7 New Historical Replica Firearms for 2018
Philip Massaro talks vintage and replica firearms
Uberti Model 1873 Outlaws and Lawmen “Doc” Pistol (Philip Massaro photo)
We hunters have an inexorable connection to the past; we thrive on stories of our forefathers and their exploits, gear and trophies. Vintage firearms and replica firearms are a definite means of reconnecting with the past; shooting or hunting with a period-specific firearm brings a special element to the event. Whether a muzzleloader or cool lever gun, an older type of rifle can be a breath of fresh air in a synthetic and stainless world. Here are some of the new historical and replica firearms for 2018.
Davide Pedersoli 1854 Lorenz Rifle
Hailing from Austria, the Lorenz rifle was a prominent player in many European conflicts, as well as our own Civil War. It is a .54-caliber muzzleloader, with a percussion lock and nice adjustable rear sight. Two barrel bands and a pair of sling swivels adorn the action, and the 37-inch barrel gives both a long sighting radius and plenty of accuracy. The rifle features a full-length walnut stock and steel buttplate. For the military enthusiast, the Lorenz represents a time-honored design.
Winchester Model 1873 Saddle Ring Carbine
It’s had a movie named after it, and it gained icon status among the devotees of lever-action rifles. For 2018, Winchester introduces the Saddle Ring Carbine, available in .38 Special/.357 Magnum, .44-40 Winchester, and .45 Colt. The barrel band, strap buttplate, non-checkered walnut stock and saddle ring are all present. A 20-inch barrel features a blade front sight and ladder-style rear sight, and the tang is even drilled and tapped for a flip-up tang sight to increase the sighting radius. The “Gun That Won The West” can be easily strapped to your saddle again in 2018. MSRP $1,299.99.
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