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Alien Among Us: Czech Laugo Arms Competition Pistol Enters U.S. Market

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 06:16

A distinctive and interesting new European pistol design has landed a U.S. distributor and will soon be headed to shelves.

Pennsylvania-based Lancer Systems, probably best known in the gun community for their various magazine offerings, announced at SHOT Show 2020 they have teamed up with Czech gunmaker Laugo Arms to market the latter’s Alien pistol in the states.

Designed by Jan Lucansky, who previously gave the world the CZ Skorpion EVO3 series, the hand-fitted Alien first debuted last year at the IWA Outdoor Classics trade show in Nuremberg, Germany and was accepted into the IPSC’s list of Production Divison approved pistols.

The 9mm semi-auto has what is billed as the lowest bore axis available on a handgun, with the positioning of its fixed barrel some 1.7mm below the line of the grip axis. (Photos: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

With an overall length of 8.2-inches, the Alien yields a 7.3-inch sight radius and 4.8-inch barrel length. The top plates can be easily swapped out due to the slide’s design.

With a standard 17+1 round capacity, the gun weighs in at 39.6-ounces with an empty magazine.

To help get that low bore axis, the Alien has very different internals, or at least they are arranged differently with the recoil spring above the fixed barrel, not unlike the Czech-made Frommer Stop series of pistols from the 1900s.

Lancer will first be marketing the $5K Laugo Alien Signature Edition pistol which comes complete with a trio of 17-round magazines, both an iron sight and optics-ready top rail, an enhanced magwell, Laugo-branded 6 MOA red dot, Elornis adjustable competition holster and custom hard case.

Only Alien Signature 500 pieces are being produced, with each numbered pistol bearing the engraved signature of famed firearms designer, Jan Lucansky.

The standard model Alien, which comes with a more modest accessory loadout, is price and availability TBD.

Regardless of obvious detractors like price and limited initial availability, you have to admit the Alien is very distinctive in profile.

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

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New Ruger 57 5.7x28mm Pistol a Hit at SHOT Show

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 05:27

Ruger’s new 57 pistol, which aims to take the 5.7x28mm cartridge from a niche caliber to more mainstream use, was popular at SHOT Show in Las Vegas this week.

Announced earlier this month, the industry trade show was the first chance that much of the firearms community had to lay hands on the gun and the lines to see the new Ruger were long.

When it comes to specs, the new 20+1 capacity pistol has a 5-inch barrel with an overall length of 8.65-inches and a weight of 24.5-ounces. Of note, that makes it almost a dead ringer for FN’s Five-seveN pistol, which was developed in the early 1990s for its eponymous cartridge. (Photos: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

The Ruger 57 has a windage and elevation adjustable serrated rear sight and a rapid acquisition fiber optic front sight. Additionally, the slide is drilled and tapped for use with a separately available optic adapter plate.

Other features include a Picatinny-style accessory rail for lights and lasers and a Secure Action fire control with what Ruger bills as a “short, crisp trigger pull and positive reset.”

Where the Ruger 57 makes a radical departure from the FN Five-seveN is in price, with the Ruger pistol carrying an MSRP of $799 against the FN’s $1,435 (which is closer to $1100 at retailers).

The Ruger pistol comes amid an apparent wave of renewed interest in the round, which has been on the market decades, but had few courters outside of FN’s products, some AR builds and the Excel Arms Accelerator ($534).

Other new 5.7-chambered guns at SHOT include the Diamondback DBX, an AR-style pistol with a folding Tailhook brace, and a model of the CMMG Banshee. Speer also introduced a new 40-grain 5.7x28mm Gold Dot Hollow Point load for the round, which they advised worked well in the Ruger 57 at Industry Range Day this week

Speer Gold Dot in 5.7x28mm (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

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Marines Award $10 Million Contract for Polymer-Cased .50 Cal Rounds

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 04:49

A U.S. Marine with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, mans an M2 .50 caliber heavy machinegun at an undisclosed location in Syria, October. 16, 2019. (Photo: Sgt. Branden J. Bourque/USMC)

A Mississippi munitions company got a $10 million nod last week from the Marines to supply an array of updated .50 caliber ammunition.

MAC LLC of Bay St. Louis was awarded a $9,998,493 contract last Friday for up to 2.4 million rounds of MK323 Mod 0 polymer cased .50 caliber linked cartridges, and .50 caliber armor-piercing/incendiary polymer cased linked cartridges, announced the Department of Defense. Established in 2007, MAC has been developing lightweight ammo, ranging from 5.56mm to .50 caliber, for the military ever since.

MAC Ammo’s .50-caliber polymer cased rounds weigh in as much as 30 percent less than brass-cased equivalents (Photo: Hancock County, Mississippi)

Their .50-caliber round uses an advanced polymer caselet over a metal cap to reduce ammo weight by as much as 30 percent and provide cooler chamber temperatures, ejecting cool-to-the-touch cases. In real terms, this allows 499 rounds of polymer-cased MAC A-50 to weigh the same amount– 100-pounds– as 401 rounds of M33 ball. According to the company, no modifications are necessary for weapons or procedures. when using their polymer-cased cartridges.

As noted in the below video from the Marine Corps System Command, Lt. Col. Bill Lanham and John Carpenter with Program Manager for Ammunition weigh in on the benefits of poly-cased .50 cal ammo. Among these is that a 100-round belt is some 7-pounds lighter when using the updated ammo.

The Pentagon has long been interested in trimming the weight from traditional brass-cased ammo. One long-running project, spearheaded by defense giant Textron, is the Lightweight Small Arms Technology program for the Army. LSAT uses 5.56 mm and 7.62 mm cased telescoped rounds as well as 5.56 mm caseless and has been underway in one form or another since 2004.

Similarly, the Army’s new 6.8mm (.277 caliber) round as used in the service’s Next Generation Weapon System platform, which is designed to replace the M4 and M249, has seen some bidders go polymer.  General Dynamics Ordnance & Tactical Systems, which is working with True Velocity and Beretta, recently showed off their new RM277 NGSW platform, a bullpup with lots of modularity. Notably, the gun uses True Velocity’s 6.8mm composite-cased cartridge, which has a “drastic reduction in cartridge weight and enhanced accuracy.”

As for the Marines’ newer and lighter .50 cal ammo, work will be performed in MAC’s Bay St. Louis facility and is expected to be completed by January 2024.

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SHOT Show: Industry Day at the Range

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 03:41

Though SHOT Show’s official start date is Tuesday, January 21,  media, exhibitors and attendees from all over the world get a sneak peek at all the new products at Industry Day at the Range. Hosted at Boulder Rifle and Pistol Club Monday, January 20, participants got their first looks and first shots on many new products debuting at SHOT Show.

As usual, Guns.com was on hand to snap a few pictures of some of our favorite things.

A range day attendee gets some time with the Walther Q4. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

The Walther Q4. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

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

Jerry Miculek pulling the trigger faster than we could snap photos. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Mossberg’s MC1sc. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Ruger debuted a ton of new products that were on display at range day. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

The Ruger MK IV Target, now making sure you stand at least a foot from the target (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

The Ruger LCP II in .22LR. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

5.7 making that comeback. Hands by Chris Eger (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Speaking of which, Florida-based Diamondback debuted their new DBX in 5.7 this week. Now that’s a 5.7 pistol! (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Shadow Systems unveiled a new pistol, the MR920, at range day. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Who doesn’t dig HK’s sweet designs? (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Let’s see that again (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Colt had a couple of NEW Pythons on hand that got a serious workout. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Speaking of neat designs, the Laugo Alien has landed in the U.S. from the Czech Republic! (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

And wait till you see what they look like on the inside (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com,)

If it’s not on the ‘Gram, did it even happen? (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Manca, Ziga, and Samo of Polenar Tactical (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Federal and CCI ammo on display. 2020 seems o be the year of the 22LR (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Punch is just one of the new offerings from Federal. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Sig Sauer hosted its own range day, inviting attendees to get some trigger time on Sig branded products. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Where we caught Max Michel and Lena Miculek, showing how it’s done (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Guns.com’s very own Ben Philippi took to the Sig range to test out some of the newer P320 models. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

These guys are easy to put down but pretty hard to kill completely, kinda like the Shot Show flu. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

In all, something on the order of 500,000 rounds were fired at Industry Day alone. Gotta bump those numbers up. Those are rookie numbers. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

For the complete details on all these and more breaking SHOT Show news, watch this space for continuous updates all week. 

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More than 22,000 Attend Peaceful 2A Rally in Richmond Virginia

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 02:52

Gun rights advocates hold that upwards of 50,000 attended the VCDL lobby day in Richmond this week. (Photo: VCDL)

As part of a rally in conjunction with the annual Virginia Citizens Defense League lobby day in Richmond, tens of thousands filled the streets.

In all, Capitol Police estimate that some 22,000 gun owners and Second Amendment advocates of all stripes were on hand Monday around the state Capitol complex. Even those numbers were very considered conservative as many reportedly were not able to get close enough to the historic downtown area to join the throng of those exercising their First Amendment right to protect their Second Amendment rights.

“Thanks to everyone who patiently waited to enter for today’s rallies & to lobby their legislators,” noted authorities. “Capitol Square & the surrounding area saw crowds of tens of thousands & only one arrest was made.”

There were no reports of injuries and the sole arrest was reportedly for a 21-year-old woman charged with wearing a mask in public– an obscure 1950s-era state law— more than an hour after the event ended.

“I cannot begin to say how absolutely great gun owners really are!” said Philip Van Cleave, VCDL president. “Not only was Lobby Day completely peaceful, had a massive turnout on a very cold, but beautiful day, but we even had support from gun owners across the country, some driving in from as far away as California. Buses from Texas, Connecticut (sponsored by the Connecticut Citizens Defense League), Florida, and many, many other states arrived, too.”

Mike from the Mr. GunsnGear channel was on-hand for Monday’s lobby day rally, passing out donated magazines, and has a report from the ground.

The reason for the high turn out is due to a raft of gun control legislation proposed by the state legislature– a body which recently switched polarity to single-party Democrat control with the help of millions from out of state anti-gun groups with deep pockets.

Three gun control bills were passed last week in the state Senate and another dozen are on tap in the House Public Safety Firearms subcommittee on Tuesday, as noted by the VCDL.

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Top Shot Champion Chris Cheng Joins Pink Pistols Board of Directors

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 07:00

Chris Cheng joins Operation Blazing Sword/Pink Pistols as a Board Member. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

Operation Blazing Swords/Pink Pistols adds a new face to its Board of Directors, welcoming Chris Cheng as its latest member.

Cheng is known for his winning appearance on the History Channel’s “Top Shot” Season 4 where he took first place, leaving with a $100,000 cash prize and the title of Top Shot. Cheng’s success continued as a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops in the 3-Gun competition arena.

“I am excited to bring my technology and business background to Operation Blazing Sword. The next chapter of queer rights has begun with more of our community realizing that the Second Amendment is a way for marginalized communities to protect ourselves from harm,” Cheng said in a press release.

Cheng’s appointment was met with enthusiasm by Operation Blazing Sword President Erin Palette who said that Cheng’s long-time support and advocacy of the LGBTQ community made him an obvious choice for the position.

“I am beyond pleased to have such an accomplished individual as Mr. Cheng joining our Board. He is the living embodiment of the principle which I have promoted since the creation of Operation Blazing Sword: that the Second Amendment is for all Americans, regardless of age, race, gender, creed, or sexuality,” Palette said in a statement. “We all have the right to defend our lives in the safest, most effective manner possible, and I am eager to see how he helps champion that cause.”

Operation Blazing Sword merged with Pink Pistols in 2018, offering more resources and support to the queer firearms community. The organization currently works to promote LGBTQ gun ownership, education, and outreach through events, partnerships, classes, and initiatives.

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Exciting New Handguns Inbound to SHOT Show 2020

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 01:57

There are a ton of new pistols and revolvers that will be showcased at SHOT Show 2020 this week and Guns.com will be bringing you the details.

Here are some of the more interesting announcements in the past few weeks that are sure to be front and center at the largest firearms industry trade show in Las Vegas, in no particular order.

HK SP5

Complete with a paddle-mag release and threaded, tri-lug barrel, the SP5 is the pistol HK MP5 fans have wanted for years. (Photos: HK)

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Heckler & Koch recently announced they finally read the letters to Santa and are introducing as close as they can get to a consumer MP5.

Dubbed the SP5, the semi-auto 9mm pistol closely matches the look and feel of the legendary MP5 submachine gun. How closely? It has an 8.86-inch Navy type barrel with threaded tri-lug adaptor, paddle magazine release, 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.

Sig Sauer M18

The Sig Sauer P320-M18 is a civilian version of the U.S. Military’s M18. (Photo: Sig Sauer)

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Sig Sauer is the latest company to divvy up military-inspired goods, launching a commercial version of its M18 pistol, aptly named the P320-M18.

Built on the P320 platform, the 9mm chambered P320-M18 opts for a 3.9-inch barrel nestled in a compact slide. The gun also boasts a carry length grip module, we’d assume to make it a more viable option for those that want to slip this in a holster incognito.

The P320-M18  is nearly identical to its military counterpart featuring black controls, coyote-tan coloring, and ambidextrous manual safety. Weighing in at 28.1-ounces, the gun sits 5.5-inches in height with an overall length of 7.2-inches.

S&W M&P Shield EZ in 9mm

The S&W Shield EZ now sports a 9mm style. (Photo: Smith & Wesson)

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Smith & Wesson’s M&P EZ Shield is going 9mm with the company announcing a new model in the series centered around the popular handgun cartridge.

The M&P EZ Shield 9mm version joins the .380 ACP variant, offering an easy to load and easy to rack design. Featuring a capacity of 8+1 rounds, the 9mm model boasts a 3.675-inch barrel, Picatinny-style rail, reversible magazine, tactile loaded chamber indicator, and one-piece, single-action trigger.

FN MRD 509 Compact

The FN 509 Compact MRD will be available in both FDE and black, optic not included. Note the front and rear slide serrations and tall co-witnessed sights. (Photo: FN)

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Billed as offering a “full-size punch in a compact package” the FN 509 Compact MRD 9mm pistol is optics ready and has a 12+1 capacity.

Using the same FN low-profile optics-mounting system as the rest of the MRD series, the Compact version accommodates most commercially available miniature red dots while featuring blackout iron sights that co-witness. Other features include a flat-face trigger, an accessory rail for compact lights, two additional backstraps to conform to different user grip sizes, and improved ambi surface controls.

Ruger GP100 Comp in 9mm

The GP100 Super Competition revolver has a high-strength PVD-coated stainless steel cylinder that is fluted and shortened to reduce overall mass and increase rotational speed. (Photo: Ruger)

RUGER GP100s OF ALL KINDS FROM $605

With an 8-round triple-locking PVD coated cylinder and target crowned 6-inch barrel, Ruger’s newest GP100 revolver is ready for serious 9mm Luger fans with competition on their minds.

Based on the Ruger Super Redhawk action, the GP100 series has long been the company’s go-to for competition and hunting wheel guns. Their newest model, which uses a cylinder and extractor cut for moon clips to speed up reloading, sports a 6-inch half-lug sleeved and shrouded barrel with an 11-degree target crown for “competitive-level” accuracy.

Ruger MK IV 22LR 10-incher

For those looking to reach out and touch a target when plinking or small game hunting, Ruger is now offering 10-inch barrels on their Mark IV Target model .22s. (Photo: Ruger)

SEE RUGER MARK IV PISTOLS FROM $324.50

Ruger is stretching out their Mark IV Target .22LR pistols to include models that come standard with a 10-inch bull barrel.

Building on the company’s legacy of rimfire semi-auto target pistols, the new guns still use the standard Mark IV one-button takedown for quick and easy field-stripping with no tools. Coupled with a one-piece precision CNC-machined grip frame, the 10-inch barrel is near twice the length of the model’s typical 5.5-inch barrel variant. Even Ruger’s Mark IV Hunter and Competiton models only offer a 6.88-inch barrel.

Ruger LCP-II Lite Rack 22LR

Pitched as either a trainer pistol for a standard LCP or a pocket pistol in its own right, the new .22LR Lite Rack LCP II was announced this week. (Photo: Ruger)

LCP For Sale

A rimfire version of the company’s well-liked .380 ACP pocket pistol, the new Ruger Lite Rack LCP II is chambered in .22LR.

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 10+1 single stack magazine capacity.

Ruger 57

Billed at being roughly half the price of an FN Five-SeveN, the new Ruger 57 uses 20-round steel magazines that flush-fit in the grip. (Photo: Ruger)

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The full-sized and full-featured Ruger 57 handgun was announced just in time for the New Year and comes standard with a 20+1 capacity.

Announced on New Year’s Eve by the firearms giant, the 5.7x28mm Ruger 57 uses a through-hardened, billet steel slide with lightening cuts coupled with a glass-filled nylon frame. When it comes to specs, the new pistol has a 5-inch barrel with an overall length of 8.65-inches and a weight of 24.5-ounces. Of note, that makes it almost a dead ringer for FN’s Five-seveN pistol, which was developed in the early 1990s for its eponymous cartridge.

Colt Python reboot

The rebooted classic DA revolver is chambered in .357 Magnum and also accommodates 38 Special cartridges. (Photo: Colt)

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Colt earlier this month made it Facebook Offical: the vaunted Colt Python is back for 2020, available in two different stainless models.

Colt first introduced the full-lug six-shot heavy target style revolver in 1955 as something akin to the Cadillac of wheelguns. The big “I” frame .357 Magnum (although some .38 Special target models were made) was king of the block when it came to wheelguns for generations, which caused prices on used snake guns to skyrocket when the Python was put to pasture in 2005.

Now, after a 15-year hiatus, the Python is back in a 4.25-inch and 6-inch variant.

KRISS Vector…in 22LR

The rimfire KRISS Vector line includes both carbine (shown here) and braced pistol models in three different color options. (Photo: KRISS)

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Virginia-based KRISS USA  announced a rimfire expansion to their Vector series firearms with six new guns chambered in .22LR.

The new rimfire Vector will officially hit the market at SHOT Show in Las Vegas later this month but KRISS let the cat out of the bag early. The rimfire line will include three Vector CRB carbines with 16-inch barrels and an M4-style stock while the three braced pistol Vector SDP-SB models come standard with an SB Tactical stabilizing brace and 6.5-inch barrels. Each will be offered in black, flat dark earth, and alpine white color options.

Glock G44 in 22LR

The Glock G44 is a lightweight but reliable .22LR that does not scoff at bulk pack ammo, all while proving a dress rehearsal for a G19. (All Photos: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

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Pitched by Glock as a pistol designed for “new shooters, sport shooters and everyone in between,” the G44 has a lot going for it.

Debuted last month after a cryptic build-up, the G44 features an innovative hybrid steel-polymer slide and the ability to adapt to any user’s hands via backstraps supplied with the pistol. Glock’s first rimfire handgun, it is designed to emulate the crowd-pleasing G19, using a 4.02-inch barrel which produces an overall length of 7.28-inches– the same as the popular 9mm mid-size. Likewise, they 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 on the trail or around the ponderosa.

Springfield Armory XD-M Elite

The variants include an Elite Precision, Elite Tactical, Elite 4.5, and Elite 3.8. The first two models have 22-round magazines and a removable extended and flared magwell while the latter two use a slightly shorter magwell for 20-round mags. (Photos: Springfield Armory)

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The XD-M Elite series, a group of four new striker-fired pistols, takes the long-running XD line to a new level. Each comes standard with the company’s new Match Enhanced Trigger Assembly (META), a flat face trigger that SA contends “delivers the finest trigger pull available on a production polymer-framed pistol.”

Other features across the 9mm XD-M Elite offerings are match grade barrels as well as enhanced ergonomics such as an ambidextrous slide stop and redesigned slide serrations.

Springfield Armory Ronin Operator

The Ronin Operator, in both .45ACP and 9mm, is a new two-tone M1911A1 from Springfield that includes a 5-inch match-grade stainless barrel with a fully supported ramp. (Photo: Springfield Armory)

Springfield Armory’s new Ronin Operator, a full-sized M1911A1, will be available in 9mm and .45 ACP variants. The two-toned pistol has a stainless steel forged frame and a forged slide of carbon steel with hot salt bluing. The company stresses their forged frames are much better than cast framed M1911s.

Sig Sauer P320 RXP

The P320 RXP comes range, competition or carry ready with a Romeo1Pro optic. (Photo: Sig Sauer)

Sig Sauer jumps on the red dot pistol bandwagon, unveiling a new series of P320 pistols topped with its Romeo1Pro optic.

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The P320 RXP series features four models — Full Size, Compact, XFull, and XCompact —chambered in 9mm. All models come with Sig’s Romeo1Pro Optic — a 6 MOA open reflex sight. The Romeo1Pro sports 12 brightness settings and TruHold Lockless Zeroing designed to handle recoil and return to zero. Boasting a 20,000-hour battery life, the optic is IPX-7 waterproof rated and is houses in aircraft-grade aluminum to prevent corrosion.

Mossberg MC2C

The MC2c comes in several models with a choice of dovetailed night or 3-dot white sights, black or stainless slides, and with or without cross-bolt manual safeties. (Photo: Mossberg)

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Mossberg is growing their handgun line with the introduction at SHOT Show of the new MC2c 13+1 9mm pistol platform.

An upgrade to the company’s MC1sc sub-compact launched in 2019, the new MC2c is still a 9mm with a slim profile but brings a double-stack magazine and slightly larger size to the game. Offered in five models that vary in finish and sight options, all come standard with a flush-fit 13-round magazine as well as an extended 15-round mag.

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

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Visit Guns.com’s Booth at SHOT Show 2020 in Las Vegas

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 10:15

We’ve got our bags packed and are making the annual pilgrimage to SHOT Show. (Photo: Jacki BIllings/Guns.com)

Guns.com, the easiest site to buy and sell guns online, is excited to be headed to Las Vegas for the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade show.

Representatives from Guns.com will be on the floor at SHOT Show at booth #14280 ready to talk everything from gun news and culture to market trends. The new way to successfully market guns, ammo and shooting accessories online, we’ve listened to dealers and know the other guys are slow, complicated, and not there when you need them. We put dealers first, and have created the easiest online system backed by unparalleled customer service.

“SHOT Show is a great opportunity for us to meet with firearms industry professionals from around the globe,” said Greg Minkler, Guns.com’s Chief Marketing Officer. “While we’ve covered the news side of it for nearly a decade, by also attending as exhibitors, we’re able to connect face-to-face with professionals we might not otherwise have reached. In the end, it’s a win-win for not only consumers with a passion for firearms and the Second Amendment but also local FFLs and manufacturers.”

Organized by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade group for the firearms industry, this month’s SHOT Show will be the 42nd consecutive once-a-year event and will see more than 60,000 gather from across the shooting, hunting, outdoors and law enforcement community. The exhibit floor at the Sands Expo Center opens each day from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

FFLs looking to reserve their time to talk to us are welcome to reach out or simply come by the booth, located on Level II.

See you in Las Vegas!

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New Mossberg MC2c 13+1 9mm Pistols for 2020 :: Guns.com

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 05:32

Mossberg is growing their handgun line with the introduction at SHOT Show of the new MC2c 13+1 9mm pistol platform.

An upgrade to the company’s MC1sc sub-compact launched in 2019, the new MC2c is still a 9mm with a slim profile but brings a double-stack magazine and slightly larger size to the game. Offered in five models that vary in finish and sight options, all come standard with a flush-fit 13-round magazine as well as an extended 15-round mag.

“Combining superior ergonomics, performance-driven features and an increased capacity with its double-stack magazines, makes the MC2c a great size for concealed carry or home protection,” says Mossberg in a press release on the new handgun line.

When it comes to specs, the MC2c features a 3.9-inch barrel with an overall length of 7.1 inches. Width is a trim 1.10-inches while height is 4.90-inches. With a 21-ounce unloaded weight, the MC2c roughly approximates the Glock G19 but comes in just slighly smaller.

The MC2c comes in several models with a choice of dovetailed night or 3-dot white sights, black or stainless slides, and with or without cross-bolt manual safeties. (Photo: Mossberg)

The newest Mossberg pistol (sounds weird doesn’t it?) is on point with the ergos, having multi-angle serrations on the slide and a reversible magazine release. For those who crave a cross-bolt safety, it is an option and is also reversible for right or left-handed shooters. There is also an oversized trigger guard with a flat-profile trigger. Like the MC1sc, the guns use Mossberg’s Safe Takedown System which allows the striker-fired pistol to be field stripped without pulling the trigger.

Other features include dovetail-mounted, low-profile white 3-dot sights that are drift adjustable, a front accessory rail and options for either a black DLC-finished or bead-blasted stainless steel slide. Likewise, there is a variant with TRUGLO Tritium Pro night sights.

MSRP on the Mossberg MC2c ranges from $490 to $595 depending on the model.

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For first impressions on the new MC2c, check out the below from TFB TV and Gun Stock Reviews

To check out other interesting new guns released at SHOT Show 2020 in Las Vegas this month, check out our detailed and on-going coverage. 

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Sig Sauer Debuts Red Dot Ready P320 RXP Series

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 04:30

The P320 RXP comes range, competition or carry ready with a Romeo1Pro optic. (Photo: Sig Sauer)

Sig Sauer jumps on the red dot pistol bandwagon, unveiling a new series of P320 pistols topped with its Romeo1Pro optic.

The P320 RXP series features four models — Full Size, Compact, XFull, and XCompact —chambered in 9mm. All models come with Sig’s Romeo1Pro Optic — a 6 MOA open reflex sight. The Romeo1Pro sports 12 brightness settings and TruHold Lockless Zeroing designed to handle recoil and return to zero. Boasting a 20,000-hour battery life, the optic is IPX-7 waterproof rated and is houses in aircraft-grade aluminum to prevent corrosion.

The lineup includes four models in total. (Photo: Sig Sauer)

The P320 RXP Full Size and Compact Pistols include:

  • Suppressor heigh backup sights
  • Ambidextrous slide catch lever
  • Reversible magazine catch
  • Modular polymer grip module in small, medium and large
  • Ships with two magazines — the Full-Size comes with 17-round mags and the Compact comes with 15-round mags

The P320 XFull and XCompact RXP offer:

  • X-Ray 3 Day/Night suppressor height sights
  • XSeries grip module
  • Flat face trigger
  • Nitron XSeries Slide
  • Extended ambidextrous slide catch lever
  • Ships with two magazines — the Full-Size comes with 17-round mags and the Compact comes with 15-round mags. Consumers can also opt for 10 round mags to adhere to state restrictions

The P320 RXP series deliver a 3-point takedown which Sig calls “intuitive,” requiring no trigger pull to disassemble. The guns are also equipped with a striker safety and disconnect safety.

The pistols offer upgraded features like a flat-face trigger, improved ergonomics, and an ambi slide catch lever. (Photo: Sig Sauer)

The popularity of red dots on full size and carry guns has increased with many manufacturers now providing optics ready models for consumers. Sig Sauer says the hesitation for most gun owners in owning a red dot system is installation and proper zeroing; but the new P320 RXP eliminates this fear with its ready to go setup, according to the company.

“Sig Sauer is the only manufacturer in the firearms industry that can truly integrate a firearm and an optic into a single system right from the factory to completely eliminate the installation hesitation of the red dot,” Tom Tayler of Sig Sauer said in a news release. “With the introduction of the Sig Sauer P320 RXP series of pistols we are leading the Red Dot Revolution so end users can easily achieve greater performance and increased accuracy with one simple purchase.”

The P320 RXP series will be on display at SHOT Show in Las Vegas Jan. 21 through Jan. 24. Keep it locked to Guns.com as we head to Sin City and bring you more news and coverage from Sig Sauer’s booth.

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First Look: Three New Hunting Rifles on Our Wish List

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 04:00

The banner headlines that always accompany SHOT Show in glamorous Las Vegas, NV have not even hit, yet we’re in the know about several sweet new firearms for 2020. For hunters stashing their Christmas money for the new year’s latest and greatest, here are three serious rifles for the new decade.

Henry Side Gate 45-70

Henry debuts its H024 Side Gate with a tubular, side loading gate.  (Photo: Henry)

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Henry’s introduction of the H024 Side Gate rifles marked the greatest innovation in lever-action rifles for ages. Not only does the company maintain its tubular loading gate but also engineered the design to include a much-anticipated side loading gate. Shooters can now load the magazine tube via either option, trumping other lever gun companies loaded solely through the receiver port.

It’s especially helpful–and safer–to unload via the tube without having to cycle live rounds one-by-one through the action. Likewise, topping off a few rounds can be done much more quickly through the side gate. The new design also puts Henry rifles into legit cowboy shooting competition where speed reloads are key.

While the three original calibers — .30-30 Win, .38-55 and .35 Rem — hit home for many nostalgic shooters, many folks clamored for the hard-hitting .45-70, and Henry answered with guns that are beginning to ship in early 2020. If the .45-70 Side Gate announcement isn’t enough, Henry also concurrently debuted the first dual-loading gate shotgun with a .410 bore. All the Side Gate Henry rifles are currently built on the company’s recognizable hardened brass frames with fancy checkered American Walnut stocks. The initial MSRP is set at $1,077.

Browning X-Bolt Hunter Long Range

The X-Bolt Hunter Long Range delivers a classically styled rifle to hunters. (Photo: Browning)

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There are several new additions to Browning’s long-range rifle lineup, but the most interesting to us is the Black Walnut-stocked X-Bolt Hunter Long Range. While more and more companies seem to head the way of synthetic furniture for practical and cost-saving purposes, the romance and feel of hardwood just cannot be replaced for hunting purists. To that end, Browning seems to have hit a winner by offering the hardwood hunter but with modern features like the adjustable cheekpiece buttstock.

There’s also a detachable rotary magazine, adjustable trigger, short-throw bolt and threaded barrel topped with a muzzle brake. The heavy sporter weight barrels range from 22- to 26-inches, depending on caliber. The rifle weights, dependent upon caliber, hover both right above and below the 8-pound mark. The Browning X-Bolt Hunter Long Range is sure to attract fans of more classically styled rifles who still desire those longer-range hunting features and pinpoint accuracy.

Chamberings tailored to big game hunting include: 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, .308 Win, .270 Win, .30-06 Spfld, 7mm Rem Mag and .300 Win Mag. Initial MSRP range from $1,299.99 to $1,329.99.

Savage 110 Ultralight

Savage partners with Proof Research to bring the new Ultralight 110 to life. (Photo: Savage)

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As Savage debuted what seemed like dozens of 110 bolt-action rifle models over the last few years there was one thing seemingly missing – a true ultralight model for serious backcountry 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 weighs 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.

Conclusion

Whether you dig lever actions or bolts, long-range flat calibers or heavy knockdown power, three of 2020’s hottest new additions are sure to please. It’s all about modern innovation on existing platforms and we’re loving it.

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Dirty Harry & Mack Bolan’s Big Thunder: The Auto Mag Pistol in .44 AMP

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 03:55

The “aristocrat of big-bore semi-auto pistols,” the .44 Auto Mag was ahead of its time, and squarely behind the 8-ball when it came to luck.

Designed by unsung firearms genius Harry Sanford, the .44 AMP cartridge was born in the late 1950s. Devised with hunting in mind, the round has almost the exact performance envelope of a .44 Rem Magnum except that the Auto Mag is rimless so that it could be fed and extracted through a very specially designed semi-auto pistol.

Speaking of which, Sanford and Max Gera worked on the semi-auto pistol built around the cartridge for a decade, and the forward-thinking gun was perfected enough by 1969 to move into low-rate production.

The gun was a large-framed semi-auto that operated on a long-bolt short recoil system. To keep the beast of a round safely locked down, it used an eight-lug rotating bolt that resembles the kind found on M16/AR15 rifles. A single-stack detachable magazine about the size of a pack of cigarettes gave the pistol a 7+1 capability.

The grip and ergonomics were based on the High Standard HD target pistol while the takedown method and control surfaces were similar to those of the Walther P38.

Over-engineered and complex, the Auto Mag required methodical attention to detail and craftsmanship at all stages of the manufacturing process. Extensive use of machining and stainless steel created a solid gun that tipped the scales at almost four pounds.

The Auto Mag’s 6.5-inch barrel gave it a length from muzzle crown to hammer spur of just a tad under one-foot. This had the effect of making it about the same size as the six-shot S&W Model 29 .44 Magnum revolver while offering better handling, a longer sight radius, two extra shots with a quicker reload if needed and improved recoil.

One of the original rare Auto Mag pistols produced in Pasadena, California in the early 1970s, this amazing example of the .44AMP-chambered hand cannon up for grabs in the Guns.com Vault is about as good as they come.

Its serial number, A01194, puts it in the early range of guns produced by the original manufacturer of the coveted classic made famous by Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry in the 1983 film Sudden Impact.

Hand-made at considerable cost using milled Carpenter 455 stainless steel stock, these massive guns were over-engineered to accommodate the rarely-seen .44 Auto Mag Pistol cartridge.

This model, complete with a 6.5-inch vented rib barrel is complete with the factory box, manual and paperwork.

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However, all the craftsmanship needed to pull off the Auto Mag made the pistol a losing proposition when it came to producing them at a price the market would support. Based in Pasadena, Sandford’s original Auto Mag Corporation was only in business for about two years before bankruptcy shut the line down.

While Sanford eventually went on to start Arcadia Machine & Tool (AMT) and for years sold a line of handguns billed as Auto-Mags, these were not the same hogleg of yore.

For much of the past decade, a rebooted Auto Mag company has been trying to reboot the design with little market success.

Nonetheless, the Auto Mag grew into one of the most popular of unobtainable guns in history. Clint Eastwood slung the big .44AMP in one of the Dirty Harry films as did Burt Reynolds while fictional problem solver Mack Boland trusted the gun he dubbed “Big Thunder” in hundreds of pulp fiction novels. This ensured the platform has never fallen out of favor whenever people of the gun gather to talk hand cannons.

Today the .44 Auto Mag concept has largely been eclipsed by such production rounds as the 10mm and .38 Super which provide similar firepower in semi-autos as well as the Desert Eagle which loads actual 44 Magnums (with rims).

Still, there is just something old school cool about an Auto-Mag, tactical turtleneck and sneer not included.

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Hand Cannon: The Massive Wildey Gas-Operated Pistol

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 03:10

Firearms designer Wildey J. Moore chased a dream to perfect the world’s first gas-operated semi-automatic pistol.

Moore, a prolific inventor with dozens of patents, first cooked up the idea of the beefy handgun that went on to carry his name while working for Swedish military contractor Carl Gustav in the early 1970s. While the Swedes took a pass on the idea, Moore would patent his concept in 1976.

Boom. The Wildey used a barrel extension with an adjustable gas regulator and piston as well as two recoil springs and a rotary bolt to operate.

The pistol bled off powder gases from the barrel via a series of ports, which drove an operating piston to cycle the slide. If you tuned the gas regulator all the way closed, the Wildey would revert to being a manually-operated pistol that the user had to rack manually. The benefit of the design was that the action helped tame the recoil of the .45 Win Mag to reportedly less than that of a .357 Magnum-chambered revolver.

With prototype piston guns in hand, Moore, who went on to work for Winchester at the same time the powerful .45 Win Mag and 9mm Win Mag handgun rounds debuted, struggled through the early 1980s to get his gun to the market.

Finally, under the banner of the Wildey Firearms Company of Cheshire, Connecticut, Moore promised the new gas-operated pistol, chambered for Winchester’s magnum rimless cartridges, in 1980 for $389, which adjusts to about $1,200 today. However, one thing led to another and the price of the production Wildey pistol in 1984, once it actually neared the market, was closer to $1,200 in Reagan -era dollars, or about $3K today.

Needless to say, the gun, pitched for use in IHMSA silhouette shooting and as a tool for serious big game handgun hunters, was not wildly popular (see what we did there?).

Then, a Hollywood miracle happened.

In November 1985, the Wildey was featured in the Charles Bronson retribution film Death Wish 3. A Cannon Film production that was pretty over the top even for its day, the big .45 Win Mag stole the show. The theatrical trailer for the action flick even showed a detail of adjusting the gas regulator on-screen.

The film, in an era long before social media influencers, sparked a serious interest in the gun outside of the small pool of long-range silhouette shooters and the Wildey surged in popularity.

For the next 25 years, the company continued under Moore, morphing through a series of minor name changes, and produced the now-iconic blaster in a host of Wildey Magnum calibers (.41WM, .44WM, 45WM and .475WM) in addition to 9mm Win Mag, .44 Auto Mag and .45 Win Mag. Likewise, the barrel lengths ranged from super shorty 5-inch models to as long as 18-inches.

Celebrating the world’s first production gas-operated pistol, to a 1976 patent by firearms designer Wildey J. Moore, this rare presentation grade Wildey Auto Pistol is chambered in .45 Winchester Magnum.

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A favorite with IHMSA competitors, serious big-game hunters, and Charles Bronson fans, this pristine factory engraved example is one of fewer than 2,500 guns made by Wildey Firearms in Cheshire, Connecticut and carries the serial number 45-794.

The gun has a rarely-seen 5-inch barrel, which was only offered on .45 Win Mag models and comes complete with a fitted wood presentation box with velvet lining and tools as well as a factory test card that dates to 2005. It includes an extra magazine.

However, the complexity of the giant gas gun meant that it was never produced in great quantities, with less than a few thousand ever made. The likelihood of a Wildey owner running into another such member of the same tribe in the wild is rare.

Finally, in 2011, USA Firearms in Winsted, Connecticut purchased Wildey and still produce the Wildey Survivor pistol today in .475 WM and .45 Win Mag in 8-, 10-, and 12- barrels.

Still, if you are looking for a handgun that out Deagled the Desert Eagle, it is hard to go wrong with a Wildey of any breed.

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LimCat Razorcat: Built for Open Class Competition

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 09:00

Skulking about the Guns.com Vault, I happened upon a unique gun chambered in a unique round – the Limcat RazorCat. Shipping in .38 Super Comp, the Limcat brings an open class gun to those interested in hopping into USPSA style shooting.

Limcat comes courtesy of Johnny Limcat and his two sons who handcraft each and every gun. Parts are custom fitted to perfection with the RazorCat model no exception. Introduced a few years ago, the RazorCat model by Limcat offers an open class gun for competitive shooters stocked with upgrades.

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Features

The pistol comes chambered in .38 Super Comp – a popular round in competitive circles for its ability to accept a variety of powders for reloading. The model I tested was an older version of the RazorCat, and I could see that it hadn’t undergone heavy use.

The pistol sports SV Infinity Signature Series grips, a tactical micro pocket texture with reversible magazine button, Phoenix Trinity frame and a short and narrow dust cover. The pistol also opts for a sight mount, though it was bulky and a little odd. It does, however, get the job done and compliments the gun’s aesthetics. Included in the box, the Limcat RazorCat came with five STI Gen 1 magazines with Taran Tactical Innovation baseplates and a Limcat Stealth holster to get you on the range as soon as possible.

Range Time

Speaking of heading to the range, I took the RazorCat out for a test run finding it to be a bit “punchy” in its shooting. In my experience on the competitive circuit, some open class guns feel more violent in their recoil and handling but that’s not the case with the RazorCat. This pistol offers a flatter shooting feel, keeping the dot on target. Its heftier weight also helps when transitioning from target to target. Trigger pull comes in at around 1.5-pounds.

Final Thoughts

All in all, the Limcat RazorCat proves addictive to shoot! If you’ve been on the hunt for a used open gun, the RazorCat offers a full setup to get you out on the range for some USPSA fun. Priced around $4,000, the RazorCat is on the pricey side but it’s worth it for peace of mind.

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Springfield Armory Announces New Ronin, XD-M Elite Pistol Series

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 06:16

Illinois-based Springfield Armory this week announced a host of new pistols for 2020 including the Ronin M1911 and the XD-M Elite line.

The XD-M Elite series, a group of four new striker-fired pistols, takes the long-running XD line to a new level. Each comes standard with the company’s new Match Enhanced Trigger Assembly (META), a flat face trigger that SA contends “delivers the finest trigger pull available on a production polymer-framed pistol.”

Other features across the 9mm XD-M Elite offerings are match grade barrels as well as enhanced ergonomics such as an ambidextrous slide stop and redesigned slide serrations.

The variants include an Elite Precision, Elite Tactical, Elite 4.5, and Elite 3.8. The first two models have 22-round magazines and a removable extended and flared magwell while the latter two use a slightly shorter magwell for 20-round mags. (Photos: Springfield Armory)

The XD-M Elite Precision sports a 5.25-inch hammer-forged barrel and extended slide with an adjustable target rear/fiber optic front sight system. The overall length is 8.3-inches while weight is 30-ounces. MSRP is $653.

The XD-M Elite Tactical OSP, with a Desert FDE finish, uses a hammer-forged 5.34-inch threaded barrel with thread protector, a red-dot cut slide, and suppressor-height iron sights. The overall length is 8.6-inches while weight is 30-ounces, MSRP is $709.

The XD-M Elite 4.5, as the name would imply, has a standard-length slide and 4.5-inch hammer-forged barrel. Both this model and the smaller Elite 3.8 have Tactical Rack U-Dot rear sights combined with fiber optic fronts. The overall length is 7.6-inches while weight is 29-ounces. MSRP is $559

The XD-M Elite 3.8 has a top half that includes a shortened 3.8- hammer-forged barrel and matching compact, aimed at being a more carry-ready pistol. The overall length is 6.75-inches while weight is 28-ounces. MSRP is $559.

All four variants ship with two magazines.

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Ronin Operator

The Ronin Operator, in both .45ACP and 9mm, is a new two-tone M1911A1 from Springfield that includes a 5-inch match-grade stainless barrel with a fully supported ramp. (Photo: Springfield Armory)

Springfield Armory’s new Ronin Operator, a full-sized M1911A1, will be available in 9mm and .45 ACP variants. The two-toned pistol has a stainless steel forged frame and a forged slide of carbon steel with hot salt bluing. The company stresses their forged frames are much better than cast framed M1911s.

While the gun evokes memories of custom M1911 rigs of the 1980s, SA says it blends old school looks with modern manufacturing to produce something different from the rest of the pack.

“Everything you would want on a modern 1911 is present on the Ronin Operator,” says Springfield Armory in the press release for the Ronin Operator. “From its beavertail grip safety with memory bump for solid engagement to its fiber-optic front/tactical rack white-dot rear sight system to its extended safety lever, this is a pistol designed to deliver performance.”

Forged stainless frame and hot blued slide with lots of modern features= SA Ronin Operator.

Other features on the newest M1911 headed to SHOT Show this month are laminate wood grips, a stainless steel checkered flat mainspring housing, SA’s 2nd Gen Speed Trigger, and forward slide serrations. The pistol ships with a single basepad-equipped magazine with an 8+1 capacity for .45ACP models and 9+1 for 9mm.

MSRP on the Ronin Operator is $849.

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Riton Mod 7 Brings Long Range Features to Hunters

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 04:00

The Riton Mod 7 offers some updated features to the previous series. (Photo: Jeff Wood)

My first encounter with Riton Optics came a year or so ago when I put the RT-S MOD 5 6-24X50 scope on one of a Tikka rifle. I wasn’t sure what to expect as Riton was relatively new to me, but in a short time, the scope’s performance earned my praise. That same scope has been hauled all over the Rocky Mountains atop my rifle. It’s suffered tumbles, snow, rain and has even been used as a crutch but it still maintains a perfect zero. It’s no stranger to distance work, taking five mule deer and two cow elk from 200  to 1,100- yards the past two seasons.

My positive experience with the Mod 5 left me wanting to try my hand at its sibling, the Mod 7, to see how it stacked up. At a slightly higher price, the RT-S Mod 7 4-32X56, looked like a promising addition to my hunting arsenal; but can it compete with the more affordable Mod 5?

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Features

The Mod 7 is a step up in both price and performance from the Mod 5, at more than twice the price, the Mod 7 delivers quite a few more features to the optics aficionado.

Both scopes are front focal plane, which means the reticle is magnified with the power adjustment. This feature allows shooters to use the reticle for accurate holdovers and corrections regardless of the magnification setting. The 8X zoom of the Mod 7 grants a substantial power range from 4X up to 32X; but, like many scopes, I found the very top end of the magnification to be too dark and aberrated for field use. For shooting paper targets up close though, it did just fine.

(Photo: Jeff Wood)

The PSR reticle featured in the Mod 7 was also a significant step up from the Mod 5 and a bit busier than some. It is a “Christmas Tree” style reticle, with a broadening grid of wind and drop values. Subtensions are clearly marked on the evens so you can keep track of your hold. Additionally, the marks are thin so as not to bother the view of potential targets. A hollow center and .2 MRAD hash marks come in handy when doing long-range work while illumination rheostat allows shooters to adjust reticle illumination to fit their surroundings. Speaking of MRAD, the Mod 5 only comes in the MOA option, so it’s to the Mod 7’s benefit to deliver more options to consumers.

The Mod 7 features a 34mm tube and, this again, is a boost in design over the Mod 5’s 30mm tube. The bigger tube allows for more internal travel, giving the Mod 7 a total of 30 MRAD of elevation adjustment. That’s more than enough for your average long-range shooter.

Another feature I appreciated on the Mod 7 was the integrated throw lever on the magnification ring. This “cattail” gives shooters more purchase when trying to adjust the power ring. It’s not a big deal, but definitely a  nice touch.

The Mod 7 opts for a zero stop in the elevation turret, another feature missing on the Mod 5. This is handy as you can return your elevation turret to zero without looking at it. This saves shooters from missing shots due to a rotation or more off.

While Riton packs its scopes with loads of great features, it’s not quite perfect. Namely, the scope, like its Mod 5 sibling, doesn’t offer graduation marks on the turret housing. This prevents shooters from being able to see which rotation they are on. With the Mod 7, there are only two turns so it’s less problematic; but with the Mod 5 providing more turns it makes it harder to keep track of.

On the Range

The author after using the Riton on a hunt. (Photo: Jeff Wood)

I mounted the Mod 7 on my Desert Tech SRS A2 rifle, which seemed like a good fit for the scope. With the new hunting weight 6.5 Creedmoor barrel in the rifle, I figured it would make a good companion for this year’s elk hunts.

Before heading into the field, I took the rifle to the range to grab a solid zero and familiarize myself with the Mod 7’s functions. My first impression was that eye relief seemed just a bit touchy. Not so much as to be a problem, just more so than I was used to. I quickly zeroed the rifle and adjusted the zero stop, per the instructions — easy enough and functional. I then took the rifle up into the mountains to do testing at further ranges. I was happy with the optical clarity of the Mod 7, even when looking at animals and trees at a mile or more away. It was a very clean and bright image. The glass clarity of the Mod 7 is a great improvement over the Mod 5, as it should be at this price point.

As I mentioned earlier, the quality does degrade some at the very upper end of the scope’s magnification. This is a phenomenon I have noticed on almost all riflescopes, but it is significantly less of an issue as the price tag goes up. On the Mod 7, it didn’t bother me much since I rarely use a scope at its maximum power setting.

The turrets on the Mod 5 have a push-pull locking system, whereas the Mod 7 does not. Honestly, I am torn a bit as to which I prefer. Sometimes I like having my turrets locked to avoid involuntary elevation changes and other times I like the freedom of turning the turret without having to unlock it. For hunting, the locking system seems to work best; but for range or competition use, I would forgo it. As it turned out, I really enjoyed the throw lever on the magnification ring. To be honest, I couldn’t describe the tension on the magnification ring, because with the throw lever it doesn’t even register.

It didn’t take long for me to gain proficiency with the Riton Mod 7, so when the time came to put this rifle into action, I was quite comfortable. The late-season elk hunt had arrived, and I took my Riton topped SRS up into the snow-covered mountains. The first shot I took was 475-yards away from a young cow.

I dialed the 2.0 MIL on the Mod 7’s elevation turret and pressed the trigger. The cold and clean mountain air was visibly disturbed by my shot. I watched the trace cut through the bright image before me as I followed the shot in. I watched the cow drop, kick and slide down the snowy slope.

Conclusion

The Riton makes for a solid choice for hunters. (Photo: Jeff Wood)

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The Riton Mod 7 turned out to be a strong, clear, accurate and repeatable riflescope and I look forward to using it more in the future. Both the Mod 5 and Mod 7 give a good performance for their price point and one could argue they punch above their weight. Either one would be a good choice depending on your needs and application.

The RT-S Mod 5 Gen 2 6-24X50 is priced at $569.99 while the RT-S Mod 7 4-32X56 comes in at $1,469.99.

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Laugo Alien Competition Pistol Headed to US

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 03:31

Czech gun company Laugo Arms has announced they will have their flagship Alien competition pistol in the U.S. in 2020.

The innovative-looking handgun, with a mug much like the Xenomorph extraterrestrial in Ridley Scott’s Alien series, has been popping up on social media for the past couple of years. The Prague-based company announced its first run of 500 production guns at the 2019 IWA Outdoor Classics trade show in Nuremberg, Germany and just let the cat out of the bag they will be at SHOT Show this month with a big announcement.

The Laugo Alien has an unmistakable profile along with a super-low bore axis and at least one of these traits is sure to make it popular with some shooters. (Photo: Laugo Arms)

The 9mm semi-auto has what is billed as the lowest bore axis available on a handgun, with the positioning of its fixed barrel some 1.7mm below the line of the grip axis. With an overall length of 8.2-inches, the Alien yields a 7.3-inch sight radius and 4.8-inch barrel length. With a standard 17+1 round capacity, the gun weighs in at 39.6-ounces with an empty magazine.

(Photo: Laugo Arms)

In March 2019, the International Practical Shooting Confederation entered the gun on their list of approved models in Production Divison events, proving it is not just a vaporware passion project from Central Europe.

Either way, we’ll bring you what we find out from SHOT Show, so watch this space.

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USSOCOM Takes Delivery of new Sig Sauer MG 338 Machine Gun

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 02:29

Sig Sauer announced this week that the U.S. Special Operation Command has certified and taken delivery of the company’s new MG 338 machine gun system.

Chambered in .338 Norma Magnum, the MG 338 is billed on being able to deliver effective fire at ranges out to 2,000 meters, closing the gap between 7.62 NATO weapons like the M240 and .50 cal BMG platforms such as the M2 heavy machine gun. Weighing only 20-pounds, the MG 338 uses Sig-produced ammunition as well as the company’s suppressor design to create an all-Sig product.

“The safety certification of the complete Sig Sauer MG 338 system and delivery of the system to USSOCOM is historically very significant,” said Ron Cohen, the New Hampshire-based company’s President and CEO, in a statement. “For the first time in decades, the U.S. Military certified a new machine gun, ammunition, and suppressor at the same time, bringing innovation, portability, and increased lethality to our ground forces, with all components coming from one company.”

A suppressed 20-pound .338 Norma Magnum belt-fed Sig Sauer machine gun? OK! (Photo: Sig Sauer)

The MG 338 uses a short-stroke gas piston system blended with what Sig describes as a “proprietary recoil mitigation system.” Using a free-floating, quick-change barrel, the svelte machine gun has ambidextrous controls, a switchable feed tray, and a charging handle that can be swapped to either side.

Note the folding buttstock, as well as Sig’s optics and suppressor (Photo: Sig)

Should users prefer to run good old 7.62 NATO for whatever reason, the new Sig belt-fed is easily swappable to that caliber.

The gun is the answer to a 2017 solicitation by USSOCOM for 5,000 Lightweight Medium Machineguns chambered in .338NM. The 300-grain belted magnum round is touted as having a recoil similar to a 7.62mm NATO round while still being lethal out past 1,700 meters. At 1,000 meters, the round is still capable of defeating Level III body armor and penetrating soft-skinned vehicles, thus considered a bridge between the current 7.62mm offerings and .50 BMG.

Sig Sauer has exhibited what they billed at the time as the SLMAG machine gun at several trade shows in the past year. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

The LWMMG specs in 2017 included that it should be belt-fed, use .338 NM, weigh less than 24-pounds unloaded with a 24-inch barrel and have a 500-600 round per minute rate of fire. The system, capable of using the standard mounts and M192 tripods designed for the M240 series general-purpose machine gun, would include both a suppressed and unsuppressed barrel, capable of rapid changes between the two, as well as all accessories.

The expansion into the .338NM caliber came at the same time that the country’s special operations command began a search for a convertible Advanced Sniper Rifle system adaptable to fire the 7.62mm NATO, .300NM, and .338NM cartridges. Notably, Tennessee-based Barrett last year got the nod for a version of their MRAD rifle as the new ASR, to be designated the Mk21 in U.S. military service.

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Gun Review: Going 2,200 Rounds with the New Glock G44 in 22LR

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 05:07

The Glock G44 is a lightweight but reliable .22LR that does not scoff at bulk pack ammo, all while proving a dress rehearsal for a G19. (All Photos: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Pitched by Glock as a pistol designed for “new shooters, sport shooters and everyone in between,” the G44 has a lot going for it.

Debuted last month after a cryptic build-up, the G44 features an innovative hybrid steel-polymer slide and the ability to adapt to any user’s hands via backstraps supplied with the pistol. Glock’s first rimfire handgun, it is designed to emulate the crowd-pleasing G19, using a 4.02-inch barrel which produces an overall length of 7.28-inches– the same as the popular 9mm mid-size. Likewise, they 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 on the trail or around the ponderosa.

The G44 and the G19 are doppelgangers in profile, although not in weight, magazine capacity or caliber.

Where it departs the G19, which has a 15+1 capacity and 30-ounce weight, is that the G44 runs a smaller 10-shot rimfire magazine and only weighs about half as much.

Why a 10-round mag when other companies have 22LR plinkers with up to a 33-round capacity?

Glock explained that, if they had their name on a rimfire, they wanted it to be as reliable as possible. To some extent, this resulted in a 10-shot mag that is crafted where it is almost impossible for a cartridge to not feed correctly.

The single-stack 10-shot G44 factory magazine is distinctive, with a waffle back and easy to load hold down on the left-hand side of the mag body. It stacks the rounds properly and is comparable in capacity to the 10-round mags seen on the Ruger Mark IV series, Browning Buckmark and the S&W SW22 Victory.

The break down on the G44 is much like any other Glock, although the hybrid polymer/steel slide and diminutive barrel– which has a fluted chamber– are a departure from the rest of the family tree.

Manipulation and takedown on the G44 are the same as the G19 or any Glock for that matter.

The sights on the G44 have the traditional polymer front post and U-notch rear, although the rear sight is slightly different from standard Glock factory sights due to the need to attach it to the rimfire pistol’s hybrid slide. Nonetheless, Glock says both the rear and front are compatible with standard sights.

The G44 has much the same features as a Glock Gen5 pistol including a beveled mag well and groove-less grip. Unlike every other Glock, it is a basic blowback action. Unlike many of the competitors’ pistols, it does not have a fixed barrel.

Unlike several manufacturers who license their name to German pistol maker Umarex to produce their scaled-down 22LR handguns, the G44 is made in the U.S. by Glock, as noted by the numerous Georgia proof marks on its frame, slide, and barrel.

The G44 ships in a regular Glock box with a stack of backstraps and two magazines.

And, of course, the G44 in 22LR should not be confused with the G22 in .40S&W. Just saying.

Does it work?

The fundamental problem is that 22LR is a funky cartridge. First marketed in 1884 as a black powder round, the little lead-nosed pipsqueak was intended for use in rifles and revolvers, with its rimmed case proving notoriously difficult for pistols to cycle. Compounding this, there is a myriad of loads in circulation, all with slightly different specs and performance. When you magnify those problems with the fact that the rounds are often produced by the millions as economically as possible, especially in the case of bulk-pack budget ammo, and you get a cartridge that tends to be finicky in a lot of semi-auto handguns.

To get it right, Glock spent nearly three years testing and developing the G44– which is why models like the G45, G46, G47, and G48 passed it up in reaching the market while the rimfire chewer was still in R&D. During that time, they used no less than 141 different rimfire loads in testing, popping over 1.2 million rounds in the process. Federal, which supported the effort, used everything in test guns from 42-grain subsonic to CCI Stingers with no problem. In short, while many 22LR pistols come with the caveat that they are picky about their diet, the Glock is billed as being omnivorous.

For reference, when Guns.com was at the unveiling event for the G44 last month, we were on hand to see a collection of 10 production model G44s cycle more than 12,000 rounds of CCI Blazer bricks in two hours with no jams. No jams.

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Going the distance

On our test gun, we ran 2,200 rounds of ammo from across the rimfire world. This included Winchester’s new Wildcat bulk, CCI AR Tactical, Blazer bulk, Remington Golden Bullet, Aquila Standard Super Extra (both lead and copper-plated), a couple of very old yellow boxes of CCI Mini Mags, Remington Thunderbolt bulk and 60-grain Aquila Sniper Subsonic. We even dug up an old pack of 31-grain pest control shotshells.

That’s a lot of lead, gratefully 22LR prices have come down since 2013, with prices as low as $1.99 for 50 rounds.

Across 2,200 rounds of rimfire smoking and plinking dreams, based on experience with other semi-auto pistols, you could expect a jam-up or failure about every other magazine or so.

In our test with the Glock, we had three failures: two failures to eject with Aquila Standard lead Super Extra (in the same mag!) and one Remington Golden Bullet that failed to fire, although it had a strong strike mark on the rim. The gun was cleaned at the halfway mark to bust out the heavy crud of lead and powder residue.

The G44 was super reliable in testing, seeing two failures to eject and one failure to fire, all with ammo that ran on the cheap side. In short, it goes bang when you want it to and with little frustration.

Gotta love that 22LR staining.

Accuracy and handling

With the same trigger pull of the G19 and a workable sight radius, the G44 is easy to shoot. Steady, even at a one-pound weight, it has almost no recoil, is very consistent, and hangs on target.

Although no Volquartsen match pistol, the handgun still performed well when it came to punching paper. The new Glock rimfire consistently ate the center out of a target at 25 yards much akin to carnival gallery shooting. It should be noted the G44 uses Glock’s new and very accurate Marksman barrel, the same as the rest of the Gen5 models.

That target looks tiny at 25 yards, but even with semi rapid-fire and alternating left and right-hand only shots, center mass hits were not a challenge. At the Glock unveiling event in December, there were steel targets set out to 108 yards and contact was being made.

When slowing it down, we tried several unsupported strings at 25 yards and ran about 2-ish inches on average. Keep in mind that none of the ammo we used could be considered match-quality.

If you ran the G44 from a bench and used some nice Eley Match Slow Pistol or something, I would imagine you could probably dial it in closer than that.

Uses

Besides just being a fun gun to shoot– which is crucial to introducing new and budding shooters to the sport– the G44 is an obvious understudy for those who could transition to a more carry-sized G19. Further, those who already have a G19 or similar could benefit from the low-cost live-fire training on the G44, with bulk .22LR running only about a quarter the price of even cheap 9mm ammo.

For those who want a rimfire pistol for use in pest control, or to carry around the campsite or hunting for sheds in the Spring when the nope ropes are active, the fact that the G44 fits standard G19 holsters, and even has an accessory rail, makes it an easy choice. In a pinch and with the right ammo, it could even be used as a defensive handgun, especially for someone shy to recoil.

The G44 uses regular G19 holsters and carries the same accessory rail.

On the downside, if you want to run a can on the G44 and enjoy some quiet time, then you must buy a threaded barrel separately and it uses European metric threads with a 1x28TPI adapter even if you do spring for the extra pipe. Further, magazine capacity is not as high as, say the Taurus TX22 (16+1) or Kel-Tec CP33 (33+1), but neither of those are Glocks.

MSRP on the Glock G44 is $430— a price that will likely be lower at retailers– and will be available after Jan. 20. By comparison, aftermarket sub-caliber kits to convert a standard Glock to fire .22LR start at about $300. With that being said, the top half of the G44 cannot simply be added to a G19 frame due to the guns having different internals, so don’t get your hopes up on that happening.

In the end, if you are looking for a reliable .22LR semi-auto pistol that mimics just about everything about the Glock G19, the G44 is the way.

The G44 in .22LR.

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New Hunting Shotguns Already on Our 2020 Wish List

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 04:30

Though we haven’t even hit the booths of SHOT Show yet — the firearm industry’s major trade show — there are plenty of announcements rolling in ahead of the Jan. 21 through Jan. 24 show. As always, there are plenty of hunting inspired guns to get pumped about, so with that in mind, here are three scatterguns we’re excited to hunt within the new decade.

Savage Renegauge

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Savage dives headlong into the scattergun waters with not one 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 in-house. That might just be one of the most interesting aspects of the Renegauge—it’s one of the few truly American-made hunting semi-automatic shotguns.

The Renegauge’s self-regulating dual valve gas system allows the gun to cycle both light and heavy loads, from the lightest target loads up to the magnum threes, limited only by the three-inch chamber. A one-piece bolt carrier assembly includes the bolt, pusher sleeve and carrier. Drawing from the incredibly successful AccuFit stock systems on 110 rifles, Savage modifies the design to include three interchangeable gel-feel recoil pads for customizing both LOP and comb height.

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 comes 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.

Remington VersaMax Sportsman

The Remington VersaMax Sportsman is an anticipated release. (Photo: Remington)

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Remington’s VersaMax line of semi-automatic shotguns has been busting clays and birds since its introduction 10 years ago in 2010. Flash forward to 2020 and now big green is offering more options in their more affordable Sportsman version of the VersaMax.

The Sportsman still retains the same self-regulating VersaPort gas port system, which allows it to cycle everything from the lightest 2-3/4-inch loads on up to the heaviest 3-1/2-inch magnum shells. Some sacrifices were made with the newer VersaMax Sportsman, namely fewer chokes, no overmolded grips and also the lack of the nickel Teflon coating on inner workings. In addition to earlier offerings in black synthetic, Remington will now be offering additional camouflaged iterations for 2020, which include 26-inch barreled hunters in both Mossy Oak Bottomland and Realtree Edge.

Like all Versa Max’s before, the new Sportsmans are made in the USA. MSRP on the full Versa Max Sportsman line runs from $1,042 to $1,246 depending on finish.

CZ All-Terrain

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CZ’s new All-Terrain shotgun announcement is one of the most inclusive of the year with Over/Unders, Side by Sides, and semi-autos debuting in 2020. Each offers features that practical hunters will appreciate. The OD Green Cerakoted receivers and barrels are mated with upgraded Walnut stocks for a unique and workmanlike appearance.

The most innovative feature on the All-Terrain is the inclusion of a set of rare earth magnets installed in the gun’s extractors or ejectors. The company says that these magnets help retain shells even when the gun is upside down. “This makes loading them easy in a pit blind or boat, and never will a dog-handler accidentally dump shells out of their gun while bending over to work with their dog,” CZ said in a press release.

The guns are equipped with sling swivels and each ship with five extended chokes. There will be 11 models in the All-Terrain series, dressed on existing Bobwhite, Upland Ultralight, Redhead Premier, Drake and 1012 lines of shotguns, in both 12- and 20-gauge. MSRP will range depending on the base model of the gun itself, from $690 to $1,123.

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