Conceal Carry – NEW Springfield Armory 911 .380 ACP?

Very handsome ACP Frame pocket gun seen at the Shot Show 2018. I have asked Springfield Armory for New Hampshire Rifleman Magazine to test one. Hope they call me this week.

I have been looking for a small reliable conceal carry gun for a long time. Did I just find it?

911 .380 ACP



SLIDE416 Black Nitride, Loaded Chamber Indicator

BARREL2.7″ 416R Stainless Steel, Black Nitride Finish, 1:16 Twist



FRAME7075 T6 Anodized Hard Coat Aluminum, Octo-Grip Texture on Front Strap & Mainspring Housing, Extended Ambi Thumb Safety

MAGAZINES1 – 6 Round Flush & 1 – 7 Round Extended, Stainless Steel



February Florida Fish Charter Coming…And Chef in the Kitchen

Lack of  Sunshine on my skin is in very short supply here in New Hampshire so the wife and I are heading to Florida for vacation. She can get some sunshine and I can tan a little and catch a few fish. Lots of sunscreen lotion!

We are heading to Naples, Florida in February. In my investigations it appears wise to book a trip ahead of time. I booked a day off-shore on a serious 24 ft boat for myself and wife. I am hoping to catch some larger fish for an article. Offshore fish in February include species such as Grouper, Snapper, Cobia, Permit, Kingfish, Barracuda, and on the wrecks perhaps a giant Grouper. It’s sort of like big game hunting with a fishing rod instead of a rifle.

I’d like to catch some grouper or yellowtail snapper for me to chef up at home so we shall see. The yellowtail is known for its sushi quality so I may bring some wasabi and pickled ginger along in the boat.

Grouper’s are small and large and come in many sub-species. Some are giant!

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You can bake grouper thus

Fried Grouper Taco’s with Key Lime

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Cobia Fish

Cobia with Lemon Caper sauce

Cobia with Lemon Caper Sauce

So off to Florida for some well deserved tackle time on the water. I will freeze my fish fillets and bring home if possible. I like to eat what I catch and chef pretty well in the kitchen.

Yellowtail Snapper

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Just  looked at a stuffed whole roasted snapper below.


Stuffed Whole Roasted Yellowtail Snapper.

Yellowtail Snapper Ceviche below with Viangrette from

Yellowtail Ceviche

Or this Yellowtail Sushi Roll

Yellowtail Roll


I have purchased a new Nikon D5500 SLR below with 24  megapixel and video capability so we shall see what I get for photo’s and video’s on the beach and on the water.

Shooting with my Camera and Catching with Rod and Reel. Nice!

Looking forward to the Trip!



2018 SHOT Show Preview: M&P® Firearms



Matt Spafford, Smith & Wesson Corp.



2018 SHOT Show Preview: M&P® Firearms

M&P Launches New M&P M2.0™ Threaded Barrel Pistols

and M&P15-22 SPORT™ Rifle in Blue Platinum Finish


SPRINGFIELD, Mass., (January 18, 2018) – Smith & Wesson Corp. today announced that it will showcase its latest M&P pistol and rifle introductions at the 2018 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada beginning January 23, 2018.  Firearm introductions include the new M&P9 and M&P45 M2.0 pistols with threaded barrels, as well as the new M&P15-22 SPORT in Blue Platinum Finish.  The company will also feature its latest expansions to the M&P M2.0 pistol platform, including the M&P Shield® M2.0, M&P Shield M2.0 with Integrated Crimson Trace® Red and Green Laser, and the M&P M2.0 Compact pistol.


Jan Mladek, General Manager for Smith & Wesson® and M&P Brands, said, “The M&P brand has become very popular with consumers and, in response, we have continued to expand the family to offer our customers a wide variety of options to meet their needs.  In 2018, consumers will find some exciting new additions:  For those looking for a new suppressor-ready M&P pistol, we have expanded the M&P M2.0 platform to include threaded barrel options, and the popular M&P15-22 SPORT rifle is now available in a new Blue Platinum finish.”


M&P9 M2.0 and M&P45 M2.0 – Threaded Barrel

To further build out the capabilities of the M&P platform, the M&P9 and M&P45 M2.0 pistols are now available with a threaded barrel for use with suppressors.  In addition to the threaded barrel, these pistols also include suppressor-height white dot sights, a barrel thread protector, and the popular M&P M2.0 feature set.


M&P15-22 SPORT Rifle – Blue Platinum

The M&P15-22 SPORT rifle, chambered in .22 LR, is available in a Robin’s Egg Blue Platinum finish for 2018.  The rifle features a 10-inch M&P slim handguard that incorporates the popular Magpul® M-LOK® system, as well as removable Magpul MBUS® front and rear folding sights.


In addition to these new releases for 2018 at SHOT Show, the company will also display its latest introductions to the M&P M2.0 pistol platform, including the M&P Shield M2.0 and M&P M2.0 compact pistols.


M&P Shield M2.0 Pistol Series

Designed for concealed carry, the M&P Shield M2.0 pistol family builds upon the popular M&P M2.0 platform. The new M&P Shield M2.0 pistol features an aggressive grip texture and smoother, lighter trigger pull. The M&P Shield pistol is also available with an integrated Crimson Trace red or green laser in 9mm and .40 S&W, providing consumers with a concealed carry solution that features two laser colors, two modes, and ambidextrous laser activation.


M&P M2.0 Compact Pistol Series

Bridging the gap between concealment and shootability, the M&P M2.0 Compact pistol builds upon the popularity of the new M&P M2.0 platform in a versatile carry-size pistol configuration. The M&P M2.0 Compact pistol series features a 4” barrel for easy concealment, and either a 15 round capacity in 9mm or 13 round capacity in .40 S&W.


Visit Smith & Wesson at Booth #13729 during the 2018 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV to learn more about the new M&P M2.0 pistol series and the rest of the M&P line.


To learn more about the new M&P M2.0 pistol series and the complete M&P line of firearms, including spec sheets and images, please click here.


About Smith & Wesson

Smith & Wesson Corp. is a provider of quality firearms for personal protection, target shooting and hunting in the global consumer and professional markets. Smith & Wesson is world famous for its handguns and long guns sold under the Smith & Wesson®, Performance Center®, M&P®, Thompson/Center Arms™, and Gemtech® brands.  Through its Manufacturing Services Division, Smith & Wesson Corp. also provides forging, machining, and precision plastic injection molding services to a wide variety of consumer goods companies. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to



Thompson/Center Arms Bone Collector Muzzleloader – New Camo Patterns





Matt Spafford, Smith & Wesson Corp.



Thompson/Center Arms™ Launches New Patterns for the Triumph® Bone Collector® at

2018 SHOT Show

Updates include New REALTREE EDGE™ and REALTREE® Original Camouflage Patterns


SPRINGFIELD, Mass., (January 22, 2018) – Thompson/Center Arms today announced the launch of the T/C® Triumph Bone Collector muzzleloader in REALTREE Edge and REALTREE Original camouflage patterns. Thompson/Center Arms continues to set the standard for quality and innovation, offering consumers the newest REALTREE camouflage patterns in the popular Triumph Bone Collector.


“Thompson/Center has pioneered innovative designs and technologies in muzzleloaders since the 1970’s, including the interchangeable Encore® platform, Speed Breech XT® breech plug, Flex-Tech® stock, and Power Rod®,” said Danielle Sanville, Brand Manager for Thompson/Center Arms. “We continue to raise the bar and deliver consumers the latest in camouflage technology with the introduction of these new patterns to the iconic Triumph Bone Collector product line.”


The T/C Triumph Bone Collector muzzleloader features a variety of modern enhancements, including the Speed Breech XT breech plug, Flex-Tech recoil-reducing stock, and the ability to fire 150 grain magnum charges of black powder or equivalent black powder substitute. The T/C Triumph Bone Collector is available in multiple configurations, including the new REALTREE Edge and REALTREE Original camouflage patterns.


Visit Thompson/Center Booth #13729 at the 2018 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV to see the new T/C Triumph Bone Collector products and the rest of the Thompson/Center line.


For more information, follow Thompson/Center Arms on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or visit the website at


About Smith & Wesson

Smith & Wesson Corp. is a provider of quality firearms for personal protection, target shooting and hunting in the global consumer and professional markets. Smith & Wesson is world famous for its handguns and long guns sold under the Smith & Wesson®, Performance Center®, M&P®, Thompson/Center Arms™, and Gemtech® brands.  Through its Manufacturing Services Division, Smith & Wesson Corp. also provides forging, machining, and precision plastic injection molding services to a wide variety of consumer goods companies. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to





F Class Competition with Savage Precision Rifle photos with Leupold Gold Ring Scopes

Shooting regularly, aka burning powder is the only way to close the gap to the winners circle many say. And it needs to be done with focus to maintain the best parts of your shooting skills while working on your weak spots and reloading concerns.

This July we competed with the Savage M12 Palma in .308 Winchester seen at left with a 30 inch barrel with the Leupold VX-6 7- 42 x55mm scope both the rifle and scope are tested. This Leupold VX-6 is just unbelievable! To the right is the Savage Ashbury Precision Rifle in 6.5 which we tested as well. Search for these rifle articles in the Search Box by Palma and Ashbury. Pictured is Jason Hale – Competitive Editor

Savage Ashbury Precision Rifle 6.5 Creedmoor – Just Arrived


Good Shooting This Spring! Can’t Wait!

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Sig Sauer Academy Link

New Hampshire Rifleman was recently contacted by media representing Sig Sauer Academy. We have placed a link image to Sig Sauer Academy on our home page on the right our use the “Links” tab to go there. Click and you are taken to the Academy. Check out the Course offerings for 2018 and be amazed. 

We at NH Rifleman Magazine are fans of the Academy and have attended classes and believe these classes for NH Rifleman readers are extremely helpful if not essential in establishing and maintaining gun- safe handling, proficiency in Self and Home Defense and Law Enforcement as well as sporting and shooting competitive activities.

Good Shooting!

Look for more articles on Sig Sauer Academy in the near future. 


Winter Deals on Outdoor Clothing for Sportsmen and Women

Yep, we are in the doldrums of winter.  While my wife is busy at work, I am doing a bit of my laundry and finding that my Outdoor Clothing is wearing out. I have a Safari or Bush type shirt that I love, and it is looking a bit seedy after years of use.

Accordingly,  I went on line and looked around. I ordered some shirts from Orvis at a 50% winter discount bringing them into my budget range. There are several other vendors out there offering deals. Now is the time to check them out so you can look the part as a savvy shooter at the range and not a bumpkin. Perhaps I was approaching the “bumpkin look” too, I thought. I realized, I’ve gotta spend some money to be “Lookin’ Good” with my rifles at the range.  I was never a big Orvis fan till I had some extra funds to invest. Their Clothing is terrific! Here is the shirt I bought!

Have some country western taste so I buy my belts from Shepler’s who is having a sale right now. Yes they  are more expensive but worth every penny! 

Get your spring shootin’ wardrobe now!

Time to clean and oil your gun’s too maybe?

Good Shooting!

A Revolutionary War Sniper- The Rise of Tim Murphy By Ed Hale

I am fascinated by the stories of the American Revolution and the rise of the common man to greatness in the face of Tyranny at that time. Perhaps you are as well!!

It was my undertaking to build a 1770 Revolutionary War Flintlock Rifle that I learned about Tim Murphy (1751 – 1818) and his marksman skills that aided greatly in winning the War.

Born in 1751 near Delaware Water Gap in northern Pennsylvania, Tim and his family relocated to Wyoming Valley of Northeast Pennsylvania now known as Scranton-Wilkes Barre metropolitan area, then it was frontier says the below website.  See

On June 29, 1775,  Timothy Murphy enlisted in the Northumberland County Riflemen, as part of Captain John Lowdon’s Company. This was a prestigious and select outfit of marksmen who had to prove themselves capable of long range shooting with a Pennsylvania flintlock rifle, patch and ball out to 250 yards.

According to accounts, To qualify, Murphy had to fire his Pennsylvania Flintlock Long-Rifle and repeatedly score hits on a seven inch target at 250 yards. Capt. Lowdon’s  men and others were ordered to march to Boston under the command of Daniel Morgan, a legendary officer who again was pulled from the common men of the time. Morgan was a large man with “thick broad shoulders and arms like tree trunks” and a marksman in his own right (another story).

The men under command of Morgan were called Morgan’s Rifleman. They marched 600 miles to the Siege of Boston in 21 days. The Siege began on April 19th 1775 where New England Militiamen, some my cousins, and Morgans Rifleman and snipers like Tim Murphy boxed in the British Army in Boston forcing them to depart by ship to Nova Scotia where the British military were headquartered.

It was shortly after when Tim was ordered as part of Morgans Rifleman to march north to find General Burgoyne’s troops and snipe British artillery officers and gunners so successfully that they were ineffective at best at the first Battle of Saratoga. The followup, called the second Battle of Saratoga, equally call the Battle of Bemis Heights where Major General Benedict Arnold fearing a British flanking maneuver galloped up to Morgan and said that the British General Fraser, on horseback, was “worth an entire regiment.” Morgan then called for Sergeant Timothy Murphy, his finest sharpshooter (sniper) to climb a tree and kill the General from 300 yards, and some say as far as 500 yards, though 300 sounds more plausible. Shortly Fraser’s aide-de- camp would fall to Tim’s exacting fire. quote; “Morgan called on Murphy and said: “That gallant officer is General Fraser. I admire him, but it is necessary that he should die, do your duty.” Murphy scaled a nearby tree, took careful aim at the extreme distance of 300 yards, and fired four times. The first shot was a close miss, the second grazed the General’s horse, and with the third, Fraser tumbled from his horse, shot through the stomach. General Fraser died that night. British Senior officer Sir Francis Clerke, General Burgoyne’s chief aide-de-camp, galloped onto the field with a message. Murphy’s fourth shot killed him instantly. Murphy also fought at the battle of the Middle Fort in 1780.)

Murphy, according to this fascinating article states that Murphy continued fighting until the very end of the war. Further it quotes that; “He spent the winter of 1777-78 with the Continental Army at Valley Forge and survived the arctic temperatures and near- starvation of that winter camp.” In the spring, Murphy led small parties of rifleman in harassing attacks on British troops withdrawing from Philadelphia. Murphy’s crack shots dropped British soldiers from great distances and spread panic through the ranks.”

More on Tim and his Revolutionary sniper legacy. Photo from Wikipedia.


I thought this man, Tim Murphy, embodied each of us as the common mans Call to Duty for Freedom and worthy of your knowledge of him.

Good Shooting!


Alaska Hunt – What Caliber and Cartridge is Best?

A great digression as a winter storm hits New England! Campfire fodder!

I suggest as do Alaska experts that the 30-06 Springfield is proven in Alaska but I believe it to be an absolute minimum for Bull Moose and Brown Bear.  Like I hunted in Africa, I believe you should be able to shoot it off hand, handle the recoil and know how to cycle your bolt open and closed and place repeat bullets in a pie plate at say 70 to 80 yards. I did that with a .338 Win Mag and 250 grain bullets on my African Safari.

Alaska is a land of potential dangerous game! Use a rifle caliber that is in stock at the local stores in Alaska if possible. I hear .308, 30-06, 12 gauge shotgun and .22 LR are most common, but it might pay to check and take ammo precautions if your baggage is lost, like have a box ordered and waiting at the local Alaska store of your brand and special caliber.

The .308 or 6 mm/.243 Win or the new 6.5 Creedmoor I love is fine for black tail deer however if you are on an island with deer and bear, the .308 or 6mm is a “not so good” choice if a bear wants you and your downed deer. A 30-06 with 180 or 200 grain heads would perhaps be a better choice. Bigger bores and magnums are recommended if you can handle it. “Bears think that your shot is like ringing the dinner bell!”

Shot placement is everything! If you cant handle your rifle recoil then Alaska is perhaps not for you!

In Brown bear open country, a 30-06 or better a  300 Win Mag with an expanding bonded bullet is Ok. I prefer the .375 Ruger with Nosler AccuBonds or Partitions in at least 260 to 300 grain heads. I do like the .338 Win Mag as well.  I shoot these very well in my Ruger M77. Further that you would be wise to have a Mauser style bolt with a claw extractor to ensure guaranteed chamber feed and removal when hunting dangerous game.

In close quarters like in tag alders where shots are less than 25 yards a pump 12 gauge shotgun with slugs. “In a brown bear charge, you must make the first shot, a brain shot count to turn out its lights.” I would not recommend that kind of close quarters hunt, but it can happen with wounded bears say some experts.

Recoil management has come a long way so use recoil pads that can absorb recoil up to  50%. Get some!

Don’t forget a sidearm like the 44 magnum with 240 grain solid semi-jacket bullets and update your Will if you are Brown Bear Hunting or fishing near Brown Bear.

Good  Hunting!

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The Pennsylvania Rifle and the American Revolution

The Pennsylvania Rifle with its unique spiral grooves, called rifling, has been credited with being an essential firearm in winning the American Revolution.  Without this rifle in the Battle of Saratoga, and  many other battles, we would have been forced to play on a level playing field with superior British forces in a toe to toe battle and surely lost.

Elegant Brass Daisy Patch Box – with original Dickert Engraving pattern by a master engraver.


Engraved Brass side plate completed by a master engraver – side plate used to hold the lock in place. Note the original trigger design

Double C Scroll Carving in Dickert style above and floral below. Not bad for my first try with new hand carving tools.

42 inch “Swamp” Barrel – thicker at each end and thinner in the middle.

The first known Pennsylvania Rifle, also known much later as the Kentucky Rifle used to settle Kentucky, with spiral grooves in the bore, was created by Martin Mylin (1690-1749) in the year of our Lord 1705 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. All guns in the 13 Colonies of that period before 1705 were smooth-bore muskets where the projectile, a round lead ball,  did not spin.  Accuracy of the musket beyond 50 yards was a hit or miss proposition, pardon the pun, but could be easily reloaded. The rifle on the other hand had accuracy far beyond the musket, out to more than 200 to 300 yards in expert hands, but was more difficult to reload. Each of them, the rifle and musket had earned a place in battle.

The Pennsylvania Rifle, with its 42 inch rifled barrel, an excellent long range hunting rifle, was in fact, our first American Revolution – Sniper Rifle.

To a large degree in particular, a now legendary German Immigrant named Jacob Dickert of Lancaster, Pennsylvania created the most quantity and quality of these rifles in the 1770’s and 1780’s under contract to the Continental Congress.

Above is an exactly carved and fitted 50 caliber working replica of the famed Jacob Dickert Rifle build by Edward R. Hale – Member New Hampshire Sons of the American Revolution, and will be on Display this July 2018 at the American History Museum in Exeter, New Hampshire.

The rifle is based on a custom Lancaster Rifle kit from “Chambers Flintlocks Ltd.” and took over 100 hours for Mr. Hale to create. The barrel exterior in its final assembly phase was intentionally rusted and polished to give an antique patina as it would have been seen in the 1770’s. An exact model such as this was created by Dickert for Col. David Crockett.

French and Indian War

The Pennsylvania Rifles first use in the America’s was in the “French and Indian War” also known as the “Seven Years War” (1756-1763). Our American Revolution leaders such as General George Washington and many other leaders in the 13 Colonies fought in the “French and Indian War” and had knowledge of the Pennsylvania Rifle as a long range weapon that could take out the enemy from behind trees and rocks from long range by sniping enemy officers and American Indian scouts.

Siege of Boston

This rifle made its debut in the American Revolution at Boston where legendary General Daniel Morgan, appointed by General George Washington marched 600 miles with his contingent of Morgans Rifleman to fight alongside the Minutemen. They laughed at the Pennsylvania rifle when they saw that it had no bayonet. But the Minutemen leadership paid attention when Morgans Rifleman, perhaps such as private Tim Murphy gave a marksman demonstration at 200 yards or more. It has been said by some accounts of Tim Murphy that to qualify to be a rifleman he had to fire and repeatedly hitting a 7 inch target at 250 yards.

Battle of Saratoga

It was during the Battle of Saratoga that General Morgan had his best marksman, Tim Murphy, climb a tree and shoot British General Simon Fraser off his horse from 300 and other accounts say 500 yards. Murphy is said to have rested his rifle in a notch on a branch, and adjusted for wind and elevation and fired. Other accounts say it took more than one shot, never the less Fraser fell at the shot and was mortally wounded thus ending the flanking movement that the British desired. We won the battle and without this rifle and marksmen we would have surely lost.

There were many other battles such as the “Battle of the Cowpen’s” where the Pennsylvania Rifle won the day with leadership of General Morgan and marksmen like Tim Murphy so numerous that you can take a few days of reading just to catch up on how guerrilla warfare and the Pennsylvania Rifle won the day.


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