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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              SHOOTING RESULTS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              9 mm Luger               Vel. @ 15’ Energy    Group Size In Inches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cartridge                 (f.p.s.)  (ft.-lbs.)  Smallest  Largest  Average
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Black Hills             1052 Avg. 305           3.00     4.13    3.55
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              124-gr. JHP               15 Sd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Federal No. C9BP        1059 Avg. 287           4.25     5.75    5.03
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              115-gr. JHP H-S           11 Sd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hornady No. 9025        1066 Avg. 291           4.38     7.25    5.45
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           a straight         115-gr. JHP XTP           17 Sd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           arm. The           Average Extreme Spread:                                          4.67
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         DAO trigger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Measured average velocity for 10 rounds from a 31⁄16” bar-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            remains the biggest plus,         rel. Range temperature 81°F. Humidity 85%. Accuracy for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            with the long take-up and         five consecutive, five-shot groups at 25 yds. from sandbags.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            break feeling much lighter        Abbreviations: Sd (standard deviation), H-S (Hi-Shok), JHP (jack-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            than its measured                 eted hollow point), XTP (Extreme Terminal Performance).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            6 lbs. Most recognize the
                                                                                                                                                                                           same essential feel              trigger as double-action-       accuracy. Though adequate             already cranking out con-
                                                                                                                                                                                           is there, despite the lack       only, but the Bureau of         for close-range self defense          cealment leather and with
                                                                                                                                                                                           of accommodation for the         Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms      (which, granted, is the little        Springfield offering a mini,
                                                                                                                                                                                           pinky finger. Moreover,          and Explosives has deter-       gun’s intended role), the XD          gun-mounted light as well
                                                                                                                                                                                           like the bigger pistol, the      mined the XD to be a            Sub-Compact produces                  as optional tritium night
                                                                                                                                                                                           Sub-Compact has a grip           single-action and some          fairly large groups at longer         sights, the XD Sub-Compact
                                                                                                                                                                                           angle that doesn’t cause         shooting sports governing       ranges. But, also like the            is already proving an attrac-
                                                                                                                                                                                           your wrist to “break” when       bodies are in agreement         larger XD, it functions flaw-         tive package for citizens in
                                                                                                                                                                                           the gun is held level with       with the agency.                lessly, feeding all bullet            Right-To-Carry states and for

     Springfield XD Sub-Compact                                                                                                                                                             XD SUB-COMPACT
                                                                                                                                                                                             MANUFACTURER: HS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The only marginal aspect
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            of the XD Sub-Compact was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            profiles without a hiccup.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                With holster makers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  plainclothes law en-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  forcement personnel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Produkt, d.o.o.,
            pringfield, Inc., has                    the XD boasts dual recoil                     available in 9 mm Luger and                  sents a 1” reduction from                       M. Bogovica 7,
            swiftly made good on                     springs, snag-free sights,                    .40 S&W, manages to incor-                   the original. The XD Sub-                       Karlovac, Croatia 47000
            its promise to offer its                 accessory-mounting rail,                      porate all of the XD features                Compact weighs 201⁄2 ozs.                    IMPORTER: Springfield,
     popular new XD line of pis-                     double-column magazine,                       despite its abbreviated                      unloaded, just a bit less than                  Inc. (Dept. AR), 420
                                                                                                                                                                                                W. Main St., Geneseo,
     tols in a variety of configu-                   ambidextrous magazine                         dimensions. It is, in fact,                  the original.                                   IL 61254; (800) 680-
     rations. The polymer frame                      release, loaded chamber                       the only gun in its class that                    Accordingly, the XD                        6866; www.springfield-
     double-action-only (DAO)                        indicator and a firing pin                    incorporates a light rail. Its               Sub-Compact handles a                 
     gun is now available ported                     status indicator. The classic                 barrel, at 31⁄16”, is 1” shorter             little quicker than the stan-                CALIBER: 9 mm Luger
                                                                                                                                                                                                (tested), .40 S&W
     or unported, in black, olive                    influences stem from the                      than the standard model XD,                  dard model, and balances
                                                                                                                                                                                             ACTION TYPE: locked-
     green or a combination                          M1911. The XD has a grip                      while its 41⁄2” height repre-                well for a small pistol. The                    breech, short-recoil
     thereof, a long-barreled                        angle similar to that of “old                                                                                                              semi-automatic pistol
     competition version and                         slabsides” along with a                                                                                                                 FRAME: polymer
                                                                                                                                                                                             BARREL: 31⁄16”                  Dual “nested” recoil springs (above) allow      The XD’s slide (above) is sturdily construct-
     a sub-compact model for                         grip safety. This particular                                                                                                                                            powerful, progressive resistance in a small     ed of steel. The gun’s steel components
                                                                                                                                                                                             RIFLING: six-groove con-
     lawful concealed carry. We                      grip safety locks the action,                                                                                                              ventional, 1:10” RH twist    space, hence their popularity in small guns.    have a proprietary anti-corrosion coating.
     received one of these last                      meaning the slide cannot be                                                                                                             MAGAZINE: detachable,
     for test and evaluation.                        retracted without the grip                                                                                                                 double-column box,
         The XD gained immedi-                       safety being depressed.                                                                                                                    10-round capacity
                                                                                                                                                                                                (12-round capacity for
     ate notoriety for its sheer                         The other laudable                                                                                                                     law enforcement)
     variety of features. It is a                    aspect of the XD is its                                                                                                                 SIGHTS: dovetail post
     rolling showcase of late                        apparent sturdiness. The                                                                                                                   front, dovetail notch
     20th/early 21st Century                         steel parts are coated with                                                                                                                rear drift-adjustable for
     design trends with a couple                     a proprietary anti-corrosion                                                                                                            TRIGGER: double-action-
     of classic elements thrown                      treatment, the steel slide                                                                                                                 only, 6 lbs. pull
                                                                                                     The XD Sub-Compact’s frame is made of polymer and is
     in for good measure. In                         rails are thick and strong                                                                                                              OVERALL LENGTH: 61⁄4”
                                                                                                     available in black or olive drab. Its steel slide rails are thick                       WIDTH: 11⁄4”
     addition to being made                          and the polymer frame is                        and strong. An integral accessory rail at the lower front                               HEIGHT: 41⁄2”
     of high-strength polymer                        tough and resilient.                            allows for the mounting of a compact, high-intensity light.                             WEIGHT EMPTY: 201⁄2 ozs.                                                        The XD is an amalgam of popular fea-
     and having a DAO trigger,                           The XD Sub-Compact,                                                                                                                 ACCESSORIES: plastic                                                            tures found on other pistol designs. For
                                                                                                                                                                                                case, gun lock, spare                                                        example, the grip safety and grip angle
     The American Rifleman has used the phrase “Dope Bag” at least since           WARNING: Technical data and information contained herein are intended to provide information                 magazine, reference
     1921, when Col. Townsend Whelen first titled his column with it. Even then,   based on the limited experience of individuals under specific conditions and circumstances. They             fired cartridge case
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             (l.) are similar to those of the M1911, while
     it had been in use for years, referring to a sack used by target shooters     do not detail the comprehensive training procedures, techniques and safety precautions absolutely         SUGGESTED RETAIL                                                                the safety lever within the trigger face
     to hold ammunition and accessories on the firing line. “Sight dope” also      necessary to properly carry on similar activity. Read the notice and disclaimer on the contents page.
                                                                                                                                                                                                PRICE: $489                                                                  (above) is evocative of Glock pistols.
     was a traditional marksman’s term for sight adjustment information, while     Always consult comprehensive reference manuals and bulletins for details of proper training require-
     judging wind speed and direction was called “doping the wind.”                ments, procedures, techniques and safety precautions before attempting any similar activity.
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   Longtime readers of American
   Rifleman may recognize this
                                                            Howa Model 1500
   shooter. Ludwig Olson was,
   for almost 20 years, the mag-
   azine’s Associate Technical
                                                            JRS Classic Rifle
   Editor. Now retired, Olson
   is still going strong at                                                                                                                                                                                                SHOOTING RESULTS
   87. Here he lends the                                                                                                                                                                                  .22-250 Rem.              Vel. @ 15’ Energy     Group Size In Inches
   present technical                                                                                                                                Howa’s Model 1500 JRS rifle has a laminated           Cartridge                  (f.p.s.)  (ft.-lbs.)  Smallest  Largest  Average
   staff a hand test-                                                                                                                    wood or molded synthetic stock designed by gun writer            Winchester No. SBS22250A 3843 Avg. 1,312         0.73     1.56    0.96
   ing the Howa                                                                                                                     and American Rifleman Contributing Editor Jon R. Sundra.              40 gr. BST                 31 Sd
   Model 1500                                                                                                                       The laminated JRS stock features a straight comb with cheek-
   JRS rifle.                                                                                                                                                                                             Hornady No. 8336         3636 Avg. 1,468         0.78     1.22    0.98
                                                                                                                                    piece, flat fore-end and open pistol grip with no checkering.         50 gr. V-Max               33 Sd
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Federal No. P22250B      3506 Avg. 1,502         0.84     1.32    1.01
                                                                                                                                                                       game hunts are in the fall         55 gr. BTHP                31 Sd
                                                                                                                                      MODEL 1500 JRS                   or early winter when hunt-         Average Extreme Spread:                                           0.98
                                                                                                                                      MANUFACTURER: Howa               ers wear heavy coats. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Measured average velocity for 10 rounds from a 22” barrel.
                                                                                                                                         Machinery, Ltd.,              135⁄8” pull length of the JRS      Range temperature: 81°F. Humidity: 50%. Accuracy for five
                                                                                                                                         Sukaguchi, Shinkawa-          stock compensates for this,        consecutive, five-shot groups at 100 yds. from a sandbag.
                                                                                                                                         cho, Nishikasugai-gun,                                           Abbreviations: Sd (standard deviation), BST (Ballistic Silvertip),
                                                                                                                                         Aichi- Ken, 452, Japan        yet remains comfortable in
                                                                                                                                                                       warm weather.” Drop at the         BTHP (Boat Tail Hollow Point).
                                                                                                                                      IMPORTER: Legacy
                                                                                                                                         Sports Int’l (Dept.           JRS comb is 11⁄4”, and drop at
                                                                                                                                         AR), 206 S. Union St.,        the heel is 11⁄8”—highlighting   free-floating, however the                 Shooters judged the
                                                                                                                                         Alexandria, VA 22314;
                                                                                                                                         (703) 548-4837; www.
                                                                                                                                                                       a straight comb height that      fore-end did touch the bar-            rifle’s ergonomics, per-
                                                                                                                                             aligns the eye in the scope’s    rel lightly on the right side.         ceived recoil and balance
                                                                                                                                      CALIBERS: .223 Rem.,             ocular (rear) lens.              Steel parts were finished              as being very good, while
                                                                                                                                         .22-250 Rem. (tested),             Our test Model 1500         with a medium polish blue              handling and stock dimen-
                                                                                                                                         .243 Win., 6.5x55 mm          JRS Classic rifle functioned     while aluminum parts had               sions were rated excellent.

                                                                                                                                         Swedish, .270 Win.,
            owa Machinery, Ltd., changes made to the JRS         are not provided or offered,       Both have a satin finish. In         .270 WSM, 7 mm WSM,           flawlessly with smooth           a remarkable high-polish,                  The Howa Model 1500
            of Japan recently    Classic with only a brief       however, the receiver              addition, the JRS Classic            7 mm Rem. Mag.,               feeding, reliable extrac-        black-anodized finish.                 JRS Classic hunting rifles
            appointed Legacy     review of the Model 1500’s      is drilled and tapped for          is offered with a molded             .308 Win., .30-’06 Sprg.,     tion and positive ejection.          We tested the JRS for              combine quality, durability
   Sports Int’l of Alexandria,   basic mechanical design.        scope bases. Sporter con-          black synthetic stock.               .300 WSM, .300 Win.           Bolt glide was noticeably        accuracy using three differ-           and features with superb
                                                                                                                                         Mag., .338 Win. Mag.
   Va., the importer of its          Howa Model 1500 JRS         tour barrels usually taper             A quick review of the         ACTION TYPE: bolt-action,        good once lubricated             ent bullet weights and three           handling, outstanding bal-
   Howa-branded Model            Classic rifles are based on     to 0.620” at the muzzle,           laminate JRS stock’s dimen-          repeating, center-fire        properly. The light, 41⁄2-lb.    different brands of ammuni-            ance and excellent ergo-
   1500 rifles. When the two     a short or long length, turn-   depending on caliber.              sions indicates a 135⁄8”             rifle                         trigger pull was partially       tion—Winchester, Hornady               nomics. Wisdom comes
   companies began planning      bolt, center-fire action in         Laminated wood with            pull length. This is shorter      RECEIVER: hammer-                offset by a short, gritty take   and Federal. The average               from experience, and
                                                                                                                                         forged, blued carbon
   new product strategy, they    carbon or stainless steel,      robust dimensions is sub-          than many competitive                steel (tested) or satin       up. A careful inspection         extreme spread was just                Legacy has successfully
   consulted Jon R. Sundra, a    with laminated wood or          stantially more stable and         rifle stocks, which typi-            stainless steel               of fit and finish revealed       under 1”, which is well                tapped into Jon Sundra’s
   noted gun writer, experi-     black synthetic stock. Both     considerably stronger              cally measure about 141⁄2”.       BARREL: 22” (magnums             excellent metal-to-metal         above average for a sporter            wealth of knowledge in
   enced hunter and American     barrel and receiver are         than regular wood stocks.          Sundra feels the short pull          24”) hammer-forged,           fit; wood-to-metal fit was       barrel rifle and more than             building high perceived
   Rifleman contributing editor  hammer-forged, and the          Howa offers two stock col-         reduces the chance of the            blued or stainless steel
                                                                                                                                      RIFLING: six-groove, con-
                                                                                                                                                                       rated average. For exam-         adequate for hunting pred-             value into the JRS
   to help develop a suitable    action features a short, 60     ors: nutmeg (brown and             rubber buttpad snagging              ventional; 1:14” RH twist     ple, the barrel should be        ators and small game.                  Classic rifle series.
   stock design. The result      degree bolt throw, dual         natural layers) and pepper         on clothing. He also notes:       MAGAZINE: internal, five-
   is the Howa line of Model     opposed front locking lugs      (gray and natural layers).         “Most North American big             round capacity (mag-
   1500 JRS Classic hunting      and an internal extractor                                                                               num, three rounds)
                                                                                                                                      SIGHTS: none, receiver
   rifles available in 10 clas-  and ejector. The bolt-face is                                                                           drilled and tapped for
   sic center-fire calibers      recessed so that when the                                                                               scope mounts
   and three new Winchester      bolt is locked, the cartridge                                                                        TRIGGER: single-stage,
   Short Magnum calibers. We     case head is completely                                                                                 adjustable, 41⁄2 lbs. pull
                                                                                                                                      STOCK: nutmeg or pep-
   recently evaluated a          surrounded and supported.                                                                               per laminated wood,
   Model 1500 JRS Classic in         The Model 1500 has an                                                                               or synthetic: length of
   .22-250 Rem.                  internal, double-column                                                                                 pull, 135⁄8”; drop at heel,
       The NRA Technical Staff   magazine with a hinged                                                                                  11⁄8”; drop at comb, 11⁄4”
                                                                                                                                      OVERALL LENGTH: 421⁄8”
   had tested the Howa Model     floor plate, two-position         The Howa Model 1500 action                                            (standard calibers),
   1500 Lightning (light-        safety and single-stage           has a modern bolt design with                                         441⁄8” (magnums)
   weight) rifle previously      trigger adjustable for sear       an internal extractor and ejec-                                    WEIGHT: 8 lbs.
   (April, 1998, p. 46). As the  engagement and let-off            tor, short 60 degree bolt throw,                                   ACCESSORIES: gun lock
   mechanical features of the    weight. A unique feature is       dual opposed front locking                                         SUGGESTED RETAIL
                                                                   lugs and three gas relief                                             PRICE: $612 (blue);           Both long- and short-action Howa 1500s are drilled and             The JRS stock’s somewhat
   Model 1500 JRS Classic        the striker that cocks par-                                                                             $641 (stainless);                                                                                short length of pull prevents
                                                                   holes. To reduce bolt opening forces, the striker is partially                                      tapped for scope bases as iron sights are not offered.
   rifle differ only in detail   tially on opening and fully                                                                             $714 (blue magnums);          The rifles’ trigger units are adjustable for both let-off          the rubber recoil pad from
                                                                   cocked on opening and fully cocked on closing.                        $743 (stainless magnums)
   from the Lightning, this      on closing to reduce bolt                                                                                                             weight and sear engagement.                                        snagging on thick clothing.
   evaluation will focus on the  throw forces. Metal sights
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            SHOOTING RESULTS
                                                                    EAA Baikal Drozd                                                                                                                     .175” Steel Air 
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Rifle Shot 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Vel.@ 15’ 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Group Size in Inches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Smallest  Largest  Average
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Crosman 5-gr.                  482 Avg.          1.25       2.44   1.65
                                                                                                                                      Baikal’s new Drozd selec-                                          Copperhead                      11 Sd
                                                                                                                                      tive-fire airgun is a classic                                      Average Extreme Spread:                                            1.65
                                                                                                                                      example of innovative, out-
                                                                                                                                      side-the-box thinking and                                          Measured average velocity for 10 rounds from a 71⁄4” barrel.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Range temperature: 81°F. Humidity: 50%. Accuracy for five
                                                                                                                                      makes for a fun little airgun                                      consecutive, five-shot groups at 33 ft. from a sandbag rest.
                                                                                                                                      that defies categorization.                                        Abbreviations: Sd (standard deviation).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The vertical on-off switch (arrow) serves
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            as a safety as the gun will not fire with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            switch in the “off” position. The left front
                                                                                                       BAIKAL DROZD                                                                                                         switch is a three-position, firing mode selec-
                                                                                                     MANUFACTURER: Izhevsky              A lever on the bottom of the maga-                                                 tor allowing the choice of semi-automatic,
                                                                                                       Mekhanichesky                     zine (arrow above) presses and holds                                               single shots, full automatic in three-shot
                                                                                                       Zavod (Baikal), 9                 the CO2 cylinder upward against a                                                  bursts and full automatic in six-shot bursts.

                                                                                                       Promyshlennaya St.,               yoke, piercing the seal and releasing      The EAA Drozd magazine holds
           aikal’s new Drozd       automatic in three-shot          scheme selected to make            Izhevsk 426063, Russia            the gas. Gas is metered by a needle        50 BBs in a spring-loaded chute in
                                                                                                     IMPORTER: European
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The spring-loaded
           (bumble bee) defies     bursts and fully automatic in    the Drozd appear less men-                                           valve (arrow, top r.) on the magazine.     the front (arrow), and a 12.5-gram
                                                                                                       American Armory                                                                                                                                   notch in blade rear
           categorization. It      six-shot bursts. On the right    acing. The black polymer                                             When the magazine is inserted in the       CO2 cylinder in the center.                                          sight is adjustable
                                                                                                       Corp. (Dept. AR), P.O.
   is not suited for competi-      side is a sliding, three-        shoulder stock can be eas-         Box 1299, Sharpes, FL             gun, the needle valve stem is aligned                                                                           for elevation by
   tion, hunting or personal       position, firing rate control    ily installed or removed by        32959; (321) 639-4842;            with an internal, electrically powered                                                                          means of a screw.
   defense, yet its attractive-    switch that regulates full-      sliding it in or out of dual                   striker. When the trigger is pulled, the
   ness and fun factor are off     auto fire at 300, 450 or 600     holes molded into the rear       CALIBER: .177” for steel            striker hits the needle valve, releasing
                                                                                                       air rifle shot (BBs)              a measured amount of CO2 gas.
   the scale. Basically, the       “shots” per minute.              end of the upper receiver.       ACTION TYPE: electroni-
   Drozd can be described              Propulsion power is          Both the pistol grip and the       cally controlled, selec-
   as a CO2-powered, selec-        provided by a single, 12.5-      fore-end have slots molded         tive-fire, CO2 powered         the plastic surfaces off with    others followed a curved,       comfortably (under strict        yard plinking, we found
   tive-fire (yes, full-automatic  gram CO2 cylinder held in        into their outer surfaces for    RECEIVER: molded yellow          a damp cloth and the metal       right-hand trajectory. This     supervision, of course). As      cardboard boxes with
   capability) BB gun with an      the detachable, black, steel     better purchase.                   and black plastic              magazine surfaces with an        was caused by the right-        it makes very little noise,      circles marked on their
                                                                                                     BARREL: rifled 71⁄4” steel
   electronic fire control sys-    and polymer magazine.                Sights consist of a fixed-     with false muzzle, six         oily cloth. Rubber O-rings in    hand twist rifling in the       it will not annoy neighbors      side for aiming points and
   tem. However that bland,        Gas is metered by a needle       blade front and a spring-          grooves, RH twist 1:9”         the magazine seal the CO2        barrel. The 0.175”-diam-        and no hearing protection        filled with wadded newspa-
   technical description does      valve on the magazine lip.       loaded rear notch-in-blade       MAGAZINE: detachable,            gas and are replaceable.         eter steel air rifle shot are   is required. All switches        per made perfect targets.
   not begin to adequately         Inserting the magazine in        adjustable for elevation by        50-shot, with one 12.5-        Several spare O-rings are        undersized for the .177”-       and the rear sight eleva-        Most BBs were completely
                                                                                                       gram CO2 cylinder
   describe the innovative         the gun aligns the needle        means of a small screw.          SIGHTS: fixed blade front,       included with each gun. We       diameter barrel. Lead dia-      tion adjustments (with the       spent after penetrating the
   features of the Drozd.          valve with the electrically      A replacement rear peep            rear screw-adjustable          found an occasional drop of      blo air rifle pellets cannot    spring in place) proved          cardboard and the newspa-
       The electronic fire con-    powered striker. Pulling the     sight blade is supplied with       for elevation                  gun oil in the BB magazine       be loaded in the Drozd.         positive and simple to           per absorbed and held the
   trol system of the Drozd is     trigger powers the striker to    the gun for those prefer-        TRIGGER: electronically          and on the needle valve             Each CO2 cylinder held       operate. Its purchase            remainder. While air rifle
                                                                                                       controlled, single-stage,
   powered by six AA alkaline      hit the needle valve, releas-    ring that type of sight. After     2 lbs. pull
                                                                                                                                      promoted smooth function-        enough gas to fire about        price will not strain most       shot fired from the Drozd
   batteries held in a com-        ing a measured amount of         a few firings, the spring        STOCK: length of pull,           ing. Otherwise, replacing        140-150 BBs with an average     budgets, and steel air rifle     are likely not lethal, they
   partment in the nose of the     CO2 gas through the barrel.      under the rear sight fell          113⁄4”; drop at heel, 11⁄2”;   the AA batteries was the         muzzle velocity of 482 f.p.s.   shot and CO2 cylinders are       can cause serious personal
   stock. There are three slid-    Air rifle shot is fed into an    out and was lost. We fired         drop at comb, 11⁄4”            only other maintenance           We found more consistent        inexpensive and easy to          injury; thus the Drozd must
                                                                                                     OVERALL LENGTH: 133⁄4”;          required. During long peri-      velocity and gas pressures      find in quantity.                not be considered a toy.
   ing control switches on the     opening in the magazine          our accuracy tests at 33 ft.       195⁄8” (with stock)
   receiver—one on the right       top by spring pressure.          and obtained an average          WEIGHT: 3 lbs., 5 ozs.           ods of inactivity, the firing    by stretching out magazine          Steel air rifle shot eas-        Owning the selective-
   side and two on the left. On    Loaded magazines are             extreme spread of 1.65”—         ACCESSORIES: shoulder            switch should not be left in     reloads to allow the CO2        ily ricochets and, although      fire Drozd requires no
   the left side, the vertical on- inserted in the pistol grip of   not bad for a BB gun.              stock, magazine load-          the “on” position as this will   cylinder to warm up.            maximum travel distance          Federal license as it is not
   off switch also serves as a     the Drozd, Uzi-style.                Drozd receivers need           ing device, spare              drain the batteries.                Firing the Drozd proved      is less than 100 yds., it is     a firearm. Rather it is a new
                                                                                                       O-rings, rear sight insert,
   safety. The left front switch       The compact, two-            no scheduled maintenance           steel air rifle shot (BBs)        When firing at longer-        a popular event for shoot-      important to always be sure      type of air rifle with a high
   is a three-position, firing     piece, polymer receiver is       and do not need to be dis-       SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE:          range targets, we noted          ers of all ages. We found       of your backstop and to          fun content and a fresh
   mode selector offering          molded with a black upper        assembled. Routine main-           $219                           that some air rifle shot         the Drozd small enough          wear safety glasses when         perspective on low-
   semi-automatic, fully           and a yellow lower—a color       tenance consists of wiping                                        flew nearly straight while       for adolescents to fire         firing the Drozd. For back-      cost plinking.
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                                                               pH micro-penetrants that        polished, antique or even
                                                               attack the chemical bonds       matte surface finish with
                                                               holding those deposits to       wear resistance similar to
                                                               steel. This enables Blue        normal blue finishes.
                       Blue                                    Wonder to quickly clean             We tested Novum’s
                       Wonder                                  metals down to their pores.     Gun Blue on a Remington
                       Gun Blue                                    We tested those claims      Model 870 shotgun bar-
                       did an                                  by first using Gun Cleaner      rel with gas ports drilled
                       excellent                               to remove the oxida-            near the muzzle. The ports
                       job of evenly                           tion from a moderately          were bare metal and the
                       covering the                            rusted sheet of 0.035” thick    area immediately around
                       newly drilled gas                       steel. Blue Wonder easily       them full of nicks and
                       ports on this shotgun barrel and        removed the accumulated         scratches from the drilling
                       blending them in with the origi-        rust with help from a pad       and deburring operations.
                       nal blue finish. Blue Wonder Gun
                                                               of steel wool. Next we used     Both surfaces were coated
                       Cleaner easily removed the accu-
                       mulated rust from this metal plate      Gun Cleaner to remove           with Blue Wonder Gun
                       with the help of a steel wool pad.      copper fouling from the         Cleaner gel, then heated to
                                                               bore of a .22-250 Rem. rifle    approximately 130° F. using
                                                               and lead fouling from the       a hair dryer. After wiping
                                                               bore and action of a .22        off the Gun Cleaner, we

          emember when you          Unlike liquid gun clean-   rimfire rifle. In both cases,   saturated the area with four
          cleaned guns with      ing products, Blue Wonder     Gun Cleaner effectively         coats of Gun Blue. Next,
          nitro solvent, an old  Gun Cleaner is a brownish     removed nearly all fouling.     we applied a single coat of
   T-shirt and elbow grease?     gel with a low ammonia            Blue Wonder Gun Blue        Developer and then set the
   To remove lead fouling, you   content that contains no      is a two-part chemical sys-     barrel aside overnight. The
   used a Lewis lead remover.    acids. Novum recommends       tem for touching up areas       next day, we cleaned and
   To remove copper fouling,     Blue Wonder Gun Cleaner       on blued steel firearm          polished the blued surface
   you used JB bore paste.                                                                     lightly with steel wool and
   While these combinations                                                                    applied a coating of gun oil.
   worked (eventually), today,                                                                 Blue Wonder Gun Blue did
   the process of cleaning and                                                                 an excellent job of reblue-
   preserving firearms has                                                                     ing the ports on the shotgun
   benefitted immeasurably                                                                     barrel and blending them
   from new technologies.                                                                      in with the original finish.
   Modern gun care products                                                                        Novum Blue Wonder Gun
   offer superior performance                                                                  Cleaner and Gun Blue work
   for two reasons: Their                                                                      as advertised. We found the
   chemistry is based on prov-                                                                 small container sizes more
   en scientific principles, and                                                               than adequate as a little of
   products are differentiated                                                                 both went a long way.
   for specific applications.
       Novum Solutions recent-                                                                    Available from: Novum
   ly introduced two new gun                                       We tested Blue              Solutions, Inc. (Dept. AR),
   care products under the                                         Wonder Gun                  1585 West Sam Houston
   Blue Wonder brand name:                                         Cleaner by using it         Parkway North, Suite 200,
   Gun Cleaner and Gun                                             to clean the lead-          Houston, TX 77043;
   Blue. Novum states both                                         fouled bore of this         (832) 204-0866; www.
                                                                   .22 rifle. It effectively; Gun
   products are non-toxic,
                                                                   removed the fouling
   emit no harmful fumes and                                                                   Cleaner: 1 oz. tube $5;
                                                                   on the first attempt.
   are biodegradable.                                                                          Gun Blue kit: 1 oz. $3.
               January 2004