The Latest Firearms from the 2014 SHOT Show
36th Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show, the shooting
industry displayed their wares to a record setting 67,000 attendees with 1,600
exhibitors. Here are a few of the highlights.
ARX100 from Beretta is a 5.56mm modern sporting rifle of modular design. Quick-change barrels offer mission-specific options
and additional calibers. Ejection of spent cases is instantly swapped from
right to left side and all critical controls are ambidextrous for left- or
right-hand officers. The constant contact piston operating system is very
reliable and the technopolymer receiver requires virtually no lubricant. The ARX100 has no pins but can be
disassembled without tools.
Mustang 380 ACP pistol is now available as an XSE model with a polymer frame,
dovetailed sights, and an ambidextrous manual safety. It feels good in the
hands and points naturally.
M2012 bolt action 308 Win sniper rifle starts with a Colt chassis and a Cooper
Firearms receiver. A SureFire muzzle brake, fluted lightweight 1:10-inch twist
barrel, match trigger, Magpul grip and adjustable buttstock, and Accuracy
International magazines combine to make a very accurate package. The aluminum
stock version is the SA308 and the MT308T is the tan Manners composite stock.
new Model 42 is a single-stack, compact 380 ACP pistol that follows all the
standards of their full-size pistols. The new pistol provides a grip that
accommodates all three fingers of a big hand and real-world sights. It was
found to be easily capable of consistent hits on target with minimal
Model 41 is a 45 ACP long-slide built on the G21 frame with a G34 slide. The slide is lightened slightly with a
machining cut inside the rear instead of a big rectangle on the front top of
the slide. This may be the ultimate competition—duty pistol in their
Kahr CT40 and CT45 pistols will have a MSRP that is $250 lower than their
standard counterparts. To save the consumer money, Kahr performs less machining
and contouring on the slide; the front sight is pinned instead of dovetailed;
the slide is scroll instead of laser engraved; the slide stop and extractor are
MIM instead of machined. In addition, the barrel is a rifled instead of having
a polygonal bore; the pistol ships with just one magazine and comes in a
cardboard box instead of an ABS plastic case.
Remington has been known for their rifles and shotguns, they came out with
their R1 1911 pistol a few years ago to great fanfare. This time they pretty
much shocked the firearms world with their new R51 9mm single-stack sub-compact
pistol. The aluminum frame houses a grip safety, single-action trigger, and no
sharp edges. The rear sight is designed to snag free when withdrawn from a
general appearance likened to the Remington Model 51 from 1918, the new R51
utilizes the Pedersen action of the original pistol that was chambered in 32
ACP and 380 ACP. This new handgun handles 9mm +P ammo and boasts low muzzle
flip and recoil. A Crimson Trace laser, threaded barrel, and holsters from
various makers mean the R51 is ready for backup or off-duty use right away.
also introduced its Ultimate Defense handgun ammunition in common off-duty
calibers. With fast-burning powder and expanding bullets, the new loads make
better use out of short-barrel, off-duty style handguns.
Sauer’s P320 polymer frame and striker-fired modular pistol made its long-awaited
debut at the SHOT Show. Sig basically took the transforming modularity of their
P250 hammer-fired pistol and turned it into a striker-fired handgun. The first
shot’s trigger pull is the same as all subsequent shots fired. The trigger pull
is shorter than it looks and on par with the other striker-fired weapons.
angle and Sig’s rearward-located slide release provide excellent
ergonomics. The P320 transforms in under
a minute from a full-size duty gun, to a compact off-duty gun. Calibers are
interchangeable as well, as are grip frames in small, medium, and large sizes. The
steel chassis is serial numbered to allow the most options of any pistol on the
Sig556xi rifle boasts gas pistol modularity as well. Barrel length, caliber,
stock, handguard, and even magazine type (AR to AK) swap for any police need
from patrol to entry work. The side-folding stock makes the overall length with
any barrel shorter for compact storage in police vehicles. The three-position
gas-piston operating system with rotating bolt works under suppressed, normal,
or extreme conditions. Completely ambidextrous controls and locking, flip-up
sights make the Sig556xi an outstanding option for law enforcement use.
P227 Tactical 45 ACP comes with a threaded barrel for a suppressor, high front
and rear sights to see over the suppressor, and an extended 14-round magazine
beyond the standard pistol’s 10-round capacity.
Smith & Wesson
Bodyguard M&P from S&W lowers its price by not including the built-in
laser of the standard Bodyguard 380 ACP pistol. The new M&P version carries
over the fish-scale slide serration from the M&P lineup and each 380 ACP
pistol will ship with two magazines. S&W also introduced their M&P15 AR-style
rifle chambered for the .300 Blackout/.300 Whisper cartridge.
XDS 4.0 9mm single-stack pistol is available with a 4-inch barrel and slide,
compared to the previously offered XDS with its 3.3-inch barrel.
Sturm, Ruger and Company
hammer version of the LCR 38 Special +P revolver was touted by Ruger as the
LCRx. It provides the option of thumb cocking the exposed hammer for a more
precise, single-action shot if needed by this polymer frame, five-shot snubnose
Arms owns Auto Ordnance and produces a Thompson 1911TC 45 ACP pistol with all
the custom features, including sights, that are usually found on much
higher-priced pistols. The slide is machined from solid billet stainless steel
and the frame is machined on high-precision computerized machinery from a 420
gunmaker Weatherby is known for its accurate, high-power bolt-action hunting
rifles. New for 2014 is their PA-459TR eight-shot Threat Response Shotgun. This
pump-action 12-gauge offers a fixed ergonomic stock with a rubber-textured grip
area and an extended forend for ease of function. The receiver is CNC-machined
aircraft-grade alloy for reduced weight. The adjustable ghost-ring rear sight
and winged, high-mount, fiber-optic front sight work well together. The
18.5-inch chrome-lined barrel has screw-in choke tubes.
1911-specific, 45 ACP ammo with nickel-plated, full-metal-jacket 230-grain training
rounds and matching 230-grain jacketed hollowpoint rounds were introduced by
Winchester. The two loads provide matching power to simulate the same recoil,
while the JHP rounds are designed for maximum stopping power.
Steve Tracy is a 26-year police
veteran with 24 years of experience as a firearms instructor. He is also an
instructor for tactical rifles, use of force, less-than-lethal force, and
scenario-based training. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in Tactical Response, Mar/Apr 2014
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