The SHOT Show isn’t the only time of the year when firearms industry manufacturers introduce new products. The NRA Annual Convention has proven to be a good venue to release new products mid-year. This year’s meeting was no exception. The following NRA 2018 Roundup of products are a few editor’s picks that you might wish to put on your own wish list.
Beretta Introduces New Pistols
As a part of the ultimate striker-fired pistol family, these pistols feature aggressive slide serrations and a trigger that breaks at 6 pounds with a clear tactile and audible short reset. Focused on controllability and ergonomics, both the APX Compact and Centurion feature a low bore axis, an ambidextrous slide catch, and a reversible magazine release.
With an end-user removable serialized chassis, these APX models can be easily modified with replaceable grip frame housings available in flat dark earth, wolf grey, black, and olive drab. Both the Compact and the Centurion retail for $575.
Available as a 13+1 (9MM) or 10+1 (.40S&W) with a flush fit magazine, the APX Compact can also accept both Full and Centurion size APX magazines.
The APX Centurion is available as a 15+1 (9MM) or 13+1 (.40S&W) with a flush fit magazine and can accept the Full size APX magazines.
Beretta Introduces New Shotguns
Beretta also introduced their A400 Xtreme Plus shotgun. Building on the established A400 Xtreme platform, this ultimate A400 Xtreme Plus provides the superior reliability needed for all conditions encountered during waterfowl season.
The A400 Xtreme Plus builds on our proven A400 Xtreme Unico model.
Manufactured at the Beretta Italy factory, the new A400 Xtreme Plus models combine the advanced barrel technologies used to excel in the clay shooting world with the needs of the waterfowler.
With the adoption of the Steelium Plus barrel design, the Xtreme Plus series feature a 14-inch forcing cone, which is more than 8 inches longer than the standard forcing cone. This new configuration ensures greater recoil reduction, enhanced pattern dispersion, and greater range. Utilizing Optima-Choke HP choke tubes, this shotgun offers superior ballistic performance and guarantees perfect shot pattern in every hunting situation.
Beretta’s Kick-Off Mega system, combined with a new Soft-Comb stock, ensures less felt recoil, making the A400 Xtreme Plus series the softest-shooting waterfowl gun available.
This shotgun also utilizes a new step rib with a fiber optic front sight and an integral mid-bead that provides an optimized sight plane. The receiver features an enlarged loading port, extended charging handle, and bolt release, making it easier to operate the shotgun even while wearing gloves.
The A400 Xtreme Plus retails for an MSRP starting at $1,750 and is available in MAX-5, Mossy Oak Bottomland, DRT, Black Synthetic and Optifade finish.
NRA 2018 Roundup: Bushnell Launches New Optics Lineup
Long-time optics company, Bushnell, just introduced a host of new scopes, binoculars, rangefinders and spotting scopes. First up is the Forge lineup of scopes that will retail in the $800 to $1,100 range, and offer either first focal plane or second focal plane optics and loads of other features sought by competitive shooters. Next is the Nitro series that will sell for $450 to $850, and offer fewer models and features. The Primer series is geared toward the budget conscious shooter, and will retail from $150 to $350.
T/C and Performance Center Introduces Long-Range Rifles
Performance Center and Thompson/Center Arms today announced the launch of a new bolt-action, chassis-style rifle – the Performance Center T/C Long Range Rifle (LRR). Co-developed by Performance Center and Thompson/Center Arms for extreme long-range shooting, the Performance Center T/C Long Range Rifle is built on an aluminum chassis stock and is available in popular long-range shooting calibers: .243 Winchester, .308 and 6.5 Creedmoor.
Tony Miele, General Manager of Performance Center, said, “With the growing popularity of long range, precision shooting, we wanted to ensure our customers had an option available from the Performance Center. We’ve teamed up with Thompson/Center to design the new Long Range Rifle, and are excited to combine Thompson/Center’s bolt-action expertise with innovation that has become the hallmark of the Performance Center brand. ”
Chambered in .243 Win., .308 Win., and 6.5 Creedmoor, the new Performance Center T/C Long Range Rifle also includes a 20 MOA Picatinny-style rail and 5R rifled, fluted barrel for enhanced accuracy. The new Performance Center T/C Long Range Rifle is built for the precision shooter, featuring an adjustable cheek piece and butt plate for a custom fit and built-in Magpul® M-LOK® slots for quick, easy mounting of accessories. The rifle features a threaded barrel with muzzle brake, and a Performance Center trigger that’s adjustable from 2.5 to 3.5 pounds for precise tuning.
Available in both a Black and Flat Dark Earth (FDE) finish, the new Performance Center T/C Long Range Rifle includes a one year limited warranty and lifetime service plan, ships with one 10-round detachable magazine, a Caldwell Pic Rail XLA Fixed Bipod, and soft case. The Performance Center T/C Long Range Rifle is priced at an MSRP of $1,211 in all calibers and configurations.
Smith & Wesson Reintroduces Model 19 Revolver
Smith & Wesson Corp. recently announced that it has reintroduced two configurations of its Model 19 revolver, chambered in .38 S&W Special +P and .357 Magnum. For the first time in 20 years, the Model 19 will be available as a catalog item, in both a Classics and Performance Center version.
Tony Miele, General Manager of the Performance Center, said, “The Model 19 revolver was a popular choice for both law enforcement and civilian customers for nearly 40 years, and after many requests, we’ve decided to reintroduce it to the product line in both Classic and Performance Center models. The Model 19 Classic is designed to replicate the original, while the new Performance Center Model 19 Carry Comp features modern revolver innovation and design for today’s shooters.”
The Smith & Wesson Classics series of revolvers have been enhanced with modern internal components, but mimic the look and feel of classic models. The Model 19 Classic revolver features a handsome set of walnut grips, a 4.25″ barrel, a black adjustable rear sight, and red ramp front sight. The revolver dons a highly polished, blued finish and traditional thumbpiece for a classic look.
The Performance Center Model 19 Carry Comp is designed for concealed carry and includes a tritium front night sight, custom wood and synthetic boot grips, and a 3″ PowerPort vented barrel for recoil management. The revolver features a trigger overtravel stop and Performance Center tuned action for a smooth double-action and light single-action trigger pull.
Both the Model 19 Classic and the Performance Center Model 19 Carry Comp are both chambered in .38 S&W Special +P and .357 Magnum with a 6 round cylinder. The Model 19 Classic is available with an MSRP of $826, the Performance Center Model 19 Carry Comp with an MSRP of $1,092.
Performance Center Introduces New Performance Center SW22 Victory Target Pistols
Smith & Wesson Corp. today announced also just introduced four new Performance Center SW22 Victory Target pistols to the Performance Center’s rimfire line of handguns. The Performance Center SW22 Victory Target pistols are chambered in .22LR and are designed specifically for target shooting competitions. These pistols feature 6-inch target barrels, muzzle brakes, and Tandemkross hiveGrips, amongst many other high-performance features.
Tony Miele, General Manager of the Performance Center, said, “The Performance Center SW22 Victory Target pistols are competition-ready and have been designed for the serious target shooter. These pistols have all of the upgrades needed to make them competition-ready, including adjustable target triggers, specialty target barrels, and grips. The Performance Center SW22 Victory Target pistols have custom features, available right out of the box from the Performance Center.”
The Performance Center SW22 Victory Target pistols ship with two 10-round magazines, and are available with either a 6-inch Fluted or 6-inch Carbon Fiber barrel. Each Performance Center SW22 Victory Target pistol ships with a Picatinny-style rail for the quick mounting of an optic and is available both with and without a Vortex Viper Red Dot Sight. Performance Center SW22 Victory pistols are available with an MSRP starting at $672.
Champion Announces New Products
Champion Range & Targets, makers of interactive and challenging target systems, launched a few new products during the 2018 National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Dallas, Texas, in early May.
Champion Flash Clays offer that positive reinforcement with a highly-visible burst of powder on every hit. Flash Clays are standard-sized clays that are made out of naturally-occurring forestry product and limestone that will not increase soil acidity levels. Champion Flash Clays disappear in a bright cloud of color when hit. They will cost $14.95 for a box of 90 clays.
Champion will also be releasing VisiColor Adhesive targets. Multi-color impact halos will help shooters track specific shot placement, while the peel-and-stick backing will allow customers to create an instant shooting range, practically anywhere. Challenge friends with a wide variety of target options, like 50- and 100-yard sight-in targets, bullseye and silhouettes with an MSRP range of $5.95-$14.95.
Champion’s products are a great way to improve your skillset. They’re perfect for both short-range and long-range precision shooting. championtarget.com.
SIG SAUER Electro-Optics Transforms Hunting with the launch of BDX
This groundbreaking BDX technology enables interoperability and key ballistic holdover information to be exchanged wirelessly between SIG SAUER BDX Electro-Optics products. The foundation of the BDX system was designed for simplicity and ease of use SIG SAUER BDX requires no new learning, and uses the same tools hunters and shooters have been using for years.
How does BDX work? The BDX rangefinder and riflescope system is simple, fast and intuitive. Simply download the SIG BDX app available for Android or iOS smartphones, pair the KILO BDX rangefinder and SIERRA3BDX riflescope, set up a basic ballistic profile, and then you are ready to shoot or hunt.
Once you are in the field, range your target as you normally would, and the KILO BDX rangefinder will utilize onboard Applied Ballistics Ultralight to instantly send your dope to the scope via Bluetooth. Using your basic ballistic profile the ballistic solution is calculated for your target and will instantly illuminate on the BDX-R1 Digital Ballistic Reticle with windage and elevation holds in the SIERRA3BDX riflescope. A blue LED on the riflescope power selector indicates that the BDX system is paired, and when the reticle has received new ballistic holdover and windage data from the rangefinder.
Available in 3.5-10x42mm, 4.5-14x44mm, 4.5-14x50mm, and 6.5-20x52mm, the SIERRA3BDX riflescopes have the look, feel, weight, and size of traditional riflescopes. They feature HD glass for superior resolution and optical clarity, 30mm main tubes, side-focus parallax adjustments, and the LevelPlex digital anti-cant system. The BDX-R1 Digital Ballistic Reticle is the evolution of holdover, providing a ballistic solution out to 800 yards with 1 MOA of accuracy.
Savage Introduced New MSR Rifles
Savage unleashed a flurry of new high-performance firearms at the 2018 NRA Meetings and Exhibits Show in Dallas, Texas. The new models unveiled include the MSR 15 Long Range and MSR 15 300 Blackout Pistol, along with the Rascal FV-SR, Rascal Target and Rascal Target XP.
The MSR 15 Long Range is built to with a 22-inch stainless steel barrel deliver pinpoint precision at any distance. Savage engineers tuned barrel length specifically for the 224 Valkyrie cartridge to achieve peak accuracy at extreme range. The MSR 15 Long Range barrel is also topped with a two-port muzzle brake mounted with Savage’s proprietary taper-lock interface. The brake allows shooters to adjust recoil impulse and stabilize the muzzle for faster, more accurate follow-up shots.
The MSR 15 Long Range also features a custom-length gas system, paired with a low-profile adjustable gas block that is enclosed by a true free-float handguard. The gas block can be adjusted for optimum cycling of the full range of bullet weights and tuned for use with a suppressor.
For its part, the MSR 15 Blackout Pistol, equipped with KAK Shockwave Brace, takes full advantage of the 300 Blackout’s adaptability to a wide range of hunting, self-defense and tactical situations. The AR Pistol uses a pistol-length gas system so shooters can utilize suppressors and reliably cycle subsonic ammunition without adding length and weight. Plus, its 10.5-inch melonite QPQ coated barrel’s 5R button rifling provides both accuracy and maneuverability, while a full suite of accessory upgrades make it easier and more comfortable to shoot.
Savage Introduced New Rascal Rifles
Savage’s new Rascals are pint-sized powerhouses designed to take the industry’s safest micro rimfire to new heights. The new rifles can shoot 22 Short, 22 Long or 22 Long Rifle ammunition. These single-shot rifles feature Savage’s user-adjustable Accu-Trigger system. Like the original Rascal, they cock by lifting the bolt and unload easily—without pulling the trigger. The design also builds superior shooting skills thanks to full-size rifle features.
The Rascal FV-SR enhances accuracy with a heavy barrel with a threaded (1/2-28) muzzle and sports a tough synthetic stock. The Rascal Target features a precision hardwood stock, heavy 16 1/8-inch barrel, one-piece Picatinny rail and is also threaded muzzle for accuracy and adaptability.
The Rascal Target XP offers all the Rascal Target amenities in a ready-to-shoot package that comes with a mounted and bore-sighted 4x32mm scope, as well as a bipod sling swivel stud mount.
Photo Caption: Savage VP of Operations Chris Bezzina, shows off the new MSR in .224 Valkyrie.
Engineered for Hard Use and Hellfire Full-Auto Abuse: AAC’s Ti-Raid 30
Advanced Armament Corporation recently introduced their Ti-Raid 30, a completely user-serviceable, no-tools-required silencer for ease of maintenance.
The Ti-Raid is 100 percent Grade 9 Titanium providing extreme durability and lightweight performance. The Ti-Raid tube and mount are PVD coated to ensure no gauling of threads, the coating will not wear off over time. The S-Line finish reduces carbon build up on the tube, mount and endcap. The shielded baffles are keyed in, ensuring repeatable alignment. Compared to AAC’s now-discontinued Cyclone, it cuts more than an ounce of weight, almost an inch of length and it’s rated for the more powerful .300 Win Mag. The QD version has an MSRP of $1,300, and the direct-thread model is a Ben Franklin cheaper.
The Ti-Raid 30 is offered in two mounting options, Direct Thread 5/8 x 24 and Taper 90T or 51T. For optimum accuracy, choose direct thread, but for quick set up and tear down go with their fast attach taper mount.
Engineered for 30 caliber rifles up to 300 Win Mag, including the most demanding full-auto applications. Full auto rated for 308 Win/7.62 NATO and below.
Mossberg Rounds Out 590 Shockwave Offerings with .410 Bore
Following the ground-breaking introduction of the 12-gauge 590 Shockwave in 2017, Mossberg has continued to expand the line-up with a 20-gauge offering and additional 12-gauge models including the 590 JIC (Just In Case) Shockwave. This compact firearm features a 14-inch barrel length; Raptor pistol grip; strapped forend; impressive 6-round total capacity; and weighs in at a mere 4.24 pounds.
Built on Mossberg’s proven pump-action design, the 590 Shockwave features non-binding twin action bars; positive steel-to-steel lock-up; an anti-jam elevator; dual extractors; and ambidextrous top-mounted safety. The 590 design also includes an anodized aluminum receiver, drilled and tapped for ease of adding optics, and magazine tube with convenient clean-out cap.
The 410 bore offering is 2 ½-and 3-inch capable; features a 14-inch heavy-walled, cylinder bore barrel with single bead sight; and sling swivel studs. The Shockwave Raptor pistol grip, constructed of durable polymer, has an enhanced textured finish and “bird’s head” shaped-profile, allowing for greater control while lessening felt recoil. The cob-styled, synthetic forend is strapped for safety, greater control and smoother operation. The grip and forend feature a black finish and exposed metalwork has a complementing matte blue finish.
With an overall length of 26.37 inches, the BATFE (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) has classified this compact 590 Shockwave platform as a “Non-NFA Firearm,” requiring no tax stamp for transfers. Defined as a firearm, not a long gun, Federal Law does require the purchaser of a 590 Shockwave to be 21 years of age.
Mossberg was the first manufacturer to bring these 14-inch barreled, non-NFA firearms to the marketplace and now offers three 12-gauge models, a 20-gauge option and the new .410 bore from which to choose. For more information on the 590 Shockwave series, please visit www.mossberg.com.
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