Gun Digest

7 Pieces Of Kit For A Tactical Advantage

Be it nestled deep in a sniper's hide or keeping the upper hand in defending your family, tactical guns and gear can give you a decisive advantage. Here are seven pieces of new kit that will make certain you thrive no matter your mission.

Kit Up!:

Kimber Advanced Tactical SOC II

A no-compromise rifle built to meet the requirements of military, law enforcement professionals and serious precision rifle shooters, the Kimber Advanced Tactical SOC II (Special Operations Capable) is built by hand, boasting an adjustable aluminum folding stock, detachable box magazine and a threaded muzzle with thread protector. Available in 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Win. chamberings, the Advanced Tactical SOC II boasts a highly coveted sub-0.5-MOA guarantee. Features include a match-grade chamber, M-LOK accessory rail, night vision mount and a three-position safety. $2,449.99

Nikon P-Tactical Spur Reflex Sight

Engineered with fully multi-coated lenses and Nikon’s proprietary TruColor coating — designed to eliminate the bluish tint that is common on reflex sights — the P-Tactical Spur features a clear view for both-eyes-open sighting. The sight’s 3-MOA dot is adjustable with 10 levels of brightness — the first two settings are night vision compatible — and centered within a 27x16mm sighting window for an extra-wide field of view with unlimited eye relief. Battery life is estimated at 15,000 hours of continuous usage, and the red dot in the display will flash to indicate low battery strength.


The all-new CMMG MkW Anvil XLR2 is chambered in 6.5 Grendel and features a 22-inch medium-taper barrel. The MkW Anvil is built on an AR-10-sized frame with the upper receiver shortened by ¾-inch to minimize weight and increase ergonomics, but the magwell on the lower receiver has been uniquely designed to accept standard AR-15 magazines to utilize the AR-10-sized bolt with calibers such as the 6.5 Grendel. Other features include a Geissele Automatics SSA 2-stage trigger, ambidextrous charging handle and safety selector, CMMG SV muzzle brake and M-LOK handguard. $2,299.95

Savage MSR 10 In.338 Federal

Savage’s MSR 10 Hunter is now available in .338 Federal. The MSR 10 Hunter delivers performance from its upgraded Savage barrel with 5R rifling, 2-stage trigger and tough Melonite QPQ finish. Other upgrades including a free-float forend, custom-forged lower receiver and Blackhawk adjustable buttstock and pistol grip. Built on the .308 Win. case and necked up to hold a .338-inch diameter bullet, the .338 Federal offers hunters a faster muzzle velocity than the .308 Win. — but with a heavier bullet. As a result, the short-action cartridge provides magnum energy for devastating performance on game, without magnum recoil. $1,479

Nighthawk Custom Ladyhawk 2.0 Pistol

The Ladyhawk 2.0 is the first major upgrade to the Ladyhawk series of pistols. The slim-framed, commander-sized gun is available in both 9mm and .45 ACP, and the Ladyhawk 2.0 marries modern coating options, such as DLC and rose gold TICN with obsidian, abalone and zinc — creating a feminine pistol that boasts jaw-dropping aesthetics in addition to unparalleled function. Additional features include Heinie Slant Pro Straight Eight tritium night sights, thinned front strap and mainspring housing, serrated slide top, scalloped front strap and mainspring housing, shortened slide stop and beveled frame, and lightweight aluminum Nighthawk Custom tri-cavity trigger. $4,695

SIG SAUER 6.5 Creedmoor SIG HT Ammunition

Like all SIG HT Elite Performance Ammunition offerings, the 6.5 Creedmoor features an all-copper bullet that delivers deep penetration and consistent 1.8X diameter expansion. The 120-grain bullet is capable of producing a muzzle velocity of 2,825 fps with muzzle energy of 2,126 fpe. In addition, SIG HT cartridges are made with nickel-plated shell cases, and flash-reduced propellant is used to minimize visible signature while shooting in low-light situations. SIG HT copper hunting ammunition is now available in five calibers: .300 BLK, .223 Rem., .308 Win., .300 Win. Mag. and 6.5 Creedmoor. $27.95

RISE Armament 1121XR 6.5 Creedmoor

The 1121XR precision rifle is designed for those who want more out of a gas firearm. RISE has significantly reduced the weight while still guaranteeing sub-1 MOA accuracy. With the 1121XR, competitors and long-range shooters can have the accuracy of a bolt gun with the benefit of quick follow-up shots. The gun sports a 15-inch streamlined billet aluminum handguard that’s M-LOK compatible with a Picatinny upper rail. The RISE Armament RA-535 Advanced-Performance Trigger with a 3.5-pound pull boasts an incredibly crisp release and a short reset. Specifications include barrel length of 22 inches; overall length of 44 inches; and a weight of 10 pounds, 4 ounces. $2,449

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the May 2018 issue of Gun Digest the Magazine.

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