COMPANIES UPDATING THEIR DESIGNS MEANS NEW PRODUCTS AND GOOD NEWS FOR GUN OWNERS
It seems that no one in the gun industry is taking much time off. Companies have been continually introducing new products and updated models to their existing lines. Here are some of the best we found:
01. SMITH & WESSON MODEL 360
Smith & Wesson has added another revolver to its line of J-frame snubbies. The new five-shot Model 360 is chambered in .357 Magnum. It has a lightweight scandium alloy frame and an unfluted stainless steel cylinder, giving it a total weight of just 14.9 ounces. The Model 360 features a black finish with Flat Dark Earth (FDE) combat grips. The sights are a red ramp front with a groove rear.
Web: www.Smith-wesson.com MSRP: $770
02. STEYR M9-A1 IN OD GREEN
Steyr Arms is now offering its M9-A1 pistol with an OD Green frame. That color is nothing new for Steyr, which has used it for about 50 years in its SSG69 rifle and the AUG (StG77). The M9-A1 is a full-size, striker-fired 9mm pistol with a 4-inch barrel. Its low bore axis and a frame that allows for a high grip to keep muzzle rise to a minimum, allowing for quick follow-up shots. There’s a Picatinny rail for mounting a light or laser. The pistol also features an integrated trigger safety. The sights are a unique trapezoidal design for quick alignment. There’s also a built-in keyed trigger lock. The magazine capacity is 17 rounds.
Web: www.Steyrarms.com MSRP: $560
03. LIMITED EDITION KAHR PISTOLS
Kahr Arms is introducing two new limited edition pistols that will be offered exclusively through Gallery of Guns. The CW3833PBR, shown, is chambered for .380 ACP. It has a 2.5-inch barrel, and weighs a mere 10.2 ounces. It’s 5 inches long with a height of 3.9 ounces. One six-round magazine is included. The pistol features a bar-dot sights. The CW9093PBR is chambered in 9mm and is a bit larger, with its 3.5-inch barrel and a weight of 15.8 ounces. It’s 5.9 inches long with a height of 4.5 inches. It comes with one seven-round magazine. Both pistols feature a Desert Tan frame, with the stainless steel slide, trigger and slide stop lever finished in Patriot Brown Cerakote.
Web: www.Kahr.com; www.Galleryofguns.com MSRP: $449 (in .380), $498 (9mm)
04. SPRINGFIELD ARMORY RANGE OFFICER ELITE
Springfield Armory has added four new pistols to its popular Range Officer series. The Range Officer Elite pistols are available in Compact, Champion, Target and Operator models in both 9mm and .45 ACP. The RO Elite Compact, shown, uses a lightweight forged alloy frame. Its forged steel slide features a Black-T finish for corrosion resistance. It has a 4-inch bull barrel with a full feed ramp. It has a fiber optic front sight and a tactical ledge, white-dot rear sight. Other features include a captured flat wire recoil spring, ambidextrous safeties, thin-line G-10 grips and Springfield Armory’s Gen 2 trigger.
Web: www.Springfield-armory.com MSRP: $1,030
05. RUGER LCP II WITH VIRIDIAN LASER
Ruger’s updated LCP II is now being offered from the factory with a Viridian laser installed. The LCP II is the company’s pocket pistol in .380 ACP. It’s just 5.17 inches long and 3.71 inches in height. It has several features that differ from the original LCP, including a redesigned, textured grip frame, more prominent sights, lighter trigger that’s closer to a single action, a bladestyle safety inside the face of the trigger and a slide that locks open after the last round is fired. Included are a magazine floorplate with finger extension, a pocket holster and one six-round magazine. The laser is Viridian’s E-Series red laser. Viridian also makes a green laser and a white light for the LCP II.
Web: www.Ruger.com, www.Viridianweapontech.com MSRP: $439
06. REX ZERO 1T TACTICAL MODEL
The Fime Group has introduced the Arex Rex Zero 1T tactical model. This competition-ready 9mm is packed with features. It comes with two 20-round magazines, an optics-ready slide with four included mounting plates, a 1.5x28-threaded barrel, ambidextrous safeties and magazine releases, Picatinny accessory rail and steel white-dot sights. The pistol features an aluminum frame with a steel locking block insert. The gun can be carried cocked and locked or as a traditional DA/SA with the slide stop lever also serving as a decocker.
Web: www.Fimegroup.com MRSP: $869
07. CENTURY ARMS SHIPPING CANIK TP9DA
Century Arms, the exclusive importer of Canik pistols, has announced that the Canik TP9DA pistol is now available. The 9mm pistol is a striker-fired, polymer-frame pistol that operates more like a traditional DA/SA hammer gun. There is a decocker mechanism on top of the slide just ahead of the rear sight. It allows you to decock the striker so that the pistol can be carried with a heavier first trigger pull, more like a double action. Capacity of the pistol is 18+1 rounds. It features a 4.07-inch barrel and weighs 1.73 pounds overall. The pistol is available with either a black or burnt bronze Cerakote finish. A polymer holster with both belt and paddle attachments are included.
Web: www.Centuryarms.biz MSRP: $425
08. COAST PX1R
The new PX1R EDC light from Coast uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack that features a micro USB port so the charge cord can be plugged directly into it. It can also be powered by three conventional AAA batteries. The light provides up to 460 lumens, good for a distance of up to 508 feet. The beam is adjustable from flood to spot with a twist of the focus head. Available colors are red, blue, green, orange and black.
Web: www.Coastportland.com MSRP: $90
09. SWAB-ITS BORE-STICKS AVAILABLE IN 9MM
Swab-its new 3-in-1 Bore-Sticks make gun-cleaning tasks much easier. The Bore-Sticks feature caliber-specific foam swabs attached to a polypropylene handles, eliminating the need for separate cleaning rods, jags and patches. The lint-free, reusable swabs fit tightly and expand into the rifling grooves for thorough cleaning of the bore. Four Bore-Sticks are included in each package. The 9mm model will also fit the .380, .38 and .357. The foam swabs can be washed with soap and water and reused repeatedly. Swab-its are made in the U.S. The company also makes Bore-Tips for most major calibers that fit conventional cleaning rods, Bore-Whips for small bores, and Swab-It Gun-Tips in assorted lengths with their own handles. Another introduction for the company is a star chamber cleaning swab for the AR-15.
Web: www.Swab-its.com MSRP: $10
10. ACTION TARGET PT TWIST RIMFIRE TARGET
You can keep your range sessions fun by shooting some steel with your .22LR. The new PT Twist Rimfire from Action Target is a three-pronged target formed from a single piece of steel. The target doesn’t need to be reset. A hit in the target zone causes the unit to roll so that the next target prong flips up. Keep hitting it and it will keep moving in the same direction. The target is made of A524B steel that’s 3/16 inch thick. Because it’s made from one piece of steel, there are no welds or bolts to break.
Web: www.Actiontarget.com MSRP: $40
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