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GUNS Magazine January 2012 Digital Edition - Page 56
These Are The New hen the .17 hMr arrived, Freedom arms gave dedicated varmint hunters this cartridge chambered in the Model 97. now very recently Freedom arms has unveiled two more versions of the Model 97, both on the pleasant shooting, small game and varmint side. The introduction of the Model 97 in .32 Magnum, especially with a 7-1/2" barrel gave shooters the epitome of .32 Magnum sixguns and the addition of a .32-20 cylinder made it even more versatile. When Federal introduced the .327 Magnum they succeeded in making the .32 H&R Magnum what it should have been in the first place. Originally, and still for most manufacturers of revolvers, the .327 is mainly looked upon as a self-defense cartridge chambered in the short-barreled w John Taffin pocket pistols. However, the .327 which is simply a longer .32 Magnum, is worthy of other homes. Freedom Arms is the first to offer it in a long-barreled hunting version. To arrive at the Freedom Arms .327, they simply added another cylinder to the .32 Magnum Model 97, and I am now shooting a 10" scope-sighted .327 Federal/.32 Magnum/.32-20. However, Bob Baker of Freedom Arms did not stop there. At the 2008 Shootists’ Holiday we were able to shoot the third cartridge pioneered by Freedom Arms. First came the .454, then the .500 WE and now we have the .224-32 FA. To arrive at this fast-stepping .22, Baker necked down the .327 Federal Magnum. Freedom Arms offers a full kit consisting of Model 97, RCBS dies, and if desired, a scope mounted in place. Sixgunners can now order the “New Varminters” Trio in identical barrel lengths chambered for the .17 HMR, .327 Federal Magnum and .224-32 FA. The spectrum of varmint hunting is virtually completely covered by these three smallbore sixguns. My original 10" Model 97 chambered in .17 HMR has now been sided by both the The smallbore Freedom arms model 97 revolvers. Varmints beware! Freedom Arms 10" Model 97s chambered in .224-32 FA, .327 Federal and .17 HMR. 56 W W W. G U N S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 2