Various New Guns and Gear

As we get close to the end of 2013, manufacturers are starting to announce new products.  Also, with the SHOT Show being so close, a lot of rumors are starting to really heat up.  So, here are a few of the new guns and other gear we know (or suspect) are rolling out…


Over at Soldier Systems, they posted a photo from the Milipol 2013 expo in France showing the new SCAR-P from FN Herstal.  The weapon appears to be configured as a PDW and is chambered in .223 Rem/5.56 NATO.  I’m hoping the FN team brings this one with them to the SHOT Show.

Glock 42

The other day I mentioned the pending release for the Glock 41 pistol, a practical/tactical .45.  However, the more interesting new Glock model is the rumored 42.  The Glock 42 is a complete unknown.  It could be a false rumor like the infamous Glock 1911 photo that made its way around the internet.

Speculation is that the gun would be a subcompact 9mm or .380 ACP pistol.  A lot of consumer have asked for a single stack 9mm pistol since the 90’s, so maybe Glock will introduce something to go head-to-head with Smith & Wesson and Springfield Armory.  We will just have to wait on this one.

Update: The Glock 42 became reality and you can read my review here. I’ve also put together a resource guide for G42 holsters and another for Glock 42 sights. Additionally, Streamlight is now selling a light and laser combination that will fit the Glock 42 and 9mm Glock 43.

Gen3 HiViz Sights

HiViz announced a new generation of fiber optic sights that use a steel exoskeleton to protect the light-gathering rod.  I really like fiber optic sights, and have been hoping to see something like this introduced.  HiViz will be making the handgun sights for Glock, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Springfield Armory and other pistols.  I look forward to trying these out next year.

Norinco Sniper Rifle System

Alliant Powder

Norinco is supposed to be showing a new bolt-action, magazine-fed sniper rifle in 7.62 (unknown if that is 7.62×51, 7.62x54r or something else).  I’m afraid I don’t know much more about what this new rifle is supposed to be.  Please clue me in if you know.

Alliant Power Pro 1200-R Powder

Alliant Powder announced a new loading powder designed for “high-volume .223 handloaders who use progressive loading.”  If this is you, check out the announcement here.

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