Built on a variant of the company’s rugged and proven M77 action, Ruger has upped the ante by adding a feature-rich precision target rifle, the Hawkeye Long-Range Target (HLRT). Chambered for 6.5 mm Creedmoor, the HLRT action is fitted with a heavy-contour, 26” cold-hammer-forged, 4140 chrome-moly steel barrel with right-hand 5R rifling. A non-rotating Mauser-style controlled-round feed extractor, along with a fixed, blade-type ejector, ensure reliable performance. Its two-tone stock includes comb and length-of-pull adjustments, and at the stock fore-end is a flush-fit section of Magpul M-Lok rail for accessories. Additionally, a 20-m.o.a. Picatinny rail is included to dial in optics for distant shot opportunities. Ruger also includes a two-stage adjustable trigger and ships the rifle with one AICS-style magazine. To learn more, watch this NRA Gun of the Week video hosted by AmericanRifleman’s Kelly Young.
When loading rounds tailored for a precision rifle, ensuring the bullet is loaded until it sits just off the lands is a crucial component of accuracy. Measuring this distance involves the use of a bullet comparator tool.
Prominent rare-coin and precious-metals dealer Michael Fuljenz of Beaumont, Texas, an NRA Golden Ring of Freedom member, is the 2023 recipient of the Chester L. Krause Distinguished Service Award—the highest honor bestowed by the congressionally chartered American Numismatic Ass’n, the largest organization of coin-collecting enthusiasts in the United States.
According to advanced Colt collectors, only about 35 or so of the original 400 factory Colt 1911s chambered for .38 Super have surfaced in the United States postwar, with only about a dozen of those remaining in their issued condition with their original finish, and given that the war officially ended on August 14, 1945, and since the OSS was dissolved on October 1, 1945, it isn’t likely any of them were issued before the Armistice.