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Rifleman Q&A: Sidehammer Navy Revolver

Can you identify this .36-caliber percussion pistol? It has no serial number or markings of any kind, save the number 17 on two of the parts. I did not completely dismantle it.

Rifleman Q&A: M43 Replacement Sight Elevator

Where can I find a rear sight and elevation ramp for a Model 43 Winchester? Or will a buckhorn style for a Model 94 work?

Rifleman Q&A: Sticky Mosin Extraction

I have recently joined the ranks of folks owning Mosin-Nagant Model rifles, in particular a Model 91/30 in 7.62x54 mm R. I have experienced an occasional problem with extraction, which generally appears after the gun has warmed up. Can you recommend anything that might be done to eliminate this problem, or is it a design feature that has to be accepted?

Rifleman Q&A: 'Knuckleduster' Revolver

One NRA member writes to American Rifleman for answers about a peculiar so-called "knuckleduster" pepperbox chambered for .22 Short.

Rifleman Q&A: When Did Winchester Stop Making The Model 1873?

Can you tell me about the Winchester 1873 lever-action rifle? In particular, I would like to know when Winchester stopped making it. Are replicas available?

Rifleman Q&A: Lubricated With Wax?

I have an old box of Winchester-Western Super X .38 Colt hollow-point ammo. On the side of the box is “Lubaloy coated Bullet special dry wax lubricant.”  It seems to me that most modern ammunition is not coated. Why is it (or was it) necessary to put some form of wax on ammunition?

Rifleman Q&A: Oddball Enfields

I was at a gun store and saw an Enfield No. 4 rifle that looked to be a pretty standard model to me, except it had a pointed stacking swivel. I have never seen one like this before and was wondering if you could tell me something about it. Is this some odd variant, or is it a common one that I have just never seen before?

Rifleman Q&A: Riflescope Shims

I was attempting to sight-in a Winchester Model 94 side-eject rifle in .30-30 Win. using a telescopic sight. The shots printed high with the elevation cranked all the way down. Am I right to conclude that placing shims under the front telescopic sight base should correct this problem?

Rifleman Q&A: Flush-Seating Wadcutters

It is necessary to flush-seat the wadcutter bullet in the .38 case when reloading for the S&W Model 52. But is this procedure more accurate than conventional overall-length bullet seating when using the cartridge in revolvers?

Rifleman Q&A: Dram Equivalent

Looking at the variety of shotgun ammunition available at my local gun shop, I have noticed that some boxes list “dram equivalent” along with shot size and shell length. Can you explain the term’s significance?

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