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Protected: FN’s FN 15 Guardian

This year, FN America released the FN 15 Guardian, billed as an affordable yet high-quality AR-15.

There’s no shortage of good AR-15s for sale, but every company out there is still fighting for its share of the market. One of the latest contenders to join the fray is a rifle from FN America that was introduced earlier this year. Called the FN 15 Guardian, the 16-inch 5.56 NATO carbine is billed as a high-quality and feature-rich AR, yet one offered at an affordable price point.

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Starting at the muzzle and working back, the FN 15 Guardian sports a standard A2 birdcage flash hider mounted to a hybrid-profile, nitride-coated barrel. The 16-inch barrel is also button-broached, machined from 4150 chrome-moly vanadium steel and features a 1:7 twist.

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As for the furniture, the FN 15 Guardian comes with FN’s free-floated 15-inch aluminum M-LOK handguard with a continuous top rail. It has a total of 24 slots spread between the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions. The adjustable stock, pistol grip and magazine are all in-house FN products too. Other noteworthy features include the rifle’s mid-length gas system for reduced recoil, a rugged 9310 steel bolt and phosphate-finished mil-spec bolt carrier, and a slick-side upper receiver with no forward assist for fewer snag points. The upper does, however, still have a brass deflector. The trigger, charging handle and selector switch are all mil-spec.

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Scott Vilardi, Senior Product Manager for Law Enforcement and Commercial Carbines at FN, said this about the FN 15 Guardian:

“When we created the specification for the FN 15 Guardian, our focus was on perfecting the foundation of the rifle to ensure the high standards for FN quality remained, cutting corners to reduce the purchase price was not an option, our customers expect more from our brand and we have to deliver on that trust.” said Scott Vilardi, Senior Product Manager for Law Enforcement and Commercial Carbines. “When you handle our newest carbine at the gun counter and shoot it on the range, you’ll notice the premium fit and finish stands out at this price tier. We’ve paid special attention to the core components to overdeliver on accuracy potential, ergonomics and fast-handling capability. With the new Guardian, FN customers have a dependable and high-quality carbine that’s ready to perform right out of the box and can be easily customized with most AR-pattern components.”

Each FN 15 Guardian will ship with one FN 30-round magazine, a box and an owner’s manual. MSRP is $999 and it’s available now.

For more information, please visit fnamerica.com.


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First Look: MDT ORYX Bipod

MDT has just released the ORYX bipod, a functional and affordable design available with two attachment head options.

When it comes to bipod shopping, the options always seem to be dominated by expensive, high-tier models and cheap Chinesium. The number of decent yet affordable bipod options is lacking in comparison. Thankfully, the new MDT ORYX is poised to help fill that gap and offer another functional and efficient bipod at a reasonable price point.

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The MDT ORYX is both durable and lightweight thanks to its high-strength polymer construction, and the M-LOK model weighs in at only 11 ounces. On that note, the ORYX is available with either an M-LOK or a sling swivel stud attachment head. It has a height of 7.2 inches to 10 inches (measured by the pivot point), a footprint width of 9 inches to 11.5 inches and the head adjustment has 50 degrees of cant.

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Further, the MDT ORYX can be adjusted with a single hand, including stowing, deploying, adjusting cant tension and adjusting leg length. The bottoms of the legs also feature a tire tread-like texture, allowing them to get a good grip in most environments.

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The MDT ORYX bipod is available now and has an MSRP of $99.95 regardless of the attachment head style selected.

For more information, please visit mdttac.com.


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First Look: Hi-Point Yeet Cannon YC9

The long-awaited Hi-Point Yeet Cannon YC9 is finally here, sporting several upgrades and available in four configurations.

Hi-Point Firearms has just announced that the YC9 is finally available. Its designation stands for YEET CANNON, a meme name bestowed upon it by an online contest. Goofy nomenclature aside, the pistol is packing some substantial upgrades over its predecessor the C-9. Best of all, despite the makeover, the YC9 is still sporting a very reasonable MSRP of $229.

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Hi-Point YC9 YEET CANNON.

Firstly, the Hi-Point YC9 has four variants available upon release. There are two standard models, of which the only difference is one has “YEET CANNON” emblazoned on the side for those who really appreciate the name. The third variant has a non-threaded barrel, and the fourth variant comes equipped with a Crimson Trace red dot sight (and a higher MSRP). Those last two variants should already tell you that a threaded barrel (1/2×28) and an optics-ready slide are two of the new standard features of the YC9.

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Hi-Point YC9 CTRD.

Besides being both optic- and suppressor-ready, the final big upgrade is the YC9’s double- to single-stack magazine that raises capacity from 8 to 10 rounds. Other new features include the addition of an accessory rail, a replaceable Glock-pattern front sight, a reversible backstrap and an overall aesthetic facelift that adds front slide serrations and a more ergonomic grip.

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Hi-Point YC9 NTB.

The Hi-Point YC9 is available now, and it’s already started hitting store shelves with a sub-$200 price tag. If nothing else, for less than two Benjamins, the Yeet Cannon’s upgrades add a lot of tactical potential to the budget blaster.

For more information, please visit hi-pointfirearms.com.


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First Look: Rossi Brawler Single-Shot Pistol

The new Rossi Brawler is a single-shot .410 and .45 Long Colt pistol with an enticingly low price.

Having just recently expanded its catalog with the R95, a new model of lever-action rifle, the Brazilian company Rossi has just announced yet another fresh design. Called the Rossi Brawler, it’s a single-shot pistol chambered for .410 bore and .45 Long Colt. Whether you want a single-shot .410/.45LC pistol for plinking, pest control or anything else, the Rossi Brawler will be a very affordable way to accomplish it.

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As mentioned, the Rossi Brawler can fire both .45 Long Colt ammunition as well as .410 bore shotshells, including 3-inch magnums. It has a 9-inch alloy steel barrel with a 1:24 RH twist, and it has an overall length of 14 inches and an overall weight of 36.8 ounces unloaded.

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Keeping things simple, the Rossi Brawler is a break-action single-shot pistol with a cross-bolt safety and a single-action trigger. For comfort, it has large rubber grips, and for aiming it features fixed iron sights and a Picatinny rail on top for mounting optics. Rossi points out that besides the typical advantages of installing an optic, given the Brawler’s versatile ammo choices, it also allows for one to zero their firearm for a specific load.

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The Rossi Brawler has an MSRP of only $239.99, but street prices are already slightly lower than that. If nothing else, the Brawler is a very affordable solution for anyone with a snake problem.

For more information, please visit rossiusa.com.


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First Look: Trijicon RCR And RMR HD Pistol Red Dots

Trijicon has just announced two new pistol red dot sights, the RCR and the RMR HD.

Despite being a frontrunner in the pistol red dot market, Trijicon doesn’t release new models all that often. So, when the company does have something to unveil, it’s all the more exciting. That’s twice as true today as Trijicon has just announced two new pistol red dots, the RCR and the RMR HD.

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Trijicon RCR.

The RCR, or Ruggedized Closed Reflex, is a closed emitter optic that mounts via Trijicon’s RMR footprint. Designed to be durable enough for serious military and law enforcement use, the RCR is built using 7075-T6 aluminum and is waterproof to 66 feet. It features 10 brightness settings (three for night vision and one “super bright”), has a 3.25-MOA red dot and should be able to co-witness any iron sights that are compatible with the original RMR.

A final feature worth mentioning, and one that Trijicon fans have been requesting for a while, is a top-load battery compartment. With it, there’s no need to re-zero the optic after changing its CR2032 battery, although Trijicon says that the RCR can run continuously for six years at brightness setting 5. MSRP is $849.

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Trijicon RMR HD.

While it has the same footprint and general profile as the original RMR, the most apparent change present on the RMR HD is its larger window. This will make it easier to find the dot when presenting the pistol and allows for a better view of one’s target. It also features 9 brightness settings (three for night vision and one “super bright”), and they can either be selected manually or automatically by the optic’s light sensor.

As for the reticle, there are two models available, one featuring a 3.5-MOA dot and the other with a 1-MOA dot. Regardless of which you choose, both can also toggle between a dot-only reticle and a 55-MOA segmented circle/dot reticle. The RMR HD now features a top-load battery as well, and Trijicon says that its CR2032 battery can power it continuously for over three years at brightness setting 5. MSRP is also $849 for both variants.

For more information, please visit trijicon.com.


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  • Odyssey Part 2: Three New Optics From Primary Arms

    Primary Arms Optics has just announced a new red dot and two new riflescopes as a part of its Odyssey Part 2 event.

    Primary Arms Optics launched this year’s new products as a part of its Odyssey 2023 event, but the company has just announced Odyssey 2023 Part 2 to mark the release of three more optic models. The new lineup includes a red dot sight as well as two rifle scopes.

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    The first new Primary Arms rifle scope is a second-generation version of the SLx 3-18x50mm FFP. Compared to the original model of the popular scope, the SLx 3-18x50mm FFP Gen 2 features improved clarity, definition and general optical performance. The turrets have been upgraded as well, and the scope will be available with either the ACSS Athena BPR MIL, ACSS Apollo 6.5CM or ACSS Apollo .308 reticle. The SLx 3-18x50mm FFP is available for pre-order now, will be available in October and has an MSRP of $499.99.

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    SLx 3-18x50mm FFP Gen 2.

    The second optic in the Odyssey Part 2 lineup is just a new color option for the popular PLx 1-8x24mm FFP Compact Rifle Scope. A best-seller for Primary Arms since it launched in 2022, this small and versatile LPVO is now available with an FDE finish. The new version is available now in limited numbers, is offered with either an ACSS Raptor M8 Yards or an ACSS Griffin MIL M8 reticle and has an MSRP of $1,499.99.

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    PLx 1-8x24mm FFP Compact Rifle Scope.

    Optic number three is the Classic Series RD-25 red dot, and Primary Arms says that it was designed to be rugged, reliable and affordable. While nothing fancy, if Primary Arms’ claims hold, it seems to be a solid optic for its price of $129.99. Available now, the Classic Series RD-25 features a 25mm aperture, a 3-MOA dot reticle and it comes with a QD mount.

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    Classic Series RD-25.

    For more information, please visit primaryarms.com.


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    Springfield Armory Announces The Model 2020 Rimfire

    Springfield Armory has just announced the Model 2020 Rimfire, adding .22 LR to the available chambering options of the bolt-action rifle series.

    Springfield Armory is continuing to expand its Model 2020 bolt-action rifle series, this time with the announcement of the Model 2020 Rimfire line. Chambered for .22 LR, the new rifles are currently being offered in six different configurations including two synthetic-stocked Target models and four wood-stocked Classic models.

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    The Model 2020 Rimfire features a chromed bolt, dual cocking cams and a 60-degree bolt throw to ensure the action is smooth and easy to use. The rifles feature 20-inch, free-floated barrels, and the models that sport synthetic furniture are given threaded muzzles as well. Other noteworthy details include the rifles’ 10-round Ruger 10/22-pattern magazines, dual sling swivels and rubber recoil pads, although the 13.45-inch length of pull is nonadjustable. The 2020 Rimfire also comes standard with an adjustable trigger, but it can be replaced with any Remington 700-pattern trigger.

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    Steve Kramer, Vice President of Marketing for Springfield Armory, said this about the new rifles:

    The appeal of a well-made rimfire rifle speaks to practically every shooting enthusiast … The new bolt-action Model 2020 Rimfire line chambered in .22 LR provides just that, with a wide selection of models offering something for every shooter — from suppressor-ready Target Models to Classic Models with beautiful walnut stocks.

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    The synthetic-stocked models can be had in either black or sage, with MSRPs of $434 and $499, respectively. The wood-stocked models are offered in four different grades of Turkish walnut with a satin finish, and MSRPs range from $529 to $1,099.

    For more information, please visit springfield-armory.com.


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    First Look: Smith & Wesson M&P22 Magnum With TEMPO Barrel System

    Smith & Wesson has just released the next gun that uses its TEMPO barrel system, the M&P22 Magnum in .22 WMR.

    Smith & Wesson debuted its new TEMPO barrel system at SHOT 2023 when it announced the M&P 5.7, but another pistol was just released that will utilize it as well. Called the M&P22 Magnum, it’s chambered for .22 WMR and features a 30-round capacity.

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    The M&P22 Magnum has a full-size polymer frame, a 4.35-inch stainless steel barrel and an internal hammer-fired design. The TEMPO gas-operated barrel system doesn’t allow the gun to unlock until the bullet has passed the gas port, theoretically improving performance and reliability. Furthermore, it sports an impressive capacity of 30 rounds and ships with two magazines.

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    John Myles, Senior Manager of New Products at Smith & Wesson, said this about the new pistol:

    The M&P22 MAGNUM combines the best features of our internal hammer fire control system with the patented TEMPO barrel design, creating a smooth operating experience for the shooter. The 22 WMR is a versatile and field-savvy cartridge that has been a legacy among American shooters, hunters, and trappers for decades. Smith & Wesson is proud to offer a new pistol that further supports the use of this cartridge outdoors or on the range.

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    Other notable features include its green fiber optic front sight, optics-ready slide and accessory rail. It also has an ambidextrous slide stop and thumb safety as well as a flat-faced trigger. The M&P22 Magnum has an MSRP of $649 and it’s available now.

    For more information, please visit smith-wesson.com.


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    Sig Sauer Introduces ROMEO-X Red Dot Sights

    Sig Sauer has just announced the ROMEO-X optic series, featuring two sizes of pistol red dots.

    Sig Sauer recently showed off the Romeo-M17, the red dot developed for the Army’s new Sig M17 pistols. However, that exact model is not available to civilians. For non-military shooters who were interested in its design, Sig has just announced a new optic series inspired by it called the ROMEO-X. The new line of pistol red dots is commercially available and offered in two different sizes.

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    The two versions are called the ROMEO-X Compact and the Romeo-X Pro, the former being for smaller handguns like the Sig P365 while the latter is intended for full-size pistols such as the Sig P320. The Compact model used a Shield RMSc mounting footprint and the Pro model uses a DeltaPoint Pro footprint. Besides their sizes and mounting footprints, the two ROMEO-X red dots mostly share the same features. Those include 7075 aluminum housings, side-mounted CR1632 battery compartments and distortion-free aspheric glass.

    Other commonalities are the optics’ advertised continuous runtime of 20,000 hours (at a medium brightness setting), 15 brightness settings (12 for daytime, 3 for night vision) and red 2-MOA dot/32-MOA circle reticles. The red dots also have motion activation technology, magnetic activation technology and are capable of co-witnessing standard-height iron sights.

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    Andy York, President of SIG SAUER Electro-Optics, said this about the new red dots:

    The ROMEO-X family of red dot sights is completely optimized for everyday carry and built using the same technology and testing standards of our mil-spec optics that are designed to withstand the rigors of the battlefield … The ROMEO-X Series is designed for ease of use beginning with the side battery placement leading to an overall low deck height of the sight. This profile gives the optic an extremely low position when mounted to the slide for a full sight picture and co-witness with the existing standard-height iron sights. The ROMEO-X Compact and ROMEO-X Pro are engineered, tested, and built-in Oregon to be the ultimate aiming solution for EDC.

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    MSRP for the Sig ROMEO-X Compact is $519.99 and MSRP for the ROMEO-X Pro is $589.99.

    For more information, please visit sigsauer.com.


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  • PSA AK-74 Review: American-Made Russian Thunder

    Imported 5.45x39mm rifles have been scarce and expensive lately, so we’re taking a look at the more affordable American-made PSA AK-74.

    If you had told me five years ago that I’d be recommending an American-made AK, I probably would have laughed. But both Palmetto State Armory and the AK market have changed a lot since then. While I used to unwaveringly promote imported AKs over domestically produced ones, the value that Palmetto’s AKs now offer is too good to ignore.

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    When the company’s AKs first came on the scene, they had plenty of issues and used materials that are widely considered to be subpar. Other American companies that have attempted to make Kalashnikovs have traditionally balked at criticisms like these, but PSA proved to be different. The company accepted feedback and made incremental improvements with each rifle generation, eventually resulting in a totally solid yet very affordable line of 7.62×39 AKs.

    While I already own plenty of 7.62 AKs, I’d been thinking about adding an AK-74 to the safe for some time. Unfortunately, the availability of imported 5.45 rifles has been low in recent years, resulting in prices inflating to above what I was willing to pay. So, when Palmetto announced the PSA AK-74 in 2020, I was intrigued given it would undoubtedly be more affordable than an import.

    Much like the company’s 7.62 rifles, however, its 5.45 line started life with some hiccups. Now that PSA has had the time to address them, I asked for a review copy to take a closer look at the revised product.

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    Generation 1 PSA AK-74 Issues

    When talking about the PSA AK-74, the elephant in the room is Garand Thumb’s initial review from 2021. You can watch his video for the full breakdown, but in a nutshell, his rifle experienced early and excessive wear on the front trunnion and bolt, broken firing pins and popped primers.

    PSA asked him to send the rifle back to them for further testing, and it resulted in internal changes made to the design. Garand Thumb did a follow-up review with the updated rifle and found no more issues after putting thousands of additional rounds through it. Of the AK-74s that PSA has sold since then, the issues seem to have been successfully remedied given the lack of user complaints online.

    Would it have been preferable if the PSA AK-74 was perfect from the get-go? Sure, but new firearms rarely are. What’s more important is PSA has—more than once—proven its ability to competently respond to feedback and implement improvements with each generation of AK it releases.

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    First Impressions And Rounds Downrange

    From the first time I laid eyes on it at my FFL, I was impressed with the PSA AK-74. The metal finish is an attractive glossy black, the action was noticeably smoother than average and the folding stock worked like a dream.

    Over the course of a couple of range sessions, I put a total of about 500 Golden Tiger 59-grain FMJs through it. Not a torture test by any measure, but 5.45×39 is expensive these days. Regardless, I didn’t experience a single malfunction of any kind throughout my testing.

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    That’s almost surprising because the rifle felt under-gassed compared to other AK-74s I’ve shot. AKs are heavy and 5.45 is a light round, so AK-74s are already known for being soft shooters, but PSA’s had essentially zero recoil. Taking aimed shots with it felt more like directing a laser, and during rapid fire, it stayed so still that it just made me wish the third selector position was actually functional.

    Despite this, the rifle’s flawless reliability with both live ammo and blanks proves that it’s been gassed perfectly. Perhaps the enhanced potential reliability of military-gassed AK-74s has some appeal in muddy trenches, but for the range, the PSA AK-74 couldn’t be better.

    Continuing with the laser beam analogy, the rifle’s irons were also perfectly zeroed from the factory. While I didn’t use it to put any groups on paper, it rang a half-torso steel target at 100 yards all day long with minimal effort. The trigger feels like a standard AK trigger, but that’s just fine with me.

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    Based on what I was able to test, the PSA AK-74 also has good magazine compatibility. It came with a PMAG which worked without issue, but that should be expected since it’s likely the magazine PSA designed the gun around. New-production Bulgarian steel-reinforced polymer mags worked perfectly as well.

    My rifle had no issue accepting or feeding from surplus mags (both Russian and East German), but all were quite tight to remove. This could easily be fixed with a bit of file work, however.

    The only magazines I tried to test that my rifle absolutely would not accept were AK-12 mag clones from AC-Unity.

    In a word, this gun is fun. When you level your sights on a steel plate, squeeze the trigger and hear that first ring, it takes enormous self-control to not keep blasting as fast as you can. Just like when you get behind the wheel of a sports car and can tell it’s begging to go faster, you can tell this rifle wants to shoot more ammo than you can afford to feed it.

    Customizing The PSA AK-74

    While the rifle did look great right out of the box, I couldn’t resist the urge to start swapping parts. The factory nutmeg wood furniture will surely appeal to some, but AKs just look wrong to me unless they’re dressed in original surplus. On that note, the first thing I did was replace the handguards with a set of Soviet blonde laminate and the pistol grip with surplus bakelite. I also added an original AK-74 sling.

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    The PSAK-74 as it comes from the factory.

    Palmetto sells a wide variety of AK-74 variants ranging from basic to classic to tactical, and although the model I chose would definitely be considered a classic, PSA makes no promises of historical accuracy. For AK pedants like me, there are a couple of small parts that I wish were different.

    Firstly, the rifle comes with a smooth dust cover, the appropriate style for newer models like the AK-103. Since the model I received has a triangle stock like an AKS-74, however, it should really be ribbed. Thankfully that was an easy and cheap part to swap.

    These rifles also come sporting an enhanced selector lever with an extended shelf. This isn’t true for the original either, but it is a nice feature to have. Speaking of the selector, PSA’s is probably the smoothest I’ve ever felt on any stock AK.

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    PSA also includes a side optics rail on its AK-74, something that has become pretty standard on AKs sold in the U.S. While I don’t plan on utilizing mine, I tried mounting various optics and all went on without a problem. That includes both original Eastern Bloc optics as well as aftermarket mounts from RS Regulate.

    Finally, I mentioned earlier that I also tested the rifle with blank ammo. That required the installation of a surplus blank fire adaptor and it screwed on flawlessly. This shows that PSA did the threads correctly and that you should be able to install any M24x1.5 RH muzzle device that you desire.

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    In short, this PSA AK-74 is close enough to spec that it had no issue accepting original Soviet furniture, optics, muzzle devices or magazines. Some minor fitting was required along the way, but that’s typical for all Kalashnikovs.

    Should You Buy?

    If you’ve been in the market for a 5.45x39mm rifle, I’d definitely recommend the PSA AK-74. For the money, I don’t believe there’s a better option out there. Are imported models better on paper? In many ways, sure, but they also cost substantially more. Plus, as far as I’m aware, there’s currently just one other domestically produced AK-74 available and it only costs marginally less than PSA’s despite being generally accepted as using worse quality components.

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    If you’ve been wanting an AK in general but aren’t particular about the chambering, then this rifle isn’t the one for you. As great as 5.45 is, the cartridge will simply never be as affordable to shoot in the U.S. as 5.56 NATO. PSA makes 5.56 AKs too, but I haven’t had the chance to play with one personally. It, unfortunately, seems that due to things like the Russian ammo ban, all Soviet calibers are on the decline stateside.

    That said, if 5.45 appeals to you specifically, there is some hope still. That’s because Palmetto is in the process of setting up a domestic ammo plant for Soviet ammunition, including 5.45×39. When the factory comes online, it will hopefully be able to churn out enough affordable ammo to let these PSA AK-74s get the range time they truly deserve.

    PSAK-74 Triangle Side Folding Rifle, Nutmeg

    • Caliber: 5.45x39mm
    • Barrel Length: 16.3 Inches
    • Thread Pitch: M24x1.5 RH
    • Muzzle Device: AK-74 Style Brake
    • Stock: Metal Triangle, Side Folding
    • Furniture: Nutmeg wood handguards and pistol grip
    • MSRP: $1,099.99

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    First Look: Springfield Armory Model 2020 Redline Rifles

    Springfield Armory has just announced the Model 2020 Redline rifle series, lightweight and compact bolt-actions ready to hunt in any environment.

    There was a time when the only major selling point of a hunting rifle was its accuracy, but those days are long behind us. Now with the growing popularity of backcountry hunting and similar expeditions into rough terrain, things like weight, size, ergonomics and the ability to mount a suppressor are paramount considerations. Springfield Armory’s new Model 2020 Redline bolt-action rifle series was built with that in mind.

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    16-inch 6.5 Creedmoor 2020 Redline model.

    Built on Model 2020 actions, the Springfield Armory 2020 Redline series is initially launching with four models to choose from. Caliber options include .308 Winchester and 6.5 Creedmoor, and barrel options include 16 and 20 inches. All barrels are also free-floated and feature roll-wrapped carbon fiber sleeves. The 16-inch barrel option was offered primarily with suppressors in mind to provide hunters with a more maneuverable package in the field. To help promote the use of suppressors with Redline rifles, purchasers will also receive a $200 discount if they buy a Banish 30 from Silencer Central. If suppressors aren’t your bag, each rifle comes equipped with a SA Radial Brake.

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    All 2020 Redline rifles also come with a skeletonized Greyboe Trekker stock. Not only is the stock lightweight at 28 ounces, but it also features an adjustable length of pull, three sling studs and a bubble level/thumb rest at the rear of the action. Other noteworthy features include an adjustable TriggerTech trigger and a .75-MOA accuracy guarantee (for a 100-yard, 3-shot group using match-grade ammo).

    Steve Kramer, Vice President of Marketing for Springfield Amory, said this about the new rifles:

    The Model 2020 Waypoint set the standard for precision manufacturing, performance and accuracy from a premium, American-made rifle … The new Model 2020 Redline continues that tradition by offering backcountry hunters a rifle perfectly suited to their demanding needs.

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    20-inch .308 Win. 2020 Redline model.

    All four Springfield Armory Model 2020 Redline variants come with a rifle case and share an MSRP of $2,299.

    For more information, please visit springfield-armory.com.


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    First Look: MDT Field Stock

    If you have a Remington 700 SA-pattern rifle and have been looking for an affordable upgrade, the new MDT Field Stock has a lot to offer.

    Whether you’re a competitive long-range shooter, a serious hunter or just someone who enjoys shooting paper at the range, there’s a good chance you have a rifle that features the ubiquitous Remington 700 Short Action. If so, and you’re in the market for an affordable upgrade, the new MDT Field Stock is worth a look.

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    MDT describes its new Field Stock as being entry-level, but it still has quite a few features for the price. Firstly, accuracy is improved by aluminum v-block bedding and a free-floated barrel. The injection-molded polymer body is lightweight at only 3.1 pounds, making it easy to carry, and MDT says that the grip remains warm to the touch in any weather condition. Furthermore, length of pull spacers and an adjustable cheek riser allow for a perfect fit with any shooter.

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    Other features of the MDT Field Stock include sling studs on the buttstock and forend for attaching a sling or a bipod, compatibility with AICS-pattern magazines and M-LOK slots on the forend’s bottom and sides for installing other accessories. Each stock also ships with all necessary mounting hardware.

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    The MDT Field Stock is currently only offered in black or FDE for Remington 700 SA-pattern rifles, but fits for other actions will be added in the future. MSRP is $299.95 and it’s available now.

    For more information, please visit mdttac.com.


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    Taurus Announces The .45 ACP TH45

    With the announcement of the Taurus TH45, the company’s TH pistol line is now available in .45 ACP.

    The Taurus TH-series are polymer-framed, hammer-fired handguns with double-stack magazines and double-action/single-action triggers. Previously, the TH pistols were only available as either a full-size or compact model chambered for either 9mm or .40 S&W. With the release of the TH45, however, a full-size option will now be available in .45 ACP as well.

    Taurus TH45

    As a beefed-up, full-size Taurus TH pistol, the TH45 has most of the same features as its little brothers. That means it has the same DA/SA trigger, a thumb safety that doubles as a decocker and a 4.25-inch barrel. The safety also enables cocked-and-locked carry for those who prefer it. Other notable features of the TH45 include its 13-round capacity, its replaceable dovetail sights and its accessory rail for mounting accessories.

    Caleb Giddings, Brand Marketing Manager at Taurus, said this about the new pistol:

    I can’t think of anything better than launching a 45 ACP the same week as Independence Day…The 45 ACP is a quintessential American cartridge, and the TH45 is the perfect platform from Taurus to expand into this particular caliber.

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    The Taurus TH45 has an MSRP of $529.99, but product listings from online retailers indicate that street prices are already going to be much lower once they become available.

    For more information, please visit taurus.com.


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    Rock River Arms Releases BT3 Predator HP 65C Rifle

    Rock River Arms has just released the BT3 Predator HP 65C, a precision AR chambered for 6.5mm Creedmoor.

    Whether you’re a competitive long-range shooter or a hunter who favors semi-autos chambered for 6.5mm Creedmoor, the latest AR from Rock River Arms is worth looking at. Called the BT3 Predator HP 65C, the rifle was designed with precision in mind.

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    The BT3 Predator HP 65C rifle’s upper and lower receivers are CNC-machined from aerospace-grade aluminum billet, providing extra rigidity for improved consistency in shot-to-shot performance. It also features a 24-inch match-grade stainless steel fluted barrel with a 1:8 twist and a 5/8×24 threaded muzzle. Additionally, the barrel has been cryo-treated, features a rifle-length gas system and comes sporting an RRA Operator muzzle brake. To further improve its out-of-the-box accuracy potential, the BT3 Predator ships with RRA’s adjustable two-stage match trigger as well.

    For its furniture, the BT3 Predator comes with a 17-inch RRA lightweight free-floated handguard with M-LOK slots for mounting accessories. It also features an adjustable 6-position Operator CAR stock and a Hogue Rubber pistol grip for added comfort.

    The BT3 Predator HP 65C is available now, and each rifle ships with a magazine, a case, a manual and RRA’s warranty information. MSRP is $2,095.

    For more information, please visit rockriverarms.com.


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    Viridian Releases The RFX45 Closed Emitter Green Dot

    Viridian Weapon Technologies has just released the RFX45, a closed emitter green dot sight compatible with both pistols and rifles.

    Teased earlier this year at SHOT Show 2023, Viridian Weapon Technologies’ new RFX45 closed emitter green dot sight is now available. Good timing considering that both closed emitter pistol optics and green dot sights seem to only be getting more popular.

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    The RFX45 features all the durability and reliability benefits that the market has come to expect of closed emitter designs, and its robustness is reinforced by a machined 6061 aluminum housing, fully multi-coated lenses and an IPX6 environmental rating. Other notable features include its INSTANT-ON activation, auto shut off and advertised 50,000-hour battery life (powered by one CR2032). The RFX45 also has a generous 24mm lens, a 5-MOA green dot reticle and 10 manually adjustable illumination settings (eight visible, two for night vision).

    Viridian-RFX45

    Viridian Vice President of Sales, Andy Scott, said this about the new optic:

    Eyes see green better, and the RFX45 is a workhorse that comes standard with a lot of technology designed to benefit the shooter…The RFX line as a whole has been well received by our customers and consumers because of the features of each optic coupled with green dot technology. As with all Viridian products, we started with the design and put features and specs into these offerings to make them stand out in the market.

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    Also, the ACRO isn’t the only mounting pattern available for the RFX45, it’s just the one it comes with. Viridian also sells adaptor plates for Glock MOS, RMR and Docter mounts, as well as two heights of Picatinny rail mounts for carbines. The RFX45 is available now and has an MSRP of $459.

    For more information, please visit viridianweapontech.com.


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  • Kimber Now Shipping The K6xs Revolver

    Kimber is now shipping the K6xs, described as the only .38 Special revolver in its class with a 6-shot capacity.

    The .357 Magnum Kimber K6s revolver quickly became a popular concealed carry option after its introduction in 2016. Since then, the company has released several variants featuring different barrel lengths, grips and other options, but they’ve all been 6-shot .357 Magnums. They’ve also all been quite expensive. For those who wanted a Kimber revolver but didn’t need the power, heft or price tag of a .357, the new .38 Special Kimber K6xs is now shipping.

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    The K6xs is still a 6-shot revolver with a 2-inch barrel, just like the original K6s, but it’s now chambered for .38 Special +P and features a lightweight aluminum alloy frame instead of stainless steel. The result is an impressively light little revolver, weighing only 15.9 ounces empty (that’s just over 7 ounces lighter than the K6s). The K6xs also features an orange dot front sight and larger rubber grips. The rear sight is integral, and the edges of the gun are melted to minimize snagging when drawn.

    Ron Dudzic, Senior Director of Kimber product development, said this about the K6xs:

    The new K6xs is born from the highly successful K6s .357 Magnum revolver. It was designed to be a superior .38 Special +P concealed carry option with its smooth double action trigger pull and slim six-round profile. This is certain to be a winner among the less feature-rich, common five-round revolvers in this class.

    Of course, another advantage of the less powerful chambering is the price of the gun. The Kimber K6xs has an MSRP of only $679. Still pricey, but much more affordable than the K6s’ price tag of $985.

    For more information, please visit kimberamerica.com.


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