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New Guns And Gear June 2022

Looking for a new iron or piece of kit to enhance the one you already own? Check out these 7 new bits of guns and gear to grow your firearms wish list.

The New Guns And Gear:

Smith & Wesson M&P15 Volunteer


The M&P15 is a legend in its own right, at least when it comes to affordable ARs. But Smith & Wesson has given shooters the shot of upgraded options for the reliable iron with a sizable expansion of the line. Aptly named for the manufacturer’s new home—Tennessee—the Volunteer series offers up six new guns. The selection ranges from a base model carbine up to the XV DMR, a long-range specialist that comes decked out with a 20-inch barrel. In all cases, the Volunteers include some nice upgrades, such as chromed firing pins, flat triggers and B5 Systems furniture. All in all, the guns are solid additions to an already well-regarded line and certainly offer shooters options tailored to their mission.
MSRP: Starting at $1,049


Springfield Armory Hellion


The HS Produkt’s VHS-2, or Springfield Hellion, may be a new design for the States, but the rifle already has a well-established reputation abroad. Used by the Croatian and Iraqi militaries, the bullpup has undergone the necessary improvements revealed during the testing of the original VHS. As a bullpup design, the Springfield Hellion features a 16-inch barrel in a package only 28.25 inches long, overall. The barrel is hammer-forged, has a 1:7 twist and comes with a 4-prong flash hider. It feeds from STANAG AR-15 magazines (unlike the original VHS-2 that uses G36 mags) and is a fully ambidextrous design. Compact and handy, the Hellion is also a very capable fighting rifle.
MSRP: $1,999


B&T APC45 Pro


If you shoot pistol-caliber carbines or subs, you know the importance of Glock mag compatibility. That’s why the release of the APC45 Pro is music to tactical gun enthusiasts’ ears. A Glock-compatible lower, the .45 ACP subgun opens the doors to cheap and abundant enhanced-capacity magazines. Thus, it’s a wicked little system with the potential for plenty of firepower. The gun is manageable to boot, with the Swiss manufacturer outfitting it with all the assets that made its 9mm subgun so popular. Chief among these is a hydraulic buffer system that tames down the little rattler’s recoil, allowing you to pick up its pace. Other high points include an ambidextrous charging handle, improved lower ergonomics and M-lok compatible forend.
MSRP: $2,300


Sig Sauer RomeoZero Elite


If you pack a single-stack pistol for self-defense, Sig has its sights set on you. The new RomeoZero Elite is tailored perfectly to ultra-thin guns, such as the 1911 and svelte polymers that have hit the market in recent years. At a whisper-thin 0.98-inch width, the red-dot maintains this class of pistols’ hair’s breadth, while its 1-inch height does little to bulk up a gun’s profile. Interestingly, Sig offers two reticle choices, a circle dot that has a 2 MOA dot in combination with a 32 MOA circle, or a standard 3 MOA dot only—both with eight brightness settings. The former gives the RMSc footprint sight AR chops. And with Touch Activated Programming (T.A.P.) and 20,000 of run life per CR1632 battery, it’s ready to go when you are.
MSRP: Starting at $229


Rise Armament Rave PCC Trigger


Looking to milk the most out of your pistol-caliber carbine? Look no further than Rise Armament. The Oklahoma company recently unveiled its dedicated PCC drop-in trigger—the Rave PCC—and it has the stuff to get shooters drooling. In addition to a rugged design that reliably withstands the abuse of blowback systems, thanks to S7 steel interior components, the switch brings a healthy dose of improved accuracy potential to the table. Crisp as winter snow, the Rave has a 3.5-pound break—which not only ups hitting where you want but makes this baby ready to dance when pitching a bevy downrange. Corrosion resistant and nearly foolproof to install, the trigger is made to excel in any conditions.
MSRP: $149.99


Breakthrough Clean Technologies MSR Carbon Removal Tool


Let’s face it: Nobody’s overjoyed about gun maintenance. You should make it as easy on yourself as you can when it comes to this vital task. Breakthrough Clean Technologies gives a hand in this direction with the MSR Carbon Removal Tool. With two retractable tool heads, each with specialized geometry, the gadget can scrape every nook and cranny of an AR-style rifle … from lug to carrier and everything in between. Handiest of all, the device fits right into a hip pocket, leaving you no excuse not to have it on hand.
MSRP: $18.95


CZ Scorpion 3+ Pistol


One of the most popular guns in its class, the CZ Scorpion has gotten better. The gunmaker recently pulled back the curtain on the 3+ iteration of the subgun, incorporating many of the features shooters have been demanding for years. First and foremost, this baby is righty and lefty friendly. You heard correctly: CZ made all the controls—from bolt catch to safety selector—ambidextrous, which also gives the piece a tactical edge. Additionally, the gun’s ergonomics are more refined, with a strong and lighter handguard increasing nimbleness and an improved pistol grip making it more comfortable. Even the iron sights have been dolled up, made of more durable aluminum, and the Scorpion redesigned to be even more modular. Overall, they’re really nice improvements to an already solid gun.
MSRP: $1,299

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the June 2022 issue of Gun Digest the Magazine.


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