A rifle that hit the market the same year the Wright Brothers first took to the air, the Savage Model of 1903 had a lot going for it and is highly collectible.
Rather than a basic bolt-action or a lever gun, the 1903 was pump-action, something that was still pretty novel at the time. As such, it was an answer to the Colt Lightning and Winchester Model 1890, pump-action takedown carbines that had been introduced just a decade prior. However, one-upping Colt and Winchester, which both utilized underbarrel tube-style magazines, Savage’s new gun had a detachable 7-shot box magazine.
Takedown rimfire rifles and carbines were especially appealing in the 1900s as they made for easy transport on bicycles, which were much more widespread than automobiles, and for easy storage in traveling shooting gallery operations.
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Odds are you have fired a cap gun once or twice in your life. Most likely, if you are reading this, you have
fired a 22 once or twice in your life. But the thing is, have you ever fired a 22 that sounds like a cap gun? Well if not, the 22CB may be something to look into.
The 22 CB Cap (short for “conical ball cap”) is a series of very small 22-caliber rimfire cartridges that have been around since 1888. On average, full-powered rounds for the caliber are typically 29-grains of bullet that travel at 700-feet per second. They are smaller than 22LR (40gr, 1100-fps), smaller than 22-Long (29gr, 1000fps), and smaller than even 22-Shorts (29gr, 800fps). They are however larger and more powerful then 22BB (18gr, 750fps), the Mexican-made Aquila Colibris (20 gr, 375fps) and Super Colibris (20gr, 450 fps) rounds.
They have been kept around for almost 150-years for their versatility. They allow clean and efficient hunting and pest control (better than the Colibris and 22BB) but without the loud cracking sound and extreme range of the larger 22L/LR round.
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