To all of our readers, new and old, welcome to our SHOT Show 2020 page.
GHG provides comprehensive coverage of the show on a single page designed for easy navigation and the ability to quickly see the latest announcements.
On the right (desktop readers) or above (mobile readers) will be a simple table of contents to immediately take you to new handguns, new ammo and other places on the page. The newest announcements are at the top of each section.
Let’s jump in!
Looking for a new pistol for 2020? You might want to peruse these guns that were either announced at or before the SHOT Show.
Smith & Wesson M&P380 EZ Range Ready Kit
Capitalizing on the wild success of the company’s M&P 380EZ pistol, Smith & Wesson is now offering a full range kit with the gun. The special “Range Ready Kit” adds a handgun case, Super Cobra eye protection, ear muffs and a pull-through bore cleaner. The best part is the price. S&W set the MSRP at $449.99, but PSA offers it at only $299.99.
PSA Glock Compatible Pistol
Update: Palmetto State Armory announced a new Glock clone pistol at the SHOT Show. It is analogous to the Glock 19 Gen3 pistol and will sell for less than $300! Read my article Palmetto State Armory PS9 Dagger: $300 Glock Killer for all of the details.
Palmetto State Armory teased a photo of what appears to be a new Glock-compatible handgun. It is not known if the new pistol will be an 80% frame, completed frame or a complete handgun. However, the gun is marked with the company name and location which would conform with BATFE regulations & law regarding the commercial manufacture of firearms. (Note: See my article on Am I Required to Apply a Serial Number to a Homemade Firearm? for additional information.) Also, look at that hinged trigger. When I have more information, I will share it.
Uberti Dalton Revolver
As part of the company’s Outlan & Lawman Series, Uberti showed a new historic reproduction called the Dalton. The Dalton revolver is a recreation of the Colt Single Action Army that was found on the body of Bob Dalton, the leader of the notorious Dalton Gang. The revolver is chambered for the .45 Colt (aka .45 Long Colt) cartridge and has a 5.5″ barrel. The grips are of simulated pearl and the frame and barrel are engraved by the Atelier Giovanelli company. The MSRP is $1,109.
Stoeger STR-9 Line Expands
Last year, Stoeger announced a new striker-fired handgun called the STR-9. Chambered in 9mm, the duty-sized pistol seemed to be a contender for the best value in a defensive handgun. This year, the company expanded the line to include an optics ready model, a 10-round model and a new color option.
Many shooters are moving toward red dot optics for their defensive pistols. Stoeger now offers an STR-9 Optics Ready model that comes with and optics cut slide and four interchangeable plates to allow you to mount your preferred optic to the gun. The gun also comes with interchangeable backstraps, a fiber optic front sight and three magazines. It’s nice to see a company include three magazines instead of just one or two. The price is quite affordable: $399 MSRP.
Sadly, certain areas of the country have fallen victim to the notion that limited capacity magazines somehow affect criminal behavior. For citizens stuck in those areas, Stoeger is now offering STR-9 pistols that ship with magazines limited to 10 rounds. The company offers these with your choice of 1, 2 or 3 magazines. Pricing runs from $329 – $449 depending on how many mags you buy and if you opt for standard or tritium night sights.
The final new addition to the STR-9 line is a model finished in Flat Dark Earth (FDE). The slide has a Cerakote FDE finish while the frame uses an FDE colored polymer. Three mags are included standard. These cost a little more money at $439.
KelTec P11 Discontinued
Patriot Ordnance Factory P19 Pistol
Patriot Ordnance Factory announced the P19: a 9mm pistol that is parts compatible with the ubiquitous Glock 19. The gun uses a new frame designed by POF with a flared magazine well, oversized trigger guard, enhanced magazine release, interchangeable backstraps and a beavertail to prevent slide bit for folks with large hands.
The slide is cut for the Trijicon RMR and other optics with the same footprint. A front fiber optic sight is matched to a blacked-out rear. POF uses a match grade barrel. The P19 is chambered in 9mm.
POF expects to ship on February 1. It has an MSRP of $1,124.99.
Culper Precision Atomic 6
The Atomic 6 slide is made of stainless steel and co-cured carbon fiber to reduce weight and “improve performance.” Full assembled, the slide weighs 7 ounces. Overall, this Glock 19-sized pistol only weighs 17 ounces (unloaded.) The slide is cut for a Trijicon RMR and includes a plate with titanium screws.
The pistols have a range of features such as including both threaded and non-threaded match grade barrels, Zev Pro parts, dual-stage guide rod, Apex trigger and your choice of suppressor height or standard height Trijicon sights.
Diamondback DBX in 5.7×28
New from Diamondback Firearms is the DBX. This pistol is chambered for the 5.7×28 cartridge. It uses a dual-piston system with a side charging handle. More information on the gun is in my article Diamondback DBX – Dual Piston Pistol.
Diamondback Firearms is the third company that announced a new 5.7×28 chambered gun at the SHOT Show.
Third Generation FoldAR
FoldAR announced its third generation of double folding AR pistol. The updated guns have an adjustable gas block, a lever pull lanyard and other improvements.
The new gun folds at the buffer tube and at the barrel. When folded, the 25.75″ long gun is only 10.75″ long and 5.75″ wide. Pistol versions of the gun come with the company’s stabilization brace. The company also offers an SBR version with a TREX stock. These pistols are chambered in .223 Wilde. The base price is listed as $1,999.
Cimarron Bad Boy in 10mm
If you like single-action revolvers and the 10mm Auto cartridge, Cimarron offers you the new Bad Boy. Based on the company’s existing Bad Boy line, the new guns chamber six rounds and have an 8″ octagonal barrel. The MSRP is $726.05.
Wraithworks announced the WARSCORP9: a new AR-style pistol chambered in 9mm and fed by Scorpion EVO magazines. The guns will have 8.5″ threaded barrels, an SB Tactical SBA3 arm brace, ambidextrous safety, ambidextrous bolt catch and an aluminum 7″ forend with M-LOK attachment points. At least some of the guns come with a Franklin Arms BFSIII binary trigger.
Breaking from typical AR-style firearms, the WARSCORP9 has a left-side, non-recirpocating charging handle. In another deviation, the gun has both paddle and button magazine releases. Thanks to Manticore Arms for sharing the information and photos of the new gun.
Springfield Armory Ronin Operator 1911
Springfield Armory announced a new 1911 combat handgun with classic styling, modern manufacturing techniques and an affordable price. Called the Ronin Operator 1911, this pistol is a full-sized handgun with a match grade 5″ barrel, fiber optic front sight, a tactical rear sight and those gorgeous crossed cannon laminate grips. Springfield Armory will offer the pistol in both .45 ACP and 9mm. Magazine capacities are 8- and 9-rounds respectively. The MSRP is pleasingly affordable at just $849. For a quality 1911, that ain’t bad.
Update: It looks like PSA has a limited number of them in stock here.
Taurus Raging Hunter Executive
Taurus is teasing a new Raging Hunter Executive in its 2020 product catalog. The only information given on the new gun is that it will be available in the first quarter of this year. Also, the company only offers a tease image that appears to show cuts in the barrel shroud. When I get more information, I will share it here.
[Editor’s note: PSA has a full range of Taurus Raging Hunter revolvers in stock here.]
Laugo Alien Pistols: Coming to America
Lancer Systems announced the company was now the exclusive importer of the Alien pistol made by Laugo Arms Czechoslovakia. Alien pistols are semi-automatic handguns that use a gas delayed blowback system with a fixed barrel. The design is said to improve accuracy and reduce muzzle flip. When combined with the pistol’s low bore axis, the muzzle flip should be noticeably less than with many conventional handguns.
Another interesting aspect of the Laugo Alien is that it has a top rail in the center of the slide that does not reciprocate. In other words, the sights never move. Also, the barrel is seated in the frame, below the slide – not unlike how the Chiappa Rhino’s barrel is below the
under over lug. It’s a neat system.
Initially, the company will sell a limited-run (500 units) Signature Edition kit that includes the gun, magazines and a number of accessories. The guns are expected to ship in late spring. Pre-orders are being accepted now with a deposit of $2,500. The balance of the gun’s price would be payable on delivery.
CMMG Mk57 Pistols and Conversion Kits
CMMG announced a pair of new AR pistols and a new conversion kit for AR15-type lowers. Both the pistols and the conversion kits are designed for the 5.7×28 cartridge. The interesting thing about these guns is that they use the standard magazine well.
Pistols will be offered in two variants: a Banshee 300 pistol and the Banshee 100. The 300 has a 5″ barrel and 5-position pistol brace while the 100 deletes the brace and increases the barrel length to 8″. Pricing starts at $1,099. guns come with 40-round magazines.
Called the Mk57, the new conversion kit is offered in three different barrel lengths: 5″, 8″ and 16″. Pricing starts at $774.95. All of the kits come with at least one 40-round magazine and a complete upper assembly.
It feels like it is out of nowhere, but suddenly there are multiple new 5.7×28 options on the market with new ammo and guns being announced at this SHOT Show.
Taurus Defender 856
An evolution of the existing 856 line, the new Defender 856 revolvers feature 3″ barrels and front night sights. The additional length, as compared to the existing 2″ models, gives the handguns a longer sight radius for improved accuracy and increased bullet velocity. The guns are chambered for the .38 Special and rated for +P ammo. Defender 856 revolvers hold six rounds. Four of the models wear Hogue rubber grips. One upgraded model sports VZ Grips while the final version has Altamont walnut grips. The MSRP will start at $429 for these wheelguns. For additional information on the existing line of guns, see my article on the Taurus 856.
After the introduction of the subcompact MC1sc, Mossberg has been running wide open on its handgun production. The newest member of the company’s pistol family is the MC2c. This is a scaled-up version of the original subcompact gun with a longer barrel, increased magazine capacity and larger grip. There will be five variations available at launch that will include models with and without manual safeties.
Glock 44 in .22 (Updated)
Update: Palmetto State Armory already has the Glock 44 in stock and ready to ship. This is several days before the company said the guns would be available.
Glock announced a new pistol chambered in .22 LR. The new Glock 44 pistol is a lightweight pistol chambered for the popular rimfire cartridge. The gun is similar in size to the Glock 19 and appears to have several of the Gen5 features including interchangeable backstraps and a lack of finger grooves on the front of the grip. The magazine has a load assist tab to help load rounds. The standard magazines only hold 10 rounds, so I expect to see aftermarket solutions from ETS and Magpul before too long.
This would seem to be a great addition to the company’s line as there have been many .22 LR conversion kits sold to Glock owners for years. I’m an owner of an Advantage Arms conversion kit for my Glock 19. It’s a lot of fun and has been a great teaching tool when I was training my kids how to handle a pistol. I’m betting the Glock 44 will be a very good seller.
Upgraded HK VP9
When the HK VP9 was introduced, I thought it was one of the best pistols on the market. Years later, I still think it is one of the best options for a full-sized fighting handgun. For the new year, Heckler & Koch updated the pistols with a number of new features:
- new 17-round flush-fit magazines
- new sights with a high visibility front sight and a serrated black rear
- optic cut slide (cap installed standard)
HK states the guns should ship by the end of January 2020. Plates for different optics are sold separately from the gun. The MSRP for the pistol is $799. You can read my original HK VP9 review for more information about the line. These HK VP9 holsters will fit the new guns as well as the originals.
Springfield Armory XD-M Elite
Springfield Armory’s latest pistol is the XD-M Elite. Based on the popular XD-M handgun, the Elite adds the new META trigger and a removable magazine well. The company states the META (Match Enhanced Trigger Assembly) is the “finest factory trigger available in a polymer-framed pistol.” That’s a pretty tall order, and I look forward to testing that claim on the range soon.
There are four Elite models: the Elite 3.8″, Elite 4.5″, Elite 4.5″ Tactical OSP and the Elite 5.25″ Precision. Guns are only available in 9mm. Standard magazine capacity is 20 or 22 rounds depending on the model. The MSRP ranges from $559 to $709.
80% Arms GST-9 Pistol Kits
The build-your-own handgun community continues to grow. Aiming to meet some of that demand is the new pistol build kit from 80% Arms. This kit contains almost everything you need to build a pistol that is compatible with the Gen1-Gen3 Glock pistols.
But, it is a more feature rich design than any of the Glock branded pistols it is compatible with. For example, the grip is modular – allowing you to swap in and remove a magazine well extension for G17 or G19 lengths without moving the slide to a whole new frame. Internal surfaces are nickel coated for improved lubricity. The company also states the grip angle and frame contouring offer better ergonomics than its Glock counterparts.
The kit will include a GST-9 frame and grip extension, a complete The Wraith RMR cut slide assembly, AlphaWolf black fluted barrel and an OEM Glock lower parts kit. The kit will cost $749 and is expect to ship in the spring.
Note: The company is stating that BATFE is preventing them from selling the kit with a jig and frame rails. So, you will need to purchase those separately. The full price is $29.99 for those, but is $19.99 during the pre-order.
German SIG SAUER Guns to be Imported by Legacy Sports International
Legacy Sports International announced a partnership agreement with SIG SAUER Germany that makes Legacy the exclusive US importer of German made firearms. This means guns like the SIG P210 and P226 X-Series will only be available through Legacy Sports International.
I wonder if SIG SAUER Germany will attempt to compete with SIG SAUER (US) directly, or only sell non-duplicative products.
Auto-Ordnance Custom Liberty
Auto-Ordnance announced a new commemorative pistol called the Liberty 1911. Based on the vintage Browning design, the new pistol has a variety of patriotic-themed icons as part of the gun’s design. At its core, it is a .45 ACP 1911 with a 5″ barrel, 7-round magazine and GI-style sights. The Liberty 1911 will sell for $1,215 and can be ordered immediately.
Smith & Wesson Performance Center CORE & Ported M&P M2.0 Pistols
Smith & Wesson announced 12 new Performance Center guns in the M&P M2.0 line. There are three basic models and four options within each model. They are:
M&P M2.0 C.O.R.E. Pro Series – These pistols have the company’s Competition Optics Ready (C.O.R.E.) slide with an optics mounting kit. No red dot is included. The guns have tall, three-dot iron sights to co-witness through your red dot sight. The Performance Center tunes the action and installs an adjustable overtravel stop for the trigger. Guns can be had in 9mm or .40 S&W and with either a 4.25″ or 5″ barrel. The MSRP for the 4.25″ gun is $700 while the longer gun is set at $721.
Ported M&P M2.0 – Instead of an optic cut slide, the Performance Center installs adjustable fiber optic sights. Both the barrel and slide are ported to mitigate muzzle rise when shooting. Like the other guns, these have tuned actions and an adjustable trigger stop. 9mm and .40 caliber variants are available with your choice of a 4.25″ or 5″ barrel. Pricing starts at $700 on these.
Ported M&P M2.0 C.O.R.E. – If you want a red dot and a ported barrel, this is the version for you. It has the optics cut C.O.R.E. slide and tall, 3-dot sights plus the porting. You also get the tuned action and overtravel stop. As with the others, you get your choice between two barrel lengths. Suggested prices are $714 and $735 respectively.
Angstadt Arms MDP-9 Pistol
Angstadt Arms impressed me from the first time I met their team in the basement of the SHOT Show some years back. The owner was plain-spoken, direct and enthusiastic about the company’s guns. For 2020, the company has a new PDW-style weapon called the MDP-9 that seems to capture that enthusiasm while being direct in its application as a defensive tool.
Chambered in 9mm, this new handgun uses a roller delayed blowback action and feeds from Glock pistol magazines. It has a 5.85″ barrel and an overall length of just 14″. The gun weighs 3.6 pounds unloaded.
At the back of the gun is a Picatinny type rail that allows you to add an SB Tactical arm brace. Braces are an optional add on from the company.
The guns uses AR-style controls and has a non-reciprocating charging handle that can be swapped to the left or right side. Shipping is expected to being in the second quarter of 2020. Pricing starts at $2,599. Additional information is available on the company’s website.
KRISS Vector SDP-SB
KRISS USA announced a pistol version of its new Vector CRB carbine (scroll down to the long gun section for more on those.)
The Vector SDP-SB is a .22 LR chambered pistol with a SB Tactical pistol brace. It uses linear blowback operation and feeds from 10-round magazines. The company will also offer 30-round magazines for the vast majority of the country that doesn’t limit law-abiding citizens to arbitrary capacities.
It is equipped with a 6.5″ threaded barrel and low profile sights. The Picatinny rail along the top allows you to add a red dot or scope without much fuss. Color options will initially be black, flat dark earth and alpine white. MSRPs will start at $649.
As reader Brett described it (scroll down to the comments,) the new Colt Python was the worst kept secret in the industry. Also – a special thanks to him for running down some of the early on the information about this gun.
So, is the Python back? Yes and no. Colt announced a new Python with the same external dimensions as the original guns, but the gun is not the same on the inside.
The guns will be offered in 4.25″ and 6″ models. Both have a stainless steel finish – sorry, no blued guns – and carry a MSRP of $1,499. They are chambered in .357 Magnum and hold 6 rounds.
Unlike the original guns, these revolvers have redesigned internals and 12 fewer parts. Additionally, the company beefed up the area under the rear sight (30% more steel) and is using modern alloys for what is hopefully a stronger revolver. Colt states they also redesigned the rear sight. Hopefully, these changes will all improve on the original Python experience.
So, if you are a Python fan, Colt has a new gun for you. Non-production guns tested by a hand-selected group of gun writers last fall are said to be slick shooters. I look forward to seeing how production guns run. I want a blued Python, though that isn’t likely any time soon. It is said the mysteries of the original blueing work have been lost to time.
Mossberg MC1sc in FDE
Introduced at last year’s SHOT Show, the MC1sc appears to be a popular pistol for concealed carry. Expanding the line for 2020, Mossberg added flat dark earth models. One is the standard version while the other has the cross-bolt safety. Both have an MSRP of $428. I’m hoping to see some more companies come out and support this with additional Mossberg MC1sc holsters.
Walther CCP M2 in .380 ACP
There was some talk about this gun last year, but the company is now throwing its weight behind the pistol, will show it at the SHOT Show and will offer it for sale shortly.
The CCP (and current M2 version) pistol was designed to be an easy to manipulate pistol that uses a gas-delayed blowback operation with a fixed barrel. This is a significant variation from most modern pistol designs, but it is one that seems to work well for the handgun.
Prior CCP M2 pistols have been chambered in 9mm only. The .380 ACP makes sense to me. As the gun has an easy to manipulate slide and relatively soft recoil, chambering it for a modest cartridge like the .380 would seem to make this a good choice for people with reduced hand strength. This is the same market that Smith & Wesson caters to with the EZ line of guns and Ruger is now chasing with the Lite Rack LCP II. (More on both of these guns farther down in this section.)
The guns will be available in all black or black frame with a stainless slide. Magazines will hold 8 rounds. Unloaded, the guns weigh about 20 ounces. The guns are identical in size to the 9mm versions so existing Walther CCP holsters should fit this gun.
Ruger announced an all-new pistol design chambered for the 5.7×28 cartridge. This pistol is a direct competitor to the FN Five-seveN pistol and, to a lesser extent, the KelTec PMR30. It offers target sights, mounting plates for red dot optics and many more features. Read my Ruger-57 article for additional details. These have been selling extremely quickly. PSA gets them in regularly and keeps a fair price on them.
POF Rebel .22
Patriot Ordnance Factory announced a new pistol chambered for the .22 LR called the Rebel .22. It is a unique design that incorporates features of the Ruger 10/22 and AR platforms into a new handgun.
The new gun feeds from Ruger 10/22 magazines, uses a Mission First Tactical arm brace, accepts AR-pattern triggers, safety selectors and stock options. Although the company does not say, it appears the pistol grip is also AR compatible.
These guns have an 8″ barrel that is threaded for a suppressor and a monolithic M-LOK handguard. The total weight is about 3.25 pounds unloaded. The MSRP is $649.99. POF expects to ship these beginning in March.
Ruger Lite Rack LCP II in .22 LR
Ruger announced a new version of its LCP II line: the Lite Rack LCP II. The new gun is chambered in .22 LR. But even more interestingly, the company built the gun with features for people with relatively weak hand and upper body strength. It has a light recoil spring, Cocking Ears, a redesigned floorplate and a new push-forward thumb safety. Read my full article here. Like the Ruger-57 pistol (scroll up for that one,) this has been flying off of the shelves. PSA is turning them around quickly if you are looking for one.
Taurus will re-introduce the 942 line of revolvers this year. The new guns will some of the first marked with the company’s new US location in Bainbridge, Georgia. These are compact double-action revolvers that will be offered in both .22 LR and .22 WMR (aka .22 Magnum). However, it doesn’t look like the company will offer a convertible version.
There will be a number of different variations available. In addition to the caliber selection, shooters will be able to select between 2″ and 3″ barrels and the standard or UltraLite frames. For additional information, read my Return of the Taurus 942 article.
Ruger Super GP100 in 9mm
As is typical with Sturm, Ruger & Co., the company began announcing new guns for 2020 several weeks ahead of the SHOT Show. The first of the bunch is the Super GP100 chambered for the 9mm cartridge. The gun uses the same frame size as the .357 Magnum model but has a 9mm length 8-shot cylinder giving it a rather pronounced gap. Combined with the fluting, the stainless steel cylinder is light for faster rotation.
Additional features include polished and optimized internals for a slick double-action trigger pull, Hogue hardwood grips, light chamfering to the chamber mouths, cold hammer-forged 6″ barrel, 11˚ target crown and a green fiber optic front sight. Three moon clips ship with the gun. MSRP: $1,549
North American Arms AntiVenom
Another NAA gun that will be at the SHOT Show is the new AntiVenom. I don’t have a lot of information about this gun yet, but it is supposed to be chambered in .22 WMR with a 1.625″ barrel and snakeskin-patterned boot grips.
New Colors for the S&W M&P 380EZ
Smith & Wesson will offer the M&P 380EZ pistols in two new colors: Robin’s Egg Blue and Prison Pink. It is unclear if these will be offered through limited distributors like the Robin’s Egg version of the M&P22 Compact is.
Chiappa Rhino Match Master
Previously unavailable in the United States, Chiappa hopes to begin selling the Rhino Match Master in the USA soon. The guns are chambered for the soft-shooting .38 Special and fitted with a 6″ barrel. Designed for precision shooting, these wheel guns are good looking and are expected to carry a MSRP of nearly $3,000.
North American Arms Ranger II 4″
North American Arms will launch its new 4″ version of the Ranger II at the SHOT Show. The break-top revolvers are similar to existing Ranger II revolvers including having a 5-shot cylinder. The new, longer-barreled guns will be available for the .22 LR and .22 WMR rimfire cartridges.
Charter Arms Professional
Charter Arms is probably best known for its line of .44 Special revolvers. However, the company makes a lot more than those. In 2020, the company will introduce the new .357 Magnum revolver called the Professional. The company already makes one version of the Professional – the .32 H&R Magnum, 7-shot gun. But, you have to look pretty hard to find it on the company web site. I imagine the new 6-shot .357 gun will be prominently displayed. The base model has a 3″ full underlug barrel with a green fiber optic front sight. Full walnut grips are fitted to the pistol. No price has been announced yet.
Bond Arms Grizzly
Bond Arms is introducing the new Grizzly – a variety of the Rowdy pistol with an extended wood grip for a better handhold. The gun is part of the company’s Rough series that sacrifices a little of the hand polishing in favor of a price that is much friendlier to the family budget. These pistols will be chambered for the .45 Colt and .410 bore shotshell. The Grizzly comes with a leather holster as well. The gun and holster package will retail for about $380.
Chiappa CBR-9 Black Rhino Pistol
Chiappa Firearms will show a new pistol version of its latest SBR that was introduced in 2019. Called the CBR-9 Black Rhino pistol, the new handgun is designed for personal protection and “professional activities.”
Chambered in 9mm, the gun has a steel upper receiver and a lower made of polymer. The magazine fits into the pistol grip portion of the lower. For additional details, please read my article Chiappa CBR-9 Black Rhino Pistol: New Personal Defense Handgun.
Smith & Wesson M&P22C Every Day Carry Kit
Smith & Wesson will introduce a new kit based around the M&P22 Compact in Las Vegas. We don’t have the details on the new kit yet, but it will likely include a holster and possibly a Crimson Trace laser. More details will be added here as they become available.
SCCY will show its new striker-fired 9mm pistol at the show. The new gun is similar in size to the company’s existing CPX-1 and CPX-2, but appears to be a bit thinner. Of course, the big deal is the striker firing mechanism that drops the pull weight to a much lighter 5.5 pounds.
For more information, read my article SCCY DVG1 – New Striker-Fired 9mm Pistol.
Update: We found out SCCY will offer a model with a Crimson Trace red dot optic called the DVG-1RD. It is crazy affordable too.
Altor Corporation is now making a single shot, simple pistol with an affordable price tag. The company touts these guns as offering “unmatched simplicity, quality construction, user-friendly design, and exceptional value.” The pistols have a detachable barrel for breech loading and easy cleaning. The company states there are only 6 parts in the gun.
The metal components are made of stainless steel while the polymer is Nylon 6. The overall length of the gun is 6.5″ with a height of 3.5″ and a width of 1.0″ Weight (unloaded) is 10.5 ounces.
The gun’s trigger operation is shown here:
If a single-shot pistol is your game, the company offers a .380 ACP for $119 and a 9mm version for $129.
American Tactical Galeo Pistol
Fitted with a Shockwave-like pistol brace, the new Galeo pistol is based on the company’s Galil rifle that is assembled from parts on a US-made receiver in South Carolina. I expect the same process will be used for these handguns. Barrels will be 13″ in length. The guns will be chambered for the 5.56 NATO cartridge.
FN509 Compact MRD Optics Ready
FN America announced an optics ready version of the FN 509 Compact pistol. These will be available in both black and FDE colors. All of the guns share some common features:
- 10+1 (also take 12- and 15-round magazines)
- tall height (co-witness) all black iron sights
- low profile optics mounting system with plate adapters for more than 10 different optics
- MSRP $799
Henry Lever Action Axe
Henry Repeating Arms announced a new .410 chambered firearm called the Lever Action Axe. This is a non-NFA, uncategorized firearm in a Mare’s Leg style format.
It is chambered for the .410 shot shell with an axe-handle pistol grip and lever action. The gun holds 5 rounds of 2.5″ shells in the magazine. It has a barrel length of less than 16″ and an overall length of slightly more than 26″. The MSRP is $970.
Smith & Wesson M&P 9EZ Shield
Prediction: The S&W M&P 9EZ will be a great seller for gun shops in 2020. The .380 ACP has been a hit, and I expect the 9mm to follow suit.
Kimber K6s 4″
Kimber announced a pair of 4″ wheelguns in the K6s line. Both of the new guns are chambered for the .357 Magnum cartridge and have full underlugs. One is called the Combat. It has 3-dot sights and a set of three-finger, diamond-checked grips that are rounded on the base.
The Target model has a red fiber optic front sight with blacked-out adjustable rear sights. Also, its grips are more squared along the bottom.
My experience with a K6s has been very good and I look forward to shooting these. The MSRP is $989.
STI Staccato R
With news the STI may be discontinuing a large portion of its product line (see Daniel’s article STI International Discontinues 70% of Product Line,) I was unsure what STI might be offering in 2020. It looks like the company will release the Staccato R – a larger version of the Staccato P pistol that was recently added to the catalog.
I don’t have specific details yet on this pistol, but it will likely have a 5″ barrel both otherwise be very similar in features to the P model.
Update: I found a video of the gun.
Looks interesting and appears to have a brand new rear sight.
[Edit: The gun can be purchased through PSA here. Keep in mind that supplies are limited and demand seems high]
After decades of demand, Heckler & Koch finally decided to release a “sporting” version of its MP5 submachine gun. The SP5 is a semi-automatic handgun that uses the famous gun’s action, magazines, sights and other parts to give shooters an opportunity to own something close to the original SMG.
Among its features:
- roller delayed blowback operation
- Navy barrel with threaded tri-lug adaptor
- MP5K sights
- paddle magazine release
- 10-, 15- and 30-round magazines
- fluted chamber
- chrome-lined barrel
- includes bungie-type sling
While expensive ($2,799,) it is the only option for a new HK-manufactured gun. I’m looking forward to seeing one with an arm brace.
Wilson Combat Experior
The Experior is a new line of 1911-style pistols from Wilson Combat. As you should expect from Wilson, the guns have distinctive styling, match-grade components and accuracy guarantees. But the guns are more than just the standards. The guns are actually a blend of all of the company’s top-end options.
The Experior line is a complete stable of pistols from 3.5″ to 6″ long slides and are available in both 9mm and .45 ACP. WC put together a video demonstrating the Experior:
As you can see in the video, the company is making both single-stack and double-stack pistols.
New Long Guns
Shotguns and rifles are always popular at the SHOT Show. While the AR-platform has been a dominant factor in the past two decades, bolt and lever guns have been coming on strong. I expect to see a lot of these in the new year. Here’s a look at what we’ve spotted so far.
Howa Rimfire Gamepro Package
Howa showed its new Rimfire GamePro packages at SHOT Show 2020. The guns are available in .22 LR, .22 WMR and .17 HMR with 18″ barrels. The bolt action guns feed from detachable box magazines and come equipped with NikkoSterling GamePro 3.5-40×44 scopes. Stock color choices are black, green and the Kratos camouflage pattern. The MSRP starts at $699. These appear to be the same as the Howa 1100 Varmint rifle that were seen/leaked on Australian gun shop websites prior to the show.
Howa Mini Action Full Dip
The Full Dip rifles extend camo patterns from the stock to the rest of the gun including the receiver, barrel, scope and rings. New for 2020, Howa extends the Full Dip option to its Mini Action line. These rifles are available in .223 Rem, 6.5 Grendel and 7.62×39 with 20″ heavy barrels. NikkoSterling GamePro 3.5-10×44 scopes are included and the rifles are guaranteed to shoot sub-MOA with a lifetime warranty. Dip options are Kryptek Highlander, Yote and Kratos.
Howa HS Carbon Fiber Rifles
Howa released its new HS Carbon Fiber bolt action rifles. The guns feature 24″ carbon fiber wrapped barrels in a full aluminum bed stock. Barrels are threaded and come with thread protecting caps. The guns are available in 6.5 Creedmoor. Howa offers the guns with stock color options of gray, OD green and in the KUIU camo patterns of Vias 2.0 and Verde 2.0. Optional NikkoSterling Diamond FFP 4-16×44 scopes are also available. Pricing starts at $1,819.
FN SCAR 20S 6.5 Creedmoor
FN American announced a new SCAR rifle: a 20S chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. The new gun is set up for long-range accuracy that should match the cartridge’s abilities. FN USA equipped the gun with:
- 20″ chrome-lined barrel – cold hammer-forged, free-floating
- SureFire ProComp 762 muzzle brake
- Geissele Super Scar match-grade, two-stage trigger
- fixed stock with the ability to adjust LOP and comb height
- Hogue rubber pistol grip
The guns use the standard short-stroke gas piston system with a monolithic aluminum receiver. These will be available in both black and FDE. MSRP: $4,499. PSA is selling these guns for less than $4k.
Stoeger XM1 Air Rifle
Stoeger announced its first pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) air rifle at the SHOT Show. Called the XM1, it is available in both .17 and .22 calibers. The new gun has an integrated 2,900 psi/200 BAR tank that can push .22 caliber alloy pellets at 1,000 fps. The smaller .17 caliber pellets have muzzle velocities of up to 1,200 fps. A single tank can run about 50 shots between fills.
Stoeger paid close attention to the ergonomics of the gun. The thumbhole stock, for example, comes with two different height cheekpieces and different sized pistol grips. Likewise, the length of pull can be adjusted with spaces between the stock and recoil pad. Stoeger uses Pro Adaptive Checkering on various places of the weapon that correspond with the various holds shooters are likely to use.
The base model is available in black with fiber optic sights and chambered in .17 caliber only. One step up is a suppressed model which includes a 4×32 scope and can be had in either .17 or .22 caliber. At the top of the range is a suppressed model with a 4×32 scope chambered in .22 caliber only. It has a Realtree EDGE finish. Pricing runs from $199 – $249.
Franchi Instinct Catalyst in 20-Gauge
The Instinct Catalyst line of shotguns is designed to fit female shooters. For 2020, the company added a 20-gauge offering to complement the successful 12-gauge shotguns in this line. As with the original guns, this over-under is designed for smaller stature shooters with a size-appropriate length of pull, comb height and drop. Combined with the 20-gauge chambering, the company believes these new shotguns provide a perfect balance of weight, feel and responsiveness.
Franchi builds these with A-grade satin walnut stocks and forends. The case hardened steel receiver matches the 26″ blued barrels nicely. The company offers these at $1,469 and backs them with a 7-year warranty.
Hatsan PileDriver – Most Powerful Production Air Rifle?
Hatsan USA announced its first .50 caliber air rifle: the PileDriver. If Hatsan’s information is correct, it is the world’s most powerful production PCP air rifle. How powerful? It can drive a .50 caliber lead bullet to 850 fps for energy in excess of 800 ft-lbs. That’s more than enough power to put down a buck or pig when you place the shot.
The gun is a bullpup design with a 33″ barrel. The 480cc air cylinder is loaded to more than 4,300 psi (300 BAR) and will launch up to 5 .50 caliber bullets at full power.
Hatsan USA will also offer the gun in .45 caliber. It can push the smaller projectiles about 50 fps faster and get an additional shot off before a loss of power.
Uberti 1885 Courteney Stalking Rifle
Well known for their replica firearms, Uberti announced a big game hunting rifle that calls back to a time of exploration and hunting. The new rifle is called the 1885 Courteney Stalking Rifle is is named after F. Courteney Selous. It is chambered in .303 British with a case hardened receiver and AA-Satin Prince of Wales stock. It uses an 1885 falling-block lever action and has a blued 24″ barrel. All guns have a hooded front sight and V-style express rear sight. A version of the gun is available with a base to accept Weaver-type scope rings. A second version deletes the base for open sight shooting only. The MSRP is $1,729.
Stoeger M3500 Predator/Turkey Special
Expanding the M3500 line of semi-automatic shotguns, Stoeger announced the Predator/Turkey Special. The new gun uses the company’s existing inertia driver operating system for reliable function and cycling. The gun has a SteadyGrip pistol grip stock and is fully camouflaged using the Mossy Oak Overwatch pattern. Chambered in 12-gauge, this scattergun can handle 2.75″, 3″ and 3.5″ shells. At the end of the 24″ barrel is a single fiber optic sight. However, the gun is drilled and tapped for an optic. Stoeger even includes a Weaver 93 base. With a 5-year warranty, the suggested retail price is $929.
FN15 SRP G2 Carbine
FN America announced a new AR-style carbine that was designed to meet the needs of law enforcement. The FN15 SRP G2 is a lightweight rifle with the following features and specifications:
- 5.56 NATO
- choice of 11.5″ or 16″ chrome lined barrels with a 1:7″ twist
- A2-style flash hider
- low profile folding front and rear sights
- free-floated handguard
- 6-position buttstock
- 5.6-6.25 pounds (unloaded, no optic) depending on barrel length
Franchi Momentum Elite Rifle
Franchi announced it was extending its bolt-action rifle line to include the Momentum Elite. Based on the original Momentum that was introduced two years ago, the new rifles have an updated look and additional features.
A new stock adds improved ergonomics, checkering at strategic places, recessed sling attachment points and a new recoil pad. The recoil pad is said to absorb up to 50% of the rifle’s felt recoil. Spiral fluting is used on the bolt that has three locking lugs. The single-stage trigger can be adjusted to any point between 2-4 pounds.
Franchi will offer the guns in a variety of color options including a True Timber Strate stock with a Midnight Bronze Cerakote finish on the receiver and barrel. Other color combinations will include Realtree Excape with Burnt Bronze Cerkote and Hunter Gray with Cobalt Cerakote. Initial caliber choices will be .223 Rem, 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Win. MSRPs will range from $849 – $899.
Henry X Model Series
Henry Repeating Arms announced five new long guns as the company unveiled its X Model series. First teased at the 2018 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, these new guns are a complete, ground-up redesign of the lever-action. The five new guns are the:
- Lever Action X Model .45-70
- Lever Action X Model .410 Shotgun
- Lever Action Big Boy X Model – available in .38special/.357Magnum, .44 Special/.44 Magnum and .45 Colt
I’ll have more on these guns in a separate article shortly. However, the general information on them is they were designed with direct feedback from shooters. They all sport black, synthetic furniture with soft recoil pads and both M-LOK and Picatinny attachment points on the forend.All guns are drilled and tapped for optics and have side loading gates. Additionally, all of the rifles have threaded barrels and contrasting fiber optic sights. The shotgun model is threaded internally for invector-style chokes and has a fiber optic front sight only. The MSRP is the same across the line: $970.
CZ Bren 2 Ms Carbine
CZ-USA has its new Bren 2 Ms Carbine on display at SHOT Show 2020. This semi-automatic rifle is based on the select-fire Bren 2 and completes the company’s line of Bren-2 products to the US market. (The pistol version of the rifle was previously released.)
The 5.56 NATO gun uses a short-stroke gas piston system. It has a return spring contained within the action which eliminates the need of a buffer tube like those found on AR platform rifles. End result: you get an adjustable length, folding stock. With the stock folded, the overall length is only 28″.
The Ms designation means that it is a modular system that allows you to easily swap out forends based on your wants and needs. Lowers are made of carbon fiber reinforced polymer to help keep the weight down to a little over 7 pounds (unloaded.) Additional features:
- 16.5″ cold hammer forged barrel
- ambidextrous safety
- 30-round magazines standard (10-round magazines optional)
- ambidextrous bolt catch
- non-reciprocating charging handle that can also serve as a forward assist
- MSRP: $1,999
MARS M19 Mustang
MARS is showing the latest version of its M19 Mustang rifle at the SHOT Show. The company describes the gun as a modular, long recoil action modular rifle. According to the company, the rifle uses the recoil impulse – without any gas system – to function the gun. The company claims the M19 Mustang “runs clean and is free of carbon fouling.”
The barrel reciprocates helps to absorb felt recoil in each shot. According to information published by the company, the rifle “fires high caliber cartridges with minimal to no perceived recoil.”
An ambidextrous charging handle is located on the side of the gun along the barrel. It is non-reciprocating. A folding stock is standard, and yes, the gun can fire with a folded stock.
The MARS M19 Mustang costs $3,499.
Escort Versatile Tactical Shotgun Series
Escort introduced a new line of scatterguns called the Versatile Tactical Shotgun (VTS) series. Escort will make them in a variety of configurations, and I suspect they will appeal to shooters who are more comfortable with rifles than with traditional shotguns. They are better explained in my article Escort Versatile Tactical Shotguns.
Christensen Arms Ranger 22
Christensen Arms announced a new rimfire rifle called the Ranger 22. The new bolt-action rifle is chambered for the .22 LR cartridge. Among its features:
- 18″ carbon fiber tension barrel
- aluminum receiver
- dual opposing locking lugs
- carbon fiber composite stock
- Picatinny-tyle rail
- Trigger Tech Remington 700 match-grade trigger
- sub-MOA 50-yard accuracy guarantee
The gun weighs in at 5.1 pounds and has a number of different finish options. The MSRP is $795.
Daniel Defense DDM4 PDW
Daniel Defense announced a new pair of PDW firearms at SHOT Show 2020. One is an SBR while the other is in a pistol configuration. Both use 7″ barrels and are chambered in 300 BLK. See my article Daniel Defense DDM4 PDW for more information. Thanks to reader K for the tip on this one.
TNW Firearms 9mm LTE Carbine
TNW Firearms announced what it says is the lightest production pistol caliber carbine: the new 9mm LTE. How light is it? 3.95 pounds in rifle trim with a 16″ threaded barrel. This is a no tools required, fast takedown rifle that feeds from Glock-pattern magazines. Like the existing TNW 9mm carbines, this rifle is a blowback rifle that shares some limited compatibility with AR15 pattern rifles.
The new rifle should ship in February with an MSRP of $799. TNW Firearms will also make a pistol version of this gun with an arm brace. That model will retail for $899 and be slightly heavier.
Having shot some of the company’s other guns, I am eager to see what this one will do on the range. If it performs like those do, it will be a winner.
Traditions Firearms NitroFire Muzzleloader
At the SHOT Show 2020, Traditions Firearms pulled the cover off of the new NitroFire muzzleloader. With this gun, Traditions proclaimed “We’ve changed muzzleloading forever.”
Traditions partnered with Federal Premium and Hodgdon Powder to create the Firestick: an encapsulated polymer charge that uses the Triple Eight powder from Hogdon. As a shooter, you load the bullet from the muzzle and then slide one Firestick in through the breech. That’s it.
In addition to being fast, the Firestick is weather resistant and impervious to moisture. Plus, the tolerances on the Firestick is the same as you expect with Federal’s centerfire ammunition.
The NitroFire is a .50 caliber gun with a number of desirable features including:
- 26″ fluted & tapered chromoly barrel with a 1:28″ twist
- Elite XT trigger with rebounding hammer, captive half-cock and cross block trigger safety
- ability to load and unload with the cross-bolt safety engaged
Suggested retail pricing starts at $549.
Rossi Tuffy Turkey
Rossi announced a new long barrel .410 bore shotgun for turkey hunting. The single shot shotgun uses the same general configuration as the existing Tuffy line. This version has a 26″ barrel with an extra full choke installed. It has a 3″ chamber.
The Tuffy Turkey has a bead front sight and a Picatinny rail for adding a red dot optic. On the back of the OD green stock, the company includes a thick rubber recoil pad. A spacer changes the length of pull for adults or kids. As with the other Tuffy stocks, this one has shell holders to give you 10 additional loads at hand. The MSRP is an affordable $210.60.
Escort 22LR Rifle
Many people know Escort Shotguns as a manufacturer of…well…shotguns. For 2020, the company is rolling out a new bolt-action rifle chambered for the .22 LR. The new rifle feeds from detachable magazines and both 5- and 10-round magazines are included with the gun. Two models are available: one with a black synthetic stock while the other has a Turkish walnut stock. Barrels are 24.8″ long and are threaded. The forend has a short length of Picatinny rail in the 6 o’clock position for the addition of an accessory like a bipod. Pricing starts at $249.99.
Air Venturi M1A Air Rifle
Air Venturi announced the new Springfield Armory M1A Air Rifle. The air gun uses a spring-piston system with an underlever to launch projectiles. A .177 projectile will move at up to 1,000 fps while a .22 projectile will make up to 800 fps. According to the company, this rifle has a sliding breech system that allows for ample room when loading pellets.
Tandemkross Upriser Chassis for Ruger PC Carbine
The company teased to it previously and has now announced the new Upriser Chassis for the Ruger PC Carbine. Details are not yet known, but take a look at the photo the company provided. It definitely stands out. More information to come…
MDT XRS Chassis
Modular Driven Technologies (MDT) will introduce the new XRS Chassis System at the 2020 SHOT Show. The XRS, or Crossover Rifle Stock, incorporates the ergonomics of a traditional rifle stock with modern performance enhancements. The chassis has an interchangeable grip and MDT includes both a vertical and angled grip with each system. The forend of the chassis has M-LOK attachment points. Both the length of pull and the cheek height are adjustable for the best shooter fit. As you might expect, these are compatible with AICS magazines. No word yet on pricing.
EAA Chuchill Sporting Shotguns
European American Armory Corporation announced a new line of shotguns called the Churchill. The Churchill 812 Sporting shotgun is a gorgeous over-under 812 with hand-rubbed oil-finished select Turkish walnut stock and forend. Additional features of this new shotgun include:
- 12 gauge with 3″ chambers and auto-ejectors
- engraved steel receiver with a hard case nickel finish
- 28″ and 30″ barrels with a 10mm wide rib
- fiber optic front sight and mid-bead
- adjustable comb on stock
- MSRP of $2,622
There are also other new Churchill shotguns including the Sporting Orcap with a blued steel receiver and the Field hunting shotgun that is chambered for the .410 bore, 12-, 20- and 28-gauge shotshells. EAA is also rolling out a Churchill 512 which is positioned as an affordable side-by-side shotgun with an MSRP of $1,355.
Drake Associates Athena Precision Chassis Tactical Rifle
Drake Associates announced a semi-automatic precision rifle that uses a new concept for monolithic chassis systems. With the Athena, the company developed a way to lock an AR-style receiver into the chassis and truly free-float the barrel for maximum accuracy potential. The system is designed to work with both AR-10 and AR-15 style rifles.
The forend is removable without any tools. It has M-LOK and Picatinny rails for the addition of accessories. There are a lot of features that make this interesting for both competitions and possibly sniper work. This looks like a slick system and I can’t wait to get one on the range. The package comes with a match-grade SATERN barrel, match-grade two-stage trigger and many more features. You should head over to the Drake Associates site and take a look at it. The MSRP is $1,776.
DoubleStar 3GR 2.0 in Red
DoubleStar’s 3GR 2.0 is now available with “Go-Fast Red” anodized metal. If you are running and gunning, this is a sharp-looking competition rifle. A few of the specs:
- 16″ Wilson air gauged barrel
- 15.5″ Cloak M-LOK handguard
- ACE ARFX stock
- Hogue Rubberized grip
- 5.56 NATO
- CMC 3.5 lb single stage trigger
- Bullseye muzzle brake
- MSRP: $1,469.99
Escort PS Shotguns in New Camo Patterns
Escort’s semi-automatic shotguns are now offered in RealTree APG, RealTree Max5 and Mossy Oak BottomLand camo patterns. While this may not be ground breaking news, it will be a welcome addition to many shotgun hunters looking for a semi-auto shotgun. The 12 gauge scatterguns have 3″ chambers, 28″ barrels, a self-regulating gas piston system that handles 2.75″ and 3″ shells and a soft rubber buttpad. The MSRP is $469.99.
Hatsan FlashPup SYN QE
Popular airgun company Hatsan USA announced the FlashPup SYN QE. Using a synthetic bullpup stock, the air rifle is modeled after the original FlashPup that had a hardwood stock. The result is a gun that has improved weather resistance. Available in .177, .22 and .25 calibers, the gun is able to achieve velocities of 900 – 1,250 fps depending on the projectile used. These guns have a lot of features including a sound moderator, rifled 17.7″ barrel, 2-stage fully adjustable trigger and a fixed 165cc air cylinder. The MSRP is $419.99.
Savage 110 Ultralite
The new 110 Ultralite is a collaboration between Savage Arms and Proof Research. As the name Ultralite suggests, this bolt action gun is light at 6 pounds or less depending on the caliber. To achieve that weight, Savage used a skeletonized receiver while Proof Research delivered a carbon fiber wrapped stainless steel barrel.
I should point out that these are not 16″ barreled guns. Rather these are full-length barrels ranging from 22″-24″. Barrels are threaded for the use of a brake or suppressor. A thread protector is included with the gun.
These guns are available in the following chamberings:
- .308 Win
- 6.5 Creedmoor
- .280 Ackley Improved
- .270 Win
- .30-06 Sprg
- 300 WSM
- 6.5 PRC
- 28 Nosler
All guns will come with a grey AccuFit stock that is adjustable for LoP and comb height. The stock has rubber overmolding for a good grip and cheek weld. AccuTriggers are standard. The guns also have spiral fluted bolts, blueprinted actions and detachable box magazines. Savage set the suggested retail price at $1,499 for all calibers.
Stevens 555 Trap
The Stevens guns are known as high quality, but affordable, guns that are made for Savage Arms in Turkey. The new 555 Trap guns are another example of the good value this brand offers. These guns use an aluminum receiver with a steel insert to reinforce the breech. They are scaled to the gauge meaning that heavier gauge will have beefier receivers.
All guns have a shell extractor and tang mounted safety. The stock and fore-end are both made of Turkish walnut. The comb height on the stock is adjustable. Three chokes are included with the gun.
The 555 Trap will be available with either 30″ or 26″ barrels. The 26″ models are known as the 555 Trap Compact. Both the full size and compact models can be had in either 12- or 20-gauge. All guns will carry a suggested retail price of $689.
Savage 110 Precision
Savage builds a lot of rifles on its robust 110 action. The latest is the 110 Precision rifle. This gun uses a blueprinted action set in a custom stock from Modular Driven Technologies (MDT.) The stock is called the MDT LSS XL chassis and allows for the adjustment of the length of pull and comb height.
While short and medium-range shots are sure to be on target, the gun really seems ready to make those longer range hits as well. It is chambered for four calibers: .308 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor, 300 WIn Mag and .338 Lapua. All of the guns, save the pedestrian .308, have 24″ barrels. The .308 has a barrel that is 4″ shorter. Rifles feed from AICS magazines. Both a BA muzzle brake and the Savage AccuTrigger are standard. All guns carry an MSRP of $1,499.
Savage A22 BNS-SR
Extending the A22 line, Savage announced the new BNS-SR rifle. It uses a modernized laminate stock with a button-rifled carbon steel barrel and straight blowback action. The 18″ barrel is threaded (1/2″-28) for the easy attachment of a sound suppressor, and it feeds .22 LR cartridges from a 10-round rotary magazine. As with many of the company’s guns, the A22 BNS-SR uses the company’s AccuTrigger. MSRP: $479
Volquartsen Summit 17 WSM
Volquartsen announced a new cartridge addition to the Summit line of straight-pull rifles. Chambered for the .17 WSM, this will be the third rifle in the Summit line with 17 Mach 2 and .22 LR being the others. The guns have a 20″ threaded barrel with a 1:8.25″ twist and a Ruger 6-round magazine.
Shooters will have an opportunity to customize the rifles with a number of options. Rifles can be had with the Volquartsen Laminated Wood Sporter Stock or with the company’s AS-1 Ambi Stock. Customers can order the rifles with either an I-fluted stainless steel barrel or the Lightweight THM Tension barrel. Customers will not be able to purchase barreled actions only.
Pricing will start at $1,553 and vary depending on the options selected.
KRISS Vector CRB .22LR Carbines
I’m happy to share that KRISS USA will now be selling versions of the Vector chambered in .22 LR. The Vector CRB will be a carbine-sized rifle with a blowback design that runs the popular rimfire cartridge. Available in FDE, while and black, the new carbines will have a threaded, 16″ barrel, adjustable length stock, ambidextrous safety and a proprietary 10-round magazine. 30-round mags will also be available from the company. Pricing will start at $649.
Savage AXIS II Precision
The AXIS II line of rifles is known by many as a great gun with a budget price. So, making a Precision version of the AXIS II might be an excellent way for someone to up their game without breaking the household budget.
As with the 110 Precision (scroll up for that rifle,) Savage Arms uses a MDT chassis though this one is a black aluminum with olive drab green injection molded polymer for the “skin.” Spacers can be used to adjust the length of pull and the cheek riser can get you the perfect comb height. The fore-end has M-LOK attachment points.
All of the guns in this line have a 22″ threaded barrel and user-adjustable AccuTrigger. A suggested retail price of $949 will get you one of the six cartridges for which this gun is chambered:
- .223 Rem
- .243 Win
- .308 Win
- 6.5 Creedmoor
- .30-06 Sprg
- .270 Win
Mossberg 940 JM Pro Shotguns
O.F. Mossberg & Sons announced a pair of new competition shotguns made in partnership with Jerry and Lena Miculek. The new scatterguns are based on the 930 JM Pro competition shotgun, but with some significant upgrades. These include:
- a new gas system that will run for up to 1,500 rounds before cleaning
- reliable running of any factory 2.75″ or 3″ loads
- design of loading port to allow for quad loading of shells without any need to modify the receiver
- improved barrel-making process to improve point of aim/point of impact
- oversized charging handle and bolt release
- nickel-boron coating of internal components
- adjustable length of pull, drop and cast
- slim profile and improved ergonomics
- HIVIX TriComp sighting system
- includes Briley extended chokes: cylinder, improved cylinder and modified
- 9+1 capacity
The guns can be had with a black synthetic stock or with a Black Multicam stock. The black stock version has a blued barrel, tungsten gray anodized receiver and gold accents. The Black Multicam gun has a blued barrel with a black anodized finish on the receiver and other parts. Both versions have an MSRP of $1,015.
Mossberg Expands Caliber Options in Patriot Rifle Line
Mossberg expanded your options when selecting a Patriot rifle by chambering the guns for a variety of new cartridges and stock camo patterns. Here’s a quick break down of the offerings:
Patriot Right Train
- .300 Win Mag in OD green
- 6.5 PRC in FDE
- 6.5 PRC in Strata camo
- 450 Bushmaster in FDE
- 350 Legend in black
- .300 Win Mag in black
- .338 Win Mag in black
- 7mm Rem Mag in black
Patriot Synthetic with Vortex Scope
- .300 Win Mag in black
- .338 Win Mag in black
- 7mm Rem Mag in black
Patriot Synthetic Cerakote
- .300 Win Mag in black
- .338 Win Mag in black
- 7mm Rem Mag in black
Patriot Walnut and Walnut with Vortex Scope
- .300 Win Mag in walnut
- .338 Win Mag in walnut
- 7mm Rem Mag in walnut
Patriot Youth Super Bantam Scoped Combo
- 350 Legend
Savage Arms announced the company’s first semi-automatic shotgun: the Renegauge. These new scatterguns are designed as sporting guns – all chambered for the 12 gauge shell and having barrel lengths of 24″ – 28″ depending on the models.
Savage states it is using a gas system to operate these new guns. Called the Dual Regulating Inlive Valve, or DRIV, system, the company claims the guns offer a “new standard for both fit and function.” The company states the DRIV system will work reliably with all kinds of loads – from low-brass target loads to Magnum hunting loads – and all without any manual adjustment of the gas system.
The Renegauge can also be adjusted for length of pull and comb height. Beretta/Benelli interchangeable chokes are used, and the guns come with improved, modified and full chokes. These shotguns are made in the USA.
The initial models are:
- 12 Gauge Black Synthetic 28-inch barrel – MSRP: $1,449
- 12 Gauge Black Synthetic 26-inch barrel – MSRP: $1,449
- Waterfowl, 12 Gauge Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades 28-inch barrel – MSRP: $1,549
- Waterfowl, 12 Gauge Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades 26-inch barrel – MSRP: $1,549
- TURKEY, 12 Gauge Mossy Oak Bottomland 24-inch barrel – MSRP: $1,549
- TURKEY, 12 Gauge Mossy Oak Obsession 24-inch barrel – MSRP: $1,549
Thompson/Center Compass Utility
Aimed at hunters on a budget, the new Compass Utility is a bolt-action rifle that keeps the frills to a minimum to make the gun as affordable as possible. Even so, it retains the same MOA accuracy guarantee that the other T/C rifles have.
These rifles are offered solo or with a boresighted 3-9×40 optic. The optic is branded T/C but may be made by sister company Crimson Trace. Pricing starts at $359. I would not be surprised to see these offered for $320 or so at local shops.
T/C offers the Compass Utility in the following calibers:
- .223 Rem/5.56 NATO
- .243 Win
- 6.5 Creedmoor
- .270 Win
- .308 Win
- .30-06 Sprg
The Compass Utility has a 60˚ bolt handle, three-lug bolt and a flush-fitting rotary magazine. Barrels have a target crown. The triggers are first-generation T/C triggers. Weaver-style scope mount bases are installed at the factory. Compass II rifles (scroll down for information on them) upgrade a number of these items.
Thomson/Center Compass II
Thompson/Center announced it reworked the Compass line and created a second generation of rifles with upgraded features. The new T/C Compass II line has a new trigger that is said to be cleaner than the original and has a pull weight of 3-4 pounds. All guns will be threaded for use with a suppressor or compensator. Additionally, each of the guns has an MOA accuracy guarantee.
T/C will offer standard and compact versions of the gun. The compact rifles will have 16.5″ barrels with an interchangeable buttpad to adjust the length of pull from 12.5″ to 13.375″. This makes them a good candidate for a youth rifle that can grow with your child.
In addition to the standard rifles, the company will offer scoped packages that will include a boresighted 3-9×40 scope from Crimson Trace.
Standard rifles will be available for the following cartridges:
- .223 Rem/5.56 NATO
- .243 Win
- 6.5 Creedmoor
- .270 Win
- .308 Win
- .30-06 Sprg
- 7mm Rem Mag
- .300 Win Mag
Pricing for these guns will start at $405. Local dealers and big box stores will likely have them for a little less.
Compared to the Compass Utility (above,) you get a few upgraded features including a reshaped bolt handle, threaded muzzle and Generation II T/C trigger.
Thompson/Center Venture II
Rounding out the T/C new rifles for the 2020 line is the Venture II. An evolution of the original T/C Venture, the new rifle has the company’s Gen II trigger (3-4 pound pull), a Weather Shield exterior coating for corrosion resistance, Hogue grip panels for an improved grip during inclimate weather, a threaded barrel and an MOA accuracy guarantee.
Pricing starts at $525. The new Venture II rifles will be available in:
- .223 Rem/5.56 NATO
- .243 Win
- 6.5 Creedmoor
- .270 Win
- .308 Win
- .30-06 Sprg
- 7mm Rem Mag
- .300 Win Mag
- 350 Legend
Remington Model Seven with Mossy Oak Camo
Remington is now offering a Model Seven with a Mossy Oak Bottomland camo pattern on a synthetic stock. The rifle is available in .308 Win, 300 BLK and 6.5 Creedmoor. Both the .308 Win and 300 BLK models have a 16.5″ barrel while the 6.5 version has a 20″ barrel. All barrels are threaded for suppressors.
Uintah Precision UPR10 and UPR15 Rifles
Uintah Precision announced it would begin selling complete rifles using a redesigned bolt-action upper. The company has been selling bolt-action uppers for the AR-10 and -15 rifles. However, this move will allow the company to match an upper to a lower for a complete experience.
Customers will be able to buy the guns with Shilen and Preferred Barrels standard or with Proof Research barrels as an upgrade. Also standard are Luth-AR stocks and Velocity single-stage triggers (3 lbs.) Standard calibers will include 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, .243 Win, .223 Wilde, .224 Valkyrie, 6.5 Grendel, 300 BLK and .308 Win. Other calibers can be had as custom orders. Pricing will start at $1,088.
Rock River Arms RBG-IS – Bolt Action Rifles
Rock River Arms (RRA) made a name for itself in the AR market. Whether it is a softening of the AR market or just a desire to diversify its product offerings, the company is now attempting to establish itself in the precision bolt gun market as well. First up will be a short-action gun in a KRG chassis with a Wilson Arms fluted bull barrel. Initial offerings will be in 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Win. These will be fed from AICS magazines. Expect to pay more than $4k for one of these.
Kalashnikov USA KR-103
It might seem odd that a company called Kalashnikov USA makes shotguns and 9mm firearms but none in 7.62×39.
That’s now changed. K-USA will show the new KR-103 at the 2020 SHOT Show. It is completely made in the United States and is based on the SK-74 rifle. The company says it is compatible with “…all AK74/AKM furniture and accessories.”
I’ve toured the company’s Florida facility and shot all of their existing models (excepting this one.) I found the guns to be well made, reliable and accurate. When the company had an issue with its 9mm firearms, it took full ownership of the issue and implemented an immediate fix. I wish all companies took that approach.
The new KR-103 will have a retail price of $999.
Silver Shadow Gilboa DBR in .22 LR
Silver Shadow announced it would be showing its new Gilboa Double Barrel Rifle (DBR) Snake chambered in .22 LR at the SHOT Show.
The Gilboa DBR is an AR-style rifle with two separate fire control systems. The company offers firearms in 5.56 NATO, 300 BLK, 7.62×39, .308 and 9mm. The company first launched the Gilboa DBR Snake in 20013, and this is their first rimfire gun.
Henry SideGate .410 Shotgun and .45-70 Rifle
In November, Henry Repeating Arms announced it would have a pair of new guns at the SHOT Show in January. One is a side gate, lever-action .410 shotgun and the other is a side gate, lever-action rifle chambered for the .45-70 Gov’t. On both guns, the loading gate is on the right side of the receiver. Both models use a removable tube magazine. Both guns will have a retail price of $1,045.
Marlin Model 60 150th Anniversary
In honor of the 150th anniversary of Marlin Firearms, the company is releasing a special edition Model 60. It has a wood stock with commemorative emblem and stainless steel barrel.
At every SHOT Show, the major ammo makers roll out all kinds of new products. This year is no different. Scroll down to see some of the new things you’ll be able to pick up and shoot.
SK Rimfire Semi-Auto Rifle Ammunition
SK announced a new .22 LR load that is specifically designed for modern, semi-automatic rifles. Called simply “Semi-Auto Rifle” ammunition, the loads are designed to burn clean to improve function and reliability. SK states the ammo runs “flawlessly through any 10/22 style firearms” and other .22 LR chambered rifles. The company estimates the ammo will ship in the Spring of 2020. SK is part of the Nammo Group that includes the Lapua, Vihtavuori and Berger Bullets brands.
New Sierra GameChanger Loads
Sierra Bullets announced two new loaded cartridges in the company’s Game Change line. The first is a 300 BLK cartridge loaded with a 125-grain Tipped GameKing bullet. It is making for 2,115 fps at the muzzle. The second load is a .223 Rem round with a 64-grain Tipped GameKing bullet. This cartridge is good for 3,015 fps from the muzzle. Sierra recommends the .223 round for varmints and dear while the 300 BLK is designed for deer, hog and coyotes.
New Winchester Ammunition 350 Legend Loads
Winchester Ammunition announced two new 350 Legend loads. The first is a 255-grain open tip that is part of the SuperSupressed line. It makes for 1,060 fps at the muzzle for 636 ft-lbs of energy. Through a sound suppressor, the already low blast cartridge should be a fairly quiet load.
The second new offering is in the PowerMax line. This load pushes a 160-grain PowerMax Bonded bullet to 2,225 fps. That works out to be 1,759 ft-lbs of energy.
New Caliber: the BWA 10×100
Blackwater Ammunition announced a new caliber that appears to be suited for long-range shooting. Called the BWA 10×100, the new cartridge will be easy to adapt to existing platforms. For more information, read my introductory article BWA 10×100: New Cartridge with 100-Year-Old Roots.
Federal developed a new propellant option for muzzleloading firearms that should increase reliability, shot consistency and speed of loading and unloading. Called the FireStick, the product is a polymer charge that is filled with Hodgdon Triple Eight powder. After loading a bullet from the muzzle end, you slip the FireStick into the breech and add a 209 shotgun primer.
Traditions Firearms developed a muzzleloader specifically for the FireStick. It is called the NitroFire (scroll up to see it.) Hopefully, more FireStick capable models will be developed by Traditions.
Benefits and features include:
- no primer pockets and breech plugs to clean
- no loose powder charges that result in inconsistency and dangerous over-charges
- the encapsulated system eliminates concerns about moisture and rain
- faster and safer unloading
- safe loading – no stacking a bullet on top of powder
A key feature is that once you install a primer, you need not remove it if you later unload the gun without firing it. The primer can safely reside in the charge until the next time you go to shoot.
Reading between the lines, you could install primers in the FireStick when you are preparing to head to the field. Then when loading the gun, you need only insert the bullet then load the primed FireStick.
Federal is offering the FireStick in two charges: 100-grain and 120-grain loads. The FireStick will be sold in packs of 10 for a suggested retail price of $26.95.
New Browning Ammunition Loads
Browning Ammunition announced a number of new loads at SHOT Show 2020. These include:
Long Range Pro
Long Range Pro
Browning states its 124-grain FMJ is the fastest 350 Legend load currently available on the market (velocity data measured with a 20″ barrel.) The other Legend load uses the company’s BXR bullet that is designed for deer hunting. It uses a copper bullet with a polymer tip for rapid expansion and effective terminal performance.
Fiocchi Blue Guardian Ammo
Designed for personal defense and law enforcement, Fiocchi announced three new ammunition lines under the Blue Guardian brand: Blue Guardian FR, Blue Guardian HP and Blue Guardian SC.
The FR line was developed for high-volume training. In this line, the bullets are lead-free, frangible projectiles that are ballistically matched to the HP line below. Fiocchi uses lead-free and heavy metal-free primers. Initial loads will be offered for the .380 ACP, 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, .223 Rem and 300 BLK.
As you might guess, the HP line uses lead-free hollow point bullets. Projectiles are designed to fragment upon penetration of soft tissue but disintegrate on impact with hard surfaces such as steel, tile and concrete. Load data is not yet available. I suspect that these are lightweight for caliber, all copper bullets that have higher than typical velocities similar to the Liberty Ammunition Civil Defense line. These will only be made for the .380 ACP, 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP cartridges.
The SC line uses solid copper hollow point bullets in this line. These are designed to offer much deeper penetration that the HP line. In addition to the handgun cartridges above, Fiocchi will load version in .223 Rem, 300 BLK (both supersonic and subsonic versions) and 12 gauge slugs.
CCI Maxi-Mag Segmented HP in .22 WMR
CCI announced it had a new .22 WMR (aka 22 Magnum) load that uses a segmented hollow point bullet with a polymer coating. The result is a zippy little round that will fragment when it hits the target and reduce barrel fouling. In fact, the company claims that suppressor build-up is reduced by as much as 80% when you use these rounds.
The Maxi-Mag load uses a 46-grain bullet with a muzzle velocity of 1,875 fps. They will be sold in boxes of 50 rounds with a suggested retail price of $17.95.
Federal Fusion 10mm Ammo
Federal announced a new 10mm load in its Fusion line of hunting ammunition. The new load uses a 200-grain JHP bonded bullet for maximum weight retention and deep penetration. The rounds will be sold in boxes of 20 with an MSRP of $27.95.
Federal Practice & Defend Packs: Syntech and HST
Federal Premium announced four new Practice & Defend Packs that contain 50 rounds of Syntech training ammunition and 50 rounds of HST defensive hollowpoint ammunition. These packs will be available in the following loads:
- 9mm 124 gr @ 1150 fps
- 9mm 147 gr @ 1000 fps
- .40 S&W 180 gr @ 1010 fps
- .45 ACP 230 gr @ 890 fps
Suggested retail prices will range from $60.95 to $73.95. Online prices will likely be much better when these hit to the distributor channels.
Speer Gold Dot Rifle Personal Protection
Speer unveiled a number of new rifle loads in its effective Gold Dot line of self-defense ammunition. The key to these is that they are designed for maximum performance from guns with barrels shorter than 16″. So all of those AR pistols and SBRs have new defensive ammo tailored for them.
The new loads break down like this:
A few notes about the loads. First, the 55 grain .223 Rem load is designed with reduced penetration in mind. Even so, the company states that the loads are optimized for “peak FBI protocol performance” through short barrel rifles. So, I expect that the 55 grain loads will penetrate about 12″ of ballistic gelatin.
Second, the company advises that a 1:9″ twist or faster is recommended for the 75 grain load in the .223 Rem. I’d say that’s a given, but it is always nice to hear an ammo company warning consumers about issues that can alter performance.
Suggested retail prices are fairly reasonable for defensive ammunition. However, I hope to see lower prices from retailers.
Speer Gold Dot Carry Gun
Speer announced it was now offering a new line of self-defense handgun ammunition called Carry Gun. Designed for use in compact pistols popular for concealed carry, the Carry Gun line uses the G2 Gold Dot bullet. That projectile combines a shallow hollowpoint with a polymer plug for consistent penetration and expansion.
These new loads use lighter G2 bullets than the existing loads. They are:
- 9mm 135 grain G2 HP
- .40 S&W 165 grain G2 HP
- .45 ACP +P 200 grain G2 HP
The list prices on these rounds are $28.95 to 32.95 depending on the caliber. They will be sold in 20-round boxes.
“New” Loads for Federal HST
Without any doubt in my mind, the HST line of ammunition is one of the top defensive rounds available today. Federal is expanding the regular line for 2020 to include three new loads. They are:
- 9mm 124 grain HST +P
- .45 ACP 230 grain HST +P
- .357 SIG 125 grain HST
Federal already offers these loads in its law enforcement catalog. These will be now commercially available in 20 round packages. MSRP will run from $25.05 to $31.95 depending on the cartridge.
Federal Hydra-Shok Deep in .380 ACP
This is a welcome addition to the self-defense ammo options offered by Federal. The Hydra-Shok Deep is a re-design of the original Hyrdra-Shok round that took off in popularity 30+ years ago. While the original was great for its time, modern bullet design surpassed the Hydra-Shok line.
Keeping the brand alive, Federal redesigned the bullet construction to achieve consistent expansion and penetration to a minimum depth of 12″ in calibrated gelatin. At this SHOT Show, Federal is showing the new .380 ACP load in this line.
The new load uses a 99 grain bullet moving at 1,000 fps. The Hydra-Shok center post is more akin to a cone than the original. The brass is nickel-plated and the primers are sealed. These will be sold in boxes of 20 with a suggested retail price of $25.95.
Speer Gold Dot in 5.7×28
Speer is expanding its Gold Dot line of defensive ammunition to include the 5.7×28 cartridge. The load will use a 40-grain bullet. Speer will sell these in 50 round boxes. The MSRP is about $52, but the actual “street price” will likely be less. For example, Target Sports USA has the ammo (out of stock currently) listed at $34.99.
While the 5.37×28 isn’t new, the introduction of the Ruger-57 (scroll up for additional information on that gun) is likely to make new ammo in this caliber more viable from a sales perspective. It would seem that Ruger coordinated its gun development with Speer to ensure there was a top-shelf load available for the gun at launch. It will be interesting to see what companies will have holsters ready to go for the gun as well.
Barnes VOR-TX Expander Shotshells
Barnes Bullets is offering a new series of shotgun slugs called the VOR-TX Expander. The new loads will be made in both 12- and 20-gauge and in both 2.75″ and 3″ shells. All loads will use an all copper projectile with a polymer tip. The company claims “extreme expansion and penetration, even at extended range.” Barnes also states these new slugs have “unmatched accuracy.” The 12-gauge slugs will weigh 437 grains while the 20-gauge versions will come in at 250 grains.
Barnes LRX Boat Tail Bore Rider Bullets
New for 2020, the LRX Boat Tail Bore Rider bullets are an evolution of the TSX Tipped bullets. They feature a redesigned nose cavity for improved expansion and deep penetration at both long and close ranges. These will be sold as both components for hand loaders and in some of the Barnes VOR-TX LR ammunition offerings. The initial offering will be in .30-caliber (.308 diameter, 212 grains.)
Sierra Prairie Enemy Ammunition
Sierra Bullets expands its loaded ammunition offerings with a new line called Prairie Enemy. Designed for varmint hunting – especially prairie dogs – the new ammo is part of the company’s intentional expansion into the loaded ammo market. The exact loads have not yet been released, but expect some of the typical calibers such as .223 Rem. The company is also expected to support some of the newer cartridges including .224 Valkyrie.
Sierra – New Loaded Ammo
Sierra Bullets announced it would add loaded hunting ammunition in .223 Remington and 300 BLK in 2020. The rounds will use the company’s GameChanger bullets. These are open pocket hollowpoint bullets with a synthetic tip for better flight, chambering and expansion on impact.
Eley .38 Super Comp
Eley will introduce a new .38 Super load at the SHOT Show. This load is designed for competition and will use a 124 grain FMJ round nose bullet. The load will make major power factor and should only be used in guns that can handle the pressures.
Federal HammerDown Ammo
Lever guns continue to be extremely popular with many shooters including hunters. The guns tend to be handy and easy to move with while delivering considerable firepower.
Federal is now offering a new line of lever gun ammunition called HammerDown. This line was developed in conjunction with Henry Repeating Arms.
The new line will have six loads at launch (see below). While the traditional calibers like .30-30 are supported, I find the addition of the .327 Federal Magnum to be intriguing.
I’ve often mused that the .327 Magnum might make a great carbine cartridge. With Henry’s addition of the cartridge to its line of lever guns, it would seem that I’m not the only one thinking this. With the support of Henry, the .327 Mag might finally find its niche for long term success.
- .30-30 150 gr Bonded SP @ 2,390 fps
- .45-70 Gov’t 300 gr Bonded SP @ 1,850 fps
- .357 Magnum 170 gr Bonded SP @ 1,610 fps
- .327 Federal Magnum 127 gr JHP @ 1,650 fps
- .45 Colt (aka Long Colt or LC) 250 gr JHP @ 1,400 fps
- .44 Magnum 270 gr Bonded SP @ 1,715 fps
The company states that a 35 Remington load will be coming soon.
The MSRP for all cartridges except .45-70 is $19.99 for a box of 20. The .45-70 Gov’t is higher: $38.99.
Apex Ammunition Waterfowl Ammo
Apex will introduce a new line of premium waterfowl ammunition at the SHOT Show. The company will display the new loads at the Pop-Up Preview. Exact specifications are not yet available.
Marlin 150th Anniversary Ammunition
With the 150th anniversary of Marlin Firearms, Remingon launched a pair of rifles (above) and several ammo loads with special packaging. The loads include .30-30 Win, .35 Rem and .45-70 Gov’t. These will be out later in the year. No word on pricing yet.
Federal Force X2 Buckshot
Federal Premium is launching a 12 gauge shotgun load using its new Force X2 pellets. These copper-plated pellets are designed to split into two pieces on impact. The result is 18 smaller projectiles causing wounding in a body instead of 9.
Each of the pellets has a “hinge point” to help this split happen. The benefit is an increase in wounding channels while still having the tighter patterns that heavier shot tends to have when compared to lighter pellets.
Of course, there is no free ride. I expect that by halving the mass of each pellet, penetration will be significantly reduced. For anyone concerned about overpenetration, this may be a good choice for self-defense. Federal’s goal with this load is to still provide 12-16″ of penetration in calibrated gel.
The initial offering is expected to be a 2.75 shell with 9 pellets moving at 1,145 fps. It will be sold in boxes of 10 shells with a suggested retail price of $22.95. I expect the store price to be about $20/box.
Federal is well known in the self-defense ammunition category, but one of the main complaints I hear is that the best loads – specifically the HST rounds – are too expensive.
While I believe the HST line is some of the best pistol ammo you can buy for personal protection, I can also appreciate that there are many people who are on tight budgets. The right to self-defense should not be contingent on your bank account. So, when there are good, affordable options, I like to talk about them.
Federal’s new Punch line of ammunition appears to be an affordable option for self-defense. Offered in the most popular handgun calibers, the new line uses a soft lead core with a scored copper jacket for good expansion with conventional construction.
The new loads:
- .38 Special 120 gr JHP
- .380 ACP 85 gr JHP
- 9mm 124 gr JHP
- .40 S&W 165 gr JHP
- .45 ACP 230 gr JHP
The good news is the rounds are expected to sell for around $11-15/box of 20. That’s not quite as cheap as plinking rounds, but it is significantly less than the premium loads.
Federal Terminal Ascent
These new hunting rounds from Federal Premium use a polymer tip (a patented technology called Slipstream) to allow for expansion at lower velocities. According to the company, bullets can expand at velocities up to 200 fps slower than similar bullets without the tip. This sounds to be technology similar to what Hornady has been using in some of its lines. The bullets are bonded meaning they should stay together and provide good penetration.
Ammunition will be offered for the following cartridges:
- 6.5 PRC – 130 grains @ 3,000 FPS
- 6.5 Creedmoor – 130 grains @ 2,825 FPS
- .270 WSM – 136 grains @ 3,240 FPS
- .270 Win – 136 grains @ 3,000 fps
- .280 Ackley Improved – 155 grains @ 2,930 FPS
- .28 Nosler – 155 grains @ 3,200 FPS
- 7mm Rem Mag – 155 grains @ 3,000 FPS
- .30-06 Sprg – 175 grains @ 2,730 FPS
- .308 Win – 175 grains @ 2,600 FPS
- .300 Win Mag – 200 grains @ 2,810 FPS
- .300 WSM – 200 grains @ 2,810 FPS
Pricing will range from $42.95 – $53.95 for a box of 20 depending on caliber. Street prices should be lower.
Update: Read more information in my article Federal Terminal Ascent Ammunition.
New Shooting Gear
From suppressors to stocks, from hunting jackets to rifle scopes – this is the section on new shooting gear from the SHOT Show.
Mantis X2 Dry Fire Training System
Manits announced a new firearms training system that is specifically geared toward dry fire training. The new X2 includes a tiny module that attaches to your handgun or rifle. The module sends data to your phone which analyzes your performance. Included in the phone app are a number of different shooting drills that push your capabilities and help you improve. Read my article: Mantis X2 Review – Dry Fire Done Right.
DeSantis Wild Hog Field Holster
DeSantis Gunhide announced a new field holster for many large single-action revolvers and 1911 pistols. The strong side or cross-draw belt holster is called the Wild Hog. Made of leather, the holster should also fit other large double action revolvers and handguns.
HiViz Lightwave H3 Express Sights
HiViz announced a new series of handgun sights called the Lightwave H3 Express sights. These new sights use a shallow V rear sights with a large, bright front sight to improve how quickly you can align them in stressful conditions. Express style sights have been used for many years on dangerous game rifles and in more recent times by other companies making handgun sights. For many people, the system is fast. These sights use a combination of tritium and fiber optics to provide good brightness in all light conditions. Currently, the sights are available for most Glock and Smith & Wesson Shield pistols.
Olight Warrior X Pro Flashlight
Olight introduced a new flashlight called the Warrior X Pro. It claims a total light output of 2,250 lumens and a peak beam intensity of 90,000 candelas. There appear to be built in step downs in light output, so don’t expect to get that output for more than 2 minutes. The company states the light is drop resistant to 3 meters and IPX8 rated. IPX8 means that it has not been tested for any particle intrusion (dust, etc.) but is submersible to a distance beyond 1 meter for a period of time exceeding 30 minutes. No specific data was immediately available. This is a thicker flashlight than typical handheld tactical lights. It uses a 21700 battery with 5,000 mAh.
Chevrolet Silverado Realtree Edition
Chevrolet announced the Realtree Edition of the Silverado pickup truck at SHOT Show 2020. The new truck is a limited run 2021 model year Silverado 1500 Custom Trail Boss. In a collaboration with Realtree, Chevrolet was able to add the distinctive camouflage styling to the truck to give it a great outdoors look.
Tetra Gun Hands-On Wipes
Tetra Gun announced a new product called Hands-On Wipes. Somewhat similar to Lysol wipes, these are designed to remove up to 99% of lead and other residues from your hands after shooting. A 50-count container is only $7.99 and is worth every penny. I frequently shoot where washing my hands isn’t an option. Having these about would allow me to get rid of the vast majority of contaminates if I need to grab a sandwich or snack from the truck.
Crimson Trace CMR-207
Crimson Trace announced a new light and laser combination unit for handguns and other guns. The CMR-207 attaches to the accessory rail of a firearm and provides 400 lumens of white light plus either a red or green supplemental aiming laser. Compared to the CMR-209, the new CMR-207 has twice as much light output in addition to the laser.
The CMR-207 operates on a single CR123A battery. The unit with a red laser will cost $219.99 while the brighter green laser will cost $249.99.
Burris RT-1, RT-3 Prism Sights
Burris announced a pair of new reflex-style sights designed for fast shooting in competition and tactical contexts. The RT-1 is a prism sight with a 2 MOA dot and 1x magnification. It has 9 brightness levels that can be manually set or adjust automatically based on the lighting conditions. Two brightness levels are NV compatible. It comes with both low and high base mounts. The MSRP is $299.
The RT-3 is similar in design, but it offers 3x magnification. It has a Ballistic 3x reticle that allows for holdover shots to 600 yards. The suggested retail price is $379.
Both units are water-/fog-/shockproof. Each is covered by the company’s Forever Warranty.
Steiner M8Xi IFS Scope
Welcome to the future. Steiner combined a 1-8xx56 scope with an advanced computer system and heads up display (HUD) for one of the most advanced tactical rifle scopes on the market. Built-in sensors and user-entered data are combined by the unit to present a firing solution in the HUD. Sensors measure temperature, barrometric air pressure, and incline of the scope. Using an app, you enter the distance to target and wind information. The M8Xi IFS makes the calculations and shows you the ballistic information for an accurate shot.
The scope is ruggedized for harsh environments and is rated as waterproof, fogproof and shockproof. It is powered by a pair of batteries: one AA and one CR2032. The MSRP is $7,199.99.
Bushnell Engage Optics Additions
Bushnell announced three new products in its Engage line: a 3-9×40 scope with an illuminated reticle, a 20-60×80 spotting scope and a 10×42 binocular. The scope has a 1″ tube, second focal plane design, and a fast-focus eyepiece. The reticle has six levels of brightness.
Built for hunters and shooters, the spotting scope has a meral chassis with rubber armor for durability in the field. It has the company’s EXO Barrier coating on the lenses to repel dirt and prints. It includes a Picatinny rail and a rotating tripod collar.
The Engage X binocular keeps the price low while still offering good low-light performance. They are submersible (up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes) so a little rain won’t bother them. Plus the EXO Barrier lens protection helps to keep water, mud and dirt off the lens. These are more than 20% lighter than the Engage DX 10-42 binoculars.
Butler Creek Featherlight Sling
Butler Creek announced a new rifle sling called the Featherweight. The new Featherweight is 45% lighter than any of the other slings that Butler Creek currently makes. According to the company, it is the first sling in the industry to used closed cell foam in the inner portion of the padding. This helps to improve comfort when carrying your rifle or shotgun through the field. The slings also have regularly spaced ventilation cuts for good airflow. Other features include two integral cartridge holders, improved grip on the shoulder of synthetic clothing material, and a large thumb loop at the bottom of the sling. The MSRP is $34.95.
Meopta Optika5 Riflescopes
Meopta announced multiple scopes in the new Optika5 line. These scopes all have 1″ tubes with zero-reset turrets, 5x zoom and the company’s MeoBright lens coatings. The turrets are capped with rubber-armored metal for increased durability in the field. Zoom rings have a throw lever for fast adjustments. These are second focal plane scopes.
The individual scopes in the line are:
- 2-10×42 RF (rimfire)
- 4-20×50 RD
Pricing ranges from $349.99 – $549.99.
Case Winkler Pack Axe
Guns and blades go together like peanut butter and jelly. Both can be extremely useful tools – especially in a hunting camp. Case announced a new hand axe that might make sense for your next camping or hunting trip. Likewise, it may serve you well as part of your bug out bag or emergency tools in the truck.
Case states that the new Winkler Pack Axe is “built for tough work, survival excursions and heavy use.” It is built around a single piece of 3/8″ 80CrV2 carbon steel for increased strength and durability. In addition to the cutting edge, the Winkler Pack Axe has a blunt, hammer end for pounding stakes and similar activities. The axe is 15″ long and weighs in at 26 ounces. The grips are a canvas laminate, and it has a paracord wrap as well.
The MSRP is $499.99.
SureFire XVL2-IRC Weapon Light & Laser
SureFire announced a new white light, IR illuminator and laser aiming unit for pistols and carbines. Called the XVL2-IRC, the new unit has a pair of LEDs: one for white lite (visible) output and the second for IR illumination. The unit also has a pair of co-aligned laser modules: one in a highly visible green and one in the IR spectrum. The compact light and laser system was developed for unconventional warfare operators that needed a lightweight unit that could be used on both SBRs and handguns.
The unit operates on a single CR123A battery that loads from the front. Front loading eliminates the need to remove the unit with every battery change. The light output is 400 lumens. SureFire states the lights have a Maxvision Beam pattern for CQB and lists the peak beam intensity as only 820 candelas. In other words, the beam is fairly wide without a lot of downrange reach. For self-defense, room clearing and similar situations, it is probably ideal.
Steiner T-Series Tactical Sights
Steiner announced a new line of AR15 optics called the T-Series. The T-Series sights are red dot style optics designed for close to medium range engagements. At launch, there are three models: T332, T432 and T536. These optics offer 3x, 4x and 5x magnification respectively.
All of the T-Series sights have 10 illumination levels to cover the range of full daylight to night vision. You can choose optics with either a Ballistic Rapid Dot 5.56 or a Ballistic Rapid Dot 7.62 reticle. These reticles have holdover marks to 600 yards.
All of the optics in this line are waterproof to 10 meters. Additionally, they are fog and shockproof. Each T-Series optic has a rubber armor coating to increase its durability in the field. A sunshade, spacers and flip-up lens covers are all included. All of the units come with the Steiner Heritage Warranty that covers them for the life of the optic. Pricing runs from $735.99 – $919.99.
Centurian Arms C4 M-LOK Rail
Centurian Arms announced it’s new AR-type forend/rail system called the C4 M-LOK Rail. The two-piece unit is said to be the lightest rail system that attaches to the standard barrel nut on an AR15/M4/M16. Due to its design, it works without needing to remove a front sight tower or permanently attached muzzle devices. Different versions will be offered to match your needs (Carbine Cut, 12″, etc.) The 12″ version is available now and the others are expected to ship by mid-March. The MSRP runs from $280-350.
Burris Signature Series Riflescopes
Burris announced three new riflescopes at the 2020 SHOT Show. They are part of the company’s Signature line that use multicoated glass and push/pull locking turrets, are water/shock/fogproof and a backed by the company’s Forever Warranty.
The first scope is a 2-10×40 with both front and rear focal plane options. It has the Ballistic E3 reticle and a 1″ tube. Burris believes that short range shooters and hunters will benefit most from this scope. It has a minimum advertised price (MAP) of $359.
For a bit more reach, the second scope is a 3-15×44. It is a rear focal plane only scope with your choice of a Plex or Ballistic E3 illuminated reticle. This one has a minimum advertised price of $479-499 depending on the reticle.
Rounding out the trio is the new Signature 5-25×50 scope. It has the most variations possible of the three scopes. You can choose between focal planes and three different reticles. The scope has a nitrogen filled 30mm tube and is said to offer bright, crisp views. MAP starts at $649.
IASC9-K – Integral Suppressor & Heat Shield for CZ Scorpion EVO
Innovative Arms is showing its integral sound suppressor and heat shield it developed for the CZ Scorpion EVO line. The system can be taken apart for cleaning. Each of the baffles is individually numbered for easy reassembly. I’m trying to get additional information on the system.
Aimpoint CompM5b Red Dot Optic
Expanding the CompM5 series of reflex optics, Aimpoint introduced the CompM5b. This sight has a ballistic compensating red dot reticle. The sights allow you to quickly adjust for drop on four different calibers plus make a wind adjustment for mild, moderate or severe. Turrets are customizable to meet your requirements and ballistic profiles.
The Aimpoint CompM5b is powered by a single alkaline AAA battery with a runtime of up to 5 years. The dot is 2 MOA and has 10 different brightness settings. It is compatible with all generations of NVD. Additionally, the CompM5b works with the Aimpoint 3XMag-1 and 6XMag-1 magnifiers.
Swagger Stalker QD42 Bipod
Swagger announced a new bipod called the Stalker QD42. The new bipod was designed to provide a wide range of motion and adjustability. The legs can be set anywhere within a height range of 14″ – 42″ for shooting while seat, kneeling or even standing. The Stalker QD42 has a quick-detach mount for connection to virtually any kind of long arm via a swivel stud or Picatinny rail. The bipod weighs 15 ounces and has a suggested retail price of $129.99.
5.11 Response HL XR1 Flashlight
Officially launched at SHOT Show 2020, the new 5.11 Response HL XR1 is a headlamp that can be removed and used as a right angle flashlight. In the spot output mode, it throws 1,000 lumens. It runs on either 2 CR123A batteries or a single 18650 battery. The MSRP is $84.99.
Magpul 50 Round 9mm Drum Magazines
As the popularity of the 9mm carbine increases, so does the number of accessories available for them. This time it is a pair of new 50-round drum magazines from Magpul. Designed to work with any carbine fed from a Glock-type magazine (model D-50 GL9) or EVO Scorpion-type magazine (model D-50 EV9), these new magazines put a wealth of ammo in your hands. The drum has a ratcheting loading lever to make pushing an entire box of cartridges into the magazine. As you might expect, the drum is made of a high-strength polymer with stainless steel internals. Magpul expects to ship these this summer. Watch the above video for more information.
Streamlight TLR-9 Weaponlight
Consider the TLR-9 the big brother to the TLR-7 series of pistol lights. The TLR-9 runs on a pair of CR123A batteries and offers 1,000 lumens of total output with 10,000 candelas of peak beam intensity. Compared to the smaller TLR-7, this means more total light with a brighter center spot. Yet, the numbers also suggest that there is plenty of periphery light. Due to the size of this light, it appears best suited for full size (4″ barrel or longer) handguns.
Walker’s Raptor Headset
Walker’s announced a new set of ear pro called the Raptor Headset. The Raptor works in conjunction with existing soft foam plugs that are frequently used to block the harmful sound of gunshots. You use the foam plugs normally and add the Walker’s Raptor as an accessory. The Raptor wraps around the back of the head and rests against the cheekbone. Using bone conduction technology, the Raptor allows you to hear ambient sounds without impacting the sound reduction of the ear plugs.
Further, the Raptor is Bluetooth 5.0 capable. This allows you to pair with your phone to listen to music or take a call. The internal battery on the Raptor is rechargeable with the included MicroUSB cable. A phone app allows you to monitor battery levels, adjust the volume and alter the automatic shut off.
Stealth Cam Fusion
Trail cameras are an important tool that modern hunters can use to scout areas in their absence. Stealth Cam has a new system called Fusion. Fusion includes a camera, remote control application and a cellular service plan that blend to give you a holistic approach to recording, storing and viewing images from wherever you might be.
The camera has a 28-megapixel resolution and records in 16:9 format. It uses four IR emitters to give you an 80 night vision range. The trigger activates recording in 0.8 seconds. You can use SD cards with up to 32 GB. While the unit is perfectly capable at running on 8 AA batteries, it also has an external power jack for adding a solar panel or larger 12v battery. For more information, hit the Stealth Cam site.
Magpul Hunter 110 Short Action Stock
Magpul announced a new drop-in stock for the Savage Arms 110 short action rifles. The 110 series of rifles are considered by many to be a great value in the bolt action world, and many of them are used for hunting. I’m glad to see Magpul supporting them.
These polymer stocks have a number of features beyond the look and feel. For example, they have a A380 cast aluminum bedding block with a Type III hard anodized finish. The length of pull and cheek height are adjustable. Up front there are M-LOK attachment points. Stocks include the Bolt Action Magazine Well or the Hunter 110 with a single 5-round PMAG 7.62 AC magazine.
Oh – good news for lefties. Magpul makes these for right- and left-handed shooters. Make sure you check out the Magpul page to ensure your Savage rifle is compatible with these stocks.
Streamlight TLR-8 A and TLR-8 G
Building in the TLR-7 A size envelope, Streamlight announced a pair of new weaponlights with supplementary aiming lasers. Called the TLR-8 A and TLR-8 G, the units have red and green lasers respectively. Like the TLR-7 lights, these have a white light LED that is rated at 500 lumens and 5,000 candelas. Runtime is rated at 1.5 hours when running both the LED and laser simultaneously. They run on a single CR2 battery. Suggested retail prices are $367.50 for the red laser version and $450.00 for the green laser unit. These are backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
Walker’s Silencer BT 2.0
Walker’s announced a jump forward in its in-dear hearing protection with the release of the Silencer BT 2.0. The new ear pro uses Bluetooth 5.0 technology for improved battery life and a wider connection range. According to the company, the new BT 2.0 plugs have a more stable left/right earbud connection when compared to prior versions. The Silencer BT 2.0 uses sound-activated compression that is variable depending on the gunshot’s noise levels. The unit also uses dynamic wind reduction and automatically shuts the system off when it is not in use.
The BT 2.0 includes a USB charging dock with its own rechargeable battery, three sizes of tips and fins for a good fit in your ears, a cleaning brush and a MicroUSB cable.
Stealth Cam Digital Monocular & Camera
Stealth Cam introduced a new Digital Monocular & Camera that uses an upgraded 1.5″ high resolution TFT display. It also includes an improved processor and a high resolution night vision sensor. The monocular can record video in 720p and take photographs. Video frame rates are adjustable: 8 fps, 15 fps, 25 fps and 30 fps. Files are recorded on an SD card. The unit can use SD cards of only 32 GB or smaller. The unit has a 3×20 lens and runs on 4 AA batteries.
Magpul PMAG 10 5.56 AC Magazine
Magpul introduced a new AICS short action compatible magazine called the PMAG 10 5.56 AC. The magazine uses a polymer body with a constant curve internal shape. The mag uses a stainless steel spring and self-lubricating follower. According to the company, this magazine was designed to address all of the potential problems in the reliable feeding of 5.56 NATO ammunition. For example, it uses an offset feed lip arrangement that is said to “maximize bolt face engagement” for improved reliability in feeding as compared to competing products. The maximum overall length of a cartridge is 2.39″.
Streamlight Macrostream EDC Flashlight
Streamlight announced a new USB rechargeable flashlight designed for everyday carry (EDC). Called the Macrostream, the 2.2 ounce light throws 500 lumens and 2,000 candelas, this suggests a fairly bright light that does not have a highly focused center beam. The light is powered by a 800 mAh lithium-ion battery that charges in four hours. Runtime is rated at 2 hours on the high output mode. The light also has a low power mode that drops the output to 50 lumens. As with other Streamlight products, this has a limited lifetime warranty and an MSRP of $90.
Holosun announced a new red dot-style optic called the HE512C Elite Open Reticle Sight. Also known as the HE512C-GD, the sight uses a number of the company’s popular features including the Gold LED, Multiple Reticle System (MRS), Shake Awake and Solar Failsafe. You can select either a 2 MOA dot or a 65 MOA ring for fast sighting. A battery will run for up to 50k hours. There are 12 different brightness settings including those compatible with night vision gear. The MSRP is set at $447.
Magpul PC Backpacker Stock for Ruger PC Carbine
Magpul makes neat stuff. And they make neat stuff for fun guns. The latest announcement from Magpul is the PC Backpacker Stock for the Ruger PC Carbine.
This is a drop-in stock compatible with all factory Ruger PC Carbines in 9mm and .40 S&W. It is designed to improve the standard ergonomics of the factory stock while also improving the compactness of the gun when taken down for transport and storage. Taking its inspiration from the popular X-22 Backpacker Stock, the new PC Backpacker stores the barrel assembly neatly under the stock.
The pistol grip and buttstock sections have storage compartments. There are multiple QD sockets for easy attachment of a sling, and the forend has M-LOK attachment points.
Magpul set the suggested retail price at $149.95.
Franklin Armory BFSIII for Ruger 10/22
Franklin Armory announced a new binary trigger system that is compatible with the Ruger 10/22 platform. The new trigger, called the BFSIII, has an MSRP of $299.99. This is the company’s ninth binary trigger release. The video above has more information. You can also go to the company’s website here.
Alien Gear Holsters Rapid Force Duty Holster
Alien Gear Holsters announced a new line of law enforcement duty holsters called the Rapid Force Duty Holster. The company states these rigs “set a new standard for law enforcement and military.” It appears the polymer holsters are adjustable to the individual officer for both ride height and cant. The draw from retention appears to be accomplished by pushing down and sweeping backward with the thumb. The company states the holsters offer “Level II or Level III retention,” but it is unclear if these classifications are in accordance with the law enforcement standardized retention levels established by Bill Rogers in 1975. I have reached out to the company for clarification.
Burris Eliminator IV Hunting Scope
Burris announced a new laser rangefinding hunting riflescope called the Eliminator IV. The 4-16×50 scope can use its internal rangefinding laser and ballistic computer to calculate distances and shots to 2,000 yards. Compared to prior generations, the onboard computer can resolve ballistic data quicker for rimfire, centerfire, muzzleloader and shotgun slug loads to calculate the precise holdover point – which then appears as a bright red aiming dot in the optic. The computer also takes into account wind hold-off and up/downhill shooting. This rear focal plane scope uses the X96 reticle and is water-, fog- and shockproof. MSRP: $2,039.
Trijicon Credo Illuminate Tactical Riflescopes
Decades of war provided Trijicon with a lot of data and feedback to incorporate into a new line of tactical optics called the Credo. These low- to moderate-range fighting optics are said to be “ultra durable” and fitted with controls that are easy to grab and adjust in stressful conditions. They are available with a variety of red or green illuminated reticles that allow for fast target acquisition and ranging. The illumination is adjustable allowing the shooter to brighten or dim the reticle as needed.
Trijicon offers nine different models of the Credo scope. Each model has between one and six options. Pricing starts at $999.
Winchester Air Rifles Model 12 Pump BB Gun
Designed for your kids, Daisy is now making a Model 12 BB gun under the Winchester Air Rifles brand. The pump-action BB gun has a 12 BB spring-loaded magazine with a 250+ BB reservoir. Each shot only needs a single pump and will make for about 350 fps. The guns use a cross-bolt safety and have a loading door on the barrel. This brings back some memories of my old Daisy BB gun.
McMillan Z1 Universal Fit Stock
The new Z1 stock from McMillan is designed to fit all Remington actions with no factory or user modifications needed. According to the company, the stock will work with “nearly all barrelled actions sharing the same action diameter and guard screw spacing as that of the Remington 700.” The barrel channel will work with nearly any barrel contour without modification. Further, the bolt notch accommodates all sizes of bolt heads and the stock has a low enough line to eliminate the need for ejection port relief. A thumb rest and ergonomic grip help to provide good hand placement.
A spacer system allows you to adjust the length of pull. It includes a 1″ decelerator pad. You can adjust the cheek riser for your prefered height. A squared forend allows for solid placement on a bag. The stocks are available for short and long actions and in a range of colors. Pricing runs from $700 – 900 depending on your choices.
Trijicon Huron Hunting Scope
Made specifically for whitetail deer hunting, Trijicon announced a new line of second focal plane scopes called the Huron. Huron scopes are weatherproofed for the uncertain outdoor conditions when you are in the field. The company uses a special anti-scratch glass coating to help protect the clarity of your optic from stray branches when moving through heavy brush. Trijicon also uses high light transmission glass for good clarity and color.
Four models are available at launch:
Hatsan USA Volt Dual-Power Portable Compressor
If you spend much time shooting air guns, you know how helpful it is to have an electric pump to refill your cylinders. I’ve got a mechanical pump that works fine, but I’d still like one that I can just plug in. The new Volt Dual-Power Portable Compressor from Hatsan USA is a solid option for the field or closer to the house because it can run off of AC or DC power. If you are in the garage, plug it into the wall. Headed out the woods for a little shooting? Plug it into the cigarette lighter/accessory socket in your truck.
The unit has an auto-shutoff that is adjustable in 10-BAR increments. It has an internal fan and a number of thermal sensors and protective measures to ensure the portable pump doesn’t run hot. As a bonus, the company states the unit can fill bottles up to 10% faster than other portable units. The MSRP is $699.99.
Trijicon Ascent Riflescopes
Trijicon has a pair of new rugged, lightweight scopes for short and medium ranges. Called the Ascent line of riflescopes, the company is offering two different options in this line at introduction: a 1-4×24 and a 3-12×40. Both scopes are second focal plane optics with BDC target holds, 30mm tubes and wide fields of view. The company uses multi-coated, anti-reflection glass for good light transmission and edge-to-edge clarity. The 1-4x scope has an MSRP of $650 while the longer-range version has a suggested retail price of $699.
Comp-Tac Blue Duty Holsters
Comp-Tac announced a new series of duty holsters for law enforcement. Called the Blue Duty Holster Series, these synthetic rigs were developed with input from law enforcement agencies including the Los Angeles Police Department. The Kydex holsters use a thumb release bale that appears similar to the rotating hood used by Safariland. Comp-Tac refers to these as level two holsters with “two retention points.” Those points are described as “one on the back and one at the bottom.” I’ve requested additional information from the company for a clarification on the level two designation as I’m not sure it meets the Level II Retention as originally described by Bill Rogers in 1975.
Tasmanian Tiger Tactical Pouches
Tasmanian Tiger (TT) announced three new tactical pouches for the 2020 SHOT Show. They are the TT EDC Pouch, the TT TAC Pouch 11 and the TT Digi Radio Pouch.
The EDC pouch is designed for Every Day Carry materials for knives, multitools and similar gear. It has a zipper closure, paracord pulls, a loop-style attachment point for patches, and interior MOLLE/PALS compatible webbing.
Designed to attach to a plate carrier or bag, the TAC Pouch 11 is a 5L unit with a large main compartment with a functional divider and interior attachment points. This could make for a good medical gear organizer.
It shouldn’t surprise you that the Digi Radio Pouch is designed to secure a two-way radio. All of the gear is available in range of colors including MultiCam.
5.11 ATLAS Boots
5.11 will show its new line of A.T.L.A.S. footwear at the SHOT Show. ATLAS stands for All Terrain Load Assistance System as is the company’s “most technologically advanced footwear system” that is said to improve energy return, comfort, support and stability. The new line includes trainers, mid boots and 8″ boots in black and dark coyote. The 8″ black models have polishable toes for uniform wear. There is also a side zip version of the 8″ black model.
DoubleStar Fang V3 Knife
The redesign of the DoubleStar Fang will be at the 2020 SHOT Show. The details are not yet announced but will be soon. It appears it will still have a bottle opener, so life is good.
Barnett HyperFlite EVO 420
Calling it the “most lethal hunting crossbow on the market,” Barnett sets the bar pretty high with the new HyperFlite EVO 420. The company said this model uses a new riser-mounted cam system that both reduces recoil and vibration while increasing limb action and whip. Helping to improve accuracy, the company uses its HyperFlite track that only contacts the nock and tip so that the shaft does not drag on the crossbow when fired. Along with other new features, Barnett states this model will launch an arrow at 420 fps and achieve up to 25% greater penetration. The crossbow ships fully assembled with a 1.5-5×32 scope for $1,599.99 (MSRP.)
Galco Kodiak Hunter Chest Holster for T/C Contender, G2 Pistols
Galco announced it was now making the Kodiak Hunter chest holster for the T/C Contender and G2 single-shot pistols. These are all leather rigs that are designed to be worn over heavy clothing when camping, hiking or working outdoors. The holsters are designed to accommodate mounted large scopes and have the company’s rich Havana coloring. MSRP: $232.
TrueTimber Inflatable Ground Blind
Designed for hunters that need a lightweight ground blind, TrueTimber announced it would be offering a new product that fits into a small backpack and sets up in about two minutes. The new ground blind uses inflatable poles instead of carbon fiber or aluminum poles which allows the complete kit to squeeze into a smaller carrying pack. In fact, the company includes an Air Blind Backpack that can hold the blind, air poles, portable air pump and anchors. It also has room for more gear in the multitude of pockets on the outside of the pack. No word yet on pricing, but it will be available in a range of TrueTimber patterns and should ship in mid-2020.
HighSpeed Gear ReFlex IFAK System
High Speed Gear announced a new IFAK system called the ReFlex. This IFAK was developed around the supplies that are included in the US Army issued IFAK. It is a two-piece system with a medical roll and a carrier. According to the company, the kit is designed for quick access and ambidextrous use. It is available in seven different colors including MultiCam and is priced at $100.
Versacarry Comfort Flex Deluxe IWB Holster
Versacarry announced a new IWB rig called the Comfort Flex Deluxe. This holster uses a polymer shell that is lined with water buffalo leather. The combination gives the gun a secure ride while keeping the holster from marring the gun’s finish. And let’s face it, this leather looks pretty good also. For improved comfort, the company uses closed cell foam that is attached to the leather and pads the rig from the wearer’s skin. These are held in place by a single metal clip. The MSRP is $45.
Wildgame Innovations Switch Game Camera
Wildgame Innovations announced a new trail camera that is said to be extremely easy to set up and operate. As a bonus, these new cameras are very affordable with suggested retail prices of $59.99 – $69.99. Don’t let the price fool you, they still offer good features including 12 megapixel still images and 15-second 720p video recordings. The trigger speed is less than one second. The units use an SD card slot and will work with cards that have up to 32 GB of storage.
On the base Switch, the infrared LEDs illuminate up to 65 feet. The Lightsout Switch uses 36 invisible black infrared LEDs with a 60-foot range.
Halo Optics CL300 Rangefinder
For 2020, Halo Optics is offering a minimalist, lightweight rangefinder called the CL300. Instead of focusing on extreme long-range measurements, this unit is designed for practical hunting by being small and providing fast, accurate measurements in the 10-50 yard range. However, it will still reach out with a maximum range of 600 yards on a reflective target. The unit is water-resistant, has a 5x optical magnification and one year warranty. It is also affordable at $79.99.
I own a SIG SAUER KILO850 and find that I rarely use it beyond 150 yards. A more affordable rangefinder like the CL300 would be a good buy for a lot of people.
Millennium Outdoors TU01 Field Pro Turkey Seat
When you are hunting turkeys, you’ve got to be quiet and still. Few things are worse than a buddy with a cold or a hard, uncomfortable seat. I can’t help you with your selection of hunting companions, but I can suggest a comfortable Millenium Outdoors field chair. Called the TU01 Field Pro Turkey Seat. Finished in Mossy Oak Obsession, the folding seat allows you to rest your back and is made with the Comfortmax seat fabric on an aluminum frame. The seat includes a padded carry strap so you can tote it into the woods (and back out again) with a minimum of fuss.
Mantis announced a new archery training system called the X8. The system measures your movement, analyzing thousands of data points per second, to give you real-time feedback through an app. Simply attach the unit to any flat surface on your bow and pair it with your phone via an app. The software can analyze each shot, show bow cants, compare shots for consistency and more. The system is $149.99 and includes a universal adapter.
Barnett Recurve Crossbows Re-Introduction
Barnett Crossbows announced it would re-introduce recurve crossbows into its lineup. The two models, the Blackcat and Wildcat, are lightweight bows that should be ideal for kids and newcomers to learn crossbow skills. Both models will launch arrows at about 260 fps and have draw weights of 195 pounds.
New Berger Long Range Hybrid Target Bullets
It seems that long range shooting has become one of the more popular sports in the firearms world. It’s understandable. Hitting a precise shot at 1,000 yards or more is quite satisfying. In the Fall of 2019, Berger introduced a new line of bullets called the Long Range Hybrid. The first offering was an 88.5 grain .224 caliber bullet. Next was a 6mm then a 6.5mm. The newest addition is the 7mm. The new bullet is 190 grains with a G1 BC of 0.751. The company recommends this projectile for .284 Winchester, 7mm WSM, 7mm SAUM and 7mm Rem Mag loads shot from barrels with a 1:9″ twist. A 100 count box has an MSRP of $65.99.
Wildgame Innovations Insite Cell Game Camera
A lot of hunters like to use trail cameras to scout game, and there are a lot of choices on the market. Wildgame Innovations, a game camera manufacturer for more than 20 years, offers a new option called the Insite Cell. This camera offers a range of features including:
- 32-megapixel photos (my professional Canon DSLR only offers about 24)
- 720p video (up to 15 seconds in length)
- 0.5-second trigger speed
- Adaptive Illumination and “invisible” Lightsout illumination
- cell service connectivity to access it remotely (subscription plan required)
There is another version of this trail cam called the Insite Air. This unit deletes the cell service but still allows you to access it remotely with your phone (you have to be within range) to avoid disturbing any animals around it. The MSRP for the Insite Cell is $149.99 while the Insite Air is $199.99.
Barnett TS380 Crossbow
The SHOT Show is more than just guns. It has plenty of hunting, tactical and law enforcement gear also. In the hunting category, Barnett has a new crossbow called the TS380. Compact and maneuverable, the TS380 is just 34″ long and 13.25″ wide, yet you get a 201-pound draw weight that will launch a 380-grain arrow at 380 fps. A Picatinny-type rail allows you to mount a scope and it comes with a 4×32 scope. Barnett uses its TriggerTech release for a crisp trigger pull and a Soft Lok Floating Bristle Arrow Retainer for improved launch accuracy. The MSRP on this is $549.99.
CRKT M40 Knives
CRKT announced three new M40 knives based on a classic Kit Carson design. These flippers use a ball bearing pivot system for a smooth opening and a Deadbolt locking mechanism for strength. Both plain edge and Veff serration blades are available. A third knife has a Tanto-style blade. Blade lengths vary between 2.937″ and 3.999″ depending on model selected. MSRPs run from $140 to $150.
Gemtec Lunar 9 Suppressor
If you are looking for a new 9mm suppressor for your pistol or carbine, Gemtec has a new option you may want to consider. Called the Lunar 9, the new suppressor is length adjustable with an included extension. So, you can run it as a 4.7″ suppressor for the lighter weight or with the extension for improved noise attenuation at 7″ long. In addition to handguns and rifles in 9mm, the suppressor is also rated for subsonic 300 BLK loads. The suggested retail price is $616.
CRKT Provoke First Responder
Columbia River Knife and Tool offers good quality blades for reasonable prices. I’ve gotten a lot service from CRKT knives over the years. At the SHOT Show, the company is showing a number of its new blades including the Provoke First Responder knives.
The Provoke First Responder is a karambit style knife that folds in an unusual (for a knife) way. CRKT calls is a morphing karambit with Kinematic technology. The blade is said to deploy easily with a push of your thumb. Blades are 2.41″ long and made of D2 steel. You have a choice of a plain edge or a blade with the effective Veff serrations. The handle is made of 6061 T6 aluminum.
As this knife is geared toward police officers, paramedics and firefighters, CRKT elected to include a ceramic glass breaker as an integral part of this knife. Frankly, I think this is a great addition for anyone. The MSRP is $225.
Galco QuickTuk Cloud
Galco announced that J-frame Smith & Wesson revolvers are now available fits for the QuickTuk Cloud. The rig is designed for comfort and uses a new backer to help make this happen. According to the company, the side of the holster that rides against the body uses a closed-cell foam body that is covered by ballistic nylon. Then the company lines the body side with the company’s Comfort Cloth material. Comfort Cloth offers a very soft texture and has the added benefit of wicking away moisture. The adjustable UniClip allows you to tuck a shirt over the gun for improved concealment without the untucked look. MSRP is $55.
ScentLok Full Season Elements
ScentLok announced a new set of hunting clothes that offers great water resistance without the noise often associated with rain barrier membranes. The new Full Season Elements line offers both a jacket and pants that uses a very soft and quiet outer fabric that has been treated with Precip-X. This treatment provides a hydrophobic coating to keep water, mud and blood from penetrating your clothes.
Additionally, the tops of the shoulders, arms and hood have full waterproof panels to keep driving rain from penetrating the clothes. Other features include:
- bonded seams
- a soft, microfleece lining
- waterproof zippers on the pockets
- bonded seams
- adjustable cuffs
- articulated knees and elbows
- Carbon Alloy tech for odor absrobtion
The jacket is parka length and has zippered access for attaching your safety harness. A full range of sizes from small to 3XT will be available. The company plans to ship this line in June to make sure you have it in time for the fall hunting season. Patterns will include a range of Mossy Oak and Realtree selections.
Holsters for the Ruger-57
There are a number of companies already making holsters for the Ruger-57. These can be seen at the SHOT Show. I’ve assembled a list of Ruger-57 holsters here. As more holsters are announced, they will be added to the list.
Viridian E Series Laser for Ruger-57
Viridian Weapon Technologies announced it was now offering a laser sighting system for the Ruger-57 pistol. The new E Series laser mounts to the front of the trigger guard and can be turned on and off by tapping a switch on the side of the unit. While the Ruger-57 does have an accessory rail, the E Series laser will be much more compact than what a laser mounted to the rail will likely be. We don’t have an exact MSRP yet, but existing E Series units with a red laser sell for $132.
UTG Windowed Polymer AR Magazines
It seems that windowed magazines are all the rage at the moment. Not to be left out, UTG announced a new 30-round AR-15 magazine for the 5.56 NATO cartridge that features clear windows on the sides. Bodies of the magazines are made of black polymer while the windows are clear polymer. The anti-tilt follower is a bright blue polymer. Additional features of these magazines include a removable, flared base plate, stainless steel spring and a grip texture to improve your ability to grab and hold onto them when things are wet. The magazines are affordable with an MSRP of $14.97.
MDT Poly/Metal AICS Short Action Magazines
Modular Driven Technologies (MDT) announced it was now making a .308 Win magazine that is AICS Short Action compatible. The magazine uses a combination of polymer and metal parts for a blend of reliability and lightweight. The body is polymer with clear polymer windows on both sides. The feed lips are metal for long term durability. Magazines hold 10 rounds and have a MSRP of $49.95.
Primary Arms SLx 1-8×24 FFP Rifle Scope with Raptor Reticle
Primary Arms announced the company upgraded its flagship variable low-power rifle scope. The new optic offers 1-8x magnification (up from 1-6x). It has a first focal plane illuminated ACSS Raptor 5.56/5.45/.308 reticle. According to the company, the scope is “a completely new [design] from the ground up…that emphasizes low distortion and accurate 1x magnification combined with a crisp clear sight picture at 8x.”
The company has them listed for sale now on its website for $479.99 and is backed by a lifetime warranty.
Mission First Tactical Extreme Duty Window AR Magazine
Mission First Tactical announced a new line of windowed AR-15 mags called Extreme Duty Magazine. These magazines will hold 30 rounds of .223 Rem/5.56 NATO ammo. Currently, the mags are available with black or scorched dark earth bodies and clear windows. Future versions will have colored window options and decorated bodies similar to the company’s other magazines. The MSRP is $14.99 each. They come with a lifetime warranty.
Verco MotilityMH Level III Armor
Verco Materials of Atlanta announced its new MotilityMH armor will be shown at the SHOT Show. This unique armor uses small, overlapping ceramic disks to form a complex armor system that can defeat rifle rounds. Each tile is wrapped in carbon fiber and encapsulated within layers of soft ballistic fabric. As I understand it, this offers superior multi-hit protection and comfort when compared to a standard, monolithic plate. Each body armor system is custom-fitted and can offer coverage that standard systems do not. Special Note: This armor is listed with the NIJ as Level III certified. Many of the armor companies out there are not NIJ certified. Be careful with what you buy!
Surge Stock Kit
Trinity Force announced it will show a new AR stock at the SHOT Show. The new stock is called Surge. The Surge Stock Kit uses a minimalist style polymer stock that is designed to be light and bulk-free. Not a lot of information is available yet, but the company states it will have QD attachment points, a textured butt pad and a patent-pending locking system. Also, the company says the kit will be backed by a lifetime warranty. No word on pricing and I apologize for the blurry image. I’m trying to get a better one.
Arma Spall Covers
A lot of people are buying up rifle plates and other body armor. I can’t blame them and own some of my own.
The least expensive armor tends to be made of steel. While it can be effective, it also has the nasty effect of spraying metal shrapnel (aka spall) in all directions. To combat this some manufacturers have taken to adding a coating over the surface of the steel to trap spall.
Arma Products has a spall cover product that applies to the surface of metal plates to capture any bits of shrapnel. The covers can be fabricated to any size and can be had in a range of color and camo options. You can see some of what they offer here.
BulletSafe Crotch Protector
BulletSafe announced a new bit of protection called the Crotch Protector. As the name suggests, it offers bullet resistance to the groin. The product is a “one size fits all” panel that attaches to your existing bullet-resistant vest and hangs down.
The company states it “…is made from the same material as our Level IIIA bulletproof vest.” This suggests that the panel has not been independently tested to NIJ 0101.06 compliance. While it will likely work, I always recommend caution when buying life saving gear that has not been tested by an independent source. They are very affordable at only $99.
Alien Gear Rapid Force Duty Holster
Developed for law enforcement and security, the new Rapid Force Duty Holster is designed as a Level III security rig. While I hope it is a quality holster, I simply do not trust any duty rig not made by Safariland. While that is incredibly biased, it comes from years of law enforcement training and working the streets. I’ve seen a number of rigs fail in both locations. I’ve never seen a Safariland duty holster fail.
That said, I do wish the best to Alien Gear on this. I just hope they’ve put a lot of R&D into it before they sell a single one to anyone that needs it.
Highland Tactical Precision 37″ Double Rifle Case
Highland Tactical announced it will show the new Precision 37″ double rifle case at the SHOT Show. The new case is the company’s first rifle case, and they built some interesting features into it.
In addition to stowing two rifles, the case has a detachable pistol bag on the outside of the case. It also comes with a pair of rifle magazine pouches that attach to the MOLLE webbing on the outside of the case. Finally, the company built shoulder straps (with a sternum strap) into the bag that zip away into a hidden compartment.
Pricing is reasonable – starting at $69.99.
Basketweave Holstex for Holsters
CKK Industries announced a new thermomold material in its Holstex line. The new material will have a traditional basketweave pattern commonly seen in law enforcement duty gear and many traditional, leather holsters.
The new material will be offered in 15 different colors and in three thicknesses (0.080, 0.093 and .125). The products will be on display at the SHOT Show and shipping should being in March.
Aero Healthcare RapidStop Tourniquet
Aero Healthcare will show its new RapidStop TQ at the SHOT Show. This is a new system that uses a ratcheting system to stop blood loss.
Every time I see a new TQ introduced, I am leary of the marketing but excited for the possibility of a quicker, easier to use system that can save lives. In the video below, the company runs its system head-to-head with three others. It looks good – but I urge caution until we get independent, third-party testing of these.
Zeta6 will be at the SHOT Show demoing the company’s new J-Clip and J-Strip speedloaders for 5-shot, J-frame revolvers. These loaders are made of polyurethane and fit many Smith & Wesson, Taurus and Rossi revolvers. They are not compatible with the Ruger LCR line of wheel guns.
I’ve had several of the Zeta6 Speedloaders in my office for a couple of months now. They seem to be a high-quality item and are holding up well with my range use. Get more information here.
Konus Night Vision
Konus announce it will show three new night vision products at the 2020 SHOT Show. They are:
- 3-8x 50 riflescope (MSRP: $1,299)
- 3.5-7x 50 binocular (MSRP: $489.99)
- 1-5x Compact Monocular (MSRP: $399.99)
The company states all three are suitable for daylight, night time and (with an IR illuminator) in total darkness.
Apex Tactical Mounting Plate for FN 509 Pistols
Apex Tactical Specialties announced a new mounting plate for its optics that will fit the FN 509 optics ready pistols. This includes the new 509 Compact announced at the SHOT Show. The plate uses the factory screws and will cost only $24.95.
Lee Automatic Processing Press
Lee Precision offers some of the best values in the reloading industry. One of the company’s newest products is the APP or Automatic Processing Press. As the name suggests, this is not a tool for loading ammunition. Rather, it is a tool for speeding up the case and bullet prep work prior to the loading stage.
Dies can be mounted to the top or bottom of the press allowing for a great deal of flexibility. It uses the company’s Breech Lock bushings for fast die changes. From this single tool, you can size cast bullets, swage the primer pocket, deprime a case and bulge bust.
The real key, however, is the automated system that will cycle the bullets and cases without your interaction. All you do is pull the handle.
Here’s a video of military primer pockets being de-crimped:
Right now, these are in pre-order. Lee Precision hopes to ship these in January. The APP press has a MSRP of $75 while the deluxe version will retail for $110.
Caldwell E-MAX Shadows
Caldwell will roll out a number of new hearing protection options in 2020 at the SHOT Show. One of them is the new E-MAX Shadows in-ear plugs.
The E-MAX Shadows are Bluetooth capable plugs that will offer 24 dB of sound attenuation. While not as good as some muffs and other plugs, 24 dB is still a fair amount of protection.
Resembling many of the modern BT phone “pods,” the E-MAX Shadows have built in rechargeable batteries and are said to offer high-fidelity sound. They also have dual mics for improved directional sound when worn.
I hope these are a quality offering. The company’s inexpensive E-MAX muffs are a pretty good buy for the money (read my Caldwell E-MAX Electronic Ear Pro Review here) but the Platinum Series muffs were awful (read my Caldwell Platinum Series G3 Ear Pro Review here.)
If they can reproduce music well, these might be a good choice for your next flight in addition to the next trip to the range. No word yet on pricing, though I expect it to be much less than anything coming from Apple.
Rise Armament Blitz Trigger
Rise Armament will introduce a new drop-in trigger called the Blitz. Details about the new Blitz trigger are limited, but it is supposed to be quite a nice feeling trigger with a shallow curve to bridge the gap between flat-faced and standard curve triggers. More information will be added when it becomes available.
Wilson Combat Quell Titanium
In addition to 1911 pistols, Wilson Combat is involved in other pistols, shotguns, ammunition and sound suppressor production. The latest “silencer” from the company is the Quell Titanium.
The Quell is is a rifle suppressor designed to be compact and lightweight. According to the company, these cans are less than 7″ long and weigh about 9 ounces. It is a sealed design with high tolerances to allow for less than a 1 MOA shift.
These new suppressors can be had for any non-Magnum rifle and are in a variety of diameters from 6.5 to .358. Pricing starts at a bit over $1k.
Luth-AR MBA-5 Buttstock
In October, Luth-AR announced its new MBA-5 Buttstock for the AR-style rifle. The new polymer stocks use a paddle to make adjustments, have a short Picatinny rail in the back for a monopod and have a flared cheek rest that is said to improve comfort. While not introduced at the SHOT Show, these will be on display as part of the company’s 2020 offerings. They have a MSRP of $49.95.
SHOT Show Rumors
New gun rumors are always fun, and no one should ever take these too seriously. That said, we’ve hit some pretty big ones in the past.