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Armory Chat 38: Howa 1500 Kryptek Edition

Here’s the problem. Freeze doesn’t really have a modern, center fire rifle that he can knock around the range with. At least one that isn’t a MILSURP collectible. So while traveling, I ran across this used Howa 1500 rifle in 308. Cash out the door cost? $317. It comes with everything shown and is a solid platform for Freeze to …

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Video- How to Move a Gun Safe

Scott Mayer sent us this video from SHOT Show 2016. In the past, we have used professional safe movers who have something called a crawler. Which I always just called, “The Robot”. In that case, they were moving government vaults and safes made around the turn of the last century. So they tend to be filled with concrete and lots …

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Winchester Brand Celebrated 150 Years At SHOT

The Winchester Brand is 150 years old this year and to commemorate this historic milestone Winchester introduced five special firearms at SHOT that will be available in limited quantities. First on the list is a Commemorative Model 1866 “Yellow Boy” lever-action rifle. This polished brass beauty is faithful to the original and embellished with some of the most authentic Ulrich-style …

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SMI STORM 47

At SHOT Show, SMI Arms featured its interpretation of the ideal modern AK-47. Utilizing popular aftermarket parts along with expert craftsmanship, this rifle was built to shoot. The goal was to balance weight with modularity to provide a flexible rifle that can be set up for numerous applications. This 922R-compliant rifle is built off of an AKM pattern parts kit …

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New Federal Premium Loads

One of the more interesting loads at SHOT was shown by Federal Premium. Their new American Eagle Syntech range ammunition “promises to redefine the target-shooting experience” by using an all-new polymer-encapsulated Total Synthetic Jacket (TSJ) bullet. There have been all kinds of jacket materials used since guns were invented including linen patches for muzzleloader roundballs, paper patches, wound wire, steel, …

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ASA Side-Charging ARs

American Spirit Arms released its new non-reciprocating LR-308 Compatible Side Charger upper receivers and the new 308 Carbine at SHOT. The Side Charger is the latest evolution of the AR-15 and AR-10 platforms featuring a non-reciprocating charging handle on the left side of the receiver. This means the shooter no longer has to break cheek weld or take the rifle …

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SIG Hunting Scopes

SIG SAUER got into the hunting scope market at SHOT Show with the introduction of its WHISKEY5 and WHISKEY3 Hunting Riflescopes as part of its all-new SIG SAUER Electro Optics line. The new scopes are engineered to bring the most difficult targets into sharp focus with the goal of making every hunter’s first shot count. The WHISKEY5 super-zoom 5x riflescope …

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FX Impact

I really want to take the adult airgun plunge, but the price of some of these guns has been holding me back. At SHOT I saw the new FX Impact and it’s really pushing me closer to getting one because this is a switch barrel where I can shoot .177, .22, .25 or .30 caliber from the same gun. That’s …

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What Do You Get When You Cross A Glock With An AR?

If you’re into pistol-caliber carbines and want the familiarity of an AR-15, Dark Storm Industries showed its new DS-9 Typhoon 9mm AR platform rifle at SHOT. It accepts readily available Glock magazines and weighs in at only 6.5 lbs. It comes with an ambidextrous safety selector and tactical changing handle standard, and there’s a drop-in 4-lb. trigger upgrade available as …

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Colored Shot?

Spectra Shot showed a great product at SHOT Show for those times when you hunt with a game hog—especially one who can’t shoot but claims he made the shot. Spectra’s Waterfowl line uses steel shot pellets coated with a permanent, non-toxic coloring so you can tell from the pellets in the bird which shooter really shot which bird. The see-through …

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Faster Reloads with Cobalt Kinetics

Cobalt showed a slick new trick for AR shooters who want optimum reloading speed. The EVOLVE incorporates a C.A.R.S. (Cobalt Advantage Reload System) that dramatically speeds up reloads by eliminating two manual operations. C.A.R.S automatically drops the magazine when it runs empty, and as the operator inserts a fresh magazine, C.A.R.S sends the bolt into battery—automatically loading the rifle. Cobalt …

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Does Ruger’s Entry Into The Suppressor Market Suggest NFA Changes?

One of the first things that crossed my mind when I saw the release for Ruger’s new Silent-SR suppressor was, “Do they know something I don’t?” Unless you’ve been in a coma for the past several years, you should have noticed that suppressors are becoming more commonplace on shooting ranges. In many countries, it’s just good manners to use suppressors …

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New .30 Nosler Cartridge

I’ve always been a big fan of .26-caliber cartridges, but that diameter bullet has always had something of a black cloud following it in the U.S. until recently. Now we’re seeing cartridges such as the .260 Rem. and 6.5 Creedmoor getting the recognition they deserve. Nosler timed the introduction of its first cartridge, the 26 Nosler, to coincide with this …

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ThermaCELL Heated Insoles ProFLEX Heavy Duty

I know this is supposed to be all about guns and shooting and such, but I just had to include these because I know that, as I type this, Markey and Freeze are enjoying 19 degree temperatures while I’m enjoying the upper 60s. I also had a chance to actually use these while on a driven game hunt in Germany …

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Strangest New Product At SHOT?

Editor’s note: As an industry professional I am calling bullshit on this product hands down. Scott’s job is to get along with people and move through the industry circles. And he does that VERY well. He knows everyone and we are lucky to have him. He’s referring to this as, “strange”. I’m referring to it as bullshit.  He’s just being …