America has long been a country of rifleman. It began with the flintlock rifle and self-sufficient mountain men like Daniel Boone. Rebels with Pennsylvania deer and squirrel rifles helped defeat the mighty British regiments with their inaccurate, close-range smooth bore muskets. We’ve been shooting far and fine ever since. Rifles are more than mere tools for bringing home the bacon. They can become passionate pursuits in and of themselves, luring otherwise sane men and women into a never-ending search for precision perfection. Let’s discuss rifles here, their history and their pedigree, their performance and their promise. What makes them work and what makes them fail. What’s new and what’s old.