By using a proprietary alloy of stainless steel, nickel, silver, Monel and zinc, Big 45 Frontier Metal Cleaner is softer than gun bluing yet harder than rust. Thin, ribbon-like strands of the alloy are coiled and woven together to form a “sponge” for external cleaning. The sharp, razor-like edges within the scrubbing sponge scrape away surface build-up, and, by cutting a small piece from the pad and wrapping the strands around a barrel brush, can be used to remove copper and lead fouling from bores. Price: $6. Contact: Big 45 Frontier Metal Cleaner; (800) 342-1548; big45.com.
Product Preview: Big 45 Frontier Metal Cleaner
Elbert Searle's Prototype Savage Squeeze-Cocker Pistol
Elbert Searle isn't one of the most well-known firearm designers, but his Savage Model 1907 and its derivatives were popular guns in their time. Now, a unique prototype pistol of his has been discovered, illustrating what else could have been in Savage's early 20th-century handgun lineup.
Spring Sales, Savings & Sweepstakes Ongoing
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I Have This Old Gun: Terry Carbine
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Favorite Firearms: A Birthday Gift From Dad
When I was growing up, my father was one of the bigger Smith & Wesson collectors in Northern California. This led him to have an acquaintance with Roy Jinks of S&W.
Make Mine Metal: The Alloy-Frame KelTec P15
When KelTec introduced its P15 at the 2022 SHOT Show, it had two models on display. One is the polymer-frame handgun that the accompanying review focuses on, and the second is nearly identical, except that its frame is rendered in aluminum alloy.
Product Preview: Cold Steel Engage 3.5"
Cold Steel offers its Engage EDC knife with a larger 3.5"-long blade made from durable, wear-resistant S35VN stainless steel.