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First Look: New Rifles for 2010

America’s shooting industry is offering an extensive array of new rifles and muzzleloaders for 2010, and we have highlighted many of the most innovative here.


ARMALITE will introduce the SPR Mod 1, a forged, one-piece upper receiver/rail system with exclusive detachable side and bottom rails. With other one-piece systems, you’re stuck forever with the rails you get at purchase, and stuck with their limits. The SPR Mod 1’s three o’clock, six o’clock, and nine o’clock rails are detachable.  That’s right, you can change your 1913 rails to fit your changing needs for sights, lights, lasers and grip swivels. Each SPR Mod 1 comes with three extra rails standard, at no extra cost; a 1913 rail with a quick-detach sling swivel hole, a low insert for when you need a bare rail with a low profile, and a plain insert with a quick detach sling swivel hole. Changing rails on the SPR Mod 1 is as easy as turning an Allen wrench. Its one-piece construction offers you a continuous optics platform (COP). There’s no gap to bridge between receiver and upper rail when you’re installing your scope or sights. Giving the sighting platform extra rigidity. The SPR comes standard a chrome-lined, chrome-moly vanadium steel 1:7 "barrel and a two-stage tactical trigger.

ARSENAL, INC. is offering a 500-unit, limited production run of AK-74 rifles to commemorate both Mikhail Kalashnikov’s 90th birthday and the 35th year of AK-74 production. Four hundred Silver Edition and 100 Gold Edition rifles will be manufactured. Each boasts a high-gloss finish on all metal parts, engravings signifying the anniversaries celebrated and the Izhmash factory logo. Included with the Gold Edition is a certificate of authenticity signed by Lt. Gen. Kalashnikov.

BARRETT MFG. will offer its flagship Model 82A1 semi-automatic rifle in the company’s proprietary .416 Barrett cartridge, which produces a muzzle velocity of 3200 fps. with a 395-gr. projectile from its 32” barrel. The rifle includes a new muzzle brake design, a chrome-lined barrel and a 10-round magazine that has been modified to feed the shorter .416 cartridge. Also new is a compact variant of the Model 98B bolt-action in .338 Lapua Magnum (April 2009, p. 44) with a 20” barrel.

will release a new straight-pull bolt action rifle this year. The Blaser R8 has a number of refinements including a detachable magazine. The R8’s magazine is unique in that it can be locked into the receiver for situations, such as dangerous-game hunting, where a detachable magazine could be a hazard. Safety features have not been overlooked, the bolt assembly has greater locking surface area, and the gun decocks when the magazine is removed from the rifle, so the rifle is uncocked during unloading. The R8 is made for rapid target acquisition and fast follow-up shooting. It has a palm swell and distinct cast off of the grip, and the magazine is positioned right above the trigger. This puts the weight of the rifle between the hands and aids instinctive shooting.

X-Bolt Stanless Stalker Carbon Fiber, weighing just over 6 lbs., has a “Feather Trigger” and a stainless steel action. Several 25th anniversary A-Bolts are sure to draw some ogling. The BAR Light Weight Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity is made mostly from aircraft-grade alloy to bring its weight down to a range of 6 lbs., 1 oz. to little more than 7 lbs., depending on caliber. Its Semi-Auto 22 Stainless Grey Laminate Octagon is a takedown .22 with a satin-nickel finish.
X-Bolt Stanless Stalker Carbon Fiber

CVA debuts the single-shot, break-action Scout rifle, its first centerfire-only hunting gun, in .243 Win., 7mm-08 Rem., .270 Win., .30-’06 Sprg. and .35 Whelan. A Scout Compact is available in 243. Both offer blued or stainless fluted barrels with DuraSight Dead-On integral scope mounts. The company revamps three guns in the muzzleloader line. The Optima, CVA’s original break-open muzzleloader, has been redesigned with a new stock, trigger, barrel and finger-removable Quick Release Breech Plug (QRBP) in standard and thumbhole versions. The Accura is upgraded to the Accura V2 (Version 2) featuring QRBP and rubber grip panels on thumbhole and standard stocks in black or Realtree AP camo. The redesigned Wolf is more compact, lighter weight and also houses QRBP.

DPMS has upgraded the Panther Hunter series with its new Yote Edition. Designed specifically for varmint/predator hunting, it has a 20” fluted target barrel, flat-top upper receiver with a Picatinny rail, a fixed skeletonized stock, ERGO pistol grip, an enlarged Magpul trigger guard and an extended charging handle release lever for easier use with a large varmint-style scope. The stock, free-floating fore-end tube, as well as the upper and lover receivers, are coated with Mossy Oak’s Brush camo pattern.

.69-cal. flintlock Spanish Musket is now available in European walnut stock with satin finish. It features a brass buttplate, trigger guard and barrel bands, and the steel side-plate is armory bright. Its overall length is 59 7/8”.

GAMO’s new pre-charged-pneumatic (PCP) DynaMax Multishot pellet gun is topped with a GHM 3-9X 50 mm RGB Dot scope from BSA Optics. Unlike the company’s break-action air rifles, the Multishot uses a reservoir of compressed air to propel the pellets at 1200 f.p.s. for the .177-cal. version and 1000 f.p.s. for the .22-cal. version. The mechanism is fed by a 10-shot removable repeating rotary system, allied to a spring-loaded, press-to-load feature that can cycle shots at a rate of one-per-second. An air reservoir holds enough compressed air for 30-40 shots before needing to be refilled, either by an air tank or with a hand pump. Free-floated, hammer-forged barrels, together with the nature of the PCP system, provide less recoil and greater accuracy compared with the company’s break-action pellet rifles. Both the .177-cal. and .22-cal. rifles weigh 8 lbs., 12 ozs., with scopes and measure 38 ¼” in length. QD studs on the synthetic fore-end and buttstock come standard. The RGB scope has an adjustable red, green or blue illuminated center dot with duplex crosshairs.

H&R 1871 will release its new Handi-Grip Rifle this year. It combines the single-shot, break-open action of the Handi-Rifle with an ambidextrous thumbhole-style synthetic stock. Available calibers include .204 Ruger, .223 Rem., .22-250 Rem, .243 Win, .25-’06 Rem., .308 Win., and .45/70 Gov’t. Barrel lengths are 22", 24", or 26" depending on caliber. The standard Handi-Rifle is now available in .35 Whelen.

H&R Handi-Grip Rifle

HENRY REPEATING ARMS' commemorative Golden Boy “Eagle Scout” Rifle Tribute Edition features a nickel-plated receiver with selective 24-karat-gold adorned hand-cut engravings by Henry engraver Rob Bunting. A tri-colored medallion replicating the Eagle Scout badge is set in the American walnut stock, and the six badges of advancement that mark a scout’s advancement to the Eagle Scout rank are engraved and hand-painted in gold on the fore-arm.

expands it ever-growing rifle line with the super-trim Model 84L (p. 44), a long-action version of its cartridge-proportional Model 84. Despite the 84L’s svelte lines and spright handling, it holds five rounds in its magazine in the initial offerings of .25-’06 Rem., .270 Win. and .30-’06 Sprg. It comes in Classic and Classic Select Grade versions with hand-finished walnut and French walnut/ebony fore-end tip stocks, respectively, and a weight of 6 lbs., 2 ozs. with a 24” barrel. The all-black Model 8400 Patrol rifle in .308 Win. has a fluted 20” barrel, tapered, oversize bolt knob and two swivel studs on the fore-end for simultaneous sling and bipod use. The Model 8400 line adds a Police Tactical model in .308 Win., Classic Stainless configuration sporters with walnut stocks in WSM chamberings and a .416 Rem. Mag. chambering in the mighty Caprivi dangerous-game platform.

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1 Response to First Look: New Rifles for 2010

Greg Gordon wrote:
March 28, 2012

I didn't see the new Mossberg MVP amoung your NEW RIFLES .