Ashbury Precision Jäeger: Ashbury Precision Ordnance is a respected name in the rifle-making business. The new Jäeger rifle is the company’s entrance into the traditional hunting market. It looks to be another fine example of the company’s work. The gun has a match-grade, hand-lapped barrel paired with a precision-machined stainless steel action. The walnut stock has an embedded aluminum chassis for enhanced accuracy.
Colt Cobra: Few things have been more anticipated than the return of the double-action revolver to the Colt catalog. That wait is over. The new Cobra is a six-shot wheelgun chambered for the .38 Special, and it’s +P rated. The guns have smooth triggers, good sights and great balance in hand. The recoil is easily managed, in part, because Colt engineers moved the grip slightly to the rear for better control of the gun.
Bushmaster Minimalist-SD: Hopefully the days of overweight AR-15 rifles adorned with every gadget conceived are behind us. Bushmaster’s new Minimalist-SD carbine weighs in at only 6 pounds unloaded without sacrificing any functionality. Available in both 5.56mm NATO and 300 BLK, the rifles are equipped with KeyMod handguards, Mission First Tactical Minimalist stocks and ALG Defense Advanced Combat Triggers.
Diamondback DB9R: Diamondback recently showed its new 9mm carbine at the SHOT Show. This new rifle is a blowback design in an AR platform. Called the DB9R, this gun feeds from Glock-pattern magazines. This rifle is equipped with a lightweight handguard that has KeyMod attachment points for accessories. The flattop gun is equipped with a 16-inch barrel and a Rogers Super-Stoc.
JP Enterprises GMR-15: JP Enterprises recently released the GMR-15, an update to the very popular GMR-13 carbine. The new 9mm carbine locks open on an empty magazine and has an updated magazine release. Even though the rifle is a blowback design, the company states the gun has very little recoil due to its Silent Captured Spring and dual charging upper. This gun uses Glock 17 magazines. Government users can get the rifle equipped with a select-fire trigger for tactical applications.
CZ P-10 C: CZ has jumped into the striker-fired pistol market with the P-10 C. This polymer-framed gun is relatively compact while still having a cold-hammer-forged, 4-inch barrel. A lot of people really like the trigger on this pistol, so it is worth checking out even if you’ve not been impressed with the pull on striker-fired guns from other companies. The CZ P-10 C is available in 9mm and .40 S&W. Low-capacity versions will also be offered in 9mm for restrictive states.
DRD Tactical Aptus: Georgia-based DRD Tactical has announced a new weapon system called the Aptus. This rifle platform uses the company’s quick-change barrel system that allows for fast swaps from 5.56mm NATO to 300 BLK and back. The gun uses the company’s direct gas system that does not require an AR-style buffer tube. Consequently, the gun is equipped with a Magpul folding stock. A non-reciprocating charging handle is located on the left side of the rifle.
Howa Long-Range Rifle: Long-range shooting is both a great hobby and an impressive skill. Howa is now offering the Long-Range Rifle to meet the needs of shooters who like to go the distance. The guns are chambered in either 6.5 Creedmoor or .308 Winchester and use the Howa 1500 action with a 26-inch heavy barrel. The varmint-style Bell & Carlson stock has a raised cheekpiece, and a A Nikko Stirling Diamond first-focal-plane 4-16×44 scope is included with the rifle.
Savage MSR 10 Long Range: If you really want to reach out and touch someone, take a look at the new MSR 10 Long Range from Savage Arms. This precision rifle has a 20-inch barrel as well as a non-reciprocating charging handle on the left side. Chambered in .308 Winchester or 6.5 Creedmoor, the gun offers some great features, including a free-floating handguard with M-LOK attachment points, an adjustable Magpul PRS buttstock, and a custom forged upper and lower.
Wilson Combat EDC X9: Wilson Combat has redefined the defensive handgun with the EDC X9, a modern hybrid of the company’s EDC 9 slide assembly mated with the all-new higher-capacity X-frame. Designed by Bill Wilson and Wilson Combat engineers, the X-frame holds a 15-round magazine (designed with help from MEC-GAR) while still being similar in size to a traditional compact, single-stack 1911. The X-frame is machined from 7075-T6 aluminum with a bobtail-style cut for easier concealment.
Smith & Wesson Performance Center Model 460XVR: Handgun hunters seem to love the .460 S&W Magnum cartridge and the wheelguns developed by Smith & Wesson that handle it. The Performance Center released a new Model 460XVR that seeks to optimize the shooting experience. This X-Frame revolver has a tuned action, a special unfluted cylinder and a muzzle brake. A green HiViz front sight matches the white-outlined rear in case you do not take advantage of the integral scope base.
Troy SOCC: Prediction: AR-15 rifles will be popular this year. Second prediction: Few will approach how cool the new Troy Defense SOCC is. The SOCC, or Special Operations Compatible Carbine, was designed with input from members of U.S. Army Special Forces units. The gun has an inwardly sculpted handguard with M-LOK attachment points, an ambidextrous safety with a 45-degree bend and a new SOCC Airborne stock. The stock is a strengthened version of the Tomahawk that feels great when pulled into the shoulder.
Ruger American Ranch: Though it’s popular in ARs, the .450 Bushmaster has seen limited use in bolt-action rifles. Ruger looks to change that with its newest American Ranch rifle, which features a three-round magazine, an adjustable trigger and a free-floating, 16.12-inch barrel. The threaded barrel is equipped with a Ruger muzzle brake. Ruger also equips the Flat Dark Earth synthetic stock with a rubber buttpad to help absorb some of the .450 recoil.
I don’t know any gun owner who doesn’t like playing with something new every now and then. I suffer from the same affliction. From guns to trucks, there is always something new that I am playing with or drooling over. However, just because it’s new doesn’t mean it’s worth having. With this column, I aim to introduce you to some new rifles, pistols and revolvers and warn you if something doesn’t pass inspection.
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For more information about the new rifles, pistols and revolvers featured in the gallery above, please visit the following sites.
Ashbury Precision Jäeger
JP Enterprises GMR-15
CZ P-10 C
DRD Tactical Aptus
Howa Long-Range Rifle
Savage MSR 10 Long Range
Wilson Combat EDC X9
Smith & Wesson Performance Center Model 460XVR
Ruger American Ranch
This article was originally published in ‘Ballistic’ Summer 2017. To order a copy, visit outdoorgroupstore.com.
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