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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 …

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ADCOR Super 16

ADCOR Defense’s new release for 2016 is the Super-16 A-556 Elite. It has a 14.5″ barrel, but they’ve partnered with SilencerCo Suppressors and are offering a choice of SilencerCo muzzle devices pinned so the barrels are 16.2” and not considered an SBR. Next, ADCOR added a new 13” extended Key-Mod three-piece hand guard. The rifle comes in standard anodized black, …

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Pioneer Airbow From Benjamin

Wow have things changed in airguns since my youthful days of BB gun wars! Benjamin is now owned by Crosman Corporation, and people hunt big game with big bore air rifles! When we were kids, we used to stick all kinds of things down the bores of our air rifles—loose shot, toothpicks—anything that would fit, just to see what would …

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Howa Rifles At SHOT – Best Kept Secret

When it comes to really accurate out-of-the-box rifles there are brands such as Savage that have earned a reputation for offering accuracy above and beyond what their retail price suggest is capable. Another one of those brands that punches above its weight is Howa from Legacy Sports International. I’m personally so impressed with Howa that when I married my wife …

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March 5-40x The Highest Power Ratio Scope?

It was a big deal when variable scopes came on the market, and an even bigger deal when Redfield broke the barrier of increasing magnification more than the power of three when it introduced a 3-12x scope in the 1990s. It was a big deal because changing power involves things physically moving inside the scope, and there is only so …

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Coonan Goes .45 ACP

When you think of Coonan, you think of its legendary 1911-based .357 Magnum pistols. At SHOT, the company introduced a new 1911 pistol chambered in .45 ACP that will begin shipping second quarter this year. The new.45 ACP pistol has all of the signature “Coonan Difference” features including linkless barrel, pivoting trigger and external extractor. The linkless barrel is claimed …

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Zeiss VICTORY V8 Riflescope

Carl Zeiss Sports Optics introduced the new VICTORY V8 riflescope line at SHOT Show. Models include 1-8×30, 1.8-14×50, 2.8-20×56 and 4.8-35×60. The scope has outstanding image quality and optical resolution from its fluoride HT glass system, and a massive 36mm tube that just sucks in light. Another cool feature is its pinpoint illuminated dot that has only 3 millimeter subtension …