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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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Israel Weapon Industries IWI Tavor Bullpup Rifle

Ruger first introduced the 10/22 in 1964, and today the tried-and-true .22 Long Rifle blowback semi-automatics are owned by millions. Last year the company introduced an all-new twist to the popular rifle in a takedown version with a polymer stock. It has a rail atop for mounting optics, but also comes with iron sights. Take a look at the video to see how easily it comes apart for easy storage or transportation. This year the company made it a little more sweet by threading the barrel and mounting a flash hider (MSRP $419). Of course, it can be removed and a suppressor can be mounted if you're like the thousands of shooters out there who are concerned about noise pollution. Overall length is 36.75 inches, barrel length is 16.62 inches and it weighs only 4.67 pounds. I've shot the Takedown extensively, and the accuracy, trigger and trigger reset are amazing. Also new in 2013 for Ruger is an extensioThat's no typo. Beginning in March, Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) will have TAVORs for sale here in the United States, and we caught a sneak peak of the famed bullpup at the SHOT Show. This is the same gun designed by Israeli defense forces after the 1982 Israel-Lebanon War, except it's a semi-automatic—so you, too, can take one home. And with MSRPs that begin at $1,999, it's not a bad deal for something this cool, although Julie Mac is holding out for one in pink (currently they will be available in flat dark earth and black). Chambered in 5.56 NATO, it has a magazine capacity of 30 cartridges, comes with either a 16.5- or 18-inch barrel and has a Picatinny rail atop for mounting optics or iron sights. Conversion kits will also be available to change chamberings to 9 mm or 5.45x39 mm. Southpaws rejoice. The TAVOR can be changed to fully left-handed operation, including the charging handle and, get this, the gun uses standard AR-15 magazines. Since the odds are pretty good you have a few of them hanging around, you don't need to invest in a whole new kit. The cold-hammer-forged barrel comes with six groove, one-in-seven-inch rifling and the longer 18-inch-barreled versions still come in at a compact 27 5/8-inches in overall length.

Daniel Defense .300 Blackout Integral Suppressor

Of course you want a short-barreled rifle (who doesn't?), and it's hard not to dream about having it suppressed. But that would require two tax stamps and probably even longer delays before you could bring your AR-15 dream ride home. Don't Despair, Daniel Defense introduced the solution at the 2013 SHOT Show in its new 300 ISR. As if that isn't sexy enough, it's also chambered in the industry's hottest cartridge—.300 Blackout. OK, you're going to need one NFA stamp, but that beats the aforementioned alternative two stamps, because the integral suppressor reaches the gun out to 16.1 inches. Instead of taking off the suppressor you remove the baffle for cleaning, so the gun is not an SBR. The 300 ISR runs on a pistol-length gas system and ships with a 10.3-inch barrel. However, a permanently affixed suppressor brings barrel length (as far as federal regulations are concerned) to 16.145 inches. The gun also uses the Daniel Defense Modular Float Rail 12.0 so you can mount all the necessary gear and the suppressor's core can be removed for cleaning. The company also introduced the 300 Blackout SBR, with a 10.3-inch barrel that features one-in-eight-inch rifling. This one also runs on a pistol-length gas system and, naturally, an NFA stamp is required before you can park this one in the garage. It's also chambered in .300 Blackout.

Taurus PT111 & PT140 Gen. 2 Concealed Carry Pistols

Taurus has always been renowned for its top-notch warranty. Basically, the gun is guaranteed for life, and the warranty goes with the gun from owner to owner. This year, instead of heading off in some radical new direction, Taurus refined an old favorite. The PT111 has long been known for its small size and respectable firepower, so Taurus decided to push the envelope by reworking its striker-fired PT111 9 mm into the PT111 Millennium G2, part of its "Carry On" series for the concealed carry (CCW) market. The PT140 was also reworked into a similar PT140 Millennium G2 in .40 S&W. If you take a look at the gun pictures, it is head and shoulders better looking than the original Millennium guns, and we hope to get one in to test in hand. Taurus seems to have a new focus on making fewer different guns better, and this gun could be a pleasant surprise at an affordable price.

Benelli Montefeltro M2 20-gauge Lefty & Uberti Single Action Army replicas

For 2013, Benelli is offering its time-tested and field-proven Montefeltro in a black synthetic stock that moves the MSRP down to $1,139. The shotgun still harnesses the company's famous Inertia Driven system, and the 12-gauge can digest three-inch magnum shotshells. Perhaps more exciting is the introduction of what the company claims to be the world's first left-handed 20-gauge shotgun. The M2 Field ComforTech can chamber three-inch magnums, and the semi-automatic method of operation coupled with the company's recoil-handling stock, promises to make it one of the softest shooting bird baggers out there. MSRP is $1,519. Also new in the M2 line is a compact version with a shorter stock. For the nostalgia buffs out there, take a close look at Uberti's latest, the 1873 Horseman and two different 1873 Cattleman in .22 LR. The 1873 Horseman is a Single Action Army replica, but it comes with something different—more safe, if you will. It has a transfer bar safety, so you can forget leaving that top chamber empty, if you so desire. It comes chambered in either .45 Long Colt or .357 Mag. All have walnut grips and are case hardened/blued. Three barrel lengths are offered, either 4.75-, 5.5- or 7.5-inches, and regardless of configuration, MSRP is $559. The 1873 Cattleman .22 LR is chambered in .22 Long Rifle, but your cylinder capacity can either be six rounds or 12. Once again, you get that striking Uberti look and reliability, but your ammunition bill goes down dramatically. The same three barrel lengths are available, and the MSRP for the six-shooter is $529 with a steel backstrap and triggerguard or $509 if you prefer them to in brass. The 12-shot version comes only with steel and the MSRP is $559.

Nikon ProStaff 5 Riflescopes – 95% Light Transmission Under $300

Ask any photographer and they will tell you that Nikon knows glass. It isn't just the Nikon name that carries forward from their camera business into their high quality rifle optics. It is also all that expertise they have developed over the years giving consumers in the photography world a great value and the highest quality possible for their spending dollar. The new ProStaff 5 series from Nikon this year is in the 4 power range and the lineup delivers an incredible 95-percent light transmission. There are more than 15 scopes (counting finishes and reticles) in the new series, but here's a random sampling of what's available. A 2.5-1-x40 mm version includes a bullet-drop compensating reticle if you need to stretch the distance. Field of view is 9.9 feet to 40.4 feet at 100 yards, depending on magnification. Tube diameter is one inch and overall weight is 15.3 ounces. Overall length is 12.6 inches and adjustments are 1/4 MOA per click. Parallax is set at 100 yards and the maximum internal adjustment available is 70 MOA. Prices vary by finish and reticle, but the MSRP on this matte-black version is only $279.95. Add a silver finish and your price skyrockets by $10. If you're really looking long range, though, take a look at the ProStaff 5 4.5-18x40 mm with a Nikoplex reticle. Tube diameter stays at one inch, field of view is 5.6 feet and 22.4 feet at 100 yards, depending on magnification, and it weighs 17.1 ounces. Parallax is adjustable from 50 yards to infinity, clicks are in 1/8 MOA and maximum internal adjustment is 40 MOA. I could be wrong, but with an MSRP of $449.95 for the matte-black version, I think Nikon has a real winner on its hands.

Kryptek Camouflage Extreme Gear for 2013

One of the new companies on the SHOT Show floor this year was founded by former members of our armed forces who are bringing what they learned on the battlefield about camouflage and putting it into quality hunting gear. Kryptek hasn't forgotten about the right materials either. Several of its base layers are composed of 100-percent Merino wool, which wears like iron and helps hold your heat, even if it gets wet. If you prefer not to smell like a wet sheep after that 2,000 foot ascent, consider the company's Sherpa Shirt. It is composed of grid fleece for warmth, yet it is quick drying, lightweight and the fabric technology has been proven on the front lines. For those times when the weather really turns bad, the 100-percent waterproof and windproof Aegis Extreme Weather Jacket is the answer. It features all of the company's layering system, yet is still lightweight and compacts well for travel. With body-mapped insulation, your warmth is ensured in all the right places, pit zips allow ventilation during strenuous activity, welded zippers ensure longevity and the hood can be removed. To seal out those sudden gusts, there are wrist tabs and a hem cinch adjustment. If you're looking for cutting-edge gear for your next hunt, you'll want to take a close look at what Kryptek is bringing to the market.

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