Gun World - - Contents - By Richard Schutz

2017 has seen a lot of up­grades and vari­a­tions of ex­ist­ing mod­els—as well as a few com­pletely new guns.

In these trou­bled times, the need for self-de­fense has be­come more crit­i­cal than ever. In­deed, now that most states have en­acted a CCW law and rec­i­proc­ity be­tween states is in­creas­ing, more and more civil­ians are “pack­ing heat.”

Nearly 65,000 in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als at­tended the 2017 SHOT (Shoot­ing, Hunt­ing, Out­door Trade) Show this past Jan­uary at the Sands Expo Cen­ter in Las Ve­gas, Nevada. This an­nual event gives distrib­u­tors, deal­ers and the media an op­por­tu­nity to see and han­dle a plethora of prod­ucts both new and fa­mil­iar.

For those of us in­ter­ested in firearms, the SHOT Show pro­vided a vast ar­ray of firearms to pe­ruse. The day be­fore SHOT Show be­gan, In­dus­try Day at the Range of­fered a chance to shoot some of those firearms. The SHOT Show is so large that it is nearly im­pos­si­ble to see ev­ery­thing on dis­play, but it is a great op­por­tu­nity to keep abreast of what is hap­pen­ing in the firearms in­dus­try.

Some firearms, such as the Hud­son H9, are in­no­va­tive. Oth­ers are new but don’t break any new ground. Still oth­ers are merely line ex­ten­sions of ex­ist­ing mod­els.

The fol­low­ing firearms are those that we found most in­ter­est­ing—even if they weren’t to­tally new for the 2017 SHOT Show. GW

Even though it was in­tro­duced late in 2016, the CZ P-10 C (“com­pact”) was one of the hottest firearms at the 2017 SHOT Show. From its er­gonomics to its 4.5- to 5-pound trig­ger (with stir­rup-style trig­ger bar), fiber-re­in­forced frame, ni­tride-treated, cold ham­mer-forged bar­rel and slide, and its tac­ti­cal 3-dot sights, this all-new line of striker-fired pis­tols is CZ through and through. The P-10 C model is cham­bered in both 9mm Luger and .40 S&W. Safeties in­clude both trig­ger and a fir­ing pin block. There is no man­ual safety. Take­down is sim­i­lar to that of other striker-fired pis­tols. The P-10 C fits many hol­sters de­signed for the Glock 19.

The all-new 9mm Hud­son H9 pis­tol was a real head-turner and won the Gun Col­lec­tive Best in Show award at the SHOT Show. Some re­fer to the H9 as the “love child” of Glock and 1911 par­ents. The H9 of­fers a low bore axis, a 1911-styled, straight-pull trig­ger with an in­te­gral safety and a dou­ble-stack mag­a­zine for 15+1 ca­pac­ity. It is striker fired and does not have a grip safety. The pis­tol also fea­tures a stainless steel slide, steel frame, am­bidex­trous slide stop, rev­ersible mag­a­zine catch, Tri­ji­con HD front sight, VZ grips, Hogue tex­tured lower back strap and a black ni­tride fin­ish. You will cer­tainly hear a lot more about this pis­tol in the fu­ture.

All new for 2017, the New Hamp­shire-man­u­fac­tured

Cara­cal En­hanced F (EF) striker-fired, poly­mer-frame pis­tol is cham­bered in 9x19mm NATO and fea­tures a low-pro­file slide. We fired two of these pis­tols dur­ing In­dus­try Day at the Range. One had the stan­dard 3-dot sight sys­tem with a 6.5-inch sight ra­dius; the other had the Quick-Sight sys­tem. They were both easy to shoot well, and we were sur­prised at how well the Quick-Sight sys­tem worked. The “short dou­ble-ac­tion” trig­ger was smooth and crisp for a strik­er­fired pis­tol. Safeties in­clude an in­te­grated trig­ger safety, fir­ing pin safety and a drop safety. The bar­rel is cold ham­mer forged and has a fully sup­ported cham­ber. Both the bar­rel and the slide re­ceive a QPQ salt bath ni­trid­ing treat­ment. We guar­an­tee you will be sur­prised at how well the Quick-Sight sys­tem works af­ter you run through a cou­ple of mag­a­zines. (Im­ages in­cluded here are of the En­hanced F pre-pro­duc­tion pis­tols. Frame and slide mark­ings, slide con­fig­u­ra­tions and fin­ishes might dif­fer on the se­rial pro­duc­tion run.)

New to the com­mer­cial mar­ket for 2017, the LWRCI REPR (Rapid En­gage­ment Pre­ci­sion Ri­fle) MKII was built to meet the de­mand­ing re­quire­ments of the CSASS (Com­pact Semi-Au­to­matic Sniper Sys­tem) so­lic­i­ta­tion by the U.S. Army. This ri­fle is cham­bered in 7.62x51 NATO and is avail­able in 12.7-, 16.1- and 20-inch bar­rel lengths. The REPR MKII fea­tures a black ni­tride-treated, heavy-pro­file, fluted, cold ham­mer-forged bar­rel, tun­able gas block with short-stroke gas pis­ton sys­tem, Mono­forge upper re­ceiver with in­te­grated rail base, re­mov­able top rail, fully am­bidex­trous lower re­ceiver con­trols, Geis­sele SSA-E two-stage trig­ger, LWRCI am­bidex­trous charg­ing han­dle, LWRCI skir­mish sights, LWRCI muz­zle brake and Mag­pul MOE grip. The mod­els with 12.7- and 16.1-inch bar­rels have a Mag­pul UBR butt­stock; the 20-inch-bar­reled model has a Mag­pul PRS butt­stock. All in all, this is a fine ri­fle that should have no prob­lem pro­vid­ing sub-MOA ac­cu­racy.

The Falkor De­fense PE­TRA Mag­num MSR is now cham­bered in .300 NORMA. The PE­TRA .300 NORMA uses the DRACOS Straight Jacket bar­rel sys­tem. This bar­rel sys­tem comes with a 100 per­cent money-back guar­an­tee and a life­time war­ranty. The PE­TRA fea­tures a hard-an­odized, am­bidex­trous bil­let re­ceiver (am­bidex­trous take­down pins, bolt re­lease, short-throw safety se­lec­tor and Falkor Mach 300 ambi-charg­ing han­dle), Falkor anti-tilt ni­tride BCG, Geis­sele SSA-E two-stage or Trig­ger-Tech trig­ger, Mag­pul PRS butt­stock, Hogue over­molded grip, Falkor DS-300 muz­zle brake and a Falkor “Tranny” free-float, 19-inch M-Lok hand­guard. The ri­fle is fin­ished in gray Cer­akote. Falkor De­fense claims that this semi­auto ri­fle is the “Fer­rari” of the mag­num semi­auto class. It shoots like a bolt gun with vir­tu­ally no re­coil.

An­other hand­gun that took the SHOT Show by storm was the Taurus SPEC­TRUM. The SPEC­TRUM is de­signed, en­gi­neered and man­u­fac­tured in the United States. Along with its ul­tra-slim de­sign, the col­ored, soft-touch, over­molded grip pan­els that are in­te­grated into the grip and the slide make the SPEC­TRUM stand out in the EDC hand­gun crowd. Those grip pan­els ap­pear to pro­vide an er­gonomic ex­pe­ri­ence not seen be­fore in a mi­cro hand­gun. The trig­ger is a DAO de­sign, and the pull weight is in the 7- to 9-pound range, but a wide trig­ger helps im­prove the feel. The sights are min­i­mal­ist and in­te­grated into the slide. As you might ex­pect from the name, the SPEC­TRUM is avail­able in 20 (yes, 20!) over­molded panel col­ors, along with stainless and black stainless slides and black, gray and white frames. These pis­tols are go­ing to sell like hot­cakes.

STAG Arms of New Bri­tain, Con­necti­cut—known for its line of

AR-15 ri­fles and ac­ces­sories—an­nounced its en­try into the AR-10 arena with the re­lease of the STAG 10 and 10S se­ries of di­rec­tim pinge­ment gas sys­tem ri­fles. Both mod­els fea­ture forged 7075 alu­minum upper and lower re­ceivers with type III hard­coat an­odiz­ing, 4150 cmv bar­rels, sin­gle-stage trig­gers, Hogue grips, VG6 Gamma com­pen­sators and Di­a­mond Head VRS-T 308 hand­guards that use the keymod at­tach­ment sys­tem. The model 10 has an 18-inch bar­rel with a ri­fle-length gas sys­tem and a Mag­pul fixed stock. The model 10S has a 16-inch bar­rel with a mi­dlength gas sys­tem and a Mag­pul ACS butt­stock. Both ri­fles come with STAG’s life­time trans­fer­able war­ranty and in­fi­nite shot bar­rel guar­an­tee.

Amer­i­can De­fense Man­u­fac­tur­ing an­nounced its en­try into the 9mm MSR field at the SHOT Show with the UIC-9 car­bine. The Uni­ver­sal Im­proved Car­bine (UIC) is an AR-15-style plat­form. The UIC-9 is avail­able as an 8.5-inch-bar­reled pis­tol, 8.5-inch-bar­reled SBR or a 16-inch-bar­reled car­bine. The upper and lower re­ceivers are both ma­chined from 7075-T6 bil­let alu­minum. The lower re­ceiver is fully am­bidex­trous. The bolt car­rier group has a Mel­onite QPQ fin­ish and the bar­rel is ni­tride fin­ished.

The re­ceivers are fin­ished with type III Te­flonim­preg­nated, hard­coat-an­odized black or Cer­akote fin­ished in FDE, Stealth Gray, Mid­night Bronze or OD Green. The hand­guard uses the M-Lok at­tach­ment sys­tem. The fur­ni­ture is Mag­pul (MOE grip and SL butt­stock), and the charg­ing han­dle is a BCM gun­fighter model.

Well-known for its line of re­li­able model 500 pump-ac­tion shot­guns, O.F. Moss­berg & Sons an­nounced the 590 Shock­wave pump-ac­tion shot­gun at the 2017 SHOT Show. This six-shot (five plus one) shot­gun is clas­si­fied as fully com­pli­ant by the BATFE. As a re­sult, it re­quires no tax stamp for trans­fer. It fea­tures the Shock­wave rap­tor bird’s head poly­mer pis­tol grip, strapped forend, am­bidex­trous safety, dual ex­trac­tors, pos­i­tive steel-to-steel lockup, twin-ac­tion bars, a smooth-op­er­at­ing, anti-jam el­e­va­tor and a clean-out tube mag­a­zine cap. The 14-inch bar­rel has a matte-blue fin­ish, cylin­der bore and a gold bead front sight. This com­pact shot­gun could be used for home-de­fense or as a ranch/farm preda­tor gun. It is short and light enough to strap to a back­pack for easy carry while hik­ing.

Per­haps the biggest news of the SHOT Show was the an­nounce­ment that the SIG Sauer P320 mod­u­lar pis­tol had been se­lected by the U.S. Army as the win­ner of the XM17 Mod­u­lar Hand­gun Sys­tem (MHS) con­tract. Sec­ond to that at the SIG booth was the in­tro­duc­tion of the next-gen­er­a­tion P320: the P320 X se­ries. This se­ries con­sists of the P320 X FIVE, X Carry and X VTAC. The P320 X VTAC was de­signed in con­cert with Kyle E. Lamb, SGM (Re­tired). All P320 X se­ries pis­tols fea­ture the en­hanced X grip mod­ule with ex­tended beaver­tail, four-sided beveled mag­well, im­proved slide ser­ra­tions, flat trig­ger and slide-light­en­ing cuts. The VTAC ver­sion adds an FDE-fin­ished stainless steel slide, mod­i­fied slide catch lever and VTAC (Vik­ing Tac­tics) day/night sights. The P320 X FIVE is the 5-inch bar­reled, 21-round com­pe­ti­tion ver­sion; the P320 X Carry is the 3.9-inch bar­reled, 17-round ca­pac­ity carry ver­sion. (All these ver­sions should be in your lo­cal gun shop by the time you read this.)

MAKE: CZ MODEL: P-10 C CAL­IBER: 9mm/.40 S&W BAR­REL LENGTH: 4.02 inches OVER­ALL LENGTH: 7.3 inches HEIGHT: 5.2 inches WIDTH: 1.25 inches WEIGHT: 26 ounces (empty) CA­PAC­ITY: 15+1/12+1 MSRP: $499/$516 URL:

MAKE: Hud­son Man­u­fac­tur­ing MODEL: H9 CAL­IBER: 9x19mm BAR­REL LENGTH: 4.28 inches OVER­ALL LENGTH: 7.625 inches HEIGHT: 5.225 inches (with­out the mag­a­zine) WIDTH: 1.24 inches WEIGHT: 36.5 ounces (with empty mag­a­zine) CA­PAC­ITY: 15+1 SIGHT RA­DIUS: 6.26...

MAKE: Falkor De­fense MODEL: PE­TRA Mag­num MSR CAL­IBER: .300 NORMA BAR­REL LENGTH: 24 inches RI­FLING TWIST RATE: 1:9.73 inches OVER­ALL LENGTH: 44.5 inches (col­lapsed) WEIGHT: 11.8 pounds CA­PAC­ITY: 10+1 MSRP: $6,499 URL: www.Falko­rDe­

MAKE: LWRCI MODEL: REPR MKII CAL­IBER: 7.62x51 NATO BAR­REL LENGTH: 12.7/16.1/20 inches RI­FLING TWIST RATE: 1:10 inches OVER­ALL LENGTH: 30.8–33.6/34.8–37.6/41.25 WEIGHT: 8.5/9.0/10.4 pounds (with­out mag­a­zine) MSRP: $4,150 (base price for all three...

MAKE: Taurus USA MODEL: SPEC­TRUM CAL­IBER: .380 Auto BAR­REL LENGTH: 2.8 inches OVER­ALL LENGTH: 5.40 inches HEIGHT: 3.82 inches WIDTH: 0.89 inch WEIGHT: 10 ounces (empty) CA­PAC­ITY: 6+1 (7+1 with ex­tended mag­a­zine) MSRP: $289 (stan­dard col­ors);...

MAKE: Stag Arms MODEL: STAG 10 and 10S CAL­IBER: 7.62x51mm (.308 Win.) BAR­REL LENGTH: 18 inches (model 10)/16 inches (model 10S) RI­FLING TWIST RATE: 1:10 inches OVER­ALL LENGTH: 39.25 inches/35.25–38.5 inches WEIGHT: 9.4 pounds/8.3 pounds...

MAKE: Amer­i­can De­fense Man­u­fac­tur­ing MODEL: UIC-9 car­bine BAR­REL LENGTH: 8.5 inches (Cri­te­rion); 16 inches (4150 CMV) RI­FLING TWIST RATE: 1:10 inches (but­ton ri­fling) WEIGHT: 6 pounds, 12 ounces (16-inch car­bine) CA­PAC­ITY: 13/17/33 (Glock 17 and 19...

MAKE: Moss­berg MODEL: 590 Shock­wave CAL­IBER: 12 gauge BAR­REL LENGTH: 14 inches CHOKE: Cylin­der bore OVER­ALL LENGTH: 26.37 inches WEIGHT: 5.3 pounds (empty) CA­PAC­ITY: 5+1 rounds MSRP: $455 URL: www.Moss­

MAKE: SIG Sauer MODEL: P320 X VTAC CAL­IBER: 9mm BAR­REL LENGTH: 4.7 inches OVER­ALL LENGTH: 8.3 inches HEIGHT: 5.4 inches WIDTH: 1.3 inches WEIGHT: 29.5 ounces (with mag­a­zine) CA­PAC­ITY: 17+1 MSRP: $918 URL:

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