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Springfield Armory took the concealed carry market to task in 2019 with the launch of a sub-compact 13+1 capacity pistol, the Hellcat.
As a concealed carrier always willing to test out the latest and greatest, I was curious how the Hellcat would perform. Normally, I sport a Glock 19 sized carry gun, stepping down to the Smith & Wesson Shield 9mm when I need something a little less inconspicuous. The Shield, though, only offers 7+1 rounds so the idea of almost double the rounds is tantalizing.
Springfield Armory hooked me up with a Hellcat to take for a test drive. Though my full thoughts and opinions will come later in a video and article review, I figured why not share my first 100 rounds with loyal Guns.com readers.The Specs
As stated, the Hellcat boasts an impressive 13+1 capacity with extended magazine or 11+1 with the flush fit. All of this nestles inside the 6-inch overall length, 4-inch height and 1-inch width of the Hellcat. Equipped with a 3-inch barrel, the Hellcat weighs in at around 18-ounces. The Hellcat comes in two flavors – a standard model, which I tried, and an OSP version that comes optics-ready.
Springfield Armory has given the Hellcat a slightly elevated aesthetic with stippling on the grip, tactical rack rear sights and a Tritium front sight. Is it the most tricked out sub-compact on the market? Well, no but it does offer a few upgrades that will please the masses.On the Range
I took the Hellcat to an indoor range to run 100 rounds through its polymer-framed, striker-fired build. I put 50 rounds of Fiocchi FMJ as well as 50 rounds of Hornady Critical Defense JHP to see how the Hellcat would handle the different styles of ammo. When testing a gun, I usually start at 3-yards and back it up to 15-yards gradually to get a feel for how it performs both in close quarters shooting as well as longer distances.
Upon firing the Hellcat, I noticed it’s a snappy gun; though, I am not surprised given its size. A general rule of thumb is the smaller the gun, the more recoil you’ll feel. The Hellcat was on par with most 9mm sub-compacts in terms of that recoil. My first few shots landed in the middle, though not exactly where I wanted. Follow-up shots were definitely more difficult to land but with more training, I’m sure I can walk those in a little more. The stippling, while useful with sweaty hands, did make my hands a little sore after 100 rounds. Again, this is something that will likely get better over time.
The size of the gun made it slightly more difficult to hang onto while firing, but its diminutive size will no doubt lend itself to concealed carry – which is the Hellcat’s bread and butter. Though I did not conduct any concealed carry specific drills or tests during this 100-round look, I intend to put it through its paces in the future.
Ammunition wise, I had no malfunctions in the first 100 rounds. Both the JHP and FMJ and performed well during the testing, though the Hellcat did fail to lock open on the last round of the second mag of FMJ. This seemed to be a fluke as I could not recreate it throughout the rest of the testing.Final Thoughts
I’m not nearly through evaluating the Hellcat, but I can say that the first 100 rounds were solid. The Hellcat spit out ammo, handled about as well as you’d expect a sub-compact and saw no major malfunctions. I’ll continue testing this gun over the next few weeks and, specifically, get to the bottom of its viability as a concealed carry model. Stay tuned to Guns.com so you don’t miss a thing!
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The 1970s brought us big hair, disco music and some of the finest detective movies to ever grace the big screen. We look back at some of our favorites from Chinatown to Shaft and the guns that made these movies instant classics.
*Word of warning: spoilers ahead!*Colt Detective Special
This one seems rather obvious to have on the list and it’s found in many crime thrillers from the 1970s. The Colt Detective Special is a six-shot snub-nosed revolver. It’s most commonly chambered in .38 Special.
The Detective Special was first introduced in 1927 and made its way into many law enforcement agencies across the country. You won’t find many in service anymore but these were among the most common service handguns in America. It’s reflected in detective thrillers of the 70s.
You can find these little revolvers in many movies from this era but the one who gave it the most flair, the most panache, the most 1970s cool to the gun was probably the man with the baddest leather duster of all-time, John Shaft.
In the clip below you can see Shaft making a heroic rescue by crashing through a window. He even sports his nickel-plated Colt Detective Special on the movie poster.
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The S&W Model 10 has been in production in some form or another since 1899. It’s gone through several variants and with over 6,000,000 sold it’s no wonder that it’s a commonplace gun. From the original M&P through the 10-10 and beyond, this gun was commonplace as both a duty revolver and a home defense handgun in real life and the movies.
You can find the Model 10 scattered throughout the 70s detective movies from The Long Goodbye to The French Connection it’s played a pivotal role. One of the more famous scenes which feature the revolver comes from Roman Polanski’s classic, Chinatown. In the film’s final scene we see Lt. Escobar take out Evelyn with his Model 10 snub nose as she tries to escape. This scene also features a nice shot of Evelyn’s Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket.
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The S&W Model 29 appears in many movies in the 1970s but it was immortalized by Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry series. Chambered in .44 Magnum this was the most powerful handgun in the world at the time of its introduction. Inspector Harry Callahan lets us know all about it.
His famous “Do you feel lucky punk?” line has been replicated in many movies and stands as one of the most iconic lines in cinematic history.
Callahan continued to use the Model 29 throughout the series. Both Magnum Force and The Enforcer the gun is prominently featured on the movie posters.
Legend has it that the script originally called for a 4-inch barrel. These proved difficult to get so the 6.5- and 8.375-inch barreled models are what you see instead.
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It should be noted that Paul Kersey was not a detective, rather an architect with a mean streak. It would seem disingenuous though to talk about crime thrillers of the 1970s without mentioning Death Wish. Kersey handles a few guns while avenging the death of his wife in the film but the most recognizable is his nickel-plated Colt Police Positive.
Chambered in .32 S&W Long this six-shot revolver served Kersey well as he distributed his brand of vigilante justice across the city of New York. He even mastered shooting through the jacket as you’ll see in many of the shootouts in this movie.
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The 1970s produced some of the most meaningful films ever made. The genre of crime thriller following a detective had been popular for years but the characters in these movies took the genre to new heights. They were only complimented by some amazing guns to match.
Forget the term “unicorn gun,” this unusual and interesting 20-shot revolver is a curiosity you won’t likely see again.
What we can tell you is that it is big, weighing in at 9-pounds, and has a 10-inch long barrel. What it does have is a 20-shot cylinder, Liege proof house inspector’s marks, and a hinged loading/unloading port. What it does not have is a practical handgrip and seems to have been intended to mount to a fixture and fire utilizing a rope.
While other 20-round revolvers have popped up in recent years on the collector’s market, they are typically handheld pinfire double-barrels, not this monster.
Interestingly, we have only found two other references to wheel guns similar to this unusual piece. One is from the 1927 military surplus catalog of Mr. Francis Bannerman of New York, in which a dead-ringer for this big revolver is shown and described as “20 Shot Revolver found in old shop in Paris, bore is about 3/8, length, 15 inches, weight is about 6 pounds. Rare piece. Sold to collector.”
Another, more recent mention is from a German auction house that sold one in 2007 that they described as a “grabenrevolver – privat offizierwaffeo” (trench revolver – private officer’s weapon), with a bore of about 11mm.
The dealer that currently has the piece acquired it years ago from a New Orleans collector, and at the time it was said to be a German trench revolver from WWI, rigged to “peek” over the trench and shoot by pulling a string attached to the trigger.
The revolver carries an ELG in a crowned oval, the post-1893 mark for “Epreuve de Liege” or Proof of Liege. It also has a Liege Proof House controller (inspector) mark of a spangled W.
The caliber is believed to be .455 Eley/Webley (11.5x19mmR) which was introduced in 1891.
One thing is for sure, you won’t bump into someone else with this one in their collection.
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Sixty years on, Mossberg 500 series of shotguns are going strong. They’re well built, reliable and an excellent bang for your buck.
I bought my Mossberg 500 SPX Tactical shotgun seven years ago for $550. Prices are similar today. After putting thousands of rounds through it, it has worked flawlessly. The pump action allows me to feed it pretty much anything.SOLID VALUE
O.F. Mossberg & Sons have been around since 1919. That’s over 100 years of making superb firearms. My 500 series shotgun is no exception. It went into production in 1960. Not long after that, the US military adopted it. Although the Marines switched to the Benelli M4 semi-automatic shotgun in 1999, many branches of the U.S. military still use the 500.
Mossberg claims that the 500 model is the only shotgun to pass the U.S. Army’s Mil-Spec 3443E test. This includes firing 3,000 rounds of full power 12-gauge buckshot in unforgiving conditions.LOTS OF GREAT FEATURES
Mossberg offers the 500 series shotgun in a variety of models. Mine is the SPX Tactical model. It weighs 6.75 pounds empty and comes with a bunch of great features.
It’s got an adjustable ghost ring rear sight and high visibility front sight. A six-position adjustable synthetic stock allows for the perfect length of pull. A five-round saddle allows me to keep extra rounds handy. A Picatinny rail supports the adjustable rear sight which is removable, so you can add your own optic if you choose.
The pistol grip feels good in the hand. The 18.5-inch barrel is short enough to make it maneuverable and the ported barrel reduces recoil and makes it comfortable to shoot even the most heavy-duty rounds. I can fit five 3-inch shells in the tube and one in the chamber.
There’s a saying about shotguns that if someone has broken into your place and they hear the sound of a pump-action shotgun chambering a round, it’s enough to give them a heart attack. Chances are, you’ll never even have to fire a round.CONCLUSION
I highly recommend the Mossberg 500 SPX Tactical– or any Mossberg 500 series shotguns for that matter. They’re solid, last a long time and shoot well. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy a used one either. Guns.com has lots of them for sale new and used.
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Democrats in Arizona and Virginia are pushing legislation that would outlaw many common semi-auto firearms and their magazines.
In the Grand Canyon State, Arizona Senate Bill SB1625 was introduced last week and aims to not only ban the sale of most popular semi-auto firearms and magazines but would also require registration of those already in circulation. Violators could be charged with as high as a Class 4 felony, which is punishable up to 3.75 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
The measure’s primary sponsor is state Sen. Rebecca Rios, D-Phoenix, who is among a dozen Dems backing the proposal. It makes an exception for guns used by police, government employees and the military.
State gun rights groups, such as the Arizona Citizens Defense League, have derided the measure as a threat to the Second Amendment.
“The bill is designed to be an egregious threat to our Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and is similar to bills introduced across the nation,” said the group Tuesday in a statement. “The language of the bill is so broad that nearly all semi-automatic firearms ever produced would be covered, as well as any ammunition feeding device ‘with the capacity to accept more than ten rounds’, which, again, means pretty much all of them.”
The Arizona State Legislature is dominated by Republicans, but that control is narrow with the GOP holding a two-seat lead in the state House and a four-seat lead in the state Senate.Virginia
Meeting a deadline for crossover to the state Senate, the Democrat-controlled Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday voted 51-48 to pass House Bill 961. While all 45 Republicans in the body, as well as three Dems who crossed the aisle, voted against the bill, it still squeaked through despite stout opposition.
The bill, which bans the sale of many semi-autos and magazines capable of holding more than 12 cartridges as well as future commercial sales of suppressors, now heads to the legislature’s upper chamber and consideration by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Dems control the Senate 21-19 and have already green-lighted five anti-gun bills so far this session.
While the ban measure had been watered down by a House committee last week, it still has more teeth than what Second Amendment groups prefer, which is none.
“Though the committee amended the bill to allow citizens to keep currently owned firearms and suppressors, confiscation is undoubtedly still the end goal,” warned the NRA in a statement.
A Virginia House committee advanced this week a bill banning the sale, manufacture, and possession of “assault weapons,” “high-capacity” magazines, and suppressors (HB 961). The House Public Safety Committee passed the legislation on a 12-9 party-line vote and sent it to the full House for consideration.
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The Florida referendum to ban common rifles and shotguns as "assault weapons" has failed to gather enough signatures to appear on the 2020 ballot.
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“We think this is a step in the right direction,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, “because it focuses on actual school security without proposing restrictions on law-abiding firearms owners that would not improve school safety, nor would they have prevented the tragedy in Parkland.
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Here at Guns.com, we have a ton of Certified Used guns just waiting for someone like you to take them home. What’s so cool about Certified Used you ask? These guns have been vetted by our on-site gun experts to ensure they’re free from mechanical defects and that condition is consistent with our rating.
We’ve compiled a quick list of 10 drool-worthy Certified Used guns from the Guns.com vault. Take a look and find your next gun!Limcat Custom RazorCat — $4,000
This LimCat RazorCat is a high-level open-division competition pistol chambered in .38 Super Comp. It features a 5-inch barrel with a fixed compensator which stretches its barrel dimensions to 7.5-inches. Topped with a C-More red dot sight, the pistol offers metal grips with light stippling to ensure a firm grasp on the Phoenix Trinity frame.
LimCat’s competition hammer and a skeletonized flat-faced trigger allow users to quickly get their follow up shots on target. This package includes a LimCat Open Class holster and six magazines.
Still want to see more of the Limcat? Check out the review we did on this model here.
This Scalpel 1086LA from Surgeon Rifles is a bolt-action platform chambered in .300 Win Mag. A 26-inch heavy barrel is equipped with a Surgeon BSR muzzle brake and accompanied by a pair of Picatinny rails to attach optics and other accessories. The Cadex Dual Strike chassis allows significant customization of the Scalpel 1086LA while a bipod comes pre-installed to ensure stability. This rifle comes with five magazines and a Pelican hard case.
Made in the 1970s, this Shiloh Sharps 1874 Rifle is an extremely high-end replica of the original. Chambered in .45-70, it delivers a 30-inch barrel, walnut furniture and a blued-steel frame — all listed in excellent condition.
This USFA Artillery Revolver from Colt is a 6-shot revolver chambered in .45 LC. A 5.5-inch barrel is adorned with a notch rear sight and a blade front sight. This revolver, clad in smooth wood grips, is a replication of the Teddy Roosevelt revolver in the NRA’s National Firearms Museum, created to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Roughriders’ charge up San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War.
This LWRC R.E.P.R. is a semi-automatic rifle chambered in .308 Win/7.62 NATO. It has a 10-plus-1 round capacity while the 20-inch barrel comes equipped with an A2 flash hider. Featuring LWRC folding BUIS front and rear sights, the quad Picatinny rails allow users to install their choice of optics and other accessories. A Sig Sauer Tango 6 2-12×40 tactical scope is currently installed. The rifle sports a bullet button to bring it in compliance with the laws of more restrictive states. Further customization of the LWRC R.E.P.R. is available via the adjustable SOPMOD stock.
This Smith Wesson Model 60 is a double-action 5-shot revolver chambered in .357 Mag. A 2-inch stainless steel barrel is adorned with a notch rear sight and a blade front sight. The stainless-steel frame barrel and cylinder all feature detailed scrollwork engravings. Checkered wooden grips ensure a steady grasp with every shot.
This Remington 3200 Trap is an over/under 12-gauge shotgun with 3-inch chambers. The top of two barrels features a ventilated-rib and a bead front sight to aid in quick target acquisition. The receiver of the 3200 Trap features scenes of hunting dogs while the blued steel of the receiver and barrels is handsomely complemented by the polished wood furniture. Checkering outfits the grip and forend to ensure a steady grasp on this classy shotgun.
The Heckler & Koch P7 M13 is a German 9×19mm semi-automatic pistol. It was produced from 1979 until 2008. With an almost cult-like following due to its rarity and high collectability factor, many people believe it should be the James Bond/007 gun (instead of the Walther PPK). This one is in excellent condition and comes with the original box and three 13-round magazines.
The Daniel Defense DD5V1 is a semi-automatic rifle chambered in .308 Win/7.62 NATO. It sports a 16-inch barrel with a full-length Picatinny rail currently supporting a Leupold Mark IV 4.5-14×50 tactical scope. The stock is adjustable with soft textured sections which allow users to find a positive and comfortable cheek weld. The rifle is topped off with a Geissele SSA two-stage trigger with ambidextrous controls, KeyMod handguard, and a configurable modular charging handle.
Guns.com visited the Daniel Defense factory a few months ago so check out what this company is up to here.
The Ruger Red Label Ducks Unlimited 50th Anniversary Model is an over/under 12-gauge shotgun. It is 1 of 1000 and comes with fixed modified and full chokes. The barrels measure 28-inches in length with an overall length measuring 48-inches. Condition is listed as excellent so don’t pass this baby up!
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It’s hardly an argument that Western movies produced in the 1960s are the best of all time. From The Good, the Bad and the Ugly to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the unforgettable performances were only matched by iconic guns creating classic movies that would live forever. Since the height of popularity in the 1960s, Westerns have spurred a whole shooting culture called Single Action Shooting Society who dress and shoot like cowboys.
We’ve decided to take a look back and some of our favorites and bring you a list of the most memorable Western guns.
*Word of warning: spoilers ahead.Colt SA Army
The Colt SA Army is the most ubiquitous and iconic gun of the Western genre — this is the standard six-shooter that every cowboy wears on his hip. Chambered in .45 Colt you can find these guns scattered throughout the great Westerns. Pike, Dutch, and Tector along with a large swath of the Mexican army use one in The Wild Bunch. Practically the whole cast of Once Upon a Time in the West has a Colt SA Army in their hands at one point.
However, the most famous scene and use of the Colt Single Action Army comes to us from “The Man with No Name” in A Fistful of Dollars when Clint Eastwood single-handedly takes out four men with his Colt SA Army by fanning the hammer. It should be noted that Eastwood was actually using a Uberti replica, a nod to the Italian heritage of director Sergio Leone.
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What the Colt SA Army is to the handguns the Winchester Model 1892 is to rifles. Whether it’s Ramon shooting at the Baxters in A Fistful of Dollars or Pompey holding the fort down with the Model 1892 in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, this rifle is well placed in many Western movies.
In Once Upon a Time in the West, the Model 1892 appears as Stoney’s Mare’s Leg rifle. The Mare’s Leg shortened rifle was introduced in the 1950s by Steve McQueen in a series called Trackdown but is seen in many other movies. The unique shorty rifle has a special place in Westerns — replicated by the likes of Henry and Uberti. One of the more famous scenes of the gun in action occurs when Harmonica arrives in town in Once Upon a Time in the West.
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Shotguns may not be as glorified as six-shooters in Westerns, but they still play a large part. Nearly all the shotguns you’ll find in Westerns are 12-gauge side-by-sides. While it’s more difficult to place the manufacturer of these shotguns you’ll notice many have been chopped down to conceal better, one of the more famous instances of the short-barreled shotgun is Mississippi’s gun in the movie El Dorado.
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But what if you need a little more firepower?Gatling Gun
Although Colt only made about 500 Gatling “Battery Guns” for U.S. customers between 1866 and 1907, making them fairly rare, Hollywood made sure that they appeared in dozens of Westerns ranging from The War Wagon to Rooster Cogburn and even to more modern films set in the Old West such as the remakes of 3:10 to Yuma and The Magnificent Seven.
Heck, there was even a 1968 Spaghetti Western entitled Gatling Gun, which uses one of these early devices is the central MacGuffin. The film is a cult classic that was a hit on the drive-in circuit.
For those wanting to get their crank gun itch scratched, we happen to have a .45-70-caliber Colt M1877 Bulldog Gatling, with a 1,200 rpm rate of fire, in stock.
The golden age of Westerns provided us with some great performances and iconic gun duels. Some of these movies have even spurred their own SASS style events, like the Wild Bunch, where the participants are required to only shoot guns that were used in the movie. While the greatest Westerns may very well be behind us, their performances and guns will live on forever.
Sig Sauer expands its Elite Copper Hunting Ammunition series launching a new 80-grain all-copper bullet in the form of 6mm Creedmoor.
Offering a deeper penetration and 1.8x diameter expansion, the new 6mm Creedmoor brings accuracy to medium-sized game hunters, according to Sig Sauer. The round features muzzle velocity of 3,300 feet-per-second with muzzle energy measuring 1,935 foot-pounds.
The 6mm Creedmoor is the latest to join the Elite Copper Hunting series with the company already offering rifle shooters .223 Rem, .243 Win, .300 BLK, .308 Win, .30-06 Springfield, .300 Win Mag and 6.5 Creedmoor. Sig Sauer says the decision to expand the lineup comes at the behest of Creedmoor consumers.
“6mm Creedmoor ammunition is in high demand as is the 6.5 Creedmoor load,” said Brad Criner of Sig Sauer Ammunition. “Our customers have been asking for both and we are happy to now offer these two hot hunting cartridges in our Elite Copper Hunting line.”
Sig Sauer ammunition is manufactured at Sig’s facility in Jacksonville, Arkansas. The ammo is currently available and shipping now, priced at $37.95.
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Democrats in Connecticut and Illinois are proposing legislation that would add taxes ranging from 10 to 35 percent on gun and ammo sales
In the Constitution State, Connecticut state Rep. Jillian Gilchrest, D-West Hartford, is backing House Bill 5040 which would add a 35 percent per round excise tax on ammunition. The move is a scaled-down version of a similar measure she introduced last year that sought a 50 percent bump in ammo prices. The tax money levied would go to “increase funding for gun violence prevention and reduction efforts.”
State gun rights groups have slammed the proposal.
“Clearly if such a law were passed, it would make practicing and maintaining proficiency with a firearm more difficult and will impact lower-income gun owners disproportionately,” said the Connecticut Citizens Defense League in a statement.Illinois gun tax
Meanwhile, in the Land of Lincoln, state Sen. Ann Gillespie, D-Arlington Heights, is sponsoring Senate Bill 2468 to mandate a 10 percent retail sales tax on guns she terms “assault weapons” as well as magazines capable of more than 10 cartridges. The revenue would be funneled into a fund to “prevent gun violence in schools and State-owned buildings.”
As in Connecticut, state gun rights advocates, vowing litigation if such a measure becomes law, argue the tax would impact most guns.
“Every modern handgun that’s not a revolver or a Derringer comes into play,” Todd Vandermyde with the Federal Firearms Licensees of Illinois, told the Telegraph.
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Only a few weeks into 2020 and the domestic U.S. firearms market has seen a flood of new .22LR pistols from some of the biggest names in the business.
Last month saw the 42nd annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas where more than 2,600 exhibitors gathered from around the globe to display their freshest wares. When it came to rimfire handguns, there were lots of new faces in the aisles.Beretta Bobcats
While not a new design per se– Beretta has marketed tip-barrel vest pocket-sized rimfire pistols since the days of the old Minx and Jetfire in the 1950s– the Model 21A Bobcat has been given a threaded barrel option and new colors for 2020. This saves fans of the platform from having to drop extra coin to get their barrels threaded at their LGS, a common mod.
It looks like a G19 but the blowback-action Glock G44 is a pound lighter due to its hybrid polymer slide. Released last month with an average retail price of $359, the 10+1 .22LR performed fairly well in our testing, suffering three jams out of 2,200 rounds, but others have seen more mixed results. Still, if you are looking for a .22LR Glock with the same profile and trigger as the familiar G19, here you go.
Taking a page from their LCP II .380ACP pocket pistol, Ruger has introduced a virtual doppelganger to the design but chambered in .22LR. Dubbed the Lite Rack due to its mild recoil spring and easy-to-rack slide, the new Ruger mouse gun is a simple blowback that offers a 10+1 capacity, which is a few more rounds than those who carry the more upscale .380 LCP. As a sub-caliber trainer, or as a plinker-caliber personal protection piece, the $300ish pistol drew a lot of attention in Vegas.
Teased in late 2019, Kel Tec’s new P17 pistol was on hand at SHOT Show last month. Pitched as a budget handgun from the Florida gun maker, the sub-$200 polymer-framed P17 hits the scales at 14-ounces when loaded while offering a 16+1 capacity, hence the P17 moniker. The barrel comes standard with 1/2×28TPI threads for suppressors and other muzzle devices. The gun is now listed as “shipping” so we should see them in stock in the coming weeks.
Virginia-based Kriss last month announced their first .22LR Vector-series handguns, namely a trio of Vector SDP-SB models that come standard with an SB Tactical stabilizing brace and 6.5-inch barrels. With an MSRP of $649, they seem pricey but keep in mind that is a pricepoint about half that of centerfire models.
Adding inches and ounces to their MK IV Target line, Ruger this year is highlighting a pair of .22LR pistols that come standard with 10-inch bull barrels. The additional real estate pushes the pistol’s overall length to 14-inches– almost all of it sight radius– while the gun weighs in at a solid 46.3-ounces. MSRP is $645 for the blued aluminum-framed model while the stainless runs $719, prices that will likely be a good deal less at retailers.
Going past pistols, there is also an influx of new rimfire ammo products headed to market this year. We visited with CCI at SHOT Show to get the low down on everything from additions to the company’s Clean-22 polymer-coated ammo line to rebranded “Stangers” and Meat Eater loads.