TOP TEN PICKS FROM DFT
TOP 10 GUN SPOTLIGHTS
Steyr A2 Modular Frame Pistol Line
Steyr Arms surprised a few people this year with the revamping of its pistol line. Gone are the -A1 guns and here now is the A2 MF. In the company’s own words, “the A2 MF series brings the Steyr pistol line into the modern world and beyond sporting new features and a redesigned frame.”
What are some of those features? Here are the highlights:
- new grip modules – The “frame” of the gun has been revamped with new contours and the addition of swappable side grip panels and an interchangeable backstrap. This should give the guns the potential to fit a large number of people very well. HK did something similar with the VP9 pistol, and it seems to have worked well. The grip panels have a new, more aggressive texture.
- flared magwell – Reloading under stress can be harder than many people realize. With a flare to the magazine well, this increases the ability of the shooter to properly insert and seat the magazine.
- forward slide serrations – If you like them, they are now on the A2 MF series of guns.
Mossberg 590 Shockwave Shock ‘n’ Saw
Another of the new firearms from Mossberg is the Shock ‘n’ Saw. Built on a 590 receiver, not-a-shotgun firearm uses the same kind of top grip that Mossberg debuted on its Saw shotgun about 10 years ago. This 12 gauge gun handles 2 3/4″ and 3″ shells from its 5 round tube. It has a barrel length of a little more than 14″ with a breacher-type end. Mossberg set the price at $560 for this one.
Smith & Wesson Updated Bodyguard 38 with CT Laser
Smith & Wesson continues to develop the polymer-gripped Bodyguard 38 revolver. New for this year is a model with a gray handle, redesigned cylinder release and integrated Crimson Trace red laser aiming unit. Though the naming convention is similar, these guns are not the same as a the shrouded hammer J-frame revolvers that are also called Bodyguard. This gun features a “grip module” made of polymer and was seemingly developed in response to the Ruger LCR and first introduced at the 2010 SHOT Show. Originally, the guns sold with an Insight laser. This gun sells for $539.
Ruger Precision Magnum
Ruger’s original precision rifle—the RPR—is enormously popular, and rightly so. The RPR .22 (Ruger Precision Rimfire .22) followed suit, and now Ruger has uncovered its big guns—literally. Enter the Ruger Precision Magnum, chambered in .338 Lapua and .300 Winchester Magnum. The rifle features most of the same RPR configurations we’ve grown to love, just super-sized. It weighs in at 15.2 pounds, has a 26-inch heavy contour barrel, and a modular, folding stock that will fit anyone over 8 years old and under 8 feet tall. The “Marksmen” trigger is adjustable from 2.25 to 5 pounds, with the adjusting wrench stored in the bolt shroud.
The handguard is 18 inches long and has M-LOC slots all around. A 30 MOA rail makes mounting a long-range riflescope a breeze, factory fastened atop the receiver with six 8-40 screws. Overall length is 49 inches, with a folded length of 40.35 inches. The grip mount and stock hinge are compatible with standard AR hardware, and the rifle comes with two 5-round AI-style magazines. MSRP: $2,099
Colt Model 1911 Semi-Automatic Pistol
Speaking of guns that have stood the test of time, the Colt 1911 has done just that. This John Browning design is best known to be chambered in the .45 ACP cartridge. This handgun was the standard-issue sidearm for the U.S. since it’s invention until the 1980s. And today, pretty much every gun manufacturer makes their own version.
DPMS Panther Arms Oracle AR 15 Semi Automatic Rifle .223 Rem/5.56mm NATO
The DPMS Oracle AR-15 chambered in 5.56 NATO is the perfect rifle whether you are looking for your first rifle or just an accurate and affordable plinker. Designed to bridge the gap between the tactical and sporting markets, the Oracle is an introductory carbine that fills both roles with ease.
With features like a 16″ lightweight barrel, a flat top upper receiver, Glacier Guard handguards and a collapsible, six-position Pardus buttstock, the Oracle AR-15 rifle is nothing short of a fantastic value. DPMS even outfitted this AR model with a railed gas block and one high-quality magazine to make sure that you get the most value for your dollar on one of the most versatile carbines on the market today.
With a high work ethic and dedication, DPMS has continued to expand its line of products since 1985. The second-largest manufacturer of AR-15 rifles (according to the ATF), DPMS produces this style of rifle in a number of calibers to accommodate nearly every area of firearms, including tactical, competition, and hunting. DPMS has a staff of experts, many of which are US veterans, which follow strict design and manufacturing processes to produce precise and reliable products.
Smith & Wesson Performance Center Ported M&P Shield M2.0
Smith & Wesson announced new ported versions of its M&P Shield M2.0 from its Performance Center. In addition to the barrel porting for reduced muzzle flip, the guns will also receive an enhanced trigger from the Performance Center.
The new guns will be available in 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP with either traditional tritium night sights or with Hi Viz fiber optic sights. Pricing will range from $539 with the fiber optic sights to $623 with the nuclear powered night sights.
Caracal CAR816 A2 Pistols
Caracal announced a pair of new AR-style pistols that are now available for the US market. These use the company’s short stroke, adjustable gas system. One pistol has a 14.5″ barrel and the other has an 11.5″ barrel. Both use the SB Tactical arm brace, have M-LOK attachment points on the handguard, an ambidextrous safety and a lifetime warranty. Both carry a suggested retail price of $1,929.
Sig Sauer P210 TARGET
A full-size single-stack classic pistol meets updated ergonomics, sleek walnut target grips, and a smooth, crisp target trigger.
The P210 Target takes the precision of its 1947 Swiss predecessor and greets it with new sleek, custom walnut target grips, a precision-machined stainless steel slide and frame, and a lightweight target trigger. These updated features pay homage to the original craftsmanship and bring it to a more competitive target shooting level. Meant to balance well in one hand or two, this P210 Target is chambered in 9mm and comes with both adjustable rear and fiber optic front sights. Also included are two 8 round steel magazines.
GLOCK 17 – The Original
Designed for professionals, the GLOCK 17 is trusted by law enforcement officers and military personnel around the globe because of its unsurpassed reliability, optimal magazine capacity of 17 rounds in the standard magazine and its low weight. With the signature “Safe Action” trigger system, the GLOCK 17 9 mm Luger pistol is safe, easy, and quick – precisely what you need in critical situations.