First Look: New Rifles for 2010

posted on March 2, 2010

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.

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.

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.

LES BAER CUSTOM just released its first-ever bolt-action rifle line, the LBC Tactical series. Both the LBC Tactical Recon and the LBC Tactical Varmint Classic come in .308 Win., .260 Rem., and .243 Win., and both will soon be available in .338 Lapua Mag. The primary difference between the rifles is the stocks: The Tactical Recon has an adjustable comb and buttpad, a well-pronounced full pistol grip, and a squared, wider fore-end; the Tactical Varmint Classic has a semi-pistol grip, butt hook and a target fore-end. Features include glass-bedded actions at the front and rear, spiral-fluted bolt bodies, Timney Match triggers, detachable box magazines, Picatinny railing, and 24” 416R barrels. Les Baer guarantees the rifles to shoot ten shot groups under ½ m.o.a. with match ammunition.

new Model 1895GBL is a Model 1895G-45/70 with full-length magazine tube for a 6+1 capacity. The stock and fore-end are brown laminate. The gun also comes with a big loop lever, an 181/2" barrel and semi-buckhorn sights. The .30-30 Win. Model 336BL also has a full-length 6+1 magazine tube. The 1894 is now available in a .44 Mag. deluxe model designated the M1894DL. The gun, offered in a special serial number range, has a full-length magazine tube mounted underneath its 20" barrel, a fancy American walnut stock and a hand-tuned action. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Model 60, Marlin will introduce the Model 60DLX. This edition of Marlin’s classic semi-automatic rimfire rifle is enhanced with a deluxe checkered walnut stock and a gold-plated trigger blade.

NOSLER CUSTOM’s new Model 48 Trophy Grade Rifle (TGR), is based on the same proprietary action as the company’s higher-priced NoslerCustom and Model 48 rifles and, like them, is built at the Bend, Ore., Nosler factory. The TGR is available in both short and long actions, weighs from 6 ½ to 7 ½ lbs., depending on chambering, and features: a 24” chromemoly barrel; a Bell & Carlson synthetic stock with aluminum bedding chassis for stability and blind-box construction for light weight; MicroSlick coating on interior parts for smooth operation and CERAKOTE on exterior metal surfaces for weather resistance reduced light reflection; chamberings including .270 Win., .270 WSM, .280 Ackley Improved, 7 mm Rem. Mag., .308 Win., .30-’06 Sprg., .300 WSM, .300 Win. Mag. and .325 WSM.

REMINGTON continues to expand its line of rifles. The Model 700 XCR is now offered in an upgraded model called the XCR II. All of the XCR II’s exposed surfaces are treated with TriNyte. Hogue overmold surfaces contrast with the rest of its OD green stock. A Rock Mountain Elk foundation edition with a 26" barrel will be offered in .300 Rem. Ultra Mag. The Remington 700 VTR is finished in an A-Tacs camouflage finish. The 22" triangular contour barrel is vented with a muzzle brake. Other enhancements include and X-Mark Pro trigger and hinged floor plate. The Remington R-15 will now be offered in .450 Bushmaster. The gun has a single-stage trigger and a four-round detachable box magazine. All of the external surfaces, except for the ejection port and 18" barrel, are coated with Mossy Oak’s New Break up camo finish. Remington’s 597 VTR semi-automatic rimfire rifle has a 16" barrel, the choice of a fixed A2-style or collapsible stock, quad-rail or round fore-end and a black or A-Tracs camo finish. In shotguns, Remington will release the new 870 SPS ShurShot Turkey Predator. It is intended for both turkey and varmint hunting. The 12-ga. Pump shotgun has a 31/2" chamber and 20" barrel with a bead front sight. It comes standard with a Tru-Glo LUD optic sight and a Wingmaster HD Turkey/Predator choke tube. The ShurShot stock has overmolded grip panels, sling swivel studs and a Super Cell recoil pad. The gun is finished in Mossy Oak Obsession camouflage.

has a number of new rifles, including the Ruger SR-22 is a rimfire semi-automatic rimfire rifle. Ruger placed a standard 10/22 action inside a top-quality, American-Made, all-aluminum chassis that is custom manufactured to Ruger specs by Nordic Components, Inc. The final product is an affordable, feature-loaded rifle that faithfully replicates the AR-platform dimensions between the sighting plane, buttstock height and grip. The SR-22 comes with a collapsible M4-style buttstock, a Hogue monogrip pistol grip and a 16" barrel topped of with a Mini-14-style muzzle brake. The SR-22 is compatible an extensive array of accessories available allowing a custom configuration. A left-hand version of the Hawkeye M77 is now available in 300 RCM and .338 RCM.

SAKO’s 85 line expands with the Kodiak, featuring a straight, classic stock of gray matte-lacquered hardwood laminate reinforced with two cross bolts. Available in .338 Win. Mag. and .375 H&H Mag., it has a short, free-floating “bull” barrel with integral rails for scope mounts on top of the receiver and adjustable open sights, an adjustable single-stage trigger, controlled feed and a detachable magazine.

SAVAGE’s Model 111 Long Range Hunter has an AccuTrigger and Accustock, a hinged floorplate and a synthetic stock. Its new Model 110 BA is designed for law enforcement. It has an AccuTrigger, an AccuStock, a rail system and an adjustable stock and cheek piece. Its line of Stevens shotguns has a new home-defense Stevens 350 Pump Security. The shotgun has a short 18.25-inch barrel and an overall length of just 38.25 inches. Other shotguns in the line include a 350 Field and a 350 Field/Security. Savage’s new Model 220 F is a bolt-action slug gun that comes in 20-gauge with a 22-inch barrel.

adds two muzzleloaders. The .50-cal. Impact addresses a lower price-point market segment and features only three moving parts, a sealed break-open hood release and removable stock spacers. The .50-cal. NorthWest Explorer, modeled off the Omega platform, complies with new state hunting regulations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho that require an exposed breech and No. 11 primer. Both are available with black or camo stocks. Three new single-shots include the bolt-action Venture Predator, featuring 5R rifling to ensure less jacket deformation, a target-grade crown, interchangeable barrel system with four caliber options, and guaranteed MOA accuracy. The HotShot youth rifle is chambered in .22 LR and modeled after Dad’s full-size Pro Hunter. The new Pro-Hunter Turkey Shotgun in 12- and 20-gauge is a 3-inch gun. Additionally, Venture bolt-action rifles are now available in medium-action calibers, including .204, .22-250, .223, .243, 7mm-08, .308 and 30TC.

TIKKA unveils its T3 Scout rifle, combining all the features of a varmint and tactical gun, including a Picatinny rail, 20-inch match-grade barrel with target crown, non-reflective black Teflon-coated bolt and dual front swivel studs. Available in .223 and .308, it comes with a three-shot MOA accuracy guarantee.

updates its popular Vortek break-open muzzleloader with a Cerakote rust-shielding finish and removable trigger group in several new versions. The Ultra Light weighs 6.25 pounds and points like a center-fire with its slim barrel. The Vortek Northwest was specially made to conform to several U.S. states’ legal muzzleloader definitions; it uses a No. 11 primer and has Williams open sights. The Vortek Pistol has a 13-inch ported barrel and walnut grips, and will accept up to 70 grains of powder—perfect as a traditional sidearm for deer hunting.

UBERTI has extended its selection of lever-action rifles. Its new 1871 Rolling Block Hunter Carbine has a 22-inch barrel, a case-hardened action, an A-grade walnut stock and a round barrel. Its 1883 Rifle has a 25.5-inch barrel, a case-hardened action, an A-grade walnut stock and a round barrel. Its 1883 Carbine has a 20-inch barrel, a case-hardened action, an A-grade walnut and round barrel. Its 1873 Carbine has a 19-inch barrel, comes in .44 Mag., and has a blued action, an A-grade walnut stock and a round barrel. Its 1873 Half Octagonal has an 18-inch barrel, a case-hardened frame and an A-grade walnut stock. Other new models include an 1873 Trapper Rifle with a 16.125-inch barrel, an 1873 Stallion 10-Shot, .22 LH handgun with a 51/2-inch barrel and an 1873 Cattleman Callahan NM handgun in Colt .45 that has a 6-inch barrel.

WEATHERBY announces its entry into the tactical and self-defense markets with its Mark V SUB-MOA TRR (Threat Response Rifle). It features an adjustable-comb, hand-laminated composite stock with aluminum bedding block, custom Krieger barrel and hand-tuned, adjustable trigger. It’s guaranteed to shoot under an inch. Somewhat less expensive but featuring the same accuracy guarantee is the Vanguard SUB-MOA TR (Tactical Rifle). It features a stiff 22-inch barrel and a premium composite stock. The new PA-459 pump shotgun features a rubberized, 13.5-length pistol grip-style buttstock ideal for close quarters work. A ghost ring sight, Picatinny rail for mounting a flashlight and five-plus-one magazine gives the gun an intimidating look that precedes its deadly bark.

new line of AR-style rifles chambered in 6.8 mm Rem. SPC includes the Recon, Tactical Hunter Lightweight and M4-T. All come with a match-grade barrel, a ventilated, quad-rail fore-end, a Magpul CTR buttstock and MOE pistol grip, and an Armor-Tuff finish. Based on the Mk12 series of rifles employed by U.S. Special Operations Forces, the Special Purpose Rifle is chambered in 5.56 NATO and has an 18” match-grade barrel, rifle-length gas system and an A2-style buttstock. The Tactical Supergrade Professional 1911 marries a compact slide to a full-length frame and utilizes a 4” stainless steel, match-grade, coned barrel. Typical of the company’s Supergrade line, the entirely handcrafted pistol is loaded with custom features like machined Bullet Proof components, a Speed-Chute magazine well, and hand-cut checkering and serrations. The Ultralite Carry pistol is a full-size 1911 with an aluminum frame having carry cuts, a rounded mainspring-housing butt and a shortened beavertail to reduce weight. For the ladies, the Ms. Sentinel chambered in 9 mm is built on the company’s shortest aluminum frame with a 3.5” slide and fluted barrel to minimize weight and dimensions.

WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS’ big news is the return of the Model 94 lever-action rifle in two Limited Edition models commemorating the 200th anniversary of Oliver F. Winchester’s birth in New England in 1810. A Model 1894 Custom Grade and Model 1894 High Grade will be offered in .30-30 Win.’ M70 Extreme Weather SS has a Bell and Carlson composite stock, a textured charcoal gray matte finish, a thick, black Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad and the famous claw extractor offers controlled-round feeding. It has a free-floating, fluted, stainless steel barrel. The company’s new Model 70 Safari Express comes in a matte blued finish and has a Pre-’64 type claw extractor and Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad. It has also introduced a M70 Stealth, a M70 Supergrade and a M70 Ultimate Shadow. Other new rifles include a Model 1895 Grade with a blued receiver, lever, straight buttplate and barrel, an 1895 High Wall Safari Octagon and an 1892 Trapper Takedown. The Super X3 All-Purpose Field shotgun has a 31/2-inch chamber and a gas-operated “Active Valve System” that cycles a wide variety of loads and reduces felt recoil. Its bolt is plated with “electroless nickel” to reduce friction. Other Super X3 shotguns include a Compact Field and a Sporting Adjustable.


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