Kimber Announces New Precision Rifles

By: American Rifleman Staff

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Included in its list of new products for 2018, Kimber announced the new Advanced Tactical SOC II and Advanced Tactical SRC II precision rifles with a .5 MOA accuracy standard.

Both rifles incorporate Kimber’s 8400 action, which includes a full-length Mauser claw extractor for absolute dependability of controlled round feeding and extraction. They also have a three-position wing safety that is positive, quiet and fast and a match grade trigger carefully tuned to break clean at 2.5 lbs. The SOC II (above) has a 22″ barrel and chamberings in either 6.5 Creedmoor or .308 Win., while the SRC II (below) has a 16″ barrel with a .308 set-up. The muzzles are 5/8-24 threaded to accept a standard muzzle break device or sound suppressor.

The rifles’ barreled actions are mounted in a McRees Precision G10 Standard aluminum lightweight chassis system and feature a side-folding stock that is adjustable for both comb height, butt height and length of pull, M-LEV embedded cant indicator, 1913 MIL-STD forward 20 MOA night vision mount, bi-pod mount and MLOK side-mounts, and accepts Accuracy International 5 and 10-round detachable box magazines. The Advanced Tactical SOC II is available with a Sniper Gray or Flat Dark Earth chassis system, and the Advanced Tactical SRC II is available with a Flat Dark Earth chassis system.

Both ship with a nylon stock pack and drag bag suitable for both storage and deployment.
MSRP: $2,449

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Kimber Announces New Micro Lineup and Red-Dot-Sight 1911

By: American Rifleman Staff

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Like most firearm manufacturers, Kimber is getting a jump on announcing its new pistol lineup for 2018, which includes a family of red-dot-integrated 1911s, and an expansion of its Micro 9 and Micro 380 pistols.

For starters, the five available variants of the Kimber Aegis Elite 1911-style pistol come chambered in either 9 mm or .45 ACP, in both Custom (5″) and Pro (4″) sizes. Ready out-of-the-box, it comes complete with a milled and installed Vortex Optics Venom Red Dot 6-MOA sight, which can be co-witnessed with the standard white 3-dot sights. A satin silver round heel frame; Kimber’s new AEX serrations on the black slide; a match-grade barrel, 24-LPI front strap serrations; green, black and gray G10 grips; and a premium aluminum trigger round out the features. 

Non-red-dot-mounted models are available in Custom, Pro and Ultra (3″) sizes, where green and red fiber optic sights replace the mounted red dot sight.

MSRPs on the Aegis Elite range from $1,021 to $1,415, depending on model.

The Kimber Micro and Micro 9 (.380/9 mm) new product lineup include eight new variants of the desirable small-scale 1911s, with all-metal construction and all made in the U.S.

You can see the eight new Micro models at KimberAmerica.com, but here’s a preview of two of the Micro 9s and a Micro 380. The Micro 9 Desert Night (DN) (below left) features a black slide, desert tan frame, TRUGLO TFX Pro Day/Night Sights and a Kimber-branded Hogue wraparound grip. MSRP: $755

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The Micro 9 Two-Tone (DN) (above right), features a black slide and small parts, stainless frame, TRUGLO TFX Pro Day/Night Sights and a Kimber-branded Hogue wraparound grip. MSRP: $755

The Micro Eclipse chambered in .380 ACP features a gray slide with brush polished flats, gray frame, black small parts, gray and black Cyclone G10 grips, and 3-dot tritium night sights. (MSRP: $679)

First Look: Smith & Wesson Performance Center Model 686

By: SI Staff

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At the end of 2017, the Smith & Wesson Performance Center announced the addition of new Model 686 revolvers to its collection, offering wheelgun aficionados with options that are made specifically for competition.

“The new Performance Center Model 686 and 686 Plus feature Performance Center enhancements that provide an excellent foundation for shooters looking to customize and gain a competitive edge in the shooting sports, or for those who are new to the sport and looking for an excellent competition-ready value,” said Tony Miele, general manager of the Smith & Wesson Performance Center.

The new Smith & Wesson Performance Center Model 686 revolvers are built on a stainless-steel frame and also use barrels and cylinders machined from stainless steel and finished in a matte silver. Several noticeable features jump out on the new revolvers, including a featureless, unfluted cylinder, a vented ribbed barrel and a specially designed teardrop hammer that features a chrome finish.

The company offers two 686 models in its Performance Center revolver lineup. The first Model 686 features a six-round cylinder and a 4-inch barrel, while the second model, the Model 686 Plus, incorporates a seven-round cylinder and a 5-inch barrel. Both revolvers are chambered in .357 Mag. The Model 686 Plus also features a milled-out cylinder designed to accept moon clips.

“When we began designing these revolvers, we wanted to develop an out-of-the-box solution for those seeking a revolver for competition shooting,” Miele said. “these new revolvers have attractive features for both new and seasoned competitive shooters.”

Some of the attractive features included on the new guns include the company’s Performance Center speed release, which allows for a quick forward push on the release to eject the cylinder from the frame. The guns also use a highly visible orange front sight that’s interchangeable with other options on the market. Of course, each gun features a specially tuned action from Performance Center gunsmiths.

The suggested retail price on the two new Smith & Wesson Performance Center Model 686 and 686 Plus revolvers is $966.

First Look: Springfield Armory Saint AR-15 Pistol

By: SI Staff

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Springfield Armory announced the addition of a pistol model to its Saint AR-15 lineup, expanding the company’s AR offerings to include an option geared toward the popular market for rifle-caliber pistol designs. The new Springfield Armory Saint AR-15 pistol joins the two other models in the company’s AR collection, the original rifle reviewed by Shooting Illustratedand a rifle equipped with a free-float handguard.

“The new SAINT pistol delivers high precision and proven AR-15 capability in handgun form,” Springfield Armory CEO Dennis Reese said. “We’re always looking for new ways to give our customers more shooting options, and more firearm for the money. The SAINT AR-15 Pistol does both, and then some.”

The core of the Springfield Saint AR-15 pistol is made up of the upper and lower receivers, built from forged 7075 T6 aluminum and completed with a black hard-coat anodized finish. The receivers are equipped with the company’s trademarked Accu-Tite tension setup, which allows owners to eliminate any movement or rattling between the upper and lower receivers.

The Saint AR-15 pistol is equipped with a 7.5-inch barrel machined from 416R stainless steel and finished with a Melonite treatment to provide resistance against corrosion and wear. The barrel features a 1:7-inch rate of twist and is chambered for 5.56 NATO, allowing shooters to use both 5.56 NATO and .223 Rem. ammunition.

One of the unique features found on the muzzle end of the barrel is the company’s special blast diverter, which fits snugly into the mouth of the handguard. The blast diverter works to direct propellant gases, debris, concussion and noise ahead of the muzzle, diverting it away from shooters or bystanders along the firing line.

At the rear of the Springfield Armory Saint AR-15 pistol, users will find an SB Tactical SBX-K stabilizing brace. The brace is a BATFE-approved arm brace that allows owners to stabilize their pistol using a third point of contact by equipping the hook-and-loop nylon strap.

Inside of the receiver, observers will notice a few other elements that make the Saint AR-15 pistol stand out. The rifle is equipped with an M16-style bolt-carrier group, which is made from Carpenter 158 steel and Melonite-treated. The rifle ships from the factory with a single-stage GI trigger that features a nickel-boron coating. At the bottom of the lower receiver, users will find a trigger guard made from Bravo Company Manufacturing.

Other features of the Springfield Armory Saint AR-15 pistol include a free-float M-Lok handguard equipped with a forward hand stop and locking tabs, a heavy tungsten buffer system, low-profile pinned gas block, standard AR-15 charging handle and a Bravo Company Mod 3 pistol grip.

The Saint AR-15 pistol weighs in at 5 pounds, 8 ounces without a magazine and measures 26.5 inches in overall length. The pistol ships with a single 30-round Magpul Gen 3 PMag. The suggested retail price on the pistol is $989.