I’m only semi retired as a gun smith, meaning I still get all these brochures and literature from all the manufactures. They start filling my mail
box in January, but don’t show up on store shelves until late April. My late timing for this thread has more to do with my health and spending more
time in the doctor’s office rather than out of the range or reading about all the cool new stuff I’m about to share with you.
I should also say I’m not going to cover all the new releases for this year. It seems all the big boys have a ton of new models so for the sake of
brevity I will only lightly touch on what I thought the coolest or of most interest (to me)… If you don’t see your favorite brands listed just
ask and I will dig up what I can for ya….
Browning has made a limited run of a nifty little .22 a scaled down version of the famous 1911 as a 100th anniversary commemorative. Price is
CHIAPPA’s revolutionary Rhino 40ds now comes in .357. Also new is their AR styled M4-22 chambered in .22 lr.
Colt rolled out the SP901 another AR type but chambered in 7.62 NATO this new gun is built with a modular lower that easily accepts 5.56 NATO uppers.
Back is the Sporter line with two new M4’s. This is the 175 anniversary for Colt so if your into pretty limited editions with lots of gold this is
the year to order one but you better hurry the 1911 with historic Colt symbols highlighted in 22k gold is limited to 750 units and they will stop
taking orders in Nov, whether or not they reach that cutoff number.
Crossman’s maybe best known for the Daisy red rider BB gun but if you want something with a bit more Oomph… Try their new Rouge… a .357 air
rifle. Three pellets are available a 90 grain hollow point, a 175 grain round nose and the 145 grain Nosler tipped Benjamin extreme. If you’re into
air rifles you might want to check out STOEGER… and their X20 Suppressor, an air gun designed for quiet hunting.
Kel-Tec is now making a most remarkable shotgun the KSG (12 gage) sporting twin feeding tubes giving it an astounding 15 round capacity from an 18.5
barrel! This bottom ejecting bull pup design has a short 26.1 inches over all… time will tell if this new design will catch on or fail miserably?
Before we move on let me add the Kel-Tec PMR-30 is a really cool 30 shot .22 mag. My only rag on Kel-Tec’s is they have notoriously flimsy (easy to
LES BAER is raising the bar when it comes to extreme in AR clones. They have two new AR’s in 7.62 NATO the Ultimate Match and Ultimate Monolith…
Both rifles are guaranteed accurate to ½ MOA. If you go to their web site check out their line of 1911 clones too...
Ruger: Most shooters have a real love hate relationship with the
company. But whether you hate them or love em you should take a good hard long look at the Gunsite Scout Rifle. Developed by the late great Jeff
Cooper, this .308 bolt action sports a short 16.5 barrel with threaded muzzle, ships with a mini 14 style flash suppressor and iron sights. Takes box
magazines and has a picatinny rail mounted well forward just begging for an Aim point or red dot.
SAKO has several new rifles out to mark its 90th birthday. The 85 Black bear comes with a semi heavy fluted tapered barrel and all black composite
stock. The monster 85 brown bear is chambered in .338 win mag and .375 H&H mag. God that made my shoulder ache, just to write that!
Smith & Wesson has some exciting news of their own with two entries; the first is the M&P15 Sport... This is an entry level AR with an MSRP of only
$709… S&W is also jumping into the .410 revolver market with their new Governor! Scandium framed with a 2.75 inch barrel, It holds 6, 2 ½ inch
.410 shot shells as well as the expected .45 long colt… but what is different is this gun ships with moon clips so you can also chamber and shoot
the .45 ACP…
Taurus may have had its humble beginnings as a little brother to S&W but not be out done by its big bro Taurus has come out with the biggest badest
Judge of all time with the new Raging Judge a five shot, 28 gage. It comes with Raging bull recoil reducing grip but at only 67 ounces, 6.5 inch
barrel, I bet it still makes your hand tingle!
Weatherby has brought back the Vanguard Deluxe with a sub MOA guarantee. Damn this is a pretty rifle and why I own two… glad to see em back.
Winchester may have disappointed with a rehash of their old shotgun/rifle lineup but where they really shine is with two new shotgun shells. They have
a new fragmenting varmint load in its Ballistic Silvertip that utilizes “Explosive Technology!” for something totally new Winchester has come up
with a hexagonal pellet for waterfowelers, this new tech delivers denser patterns at a greater range.
Nikon’s new M-223 Laser IRT 2.5-10 40mm rifle scope has a built in laser range finder!
Mathew’s has a new model, bow hunters should look at. The Z7 is quiet and scorches along at 332 fps. The most popular rest, the “Whisper Biscuit
Sure Shot” is quieter, stronger and now ambidextrous.
Leopold introduced the new Vendetta. A laser that mounts on your bow, a pressure pad activated laser range finder that compensates for angles. (The
idea has merit but with mount it looks a bit too big and heavy) let me know if you try one?
Now if you’re a hard core mountain man, survivalist, out looking to pit man against nature, you never leave home without your “BunnyBoots” while
not a new product the big news about BunnyBoots is their now available at select Wal-Mart’s! Their still the same ole BunnyBoots... Layers of felt
and wool sandwiched between two layers of rubber making them completely water proof. The BunnyBoot has probably saved more feet and lives out in back
country than any other piece of equipment you can name!
Well that’s it for now… dust off your check books and credit cards head for your local sporting goods store… there sure are a lot of really
cool goodies for 2011…
If you have your own really cool new product you want to add, please do… just don’t spam the boards and get us both in trouble K?
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