THE American Revolution was a popular revolution. It differed from more recent types in that there was no mass defection of government troops, no palace coup by military junta. The people formed their own militia, took their own guns to war. The revolution in Cuba (recognized by the U.S. the instant it succeeded) was such a struggle. Few of the military went over to Castro until the last minute. Yet he got guns, and good ones. From where? From the U.S., mostly, just as we in our turn had earlier got guns from France, from the Marquis de LaFayette. The ease with which Castro got guns should serve as a signal to the embers of neo-fascism elsewhere. The story "Where Castro Gets His Guns" is history written today.
We herald another revolution, a revolution in gun making, with "Rifles For The Space Age!" Remington's use of structural nylon makes many things possible: let your imagination have free rein, and check your forecasts with the future.
March means whistle pigs and crows culling the late harvest grain or the new seedings. And this means rifles for varmints. Take notice of "Get An Owl Decoy." Your big-eyed partner and your high velocity rifle can team up to make you The Farmer's Friend wherever you go. Good "spade work" for later fall hunting, too, by getting yourself known as a safe shooter and good sport.
Sergeant York once made the headlines with his skill and coolness as a rifle shot. Ticker tape parades on Broadway, medals and honors from the Allied powers, all were his. Today he sits alone in Tennessee, but the capabilities of quick decision and accurate shooting, which in him reached momentary perfection, remain as examples to guide the combat rifleman today. Read "The Rifleman Who Stunned The World," the story of Sgt. York.
Latin matters plus shotguns hold attention in "Thrown Birds Make Tough Targets." The Mexican sport, a variation on live bird shooting, in a sense pits shooter against another man, expert in his class, the columbiare or pigeon thrower.
Our emphasis on Latin American affairs this issue will be continued in future issues as stories appear on our neighbor nations. The Pan American Games will feature shooting matches held in Chicago and north shore Waukegan, 111. Guns Magazine has been "on top" of the stories developing here and will bring them to you as they break.
Gun club officers will find in "No Hunting Signs Can Come Down" a handbook for local operations in making hunting more accessible in their area. Read it-and act.
For the reloading technician, facts on one of the lightest and one of the heaviest center-fires spans the field. Read Kent Bellah's column on the startling new Kay-Chuk .22 CF revolver loads; then turn to page 23 for dope on how to tame the .375 Magnum rifle. Also for the reloader, some notes of caution from our Gun Rack report this month. Be caiilious and skeptical o£ what you may hear on proof loads— they are not firecrackers for kids. UH
THE COVER Pictured on the cover are rifles from the past and for the future. Remington's nylon sporter is the start of a new tradition. The Sharps are echoes of an old one. The middle gun is a Sharps Ml877 Creedmoor match rifle, Rigby flat barrel; the bottom, a pilot model 1875.
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