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Storing ammunition is at least as important as properly storing your firearms. After all, the firearm is no better than a stick or a club without ammunition. While many of us like to have an adequate supply of ammunition for a SHTF situation this isn’t my primary motivation. I am more concerned with an adequate supply of ammunition for training and recreation than for possible use in a societal break down. I have had to curtail my personal training and firearms classes during shortages because I simply could not obtain enough ammunition. There was considerable price gouging at times and I no longer patronize those outlets. Finding twenty nine boxes of ammunition when you really need fifty is discouraging. (Fifty students, fifty rounds each, every class for months is a lot ammunition.) Conversely I walked into Academy Sports a few months ago and saw several pallets of Winchester 9mm ball for $6.99 per fifty cartridges. I estimated 20,000 rounds on the floor. The shortage, it appeared, was over. Now it is back. These things run in cycles — even if the current shortage is short lived, we may see another shortage, particularly around election time.
What are your needs? I don’t hoard things for their own sake. I like to have a few months supply of the ammunition I really need on hand. When I taught handgun marksmanship and tactical movement students seemed never to bring enough ammunition and others brought gun and ammunition combinations that were not proofed and they malfunctioned. I have learned quite a bit about ammunition storage. As an example I have handloaded my handgun ammunition for more than forty years and cannot recall a misfire cartridge due to storage issues. Ammunition isn’t quite in the category with silver and gold but may be more precious and useful if you need it. It is expensive enough that you should respect the investment and take steps to store it properly. This is more important the greater the amount of ammunition you store. Some like to burn up their ammunition on the weekend and call on Monday and replace it. That’s fine, a minimal inventory works for some of us. I am not comfortable with that program. Buying in bulk and keeping ahead on the ammunition supply is important.
I don’t know if we will face a societal upheaval and you will need that ammunition. I certainly hope not. But if you are in a bad situation the ammunition you have expended in training is the single greatest predictor of survival. My goal for ammunition storage is have a good supply for practice, hunting, and personal defense use as well as training family members. This demands the ammunition be stored properly. I store ammunition in the original box. Sometimes I simply put it on the shelf in the shipping box it arrived in. (Online is so easy!) Unless I am certain I am going to the range the next day or so I never open the boxes and pour the contents into a metal can. Sure, having those 500 9mms in an ammo can is cool enough but they are far more subject to damage from handling and the elements. Also, in the event that you trade one firearm and caliber for another, it isn’t usually possible to trade ammunition as well unless it is in the original box. For most of us, purchasing large quantities of ammunition — a case of five hundred to one thousand cartridges — and storing it properly is important.
I have fired ammunition more than one hundred years old with good results. During my police career I saw ammunition improperly stored in cruiser trunks and in the basement of the PD that became corroded and useless in a few months. Storage is everything for shelf life. Ammunition manufactured since World War One or so was designed to last for centuries. Winchester was given a military contract in 1916 based on one bad primer in 100,000 — and the standard is higher today. I would never purchase older ammunition save as a lark or to feed some non critical use antique. I don’t trust surplus ammunition — there are too many storage and quality issues. Not to mention corrosive primers. Purchasing good quality ammunition means it will last much longer. Quality case mouth seal and primer seal is important for both storage and critical use. My handloads do not have this seal but as I mentioned I have not had misfires, because I store ammo properly. The keys are cool, dry and dark. Cool not cold. A closet in the home is ideal. Stack the original boxes on shelves, on the floor, or in a large MTM plastic box. Heat itself isn’t that destructive in normal ranges but it may cause humidity and condensation. We have all had our glasses or cameras fog up when moving from an air conditioned home to a hot back yard. You don’t want your ammunition supply to be subjected to these highs and lows. Moisture will attack gun powder. In my experience far more failures to fire are related to powder contamination than primer failure. (Don’t store solvents and cleaning compounds with ammunition!) In some instances the cartridge case may even become corroded. This is dangerous as they may lose some of their integrity. Just remember that moisture and humidity are the enemy. Normal fluctuations in household temperatures are okay. I would avoid extremes such as basement storage or storage in the attic. This is especially important with lead bullet loads. Many of them — and some jacketed loads — feature a lubricant on the bullet, in grease grooves. This grease will melt out of the grooves into the powder if the ammunition becomes too hot.
Get in Order Getting the ammunition in the proper order is important. I fire mostly 9mm and .45 ACP handguns. I also use the .223 and .308 rifle. The 12 gauge shotgun is my to go gun. We all need a .22 — then there is the .357 Magnum and the .45 Auto Rim and .45 Colt — so organization is important. Two thousand .45 ACP cartridges are on hand tonight and one hundred .45 Auto Rim, and that’s plenty. I keep handgun ammunition separated by training and service loads. Shotgun shells are more difficult to store and I do not have nearly as many. They are in one corner of the designated closet. My home is one hundred fifteen years old the ammunition storage was once a food larder. Works for me.
Other points — I keep firearms in a safe. While a couple may be loaded for various reasons I do not normally store ammunition in the safe. Some like to have an ammunition supply in loaded magazines. That’s okay if they are stored properly. Take these magazines, fire them in practice, and rotate the supply. If loaded down from 30 to 26 or 20 to 18 rounds quality AR 15 magazines will run forever. Pistol magazines from MecGar are much the same. Glock magazines loaded to full capacity never give trouble. If you need a stack of magazines loaded at the ready for emergency your zip code is probably written in Cyrillic or located abound Bosnia. These tips, points and cautions will work well for most of us and keep the ammunition supply fresh and uncontaminated.
With the SHOT Show at hand, here are a few brand new for 2018 firearms. Keep going…
SOURCE: NRA Publications, by B. Gil Horman
With national firearm sales leveling off, thanks to a gun-friendly administration taking office this year, manufacturers are dusting off some new and interesting models that have been tucked away for a time such as this. Here is a quick look at just some of the new guns for 2018:
Bersa TPR Pistols
Eagle Imports is introducing the double action/single action Bersa TPR line of pistols to the U.S. market this next year. These pistols represent the next evolution of the Thunder Pro HC series originally developed for law enforcement and military applications. Available in Standard 4.25″ barrel and Compact 3.25″ barrel configurations, these semi-automatic pistols feature interchangeable SIG Sauer-type sights, an improved Browning Petter locking system, lightweight aluminum alloy frames, Picatinny accessory rails and loaded chamber indicators. The elegantly designed ambidextrous slide catch and thumb safety, along with a reversible magazine release, makes the pistol accessible to right and left handed shooters. Caliber options will include 9 mm (TPR9), .40 S&W (TPR40) and .45 ACP (TPR45). MSRP: $508-$528
Caracal USA Enhanced F Pistols
When the 4″ barrel striker-fired Caracal F 9 mm pistol first arrived on the U.S. market from the United Emirates in 2012, I was glad to be one of the writers who had an opportunity to review it. The pistol’s design seemed ahead of its time with its sleek reduced mass slide, lowered bore axis for reduced felt recoil and comfortable grip that fit a wide range of hand sizes. Just as Caracal was poised to give Glock, Springfield and Smith & Wesson a run for their money, the company enacted a voluntary safety recall that caused the pistol, much like its namesake, to slip quietly out of sight and off the market until now.
A new American-made series of Caracal USA Enhanced F pistols, with the safety issues resolved, will be shipping soon. These pistols maintain the positive qualities of the original models with three different sight system options, including the company’s proprietary Quick Sight System, 3-Dot and night sights. Customers will have a selection of new polymer frame colors to choose from including black, tan and OD green (shown). MSRP: $599-$699
Charter Arms Bulldog XL Charter Arms flagship five-shot Bulldog .44 Spl. series will be joined by the new Bulldog XL. The XL’s frame has been enlarged to handle bigger and more powerful cartridges. The Bulldog XL chambered in the popular .45 Colt offers customers a broad ammunition selection ranging from soft shooting cowboy loads to high-quality defensive hollow points. The real surprise of the show was the Bulldog XL chambered in .41 Rem. Mag. (shown). Considering what a handful the Bulldog can be when loaded with .44 Spl., it will be interesting to see how the XL handles when stocked full of magnum cartridges. MSRP: TBA
FightLite Industries SRC Raider Pistols
This year’s enthusiasm for Mossberg’s pump-action Shockwave 12-ga. has encouraged other manufacturers (like Remington) to look for ways to install a Shockwave-type grip on its guns. But who would have guessed that FightLite Industries would find a way to use this grip configuration on an AR pistol?
With an appearance reminiscent of a Star Wars movie blaster, the new Raider pistols are possible because they are based on the company’s SRC action system which was originally designed as the foundation for a 50-state’s legal AR platform. This configuration eliminates the typical AR buffer tube by attaching a hinged extension to the bolt carrier group, much like those found in some semi-automatic shotguns, that moves down at an angle into the shoulder stock. So, the same system that allows an AR lower to sport a traditional fixed hunting stock also works with an abbreviated Shockwave-style grip.
Raider pistols ship with a 7.25″ barrel chambered in 5.56 NATO/.223 Rem. or .300 BLK with an overall length of 20.25″, an unloaded weight of 3.9 lbs. and the customer’s choice of a Keymod or M-Lok handguard. It will be interesting to see how these guns handle. I’m guessing a single point sling, attached to the grip’s QD sling port for added stability, will make a difference when shooting off the bench. MSRP: $865
Heizer PKO9 Pistol
Although we are still waiting to get our hands on the super slim 0.80″ thick Heizer Defense PK0-.45 semi-automatic pistol chambered in .45 ACP (which was announced last year), the company is preparing to launch a 9 mm version called the PKO-9. Featuring a proprietary aerospace-grade aluminum frame and a stainless steel slide, the recoil assembly is set above the barrel to lower the bore axis for reduced felt recoil. Other features include a single-action trigger, drift adjustable sights and a grip safety. These pistols will ship with a flush-fit seven-round magazine and an extended 10-round magazine. Color options will include all black, two tone and custom Hedy Jane finish options. MSRP: $699
IWI TAVOR 7 Rifle
Israel Weapon Industries (IWI), has launched the newest member of the Tavor bullpup rifle family, the TAVOR 7 chambered in 7.62 NATO/.308 Win. with an overall length of 28.4″ and an unloaded weight of 9 lbs. The rifle’s body is built from high-strength, impact-modified polymer and has a hammer-forged, chrome-lined, free-floating barrel for enhanced accuracy and life cycle. Designed for military and law enforcement markets, this rifle is a fully ambidextrous platform. The ejection side and the charging handle can be switched from one side to the other quickly and easily by the user. Additional ambidextrous features include the safety lever, magazine release, and a bolt catch similar to that of the X95.
Two M-LOK slots are located at the 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock positions along with a MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny rail at the 6 o’clock position for the use of multiple devices and accessories. Other features include a short-stroke gas piston with a four-position variable gas regulator, a rotating bolt system, and an interchangeable pistol grip. The Tavor 7 will be available in four colors: Sniper Gray, OD Green, Black, and Flat Dark Earth, with replaceable barrels available in 17″ and 20″ lengths. This rifle is slated to ship the first quarter of 2018. MSRP: TBA
Just Right Carbines JRC 9 mm Pistol Just Right Carbines is known for its blow-back operated pistol-caliber takedown carbines and rifles designed to accept popular double and single-stack magazines produced for Glocks and 1911s. This year the company is expanding its line-up to include pistol versions of its platform that offer the same modularity and takedown features as the rifles. The Model 1 version of the pistol (shown) features a foam padded Gearheadworks Mod1 Tail Hook buffer assembly and takedown fore-end. Model 2 is dressed up a bit more with a Gearheadworks Mod2 adjustable arm brace and a quad rail fore-end. MSRP: Starting at $699
Keystone Sporting Arms PT Rimfire Rifle
Keystone Sporting Arms has blended the best features of a precision rifle chassis and an enjoyable .22 Long Rifle bolt-action rimfire into the new PT rimfire rifle platform. The Keystone 722 action is paired with the customer’s choice of a 16.5 inch or 20 inch threaded heavy bull barrel. The action is tucked into an American Built Arms (A*B Arms) MOD*X PTTM aluminum chassis. The chassis is made from 6061 T6 aluminum and treated with a Class 3 hard-coat anodized finish. The A*B Arms Urban Sniper shoulder stock provides an adjustable length of pull ranging from 10.5” to 13.75″ while the A*B Arms P*Grip is compact and comfortable to work with. The PT rifle ships with one seven-round Keystone 722 magazine. MSRP: $599.96
Mossberg 20-ga. Shockwave Pump-Action Released in January 2017, Mossberg’s non-NFA 14″ barrel Shockwave 12-ga. pump-action has been one of the hottest selling guns of the year. So much so, that it garnered the company two NASGW/POMA Caliber Awards at the NASGW Expo this year, including the “Innovator of the Year” and “Best New Overall Product.” So it shouldn’t come as much of a shock (pun intended) that Mossberg is expanding the Shockwave line up for 2018. Along with new finish (Flat Dark Earth) and package (JIC water resistant storage tube) options for the 12-ga. model, the company has developed a new 20-ga. 590 version.
The 20-ga. Shockwave is a more important release than some folks may realize. This is the first time the company has offered a 20-ga. in a tactical 590 configuration. All of the components have been properly scaled down to fit the smaller cartridge while preserving important features like the drilled and tapped receiver and the removable magazine tube cap. This makes the overall package slimmer and lighter than the 12-ga. model while providing a lower level of felt recoil. With all the hard work of resizing the 590 platform already complete, it’s likely that we’ll see long gun versions before too long. As for a .410 Bore Shockwave, we’ll just have to wait and see. MSRP: $455
Magnum Research Desert Eagle L5 .50 AE Pistol I’m not sure why Magnum Research customers have been chomping at the bit for a Desert Eagle L5 lightweight pistol chambered in .50 AE. Trust me when I say the Standard XIX model, which weighs about a pound more, has a level of felt recoil that will still blow your hair back when chambered in this cartridge. Nevertheless, since the arrival of the .357 Mag. L5 about two years ago and the .44 Mag. version, folks have been asking for a .50-cal. option. This model sports the same reduced-weight aluminum frame, 5″ barrel, integral muzzle brake and accessory rail as the other two calibers. MSRP: TBA
Troy Industries SideAction Rifle In order to help shooting enthusiasts keep running their preferred AR-type platforms in as many states as possible, Troy Industries released the 223 National Sporting Pump-Action rifle a couple of years ago. Many of the state regulations that ban certain rifle features on semi-automatic platforms do not apply those same restrictions to pump-actions. This year the company is adding the SideAction rifle to the lineup which employs a bolt action instead of a pump. An A2 flash hider is pinned and welded to the 16″ 1:7 twist RH rifled barrel. The 10.5″ SOCC handguard features M-Lok accessory slots. The side-charging bolt handle is topped with a target knob. The pistol grip, controls and trigger are all mil-spec. The folding shoulder stock is machined from aluminum billet. MSRP: $899
Building on the award-winning PPQ platform, Walther Arms has announced the arrival of the new PPQ M2 Q4 TAC which is both optics and suppressor ready from the factory. “The Q5 Match has been very popular and we have had a lot of interest in a 4″ more tactical version. We are excited to combine a suppressor-ready and optics-ready pistol into a best-of-both worlds platform,” said Luke Thorkildsen, vice president of marketing & product development of Fort Smith-based Walther Arms, Inc.
The 9 mm Q4 TAC arrives with a 4.6 inch 1/10 twist polygonal rifled barrel and a muzzle threaded at ½x28 TPI. The gun arrives with a second recoil spring weighted specifically for use with sound suppressors, one 15-round magazine and two 17-round magazines. The optics-ready slide features an LPA sight system with a fiber optic in the front and competition iron sight at the rear. The Q4 TAC shares the same optics mounting plate system as the Q5 Match. The plates are compatible with a variety of popular optics including options from Trijicon, Leupold, and Doctor. The PPQ Quick Defense trigger provides a smooth 5.6-lb. trigger pull and a short 0.1″ reset. The Q4 TAC is backed by Walther’s lifetime warranty. MSRP: $799
Winchester XPR Sporter Rifle Winchester Repeating Arms is challenging the modern-day manufacturing practice of producing moderately priced bolt-action hunting rifles with polymer shoulder stocks as the only option. The latest version of the XPR rifle line up, called the Sporter, is fitted with a classically styled checkered close-grain Grade I walnut stock that only costs $50 more than its polymer stocked compatriots. Offered in barrel lengths ranging from 22″ to 26″ (depending on the caliber), this rifle’s Perma-Cote treated milled steel receiver houses a nickel Teflon coated bolt body. The MOA trigger system provides zero creep and no over travel for a crisp, clean trigger pull. The three-round magazines are detachable. The XPR Sporter’s twelve caliber options include .243 Win., 6.5 Creedmoor, 7 mm-08 Rem., .30-06 Sprg., 7 mm Rem. Mag. and 300 Win. Mag. MSRP: $599
Guest post by Richard Mann, courtesy of SHOT Daily.
It does not matter whether your scattergun passion involve pheasants under the wide and western South Dakota skies, Osceolas in a Florida swamp, a game of clays, or defending your castle from the evil menace, 2016 has a selection of new shotguns to satisfy your cravings. The new introductions include new finishes, new styles, new colors, and new configurations. Combine all these new guns with the new shotshell loads soon to be available, and it looks like 2016 will be a really good year for shotgun shooters.
Thanks to Browning, 2016 will not be lacking new high-grade shotguns for the discriminating upland hunter or those who get a thrill every time they see a clay target dusted. The Browning High Grade Program moves into its fourth year with limited-production Citori 725 Grade VII small-gauge shotguns being offered in 20- and 28-gauge and .410. These specimens of scattergun goodness receive as much as 30 hours of hand engraving and touch-up prior to being precisely set into exquisite high-grade walnut. They have blued receivers with deep-relief engraving and gold accents. The stock and forearm feature oil-finish Grade VI/VII walnut with a close radius pistol grip and a palm swell. A John M. Browning Signature fitted case is included. Offered with 28-, 30-, or 32-inch barrels, they are perfect for hunting or clays. Five black extended choke tubes are included. SRP: $6,269.99.
Maybe Browning’s biggest shotgun news is that the Sweet Sixteen is back! Like its most revered predecessor, the new A5 Sweet Sixteen is built on a smaller, lighter receiver for reduced weight and a sleek feel. The A5 uses kinetic energy to power the recoil-operated Kinematic Drive System for reliable function with any load and under the full extremes of weather, temperature, moisture, or grime. The A5 16-gauge receiver is constructed of strong, lightweight aluminum with a black anodized bi-tone finish. The stock—shim-adjustable for length of pull, cast, and drop—and forearm are gloss finish walnut with a close-radius pistol grip and sharp 18 lines-per-inch checkering. The gun uses Browning’s Invector DS choke system; three chokes will be supplied with 2 ¾-inch chambered barrels in 26- or 28-inch lengths. Weight: 5 pounds 12 ounces. SRP: $1,699.99.
Browning has also expanded the Citori 725 Sporting and Field over/under lineup to include 28-gauge and .410 models. Both feature Browning’s Fire Lite Mechanical Trigger system. Sporting models will be offered with 30- or 32-inch ventilated-rib barrel lengths and will be supplied with five extended Standard Invector choke tubes. The receiver has a silver-nitride finish with gold accented engraving. Stock and forearm are Grade III/IV walnut with a gloss oil finish. Weight: 7 pounds 4 ounces. SRP: $3,199.99.
The new Citori 725 Field small-gauge models will feature a silver-nitride finish receiver accented with high-relief engraving. Stock and forearm are Grade II/III walnut with a close-radius pistol grip in gloss oil finish. Available with 26- or 28-inch and ventilated rib barrels; the weight is 7 pounds 3 ounces. SRP: $2,539.99. Booth #10744. (browning.com)
Cimarron has added the 1883 deluxe shotgun and the 1889 standard shotgun to its line of double-barrel scatterguns. The Cimarron 1883 and 1889 shotguns are modern inside but period outside. They do not replicate or copy any specific firearm; however, features of original shotguns from the Cimarron collection inspired these pieces. The most striking visual feature of the deluxe is the engraved side-lock-style construction. These shotguns, with the 18- and 20-inch barrels in .410, and with the 22-inch barrels in 12-gauge, were designed specifically for the Cowboy Action shooter. The 1883 deluxe versions with the 26-inch barrels in .410 and 28-inch barrels in 12-gauge were designed for field use. SRP: $617.50, the 20-inch model 1889; $812.50 all versions of the 1883.
Doc Holiday fans will be excited to see the Cimarron “Doc Holliday” double-barrel shotgun, which is very close to Doc’s original short-barreled double with hammers that was handed to him by Virgil Earp at the real Gunfight at OK Corral. It comes in 12-gauge . SRP: $1,605.46. (cimarron-firearms.com)
CZ has a host of new scatterguns in almost every category. The CZ 712 Green G2 adds a little color to the mix. This 712 has the same world-record-setting reliability as its black predecessor, but with a green anodized receiver. With the same laser-cut checkering, healthy palm swell, and smooth gas-operating system, it’s sure to please at the range or in the field. With a capacity of 4+1 (and a plug to reduce that to 2+1), the 712 Green ships with five flush choke tubes. SRP: $499.99.
Using input from competitors in the growing sport of 3-Gun, the CZ 712 3-Gun G2 is set to be the perfect entry-level shotgun for the 3-Gun game. An extended bolt handle and oversize bolt release make manipulating the action easier, and the ATI fluted magazine extension bumps capacity to 9+1. It ships with three extended black choke tubes. The CZ 712 Synthetic is a great tool for the person who needs a rugged, weatherproof shotgun. It’s built for the harshest conditions, dipped head to toe in Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades camo, with a polymer stock that will take a beating. It’s available in 12-gauge with a 3-inch chamber, 28-inch barrel, and three extended choke tubes. SRP: $679.
In the break-action arena, CZ has even more to be excited about. Adding a bit of character to its workhorse bird gun, the Upland Ultralight Green gets a splash of color on its anodized green receiver. It has all the same great features of the Upland Ultralight, including five interchangeable chokes, laser-cut checkering, and a mid-rib. It comes in 12- and 20-gauge. SRP: $762 to $768.
Built specifically for ATA shooters who compete in both trap singles and doubles, and want one gun to do it all, the All-American Trap Combo is the tool and ships with two sets of barrels. One is a single-shot “un-single” with a dial-adjustable aluminum rib. The other is a standard barrel set with a stepped rib. The CNC-milled action is surface-hardened to ward off corrosion, resulting in a beautiful white metal finish that resembles brushed stainless. With an adjustable parallel comb, competition trigger, and auto ejectors, this set is ready to dominate the trap field. SRP: $3,399.
A new addition to the CZ over/under lineup, the Drake is built to be the best bang for the buck when it comes to over/under shotguns. Using the same CNC action and internals as other CZ shotguns, the Drake features extractor operation, a single-selectable trigger, a mid-rib, and laser-cut checkering. Available in 12- and 20-gauges with 28-inch barrels, the Drake ships with a set of five interchangeable chokes. $635.
The flagship of CZ’s over/under line, the tried-and-true Redhead, also gets a new one-piece CNC receiver. In addition, it gets the same laser-cut checkering, solid mid-ribs, pistol grip, and a classy white bead. The Redhead Premier is a true all-purpose shotgun suitable for sporting clays or chukar. With a silver receiver and ejectors, the Redhead Premier is available in 12- and 20-gauge with auto ejectors and 28 and .410 with extractors. SRP: $1,057. (cz-usa.com)
Stepping into 2016, Iver Johnson has three new shotguns—two for hunters and one directed at the tactical/home-defense consumer. The IJ600 is an over/under available in 12, 20, and .410. It comes with 28-inch barrels and is fitted with internal chokes. Other features include a checkered walnut stock and forend, an engraved receiver in black or silver, ventilated rib with a bead front sight, and a selector switch on the safety. Length: 44.87 inches; weight: 7 pounds 5 ounces.
Iver Johnson’s IJ500 is a semi-automatic shotgun available in 12- or 20-gauge. It has a 28-inch ventilated-rib barrel with internal chokes. The stock and forend are also checkered and the finish is black. Overall length is 49 inches and the unloaded weight is 7 pounds 2 ounces.
The HP 18 is a departure from the customary Iver Johnson shotgun. Designed for the tactical operator or law-abiding civilian looking to protect its castle, this 40-inch semi-automatic shotgun is available in 12- or 20-gauge and comes with a 18.5-inch barrel fitted with a muzzle brake. The pistol-grip stock is modular; the buttstock can be removed, leaving only the pistol grip. The high-profile rear sight is fitted to a Picatinny rail and there is a fiber-optic front sight. The HP 18 has an unloaded weight of only 6 pounds 6 ounces. (iverjohnsonarms.com)
Legacy Sports International
The new Pointer Break Action single-shot shotguns are a great way to teach beginners how to shoot. Available in 12- and 20-gauge and .410, these single shots all come with 28-inch barrels and a fixed, Modified choke. Metal parts are matte black and the synthetic stock is black, too. Each Pointer Break Action has a brass bead front sight. Their outstanding feature is the safety system. Every Pointer Break Action comes with a manual push-button safety, a hammer safety, and a transfer-bar safety. Length: 43.5 inches, weight: 4.8 to 5.4 pounds. SRP: $188. (legacy sports.com)
Although Mossberg might not dominate the defensive/law enforcement shotgun market, it continues to be a leader in this arena. Its new shotguns for 2016 demonstrate the manufacturer’sdedication to providing dependable and affordable tools for the war fighter or armed civilian. The new 500-ATI Scorpion is the perfect balance of time-tested Mossberg 500 reliability and the functionality of ATI components. It is available exclusively through TALO Group Distributors. Mossberg has teamed up with ATI to outfit this model with an exceptional set of components, bringing an unprecedented stock, a heat shield, a sidesaddle, and an accessory rail together in a single coordinated package. The gun features an 18.5-inch barrel and six-round capacity (2 ¾-inch shells).
Mossberg’s higher-capacity variants (five models) of the 589A1 and 590 shotguns offer the convenience and flexibility of seven shots within the typical six-shot dimensions of 18.5-inch barreled pump shotguns. Offerings include three models with bead sights, two with ghost ring sights, one in Typhon camo and one in Marine Coat.
The Pro-Series Waterfowl shotguns are purpose-built for hardcore duck hunting. They were specifically engineered to stand up to the elements during long, wet seasons spent in the blind. Both models feature a Pro-Series Waterfowl engraved receiver, Mossy Oak Shadowgrass Blades camo finish, fiber-optic front sight, a three-choke tube set, and the Stock Drop System, which provides drop-at-comb adjustment shims for a customizable fit. The 85212 version comes in 12-gauge with a 3-inch chamber, a 28-inch barrel, and a ventilated rib. The 82042 version is a 12-gauge as well but has a 3.5-inch chamber, and a 28-inch overboard barrel. Weight for both is 7.75 pounds.
The SA-20 series of easy-handling semi-auto shotguns includes new offerings perfectly suited for wingshooting/competition or turkey hunting. The two new models include an all-purpose walnut-stocked version with a 26-inch barrel and a 22-inch Turkey version in Obsession camo with fiber-optic sights.
Mossberg’s biggest shotgun news might be the newly designed and handsomely appointed 930 Pro-Series Sporting shotgun. Competition-ready features include a beveled loading gate, premium Pro-Series coatings, Cerakote-finished receiver, Briley chokes, and a HiViz TriComp sight. The new ergonomically designed walnut stock includes Mossberg’s Stock Drop System. (mossberg.com)
Even though Remington’s new V3 Field Sport semi-auto shotgun was big news last year, Remington has not forgotten about the shotgun it brought to the party. For 2016 it is offering a special-makeup 870 Super Mag Turkey shotgun. This 870 has a 3.5-inch chamber and is fully camoed in Mossy Oak Break-Up Country. It has a 21-inch barrel, Hi-Viz sights, and comes with Remington’s Turkey XFull Rem Choke. It will be produced exclusively for Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Two new home-defense 870s have also been added to the line. They are the same as the black synthetic 870 Home Defense models except they are fitted with traditional hardwood stocks. Both have 3-inch chambers and an 18.5-inch barrel with a fixed Improved Cylinder choke. One comes with a four-round tube; the other holds six 3-inch magnum shotshells. SRP: $450 to $475. (remington.com)
TriStar has introduced two new shotguns designed specifically for trap shooting, and they are intended to offer shooters the best of both worlds—quality craftsmanship and performance at an affordable price. Designed in part with the help of professional trap shooters, the TT-15 is available in top-single, unsingle, and over/under options. Each model features a Monte Carlo stock and fully adjustable comb made from beautiful Turkish walnut. The TT-15 is fitted with a high-standing three-point adjustable rib, auto ejectors, and a fiber-optic front sight. The over/under TT-15 includes five extended color-coded Beretta/Benelli choke tubes while the top-single and unsingle models include three choke tubes. The TT-15 over/under has 32-inch barrels, weighs 8 pounds 8 ounces, has a 14 5⁄8-inch length of pull. SRP: $1,099. The top-single and unsingle come with 34-inch barrels. SRP: $999.(tristararms.com)
Two new shotguns have been added to the Element line. The Element Synthetic and Element Waterfowler Max-5 will be offered in 12- and 20-gauge with 3-inch chambers and 26- and 28-inch barrel lengths. Both are supplied with Weatherby’s Integral Multi-Choke System, including Improved Cylinder, Modified, Full, and long-range steel choke tubes, and both will benefit from the addition of durable Griptonite synthetic stock and forend options. Each is available in a matte bead-blasted finish or Realtree Max-5 camo.
Tailor-made for women, young shooters, and anyone who wants the benefits of a more compact firearm, the SA-08 Waterfowler Max-5 provides all the reliable performance features of the proven SA-08 series without sacrificing comfort and shootability. The short 12 ½-inch length of pull ensures proper fit for small-in-stature shooters or hunters wearing heavy gear while the smooth swing of the 24-inch chrome-lined barrel excels in tight quarters. The SA-08 Waterfowler Max-5 Compact weighs 5 ¾ pounds, is available in 20-gauge only, and is chambered for 3-inch magnum loads. All exposed surfaces of the SA-08 Waterfowler Max-5 Compact are clad in Realtree Max-5 camo. SRP: $799. (weatherby.com)
Winchester has four new shotguns to tempt you in 2016. The SX3 Ultimate Sporting Adjustable shotgun features a matte nickel-plated receiver and a satin-oil grade II/III walnut stock with an adjustable comb and cut checkering. Each gun also includes a ported Perma-Cote gray barrel with vent rib and Tru-Glo fiber-optic sight and white mid-bead. New features include a Signature Red Briley bolt handle, a bolt-release button, and a magazine-cap weight system. Available in 12-gauge 2 ¾-inch chambering, with 28-, 30-or 32-inch barrel lengths. SRP: $1,869.99.
The new SX3 Composite Sporting Carbon Fiber model features a synthetic stock with a carbon-fiber finish that provides an excellent grip. It also has the Signature Red Briley bolt handle, bolt-release button, and magazine-cap weight system. Receiver, barrel finish, and barrel length options will be the same as on the new Ultimate Sporting Adjustable model. SRP: $1,739.99.
New in the SXP pump shotgun line is the SXP Extreme Deer Hunter camo model. This 12-gauge pump will feature a synthetic pistol-grip stock with textured gripping surfaces and the Mossy Oak Break-Up Country camo finish.Two interchangeable comb pieces allow you to fine-tune drop at comb for use with iron, electronic, or optical sights. Two interchangeable length-of-pull spaces allow you to fine-tune length of pull. The 22-inch fully rifled barrel features a Tru-Glo fiber-optic front sight and an adjustable rear sight. SRP: $619.99.
Winchester’s new SXP Long Beard 12-gauge model also features a synthetic pistol-grip stock with textured gripping surfaces and the Mossy Oak Break-Up Country camo pattern. Two interchangeable comb pieces and length-of-pull spaces are provided to fine-tune stock fit. An Invector-Plus Extra-Full Long Beard Turkey choke tube provides a tight, dense pattern. The 24-inch barrel, with a 3- or 3.5-inch chamber, features Tru-Glo fiber-optic sights. SRP: $529.99, 3-inch; 3.5-inch: $559.99. (winchester guns.com)
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