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THE MARK IV RUGER’S BEST EVER .22 HANDGUN

SINCE 1959

WILSON
COMBAT’S
9-MIL AR
CARBINE

GET IN
THE
GAME
IDPA GEAR

BUGGING OUT
RUGER STYLE

PERFECT
FIGHTING
1911
DAN
WESSON’S
VALOR
COMMANDER

THE 5 MOST
IMPORTANT
MODERN
HANDGUNS

BIG-BORE COWBOY GUN
HENRY’S .45-70 CASE-HARDENED BEAUTY
DEC. 2016 VOLUME 57, NO. 12

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GUN WORLD
U.S. $4.99
DISPLAY UNTIL:
12/13/16

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ALL-NEW
COLUMNS

CLEARED HOT
PREPS
OPTICS
EDC
TRAINING

U.S.
SNIPER
RIFLES
WWI
TO THE
PRESENT
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The Colt Lightweight Commander® is the best of both
worlds. Readily concealable with it’s 4.25” barrel and
comfortable lightweight aluminum frame, yet nearly as
accurate as our full size Government Model®. Easy to
carry, easy to shoot. Available only at Colt Stocking Dealers.

BUILT ONE AT A TIME,
PROVEN EVERY ROUND ™


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CONTENTS
ON THE COVER
GUN: WILSON COMBAT AR9G
PHOTO: STEVE WOODS
DESIGN: MICHAEL BELCHER

COLUMNS
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UP FRONT
KIT UP!
OPTICS
HUNT
TRAIN
CLEARED HOT
EDC
PREPS
DOWN RANGE

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GUN WORLD
DECEMBER I 2016

COVER STORY

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WILSON COMBAT’S 9-MIL AR
Known for high-end ARs and 1911s, WC goes all in on
the 9mm AR carbine.
By Andy Massimilian

FEATURES

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HANDGUN-FIGHTING PERFECTION
The new Valor Commander from Dan Wesson Firearms—
the essence of the consummate fighting 1911.
By Garrett Lucas
BUGGING-OUT—RUGER STYLE
Following the KISS guidelines, what if your bug-out
battery were comprised exclusively of Rugers?
By Leroy Thompson
RE-MARK IV-ABLE!
Ruger redesigned the venerable Mark series into the
Mark IV. It’s the best Ruger .22 handgun. Ever.
By Dave Workman
THE EVOLUTION OF U.S. SNIPER RIFLES
U.S. sniper rifles through the ages—World War I
through the War on Terror
By Leroy Thompson
MAKING THE “CASE” FOR THE .45-70 LEVER GUN
Henry Repeating Arms’ new color case-hardened bigbore shows that there’s still a place for lever guns.
By Garrett Lucas
BEYOND PUNCHING PAPER
So, you’re thinking about shooting IDPA but don’t know
what gear you need? We’ll tell you.
By Ryan Wiedenmeier
FIVE KEY HANDGUNS
We give a rundown of the five most important
handguns of the modern era.
By Chuck Taylor

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UPFRONT

BY ROBB MANNING RMANNING@ENGAGEDMEDIAINC.COM

GUN WORLD
DECEMBER 2016

Volume 57 • Number 12

EDITORIAL

Robb Manning Editor
Amy Maclean Managing Editor

DESIGN

Michael Belcher Art Director

CONTRIBUTORS
Steve Barlow, Brian Berry, Michelle Cerino, Brad Fitzpatrick, Steven Ledin,
Garrett Lucas, Andy Massimilian, Chuck Taylor, Leroy Thompson,
Ryan Weidenmeier, Dave Workman

ADVERTISING

Gabe Frimmel Ad Sales Director
(714) 200-1930
gfrimmel@engagedmediainc.com
Casey Clifford Senior Account Executive
(714) 200-1982
Mark Pack Senior Account Executive
(714) 200-1939
Charles Dorr Account Executive
(714) 200-1931
John Bartulin Account Executive
(866) 866-5146 ext. 2746
Joe Galloway Account Executive
(863) 370-4376
John Cabral Advertising Design
Gennifer Merriday Advertising Traffic Coordinator
Eric Gomez Advertising Traffic Coordinator

to the Gun World re-launch. We have a great issue in store for
you. We hope you like the updated, modern look and feel.
The previous design was getting long in the tooth and needed a refresher. These
changes will make for a better reading experience, whether you read the print edition
or if you read your Gun World on a tablet.
One of the big changes will be an improvement in photography. You’ll notice an
upgrade in this issue, and it will be an ongoing process to always improve the
photography you see on these pages.

OPERATIONS

Robert Short IT Manager
Parveen Kumar Newsstand and Circulation Analyst
Shailesh Khandelwal Subscriptions Manager
Alex Mendoza Administrative Assistant
Jeno Torres Administrative Assistant
Victoria Van Vlear Intern Program Manager

We’re also changing the way we relate the stories to you. It used to be that gun
owners got their guns out of the safe once a year, then cleaned them and put them
away. Times have changed, and we know that modern gun owners want to use their
guns—often every day, if possible—whether for carry, competition, training classes,
hunting or good, old-fashioned plinking.

EDITORIAL, PRODUCTION & SALES OFFICE
17890 Sky Park Circle, Suite 250, Irvine, CA 92614
(714) 939-9991 • Fax: (800) 249-7761
www.gunworld.com
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GUN WORLD (ISSN 0017-5641) is published monthly in January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
and December by Engaged Media Inc., LLC, 17890 Sky Park Circle, Suite 250, Irvine, CA 92614. Periodical postage paid at
Irvine, CA and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to GUN WORLD
c/o Engaged Media Inc, VSI, Inc. 905 Kent St., Liberty, MO 64068.
© 2016 by Engaged Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any material from this issue in whole or in part is strictly
prohibited. GST#855050365RT001.
Canadian Post: Publications Mail Agreement Pitney Bowes, Inc.,
P.O. Box 25542, London, ON N6C 6B2, Canada

We have five new columns to offer our readers:
Optics: Guns are useless if you can’t hit the target. This new column is written by
legendary glass man Steve Ledin. I think you’ll appreciate Steve’s clever wit and
depth of knowledge on everything that is glass.

CUSTOMER SERVICE
Engaged Media, Inc.
17890 Sky Park Circle, Suite 250, Irvine, CA 92614
Subscriptions, Address Changes, Renewals,
Missing or Damaged Copies
(800) 764-6278
(239) 653-0225 Foreign Inquiries
subscriptions@engagedmediainc.com
customerservice@engagedmediainc.com
Back Issues: www.engagedmediamags.com
Books, Merchandise, Reprints
(800) 764-6278 • Foreign (239) 653-0225
Letters to Editor, New Products or to Contribute a Story or Photo
rmanning@engagedmediainc.com

Preps: The Boy Scout motto advises, “Be prepared.” Prepping and guns go hand in
hand, whether you’re bugging out, bugging in or just trying to get home. Long-time
Gun World contributor and prep master Garrett Lucas is writing this column.
Train: This column focuses on competitive shooting and personal defense. It is written by Michelle Cerino, co-founder of Cerino Consulting & Training Group, along with
husband Chris Cerino of Top Shot, season 1.

SUBSCRIPTION RATES
$17.95/1 year, $29.95/2 years. Outside the U.S.: $40.95/1 year, $75.95/2 years. Payable in U.S. funds. Single copy price is $4.99.
Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for new subscriptions to begin.

EDC: Nothing is more popular in America right now than concealed carry. Steve Barlow
teaches you how to do it correctly and offers informed and expert suggestions about
the gear you need to do it.
Cleared Hot (military jargon for “Engage the enemy”): Retired Special
Forces CSM Brian Berry passes on his Special Forces training and experience gained
from multiple combat tours. He also discusses techniques to protect yourself and get
out of bad situations alive.

ENGAGED MEDIA, INC.

Mike Savino CEO
Celia Merriday HR and Office Management
Jason Mulroney Content Director
Pinaki Bhattacharya Vertical Manager
Philip Trinkle Newsstand Sales Director
Kris Roadruck Marketing Director
Bob Hulsy Business Development Director

We hope you enjoy this new Gun World magazine. In the coming months, you’ll also
see a new and improved website and social media.

This magazine is purchased by the buyer with the understanding that
information presented is from various sources from which there can be no warranty or responsibility by Engaged Media Inc.,
as to the legality, completeness or technical accuracy.

GST #855050365RT001

As always, your comments, questions and stories are welcome, so drop me a line
… even just to talk guns.
www.gunworld.com

Canada Post: Publications Mail Agreement #40612608
Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to:
PITNEY BOWES, INC., P.O. Box 25542, London, ON N6C 6B2, Canada

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Julie Golob
Champion, Author, Veteran,
Hunter, Ambassador & Mom
Captain of
Team Smith & Wesson

M&P®9L Ported

www.smith-wesson.com/pc

M&P®9 Pro Series

M&P®9 C.O.R.E.

M&P®9 SHIELD™
Ported

#PerformanceCenter

KIT UP!
FIRST MAG
GLOCK MAG RELEASE ASSIST

1

Glock magazines can drop from the mag well
slowly or can even stick when the slide is locked
to the rear on an empty mag. Proper ejection
requires the mag follower spring to compress,
which it does against the slide. This often requires a flick of
the wrist or swipe of the other hand to clear.
The Mag Release Assist from FirstMag fixes the problem,
ejecting the mag free and clear of the mag well. It’s a flat
spring that wraps around the base of the magazine with a
lip that fits under the base plate.
MAKE: First Mag
MODEL: Glock Mag Release Assist
MSRP: $45 (baseplate and release)
URL: www.FirstMag.us

MAGPUL
TEJAS GUN BELT—“EL ORIGINAL”

3

YETI
18-OUNCE RAMBLER BOTTLE

2

Yeti makes bold
claims on how
long its Rambler
Bottles keep
cold items cold—and it has always
delivered. Now, the popular tumbler
comes in the form of a bottle with
a spill-proof cap. This bottle is
heavy duty, and the heavy-duty
cap secures very tightly. Loop two
fingers through the handle, and
you’ve got an improvised blunt
weapon for head strikes.

A good gun belt must be rigid, especially if you are
carrying OWB. Quality gun belts use two layers of leather
stitched into one unit. The only problem is that leather
stretches over time.

The “El Original” Tejas Gun Belt combines the best of two materials—leather and
polymer. The outer layer is top-grade bull leather that is hand stitched to the inside
layer, which consists of reinforced polymer. It has the classic look of a leather belt
with the extra rigidity of polymer. Plus, it never stretches. Call us “sold.”
MAKE: Magpul
MODEL Tejas Gun Belt
MSRP: $85
URL: www.Magpul.com

The only gripe I’ve ever heard about
Yeti is the price of its products.
But can you put a price on a cold
beverage on a hot day? The bottle
is manufactured of 18/8 stainless
steel and features double-wall
vacuum insulation, so no sweat—
cold or hot.
MAKE: Yeti
MODEL: 18-Ounce Rambler Bottle
MSRP: $40
URL: www.Yeti.com
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ELFTMANN TACTICAL
ELF-3 GUN TRIGGER

4

Perhaps you’re jaded
about AR triggers; you
have your favorite, and
not even a gang of
Orcs could get you to change your mind.
However, the ELF drop-in trigger will knock
your socks off (and help fight off the Orcs).
It uses aerospace-grade sealed bearings to
give it one of the smoothest pulls we’ve felt.
Plus, the pull weight is simple to adjust. It has
practically no takeup and a break as crisp
as microwave bacon, with no discernable
overtravel. The reset is short and super
fast. A double-wound hammer spring and
skeletonized hammer make it fast—and
with a quick lock time. It’s completely drop
safe and comes with a lifetime guarantee.
It is made in the U.S.A. of aircraft-grade
aluminum and hardened steel. This trigger is
tough and lightweight (just 2 ounces).

BREAKTHROUGH TECHNOLOGIES
AMMO CAN CLEANING KIT

5

MAKE: Elftmann Tactical
MODEL: Elf-3 Gun Trigger
TRIGGER PULL WEIGHT: 2¾–4 pounds
TRIGGER STYLE: Curved or straight
MSRP: $279
URL: www.ElftmannTactical.com

Breakthrough Technologies
cleaning products are
people-, eco- and gun-safe
(metals, polymer, wood,
hydro-printing, etc.), and most importantly, they
work extremely well. They exceed MIL-SPEC
Mil-PRF-680C Type II.
The Ammo Can Cleaning kit is the mac-daddy
cleaning kit from this company. It comes with
a 6-ounce bottle of Breakthrough’s Military
Grade Solvent, 6-ounce bottle of Battle Born
High-Purity Oil and a 12cc syringe of Battle
Born Grease fortified with PTFE. The kit also
includes six nylon bore brushes in the popular
military/police rifle and handgun calibers, plus
12-gauge, six brass jags in the same, three
brass patch holders, five-section cleaning rod
with T-handle, nylon utility brush and Swab-it
gun-tip swabs—all in a Tuff Tainer organizer.
The kit also includes assorted patches, a
silicone cloth and a 14-inch-square micro-fiber
towel. Everything fits into a plastic ammo
can that screams, “Go-to cleaning kit!”
MAKE: Breakthrough Technologies
MODEL: Ammo Can Cleaning Kit
MSRP: $120
URL: www.BreakthroughClean.com
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