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CONTENTS February 2016

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34

48

12: BEN GETTINGER
22: MIKE DICKERSON
34: GARRETT LUCAS
48: LEROY THOMPSON

GUN WORLD (ISSN 0017-5641) Volume 57, Number 2, is published monthly, 12 times a year by Engaged Media Inc, 22840 Savi Ranch Parkway, #200, Yorba Linda, CA
92887. Periodical postage paid at Anaheim, 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. Return undelivered Canadian addresses to: Gun World c/o Pitney Bowes, Inc. PO Box 25542, London, ON N6C 6B GST#855050365RT001

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Features

Columns

12 Handgun Heresy?

6 Up Front – Craig Hodgkins

The EAA Witness is the first polymer-frame 1911,
but will die-hard fans of this century-old design
embrace the new hybrid?
By Brad Fitzpatrick

22 Versatility Defined
The new Savage Model 11 Scout rifle is a handy,
highly customizable, “do-it-all” rifle that does it
all pretty well.
By Mike Dickerson

8 New Products – Tim Stetzer
70 Handguns – Dave Workman
76 Reload – James E. House
80 Today’s Hunter – Brad Fitzpatrick
88 Gunsmithing – Steve Sieberts
96 Back Pages – Craig Hodgkins

34 No Ordinary CCW
The FNS-9C is a striker-fired pistol on a polymer
platform, but despite its smaller size, it’s still an
extremely adept weapon for self-defense.
By Garrett Lucas

48 A Proper Proposal
The FBI recently issued a request for two new
9mm pistols, and the bid specs are many and
detailed.
By Leroy Thompson

60 Just One Click
Shrewd gun buyers can find numerous bargains
by shopping online, and the Internet will
continue to shape the future of the industry.
By Cassandra Faulkner

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UP FRONT
February 2016
Volume 57 • Number 2
EDITORIAL
Doug Jeffrey Editorial Director
Craig Hodgkins Editor
Mark Heisser Managing Editor

Winter
Wonders
BY CRAIG HODGKINS

T

HE NEW YEAR IS
already upon us, and in
this sunny little corner
of my home state, what
passes for winter has already begun
to fade into memory.
Elsewhere in the country, I know
that’s not the case. I’ve seen your photos
or ones just like them on Facebook, Instagram and the evening news, and I’m
honestly very sorry.
Just for the record, I did spend a good
portion of my childhood years living on
the north shore of Lake Tahoe in the
snowy Sierra Nevada mountain region,
but the truth is that kids get much more
pleasure out of winter than adults. I remember running around in the snow for
hours until my mom had to literally drag
my purple body through the front door in
order to drop me in front of the fireplace
to thaw out.
And once my skin color returned to
normal, I was ready to rush back outside
to my sled and the company of my
equally insane friends.
No, it isn’t until you are an adult that
you get to experience the true joys and
wonders of winter; driving on icy roads,
paying exorbitant monthly heating bills,

and fighting off cabin fever while the
snowdrifts pile up outside your door as
you wait for the snowplows to make it to
your driveway.
I was able the experience some of
those unique pleasures as an adult when
my wife and I spent a couple of years living in southern New Hampshire. It was
(and still is) a beautiful region of the
country, and the huge skating pond behind our house was delightful. Unfortunately, everything else—including some
major body parts—froze over when it did.
So it comes as no surprise that the
smart folks at the NSSF hold the SHOT
Show every January in sunny Las Vegas.
Not only is the show one of the best
places to see all the new and exciting
products from seemingly every manufacturer in the world all in one place, but it
also provides attendees from all parts east
and north with a chance to thaw out in
the process.
If you’re not part of the industry, or
can’t make it to SHOT this year, we at
Gun World promise to keep you informed
about all the new products, but I hope
you have a Plan B to help keep your toes
warm. GW

DESIGN
Johann Frederick Mendoza Art Director
Eric Knagg Design Director

CONTRIBUTORS
Steven Paul Barlow, Aaron Carter, Mike Dickerson, Brad Fitzpatrick,
Paul Hantke, James House, Phil Massaro, Jameson Parker, D.K. Pridgen,
John Raguso, Steve Sieberts, Dave Spaulding, Tim Stetzer, Tom Tabor,
Leroy Thompson, Martin Topper, Dave Workman

ADVERTISING
Gabe Frimmel Ad Sales Director
(714) 200-1930
gfrimmel@engagedmediainc.com
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(714) 200-1982
Mark Pack Senior Account Executive
(714) 200-1939
John Cabral Advertising Design
Gennifer Merriday Advertising Traffic Coordinator
Kristan Beckman Advertising Traffic Coordinator

DIRECT MARKETING GROUP
John Bartulin (866) 866-5146 ext. 2746
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OPERATIONS
Subroto Mallick
Robert Short
Harsh Srivastava
Shailesh Khandelwal
Alex Mendoza
Jeno Torres
Victoria Castle
Arvind Sidhu

Business Analytic Manager
IT Manager
Newsstand and Circulation Analyst
Subscriptions Manager
Administrative Assistant
Administrative Assistant
Intern Program Manager
Prepress Manager

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GUN WORLD (ISSN 0017-5641) is published monthly in January, February,
March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November,
December by Engaged Media Inc., LLC, 22840 Savi Ranch Parkway, #200,
Yorba Linda, CA 92887. Periodical postage paid at Anaheim, 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.
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Circulation/Marketing Director
Director of Content
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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.

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The Hi-Lux Micro-Max
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Picatinny rail mount.

TEXT BY TIM STETZER, PHOTOS BY JIM HOLMAN

S I GET OLDER and
have a harder time seeing
iron sights, I find that I
appreciate red dots more
and more. I just finished a
patrol rifle course at work, and the difference between how I shot with iron sights
versus a red dot was a real eye opener. I
was already drifting towards using dot
sights, but after the extensive shooting I

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did using both sighting systems, there is
no longer a question as to which I shoot
better with. Even for the folks with good
eyes, red dots make quick sight acquisition easy and improve hits. Over the past
decade, even the U.S. military has converted based upon actual combat experiences overseas.
Thankfully, you don’t need to be a combat
trooper to benefit from the attributes of a

good dot sight. You do, however, have to find
one that fits into your budget.
Red dot sights date back to the early
1970s, and as manufacturing and technology
have improved over the years, more and
more companies have jumped into the business, creating a vast sea of options available
to the shooter today. Prices range anywhere
from about what you’d pay for a case of beer
and a pizza to well north of $1000, depend-

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With an MSRP of
$249, the B-Dot sight
is an excellent value.

ing on what you’re looking at.
Generally speaking, all of the sights do
basically the same thing: they present an illuminated dot sighting for use on a firearm
or other projectile weapon. Within that general statement, though, there is a vast field
of differences that roughly distill down to a
few key points, mainly quality, durability
and longevity.
Traditionally, the less expensive sights
lacked rugged, drop resistant and weatherproof bodies, good clean optical quality and
acceptable battery life. They might be fine on
your favorite rimfire plinker, but probably
couldn’t handle a higher recoiling hunting
rifle to be used in foul weather, or a competition or defense rifle that’s going to see hard
use and needs to work.
It wasn’t all that long ago that getting
those things meant you were looking at
spending upwards of $400, which isn’t an insubstantial amount for most of us and becomes downright impractical when you need
to outfit multiple rifles, shotguns or hand-

guns. There are a few companies now,
though, that offer that kind of performance
in a price that most folks can afford, and one
of those is Leatherwood Hi-Lux Optics.

THE HI-LUX MICRO-MAX B-DOT
When I started looking for red dot optics,
I did a lot of research to see what was out
there that offered the features I wanted at a
price I could afford, and the Hi-Lux optics
rapidly made their way to my short list. I already had a Leatherwood CMR4 illuminated
tactical scope that I’ve been using for a year
or better, so I was familiar with the quality
of the Leatherwood line. I took a peep at
their red dots on the Hi-Lux side of the
house and was immediately drawn to the
Micro-Max B-Dot.
The B-Dot has an impressive set of features. It’s sturdily built from a machine aluminum body that’s fitted with multi-coated
glass lenses and then nitrogen gas purged
and sealed watertight. It’s finished off with a
matte black hard anodized finish for durabil-

ity and a low profile look.
The B-Dot comes with a set of flip-up
scope covers and an integrated Picatinny rail
mount. A taller riser is also available to
allow for co-witnessing with AR style iron
sights. External controls consist of a set of
windage and elevation adjustment knobs that
are held onto the sight body with wire stays
to prevent loss. Raised tabs on the caps cover
the knobs and allow for easy adjustment
without the need for a separate screwdriver
or other tool.
The battery compartment is on the left
side of the sight and it has room to carry a
spare battery onboard as well. On top of the
sight are the controls to turn the sight on
and adjust dot brightness. The B-Dot ships
with everything you need out of the box, including torx wrenches for installation, a lens
cloth, a CR2032 battery and a spare, and a
Kill Flash Anti Reflection Device cover. The
entire unit is quite compact at only 2.5
inches long by 1.4 inches wide by 1.4 inches
tall with a weight of 5.6 ounces.

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