22 New Tactical Precision Rifles for 2018

By: SI Staff

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One of the hottest markets in today’s firearm world is precision shooting. To answer the growing demand for long-range tactical rifles designed for precision shooting, manufacturers have a range of firearms that meet the needs of the modern firearm owner. These guns range in calibers from .22 LR to .300 Win. Mag. and vary in terms of operating systems, whether its a tried-and-true bolt gun or a semi-automatic modern sporting rifle. No matter its design or chambering, all of these guns have one purpose: to stretch the capabilities of precision shooters to never-before-seen heights. Take a look at these 22 new tactical precision rifles introduced in 2018 to see which one strikes your fancy:


American Built Arms .22 Chassis Rifle
Designed and manufactured in the U.S., this lightweight chassis rifle is perfect for practice and plinking for shooters of all ages. The chassis is made from 6061 T6 aluminum and the rifle features a heavy bull barrel.

Caliber: .22 LR
Magazine Capacity: 7 rounds
Barrel Length: 16.5 inches
Overall Length: 30.75 to 34 inches
Weight: 6 pounds
MSRP: $599
(443) 310-8777, abarms.com


Christensen Arms Modern Precision Rifle
The Modern Precision Rifle takes advantage of a 100-percent proprietary chassis built with premium aerospace materials to assure maximum potential accuracy. The rifle is available in several popular longe-range calibers, including short-action 6.5 PRC and .308 Win., and long-action .300 Norma Mag. and .338 Lapua Mag.

Caliber: .300 Win. Mag.
Magazine Capacity: 5 rounds
Barrel Length: 24 inches
Overall Length: 38.5 to 47 inches
Weight: 8.5 pounds
MSRP: $2,395
(435) 528-7999, christensenarms.com


CMMG Inc. Mk4 DTR2 224 Valkyrie
With the introduction of the 224 Valkyrie, CMMG set out to build the ideal rifle that could take full advantage of the long-range characteristics of this new round from Federal Premium.

Caliber: 224 Valkyrie
Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds
Barrel Length: 24 inches
Overall Length: 44.5 inches
Weight: 9.2 pounds
MSRP: $1,699
(660) 248-2203, cmmginc.com


Cobalt Kinetics BAMF XL Overwatch PRS
Offering a choice of four foundation and accent colors, a premium trigger and a host of other upgrades and top-shelf options, the BAMF XL Overwatch PRS rifle needs only a riflescope to get out in the field and make your mark at long range.

Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor
Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds
Barrel Length: 24 inches
Overall Length: 46 inches
Weight: 12 pounds, 8 ounces
MSRP: $5,495
(435) 656-0599, cobaltkinetics.com


DoubleStar STAR10-BX
Also available in .260 Rem., the STAR10-BX offers a good example of the AR platform versatility without unwanted bulk. A Samsom 15-inch Evolution fore-end provides welcome adaptability, allowing you to add accessories as the situation dictates.

Caliber: 6 mm Creedmoor
Magazine Capacity: 20 rounds
Barrel Length: 22 inches
Overall Length: 45.5 inches
Weight: 10 pounds
MSRP: $2,549
(888) 736-7725, star15.com


Howa Australian Precision Chassis Rifle
Specially designed to fill the needs of modern-day precision shooters, the APC rifle can be adjusted to fit individuals and is easily customizable by the end user.

Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor
Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds
Barrel Length: 24 inches
Overall Length: 44.5 inches
Weight: 10 pounds, 12 ounces
MSRP: $1,149
(775) 828-0555, legacysports.com


Howa MiniAction Chassis Rifle
This all-new design blends the short-throw and unique cartridge compatibility of the company’s MiniAction system along with a flexible and adjustable chassis system for customization.

Caliber: 6.5 Grendel
Magazine Capacity: 5 rounds
Barrel Length: 20 inches
Overall Length: 39.5 inches
Weight: 7 pounds
MSRP: $1,199
(775) 828-0555, legacysports.com


Kimber Advanced Tactical SOC II (FDE)
Built by hand and featuring a host of options designed to custom-fit the rifle to the operator, the Advanced Tactical SOC II comes with a sub-.5 MOA guarantee. That’s confidence in the company’s product right there.

Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor
Magazine Capacity: 5 rounds
Barrel Length: 22 inches
Overall Length: 40 to 43 inches
Weight: 11 pounds, 8 ounces
MSRP: $2,449
(888) 243-4522, kimberamerica.com


Lithgow Arms LA105 Woomera
Also known as the “Woomera,” the Aboriginal word for “spear thrower,” the LA105 was constructed with input and advice from experienced snipers in both the U.S. and Australian military.

Caliber: .308 Win.
Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds
Barrel Length: 24 inches
Overall Length: 42.5 to 45 inches
Weight: 11 pounds
MSRP: TBD
(775) 828-0555, legacysports.com


LWRCI IC-DI 224 Valkyrie
LWRCI’s SIX8 has long been the gold standard for 6.8 SPC ARs, so a new rifle chambered in the new 6.8 SPC-case-based 224 Valkyrie was a no-brainer. Loaded with performance-enhancing features, this rifle should squeeze every bit of performance from the hottest new cartridge of 2018.

Caliber: 224 Valkyrie
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 20.1 inches
Overall Length: 40 inches
Weight: 8 pounds, 2 ounces
MSRP: $1,995
(410) 901-1348, lwrci.com


LWRCI IC-DI MKII Target
Chambered in .223 Wylde for optimum performance with either .223 Rem. or 5.56 NATO ammunition and sporting a cold-hammer-forged, NiCorr-treated barrel, this rifle promises enhanced accuracy in most any situation.

Caliber: .223 Wylde
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
Barrel Length: 18.1 inches
Overall Length: 38 inches
Weight: 7 pounds, 12 ounces
MSRP: $2,363
(410) 901-1348, lwrci.com


LWRCI REPR MKII 6.5 Creedmoor Elite
From its carbon-fiber barrel to its Geissele trigger and fully ambidextrous controls (including the charging handle), everything about this rifle is ultra-high end. It should be no problem at all to achieve sub-MOA accuracy with this version of the REPR in 6.5 Creedmoor.

Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor
Magazine Capacity: 20 rounds
Barrel Length: 22 inches
Overall Length: 43.5 inches
Weight: 10 pounds, 1 ounce
MSRP: $5,103
(410) 901-1348, lwrci.com


Mossberg MVP Precision
For 2018, Mossberg redesigned its MVP Precision rifle, giving it an all-new chassis design and greater flexibility in magazine feeding, thanks to its compatibility with all AR-15-style magazines.

Caliber: 224 Valkyrie
Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds
Barrel Length: 20 inches
Overall Length: 38.62 inches
Weight: 9 pounds, 3 ounces
MSRP: $1,407
(800) 363-3555, mossberg.com


Remington 700 Magpul Enhanced rifle
Detachable-box magazine, upgraded Magpul furniture, heavy barrel and a bipod? Remington’s new 700 Magpul Enhanced now comes in 6.5 Creedmoor, needing only an optic to get you well on your way to long-range success.

Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor
Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds
Barrel Length: 20 inches
Overall Length: 39.5 inches
Weight: 8 pounds, 8 ounces
MSRP: $1,249
(800) 243-9700, remington.com


Rise Armament 1121XR in 6.5 Creedmoor
Designed to improve the performance of a heavy-caliber gas gun without unnecessary weight, the 6.5 Creedmoor-caliber exploits the potential of that round in a proven operating system from a company known for precision. Rise incorporates many of company’s premium components in building the 1121XR rifle.

Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor
Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds
Barrel Length: 22 inches
Overall Length: 44 inches
Weight: 10 pounds, 4 ounces
MSRP: $2,449
(844) 747-3308, risearmament.com


Ruger Precision Rimfire
This precision-based turnbolt is built on a one-piece, molded chassis and paired with a fully adjustable buttstock, a cold-hammer-forged target barrel for uncompromising accuracy and 30-MOA Picatinny scope base suggests this ain’t your run-of-the-mill rimfire.

Caliber: .22 LR
Magazine Capacity: 15 rounds
Barrel Length: 18 inches
Overall Length: 35.13 to 38.63 inches
Weight: 6 pounds, 13 ounces
MSRP: $529
(336) 949-5200, ruger.com


Sabatti Urban Sniper
Built for competition or precision performance in a shorter package, the Urban Sniper brings Sabatti quality to the attention of American shooters. Available in both .308 Win. and 6.5 Creedmoor, the rifle incorporates an adjustable composite stock and optics-mounting options.

Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor
Magazine Capacity: 7 rounds
Barrel Length: 20 inches
Overall Length: 41.5 inches
Weight: 9 pounds, 6 ounces
MSRP: $1,200
(800) 450-1852, Ifg-usa.com


Savage Model 10 GRS
Built for long-distance precision, this rifle boasts several accuracy-enhancing features including a fully adjustable GRS stock, a button-rifled fluted heavy barrel and the popular user-adjustable Savage AccuTrigger. Other chamberings include 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Win.

Caliber: 6 mm Creedmoor
Magazine Capacity: 4 rounds
Barrel Length: 26 inches
Overall Length: 46 inches
Weight: 9 pounds, 8 ounces
MSRP: $1,449
(800) 370-0708, savagearms.com


Savage Model 110 Tactical With AccuFit
Precision and adaptability come together in the Savage Model 110 Tactical With AccuFit. The stock allows shooters to quickly adjust comb height and length-of-pull by securing the action three-dimensionally along its entire length, without sacrificing comfort or accuracy.  Other chamberings include 6 mm Creedmoor and 6.5 Creedmoor.

Caliber: .308 Win.
Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds
Barrel Length: 20 or 24 inches
Overall Length: 43.25 to 46.5 inches
Weight: 8 pounds, 10 ounces
MSRP: $784
(800) 370-0708, savagearms.com


Savage MSR 15 Recon Long Range Precision
How do you improve upon a precision-based MSR? The addition of an adjustable gas block and a longer barrel add to the rifle’s reliability and its already impressive accuracy thanks to its 5R rifling.  Best of all, the Savage is also available in 6.8 SPC and 22 Nosler.

Caliber: 224 Valkyrie
Magazine Capacity: 25 rounds
Barrel Length: 18 inches
Overall Length: 35.25 to 38.5 inches
Weight: 7 pounds, 8 ounces
MSRP: $1,249
(800) 370-0708, savagearms.com


Savage MSR 15 Valkyrie
Designed for maximum performance from an MSR platform with the new 224 Valkyrie cartridge, this rifle is capable of delivering supersonic velocities at distances of 1,300 yards with extremely flat trajectories and, of course, the match-grade accuracy you have come to expect from the Savage brand.

Caliber: 224 Valkyrie
Magazine Capacity: 25 rounds
Barrel Length: 18 inches
Overall Length: 35.5 to 39 inches
Weight: 7 pounds, 14 ounces
MSRP: $1,499
(800) 370-0708, savagearms.com


Springfield Armory Loaded M1A 6.5 Creedmoor
Long-known and cherished for accuracy and precision, the Loaded M1A series now offers a 6.5 Creedmoor variant for those who love the rifle and the cartridge. Fully adjustable to fit the shooter, the Loaded M1A is right at home on the long-distance range.

Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor
Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds
Barrel Length: 22 inches
Overall Length: 45 to 46.25 inches
Weight: 11 pounds, 6 ounces
MSRP: $2,045
(800) 680-6866, springfield-armory.com

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New Tactical Shotguns for 2018

By: SI Staff

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This year was expected to be a quiet one for gun sales. We have a pro-gun administration in Washington and the market has an enormous inventory of ARs, a platform at risk of buyer fatigue. Then along came regulatory reinterpretations from—of all places—BATFE, and suddenly we began to witness the phenomena of short, smoothbore “any other weapons” and semi-automatic pistols with shoulder-mountable arm braces. Below are some of the newest shotguns and other shotshell-firing firearms that emerged onto the industry scene in 2018. Take a look at these shotguns to see which one stands out to you:

Charles Daly Honcho Pump
Technically a firearm, the Honcho features a shortened barrel with a non-shoulderable-grip setup that enables consumers to have a compact shotshell-firing platform for personal defense.

Gauge: 12; 3-inch chamber
Magazine Capacity: 5 rounds
Barrel Length: 14 inches
Overall Length: 27 inches
Weight: 4 pounds, 11 ounces
MSRP: $309
(937) 835-5000 charlesdaly.com


EAA MKA 1923
Far from your typical long gun, EAA’s latest offering blends the versatility of a shotgun with the convenience and maneuverability of a bullpup, making it an ideal candidate for home defense.

Gauge: 12; 3-inch chamber
Magazine Capacity: 5 rounds
Barrel Length: 18.7 inches
Overall Length: 29.5 inches
Weight: 9 pounds, 11 ounces
MSRP: $849
(321) 639-4842 eaacorp.com


IWI US Tavor TS12
A rotating, three-tube magazine gives this new, innovative bullpup shotgun a 15-shell capacity. Simply rotate the magazine, and the first round from the next tube automatically chambers. All controls and the ejection direction can be converted by the user from right- to left-hand operation.

Gauge: 12; 3-inch chamber
Magazine Capacity: 15 rounds
Barrel Length: 18.5 inches
Overall Length: 28.34 inches
Weight: 8 pounds
MSRP: $1,399
(717) 695-2081 iwi.us


Mossberg 590M
Mossberg blended its tried-and-true 590 action with the first-ever double-stack detachable magazine designed for shotguns, giving consumers faster reload time and enhanced capacity of up to 20 rounds.

Gauge: 12; 2 34-inch chamber
Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds
Barrel Length: 18.5 inches
Overall Length: 39.5 inches
Weight: 7 pounds, 12 ounces
MSRP: $801
(800) 363-3555 mossberg.com


Remington 870 DM
Rolled out at the beginning of 2018, the DM—Detachable Magazine—represented a sea change for “Big Green.” Offering rapid reloads to offset the one complaint of the shotgun, slow recharge, the 870 DM is a potent home-defense option.

Gauge: 12; 3-inch chamber
Magazine Capacity: 6 rounds
Barrel Length: 18.5 inches
Overall Length: 38.5 inches
Weight: 7 pounds, 8 ounces
MSRP: $529
(800) 243-9700 remington.com


Remington 870 DM Tac-14
In addition to the standard 870 with detachable magazine, Remington also offers the Tac-14, its “not-a-shotgun” offering with 14-inch barrel and birdshead-style grip, with the same magazine system. Six rounds at the ready.

Gauge: 12; 3-inch chamber
Magazine: Capacity 6 rounds
Barrel Length: 14 inches
Overall Length: 26.3 inches
Weight: 6 pounds
MSRP: $559
(800) 243-9700 remington.com


Remington 870 Express Magpul
Remington’s 870 Express gets a Magpul upgrade as well, recognizing both the utility and popularity of Magpul’s line of shotgun enhancements. The SGA stock is adjustable for length-of-pull and cheek weld, while the fore-end has M-Lok attachment points for accessories.

Gauge: 12; 3-inch chamber
Magazine Capacity: 6 rounds
Barrel Length: 18.5 inches
Overall Length: 38.5 inches
Weight: 7 pounds, 8 ounces
MSRP: $565
(800) 243-9700 remington.com


SRM Arms SRM 1228
Designed with a shortened bolt and ejection port, the all-new 1228 is purpose-built to reliably shoot only Aguila Minishells, providing reduced recoil and enhanced magazine capacity.

Gauge: 12; 2-inch chamber
Magazine Capacity: 28 rounds
Barrel Length: 18.5 inches
Overall Length: 32.5 inches
Weight: 7 pounds, 4 ounces
MSRP: $2,100
(304) 274-2886 srmarms.com


Stoeger M3K Freedom 3-Gun
Part of Stoeger’s new Freedom series, the M3K 3-Gun shotgun offers an extended magazine, upgraded sights and visually distinct controls. It may just be the least-expensive way to get a tricked-out 3-gun shotgun.

Gauge: 12; 3-inch chamber
Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds
Barrel Length: 24 inches
Overall Length: 48 inches
Weight: 7 pounds, 5 ounces
MSRP: $699
(301) 283-6981 stoegerindustries.com


Stoeger P3000 Freedom
The budget-friendly P3000 pump-action series of shotguns has an extended-magazine offering for 2018 as part of Stoeger’s Freedom line. Now with a 7+1-shell capacity, the P3000 Freedom is an even more-attractive home-defense option.

Gauge: 12; 3-inch chamber
Magazine Capacity: 7 rounds
Barrel Length: 18.5 inches
Overall Length: 40.5 inches
Weight: 6 pounds, 5 ounces
MSRP: $339
(301) 283-6981 stoegerindustries.com


Tristar Arms KRX FDE
Built to replicate the look and feel of the popular AR-15, the KRX is now available with a Flat-Dark-Earth finish while offering consumers an easily reloaded, semi-automatic shotgun for home-defense and range use.

Gauge: 12; 3-inch chamber
Magazine Capacity: 5 rounds
Barrel Length: 20 inches
Overall Length: 38 inches
Weight: 7 pounds, 6 ounces
MSRP: $624
(816) 421-1400 tristararms.com


Winchester SXP Viper Urban Defender
The trusted SXP shotgun gets a makeover for 2018, featuring True Timber’s Urban Viper camo. Its stock, receiver, pump, magazine-tube cap and barrel are all dipped in this pattern for the perfect look for home defense.

Gauge: 12; 3-inch chamber
Magazine Capacity: 5 rounds
Barrel Length: 18 inches
Overall Length: 38.5 inches
Weight: 6 pounds, 4 ounces
MSRP: $399
(800) 945-5237 winchesterguns.com

Springtime Offers From Springfield, Remington, and Crimson Trace

By: Guy Sagi

Purchase a new Springfield Armory XD-S, XD-S Mod. 2, XD Sub-compact, XD Mod. 2 Sub-compact or XD-E through June 30 and you qualify to receive three extra magazines. “We wanted to offer our customers a promotion that was ideal for those looking for an every day carry,” said Springfield Armory CEO Dennis Reese. “Our XD line has a wide variety of CCW options so you can choose which one is best for you based on ideal fit, feel, and your individual preferences.” 

Customers can mail in their Gear Up Promotion form with proof of purchase or, for faster service, they can initiate the redemption process online. Delivery time is anticipated to between eight and 12 weeks. Visit the web page for forms and information.  

Remington is running a $100 Spring Fever Cash Back Promotion on new purchases of Model 700 VTR and Model 700 Magpul rifles. The mail-in offers are valid on guns bought between now and May 1, but requests must be postmarked by June 1. There is a limit of five rebates per customer, $100 for each gun. Get details here.

And Crimson Trace is continuing its Buy One Get One Free (BOGO) program. Customers who purchase any new Crimson Trace laser sight or light through any sales channel between March 1 and April 30 are eligible to receive a free Rail Master—the Rail Master CMR-201 red laser sight. Customer purchases and the free laser sight must be in accordance with the terms and conditions of the program. For full details on the $159—value deal, visit the company website.

Springfield Armory Provides Behind-the-Scenes Look at the M1A

By: Guy J. Sagi

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Springfield Armory has released a short video that details the history of its M1A series and provides a close look at the craftsmanship and precision required in the creation of this iconic American firearm. An M1A lineup has been offered by Springfield Armory since 1974, and the company is one of only a few manufacturers currently making civilian versions of the M14 rifle.

“The careful hours, scrupulous effort, expert machining and meticulous tool work needed to complete an M1A from start to finish, make it a labor-intensive yet wholly worthwhile process,” says CEO Dennis Reese. “The end result honors the tradition and legacy of the M1A. It is truly an exceptional rifle and a beloved American firearm.”

In 1959, the U.S. Military replaced the World War II-proven M1 Garand with the M14, which is chambered in 7.62 NATO. By 1970 the latter was also retired, but when the long-distance, mountainside engagements with terrorism in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan proved too much for the 5.56 NATO M4s, many of the M14s remaining in armories were retrofitted with modern furniture and pressed back into service.

Civilian enthusiasts can own similar improvements in Springfield Armory’s M1A series, including the Loaded M1A model tested by Shooting Illustrated—with fully adjustable, Archangel Precision synthetic stock. Traditional versions with wood furniture and iconic profile are still offered by the company as well. The M1A National Match remains a popular choice with competitors.

The company is also currently running an M1A Gear Up Promotion that allows new owners who submit a proof of purchase online to receive three, 20-round magazines in addition to the single, 10-round magazine that ships with each rifle. Purchases made between Feb. 1 and May 31 qualify for the special deal. Those consumers who live in restricted states will receive magazines compatible with local laws.

Beretta Launches Spring 2018 Pistol Promotions

By: Guy J. Sagi

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Purchase a Beretta Nano pistol between March 1 and April 30, and you could qualify to receive a $75 Visa prepaid debit card. Pick up one of the company’s APX handguns during the same period, and you can claim five free magazines—a $165 value.

Eligible guns in the Nano offer include all configurations purchased new at a retail outlet and paid for in full between March 1-April 30, 2018. Rebates are limited to one per gun.

Featuring a smooth, snag-free design and stainless-steel magazines, Nano models are available in Flat Dark Earth, Sniper Grey, Rosa and Robin’s Egg Blue. The three-dot sights are adjustable, it comes with flush and extended magazines and feature a striker deactivator button.

The offer is only available to individuals and certain restrictions apply. Purchasers of a Nano should receive a promotion code from the retailer and be prepared to submit it along with a dated sales receipt (complete with the firearm’s serial number) and/or a copy of the completed 4473. Visit the deal’s website for full details and applicable limitations.

Eligible guns in the APX pistol promotion must be purchased and paid for in full between March 1 and April 30.  The offer is limited to five APX magazines per handgun purchased and does not include any that are considered used, closed-out or discounted.

The APX was designed specifically for military and law enforcement operators and features replaceable grip frame housings and a removable, serialized chassis frame. The striker-fired gun, available in 9 mm and .40 S&W, utilizes full-length slide serrations to ensure easy manipulation under any conditions.

Magazines eligible for the promotion include all 17-, 15- and 10-round models. The 21-round versions are excluded.

The offer is limited to individuals only, and a retailer-provided promotion code is also required as well as sales receipt (with serial number) and/or copy of the 4473. Full details are available on the web page.

First Look: Remington Golden Saber Black Belt Ammo

By: Evan Brune

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Remington expanded its self-defense ammo offerings in 2018 with the company’s all-new Golden Saber Black Belt ammunition. This new load incorporates a novel bullet design that optimizes several components of the round’s ballistic performance, including jacket retention and barrier penetration.

“Historically, Remington brought Golden Saber P&R out to provide superior performance to our competitors at the time,” said David Schluckebier, new product development manager for Remington. “The next evolution in Remington’s premium P&R (pistol & revolver) collection came with the Golden Saber Bonded line. The Golden Saber Black Belt brings the best features and benefits of the previous lines to it, providing best-in-class performance.”

The new round was tailor-made for law-enforcement use, and Remington has submitted the all-new Black Belt load in a bid to win the FBI’s latest ammo-contract solicitation. However, all of the elements that make it a suitable law-enforcement load also provide excellent performance for personal defense.

The bullet features a spiral nosecut, which ensures expansion even at low velocities. The benefit of this particular design element is that users will see adequate expansion when using the rounds in short-barrel personal-defense guns that don’t provide the muzzle velocities of larger, duty-size firearms.

Of course, one of the stand-out elements of the new Remington Golden Saber Black Belt cartridge is the black belt surrounding the middle of the round. After experimenting with plastic belts that didn’t meet performance needs, the company finally settled on a brass band with a black-oxide finish.

“The belt is the key to the superior performance,” Schluckebier said. “The belt is there to displace the jacket toward the center axis of the bullet. It was a way to provide a mechanical core-locking feature more pronounced than the initial driving band we put on the Golden Saber. The existence of the band has a dual purpose as well. It will undoubtedly stop the petal tear at that location.”

With the addition of the black belt surrounding the bullet, the overall design follows more of an hourglass-shape that differs from traditional bullet designs. Remington engineers developed this unique jacket to provide consistent performance, regardless of barriers.

“Specifically, the shape of the formed jacket allows for bonded performance in the harder barriers while providing normal Golden Saber performance in the softer ones,” Schluckebier said. “So, we are getting both expansion and weight retention more consistently across barriers, which makes the bullet performance more barrier-blind. In other words, the most important performance result—penetration distance—becomes more consistent, barrier to barrier, shot to shot.

Shown on the graphic is the cross-section of the Remington Golden Saber Black Belt bullet, which illustrates how the brass band forms part of the bearing surface on the projectile.

What does this mean for home-defense and personal-protection use? Schluckebier said that the round’s consistent performance across all barriers means there’s less chance of over-penetration, thanks to the round’s aggressive expansion. This reduces the chance that exiting rounds will continue to travel through traditional barriers found in urban environments, like drywall, floorboards, doors and more.

In addition to the projectile’s unique design, other elements of the ammo are purpose-built for daily carry and consistent performance. The cartridge case is nickel-plated to reduce the chances of corrosion and enhance lubricity for reliable function. Additionally, the bright nickel also makes it easy to visually see that a firearm is loaded with a brief press check, even in low-light conditions.

Other stand-out components include a waterproof seal around the neck of the case and the inside of the primer pocket, preventing moisture from compromising performance. The round also uses flash-suppressed propellant and an optimized primer that work to reduce muzzle flash that can disorient users in low-light self-defense scenarios.

Remington Golden Saber Black Belt ammunition is available in 124-grain 9 mm, 124-grain 9 mm +P, 180-grain .40 S&W and 230-grain .45 ACP loads. The suggested retail price per box of 20 rounds starts at $24.29.

First Look: Crimson Trace SIG Sauer P320 Laserguard

By: SI Staff

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Crimson Trace’s line of handgun Laserguard laser sights saw an expansion in early 2018, bringing a number of new fits to the company’s collection. One of the latest offerings is the all-new Crimson Trace SIG Sauer P320 Laserguard, designed for use on the commercial P320, M17 and M18 handguns.

Two models of the Laserguard are sized to fit the P320, one with a red laser and the other with a green laser. Each laser-aiming module clamps securely onto the Picatinny accessory rail located on the underside of the pistol frame. Combined with this anchor point is a section of the Laserguard specifically molded to the contour of the P320 handgun’s trigger guard, clamping onto the gun and providing an especially secure mount. One element to note is that the P320 Laserguard model will fit every P320 grip frame except for sub-compact options.

Underneath the trigger guard is the company’s trademarked Instinctive Activation pressure pad, which automatically activates the laser once a secure firing grip is obtained. Each Laserguard model is equipped with a master on/off switch that enables users to control whether or not the laser is automatically activated by the activation pad located on the front strap of the grip. Additionally, windage and elevation adjustments are also provided, allowing users to customize their laser sight’s zero to fit their personal-defense needs.

Each Crimson Trace Laserguard sight is built with a durable polymer housing, and the sides of the P320-specific Laserguard model have a number of angled striations designed to match the serrations found on the slide of the P320. The instinctive-activation pad is constructed from overmolded rubber designed to withstand the daily wear and tear of concealed carry. Each unit is powered by a single 1/3N lithium battery or two 357 silver-oxide batteries, and the P320 Laserguard sight is covered by Crimson Trace’s Free Batteries for Life program. Battery life on this laser lasts for slightly more than two hours.

The Crimson Trace SIG Sauer P320 Laserguard ships with a factory zero of 50 feet, providing a 0.5-inch aiming dot at that distance. The suggested retail price on the LG-420 red Laserguard model starts at $229, while the green-laser model retails at a suggested price of $309.

New for 2018: Walther Arms PPS M2 RMSc

Fans of the Walther Arms concealed-carry handguns can now take advantage of a new carry optics package offered by the company in the form of the new PPS M2 RMSc. This new-for-2018 package combines the compact size and enhanced ergonomics of the PPS M2 pistol with the rapid target acquisition provided by the Shield Sights RMSc reflex sight.

“Carry optics is a fast growing category, and Walther is very excited to offer the PPS M2 equipped with the RMSc,” said Kevin Wilkerson, marketing manager for Fort Smith-based Walther Arms. “The combination provides significant value with a slim factory milled slide topped with an exceptional optic. This pairing will be a perfect fit for the buyer looking for a concealable optic ready product.”

One of the difficulties of pairing a red-dot reflex sight with the PPS M2 was dealing with the thin slide on the gun, which measures just an inch wide. Luckily, Shield Sights took its popular RMS reflex mini sight and shrank the design in order to allow it to fit onto compact, single-stack carry guns like the Glock G43, Smith & Wesson M&P Shield and now the Walther Arms PPS M2. The sight provides users with a bright, clear aiming dot that measures 4 MOA in diameter.

The rear of the slide on the Walther PPS M2 RMSc is milled to accept the reflex sight and allows the red dot to sit low enough in the slide that the dot can co-witness with the iron sights on the gun. Should the reflex sight ever run out of power or be damaged, users can still accurately fire the handgun using the irons. Should owners want to remove the red-dot optic entirely, a cover plate is included to fill the milled gap in the slide.

The suggested retail price on the Walther Arms PPS M2 RMSc package is $699, which is a significant savings for consumers versus purchasing each component separately. The suggested retail price on the PPS M2 alone is $469, while a standalone Shield RMSc reflex optic has a suggested retail price of $504.

10 New Guns to See at the Great American Outdoor Show

By:  Adam Heggenstaller

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While SHOT Show may be the first place dealers, industry insiders and vetted media types get their hands on the year’s new guns, “regular” hunters and shooters who are not part of those groups miss out. Fortunately the Great American Outdoor Show, which follows on the heels of SHOT, gives consumers their chance to see new firearms (and optics, ammo and other gear) from dozens of the same manufacturers who made big introductions just weeks before.

With more than 1,100 exhibitors filling 650,000 square feet of floor space at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg during Feb. 3-11, it can be difficult to know where to start. So let us help you plan your visit. Here are 10 new guns on display at Great American that you’ll want to check out. We’ve even put them in order by booth location, starting near the entrance to the Shooting Sports Hall in the Cameron Street lobby and working across the aisles from right to left.

1. Midland Backpack—Booth 281 (Navy Arms)
Here’s something you don’t see every day: A single-shot shotgun that folds in half for easy transport, weighs less than 5 pounds and retails for less than $150. The Midland Backpack is available in 12-gauge, 20-gauge and .410-bore with an 18.5-, 24- or 26-inch barrel. Its synthetic buttstock accepts spacers for length-of-pull adjustments, as well as holds a survival kit (sold separately). Barrels are interchangeable, and Midland expects to offer rimfire and centerfire rifle versions soon.

2. Shaw Custom Rifles Mk. X—Booth 217
Shaw builds rifles based on the customer’s choice of barrel, chambering and stock, and this year the company offers a new action as an option as well. The Mk. X centerfire action features a hybrid push-feed/controlled-round-feed bolt, detachable box magazine, integral recoil lug and scope bases, and a honed Savage AccuTrigger. Customers get their pick of right-hand or left-hand actions in blued chrome-moly or stainless steel, two barrel contours in several lengths and more than 80 chamberings. A Timney trigger is also available as an upgrade. Shaw currently offers the Mk. X with a grade 5 walnut stock, but more options are planned for the future.

3. Hi-Point 1095TS Carbine—Booth 301
The 10mm Auto cartridge is a favorite among hunters who use a semi-automatic pistol for deer and hogs, and it provides even more velocity and performance when fired from a carbine. The semi-auto 1095TS carbine has a 17.5-inch barrel, weighs 7 pounds and feeds from a 10-round detachable box magazine. It features fully adjustable rear peep and post front sights, Weaver accessory rails and a polymer stock. Like all Hi-Point carbines, the 1095TS represents a value; it retails for less than $390.

4. Marlin Model 1895 Trapper—Booth 363 (Remington Outdoor Company)
Long-range precision shooting may be all the rage, but we’re willing to bet more deer are killed each year at 60 yards in the brush than at 600 yards in the wide open. For the thick stuff, Marlin gives us the Trapper. This new variation of the classic Marlin 1895 has a fast-handling 16.5-inch barrel chambered in .45-70, a big-loop lever and a Skinner peep sight. The extended magazine tube holds five rounds, yet the rifle’s overall length is just 35 inches.

5. DPMS GII Compact Hunter—Booth 363 (Remington Outdoor Company)
Looking for one AR to hunt predators and deer, but don’t trust the .223 Rem. for big game? Check out the GII Compact Hunter, which is now chambered in .243 Win. The GII is a scaled-down version of the typical large-receiver (think .308 Win.) AR. Its minimal dimensions, 16-inch barrel and carbon-fiber fore-end cut weight to just 7 pounds. Other factors that contribute to comfort in the field include a B5 Systems SOPMOD buttstock and a Hogue OverMolded rubber grip.

6. Taurus Raging Hunter—Booth 473
Despite its “Raging” name, we think the new six-shot .44 Mag. revolver from Taurus will make a lot of hunters happy. Its 8 3/8-inch barrel is surrounded by an aluminum shroud that helps reduce weight and provides a Picatinny rail for mounting optics. Ports in the barrel, along with a grip that has a cushioned insert, help reduce recoil and muzzle flip. The Raging Hunter has a fully adjustable rear sight and a fixed front sight.

7. Smith & Wesson Performance Center Model S&W500—Booth 481
OK, so the Smith & Wesson X-frame revolver in .500 S&W Mag. isn’t new. However, this version—which has a tuned Performance Center action, an unfluted cylinder and a 3.5-inch barrel with a Hi Viz fiber-optic front sight—is, and do you really need an excuse to heft one of the world’s most powerful revolvers? This may be the ultimate big-bear defense gun.

8. SIG Sauer ASP20—Booth 589
Just last spring Pennsylvania approved .177- and .22-caliber air rifles for hunting small game and furbearers, making SIG Sauer’s introduction of the ASP20 particularly well timed. Noteworthy features of the break-barrel, gas-piston ASP20 include a two-stage, user-adjustable MatchLite trigger; GlideLite cocking mechanism that requires just 33 pounds of force to cock; wedge-type breech-locking system that eliminates barrel droop; and integral sound dampener. The .177-caliber ASP20 produces a muzzle velocity of 1021 fps with an 8.64-grain pellet for 20 ft.-lbs. of energy, while the .22-caliber rifle drives a 14.65-grain pellet to 841 fps at the muzzle for 23 ft.-lbs. of energy. Both versions are available with a full-size wood or synthetic stock.

9. Mossberg Patriot Synthetic Cerakote—Booth 663
At less than $450, the new Patriot Synthetic Cerakote could be the best value in all-weather rifles we’ve seen. Mossberg treats its flagship Patriot barreled action with Cerakote—a corrosion- and wear-resistant ceramic coating—and then secures it in a durable polymer stock. Other features include a four-round detachable box magazine, user-adjustable LBA trigger and 22-inch fluted barrel. Mossberg offers the rifle in .243 Win., 6.5 Creedmoor, 7mm-08 Rem., .308 Win., .270 Win. and .30-06 Sprg.

10. Henry Big Boy Color Case Hardened Rifles and Carbines—Booth 647
Really nice lever guns are timeless, which is why Henry adds six color-case-hardened rifles and carbines to its Big Boy family this year. Chamberings include .38 Spl./.357 Mag., .44 Spl./.44 Mag. and .45 Colt. Rifles have a 20-inch octagonal barrel, 10-round capacity and standard-loop lever, while carbines have a 16.5-inch octagonal barrel, seven-round capacity and large-loop lever. All wear American walnut stocks that beautifully complement the striking case colors on the steel receivers and fore-end caps.

 

Smith & Wesson Introduces M&P380 Shield EZ Pistol

By: American Rifleman Staff

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In the past when a pistol manufacturer touted a new gun entry as having easy slide manipulation—even with a .380-cal.—we have taken the assertion with a grain of salt until we’ve had some hands-on experience. In the case of the just-announced Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ, we can attest that indeed, the pistol lives up to its claims.

American Rifleman editors had some early range time last fall with the new .380 ACP addition to the very popular M&P Series, and have been eagerly awaiting its announcement. We’ll be putting the pistol through our regular test and evaluation protocol in the coming weeks, but here’s what we can tell you in terms of features:

The pistol, which offers an 8+1 round capacity, ships with two 8-round magazines that include a load-assist button, as well as a Picatinny-style rail for accessories. Barrel length is 3.675”, and the pistol is outfitted with white-dot front and adjustable white-dot rear sights. Along with tapped rear slide serrations, a one-piece single-action trigger and audible trigger reset, it also features an 18-degree grip angle for a natural point of aim, as well as enhanced, textured grips. A tactile loaded-chamber indicator, a reversible magazine release, and available ambidextrous thumb safety round out its many ergonomically friendly features. The pistol will be available nationwide at the end of Feb. 2018 at an MSRP of $399.

“When we set out to design the M&P380 Shield EZ pistol, our goal was to deliver an all-around, easy to use personal protection pistol—from loading and carrying, to shooting and cleaning,” said Jan Mladek, General Manager of M&P and S&W Brands.  “… We focused on key areas that customers told us were important—the ease of racking the slide and loading the magazine,” he said, “allowing consumers of all statures and strengths the opportunity to own, comfortably practice with, and effectively utilize this exciting new pistol“ for both first-time shooters and experienced handgunners alike.

Check back in the coming weeks for a complete evaluation of the new M&P380 EZ. For more, visit smith-wesson.com.