Thursday, December 2, 2010

Only 10 left on the countdown.

11. The Remington Model 700 rifle. This rifle is the great bolt action of the late 20th century. It’s success as a hunting rifle and as a military sniper rifle are storied. The Remington 700 is the gold standard for modern bolt action rifles. Nearly every custom rifle manufacturer has or currently uses the 700 action as a basis. From simple no frills hunting rifles, to cutting edge sniper rifles, the Remington 700 does it all.

12. The M1903/03A3 Springfield Rifle. It’s a legend. The Springfield 1903 introduced us to another legend the 30-06 cartridge. Through two world wars as a battle rifle, and subsequent conflicts as a sniper rifle, the Springfield and its variants performed superbly. It was responsible for introducing millions of Americans to the bolt action rifle, and a high performance cartridge. The name 1903 Springfield evokes rifle excellence.

13. The Model 1847 Colt Walker. This was the first great Colt revolver, built after the success of the underpowered and fragile, but successful Colt Patterson. The Colt Walker and it descendent, the Colt Dragoon were true horse pistols, carried in pommel holsters mounted on saddles. The Walker and Dragoon held powerful powder charges (60 grains for the Walker and 50grains for the slightly smaller Dragoon. They were both sufficiently accurate and powerful to bring down a enemy’s horse.

14. The Model 1873 Winchester. This long lived lever gun was made by Winchester from 1873 to 1920. It was the “Gun that Won the West”. Today great versions are made by Italian gun makers and are heavily used in Cowboy action shooting. An icon of gun collecting are “One in One Thousand” special order Winchester 1873 rifles.

15. Colt Model 1903 Pistol. This hugely successful auto pistol set the standard for pocket automatics for forty years. Introduced in 1903 when the Wright brothers flew at Kitty Hawk, the Model 1903 was produced until the dawn of the jet age. It was a movie star in the 1920s and 1930s, appearing in numerous films, and it was issued as personal protection to U.S. Military General officers in WW II.

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