Less that 30 days away, the SHOT Show rumors are starting to fly. Some are more credible than others, but only time will tell which prove to be correct.
Winchester Repeating Arms is supposed to be introducing new versions of the Super X Pump (SXP) shotguns including a rugged marine version. I would expect the Marine Defender to be a salt-water resistant version of the SXP Defender with an 18″ barrel and 5+1 capacity.
Is a polymer framed 1911 being introduced by Taurus at the 2010 SHOT Show? Maybe…
I received an interesting, and unverified, e-mail tonight. The writer claims to have ‘insider’ information about some of the new products that Taurus is introducing at the 2010 SHOT Show. The one he described to me was a polymer framed 1911.
The writer described the pistol as having the same features and function of a full-sized 1911 pistol, with the obvious change of a plastic instead of metal frame. I asked for more information (single-stack or double-stack, etc.), but do not have anything else yet.
A few days ago, a photo leaked of a possible new tactical version of the Ruger Mini-14. At the time, I stated that it looked like a Mini-14 with the ATI stock on it. Well, that is exactly what it is.
Ruger was showing the “new” Mini-14 at the 2009 Media Day at the Range. According to the Ruger rep, ATI is manufacturing the Strikeforce stock with the Ruger emblem and shipping them to Ruger, where the Mini-14 is assembled and shipped to dealers. According to the rep, that’s it: no other new features or items that you wouldn’t get by ordering your own ATI Strikeforce stock and putting it onto a Runger Mini-14.
The Mini-14/20CF is finished in matte black and fitted with the ATI stock. This stock has a quad rail fore and an adjustable, side-folding buttstock. It is a nice set-up and feels solid. The folks at Ruger say these are already shipping and are already on some dealers shelves. The MSRP is $872.