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A Detailed Review of Taylor’s & Co. Smoke Wagon

Last Updated: February 28, 2024

There is no denying that the era of the Wild West had a tremendous impact on American culture in general, and gun culture in particular. And even though the golden age of cowboys has twice come to an end (in life and cinema), the spirit of the Wild West lingers in countless aspects of our lives. There are organizations like SASS that work to preserve the history of the Old West and competitive shooting, and there are brands like Taylor’s & Company, that make replicas of historical firearms. In this review, we’ll take a look at one such firearm – a magnificent Taylor’s & Co. Smoke Wagon.

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A Few Words About the Brand

If you are into historical guns, reenactments and other related stuff, you might have heard about Taylor’s & Company. The company markets historical firearms, made with high-quality modern materials and precise modern machinery, basically taking the best of both worlds. Their goal is to keep the legend of classic firearms alive, and they fulfill it by providing modern versions of the guns that made cowboys, lawmen, and outlaws famous. And if you ask me, they do a fine job. 

It’s important to note that Taylor’s & Company markets firearms and does not manufacture them. Instead, they source their firearms from reputable manufacturers around the world, including Uberti, Pietta and Armscor. These manufacturers produce the firearms based on Taylor’s specifications and requirements. Once the firearms are received, Taylor’s & Company may perform additional customization or tuning to enhance the firearm’s performance and value.

Taylor’s & Company Review

Now, there were quite a number of revolvers by Taylor & Company I wanted to put my hands on and, consequently, share my opinion on them with you, but I need to keep this review focused. So here’s what I’ve done: I’ve taken one revolver as a base, examined it to its finest detail, and then covered some other models highlighting the aspects that set them apart from the “base” model. After some internal debates, I decided to go with the Smoke Wagon as a base, for several reasons I’ll elaborate on further.

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Taylor’s & Company Smoke Wagon

The Smoke Wagon revolver from Taylor’s & Company left me with an even stronger appreciation of the revolvers (and there I thought there was no room for growth). There is always the debate between settling for what you can afford and saving to get what you want, but I do feel like Taylor & Company won’t perplex you with such dilemmas. They’ll give you both. It’s not Colt, but if you can spend one grand and a half on a revolver, by all means go and buy Colt. I, in the meantime, will review a revolver that is twice as cheap and that shoots as well as a revolver can. It’s worth noting that the model I’ve tested is Taylor Tuned. I’ll explain what that is once we get to the action part.

Grip

Some things you can see right away, and those are the things I’ll begin with. The grip, a nice walnut checkered Navy grip, was the first point of contact with this gun and also the one that made me want to review this model. The Navy grip is slightly longer than a standard one, and I found this to be a subtle yet effective feature that makes handling the gun much easier. Making the grip checkered is a smart decision. When you spend the whole day holding a gun, you come to appreciate the tiny details that make it easier to hold. And sometimes it’s summer, and sometimes it’s blazing, and sometimes holding onto a gun with your sweaty hands is a real challenge. Checkering makes it all easier, and I love easy. I also love the coloration of the walnut, it really makes the whole revolver look classy.

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Frame & Barrel

Then we have all the metal pieces: frame, cylinder and barrel. Of these three, the frame obviously stands out. The case hardening is simply stunning, with a beautiful multicolor pattern you won’t see on revolvers at this price point. It draws inspiration from a technique that was implemented to harden the metal in the times of the Old West. The technique is no longer used, but I really appreciate Taylor’s & Co. ‘s paying homage to it. One of those things that make this revolver look and feel like a detailed replica. Coupled with the deep and well-executed blueing on the barrel and the cylinder, the visual appeal of this revolver is just something else.

Hammer

Hammer is a real deal for single-action firearms. You’ll cock it every single time you want to shoot, so it’d better be comfortable to cock. The Smoke Wagon doesn’t disappoint here either: the positive checkering on the low-sitting hammer makes it easier to operate. Earlier models of Taylors and Company 45 Colt revolvers boasted the same four-click hammer path as traditional Colt revolvers, but with newer models, you will only get three clicks. Not like the number of clicks really had any impact on the performance, but I think it’s something worth mentioning.

Cylinder

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I’m not sure what to say about the cylinder other than it features the same blue finish. It’s a six-round revolver, so there are 6 chambers. The loading gate is closely fit, not wobbly at all and clicks smoothly – yet another testament to the meticulous attention to detail put into this gun.

Sights

The sights on this revolver are wider if we compare them to regular revolver sights. Both the rear notch and front blade take after the sights of the second-generation Colt. As a result, you get a broader view than the regular V-notch, which greatly aids in target acquisition.

Taylor Tuned

Now, what does Taylor Tuned mean? I’ve mentioned before that Taylor’s & Company doesn’t produce their own firearms, but rather imports those made by Uberti and Armscor, adding a few adjustments. Taylor Tuned is the next level of these adjustments that not all firearms go through. Such models are usually a bit more expensive, but here’s what you get for that investment. 

Taylor Tuned revolvers feature a tuned, polished and lightened hammer, a more forgiving trigger pull of around 3 pounds (usually even less), and all the sear and hammer surfaces are jig cut to make sure the action is as smooth as possible. I know that revolvers are famous for their simplicity, so it might seem like there are not too many places where the gun could feel clunky, but after having shot the Smoke Wagon, I think other revolvers might as well start feeling clunky.

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TAYLORS & COMPANY Smoke Wagon Taylor Tuned .45LC 4.75in 6rd Revolver

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Safety

The Taylors and Company 45 Colt Smoke Wagon has a very distinct air of an Old West revolver, apart from those aspects that made these firearms less secure. In that era, people would load only 5 rounds into the cylinder and rest the hammer on an empty chamber to prevent potential accidental discharges. They still do that in The Single Action Shooting Society to honor the tradition, but there won’t be any need for that with the Smoke Wagon. 

Here, the firing pin doesn’t engage with the primer until the trigger is pulled, making it safe to carry six rounds with this gun. There is a cylinder pin safety you can engage in the half-cocked position, which disengages with a simple press of a button near the cylinder. As simple as that. I wouldn’t use it for self-defense, so there is really not much value in that feature for me, but somebody might, so, there’s that. Not historically accurate, but I want my guns safe, not authentic.

Trigger

The trigger here is short-stroke and it’s nothing but a joy to use. It sits far back, making it easier to pull, and it’s super light, almost illegally so. The only time I noticed any crip was when I tried to operate the trigger as if in slow motion, but nobody shoots like that, so it doesn’t count. The super crisp break is just what you want in a trigger, and it is what the Smoke Wagon has.

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Range Test

Single-action revolvers were designed to be shot with one hand, and that’s how I tried it. Some especially enthusiastic people might want to show some Old West panache with fanning, but I’m not one of them. The accuracy of this gun was spot on when I shot single-handedly, so adding the second hand for support gave me even tighter groups. I actually tried some cowboy-action ammo just for fun and fun it was (Aguila Cowboy Action 45 Long Colt, if you were curious). I think I don’t need to elaborate on the lack of any hiccups, revolvers are extremely boring in that regard – everything shoots super reliably. But this boredom makes them more dependable than any other firearm.

I wouldn’t call the .45 Colt the most affordable round, the .357 Magnum is cheaper to shoot. Luckily, you can choose either: the Smoke Wagon comes in both varieties with several additional variations like barrel lengths and Not-Taylor-Tuned versions (must also be good, but not as good as this one).

Comparison with Other Revolvers

The Taylor’s & Company Smoke Wagon Taylor Tuned .45LC revolver is a unique firearm, known for its exquisite craftsmanship and high level of performance. It is factory-tuned for optimal performance right out of the box. Some of its standout features include a forged case-hardened steel frame, blued steel parts, a checkered Navy grip with a thinner profile, and a low-sitting hammer.

Taylor’s & Company 1873 Cattleman Floral Engraved

Comparatively, the Taylor’s & Company 1873 Cattleman Floral Engraved revolver stands apart due to its undeniable artistic flair. The plain profile of the Smoke Wagon makes the gun look like a simpleton, eclipsed by the intricacy of the Cattleman’s floral engravings. However, that’s where the superiority ends. The 1873 Cattleman also boasts the features of the Taylor Tuned action, but differs in that it fires .357 Magnum rounds, compared to the .45 Long Colt rounds used by the Smoke Wagon. The dealbreaker for me was the grip: the 1873 Cattleman also features a Navy size Walnut grip, but it’s not checkered. It definitely has better looks, but those won’t help me get a better grip on my revolver.

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TAYLORS & COMPANY 1873 Cattleman Floral Engraved Taylor Tuned .357 Mag 4.75in 6rd White Revolver with Walnut Grips

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Taylor’s & Company Gunfighter

Moving on to the Taylor’s & Company Gunfighter Taylor Tuned .45LC 4.75in, this revolver shares the same caliber (.45 Long Colt) as the Smoke Wagon and the same oil-colored case hardening. However, the Gunfighter model is specifically designed for speed and efficiency in competitive shooting environments. It has a wider, lower-profile hammer and a wider rear sight groove. The grip shape is also different: the longer and slightly wider Army grip vs. the smaller Navy grip of the Smoke Wagon.

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TAYLORS & COMPANY Gunfighter Taylor Tuned .45LC 4.75in 6rd Revolver with Walnut Grips

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Taylor’s & Company Outlaw Legacy

Lastly, the Taylor’s & Company Outlaw Legacy. Also a .45 Long Colt revolver, but it brings a distinct character of its own. This model is inspired by the guns used in the late 19th century by outlaws and lawmen during the “Wild West” era. The Outlaw Legacy features intricate engraving on the metal parts and a white polymer Navy size grip. It also has a unique finish, with a combination of a blued barrel and cylinder, and a color case-hardened frame, giving it a vintage look.

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TAYLORS & COMPANY Outlaw Legacy .45LC 4.75in 6rd Blue Engraved Revolver

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Conclusion

I like wood in firearms, and I like revolvers – the Taylor’s & Co. Smoke Wagon has everything to rank as a dream gun for me. But it’s not the only wooden-grip revolver out there, so I won’t brand it as such yet. But honestly, Smoke Wagon is a great revolver for the money. Everything about it is smooth, it looks great, it shoots reliably and it doesn’t break the bank. Beg to differ? The comments are right under the FAQ section.

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FAQ

Taylor’s & Company sources their firearms from reputable manufacturers such as Uberti, Pietta, and Armscor.

‘Taylor Tuned’ refers to the additional customizations and adjustments made by Taylor’s & Company to enhance the performance and value of their firearms.

The Smoke Wagon revolver boasts numerous notable features, including a walnut checkered Navy grip, case-hardened frame, blue finish on the barrel and cylinder, and wider sights for better target acquisition.

Yes, the Smoke Wagon revolver has a design wherein the firing pin doesn’t engage with the primer until the trigger is pulled. This makes it safe to carry with all six rounds loaded.

Taylor Tuned revolvers feature a tuned, polished, and lightened hammer, a more forgiving trigger pull, and jig cut sear and hammer surfaces for smoother action.

The trigger of the Smoke Wagon revolver is designed to be short-stroke and sits far back. It offers a super light and crisp break.

The Smoke Wagon revolver can be chambered in .45 Long Colt and .357 Magnum calibers.

Taylor’s & Company offers a variety of other revolver models, including the 1873 Cattleman Floral Engraved, Gunfighter, and Outlaw Legacy, each with their unique features and designs.

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The Evolution of the Beretta 9mm Pistols: 92, APX, PX4

Modern Variants of the 92FS and M9

Since the 92FS was introduced, Beretta has rolled out tons of different models. Some were specifically made for law enforcement, like the 92G for the French police, which skips the manual safety and uses a decocker lever instead. Even though the original 92G was discontinued, its slide design lives on in models like the M9A4.

Then there’s the 92D, a model that gets rid of both the safety and decocker lever, relying solely on a double-action trigger. In the ’90s, Beretta also introduced the 96 series chambered in .40 S&W to keep up with law enforcement trends.

Brigadier slide

In 1993, the Brigadier-style slide came out with reinforced locking lugs for added durability and a unique “hump” in the slide’s contour. Although the extended lifespan due to this design is up for debate, many users have noted it reduces recoil and muzzle rise. Because of this, the Brigadier slide is popular in 92 variants used in action pistol competitions.

Come early 2000s, Beretta introduced the 92 Vertec. This model was designed for law enforcement and shooters with smaller hands, featuring a slim backstrap and a shorter reach trigger. It also had an accessory rail, beveled magazine well, and interchangeable front sights. Plus, it ditched the traditional barrel protrusion by shortening the barrel to 4.7 inches but kept the slide the same length.

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Beretta 92 Vertec

Many modern 92 series variants blend features from both the Brigadier and Vertec models. Examples include the 92FS Brigadier, 92X, M9A3, and M9A4.

The Beretta 92X, introduced in 2019, standardizes the Vertec platform and adds the “Xtreme-S” trigger system, which cuts trigger reset by 40% and offers adjustability for pre-travel (in SAO models) and overtravel. Other highlights include a 3-slot Picatinny rail, a slimmer vertical grip, removable wrap-around grips to switch between Vertec-style and the classic M9 feel, fully removable high-visibility sights, and a universal slide allowing conversion from decocker-safety to decocker-only mode.

The series also includes the 92X Centurion (18 rd), 92X RDO Compact (15 rd) pistols, 92X Performance Carry Optic featuring an optic cut for USPSA competitors, and the lightweight 92X Performance Defensive for IDPA competitions.

New additions to the 92 family are the 92XI and 92GTS pistols. The 92XI is an SAO pistol with a 1911-style frame-mounted safety and comes in a base model, a Tactical model with a threaded barrel and DLC-coated trigger components, and a flashy Squalo edition. Meanwhile, the 92GTS is DA/SA with a twin sear and a decocker-only configuration.

Now, let’s get back to the M9. Around the mid-2000s, the US military requested some tweaks to the original design. Beretta responded with the M9A1, which borrowed features from the 92G-SD like a railed frame, standard 92 grip contour, beveled mag well, and textured grip while keeping the original M9 slide mostly the same.

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Almost a decade later, Beretta rolled out the M9A3, featuring a replaceable front sight, a railed frame, and a Vertec-style backstrap with an aggressive grip texture. It also includes a wraparound rubber grip to replicate the feel of the standard M9A1 backstrap. The standout feature of the M9A3 is a redesigned slide that allows the gun to switch between FS and G configurations using a conversion kit, something that previously required an expensive and permanent modification by a gunsmith.

The latest iteration, the Beretta M9A4, boasts a red-dot optic compatible slide, dovetailed tritium night sights, an enhanced short-reset Xtreme Trigger System, 18-round sand-resistant magazines, and textured Vertec-style thin grips.

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Our Top Picks for Home Defense

Buckshot, particularly 00 buck, is widely recommended for its effectiveness in stopping a threat. However, the choice of ammunition can also depend on your living situation. For instance, individuals in apartment buildings or homes with thin walls might consider lighter loads or specific defense rounds designed to reduce the risk of over-penetration.

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Beginner’s Arsenal: Best Guns for Novice Shooters

Stepping into the world of firearms is no small decision. You’re not just picking out a tool; you’re selecting a companion for your safety, your sport, and in some cases, your survival. We’re here to break down for you what makes a solid beginner gun as well as recommend the best starter models.Here’s a quick summary:
  • 9mm pistols are the best for EDC, vehicle security, and home protection. The best starter pistols are Glock 17 or Sig P320.
  • An AR-15 rifle chambered for 5.56 NATO/.223 Rem cartridge, like the S&W M&P15 Sport III, is a great option for home protection and target shooting. Rifles are generally easier to shoot accurately and generate less felt recoil.
  • Ruger 10/22 chambered for the .22LR low-power rimfire cartridge is a great way to start your shooting journey if you want a rifle that is soft-kicking and quiet and has more classic ergonomics.
  • Shotguns in the Mossberg 500 or 590 series are great for beginner shotgun hunters or those looking for a home defense gun that doesn’t require good marksmanship.

Ideal Beginner Gun – What Should It Be?

Pistols: If you’ve found yourself here, chances are you’re on the fence about which type of firearm fits your future needs best. Handguns, especially semi-auto pistols, are prime picks for everyday carry and situations requiring agility, like home defense, vehicle defense, and close-quarter battle (CQB). That said, handguns do have their limitations. Their shorter barrels limit the effective range and make accurate aiming a tad more challenging due to the short sight radius. Additionally, handguns designed for more powerful rounds like .45 ACP, .357 Mag, and 10mm can be challenging to manage because of their recoil.

Rifles: Rifles offer a significant step up in power and accuracy, with effective ranges extending to 300-600 yards and beyond, thanks to longer barrels that help with bullet stabilization and building up pressure. They’re generally easier to shoot accurately and manageably. For home defense, rifles with barrels around 16-18 inches are spot on. And if you’re thinking about hunting or precision shooting, you need to go longer.

AR-pistols and short-barreled rifles (SBR) offer a middle ground, mixing the maneuverability of handguns with the power of rifles, though legal hurdles can complicate ownership.

Shotguns: They are kings of versatility, useful in a range of activities from home defense to hunting various types of game. Planning on hunting? Make sure you’ve got your shot pattern right, so you don’t ruin your game. As for home protection and target shooting, accuracy isn’t as critical with shotguns, making them a solid choice for beginners.

Best Guns for Beginner Gun Owners

At this point, you might now have a better grasp of what suits your needs best. Next up, we’re going to provide recommendations for the best starter guns ideal for beginner shooters.

Best Beginner Pistols: Glock 17 or Sig P320

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There’s always a heated debate between two camps over which brand is truly the best. However, it’s clear that both Glock and Sig Sauer produce pistols that are reliable, durable, and highly customizable.

The Glock 17 (or G17) and the Sig Sauer P320 are full-size pistols, each offering significant advantages for beginners. Full-size pistols are easier to control because the mass of the pistol absorbs a good bit of the recoil. They are easier to be accurate with thanks to longer slides, not to mention both models offer 17 rounds of capacity with a standard magazine. A longer barrel means more power and better accuracy over greater distances. Plus, both the G17 and the SIG P320 are chambered in 9mm Luger – the most balanced and versatile cartridge out there.

Curious about choosing the right beginner handgun? Check out our guide on Choosing the Best Defense Handgun for a Beginner. It dives deeper into pistol frame sizes and other essential factors.

Now, comparing the G17 to the P320, you’ll find each has unique advantages and trade-offs. Glocks are the workhorses of the pistol world – rugged, reliable, and with rather simplistic aesthetics, all at an affordable price range. They’re known to handle thousands of rounds without a hiccup and can take a good amount of abuse. Another advantage is the vast aftermarket for parts, upgrades, and customizations. Here’s an example. Glocks are known for their mediocre trigger feel out of the box. So when you get the basics down and figure out what you’d like to improve, there are plenty of aftermarket options available to you.

If the Glock’s aesthetic and ergonomics don’t appeal to you, the Sig P320 might be more to your liking. Right out of the box, it’s a solid full-size pistol with an appealing design and reliable performance. Like the Glock, the P320 boasts strong aftermarket support. Plus, it offers a modular design that lets you easily switch frame sizes to suit your preference.

Both the G17 and P320 are DAO (Double Action Only) pistols, meaning they have internal safeties and no external safeties to fuss with. This design choice means there’s nothing to forget to disengage in a tense moment or slow you down. Still, if you’re set on having a manual safety, Sig Sauer also provides the M17, a military version of the P320 with that feature.

Why We Love the Glock 17:

  • Reliability and Durability: Known for being able to handle thousands of rounds without any issues, making it a reliable choice for both beginners and seasoned shooters.
  • Simplicity and Affordability: With its no-frills design and affordable price range, it’s an accessible firearm for those new to shooting.
  • Customization Options: A vast aftermarket allows for numerous upgrades and customizations, catering to the user’s preferences over time.
  • No External Safety: DAO design with internal safeties simplifies use.

Why We Love the Sig Sauer P320:

  • Modular Design: Allows for easy transition between frame sizes, making it versatile for different hand sizes and shooting preferences.
  • Out-of-the-Box Performance: Delivers reliable performance and an appealing design, providing a solid starting point for any beginner.
  • Aftermarket Support: Like the Glock, enjoys strong aftermarket support for parts and customizations, enhancing its longevity and adaptability.
  • No External Safety: DAO design with internal safeties simplifies use.

Other Options:

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SIG P320 Starter Pack

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SIG SAUER P320

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P320 OWB Holster

Holosun 507K

9mm Cleaning Kit

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Best Beginner AR-15: Smith & Wesson M&P Sport III

When you’re starting out in the gun world, you’re probably looking for something that won’t break the bank but still has all the right stuff to get you going. That’s where the third-gen M&P15 Sport from Smith & Wesson shines. Priced comfortably under $1,000 — actually, you can grab one for around $650 to $700 — it’s a solid pick without feeling like you’re cutting corners.

Sure, there are other rifles like the PSA M4 Carbine from Palmetto State Armory that come in even cheaper, under $500. But the M&P15 Sport III has a couple of tricks up its sleeve. For starters, it’s got a mid-length gas system. This is key for a 16-inch barrel since it not only makes the rifle last longer but also gives you a smoother shooting experience. Plus, the 1:8 twist rate is versatile enough to handle loads as light as 55gr M193 bullets and as heavy as 90gr, making it great for experimenting with different types of ammo.

This AR-15 rifle also boasts a 15” free-floating M-LOK handguard, which means you can attach all sorts of accessories. Plus, it’s got a full-length pic rail on top for when you want to add optics — especially handy since it doesn’t come with iron sights. And with a 6-position collapsible stock, you can adjust it to just the right fit. Sure, you might find cheaper models out there, but the M&P15 Sport III’s blend of softer recoil, versatility, and must-have features like the M-LOK handguard and adjustable stock makes it an awesome choice for anyone just getting into shooting.

Why We Love the S&W M&P15 Sport III

  • Affordably Priced: At under $1,000, often between $650 to $700, it’s a high-value option for beginners.
  • Mid-Length Gas System: Enhances durability and provides a smoother shooting experience.
  • Versatile 1:8 Twist Rate: Suitable for a wide range of ammunition, from light 55gr M193 bullets to heavier 90gr rounds.
  • Other Features: 15” free-floating M-LOK handguard, full-length Picatinnyicatinny rail, 6-position collapsible stock.

Other Options:

  • PSA 16″ M4 Carbine
  • Aero Precision Aero AC-15M
  • IWI Zion-15

AR-15 Starter Pack

S&W M&P15 sport 3

S&W M&P15 Sport III

Specifications:

SIG SAUER ROMEO5XDR Gen II Red Dot Sight with Juliet 5

Red Dot Combo

MAGPUL AR/M4 PMAG 30 GEN M3 5.56x45 Magazine With Window

30rd Magazine

UTG AR15 Cleaning Kit

AR Cleaning Kit

Best Beginner .22 Rifle: Ruger 10/22

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If you’re looking for a classic semi-auto rifle that’s perfect for beginners, the Ruger 10/22 is hard to beat. This rifle is a legend, making it an awesome choice for teaching both kids and adults the ropes of shooting sports. The Ruger 10/22 fires the .22LR round, which is super cheap and has almost no kick, plus it’s really quiet. However, keep in mind, that the .22LR is a low-power cartridge, and its effective range tops out at about 150 yards. While it might not be your go-to for self-defense, especially compared to rounds like the .223 Rem or 9mm, it’s still not something you’d want to be on the receiving end of.

With the .22LR, you’re all set to join rimfire competitions, go after small game, or just have fun plinking in the backyard. Ruger offers a bunch of different 10/22 models so you can find one that’s just right for you. Whether it’s the 10/22 Carbine with its classic looks and versatility, the 10/22 Target for hitting bulls-eyes, or the 10/22 Tactical for competition use, Ruger’s got you covered.

All in all, the Ruger 10/22 is a solid, well-balanced rifle that packs reliable performance and up-to-date features into a classic design.

Why We Love the Ruger 10/22

  • Perfect for Beginners: With minimal recoil (.22LR round) and a quiet operation, it’s an ideal firearm for teaching new shooters the basics.
  • Versatility in Use: Whether you’re interested in rimfire competitions, small game hunting, or backyard plinking, the 10/22 serves all purposes well.
  • Affordability of Ammunition: The cost-effectiveness of .22LR rounds means you can shoot more for less, perfect for extensive practice sessions without breaking the bank.
  • Variety of Models Available: Ruger offers multiple versions of the 10/22 to fit every shooter’s need, from the classic Carbine to the precision-focused Target model, and the competition-ready Tactical version.
  • Unmatched Durability and Performance: Known for its reliability and solid construction, the Ruger 10/22 ensures a long-lasting shooting experience with consistent performance.

Other Options:

Ruger 10/22 .22 LR Rifle Starter Pack

RUGER 10/22 Takedown 22 LR

RUGER 10/22 Takedown

Specifications:

PROMAG Ruger 10/22 22 LR 55rd drum mag

55rd Drum Mag

VORTEX Crossfire II 2-7x32mm rimfire scope

Rimfire Scope

universal gun cleaning kit

Cleaning Kit

Best Beginner Shotgun: Mossberg 500/590

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Talking about shotguns and not bringing up the Mossberg 500 and the Remington 870 series is nearly impossible. They’re both standout choices for newbies and honestly, picking between them often boils down to which brand you vibe with more rather than a clear winner in performance. Lately, though, a lot of shooters are leaning towards the Mossberg, saying it’s more consistent in quality. Plus, Mossberg 500/590 shotguns sport a couple of user-friendly features like the more convenient location of the safety and slide release as well as a skeletonized always-up shell lifter that allows you to load shells and clear malfunctions easier.

The Mossberg 500 and 590 shotgun series are loved for their straightforward, pump-action design. It means they’re easy to use thanks to fewer moving parts, weigh less compared to semi-autos, and are pretty darn durable. Both series come decked out with features that make life easier, like ambidextrous safeties and anti-jam elevators.

When it comes down to what you’ll use it for, the Mossberg 500 is your go-to for hunting. It comes in a bunch of camo options plus wood and black synthetic stocks, and its lightweight build and longer barrel make aiming and control easier.

If you’re gearing up for home defense or tactical purposes, the Mossberg 590 is where it’s at. It’s decked out for customization, built to take whatever comes its way, and boasts a higher shell capacity. And if a compact, easy-to-maneuver shotgun for tight spots is what you need, the Mossberg 590 Shockwave is legendary. Though it might take some getting used to, it’s surprisingly manageable once you get the hang of it.

Why We Love the Mossberg 500 and 590 Series

  • Consistent Quality: Many shooters express a preference for Mossberg over other brands for its consistent quality across models.
  • User-Friendly Features: The conveniently located safety and slide release, coupled with a skeletonized always-up shell lifter, make the Mossberg series exceptionally easy to load and clear.
  • Pump-Action Design: This design ensures fewer moving parts, lighter weight, and remarkable durability in both the 500 and 590 series.
  • Versatility for Hunting and Tactical Use: The Mossberg 500 is ideal for hunting, available in various camo, wood, and black synthetic stocks. In contrast, the Mossberg 590 suits home defense or tactical scenarios, boasting customization options and a higher shell capacity.

Other Options:

Considering a shotgun for home protection? Read our guide on the Best Home Defense Shotguns.

Mossberg 590 Shockwave Starter Pack

MOSSBERG 590 Shockwave 12Ga 14.3in

MOSSBERG 590 Shockwave

Specifications:

Mossberg 590 light mount

Forend Light

Side Saddle, 9 Shell

Side Saddle

Shotgun Sling

Shotgun Sling

FAQs

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The fit of a gun is determined by how well your hand can grip it, your ability to reach the trigger comfortably, and how natural it feels when aiming. The right gun should feel like an extension of your hand; it shouldn’t feel too heavy or awkward.

Yes, it is highly recommended to take a firearm safety course, even if it’s not legally required in your area. These courses provide essential information about safe handling, storing, and operating firearms. They also often cover local gun laws, which is crucial knowledge for any gun owner.

The 9mm Luger is a popular choice due to its balance of recoil, size, and power. It’s manageable for most new shooters, widely available, and is used in a variety of handgun sizes. This caliber allows beginners to practice effectively without being overwhelmed by recoil. 5.56/.223 as well as .22LR are good rifle calibers.

It’s advisable to clean your gun after every use to ensure it operates correctly and safely. If you’re not using your gun frequently, a thorough cleaning and inspection every few months is recommended. Regular maintenance prevents the buildup of residues and corrosion, prolonging the life of your firearm.

Yes, you can purchase a gun online, for example, on gritrsports.com, but it must be shipped to a Federal Firearms License (FFL) holder, usually a gun store, where you can pick it up. You’ll need to complete the necessary background checks and paperwork at the FFL, just as if you were buying a gun in a store.

This depends on your comfort level and the intended use of the firearm. Some people prefer the added precaution of the manual safety, especially if they are new to handling guns or if there are children in the home. Others prefer firearms without manual safeties for simpler operation.

Safe gun storage is essential for preventing accidents and unauthorized access. Options include gun safes, lockboxes, and safety locks that prevent the gun from being fired. It’s also advisable to store ammunition separately from the firearm.

The cost of a reliable beginner firearm varies widely, typically ranging from $400 to $800. While it might be tempting to go for a cheaper option, investing in a good-quality firearm from a reputable manufacturer ensures reliability, safety, and a better shooting experience.

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