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Springfield Armory XD-S 9mm – Media Day at the Range SHOT 2013
A year ago all the buzz in guns was about the Springfield XDS, a six round pocket .45ACP that proved to be a game changer in the concealed carry world. Everyone has asked over the past year, will the XDS be available in 9mm and .40 S&W? For SHOT Show 2013, Springfield answered for the 9mm, and the answer is yes. The XD-S 9mm is the same dimensions as the XD-S .45ACP, but it holds ?? more rounds. We got to shoot the gun today with Rob Leatham, and as little as the .45ACP kicks in the XD-S, the 9mm is even lighter shooting. Check out our Media Day at the Range video with our host, Julie Mac. No word yet on an XD-S .40, but the 9mm is going to be a big hit. Hopefully we'll get one soon for a full review.

Ruger Hunting Rifles – Media Day at the Range SHOT 2013
In the blitz of demand for Ruger's polymer pistols, it is easy to forget that America's gunmaker has the widest line of firearms in the industry. For SHOT 2013 Ruger has introduced three new bolt rifles based on the reliable M77 platform. All three guns have a new heavy caliber muzzle brake from Ruger called the "radial-port" muzzle brake that is said to reduce recoil significantly, and we can't wait to get one of these guns in to give them a try. The Ruger Guide Gun has an estimated street price of about $900 and is available in several .30 caliber magnums up to .375 Ruger. The new Hawkeye African with the radial-port muzzle brake is available in calibers up to .416 Rigby and is expected to be the same price. Both of those guns have open sights installed, and it appears there will be a left hand in .375 Ruger. The Magnum Hunter is currently available in only .300 WIn. Mag. at $829 expected street price, and comes standard with a Hogue overmolded stock. We also expect a few new Ruger #1 rifles this year, including maybe a .284, but they weren't ready for the show. There is also a new lightweight American we hope to get to later in the week. Expect an exciting year for Ruger hunting rifles, made in America by Americans. This is a sneak peek with our host Julie Mac from Media Day at the Range, SHOT Show 2013.

Smith & Wesson Custom Shop 1911 – Media Day at the Range SHOT 2013
Every year at SHOT Show we try to get to some of the more interesting stuff first, and the Smith & Wesson Custom Shop is always in that bunch. When you think of Smith & Wesson, you usually think of production guns available at just about any gunshop, but the Custom Shop is a whole other thing. If you are of the bent to buy something like a standard Smith & Wesson 1911, then bring it to your local gunsmith to have it tricked out, the Smith & Wesson Custom Shop is meant to save you the trouble of rolling the dice to find a good gunsmith, then potentially getting some questionable advice about Smith & Wesson firearms. Custom Shop guns are hand tuned out of the box. These 1911s even have hand lapped rails and select custom parts. If you plan to compete with a 1911 or you just want the most accurate carry gun that money can buy, check out the labor of love you'll find at the Smith & Wesson Custom Shop. These guys aren't just gun nuts, they are Smith & Wesson nuts.

Hornady Critical Defense – Media Day at the Range SHOT 2013
Bullet design is tricky. On the one hand you want to bullet to open up, but you also want good penetration. Add in some barrier materials, like clothing, wallboard, glass and car doors, and the dynamics of how a bullet behaves after it leaves the gun gets a little squirrely. The classic hollowpoint works great in gelatin, but shoot through a jean jacket and flannel shirt into the same gelatin and it will sometimes fail to open up. Law enforcement test ammo in the real world every day, and though many "carry rounds" perform very well overall, they sometimes fail on specific barriers. The FBI designed an Ammunition Protocol Test to address these issues, and this Hornady Critical Duty ammunition was the result. The "heavy duty" bullets are designed to stay together through common barriers, including heavy clothing, drywall, plywood, sheet metal and glass, yet they also open up and don't over-penetrate. You may be familiar with the Hornady Critical Defense line of carry ammo, and Critical Duty is the next step up for the challenging needs of law enforcement and personal self defense in an urban environment.

Colt Competition Rifle – Media Day at the Range SHOT 2013
Add this to the old "you learn something new every day" column. If you are wondering what is that strange logo on that Colt, it is the logo of Colt Competition Rifle, and Oregon based company licensed by Colt to make extremely accurate and reliable versions of their AR-15 platform rifles. This was our most interesting story today at Media Day at the Range. These rifles are made with special Colt parts, made to exacting tolerances that are too tight for a military specification M4. Priced from about $2200 to $3500, the guts of the guns, in both .223/5.56 and .308/7.62, are the same regardless of price, and each rifle is hand crafted by one gunsmith regardless of price. The price difference is a function of what components go on the guns, and almost every part you see on these guns, from the forends to the scope mounts, are custom crafted by Colt Competition Rifle in Oregon. No rifle leaves the factory until it is tested on a bag with a human shooter at under 1 MOA using factory ammo, and the laminated target comes with the rifle. Several of the actual competition guns at the show were tested with the inexpensive steel cased Hornady Steel Match. These are real Colts, not just licensed copies, and Colt engineers sign off on all the mods built into these stock rifles from Colt Competition Rifle. This is a really cool story and a pleasant surprise. Check out our Media Day at the Range with our host Julie Mac on a few of the ten models this year from Colt Competition Rifle.

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A very good read- I'll have to check out the Hornady ammo.

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Good stuff. Thanks for posting

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Remington R1 Carry 1911 Pistol – SHOT Show 2013

Several years ago Remington returned to its handgun-producing roots with the introduction of the R1. This year the company continues to evolve the lineup, adding the R1 Carry to an already proven stable of .45 ACP-chambered 1911s. Subtle changes, built upon the reliability of a five- inch barrel, make this handgun more carry friendly than the R1 or R1 enhanced. Bad guys don't knock off at dusk, so the R1 Carry remedies target acquisition in poor lighting conditions by using Novak sights with a tritium Night Sight up front. Speed of presentation is critical, but a handgun's sharp edges love to hang up on covering garments at the worst possible moment. With a de-horned frame and slide, the R-1 Carry minimizes that concern. Purchase in the worst of environmental conditions is enhanced with 25-lpi checkering on the beavertail backstrap safety (with memory bump), frontstrap and mainspring housing. Cocobolo grip panels and skeletonized adjustable trigger provide the kind of look it's a shame to keep concealed, but the lowered and flared ejection port and target crown speak volumes about Remington's dedication to reliability, regardless of "fashion." Overall length is 8.5 inches, rate of twist is 1 in 16 inches and it ships with a pair of magazines--one seven-rounder and a bumper-padded eight-round version. I've never considered an ambidextrous safety ideal for 1911 carry, but it's there for southpaws. MSRP is $1,299.

$5,000 AK-47 Commemorative – K-Var Milled AK-47s – SHOT Show 2013
AK fans concerned Mikhail Kalashnikov's 90th birthday was going relatively unnoticed got a special surprise from Arsenal at this year's SHOT Show. Only 500 rifles in the MTK90 Jubilee Series are going to be produced and they are selling fast, despite a $3,500 price tag for the Silver Edition and $5,000 for the Gold. Built on hand-selected rifles, the right side of the Silver version's receiver has engravings with a silver-colored filling that highlight Kalashnikov's birthday, 35 years of the AK-74 and even include Kalashnikov's signature. The trigger, bolt carrier and several other components of the rifle are also polished to a silver finish. The Gold Version is virtually identical, except gold coloration is substituted for silver in the embellishments. Four hundred Silvers will be produced and 100 Golds. With its presentation box, certificate of authenticity and more, it's a great way to celebrate this special anniversary. If you're more interested in an everyday shooter, the company's new SAM7R1 is chambered in 7.62x39 mm, comes with a cold-hammer-forged barrel and a hot-hammer-forged receiver that makes it stronger and longer-lasting than many of the other AK variants available today. Prices are running around $1,350. And if you're ready for an AK pistol, Arsenal rolled one out at SHOT in the SAM7K. It's also chambered in 7.62x39 mm, has a 10.5-inch barrel, hard-chrome-plated bore and chamber and is only 20 inches long. It tips the scales at eight pounds (without a magazine), but with an MSRP of $1,199 it's much lighter on the pocketbook, anyway.

Vortex Razor HD Gen II 1-6×24 Tactical/3-Gun & Viper PST First Focal Plane – SHOT Show 2013

If you're looking for a tank-tough optic for your AR that's ideal for 3-Gun or CQB work, you need to take a look at the new Razor HD Gen II 1-6x24 mm from Vortex. At 10.1 inches in length, weighing 25.2 ounces, the riflescope uses a 30 mm tube and employs extra-low- dispersion glass to improve resolution and color clarity. At one power, the field of view at 100 yards is 115.2 feet and at six power it narrows to 20.5 feet. Maximum windage and elevation adjustments are 110 MOA and the illuminated red dot subtends .5 MOA. Adjustment is .5 MOA per click. There are 11 different reticle-brightness settings, with off positions between each and the second-focal-plane reticle uses a single CR 2032 battery for illumination. The company lists the MSRP at $1,899, but you'll notice in the video the street price may be less. If you love long- range work, but realize over-magnification isn't necessarily an advantage, you'll appreciate the new Viper PST 2.5-10x32 mm FFP. With the EBR-1 MRAD reticle in the first focal plane, your range-estimation problems are solved. Built on a 30 mm tube from aircraft grade aluminum, this riflescope is also battle tough. This one, however, has a parallax adjustment knob, target-style turrets for quickly dialing in your dope and features 10 brightness settings for the illuminated reticle (which also runs on a CR 2032 battery). It weighs 18.8 ounces, is 12 inches long and has a pretty awesome MSRP of $899. Field of view at 100 yards is 47 feet and 10.9 feet at 2.5 and 10 powers, respectively. Adjustments are .1 mil per click.

Airforce Airguns Condor SS – Super Silent – Protect Your Nuts! – SHOT Show 2013
Some things are too awesome for words. Thankfully we have a video so you can hear how quiet the CondorSS really is. OK, I know it's pneumatic, but this new model from Airforce Airguns delivers the kind of punch that Lewis & Clark relied upon during its Corps of Discovery Expedition for food from its air guns. Despite the lack of report, it delivers a .177-, .20-, .22- or .25-caliber pellet at velocities that range from 600 to 1,300 fps. To put things into perspective, that 1,300 fps mark exceeds many velocities delivered by .22 Long Rifle cartridges. With the CondorSS, a variable-power setting allows the shooter to dial up or down as needed and speed produced will naturally vary by caliber and projectile weight. Power for this single shot rifle is provided by a rechargeable tank in the buttstock. It comes with an 18-inch Lothar Walther barrel to ensure accuracy and if you want to really reach out, a bipod can be mounted. With a two-stage trigger adjustable for position, a rail for mounting iron sights or a magnified optic and color choices in racy red, blue and black, this non-noise polluting gem is one of the SHOT Show's real sleepers. Add the fact that you can come home from work and let some steam off while punching paper at BB-gun defying distances or neutralize those annoying pests without your neighbors "discovering," and I can't wait to bring one of these babies home. MSRP is $717 to $737, depending on tank-attachment system requested (QD or spin).

Coonan Zombie/Vampire/Werewolf Silver Bullet Kit & New Cerakote Finishes
The one creature we haven't seen on HBO's "True Blood" is the now ubiquitous Zombie, but if they show up this year you'll have everything you need with this silver bullet and wooden stake kit from Coonan Arms. You probably already know Coonan from their fabulous .357 Magnum semi-auto handgun, but that begs the question, "where do you go from a highly successful .357 Magnum pistol?" Apparently the answer is, hijack the zombie craze at the height of vampire and werewolf fame and fortune, and produce a very clever and extremely silly silver bullet kit, replete with its own wooden stake. Vampire Diaries just started back up, and it won't be long before True Blood is back, but its a good thing Twilight is over because this would be too much for those sparkly sissies. The silver bullet pack includes real silver plated bullets, not solid silver, which makes the pack only $39.95, and the bullets really do shoot. They are moderately hot .357 Magnums. Look on the accessory page on the Coonan website.

Also check out new finishes from Coonan in Cerakote, as well as a new ported model. This is a great gun that we reviewed some time ago. If you have been thinking of getting one, there are a lot more options these days, and this is a gun that is always the center of attention everywhere you bring it anyways. Check out Coonan Arms for 2013.

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Thanks, nice write up.

Thanks, nice write up.

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You are welcome

I have always liked their write-ups.

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