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.