Guns, gear and ammo found at the third and fourth day of SHOT Show 2020.
All of SHOT Shot 2020 is under our belts and there was plenty to see. As for any major world-shaking announcements or releases? Not so much. But that doesn't mean there weren't some cool new guns, gear and ammo coming down the pipeline.
Rock River Arms RBG
Best known as an AR maker, Rock River Arms (RRA) has gone a completely different direction in 2020. In the fever of long-range shooting, of course that means a precision bolt-action. The RRA RBG looks interesting, a chassis build that's long on features.
Built on a Kinetic Research Group Chassis, the 6.5 Creedmoor features a Wilison fluted stainless steel barrel, with 1:8 twist rate and threaded barrel (5/8-24). RRA didn't stop there, outfitting the rifle with a TriggerTech trigger, oversize knurled bolt handle and 20-MOA Picatinny rail. Basically, everything you need to get on target way out. But the RBG is no give me, coming in above the $4,000 mark.
Sig Sauer Cross Rifle
Sig has shied away from any new bolt-actions for nearly two decades, but roared back this year. Zeroing in on handguns Monday at range day, I didn't get to put the Cross Rifle to the test, but I handled it extensively in the company's booth and walked away impressed.
First off, it's light, very light. For a chassis rifle this is a bit odd, heft helps accuracy. But the Cross is aimed at hunters, the backcountry type. It feels more than up to this job. Next, the chassis is slight as a minute. Again, not the A-No. 1 feature for off the bench. But strapped to a pack for a long trek it's an asset. Finally, the trigger is sweet. A very smooth pull and clean breaking two-stage adjustable (2 to 4 pounds) trigger. This alone will make it a reaper at every ethical hunting distance.
I look forward to getting the Cross in to give it the once over, hopefully in Sig's newly minted 277 SIG Furry cartridge.
MDT Hybrid Chassis And Magazine
Outside of pure long-range match work, rifle chassis are becoming more flexible. Modular Driven Technologies looks this direction with it's XRS chassis. At it's heart is the same rigid aluminum, monolithic receiver and V-block bedding. But on the outside is a polymer skin, keeping the system light and rugged. Also debuting, hybrid AICS magazines. These babies boast light polymer feed lips, that reduce misfeeds and extend their life. The body, a light polymer with a window. A no brainer, if you're looking to carry more ammo into the field.
Thompson Auto Ordnance Iwo Jima Commemorative Series
It's been 75 years since one of the bloodiest battle of World War II and Thompson Auto Ordnance has found the perfect way to honor American's sacrifice. The Iwo Jima Commemorative Series consists of an M1 Carbine, M1911A1 and Thompson M1, each depicting battle motifs from the fly spec in the Pacific on their stocks and grips. This includes a rendering of the flag raising on Mount Suribachi.
Additionally, they have “Operation Detachment” engraved on the receiver and Admiral Nimitz’s famous quote “Among the men who fought on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue”. The metal is finished in a distressed copper Cerakote, to give a true vintage feel.