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February 1st, 2022

New Product Showcase — New Rifles, Pistols, Optics, Tools

Shooting Industry SHOT Show new products 2022

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Shooting Industry Magazine offers a very comprehensive 2022 New Product Showcase. This major product feature highlights products from more than 100 manufacturers. The first 58 items were featured in the December 2021 New Product Showcase Part I. Another 70+ products were featured in the January 2022 New Product Showcase Part II. The third and final New Product Showcase Part III (February 2022) was just released. CLICK HERE for Shooting Industry Digital Magazine Archive with current and past issues.

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SEE Full February 2022 Shooting Industry Digital Magazine (new products start on Page 44).

New Marlin 1895 SBL Lever-Action Rifle by Ruger

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Since the acquisition of Marlin Firearms by Ruger, things have changed for the better. Some reviewers are saying that the first Ruger-built Marlin, the model 1895 SBL, may be the best-built, large-caliber lever gun in Marlin history.

Outdoor Life reviewer John Snow, who has used the new 1895 SBL on a successful hunt stated: “The Marlin 1895 SBL in .45/70 Gov’t is the first rifle out of the gates since Marlin was acquired by Ruger, and after … taking it hunting, I am breathing a huge sigh of relief. Ruger has done right by the beloved brand … it is making the best lever-actions in Marlin’s history. Put simply, Ruger has successfully reincarnated Marlin as a modern gun company.” The 1895 SBL features a lengthy scope rail, threaded “suppressor-ready” muzzle, and enhanced finish on the stock and fore-end.

Creedmoor Enhanced Press Head for Redding T-7 Press

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The new Creedmoor Enhanced Press Head for the Redding T-7 Turret Press is a direct upgrade that offers many advantages for precision, ease of use, and reloading. Made from solid 416 Stainless Steel, this Press Head boasts precision cut threads, integral detent/track system, and seven threaded handle position. Creedmoor states: “A machined stainless steel head, rather than one made from cast steel, allows for tighter tolerances, an improved surface finish, and ultimately makes a better product for our customers.” The Creedmoor Enhanced Press Head has a premium finish, offers higher corrosion and wear resistance, and incorporates a thread quality second to none.

The Redding T-7, already a good turret press, functions better with this press head, which is precision-machined to ensure flatness of both upper and lower surfaces. The Enhanced Press Head, which can be installed in a matter of minutes, is available now from Creedmoor Sports for $179.95.

Volquartsen VT2 Rimfire Takedown Rifle (17 HRM, 22 WMR)

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Volquartsen recently introduced a cleverly-designed new hunting/varminting rig, the VT2 Takedown rifle. With an easily-removed barrel, this semi-auto rimfire rifle can be tucked into a backpack for quick accessibility. This is currently offered in 17 HMR and 22 WMR chamberings, starting at a pretty pricey $2352.00 MSRP.

Utilizing a unique button and lever combination, the VT2 requires no tools, no twisting, and no tightening. Simply depress the takedown button, release the locking lever by pulling down, and the barrel slides effortlessly out of the receiver. The rifle can be stowed, or you can swap the barrels to easily switch between the 22 WMR and 17 HMR calibers. For reassembly, simply slide the barrel back into the receiver, the push the locking lever back up into position, and you’re ready to go. The VT2 is available in both 6” and 12” handguard lengths both with the M-LOK mounting system for bipods and other accessories.

New Colt Python with 3″ Barrel in .357 Magnum

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The new Colt Python with 3″ barrel is chambered for the potent .357 Magnum cartridge. The frame and barrel are finished in semi-bright, stainless steel with checkered walnut grips. The ribbed top strap and full underlug are unchanged from the original Python’s design, retaining a classic look. The six-chamber cylinder is carefully fitted and rotates smoothly. This DA/SA revolver features a spurred hammer and the rear sight adjusts for both windage AND elevation. With an 8.5″ OAL, the new 3″-bbl Python weighs 40 ounces. The new Python has more steel in the frame for added strength.

“After more than a twenty-year production hiatus, in 2020, Colt relaunched its famous Python revolver with two-barrel length options: 4.25-inch and 6-inch. However, collectors still longed for the 3-inch model. The wait is officially over — Colt … is bringing back the production 3-inch-barrelled Python. Cosmetically, the new Python models look like the original revolvers. The grip’s shape, deep checkering and inlaid golden Colt logo are reminiscent of the classic. The silky-smooth trigger pull on the Python is part of why these revolvers have such outstanding accuracy.” — From American Hunter magazine 1/5/2022.

Sightron S6 1-6x24mm Scope in Both FFP and SFP Versions

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For 2022 Sightron offers the S6 1-6x24mm scope in both First Focal Plane (FFP) and Second Focal Plane (SFP) versions. This new optic employs premium Japanese glass, and proprietary MC-777 multi-coating for clarity accuracy and enhanced sharpness. Sightron designed this new optic with a forgiving eye box to allow fast target acquisition. The low-profile windage and elevation turrets feature ExacTrack for positive, repeatable clicks. There is plenty of elevation travel — 140-MOA (SFP) and 35-MRAD (FFP). The reticle boasts an illuminated center dot — that’s handy for low-light situations. These new S6 models are all O-ring sealed and nitrogen purged, making them fog-proof and rain-proof. The SFP version is listed as 30mm while the FFP version has a 34 mm configuration. CLICK HERE for more information.

SilencerCo Harvester EVO Suppressor — Light “Can” for Hunters

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SilencerCo’s new Harvester EVO suppressor is a tough, lightweight, and reasonably-priced unit optimized 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 and retails for $680.00.

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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.

Savage Stance Micro-Compact 9mm Pistol

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The Savage Stance handgun is the first all-new pistol sold by Savage Arms in a century. The “micro-compact” 9mm Stance boasts a configurable grip, with two 18-degree interchangeable backstraps. Weight is 1.375 lbs. without ammo. The Stance has an ambidextrous mag release and slide catch. The stainless steel slide has a corrosion-resistant Melonite finish and a beveled slide for easy holstering. The slide is ported for weight savings, with prominent front/rear serrations for better grip when racking. The new Stance sports a 3.2″ stainless steel barrel. There are three frame color options — gray, black, and FDE tan. Starting at $479.00 MSRP, the Stance ships with two magazines and a hard case. A deluxe model with Viridian E-Series Red Laser is offered for $561.00 MSRP.

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February 1st, 2022

Getting Started in Reloading? This “ABCs” Book Can Really Help

ABCs of Reloading 10th Edition Phil Massaro Gun Digest

With the high prices of factory ammunition, more shooters than ever are hand-loading their own pistol and rifle ammo. But many novice reloaders tell us that it’s a bit overwhelming in the beginning. Just learning all the technical terms (e.g. ogive, meplat, ballistic coefficient, load density etc.) is difficult, and the task of selecting the right tools and gear can be daunting.

The first thing a new reloader should do is find an experienced reloading mentor. One can learn the basics much more quickly under the guidance of an experienced hand-loader who “knows the ropes”. We also recommend that newbies acquire a good basic reloading handbook — not just a list of load recipes, but a book that explains the processes.

One of the best handbooks available is The ABCs of Reloading (10th Edition, 2021) by Philip Massaro. Released in March 2021, this quite up-to-date 10th Edition contains 288 pages with hundreds of BW photos. The latest 10th Edition is available from for $27.14 with the Kindle Version just $17.99 (we recommend the hard copy). You can also purchase direct from the Gun Digest Store for $29.99 (or $27.99 for PDF Digital Book).

ABCs of Reloading 10th Edition Phil Massaro Gun Digest

Since the first edition was published in the 1970s, the ABCs of Reloading series has taught countless firearms owners safe/reliable methods for creating their own ammunition. ABCs of Reloading provides beginners what they need to know to get started in reloading. From basic topics such as “How does a cartridge work?” and “What components do I need?” to more advanced discussions of cartridge pressure, headspace, and chrono testing, this is a great resource for new handloaders.

In addition, the sections on advanced reloading and new powders make the new edition valuable for experienced handloaders. And long-range shooters will benefit from the sections on making ultra-consistent ammo and fine-tuning for precision accuracy. Massaro’s coverage of new reloading gear and components is another bonus (shown below is the new RCBS MatchMaster powder dispenser).

ABCs of Reloading 10th Edition Phil Massaro Gun Digest

Review from purchaser of “The ABCs of Reloading”, 8th Edition:

“The writing is very solid and clear, the illustrations are well-done and helpful, and the information is very complete. After reading this book, the entire [reloading] process made sense to me, and more importantly, I was fully warned about the dos and don’ts of the reloading world. The coverage is very complete. Primers, powders, bullets, and … all necessary tools and accessories are discussed and explained. This is just a great book. It won’t make you an expert … but it will put you on the right road if you wish to become one.” — Mykal Banta

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