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Way out here "in-the-middle-of-nowhere" we have some very responsible political representatives when it comes to gun rights for responsible citizens. The Wyoming Senate Judiciary Committee recently decided to lift the restriction against honoring weapons permits issued by other states. It also supported withholding the list of names of concealed weapon holders from the public. This arose as the result of a lawsuit brought by the Gillette News-Record to have access to the list.

Now if only all the politicians could get together and agree to a National Concealed Weapons Permit. That would be the very best step in the right direction. Your automobile Driver's license is valid in every state. The law-abiding citizen with a concealed weapons permit should be able to retain his or her means of self-defense while traveling through any state.

Frank R. Baner

Lovell, WY


Good article, good product. After reading the Ciener .22 Conversion report by Phil Johnston in the December issue of Handguns I decided to buy myself one for Christmas. What a great product. My son installed it for me cause I can only use my left hand due to stroke. Right out of the box this product is shooting like my 9mm. I recommend it highly. Thanks for a great article, and Ciener, thanks for a great product.

Woodrow L. Wilson

Hope, MI


Massad Ayoob's "In Search of the Saturday Night Special" in the March 2001 issue of Handguns was a welcome appraisal of the worth to many citizens of cheap self-defense handguns. Judging from the photo of the RG 10 Rosco revolver with its beat-up grips it would seem that some of the revolver's functioning problems could be attributed to past wear and tear. Nevertheless, as Mr Ayoob states, by comparison with many more expensive guns the humble RG-10 did better than he expected. Mr Ayoob is not the only one to be surprised by the Rosco's performance.

In fact the RG-10 Rosco surprised many detractors with its score on a 1971 U.S. Treasury Department sponsored endurance and reliability test. This model--in .22 short caliber--successfully fired over 2,000 rounds in the reliability phase of the test, beating out a number of domestic stalwarts.

Not bad for a gun that retailed for a mere $12.95 in 1961.

Terence McLeod

New York, NY


You were partially correct in stating in the November 2000 ON TARGET column that Texans with CHL permits can carry their legal handguns into hospitals, nursing homes, and houses of worship and amusement parks.

This is true with certain exceptions. Texas Penal Code Subsection 46.035 (b) (4-6) and (c) were modified in September 1997 by Subsection 46.035(i). If effective notice is not given, as defined in Subsection 30.06, then Subsection 46.036(b) (4-6) are rendered inapplicable.

For those in any doubt I strongly recommend they join the excellent Texas State Rifle Association (Phone 972-889 TSRA.) Their handbook "Know Your Texas Firearms Law" helps interpret the legal lingo of the Texas Penal Code.

Jim Britton

Houston, TX

Editorial note: Thank you for clarifying this for us. We have had a number of other letters on this matter. We second your recommendation to obtain the handbook. With the increase in state and firearms laws throughout the nation it is difficult to know just what the law is. The fact that lawyers draft these laws only adds to the confusion.



I purchased a slightly used Ruger firearm from a local gun store. After a few outings to the range I experienced spent case ejection problems. I contacted Ruger's service department and received a letter from the service manager authorizing me to return the firearm to be repaired. I sent it to them. It was promptly returned. I was concerned about how much it was going to cost. I was not the original buyer there fore Ruger was under no obligation to repair it under warranty. I opened the box and found a letter explaining what they did to repair the firearm and the bottom line was marked NO CHARGE. This is first class service beyond what was due. Another big plus is that Ruger is an American company and this means a lot to this Vietnam Vet.

Roger W. Reed

Lascassas, TN


I know I'm going to get a lot of flak for saying this but I think the Clinton ban on magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds is a neat thing.

Maybe the gun manufacturers have done it anyway but what I've seen since the ban is a staggering proliferation of tiny or at least compact quality handguns in major calibers that hold 10 + 1 rounds.

I find this selection wonderful as I am a small man and can't for the life of me conceal a 15-round Beretta 92 any place comfortably on my person, but have no trouble concealing a Glock 30 with two spare clips.

Larry Gerhardt

Philadelphia, PA


In the Reloading Bench by Geoff Schneider column (October issue of Handguns) there is a photograph of .45 ACP reloads in full-moon clips to be used in a revolver.

The revolver is not identified. The reason I am writing is because I own a Smith & Wesson 625 and this revolver does not acept semi-wad-cutter bullets in full-moon clips.

A telephone call to Smith & Wesson (1-800-331-0852 Consumer Customer Support Center) verified that the S&W 625 is for round nose ammunition only.

Patrick Caccavelli

Groton, CT
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