American Rifleman: February 2014

Yes, I just finished the March issue and now I’m playing catch up with my reading.

This issue mostly focused on some of the political issues of the time, which are always relevant. However, I found my favorite article to be the history of the Ballester-Molina handgun.

This article, titled “Investigation of a Legend: The Graf Spee and the Ballester-Molina” attempted to answer the question as to whether this Argentinan made handgun was salvaged from the remains of the German “pocket battleship” called the Graf Spee, which sunk just off the coast in very shallow waters (1). The British involvement in the situation (including MI6) made this whole article very fascinating.

As far as product reviews, I thought the Magnum Research Mark XIX looked like a fun gun to shoot a few times (2). It is a 10″ barreled, semi-automatic .44 Magnum. It looks like a massive gun- not exactly set up for concealed carry, but for long range hunting. Maybe if I had the $1650 laying around, I’d get to spend some time figuring out which .44 Magnum rounds fed reliably in the magazine.

I also liked the “Double Down (UTS-15 Shotgun)” (3), which has no practical purpose in my arsenal. However, there’s something fascinating about having a shotgun that holds 15 rounds, and can use a selector switch to pull from two separate feed tubes (slugs in one, buck shot in the other or some other combination). It looks cumbersome and difficult to carry, but it also looks awesome, so I’d be willing to give it a shot too.

Anyway, it’s worth a read.

(1) Parker, Michael J. “Investigation of a Legend: The Graf Spee and the Ballester-Molina.” American Rifleman Feb. 2014: 64-67. Print.

(2) American Rifleman Staff. “Magnum Research Mark XIX Desert Eagle 10 inch .44 Mag.” American Rifleman Feb. 2014: 68-69. Print.

(3) Towsley, Bryce M. “Double Down: The UTS-15 Shotgun” American Rifleman Feb. 2014: 61-63. Print.

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