For 2018 Savage Arms decided to shake things up a bit by revamping many of the models in the 110-series and reverting the nomenclature back to what it originally was in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s with all updated models having the designation of Model 110. Naturally this change is creating some confusion among the Savage faithful as for the past 20 years short-action models had a two-digit model number and long-action models had [continue…]
There’s no doubt that the lever-action rifle is about as American as an American rifle can get. They tamed the west and by a wide margin have probably killed more deer than all other types of rifles combined over the last 150 years. Lever action rifles like the Marlin 1894, Savage 99 and Winchester 94 helped pave the way for modern smokeless powder cartridges as well. While lever action rifles are considered somewhat antiquated by [continue…]
If you haven’t noticed yet I tend to have a fondness for lever-action rifles. I’m not sure if it’s because my first firearm had a lever, or if it’s because I grew up watching old westerns on television with my dad on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Whatever the reason may be I’m happy to be afflicted with that fondness as there are few things in life that I enjoy more than spending a day at [continue…]
For many of us, the very first firearm that was “ours” was a break-action single-shot shotgun in either .410 or 20 gauge. It was the perfect combination of simplicity, light weight and effectiveness for a young new hunter and I’m sure many of you still have that first single-shot tucked away somewhere. Sadly, when the Freedom Group bought up Marlin Firearms back in the late 2000’s they decided to discontinue the H&R break-action single-shot firearms [continue…]
In an era where the current trends for rifles include heavy barrels and a CNC machined aluminum chassis for long-range shooting, it’s hard to imagine a company giving much thought to a compact, lightweight hunting rifle – but that’s exactly what Savage has done with the Lightweight Hunter models. The Model 11/111 Lightweight Hunter model was first introduced in 2011 in chrome-moly steel with a matte blued finish and lightened American Black Walnut stock. Last [continue…]
In 1995 Savage Arms purchased the Lakefield Arms Company of Lakefield, Ont. Lakefield Arms had long been a leader in manufacturing reasonably priced rimfire rifles in both bolt-action and semi-automatic configurations. This acquisition allowed Savage to return to the rimfire market 1996, and for many years now they have been one of the top producers of rimfire rifles. The continued sales success Savage experienced with its rimfire line of bolt-action rifles unfortunately lead to some [continue…]
In 2010 Savage Arms introduced the Model 110 BA, their first centerfire rifle to feature an aluminum chassis. While innovative at the time, the chassis used on the 110 BA and its siblings (the 10 BA, 110 BAS-K and 110 BAT/S-K) was bulky and heavy resulting in a rifle that weighed as much as 18-pounds sans optic. Recognizing this, the development team at Savage went back to the drawing board, and in conjunction with Drake [continue…]
One would be hard pressed to find a rimfire rifle that is more iconic and long-lived as the Ruger 10/22. Since it’s inception in 1964 it has been a staple in Ruger’s line-up and to this day continues to be one of their biggest sellers – and for good reason. The Ruger 10/22 has become the standard by which all other semi-automatic rimfire rifles are measured. In fact, most other firearms manufactures have conceded to [continue…]
There’s just something undeniably appealing about a classic lever gun. Just seeing one brings thoughts of a bye-gone era where the west was still wild and a firearm was just as important to ones survival as clothing, food and shelter. A time when a firearm was a man’s most treasured possession, and often the most expensive thing he owned.
In January of 2013 Savage Arms announced an all new rifle chambered for an all new rimfire cartridge. The rifle was their new B-Mag bolt action, and the cartridge was the .17 Winchester Super Magnum. The first B-Mag rifles started showing up at the dealers in late summer and initial reports for the sporter barreled synthetic stocked model were ho-hum to say the least.