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Florida-based Kalashnikov USA brought its new KR-103 rifle in 7.62x39mm to SHOT Show in Las Vegas this month.
While the company has offered a number of 9mm and 12 gauge platforms in past years, the move to a more classic Kalash caliber is no doubt welcome, judging from the reaction at K-USA’s booth. Teased as far back as 2016, the new KR-103 is 100 % U.S.-made down to the muzzle brake, screws and cleaning rod.
“This is not just a copy of the Russian gun,” Jonathan Mossberg, K-USA’s president told Guns.com, explaining that, “from top to bottom” all of the components are made domestically to deliver as close as possible to a legit consumer AK-103 to Americans. “It’s never been done,” he said.
For those who want to know, the new KR-103 will have 5.5mm forged trunnions. Further, it will be compatible with most AKM and AK74 parts and accessories.
The rifle has a 16.25-inch button-broached chrome-lined and threaded (24mm x1.5 RH pitch) barrel along with fixed black synthetic furniture and a smooth top cover. The overall length is 37-inches while weight is 6.24-pounds.
Other variants, including side-folders, wood furniture models, shorties and guns in other calibers– 5.56 NATO and 5.45– will be inbound in the future.
The KR-103 comes complete with a factory side-rail for optics, 1,000m sights, and a single 30-round mag. It will be available within the next 60 to 90 days with an MSRP of $1,050. This should translate to a price at retailers closer to the $950ish neighborhood.
A pocket .22LR that is easy to manipulate, Ruger’s new Lite Rack takes its popular LCP II platform and ditches .380 ACP for the rimfire round.
With the same profile as the more familiar .380, the Lite Rack gets its name from the fact that it has an easy to charge slide. Further, instead of the 6+1 capacity of the larger caliber LCP II, the .22LR version has a larger 10+1 single stack magazine capacity.
When it comes to specs, the stainless steel 2.75-inch barrel translates to an overall length of 5.2-inches. Weight is 11.2-ounces. Width is a downright slim 0.81-inches while height is 4-inches flat. Importantly, this makes it roughly comparable to the Beretta M21 Bobcat or the Taurus PT-22, both micro-compact rimfires commonly sold for pocket carry.
Other features include a manual safety located on the left side of the frame– a first for the LCP series– that pushes forward to fire. Integral to the slide is fixed front and rear sights, while the hammer is recessed within the slide.
MSRP on the Ruger Lite Rack LCP II .22LR is $349, a figure that will no doubt be lower at retailers. The pistol ships with one, 10-round magazine, as well as a magazine loader.
With a paddle-mag release and threaded, tri-lug barrel as standard features, the new HK SP5 is the pistol MP5 fans have wanted for years.
Announced just before last Christmas, the new 9mm pistol has an 8.86-inch Navy type barrel with a fluted chamber and a chrome-lined bore. Further, it uses the same roller-delayed blowback operating system that has been HK’s hallmark for generations and, in fact, is German-made on the same line in Oberndorf as the historic MP5.
When it comes to specs, overall length is 17.8-inches with a 10.2-inch sight radius, while weight is 5.1-pounds without the mag. The chrome-lined hammer-forged barrel uses a 6-groove right-hand twist. Width is 2.48-inches. Height is 8.66-inches.
MSRP is $2,799 but comes with a soft case, lifetime warranty, and two mags with a choice between factory 30-rounders or 10s depending on state restrictions. For perspective, that’s the same cost as the company’s older SP5K offering which falls a lot shorter in features. Meanwhile, it is a good bit more expensive than the domestically-made PTR9 clone, which has been updated with M-LOK and Picatinny.
Availability, for the near future at least, is still pending, in typical HK fashion.
Debuting under a glass case at SHOT Show 2019, Hi-Point was on hand this year with a pre-production model of its YC9 pistol.
The YC9 sports some interesting features most consumers might not expect from a Hi-Point. Attempting to pile in what the people want, the company equipped the pistol with a 1/2 x 28 threaded barrel, removable front sight and elongated sight base that supports the addition of a Picatinny rail for red dots.
In addition, the YCP is outfitted with an ambidextrous mag release, grip safety and some new retexturing on the grip. Hi-Point also took a stab at a little customization, serving up a backstrap that can fit either flush or be turned around to offer a little more girth for that grip.
No exact ship date has been set for the YC9 but the company told Guns.com they hope to see it ship later in 2020. MSRP is projected to hover around a very affordable $200.
Springfield Armory arrived at SHOT Show in Las Vegas with a bevy of new products but one, in particular, caught the eye of many attendees — the Edge PDW chambered in 5.56mm.
Featuring a 5.5-inch barrel surrounded by a free-float handguard, the Edge PDW is outfitted with a Maxim Defense SEW Brace with an adjustable length of pull. Keeping to the compact theme, the Edge PDW also boasts the shorter Reptilia CQG pistol grip. All-in-all the PDW measure 18.75-inches fully collapsed. The Edge PDW opts for a 20-round PMAG.
For comfort, Springfield added a Maxim Defense Muzzle Device that redirects pressure for a more pleasant shooting experience.
“If you are concerned about shooting a 5.5-inch barrel and having a potentially uncomfortable shooting experience, I am here to tell you that’s actually not the case,” Stefany Reese of Springfield Armory told Guns.com. “The Maxim Defense Muzzle Device system actually propels all of the pressure forward and really reduces recoil.”
MSRP is expected to fall around $1,699 with an expected ship date sometime in Spring 2020.
Also new to Springfield is the XD-M Elite series pistols. Offered in four models — a 3.8-inch, 4.5-inch, 4.5-inch Tactical OSP and 5.25-inch Precision — the Elite series offers a full-size, polymer build. Chambered in 9mm, the pistol series delivers an ambidextrous slide stop, redesigned slide serrations and an extended magazine with 22-round capacity.
Springfield says the best part of the Elite XD-M platform comes down to its META trigger. The Match Enhanced Trigger Assembly brings a flat-faced design to the table with an integral overtravel stop.
“The META improves trigger travel and just a comfortable, crisp, clean trigger pull and comfortable shooting experience,” Reese said.
The XD-M Elite series starts around $560.
Despite its launch occurring in 2019, Springfield prominently featured its Hellcat at SHOT Show, showcasing both the standard and the OSP models. With a capacity of 11+1 or 13+1 with an extended magazine, the Hellcat comes chambered in 9mm.
“This pistol that we released has been getting a ton of great responses from our customers,” Reese said.
The OSP model is devoted to red dots with an optics ready design while the standard model offers a more simplistic approach. Both include “adaptive grip texture” and high visibility sights. The Hellcat is priced at $599.
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Henry Repeating Arms, a company usually absent at SHOT Show, made big waves despite its lack of a booth presence. Not only did the traditional lever gun company partner with Federal ammunition to offer a line of rifle ammunition designed specifically for hunting with lever action rifles in the new HammerDown, but they also showed off a new model family of modern lever guns – meet the X Model.
While purists are likely to eschew its more subdued tactical dress, the X fills a market of modern customers craving such features on the reliable and smooth Henry action. The X line will essentially be available on select existing models of Henry lever guns. All X’s will wear black synthetic furniture, lending it a more practical or tacti-cool appearance. Every stock offers both M-LOK and Picatinny attachment points, as well as molded-in sling studs.
The X offerings will be included in the Big Boy series, a .45-70 rifle and .410 Shotgun. Each will have the same stocks, threaded barrels (threaded for choke tubes on the shotgun), be drilled and tapped for optics mounting, and feature side-gates as well as tubular feed. Contrasting fiber optic sights also differentiate the X from other models. The initial calibers for the X Model include .357 Mag, .44 Mag, .45 Colt, .45-70 Govt and .410 shotgun.
Love the changes or not, the other features—like a threaded barrel—are nice to have. What really steals the show, however, is the side loading gate design now being offered up as Mr. X, which means shooters get side gate options in calibers like the .357 Mag, .44 Mag and .45 Colt. In addition, the X offers a much more muted finish in the side gate rifle line, as opposed to the highly polished brass models introduced last year.
Whether plinking with a can or doing some high-volume, suppressed, night vision hog hunts in Texas, or anything in between, the X Model may not be for every shooter, but rest assured it will find an anxious market. Like all Henry rifles, the X is made entirely in the USA. Though just announced, the X is ready to ship in all configurations.
The updated and recently-reintroduced Colt Python .357 Magnum revolver was the topic of many conversations at SHOT Show.
Long whispered about on Colt forums and formally announced earlier this month, the rebooted Python is new for 2020 after a 15-year hiatus. Available in stainless 4.25-inch and 6-inch variants, the guns have been much updated from the old hand-fitted snake guns of the now-classic Python line. The new guns are reportedly stronger, more durable and made to tighter tolerances than the Python of old.
When are the blued models coming? It is on the radar, Colt tells us, informing Guns.com that some 2,200 of the new models have already shipped out to distributors with more on the way.
Changes that came as part of the reboot included re-designing the internals to trim the number of parts (14 less to be exact), thus streamlining the trigger group, while improvements were made to reinforce the new Python through the use of stronger stainless steel alloys. The results say Colt, is that the upcoming Python has a smooth-as-butter trigger, and is more reliable, easier to maintain, and more robust.
“The testing process included over 40,000 trigger pulls on a single Python,” said Colt in a statement. “Trigger pull scans show lighter trigger pull weights, less friction and increased consistency, re-enforcing the Python’s reputation as a gun that can be heavily used and passed down through generations.”
Other features include a recessed target crown, user-interchangeable front sight with a red ramp, an adjustable rear, and an updated walnut grip with a gold Colt medallion. The double-action trigger pull is listed as 7-to-9.5 pounds. The overall width is 1.55-inches while the height is 5.5-inches. The barrels are both 1:14 LH twist with 6 grooves.
The new Colt Python .357 Magnum is set to retail for $1499 MSRP. This puts the Python about $200 more than the Colt Bright Cobra and in about the same price range as the Dan Wesson 715 and S&W Competitor Performance 686.
How is the new Colt Python going to affect prices and values on classic 20th Century Pythons? Likely not at all for collectible guns in excellent shape which should indeed remain collectible. However, guys trying to hawk beat-up shooter-grade snakes for more than the cost of a new Python may be fighting an uphill battle. Nonetheless, it looks like Colt is on track to keep embracing their wheelgun past, and the public loves it.
And as for AR-15s for the commercial market? Colt tells us you can bet that is going to resume once the company’s current rifle production line gets some breathing room on their current full plate of military contracts. Stay tuned.
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While the Bren 2 first popped up as a pistol, the new carbine is fully 922(r) compliant and runs a 16.5-inch barrel with an adjustable side-folding stock, although other models are on the horizon.
Derived from the company’s select-fire Bren 2, a modular combat rifle in the same vein as the FN SCAR, Remington/Bushmaster ACR (nee Magpul Masada), Radom FB MSBS Grot and Serbu Diabolus, the Czech-made gun uses a carbon-fiber lower and stock mated to a lightweight aluminum upper.
When it comes to specs, the 35.6-inch long carbine, which is about the same length as a Ruger Mini-14 Ranch rifle, shrinks down to 28 inches with the stock folded. Weight is just above 7-pounds.
The “Ms” designation means the carbine uses a modular forend that can be swapped to different lengths or styles based on user preference.
When it comes to surface controls, the non-reciprocating charging handle– which can double as a forward assist– stays stowed in the forward position when not in use and is swappable from side to side. The AR-style bolt catch is mirrored on both sides of the receiver while the mag release and safety are also fully ambi.
The Bren 2 Ms ships with a single 30-round mag and has an MSRP of $1,999. The Bren 2 Ms pistol series, which have the same MSRP, typically retail for about $1750.
For more information direct from the floor at SHOT Show 2020, watch this space.
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Guns.com dropped in with Glock to check out the new G44 .22LR pistol and got the low-down on the platform from pro shooter Ashley Rheuark.
Rheuark, a world-ranked competitor who joined Team Glock in 2017, talked to us about the company’s first rimfire handgun, which uses a hybrid polymer/steel slide on a frame that mimics the popular Glock G19. A doppelganger for the 9mm G19, the G44 makes a great trainer in addition to being a solid plinker.
Using a 4.02-inch barrel which produces an overall length of 7.28-inches– the G44 takes up the same metric as Glock’s most common 9mm mid-size. Likewise, both pistols have the same 5.04-inch height, a factor which means most G19 holsters will work for the G44, should you want to carry the .22LR.
MSRP on the G44 is $430, but we currently stock them at $359.
For a deeper dive on the G44, which we put 2,200 rounds through in testing, check out our review, here.
For more information direct from the floor at SHOT Show 2020, watch this space.
Savage Arms enters 2020 under new leadership. No longer under the Vista Outdoor family of brands, Savage is now its own firearm-centric animal. Judging by the bevy of new product announcements the company is not sitting back on its haunches. Here are our favorite arms on display at the Savage booth at SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.Savage Renegauge Shotgun
Savage not only dips its toe but goes headlong into the waters with not one or two, but six models of semi-automatic shotguns. Not since the company produced a brief run of Auto-5 spin-offs has Savage built semi-auto scatterguns – and that might just be one of the most interesting aspects.
The Renegauge’s self-regulating dual valve gas system allows the gun to cycle both light and heavy loads, from the lightest 2-3/4-inch target loads up to the magnum threes, limited only by the 3-inch chamber. Savage modifies the AccuFit stock system design to include three each of interchangeable gel-feel recoil pads for customizing both LOP and comb height.
The initial launch is all 12-gauge synthetic with a pair of Field models in black synthetic, featuring either 26- or 28-inch barrels. The rest of the lineup is covered in some variation of Mossy Oak camouflage. There’s a pair of Turkey takers, both with 24-inch barrels, one Bottomland and the other Obsession. Lastly, the pair of Waterfowl variants, both dressed in Shadow Grass Blades, come with either 26- or 28-inch barrels. Regardless of appearance, each comes with three Beretta/Benelli-style choke tubes and will initially retail from $1,449 to $1,549.Savage 110 Ultralight Rifle
Though Savage debuted what seemed like dozens of 110 bolt-action rifle models over the last few years– there were models for long-range, hogs, all-weather–yet one thing seemed to be missing: a true super-light model for serious backcountry and mountain hunters. At the dawning of a new decade, the company delivers in a big way with the 110 Ultralight. Savage has teamed up with PROOF Research to create a carbon fiber wrapped stainless steel barrel and Melonite skeletonized receiver all intended to greatly shave weight from the platform. The new Savage Ultralight rifles weigh in at a scant 5.8- to 5.85-pounds, making them a dream to carry at elevation on mountain hunts or through rugged backcountry terrain where every pound counts.
The new 110 Ultralight maintains the incredibly popular AccuFit adjustable stock system and user-adjustable AccuTrigger. There’s also a spiral fluted bolt and 5/8-24 threaded muzzle with a flush fit end cap. The detachable box magazine will hold either two or four rounds, depending on caliber. Chamberings include: .308 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor, .280 Ackley, .270 Win, .30-06 Spfld, .300 WSM, 6.5 PRC, and 28 Nosler. MSRP at the time of launch, regardless of caliber, will be $1,499.555 Trap
Stevens—a division of Savage—builds on its successful 555 line of affordable over-under shotguns with a single barrel trap model. The new 555 Trap is a top-single barrel shotgun with a three-inch chamber, chrome-lined bore, and raised ventilated rib. The aluminum receiver makes the gun quite lightweight, is scaled to gauge, and reinforced with steel at the breech.
The Trap wears Turkish Walnut stocks with an adjustable comb. Both Standard and Compact models will be available in either 12- or 20-gauge. Standards come fitted with a 30-inch barrel while the Compact sports a 26-inch barrel and shorter length of pull. Each shotgun includes a set of three choke tubes. Regardless of configuration, the 555 Trap will retail for a reasonable $689.110 Elite Precision
Savage is going for domination in the precision shooting market with rifles at every price point in all the most desirable calibers. The 110 Elite Precision, however, is the best of the best. The Elite is a purpose-built, fully-customizable competition rifle built on a factory blueprinted action. Savage partnered with Modular Driven Technologies (MDT) to offer the LSS XL Chassis with FDE Cerakote. The skeletonized stock features a fully adjustable comb height and length of pull.
There’s the user-adjustable AccuTrigger as well as a 20MOA EGW rail for the optimum scope mounting. The initial launch of calibers includes: .308 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor, .300 Win Mag, and .338 Lapua Mag. The rifles wear either 20-inch (.308) or 24-inch (6.5, .300, .338) barrels topped with a BA muzzle brake. Each ship with an AICS magazine of either five or ten-round capacity, depending on chambering. MSRP is set at $1,499.Axis II Precision
While the new 110 Elite Precision rifle steals the show with its feature-loaded build intended for serious competition shooting, it also carries a steep price tag. For $550 less in MSRP, shooters looking to get into precision shooting performance without breaking the bank, Savage offers the new Axis Precision line of bolt action chassis rifles. Savage partnered with Modular Driven Technologies (MDT) to offer an aluminum chassis with olive drab injection-molded skin. Both the comb height and length of pull are adjustable. An M-LOK forend offers multiple accessory mounting options.
The Axis II Precision retails for $949 regardless of calibers, which include .223, .243, .308, 6.5 Creedmoor, .30-06 and .270. Each rifle wears a 22-inch button-rifled threaded heavy barrel and ships with a 10-round detachable AICS magazine.Rimfire Minimalist Series
Savage hasn’t forgotten about rimfire plinkers and small-gamers in 2020. The new Minimalist rifles include three models, each available with either brown or green laminate stocks showing modern cuts and weight-saving shavings. The Mark II Minimalist comes in .22LR with an 18-inch carbon steel barrel that is threaded and capped.
The Model 93 Minimalist is for the .22 WMR shooters. It has the same 18-inch steel threaded barrel as well as the AccuTrigger. Like the aforementioned, the 93R17 Minimalist carries the same features but is chambered for .17 HMR. Each of the Minimalist versions will introduce with an MSRP of $349.
Mossberg was on deck at SHOT Show 2020 with some new products that livened up the show floor. From the Miculek approved autoloading shotgun to new pistols, Guns.com was on hand to check out all the new goods.940 JM Pro
The competition-grade autoloading shotgun is Mossberg’s biggest news of the year. With heavy input from professional shooters Jerry Miculek and daughter Lena, the 940 JM Pro is purpose-built for high-capacity, high-volume, rapid fire. The shotgun holds 9+1 rounds, has a three-inch chamber, and ships with a set of Briley choke tubes. Length of pull (LOP) is adjustable from 13- to 14.25-inches. The 24-inch barrel is topped with a fiber optic front sight. Two models are launching simultaneously — one black synthetic with gold trim detail and the other more muted with Black Multicam. MSRP is the same at $1,015.MC1sc and MC2c models
With Mossberg’s first serious semi-auto pistol making its home in a crowded market last year, the company advances the lineup in 2020. The number of new additions include both cosmetic and performance-based variations. There’s a stainless covered in Flat Dark Earth DLC, as well as a two-tone stainless with cross-bolt safety options. Perhaps the hottest—and most attractive of the lot—is a MC1sc TruGlo Tritium Pro version that is both coated with FDE DLC and topped with the exceptional night sights.
In addition to the MC1sc models, Mossberg also unleashed the MC2c onto the masses. Chambered in 9mm and featuring a capacity of 13+1 with the flush fit mag and 15+1 with the extended, the MC2c comes in five total configurations.SA 410 Field & Turkey
Building on the booming success of .410 shotguns for hunting—especially turkeys by baby bore—Mossberg introduces a pair of new scatterguns. The semi-automatic SA-410 will be offered in both a Field and Turkey model. Each wears a 26-inch vent rib barrel and holds 4+1 rounds of three-inch .410 ammo. The Field is dressed in black synthetic while the Turkey is covered in Mossy Oak Bottomland camo.New Calibers in Patriot lineup
Mossberg’s Patriot family of bolt action rifles is wildly successful and gaining steam each year. Though there’s not much for new models, there are a host of caliber additions of which to take note. The base model Patriots are now firing .350 Legend, 7mm Rem Mag and .338 Win Mag. Meanwhile, the Patriot Predator makes additions of the .450 Bushmaster and 6.5 PRC.Patriot LR Hunter
Long-range is the name of the game in the hunting world these days, and it was only a matter of time before Mossberg’s respected budget line of rifles joined the fray. The new LR Hunter is available in four calibers–.308 Win, 6.5 Creed, 6.5 PRC and .300 Win Mag–with 22- or 24-inch fluted and threaded barrels that are both muzzlebrake or suppressor ready. The company designed a Spider Gray wood-core, polymer coated stock for added durability, with the webbing enhancing gripability as well. Like other Patriots, the LR Hunter features the LBA adjustable trigger, spiral fluted bolt, box magazine and oversized bolt handle. Though the LR Hunter was on display at SHOT it will not begin shipping until later in the year. MSRP is rumored to be set in the $700 range.Higher Capacity Is the Buzz Word
The Model 590 pump-action shotguns get a capacity upgrade. In addition to the seven-shot models, Mossberg is now adding nine-shot options in both 12- and 20-gauge. Some wear FLEX furniture, with others keeping standard synthetic. The JM Pro goes big with the 9+1 round capacity. Small guns also hold high volume with the Maverick line of 88 Cruiser pistols in not only standard six, but now eight round tubes.
Walther served up new designs at SHOT Show in Las Vegas, but one of the most eye-catching came by way of the new Q4 Steel Frame pistol.
Based on the Q5 design, the Q4 sports a 4-inch barrel on an overall 7.4-inch length. Weighing 39.7-ounces, the 9mm chambered pistol shaves off some unneeded bulk so it easily slips into a concealed carry setup. Walther competition shooter Gabby Franco told Guns.com that the Q5 notably sports an aggressive beavertail perfect for competition shooting but that beavertail isn’t so great on concealment. The company, in turn, shaved down the beavertail to offer a more discreet carry option.
“For conceal and carry, [Walther] removed a lot of material from the Q5 to make it a more low profile. It also works for some law enforcement officers which is great,” Franco said.
The Q4 comes in two flavors — a standard model and optics ready variant. The standard model opts for night sights while the optics ready version boasts a slide cut for popular red dots.
The Q4 Steel Frame retails for $1,399 while the Optics Ready version comes in at $1,499.
In addition to the Q4, Walther also launched a new CCP M2 chambered in .380 ACP. Using a 3.54-inch barrel on a 6.41-inch frame, the .380 ACP CCP M2 offers a capacity of 8+1. Weighing 19.4-ounces, the pistol looks to offer .380 fans a means to easily concealed carry.
Franco told Guns.com that due to Soft Coil Technology, the pistol is not only easy to manipulate but also reduces recoil when firing.
“I kid you not, people thought this pistol felt like a .22 caliber gun,” Franco said.
The new CCP M2 in .380 retails for $469.
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5.11 Tactical showcased an array of new products at SHOT Show 2020, debuting everything from new apparel to vehicle-specific tactical gear.
As always there was plenty of apparel on hand for both men and women with the most notable additions to the lineup coming in the form of shoes. The A.T.L.A.S. Footwear collection, set to officially debut in Spring 2020, offers a comfortable yet durable design for wearers on the go.
The All Terrain Load Assistance System is available in 8-inch and mid-heights and uses the Echo and Force foam midsole. This construction grants comfort and support to wearers toting heavy gear. Available in black and an FDE style, the A.T.L.A.S starts around $139.
In addition to shoes, 5.11 Tactical introduced new apparel into both its women’s and men’s lineup. New additions include a faux-leather jacket for women set to arrive in the fall as well as new pants for both range and streetwear.
Men’s apparel gets a boost with a new undershirt designed to look like a traditional crew neck t-shirt; but, when revealed the shirt showcases two holsters for concealed carry. 5.11 Tactical said that many men have requested a more discreet carry shirt and pairing a t-shirt top with the mesh material on the mid-section marries fashion with functionality.
Apparel wasn’t the only side of the 5.11 Tactical house getting upgrades, the company also launched more vehicle ready tac gear. The Vehicle Ready Hexgrid Seat and Headrest Platform allows users to stow med kits, spare mags, tactical gear inside the car in a manner that is not only easy to reach but easy to grab. Using Hexgrid technology, passengers can remove what they need from just about any angle. Additionally, the system is designed so that it can be easily folded up and taken on the go should you need to transition into a new car.
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Smith & Wesson churned out new pistols models for 9mm aficionados, adding a Performance Center 5-inch M&P M2.0 competition variant and a Shield EZ 2.0 to its lineup.
The Performance Center M&P M2.0 Competition features a bevy of upgrades ideal for competition, according to Smith & Wesson pro shooter Jerry Miculek. The ported handgun opts for fiber optic sights and a stainless steel slide with C.O.R.E cuts.
The pistol follows a familiar theme this year, boasting an optics ready design. Miculek told Guns.com it supports several different brands of red dots, accommodating most major ones on the market. The pistol has been upgraded with advanced texturing and four interchangeable backstraps. Measuring 8.5-inches in overall length, the Performance Center M&P M2.0 Pistol offers a 5-inch barrel, 28.6-ounce weight, and 17+1 capacity.
“It’s just an enhanced product, top to bottom, and a really good shooter,” Miculek told Guns.com.
The Performance Center M&P M2.0 Ported 5-inch C.O.R.E. in 9mm retails for $735.
In addition to the new Performance Center model, Smith & Wesson introduced a new model into its Shield EZ series, adding a highly anticipated 9mm variant. The EZ first debuted in 2018 as a .380 ACP model but demand for a larger caliber version pushed the company to introduce a 9mm model.
The Shield EZ 9mm features an overall length of 6.8-inches with a 3.675-inch barrel length. Opting for white dot sights, the polymer pistol weighs 23.2-ounces with a capacity of 8+1. Miculek told Guns.com that the EZ is perfect for those with less grip strength who find traditional gun slides tough to manipulate.
“This is designed for people who don’t have the dexterity of a Navy Seal to work a slide,” Miculek joked. “The reason they call it an EZ, all the features on it are easy to work.”
The M&P9 Shield EZ retails for $479.
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A distinctive and interesting new European pistol design has landed a U.S. distributor and will soon be headed to shelves.
Pennsylvania-based Lancer Systems, probably best known in the gun community for their various magazine offerings, announced at SHOT Show 2020 they have teamed up with Czech gunmaker Laugo Arms to market the latter’s Alien pistol in the states.
Designed by Jan Lucansky, who previously gave the world the CZ Skorpion EVO3 series, the hand-fitted Alien first debuted last year at the IWA Outdoor Classics trade show in Nuremberg, Germany and was accepted into the IPSC’s list of Production Divison approved pistols.
For all these and more breaking SHOT Show news, watch this space for continuous updates all month.
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Ruger’s new 57 pistol, which aims to take the 5.7x28mm cartridge from a niche caliber to more mainstream use, was popular at SHOT Show in Las Vegas this week.
Announced earlier this month, the industry trade show was the first chance that much of the firearms community had to lay hands on the gun and the lines to see the new Ruger were long.
Other features include a Picatinny-style accessory rail for lights and lasers and a Secure Action fire control with what Ruger bills as a “short, crisp trigger pull and positive reset.”
The Ruger pistol comes amid an apparent wave of renewed interest in the round, which has been on the market decades, but had few courters outside of FN’s products, some AR builds and the Excel Arms Accelerator ($534).
Other new 5.7-chambered guns at SHOT include the Diamondback DBX, an AR-style pistol with a folding Tailhook brace, and a model of the CMMG Banshee. Speer also introduced a new 40-grain 5.7x28mm Gold Dot Hollow Point load for the round, which they advised worked well in the Ruger 57 at Industry Range Day this week
A Mississippi munitions company got a $10 million nod last week from the Marines to supply an array of updated .50 caliber ammunition.
MAC LLC of Bay St. Louis was awarded a $9,998,493 contract last Friday for up to 2.4 million rounds of MK323 Mod 0 polymer cased .50 caliber linked cartridges, and .50 caliber armor-piercing/incendiary polymer cased linked cartridges, announced the Department of Defense. Established in 2007, MAC has been developing lightweight ammo, ranging from 5.56mm to .50 caliber, for the military ever since.
Their .50-caliber round uses an advanced polymer caselet over a metal cap to reduce ammo weight by as much as 30 percent and provide cooler chamber temperatures, ejecting cool-to-the-touch cases. In real terms, this allows 499 rounds of polymer-cased MAC A-50 to weigh the same amount– 100-pounds– as 401 rounds of M33 ball. According to the company, no modifications are necessary for weapons or procedures. when using their polymer-cased cartridges.
As noted in the below video from the Marine Corps System Command, Lt. Col. Bill Lanham and John Carpenter with Program Manager for Ammunition weigh in on the benefits of poly-cased .50 cal ammo. Among these is that a 100-round belt is some 7-pounds lighter when using the updated ammo.
The Pentagon has long been interested in trimming the weight from traditional brass-cased ammo. One long-running project, spearheaded by defense giant Textron, is the Lightweight Small Arms Technology program for the Army. LSAT uses 5.56 mm and 7.62 mm cased telescoped rounds as well as 5.56 mm caseless and has been underway in one form or another since 2004.
Similarly, the Army’s new 6.8mm (.277 caliber) round as used in the service’s Next Generation Weapon System platform, which is designed to replace the M4 and M249, has seen some bidders go polymer. General Dynamics Ordnance & Tactical Systems, which is working with True Velocity and Beretta, recently showed off their new RM277 NGSW platform, a bullpup with lots of modularity. Notably, the gun uses True Velocity’s 6.8mm composite-cased cartridge, which has a “drastic reduction in cartridge weight and enhanced accuracy.”
As for the Marines’ newer and lighter .50 cal ammo, work will be performed in MAC’s Bay St. Louis facility and is expected to be completed by January 2024.
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Though SHOT Show’s official start date is Tuesday, January 21, media, exhibitors and attendees from all over the world get a sneak peek at all the new products at Industry Day at the Range. Hosted at Boulder Rifle and Pistol Club Monday, January 20, participants got their first looks and first shots on many new products debuting at SHOT Show.
As usual, Guns.com was on hand to snap a few pictures of some of our favorite things.
For the complete details on all these and more breaking SHOT Show news, watch this space for continuous updates all week.
As part of a rally in conjunction with the annual Virginia Citizens Defense League lobby day in Richmond, tens of thousands filled the streets.
In all, Capitol Police estimate that some 22,000 gun owners and Second Amendment advocates of all stripes were on hand Monday around the state Capitol complex. Even those numbers were very considered conservative as many reportedly were not able to get close enough to the historic downtown area to join the throng of those exercising their First Amendment right to protect their Second Amendment rights.
“Thanks to everyone who patiently waited to enter for today’s rallies & to lobby their legislators,” noted authorities. “Capitol Square & the surrounding area saw crowds of tens of thousands & only one arrest was made.”
There were no reports of injuries and the sole arrest was reportedly for a 21-year-old woman charged with wearing a mask in public– an obscure 1950s-era state law— more than an hour after the event ended.
“I cannot begin to say how absolutely great gun owners really are!” said Philip Van Cleave, VCDL president. “Not only was Lobby Day completely peaceful, had a massive turnout on a very cold, but beautiful day, but we even had support from gun owners across the country, some driving in from as far away as California. Buses from Texas, Connecticut (sponsored by the Connecticut Citizens Defense League), Florida, and many, many other states arrived, too.”
Mike from the Mr. GunsnGear channel was on-hand for Monday’s lobby day rally, passing out donated magazines, and has a report from the ground.
The reason for the high turn out is due to a raft of gun control legislation proposed by the state legislature– a body which recently switched polarity to single-party Democrat control with the help of millions from out of state anti-gun groups with deep pockets.
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Operation Blazing Swords/Pink Pistols adds a new face to its Board of Directors, welcoming Chris Cheng as its latest member.
Cheng is known for his winning appearance on the History Channel’s “Top Shot” Season 4 where he took first place, leaving with a $100,000 cash prize and the title of Top Shot. Cheng’s success continued as a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops in the 3-Gun competition arena.
“I am excited to bring my technology and business background to Operation Blazing Sword. The next chapter of queer rights has begun with more of our community realizing that the Second Amendment is a way for marginalized communities to protect ourselves from harm,” Cheng said in a press release.
Cheng’s appointment was met with enthusiasm by Operation Blazing Sword President Erin Palette who said that Cheng’s long-time support and advocacy of the LGBTQ community made him an obvious choice for the position.
“I am beyond pleased to have such an accomplished individual as Mr. Cheng joining our Board. He is the living embodiment of the principle which I have promoted since the creation of Operation Blazing Sword: that the Second Amendment is for all Americans, regardless of age, race, gender, creed, or sexuality,” Palette said in a statement. “We all have the right to defend our lives in the safest, most effective manner possible, and I am eager to see how he helps champion that cause.”
Operation Blazing Sword merged with Pink Pistols in 2018, offering more resources and support to the queer firearms community. The organization currently works to promote LGBTQ gun ownership, education, and outreach through events, partnerships, classes, and initiatives.
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