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New Caliber Alert: Nosler Introduces 27 Nosler

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 04:30

The 22, 26, 27, 28, 30, and 32 Noslers. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Synonymous with quality hunting ammunition, Nosler shakes things up in the .270 world introducing a new caliber – the 27 Nosler. Debuted at SHOT Show 2020 in Las Vegas, hunters got their first look at the specs, rifles, and ammunition driving the new round.

New Caliber Specs

(Photo: Nosler)

Fans of the .270 Win may wonder why anybody would play around with such a proven round but Nosler is no stranger to shaking up the convention. Based on the .404 Jeffrey — parent casing to the 30 Nosler among others — the centerfire 27 Nosler boasts a longer neck and shorter overall length. This conscious design effort was made to prevent the 28 Nosler from being chambered in a 27 Nosler equipped setup.

The faster 1:8.5-inch twist rate is specifically intended to stabilize today’s heavier, high BC, long-range projectiles. In a velocity comparison, company stats show with a 150-grain bullet, the 27 Nosler is 400 feet-per-second faster than a .270 Win, and 300 feet-per-second faster than a .270 WSM at the muzzle. The 27 Nosler also offers an additional 800 foot-pounds of energy over the .270 Win and 600 foot-pounds more than the .270 WSM at the muzzle.

“Conceived as a 21st-century upgrade, the 27 Nosler delivers previously unobtainable downrange ballistics by pairing the ultimate combination of case capacity with modern long-for-caliber bullets,” Nosler said in a news release.

What’s Available

Trophy Grade LR ammo for the 27 Nosler. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Two flavors of factory premium loaded ammunition will fill the initial launch: Trophy Grade topped with 150-grain AccuBond bullets and a heavier 165-grain ABLR Trophy Grade-LR.

In addition to ammo offerings, three new rifle models also accompany the launch of the 27 Nosler. The M48 Mountain Carbon and the Long Range Carbon will chamber the round, as well as the more traditional Walnut-stocked M48 Heritage.

Rifle offerings chambered for 27 Nosler. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Fully prepped Nosler brass will be available in 25-count boxes. In a pinch, 27 Nosler brass can be formed from 30 Nosler brass, which according to the factory website, is preferable due to the similarity of shoulder dimensions.

All Nosler products are coming out of the company’s Bend, Oregon facilities with Made-in-the-USA quality.


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TriStar Debuts Half-Dozen New Scatterguns for 2020

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 04:15

TriStar takes new launches to the next level in 2020 with not one or two, but no less than six new additions and major upgrades to its shotguns.

Hunter Mag Camo

TriStar unveiled new shotguns, including the Hunter Mag now in camo. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

The company’s line of reliable, hard-hitting magnum Over-Under break-action hunting shotguns saw an upgrade with a new synthetic stocked, 3.5-inch chambered double called the Hunter Mag Camo. The shotgun pairs a sharp Midnight Bronze finish with Mossy Oak Bottomland camouflage for a scattergun that will disappear in everything from duck blinds to turkey woods.

The Hunter Mag ships with five Beretta Mobil style choke tubes and retails for $760.


The TT Field. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

The TT-Field models are not brand new for 2020, but most of us have yet to get our hands on these steel-framed hunting models. Available in four gauges–.410, 28-, 20-, and 12- gauge—the TT-Field comes standard with Select Grade Turkish Walnut, laser engraved receivers, auto ejectors, and five, color-coded extended choke tubes.

MSRP on the TT-Field series runs from $855 to $885 depending on gauge.

Viper G2 Turkey

The Viper G2 Turkey. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Turkey hunters will appreciate the ergonomic additions to the company’s proven Viper G2 line of semi-auto hunting guns. The G2 Turkey comes in both 12- and 20-gauge with a 3-inch chamber, four Beretta Mobil style chokes including an extended turkey choke, a top Picatinny rail for easy optics mounting and a pistol-grip addition favored by run and gunners. The two-piece stock system is covered in Mossy Oak camouflage with metalwork done in Midnight Bronze.

Viper G2 SRB Sport Youth

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

Tristar’s additions for 2020 are not merely for hunters, but for youth and competition clay shooters as well. The Viper G2 line of shotguns has been serving a dual purpose for some years now, but the flashy new finishes will catch the eye of many young shooters. Both red and blue anodizing dress the G2 SRB Sport Youth models, an upgrade to the standard Viper G2 Youth in camo and wood. The guns have a 3-inch, 20-gauge chamber with a 26-inch barrel.

The new SRB Sport’s ship with three extended Beretta Mobil Chokes for an MSRP around $655.


(Photo: Kristin Alberts/

(Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Tristar continues to improve upon their serious line of competition Trap shotguns with the TT-Trap. A major addition is a more customizable buttpad system that allows shooters to tailor LOP. The 12-gauges can be had with barrel lengths from 30-, 32-, and 34-inches, with several combo sets available.

Models include Mono Trap, Top Single, Unsingle, Double Trap, Combo Trap, Combo Deluxe, and Sporting with MSRP’s from $915 to $2,335.

Trinity Series O/U

(Photo: Kristin Alberts/

The most eye-catching to both hunters and clay shooters alike is Tristar’s entirely new family of Over-Under shotguns called the Trinity Series. The 3-inch chambered doubles are said to exhibit a higher grade of fit and finish. The steel receiver Trinity features 24-karat gold inlay as part of the engraved receiver. The Trinity will be available in 12-, 16-, and 20-gauge with an MSRP of $685.

The Trinity LT, meanwhile, offers a lightweight aluminum receiver. Both wear satin oil-finished Turkish Walnut stocks, a fiber optic front sight, and ship with five Beretta Mobil chokes. The lighter weight Trinity LT comes in .410, 28-, 20-, or 12-gauge with a slightly higher MSRP of $700.


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Beretta Bobcat Sees New Colors, Threaded Barrels

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 04:00

Beretta answered the call of Bobcat fans searching for more color variety and threaded barrel options by introducing a new line of 21A Bobcat models.

Launched at SHOT Show, Beretta told that the 21A Bobcat models were fresh from the manufacturer, so much so that pricing has not been set on the new wares. 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.

A gorgeous new 21A Bobcat. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

In addition to snazzy looks, the new 21A Bobcat models also offer 1/2×28 threaded barrels for suppressor fans. Beretta says the new Bobcats will be available mid- to late-2020.

Though the big pistol news from Beretta was all in the Bobcats, the company also offered expansions to its APX series.

The APX Target, which saw a soft launch in July 2019, was on deck with a competition-ready build featuring an optics-ready design. Beretta says the pistol ships with four optics plates ready to mount Trijicon, Burris, Leupold and Seymour pistol optics. Sporting a fiber optic front sight, the APX Target opts for blacked-out rear sights.

Other perks include a black backstrap, no finger grooves on the grip, extended mag release, ambi slide stop, and a competition trigger. The APX Target also offers a slightly longer slide than the original APX bringing a longer sight radius to shooters. The APX Target is available now and is priced around $699.

The APX series got some new additions. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The APX Centurion Combat model was also on hand at the show delivering an optics ready design with 1/2x28mm threaded barrel. The APX Centurion provides a 4.2-inch barrel on a 7.47-inch overall length. Shipping now, Beretta says they are excited to offer a midsize, red dot variant on the Centurion name.

“It’s basically ready for suppressor and ready for a red dot,” Beretta rep Erik Stern told “It’s top of the line.”

The APX Centurion Combat is priced at $579.


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FN Showcased 6.5 Creedmoor SCAR 20S and More at SHOT 2020

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 03:55

South Carolina-based FN came to SHOT Show last week with several new additions to their 2020 catalog including a 6.5 Creedmoor SCAR.

The caliber addition to FN’s popular and combat-proven rifle line came after the company prototyped the 6.5CM in the FN MK 20 SSR after USSOCOM announced plans in 2018 to explore the cartridge for future use.

Available this year on the commercial market, the FN SCAR 20S in 6.5CM will be offered in both FDE and black. (Photos: Chris Eger/

Like the 7.62 NATO SCAR 20S, the 6.5CM model uses an extended monolithic receiver and comes standard with a Geissele Super SCAR trigger, SSR precision stock that is adjustable for length of pull and comb height, as well as the Hogue grip.

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


Besides the SCAR 20S in 6.5CM, FN also had a prototype MK 48 Mod 2 machine gun chambered in the same caliber.

And, naturally, the MK 20 SSR in 6.5CM, price on request

Further, there was plenty of other SCAR and MK 48 eye candy on display as well


Then again, there was also an HDT Global Hunter Wolf 6×6 UGV complete with one of FN’s deFNder remote weapon stations on hand…

…which is one heck of an upgrade from the Claymore Roomba.

Show us the pistolas!

In more obtainable offerings, there was lots of buzz around FN’s new MRD Compact 509 series, which brings the platform down to size while providing space for increasingly sought-after micro red dot systems 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.

With a standard flush-fit 12-round magazine, the Compact MRD accepts all higher capacity FN 509 mags. When it comes to specs, the 3.7-inch barrel translates to a 6.8-inch overall length. Height is 4.8-inches and weight is 25.5-ounces. MSRP is $799.

FN Gnome not included


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Virginia Lawmakers Shrug Off Protests, Pass 7 Anti-Gun Bills

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 02:27

Lawmakers in Virginia swiftly rushed seven gun control bills through the House of Delegates on Thursday. (Photo: Chris Eger/

The Virginia House of Delegates Thursday passed seven Democratic-sponsored gun control bills only a week after thousands protested such measures.

The measures, which only cleared committee last week, were muscled through the body on a largely party-line vote after just over an hour of debate. The bills would impose handgun rationing, limit firearm transfers without background checks, establish a controversial “red flag” gun seizure mechanism, and allow local officials to restrict lawful gun possession in some circumstances.

Many of the bills have been DOA in past legislative sessions, but with Democrats narrowly seizing single-party control of state government last November, those past roadblocks have been removed.

“I’ve worked on this important issue for a long time, and I am thrilled that we have taken this major step forward to fulfill our promise on gun safety reform,” said House Democratic Caucus Chair Rip Sullivan in a statement.

The seven bills approved by the Virginia House, as reported by the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action:

House Bill 2 passed by a vote of 54-46. It criminalizes private transfers of firearms without first paying fees, with limited exceptions. Most transfers between friends, neighbors, or fellow hunters are not exempted. These proposals would have no impact on crime and are completely unenforceable.

House Bill 9 passed by a vote of 55-44. It victimizes gun owners who suffer loss or theft of their property with a fine if they don’t report a lost or stolen firearm within 24 hours of discovering them missing.

House Bill 421 passed by a vote of 50-48. It allows local governments to enact their own gun control ordinances, potentially resulting in a patchwork of laws and the Second Amendment not being protected across the state.

House Bill 1083 passed by a vote of 54-46. It severely restricts parental decisions about firearms in the home while attaching excessive penalties for violations.

House Bill 674 passed by a vote of 52-46. It allows the seizure of an individual’s firearms on baseless accusations without a hearing or other opportunity for the person to be heard in court. It permits the government to seize firearms based on weak evidence and nebulous standards of evidence.

A person subject to a suspension of a Constitutional right should be entitled to high evidentiary standards, an opportunity to be heard, and the right to face his or her accusers. Civil liberties advocates from across the political spectrum have expressed concerns on these “red flag” bills and how the procedure might lead to abuses of the process because of insufficient due process protections in the bill.

House Bill 812 passed by a vote of 53-47. It arbitrarily rations an individual’s right to lawfully purchase a handgun to once within 30 days.


Democrats managed to sway enough votes last Fall in a blue wave fueled in part by over $2.5 million from groups associated with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Since then, the majority of counties across the Commonwealth have adopted Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions vowing not to use local assets to enforce suspect new anti-gun laws.

Last Monday, crowds of at least 22,000 converged on the state capitol complex in Richmond to protest the pending legislation.

“Bloomberg politicians in the House of Delegates are out of control and running roughshod over our rights,” said Catherine Mortensen, NRA spokesperson. “The House of Delegates has rushed through a package of unvetted legislation that targets law-abiding Virginians. Bloomberg lawmakers are misrepresenting their gun control bills, shutting down debate, and displaying utter disdain for the fundamental rights of their constituents. Virginians deserve better.”

The measures approved this week now proceed to the state Senate while the House will weigh a trio of similar bills senators handed down to the body last week.

Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat who supports increased gun restrictions, hailed the progress of the legislation on social media.

The Virginia House of Delegates just passed 7 of our commonsense gun safety bills, including universal background checks and a 'red flag' law.

Make no mistake—these measures will save lives.

— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) January 30, 2020

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Top 7 New Guns of SHOT Show 2020

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 10:00

SHOT Show 2020 was once again held at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Manufacturers rolled out new designs in the hope of luring attendees into booths to show off their latest and greatest. was on hand to take in the sights, avoid the smells and fight through the crowds to get you the best coverage possible. We’ve compiled a list of the top seven guns at SHOT Show 2020 that made us want to dig out our wallets and slap some green down.

Ruger 57

Ruger’s new 57, a pistol that looks to take the 5.7x28mm cartridge from a specialty caliber to standard use, was debuted to the masses at SHOT Show. With regards to specs, the new 20+1 pistol has a 5-inch barrel with a length of 8.65-inches and a weight of 24.5-ounces. It’s worth noting that the Ruger 57 takes cues from FN’s Five-seveN pistol, which was created in the mid-1990s.

Different features include a Picatinny-style rail for lights and lasers and a Secure Action fire control that Ruger says offers a “short, fresh trigger draw and positive reset.” Where the Ruger 57 deviates from the FN Five-seveN is cost — Ruger’s handgun comes in around $799 whereas FN’s 5.7 model features a lofty price of $1,435.

Laugo Arms Alien

A peculiar and fascinating European gun configuration has hit the U.S. market and will soon be on gun store shelves across the country. Pennsylvania-based Lancer Systems, most popular in the firearm network for magazine contributions, collaborated with Czech gunmaker Laugo Arms to offer the latter’s Alien gun in the states.

Designed by Jan Lucansky, who recently gave the world the CZ Skorpion EVO3, the Alien initially appeared a year ago at the IWA Outdoor Classics public expo in Nuremberg, Germany. No word yet on exactly when the Alien will launch to consumers.

Colt Python

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

Long whispered about on Colt forums and formally announced earlier this month, the rebooted Python is new for 2020 after a 15-year hiatus. Available in stainless 4.25-inch and 6-inch variants, the new guns are reportedly stronger, more durable and made to tighter tolerances than the Python of old.

Kalashnikov USA KR-103

Florida-based Kalashnikov USA brought its new KR-103 rifle in 7.62x39mm to SHOT Show. While the organization has offered various configurations in past years, the transition to an increasingly great Kalash gauge is certainly welcome. The new KR-103 is 100% U.S.- made down to the gag brake, screws and cleaning bar.

“This isn’t only a duplicate of the Russian weapon,” Jonathan Mossberg, K-USA’s leader told He clarified that “start to finish” parts are made to offer customers a classic AK feel. “It’s rarely been done,” he said.

Walther Q4 SF and Q5 Match SF Black Tie

One of the most eye-catching designs came by way of Walther’s new Q4 Steel Frame pistol. Based on the Q5 design, the Q4 sports a 4-inch barrel on an overall 7.4-inch length. Weighing 39.7-ounces, the 9mm chambered pistol shaves off some unneeded bulk so it easily slips into a concealed carry setup.

In addition to the updated Q4, Walther also showed off the Q5 Match SF Black Tie. As the name indicates this is a gun for those with more discerning taste. They took everything you love about the Q5 SF and just made it sexier. No word yet on availability or price on this model.


HK arrived at SHOT Show 2020 with the new HK SP5, the gun MP5 fans have requested for a while. Announced in late 2019, the new 9mm gun has an 8.86-inch barrel with a fluted chamber and a chrome-lined bore. Further, it utilizes a similar roller-delayed blowback system that has been HK’s trademark for ages.

With regards to specs, length comes in at 17.8-inches with a 10.2-inch sight radius, while weight is 5.1-pounds without the mag.

Mossberg 940 JM Pro

The competition-ready autoloading shotgun is the big news coming out of the Mossberg camp this year. With substantial contribution from professional shooters Jerry Miculek and daughter Lena, the 940 JM Pro is built for high-limit, high-volume, quick fire.

The shotgun holds 9+1 rounds, has a three-inch chamber, and ships with Briley stifle tubes. Length of pull is customizable from 13-to 14.25-inches. The 24-inch barrel is topped with a fiber optic front sight. Two models are launching simultaneously — one black synthetic with gold trim detail and the other more muted with Black Multicam. MSRP is the same at $1,015.

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Franklin Armory Showcases New Binary Triggers for 2020

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 09:00

Franklin Armory dazzled SHOT Show 2020 attendees with a few new binary triggers for the 10/22 and AK platforms as well as a new AR-15 style rifle.

The company’s first major announcement came in the form of a new binary trigger for Ruger’s 10/22. The 22CI Trigger sees the company revamp the traditional trigger bar safety in favor of a three-position selector featuring safe, fire and binary functions.

Franklin Armory’s Brandon Dunham shows off the coolest 10/22 trigger to hit SHOT Show. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The new 10/22 binary trigger. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

“Every time you pull the trigger it fires and every time you release the trigger it fires,” Franklin Armory rep Brandon Dunham told at SHOT.

The 22CI Trigger is expected to hit consumers mid-2020 with a price tag of $299.

In addition to the 10/22 trigger, Franklin Armory also served up a new AK9 binary trigger for 9mm style AK rifles. The AK9 trigger is also equipped with a three-position selector covering safe, fire and binary. Dunham said that the company’s triggers put control in the shooter’s hands and allow them to choose when to go semi and when to go binary.

Franklin Armory’s new AK9 trigger. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Franklin Armory’s new AK9 trigger. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

“Cool thing about our triggers is if you have that in binary and you don’t want to send that second shot, you just roll that selector over to semi and it cancels that second shot. They’re safe, they’re effective and they’re awesome,” he commented.

The BFSIII M4. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Rounding out the new additions, the company also showcased a new entry-level rifle — the BFSIII M4. The budget-friendly build opts for a stripped-down with a 16-inch barrel nestled inside a 15-inch FST handguard. The 5.56 NATO chambered BFSIII M4 features an optics ready design and comes outfitted with a binary trigger off the shelf.

The BFSIII M4 retails for $1069.99.


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Celebs of SHOT Show

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 04:00

Every year takes to Las Vegas to check out the newest innovations the gun industry has to offer at SHOT Show. While there, we often bump into celebs perusing the new wares. With our cameras at the ready, we bring you the whos-who of SHOT Show.

Chuck Norris poses with a fan. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Marine vet and ammo line head Black Rambo sporting some smooth looking glasses. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Ashley Hlebinsky is the Robert W. Woodruff Curator of the Cody Firearms Museum. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Alan M. Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, and his wife Julianne. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Gabby Franco was on hand at range day to show off Walther’s newest guns. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Lola, left, and Hank Strange were all smiles on the floor. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

John Hickok and Hickok45 were strolling around range day and were kind enough to stop for a picture. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Iraqveteran8888 takes some time to check out the latest SHOT Show has to offer. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Team Taurus Captain Jessie Harrison snaps photos with fans. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Jerry Miculek tearing up the range. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Knight’s Armament Company (KAC)’s renowned Mr. Wonka, C. Reed Knight, center, along with some Gun Jesus guy who really likes French rifles. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Iceman Chuck Liddell was spotted at SHOT. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

This dude had an epic patch poncho. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

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

Rob Pincus and his snazzy suit on the floor of SHOT. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Team Sig members Max Michel, left, and Lena Miculek, right, were on hand to demo Sig’s latest products. (Photo: Chris Eger/

The Man Spot tackling Gilley’s Saloon’s mechanical bull at the after-party. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

The Man Spot and Wife Spot were spotted hanging out at the after-party. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Mullets were out in full force. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Rob Ski, left, founder of the AK Operator’s Union 47-74, talks shop on the new KR-103 with K-USA staff. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Julie Golob and Michelle Viscusi pose for a quick shot. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Tim Kennedy stopped to say hi. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Life-long hunter David L. Bernhardt, who serves as the 53rd Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, talking about what the current administration is doing to increase hunting and sporting opportunities on public lands. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Mark Serbu with his latest firearm. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

Team Glock’s Shane Coley, left, and Ashley Rheuark, right, sign autographs for fans. (Photo: Chris Eger/

James Yeager stopped by the Mossberg booth to chat and check out the new guns. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Olympic gold medalist Vincent Hancock was seen at the Beretta booth helping answer questions. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

To Valhalla! (Photo: Ben Philippi/’s Ben Philippi films Team Glock’s Ashley Rheuark talking about the Glock 44. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Rounding out our celebs,’s very own Chris Eger of Select Fire stopped to give us a thumbs up. (Photo: Ben Philippi/

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IWI Gets into the AR Game with New U.S.-made ZION Series Rifles

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 03:47

The ZION Z-15 will be IWI’s first U.S.-made rifle. (Photos: Chris Eger/

Augmenting their distinctive Galil and assorted bullpup rifles, IWI is now the latest gun maker to wade into the AR-15 pool with their new ZION series.

The first M4-style rifle from IWI US, the ZION 15 was developed as an anchor of sorts for the company to ensure their products will be available here in the states should future restrictions shut the door to imported guns of certain types. It will be fully manufactured at the new IWI US facility in Middletown, Pennsylvania.

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

“IWI/SK Group has invested a significant amount of time and money into this process in order to have a long-standing business venture in the United States and to continue to serve the American public with high-quality firearms well into the future,” said Jeremy Gresham, Director of Sales and Marketing of IWI US in a statement. “The ZION 15 and the manufacturing equipment it brings, fully establishes IWI US roots here in the United States.”

The ZION 15 uses a 16-inch 4150 chrome moly vanadium HB barrel with a 15-inch free-float M-LOK Handguard, along with an adjustable B5 Systems stock and grip. The rifle uses a mid-length gas system, includes a top Pic rail and ships with one 30-round Magpul PMAG.

The ZION AR will be made to military specs.

Weight is 6.5-pounds while the length varies between 33- and 36.25-inches due to the adjustable stock. The Z-15 is available in any color as long as that color is black.

MSRP on the ZION 15 series AR is $899.


TS12 arrives in the U.S.

In other IWI news, the company says that their innovative TS12 bullpup shotgun has been shipping to U.S. retailers since late last year. First introduced at SHOT Show 2018, the new semi-auto Tavor TS12, in a nutshell, is a 15-shot self-loading shotgun that is just under 29-inches long overall.

The TS12 has finally arrived.

The onboard shells are arranged in a three-pack of 5-shot (using 2.75-inch shells) tubular magazines that automatically loads the next round in the 3-inch chamber when the mag is rotated into place. The 18.5-inch barrel is threaded for Benelli or Beretta chokes and one is included. Weight empty is advertised as being 8 pounds.

The TS12 includes a one-piece Picatinny top rail and M-LOK slots on the forward handguard, and the gun has a pronounced height when compared to 12 gauges with a more traditional layout.

The ambi design allows the user to quickly swap out for left or right controls and ejection, much like its Tavor rifle cousins.

The IWI TS12 has an MSRP of $1,399.

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Remington Shows Off Model 700 CP Armbrace Pistol

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 02:38

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

Offered in three chamberings with a detachable 10-round magazine, Remington’s new Model 700 CP Armbrace has hit the market.

The bolt-action pistol uses a Model 700 chassis that comes equipped with a collapsible SB Tactical SBA3 collapsible arm brace and an M-LOK free-float handguard. The forged aluminum chassis is lightweight and includes an X Mark Pro adjustable trigger, set from 3.5-to-5-pounds at the factory. Offered in .300 AAC Blackout with a 10.5-inch barrel as well as .308 Winchester and 6.5 Creedmoor with a 12.5-inch barrel, overall length ranges from 26- to 28-inches.

“Engineered for drilling big game, varmints, steel silhouettes, and targets from a couple of football fields away,” says Remington in a statement on the new platform. “Built around the Remington 700 bolt-action and chassis system, the Model 700-CP gives hunters and shooters an accurate and compact platform for backcountry hunting and long-range competition where the targets may be set at 300, 500, 700 yards and beyond.”

Big Green says the Model 700 action provides the industry’s fastest lock time (2.5-to-3.0 milliseconds), which minimizes the effects of shooter movement meaning greater shot-to-shot consistency.

The light contour carbon barrels on the 700 CP Armbrace are threaded with a 5/8x24TPI pitch for suppressors or muzzle devices. Other features include an over-sized bolt knob and a one-piece cantilever Picatinny optic rail. The .308 and 6.5CM pistols use a 10-round Magpul AICS pattern magazine while the .300BLK ships with a 10-round MDT mag.

MSRP on the Model 700 CP Armbrace is $1,169.


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Kimber Shows Off New Pistols, Rifles at SHOT Show

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 04:30

Best known for eye-catching designs, Kimber packed its booth with some of its newest products slated to hit consumers in 2020.

From dazzling pistols to unexpected rifles that debuted at SHOT, the company’s booth was lined with the latest and greatest offerings. Kicking off its new product line was the highly anticipated Rapide Black Ice 1911.

The Rapide is a two-tone 1911 chambered in 9mm, 10mm, and .45 ACP. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Built for competition, the Rapide offers a 5-inch DLC coated barrel on an overall 8.7-inch frame.

Packed with features, this gun opts for stepped cocking serrations, slide lightening cuts, flush-fitting extended magwell and V-Cut match-grade trigger in addition to Tru-Glo TFX Pro Day/Night sights and black G10 grips. This, of course, all comes on the gun’s two-tone silver and gray frame. Shipping with one 8-round Tac-Mag and chambered in .45 ACP, 9mm and 10mm, the Rapide retails for $1,500.

The Combat K6S. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The Kimber K6s Target

Expanding on the K6S wheelgun family, Kimber released new 4-inch models — a Combat, Target, and special Texas edition. The 6-shot .357 Magnum brings a bevy of features depending on which version you opt for. The Combat sports a full-size double-action/single-action build with walnut finger groove laminate grips and white dot sights. The Target ditches the finger grooves for a flatter grip area and upgrades the sights to an adjustable rear sight and a red fiber optic front. Both the Combat and Target retail for $989.

The Open Range Pro Carbon Rifle series. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The rifles feature a PROOF Research carbon fiber barrel. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

The Open Range Pro Carbon Rifle’s muzzle brake. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Rounding out Kimber’s exciting releases was a new set of rifles which launched at SHOT Show. The Open Range Pro Carbon rifle series ships in two flavors — Granite and Open Country. The Granite offers an understated textured granite color on an AG composite carbon fiber stock while the Open Country opts for a soft-touch GORE Optifade Open Country pattern.

Both rifles come chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Win with an overall length of 43.5-inches and weight at just over 6-pounds. The Open Range Pro Carbon series sees the addition of a PROOF Research carbon fiber wrapped barrel. The Open Range Pro Carbon Series is priced at $3,099.


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Federal, Henry Tag-Team for Hammer Down Lever Action Ammo

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 04:00

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

Lever action rifles have never been hotter, thanks to both modern technologies as well as specialized ammunition designed to improve performance. It would be difficult to name two companies with a finger more firmly on the pulse of the lever gun market than Henry Repeating Arms and Federal Premium ammunition. Together, they bring hunters a specialized line of ammunition optimized for lever-action rifles.

Federal Premium’s HammerDown is purpose-built for lever gun hunters of medium to big game. The new line of ammo, designed in partnership between Federal and Henry, was built for optimal cycling and performance in lever-action rifles—that is, specifically, long guns.

Many modern lever actions are chambered for handgun-based calibers—like the .357 Magnum, .327 Fed Mag, .44 Magnum, and .45 Colt—yet there are few, if any, loads tailored for rifle-length platforms, especially those suited for the tubular magazines of most lever-action rifles. All bullets for HammerDown are either Bonded Soft Points or Bonded Hollow Point encased in nickel-plated cases. Velocities are also optimized to produce superior ballistics and terminal performance when fired through rifle or carbine barrel lengths, rather than pedestrian handgun performance.

HammerDown is expected to begin shipping in early 2020. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

“We needed to develop a complete line of optimized ammunition for use in lever-action rifles while still functioning in handguns. During development, we looked most specifically at terminal performance across all cartridges when shot in a lever-action firearm,” Federal Ammunition Centerfire Rifle Product Line Manager Eric Miller said in a statement. “With HammerDown, we believe we have accomplished that goal.”

Both Henry Repeating Arms and Federal Premium are proud American-made companies and, as such, HammerDown is made in the USA. The loads are expected to begin shipping in early 2020.

Packaged in 20-count boxes, Hammerdown will launch in six chamberings optimized for lever-action rifles.

  • .357 Magnum 170-grain, $19.99
  • .327 Federal 127-grain — $19.99
  • .44 Rem Mag 270-grain — $19.99
  • .45 Colt 250-grain — $19.99
  • .30-30 Win 150-grain — $19.99
  • .45-70 Govt 300-grain — $38.99


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Nothing to Snag on – the Sig Sauer P365 SAS

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 04:00

In September 2019 Sig Sauer offered an additional entry into its popular P365 series, debuting the P365 SAS. Donning the Sig Anti Snag moniker, the P365 SAS is designed to lessen common areas of trouble in concealment, but does it really measure up to such a lofty ideal?

Stick around as we put this handgun through its paces.

The Innovation from Sig

The most notable feature on the SAS is the lack of a traditional three-dot sight system. Sig instead opts for the FT Bullseye Fiber Tritium Night sights which are flush-mounted. Though these differ from standard three-dot sights, the same sighting principles still apply.

While the lack of traditional sights may be the most notable aspect of this firearm, the recessed slide lock and lack of a takedown lever don’t trail far behind. This all adds up to create a super smooth draw from concealment. An hour into draw practice, I realized the anti-snag treatment was no joke — I couldn’t get this gun to snag on a cover garment if I tried.

Practicing from both the appendix and 4 o’clock positions proved this gun was smooth in and out of the holster. The P365 SAS conceals with amazing ease in the CrossBreed Reckoning holster system, carrying plenty of rounds courtesy of an integrated spare mag holder.

The flush-mounted sights and rounded edges of the gun give a true snag-free design (Photo: Seth Rodgers/

What Works Well

Being a larger guy I’ve never been comfortable carrying AIWB, especially with my M&P Shield 9mm. The P365 makes AIWB effortless, though, even if you do tip the scale higher than most. The round count paired with the ease of concealment is what made the original Sig P365 so desirable and nothing has changed with the SAS treatment in that regard. Drawing strong hand only from AIWB, the Sig P365 SAS powered through the cover garment to come out on target. To the credit of Sig the SAS treatment rang true for me.

The Sig P365 SAS paired with any CrossBreed holster made for a comfortable carry (Photo: Seth Rodgers/

The sights were one of the most intriguing aspects of the gun. It’s the innovative aspect of the gun that makes it truly “anti-snag.” It took me a while to adjust to the bullseye method of these night sights. Yet, once I got the hang of it I was able to get on the sights quick. Getting on sight is one thing but getting on target is another, I found my shot placement to be low and to the right of bullseye, but more on that in a moment.


The fit of the P365 in the hand provides a small gun that doesn’t feel like it’s going to jump out of the hand at any moment. It allows for a positive grip while the ported barrel and slide cuts also help reduce muzzle flip.

Stretching Legs at the Range and Finding Quirks

Let me preface this by saying I consider myself an average, middle of the pack shooter. My issues with the Sig P365 SAS came down to training and really diving into its quirks. Becoming accustomed to the non-traditional sight picture affects how low I have to get on the sights and that has taken some time. This is no surprise but it is worth nothing hat more time should be dedicated to familiarizing yourself with this feature.

Additionally, the sights tend to grow dimmer once the lights go down. Paired with a fireball courtesy of the ported slide and performance in low light diminishes. This could prove troublesome for those considering the SAS as a primary carry gun, especially if you tend to carry at night.

This P365 SAS ate all the Fiocchi we could throw at it, pictured here with the CrossBreed Reckoning System (Photo: Seth Rodgers/

I put almost 600 rounds of Fiocchi Range Dynamics through the SAS with only one failure to eject while training with my weak hand. That is easily chalked up to my dainty Claire Danes-like wrists more than the gun, though. It’s a solid pistol that should run without failure if you’re doing your part.

The other bugaboo you’ll likely see regarding the P365 SAS revolves around its slide stop. It is impossible for me to use once the slide is locked to the rear due to the recessed design. In an email, Sig confirmed that the handgun should be slingshotted back into battery once the slide has locked back. This is a small annoyance as I wish they had made the lock useable when the slide is locked to the rear. It becomes a burden when dry-fire training if you don’t have the use of any training tools to aid you.


If you already own a P365 and are looking for a backup gun that is snag-proof, look no further. The ability to swap mags between the two platforms makes it an ideal training partner. In addition, seeing how easy this gun is to conceal means you could pack 40-plus rounds courtesy of a couple extra mags.

After carrying this gun for close to a month and putting several hundred rounds through it, I can say it’s both reliable and comfortable. Though I would prefer to spend some more time with it before calling it my primary carry, I can see its appeal.


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New Taurus Defender 856 3-inch Revolver Line Unveiled

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 01:17

Six new models of the Taurus 856 Defender line, all with 3-inch barrels, just hit the market (Photo: Taurus)

Taurus this month expanded its .38 caliber  856 revolver line by introducing six new models, all standard with a 3-inch barrel.

The Brazilian company, which recently opened a major manufacturing facility in Bainbridge, Georgia, had their new 856 Defenders on display at SHOT Show in Las Vegas last week. All share the same 6-round cylinder, a factory-installed front sight post with an integrated tritium vial, and an extended ejector rod. With a 3-inch barrel, overall length runs 7.5-inches.

The six models include four standard models with an ergonomic Hogue rubber grip that vary in finishes to include a stainless-steel frame with a matte finish, an ultralight aluminum alloy frame with a matte finish, a stainless steel frame with a black Tenifer finish, and an aluminum alloy frame with hard coat black anodized finish.

The basic black-on-black with a rubber grip Model 856 Defender (Photo: Chris Eger/

And, in an UltraLite aluminum frame (Photo: Chris Eger/

Taurus also plans to market the Defender 856 in two upgraded versions with special grips and finish treatments.

The Two-Tone model has a stainless-steel matte finish frame and barrel with a black cylinder. This color combination is paired with an aggressively textured VZ grip in matching gray and black.

Buyers who dig solid hardwood grips can opt for the Tungsten Cerakote model Defender 856 (frame, barrel, and cylinder) with an Altamont walnut grip.

MSRP on the 3-inch Taurus Model 856 line runs from $429 to $477 depending on the model, a figure that should drop down in the $350ish range with retailers, proving a budget counter to Colt’s Cobra and Smith’s Model 60/686 3-inchers.


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Olin-Winchester Gets $75 Million Army Ammo Contract

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 00:21

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

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

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

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

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Sig Sauer Rolls Out Cross Rifle, New Pistol Models

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 09:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Shadow Systems Releases New MR920 Pistol

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 04:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Photo: Jacki Billings/

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

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

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


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Daniel Defense Reveals New DDM4 PDW SBR

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 04:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Walking Around SHOT Show 2020: A Gallery of Guns

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 02:49

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

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

Century Arms has several Kalash variants headed to the market

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

Uzi does it…

Sometimes you have to work for a Tshirt

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

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

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

HK showed off their new SP5 in a variety of ways

The SP5 proved lots of fun on the range

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

Slickbald holsters had a little bit of something for everyone

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

As well as his traditional wares

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

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

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

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

Remington has a new Model 700 pistol with a brace.

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


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

The best booth at SHOT

You can trick out an FN SCAR only so much

As well as the 509 MRD Compact

Gnome not included

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

Because needs

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

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

The new CZ BREN Ms 2 carbine

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

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

Marlin exhibited a bunch of semi-custom lever guns

As well as some more traditional models

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

Rhino sighting!

Kinda beefy

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

This guy

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

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

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

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Federal FireStick, Traditions Nitro Offer Whole New Muzzleloading Platform

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 05:35

(Photo: Kristin Alberts/

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

Federal Premium FireStick

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

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

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

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

Traditions NitroFire Rifle

(Photo: Kristin Alberts/

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

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

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

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

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