Dragon Claw .50 Recluse .357 / 9 mm

It’s no secret that I’ve been a fan of the Sam Yang Big Bore 909 for a number of years, having used it to take hogs, deer, coyote all manner of smaller game. These guns are well built, rugged, accurate, powerful, tunable, and (importantly with respect to big bores) available. You can pick one of these rifles up (imported by Pyramyd Air) for about half the price of the semi-custom guns and be shooting in a matter of days instead of months. And it was available in any caliber¬¶. So long as you wanted .45 (.457 actually)! And I have to say, there is nothing wrong with this caliber at all, there are lots of bullets available, with good ballistic qualities, and they punch a decent sized

The .457 is a good all around caliber when you want to go from predators to big game, but it is not the most optimal for either. When hunting for predators I’d like a smaller caliber, flatter shooting gun that would let me reach out a bit further with a less pronounced trajectory. Conversely, for the bigger game at the ranges I like to shoot (around 60 yards), there would be nothing wrong with punching trough with a bigger bullet, which is where the .50 comes in. It seems the feedback that Pyramyd Air received from their customers led them to push Shin Sung to add a couple new guns to the family; the .357 caliber Recluse and the .50 caliber Dragon Claw. These two guns are essentially rebarreled models of the


As you see the three guns (the Recluse and Dragon Claw with my trusty old tuned 909) look virtually identical, with the exception of the logos etched on the receivers. If you flip the guns over and look at the forestock you will find that a manometer is now designed in to allow the hunter to check their air status while in the field. More noticeable is the effort expended in reworking the valve to improve the airflow through it. The energy delivery of the out of the box Dragon Claw exceeds my tuned 909, while delivering 4 usable shots per fill (he Recluse delivers 6 shots). The guns fill to 3000 psi using the proprietary filling probe, but as I prefer the universal Foster type fill connector on my guns, I ordered a couple from Pyramyd and replaced the fill port at the end of the reservoir. The gun has a low and high power setting that is selected by either pulling the cocking bolt all the way (full power) or part way (low power) back.

I went out the other day with a selection of .357 projectiles, to see how they handled through the Recluse/ The bullets I shot were the 145 grain Benjamin Nosler Balistic Tip, the Vogel 176 grain hollow point, the Vogel 116 grain hex hollow point, and the Eun Jin 77.8 grain round nose pellet. these 5 shot groups were from 75 yards shooting off sticks, which represent hunting conditions better than bench resting the gun. What I found was that virtually every shot from every round was in the kill zone of any medium to large sized game animal I might be hunting with this gun. I used the 116 grain Vogel Hex HPs on a recent prarie dog shoot and was consistently whacking these pudgy rodents out to 125 yards ….. and they hit with authority. One second there was a dog there and the next threre wasn’t! I think that based on what I experienced testing these bullets out is that the first two are perfect for hogs and deer (where legal of coiurse) the 116 grain hex is the medicine for coyote as well as smaller varmint, and the Eun Jin pellets are about perfect for woodchuck, raccoon, and smaller varmint. This is a gun that would let you do everything from small game to big game hunting with a single gun

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