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Beretta Model 21A Bobcat Refreshed Color Schemes

Beretta has upgraded its line of Model 21A Bobcat pocket pistols. The compact pistol has been around for over 70 years in different versions, and now Beretta is adding three additional colorways to choose from for the .22lr version.

Beretta has updated its offerings for the .22lr Model 21A Bobcat pistol with an option for the color shown above, Kale Slushy. (Photo credit: Beretta)

The “mouse gun” is designed for maximum concealment. With three different colors to choose from, surely more people will start to see the appeal of the pistol. Now available in what Beretta calls Kale Slushy, Ghost Buster, and Silver Black Gorilla, the pistol is said to fit perfectly into pockets, purses, and bags to be where you need it when you need it.

The tip-up-barrel design of the pistol is said to be wholly produced within the US, with the 21A being the .22lr version of the .45ACP Model 21. Labeled the Bobcat, the Model 21A has the general feel and function of its predecessors with an alloy frame to keep the weight down.

Model 21A Bobcat in Ghost Buster
The Model 21A Bobcat, shown here in Ghost Buster grey, has the Covert standard set up with the slightly extended barrel at 2.9″ long compared to the other 2.5″ barrel. The barrel is threaded the standard 1/2×28 and comes with a matching thread protector. (Photo credit: Beretta)

Previously available in a satin-blued finish and nickel, the new colors need no real explanation of the color schemes. The Kale Slushy is what you’d expect with tones of green throughout the pattern. The Ghost Buster is an all-grey/matte silver color scheme, and the Silver Black Gorilla is exactly that. The colors are available on the Covert standard Model 21A, which has an extended 2.9” barrel, up from the 2.5” barrel of other models, and is threaded 1/2×28 with a thread protector.

Beretta did not get rid of the old favorites of matte black finish, aluminum Inox, and the FDE colors. Continuing with the older standards, the tip-up-barrel design allows the user to load a round directly into the chamber without having to rack the slide and allows for an easier clearing of the weapon when necessary. The pistol also is quick and easy to clean, thanks to that tip-up barrel, making it a breeze to access and clean the chamber, bore, and breech face all without full disassembly of the pistol.

Model 21A Bobcat pistol in Silver Black Gorilla
The Model 21A Bobcat pistol is the .22lr version of the Model 21 that is chambered in .45ACP. The Model 21A has a tip-up barrel design for easy maintenance and inspection. The pistol above has the last updated color scheme named Silver-Black Gorilla. (Photo credit: Beretta)

The Beretta Model 21A Bobcat comes with a 7-round capacity magazine making it 7+1 overall and has an overall height of 3.7 inches and length of 5.4”. While small, the weight is small at 14.5 ounces unloaded. The pistol has a larger price tag, whether from the Beretta name or not, with an MSRP of $649.

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Anderson Mfg Kiger-9C Pro Compact 9mm Pistol

Anderson Manufacturing, a relatively young company within the firearms realm, released the Kiger-9C Pro pistol at SHOT Show 2023, as an upgraded version of its Kiger-9C pistol. The compact Kiger-9C Pro pistol is said to bring versatility to your everyday carry.

Anderson Mfg has an upgrade to the Kiger-9C pistol with the Pro version. The striker-fired compact 9mm pistol with some key features which make it a perfect everyday carry. (Photo credit: Anderson Manufacturing)

The Kiger-9C Pro was supposedly developed with feedback from consumers in mind. It has the polymer frame from the Kiger-9C with the optimized beaver tail, aggressive texturing, undercut trigger guard, and a Picatinny rail that is forward on the frame under the barrel. The frame updates give enhanced controls, and the Pro version has an extended magazine and slide release.

Chambered in 9mm, the striker-fired Kiger-9C Pro is a short-recoil operated semi-auto pistol with a 416 stainless steel barrel and slide. The slide is skeletonized for a reduction in weight with three ports on each side and one on top, all located frontside. The rear sides of the slide have serrations for ultimate handling and easy manipulation.

The frame has an aggressive stippling grip, slide texture, and cuts, the user can be confident in the grip regardless of the conditions. Additionally, the frame rails are over-molded to enhance the overall rigidity. Between the frame and the fluted, crowned barrel give it better muzzle velocity and accuracy.

Kiger-9C Pro in hand
The Kiger-9C Pro from Anderson Mfg weighs a pound unloaded and 1.6 pounds with a loaded 15+1 capacity magazine. (Photo credit: Anderson Mfg)

The Kiger-9C Pro steel slide boasts a suppressor-heigh front with a dovetail rear sight. On top of that, the Pro is optics-ready with a Ruggedized Miniature Reflex (RMR) pattern optic cut on the slide. The Pro has a fluted 3.91” long barrel with a DLC-coated barrel with a recessed crown. The steel chemistry combined with the SLC coating makes it strong, heat resistant, and durable.

The pistol has overall dimensions that make it perfect for everyday carry. At just 7” long, 5.5” tall, and 1” wide, it’s compact and discreet. With all these features of the Kiger-9C Pro, the overall package weight is just a pound unloaded, and just 1.6 pounds fully loaded with a 15+1 capacity.

The Anderson Manufacturing Kiger-9C Pro comes from the company with a 15-round magazine, carrying case, target, and a lifetime warranty. It has an MSRP of $539. It also appears that the company has a suppressor-ready (SRS) series Pro coming soon that will have a threaded barrel.

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NexBelt and Safariland Collab: L930 Nylon EDC Belt

News of a new collaboration is out: NexBelt and The Safariland Group working together on the L930 Nylon EDC Belt. The belt is designed for the firearms industry but has applications in other fields.

NexBelt, the pioneer and leader in hole-less belts, brings years of experience with EDC belts with its Precise Fit ratchet system for a custom fit for the “Gun Belt With No Holes.” Together with The Safariland Group, a company with a deep and rich history in law enforcement and sporting markets, the combination is sure to be a hit.

The Safariland Group and NexBelt have come together for the next generation of EDC belts with the L930 EDC Nylon Belt. Using NexBelt’s ratchet system, the belt is a rigid EDC belt with a high-density nylon construction for extra durability. (Photo credit: The Safariland Group)

The L930 Nylon EDC Belt, while designed for the firearm industry, can be used by any field that requires a belt for tactical and technical equipment tools on your belt. The nylon is a high-density nylon with an advanced composite of ultra-fine polyester for additional stiffness and durability. The L930 nylon belts feature a water-repellent liner to stop any liquid, human-made or otherwise, from seeping into and staining the surface of the belt.

The belt features NexBelt’s one-handed on-the-fly adjustments. This is especially helpful when putting it on or removal with an IWB holster. Like all NexBelt belts, the L930 nylon belt has ¼” increments with the ratchet system, instead of the usual 1” adjustments with traditional holed belts. The 1.5” width of the rigid belt makes it a great option for an everyday concealed carry belt.

The L930 EDC nylon belt features the signature “S” of Safariland embossed on the bottom right corner of the buckle. The belt is currently available in black, and one size fits a majority of people up to a 50” waist. If it’s too long, the excess can be trimmed off, and install the buckle. The L930 EDC nylon belt from NexBelt and The Safariland Group has an MSRP of $68.

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Arex Delta Gray Wolf: Tactical Quality

If you’re looking for a handgun designed with an eye for serious tactical applications, Arex, a Slovenian-based firearms manufacturer, might have something for you. The Arex Delta Gray Wolf is the latest addition to the gun maker’s Delta line and comes with a bevy of features to make it ideal for defensive purposes. This pistol is made to withstand serious use and outperform your expectations.

Like other Delta Gen 2 guns, the Arex Delta Gray Wolf has a threaded barrel, among other tactical features. (Photo credit: Arex. Pictured here: Delta Gen 2)

According to Arex, this is a gun meant to be consistently reliable for tactical use, and it’s made to perform accurately whenever and wherever you need it. The Delta Gray Wolf features an extended threaded barrel, making it ready for muzzle devices whether you choose a suppressor or compensator. It has the same striker double-action trigger as the basic Delta GEN.2 model which, the company states, has proven itself to be a safer option than other designs, such as a fully-cocked single-action striker.

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The Arex Delta Gray Wolf has an enhanced mag well. (Photo credit: TFB)

Other features of the gun include a subtle gray finish, aggressive forward and rearward slide serrations, and an enhanced magwell. This gun is designed with a magwell that facilitates fast reloads and makes loading a magazine without looking easier to accomplish. The trigger guard is squared off and controls are ridged as needed for traction during use. A textured grip also gives shooters a more positive grip during live fire. There’s also an accessory rail in front of the trigger guard. Guns ship with standard adjustable rear and fiber optic front sights.

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The threaded barrel is protected until the user chooses to add a different aftermarket device. (Photo credit: TFB)

MSRP for the Arex Delta Gray Wolf is not known at this time.

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you’ve seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master’s Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.
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Duramag SPEED: Marksman Ready Mags

Having the correct magazine for your needs is important. Some gun owners don’t realize just how vital that one small part is, but if the magazine fails in some way, you can end up in serious trouble. Whether that translates to a lost range day, a missed shot during a hunt, or worse, depends on the day. Thanks to the team at Duramag, there’s a magazine specifically designed for marksmen. If you shoot for precision from the bench, this Duramag SPEED mag is made with you in mind.

The Duramag SPEED magazine is now available in a 20-round capacity, making it a far better fit for marksmen. (Photo credit: Duramag)

Duramag’s SPEED magazine is made for the AR-15 platform. SPEED mags are created as enhanced USGI magazines. As the manufacturer points out, they are battle-proven magazines that have stood the test of time and have been relied on by members of the military and law enforcement for years. The body of the magazines is 6061-T6 aluminum which is a precipitation-hardened alloy known for its strength and heat resistance. Magazines are hard-coat anodized for superior resistance to wear and are available in a variety of colors.

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The SPEED magazine is available with a 20-round capacity, making it the correct size for precision shooters firing from the bench or other rests. (Photo credit: Duramag)

What makes the SPEED magazine ideal for marksmen is not only their reliability but their size. The 20-round capacity SPEED mags are the perfect length for shooting from the bench or any rest where a longer magazine will be in the way. And if you prefer having a larger mag on hand, the SPEED is also available in a 30-round capacity.

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The mags are offered in the larger 30-round capacity as well. (Photo credit: Duramag)

The SPEED magazine is offered in the following colors. Color availability may vary by capacity:

  • Black with black follower
  • Black with orange follower
  • Gray with black follower
  • Gray with orange follower
  • Gray with gray follower
  • Pink
  • Red
  • Blue
  • Bronze
  • OD Green
  • Desert Gold

This magazine is a solid choice for shooters accustomed to the curved profile of the larger 30-round magazine. Because this smaller magazine retains the curved profile it’s easier to carry and more familiar for reloads. Duramag designed this magazine according to exacting specifications and states you can depend on them for consistent performance.

MSRP for the Duramag SPEED 20-round magazine is set at $18.20.

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CMMG Radial-Delayed Blowback Rifle Conversion Kits: Overcoming ATF Restrictions

Pistol caliber carbine fans have gotten quite the blow in the last few weeks, thanks to the ATF ruling regarding pistol braces. One of the many firearms affected by the ATF rule is the CMMG Banshee, one of the more popular options in the PCC realm. Not to take the abrupt change laying down, CMMG has pivoted and offered up Delayed Blowback Rifle Conversions kits in pistol carbine cartridges of .45, 9mm, and 5.7x28mm.

While the Banshee is still available to purchase with a pistol brace, it does require the necessary paperwork to acquire it. At the heart of the Banshee, is the short barrel rifle that gives the maximum portability and concealment in a small package. Constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum receivers, M-LOK free-floating handguards, and a myriad of Cerakote finishes, it isn’t hard to see why the Banshee is so popular.

On the heels of the latest ATF rulings regarding pistol braces, CMMG has expanded its offerings to include a Radial Blowback Rifle Conversion Kit in three calibers. These kits take the PCC Banshee and make it a legal rifle with a 16.1″ replacement barrel and RipStock buttstock. These kits are available in six colors and include the barrel, barrel nut, handguard, and Ripstock. (Photo credit: CMMG)

But given the current state of the rulings, many current owners are looking to convert their PCC to a rifle, and out of the SBR range. Enter the Delayed Blowback Rifle conversion kits that take the Banshee from PCC to a rifle. The conversion kit does as advertised: it can take the 5.7x28mm, .45 ACP, or 9mm Banshee and make it a rifle, letting the owner skip all that paperwork.

The Delayed Blowback conversion kit includes a 16.1” barrel, barrel nut, CMMG 15” EML handguard along with a RipStock to round out the rifle. The barrel length along with the Ripstock are the key components that take the Banshee to the rifle length required by law, helping skip the registering process for an SBR and the months-long wait for that Form 1 paperwork to come back. As a side note the longer barrel fits with the Radial Blowback bolt carrier group, negating the need to swap out the BCG.

Available in six Cerakote colors, the Delayed Blowback Rifle Conversion kit matches colorwise to existing Banshee models and comes with the CMMG’s Lifetime Quality Guarantee. Cerakote color options include Armor Black, Charcoal Green, Coyote Tan, Midnight Bronze, Sniper Grey, or Titanium. The conversion kits are available in .45ACP, 9mm, and 5.7x28mm and each has an MSRP of $474.95.

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Burris SpeedBead Vent Rib Mount for RDS

Hunters, and everyday shooters alike, understand the need for precision aiming when shooting shotguns, especially with the tighter patterns and longer distances with current loads. Given the increased popularity of tungsten shot, when a tighter aim is required, many shooters get that with a red dot. But not all shotguns have the ability to mount a red dot. Enter the Burris SpeedBead Vent Rib mount for red dots.

Burris has expanded the SpeedBead family of products to include the SpeedBead Vent Rib mount for shotguns. This mount, compatible with Burris’ FastFire red dots and others, keeps the red dot centered on the shotgun with no play side to side. (Photo credit: Burris Optics)

According to Burris, the Vent Rib Mount allows the shooter to transform the shotgun into a dynamic hunting-ready weapon that allows the shooter to get on target for clays, waterfowl, upland, and turkey targets. The easy-to-install SpeedBead Vent Rib mount goes on lightning-fast without the need for drilling or tapping any holes.

The mount, specifically designed for use with the Burris FastFire series of red dot optics, or any red dot that uses a Docter mounting pattern, has an easy DIY installation. The unique design of the Vent Rib mount makes it self-centering with no play to the sides and comes with assorted rib adapters that allow the mount to be compatible with multiple rib widths.

The SpeedBead Vent Rib mount is constructed from aluminum with a black anodized finish that won’t damage the finish on the shotgun and provides a seamless look. Additionally, according to Burris, the SpeedBead Vent Rib Mount completely captures the vent rib on both sides for maximum clamping power along the full length of the mount. Since the mount can attach anywhere along the vent rib, it can be adjusted forward or rearward to match the perfect location for the shooter’s sightline.

Burris mounting diagram
The desired red dot optic attaches to the Vent Rib Mount plate, which in turn gets mounted on the vent rib of the host shotgun. The Vent Rib mount completely captures the vent rib and can be mounted at any location along it. (Photo credit: Burris Optic)

The red dot optic of choice attaches to the Vent Rib mount and then attaches to the shotgun vent rib. It is the perfect addition to any shotgun that did not come from the factory with an optic-compatible receiver and comes with Burris’ unconditional Burris Forever Warranty. The SpeedBead Vent Rib mount is a great solution for shotguns using high-density ammunition as well as shotguns with tight chokes or for hunting turkeys at close range.

The Burris SpeedBead Vent Rib mount is available currently and has an MSRP of $60.

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X-Vision Optics Thermal: Long-Range Impact

The ability to hunt at night broadens your options exponentially. Although not all animals can be hunted at night, many predators and non-game animals can be, such as feral hogs and bobcats. If you don’t have thermal, hunting them is a lot harder. If you have thermal on hand, your success will be far greater. Of course, not all animals come close. For example, coyotes are notorious for getting hung up at a distance. X-Vision Optics is here to help with the long-range friendly Impact TS300, a thermal scope specifically made for those longer shots.

The X-Vision Optics long-range Impact thermal scope, the TS300, is designed to perform at longer distances. (Photo credit: X-Vision Optics)

According to X-Vision optics, the TS300 has a 640 x 480 thermal sensor capable of detecting large animals at distances past 3,000 yards, which is truly impressive. The TS300 offers a total of ten reticle styles with six color options and six different palettes, meaning you can select the features you prefer for the place and time.

This thermal has an IP67 weatherproof rating, meaning it’s more capable of withstanding the elements, and it’s made with a durable chassis. Even better, this scope can be used for day or night hunting, meaning you can have one scope that does it all on your favorite rifle.

Between the Impact TS300’s 3100-yard detection range and 1400-yard recognition range, you can be confident you’ll find your target. This scope has a high frame rate of 50 Hz and 12 µm pixel size, meaning it can capture sharp images and provide smooth tracking of even quickly moving animals at a distance. The scope’s objective lens is 35mm in diameter and, according to the manufacturer, it has a field of view of 70 feet at 100 yards. Magnification for the TS300 is listed as 2 to 16x.

ts300 thermal scope
The thermal is designed for day or night use, making it significantly more versatile. (Photo credit: X-Vision Optics)

One great feature of this thermal scope is the fact that it emits a WiFi signal, making it capable of connecting to numerous devices at the same time without relying on data. This facilitates a true long-range connection, allowing devices to connect to the thermal up to 150 yards out. The TS300 ships with free applications for IOS and Android devices so pictures and videos can be saved either on a connected device or utilizing the scope’s internal memory of 16 GB.

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According to the manufacturer, the scope is capable of finding targets out to 3000 yards. (Photo credit: X-Vision Optics)

Other features of this scope include optional hotspot tracking, a capability that utilizes a crosshair to pinpoint and then follow whatever the hottest object is in its field of view. which uses a small crosshair to pinpoint and follow the hottest object in its field of view. This makes it much simpler to track a far-off, moving object. In addition, the scope has a stadiametric rangefinder so you can figure out just how far away a target really is in real-time. A picture-in-picture feature also allows the user to see the scope’s max magnification in a subset of the main screen.

MSRP for the X-Vision Optics Impact TS300 thermal scope is set at $5999.99.

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FN 5 Magazine Pistol Bundles

FN America, LLC has given lovers of its pistols another option to choose from with the release of four promotional pistol bundles for the FN 509 and FNX-45 Tactical. These bundles include upgrades like the FN 509 flat-faced trigger and fiber optic front sight, in addition to the five magazines per package.

Each pistol bundle will be packaged with three additional extended capacity magazines, if available, to reach that 5-magazine total. The bundle will come inside a premium FN zippered range bag and will be available for a limited time only.

FN America has released limited editions of the FN 509 Tactical, FN 509 Compact, FN 509 MRD FOS, and FNX-45 Tactical pistols with five magazines. The pistol bundles, a few shown above, come with three additional higher-capacity magazines when available. (Photo credit: FN America)

FN 509 Tactical 

The first package is for the FN 509 Tactical pistol. This pistol is a duty-proven pistol with upgrades that are perfect for a high-round count shooter, like FN’s custom flat-faced precision trigger. The FN 509 Tactical is optics-ready with suppressor height night sights and includes three 24-round magazines and two 17-round magazines. The pistol bundle is available in black or FDE with two different magazine configuration options for an MSRP of $1,104.

FN 509 MRD FOS

The next package from FN is for the FN 509 MRD FOS, the fiber optic front sight option. This pistol is patterned after the handgun chosen by the LAPD. This pistol also features FN’s custom flat-faced precision trigger, and the shooter can co-witness with a fiber optic front sight. The FN 509 MRD FOS has a flat dark earth or black finish and a factory-milled slide. The pistol has magazine choices of three 10-round magazines or three 24-round magazines. The FN 509 MRD FOS bundle has an MSRP of $899.

FN 509 Compact

The third pistol bundle from FN is the FN 509 Compact pistol bundle. The FN 509 Compact is the next generation for personal protection and is specifically designed for concealed carry with a full-sized performance. This pistol bundle has three extra 24-round magazines, ambidextrous controls, and a flat-faced precision trigger that is perfect for high-round count practice shooters. The pistol bundle is available in black or FDE and has an MSRP of $754.

FNX-45 Tactical

The last five-magazine FN pistol bundle is the FNX 45 Tactical. The FNX-45 Tactical pistol offers performance with the latest technological advancements that no other handgun can match, according to FN. This .45ACP pistol has ambidextrous controls and is available in either black or FDE finishes. The FNX-45 Tactical pistol bundle has an MSRP of $1,379.

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Volquartsen VT2 Takedown: 22 LR Accuracy

When it comes to rifle selection, portability matters. Whether you’re hunting squirrels in the woods, headed to the range for target practice, or traveling, it helps to have an easily transported firearm. The Volquartsen VT2 line of takedown rifles is designed for just that thanks to its easily operated levers and buttons that separate the gun into two compact pieces. This popular platform is now available in 22 LR, bringing a new level of versatility to the line.

The Volquartsen VT2 Takedown is a rifle designed for easy operation and accurate results. (Photo credit: Volquartsen)

Volquartsen states the VT2 Takedown rifle in 22 LR is ideal for everything from storing the gun with your gear during your next outdoor trek or placing it in your backpack for easy access during a hunt or hike. This rifle is designed for versatility and is useful for everyone, from the small game or varmint hunter to the overlander or survivalist. As the manufacturer says, the VT2 Takedown is ready when you are.

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The rifle is chambered in 22 LR and can be quickly and easily disconnected for storage or transport. (Photo credit: Volquartsen)

Disconnecting the two halves of the rifle is as simple as depressing the takedown button and releasing the locking lever with a downward pull. Doing those two things makes it possible for the barrel to slide out of the receiver. That’s all it takes for the gun to be reduced to a more compact size for storage or transport. To put the gun back together for use, slide the barrel into the receiver and return the locking lever to its original position.

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A Picatinny rail atop the receiver makes adding a scope to the gun simple. (Photo credit: Volquartsen)

The VT2 Takedown in 22 LR is made so accuracy and repeatability are a given. This rifle offers a truly unique design and is made according to exacting specifications. This ensures the point of impact remains reliable even after the gun has been taken down into two parts and put back together again. Regardless of how you choose to store it, the VT2 is built to perform.

Features of the gun include:

  • 22 LR chambering
  • Picatinny rail for easy addition of a scope
  • Adjustable stock so the length of pull can be changed to fit the shooter
  • 2.25-pound trigger pull weight set at the factory
  • 6 pound, 13 ounce overall empty weight
  • 10 round capacity

MSRP for the Volquartsen VT2 in 22 LR is set at $2261.00.

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you’ve seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master’s Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.
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