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Olin-Winchester Gets $75 Million Army Ammo Contract

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 00:21

Ammunition is stacked up and ready for Army Reserve competitors during the 108th Training Command (IET) Best Warrior and Drill Sergeant of the Year Competitions at Camp Bullis, Texas, March 21, 2017. (Photo: Maj. Michelle Lunato/U.S. Army Reserve)

The Pentagon on Tuesday announced that Illinois-based Olin-Winchester picked up a huge contract for the production of small arms ammunition.

The ammo giant was awarded a $75,782,692 modification to an existing contract for the production of 5.56mm, 7.62mm, and .50 caliber ammunition. The modification, issued by the U.S. Army Contracting Command, is for work estimated to be completed by May 31, 2021.

Olin-Winchester will perform the work at their Oxford, Mississippi, plant. The 200,000-square-foot facility in the Magnolia State has steadily expanded its workforce in the past decade, as Olin moved over 1,000 manufacturing jobs there from the company’s Illinois location.

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Sig Sauer Rolls Out Cross Rifle, New Pistol Models

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 09:00

Sig Sauer served up an assortment of new red dot ready pistols as well as a brand new rifle to consumers at SHOT Show in Las Vegas.

The most talked about item in Sig Sauer’s inventory was its new Cross Rifle, which queued up long lines at Sig’s range day as well as a bevy of interested lookers on the show floor. The Cross Rifle comes chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Winchester and Sig’s .277 Fury.

The Cross Rifle offers three chamberings — .308 Win, 6.5 Creedoor and Sig’s own .277 Fury. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Weighing in at 6.8-pounds, the rifle offers an adjustable buttstock — side folding for carry — two stage 3-pound match trigger, Picatinny rail and threaded barrel. Barrel size varies based on model with the 6.5 Creedmoor bringing an 18-inch barrel while the .308 Win and .277 Fury deliver a 16-inch barrel.

Perfect for precision hunting, the Sig Cross Rifle is designed to fold compactly so it can easily slip into a hunting pack or backpack for convenient carry. MSRP is set around $1,799.

Meanwhile, Sig Sauer’s pistol division has entered what it calls the “red dot revolution” unveiling new optics ready RXP pistols at SHOT Show. Using the P320 platform, the RXP series offers four models — Full Size, Compact, XFull, and XCompact. The pistols are all chambered in 9mm and feature Sig’s Romeo1Pro Optic. The optic boasts a 6 MOA open reflex sight build with 12 brightness settings and TruHold Lockless Zeroing designed to handle recoil and return to zero. Sporting a 20,000-hour battery life, the optic is IPX-7 waterproof rated and is houses in aircraft-grade aluminum to prevent corrosion.

The RXP series comes equipped with a red dot from Sig. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

On the entry level side, the P320 RXP Standard Full Size and Compact pistols use contrast style suppressor height backup sights that co-witness should the optic fail at any point. The P320 XFull and XCompact RXP offer a slight upgrade with X-Ray 3 Day/Night suppressor height sights and XSeries grip module. The XFull and XCompact RXP is priced around $899 with optic included while the Standard Full Size and Compact versions slip into the market for a little less.

For P365 fans who want that sweet red dot capability, Sig has also unleashed a P365 XL version that is red dot ready with Sig’s own micro red dot. The micro red dot offers 8 brightness settings and also sports an interesting rear sight notch in place of actual iron sights.

Sig brought a ton of new pistols to SHOT Show. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The innovation doesn’t stop there, though, with Sig unveiling two brand new pistols set to ship mid-2020. First up, the 320 Carry TacOps is a continuation of an older gun previously discontinued by Sig due to poor sales. This time around, though, the company is outfitting the new XCarry TacOps with some X-Series features in the hopes that it makes the platform a little more appealing. The revamped TacOps model will feature a flared magwell, adjustable SigLite Night Sights which are also compatible with Sig branded red dots, flat-faced trigger and 4.6-inch threaded barrel.

In addition to the XCarry TacOps, Sig Sauer also revealed the new P210 Carry — a single action, aluminum-framed pistol with 4-inch barrel. The P210 Carry boasts front and rear cocking serrations, G10 grips and night sights. Shipping around June 2020, the P210 Carry will likely carry an MSRP around $1,300.


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Shadow Systems Releases New MR920 Pistol

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 04:30

The MR920 follows in the footsteps of the MR918 platform. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Following the success of its MR918 platform, Shadow Systems unleashed a new pistol, the MR920, packed with upgrades and enhancements.

Based on the MR918 pistol, the company made some tweaks based on customer feedback. The new MR920 boasts an updated beavertail to eliminate slide-bite for bigger hands in addition to a recoil control ledge to better support the thumb while firing. Other additions include a larger slide release curtain, enhanced traction magazine button, trigger work for a smoother feel and a snag-free rear profile.

The MR920 keeps to that same upscale look at the MR918 but elevates its features further. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The gun features an aggressive beavertail. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Though the tweaks upgrade the aesthetics and shoot ability of the gun, the most notable change to the MR920 is a revamped optics system. The MR918 Elite previously supported RMR optics but was limited on additional make/model compatibility. To address this issue, Shadow Systems created what it calls the Multiple Footprint Optic System. The unique system utilizes a direct mounting approaching, ditching adapter plates in favor of direct mounting of the red dot to the MR920. Using long screws, the company says the optic is held securely in place while also allowing for co-witness of iron sights.

“No past designs have combined all three of these game-changing attributes. Shadow’s design accommodates Trijicon RMR and SRO, Holosun 507c and 508t, Leupold Deltapoint Pro, Vortex Viper, and TruGlo Tru-Tec,” Shadow Systems’ CEO Trevor Roe said in a statement. “Shadow Systems’ new optic cut will likely accommodate additional brands and optics; testing for optic compatibility is still ongoing.”

The MR920 offers a unique optics mounting system that is versatile and works with a host of red dots. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

(Photo: Jacki Billings/

Like its sibling, the MR920 will ship in two models — Combat and Elite. The Combat occupies the entry-level position in Shadow Systems lineup while the Elite opts for additional features like directional slide serrations on the top of the slide as well as a window cut. Both models will also boast the ability to partner with existing holsters made for the Glock 19.

The MR920 is available for pre-order and the expected ship date is February. MSRP starts around $799.

Interested in learning more about Shadow Systems’ platform? Check out’s full review on the MR918.


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Daniel Defense Reveals New DDM4 PDW SBR

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 04:00

The DDM4PDW brings a short-barreled design to the table. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Daniel Defense unveiled a new shorty rifle at SHOT Show in Las Vegas Jan. 21 through Jan. 24, showcasing the DDM4 PDW.

The DDM4 PDW comes chambered in .300 Blackout sporting a 7-inch cold hammer-forged barrel. With an overall length ranging between 21- and 25.5-inches, depending on stock position, the DDM4 PDW weighs in at 5.7-pounds. Equipped with a Maxim Defense CQB Gen 7 stock and 6-inch MFR XL flat front rail, the rifle is said to offer fast handling and easy maneuvering.

The rifle comes equipped with a Maxim Defense flat rail. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The DDM4 PDW brings a short-barreled design to the table. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Designed for convenient transport, Daniel Defense also says the PDW can easily slip into a backpack or car storage setup.

“This is an awesome little .300 Blackout. Put it in a saddlebag of a motorcycle, concealed carry bag every day, or under the seat of your truck,” a Daniel Defense rep told at SHOT Show.

The DDM4 PDW does fall under NFA regulations. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The DDM4 PDW does qualify as a short-barreled rifle and therefore falls under the National Firearms Act regulations. MSRP hovers around $1,900.


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Walking Around SHOT Show 2020: A Gallery of Guns

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 02:49

The 2020 SHOT Show was held last week in Las Vegas and the more than 2,600 exhibitors had some great hardware on display.

What’s not to like about a Walther Q5 Match Steel Frame Black Tie edition? (Photos: GDC Staff)

Century Arms has several Kalash variants headed to the market

One of the Kel-Tec Vikings who saw the send-off of the P11, a pistol which ended its 25-year run this month. How about that integrally suppressed SUB2000, tho?

Uzi does it…

Sometimes you have to work for a Tshirt

The standard model Alien is supposedly on the horizon, imported by Lancer Systems

Taurus had several “Show” guns on display, in addition to their new 3-inch 856 series

For those looking for some quiet time, but also love Freedom

HK showed off their new SP5 in a variety of ways

The SP5 proved lots of fun on the range

Another view of the HK SP5, a gun HK should have coughed up 15 years ago

Slickbald holsters had a little bit of something for everyone

Mark Serbu had his new prototype modern combat rifle on display.

As well as his traditional wares

For those looking for a low-cost revolver carbine, Heritage Arms is clocking in with one in 2020

Ruger downsized their LCP II line to accept .22LR rimfire ammo

The Ruger 57 (guess what caliber it is) was a very buzz-worthy handgun at the show

Ruger also had their new MKIV Target models on hand with 10-inch barrels

Remington has a new Model 700 pistol with a brace.

The new Colt Python got a workout on range day, running 4,000 rounds between two guns


HI-Point showed off SOTG’s Bow Caster, made from a Hi-Point carbine of course

The best booth at SHOT

You can trick out an FN SCAR only so much

As well as the 509 MRD Compact

Gnome not included

But if you are looking for a remote gun buggy, FN has you covered. Also, yes, we found out that the FN Gnome would fit in the barrel of this. Just saying

Because needs

DSA had some excellent IDF builds on hand to support its rollout of new FAL models.

Diamondback has a new 5.7x28mm pistol, the folding braced DBX

The new CZ BREN Ms 2 carbine

Come drool with us with over the B&T GHM9 Compact

Did we mention Colt has a new Python out for the first time in a generation?

Marlin exhibited a bunch of semi-custom lever guns

As well as some more traditional models

Kalashnikov USA showed off its new KR-103, which has been long-promised.

Rhino sighting!

Kinda beefy

The Bond Arms “Dead Man’s Hand” is new this year

This guy

Team GLOCK’s Ashley Rheuark’s explaining the new G44 in .22LR

The G44 in .22LR, not to be confused with the G22 in .40S&W.

For all these and more breaking SHOT Show news, watch this space for continuous updates all month. 

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Federal FireStick, Traditions Nitro Offer Whole New Muzzleloading Platform

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 05:35

(Photo: Kristin Alberts/

The new decade is already shaping up to be one of partnerships between outdoor industry companies. Federal and Traditions are the latest team-up with the two companies joining forces to introduce a whole new approach to muzzleloading.

Federal Premium FireStick

The FireStick looks to make muzzleloading easier. (Photo: Federal)

Federal’s patented and proprietary FireStick driver of this new ignition system encapsulates the propellant—Hodgdon Triple Eight granular powder–inside a polymer “shell” that charges the load much like a cartridge from the breech. The projectile itself will still be loaded from the muzzle, thus maintaining the legality, in most areas, of the traditional muzzleloading platform. Because the powder is enclosed, it is much more impervious to moisture, a bane of traditional muzzeloading loose powders or even pellets. Internal company testing has shown more consistent shot-to-shot accuracy by eliminating many of the environmental variables.

Because of the way it’s built, FireStick unloads quickly by slipping it out of the “chamber,” thus eliminating the need to discharge and clean the rifle after each hunt. Naturally, Federal Premium FireStick is optimized for use with their Trophy Copper or Lead Tipped muzzleloader bullets.

A 209 primer is inserted by the shooter into the end of the FireStick, thus charging the entire system. Federal recommends use of their 209 Muzzleloading Primers, though standard 209’s are also advertised to work. Rather than removing the primer at the end of each hunt, the primer can remain in place while the hunter instead removes the entire FireStick. Federal Premium FireSticks will be available in either 100-grain or 120-grain options with an MSRP of $26.95 for 10-round packs.

Traditions NitroFire Rifle

(Photo: Kristin Alberts/

The advent of a new ignition system for muzzleloaders necessitates the design of a new rifle. Enter the Traditions NitroFire 50-caliber rifle. The breech of the NitroFire is designed specifically to accommodate the polymer FireStick charges. Because the bullet loads from the muzzle and must be primed by the shooter, the rifle is still technically a muzzleloader and does not require an FFL Form 4473.

The rifle’s barrel is essentially designed with a bullet shelf so that the projectile seats in the same spot each time. This eliminates a common problem with standard muzzleloaders whereby hastily rushed loading could result in crushed pelletized charges or improper bullet seating. Technically, the design offers greater safety, as it can quickly be unloaded by removing the FireStick – perfect for climbing into a treestand, crossing a fence or entering a vehicle. Because there’s no breech plug, the NitroFire is also easier to clean and maintain.

The initial launch at 2020 SHOT Show is for a single model of the Traditions NitroFire, though the company is rumored to be working on several other rifles at various price points to accommodate a wider range of customers.

The NitroFire rifles and Federal Premium FireSticks will begin shipping in mid-2020 in time for the Fall hunting seasons.

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Kalashnikov USA Shows Off New KR-103 7.62x39mm AK

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 00:20

Florida-based Kalashnikov USA brought its new KR-103 rifle in 7.62x39mm to SHOT Show in Las Vegas this month.

While the company has offered a number of 9mm and 12 gauge platforms in past years, the move to a more classic Kalash caliber is no doubt welcome, judging from the reaction at K-USA’s booth. Teased as far back as 2016, the new KR-103 is 100 % U.S.-made down to the muzzle brake, screws and cleaning rod.

“This is not just a copy of the Russian gun,” Jonathan Mossberg, K-USA’s president told, explaining that, “from top to bottom” all of the components are made domestically to deliver as close as possible to a legit consumer AK-103 to Americans. “It’s never been done,” he said.

Jonathan Mossberg with the K-USA KR-103 (Photos: Chris Eger/

For those who want to know, the new KR-103 will have 5.5mm forged trunnions. Further, it will be compatible with most AKM and AK74 parts and accessories.

The K-USA KR-103 is correct to the Kalashnikov AK-103 down to the original font on the rear sight, albeit in a semi-auto format.

The rifle has a 16.25-inch button-broached chrome-lined and threaded (24mm x1.5 RH pitch) barrel along with fixed black synthetic furniture and a smooth top cover. The overall length is 37-inches while weight is 6.24-pounds.

Other variants, including side-folders, wood furniture models, shorties and guns in other calibers– 5.56 NATO and 5.45– will be inbound in the future.

The KR-103 comes complete with a factory side-rail for optics, 1,000m sights, and a single 30-round mag. It will be available within the next 60 to 90 days with an MSRP of $1,050. This should translate to a price at retailers closer to the $950ish neighborhood.


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Ruger’s New Rimfire LCP II: The Lite Rack 22LR

Sun, 01/26/2020 - 23:16

A pocket .22LR that is easy to manipulate, Ruger’s new Lite Rack takes its popular LCP II platform and ditches .380 ACP for the rimfire round.

With the same profile as the more familiar .380, the Lite Rack gets its name from the fact that it has an easy to charge slide. Further, instead of the 6+1 capacity of the larger caliber LCP II, the .22LR version has a larger 10+1 single stack magazine capacity.

Just like a standard LCP II, but in .22LR with a blowback action, making it an ideal trainer pistol for that pocket rocket. (Photos: Chris Eger/

When it comes to specs, the stainless steel 2.75-inch barrel translates to an overall length of 5.2-inches. Weight is 11.2-ounces. Width is a downright slim 0.81-inches while height is 4-inches flat. Importantly, this makes it roughly comparable to the Beretta M21 Bobcat or the Taurus PT-22, both micro-compact rimfires commonly sold for pocket carry.

Other features include a manual safety located on the left side of the frame– a first for the LCP series– that pushes forward to fire. Integral to the slide is fixed front and rear sights, while the hammer is recessed within the slide.

The Ruger Lite Rack LCP II has a push-forward manual safety, a magazine disconnect, a neutrally balanced sear with significant engagement and strong spring tension, and a hammer catch to help prevent the hammer from contacting the firing pin unless the trigger is pulled.

MSRP on the Ruger Lite Rack LCP II .22LR is $349, a figure that will no doubt be lower at retailers. The pistol ships with one, 10-round magazine, as well as a magazine loader.


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A Look the New Heckler & Koch SP5 9mm Pistol

Sun, 01/26/2020 - 23:05

With a paddle-mag release and threaded, tri-lug barrel as standard features, the new HK SP5 is the pistol MP5 fans have wanted for years.

Announced just before last Christmas, the new 9mm pistol has an 8.86-inch Navy type barrel with a fluted chamber and a chrome-lined bore. Further, it uses the same roller-delayed blowback operating system that has been HK’s hallmark for generations and, in fact, is German-made on the same line in Oberndorf as the historic MP5.

The new HK SP5 screams to be turned into an SBR (Photos: Chris Eger/

When it comes to specs, overall length is 17.8-inches with a 10.2-inch sight radius, while weight is 5.1-pounds without the mag. The chrome-lined hammer-forged barrel uses a 6-groove right-hand twist. Width is 2.48-inches. Height is 8.66-inches.

HK had several SP5s at SHOT Show this month rigged up in a variety of SBR variants in addition to the factory standard pistol model

Which would make it as close as you can get to a German-made MP5, but without the extra click on the select-fire switch

MSRP is $2,799 but comes with a soft case, lifetime warranty, and two mags with a choice between factory 30-rounders or 10s depending on state restrictions. For perspective, that’s the same cost as the company’s older SP5K offering which falls a lot shorter in features. Meanwhile, it is a good bit more expensive than the domestically-made PTR9 clone, which has been updated with M-LOK and Picatinny. 

Availability, for the near future at least, is still pending, in typical HK fashion.


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Hi-Point Offers Update on YC9

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 09:29

Debuting under a glass case at SHOT Show 2019, Hi-Point was on hand this year with a pre-production model of its YC9 pistol.

The YC9 sports some interesting features most consumers might not expect from a Hi-Point. Attempting to pile in what the people want, the company equipped the pistol with a 1/2 x 28 threaded barrel, removable front sight and elongated sight base that supports the addition of a Picatinny rail for red dots.

The YC9 is slated for potential release later in 2020. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The design offers a threaded barrel and grip safety. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

In addition, the YCP is outfitted with an ambidextrous mag release, grip safety and some new retexturing on the grip. Hi-Point also took a stab at a little customization, serving up a backstrap that can fit either flush or be turned around to offer a little more girth for that grip.

No exact ship date has been set for the YC9 but the company told they hope to see it ship later in 2020. MSRP is projected to hover around a very affordable $200.


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Springfield Armory Unveils New Saint Edge PDW, XD-M Elite

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 09:14

Springfield Armory arrived at SHOT Show in Las Vegas with a bevy of new products but one, in particular, caught the eye of many attendees — the Edge PDW chambered in 5.56mm.

Featuring a 5.5-inch barrel surrounded by a free-float handguard, the Edge PDW is outfitted with a Maxim Defense SEW Brace with an adjustable length of pull. Keeping to the compact theme, the Edge PDW also boasts the shorter Reptilia CQG pistol grip. All-in-all the PDW measure 18.75-inches fully collapsed. The Edge PDW opts for a 20-round PMAG.

(Photo: Jacki Billings/

For comfort, Springfield added a Maxim Defense Muzzle Device that redirects pressure for a more pleasant shooting experience.

“If you are concerned about shooting a 5.5-inch barrel and having a potentially uncomfortable shooting experience, I am here to tell you that’s actually not the case,” Stefany Reese of Springfield Armory told “The Maxim Defense Muzzle Device system actually propels all of the pressure forward and really reduces recoil.”

MSRP is expected to fall around $1,699 with an expected ship date sometime in Spring 2020.

Also new to Springfield is the XD-M Elite series pistols. Offered in four models — a 3.8-inch, 4.5-inch, 4.5-inch Tactical OSP and 5.25-inch Precision — the Elite series offers a full-size, polymer build. Chambered in 9mm, the pistol series delivers an ambidextrous slide stop, redesigned slide serrations and an extended magazine with 22-round capacity.

The XD-M comes in an optics ready model, above, as well as a standard model, below. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

(Photo: Jacki Billings/

Springfield says the best part of the Elite XD-M platform comes down to its META trigger. The Match Enhanced Trigger Assembly brings a flat-faced design to the table with an integral overtravel stop.

“The META improves trigger travel and just a comfortable, crisp, clean trigger pull and comfortable shooting experience,” Reese said.

The XD-M Elite series starts around $560.

The Hellcat OSP. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Despite its launch occurring in 2019, Springfield prominently featured its Hellcat at SHOT Show, showcasing both the standard and the OSP models. With a capacity of 11+1 or 13+1 with an extended magazine, the Hellcat comes chambered in 9mm.

“This pistol that we released has been getting a ton of great responses from our customers,” Reese said.

The OSP model is devoted to red dots with an optics ready design while the standard model offers a more simplistic approach. Both include “adaptive grip texture” and high visibility sights. The Hellcat is priced at $599.


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Henry Goes Rogue: X Model Lever Action

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 09:01

Sneaking into the Federal booth, Henry debuted its new X line.(Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Henry Repeating Arms, a company usually absent at SHOT Show, made big waves despite its lack of a booth presence. Not only did the traditional lever gun company partner with Federal ammunition to offer a line of rifle ammunition designed specifically for hunting with lever action rifles in the new HammerDown, but they also showed off a new model family of modern lever guns – meet the X Model.

While purists are likely to eschew its more subdued tactical dress, the X fills a market of modern customers craving such features on the reliable and smooth Henry action. The X line will essentially be available on select existing models of Henry lever guns. All X’s will wear black synthetic furniture, lending it a more practical or tacti-cool appearance. Every stock offers both M-LOK and Picatinny attachment points, as well as molded-in sling studs.

The X series was debuted alongside Federal’s HammerDown ammo. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

The rifle features black synthetic furniture. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

The X offerings will be included in the Big Boy series, a .45-70 rifle and .410 Shotgun. Each will have the same stocks, threaded barrels (threaded for choke tubes on the shotgun), be drilled and tapped for optics mounting, and feature side-gates as well as tubular feed. Contrasting fiber optic sights also differentiate the X from other models. The initial calibers for the X Model include .357 Mag, .44 Mag, .45 Colt, .45-70 Govt and .410 shotgun.

Love the changes or not, the other features—like a threaded barrel—are nice to have. What really steals the show, however, is the side loading gate design now being offered up as Mr. X, which means shooters get side gate options in calibers like the .357 Mag, .44 Mag and .45 Colt. In addition, the X offers a much more muted finish in the side gate rifle line, as opposed to the highly polished brass models introduced last year.

The series sports a threaded barrel. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

The rifle also offers Henry’s smooth action. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Whether plinking with a can or doing some high-volume, suppressed, night vision hog hunts in Texas, or anything in between, the X Model may not be for every shooter, but rest assured it will find an anxious market. Like all Henry rifles, the X is made entirely in the USA. Though just announced, the X is ready to ship in all configurations.


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Colt Python Reboot for 2020 Goes the Distance at SHOT Show

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 07:11

The updated and recently-reintroduced Colt Python .357 Magnum revolver was the topic of many conversations at SHOT Show.

Long whispered about on Colt forums and formally announced earlier this month, the rebooted Python is new for 2020 after a 15-year hiatus. Available in stainless 4.25-inch and 6-inch variants, the guns have been much updated from the old hand-fitted snake guns of the now-classic Python line. The new guns are reportedly stronger, more durable and made to tighter tolerances than the Python of old.

The “semi-bright” stainless finish on the new Colt Python after running hundreds of rounds on Industry Day. Colt tells us they fed the two shooting models on hand Monday over 4,000 rounds with no issues. (Photos: Chris Eger/

When are the blued models coming? It is on the radar, Colt tells us, informing that some 2,200 of the new models have already shipped out to distributors with more on the way.

Changes that came as part of the reboot included re-designing the internals to trim the number of parts (14 less to be exact), thus streamlining the trigger group, while improvements were made to reinforce the new Python through the use of stronger stainless steel alloys. The results say Colt, is that the upcoming Python has a smooth-as-butter trigger, and is more reliable, easier to maintain, and more robust.

“The testing process included over 40,000 trigger pulls on a single Python,” said Colt in a statement. “Trigger pull scans show lighter trigger pull weights, less friction and increased consistency, re-enforcing the Python’s reputation as a gun that can be heavily used and passed down through generations.”


Other features include a recessed target crown, user-interchangeable front sight with a red ramp, an adjustable rear, and an updated walnut grip with a gold Colt medallion. The double-action trigger pull is listed as 7-to-9.5 pounds. The overall width is 1.55-inches while the height is 5.5-inches. The barrels are both 1:14 LH twist with 6 grooves.

The new Colt Python .357 Magnum is set to retail for $1499 MSRP. This puts the Python about $200 more than the Colt Bright Cobra and in about the same price range as the Dan Wesson 715 and S&W Competitor Performance 686.

How is the new Colt Python going to affect prices and values on classic 20th Century Pythons? Likely not at all for collectible guns in excellent shape which should indeed remain collectible. However, guys trying to hawk beat-up shooter-grade snakes for more than the cost of a new Python may be fighting an uphill battle. Nonetheless, it looks like Colt is on track to keep embracing their wheelgun past, and the public loves it.

The Colt Python of the 2020s…(Photo: Ben Philippi/

And as for AR-15s for the commercial market? Colt tells us you can bet that is going to resume once the company’s current rifle production line gets some breathing room on their current full plate of military contracts. Stay tuned.

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CZ Debuts New Bren 2 Ms Carbine Series in 5.56 NATO

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 06:16

With a carbon-fiber side-folding stock and aluminum upper, the CZ Bren Ms carbine is light and compact. It is also new to the U.S. (Photos: Chris Eger/

Kansas City-based CZ-USA this week introduced the world to their new 5.56 NATO Bren 2 Ms in a long-awaited carbine format.

While the Bren 2 first popped up as a pistol, the new carbine is fully 922(r) compliant and runs a 16.5-inch barrel with an adjustable side-folding stock, although other models are on the horizon.

Derived from the company’s select-fire Bren 2, a modular combat rifle in the same vein as the FN SCAR, Remington/Bushmaster ACR (nee Magpul Masada), Radom FB MSBS Grot and Serbu Diabolus, the Czech-made gun uses a carbon-fiber lower and stock mated to a lightweight aluminum upper.

As the short-stroke gas piston system does not use a buffer tube unlike an AR-15 platform, the folding stock is a big bonus.

When it comes to specs, the 35.6-inch long carbine, which is about the same length as a Ruger Mini-14 Ranch rifle, shrinks down to 28 inches with the stock folded. Weight is just above 7-pounds.

The “Ms” designation means the carbine uses a modular forend that can be swapped to different lengths or styles based on user preference.

When it comes to surface controls, the non-reciprocating charging handle– which can double as a forward assist– stays stowed in the forward position when not in use and is swappable from side to side. The AR-style bolt catch is mirrored on both sides of the receiver while the mag release and safety are also fully ambi.

CZ had the Bren 2 carbine in multiple formats at SHOT Show, including a 7.62 NATO version, which they say is currently only speculative.

The Bren 2 Ms ships with a single 30-round mag and has an MSRP of $1,999. The Bren 2 Ms pistol series, which have the same MSRP, typically retail for about $1750.


For more information direct from the floor at SHOT Show 2020, watch this space. 

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A Look at Glock’s New $359 22LR Pistol: the G44

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 09:29 dropped in with Glock to check out the new G44 .22LR pistol and got the low-down on the platform from pro shooter Ashley Rheuark.

Rheuark, a world-ranked competitor who joined Team Glock in 2017, talked to us about the company’s first rimfire handgun, which uses a hybrid polymer/steel slide on a frame that mimics the popular Glock G19. A doppelganger for the 9mm G19, the G44 makes a great trainer in addition to being a solid plinker.

With a 4.02-inch barrel, the overall length of the G44 is 7.28-inches– almost the exact size as the G19. The G44 has a 10-round magazine (Photo: Chris Eger/

Using a 4.02-inch barrel which produces an overall length of 7.28-inches– the G44 takes up the same metric as Glock’s most common 9mm mid-size. Likewise, both pistols have the same 5.04-inch height, a factor which means most G19 holsters will work for the G44, should you want to carry the .22LR.

MSRP on the G44 is $430, but we currently stock them at $359.


For a deeper dive on the G44, which we put 2,200 rounds through in testing, check out our review, here.

For more information direct from the floor at SHOT Show 2020, watch this space. 

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Savage Enters New Categories in 2020

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 03:00

Savage Arms enters 2020 under new leadership. No longer under the Vista Outdoor family of brands, Savage is now its own firearm-centric animal. Judging by the bevy of new product announcements the company is not sitting back on its haunches. Here are our favorite arms on display at the Savage booth at SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Savage Renegauge Shotgun

The Savage Renegauge on range day. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Savage not only dips its toe but goes headlong into the waters with not one or two, but six models of semi-automatic shotguns. Not since the company produced a brief run of Auto-5 spin-offs has Savage built semi-auto scatterguns – and that might just be one of the most interesting aspects.

The Renegauge’s self-regulating dual valve gas system allows the gun to cycle both light and heavy loads, from the lightest 2-3/4-inch target loads up to the magnum threes, limited only by the 3-inch chamber. Savage modifies the AccuFit stock system design to include three each of interchangeable gel-feel recoil pads for customizing both LOP and comb height.

(Photo: Kristin Alberts/

The initial launch is all 12-gauge synthetic with a pair of Field models in black synthetic, featuring either 26- or 28-inch barrels. The rest of the lineup is covered in some variation of Mossy Oak camouflage. There’s a pair of Turkey takers, both with 24-inch barrels, one Bottomland and the other Obsession. Lastly, the pair of Waterfowl variants, both dressed in Shadow Grass Blades, come with either 26- or 28-inch barrels. Regardless of appearance, each comes with three Beretta/Benelli-style choke tubes and will initially retail from $1,449 to $1,549.

Savage 110 Ultralight Rifle

The Ultralight 110 is a lightweight action model. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Though Savage debuted what seemed like dozens of 110 bolt-action rifle models over the last few years– there were models for long-range, hogs, all-weather–yet one thing seemed to be missing: a true super-light model for serious backcountry and mountain hunters. At the dawning of a new decade, the company delivers in a big way with the 110 Ultralight. Savage has teamed up with PROOF Research to create a carbon fiber wrapped stainless steel barrel and Melonite skeletonized receiver all intended to greatly shave weight from the platform. The new Savage Ultralight rifles weigh in at a scant 5.8- to 5.85-pounds, making them a dream to carry at elevation on mountain hunts or through rugged backcountry terrain where every pound counts.

The new 110 Ultralight maintains the incredibly popular AccuFit adjustable stock system and user-adjustable AccuTrigger. There’s also a spiral fluted bolt and 5/8-24 threaded muzzle with a flush fit end cap. The detachable box magazine will hold either two or four rounds, depending on caliber. Chamberings include: .308 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor, .280 Ackley, .270 Win, .30-06 Spfld, .300 WSM, 6.5 PRC, and 28 Nosler. MSRP at the time of launch, regardless of caliber, will be $1,499.

555 Trap

The 555 Trap, bottom, features a smooth look. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Stevens—a division of Savage—builds on its successful 555 line of affordable over-under shotguns with a single barrel trap model. The new 555 Trap is a top-single barrel shotgun with a three-inch chamber, chrome-lined bore, and raised ventilated rib. The aluminum receiver makes the gun quite lightweight, is scaled to gauge, and reinforced with steel at the breech.

The Trap wears Turkish Walnut stocks with an adjustable comb. Both Standard and Compact models will be available in either 12- or 20-gauge. Standards come fitted with a 30-inch barrel while the Compact sports a 26-inch barrel and shorter length of pull. Each shotgun includes a set of three choke tubes. Regardless of configuration, the 555 Trap will retail for a reasonable $689.

110 Elite Precision

The Elite Precision, top, is built for competition. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Savage is going for domination in the precision shooting market with rifles at every price point in all the most desirable calibers. The 110 Elite Precision, however, is the best of the best. The Elite is a purpose-built, fully-customizable competition rifle built on a factory blueprinted action. Savage partnered with Modular Driven Technologies (MDT) to offer the LSS XL Chassis with FDE Cerakote. The skeletonized stock features a fully adjustable comb height and length of pull.

There’s the user-adjustable AccuTrigger as well as a 20MOA EGW rail for the optimum scope mounting. The initial launch of calibers includes: .308 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor, .300 Win Mag, and .338 Lapua Mag. The rifles wear either 20-inch (.308) or 24-inch (6.5, .300, .338) barrels topped with a BA muzzle brake. Each ship with an AICS magazine of either five or ten-round capacity, depending on chambering. MSRP is set at $1,499.

Axis II Precision

While the new 110 Elite Precision rifle steals the show with its feature-loaded build intended for serious competition shooting, it also carries a steep price tag. For $550 less in MSRP, shooters looking to get into precision shooting performance without breaking the bank, Savage offers the new Axis Precision line of bolt action chassis rifles. Savage partnered with Modular Driven Technologies (MDT) to offer an aluminum chassis with olive drab injection-molded skin. Both the comb height and length of pull are adjustable. An M-LOK forend offers multiple accessory mounting options.

The Axis II Precision retails for $949 regardless of calibers, which include .223, .243, .308, 6.5 Creedmoor, .30-06 and .270. Each rifle wears a 22-inch button-rifled threaded heavy barrel and ships with a 10-round detachable AICS magazine.

Rimfire Minimalist Series

The Minimalist offers rimfire addicts more options when chasing varmints. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Savage hasn’t forgotten about rimfire plinkers and small-gamers in 2020. The new Minimalist rifles include three models, each available with either brown or green laminate stocks showing modern cuts and weight-saving shavings. The Mark II Minimalist comes in .22LR with an 18-inch carbon steel barrel that is threaded and capped.

The Model 93 Minimalist is for the .22 WMR shooters. It has the same 18-inch steel threaded barrel as well as the AccuTrigger. Like the aforementioned, the 93R17 Minimalist carries the same features but is chambered for .17 HMR. Each of the Minimalist versions will introduce with an MSRP of $349.


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Mossberg Makes Major Additions to All Platforms

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 10:10

Mossberg was on deck at SHOT Show 2020 with some new products that livened up the show floor. From the Miculek approved autoloading shotgun to new pistols, was on hand to check out all the new goods.

940 JM Pro

The competition-grade autoloading shotgun is Mossberg’s biggest news of the year. With heavy input from professional shooters Jerry Miculek and daughter Lena, the 940 JM Pro is purpose-built for high-capacity, high-volume, rapid fire. The shotgun holds 9+1 rounds, has a three-inch chamber, and ships with a set of Briley choke tubes. Length of pull (LOP) is adjustable from 13- to 14.25-inches. The 24-inch barrel is topped with a fiber optic front sight. Two models are launching simultaneously — one black synthetic with gold trim detail and the other more muted with Black Multicam. MSRP is the same at $1,015.

MC1sc and MC2c models

With Mossberg’s first serious semi-auto pistol making its home in a crowded market last year, the company advances the lineup in 2020. The number of new additions include both cosmetic and performance-based variations. There’s a stainless covered in Flat Dark Earth DLC, as well as a two-tone stainless with cross-bolt safety options. Perhaps the hottest—and most attractive of the lot—is a MC1sc TruGlo Tritium Pro version that is both coated with FDE DLC and topped with the exceptional night sights.

In addition to the MC1sc models, Mossberg also unleashed the MC2c onto the masses. Chambered in 9mm and featuring a capacity of 13+1 with the flush fit mag and 15+1 with the extended, the MC2c comes in five total configurations.

SA 410 Field & Turkey

Building on the booming success of .410 shotguns for hunting—especially turkeys by baby bore—Mossberg introduces a pair of new scatterguns. The semi-automatic SA-410 will be offered in both a Field and Turkey model. Each wears a 26-inch vent rib barrel and holds 4+1 rounds of three-inch .410 ammo. The Field is dressed in black synthetic while the Turkey is covered in Mossy Oak Bottomland camo.

New Calibers in Patriot lineup

(Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Mossberg’s Patriot family of bolt action rifles is wildly successful and gaining steam each year. Though there’s not much for new models, there are a host of caliber additions of which to take note. The base model Patriots are now firing .350 Legend, 7mm Rem Mag and .338 Win Mag. Meanwhile, the Patriot Predator makes additions of the .450 Bushmaster and 6.5 PRC.

Patriot LR Hunter

Long-range is the name of the game in the hunting world these days, and it was only a matter of time before Mossberg’s respected budget line of rifles joined the fray. The new LR Hunter is available in four calibers–.308 Win, 6.5 Creed, 6.5 PRC and .300 Win Mag–with 22- or 24-inch fluted and threaded barrels that are both muzzlebrake or suppressor ready. The company designed a Spider Gray wood-core, polymer coated stock for added durability, with the webbing enhancing gripability as well. Like other Patriots, the LR Hunter features the LBA adjustable trigger, spiral fluted bolt, box magazine and oversized bolt handle. Though the LR Hunter was on display at SHOT it will not begin shipping until later in the year. MSRP is rumored to be set in the $700 range.

Higher Capacity Is the Buzz Word

The Model 590 pump-action shotguns get a capacity upgrade. In addition to the seven-shot models, Mossberg is now adding nine-shot options in both 12- and 20-gauge. Some wear FLEX furniture, with others keeping standard synthetic. The JM Pro goes big with the 9+1 round capacity. Small guns also hold high volume with the Maverick line of 88 Cruiser pistols in not only standard six, but now eight round tubes.


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Walther Launches New Q4 Steel Frame for Concealed Carry

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 08:00

Walther served up new designs at SHOT Show in Las Vegas, but one of the most eye-catching came by way of the new Q4 Steel Frame pistol.

Based on the Q5 design, the Q4 sports a 4-inch barrel on an overall 7.4-inch length. Weighing 39.7-ounces, the 9mm chambered pistol shaves off some unneeded bulk so it easily slips into a concealed carry setup. Walther competition shooter Gabby Franco told that the Q5 notably sports an aggressive beavertail perfect for competition shooting but that beavertail isn’t so great on concealment. The company, in turn, shaved down the beavertail to offer a more discreet carry option.

The Q4 Steel Frame is designed with concealed carry in mind sporting a 4-inch barrel. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The Q4 also boasts an optics ready model cut for red dots. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Gabby Franco tearing the range up at the Walther booth. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

“For conceal and carry, [Walther] removed a lot of material from the Q5 to make it a more low profile. It also works for some law enforcement officers which is great,” Franco said.

The Q4 comes in two flavors — a standard model and optics ready variant. The standard model opts for night sights while the optics ready version boasts a slide cut for popular red dots.

The Q4 Steel Frame retails for $1,399 while the Optics Ready version comes in at $1,499.

The CCP M2 now comes in .380 ACP. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

In addition to the Q4, Walther also launched a new CCP M2 chambered in .380 ACP. Using a 3.54-inch barrel on a 6.41-inch frame, the .380 ACP CCP M2 offers a capacity of 8+1. Weighing 19.4-ounces, the pistol looks to offer .380 fans a means to easily concealed carry.

Franco told that due to Soft Coil Technology, the pistol is not only easy to manipulate but also reduces recoil when firing.

“I kid you not, people thought this pistol felt like a .22 caliber gun,” Franco said.

The new CCP M2 in .380 retails for $469.


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5.11 Tactical Brings New Tac Gear to SHOT Show 2020

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 07:58

5.11 Tactical was on hand to show off its latest digs. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

5.11 Tactical showcased an array of new products at SHOT Show 2020, debuting everything from new apparel to vehicle-specific tactical gear.

As always there was plenty of apparel on hand for both men and women with the most notable additions to the lineup coming in the form of shoes. The A.T.L.A.S. Footwear collection, set to officially debut in Spring 2020, offers a comfortable yet durable design for wearers on the go.

The A.T.L.A.S. footwear line is designed for wearers in search of comfort and durability.(Photo: Jacki Billings/

The All Terrain Load Assistance System is available in 8-inch and mid-heights and uses the Echo and Force foam midsole. This construction grants comfort and support to wearers toting heavy gear. Available in black and an FDE style, the A.T.L.A.S starts around $139.

In addition to shoes, 5.11 Tactical introduced new apparel into both its women’s and men’s lineup. New additions include a faux-leather jacket for women set to arrive in the fall as well as new pants for both range and streetwear.

The ladies line sees the addition of a new faux-leather jacket that will launch in Fall 2020. MSRP is expected to be around $139. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

New ladies pants that feature a magnetic closure on the pockets. Yes, pockets! (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Men’s apparel gets a boost with a new undershirt designed to look like a traditional crew neck t-shirt; but, when revealed the shirt showcases two holsters for concealed carry. 5.11 Tactical said that many men have requested a more discreet carry shirt and pairing a t-shirt top with the mesh material on the mid-section marries fashion with functionality.

The new undershirt for men looks like a traditional crew neck but wait there’s more… (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The undershirt is actually equipped with holsters for concealed carry but forgoes that tactical, mesh look up top in favor of a t-shirt aesthetic. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The tactical kilt is back for men! (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Apparel wasn’t the only side of the 5.11 Tactical house getting upgrades, the company also launched more vehicle ready tac gear. The Vehicle Ready Hexgrid Seat and Headrest Platform allows users to stow med kits, spare mags, tactical gear inside the car in a manner that is not only easy to reach but easy to grab. Using Hexgrid technology, passengers can remove what they need from just about any angle. Additionally, the system is designed so that it can be easily folded up and taken on the go should you need to transition into a new car.

The Vehicle Ready Hexgrid Seat and Headrest Platform stows all your gear at the ready while you’re on the road. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

For its vehicle lineup, 5.11 Tactical offers large storage totes to carry all your necessary gear on the go. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

5.11 Tactical is also offering headlamps this year. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

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Smith & Wesson Introduces New Models into Pistol Lineup

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 07:00

Smith & Wesson churned out new pistols models for 9mm aficionados, adding a Performance Center 5-inch M&P M2.0 competition variant and a Shield EZ 2.0 to its lineup.

The Performance Center M&P M2.0 Competition features a bevy of upgrades ideal for competition, according to Smith & Wesson pro shooter Jerry Miculek. The ported handgun opts for fiber optic sights and a stainless steel slide with C.O.R.E cuts.

The slide is ported to lighten the load. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The pistol follows a familiar theme this year, boasting an optics ready design. Miculek told it supports several different brands of red dots, accommodating most major ones on the market. The pistol has been upgraded with advanced texturing and four interchangeable backstraps. Measuring 8.5-inches in overall length, the Performance Center M&P M2.0 Pistol offers a 5-inch barrel, 28.6-ounce weight, and 17+1 capacity.

“It’s just an enhanced product, top to bottom, and a really good shooter,” Miculek told

The Performance Center M&P M2.0 Ported 5-inch C.O.R.E. in 9mm retails for $735.

The new model boasts an optics ready design. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The Performance Center M&P M2.0 5-inch C.O.R.E on display at Smith & Wesson. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

In addition to the new Performance Center model, Smith & Wesson introduced a new model into its Shield EZ series, adding a highly anticipated 9mm variant. The EZ first debuted in 2018 as a .380 ACP model but demand for a larger caliber version pushed the company to introduce a 9mm model.

The Shield EZ 9mm features an overall length of 6.8-inches with a 3.675-inch barrel length. Opting for white dot sights, the polymer pistol weighs 23.2-ounces with a capacity of 8+1. Miculek told that the EZ is perfect for those with less grip strength who find traditional gun slides tough to manipulate.

The Shield EZ in 9mm. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The Smith & Wesson Shield EZ in 9mm. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

“This is designed for people who don’t have the dexterity of a Navy Seal to work a slide,” Miculek joked. “The reason they call it an EZ, all the features on it are easy to work.”

The M&P9 Shield EZ retails for $479.


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