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Another 12-Gauge AR15

Wilkinson Tactical, LLC introduced what it calls “the first major innovation in tactical shotgun in years.” The CR-12 brings the proven Stoner M-16 design to a 12-gauge platform, with improvements to safety, performance and reliability. This12-gauge 2 ¾ inch semi-automatic, box magazine-fed AR-type shotgun has an 18.5 inch barrel, adjustable stock, free floating hand guard and tactical sling ring. Other …

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Unique ARs

When I saw the ARs in this booth, all I could think was “Bad-Ass.” Lots of folks like to think of the AR as a gun that’s easily “personalized,” but often that only goes so far as to say you have an assembly of different aftermarket parts from someone else. Unique-ARs has a way of making your AR as personal …

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Hornady’s New All-Range Bullet/Load

Hornady turned to Doppler radar to learn more about its bullets in flight and learned that the polymer tips commonly used in the bullet-making industry sometimes deform, or “slump” in flight, lowering the ballistic coefficient and reducing the bullet’s downrange potential. As a leader in tipped bullet technology, Hornady engineers sought out a new tip material and developed the Extremely …

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New Multi-Caliber Suppressor

With the price of suppressors being as high as they are, wouldn’t it be great if you had one that can do it all and be switched from one firearm to another regardless of caliber? You can pretty much use a larger caliber suppressor on a smaller caliber gun, but the suppression isn’t quite as good. The Optimus Silencer from …

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For The Shooter Who Has Everything (On Earth)–Cabot Guns Debuts Pistol Set Built From Meteorite

Cabot Guns has been producing premiere, state-of-the-art 1911 style pistols constructed to aerospace precision standards since 2011. Now the company has commenced work on extra-terrestrial pistols and will offer a mirror image set constructed from a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite. “We wanted to raise the bar again,” says Cabot founder and President Rob Bianchin, “The pistol set will be a modern …

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Ultra Lightweight AR

At 5.0 pounds with no compromises on materials, 2A-Armament has set out to deliver a factory built, lightweight rifle that combines all of its most popular products into one high quality rifle. The foundation is 2A’s popular BALIOS-lite receiver set, and then they add in every titanium component they make. All of that’s combined with some of the best parts …

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Kimber 2016

Some years at SHOT, Kimber shows some real head turners such as when it got into the pepper spray business with its PepperBlaster and more recently when it introduced the positively sexy Solo semi-auto pistols. This year saw mainly variations on existing models. One new variation is the addition of another the Amethyst Ultra II to Kimber’s Special Edition gem-tone …

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Ruger Ammunition

I first saw these loads at the 2015 SHOT Show under the PolyCase brand, but they have since teamed up with Ruger and in October 2015 launched Ruger Ammunition. This may well be the next generation of premium self-defense ammunition. The new line features PolyCase’s ARX bullet technology–a polymer matrix that performs in a wide range of firearms and is …

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Hot Little Holster

The Hidden Heat Lace II reminded me a lot of a holster-type product I once saw in which you unzipped your fly to whip out your rod. This soft and feminine elastic lace undergarment has ample stretch that comfortably hugs a woman’s curves while offering gentle tummy control. There’s a generous 5″ pocket that holds a wide variety of handguns, …

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SBR Muzzle Brake

EFAB (Enhanced Flash Arresting Brake) from Precision Armament is a unit that combines muzzle control with effective flash suppression even on barrels as short as 10 inches. Its technology uses an innovative configuration of diverging expansion nozzles to both diffuse and cool combustion gases resulting in maximum recoil reduction with minimum concussion to the rear and sides of the shooter …

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T/C Compass

Thompson Center Arms introduced the T/C Compass bolt-action rifle. It will be available in 10 calibers and reportedly won’t break the bank. MSRP is $399 and as of this writing, Centerfire Guns has them listed on their website for $357 (though the guns are not available at this time). The T/C Compass is packed with high-end features including: 5R rifling, …

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New Synthetic Mags — Hexmag

I think it’s safe to say that synthetic AR mags have eclipsed metal ones when it comes to reliability and durability. The latest one on the market that I saw at SHOT Show is from Hexmag. They’re available in black, FDE, OD green or dark gray to match any color scheme and claim to be some of the lightest and …

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The Bersa Thunder Combat Plus New for 2016

The Bersa brand of .380 pistols are pretty popular with folks who like the look of a Walther but don’t have the budget for one. Outwardly, this Argentinian-made pistol imported by Eagle Imports, Inc. greatly resembles the Walther PP or PPK but for hundreds of dollars less. You give up a little in finish for the lower price, but Bersas …

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Magnum Research Animal Print Desert Eagles

The first “colored” handgun I recall came across my desk in the 1990s while I was on the NRA Technical Staff. Springfield sent a 1911 in OD Green and we were all immediately captivated by seeing a gun as familiar as a 1911 with such an unfamiliar appearance. That finish was Cerakote or something like that, but it marked the …

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CORBON’s MPR Rifle Load

CORBON introduced a new MPR-Multi Purpose Rifle load for home defense, general shooting and hunting. The new bullet features a guilding metal jacket with a specially formulated lead core for rapid, violent expansion while minimizing overpenetration. The resin tip combined with the bottail base reduces drag to increase ballistic coefficient to a level CORBON claims is the highest in the …