Rifleman Q&A

Rifleman Q&A: Browning “Salt Wood” Stocks

I’ve always wanted a Browning Superposed shotgun, but I’ve heard of a stock issue involving salted wood. What happened, and is it still a problem?

The Ultimate Crossover: Beretta’s A300 Ultima Patrol

Whether for defensive use, 3 Gun competition or both, Beretta’s new American-made A300 Ultima Patrol shotgun is a versatile option that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Preview: Briley Benelli Safety Extension

A critical control on any firearm is the safety, and the Briley Safety Extension for Benelli shotguns makes that vital control easily accessible for any shooter.

Rifleman Q&A: Model 1897 Frame Types

I have just started collecting U.S. military shotguns and am getting some conflicting information regarding Winchester Model 97 trench guns. Some sources state the guns were of the solid-frame configuration, and others say they were the takedown type. Which is correct?

Gun Of The Week: Sauer SL5 Waterfowl

Watch American Rifleman staff on the range this week to learn about a 12-ga. scattergun from J.P. Sauer & Sohn: Meet the SL5 Waterfowl featuring brown cerakote and an old-school camouflage finish.

SAAMI Publishes .21 Sharp And New 28-Ga. Shotshell Specifications

The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI) has accepted and published standards for the .21 Sharp and 3" 28-ga. shotshell, both submissions from Olin Winchester.

A. Francotte: Twilight Years Of A Fine Gunmaker

For nearly two centuries, the firm of Auguste Francotte of Liege, Belgium, was in action as one of the finest gunmakers on the planet. Even into the late 1990s, the company was at work creating bespoke sporting arms the same way they did in 1805.

.45 Colt/.410 Bore Handguns Versus Non-NFA Shotguns

Building handguns that can safely fire revolver and shotgun cartridges is a tricky business made necessary by current federal regulations.

I Have This Old Gun: L.C. Smith No. 3E

Since its introduction in 1886, the L.C. Smith Hammerless has held the distinction of being the only side-by-side sidelock shotgun made in America, garnering legions of fans that encompass both shooters and collectors.

’Little Guys’ To The Rescue: Federal’s Force X2 Shorty Shotshells

Federal Ammunition is always good at seeing the utility in a design and, last year (2022), released the Force X2 Shorty, a compact version of its unique split-shot shotgun load. It is a case of the “little guy” coming to the rescue.

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