Wilson Combat’s .458 HAM’R Hits August GUNS
When a company like Wilson Combat develops both a new cartridge and then builds a radically new platform around it, it’s sure to get some attention. The .458 HAM’R hits August’s GUNS Magazine with feature coverage from Contributing Editor Holt Bodinson.
Billed as one of the “most powerful (practical size) AR platform carbine ever produced, exceeding the ballistics of the .450 Bushmaster, .458 SOCOM and .500 Beowulf,” Wilson Combat’s .458 HMR combines a big-bore proprietary cartridge with a newly designed AR platform. Holt outlines the innovative differences in the new cartridge, the hybrid-action’s custom specifications and accuracy achieved from factory loads.
“I’m ready for an AR-African safari. Big-bore ARs are a real hoot to shoot. It’s neat to see Wilson Combat expanding their offerings with a totally new AR platform and a real HAM’R of a cartridge ... My hunch is we may be seeing a number of new cartridges introduced in the platform,” Holt predicts.
Not a tiny “pocket” gun like most .380s, the S&W M&P .380 Shield EZ is specifically made to be user-friendly. Surfaces and controls are scaled to be manipulated easily even by people with limited strength and mobility. Genuinely impressed with the no-fuss, perfectly adequate semi-auto, Jeff John describes the Shield EZ as “an easy-racking, easy-loading .380. It’s an excellent beginner’s self-defense gun … It’s a tool those lacking physical strength can use with confidence.”
Sure to catch anyone’s eye, the stunning .22LR SnapShop Rimfire Rifle from Kahr Arms leads the August Firearms Package Giveaway. One lucky winner will also receive a 418 Vertex knife from Buck Knives, a Bore Boss and Universal Smart Mat from Real Avid and Original Vent Covert Gloves from Mechanix Wear. The prize package is worth a combined total of $938.98. Readers are invited to enter the drawing for free by visiting www.gunsmagazine.com/giveaway
Additional highlights inside the August issue include Dave Andersons’s top picks for varmint control on the farm in the “Rifles” column. The “Knives” installment takes a closer look at a cutting-edge entrant in the cutlery landscape from Kopis. In “Optics,” John Barsness and an EOTech Vudu 1-6x go for a bumpy, wet ride through the snow and hills of Montana.
This month’s exclusive Online Feature is John M. Buol Jr. “The Mauser C96: Shooting Grandpa’s Bring-Back.” The August issue of GUNS is on newsstands now with a digital version available for purchase online at www.gunsmagazine.com/digital-version.