More New Guns
Putting aside for the moment the ongoing saga at the NRA (since no one there is talking), this is a spectacular time for gun folks. Never, ever, have we seen the new product introductions we are currently faced with. The choices bewilder the prospective buyer.
Let's take a look.
First, I'll just say that this is just a peek. More companies are making guns than I can keep up with, and I don't think anyone has a handle on all the new guns and ammo introductions.
The Kimber EVO series -- smaller 9mm pistols with a great (meltdown) feel just hit your hand like a long-lost friend. Easily could be your EDC option. Also from Kimber, their already beautiful K6s revolver got even more gorgeous with a new finish. The high polish finish with a black DLC coating on the K6s Royal resembles an old-school blued finish, so deep you could fall into it. The six-shot .357 Magnum has "ivory" G10 laminate grips, making this a stunner, suitable for any barbeque. Learn more from Kimber. CLICK HERE
At the NRA show, Ruger showed off the Ruger American Ranch Rifle and the AR-556, both in the new straight-wall .350 Legend cartridge. We also got to handle and shoot the Wrangler (.22 LR single action revolver) and Security 9 compact at a recent Guns and Gear video shoot. There were several more Rugers introduced. You can see them at www.ruger.com.
While Springfield Armory has several new guns, the one we all gravitated to is the new Saint Victor in .308. It weighs in at 7.8 pounds, which is pretty light, but it feels even lighter. I think that's because of the really trim handguard. This is worth checking out if you have been thinking of getting an AR platform in .308. Learn more from Springfield Armory. CLICK HERE
Bringing its long and worldwide history of designing and making top military arms to the commercial market, FN showed its terrific and proven 509 design in what has become one of the sweet spots in concealed carry. Call it the "Glock 19" slot if you want, but a 15-round mid to compact auto in 9mm is just about right for many people. The FN 509 Midsize gives you all the heft and strength you expect from FN, but in an all-day-carry form factor. I also spent time drooling over the models set up with red dot optics. More on that later. Learn more from FN. CLICK HERE
S&W packed its booth at NRA with people wanting to see the newest M&P 2.0 models, pistols and ARs which come with red dot optics, and anything from the skunkworks called the Performance Center. I was especially excited to see the return of the Model 610, an N-frame revolver in 10mm auto. You can get it with barrel lengths of four or six and a half inches. Stainless steel. Fair warning. I've see reintroductions before. Sometimes they are in the lineup only a year or two. If you like this one, I'd suggest getting it right away.
It's difficult to pick one product from Sig to talk about. The fact is, they like to describe the company as an engineering company that makes guns. Well, and now Sig makes optics, and suppressors, and pistols, and rifles, and ammunition, and ... well, who knows what else they will get into this week. Check out the Legion series of pistols. Tough as nails and visually stunning. And, I'll just leave this here. You'll be able to see some the very latest (can't reveal them just yet) introductions when the 11th season of Guns and Gear begins airing in July. Let's just say that I have seen most of what's been sold over the last 50 years, and this stuff has me mighty excited. Learn more from Sig Sauer. CLICK HERE
Century Arms has new options in the affordable Canik line of pistols. Cartridges getting a lot of attention include the .350 Legend, 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, and .300 PRC. Doublestar has new guns and parts but also has gotten into making knives (I guess it's cool now to just call them "blades").
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Author, outdoorsman, gun rights activist, and firearms enthusiast for more than five decades, Tom Gresham hosts Tom Gresham's Gun Talk, the first nationally-syndicated radio show about guns and the shooting sports, and is also the producer and co-host of the Guns & Gear, GunVenture and First Person Defender television series.