With over 13 acres of floor space, 1,600 exhibitors and hundreds of new shooting, hunting and related items introduced, it’s no wonder gun enthusiasts are anticipating the opening bell of the SHOT Show. It’s the biggest trade show in the shooting and hunting industry and attracts tens of thousands of dealers, writers, buyers and others associated with the firearms business.
It’s not open to the general public, but you don’t have to wait. We’re giving you a sneak peak at some of the hot new products gun and ammo makers will be introducing this year.
Browning Black Label 1911 Compact
You don’t have to choose between beauty and function when you look for your next carry gun. Browning’s new compact Black Label 1911-380 Medallion Pro offers a handsome .380 Auto built on a 1911 platform for good looks and reliable performance on the range and unfailing confidence everywhere else. The barrel is 3 5/8 inches and the gun weighs about 16 ounces. It comes with two eight-round magazines and is available with three-dot or night sights.
Taurus Curve Viridian
It may look unusual, but the Taurus Curve Viridian is one of the most functional and practical guns you’ll ever see. The .380 Auto comes with a built-in red laser and light, including a strobe mode. It has a 6+1 capacity and is built with polymer grips, a carbon steel slide and 2.7-inch barrel. The rounded edges allow for a fast draw and the simple features save fractions of seconds when they matter most. ($419; TaurusUSA.com)
Clinger Trump Tuck Holster
If you’re looking for a new holster for concealed carry, Clinger Holsters has a new product that offers a lot of flexibility, and of course, concealment. The new Trump Tuck Holster conceals handguns using only a single IWB Soft Loop with a Pull the Dot snap. This holster has a very small footprint and is completely adjustable. The cant can be adjusted from 0 to 30 degrees for either strong side or appendix carry, depending on the shooter’s preference. Or you can adjust it to a negative cant for cross-draw and small-of-back carry. The Trump Tuck is, of course, tuckable and is adjustable for ride height and belt size. (Pricing unavailable; ClingerHolsters.com)
Remington’s new striker-fired, polymer-framed RP9 is sure to turn some heads at this year’s SHOT Show. It’s a blunt show of practicality and functionality in a single package. The double-stack magazine holds a whopping 18 rounds of 9mm, but the grip is small enough to fit most shooters’ hands, thanks in part to three interchangeable back-straps. It also has a tactile loaded chamber indicator, an ambidextrous slide lock, a Picatinny front rail and a reversible magazine release. ($489; Remington.com)
Ruger LCP II
Ruger’s original LCP is one of the most popular carry pistols on the market, but the new LCP II just may be even more popular. The 6+1 round .380 Auto is a tad smaller than the original version, allowing you to carry anywhere, anytime without even noticing it’s there. It weighs just 10.6 ounces and is just over 5 inches long. The LCP II comes with a single-action trigger, a larger-framed textured grip and fixed front and rear sights. It comes with a pocket holster and a magazine. ($349; Ruger.com)
Federal Premium Hunter 22 LR
There’s rimfire ammo and there’s Federal’s new Hunter Match rimfire ammo. It’s more than just your standard .22LR ammo. Built specifically for small game and varmint hunters who demand superior accuracy, reliability and maximum knockdown power, Hunter Match 22LR is perfect for a variety of applications. The hollow-point bullet is loaded for maximum velocity and the nickel-plated case provides reliable functioning in a variety of platforms. ($7.95; FederalPremium.com)
Hornady Black Ammunition
Built specifically for modern sporting rifles, yet functional in all types of guns, Hornady’s Black is made with the same high-quality components as Hornady’s other ammunition. The cases feed and function smoothly in suppressed and unsuppressed direct impingement, gas operated and inertia driven auto-loaders, along with bolt-action and pump-action rifles. It’s available in 15 different calibers and bullet choices, plus 12-gauge buckshot. It’s suitable for target shooting, hunting and a variety of other uses. (Starts around $17; Hornady.com)
Alliant Powder Sport Pistol
High-volume shooters can rest easy. Alliant’s new Sport Pistol powder isn’t just reliable and consistent; it’s clean burning, giving competitive shooters and backyard plinkers alike peace-of-mind. It’s designed for polymer-coated bullets, but it works with all kinds of bullets. It has low muzzle flash and provides versatile ballistics options for a variety of loads. Sport Pistol is a medium-fast burning powder. ($27.25; AlliantPowder.com)
SIG Sauer Match Grade .223 Elite Performance Ammunition
When it’s all about accuracy, reach for SIG’s Match Grade ammo. The .223 is loaded with a 77-grain Sierra MatchKing bullet for a muzzle velocity of 2,750 fps and a muzzle engery of 1,293 ft-lbs. It is designed for use in AR platforms, but it excels in bolt-action rifles, too. SIG uses premium primers and the highest-quality brass for reliable functioning under the most demanding conditions. ($24.95; SIGAmmo.com)
Savage Arms DOA Hunter
You don’t need to pay an arm and a leg for a high-quality hunting rifle. Savage’s new DOA Hunter package does everything those high-dollar rifles do for a fraction of the cost. And it even includes a Bushnell Trophy scope. Available in 15 calibers, including 6.5 Creedmoor, .260 Rem, 6.5-284 Norma and various other popular calibers, it’s the perfect choice for budget-conscious big-game hunters everywhere. It comes with a detachable box magazine, a black synthetic stock and Weaver Grand Slam rings. ($684; SavageArms.com)
Beretta A400 Lite Synthetic
Beretta is now making its great A400 Lite Syntetic shotgun available in 20 gauge and with a Realtree Max5 camo pattern. The excellent A400 Lite Synthetic utilizes a 3-inch chamber and comes with new features like S Grip surfaces on the stock and foreend, the Kick-Off Plus system, and a cross-tube piston for maximum capacity. For serious hunters, the new lightweight A400 Lite is the perfect option. (Beretta.com)
Sako A7 Big Game Roughtech 6.5 Creedmoor
This new Big Game combines Sako’s world-renowned receivers and barrels with the durable Roughtech stock, giving the hunter a rugged and reliable tool that performs in all weather and terrain when that trophy of a lifetime presents itself. And Sako is now excited to introduce 6.5 Creedmoor to the list of available calibers. (Sako.fi)
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Stevens 555 Enhanced
Over-unders don’t have to break your bank account. Stevens’ 555 offers an affordable alternative that shoots just as well, feels just as good and is just as reliable as models that cost twice as much. It’s not only cheaper; at just 6 pounds, it’s also lighter than most other O/Us thanks to a light alloy receiver. It comes with a single trigger, a selective tang safety, automatic ejectors, chrome lined barrels and five choke tubes. Available in 12, 20 and 28 gauge, as well as .410.
Just when you thought Winchester’s popular autoloading shotgun couldn’t get any better, along comes the SX4. Building on the popular and tested SX3, the new SX4 includes more accessible operating controls, enhanced ergonomics, faster, more reliable cycling and an improved swing. The 12-gauge comes in four models, including a composite, field, waterfowl and field compact. The composite and waterfowl are available in 3 or 3 ½-inch versions. ($799.99; Winchester.com)
SIG Optics Whiskey 5
The farther the distance, the more room for error. SIG Optics’ Whiskey 5 removes some of the error with its anti-cant, LevelPlex technology. An integrated digital level accurate to +/-.5 degrees, it helps you stay on target in a variety of conditions. The TH100 turrets feature the LockDown Zero System. Six configurations range from 1-5×20 to 5-25×52 and four illuminated reticle options. Even better, scopes come with an unlimited lifetime guarantee.
(Starts at $1,079.99; SIGOptics.com)
Meopta MeoTac 3-12×50
Designed specifically for AR platform rifles, Meopta’s brand new MeoTac 3-12×50 is made for medium-range shooting and is ideal for law enforcement, military and civilian tactical shooters. It features Meo-Lux, Meopta’s highest-quality lens coating. It allows 99.8 percent light transmission. The 34mm tube allows for 55 MOA windage and 100 MOA elevation adjustments with 1/3 MOA click adjustments. It comes with an illuminated MilDot 3 RD reticle, along with numerous other features. ($2,529.99; MeoptaSportsOptics.com)
Nightforce ATACR 7-35×56
Long-range shooters who demand superior performance in a quality scope will find plenty to like with Nightforce’s newest scope. The ATACR 7-35×56 offers the highest-quality glass and other features that will help you make the shot every time. Built with a strong 34mm tube and a light-gathering 56mm objective, the ATACR also includes ZeroStop turrets, and a 100 MOA and 60 MOA elevation and windage adjustment, respectively. ($3,600; NightforceOptics.com)
Springfield Armory SAINT
Just when you thought AR rifles couldn’t get any better, Springfield Armory gives us the SAINT. Built with high-quality components, yet affordable, the SAINT combines reliability, accuracy and flexibility in a single 5.56 NATO rifle. It uses a direct-impingement gas system and comes with an SA nickel boron coated trigger, a 16-inch chrome moly vanadium barrel, low-profile flip-up sights, a keymod handguard, a six-position stock and a Bravo Company Mod 3 pistol grip. It weighs 6 pounds, 11 ounces. ($899; Springfield-Armory.com)
Tikka T3X TAC A1
Utilizing Sako’s famous Tikka T3x receiver and barrel, the TAC A1 is ready to meet the challenges of long-range tactical shooting. It is a compact, lightweight yet supremely durable package that offers consistent, dependable performance. The gun has an aluminum chassis stock system with a foldable rear stock that uses a quick-adjustable cheek piece and features adjustable length of pull. Mounting options include a full length Picatinny rail on the receiver and an AR-type forend for mounting NVD, LAD and other accessories. All in all, this rifle is loaded with great features. (Tikka.fi)
FN 15 DMR II
One look at FN’s new DMR II 5.56 and you’ll see a high-quality gun built with the finest components. The cold-hammer forged, chrome-lined, 18-inch barrel is free-floating for maximum accuracy and the Timney match trigger offers a smooth, crisp, 3.5-pound pull. It comes with a Magpul adjustable stock, a Magpul MOE grip, a FN handguard with M-LOK technology and a SureFire ProComp 556 muzzle break. The DMR II weighs 7 pounds and includes a 30-round magazine. ($1,999; FNAmerica.com)
Redding 22 Nosler and 6.5 Creedmoor Reloading Die Sets
Shooters who demand the most accurate ammo make their own. Now, Redding Reloading Equipment is giving shooters two new die sets in calibers that have grown in popularity. The 22 Nosler and 6.5 Creedmoor premium dies come with a carbide expander button and a micrometer adjusting seat stem and are packaged in a distinctive black and gold box. The bullet seat depth is adjustable to 1/.001” for maximum consistency. The three-die set includes a full-length sizing die, a seating die and a neck-sizing die. ($194.55 ; Redding-Reloading.com)
Ramrodz Cleaning Rods
These little guys are great for cleaning your firearms. Specially engineered and caliber-specific, RamRodz cleaning swabs are available for pistols, rifles and shotguns. The swabs feature industrial-grade, low-lint cotton heads mounted on strong yet flexible bamboo handles. They expand deep into a firearm’s rifling grooves and also do a great job cleaning slides, receivers, chambers, magazine housings, breeches and more. These cleaning tools are disposable and biodegradable, offering excellent cleaning performance in a fraction of the time, and without the traditional mess of cotton patches. (Price varies; RamRodz.com)
Editor's Note: This article is an excerpt from the January 2017 issue of Gun Digest the Magazine.
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