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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 …

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SeeAll Sight

I saw this slick little sight in the SHOT Show New Products center. It’s hard to describe, but the SeeAll is kind of like an RMR or “window” sight in that you don’t have to have your eye perfectly aligned behind it to aim accurately and you can use it on rifles, handguns or shotguns. It uses fiber optic technology …

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Black Hills Had Wicked Looking Xtreme Defense Loads

The .38 Special snub nosed revolver is one of the more popular and probably the most reliable self-defense tools available. The problem is that because of its short barrel, most ammunition until now did not perform well at the velocities attainable in a snubbie. That’s why we see several manufacturers offering loads specifically for short-barrels handguns. Black Hills Ammunition, working …

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Boyds’ Savage A17 Hardwood Replacement Stocks

I’m a big fan of Boyds gunstocks because they’re made well, are reasonably priced and usually drop right in. I’m also a recent fan of Savage’s Model A17 .17 HMR semi-auto rimfire. “Our friends at Savage hit a homerun with the A17,” said Dustin Knutson, General Manager at Boyds. My only complaint about the A17 is it’s stock, and I’m …

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80% Glock-Compatible Pistol Frames

There has been a surge of interest in the past few years in shooters buying AR-15 lower receivers that are 80-percent finished, and then doing the final milling themselves. At SHOT Show, a company called Polymer80, known for its approach to 80% frames and full “do-it-yourself” rifle builds, showed the industry’s first 80% polymer pistol frame. Aptly named the “Spectre,” …

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New BATFE Approved Barrel On Thompson Semi-Auto Carbine

For more than 100 years, the “Chicago Typewriter” has been a favorite among collectors and shooting enthusiasts. Now, Kahr Firearms Group has given the semi-auto version a more authentic look with the introduction of its new barrel design on the Thompson T1-14 carbine. The barrel length is just 16 1/2 inches, 1 1/2 inches shorter than the existing T1 models …

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Smart Phone Wind Meter by Nikon

This is cool. Nikon launched a Spot On Ballistic Wind Meter that plugs directly into the headphone port found on almost all smart phones. The Spot On Wind Meter takes an accurate reading of the wind speed and direction and inputs the data directly into Nikon’s Spot On Ballistic Match Technology App on your phone. The app is free to …

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AR in .300 Win. Mag.

At SHOT Show, FALKOR DEFENSE called its carbon fiber PETRA .300 Win. Mag. the “apex” of the magnum AR class. It’s equipped with a 20” cut rifled PROOF Research carbon fiber barrel and offers accuracy that FALKOR says has never been experienced in a production AR. It’s built with FALKOR’s patented ambidextrous billet receiver and proprietary recoil reduction system. Unlike …

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IWI US Introduces TAVOR SAR In .300 Blackout

The .300 Blackout cartridge has gained enough popularity that IWI US, Inc. showed its highly popular TAVOR SAR as a dedicated .300 Blackout bullpup. This bullpup was deemed “Rifle of the Year” by the NRA’s American Rifleman magazine and for those who already own a TAVOR SAR in 5.56 NATO or 9mm, a .300 Blackout conversion kit will also be …

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Underfold Stocks for Ruger 10/22 rifles

Here was a cool little aftermarket gizzy for when you want to pack down a Ruger 10/22 rifle but don’t want to buy one of Ruger’s takedown versions. Underfold Stocks, LLC is making this underfolding stock in the USA. The company offers a variety of stocks with angled and straight arms and for all 10/22 barrel types. The patented design …

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FX-H Polymer 1911

American Tactical pioneered the Omni Hybrid MAXX Series of polymer AR-15s and now has a new FX-H Hybrid 1911 handgun in this line of polymer-based firearms.

The FX-H 1911 has a polymer frame with two metal inserts at the stress points while keeping the overall weight of this full-frame 1911 down to 1.6 lbs. making the FX-H possibly the lightest full-size …