Everything old is new again

When I was in my early 20s (in the early 1990s) I moonlighted in a big box sporting goods store behind the gun counter, a practice I kept up for a few years. Some of the popular guns at the time– besides the $100 SKSs and $249 WASRs– included Ruger Single-Sixes (before they cost $600~) and classic 16-gauge shotguns, the latter of which were on their death knells.

Fast forward nearly 30 years and I feel like a proverbial kid again.

Ruger this week just coughed up a new .22LR single-action wheel gun, the Wrangler, which has an MSRP of $249 (and should translate to a sale price of $199). The price is kept low by ditching wood grips for plastic and blued/stainless finish for cerakote.

Ruger Debuts New $249 Wrangler .22 Revolver

These exemplify a plinker 22, a cheap gun that you can just have some fun with

More in that after the jump in my column at Guns.com

Further, 16 seems to be making a comeback. Of note, the 16-gauge was the most popular chambering for shotguns in the U.S. for decades before 12 eclipsed it and currently Aguila, Federal, Fiocchi, Noble, Remington, Winchester, and others are now cranking out the shells in quantity.

To shoot all those hulls, Stevens has just announced a new Model 555 OAU (right?!) in the venerable bore for $700 to $879 depending on grade.

That’s a pretty good looking gun

And in “sweet” 16 of all things

More on that here

Now If only I could still get into my size 34 Marithé et François Girbaud jeans, all would be right again.

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About laststandonzombieisland

Let me introduce myself. I am a bit of a conflict junkie. I am fascinated by war and warfare, assassination, personal protection and weaponry ranging from spud guns and flame throwers to thermonuclear bombs and Soviet-trained Ebola monkeys. In short, if it’s violent or a tool to create violence it is kind of my thing. I have written a few thousand articles on the dry encyclopedia side for such websites as Guns.com, University of Guns, Outdoor Hub, Tac-44, History Times, Big Game Hunter, Glock Forum, Firearms Talk.com, and Combat Forums; as well as for print publications like England Expects, and Strike First Strike Fast. Several magazines such as Sea Classics, Military Historian and Collector, Mississippi Sportsman and Warship International have carried my pieces. Additionally I am on staff as a naval consultant and writer for Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine. Currently I am working on several book projects including an alternative history novel about the US-German War of 1916, and a biography of Southern gadfly and soldier of fortune Bennett Doty. My first novel, about the coming zombie apocalypse was released in 2012 by Necro Publications and can be found at Amazon.com as was the prequel, Chimera-44. I am currently working on book two of that series: "Pirates of the Zombie Coast." In my day job I am a contractor for the U.S. federal government in what could best be described as the ‘Force Protection’ field. In this I am an NRA-certified firearms, and less-than-lethal combat instructor.

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