For what seemed like a century the side by side double barrel shotgun ruled the roost. It was cheap, simple to use, and its application nearly instantly understandable to anyone who laid eyes on it. Two back to back shots of 12 gauge. But today is seems to have fallen out of favor. What did the pour thing in? I’d say this topic is worth investigating.
The world of double barrels certainly has changed in the last century and a half. Once upon a time in the early 1930’s, double barreled shotguns could be had for very little. With some gun catalogs pricing them at $12 or less. With an inflation adjustment that would come out to about $186. Not a bad price at all for a highly versatile, easy to use firearm. Now a days finding a quality gun at that price would be nearly impossible. Now much of what you’d find at the double barrel section at a gun store would be high-end trap shooting over/under shotguns.
These gun from $500 all the way up to $2000 with a median price of about $1200. These shotguns are quite a bit more mechanically complex and fragile than the side by sides of today and yesteryear. While fantastic choices for skeet and bird hunting, they’re generally poorly suited for combat or home defense with their long barrels and hefty price tag. Only a few companies come to mind with a “combat over/under” in their line up. The Stoeger Condor Outback is the only one i can think of.
As much handy and simple to use they are quite obsolete. Since 1987, the year Winchester debuted the Model 1897, double barreled shotguns started to lose market share to their repeating counterparts. While two shots of 12 gauge may seem powerful, it pales in comparison to 5 repeating shots of 12 gauge.
Pump-guns like the Remington 870 don’t break the bank and have been around since 1950. That means gunsmiths and accessory manufacturers know the ins and outs of these quite well. They stay strong and make for great guns to be passed down from one generation to the next. Not to mention that their pump action makes them well suited for all kinds of ammo from low power bird shot to 3 inch magnum slugs.
Finally we have to mention one of the bigger side by side killers. The automatic shotgun. The first successful semi-auto shotgun to come out to the market was the browning Auto 5.
Once it hit the scene it was a instant hit with sport shooters and outlaws alike. The auto 5 offered something that nothing else had before 5 shots as fast as you could pull the trigger. Not to mention its reliability. With its tagline of “come hell or high water” its easy to understand its popularity. Nothing at the time offered as much as the Auto-5 could, reliability and great endurance. The borrowed time the side by side was going off of finally ran out in the late 60’s.
It isn’t completely over for them tho. Groups such as cowboy action shooting keep the spirit alive with their meet ups where people compete to see who’s the fastest and the most accurate. Side by sides also keep them selves alive with pop culture. They’re usually shown as close range annihilators in wild west shows, or video games. It’s to let the audience know that no one who gets hit with one of these is walking out. Not to mention they still are popular in places where firearm ownership is unfortunately highly restricted.
So if you’re thinking about getting a new shotgun maybe consider purchasing a side by side. Whether they’re used or brand new, you’ll get years and years or enjoyment out of the side by side. A true American classic!
The range at H&H features over 100 different guns available for rental. Over the years we have noticed several trends in what is most popular at the moment and what is good quality. Remember, this list is my top 10, but I want to hear from you, if you don’t agree with my list shoot back in the comments. I’d love to hear about something I’ve missed.
Now this gun really isn’t something people ask for directly by name, but it does get rented out a lot. Now you may ask why is that? When people come to the range and ask for something easy to start out on this my go to answer. This gun has all the good qualities of a beginners gun – it is lightweight, easy to handle, has great iron sights, it is simple to operate and the ammo is cheap. The S&W Victory .22 is great for experienced and new shooters alike. It’s hard not to have a good time plinking away with a fun .22LR.
These two guns are just about the same so I’ll lump them together for simplicity. Both guns are great options for people who have shooting experience under their belts. Both are simple to use controls and cost effective 9mm ammo make both an easy way to test out your shooting skills. With Glock’s overall popularity, reliability, and reputation these two guns are commonly asked for by newer shooters who know the brand name. Take either the Glock 17 or Glock 19 out on the range and you will understand why Glock has earned its stripes.
Just like the Smith & Wesson Victory, this rifle remains a favorite of shooters at all skill levels. Its ease of use and affordable ammo make it a great recommendation to newer shooters who may be nervous about using a gun for the first time. The low recoil and great accuracy eases anyone in to the idea of shooting. It’s always great to have someone bring it back and get a glowing review of it!
Now here is something people are slightly asking for. Since Dirty Harry splashed onto the silver screen newer shooters where enthralled by the idea of a giant revolver that could “Blow your head clean off”. The sad truth of the matter is, the Smith & Wesson 29 is too much gun for newer shooters. But the idea of a nice, powerful revolver sticks in their heads. Enter the 686. This lovely revolver is a great choice for those who come in asking for a “big revolver” that wouldn’t snap their wrist in half. The large weight of the 686 makes it a bit softer for .357 and even softer for the .38 special cartridge. Plus shooting a wheel gun is an experience everyone should have at least once.
Alright now we get into the guns people are really asking for. The most popular guns for sale at the moment are compact concealed carry guns, and the shield fits the bill! It’s slim dimensions make fore a great in the waist band gun. In addition the tall grip makes for easy shooting. It is most commonly rented out in 9mm but is available in .40S&W and .45 ACP. Although this is anecdotal, I’ve never heard of a lot about it malfunctioning. The Shield has stayed strong after 1,000’s of rounds and it seems like it still has move life in it!
The true American pistol. It’s hard to watch a World War II movie with out seeing a M1911 in a holster or in use. The nearly 120 year old design has stood the test of time in the field’s of popularity and actual mechanical reliability. It’s all steel construction makes for a smooth shooter. The .45 ACP cartridge is a not exactly a beginner friendly but after just a bit of practice you’ll be slinging .45s like its second nature. Not to mention that the 1911’s trigger has set the gold standard for a crisp triggers since it came out. Not to mention that the grips just naturally fir to your hand. H&H also has about 8 to choose from so take your pick! It leaves no doubt that you have a firearm in your hand. While H&H has this exact model, other models of 1911s are availible, such as some from Kimber and Nighthawk.
The AR in AR-15 stands for Armalite (the company that designed it) but I’m pretty sure that you could tell some people that it stands for America’s Rifle and they would believe it.. The range I used to work at has three AR-15s for rent and it’s not an uncommon site for all three of them to be out at any given time. It is a light weight, easy to use, low recoiling, easy to shoot rifle. It hits a perfect storm of what an average gun owner is looking for. In a way it’s almost a successor to the Winchester 1894 in the sense of popularity and ease of use. The ammo can be had for cheap and it’s no slouch either. The AR-15 shows people a whole new world of rifle shooting. It’s really something you have to understand for yourself by shooting one for yourself. The most popular one that gets rented out is oddly enough the plain jane M&P 15 from smith and wesson. It stands to reason that if you love the base model you’ll like any extra features.
The concealed carry craze is no joke. For years people have been asking glock for a single stack 9mm and they answered the call with a .380 and a 9mm. These two guns are commonly asked for and recommended by the range staff. So it’s no wonder why they are rented out a lot. Glock’s simple and no nonsense approach to firearm design is evident is their compact carry design. Thanks once again to Glock’s brand recognition, this gun is an easy choice to try out for those in the market for a carry gun. And when the gun comes back from being rented, the reviews I get are just like it’s larger framed friends. No failures to eject for miss feeds. It’s simple and reliable. What more can you ask for?
This gun is the king of the Hill. This gun is asked for by name. This one has people coming back to buy more ammo. Every time it’s brought back, it comes back with glowing reviews. For the concealed carry crowd, I’d say there’s no better option that we could rent out for you. It has great capacity at ten+one rounds of ammo. It’s accurate, looks good, feels great to hold and shoot. People just can’t get enough of this little beast. It hits all the qualities of a great pistol and at a great price too! Not to mention it comes with all of the Sig manufacturing standards that you’ve come to expect. Just go try it out yourself, just make sure you have a lot of money with you. You might walk out the door with one.
Honorable mention: Springfield Hellcat
This is an honorable mention for one reason. We just got one for the rent rack and it is proving to be very popular. That’s all I’ve got for you, on to number one!
This pistol has been a gift from above! There have no shortage of people who have just not had an easy time racking back a pistol slide, not to mention handle heavy recoil. With a combination of light springs and the softer .380 acp, this gun is a great entry point for people who have reduced grip strength. I’ve rented this gun out and have seen people go and purchase it. Seeing some one who has never been able to rack a slide then be able to shoot with confidence really warms your heart. It’s a lovely firearm that let’s just about every one have a chance at self defense!
Giving a Firearm as a Gift? Some Reminders From NSSF
The holidays are just around the corner. As hunters, shooters, collectors or just plain plinkers, it’s a natural instinct to want to share our enjoyment of firearms with others. What better way to do that than to make a gift of a firearm to a family member, close friend or relative?
The first thing to remember if you’re thinking about giving someone a gun is that . . . it’s a gun! You already know that ownership of a firearm brings with it some serious legal and ethical obligations that other consumer products don’t. So let’s look at some questions you may have about giving a firearm as a gift.
The first question you have to ask is whether the intended recipient can legally own the firearm where he or she lives. With more than 20,000 different gun laws on the books, even the kinds of firearms that law-abiding citizens can own vary from place to place; for example, juveniles (under age 18), generally speaking, are precluded by law from possessing a handgun. Check out the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) website for an overview of local laws and, whatever you do, don’t forget that you can never under any circumstances transfer a firearm to someone you know — or have reasonable cause to believe — legally can’t own one. That’s a federal felony, so be careful.
There’s no federal law that prohibits a gift of a firearm to a relative or friend that lives in your home state. Abramski v. United States, a recent Supreme Court decision involving a “straw purchase” of a firearm did not change the law regarding firearms as gifts. The following states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington State) and the District of Columbia require you to transfer a firearm through a local firearms retailer so an instant background check will be performed to make sure the recipient is not legally prohibited from owning the gun. Maryland and Pennsylvania require a background check for private party transfer of a handgun. There are exceptions, so it’s important to carefully check the law of your state or ask your local firearms retailer.
The ATF recommends that if you want to give someone a new firearm, rather than going to a gun store, buying it on your own and giving it to, say your father, consider instead purchasing a gift certificate from that retailer and giving it to Dad as his present. That way he’ll get the exact gun he wants, and there’s no question about who is “the actual buyer of the firearm,” which is a question any purchaser must certify on the Federal Form 4473 at the time of purchase.
You can only ship a handgun by common carrier (but not U.S. Mail) and a long gun by U.S. Mail or common carrier to a federally licensed retailer, but not to a non-licensed individual in another state. With all carriers, federal law requires you to declare that your package contains an unloaded firearm. To be safe, always consult your carrier in advance about its regulations for shipping firearms.
What if you want to give “Old Betsy,” your favorite old deer rifle, to your son or daughter as a college graduation gift? Again, in most states, there’s no law that says you can’t, but some states require even inter-family transfers to go through a licensed retailer. Remember, you can never transfer a firearm directly to another person who is a resident of a different state. In that case, you must transfer the firearm through a licensed retailer in the state where the person receiving the gift resides. Using a gift certificate from a firearms retailer near where the recipient lives might be a good solution. Pre-1898 antique firearms are generally exempt from the retailer requirement. Be safe and check with your retailer or local law enforcement before you hand over your prized possession.
It’s often an emotional moment when a treasured family heirloom is passed down to the next generation. These moments are part of what our cherished enjoyment of firearms is all about and represent that unique bond that sportsmen have with their fellow enthusiasts.
Just like any savvy consumer would, most of us turn to the internet or private sellers when making large item purchases to save a little bit of money — and our guns are no exception. There are a number of myths that have been circulating about how easy it is to buy a gun but the fact of the matter is they just aren’t true.
“Gun Show Loophole”
Some have been led to believe that one way to purchase a gun and avoid a background check is by obtaining a firearm at a gun show. However, there is no such thing as a “gun show loophole.” The only time that a gun is sold without a background check is when a gun is sold from individual to individual. As that guns are private property, they can be bought or sold without licensing just like your car or used sofa. The reason that the gun show loophole is unable to exist is that one person cannot be “engaged in business” in private selling of guns. If it is found that one individual is buying and selling guns as a means to support their livelihood, they will be investigated by the police. A one-time large selling event, such as a gun show, allows private sellers to display a large gun collection for sale at the one-time event without raising any eyebrows.
While it is true that private sellers may use the internet as a means to sell their guns, there are many rules and stipulations that outline the purchasing rights. All gun purchases from online retailers have a long lists of policies, guidelines and regulations to protect both the buyer and the seller. In fact, some online forums, like Craigslist, will not even allow the posting of guns for sale on their website. Sites like eBay will only allow postings if the seller and the item are in the United States. It is legal to advertise and sell firearms within your own state but unlawful to transport or sell with knowledge that they will be transported over state lines. Although private sales are technically legal, it is illegal for a person to sell to a buyer that they believe to meet any of the criteria that would otherwise not allow them to buy a gun from a retailer that would require them to get a background check (i.e, felon, illegal alien, etc).
When purchasing from a reputable online dealer, you are required to fill out your location information, complete an age and compliance verification, read and accept the online firearms ordering guidelines before being taken to the payment screen. After submitting payment online, you still are required to submit a background check at a physical store that you will be picking up the item from. In addition to these safety measures, the firearm must picked up by the purchaser with ID in hand to be fully cleared to leave the store with the firearm. In the event that the item is paid for but the purchaser is unable to provide the needed information or pass the background check, the sale is simply refunded.
Knowing the laws and regulations when purchasing firearms is important to both the buyer and seller. The best protection is to educate yourself on the matter to avoid any penalties or setbacks in your purchases.
From now until the end of February don’t miss these deals at H&H Shooting Sports. We have the Smith & Wesson M&P Sport II For only $639.99, the Springfield xds 9mm for only $599.99, and the Savage 93V 22 Mag Gator TL for only $349.99. Hurry in for these and many other great deals at Oklahoma’s Headquarters for Guns & Gear.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at H&H Shooting Sports
From December 4th to the 10th take advantage of special savings on handguns from Sig Sauer, Walther, Glock, and shotguns from Beretta, Benelli, Browning and many more.
Don’t miss out on the Browning Season of Safe-ings. One of the most secure places you can store a firearm and other valuables is in a Browning ProSteel gun safe. You can now get up to $100 back as a mail in rebate, PLUS this week only H&H will give you 20% OFF on the purchase of any Browning Gun safe!
Hurry in and Save – December 4th to 10th only at Oklahoma’s Headquarters for Guns & Gear
Look for the following ad in The Oklahoman on Sunday December 4th!
Don’t miss our legendary Black Friday sale at H&H. With Storewide savings Friday, Saturday and Sunday! We’ve got special doorbuster savings on Firearms, Safes, Accessories, Knives, optics and more! Save $1000 on select Liberty gun safes, and the H&K VP9 9mm is now just $549. The Vortex Diamondback 4-12×40 scope is at the rock bottom price of $99.99. It is a better way to Black Friday at H&H with our doors opening at 9am so rush in, stock up and save big on great deals storewide.
We understand that other stores will be opening earlier that day, some even opening on Thanksgiving, but we want to ensure that our team members and their families get the chance to enjoy their Thanksgiving celebrations. We hope to see you bright and early at 9am Friday morning!
H&H Shooting Sports Oklahoma’s Headquarters for Guns & Gear – just off I 40 and Meridian.