Stag Arms Piston AR-15 Model 8T + 3-Gun Model 3G
The new Stag Arms Model 8T comes with a 16-inch, chrome-lined barrel with a one-in-nine-inch rate of twist. This is a side piston design, different from ARs with a standard buffer tube design. They tend to run cooler and cleaner, and most of the parts are still interchangeable. One of the most striking features about the carbine is the use of the Diamondhead VRS-T free- floating handguard, which has a solid rail atop, but relatively smooth sides and bottom. So instead of Stag Arms adding unwanted weight to the rifle, the company smartly decided shooters can decide if any rails needed to be attached, and precisely where. Unlike most offerings from Stag, the 8T employs a short-stroke piston system, but as is the case with all Stag firearms, it can be ordered in left- or right- handed versions. Carrier tilt is minimized by the use of pads on the rear of the bolt and it comes with Diamondhead flip-up sights, so it's ready for the range right out of the box. Stag Arms has been a big supporter of 3-Gun competitions and it continues that legacy with its new Model 3-G. It comes with an 18-inch, fluted barrel, free-floated handguard to maximize accuracy, six-position adjustable buttstock and the company's proprietary 3G Comp compensator to reduce muzzle rise and improve speed of target reacquisition. You don't need to worry about a gritty trigger, either, since it comes with a Geissele Super 3 Gun trigger. MSRP is $1,459. And remember, Stag is the only manufacturer of lowers and uppers for left handed AR-15 shooters, and all of their models come in left hand. We hope to get an 8T in this year for a test and a field strip to understand how the thing works, but we already know the 3G and it rocks. If you are shooting 3-Gun or you are just looking for a tactical AR at an incredible value, these Stag complete guns are as good as many ARs twice the price.
Kimber Master Carry Pro & Micro Carry .380
Kimber produces some of the finest single-action semi-automatic handguns on the planet, and its introductions at the 2013 SHOT Show are no exception. A whole new lineup called the Master Carry Series was unveiled last week, with all three siblings chambered in .45 ACP. The Master Carry Pro version sports a four-inch barrel and an aluminum frame that shaves its weight down to 31 ounces. The frame has been rounded in all the right spots to minimize printing and maximize comfort when carrying, and it comes with Crimson Trace's new Master Carry Lasergrips—striking G10 panels that employ the company's instinctive laser-activation system. MSRP for the Master Carry Pro is $1,568. The other pair of members in the Master Carry Series have five- and three-inch barrels. Also new for Kimber this year is a “pocket gun” called the Micro Carry .380, a .380 ACP single action with a 2.75-inch barrel. It tips the scales at only 13.4 ounces.
Kestral Wind Meters & Ballistic Computers – First Shot Hits!
Delivering a shot at 500 yards accurately is tough, almost impossible without a lot of practice if you're battling a full value wind and your rifle is chambered in .223 Rem. Even if you move up to .308 Win. and need to deliver a precise shot, you need to understand what you're up against and there's no better instrument for doing so than a Kestrel. At first they were considered something of a precision instrument best left in the hands of competitive shooters as they fought gale-force gusts at Camp Perry, but today they've found their way into the War on Terror. Take a glimpse at the company's Ballistics Weather Tracker with Horus Software and you'll understand why. First it weighs only four ounces. Second it not only collects critical data, but because it includes the Horus Software, there's no longer any need for a shooter to read the data, then input it into a separate PDA to determine a firing solution . Best of all, it allows the shooter to identify five potential targets, customized by location, declination, wind, distance and direction, then it continuously plots firing solutions by monitoring key environmental conditions, even while they change. What about different cartridges, loads and muzzle velocities? Just enter the data into the Horus software before your next match, and the mini-computer has you covered.
Crimson Trace Green Lasers & New Inexpensive Defender, Kimber Master Series
Crimson Trace has a hard-earned reputation for building some of the finest self-defense, laser-sighting systems on the planet. The company's patented, pressure-activated switch located in grips of a handgun seem perfect with their automatic activation during a time of stress, when the simplest tasks become nearly impossible. But, this isn't the kind of company content to rest on its laurels. Red lasers are fine, but the eyes of man are better attuned to light from the green end of the spectrum. So Crimson Trace's addition of green Lasergrips to its lineup was natural (pun intended). At 50 feet, the 5 mW laser produces a half-inch diameter circle on target. It may not be larger than that produced by the red laser, but it's certainly more visible in the daytime. They are fully windage and elevation adjustable, power is supplied by a pair of 2032 batteries and the Lasergrips come with a three-year warranty. The Defender Series is also new from the company, and it is tailored toward shooters who are a bit more budget conscious. Activated by an easy-to-find switch, they produce a bright .5-inch red dot at 50 feet, are fully windage and elevation adjustable and come with a one-year warranty. Power is supplied by either a single 1/3N lithium battery, or two 357 silver oxide batteries. The Master Series somehow melds the original Lasergrip versatility into striking-looking G10 or walnut panels. Of course they're fully adjustable. The power source is a 2025 battery and these come with a three-year warranty.
Pietta Enameled Lemat & Bridgeport Cowboy Rig
Maturing your gun tastes doesn't necessarily mean that you go more expensive and more advanced. Cool guns date back to the 1700s, and though you may think that the AR-15 is the ultimate in firepower, in 1836 the five shot Colt Patterson was all the rage. The history of guns is the history of America itself, and thanks to several firearm manufacturers in Italy, we can all visit what it meant to fire a gun from the American Revolution through the Wild West just the way they did, with full power combat loads.
F. LLI Pietta is celebrating their 50th Anniversary making mostly percussion guns from the Civil War era. A few years back they started making cartridge guns as well, in the pattern of the 1873 Colt Peacemaker, and they are heavily involved in Cowboy Action Shooting in Italy as well as here in the US. Several of the guns in our article "A Handgun When you Can't Buy a Handgun" were made by Pietta (including the engraved Pattersons), and in all the years that those guns have been shot, in and out of SASS competition, not one of them has failed. The finishes have never flaked and the engraving is as sharp and crisp as they day they were made.
This year Pietta has introduced a new enameling in their popular Lemat revolver, which they have made since 1985. If you have never seen a Lemat, it is quite a dandy. Nine .36 caliber barrels surround a roughly 16 gauge shotgun barrel, and the entire thing is the size of a hand cannon. Invented in New Orleans in 1856, the Lemat was carried by several famous Civil War generals, and it has been featured in several movies. Watch the videos we have posted here to see how the artists at Pietta are actually making these works of art.
Also appearing in the Pietta catalog this year is one of their '73 cartridge guns set up on a "Bridgeport Rig." This is a belt clip system made for gunslingers in the old west that both secured the firearm and held it ready for quick firing from the belt, no holster required. Don't know if these are legal for SASS so you'll have to contact the powers that be first if you intend to use them.
TacVault Fingerprint Safe Stores AR-15 in the Closet
If you rely on an AR or shotgun for home defense, but can't figure out a way to keep it secure from unauthorized access while readily available if the unthinkable happens, look no further. GunVault has introduced a new secure storage safe that will fit discreetly in most closets, yet the gun is instantly available with GunVault's patented No-Eyes keypad or fingerprint scanner.I'd heard all the claims before and, like you, I was skeptical about working scanners and keypads when under duress. No, they don't put the gun immediately in your hands, and I know for a fact that a single second seems like forever in a life-and-death situation, but I've had great success when testing the GunVault's systems in the past. They are fast and extremely reliable.Even if you have a gun safe capable of swallowing your entire collect, you might consider this unit for your safe room. Constructed of 14-gauge steel in the body, with 12-gauge steel in the door, the four-foot-tall unit weighs 80 pounds. To ensure burglars don't simply make off with the entire thing, it is predrilled for securing to the floor. Width is 10 inches and depth is 17 inches, enough to store any tactical shotgun or AR with a 30-round magazine. An interior shelf can hold spare magazines, a flashlight or ammunition.
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