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.