The concept is as old as the Colt Single Action Army and the Old West. In the frontier, ammo was often scarce and being able to shoot the same ammo in both your handgun and your rifle made perfect sense, so Winchester offered models in common handgun calibers. Interestingly enough, early rifles were not offered in .45 Colt since the rim of the pistol case was too small to reliably operate in a lever action.
Let’s suppose you’re a budget-minded consumer looking for a handgun you might need to defend your life with. A trip to the local gun store could prove to be discouraging. While the market isn’t lacking in terms of reliable and accurate service-grade semi-autos, it’s often hard to source a quality handgun in this category for less than $500.
I finally found it. This is the one. After years of evaluating guns and writing about them I’ve finally located the long gun of my dreams. It’s in .300 Winchester Magnum and is capable of taking down any North American game as well as most plains game in Africa.
Here’s the thing: I hate recoil and most .300 Win Mags have it in abundance. Not so with the gas-operated NEMO Omen Watchman 2.0. You can practically hold the gun to your chin and touch off a round.