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January 17th, 2022

PRS Game-Changer? Savage Impulse Straight-Pull Chassis Rifle

Savage 110 Impulse elite precision chassis rifle 6.5 Creedmoor 300 PRC shot show tactical

This is big news for the PRS/NRL and tactical game. Savage Arms has adapted its Impulse straight pull action for the tactical market. Savage’s new Impulse Elite Precision combines the award-winning Savage Impulse straight-pull action with a precision MDT aluminum alloy chassis. The ability to shoot faster, with less rifle movement, is potentially a game-changer for the tactical/precision rifle competitions where stages run “on the clock” and fast follow-up shots are very important.
Savage 110 Impulse elite precision chassis rifle 6.5 Creedmoor 300 PRC shot show tactical

The new Impulse Elite Precision features a straight-pull action fitted in a ACC (adjustable core competition) chassis from Modular Driven Technologies™ (MDT). With a full-length ARCA rail, the Impulse Elite Precision can be easily customized for individual balance preferences. You can add weight and accessories on the fore-arm easily through the ARCA mounts. And the rear section offers adjustable length of pull and cheekpiece height. The ambidextrous bolt can be fitted on either right or left sides.

Savage 110 Impulse elite precision chassis rifle 6.5 Creedmoor 300 PRC shot show tactical
Savage 110 Impulse elite precision chassis rifle 6.5 Creemoor 300 PRC shot show tactical
Savage 110 Impulse elite precision chassis rifle 6.5 Creedmoor 300 PRC shot show tactical

Savage 110 Impulse elite precision chassis rifle 6.5 Creedmoor 300 PRC shot show tacticalThis Impulse straight-pull action is bedded in an Adjustable Core Competition chassis from Modular Driven Technologies (MDT). From its full-length ARCA rail to its nitride coatings, the Impulse Elite Precision is optimized for the PRS/NRL game.

“The Elite Precision has changed the way Savage shooters think about long-range capability,” said Jessica Treglia, Senior Brand Manager for Savage Arms. “The addition of the Impulse straight-pull action is going to add a new element of speed to an already efficient rifle. When split times are an important aspect of the competition, Impulse Elite Precision will be a game-changer.”

The new Impulse Elite Precision will initially be offered in seven chamberings: 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, .308 Win, .300 PRC, .300 Win Mag, and .338 Lapua Magnum. MSRP for the rifle in the four smaller chamberings (all with 26″ barrels) is $2649.00 while the .300 PRC and magnums will cost $2849.00. The .300 PRC, .300 Win Mag, and .338 LM have 30″ barrels.

Hunting Version of Impulse Named 2021 Rifle of the Year
The Savage Impulse straight-pull hunting rifle recently won the coveted NRA American Hunter 2022 Golden Bullseye Award as Rifle of the Year. Previously, Guns & Ammo magazine editors also named Savage’s Impulse the 2021 Rifle of the Year.

Savage Impulse Straight-Pull Action — Overview

Savage’s Impulse series of straight-pull bolt rifles is the first American-designed and crafted straight-pull centerfire rifle. The new Impulse features an innovative Hexlock bolt-locking mechanism with six spherical bearings that move radially outward into a ring in the barrel extension, thereby locking the bolt in place. That barrel extension is held in the receiver assembly by four cross-bolts on the lower front section. Ahead of the barrel extension is a conventional recoil lug and a familiar Savage barrel nut.

Innovative Hexlock Bolt System in New Savage Impulse

When the bolt is closed, the Hexlock system holds it in place instead of conventional lugs. With the Hexlock, six (6) hardened steel bearings lock the bolt in place inside the receiver’s barrel extension. Savage says “As pressure increases, Hexlock’s hold tightens, ensuring that there can be no rearward movement of the bolt. Once the round has left the barrel, the pressure subsides, and the action can safely open again with the straight pull of the bolt handle.”

Savage Impulse — Hexlock System (Bolt Locks in Barrel Extension)

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January 17th, 2022

30 Super Carry — New Pistol Cartridge from Federal

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Sometimes smaller is better — at least when a more compact cartridge than the 9mm Luger (9x19mm) still packs the punch of the larger round.

Federal Carry 30 new pistol cartridge 9mmBrand New Pistol Cartridge for Carry Guns
Federal has just released an all-new pistol cartridge, the 30 Super Carry. Designed expressly for CCW and personal defense applications, this new 30 Super Carry cartridge packs the punch of a 9mm Luger round (9x19mm), with a smaller casing, so you can fit more rounds in a magazine. A pistol that holds 10 rounds of 9mm Luger ammo can hold at least 12 rounds of 9mm Super Carry ammo. That’s a 20% increase in capacity.

In a defensive situation, that extra two rounds could make a difference. But importantly, the 30 Super Carry is not a weak round. You don’t give up stopping power or penetration when compared to the classic 9mm Luger cartridge. In Federal’s tests, penetration through heavy clothing was actually BETTER with the 30 Super Carry than the 9mm Luger (15.5″ vs. 14.5″). NOTE: The actual 30 Super Carry bullet diameter is 0.312″, slightly fatter than a “30 caliber” rifle bullet (0.308″).

Worthy Replacement to 9mm Luger?
Is this a useful alternative to the 9mm Luger? It depends. The new 30 Super Carry is definitely more effective than the .380 ACP so it beats that alternative. And velocity is actually higher than the 9mm Luger mainly because the 30 Super Carry shoots a lighter bullet — 100 grains vs. the typical 115-125 grain 9mm bullet. For many the key appeal of the new cartridge is the ability to carry more rounds OR carry the same number of rounds with a lower overall weight.

Federal’s New 30 Super Carry is 13% smaller than a 9x19mm, with very similar ballistics
Federal Carry 30 new pistol cartridge 9mm
Federal Carry 30 new pistol cartridge 9mm
Federal Carry 30 new pistol cartridge 9mm


Watch video for ballistics information and cartridge diagrams.

30 Super Carry Questions and Answers

How is the 30 Super Carry’s felt recoil compared to the 9mm Luger?
Recoil, flash and sound report provide a very similar shooting experience to 9mm Luger

How do the 30 Super Carry’s velocity and energy compare to 9mm Luger?
They are extremely similar. The 100-grain 30 Super Carry HST carries 347 foot-pounds of energy at the muzzle and has a velocity of 1250 fps; the 124-grain 9mm Luger HST has 364 foot-pounds of energy and a muzzle velocity of 1150 fps.

Do I need a different firearm to shoot the 30 Super Carry?
Yes, you need a firearm chambered for 30 Super Carry. Currently, Smith & Wesson and Nighthawk Custom offer these platforms.

How does the 30 Super Carry differ from older cartridges such as the 7.65×21 Parabellum, 7.65×20mm Longue, 32 Auto and others?
While there might be some coincidental similarities, the 30 Super Carry was fully developed from the ground up with no parent cartridge. Utilizing modern materials and designs, it provides vastly superior performance to seemingly similar historic cartridges.

What kind of accuracy can I expect from the 30 Super Carry?
The cartridge has proven to be an exceptionally accurate round, typically exceeding the accuracy of other popular carry cartridges.

NOTE: These answers are provided by Federal, the ammunition manufacturer.

Currently there are Smith & Wesson and Nighthawk Custom pistols factory-chambered for the new 30 Super Carry cartridge. If this round catches on, expect to see Glock, Ruger, and SIG offer this chambering.

Federal Carry 30 new pistol cartridge 9mm

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January 12th, 2022

NEW 110 PCS Bolt-Action Pistol from Savage Arms

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Say what? Savage makes a bolt-action pistol similar to a Remington XP100? Yes, Savage Arms has entered the bolt-action pistol business with a new bolt-action pistol for hunters. The new bolt-action hunting rig, the Savage 110 PCS (Pistol Chassis System) boasts a short MDT chassis and comes with five chambering choices: .223 Rem, 6.5 Creedmoor, .300 AAC Blackout, .308 Win, and .350 Legend.

savage arms model 110 PCS pistol hunting mdt chassis bolt-action
savage arms model 110 PCS pistol hunting mdt chassis bolt-action

NEW Savage 110 PCS Pistol
savage arms model 110 PCS pistol hunting mdt chassis bolt-actionThe new Savage Arms 110 PCS bolt-action pistol features a Savage model 110 blueprinted action secured in a one-piece aluminum chassis from Modular Driven Technologies (MDT). The 110 PCS features a 10.5″ barrel, a user-adjustable AccuTrigger (2.5-6 lbs.), and AICS-style detachable box magazine. Initially the 110 PS will be offered in five (5) chamberings: .223 Remington, 6.5 Creedmoor, .300 AAC Blackout, .308 Winchester, and .350 Legend. We wish Savage offered this in a 6mmBR and 20 Practical chambering — that would provide more desirable options for varmint work. Overall length is 21.5″ and weight (before optics) is 5.625 pounds. MSRP is $999.00.

For better ergonomics, this rig has a left-hand bolt with right-side eject. The short MDT chassis has some nice features. It can fit most any AR15-compatible grip. And the 7″ Cerakoted modular fore-end boasts MLOK slots.

Savage is promoting the new 110 PCS as a hunting rig. The key advantage of a bolt-action pistol to a hunter is that the carry weight is much lower than typical rifles, but the gun can still shoot a potent rifle cartridge such as .308 Win.

savage arms model 110 PCS pistol hunting mdt chassis bolt-action
savage arms model 110 PCS pistol hunting mdt chassis bolt-action
savage arms model 110 PCS pistol hunting mdt chassis bolt-action

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January 10th, 2022

SHOT Show 2022 — Notable Facts and Figures

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SHOT Show 2022 is one week away. The 2022 event kicks off with Media Day at the Range on Monday, January 17, 2022. Then the indoor event runs Tuesday the 18th through Friday the 21st. There will be over 2300 exhibitors from all 50 states and 78 nations. This year will see the biggest show ever in terms of floor space. SHOT Show occupies TWO large exhibit halls in 2022 — the Venetian Expo and the brand new Caesars Forum. Total exhibit space for the 2022 show in these two venues is more than 800,000 net square feet — equivalent to more than 18 acres (about 14 football field). And with these twin halls, SHOT Show boasts 13.9 miles of aisles!

SHOT Show FACTS AND FIGURES

Shot show 2022 las vegas venetian expo media day at range– The “SHOT” in SHOT® Show stands for Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade.

— SHOT Show 2022 will have 800,000 square feet of Exhibit Space with 13.9 MILES of Aisles. The floor space is equivalent to 14 football fields.

— 2022 SHOT Show will have more than 2,300 exhibitors, including the Suppliers Showcase.

— More than 55,000 professionals in the shooting, hunting, outdoors and law enforcement industry are expected to attend, along with 2000+ media members.

— Firearms and ammunition are a $7.1 billion industry. The total economic impact of the gun/ammo/hunting industry is more than $63 billion, which supports more than 342,000 jobs.

— SHOT Show generates millions of dollars in revenue to fund NSSF programs including Firearms Training programs, Project ChildSafe, National Shooting Sports Month, and the +ONE mentoring initiative.

— This is the 44th Annual SHOT Show and the 23rd in Las Vegas. The first SHOT Show was in 1979 in St. Louis, Missouri. The 2021 show was virtual due to the pandemic. Las Vegas has been home to the show continuously since 2010.

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For more INFO visit SHOTShow.org and read the SHOT Show Blog. There will also be daily updates on the official SHOT Show Facebook Page, YouTube Channel, and Instagram Page, hashtag #SHOTShow. To learn more about NSSF programs and member services visit NSSF.org.

Biggest SHOT Show Ever — 800,000 Square Feet of Products

Based on current bookings, SHOT Show 2022 will encompass over 800,000 net square feet. To put it into perspective, the largest SHOT Show on record, the 2008 event, encompassed 714,000 net square feet at the Las Vegas Convention Center. That year outdoor tents needed to be added to fill overflow exhibit space. You can view the 2022 SHOT Show layout here:

SHOT Show 2022 full post registration
SHOT Show 2022 full post registration
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January 7th, 2022

Springfield Armory SA-35 NRA Publications’ Handgun of the Year

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Springfield Armory’s new 9mm SA-35 pistol has been chosen as the NRA’s American Rifleman Handgun of the Year, and 2022 Golden Bullseye Winner. The NRA Publications Golden Bullseye Awards acknowledge important new products. The winners are selected by a committee of NRA Publications staff, representing more than a century of collective experience in the shooting and hunting industry.

Compared to the classic Browning Hi-Power pistol on which it is based, the new SA-35 offers enhanced controls, modern sights, improved feed ramp design, beveled mag-well, and increased 15-round capacity. Additionally, the SA-35 dispenses with the magazine disconnect as found in the original design. This provides the ability for magazines to drop freely. The new SA-35 also features forged steel parts for strength and durability.

“We are incredibly proud that the SA-35 has been given this prestigious award,” said Dennis Reese, CEO of Springfield Armory. “With this pistol, we have taken a revered design and updated it for today’s shooters.”

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CLICK HERE to read full Springfield Armory SA-35 review in Guns America Digest.

Springfield Armory SA-35 9mm Pistol

browning hi-power belgium SA-35 9mm pistol

Springfield Armory’s new SA-35 semi-auto pistol takes advantage of modern materials and manufacturing techniques, while retaining the appeal of the J.M. Browning’s original P-35 design. The 9mm features a forged carbon steel frame and slide and a cold hammer-forged barrel.

browning hi-power belgium SA-35 9mm pistol

Enhancements include subtle but significant changes to barrel feed ramp and extractor geometry to ensure the SA-35 will work with today’s defensive rounds. A factory-tuned trigger, 15-round flush-fit magazine, beveled magazine well, re-contoured “no-bite” hammer design, modern Tactical Rack sights, extended thumb safety and more round out the package. The SA-35 is compatible with the original pistol’s design, ensuring access to the broad selection of aftermarket parts and accessories available.

Guns America has done a thorough Review of the new Springfield Armory SA-35.

The modern SA-35 is based on the original Browning Hi-Power, aka the P-35. The Browning Hi-Power military pistol, considered the best 9mm handgun of all time by some collectors, is one of the most widely-used handguns in history, and is found in over fifty countries.

browning hi-power belgium SA-35 9mm pistol

The initial Browning Hi-Power design came from John Moses Browning, but was then finalized by Dieudonné Saive at Fabrique Nationale (FN) in Belgium. Browning died in 1926, several years before the design was finalized. There have been many variants based on the Browning Hi-Power and many clones as well. See: Top Ten 9mm Handguns of All Time.

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December 30th, 2021

New ZEISS LRP S5 525-56 First Focal Plane Scope — First Look

Jim See Accuracy Zeiss LRP S5 525-56 scope First focal plane PRS NRL 5-25x56mm unboxing field test

The past couple weeks we have had the privilege to test an impressive new First Focal Plane riflescope from ZEISS. Our tester, Jim See of Elite Accuracy LLC, received the ZEISS LRP S5 525-56 optic, Milrad version, and took a quick look at it. Jim was immediately impressed by the bright, clear markings on the turrets, and the positive clicks. He liked the lever-equipped zoom control, the positive zero-stop on the elevation knob, and he believed the lockable windage turret can have definite benefits in the field.

Jim See Accuracy Zeiss LRP 525-56 scope First focal plane PRS NRL 5-25x56mm unboxing field test

Jim See Accuracy Zeiss LRP S5 525-56 scope First focal plane PRS NRL 5-25x56mm unboxing field testAfter doing his first inspection, Jim quickly installed the LRP S5 525-56 on his 6mmBR PRS/NRL rifle, which features a red J. Allen Chassis and Impact Precision action. Jim placed the scope in high-quality Zeiss rings with integral bubble level. He then took the rig out into the field and completed an initial Tall Target test. That test confirmed the precision and repeatability of the 0.1 MRAD elevation and windage click values.

Jim also liked how positive the clicks felt with both elevation and windage knobs. Jim told us: “The scope operates well, it tracks well, and the turrets are accurate in their movements. All the functions work well — elevation, windage, parallax. This LRP scope has a quality feel — similar to other ZEISS products I have used.” Jim also noted that the ZEISS LRP S5 scope resisted solar flare very well: “This is important in PRS matches where we get that low sun in the afternoons”. Jim had high praise for the highly visible numbers on the dials: “With my eyes, I can’t read the numbers on most scopes, but with this ZEISS LRP S5 scope I CAN read the numbers.” Overall, Jim believed this ZEISS 5-25x56mm optic “will fit well in its intended market”, namely PRS/NRL and long range hunting.

Jim See Accuracy Zeiss LRP S5 525-56 scope First focal plane PRS NRL 5-25x56mm unboxing field test
Scope mounted in ZEISS rings with bubble level. Optional sunshade is attached in front.

Jim See Accuracy Zeiss LRP 525-56 scope First focal plane PRS NRL 5-25x56mm unboxing field test

Stay Tuned for Full Field Test of ZEISS LRP S5 525-56 Optic

The past few weeks Jim See has been testing the impressive new 5-25X ZEISS scope in the field, with the optic fitted on his PRS/NRL competition rig. Even in cold winter weather, the optic has performed very well, with positive adjustments and good results in the tall target test. Jim is now doing field tests with targets from 100 yards to 1200 yards and beyond.

Jim See Accuracy Zeiss LRP 525-56 scope First focal plane PRS NRL 5-25x56mm unboxing field test
Jim See Accuracy Zeiss LRP 525-56 scope First focal plane PRS NRL 5-25x56mm unboxing field test
To test ruggedness and weatherproofing, Jim is putting the Zeiss LRP through its paces in harsh winter conditions. He’s using a tripod here to keep off the snowy ground. The tripod mount also allows smooth traversing to view a wide selection of terrain and objects near and far.

Advanced Optical Technology — ZEISS LRP S5 Features

The ZEISS LRP S5 525-56 has many notable features, including a lockable windage turret, adjustable reticle illumination, and a HUGE amount of elevation travel — 40.7 Mils in the MIL model and 140 MOA in the MOA version. That gives this optic the ability to shoot at extreme range without requiring holdovers.

Jim See Elite Accuracy Zeiss LRP 525-56 scope First focal plane PRS NRL 5-25x56mm unboxing field test
Jim See Elite Accuracy Zeiss LRP 525-56 scope First focal plane PRS NRL 5-25x56mm unboxing field test
Jim See Elite Accuracy Zeiss LRP 525-56 scope First focal plane PRS NRL 5-25x56mm unboxing field test

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December 29th, 2021

SHOT Show 2022 — Exhibitor Directory, Mobile Apps, and Maps

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Headed to SHOT Show in January? It will be a huge event, with a new twin-building layout. As before hundreds of exhibitors will be in the Venetian EXPO Center. But next door, the new Caesar’s Forum building will house scores of other exhibitors, and there is a new Outdoors Pavilion. Check it out:

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SHOT Show 2022 Exhibitor List | SHOT Show Supplier Showcase

This animation shows the layout of SHOT Show 2022, with the multiple buildings and levels. At the end you can see the new elevated walkway connecting the Venetian facility with the new Caesar’s Forum building. NOTE: This video will auto-run once. Click the button lower left to replay or pause.

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FREE SHOT Show 2022 Mobile Apps

As in years past, FREE Mobile Apps are available for both iOS and Android users. These handy Apps provide interactive maps, schedules of seminars, plus a full directory of exhibitors. One of the best features of the App is that you can plot the most efficient route among multiple booths. That saves considerable time. To download the SHOT Show Mobile App for Android (Google) and iOS (Apple), go to SHOTmobile.com.


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SHOT Show 2022 Notebook

This 59-page digital resource contains the full list of exhibitors, along with maps, activity schedules, resource links, and much more. If you will be attending SHOT Show in January, this Notebook provides a wide collection of important information all in one place.

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SHOT Show 2022 Floor Plan (Searchable Vendor Booth Locations)

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There is a special website with detailed maps of all the exhibitor locations. IMPORTANT: You can type in the name of a vendor, such as LAPUA, and this page will display that vendor’s booth on the appropriate floor map. This is very helpful for planning. CLICK HERE to search vendors on Floor Plan.

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December 26th, 2021

Sunday GunDay: New Guns for 2022 — Rifles and Handguns

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The new year is just six days away. Gun-makers around the world have developed interesting new pistols and rifles for introduction in 2022. Many of these new firearms will be on display at SHOT Show 2022 in Las Vegas. But we’ve scoured the internet for previews of notable new-for-2022 rifles and pistols. Here are some of the more interesting rifles and handguns to be introduced during the upcoming new year.

Daniel Defense — New Shorter Delta 5 Pro and DD5 SBR

Delta Defense Delta 5 Pro SBR

Daniel Defense will introduce new shorter, lighter-weight X5 model chassis rifles in 2022, along with an short-barreled DD5 SBR (short-barreled rifle) AR variant. The new X5s will be offered in 16″ and 18″ barrel lengths. Currently the Daniel Defense Delta 5 XBR Pro is sold in a variety of chamberings with 20″, 24″, or 26″ barrels. The new shorter-barreled models provide weight savings and should appeal to hunters who want a chassis-style rifle.

Nosler Model 21 with Carbon Composite Stock

Nosler 21 hunting rifle light weight
Nosler 21 hunting rifle light weight

Nosler’s new Model 21 rifle boasts a crisp, single-stage TriggerTech Field model trigger, with user-adjustable pull weight of 2.5–5 lbs. and top safety. The new Model 21 features a hand-lapped Shilen match-grade barrel with a threaded muzzle. The stock is a synthetic carbon-fiber composite model that is lightweight yet durable. The Model 21 features a spiral-fluted, one-piece, 4340 chromoly steel bolt that is Nitride-coated for smooth operation and corrosion resistance. The Model 21 is available chambered in 22 Nosler, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, 26 Nosler, 27 Nosler, 280 Ackley Improved, 28 Nosler, .308 Win, .300 Win Mag, 30 Nosler, 33 Nosler and .375 H&H. With its light weight (under 7 lbs. without optics), Nosler’s new Model 21 should be popular with hunters.

Fierce Reaper Chassis Rifle with Carbon Components

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The new Fierce Reaper (from Rizzini Arms) is a chassis rifle with a 1/2-MOA accuracy guarantee. This lightweight (6.5-pound) rifle was designed for mountain hunters and long-range precision shooters. The Reaper boasts lightweight carbon fiber components including carbon buttstock, M-Lok handguard, grip, and adjustable cheekpiece. This makes the $2895 Reaper one of the lightest chassis system rifles on the market. The gun is sold with a superb Bix’n Andy 1-3 lb. adjustable Dakota trigger. The bolt has a quick, 70-degree bolt throw. For weight savings, the Reaper features a C3 Carbon Fiber-wrapped, hand-lapped, cryo-treated stainless barrel with a threaded muzzle (suppressor-ready). Choose black, bronze, or Tungsten (grey) Cerakote finishes. Available chamberings are: 6MM Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, 7MM Rem Mag, 28 Nosler, .308 Win, .300 Win, .300 PRC, and .300 RUM. Options include a Titanium action ($450) and Titanium muzzle brakes ($150-$195). And about that 1/2-MOA accuracy guarantee — for an extra $225, the maker will provide a certified 1/2-MOA target with specs on the ammo that produced it.

Rock Island Armory TM22

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The new TM22 rifle from Rock Island Armory is a lightweight, semi-auto .22 LR with AR type ergonomics. The stock is made from 7075 airplane-grade aluminum for lightweight and durability. The modestly-priced TM22, sports an AR-type grip, commercial buffer tube adapter, top rail, and M-LOK fore-end. The rifle is set up with right-handed controls, but the TM22 can easily be modified for left-handed operation. Choose either an barrel version (34″ OAL) or a 20″ barrel model (36″ OAL). Both versions ship with two 10-round magazines with aftermarket 15- and 25-round magazines available. The 20″ model is 36″ OAL, and 18″ model is 34″ OAL.

Christensen Arms Ridgeline Scout Rifle (under 6 lbs.)

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With its 16″ barrel, the lightweight, compact Ridgeline Scout rifle from Christensen Arms is easy to carry and conceal in a blind. It also works great as a truck gun. The Ridgeline Scout features a black-Nitride coated action, 0-MOA optic rail, barricade stop, 10-round AICS drop-box magazine, and a flat-shoe Trigger Tech trigger. The barreled action fits in a modern tan and black carbon fiber composite Sporter stock. Weighing 5.9 pounds, the rifle is available in four chamberings: .300 BLK, .223 Rem., 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Win. All chamberings have a 16″ muzzle-threaded barrel that will handle a suppressor. OAL is 37.5″.

Monza Bolt Action Rifle

Rock island tm22 rifle .22LR rimfire tactical

Here’s a new rifle from Istanbul, Turkey with many interesting features. The new Monza rifle offers a simple, lightweight, and reliable design. The bolt can be disassembled in the field without any tools. The rifle comes standard with fiber-optic blade front sight, and adjustable rear sight along with a scope rail. The button-rifled 4-groove barrel is offered in three lengths. The Monza features an adjustable comb and detachable magazine. The maker says the Monza “allows fast multiple shots with its perfect working mechanism and great balance.” With the Turkish currency moving downwards, we expect Monza rifles to be very affordable here in America.

Chiappa Nebula Rhino Revolver 30DS

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The eye-catching Chiappa Firearms Nebula Rhino 30DS revolver features a vivid, multi-color PVD coating on the metal plus a bright-colored laminated grip. This six-shot revolver is chambered for .357 Magnum and accepts .38 Special ammunition. Look carefully — you’ll see that the barrel bore is BELOW the centerline of the cylinder, at the 6 O’clock position. This may seem odd, but it has a significant advantage — this reduces muzzle rise very significantly. The sights are placed conventionally on the upper part of the forward frame/barrel housing. Standard are an adjustable rear sight and a fiber optic front sight. With a $1912.00 MSRP, this IS a pricey wheelgun, but it does ship with black leather holster, gun lock, and three moon clips. The grey/blue laminate ergonomic grip fits the hand well, with well-spaced finger grooves. To learn more about the Nebula Rhino 30DS visit www.chiappafirearms.com.

Howa Carbon Elevate — Carbon Stock and Carbon-Wrap Barrel

Howa 1500 Elevate carbon stock barrel 2022 rifle
Howa 1500 Elevate carbon stock barrel 2022 rifle
The 2022 Howa Elevate model will be offered in black carbon “natural” or a green/grey camouflage finish.

For 2022, Legacy Sports Int’l will expand its selection of light-weight Howa 1500 models. The leader is the Carbon Elevate model which features a carbon-wrapped barrel and ultralight Stocky’s full carbon fiber stock. With a listed unloaded weight of just 4.2 pounds (before optics), the Howa Elevate model should appeal to hunters. The Carbon Elevate is offered in Mini Action (6.5 Grendel), Short Action (6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win), and Long Action ( 6.5 PRC) versions. This rifle features the Accublock bed for the action, excellent H.A.C.T. 2-stage trigger, threaded muzzle, limbsaver buttpad, and removable magazine.

Springfield Armory SA-35 9mm Pistol

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Springfield Armory’s new SA-35 semi-auto pistol takes advantage of modern materials and manufacturing techniques, while retaining the appeal of the J.M. Browning’s original P-35 design. The 9mm features a forged carbon steel frame and slide and a cold hammer-forged barrel.

Enhancements include subtle but significant changes to barrel feed ramp and extractor geometry to ensure the SA-35 will work with today’s defensive rounds. A factory-tuned trigger, 15-round flush-fit magazine, beveled magazine well, re-contoured “no-bite” hammer design, modern Tactical Rack sights, extended thumb safety and more round out the package. The SA-35 is compatible with the original pistol’s design, ensuring access to the broad selection of aftermarket parts and accessories available.

The modern SA-35 is based on the original Browning Hi-Power, aka the P-35. The Browning Hi-Power military pistol, considered the best 9mm handgun of all time by some collectors, is one of the most widely-used handguns in history, and is found in over fifty countries.

browning hi-power belgium SA-35 9mm pistol

The initial Browning Hi-Power design came from John Moses Browning, but was then finalized by Dieudonné Saive at Fabrique Nationale (FN) in Belgium. Browning died in 1926, several years before the design was finalized. There have been many variants based on the Browning Hi-Power and many clones as well. See: Top Ten 9mm Handguns of All Time.

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December 23rd, 2021

SHOT Show New Products for 2022 — Ten Interesting Items

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CLICK HERE for ALL 258 New-for-2022 SHOT Show Products »

2022 SHOT Show Planner new productsThousands of new products will be on display at SHOT Show 2022, the major gun industry trade show held each January in Las Vegas. The official SHOT Show Product Planner offers a “sneak peak” at 258 new-for-2022 products for hunters and shooters. More will come in the weeks ahead. Here are TEN interesting new products for gun owners and reloaders. Since these are all recently-released items, we haven’t been able to test them yet. Product profiles are based on descriptions provided by the manufacturers. We will run a separate feature on new pistols and rifles that will debut in 3022.

Impact Sport In-Ear Hearing Protection (29 NRR)
Company: Howard Leight

Howard Leight in-ear plugs

This is an important new product. These Impact Sport In-Ear plugs provide serious 29 dB NRR noise protection. The plugs automatically compress amplification when loud impulse sounds (like gunshots) exceed 85dB. Internal amplification allows you to hear range commands and conversations. The cord connecting the plugs includes twin, handy volume controls. These plugs come with moldable earhooks with 3 different ear tip sizes. The base unit (dark green color) is $85.39 on Optics Planet. A deluxe model with BlueTooth is also available for $113.62 on Amazon.

Omega III Sight
Company: Omega Sights

The 2022 Omega III is a Sight, Rangefinder, and HD Video Camera all-in-one! It boasts independently adjustable reticle dots that can spaced apart as desired for any distance one wishes. For use on rifles, shotguns, and crossbows, this precision sight/camera replaces the scope. It also works as a 600 meter rangefinder. It has power zoom, instant video replay, 2X-6X digital power zoom, low-light enhancement, and FOV dimming control. Comes complete with mounting bracket for Picatinny or Weaver rail, 32GB micro SD Card, batteries, and 12 hour rechargeable power bank.

SwitchCover Lens Cover
Company: NcStar

New SwitchCover® scope lens covers open with a simple press. But then the SwitchCover rotates 180° and folds flat against the scope body. That way the lens covers do not obscure your vision (away from the scope). That will be appreciated when you take your head off the scope to look downrange. The SwitchCover is easy to mount with a cam action lock lever. The SwitchCover can be mounted onto scopes, round reflex optics, binoculars, spotting scopes, or any optic with a round profile. 30+ different sizes, from 30mm to 63mm, are offered. (Pricing not yet available.)

Frankford Arsenal 10-Station Progressive Press with Auto Case Feeder
Company: Frankford Arsenal

This new Frankford Arsenal 10-station auto-indexing reloading press features steel construction, multiple ball bearings, and a proprietary 10-station shell plate. This advanced unit includes a case-actuated powder measure. The press offers advanced features including dual de-capping stations, in-line primer pocket swaging capability, and the ability to run both powder check and case trimming dies. Swapping calibers is easy with removable tool heads and shell plates. The press features a roller handle, integrated LED light, and spring-loaded case locator buttons.

Caliber Colors ID Rings
Company: Rack’Em Racks

Designed primarily for gun stores, these caliber ID rings can help anyone with a large gun collection. Color coded Caliber Bands™ eliminate guesswork and save time. Caliber Bands wrap around gun barrels, stocks, or trigger guards or price tags. Chose among 32 different colors with the caliber clearly marked on each one for quick recognition. These are sold in color-coordinated assortments for Rifles, Shotguns, Pistols, and Black Powder.

Gentry Quiet Muzzle Brake
Company: Gentry Custom LLC

The Gentry Quiet Muzzle Brake reduces recoil up to 85% while directing noise and gas away from the shooter. The installation of a Quiet Muzzle Brake does not impact the firearm’s velocity or accuracy. Muzzle jump is minimized allowing for faster follow-up shots and many of our customers have told us they can see the impact of the bullet through their scopes.

AR15 Ultimate Tool Kit
Company: NcStar

This affordable ($138.99) AR15 Tool Kit offers key products for working on AR-platform rifles. Included are: Modular AR15/ M4 Upper Receiver Block, Lower Receiver Magwell Vice Block, Pro Series AR15 Barrel Wrench, Pro Series AR Lower Receiver Wrench, Heavy-duty castle nut wrench stock buffer tubes, Front sight adjustment tool, and handguard removal tool. In addition, there are multiple hand tools: 5/64″, 3/32″, 1/8″ steel punch, Mallet with nylon & brass ends, 1/4″ Hex screwdriver handle with Hex driver tool bits, Nylon Cleaning Brush.

FastArmed Biometric Gun Case
Company: FastArmed

Get your gun instantly with the Fast-Armed Biometric Gun Case. The Auto-Eject deploys the firearm directly into the owner’s hand. Biometric fingerprint capability is used for rapid deployment of a single pistol. Stores up to 100 fingerprints and includes backup key. 110 volt AC primary power source with rechargeable backup battery. Fits most handguns with interchangeable caliber pins to accommodate various size pistols.

Pro-Shooter Target System
Company: Pro-Shooter

The patented, WiFi-based Pro-Shooter Series 2 Smart Electronic Target System uses a base station to connect up to 15 targets that can be used simultaneously. Feedback from the target(s) are instantly recorded onto the free Pro-Shooter App. Once your training session is complete you can check the shot placement for each target. The target system can be used with: Pro-Shooter Series 1/2 Dry-Fire Trainers; Pro-Shooter vibration-activated laser; and Laser cartridge systems in regular firearms.

NANUK 5-Gun Pistol Case
Company: Nanuk (Plasticase)

The NANUK 933 5 UP Pistol Case provides secure storage for five full-frame handguns with trigger locks and eight (8) magazines. This hard case fits all pistols with barrel lengths up to 5″, and accommodates the weapons with their trigger locks in place. This case features semi-rigid closed cell Synergy® PEF foam for long term performance. The NANUK 933 5 UP Pistol Case has a lifetime guarantee and is waterproof, dustproof, and indestructible. NANUK™ Lid Organizer keeps accessories in a full-size folder or three transparent zippered compartments. Optional TSA latch kit provides extra security when traveling.

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December 18th, 2021

New 10.8 Oz. Suppressor for Hunters from SilencerCo

silencerco evo suppressor can silencer light weight

SilencerCo’s new Harvester EVO is a lightweight suppressor designed for hunters and precision shooters. Evolved from SilencerCo’s Harvester 300, the new Harvester EVO suppressor is notable for its compact size and VERY light weight. Constructed with cobalt-6, inconel and 17-4 heat treated stainless steel, the new EVO weighs just 10.8 ounces (0.675 pounds) and retails for $680.00.

The Harvester EVO can work with chamberings from .223 Rem up to .300 Win Mag. Consumer feedback on the previous Harvester models led SilencerCo engineers to make the EVO shorter, lighter, and more affordable. The smaller size makes the Harvester EVO less likely to get caught on bushes and brush in outdoor environments.

silencerco evo suppressor can silencer light weight

Weighing just 10.8 ounces, the Harvester EVO is one of the lightest rifle suppressors you can buy. The EVO’s low mass and smaller size “gives the EVO an edge over other hunting suppressors” said SilencerCo Senior Product Development Specialist, Dewie Vieira. CLICK HERE for Harvester EVO product details.

EVO Suppressor Product Specifications:

● Rated for calibers ranging from .223REM/5.56NATO to .300 WIN
● Tubeless, light-weight design
● Weighs 10.8 ounces
● Measures 6.24″ in length
● Constructed with cobalt-6, inconel and 17-4 heat treated stainless steel materials
● Ships with both a Bravo ½ x 28 and Bravo ⅝ x 24 Direct Thread Mount

silencerco evo suppressor can silencer light weight

For more information on the Harvester EVO, visit Silencerco.com/silencers/harvester-evo.

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December 4th, 2021

New-for-2022 Products from Shooting Industry Magazine

Shooting Industry SHOT Show new products 2021

See All NEW-for-2022 Products (Part One) »

Starting in December 2021, Shooting Industry Magazine will present a major, three-part 2022 New Product Showcase. This major product feature will highlight products from more than 100 manufacturers with the first 58 featured in the December 2021 New Product Showcase. Look for Part II in January 2022 and Part III in February 2022. CLICK HERE for full Current Issue of Shooting Industry Magazine.

RCBS ChargeMaster Supreme (with BlueTooth)

Shooting Industry SHOT Show new products 2021

The new RCBS ChargeMaster Supreme combines precision with automatic adjustments and Bluetooth compatibility. This machine features a proprietary learning mode using a unique feedback loop and algorithms to automatically adjust dispensing speeds and stop points. This two-minute process allows the Supreme to learn the unique characteristics of the powder being dispensed. Once complete, normal-sized charges typically dispense in less than 15 seconds. Bluetooth compatibility allows the user to dispense charges and operate the dispenser hands-free from their phone with the newly redesigned RCBS App. The App also offers a virtual reloading bench, a comprehensive load data log and access to the technical service team to help answer questions. The ChargeMaster Supreme boasts 0.1-grain accuracy and a 1,500-grain load-cell capacity.

CZ-USA SP-01 Competition Pistols, Red and Blue

Shooting Industry SHOT Show new products 2021

The new SP-01 Competition Red & Blue pistols from CZ-USA feature 4.6″ cold hammer-forged barrels, competition hammers, and lighter recoil springs. Atop the slide, a fiber optic front sight and serrated rear sight provide precise aiming in a wide variety of lighting conditions. Milled grooves on the forward and rear of the slide enhance the shooter’s grip while racking. Custom aluminum grips in metallic red or blue add a sporty look to the pistol’s classic design while checkering improves control during the heat of the match. Matching +4 mag bases add extra ammo capacity for a total capacity of 22 rounds. An under-barrel rail accepts an array of accessories from lights to lasers.

Zeiss LRP S5 First Focal Plane Scopes

Zeiss LRP S5 First Focal Plane Scopes
Zeiss LRP S5 First Focal Plane Scopes

The all-new ZEISS LRP S5 Series first focal plane riflescopes consists of two models — LRP S5 318-50 and LRP Sr 525-56 — and are available in four unique configurations with 34mm main tubes. The long-range riflescopes include high-performance optics, highly repeatable, precise and tactile turrets; and a daytime visible illuminated reticle. Models are available in either MRAD or MOA. The optical design utilizes ZEISS Fluoride lens elements, SCHOTT glass and ZEISS’s proprietary T-Star lens coatings for optimum color fidelity, image brightness, exceptional resolution and edge-to-edge sharpness within the entire field-of-view. With the External Locking Windage Turret (ELWT), the user can pull out on the locking collar, make necessary adjustments and then lock-in the selected setting.

Faxon Firearms Receiver Kit for Ruger 10/22

Shooting Industry SHOT Show new products 2021

Faxon Firearms is now offering its Receiver Kit for the Ruger 10/22. The kit includes a receiver (6061-T6 aluminum, black hardcoat anodized), chromoly steel V-block, V-block screws and a rubber bolt buffer. The 10/22 Receivers are compatible with all Ruger OEM 10/22 non-takedown components, all Faxon Rimfire Barrels for 10/22, most aftermarket chassis and many aftermarket barrels and internals designed to work with OEM, non-takedown receivers.

Christensen Arms Ridgeline Scout Rifle (under 6 lbs.)

Shooting Industry SHOT Show new products 2021

With its 16″ barrel, the lightweight, compact Ridgeline Scout rifle from Christensen Arms is optimized for certain hunting situations, such as when shooting from a ground blind or treestand. It also works great as a truck gun. The Ridgeline Scout features a black-Nitride coated action, 0-MOA optic rail, barricade stop, 10-round AICS drop-box magazine and a flat-shoe Trigger Tech trigger. The barreled action fits in a modern tan and black carbon fiber composite Sporter stock. Weighing 5.9 lbs., the rifle is available in four chamberings: .300 BLK, .223 Rem., 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Win. All chambering have a 16″ muzzle-threaded barrel that will handle a suppressor. OAL is 37.5″.

Modwall 9 Gun Combo Pack from Tactical Wall

Shooting Industry SHOT Show new products 2021

The ModWall gun-storage solution from Tactical Walls is easy to install and durable. The 9-Gun Combo Pack includes: two Modwall panels, one horizontal rifle rack, two AR-15 hangers (one left- and one right-pointing) one horizontal shotgun rack, one horizontal rail rack; two double-stack pistol hangers (one right/one left); two Hide-a-Mags; one large shelf, one shotgun shell holder; and two flashlight hangers. Overall dimensions are 49″L x 23″W x 5″D.

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December 1st, 2021

Clean-22 — CCI Rimfire Ammo with Polymer-Coated Bullets

CCI Clean 22 Bullets

In 2019 CCI introduced a new type of .22 LR rimfire ammunition. CCI’s innovative Clean-22 Ammo features polymer-coated bullets. This is actually a pretty important development. The bullet coating on CCI’s Clean-22 ammo provides three main benefits:

1. Copper fouling in the barrel is greatly reduced.
2. Lead fouling in the barrel is greatly reduced.
3. Lead build-up in suppressors is reduced by 60-80%.

CCI now offers three versions of Clean-22 rimfire ammunition: High Velocity (#944CC, 40gr, 1235 FPS MV), Subsonic (#934CC, 40gr, 1070 FPS MV), and Suppressor (#980CC, 45gr, 1000 FPS). These all feature lead bullets with polymer coatings. The High Velocity ammo has red-coated bullets, the Subsonic has blue-coated bullets, and the Suppressor version has black-coasted bullets. MSRP is $12.99 for 100 rounds of Subsonic, $11.99 for 100 rounds of Hi-Vel, and $35.99 for 200 rounds of Suppressor variant. There is also a special 400rd Christmas pack of Clean-22 Hi-Vel ammo with Red and GREEN coated bullets. List price is $48.99 for item #946XMAS.

Clean-22 High Velocity: 1235 FPS | Clean-22 Subsonic: 1070 FPS

CCI Clean 22 Bullets
CCI Clean-22 .22 LR rimfire ammo ammunition polymer coated bullets

CCI Clean 22 Bullets CCI Clean 22 Bullets

Clean-22 Ammo with Polymer-Coated Bullets
Clean-22 uses an exclusive polymer bullet coating to greatly reduce copper and lead fouling in the barrel without leaving a residue. It also cuts lead buildup in suppressors 60 to 80 percent. Both the Sub-Sonic and High Velocity loads feature a 40-grain round nose lead bullet with geometry that’s been optimized for accuracy. With dependable CCI priming and consistent propellant, Clean-22 provides reliable cycling through semi-automatics and all 22 LR firearms.

This CCI Clean-22 .22 LR ammunition received an On Target Magazine Editor’s Choice Award in 2019.
CCI Clean-22 .22 LR rimfire ammo ammunition polymer coated bullets

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November 30th, 2021

Technology Insight: How Carbon-Wrapped Barrels Are Made

Proof Reseach carbon fiber barrel wrap aerospace composites

Montana-based PROOF Research has released a revealing video showcasing carbon fiber firearms technology and the company’s barrel-making process. Viewers will find the 8-minute film an intriguing introduction to composite barrel-making, which employs aerospace carbon fiber wrapped around a steel barrel core. The video showcases the high-tech machines used at PROOF’s production facilities.


This video shows how PROOF Research employs aerospace-grade, high-temperature composite materials to build match-grade carbon fiber-wrapped barrels.

Proof Reseach carbon fiber barrel wrap aerospace composites

Proof Reseach carbon fiber barrel wrap aerospace composites

Dr. David Curliss, General Manager of PROOF Research’s Advanced Composite Division, and former head of the U.S. Air Force High Temperature Composites Laboratory, explains how aerospace expertise helps in the development of PROOF’s firearms-related products: “We are able to provide premier materials for PROOF Research for firearms barrels applications as well as the aerospace market. We’re probably the only firearms technology company that has composite materials in orbit around the earth.”

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November 27th, 2021

Brownells Black Rifle Specials and Site-Wide Discount Codes

Brownells folding AR stock adapter

Brownells is continuing its popular Black Rifle Friday promotion through this entire weekend. Now through midnight on Sunday 11/28/21, enjoy big savings on uppers, lowers, barrels, buttstocks, rimfire conversion kits, AR optics, magazines and much more. Along with the attractive sale prices, you can save on nearly all Brownells products with special Black Friday weekend Discount Codes. NOTE: These codes are NOT limited to AR stuff — you can save on most products in stock.* But don’t delay, the codes expire soon.

Code RFA: 11% Off $200 | Code RFB: 12% Off $300 | Code RFC: 13% Off $700

Brownells folding AR stock adapter

Most Sale Prices Good Through 11/28/2021 at 11:59 pm CST. The special Discount Codes expire on 11/29/2021 at 11:59 pm CST.

Brownells folding AR stock adapter


*Promo Code Exceptions
Promo Codes are NOT valid on these brands: B&T, Bighorn Arms (Zermatt Arms), Crimson Trace, FN USA, Franklin Armory, Galco Int’l, Glock, Holosun, Kahles, LabRadar, Leica, Leupold, Nightforce, Raven Concealment, Ruger, SIG Sauer, Swarovski, Trijicon, and Zenith Firearms. Also Promo Codes are NOT valid on these product types (and more): barrel blanks, barrels (chambered), barreled receivers, bullets, case tumblers, cleaning rods, progressive presses, reloading kits, rifle stocks, shot, shotshell presses, ultrasonic case cleaners. See ALL Exceptions.

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November 20th, 2021

New LEE Ram Swage for Swaging Crimped Primer Pockets

lee single stage ram swage primer pocket crimp remover die

Do you ever use military-style brass with swaged primer pockets? Then you can really benefit from the new LEE Ram Swage tool. This innovative swaging tool provides a fast, simple, and efficient method of removing the primer pocket crimp on milsurp brass.

Primer pocket swaging is necessary when reloading brass with crimped primer pockets. Many brands of brass for military (and some law enforcement) applications have this crimp. You may find such primer pocket crimps on a variety of milsurp brass types including: 9mm Luger, LEO .40 S&W, .45 ACP, .223 Rem (5.56×45), .308 Win (7.62×51), and .30-06 Springfield, as well as older European cartridge types such as 6.5×55. If you use a progressive press, this new LEE Ram Swage is a boon. Nothing reduces priming problems on a progressive press more than properly swaged primer pockets.

Why use milsurp brass? Surplus military and police department brass is a great low cost source of cases. It is typically very strong, long-lasting, and can often be acquired for a fraction of the cost of new commercial brass. For example, Lake City 7.62×51 (.308 Win) brass is excellent.

lee single stage ram swage primer pocket crimp remover die
Note: This tool is designed for Boxer-primed cases only, not cases with Berdan Primers.

lee single stage ram swage primer pocket crimp remover dieThe Lee Ram Swage works on all single stage presses with 7/8″-14 frame threads, and rams which take common “universal” shell-holders. This new tool features spring-assisted case extraction, and an all-steel case guide. This ensures that your cases will be positively centered on the push rod. The swage holder, large or small, installs in seconds into your press ram with no adjustments required.

LEE’s engineers devised a clever “Shell-holderless design” for the LEE Ram Swage. This allows you to swage any small or large primer pocket, without swapping to a different size shell-holder. The hardened steel swage punch is automatically extracted from the primer pocket by five disc springs. The complete LEE Ram Swage set includes one guided 7/8″-14 threaded swage push die, with both large and small ram swage holder assemblies.

Product instructions:
LEEprecision.com/files/instruct/PA4914.pdf

Parts List/Diagrams:
LEEprecision.com/primer-pocket-swage-parts/

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November 17th, 2021

CZ Introduces New CZ 600 Centerfire Rifles

CZ 600 rifle action lux range trail Alpha controlled feed centerfire

CZ has just introduced the new CZ 600 line of centerfire rifles. The series includes four unique models, with a variety of stock types, barrel profiles, action lengths, and chamberings. User-friendly CZ 600 features include 60-degree bolt throw, adjustable triggers, and the ability to swap barrels/chamberings using optional conversion kits. The CZ 600 Series includes four brand new models: Alpha, Lux, Trail, and Range.* These are designed for accuracy, modularity, and smooth cycling. Expect CZ 600s at dealers in early 2022.

Controlled-Feed Action with 60° Throw: CZ 600 Rifles have a 60-degree bolt throw. This cycles faster than a 90-degree bolt, with more clearance between bolt and optic, allowing for larger scopes. All CZ 600 models boast an oversized bolt knob for improved control with gloved hands. And the actions have controlled-round-feed. The 2-position safety allows bolt cycling with the safety engaged.


CZ USA offers Alpha, Range, Trail, and Lux CZ 600 versions. In Europe CZ offers a fifth model, the “Ergo” model, which is mentioned in this video.

Barrel Conversion Kits: Optional barrel conversion kits offer the ability to change cartridges (within the same-sized action) by swapping barrels, bolt face, and magazines, without the need of a gunsmith. This lets shooters use one rifle for a multiple shooting disciplines. A detachable magazine allows quick mag changes and secure magazine retention, with an optional locking feature. On most CZ 600 models, magazines can be topped off through the ejection port for convenience.

CZ 600 rifle action lux range trail Alpha controlled feed centerfire

User-Adjustable Trigger: The Alpha, Range, and Lux have a user-adjustable, single-stage trigger, while the Trail model utilizes a two-stage trigger. Trigger pull can be adjusted without removing the chassis from the stock. A 4-position dial sets trigger weights from 1.3 to 3 lbs., moving over just 1/2 lb. per click.

CZ 600 Series Rifles Features:

Steel and Alloy Actions, 3 sizes
60-Degree Bolt throw
Vertical two-position safety
Controlled round feed with short extractor
Three barrel profiles: Light, Semi-Heavy, and Heavy
Adjustable trigger – no disassembly needed, 4 weights
Picatinny Rail or Remington 700 scope bases
Detachable magazine with optional lock
Caliber conversion kits (sold separately)
Accuracy guarantees: 3/4 MOA (Range), 1 MOA (Alpha, Lux), and 2 MOA (Trail)

CZ 600 Models — Alpha, Lux, Range, and Trail

CZ 600 Alpha — CZ designed the Alpha as a “do it all” rifle with guaranteed sub-MOA accuracy for a modest $749.00 MSRP. A light-weight aluminum receiver balances the semi-heavy barrel for a 7.3-lb overall weight (before optic). The CZ 600 Alpha is designed to be versatile, durable, and reliable. Available chamberings include .223 Rem, .224 Valkyrie, 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, 7.62×39, .308 Win, .300 Win Mag, and .30-06 SPRG.

This Petersen’s video features the CZ Alpha model on a hunt in Central California

CZ 600 Lux — The refined lines and traditional style of the CZ 600 Lux reflect a long, proud legacy. The Lux features a steel action and oil-finished select-grade walnut stock. The steel receiver is drilled and tapped for Rem 700-pattern bases. The Lux model comes with a sub-MOA guarantee. Weight is 8.2 lbs. in 308 Win without scope.

CZ 600 Range — The Range model, with its cold hammer-forged heavy barrel, was designed to give precision shooters outstanding accuracy. The CZ 600 Range features the best accuracy guarantee ever offered by CZ: Sub-3/4 MOA guaranteed at 100 meters, for 5-shot groups with match-grade factory ammo. This accuracy is verified by CZ.

CZ 600 Trail — The CZ 600 Trail is a very light-weight, compact rifle, weighing just 6.1 lbs. before optics. The Trail uses AR-15 compatible mags for .223 Rem with CZ Bren 2 magazines for the other chambering, 7.62×39. The lightweight Trail model offers AR ergonomics along with ambidextrous mag release and safety lever similar to AR-platform rifles.

CZ 600 Trail Model — Initial Field Test


*In Europe CZ offers a fifth CZ 600 model, the “Ergo” model. See the first video linked above.

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October 27th, 2021

Scope Review: IOR Valdada 12-52x56mm with 1/8 MOA Clicks

IOR Valdada Terminator Scope 12-42x56mm 1/8 MOA benchrest competition scope

IOR Valdada 12-52x56mm Terminator Scope Review

Scope Evaluation with Test in Benchrest Competition by James Mock

Since I started shooting in competition in the early ’90s, rifle scopes have really improved. The one which I am now testing may be the high point (zenith) of scope quality. The IOR Valdada Terminator 12-52x56mm with 40mm tube is a great scope by any standard. There are only two negative aspects to using one of these instruments. One is cost (retail $3695) and the other is weight (three pounds).

Many say that this scope is without equal. However, the most common complaints among those willing to pay the cost for this exceptional instrument was that there was no zero stop and the 1/4-MOA adjustments were too coarse. The folks at IOR Valdada listened and corrected both problems. They added a very functional zero stop and changed the adjustments to 1/8th MOA. Valdada listens to its customers.

“The Valdada performed absolutely perfectly and enabled me to win the match. The 1/8th MOA clicks are crisp and accurate and the big 40mm tube allows 100 minutes of vertical adjustment. The tracking of the scope was perfect. The MOA reticle and the precise 1/8th minute clicks helped tremendously. The scope performed flawlessly. Even with my 77 year-old eyes, I could see 6mm bullet holes in the white at 600 yards with this scope. I have been able to do that only one other time.”– James Mock

IOR Valdada Terminator Scope 12-42x56mm 1/8 MOA benchrest competition scope

Some of the great qualities of the new Terminator scope are:

— Lenses are made with the finest glass from the Germany’s famous Schott Glasswerks (lenses have the proprietary Z-7 coating with 7-11 coats for EACH lens surface).
— Parallax adjustment on the tube body allows convenient and very precise adjustments.
— Reticle with precise hashmarks and illuminated center dot.
— One hundred MOA of vertical adjustment range.

IOR Valdada Terminator Scope 12-42x56mm 1/8 MOA benchrest competition scope
This scope is very well thought out in all respects. The parallax adjustment is on the tube just behind the objective bell. It is very easy to get a sharp, parallax-free image with it.

As can be seen in the picture, this scope has every feature that long range shooters desire. With the change from 1/4-MOA to 1/8-MOA adjustments, one can see that this company listens to its customers. This is a second focal plane (SFP) scope and Valdada has a 40mm tube scope with first focal plane (FFP) for those who prefer that option. NOTE: The max magnification for the FFP version is 40X rather than 52X.

The power-changing ring of this scope is also well thought out. It features three different color-coded “clicks” that indicate subtension of the hash marks. (Meaning you have positive confirmation of the hash mark value). At 14.4X the reticle hash marks subtend 1/2 MIL. At 26X they represent one MOA and at 52X the hash marks represent 1/2-MOA (very handy for wind calls).

IOR Valdada 12-52x56mm Scope Proves Itself in Competition This Month
I received the scope on October 15th and used it in a 600-yard match on Saturday, October 16th. I quit competition several months ago and sold my trusty BAT/Leonard rifle. However, I could not stay quit and I picked up a Stiller Cobra action, and Dusty Stevens chambered a Krieger 1:7.5″-twist barrel in 6mm Dasher for this rifle. I received the barrel on October 13th, and that gave me three days to break in the barrel, find a load and get the scope zeroed. I shot 15 rounds of 1 shot/clean, 1 shot clean, 1-shot clean, 3-shots clean until I had 15 rounds. Since I did not have the scope, I could not develop a match load.

After receiving the Terminator on Friday, October 15th. I finished the fire-forming of the 48 pieces of brass and zeroed the scope with the fire-forming load. The scope was not hard to zero and I was very impressed with the optics. I wasn’t surprised at the quality — since 2009, I have shot a Valdada 36X Benchrest model on my target rifle. That is a superb scope with rock-solid adjustments and great Schott glass.

IOR Valdada Terminator Scope 12-42x56mm 1/8 MOA benchrest competition scope

Shooting the “Square” Confirms Great Tracking
I shot the “square” with some fireform loads and the last bullet went through the hole made by the initial round. For those not familiar with this test, it consists of 5 shots while using the same aim point and adjusting 6 MOA between each shot. So the second shot is 6 MOA above the first, the third is 6 MOA right, the fourth is 6 MOA down and the fifth, final shot is 6 MOA left. When the last shot goes through the hole of the first, one can conclude that the scope adjustments are spot on. This Terminator was perfect.

Because of time restraints, I did not have a chance to work up a good load for this barrel, so I resorted to a load that had worked with a previous Dasher. It was with 32.5 grains of Varget and a 105gr Berger Hybrid seated .007″ into the lands. I favor Bart’s Hammers, but did not have enough to shoot the match.

Although I had only one day with the scope before the match, I got it mounted on the rifle. I shot ONE shot at my 100-yard range and adjusted the scope up 11 MOA. I told some of the shooters that I had never been so ill-prepared for a match. However, the Valdada performed absolutely perfectly and enabled me to win the match (first win at 600 in a long time!). The MOA reticle and the precise 1/8th-minute clicks helped tremendously.

The 1/8-MOA clicks are crisp and accurate and the big 40mm tube allows 100 minutes of vertical adjustment. The tracking of the scope was perfect. Valdada uses steel ball bearings in this scope.

IOR Valdada Terminator Scope 12-42x56mm 1/8 MOA benchrest competition scopeDuring the match, the hash marks are very useful. Since the hash marks subtend 1/2-MOA at 52X, I used the scope at that power until the 4th target and then used it at 26X so I could use the 1-MOA hash marks. Since we shoot a steel gong for sighters, it is easy to determine the amount of winddrift by using these hash marks.

This scope features a lighted reticle. This is not an important feature for the type of shooting that I do, but many make use of this feature. The scope also features a zero stop that is very handy for those shooting events in which several adjustments are used. If one gets “lost” he can simply dial back to the “set zero”. This system was very easy to use.

Bullet-maker and benchrest shooter Bart Sauter has been using an IOR Valdada Terminator scope for several years and has made an impact in the 600-yard game. He is a Valdada dealer. If you need a Terminator or other IOR Valdada optic, give Bart a call.

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October 27th, 2021

NASGW Expo Showcases New Shooting Sports Products

NASGW Expo Columbus Ohio 2021

Lots of new firearms, optics, and other shooting sports products are on display this week. The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) Annual Expo kicked off today in Columbus, Ohio. The event runs Wednesday, October 27 through Friday, October 29, 2021. A prelude for the massive gun industry SHOT Show in Las Vegas in January, 2022, the NASGW Expo 2021 gives buyers a “first look” at new products that will hit the market in the months ahead.

NASGW Expo Columbus Ohio 2021

There will be many major manufacturers at the NASGW Expo including ARMSCOR, Blaser, European American Armory, HOWA, Hogue, Lyman, Mauser, Riton Optics, SAR USA, Sauer, Taurus, and many more.

NASGW Expo Columbus Ohio 2021

Legacy Sports International will have new-for-2022 items on display including the new HOWA Carbon Stalker offerings, HOWA Superlite, and other new products from HS Precision and HOGUE stocks. There will be a wide selectino of new Cerakote and camo stock offerings.

NASGW Expo Columbus Ohio 2021

Lyman will have a booth at the 2021 NSAGW Expo displaying the full line of Lyman presses, tools, and dies. In addition Lyman will showcase products from Mark 7 Reloading, Pachmayr, TacStar, Trius Traps, Butch’s Gun Care, and Targdots.

NASGW Expo Columbus Ohio 2021

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October 15th, 2021

New ZEISS LRP S5 First Focal Plane (FFP) Scopes

Zeiss LRP S5 first focal plane ffp scopes hunting MOA MRAD

New Zeiss Scopes Raise the Bar for First Focal Plane Optics
Here is big news for PRS/NRL competitors, and all shooters who favor FFP (First Focal Plane) scopes. ZEISS has released two all-new, state-of-the-art FFP scopes, and they are mighty impressive, with superb glass, and best-in-class elevation travel. The new LRG S5 Series Scopes, the LRP S5 318-50 (3-18x50mm) and LRP S5 525-56 (5-25x56mm) are precise and tough. Choose either Milliradian (MRAD) or Minute-of-Angle (MOA) reticles/click values. Both models boast a 34mm main tube, European-style fast-focus eyepiece, Ballistic Stop elevation turret (with 40.7 MRAD or 140 MOA of total elevation travel), and an external locking windage turret. The LRP S5 318-50 costs $3299.99, while the LRP S5 525-56 sells for $3599.99.

Zeiss LRP S5 first focal plane ffp scopes hunting MOA MRAD

Here is the big news — The SCHOTT glass in these scopes is amazing. We mean unrivaled clarity and sharpness for a tactical scope. The turrets offer great repeatability and precision, and these LRP S5 optics are tough — really tough. Engineered and built in Germany, LRP S5 series scopes are engineered to withstand a 1500 G-force of recoil.

Zeiss LRP S5 first focal plane ffp scopes hunting MOA MRAD


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Zeiss LRP S5 first focal plane ffp scopes hunting MOA MRAD

ZEISS FFP Scopes Advanced Features
The ZEISS LRP S5 318-50 and 525-56 scopes are available in four configurations, all with 34mm main tubes. The optical system delivers exceptional image quality and renders the finest of details. The premium optical design utilizes ZEISS Fluoride lens elements, SCHOTT glass and ZEISS’s proprietary T-Star lens coatings for optimum color fidelity, image brightness, exceptional resolution and edge-to-edge sharpness within the entire field-of-view. The scopes deliver 90% light transmission to the eye, clearer visuals, and faster target identification down range. The exterior facing lenses are final coated with ZEISS LotuTec protective lens coating process for anti-fogging and to repel water, dust, dirt, fingerprints and more.

High Performance Optics: Fluoride lens elements, SCHOTT glass, and ZEISS T-Star coatings
Best-In-Class Total Elevation Travel: 40.7 MRAD or 140 MOA total elevation travel value
Highly Repeatable and Tactile Turrets: 0.1 MRAD and .25 MOA precise click adjustment
Daylight Visible Illuminated Reticle: Digitally controlled, diffractive reticle illumination
Compact and Heavy-Duty Riflescope: Able to withstand up to 1,500 G-force of shock testing

The MOA-based turrets are adjustable with .25 MOA click values and offer 30 MOA of travel per rotation. Each click is audible and provides a tactile confirmation for every adjustment. The MRAD turret features a more pronounced click at whole MRAD intervals. The 3-18x50mm and 5-25x56mm scopes offer best-in-class 140 MOA or 40.7 MRAD total elevation adjustment which enables shooters to engage targets up to 1500 yards and beyond.

“For longer-range shooting, precision is crucial. With our new ZEISS LRP S5 we have decisively expanded our product line to provide an elite riflescope that can dominate at every competition” states Kyle Brown – Director of Marketing and Product for Carl Zeiss SBE, LLC. “With the compact and heavy-duty design of these riflescopes we have validated and proven that they are ready to tackle the toughest shooting competitions and the most difficult hunts”, emphasized Brown.

Zeiss LRP S5 first focal plane ffp scopes hunting MOA MRADIlluminated MOA and MRAD Reticles
Both new ZEISS FFP scopes offer daytime visible illuminated reticles. Two new illuminated reticles — ZF-MOAi and ZF-MRi — provide intuitive aiming solutions. The ZF-MOAi and the ZF-MRi illuminated reticles represent MOA and MRAD smart reticle designs respectively. Each incorporate distinct, clean, and easy-to-understand reference marks along the main horizontal and vertical lines of the reticle. And these reticles offer relevant windage hold-offs in the field-of-view below centerline. Both offer fine line reticle subtensions and floating center dots to serve the demands of precision shooters and long-range hunters alike. At right is the LRP S5 318-50’s MRAD Reticle at 18-power. The MOA reticle also has central illumnination.

ZF-MRi MRAD FFP Reticle Video
ZF-MOAi – MOA FFP Reticle Video

ZEISS FFP Scopes Have Been Tested by Top Tactical Shooters

Zeiss LRP S5 first focal plane ffp scopes hunting MOA MRAD

ZEISS LRP S5 riflescopes have been developed with significant input from top PRS Pro Series competitors. Their comments helped ZEISS developed FFP optics that set new standards for lens quality, elevation travel, and durability. These scopes are not inexpensive ($3299+) but we expect they will be in high demand among top PRS/NRL shooters.

phil cashin masterpiece arms mpaPhil Cashin, PRS Pro Competitor and owner of MasterPiece Arms states: “I think ZEISS has hit a home run with this optic. Excellent turret design, easy to read markings, huge amounts of elevation travel and an outstanding reticle. The ZF-MRi reticle is perfectly designed for PRS/NRL style shooting: floating center dot, 0.2 subtensions and the diffractive illumination provide unique contrast, so the shooter does not get lost in the reticle. Plus the clutter-free tree design makes it easy to spot impacts and misses for follow-up shots.”

Full Overview of LRP S5 525-56 — 7:55 min Video

ZEISS LRP S5 Scopes Also Perform Well for Hunters
While we will soon see these ZEISS LRP S5 scopes on the firing lines at PRS/NRL matches, these superb optics are NOT just for competition. With their exceptional low-light performance and rugged durability, these scopes are also a great choice for hunters. Shown below is the 518-50 model with MOA reticle.

Zeiss LRP S5 first focal plane ffp scopes hunting MOA MRAD
Zeiss LRP S5 first focal plane ffp scopes hunting MOA MRAD

Where to Buy New Zeiss LRP S5 FFP Scopes

These new scope models will be available in November at leading vendors including EuroOptic, MidwayUSA, and Mile High Shooting.

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October 9th, 2021

Have Fun with FREE Halloween-Themed Paper Targets

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Halloween (aka “All Hallows Eve”) is three weeks away. The pumpkins are starting to arrive a local marketplaces. Why not head to the range and shoot some Halloween-themed targets this October amidst the fall foliage. The folks at the NRA Blog have created a series of “spook-tastic” Halloween targets. Writer Kyle Jillson says, “In addition to stocking up on candy and finding great costumes, we thought you might like to have some fun at the range, so we created these spooky targets for you to use.”

Just click an image to launch its full-size version. You can then download the target and print it out on regular 8.5″x11″ paper. Now you have fun Halloween-themed targets to bring to the range this week.

Pumpkin Patch Target | Pumpkin Antler Target | Turkey Target | Pig Target


CLICK EACH Target to Download Full-Size Version

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