The National Shooting Sports Foundation’s (NSSF) 41st Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT), wrapped up its four-day run with many successes. While the pain of a lackluster introduction of new firearms was felt by many, the industry showed it was laying the groundwork for the next generation with a record number of new exhibitors the Suppliers Showcase and an innovative Pop-Up Preview that proved to be a hit with buyers.
The show, which ran Jan. 22-25 at the Sands Expo Center, showcased products used for target shooting, hunting, outdoor recreation and law enforcement purposes. More than 58,000 industry professionals attended with the number of exhibiting companies exceeding 2,400, a new record. Their booths covered more than 692,000 net square feet of exhibit space. The show was expected to pump approximately $90 million in non-gaming revenue into the Las Vegas economy.
The Supplier Showcase, which began two years ago, more than doubled in size to 540 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The growth of this section is expected to continue and is a major reason SHOT Show will expand to exhibit space at the MGM Grand Conference Center in 2020. The new one-day Pop-Up Preview gave visibility to more than 230 new exhibitors displaying clothing, footwear, camping and other hunting and outdoor gear.
At the NSSF State of the Industry presentation, NSSF CEO Steve Sanetti said that industry is too often negatively portrayed in the media and that its many programs that promote safety—such as Project ChildSafe and Operation Secure Store—are not sufficiently acknowledged for helping to stop firearms accidents, thefts and misuse. “We are resolved to not let our many good works go unnoticed or be wrongly credited to others, and we will not be defined by others,” Sanetti said.
Sanetti, who will retire at year’s end, was presented the NSSF Ken Sedlecky Lifetime Achievement Award by NSSF Board of Governors Chairman Bob Scott and new NSSF President Joe Bartozzi.
The show, marking its 10th straight year at the Sands Expo Center, attracted attendees from 111 countries. Some 12.5 miles of aisles led to displays of firearms, ammunition, accessories, optics, knives, gun safes, apparel and law enforcement equipment, among other categories. More than 400 companies displayed products in the show’s New Product Center, sponsored by U.S. Concealed Carry Association. In a continuing effort to provide space for companies on the exhibitor waiting list, the NEXT Pavilion gave first-time vendors welcome visibility and potential new customers.
“This SHOT Show was marked by innovative strategies to provide opportunities to new exhibitors while maintaining the quality experience for longtime exhibitors,” said Chris Dolnack, NSSF Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “The SHOT Show team works year-round to produce a high-quality show, and that effort again paid off.”
The show drew excellent reviews from exhibitors and attendees.
Daniel Defense’s Matt Allbritton was greatly pleased with the 2019 SHOT Show. “We are so excited about the release of our new Delta 5 bolt-action rifle, and we’ve had an incredible turnout here at our booth, with folks lining up to see the new rifle.”
Kevin Michalowski of the U.S. Concealed Carry Association said, “Traffic was very high at our booth, and we’re all very happy about that.”
At Head Down Firearms, maker of modern sporting rifles, Adam Williams said, “It’s our first year at SHOT Show, and it’s been an incredible experience. The booth traffic was consistent and especially heavy in the morning and late afternoon.”
Chris Tedford of True Velocity—makers of composite-cased ammunition—was pleased with this year’s turnout of buyers and said his booth was busy the entire show. “Being at SHOT has given us not only a good number of new customers, but has also presented us with some new business opportunities,” Tedford said.
SHOT Show, the largest trade show of its kind in the world, credentials approximately 2,400 members of the media.
The SHOT Show’s official opening on Tuesday was preceded by many events, including the 5th Annual NSSF/HAVA Golf Classic on Sunday in support of Honored American Veterans Afield, which works to aid the healing process of military veterans through hunting and other shooting sports activities. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised in support of this effort since the golf outing began in 2015.
Monday saw some of the SHOT Show’s most popular pre-show events—SHOT University, an education forum for retailers; Industry Day at the Range, an opportunity for media and buyers to experience hands-on testing of products; and the Executive Management Seminar, providing business information to executives and rising managers. Another special event at the show focused on industry’s firearms safety education program Project ChildSafe. The Women of the Gun event brought together women who are influential in helping the program promote its “Own It? Respect It. Secure It.” message and included Olympic shooters, world champions, hunting TV show hosts and many others.
“We are very pleased with the outcome of the 2019 SHOT Show, particularly how our new offerings like the Pop-Up Preview were received,” said NSSF President Joe Bartozzi. “We want all our attendees and sponsors to know that our dedication to listening to their feedback, innovating at SHOT Show and working hard to improve the show experience for everyone will continue.”
Preparations have already begun for next year’s 42nd SHOT Show, which is slated for January 21-24, 2020.
The Delta is a polymer-framed, striker-fired pistol that has capacity, specs, and dimensions very close to the Glock 19. This is a smart move by Arex, as the Glock 19 has a profile with a broad appeal and is one of the most popular handguns of all time. While it took manufacturers such as Ruger (Security-9) and S&W (M&P Compact 2.0) years to introduce a mid-size model to compete directly with the 19, Arex is getting down to business immediately.
The price further shows that Arex is going to compete: MSRP should be $450 when the gun is introduced. The U.S. market will primarily see safety-free models, but the pictures show that manual safety models will also be available. The safety cutouts will be on the safety-free gun regardless, so this may even be something that a department armorer or gunsmith could possibly add easily via a drop-in lever.
MSRP: $450, www.arex.si/weapons
Springfield Armory 911 9mm — CARRY. FOR LIFE.
Springfield rocked the market with in the introduction of the 911 .380. It was compact, easy shooting and ultra reliable. The 911 quickly became an icon, so it is no surprise that Springfield has given the 911 a bit more punch by offering it in 9mm for 2019.
When you choose to carry concealed, you need a pistol that’s going to seamlessly blend into your daily routine without unnecessary size, weight or inconvenience. The 911 9mm brings you all of the ease and intuitive features that your EDC should have. Unobtrusive, accurate and reliable, and now available in 9mm as a discreet carry and formidable defensive tool.
MSRP: $639-849, www.springfield-armory.com
All New Colt King Cobra
Following Colt’s successful re-entry into the Double-Action Revolver market in 2017, Colt introduces the all-new King Cobra in .357 Magnum. The King Cobra will be available in January 2019 through Colt stocking dealers.
The all-new King Cobra features American Stainless Steel construction, a heavy duty frame with a full lug 3 in. barrel, and the 6-round capacity that differentiates Colt small frame revolvers from the competition. The King Cobra also features the same user-replaceable front sight and Linear Leaf spring trigger (LL2) as the rest of the Cobra family.
MSRP: $899, www.colt.com
Auto-Ordnance Offers Custom 1911 Series
Auto-Ordnance, maker of the famous “Tommy Gun” and other classic firearms throughout history, is proud to offer a series of Custom Commemorative 1911 pistols: the Case Hardened 1911, Victory Girls 1911, Fly Girls 1911, and Squadron 1911. Taking a classic 1911 to the next level without diminishing its history is no easy feat, but adding an even more classic finish formally raises the bar. Auto-Ordnance has done just that with the new GI Series 1911 with “case hardened” finish.
This time honored tradition of working steel produces distinct and unique patterns of color long sought after by firearms aficionados. The Auto-Ordnance Case Hardened 1911s are each a work of art, covered in a beautiful, swirling finish. Beneath the colorful surface is an all-steel, 5 inch, “GI” pattern 1911 pistol, chambered in powerful .45 ACP. The grips are checkered wood with the “US” military logo.
Magnum Research Offers New 429 DE Mark XIX
Magnum Research is offering the 429 DE Mark XIX pistol, along with barrels and ammunition, for a full product lineup in the recently introduced 429 DE cartridge. The 429 DE pistol has a stainless steel slide, a stainless steel frame with Picatinny bottom rail, and a 6″ stainless steel barrel with integral muzzle brake and black appointments. The pistol ships with a .50AE 7-round magazine and has an MSRP of $2,143. The 429 DE pistol (DE429SRMB) is now shipping and available for order. The 429 DE Mark XIX spare barrels with Picatinny style accessory rails are available in a variety of finishes. The barrels are 6″ and are compatible with any MK19 USA or Israel Desert Eagle Pistol with a wide .830” rail on top of the barrel and uses a 50AE magazine and bolt. Barrels will be available in the following options: carbon steel with Black finish, MSRP $425 (BAR4296); carbon steel with Burnt Bronze Cerakote™, MSRP $482 (BAR4296BB); carbon steel with Brushed Chrome finish, MSRP $529 (BAR4296BC); carbon steel with Polished Chrome finish, MSRP $529 (BAR4296PC); stainless steel with integral muzzle brake, MSRP $482 (BAR4296SRMB).
Look out PMR-30 there is a new kid on the block looking to take you out of the top spot! Kel-Tec’s new CP33 pistol quickly makes competitive shooting no contest. The CP33 takes the optic and suppressor host game to the next level, turning long range targets into short range bullseyes.
Hate stopping to reload? The CP33 packs 33 rounds per magazine—with a frame sized magazine! That means nothing sticking out of the bottom of the gun that shouldn’t be there. Not running an optic? No problem, the fiber optic sights are adjustable for elevation and windage to make the CP33 the complete package.
MSRP: $475, www.keltecweapons.com
Glock G48 ($580)
The G48 in caliber 9mm Luger is of similar length and height as the G19 but the width of the pistol is reduced for increased concealability and high carrying comfort. The magazine capacity of the slim 01 magazine of the G48 is 10 rounds. It comes with a silver colored nPVD coated slide with front serrations.
MSRP: $580, https://us.glock.com
The silver finished slide of the G43X combines its short and slim dimensions to the extended slim frame size of the G48. A perfectly balanced slim fit for nearly all hand sizes with a satisfying magazine capacity and high concealability. The magazine capacity of the slim 01 magazine of the G43X is 10 rounds.
MSRP: $580, https://us.glock.com
Kimber EVO SP
The EVO SP (Two-Tone) is designed to be the ultimate choice in concealed carry pistols. The Two-Tone balances providing all of the necessary features of a true performance grade pistol without the exorbitant price tag. The Two-Tone features factory installed TruGlo Tritium Pro sights, a smooth and consistent trigger, and match grade deep crown barrel. The Two-Tone also offers a full grip and backstrap set to tailor the pistol to your hand size for ultimate control and comfort.
MSRP: $856, www.kimberamerica.com
Trouble is unpredictable. It shows up without warning. It rears its ugly head when and where you least expect it. Trouble has no conscience. No regrets. No remorse. So be prepared. And be protected.
Introducing the MC1sc Subcompact 9mm Pistol by Mossberg. Combining optimal shootability with superior ergonomics, the MC1sc features an optimized grip angle for easier targeting, a flat-profile trigger for an improved pull, and our exclusive Safe Takedown System: a design that does not require the user to pull the trigger during the disassembly process. The MC1sc Subcompact 9mm Pistol. Be ready to strike back.
Check out our full Range Report on Mossberg’s MC1sc.
The MC1sc was built for concealment with its slim, dehorned profile that allows for a snag-free draw. Weighing only 22 ounces fully loaded, its lightweight and durable polymer construction is perfect for everyday carry. And with its grip palm swell, the MC1sc will feel natural and comfortable in your hand. Grip panels are integrated with aggressive texturing for added control. It all adds up to the ultimate concealed carry firearm.
MSRP: $425, www.mossberg.com
When SIG announced the XCOMPACT, it did not raise many eyebrows. After all, we’ve already seen the full-size P320 X-Five, and X-VTAC, and their smaller cousin, the X-Carry. What would make this different?
Similar to the X-Carry, the XCOMPACT features X-Ray3 night sights and comes optic-ready for the Romeo 1T, Romeo 2, and Deltapoint Pro. The XCOMPACT also has the same flat trigger that the X-series is known for. Essentially, it’s a smaller version, with dimensions just fractionally less than the X-Carry: a 3.6 inch barrel instead of a 3.9, 7.0 inches long instead of 7.4, 5.3 inches high instead of 5.5. Somewhat closer to the size of the P320 Subcompact than the RX Compact, and in the size neighborhood of the Glock 19, it boasts a 15-round flush-fit magazine.
The exciting new feature, though, is a completely re-engineered grip module. The X-series of P320s are known for a grip module radically different from the original P320 – blockier, with a more pronounced beavertail, a detachable magazine well, and a removable weight. Unlike the original P320, the X-series grip came in only one size, and that’s what we saw in all of the X-series to date.
MSRP: 699, www.sigsauer.com
Stoeger STR-9 ($350)
Stoeger brings an earned reputation for durable, dependable shotguns to the world of semiautomatic pistols with the new STR-9. This striker-fired 9mm comes packed with features you’d expect in a pistol costing twice as much. Its integrated rail, internal safety, reversible magazine release, optimized slide serrations, three-dot sight system and enhanced ergonomics deliver consistent performance and comfort.
- Enhanced ergonomics and designed grip surfaces deliver consistent performance and comfort. The outfitted 3-dot sight system features snag-resistant edges to ensure smooth draws and holstering.
- Aggressive slide serrations ensure a firm grip in any weather for rapid cycling of the STR-9 with or without gloves.
- The low bore axis reduces muzzle jump to get you back on target quickly after each shot.
- The crisp, clean-breaking trigger with internal safety gives a reliable shooting experience.
- Change the magazine release to left or right operation to fit your shooting style.
- Tailor the STR-9’s fit to your hand by using one of the three interchangeable backstraps. A comfortable, custom fit will help get you on target more quickly.
MSRP: $350, www.stoegerindustries.com
For experienced competition shooters or beginners, having a .22 LR training pistol can do wonders for learning and improving the basic fundamentals of handgunning. For 2019, Taurus expanded its handgun lineup with the introductions of the TX22. The TX22 was designed to provide custom-level features, such as an improved trigger, increased magazine capacity, and ergonomics, in a budget-priced platform.
“The TX22 is impressive because it’s truly ready to go from the factory,” said USPSA Grand Master and Taurus Team Shooting Captain Jessie Harrison. “Being able to purchase a pistol that requires zero modification and is match-ready is most appealing as a competitor.”
From the ground up, the Taurus TX22 is built as a platform that’s accessible and comfortable for a range of shooters. The development process started with the frame of the pistol, which emerged into its unique shape through two years of research and design work. At the end, company designers emerged with a unique, ergonomic feel that guides shooters toward an ideal wrist position, as well as fitting a wide range of hand sizes.
MSRP: $349, www.taurususa.com
Walther Arms Q5 Match SF
The new Q5 Match from Walther is built for the competitive shooter. Built around our award winning PPQ platform, the Q5 Match SF features an optics ready slide that comes with a Trijicon RMR, Leupold Delta Point, and Docter Optics ready mounting plate in addition to the standard competition iron sights. The beautiful new addition to the Q5 Match family features an expertly manufactured precision Steel Frame offering added weight to an already proven platform. Along with a ported slide and the Carl Walther signature ergonomics, and a blue quick defense trigger, the Q5 SF is the flattest shooting model to date.
This is our big time gun. It’s not for everybody,” Osborne said while pointing out the $1,400 price point. “This is not a gun that your normal guy is going to up and grab. This is a gun that you buy to make your friends envious. That pushes the limits of performance when you get down on the range.
The 9mm design replaces the polymer frame and the internal guide rod of the original model by constructing it entirely out of steel. While the change adds an extra pound to the gun, it results in smoother, faster shooting. Osborne explained they tested the differences between the polymer-framed Q5 and the all-steel one with Walther’s pro shooters. Looking at timed-match shots of 20 rounds the average split dropped from 0.75 seconds to 0.4.
MSRP: $1,499, www.waltherarms.com
Springfield 911 Alpha
The Springfield Armory 911 Alpha features an optimized frame-to-slide-to-trigger guard relationship that creates a uniquely comfortable, intuitive, and accurate shooting experience for a pistol of its size. the crisp, short-reset, 5-pound, polymer trigger ensures a light, yet responsive, pull for reassuring precision, while the loaded chamber indicator provides a visual and tactile indicator of the guns condition. The extended thumb safety encourages easy manipulation of the safety under life-threatening situations where fine motor skills can be compromised under stress. A fiber optic front sight and white, two-dot rear sight allows for quick and clear target acquisition.
To keep the gun invisible until needed, the frame measures 5.5 inches long and less than 4 inches high, with a smooth profile that’s undetectable under clothing. The new 911 Alpha is crafted of 7075 T6 anodized hard-coat aluminum—the same material used in combat-ready firearms like Springfield’s renowned SAINT AR-15 rifles and pistols. Cross Cannon polymer grips and vertical line texturing on the front strap and mainspring housing provide additional traction and a secure hold on the pistol. The 2.7-inch, 416R stainless barrel gives this small gun amazing accuracy at greater than confrontation distance. A full-length guide rod with flat wire spring enhance control and soften recoil. The 911 Alpha is available in Stainless or Black Nitride and ships with a flush 6-round magazine.
MSRP: $429, www.springfield-armory.com
Hi-Point will be introducing a new pistol in latter half of 2019. As of the 2019 SHOT Show, it does not actually have an official name yet. The new 9mm high capacity (also new for Hi-Point) compact pistol will have a threaded barrel and many new features. This is not an old model with a few tweaks like the latest version of someone’s 1911. This is an entirely new pistol of a more contemporary design, and yet, it will retain Hi-Point’s affordable pricing, reliability, robust construction, accuracy, and owner following lifetime warranty.
Hi-Point is not a model flipping company and it has been years since Hi-Point’s last new pistol design was unveiled. Hi-Point’s thought process is basically, if it works well and people can afford it, then it works well! However, Hi-Point’s new owner wanted a more contemporary compact high-capacity pistol that is still Hi-Point affordable, robust, reliable and accurate.
This Stealth prototype stage and our media relations firm could not even get an image of it. However, there will be 3D printed models at the 2019 SHOT Show booth 16144 for examination–bring your 3D printed ammo and we will shoot at 3D printed targets, bet someone does that!
Springfield SAINT Victor
The SAINT Victor series of rifles and pistols from Springfield Armory are designed to give you everything you need on a premium defensive firearm, right out of the box.
Weighing in at 6.9 lbs, the lower receiver on the SAINT Victor Rifle is Accu-Tite tension-bonded to a flat-top forged upper receiver and features a 16” CMV barrel that is Melonite finished inside and out for the ultimate in corrosion resistance. The rock-solid, patent-pending M-Lok free-float 15” handguard protects the mid-length gas system and provides plenty of space for accessory attachment.
Unlike many AR rifles on the market today, SAINT Victor Rifles feature a pinned low-profile gas block, a must-have on a professional use defensive rifle. Also included are spring-loaded flip-up sights, an incredibly crisp, grit-free enhanced nickel-boron coated single-stage flat trigger, and Springfield Armory’s proprietary muzzle brake that eliminates barrel rise and softens recoil. The staked receiver end plate features a QD mount for sling attachment.
MSRP: $1,073, www.springfield-armory.com
Daniel Defense Delta5 Bolt Action!
Designed with the user in mind. Daniel Defense has taken the modularity of the AR platform and integrated it into a one-of-a-kind bolt action rifle. From an interchangeable cold hammer forged barrel to a user-configurable stock, the DELTA 5 features out-of-the-box customization that would normally require professional gunsmithing. Designed for the user that expects more from their rifle, the DELTA 5 provides the ultimate long range shooting experience from the day its purchased. No custom wait time required.
- Barrel: User-interchangeable, stainless steel cold hammer forged to contour
- Action: Mechanically bedded stainless steel action with integral recoil lug
- Bolt: Three-lug bolt with a 60 degree throw and floating bolt head
- Bolt knob: 5/16 – 24″ removable bolt knob
- Trigger: Adjustable single stage Timney Elite Hunter with two position safety (1.5 – 4 lbs)
- Picatinny scope base: 20 MOA/ 5.8 MRAD of elevation with four #10-32 bolts
- Bottom metal: Integrated with pillars and barrier stop
- Ergonomic stock: Constructed of carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer
- Adjustable cheek riser: For preferred height, yaw, and drift
- Configurable buttstock: Offers length of pull and butt pad height adjustments
- Attachment: 14 total M-LOK points along forend with one point on bottom of buttstock
- Quick detach: Three M-LOK QD sling points
- Capacity: Five round PMAG 5 7.62 AC – AICS Short Action magazine included
MSRP: $2,199, delta5.danieldefense.com
Savage MSR 15 Valkyrie
The MSR 15 Valkyrie gets maximum performance from the 224 Valkyrie cartridge, which was developed to deliver supersonic velocities past 1,300 yards, extremely flat trajectories and match accuracy. The competition-ready MSR 15 Valkyrie gets the most from the cartridge’s unprecedented capabilities with an upgraded 18-inch barrel with 5R rifling and a crisp two-stage trigger. Its Elite Series FDE Cerakote finish forms a tough, protective layer on the upper and lower, and its adjustable mid-length gas system can be customized to specific ammunition for the most reliable cycling.
MSRP: $1,499, www.savagearms.com
Luth AR Build a Palm Handguard AR Kits
Build a Complete AR Kit. These kits contain everything you need to build your own AR except the stripped lower receiver. Each Kit Contains: Fully assembled Upper with Keymod Palm Handguard. Your choice of an MBA-1 Rifle buttstock or an MBA-3 Carbine buttstock. Complete lower parts kit. The kits are available in 16” Lightweight 5.56mm, 18” Mark 12 5.56mm, or 16”, 18”, 20” or 24” Fluted Bull Barrel .223 Rem.
Windham Weaponry 9mm Glock Magazine-Compatible Carbine and Pistol
Windham Weaponry has released two new, long-requested additions to its rapidly expanding line of firearms – a 9mm Glock magazine-compatible carbine and pistol.
“A 9mm Glock magazine-compatible firearm has long been a standing request from Windham customers,” said Mark Eliason, Windham Weaponry’s vice-president of sales and marketing.
Eliason predicted these firearms will be particularly popular with Glock enthusiasts, who can use their existing magazines, and for law enforcement officials. One of the key details of these firearms is the bolt hold back feature – when the last round is fired, the bolt will lock back and stay open, showing that the firearm is unloaded.
Additional features on the rifle include a 16” barrel with Melonite QPQ finish, a 13” Windham Weaponry free-floating M-LOK handguard with a 2” rail section, and a six-position telescoping buttstock. The pistol features a 9” barrel with Melonite QPQ finish, a mil-spec buffer tube, a 7” Windham Weaponry M-LOK free-floating handguard with a 2” rail section, and a five-position SB Tactical arm brace.
MSRP: $1,148, www.windhamweaponry.com
Weatherby Unveils the Limited Edition Mark V Wyoming Commemorative Rifle
Even the venerable Weatherby, could not stand in the onslaught of anti gun legislation in California. Last year, at SHOT Show 2018, Weatherby announced its relocation to Wyoming. One year later, Weatherby is nearing the final steps in the move to Sheridan, WY from Paso Robles, California. Weatherby wants to mark the monumental amount of work that has went into the move. The Wyoming commemorative rifle was designed by the team at Weatherby to honor Wyoming and all that the State has done to assist with the move.
There will be two versions of the Wyoming Commemorative rifles, the Gold and the Silver. Both versions will be chambered in the world famous .300 Weatherby Magnum and will feature the widely recognizable “Bucking Horse and Rider” beautifully engraved on the floor plate. The highly figured walnut stocks ensure a seamless union between rifle and shooter with its raised-comb Monte Carlo design, right-side palm swell and a custom designed mountain scene integrated into the classic fine line checkering.
MSRP: $10,000 Gold / $6,500 Silver, www.weatherby.com
Mauser 18 Available in 6.5 PRC
Recognized for its accuracy and ruggedness at an exceptional price point, this popular hunting rifle is among the first chambered for Hornady’s hot new 6.5 PRC cartridge. The 6.5 PRC is a magnum version of the 6.5 Creedmoor and has a flatter trajectory and higher impact velocity than the 6.5 Creedmoor. Utilizing moderate powder charges that result in repeatable accuracy, low recoil and high velocities with performance well beyond 1,000 yards, the 6.5 PRC is an excellent caliber for F-Class benchrest shooting and hunting medium to large game.
The Mauser 18 is a big seller here in the United States because of its ultimate reliability, durability and accuracy at an unbeatable price point,” said Christian Socher, CEO of Blaser USA. “We wanted to add the 6.5 PRC chambering as an additional caliber option for those who hunt and shoot at longer ranges.
Thanks to its rugged synthetic stock, the Mauser 18 will withstand daily use in even the harshest hunting environments. A three-position safety allows you to safely carry a round in the chamber without fear of the bolt being nudged out of battery. The steel receiver provides core strength and reliability to protect the action, and a cold-hammer-forged barrel gives further peace of mind that the rifle will perform consistently, round after round.
For optimum grip, the stock features two areas of soft-inlay. The five-round magazine enables fast, fuss-free follow-up shots, and an adjustable trigger allows you to set your own preferred pull weight. Clean lines and high-quality materials result in a premium appearance, so that overall, the Mauser 18 has the look and feel of a rifle twice its price.
In addition to the 6.5 PRC chambering, the Mauser 18 is also available in .243 Win, .308 Win, .270 Win, .30-06, 7mm Rem Mag, .300 Win Mag., and 6.5 Creedmoor.
MSRP: $699, www.mauser-usa.com
A bold new design loaded with smart features, the Escort DF12 stands out in an ever-growing world of modern shotguns. This auto-loader is a sporting enthusiast’s dream and is ideal for close-range hunting applications. Using the modern sporting rifle design and capitalizing on adaptable features, the DF12 reaches beyond its potential as a mere shotgun. Its 5-piece multi-choke system accommodates heavy slugs as well as it does light bird shot, making it a great all-around option for a wide variety of game.
With an overall weight of 8.9 lbs., this shotgun is manufactured from tough aircraft grade alloy. The upper and lower receivers are overbuilt with a robust construction that is meant to take a beating. The semi-automatic DF12 runs on a gas-powered system, similar to those found in traditional autoloading shotguns, but without the added bulk of a tube below the barrel.
This 12-gauge magazine fed shotgun is chambered in 3″ magnum and will cycle both 3″ and 2 ¾” loads without hesitation. The DF12 comes outfitted with an Escort standard oxidation-proof, chrome plated, drilled steel barrel. To ensure the utmost strength, each barrel is proof tested at the factory. A muzzle cover protects the barrel and locks the forend into place, adding to the robustness and modularity of this shotgun platform.
MSRP: $699, www.legacysports.com
Escort Dynamax Revolutionizes Operating System
Escort’s Dynamax Semi-Auto Shotgun is a marvel of modern engineering. Designed to be the perfect combination of speed and comfort, the Dynamax is loaded with features that maximize both performance and value.
The Dynamax is outfitted with Escort’s ultramodern, patented Hybrid Cycling System (HCS). It combines the best features from each of the two traditional cycling operating systems, gas and kinetic. The Dynamax will cycle light loads like a traditional gas system but uses much less gas. As a result, recoil is reduced, and the cycle rate is faster and more efficient. With less felt recoil, a shooter acquires targets faster, making follow up shots more effective. Using less gas to cycle the gun also means the Dynamax does not have to be cleaned as frequently. The HCS is easy to break down, making maintenance easier than ever.
MSRP: $699, www.legacysports.com
Benelli Montefeltro Silver Featherweight
Available in 12 and 20 gauge models, the Montefeltro Silver Featherweight gives all the functional advantages of a semi-auto in a shotgun that’s easy to carry all day. Slim and balanced, this gun features a distinctive single-piece, nickel-plated alloy receiver with scroll engravings and gold embellishments. The receiver beautifully complements the walnut satin finish stock and forend, both treated with WeatherCoat for additional durability. The 26-inch (12 gauge) and 24-inch (20 gauge) blued barrels are tipped with a red-bar front sight.
Along with the elegant styling, the Featherweight performs like no other with a shortened forend and magazine and carbon-fiber rib to reduce weight and provide a quick swing to drop fast-flushing birds. The Featherweight also delivers the ultimate in reliability with the Inertia Driven operating system, which provides years of consistent cycling with no adjustments needed.
Weighing just 6.2 pounds (12 gauge) and 5.3 pounds (20 gauge), the Featherweight has been designed to be the ultimate upland shotgun by blending performance, durability and style in a single package. The shotgun comes standard with five extended Crio chokes (C, IC, M, IM, F), choke wrench and a shim kit to adjust drop and cast.
MSRP: $1,769-1,999, www.benelliusa.com
Stoeger M3000 and M3020 Feature Updated Styling
The latest iterations of the M3000 and M3020 retain the reliability and durability hunters have come to depend upon with M3000 shotguns, but with a new look featuring a satin walnut buttstock and forend paired with a Cerakote Burnt Bronze receiver and barrel.
M3000 and M3020 models feature the Inertia Driven System. With fewer moving parts, the Inertia Drive System is the fastest, simplest, cleanest, strongest and most reliable operating system in the world. The Inertia Driven action is contained primarily within the receiver, providing a better, more centered balance and swing. The receiver also stays cleaner longer.
Chambered in 12 gauge and handling a full range of loads, from 2-3/4 up to the potent 3-inch magnum without adjustment, the M3000 can take down turkey, waterfowl and upland game birds. A ventilated, stepped rib and red-bar front sight sit atop the 28-inch barrel for quick target acquisition. The receiver has also been drilled and tapped for mounting Weaver-style optic bases. Three chokes (IC, M, XFT), choke wrench and a shim kit for drop and cast adjustment come standard with the M3000.
The 20-gauge version, the M3020, takes shells from 2-3/4 up to 3-inch magnums without adjustment, making this shotgun a reliable option for turkey, waterfowl and upland species. Weighing 5.7 pounds, the M3020 is quick on the swing while a ventilated, stepped rib and red-bar sight keeps shooters on target. The M3020 comes standard with three choke tubes (IC, M, XFT) and a shim kit for drop and cast adjustments.
MSRP: $649, www.stoegerindustries.com
Benelli Introduces Performance Shop Models of SBE3 for Waterfowl and Turkey
Two years after Benelli changed the shotgun world with the introduction of the Super Black Eagle 3, the brand’s flagship shotgun is now available with significant upgrades from the Benelli Performance Shop and legendary shotgun expert RobRoberts. Designed for specific hunting purposes, the Performance Shop SBE3 Waterfowl shotgun and the Performance Shop SBE3 Turkey shotgun come with features and upgrades for superb handling and performance in the field.
The Performance Shop SBE3 Waterfowl shotgun blends into the surroundings with its Cerakote Midnight Bronze receiver and barrel and OPTIFADE Marsh camo stock and forend. A HiVis CompSight tops the 28-inch barrel that is paired with three RobRoberts chokes and five Benelli chokes. The SBE3 Waterfowl weighs in at a fast-moving7 pounds. To round out the package, extra inserts for the front sight, a Paracord sling and Benelli’s 40-position shim kit that allow the shooter to find their perfect cast and drop come standard with the SBE3 Waterfowl.
Designed specifically for taking down big toms, the Performance Shop SBE3 Turkey shotgun features a pistol grip, Mossy Oak Bottomlands buttstock and forend, mounted and pre-sighted Burris FastFire II red-dot sight and EDM porting for quick follow-up shots. The SBE3 Turkey has a 24-inch barrel and weighs 6.8 pounds. Along with an included pattern test and analysis, the shotgun comes standard with one RobRoberts XFT choke, five Benelli chokes, oil, wrench and manual.
MSRP: $3,199 Waterfowl/$3,399 Turkey, www.benelliusa.com
Franchi Instinct LX
Franchi delivers best-in-class ergonomics and upgraded features in a beautifully styled over-and-under shotgun with the introduction of the Franchi Instinct LX. Available in 12 or 20 gauge, the Instinct LX combines Italian craftsmanship, American styling and Franchi’s rich heritage to produce a fast, reliable and smooth swinging gun for hunters and sport shooters.
The function of this shotgun is only outshined by its looks. An all-steel, case color hardened receiver displays engraved hunting scenes with inlayed gold birds, matching the gold-plated trigger. The overall aesthetic is enhanced with a AA-grade satin walnut Prince of Wales stock complimented by the Schnabel-style forend and rounded pommel with cut checkering.
Vented glossed-blue barrels with extended choke tubes deliver optimal patterning while the vented rib with a red fiber optic front sight keeps shooters on target. A safety-mounted selector switch allows shooters to choose which barrel fires first. All-steel auto ejectors throw spent shells well clear. The shotgun comes with extended choke tubes: improved cylinder, full and modified chokes, as well as a choke wrench for easy exchanges.
MSRP: $1,699, www.franchiusa.com
IFC Bullpup Shotgun
The design of this new shotgun is highly functional and incredibly effective. With the 20” barrel length and 26” overall length, the IFC Bullpup is one of the more compact shotguns on the market today. Chambered for up to three-inch shells, this shotgun was designed for every shooter in any situation and can handle common field loads up to slug, all cycling through a gas operated system. For further stability and accuracy, the IFC Bullpup comes equipped with an adjustable cheek piece and flip up front and rear sights. Too, adding extra value, the IFC Bullpup Shotgun come with a deluxe case, sling, shooting glasses and a removable front grip.
“When we decided to develop a bullpup, we reached out to our preferred dealers and some of our customers to see what they wanted, what we developed will certainly make an impact in the marketplace,” said Tony Mussatto, Owner of IFC. “We couldn’t be happier with the shotgun, it has every detail and every added incentive that our customers wanted.”
Expect to see the IFC Bullpup 12-gauge Shotgun on shelves late first quarter of 2019.
MSRP: $645, www.internationalfirearmcorporation.com
Firebird targets work with rifles, shotguns, pistols, and even archery equipment—delivering unprecedented excitement with sound, flash, and smoke. With Firebird targets, you’ll experience an instant confirmation of shot placement. A hit to the 10 ring will be rewarded with a small pop and flash while a hit to the bullseye is rewarded with chest thundering report!
- Firebird is a ready-to-use Pyrotechnic target and is legal to transport.
- Firebird is not a Binary Target.
- Firebird does not contain Ammonium Nitrate.
- Firebird is the smart alternative to binary targets.
MSRP: $18.49 (10 pack 40mm), www.firebirdtargets.com
Viridian Grip Laser for Springfield 911 9mm
Viridian’s Grip Laser boasts a simple yet intuitive design and activates automatically when the user grips the handgun. Delivering rapid target acquisition when it’s needed most, this grip laser features a highly visible green or red laser, Springfield’s enhanced Mod.2 texturing and convenient constant-on and pulse modes. Like all Viridian laser sights, the grip lasers include an industry-best seven-year limited warranty.
Designed for everyday carry, the Springfield Armory 911 is compact, lightweight, and ergonomic. Its snag-free profile is virtually undetectable under clothing, making it the perfect concealment pistol or backup gun. Featuring an ambidextrous safety, the 911 is crafted with 7075 T6 anodized hard-coat aluminum, the same material used in combat-ready firearms. It is also available with a brushed-satin, matte-finish stainless steel or black Nitride slide.
The XVL2 was developed at the request of special operations customers and is the result of years of R&D. Compact, lightweight, and optimized for use with handguns and PDW’s, the XVL2 features a 400-lumen white light LED, a 300mW infrared illuminator, and both infrared and green aiming lasers co-aligned and slaved together for ease of zeroing in one simple step.
Available in a civilian-legal Class I version as well as a full-power, restricted Class IIIb model for Military and Law Enforcement, the XVL2 utilizes the same proven switching as our X300 series of lights, and can be ambidextrously activated in both momentary and constant-on modes. A mode selector dial allows the selection of illumination and/or aiming lasers, as well as a low-power training setting on the full-power, restricted MIL/LE version. All this capability is powered by a single 123A battery that can be changed from the front, eliminating the need to remove or re-zero the device.
MSRP: $1,349, www.surefire.com
Burris Oracle Bow Sight
The first Burris archery product, and it’s making a huge impact. The built-in rangefinder gives an exact distance to target, the electronic aim point eliminates any gaps between pins, and it instantly calculates the precise aim point for any distance and any angle.
As Outdoor Life Magazine puts it, “If you’re into newfangled electronics that remove a few steps from the bowhunting equation, then the Oracle from Burris might top your gadget wishlist.”
LaserMax Lightning Rail Mounted Laser With GripSense Activation
The “Lightning” is a universal fit rail mounted laser with GripSense Activation Technology. The new laser fits any firearm with at least 1” of accessory rail space and is designed to withstand rigors of everyday concealed carry and hard duty use.
GripSense represents the newest generation of laser activation technology by simplifying the activation process. The user simply grips the firearm, setting off a motion sensor once in the detection zone, which then activates the laser immediately and does not require the user to change their firing grip. Additionally, the Lightning with GripSense Activation Technology includes some significant innovations including a fully programmable operating mode, and up to twenty hours of continuous battery life- safeguarded from inadvertent drain by a ten-minute time out feature. The Lightning will come in Vivid Red or Daytime Green, green being the most visible color to the human eye.
MSRP: $$169/$229 green/red, www.lasermax.com
1791 Leather – Carbon and Premium Gun Leather
“Project Stealth is like no holster you’ve seen before in terms of it’s contemporary, elegant look and exceptional, high-tech performance,” said 1791 Gunleather CEO Ramiro M. Romani. “The patent-pending Project Stealth series of holsters is where luxury, old-world craftsmanship, and the finest quality materials unite to deliver the most intriguing and fashionable EDC holsters ever seen.
“This outside-the-waistband series of holsters is not only lightweight and flexible, but it is extremely durable and aesthetically stunning. Project Stealth represents the perfect marriage between classic and tactical, and will undoubtedly lead the way for many more provocative 1791 Gunleather products in the future.
MSRP: $99, www.1791gunleather.com
Designer Joe Caswell has always been regarded as somewhat of a mad scientist. When he introduced Kinematic technology to the CRKT team, the title was eternalized. One gentle nudge on the upper crossbar activates this completely unique opening mechanism and the blade lunges to life without the user ever losing a firm grasp on the handle. A discrete lever at the base of the handle unlocks the blade, allowing it to retreat into its closed position.
With the advent of Kinematic came its first jaw-dropping application: the Provoke. Modeled after a traditional karambit, the black oxide-finished hawkbill-style blade is forged of a premium D2 steel for high durability and excellent edge retention. The handle is equally as considered. It’s crafted of aircraft-grade 6061 aluminum for supreme toughness, and in true Joe fashion, the pocket clip is also a world’s first—sitting almost completely flush with the handle and likewise activated with light thumb pressure.
How Kinematic Works
Gently nudge the upper crossbar with your thumb—while the rest of your fingers firmly grasp the handle—and the blade lunges to life. Shift the discrete lever at the base of the finger loop and the blade retreats into its closed position.
MSRP: $200, www.crkt.com/provoke
UTG PRO +5 Base Pads and Magwells for Glock Small Frame Pistols
UTG PRO USA Made +5 Capacity Base Pads for Glock small frame pistols feature an extended height and come with an extra power spring for reliable feeding. Precision machined from 6061-T6 aluminum with fully dehorned and melted contours, three color choices are available to include matte black, red, and blue. An externally removable floor plate allows quick access to the magazine’s internals for cleaning and without ever having to remove the base pad from the magazine’s main body. Complementing the +5 base pads are our carry-inspired one-piece Ultra Slim Glock magwells available in the same three matte color options and sharing similar aesthetics and ergonomic considerations.
MagPump 9mm PRO and AR-15 PRO
MagPump is releasing two new loaders that deliver on the company’s promise to handle large capacity, high-frequency magazine loading for 9mm and AR-15 magazines. The two new magazine loaders are a hybrid of MagPump’s existing models and prove to be more robust than the standard units. Both the 9mm PRO and the AR-15 PRO have a lightweight polymer exterior for easy transportation to and from the shooting range, with strong, metal internal components that produce reliable operation while loading hundreds of rounds in one sitting.
“With the success of both our standard 9mm and AR-15 magazine loaders, we wanted to create a second line of loaders that will take a beating from those shooters who are consistently on the range or training,” said Pete Crawford, MagPump President and CEO.
All MagPump models are easy to use and eliminate hand fatigue, reducing magazine loading time by more than 50 percent. Simply load the ammunition in the high-capacity hopper and let MagPump do the rest. The pump-action lever self-sorts ammo and loads 30 rounds in less than 30 seconds. Backed by its lifetime, no-questions-asked guarantee, MagPump magazine loaders are the best in the business and allow shooters to spend more time shooting and less time loading.
MSRP: $249, www.magpump.com
Mantis Tech launches X10 for Elite Shooters
The X10 is a small, powerful precision sensing device that tracks the minutest of movements, collecting thousands of datapoints per second. Once rail-mounted, it analyzes shooter movements, and sends the data over Bluetooth to the MantisX app for smartphones and tablets. With tens of thousands of shooters using Mantis products, including extensive law enforcement and military adoption, then trend is clear: shooters improve faster when using MantisX.
“The X10 unlocks analysis that was never before quantifiable,” says Engineering Manager Chase Roberts. “Recoil analysis, holster draw analysis, rapid fire, multi-target, shooting on the move, and many more capabilities are included in this powerful product. And we’re just getting started.”
As a sampling, the recoil analysis piece will provide quantification and muzzle tracing for the recoil pattern generated by the firearm. “Not only is the recoil analysis of the X10 immensely valuable for assessing the shooter’s recoil management, but it unlocks the ability to subjectively compare different recoil-mitigating devices and techniques,” continues Roberts. “’Which muzzle brake is most effective? What impact does a flash hider have? Does that gun actually shoot flatter?’ are all questions the philosophical side of the gun industry asks. And now we can finally get answers.”
MSRP: $149, mantisx.com
Mission First Tactical Versatile IWB Holsters
MFT’s proprietary Polymer design, technology, and production has developed a laser precise, passive retentive holster that you can the IWB, OWB, & Appendix positions for a right- or left hand shooter.
We created these holsters for the shooter looking for a rugged, durable, precision fitting holster that is versatile and comfortable to wear in a variety of carry positions. It’s also great for shop owners—one holster to do it all.
Laser scanning of the handguns translates to the creation of CAD files from which unneeded elements are eliminated creating less wear and a smoother draw and reholstering. Hand formed in MFT’s plant using Boltaron, MFT has achieved a polymer that offers superior fit and finish with greater wear, chemical and temperature resistance.
Our goal, which we have met, is to provide hand finished holsters each meeting our exacting standards, and we can do that with immediate delivery.
Shooters may customize the retention and cant to their exact liking. The highest quality hardware provides lifetime service. Each unit includes our 1.5″ belt clip, yet other hardware may be easily substituted.
MSRP: $49, www.missionfirsttactical.com
Tasmanian Tiger Modular Pack 45 Plus – Universal Deployment Backpack
The Tasmanian Tiger Modular Pack 45 Plus is a modular, universal deployment backpack with a removable lid. The top-opening of this pack can be height-adjusted or removed altogether. The backpack has a lid compartment and laser cut MOLLE system on the sides and front for the attachment of additional pouches or gear. A removable folded pocket on the front and the main compartment can be extended to provide additional volume.
The interior has hook-and-loop panels for customizing the configuration within. The hip belt is also removable and can be used separately as a Warrior Belt. It also features laser cut MOLLE for attachment of additional gear. The backpack includes three detachable accessory pouches and a detachable weapon holster. Hidden side compression straps give the pack a very clean look while maintaining its functionality. It is made from Cordura 700 denier fabric (the Multicam version is Cordura 500 den).
MSRP: $359, www.tasmaniantigerusa.com
LaserMax H&K VP9 Guide Rod Laser
The LaserMax H&K VP9 Guide Rod Laser emits a bright red aiming point that enables fast and accurate target acquisition while dramatically increasing the speed of follow-up shots.
“We are very pleased to extend the number of brands we provide guide rod laser solutions for. The H&K VP9 guide rod laser extends our dominance and continued leadership in laser deployment technologies”, said Kurt Worden Director of Sales for LaserMax Products.
“As Rugged as the Gun,” the LaserMax Guide Rod Laser sight system replaces the factory spring guide and recoil spring with a ruggedized laser assembly that incorporates the diode, electronics and battery source. Because it is housed completely within the firearm, installation of the sight does not restrict holster choice or effect grip ergonomics in any way.
MSRP: $359 (estimate), www.lasermax.com
600 Lumen SureFire XR1 Compact Weaponlight
The new, rechargeable XR1, is a quantum leap forward in SureFire’s ultra-compact WeaponLight series.
The XR1 delivers twice the lumen output of our XC WeaponLights. Its recoil-proof LED produces 600 lumens to a distance of 80 meters, while SureFire’s MaxVision Beam technology ensures a smooth, rounded beam that is optimized for the human eye, with plenty of surround light for ideal situational awareness. A computer-style magnetic recharging port makes refueling the XR1’s integrated battery simple and convenient without requiring removal from the weapon. Weighing just 2.2 ounces, the XR1 features a Mil-Spec hard-anodized aerospace aluminum body that’s durable enough for everyday carry, with a footprint that is nearly identical to the SureFire XC2 WeaponLight. A new rail mount features four points of contact for an added measure of redundancy and security when mounted to a weapon.
Streamlight Introduces Rail Mounted TLR-8 G
Streamlight’s rail-mounted tactical light, the TLR-8 G, features an “Eye Safe” Green Aiming Laser. The exceptionally lightweight and compact light is designed to maximize visibility and long-range targeting capability in a variety of tactical applications.
“Concealed carry, law enforcement, military and home defense users alike can benefit from the TLR-8 G’s targeted bright light, as well as its powerful green laser,” said Streamlight President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Sharrah. “The laser improves users’ ability to focus on targets during daylight hours, when the color green appears brighter to the human eye than other colored lasers. The light also can be stored on a handgun so that users can more readily identify a potential threat before taking any action.”
Featuring the latest in power LED technology, the TLR-8 G delivers 500 lumens and 5,000 candela over a 140-meter beam distance. The light features three lighting modes, including Laser-Only to keep the gun on target; LED-Only mode to provide bright, focused light; and dual mode, which uses both light sources. Run times are 1.5 hours in LED-Only, LED and Laser, and strobe modes, and 11 hours in Laser-Only mode.
MSRP: $450, www.streamlight.com
XS Sights Next Generation Big Dot Shotgun Beads for Home Defense
XS Big Dot Tritium shotgun sights are available in two versions—pedestal mount for Remington shotguns or a plain-barrel model that fits Mossberg shotguns. Both are available in Optic Yellow or Optic Orange. The patent-pending glow dot on this front sight absorbs light and glows in low light levels before it is dark enough to see the tritium. A true advantage for any home-defense shotgun.
The new non-tritium Ember Big Dot Shotgun Beads are also available in both Remington and plain barrel models in Optic Yellow or Optic Orange. XS Sights’ proprietary glow technology gives the non-tritium Ember Big Dot a significant performance advantage over fiber optic sights or brass beads in low light conditions, and its large size helps with faster target acquisition.
The size and brightness of our new XS Big Dot Shotgun Beads allow the user to index the muzzle much faster, and this is critical in high-stress home defense situations when every second counts,” said Zack Kinsley, Marketing Manager for XS Sights. “We incorporated our proprietary glow technology into these Big Dot Shotgun Beads to transform them into the brightest sights in any lighting condition.
Optic Yellow is the best option for low light and has the brightest glow intensity. Optic Orange is the best for bright light settings and offers high glow intensity.
MSRP: $39 Big Dot Ember / $66 Big Dot Tritium, www.xssights.com
Swagger Stalker Bipods
This series features three innovative products that are designed to acquire multiple or moving targets down range: Steelbanger Basic, Stalker QD and Stalker Lite.
The Steelbanger Basic fits any 1913 Picatinny Rail and features Swagger’s Flex Ready technology that elevates this bipod above others on the market. The bipod’s legs flex at the base of the mount, allowing the shooter to find a comfortable shooting position regardless of the terrain. The Steelbanger Basic is the smallest of the three products and is ideal for shooting while prone or on a bench rest. With an effective range of seven to ten inches, it is low profile and is easily adjusted with one hand. Whether in the field or at the range, the Steelbanger Basic is an excellent choice for the shooter looking for a compact and lightweight bipod.
Next in the series, the Stalker QD functions similarly to the Steelbanger Basic using Flex Ready technology, only this bipod is available in two sizes: 14 to 42 inches (QD42) and 24 to 72 inches (QD72) at full range and weighs 15 ounces and 17 ounces, respectively. The key feature of the Stalker QD is a simple quick detach button that lets the user remove the bipod from its mount so it can be collapsed and stowed away or reattached rapidly and easily. This bipod features steel tips under removable rubber feet allowing the user to secure their bipod on any terrain. The Stalker QD is ideal for shooting while sitting in tree stands or hunting blinds.
Finally, the Stalker Lite is the largest of the three products, but unlike the other two, the Stalker Lite is designed to be a rapid deploy shooting rest. The effective range of this rest is twenty-one to thirty-six inches and it weighs ten ounces.The Stalker Lite also utilizes Flex Ready technology, so shooters can find a comfortable resting position from any stance on any terrain. No touch adjustments help users rapidly adjust their position and track multiple or moving targets. The Stalker Lite is best suited for the shooter looking for an easy to deploy, easy to adjust and highly versatile shooting rest.
MSRP: Steelbanger Basic $149, Stalker QD42 $129, Stalker QD72 $139, Stalker Lite at $69, www.swaggerbipods.com
Pro Ears Stealth 28
The Stealth 28 is an in-ear hearing protection solution that uses a temple hugging design to ensure a secure and comfortable fit while being worn behind the user’s head. The Stealth 28 allows the user to wear headgear without impacting the protection offered by the device. Pro Ears includes three different size sets of earbuds allowing for a superior fit for any size ear canal. Weighing only twenty grams, the Stealth 28 can be worn all day comfortably.
The most important job the Stealth 28 performs is protecting its wearer’s hearing from sudden and unexpected loud noises. Utilizing Pro Ears’ proprietary Dynamic Level Sound Compression technology, Stealth 28 users can enjoy sound amplification of noises under 70 dB and sound reduction of noises over 70 dB.
New for 2019, the Stealth 28 features an upgraded noise reducing wind cover over its exterior microphones, so the wearer doesn’t have wind noise amplified over the sounds they need to hear. This new protective foam further reduces the amount of wind noise a wearer may encounter while using them outdoors. Pro Ears wants wearers to enjoy the benefits and comfort of the Stealth 28 for as long as possible, which is why it features a rechargeable battery that lasts up to eighteen hours. It also features a convenient micro-USB charging port that can have the battery fully charged in one hour.
MSRP: $60, www.proears.com
TacSol Aeris Suppressor
The new TacSol Aeris is an accumulation of years of research and development, engineering ingenuity and design, creating the perfect suppressor for the rimfire firearm. This suppressor is compact, lightweight and rugged, designed for performance in a minimal sized package. Machined from titanium and stainless steel, the Aeris is incredibly durable for its small size and weight. The patented “split-tube” design makes it extremely easy to clean and service.
“We at TacSol are very proud of this engineering feat and are very anxious to release the Aeris out into the marketplace,” said Chet Alvord, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “I firmly believe our customers will be very pleased with the functionality and performance, but more importantly the size and overall weight.”
MSRP: $297, www.tacticalsol.com
Ultradyne Pegasus Muzzle Brake
Ultradyne, an American designer and manufacturer of advanced shooting accessories, has officially released its Pegasus muzzle brake specifically tuned for 6.5mm Creedmoor and compatible with 6.5 PRC and 6mm Creedmoor. Utilizing advanced imaging and precision instrumentation, the Pegasus has been engineered to provide excellent recoil reduction and muzzle-rise compensation while directing percussion ninety degrees from the shooter. Ports are progressively shaped to maximize efficiency and increase the duration of their recoil-reducing effect for a smoother shooting experience.
6.5mm Creedmoor has grown to be a favorite among precision shooters for its flat trajectory, long-range accuracy, and relatively-low recoil. With the Ultradyne Pegasus now in 6.5mm Creedmoor shooters can watch their shots and be ready for follow-up shots more quickly with less atmospheric disturbance to those nearby.
Pegasus includes the Ultradyne-exclusive shrouded timing nut along with a Dynamount collar for quick, easy mounting. 416 stainless steel is 100% CNC machined and then treated with a salt-bath nitride finish for looks that last and endure, Pegasus provides classic tanker-style braking with a more modern and efficient design. Like all Ultradyne muzzle devices the Pegasus is Dynamount ready.
BOG Deathgrip Shooting Tripod
The DeathGrip has been engineered to be the most stable shooting tripod on the market. Keeping true to its name this tripod is designed for unmatched durability and stability giving the hunter an accurate shot every time. Its patented clamp secures any weapon providing a 360-degree swivel and tilt for maximum adjustability. The DeathGrip lets the hunter be hands-free to glass or call on the hunt with ease. The ergonomic design was built to feature strength and durability to ensure it will be ready for many hunts to come.
- Patented DeathGrip Lock quickly clamps weapons into a secure position. The non-marring over molded rubber prevents damage to weapons.
- Available in carbon fiber and aluminum tripod
- Leg angle adjustment for three preset angles
- 20° – Standing Position
- 45° – Sitting Position
- 85° – Prone Position
- Feet are adjusted for use on hard or soft terrain. Ability to expose spiked feet for soft terrain for ultimate stability.
- Level is included to give the most stable shooting position
Galco Paragon AIWB Holster
Galco Gunleather’s Paragon AIWB easily adjusts for the desired angle from strongside to crossdraw. The ambidextrous Paragon is ideally suited for the popular appendix mode of carry.
With a Kydex holster body, the Paragon offers comfortable carry, fast draw and easy return to holster. Dual tuckable belt clips ride in slots fore and aft of the gun body, allowing adjustment for ride height and carry angle. Twin tension units allow easy adjustment of the draw stroke. Raised sweat guards on both sides of the handgun protect the wearer’s body from the gun and promote a smooth and safe return to holster. Included with the Paragon is an optional claw-type stabilizing wing for those gun carriers who prefer it.
The Paragon comes with Galco’s patent-pending polymer UniClip for excellent concealment, stability and easy on-off capability, and functions well with single or dual clips. Galco’s Ultimate Stealth clips are available as an optional purchase for those who prefer even deeper concealment.
MSRP: $79, galcogunleather.com
Guntec USA Extended Bolt Release
Guntec USA’s new AR-15 release was an accumulation of extensive research and development and customer feedback. The result was an ergonomically contoured release that extends the bolt release option to the right side. Extremely lightweight and durable, the release fits over any 5.56 mil spec bolt catch and is locked in place with a 3-set screw system, creating a very user-friendly release.
MSRP: $24.95, www.guntecusa.com
SIG AIR ProForce
“The SIG AIR ProForce line of airsoft guns is designed for professionals who train frequently and want the option of training safely in realistic force-on-force scenarios,” said Joseph Huston, Vice President and General Manager of SIG AIR. “SIG SAUER is a huge proponent of training, and we will continue to offer our customers numerous new product options to facilitate the safe practice of gun handling and target shooting in various environments.”
The new SIG AIR ProForce M17 airsoft pistol is similar in look and feel to the U.S. Army issued P320- M17 9mm pistol and features a polymer frame and metal slide with full blow-back action. The proprietary drop magazine holds 21 rounds of 6mm polymer or biodegradable BBs. An adjustable hop-up feature creates spin on the BBs for additional stabilization in flight, resulting in increased distance and accuracy. A picatinny accessory rail allows for quick and easy mounting of a laser or tactical flashlight.
Available in two power source options—12g CO2 cartridge or green gas—the SIG M17 Airsoft pistol will be available with an optional optic plate mount for red dot sights. Velocity is up to 330 fps with muzzle energy of 1 joule (using a .20-gram polymer BB); however, results may vary depending on temperature and altitude. Available in Coyote Tan.
MSRP: $179, www.sigsauer.com
HatsanUSA, Inc. Revamps the Popular Nova Platform
The Nova Pre-Charged Pneumatic (PCP) rifle platform gets a serious upgrade in 2019. Introducing the new NovaStar, an all-new design of a Hatsan favorite that weighs less and features more than its predecessor.
The biggest of the enhancements is the use of Hatsan’s Roto Index Magazine system. The Roto Index Magazine is caliber specific, detachable, and holds up to 14 shots. Hatsan also includes a single-shot tray to accompany long-range precision shooting. The Nova is available in .177, .22, and .25 caliber.
The NovaStar uses a larger diameter, stiffer barrel shroud with a ½” UNF threaded muzzle cap. This significantly increases the rigidity of the floating barrel design for better accuracy. This rifle is one of Hatsan’s few that features a free-floating barrel, lending itself well to precision shooters and eliminating movement when placed on a bipod, bag, or tree branch for forend support.The action is housed in a handsome, all-new, ergonomic, Turkish-walnut stock that incorporates a thumbhole pistol grip and elevation adjustable Monte Carlo cheek rest. In addition, the adjustable rubber butt pad can be tailored to provide shooters ultimate comfort and a custom feel.
MSRP: $899, www.pyramydair.com
.50 Caliber Umarex Hammer Produces Power Without Powder!
The Umarex Hammer, being built in the USA, is the most powerful .50 caliber production airgun on the planet and it achieves its speed and power without gun powder.
The Hammer was conceived, designed and engineered in America and is being built in the U.S.A. Its assembly and testing is taking place in Fort Smith, Arkansas within the facility of Umarex USA. “It’s been exciting to see the concept come to fruition right here in the states. Now we’re seeing the parts inspected, measured and verified. The production cell and process has come together and seeing all of this has made it well worth the wait.” said Richard Turner, President of Umarex USA, Inc. “There’s no better team of hunting and shooting enthusiasts and no better air rifle to start building in Fort Smith than the Hammer. The whole process represents the powerful innovation that our German founders started in the 1970s.”
The sheer energy, speed and three full-power shots delivered by the .50 caliber Umarex Hammer™ is achieved by its proprietary, patent-pending, Lightspeed valve. The innovative engineering used to design this internal mechanism coupled with a .50 caliber, Umarex SpeedBelt ARX 180-grain bullet exceeds 1,130 feet per second. Just as monumental, a 550-grain lead slug is responsible for the generation of its 705 foot pounds of energy at the muzzle. Almost as impressive, it only takes two pounds of effort to operate its straight-pull bolt. This short, effortless, bolt action is all that’s required to cock the rifle and advance the magazine.
MSRP: $799, www.umarexusa.com
Stoeger has redesigned its line of airguns for 2019 and the flagship rifle is the fast-shooting, hard-hitting, yet quiet S4000-E. Whether backyard plinking or hunting small game, the features and adaptability of the S4000-E offer superior shooting performance at an economic price.
Available in .177 and .22 calibers, the S4000-E airgun features a powerful break-action Gas Ram piston to launch alloy pellets up to 1,200 fps (1,000 fps for lead) for the .177 caliber and up to 1,000 fps (800 fps with lead) for the .22 caliber. A two-stage adjustable trigger and automatic ambidextrous safety make these airguns suitable for all shooters. A fiber optic rear sight is fully adjustable for elevation and windage, while interchangeable red and orange fiber optic front sight inserts keep shooters on target.
Versatility shines on the S4000-E with its advanced ergonomics. The grip and forend feature efficient and innovative ProAdaptive Checkering. This grip surface allows shooters to feel as if the airgun is a natural extension of their bodies, providing quick, instinctive aiming and enhanced shooting comfort. The Multi-Grip System offers additional adaptability by giving shooters the ability to personalize style and shooting comfort by choosing between the embossed grips or the ProAdaptive Checkering.
MSRP: $179, www.stoegerairguns.com
Umarex Ruger 10/22 Air Rifle
The Ruger 10/22 Air Rifle from UMAREX is true to form except that it is powered by two 12-gram CO2 cartridges instead of the ever-popular .22 LR round. President, Richard Turner, expressed, “The 10/22 has earned its place in shooting history and we couldn’t be more excited that Ruger backed our development of the Ruger 10/22 Air Rifle. Lots of people pulled a trigger for the first time with an airgun and if it wasn’t an air rifle, it was a 22. Very few guns can lay claim to that fact.”
The level of detail in the Ruger 10/22 Air Rifle transcends its looks. “Umarex did a great job in developing the 10/22 Air Rifle,” said Ruger Vice President of Marketing, Rob Werkmeister. “We are truly impressed by the level of authentic detail and craftsmanship incorporated into this airgun, and we are proud to be affiliated with a company that shares our passion of providing quality products and exceptional service for shooters around the world.”
The 10/22 Air Rifle from UMAREX was designed to shoot .177 caliber pellets, the most readily available and most popular selling airgun caliber for recreational shooting. The magazine is authentic in shape and the magazine release pushes forward in authentic fashion giving you the ability to pull the magazine from the receiver. The magazine holds a red, removable rotary clip that accepts 10 flat or round-nosed pellets instead of the traditional .22 LR cartridge and is cleverly held in the magazine by a sliding lever, which allows for the easy exchange of a pre-loaded clip available as an accessory.
Providing a modern take on an old classic, Hatsan’s new Vectis is a unique, lever-action, Pre-Charged Pneumatic (PCP) airgun. Reminiscent of a lever-action cowboy rifle, the Vectis is capable of delivering up to 35 shots on a single fill, making it easy to empty a tin of pellets in no time.
Based on the Flash platform, the Vectis maintains the same lightweight characteristics. Weighing 7 lbs., the Vectis features a one-piece receiver and a sturdy, synthetic-polymer QuietEnergy barrel shroud that protects the barrel and dampens noise up to 50%. The airgun’s 165cc fixed-air cylinder is constructed from lightweight, strong aluminum alloy. A combo optics rail is machined into the receiver and continues down the length of the barrel shroud to provide shooters with 17 inches of uninterrupted rail space. The Vectis is capable of accepting both 11mm and 22mm mounts.
Just like the rifles of the old west, the sturdy trigger guard acts as the rifle’s cocking lever. Simply rotate the lever 45 degrees to cock the rifle. Follow-up shots are quick and easy, thanks to the S/Roto Index Magazine. Each of the 2 included magazines can hold up to 14 pellets. A single-shot tray is also included for those who might want to precision-load pellets individually. The Vectis is available in.177, .22, and .25 caliber.
MSRP: $399, www.hatsunusa.com
Aimpoint Acro P-1
The Aimpoint Acro P-1 is developed for use on pistols and other weapon platforms requiring a small enclosed red dot system. It is the only sight in its size category fully tested for shock, vibration, temperature span and other environmental stress.
The Acro P-1 is the smallest enclosed system on the market.
Tested with 20,000 rounds on a .40 cal pistol slide, this small optic has proven to lead in ruggedness and reliability in its category. The Acro P-1 can be used as a backup sight for magnifying scopes, personal defense weapons, and any area where a small red dot system is applicable.
MSRP: $660, www.aimpoint.com
Burris XTR III Riflescopes
Engineered, designed and assembled in Greeley Colorado, this next generation long-range scope puts you on target at extreme ranges. In 2019, Burris is coming out with a 5.5-30x56mm and a 3.3-18x50mm scope, with an all-new and greatly improved optical design (it gives them an industry-leading field of view!). Three reticle options, including the brand new SCR2.
For 2019, Nikon once again proves its dedication to optical excellence, lasting quality, innovation and overall value. Announcing over 50 new products at SHOT Show 2019, Nikon presents three all-new hunting riflescope lines, a new tactical riflescope, two tactical spotting scope reticle eyepieces, three all-new rangefinders, new camouflage-wrapped optics and an array of shooting accessories.
Hunting riflescopes being introduced include the new Prostaff P3 and Prostaff P5 one-inch tube models and the new Monarch M5 flagship 30mm tube models. The introduction also includes the all-new Black Force100 1-6×24 close-to-medium range tactical riflescope, Monarch 2000 rangefinder and the Prostaff 1000/Prostaff 1000i rangefinders, and the new Monarch Fieldscope with MEP-30 Tactical Reticle Eyepieces. The announcement is topped off with two binoculars and a muzzleloader riflescope wrapped in TrueTimber KANATI camouflage and an extensive list of shooting accessories.
All new products can be seen in the company’s 2019 catalog or on the company website.
Meopta Optika HD Binoculars
Available in 8×42 HD and 10×42 HD, these lightweight, rugged, magnesium-alloy binoculars are encased in a newly designed shock-proof, rubber-armored exterior for a modern look and feel. The advanced HD lenses, combined with phase-correction and dielectric coatings, deliver incredible brightness, superior color fidelity, edge-to-edge sharpness and increased contrast, allowing hunters to see better in low light.
“The Meopta Optika HD binoculars offer hunters, shooters, and outdoor enthusiasts a high-performance, rugged, European binocular at an exceptional price point,” said Randy Garrison, Director of Meopta USA Sport Optics. “Images are incredibly bright and clear with true, vivid colors and increased contrast, making target acquisition easier in challenging lighting conditions.”
MSRP: $289, www.meoptasportsoptics.com
Meopta Optika6 Riflescopes
This newest Meopta riflescope series features a 30mm tube, 6x zoom, zero-reset turrets and advanced MeoBright lens coating that delivers edge-to-edge clarity and exceptionally bright, sharp images.
The Optika6 Shooting series is available with numerous first focal plane reticle options, including new DichroTech reticles, which feature battery-free illumination in any light conditions. The Shooting series is available in the following models: 1-6×24, 3-18×50, 3-18×56, 4.5-27×50. There is also a 34mm 5-30×56 model with ED glass to eliminate chromatic aberration at high magnification. All Optika6 Shooting series riflescopes feature rubber-armored target turrets for a non-slip grip.
The Optika6 Hunting series is available with numerous reticle options in the second focal plane, including new DichroTech reticles, in the following models: 1-6×24, 2.5-15×44, 3-18×50, 3-18×56 and 4.5-27×50. The Optika6 Hunting scopes with capped turrets feature rubber-armored metal caps for the perfect combination of durability and functionality.
MSRP: $499-899, www.meoptasportsoptics.com
Primary Arms Optics SLxZ-25 Red Dot Sight
Primary Arms announces a new medium-sized red dot unlike anything it has produced before. The all new SLxZ-25 is part of our new Silver Line of optics, with “Zero” magnification and a full 25mm of clear aperture. Engineered in Houston, Texas, the SLxZ-25 offers a wider field of view than older 30mm red dots in a physically smaller, lightweight package.
Shooters can choose a standard 2 MOA dot or an advanced ACSS reticle, powered for 12,000 hours at a median setting by a single CR2032 battery. 11 total brightness settings power the unit from night vision compatible (the lowest two settings) to daylight bright (the highest two settings). A removable Primary Arms Extreme Clamping System mount is included, and the body is compatible with industry standard micro dot mounts.
The SLxZ-25 pushes Primary Arms red dot technology further than ever before. Available anodized in matte black, the SLxZ-25 is priced at $169.99 with a 2 MOA dot and $189.99 with the ACSS reticle.
AccuShot OP3 3-12×44 UMOA Reticle Scope
This scope is just one out of a new line of premium optics featuring improvements such as: high contrast resolution through an optimized internal light transmission pathway, crisp and tactile turret movement with consistent adjustment per click, wider turret faces for ease of use with gloves, and updated IPX7 waterproof rating. OP3 optics feature more efficient illumination circuitry, preventing intermittent illumination combined with lower power consumption. A set-once locking eyepiece diopter, adjustable parallax from 10 yards to infinity, threaded sunshade, and IE 36-color illumination come standard.
Trijicon Miniature Rifle Optic (MRO) Goes Green
The Trijicon MRO with green dot continues the legendary dependability of the MRO and features an adjustable 2.0 MOA green dot. The exceptional lens clarity allows the dot to stand out against targets and backgrounds. The human eye is more sensitive to green, making this version of the MRO especially effective for fast target acquisition in low light and transitional lighting conditions.
The MRO with green dot features eight brightness settings, including two that are night vision compatible, plus one extremely bright setting for use with weapon lights or in very bright lighting conditions. The battery will last one year of continuous use at setting three.
The brightness control atop the optic is ambidextrous, allowing the user to adjust the brightness while maintaining fire control. The MRO is parallax free, with infinite eye relief for quick and accurate engagement no matter your shooting position.
MSRP: $613, www.trijicon.com
Riton Mod 7 4-32x56IR FFP
With the proper optic amazing things can be done. The Mod 7 4-32x56IR is that optic with an amazing package of enhanced features including 32 power, First Focal Plane, Riton Illuminated Precision Shooting Reticle, and Riton Tactical Zero Stop Turrets. Whether you are a Precision Rifle Shooter, hunter or long-range shooter this will be a last stop optic for you, providing you with all the features you need.
MSRP: $1,469, www.ritonoptics.com
Riton Mod 7 1-8x28IR-T FFP
Developed in conjunction with Charlie Melton, Navy Seal Team Sniper and Trainer, the RT-S Mod 7 1-8x28IR has a First Focal Plane (FFP), illuminated reticle for a true one power magnification similar to a “red dot” type sight, where both eyes are open for quick target engagement in close-quarters combat. The tactical optic offers a distinct advantage once the magnification is increased, giving the ability to accurately engage targets and range estimate in every conceivable tactical situation.
MSRP: $1,299, www.ritonoptics.com
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