Down Range

Recoil - - Down Range -

Ah, Jan­uary. That time of year when peo­ple in the real world are curs­ing their com­mute, once again gorked up by snow­fall. When heat­ing bills pro­vide a mild shock when pulled from their en­velopes, and we’re count­ing down the days un­til ven­tur­ing out­side to do some­thing worth­while doesn’t re­quire eight lay­ers of cloth­ing and a flask of brown liq­uid.

The firearms in­dus­try is, of course, in the midst of its an­nual trip to Ve­gas to show off its wares. No doubt we’ll be re­galed by breath­less pressers tout­ing the lat­est ground­break­ing ver­sion of a 40-year-old de­sign, only this time — gasp — it’s in Coy­ote! Buried amongst the hype will ob­vi­ously be some true in­no­va­tion and orig­i­nal think­ing, and you can count on RECOIL’s staff to wade through the hy­per­bole and bullsh*t to bring you the news that mat­ters. We’ll be ex­pand­ing our class-lead­ing cov­er­age from the Sands Expo Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, with the goal of pro­duc­ing more qual­ity video and web con­tent than any­one else. And we hope that you, our loyal read­ers, will hold us to that goal.

In that theme, this is­sue looks at some of the most cut­ting-edge firearms around. Candice Horner ex­am­ines Rem­ing­ton’s CSR, which is fi­nally ap­pear­ing on gun store shelves af­ter years of only be­ing avail­able to guys with pix­e­lated faces, the same dudes who are run­ning the Knight’s LAMG. We also get to grips with Bill Geis­sele’s Project Joy — al­most 13 pounds of su­per-ac­cu­rate gas gun, de­vel­oped for yet an­other so­lic­i­ta­tion that orig­i­nated be­hind the wire. And from across the At­lantic, the B&T USW brings a Euro­pean so­lu­tion to prob­lem that un­for­tu­nately crosses con­ti­nen­tal bound­aries. You’ll prob­a­bly no­tice that none of these guns ap­pear any­where else in print, but that’s OK, the other guys will catch up even­tu­ally.

We pre­dict that mar­ket pres­sures will make 2018 a ban­ner year for new prod­ucts and out­side-the-box think­ing. And we’ll be do­ing our ut­most to en­sure our read­ers are ahead of the curve when it comes to both hard­ware and hard skills. Stay tuned ...

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