Allen wrenches, three screwdriver bits with assist tabs for easy grasp when swinging out of handle, mainspring housing pin punch, file, and an easy-open knife with half-serrated, half-straight blade. Scratch-resistant, matte black hardcoat finish for exceptional durability,with grip panels of rugged G10 fiberglass composite with checkered surface pattern for a firm grasp. Comes with a custom fit nylon belt pouch too.

I’m not big on all-in-one tools but this one really caught my attention, every 1911 owner should have one in his field kit.

Specifications; 4-1⁄8″ (10.5cm) OAL folded; 6½” (16.5cm) OAL extended.

Available from http://www.brownells.com/

 

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Cylinder & Slide Shop Offers .45 ACP Pocket Model 1911

Colt's Pocket Model

Colt's Pocket Model, came in 32 ACP & 380 ACP.

Bill Laughridge, President of Cylinder and Slide Inc. came up with a unique twist on the venerable old 1911 pistol.  Bill says he, “Always wanted to produce a 45 ACP Pocket Model style pistol.”
During the days when the Pocket Model was in the Colt line-up most men still carried a gun to protect themselves, their families, and their property from harm.  These gun had rounded edges, and no exposed hammer to get caught on clothing.  The sleek design is as pleasing to the eye today as it was a hundred years ago.

 

Bill worked with Gary Smith of Caspian Arms, utilizing a commander length slide and an Officers model frame as the basis for this specialized handgun, the work started.  Once the prototype was complete Gary Smith went to work at Caspian to help make the specialized frame and slides that Bill would need to put this dream gun into limited production.  Only 50 of these guns will be available each year. 

Quality parts are used for the rest of the gun, Jarvis barrels are used, while the internal parts are mostly Cylinder and Slide Inc. parts.  Wolff springs finish out the package.  Cylinder and Slide offer a standard version of this gun or you can call them and add custom features you suit your tastes.  Not many guns turn my head after so many years of smithing, but this 45 Pocket  Model sure did!

45-pocket-model

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