The Smith & Wesson XVR .460 Magnum spotlights the October issue of GUNS Magazine, emphasizing the pistol’s hallmark barrel shroud. Contributor Mark Hampton reviews the pistol in depth, which he maintains was built for the backcountry and defending against four-legged aggressors.

“Several years ago I was guiding a couple of bow hunters for bison. My buddy and I followed a bull for quite some time before all hell broke loose,” writes Hampton. “You guessed it—I didn’t have a gun. From the Smith & Wesson Performance Center comes a 3-1/2-inch Model 460 XVR. This model is purpose-built for dangerous game bent on clawing, or goring or taking a bite out of your hide.”

In “New A-Bolt 3 Composite Stalker,” field editor Jacob Gottfredson reviews the most recent addition to Browning’s family of firearms, detailing why it’s accessible to most anyone in need of a solid, high-performing hunting rifle.

“Is there a more famous name than John Browning in the firearms business?” asks Gottfredson. “I remember when I was young and had my eye on one of their superb over/under shotguns. Sadly, it was always just out of the reach of my income. But now for those of you wanting to invest in Browning’s excellence, take a long look at the new and affordable A-Bolt 3 Composite Stalker.”

The October issue of GUNS Magazine also includes a feature on the pros and cons of handloading by John Barsness, a story by contributing editor Mike “Duke” Venturino on his return to shooting Colt Single Action Army revolvers as well as a review on the Walther PPX by J.B. Wood.

The Gun of the Month Giveaway, valued at $2,308.50, features the Puritan P15 from Patriot Ordnance Factory as well as the overmolded aluminum free-float forend, EX-01 fixed blade and gear rifle bag from Hogue. Enter to win at

All-digital editions of GUNS are also available online, and readers can sign up for a free digital subscription at

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