In the cover story for the GUNS Magazine May issue, Mike “Duke” Venturino examines the newly-released Ruger SR-762, chambered in .308/7.62 NATO, and finds the heavy-duty rifle offers great accuracy and function.

“For those used to handling standard-size AR’s, this new Ruger will seem like one fed growth hormones. Factory catalog weight is 8.6 pounds unloaded — in other words, it’s a large rifle,” describes Venturino. “Interestingly, the gas system can be regulated to four positions to give the most positive function with a chosen brand of ammunition.”

Also included in the May issue is J.B. Wood’s exploration of the DoubleTap Derringer. His examination of the compact handgun revealed a powerful 2-shot, deep-cover gun — perfect for back-up carry.

“The fit and finish are superb and there are several mechanical-design surprises. One example is the system used to alternately fire the two rounds: Two separate internal hammers,” describes Wood. “All of the groups fired had the two rounds in a 2- or 3-inch measurement. One of them, with the trigger ‘staged,’ was dead center and measured 1-inch.”

Other topics featured in this issue include John Barsness’s advice for buying used long guns, John Taffin’s tips and tricks for reloading cast bullets for the .45 ACP and John Sheehan’s profile of the Imperial German Army’s GEW 88. An extended photo supplement from John’s story is this month’s online-only feature and covers uniforms worn by Bavarian winter warriors in 1917 as well as period WWI war photos of the GEW 88 in service.

A Mossberg 930 Duck Commander highlights the May Gun of the Month giveaway, valued at over $850. This Duck Commander prize package also includes eight duck calls, two hats, a Willie Robertson-inspired flag bandana, a signed catalogue and picture, a hoodie and a lanyard. Readers can enter to win at www.gunsmagazine.com/giveaway.

The GUNS all-digital edition offers a host of online extras, including an exclusive online Product Index. To sign up for a free digital subscription, visit www.gunsmagazine.com/digital-editions.

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