FRI | MARCH 17, 2023

SIG SAUER Announces the acquisition of General Robotics, one of the world’s premier manufactures of remote weapon stations and tactical robots for manned and unmanned platforms and anti-drone applications.
Kim Rhode, the most iconic Olympic athlete in the history of the shooting sports, recently continued her impressive 2023 win streak in Doha, Qatar, locking up her third consecutive gold medal in the Morocco World Cup.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program will again welcome competitors and guests to its annual Talladega D-Day rifle and pistol event, set to be held June 7-11, 2023, at Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama. Registration is currently open, so sign up now to join in on this commemorative occasion.

Federal Ammunition congratulates sponsored shooter Paul Giambrone for his outstanding performance at the 2023 Triple J Classic held at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, TX March 9-12, 2023.
Hornady congratulates Doug Koenig on his victory at the Accuracy International Long Range Classic hosted by Altus Shooting Solutions, March 11-12, 2023 in Baker, Florida.
Kentucky Scholastic 3-D Archery recently held the annual Indoor State Championship at the Owensboro Convention Center in Owensboro, Kentucky. Approximately 400 youth archers from across the state participated and thousands of spectators enjoyed the tournament and conservation activities.

Shoot United is announcing 20-plus events in 2023 that will be held at shooting ranges throughout the United States, with the focus of introducing participants to the shooting sports and responsible firearm education.
Primary Arms Optics has announced its attendance at DSEI Japan 2023, which will be held March 15-17 in Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. Attendees are invited to visit Primary Arms Optics at Booth #H7-231.
Colt's Manufacturing introduced its newest snake gun—the King Cobra Target 22 LR. It packs 10-rounds in its cylinder, has a one-piece stainless steel barrel with a 1:16RH twist, optimal for 22 LR, and is available in a 4-inch or 6-inch model.

Kimber Mfg. has collaborated with several industry partners to create the 2023 Kimber KHX Custom Sweepstakes, where one lucky winner will receive a prize package worth nearly $3,000.
Mission First Tactical announced that they have partnered with Kimber, Hornady, Streamlight and Last Cut Crystal for the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day prize package giveaway, valued at nearly $3,000.
PTR Industries Inc. announces the addition of Jonathan Mossberg to the company as Chief Executive Officer, effective February 21, 2023.
HeadHunters NW announces it will host weekly live meetings to provide resources for those who work in the firearms industry. Weekly HeadHunters NW, Career Planning sessions, are scheduled for Wednesdays, and HeadHunters NW President Shaylene Keiner will host each interactive 30-minute Zoom session.
Smith & Wesson is seeking a District Sales Manager for the MT, WY, ID, UT, WA, AK District.
The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) seeks a visionary nonprofit business leader skilled in driving organizational success.

Bear Creek Arsenal announces the release of their .45 ACP and 10mm pistol caliber carbines. Shooters can now enjoy the power of .45 ACP and 10mm with a carbine's ease of use and capacity.
The new Vortex Defender-CCW micro red dot fits the Shield RMS footprint. It features the biggest sight window in its class, a “Fast-Rack” textured front face for weapon manipulation, adjustable brightness, is motion activated and is available with 3 MOA or 6 MOA reticles.
The National Rifle Association of America announced that Randy Kozuch has been named interim Executive Director of the NRA-Institute for Legislative Action. NRA-ILA is the “lobbying” arm of the NRA.

Safariland recently launched the next evolution of duty rated retention holsters. The new SafariVault holster is now available for purchase for Glock and Shadow Systems fits.
The new year brought firearms industry product introductions and the May-June issue of Combat Handguns brings all the new guns and gear right to your living room. The collaboration of Wilson Combat and SIG SAUER on the P365 kicks things off.
Samson Manufacturing Corp. has released an M-LOK version of their popular K-Rail handguard series. Two versions are currently offered for stamped receivers, one with a sling loop cut and a non-sling loop version with integrated steel QD Sling Points.

Patriot Ordnance Factory Inc. announced their presenting sponsorship of the 2023 Superstition Mountain Mystery Three Gun Match. The SMM3G Match is the longest-running, largest multi-gun match annually, with both 2-gun and 3-gun discipline matches represented.
Pigman: The Series is the story of Brian “Pigman” Quaca, a true-blue original that leaves fans loving or hating his hunting style and antics. Watch this original character on Sportsman Channel on Sundays at 8:30 p.m. ET.


Back in 2020, I wrote about a gifted S&W Highway Patrolman received from an old friend. To make a long story interminable, I’d had a complicated past with the ‘value-priced’ N-frame 357 revolver. I’d tried several, never found one I could hang onto.

I’d had only one Model 27, the upscale version, though it’d been worn on uniform duty before I got it and had the usual wear and handling marks. The youngster who’d owned it shot it quite a bit, but the burly Magnum was still tight as a tick and it shot quite well.

No, I didn’t keep it.

In the previous story, I told of my brother-in-law’s Highway Patrolman. That gun I could shoot quite well, unlike any of the previous dulled-down 44-frame 357s I’d shot before. When he saw I could shoot it well and desired to buy it, he just smiled.

He may even still have that gun today.

I also told the tale of the 28/25, a rebarreled Highway Patrolman fitted with the barrel and cylinder from a Model 25-2.

Don’t ask.

The more recent version, a six-inch Highway Patrolman, was given to me. It was supposed to have a “dark spot in the bore,” something I haven’t seen yet. The kindness shown me hasn’t been forgotten and this Highway Patrolman is still home.

The Model 28 was the lower-cost version of the S&W 357 Magnum built on a "44" frame. The barrel on this one is marked with the "proper name."

But I’d not fired it in years. Made between 1975 and 1977 (I haven’t “lettered” it), it’s completely stock, far as I can tell, with my addition of wonderful stocks from Eagle Grips.

This gun comes from the “pinned and recessed” era; there are folks new to these handguns, so that bears some explanation.

There is a transverse pin through the frame just over the barrel extension – the part with the forcing cone that extends through the frame. The idea was that the pin would prevent the barrel from unscrewing from being fired.

To see "recessed," look at the cartridges in the cylinder; the chambers were countersunk to allow the cartridges to drop in flush. The "pinned" part is apparent looking at the frame above where the barrel is fitted.

I’ve been told by a few that should know that the barrel retention pin didn’t – in the later years in which this gun was built. Guns from the 1980s lacked this superfluous feature.

The “recessed” refers to chambers that completely enclose the case head at the rear of the cartridge. Back when the 357 cartridge was first devised there was such a thing as “balloon head” cases. There was some fear they would blow out from the pressure – I’m not aware that they ever did. Rimfire revolvers are still seen with this feature.

As I was doing some range time recently, I had a precious bit of 38 and 357 and took the old gun out for a workout.

I found myself largely shooting the gun one-handed. I’m doing that a lot these days.

Old people have old ways.

The smooth stocks from Eagle Grips certainly didn’t abrade my hands. Even the magnum loads weren’t painful to shoot in this heavy-weight.

Weighing in at nearly 2 ¾ pounds empty, that’s no surprise. And remember that some officers carried these things 9-12 hours a day on 2 ¼” duty belts.

I shot Magnum loads first and found that fast-traveling lightweight bullets from Liberty Ammunition shot low. Their light-bullet high-velocity 38 loads likewise did; neither were far enough down to be a chore for the adjustable sights of the Highway Patrolman.

I settled down with some 148 grain Wadcutter loads from Black Hills Ammunition. Some of the finest ammo from one of the best ammo makers we have, the loads clustered into the top third or so of the B-8 “Timed & Rapid Fire” repair center from about fifteen yards.

I won’t win matches with it, but it’s great fun to shoot.

If you like big revolvers that have great ammo flexibility, you may want to look for one of these (sadly) discontinued revolvers.

I’ve got mine.

-- Rich Grassi

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