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Petition to Stop Canadian Gun Ban Is The Biggest Ever

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 06:39

A petition to stop the Liberal government of Canada implementing a ban on “military-style assault rifles” has reached 153,000 signatures – well over six times bigger than any previous petition. The petition opened on Dec. 17, 2019, and will close on Feb. 15, 2020.

Prominent law enforcement officers have stated that a ban will have little effect. “When we seize handguns, the handguns are always, almost 100-percent, in the possession of people who have no legal right to possess them. They’re almost always stolen or illegally obtained,” said Winnipeg Police Service spokesperson Const. Rob Carver earlier this month.

In 2019, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police did not support the call for a ban on handguns. Vancouver police chief Adam Palmer, who heads the organization, said Canada already has strong firearms regulations and no other law is required.

Community groups in Toronto also agree, attributing the increase in crime in their city to poverty, racism, issues in the education system and lack of job opportunities, especially for young people.

“I don’t think the Liberals will be forced to withdraw their gun ban plans because of the petition, however, the opposition across the nation is overwhelming and undeniable.” Tracey Wilson, a gun rights advocate from the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights, told the Post Millennial. “This could be the biggest mistake in their history.”

Wilson argues that a lack of evidence regarding whether crime would actually be reduced in addition to burdens placed on taxpayers is enough reason for Canadians to oppose the ban. She says funds would better serve other initiatives that support community outreach.

“It’s impossible to deny that those funds would be better allocated to community programs, at-risk youth interventions, anti-smuggling border technology and increased law enforcement funding,” Wilson said.

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Sharing the Remington 700 Love: Four of Our Favorite Models

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 04:00

Remington’s Model 700 Ultimate Muzzleloader (UML) was one of the first of its kind: a bolt action black powder gun driven by essentially a primed shell called the U.M.L Ignition System and advertised to shoot accurately to 300-yards. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Springing from the company’s Model 721 and 722 bolt-action platforms, the Remington 700 has been in constant production since its introduction 58 years ago in 1962. There have been more model variants, finishes, calibers, barrel weights, and overall styles than there are spaces in the gun safe. While it may be difficult to choose, like anything, we have our favorites among the extended roots of the 700 family for hunting, collecting and general merriment, and here are four of our top choices.

700 BDL

The sleek BDL is a classic. (Photo:

An easily recognizable deer hunting rifle, the Remington 700 BDL features a high-gloss finish, black grip cap, and forend tip, and skip-line style checkering. Where the ADL has a blind magazine, the BDL model had either a hinged floorplate or a dropbox magazine.

Though pricier than the base model 700, those extra dollars yield better looks on top of the added functionality. The Monte Carlo stock gets the shooter’s eye in line with the optic. Iron sights come standard, with the majority wearing a hooded front sight. The gun is a looker, and its appearance essentially defined the look of deer rifles for generations with many BDLs making their way to the woods each hunting season. It’s difficult to track all the calibers ever chambered in BDL rifles, but suffice it to say, it’s at least three dozen.


700 CDL

The CDL SF boasts a fluted stainless-steel barrel and also uses the company’s X-Mark Pro externally adjustable trigger. (Photo:

Born of the success of the BDL, which stood the test of time, Remington’s CDL has become a well-respected model in its own right. Where the BDL is all shine, Monte Carlo and eye-catching gloss blueing, the 700 CDL tones things down while building on the same accuracy and durability. The CDL’s satin finish and flat comb, slimmer stock lines and matte blueing are perhaps more utilitarian than the deep-polish blue of the BDL. Gone are the iron sights but added are options in a solid stainless receiver and barrel.

For those preferring to shop new instead of used, Remington’s current iteration of the rifle is the CDL SF. The CDL SF makes use of a fluted stainless-steel barrel and also uses the company’s X-Mark Pro externally adjustable trigger. The caliber list includes for a new rifle includes several interesting choices, like .257 Wby, .25-06 Rem and, of course, 6.5 Creedmoor.


700 VLS

The Thumbhole variant of the 700 VLS. (Photo:

Varminter hunters targeting everything from prairie dogs to coyotes have embraced the Model, but with the addition of the small-critter-specific Varmint Laminated Stock Model 700, Remington further cemented that relationship. Since its introduction, the VLS has also added thumbhole and stainless-steel variants, with additional letters to the moniker.

Regardless, the bottom line of the 700 Varminters is longer, heavy barrels—the majority are 26-inches in length, laminated furniture with a wide and flat beavertail forend and, ultimately, offer longer-range accuracy on a heavier all-around rifle. The 700 VLS starts at just over 9-pounds bare. Add a scope, bipod, and some ammo, and you’ve got a decent bench rifle. Additionally, the VLS with its adjustable trigger is capable of excellent accuracy. Calibers are geared to the small-game hunters and shooters: .204 Ruger, .223 Rem, .22-250 Rem, .243 Win, and .308 Win.


700 UML

The UML uses a closed breech system. (Photo: Remington)

While all the Model 700 rifles are bolt-action, they’re not all traditional centerfire metallic cartridge guns—enter the UML. Looking like a centerfire bolt gun, the Ultimate Muzzleloader uses a closed breech system.

The UML ignition system requires a “uniquely-sized” brass case primed with Remington 9-1/2 large magnum rifle primers. These “rounds” are push fed into the breech by the bolt, creating a gas seal with the flash hole of the primer. Though certainly unconventional in the black powder realm this, theoretically, allows greater ignition, power, and range.

The company considers the UML a “super magnum” .50 caliber with a longer lethal range due to a two-part tag-team between the proprietary ignition system and special bullets. The rifle recommends the use of 250-grain Remington Premier loads with Barnes bullets and 200-grains of Triple Seven pelletized powder. Because the UML is built on the 700 action, this particular muzzleloader requires completing a Form 4473.



From small vermin to the biggest game North America has to offer, some variant of the Remington Model 700 bolt-action rifles have taken down game and shared adventures with this country’s hunters. The current production count sits at over 5 million. If you don’t already have one, or several, in your collection or hunting arsenal, now is the time to shop the used racks for classics and new racks for some steals left behind by hasty holiday shoppers.

Plus, can you think of a better Valentine’s Day gifts for yourself or your love than a fine rifle?


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Indian Police Say Goodbye to Long-Serving Enfields

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 02:40

This Royal Ordnance Enfield No. 4 MKI in the Vault is a bolt-action rifle chambered in .303 British with a 10-plus-1 round capacity. A 25.5-inch barrel is adorned with a post front sight and a national match rear sight. Developed in the early 1930s and used by British forces during World War II, the Enfield No. 4 MKI is a reliable rifle and a crucial part of Allied military history.

Police in Northern India last week said farewell to a historic infantry rifle that has served them for generations– the .303-caliber Lee-Enfield. 

Police for the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, which counts roughly 200 million inhabitants, sent their Enfields off after using them for a final time in the country’s 71st Republic-Day Parade in late January, according to local reports. The force used 45,000 vintage Enfields, the agency’s standard-issue rifle since 1947. The historic bolt-action rifle will be replaced with domestically-made INSAS and inch-pattern FAL variants.

The below shows Uttar Pradesh police with their Enfields at last year’s RP Day parade.

“This (.303) rifle is a fantastic weapon and has served us brilliantly in various operations in the past,” police director-general Bijaya Kumar Maurya told AFP. “But it being a bolt action weapon with low magazine capacity, it was time for a change. Its production has also discontinued so there was all the more need for an upgrade.”

Although replaced, the Uttar Pradesh rifles will not be completely retired, they are reportedly being sent to the Indian Ordnance Factory at Ishapore to be re-worked into riot guns.

What is the Enfield, anyway?

About half of the Allies that hit the beaches and landing zones in Normandy on D-Day were American, while the British and Canadians made up the other half. Note the No. 4 Enfield rifles in the hands of these Canadian troops. (Photo: British National Army Museum)

The .303 rifle was first fielded in 1895 as the Magazine Lee–Enfield, which saw service in the Boer Wars and various British colonial brush wars of the early 20th Century, then was updated by the best-known Short Magazine Lee–Enfield (SMLE) after 1907.

The SMLE MK III/III* was one of the most common rifles of the Great War and its ability to deliver “ten rounds, rapid” made Commonwealth infantry a formidable force as the rifle went on to equip not only British troops but those of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and, of course, India.

This rare BSA-produced .22LR trainer up for grabs in the Vault is modeled after the standard SMLE MK III/III* which was the standard British military rifle for about 30 years.

By World War II, the SMLE had been further updated to the Rifle No. 4 Mk I and later No. 5 series which remained in production around the globe as late as the 1950s, including manufacture in the U.S. by Savage Arms. In India, Ishapore continued making the weapon in 7.62 NATO, dubbed the Rifle 7.62 mm 2A/1 until 1975.

A common round in factory production by Federal, Remington, and others, the .303 British has been a favorite of deer hunters in the states for decades. This means several of these milsurp rifles have been “sporterized

This Canadian-made Longbranch Lee Enfield No. 4 Mk I* may have seen WWII service, but long ago had its hardwood stock swapped out for a Monte Carlo-style sporter rig while its sights have likewise been updated.

To see Enfields and other classic military rifles and other vintage guns, be sure to check out our Collector’s Corner. You may be surprised by what you find.


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Florida Ballot Initiative to Ban ‘Assault Weapons’ Falls Far Short

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 01:13

Anti-gun advocates needed to get 760,000 signatures for a ballot initiative to ban most semi-auto rifles and shotguns in Florida but paid California-based petition gatherers only came up with 140,000. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Anti-gun advocates spent a year gathering signatures across the Sunshine State to ban most semi-auto rifles but fell well short of the mark.

The group, Ban Assault Weapons Now, was active throughout 2019 in canvassing from Key West to Pensacola and needed to turn in 766,200 signatures of registered voters to have a shot at making it to this Fall’s general election ballot. In the end, they only gathered 147,304.

The two-page text of the proposed amendment to the Florida state constitution would ban the possession of semiautomatic rifles and shotguns capable of holding more than 10 cartridges in any sort of fixed or detachable magazine. Violation of the ban would be a third-degree felony, which in Florida can be punished by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

According to campaign documents with the Florida Division of Election, the Miami-based group raised just over $2 million in contributions last year and spent $1.8 million towards the initiative. Top contributors included at least $210,000 from “Americans for Gun Safety Now” listed to an address at a UPS Store in Jacksonville and $100,000 from financier Selwyn Donald Sussman, the latter the largest single contributor to the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign. Additionally, the group received the support of national gun control organs such as the Brady Campaign.

The ballot campaign paid California-based canvassing agencies BH-AP Petitioning Partners and PCI Consultants to collect petition signatures. The companies have formerly been involved in several successful anti-gun petition efforts such as California’s Prop. 63 ammo ban and the I-594 and I-1491 campaign in Washington.

Opposing the initiative was Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, who asked the state Supreme Court for a judicial opinion on the move, as well as the National Rifle Association and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, who argued the court against the initiative. Oral arguments were heard on the proposed initiative on Tuesday, which could determine how the group proceeds with their efforts to try again for the 2022 ballot.

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The Ruger Mark Series is Ready for Competition or Hunting

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 09:00

One of the world’s most popular and reputable .22 LR pistols, the Ruger Mark II brings a versatile and customizable pistol design to the competition, plinking and varmint hunting arenas. Simply, it is one of those must-have staples to your gun collection. Offering thousands of upgrades, the MK II allows users to tweak and customize it to their preferences. Being an owner of the modern MK IV Lite, I was really curious as to how this pistol compared to its predecessor.

The Specs

The MKII I tested was the Target model – a stainless steel design with a bull barrel and sides milled flat to save weight. Upgrades included bullseye grip panels and a TASCO 1.25-4×32 handgun scope. Holding it, the MKII looks pretty wild, with its large scope and deeply grooved grip designed for bullseye shooting. This MKII underwent modification of its trigger internals yielding a pull weight around 2-pounds, no doubt to help with competitive precision shooting. Bullseye is all about accuracy, the goal is to stack rounds 25 to -50- yards away preferably within the same hole. This gun can do it.

The TASCO scope included makes this an ideal set-up for competition or varmint hunting (Photo: Ben Philippi/

I couldn’t wait to reach out one-armed like a proper bullseye shooter, breathe in deep and see if it lived up to the name. It was easily picked it up for the first time and grouped less than an inch spread the first time. Bullseye guys, don’t roll your eyes, as an action pistol girl I thought this was pretty impressive. With, proving that with practice and technique one can really stack the rounds. The pistol was heavy in my hand, which lead to a bit of arm shake after the first magazine. For two hands, though, this was an easy gun to handle.


At the Range

Heading over to the plate rack seemed like the perfect setup to test out freestyle shooting. Engaging steel plates at roughly 15-yards, the MKII required a slight holdover to hit the target – though left to right was dead on. It was really fun to plink the plates over, and with virtually no recoil you can do this all day.
When my range session was done overall, I was surprised to feel see that this particular MK II brought a whole new set of skills to the table than my MK IV does.

A beautiful gun (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Ergonomically, it felt very similar, but with the bull barrel, optic and grooved grips this had a wholly different character about it. This goes to show the versatility of the Ruger Mark series. Ws, whether you want a quick steel challenge pistol or a steady bullseye gun, it can be easily changed to meet your needs.
Overall, the MK II proves why it’s been a powerhouse competitor in the .22 LR world, bringing reliability and shootability to the .22 LR platform.

Want your own MK II? Check out’s inventory of the whole Ruger MKI-IV lineup to add to your own collection.


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Homemade 3D-Printed 12-Gauge Shotgun

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 06:00

What started as a political art project became the Liberator 12K, a prototype homemade 3-D printed 12-gauge shotgun.

Jeff Rodriguez brought two versions of the Liberator 12K to SHOT Show in Las Vegas, where he showed them off to enthusiastic crowds at Mark Serbu’s booth. There was a six-shot, revolver-style, pump-action 12-gauge shotgun, and a single shot break-action shotgun. He built them both in his basement to prove that anyone can make a working firearm with readily available parts.

All of the metal parts were purchased at Home Depot while the rest was 3-D printed thermoplastic polymer.

“A 3-D printer is basically a glorified hot glue gun on a robot,” said Rodriguez. “It’s fantastic for building prototypes.”

The six-shot revolver style action rotates using zig-zag grooves on the outside of the cylinder. Pumping the shotgun turns the cylinder with a metal pin on an actuator rod.

The Liberator homemade 3D-printed 12-gauge shotgun. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

The single-shot break-action shotgun is similar minus the six-shot cylinder. Rodriguez fired three Brenneke Black Magic slugs from the single-shot shotgun as documented in this video. “And I’m still in one piece and doing alright,” he said.

The Liberator homemade 3D-printed 12-gauge shotgun. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

He’s not sure what he wants to do with his design yet. He may offer the plans for free online, or perhaps even produce a commercial product. Mark Serbu, who was featured in our Select Fire show last year, often has DIY firearms on display at his booth. Some of them have even gone into production.

For years, he had a young Youtuber from Missouri called Royal Nonesuch at his booth. Royal was well known for testing his homemade guns on his now banned Youtube channel. He showed us some of them in this video. Unfortunately, Royal was not in attendance at this year’s SHOT Show.


The Liberator homemade 3D-printed 12-gauge shotgun. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

The Liberator homemade 3D-printed 12-gauge shotgun. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

The Liberator homemade 3D-printed 12-gauge shotgun. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

The Liberator homemade 3D-printed 12-gauge shotgun. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

The Liberator homemade 3D-printed 12-gauge shotgun. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

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Gifts For Your Sweetheart That Won’t Break the Bank

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 04:00

Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching. Are you ready? (Photo:

Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching leaving many lovebirds to ponder what to get their significant other. If money is tight but you still want to please that special someone in your life, consider one of the following options.

Boxes of Fun

(Photo: Jacki Billings/


Ask any gun owner what he or she uses the most of and guaranteed it’s ammo. Whether you plink rounds down range or pack them in your favorite carry gun, ammo is one gift you can be sure the gun owner in your life will appreciate and use.

When shopping for ammo, consider what style of shooting your gun lover prefers and any supply gaps they currently have in their inventory. For cheap and easy ammo for rifle and handgun plinkers, opt for American Eagle or Winchester White Box. Though pricier, concealed carriers would appreciate Hornady Critical Defense or Speer Gold Dot to pair with their carry guns while Federal Black Cloud TSS and Aguila Competition are great options for shotgun shooters.

Spare Mags for your Sweetheart

(Photo: Jacki Billings/


Magazines frequently take a beating at the range amid rapid reloads and general wear and tear, so spare mags make a thoughtful gift. Fairly easy on the wallet, spare mags, like ammo, are gifts you know your gun lover will use.

Load your gun guy or gun girl up with a handful of spares and if you really want to impress them offer to help pre-load before range day.

Used Guns for Date Days at the Range

(Photo: Jacki Billings/


Nothing says “I love you” quite like a gun but when finances are tight, new models might be off the table. For this reason, buying used is often more advantageous. Not only do you get stellar prices, but used models often also come with accessories like scopes, hard cases, holsters, and spare mags. offers an impressive array of used guns. From certified used models straight from the Vault to locally sourced options courtesy of our network of FFL dealers, whatever your budget or preference can help. Check out’s Outlet page for no less than 160 guns ready for you all under $250!

Binos and Rangefinders for the Hunters and Huntress

(Photo: Frank Melloni/


Hunters and Huntresses alike will certainly dig new gear to accompany them on long treks into the wilderness so why not gift them a sweet pair of binoculars or a solid rangefinder to make life a little easier. Binos pull double duty allowing gun owners to spot prey from a distance but these handy tools also transition into regular life. Bushnell Powerview, Simmons Venture, and Konus KonusRex all offer options that won’t break the bank.

For an accessory that is a little more gun oriented, grab a rangefinder for your loved one. Perfect for those hunting at distance or even just plinking at unknown ranges, rangefinders help gun owners dial in scopes for the perfect shot. When shopping, consider the Bushnell Trophy or Sig Kilo1000 — both under $180.

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Select Fire: The Best of SHOT Show 2020

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 00:28

In this episode of Select Fire, we crawled the 12.5 miles of aisles at the 42nd Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show for some of the most interesting finds.

The annual trade show, sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, attracts some 60,000 professionals from across the global firearms and outdoor industry representing at least 113 countries. Held at Las Vegas’s Sands Expo for the last decade, this year’s show featured more than 2,400 exhibitors– a record.

In the above episode, we stop by Ruger’s booth and lay hands on the new Ruger 57

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. (Photos: Chris Eger/

The Glock G44.

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

The Remington 700 CP

The new Remington Model 700 CP Armbrace pistol comes in .308, 6.5CM and .300BLK. (Photo: Chris Eger/

The 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)

The FN SCAR 20S in 6.5 Creedmoor.

Both the FN SCAR 20S in 7.62 and 6.5 Creedmoor accept the 10- or 20-round FN SCAR 17S mags.

As well as the FN 509 Compact MRD.

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.

The HK SP5 Pistol.

The SP5 proved lots of fun on the range

The CZ Bren 2 Ms.

The new CZ BREN Ms 2 carbine

Colt’s new 2020 Python.

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

Walther’s Q4 Steel Frame.

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

Tons of new Magpul stuff including their new 50 round 9mm mags and pistol braces.

Oh yeah…

And the very curious Laugo Arms Alien.

We had an encounter with an Alien. A Laugo Arms Alien, that is.

For more than 100 articles on everything SHOT Show 2020, visit our special coverage page, here.

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Walther Exhibits Meister Manufaktur Q5 Match SF Custom Pistols

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 23:13

The four Q5 Match SF models in the Walther Meister Manufaktur series include the Patriot, Black Tie, Arabesque, and Black Diamond. (Photo: Walther)

Celebrating their “engineering passion, precision workmanship, and innovation,” Walther has announced a line of custom Q5 Match Steel Frame pistols.

Dubbed the Meister Manufaktur series, four grades of limited edition custom pistols will be produced on the company’s Q5 SF platform. All will feature a blend of performance upgrades to include a Tenifer nitride treated barrel, slide, steel-frame, and magazine base plate.

The Dynamik Performance trigger, fitted on all Meister Manufaktur series pistols, feels incredibly smooth (Photo: Chris Eger/

They also have a flat-face Dynamik Performance trigger with a reduced take-up coupled with a one-piece wrap-around aluminum grip machined from a solid block of aerospace-grade aluminum alloy and the magazine base plate machined from a solid block of pure steel.

“Walther’s vision was to fuse form and function to create the ultimate experience for its customers,” said Bernhard Knöbel, CEO, Carl Walther GmbH. “More beauty, more soul – yet totally usable. Why should something truly beautiful only be collected, and why should something built for performance not lead its class in good looks and artistry?”

The four models include the Patriot, Black Tie, Arabesque, and Black Diamond, and were recently on display at SHOT Show in Las Vegas.

The Patriot is extensively engraved by Bottega Giovanelli in Italy in an ode to U.S. history (Photo: Chris Eger/

The Black Tie uses a Stinox coating to give the custom Q5 a satin finish. A black serrated target front sight and adjustable match rear sight are integrated into the slide, a feature standard across the line. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Note the 20 lines-per-inch grip checkering. (Photo: Chris Eger/

The Black Diamond goes for a futuristic look while including a Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coating to give it a high-polish finish. (Photo: Chris Eger/

The Arabesque is a one-off Q5 that includes 24-carat gold inlay and full coverage engraving by Italian master engraver Dario Cortini. The grips are exhibition grade Caucasian walnut. (Photo: Walther)

“Using our in-house engineering and technical skill fused with some of the world’s most celebrated craftsmen meant our imagination was the only limiting factor with the Meister Manufaktur program,” said Knöbel.

MSRP on the series starts at $2,790 for the more understated offerings and runs to $4,449. By comparison, you can get standard polymer-framed Q5 Match pistols, a more pedestrian offering, from about $799 and plain Jane SF pistols at about twice that amount.


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6 Shotguns That Piqued Our Interest at SHOT Show 2020

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 07:00

While .22LR pistols and rifles dominated many conversations at SHOT Show 2020, that doesn’t mean there weren’t new, buzzworthy shotguns. Whether you hunt or shoot trap these shotguns are worth looking into.

Here are the top six shotguns we were impressed by at SHOT Show 2020.

Savage Arms – Renegauge and 555 Trap

The Renegauge launch from Savage is the company’s first semi-auto shotgun since a brief run of Auto-5 spinoffs years ago. The self-regulating dual valve gas system is designed to cycle the lightest and heaviest loads possible, while only being limited by a 3-inch chamber. Savage debuted six different models of the Renegauge with barrels ranging from 24-inches to 28-inches. The MSRP of these will range from $1,449 to $1,549 depending on the model you choose.

(Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Not to be outdone, Stevens – a division of Savage – released updated models of its prominent 555 line of over-under shotguns. The aluminum receiver makes the gun ideal for the trap shooter looking for a lightweight gun while the reinforced steel at the breech adds durability. The standard model comes with a 30-inch barrel while the compact version sports a 26-inch barrel. You can find these in either 12- or 20-gauge priced at $689.

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


TriStar – Viper and Trinity Series

TriStar showed up to SHOT Show 2020 with new features for their Viper lineup while also launching a brand new Trinity series. A turkey hunter and a youth version join the Viper series as well as the Viper G2 Turkey. The G2 Turkey includes four Beretta Mobil style chokes including an extended turkey choke. The addition of a top Picatinny rail along with a pistol grip should be a welcome addition for turkey hunters. The stock is covered in Mossy Oak camouflage with the metalwork done in Midnight Bronze.

The Viper G2 Turkey. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

The update to the Viper series isn’t limited to just turkey hunters, youth shooters will be happy to know that TriStar has them in mind. Brightly colored red and blue finishes are designed to attract youth shooters while the 3-inch, 20-gauge chamber ensures they will have a comfortable time shooting. The new SRB Sport Youth models ship with three extended Beretta Mobil style chokes and will retail for $655.

The Viper G2 Sport Youth is decked out in blue and red. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

In addition to the Viper upgrades, TriStar also released a new series it call the Trinity Series. This new family of over-under shotguns features a 3-inch chamber and a Turkish Walnut stock. In addition to the high grade of fit and finish, you’ll find a 24-karat gold inlay as part of the engraved receiver. You’ll be able to find these in stores shortly and will be available in 12-, 16-, and 20-gauge with an MSRP of $685.

If you’re looking for a lighter version, TriStar also announced the Trinity LT which has a lightweight aluminum receiver instead of steel. The LT version is also offered in smaller gauges with offerings in .410, 28-, 20-, or 12-gauge. The lighter model will cost a little extra with an MSRP of $700.

(Photo: Kristin Alberts/


Mossberg 940 JM Pro

If you’re a competitive 3-gun shooter than the new Mossberg 940 JM Pro is a shotgun that’ll have you drooling. Designed by the first family of shooting, the Miculeks, this gun has everything the competitive shooter would ever want. With a 9+1 capacity, the shotgun is drilled and tapped for optics and comes with a set of Briley choke tubes. Additionally, the 940 JM Pro features a length of pull adjustment from 13- to 14.25-inches.

Lena Miculek sent in her custom shotgun for Mossberg to model the 940 JM Pro after and she was blown away that they not only met expectations with the production model but exceeded them. You should see this model hitting stores soon with an MSRP of $1,015.

Lena Miculek and Jerry Miculek crack jokes as they show off the new Mossberg 940 JM Pro. (Photo: Jacki Billings/


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Top 12 Hunting Guns, Gear from SHOT Show 2020

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 06:00

From incredibly ultralight rifles for backcountry and mountain hunters to new shotgun builders, scope makers in the eyewear business, new calibers, new platforms and even a muzzleloader fed from the breech—2020 will be a year hunters remember.

Savage Renegauge

Savage introduces its Reneguage shotgun. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/


Savage’s first major entry into the semi-automatic hunting shotgun market has been a long time in the making. The American-made Renegauge’s self-regulating, dual valve gas system allows the gun to cycle both light and heavy loads, limited only by its 3-inch chamber. Savage modifies the AccuFit system to include three interchangeable gel recoil pads for customizing both LOP and comb height. The initial launch includes Field, Turkey, and Waterfowl models, each shipping with three Beretta/Benelli-style choke tubes.

Weatherby Backcountry Ti

Detail of the titanium receiver and spiral fluted bolt which make the Mark V Backcountry Ti one of the lightest weight production bolt action rifles on the market today. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/


The company known for glossy magnum rifles launches one of the lightest weight hunting rifles with their Mark V Backcountry Ti. To achieve a weight just under 5-pounds, Weatherby uses an AG Composites carbon fiber stock and titanium receiver and there’s an externally adjustable TriggerTech trigger that helps drive the sub-MOA guarantee. Weatherby’s AccuBrake ST muzzle brake is touted to reduce recoil by up to 53%, which will be welcome in such a light platform firing magnum rounds. Weatherby subsequently announced their new magnum cartridge—the 6.5 Wby RPM– built specifically for pleasant performance in these ultralight rifles.

Trijicon Hunting Scopes

Trijicon brings new hunting scopes to hunters. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/


The company synonymous with high-end, top-dollar, tactical optics makes a serious entry into the more budget-friendly hunting optics market in 2020. While multiple options will work for hunters, the hunting specific Trijicons will be Huron, Tenmile HX, and AccuPoint. Some make use of the company’s renowned battery-free illumination, while others utilize a more standard reticle with premium glass. There are many different magnification options, 30mm tubes, some with quick dial turrets and other more basic.

Seekins Precision Havak Element

Seekins Precision Havak Element looks sleek on the range. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Seekins Precision Havak line of hunting rifles stole the show during Industry Day on the Range. Topped with a Bushnell Forge optic and firing Federal Terminal Ascent ammo, shooter after shooter placed shots with ease at over 950-yards. The Havak Element model achieves that accuracy from a 5.5-pound bare rifle by using a hybrid aerospace aluminum and stainless-steel receiver mated to a spiral-fluted, threaded barrel and housed in a carbon fiber composite stock.

Federal Terminal Ascent

Federal Terminal Ascent looks to be a promising offering for hunters. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/


When Federal, the world’s largest producer of sporting ammunition, claims its newest product is “the best hunting bullet ever built” by the company, hunters take notice. Terminal Ascent is a premium factory ammunition line loaded for match-grade, long-range accuracy with a bonded hunting bullet. Where other distance-friendly ammo lines may not perform well on game at shorter ranges—or vice versa—Terminal Ascent is designed to be a true “all range” round for big game.

Leupold Performance Eyewear

Leupold keeps you safe and looking good. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

One of the most respected American optics companies is branching out to the performance eyewear market. These have everything a shooter and active outdoors person demands: UV protection, polarized lenses, multiple lens colors, and an ANSI Z87.1+ ballistic rating. Some styles offer interchangeable lenses while others are prescription ready. The five styles are Tracer, Switchback, Packout, Katmai, and Becnara — covering everything from fashion to field-ready. A lifetime guarantee protects against manufacturer defects for the life of the product. Like their firearms optics, Leupold’s shades are designed, machined, and assembled in the USA.

Camp Chef Woodwind Wifi

Wifi in a smoker? We’re in. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Who would have guessed that old fashioned food preservation methods like smoking could benefit from wireless connectivity? Yet the successful Camp Chef line of pellet grills does just that. Camp Chef Connect allows cooks to monitor, control, set notifications and modify smoke settings from a mobile device. The new WoodWind WiFi comes in three sizes: 20, 24, and 36, from 2,100 to 7,000 cubic inches to cover everything from a small patio size to deer camp cooking headquarters. Another great innovation on the new model is what Camp Chef calls the “Smoke Number” setting. Selecting a number from 1-10 allows the chef to control precisely how much smoke flavor is imparted to the food. Each comes with four meat temperature probes, the Wifi PID controller, and a three-year warranty. All that’s missing is the wild game.

Henry X Model

Henry X Model on display at Federal’s booth. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/


Henry’s newly launched X Model proves the company answers the call of its customers. With a side loading gate, classic tubular loading port, threaded barrel, fiber optic sights, and matte black metalwork, the X Model already looks the part of a modern workhorse. The X line will be available on select existing models of Henry lever guns. All X’s will wear black synthetic stocks with molded sling studs, a lower Picatinny rail, and M-LOK attachment points. The X Model will initially be offered in .357 Mag, .44 Mag, .45 Colt, .45-70 Govt and .410 shotgun.

27 Nosler

Nosler introduced the 27 Nosler to SHOT Show attendees. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/


The list of proprietary Nosler cartridges grows in 2020 with an addition to the.270 family of chamberings. The new 27 Nosler is based on the .404 Jeffrey round and has significantly greater case capacity–and subsequently velocity, range, and energy–than other major .270 rounds on the market. Nosler is offering two factory ammunition choices at launch– Trophy Grade 150-grain AccuBond bullets or 165-grain ABLR Trophy Grade-LR–as well as reloading components. Both the M48 Mountain Carbon and the Long Range Carbon will be chambered in the new 27, as well as the more traditionally Walnut-stocked M48 Heritage.

Traditions NitroFire/Federal FireStick

Traditions and Federal aim to make muzzleloading easier. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

What happens when a muzzleloader manufacturer, ammunition company, and black powder specialist join forces? Hunters get a revolutionary new muzzleloading rifle fed with a FireStick “cartridge.” The Traditions NitroFire .50 caliber muzzleloader is the first and only of its kind designed specifically to be loaded from the breech—sans breech plug—with pre-charged, single-use Federal FireSticks filled with Hodgdon TripleEight black powder substitute. Because the bullet is still seated from the muzzle, the rifles will be legal for hunting in many locales. While there’s no replacing the nostalgia of traditional muzzleloaders, this new technology may well help more beginner shooters enter the market.

Primos Photoform Decoys

(Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Hunting gear specialists Primos use modern technology to create a pair of incredibly lightweight, realistic turkey decoys. The Photoform birds are 3D molded packable foam made lifelike through a proprietary printing process that allows the company to print actual turkey imagery onto the form. Both a young Jake and a Hen will be available in time for Spring gobbler getting.

Sig Sauer Cross

SHOP Sig Sauer

Sig Sauer’s first entry into the bolt-action hunting world is indeed a cross between two genres—the precision rifle and the lightweight hunting rifle. The Sig Sauer Cross uses a folding, fully adjustable chassis style stock, AICS magazines, and a two-stage match trigger. These rifles weigh a surprisingly scant 6.5- to 6.8-pounds and come in three calibers: 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win, and Sig’s new .277 Fury.

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Best Law Enforcement Gear from SHOT Show 2020

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 05:15

SHOT Show is an enormous affair and many vendors market specifically, sometimes exclusively, to law enforcement. As a cop prowling through the law enforcement sections, I took note of great gear that could make an officer’s life better—sometimes even save it. These items range in price and size, but they were all noteworthy for various reasons.

Mid-Evil Industries Overwatch Commander

The Overwatch Commander is a stabilizing system. (Photo: Sean Curtis/

This innovative company came out with a hardy vertical foregrip a few years ago that could rotate nearly any direction you preferred. More recently, they’ve created an entire stabilizing system called the Overwatch Commander. The setup consists of vertical support for rifles that ends in a tripod on a ball socket. This allows rifles to be stabilized from several angles. However, the tripod can then be attached to an even longer, expandable monopod which connects to yet another tripod several feet below. There is another ball socket at the base creating even more adjustability for angles.

Consider the first tripod suitable for a seated or prone position while the extension is better for standing shooting. The whole system is ruggedly designed yet weighs just under 6-pounds. Prices vary depending on an array of options and accessories.

Radical Firearms LP300

Radical Firearms LP300. (Photo: Sean Curtis/


It wouldn’t be a SHOT Show roundup without a firearm and Radical has an outstanding entry. The LP300 is an SBR chambered in .300 Blackout that features integral suppression. The rifle is reportedly hearing safe and is a great option for officers on the street who must respond quickly to calls.

Also available in 5.56, the MSRP is $1,599 though these units are currently only sold to military and law enforcement.

Door Jaam

Door Jamm conveniently holds doors open. (Photo: Sean Curtis/

The guys at Door Jaam are a couple of officers who faced a problem cops around the world occasionally run into — locked doors. When called to respond to a situation, whether criminal or medical, officers are often let into locked places like lobbies, apartments or courtyards. As additional officers arrive, the need for backup to quickly reach the responding officer is imperative.

Enter Door Jaam! This awesome little piece of rubber conveniently holds doors open, can be personalized, fits in your pocket and is inexpensive at only $11.99.

Pepperball TCP Carbine

The author trying out the Pepperball TCP carbine. (Photo: Sean Curtis/

The popular TCP is a pistol that’s been used to deliver tiny balls of PAVA, a super-hot chemical irritant. This is a great, non-lethal, force alternative for subjects who are verbally non-compliant. Pepperball just made a conversion kit to give officers a stock, fore-end, and rail so an optic can be mounted to make an already effective platform even better. The total cost for a TCP and carbine kit is around $600.


TacVent pushes the carrier off the body just enough for airflow so officers can get some relief from the heat. (Photo: Sean Curtis/

The officer who invented TacVent wore a plate carrier all day on an active shooter call where an entire major airport needed to be cleared for other suspects. The heat from wearing body armor saps strength, dehydrates and also causes undue fatigue on officers.

TacVent looks to combat this problem using a system of rubberized plates with integrated airflow channels that attach on the inside of a plate carrier. Once donned, TacVent pushes the carrier off the body just enough for airflow, tapping into the body’s natural cooling system of evaporating sweat. You can buy a single plate for $34.99 or a pair for $59.98.

Valor Standard from Voodoo Tactical

Valor Standard, from Voodoo Tactical, offers plenty of bags created with input from LE. (Photo: Sean Curtis/

Voodoo Tactical created a line of bags called Valor Standard using input from law enforcement personnel. The array of bags is broad, ranging from attaches to diaper bags and everything in between. Plus, they are purpose-driven with designed features useful to police in the field whether on duty or off.

Valor Standard prices range depending on model.

Fisher Space Pen

The Cap-O-Matic is a matte black pen with a blue line running down the side. (Photo: Sean Curtis/

This company with a unique engineering history has been making outstanding writing implements for years. They recently came out with a new line called the Law Enforcement Collection. The first offering is a Cap-O-Matic, matte black pen with a blue line running down the side. The point is deployed simply by clicking the top of the lid. The action is smooth, and the writing is wholly reliable. I’ve had pens freeze in my patrol car or get broken in fights, but the Fisher I’ve used always kept working. The retail price is $25.

Looking for your next off-duty carry gun? has you covered. Check out our inventory of new and used firearms perfect for carry.


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Top 7 Handguns of SHOT Show 2020

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 05:00

The SHOT Show floor was littered with handguns of every size, shape, and color. While some of our favorite models made it into our Top 7 New Guns of SHOT Show, we felt concealed carry models deserved a little attention too.

In no particular order, here are some of our favorite guns showcased at SHOT Show for concealed carry.

Glock 44


A dead-ringer for the Glock 19, the new Glock 44 wowed spectators with its rimfire approach to the popular polymer platform. The G44, chambered in .22LR, is a solid training companion to the G19 as well as a decent entry option for new shooters. Featuring a 4.02-inch barrel and overall length of 7.28-inches, the G44 opts for a 10+1 capacity.

MSRP is $430 but currently has them under the $400 mark.



Ruger’s introduction of the Ruger 57 made waves, but the company’s revamp of the LCP II shouldn’t go unnoticed. With the .380 ACP version, a popular choice for many shooters, the addition of a .22LR with an increased capacity of 10+1 is appealing. The stainless steel gun boasts a 2.75-inch barrel with an overall length of 5.2-inches. Weight comes in at 11.2-ounces. Width is a slim 0.81-inches while height rests at 4-inches flat.

Other features include a new manual safety located on the left side of the frame– a first for the LCP series — and fixed front and rear sights. MSRP on the Ruger Lite Rack LCP II .22LR is $349, but has it under $300.

Shadow Systems MR920

The Shadow Systems MR920 is an upgrade to the MR918. (Photo: Jacki Billings)


Shadow Systems launched the new MR920 pistol which boasts some upgrades over its sibling the MR918. Notable changes include an updated beavertail to eliminate slide-bite for bigger hands, recoil control ledge to better support the thumb while firing, a larger slide release curtain, enhanced traction magazine button, and a snag-free rear profile.

Additionally, the MR920 uses a revamped optics system called the Multiple Footprint Optic System which uses a direct mounting approaching — ditching adapter plates in favor of direct mounting of the red dot to the MR920. MSRP starts around $799.

Beretta Bobcat


Beretta expanded its popular BUG option, the 21A Bobact, adding new color palettes and threaded barrel options. Color schemes now include Flat Dark Earth, silver and black Two-Tone, black with walnut grips, silver and blue with rosewood grips, and a dressed-up blue frame and pearl grips version.

The 21A Bobcat models on deck at Beretta’s both were so new pricing has not been set on the new wares.

Springfield Hellcat OSP


Springfield Armory prominently featured its Hellcat at SHOT Show, offering many attendees their first look at the platform. While the standard made waves at its launch in 2019, the OSP followed a familiar optics ready theme with handguns in 2020. The 9mm chambered OSP touts a capacity of 11+1 or 13+1 with an extended magazine and comes ready to accept micro red dots.

The Hellcat OSP delivers a 6-inch overall length with a 3-inch barrel and a weight of 17.9-ounces. MSRP for the OSP model is slightly more than the standard Hellcat, sitting at $599.

Mossberg MC2c


Chambered in 9mm and featuring a capacity of 13+1 with the flush fit mag and 15+1 with the extended, the MC2c is the latest pistol to come from none other than Mossberg. The MC2c comes in five total configurations — a standard model, a Cross-Bolt Safety version, Stainless Two-Tone, Stainless Two-Tone Cross-Bolt Safety and a TruGlo Tritium Pro equipped model.

The MC2c offers a 3.9-inch barrel and an overall length of 7.10-inches. Weight hovers around 21-ounces. Pricing starts around $490.

FN 509 Compact

The FN 509 Compact MRD sports an optics ready design. (Photo: Jacki Billings)


FN brought its latest pistol, the MRD Compact 509, to SHOT Show showing off its optics ready style and blackout iron sights. Sporting a 3.7-inch barrel, the FN Compact MRD measures a total length of 6.8-inches. Height measures 4.8-inches with weight at 25.5-ounces.

Using a standard flush-fit 12-round magazine, the Compact MRD accepts all higher capacity FN 509 mags and retails for $799, thought has them for $699.

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Four Legged Frenzy: Dogs of SHOT Show 2020

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 04:30

While is always thrilled to take in the sights and smells of SHOT Show, one thing, in particular, fills our gun-laden hearts with joy — doggos! From the insta-famous to the tactical ready, SHOT Show did not disappoint when it came to furry, four-legged friends.

With so many guns on display, it’s all smiles at SHOT Show. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The pup, the myth, the legend — Dark Storm Norm. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Receiving lots of pets on Industry Day at the Range. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Such a good boy! (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Look at that sweet face! (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Ready to tackle whatever SHOT Show throws. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Checking out the SHOT Show floor. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Did someone say treat? (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Sneaking a little nap in after a long week. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

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Taurus Introduces 8-shot Model 942 .22 Rimfire Revolvers

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 03:55

Described as being low-recoiling and “ideal for concealed carry, recreational shooting and skills training,” the new Taurus Model 942 series revolvers are inbound. (Photo: Taurus)

With black and stainless models in both .22LR and .22WMR, Taurus has rebooted its small-framed rimfire revolver line.

The new Model 942 series uses the same grip as their 856 line of .38-caliber wheel guns, which means that lots of grip options are already in circulation for these pint-sized Roscoes. Speaking of options, the 942 will eventually be available in 2- and 3-inch barrel formats, matte black or stainless finishes, and with alloy aluminum or stainless steel frames.

The Taurus 942 models are expected to start shipping later this year (Photo: Taurus)

All models will be double-action/single-action with a weight ranging from 17- to 25-ounces depending on options and overall length varying from 6.6- to 7.6-inches between the 2- and 3-inch barrels. The serrated ramp front sight is removable with an AmeriGlo night sight as an option while the rear sight is drift-adjustable. All will use an 8-round cylinder.

MSRP for the new 942 revolvers begins at $369 for the matte black .22LR. The new Model 942 is set to begin shipping in 2Q 2020.


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The Italian Wolf: Benelli’s Bolt Action Lupo

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 03:44

This closeup of the Lupo shows the two-piece stock, which fits around what is essentially a two-part receiver, half-steel, half-aluminum alloy chassis. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Benelli, a company known for innovation in the semi-automatic shotgun world, puts forth its first-ever entry into the bolt-action rifle world. Though the Lupo, the Italian word for wolf, is Benelli’s first crack at the bolt-action hunting rifle market, from the looks of things, this animal has been a long time in the making.

From a distance, the Lupo looks unassuming with its black synthetic furniture and matte black metalwork, but closer inspection reveals sleek lines and modern features. The Lupo makes use of seven existing Benelli patents, drawing from such things as the Crio barrel technology and Progressive Comfort recoil reduction system at the buttstock. A cryogenically treated, free-floating, threaded barrel is mated to a hardened steel barrel extension which is then bedded to a steel block in the alloy receiver.

Speaking of receivers, the Lupo essentially makes use of a two-piece receiver with an “upper” of hardened steel and the “lower” a chassis-like aluminum housing. Like many other companies going the route of lightweight production rifles, aluminum alloy helps shave weight, putting the Lupo at 7-pounds bare.

The Lupo’s modern lines flow through the unusually high magazine cutout, which allows for a flush fit. The back-swept bolt handle and trigger position are all designed for ergonomics. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Benelli’s detachable 5-round magazine is uniquely designed with a center divider for the double-stack style, and the mag fits flush with the base of the rifle as the sides of the receiver are cut out for its seamless inclusion. There’s an adjustable trigger and ambidextrous two-position tang safety. What the company calls a “two-piece Picatinny rail” resembles two-piece bases and allows for standard cope mounting. Benelli advertises sub-MOA 3-shot group accuracy from the Lupo’s chassis style design, which uses a two-piece stock system.

Reminiscent of the wildly successful Savage AccuFit stock system, which allows for both comb and LOP customization, Benelli introduces their Combtech cheek pads to the rifle world. Combtech pads can be interchanged to achieve custom riser height for the perfect optics-eye alignment. Unlike Savage, however, Benelli’s Combtech inserts also serve double duty in recoil reduction. The Lupo ships with a single Combtech pad, but other heights can be purchased from Benelli. The company also includes a set of shims that allow the shooter to tailor lengths of trigger-reach, cast, and drop. Spacers allowing for LOP extension can also be purchased at a later date.

The Benelli Lupo, the company’s first-ever bolt-action rifle, was by far the biggest news around the Italian gunmaker’s SHOT Show booths. The Lupo will be chambered in .270, .30-06, and .300 Win Mag. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

The initial launch will see only three calibers listed– .270 Win, .30-06 Spfld and .300 Win Mag — though others are sure to join the pack in 2021. MSRP on the new Lupo is set at $1,699 with a seven-year factory warranty.


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Dan Wesson CZ 75/1911 Mash-Up DWX Spotted in the Wild

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 03:15

It does exist! The DWX has an adjustable rear sight, aluminum grips, an ambi thumb safety, a fiber-optic 1911-style front sight, CZ Shadow 2 style rear sight, flat K-style trigger, and checkering on both the mainspring housing and front strap. (Photo: Chris Eger/

A promised blend of all the best things of the CZ 75 and M1911, the Dan Wesson DWX pistol, is closer to production.

Sighted at Dan Wesson’s booth during SHOT Show last month in Las Vegas, the DWX was on hand and was easily one of the most talked-about products on the floor– no small feat considering there were over 2,400 exhibitors.

Under development for years, the 9mm DWX uses a beefed-up locked-breech barrel system and a CZ-style takedown while incorporating a 5-inch match-grade barrel sans the 1911’s link system or barrel bushing. However, it contains many 1911 parts such as the trigger and mainspring while coming to the party with a 19+1 magazine capacity based on the CZ P-09/P-10 and aluminum CZ 75 grips.

Weight is 43-ounces on the standard DMX with an 8.5-inch overall length. (Photo: Chris Eger/

MSRP is set at $1,799 with availability promised as “soon.”

A DWX 40 S&W version, with a 15+1 capacity, is also billed as coming soon while an aluminum-framed DWX Compact version will use the grips and mags of 75 Compact.


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Top 10 Rifles We’re Excited About from SHOT Show 2020

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 07:00

Whether you’re a competition shooter, a hunter or someone who just likes plinking, SHOT Show 2020 unveiled some great new rifles you’re bound to love. There were new models around every corner but we scrubbed the show floor to bring you only the best of the best. Without further ado here are the 10 best rifles we found while walking around SHOT Show.

Henry – X Model

Henry normally doesn’t have a booth at SHOT Show and this year was no different; however, the company was able to sneak a brand new rifle — the X Model — into the Federal booth to coincide with the new Hammer Down ammo made specifically for lever-action rifles. We’re looking forward to reviewing this one!

Henry Repeating Arms and Federal Ammunition team up for a round specifically for lever-action rifles. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Benelli – Lupo

Italian manufacturer Benelli has long been known for its excellent shotguns, built for both hunting and competition. This year the company dropped a bomb by announcing that it’s finally diving into the bolt-action rifle market. The rifle has lots of innovation built-in with seven exclusive patents on its design. Currently, it’s offered in .270 Win, .300 Win Mag, and .30-06 Spfld.

The Lupo is a beautiful new addition to the already stunning Benelli lineup. (Kristin Alberts/

Sig Sauer – CROSS Rifle

Another company jumping into the bolt-action rifle game for the first time is Sig Sauer. At SHOT Show 2020 they unveiled their all-new bolt-action rifle, the CROSS. As the name implies this rifle is meant to be a true crossover for the person who wants to compete and hunt — all without having to buy two rifles. The CROSS features a design that easily adjusts for length of pull, cheek weld, and cant. It’s still on its way to retailers but you’ll find this model offered in 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win and Sig’s own .277 FURY.


IWI has long been known for their Tavor bullpup shotguns, but now they’re jumping into the AR-15 game with their ZION 15 series of rifles. This is the first M4 style gun from the Israeli gun manufacturer and it weighs in at 6.5-lbs without the mag. It’s 100% American made and it comes equipped with a 16-inch barrel and one 30-round PMAG. Look for this rifle to hit retailers soon.

The rifle, which uses a 16-inch 1-in-8 twist barrel and a mid-length gas system, will be made in Pennsylvania. (Photo: Chris Eger/


This year FN dropped a new chambering to the 20S lineup that’s sure to make the long-range shooter giddy with excitement. Of course, we’re talking about the much loved 6.5 Creedmoor. In addition to FDE, you’ll also be able to find the SCAR in a black offering too.

For those who said they would only get a SCAR if it was in 6.5CM, FN called your bluff (Photo: Chris Eger/

Kalashnikov USA – KR-103

Kalashnikov USA made a splash at SHOT Show 2020 by debuting its KR-103 rifle in 7.62x39mm. This isn’t just a clone of a Russian gun, this is the first-ever 100% made in America AK. Components, down to the screws and trunnions, are even sourced domestically. “It’s never been done before,” said John Mossberg, President of K-USA. This model should be shipping in the next 60 to 90 days with an MSRP of $1,050.

Savage – 110 Elite Precision

The Savage 110 lineup has been a favorite of hunters for a long time. Now Savage is stepping up their game to offer their most competition-oriented rifle to date, the 110 Elite Precision. Partnering with Modular Driven Technologies to offer the LSS XL Chassis, the skeletonized stock cuts down on weight while still offering the end-user a way to adjust comb height and length of pull. These are already shipping with an MSRP of $1,999 and up depending on chambering.

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

Serbu Arms – Diabolus

Some liken Mark Serbu to the Willy Wonka of the gun world. He’s been cooking up something special and he showed it off at SHOT Show 2020 — the Serbu Diabolus. This rifle has a bolt much like an AR-18 that rides on rails but Serbu, claiming no one else has done yet, attached an AR-15 bolt head to the configuration. The gun is built for modularity with the end-user able to switch out stocks and handguards depending on use. If the rifle looks funny that’s because Serbu stayed up the whole night before show open to finish the prototype. Hot off the press!

Franklin Armory – BFSIII M4

California-based Franklin Armory showed up big at SHOT Show 2020 with several innovative items to talk about. The first was their new binary trigger package for the Ruger 10/22, which is bound to be loads of fun, especially with the affordable MSRP of $299. If you don’t feel like messing around with a trigger install, the company also debuted their BFSIII M4 in 5.56 NATO which comes already outfitted with a binary trigger.

Kimber – Open Range Pro Carbon

Kimber showed up to SHOT Show 2020 with new handguns and new rifles in tow. This year they debuted the Open Range Pro Carbon series which sports a PROOF Research carbon fiber wrapped barrel. This gives the rifle a significant weight savings, a welcome feature for those hunters making long treks into the backcountry. TheOpen Range Pro Carbon series is also available in two different stocks, Granite and Open Country. You can expect to see these soon with an MSRP of $3,099.

(Photo: Jacki Billings/

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New Side Folding Stocks for Ruger Mini-14 and 10/22 Rifles

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 06:57

Samson Manufacturing showcased its brand new side-folding stocks for the Ruger Mini-14 and 10/22 rifles at SHOT Show.

Not only did they work with Ruger to faithfully re-create their original stock from the 70s and 80s, but Samson also improved it. The A-TM stock for the Ruger Mini-14 looks, feels and operates exactly like the original, except for two small differences. Instead of a bakelite grip found on the original, Samson opted for a molded plastic grip. They also used walnut wood instead of birch. According to Bryan Kay, a representative for Samson at SHOT Show, both materials are more durable than the original, and thus are improvements.

The Samson Manufacturing A-TM Folding Stock for the Ruger Mini-14 rifle.

Ruger never made a side folding stock for their popular 10/22 rifle. As a result, Samson’s B-TM stock that fits the 10/22, is entirely new. It features the same design and materials as the A-TM stock, except it has a shorter length of pull.

Samson isn’t allowed to mention the famous 80’s tv show that made the Mini-14 and side folding stock so popular. But, they certainly chose a clever name – the A-TM Stock. “Nostalgia from the 80’s tv show is obvious in it,” said Kay.

The Samson Manufacturing A-TM stock for the Ruger Mini-14 (top) and the B-TM stock for the Ruger 10/22 rifle. (bottom)

With original Ruger side-folding stocks selling for upwards of $1,000, Samson has priced their stocks competitively. The A-TM stock sells for $279.99. The B-TM sells for $259.99. Both are available directly on Samson’s site. has plenty of new and used Mini-14s and 10/22 rifles to put them on.

The Samson Manufacturing A-TM Folding Stock for the Ruger Mini-14 rifle.

The Samson Manufacturing A-TM Folding Stock for the Ruger Mini-14 rifle.

The Samson Manufacturing A-TM Folding Stock for the Ruger Mini-14 rifle.

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Weatherby Targets Mountain Hunters with Backcountry Rifles, New Magnum Caliber

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 04:45

The newbies were on display at Weatherby’s SHOT Show 2020 booth in Las Vegas, Nevada. The sub-5-pound Mark V Backcountry Ti with its titanium receiver, top, and the slightly heavier Mark V Backcountry, bottom. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

The company known for heavy magnum actions, high gloss Monte Carlo Walnut stocks and skip-line checkering is trading much of that glitz and glam for weight savings, speed, and space-age materials. Weatherby’s new Backcountry rifles are lightweight performers for mobile hunters demanding flat-shooting and easy carrying firearms.

Backcountry Ti

There’s no questioning that 2020 has been the year for ultralight bolt action rifle announcements. It seems almost every major manufacturer is trying to find ways to shave a pound here or there. The new Backcountry Ti rifle enters that arena as one of the lightest and most balanced rifles for the new year.

To achieve a weight just under 5-pounds, Weatherby uses carbon fiber and state-of-the-art design materials to reduce weight. “The goal was not to simply achieve the production of a 5-pound rifle. Instead, our team was able to break the 5-pound mark while delivering magnum performance in a firearm that doesn’t demand custom rifle pricing,” Weatherby said in a news release.

Detail of the titanium receiver and spiral fluted bolt which make the Mark V Backcountry Ti one of the lightest weight production bolt action rifles on the market today. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Building an ultralight rifle is one thing, but designing one that actually performs is another, and to that end, Weatherby loads the Backcountry with features hunters desire. There’s an externally adjustable TriggerTech trigger that helps drive the sub-MOA guarantee. Weatherby’s AccuBrake ST muzzle brake is touted to reduce recoil by up to 53% — a welcome feature in such a light platform firing magnum rounds.

The short 54-degree bolt throw means faster cycling and greater scope clearance. While many companies are using carbon fiber barrels, Weatherby’s Backcountry Ti goes carbon fiber instead with an AG Composites stock topped with Weatherby’s patent-pending 3DHex lattice-style butt pad for extra recoil reduction. Where the sub-5-pound Ti excels is with its Titanium receiver which is said to weigh 42% less than steel while maintaining excellent strength.

MSRP on the Backcountry Ti sits between $3,349 to $3,429. For those willing to lug around the extra weight of standard steel, the standard Backcountry –not Ti– can be had with many of the same features and accuracy for $2,499 to $2,599.

Weatherby 6.5 WBY RPM

With the advent of the extreme lightweight Backcountry Ti rifles comes a magnum chambering that is not only palatable in such a featherlight platform but optimized for flat shooting at distance. A Rebated Precision Magnum, the 6.5 WBY RMP brings a design the company says is dedicated to performance.

“The rebated rim helps achieve the desired velocity and energy we were looking for while remaining compatible with our 6-lug action,” Weatherby said in a news release.

The RPM is based around a lengthened .284 Winchester casing but uses the aforementioned rebated rim allowing it to pair with .30-06 bolts as well as reloading equipment. The case differs, however, in its wide-body diameter, low taper, and sharper 35-degree shoulder all equaling greater capacity and higher velocities.

Weatherby’s graphic shows the gains of the 6.5 Wby RPM over other popular 6.5 chamberings, like the Creedmoor and PRC. (Photo: Weatherby)

Love or hate them, there’s no arguing the 6.5 diameter chamberings have already proven themselves in the long-range hunting world and the RPM should be no exception. According to Weatherby’s metrics, the cartridge delivers 1,500 foot-pounds of energy at 500-yards and is “capable of ethically taking big game animals across the globe.” Muzzle velocity with 140-grain AccuBond measures 3,075 feet-per-second.

The 6.5 Wby RPM and Backcountry rifles marry together for the ultimate lightweight, mountain hunting rig.


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