As we get close to the end of 2013, manufacturers are starting to announce new products. Also, with the SHOT Show being so close, a lot of rumors are starting to really heat up. So, here are a few of the new guns and other gear we know (or suspect) are rolling out…
Over at Soldier Systems, they posted a photo from the Milipol 2013 expo in France showing the new SCAR-P from FN Herstal. The weapon appears to be configured as a PDW and is chambered in .223 Rem/5.56 NATO. I’m hoping the FN team brings this one with them to the SHOT Show.
The other day I mentioned the pending release for the Glock 41 pistol, a practical/tactical .45. However, the more interesting new Glock model is the rumored 42. The Glock 42 is a complete unknown. It could be a false rumor like the infamous Glock 1911 photo that made its way around the internet.
Speculation is that the gun would be a subcompact 9mm or .380 ACP pistol. A lot of consumer have asked for a single stack 9mm pistol since the 90’s, so maybe Glock will introduce something to go head-to-head with Smith & Wesson and Springfield Armory. We will just have to wait on this one.
Update: The Glock 42 became reality and you can read my review here. I’ve also put together a resource guide for G42 holsters and another for Glock 42 sights. Additionally, Streamlight is now selling a light and laser combination that will fit the Glock 42 and 9mm Glock 43.
Gen3 HiViz Sights
HiViz announced a new generation of fiber optic sights that use a steel exoskeleton to protect the light-gathering rod. I really like fiber optic sights, and have been hoping to see something like this introduced. HiViz will be making the handgun sights for Glock, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Springfield Armory and other pistols. I look forward to trying these out next year.
Norinco Sniper Rifle System
Norinco is supposed to be showing a new bolt-action, magazine-fed sniper rifle in 7.62 (unknown if that is 7.62×51, 7.62x54r or something else). I’m afraid I don’t know much more about what this new rifle is supposed to be. Please clue me in if you know.
Alliant Power Pro 1200-R Powder
Alliant Powder announced a new loading powder designed for “high-volume .223 handloaders who use progressive loading.” If this is you, check out the announcement here.