September 23, 2010
A quick look at some of the new guns from Day 2 of the 2010 SHOT Show.
Benelli MR1 5.56
The ultra-reliable ARGO (Auto-Regulating-Gas-Operated) system used by the U.S. Military has been incorporated into the new Benelli MR1, and now can be the centerpiece of an effective home defense plan. The MR1 rifle, Benelli's latest offering, is chambered in 5.56mm NATO (.223 Rem.) and uses the battle-proven ARGO system — the same system developed by Benelli for the M1014 and used for over a decade in multiple conflicts by the United States Marine Corps.
The sights are a military-style ghost ring aperture, adjustable for windage and elevation in the field, using only a cartridge rim. A Picatinny rail allows mounting of both conventional and night-vision sights, while retaining metallic-sight capability. All steel parts are black phosphated and aluminum parts are hard-anodized in a matte finish for low visibility and corrosion resistance. The Benelli MR1 carbine comes standard with a five-round magazine, and can also accept standard M16/AR15 magazines. An optional Picatinny tri-rail fore-end kit is available for mounting a laser aiming device, front handle, illuminator and other accessories.
The MR1 features a stainless steel, self-cleaning piston that operates directly against the proven rotating bolt, thereby eliminating the need for complex linkages found on other inferior gas systems. This piston-driven system (ARGO), perfected by Benelli, incorporates a gas port located just forward of the chamber where the gases are hotter and cleaner, resulting in less fouling and more reliable cycling.
Benelli MR1 5.56
Black Hills 6x45
The 6x45 is simply a .223/5.56 necked up to 6mm caliber.
Black Hills introduced a 6x45 mm loaded with either a 100-grain Sierra Spitzer at 2600 fps, or an 85 grain Sierra GameKing at 2700 fps. The 6x45 is simply a .223/5.56 necked up to 6mm caliber. That means the cartridge is ideally suited to the AR-15 platform and allows the use of heavier bullets with no loss of magazine capacity. Lighter varmint loadings are expected to follow initial loadings.
Bushnell XLT Riflescopes
Bushnell has redesigned its top selling line of Trophy series scopes for 2010 with a host of new upgrades. The new Trophy XLT scopes feature fully multi-coated lenses that provide an incredible 91% light transmission.
The new Euro design windage and elevation knobs are finger adjustable for quick and easy sight-in or in the field changes.
The scopes have a new stylish sleeker design with slimmed down bells, a new integrated saddle and a redesigned, easy-to-operate power change ring with the magnification numbers facing the shooter for faster in the field adjustments.
The new Euro design windage and elevation knobs are finger adjustable for quick and easy sight-in or in the field changes. The windage cap features the new Trophy XLT logo. Each new Trophy XLT scope also comes with a set of Butler Creek flip open caps.
The new CZ 455 is the next generation of the CZ bolt action rimfire. The 455 model will eventually consolidate all of the receivers currently used in the 452 line into one common platform. This, combined with the new interchangeable barrel system of the CZ 455, will allow the user to easily change the stock configuration as well as the caliber of their rifle. The 455 retains the accuracy and quality of the adjustable trigger, hammer forged barrel and billet machined receiver from the CZ 452. Improvements that the 455 brings include new manufacturing technology and tighter tolerances for improved accuracy and smoother operation. The American model is the first to see the benefits of the change from 452 to 455. Other configurations will be making the conversion soon.
The 455 retains the accuracy and quality of the adjustable trigger, hammer forged barrel and billet machined receiver from the CZ 452.
Federal Premium Component Bullets
Federal's Premium line was introduced in 1977 and continues to offer some of the best bullets available. There are now over 180 Premium centerfire rifle options for hunters and shooters of all types, and now those bullets are available to handloaders.
There are now over 180 Federal Premium centerfire rifle options for hunters and shooters of all types, and now those bullets are available to handloaders.
Trophy Bonded Bear Claw has long been considered one of the top bullets for big game, as well as large and dangerous game. More recently, Trophy Bonded Tip has combined several technologies to offer hunters improved performance. Those technologies include a jacket bonded to the core for high weight retention, neon polymer tip and boat-tail design for flat trajectory and improved accuracy, and nickel-plated bullet for corrosion protection.
The FNAR is now available with 16" cold hammer forged MIL-SPEC fluted barrel with a hard-chromed bore and target crown barrel. This extremely accurate semi-automatic rifle has an ambidextrous magazine release button that drops the detachable 20, 10 or 5 round steel box magazine (DBM). A one-piece receiver mounted MIL-STD 1913 optical rail comes standard for unlimited optics choices and also features three rails on the stock's fore-end for mounting tactical lights or lasers.
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A one-piece receiver mounted MIL-STD 1913 optical rail comes standard for unlimited optics choices and also features three rails on the stock's fore-end for mounting tactical lights or lasers.
Hornady 7.62x39 and 5.45x39
Hornady will offer both of these highly demanded cartridges for 2010.
Hornady will offer both 7.62c39 and 5.45x39 cartridges for 2010.
Both the 7.62x39 and the 5.45x39 feature high-quality, lacquer-coated steel cases with non-corrosive berdan primers. Each cartridge is loaded with Hornady V-MAX bullets and carefully chosen propellants, and all loading is done at the Hornady factory. The 7.62x39 is stoked with a 123-grain V-Max with a muzzle velocity of 2350 fps, while the 5.45x39 is still in development and ballistics were not available at press time. It is reported to boasts a 60-grain V-Max bullet.
Redfield Scopes--American Made
Built in Oregon for American hunters, Redfield's new line of Revolution riflescopes offers an unmatched array of optical, mechanical and functional features in the commonly affordable $130 retail price range. The Revolution comes in 2-7x33mm, 3-9x40mm, 3-9x50mm and 4-12x40mm models, each with a black matte finish and either a 4-Plex or Accu-Range reticle.
The Revolution comes in 2-7x33mm, 3-9x40mm, 3-9x50mm and 4-12x40mm models, each with a black matte finish and either a 4-Plex or Accu-Range reticle.
Key features include: Illuminator Lens System with premium lenses and vapor-deposition multi-coatings for a bright, crisp sight picture designed to provide superior light transmission in the critical low-light/blue wavelength conditions that are often present when game is most active; Accu-Trac windage and elevation adjustment system with resettable precision stainless steel 1/4-MOA finger click adjustments for superior repeatability and reliability; Rapid Target Acquisition (RTA) lockable eyepiece to help the hunter quickly find the "sweet spot" behind the scope and shoot with greater accuracy; and Accu-Range reticle option provides hold points to 500 yards for simple, long-range shooting precision.
The AUG/A3 SA USA was engineered specifically with the American marksman in mind, and it incorporates all the features that AUG aficionados have always desired.
Two decades after it was banned from importation, the venerated and much-sought-after Steyr AUG has made its triumphant return to firearm stores across America. Now built stateside by Steyr subcontractor Sabre Defense — legendary for its tactical rifles and its unrivaled M2HB and Minigun barrels currently in use by the U.S. military — under the watchful eyes and to the exacting tolerances of Austrian engineers, the new Steyr AUG/A3 SA USA made its debut at the 2009 SHOT Show and is now available in 5.56x45mm.
After the importation ban in 1989, the legendary AUG/A1 frequently commanded in excess of $5,000, but the svelte, utilitarian Austrian bullpup in its upgraded, modern A3 configuration is now available at a fraction of that. With an overall length of 28.15 inches including its 16-inch heavy barrel, the uncompromising, clean-running AUG/A3 SA USA measures 8 inches shorter than an AR-15 carbine with a comparable barrel length and an extended stock, making the AUG the ultimate home-defense or ranch rifle. And while the AR-15's often maligned gas-impingement system expels a large quantity of operational gas — and all the accompanying carbon and unburned powder — directly into the bolt carrier within the receiver, all gas used to cycle the utterly reliable short-stroke gas-piston AUG design exits the system within an inch of the barrel's gas port. The new AUG/A3 SA USA also has two gas adjustment settings.
The AUG/A3 SA USA was engineered specifically with the American marksman in mind, and it incorporates all the features that AUG aficionados have always desired in the platform. An innovative muzzle brake design tames recoil exceptionally effectively, providing for accurate second shots on target. The new last-round bolt-hold-open feature provides a subtle "feel" indication that the magazine is empty, and after a magazine change, the low-profile bolt release is conveniently located on the left side of the stock. The redesigned charging handle, forward on the left side of the receiver, also serves as a forward assist.
The most obvious departure from the AUG of two decades ago is the lack of an integral optical sight. In keeping with its A3 designation, the new AUG is of a flat-top design with a marked, 25-position Picatinny rail. This makes sighting options almost limitless — from low-powered, long-eye relief optics to high-powered scopes to iron sights or even a combination of both. AUG purists need not fret; a Picatinny version of the original integrated Austrian "donut reticle" 1.5X optical sight is also available from Steyr Arms. A smaller side rail also has been added for the integration of one of the many illumination or laser devices on the market.
Of course, the AUG/A3 SA USA has all the classic features and benefits that established it as the pinnacle of modern rifle design, including expedited disassembly as well as simple conversion to left-hand operation, which requires replacement of the standard bolt with the optional left-eject bolt. It also features a quick-change barrel with a collapsible forward grip. The AUG/A3 SA USA includes two transparent polymer 30-round magazines, a cleaning kit that stores in the rifle's buttstock, a factory sling, a soft carry case and an owner's manual.
The patented Silent-Tek finish on the Vanguard HB-ST provides a unique textured "sure-grip" for positive handling.
Weatherby Vanguard Synthetic HB-ST
Weatherby showed a new Vanguard Synthetic HB-
ST bolt-action rifle. The patented Silent-Tek finish on the Vanguard HB-ST provides a unique textured "sure-grip" for positive handling and the ultimate in quiet concealment in the field. Recoil is mitigated using a low density recoil pad. Barrel is 22 inches, #3 contour with matte black finish and fully recessed target crown. The trigger is factory tuned and fully adjustable. Chamberings are .223 Rem. and .308 Win.
Weaver Steel Tube K4
To celebrate Weaver's 80th Anniversary the optics team is offering a return of its legendary K4 steel tube scope. Just like the original K-Series Weaver scopes, this commemorative scope also features all the benefits of modern technology combined with the styling of the original. For those who love the nostalgia of bygone years, this limited production scope is a must-have optic.
For those who love the nostalgia of bygone years, this limited production scope is a must-have optic.
Collectors take note-- in 2010, Winchester Ammunition will pay tribute to Oliver Winchester's 200th birthday by introducing the new Oliver F. Winchester commemorative line in .22 Long Rifle, .45 Colt and .30-30 Win. A limited edition Model 1894 centerfire rifle will be introduced in 2010 in honor of the Winchester name as well.
The Oliver F. Winchester limited edition cartridges feature nickel-plated shell casings bearing a special "OFW" head stamp.
The Oliver F. Winchester limited edition cartridges feature nickel-plated shell casings bearing a special "OFW" head stamp. All of the offerings come in collectable vintage packaging and a biography of the man who helped "Win the West."
The .22 Long Rife is loaded with a 40 grain plated lead round nose, the .45 Colt cartridge with a 250 grain lead round nose and the .30-30 Win. with a 150 grain Power Point.
"We should all appreciate the path that Oliver Winchester created for not only our company but the shooting sports industry," said Dick Hammett, president of Winchester Ammunition. "Oliver Winchester was a pioneer and he left a legacy that we are proud to uphold. Without a doubt he's one of the most famous names in the shooting sports industry and it's only fitting that we pay tribute to his success during the year of his 200th birthday."