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George Washington is quoted as saying: “Your love of liberty, your respect for the laws, your habits of industry, and your practice of the moral and religious obligations are the strongest claims to national and individual happiness.”
Another pearl of wisdom he once uttered was, “To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.” When we came across Corey Straughn’s tattoos we couldn’t help but give an approving smile. We think George would be proud to see a modern interpretation of his stance on guns and patriotism as well. Enjoy.
In this issue of Brownells Gunnery, we take a close look at two cartridges. One’s been around since the dawn of the Ice Age, while the other is a brash upstart, but both have capabilities well suited to the needs of most RECOIL aficionados.
Mike Searson builds a chassis rifle around the venerable 7.62x39, beloved of heathen communist scum the world over, and discovers its value as a cheap way to replicate training drills that otherwise would be expensive if performed with patriotic, upstanding American 30 cals. All joking aside, the x39 has a lot to offer rifle shooters, as it’s widely available, inexpensive, and sufficiently powerful to ring steel, bring down a deer, or defend hearth and home. It’s not regarded as a long-range round, but precisely because of deficiencies in this role, it makes for a great shortrange training option.
Long range is where our second cartridge shines. We’re usually skeptical of new cartridge introductions as they tend to arrive in a blitz of marketing, linger for a few years then fade from the scene as customers discover they really don’t offer much in the way of advantages over long-serving alternatives. Plus, they’re either expensive or difficult to find in both rifle makers’ catalogs and on store shelves. The 224 Valkyrie, however, seems to be off to a healthy start, with numerous builders offering complete rifles or AR-15 uppers chambered for it, and Federal rolling out a comprehensive and largely affordable ammo lineup. It also fills a niche previously occupied only by oddball wildcats, and allows the shooter to really stretch the legs of the AR-15 platform. We’re looking forward to seeing it evolve; perhaps next year we’ll see it in a 6mm version.
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