March 2015

Cool New Guns at SHOT 2015

Our team of writers canvassed the massive Las Vegas show to find the hottest ideas coming to your local gunshop this year.

At the 2015 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Gun Tests staffers ran across tons of new products that we’re working to include in future tests. Following are some of the items we saw that intrigued us, for one reason or another. Some of the descriptions below are from SHOT Daily, a trade magazine published at the show for the dealers and distributors who attend. Used with permission.    
— Todd Woodard

CMMG MK47 Mutant Rifle

CMMG
The all-new CMMG MK47 Mutant rifle platform caught our attention. It’s chambered for 7.62x39mm, the upper and lower receivers are built from 7075-T6 billet aluminum and feature a uniquely designed upper and lower receiver engineered to manage the dimensions and pressures of the 7.62x39mm cartridge while keeping weight to a minimum.

The rifle, which runs on the proven carbine-length direct-impingement gas system and sports a 16.1-inch free-floated medium-taper barrel with a 1:10 twist rate, utilizes the heavier bolt carrier group derived from the AR10, but shortened. The lower receiver is designed to accept existing AK47 magazines and uses a standard hook-and-latch release system. A full-length Picatinny rail rides atop the receiver. All models ship with one Magpul PMAG 30-round 7.62x39 magazine. The MK47 Mutant T ($1,450) features an A2 muzzle compensator, a CMMG single-stage trigger, an A4 six-position collapsible buttstock, and an A2 pistol grip. The MK47 Mutant AKM ($1,650) features the same trigger, a CMMG SV muzzle brake, a Magpul CTR buttstock, and a MOE Pistol grip. The MK47 Mutant AKM2 ($1,850) comes with a Geissele SSA two-stage trigger, Magpul CTR buttstock, and MOE Pistol Grip.

(from top to bottom) Beretta A300, Beretta 692, Beretta M9A3

Beretta USA
Of all of Beretta’s new product lines this year, we were most taken with the A300 Outlander ($775 to $875, depending on stock option), a field-grade 12-gauge gas-operated-action semi-auto that handles 2¾ or 3-inch shells and is built on an aluminum-alloy receiver that results in a 7.1-pound empty weight. The 28-inch vent rib barrel uses the Beretta MC3 interchangeable choke tube system and features a front, metal bead sight. The stock is available in black synthetic, wood, or a Max-5 camo finish that also covers the metalwork.

We also spent a lot of time handling the new 692 over/under series in 12 gauge with 3-inch chambers. It incorporates the Beretta Steelium Plus barrel system that features a forcing cone lengthened to 360mm as opposed to the more-standard 65mm. A wider receiver is also incorporated; it places more weight between the hands for improved handling. The Beretta B-Fast System is also included in the 692 series. The device allows a complete drop-and-cast adjustment with extreme ease and quickness. The new 692 Series will offer the following models: 692 Sporting ($3,520) with 30- or 32-inch barrels and a standard field comb (a left-hand model is also available); 692 Sporting with the B-Fast adjustable comb and 30-inch barrels ($3,870); and the 692 Skeet ($3,870) with the B-Fast comb in barrel lengths of 28 or 30 inches (left-hand models come with 30-inch barrels). The Sporting Series Models utilize the OCSP-HP interchangeable choke-tube system that includes M, IM, IC, C, and Skeet tubes. The Skeet Series models use the OBSK-HP package that includes M, IM, IC and two Skeet tubes.

Other single-barrel introductions included the A400 Extreme ($1,745 to $1,895), a gas-operated 12-gauge built on an aluminum-alloy receiver; and the A400 XPLOR Action variant ($1,550 to $1,750), a slimmed-down version of the gas-operated A400.

Other two-barrel introductions include the Silver Pigeon 1 Sporting Sub-Gauge ($2,899) which will be available in 20 and 28 gauge, as well as .410, with the receiver scaled to gauge, and a newly designed side-by-side, the 486 Parallelo ($5,350), which is built on a round-body action with the new Triblock barrel that provides the same feel as the demiblock barrel while providing more strength and eliminating visible welding lines.

Of the company’s new rifles produced under the Sako and Tikka banners, we were most impressed with Tikka tactical bolt-action series, the blue steel T3 CTR ($1,100) and CTR Stainless ($1,225) models. Offered in 260 Rem. and 308 Win., they feed from a detachable 10-round steel magazine. Additional features include a black synthetic stock with a fixed cheekpiece, stock spacers to allow length-of-pull adjustments, an aluminum trigger guard and magazine release, Teflon-coated bolt with an oversize tactical knob, and a Picatinny upper receiver rail for optics mounting.

Other rifle introductions included the Sako Finnfire II ($1,095), a premium-grade bolt-action rimfire chambered for 22 LR and 17 HMR, the bolt-action Sako A7 Big Game with a Roughtech Stock ($1,200), designed for extreme conditions and which has a single-stage trigger user-adjustable between 2.2 and 4 pounds; and the Tikka T3 Lite Compact ($675) designed for smaller-statured shooters and youths.

Beretta announced its improved M9 9mm semiautomatic handgun made specifically to bid for the U.S. Army’s sidearm—the M9A3. Though the Army rejected the new Beretta M9A3, shooters will appreciate the improvements to the classic design. Built on the Vertec thin grip frame with a reduced grip circumference, the Beretta M9A3 comes with a wraparound backstrap for those with larger hands or for those who prefer a fuller grip. The 5-inch barrel is threaded for a suppressor and the sights are tritium night sights with a removable front dovetail sight.

Colt Gold Cup National Match

Colt’s Manufacturing Company
Colt’s Manufacturing Company has several new handgun introductions for 2015, including new models in the Rail Gun, XSE Series, 1991 Series, and Gold Cup lines. There are three new additions to the Colt Rail Gun family: The O4012RG Colt Combat Commander Rail Gun 45 ACP with Picatinny rail, $1,198; the Lighweight Commander Rail Gun, O4840RG, $1,198; and the O1880RG Government Model Rail Gun 45 ACP with a hard-coat-anodized aluminum receiver, $1,198.

Two new handguns will join the Colt XSE Series, the O4662XSE Lightweight Commander adds a 9mm option to this family, $1,104. A stainless Government Model (O1092XSE) chambered in 9mm will also be offered in the XSE family, $1,104. In Colt’s classic 1991 Series, the new O1992 model will be chambered in 9mm to go along with existing chamberings in 45 ACP and 38 Super. MSRP is $907. The new-for-2015 O5870A1 Gold Cup National Match features the Series 70 firing system along with a classic flat-top slide. MSRP is $1,250.

Browning Black Label 1911-380

Browning
To us, this company’s most interesting introduction for 2015 was the Black Label 1911-380 semi-auto pistol ($670), which combines two of John M. Browning’s original inventions—the 1911 pistol and the 380 ACP cartridge. The Black Label is scaled down to 85 percent of the size of a 45 ACP 1911 handgun. This new single-action 1911 is built upon a precision-crafted composite frame and is made in the U.S. Features include an extended ambidextrous safety, a beavertail-grip safety, a skeletonized hammer, and a machined steel slide that wears fixed combat-style sights. With a 4.25-inch barrel, it has an overall length of 7.5 inches and weighs 17.5 ounces empty. The finish is black matte, and the magazine holds 8 rounds. It ships with an ABS case.

In 2015, Browning will expand its AB3 bolt-action rifle line to include short-action calibers to include 243 Win., 7mm-08 Rem., 308 Win., 270 WSM, and 300 WSM. MSRP: $600. Browning is also expanding its X-Bolt line to include the new X-Bolt Eclipse Target and Eclipse Varmint models. Both feature a laminated gray-satin thumbhole stock with a Monte Carlo cheekpiece. MSRP: $1,070.

Browning X-Bolt Eclipse Target

Over/under shotguns dominate Browning’s new 2015 product offerings. The Browning High Grade program moves into its third year with a pair of Citori 725 12-gauge Sporting models. These over/unders receive as many as 30 hours of hand-engraving and touch-up prior to being precisely set into finely wrought, high-grade walnut. The new Citori 725 Sporting Grade V will feature a receiver with deep-relief engraving in a silver-nitride finish and a 30- or 32-inch barrel ($5,340). The new Citori 725 Sporting Grade VII has a blued receiver with deep-relief engraving and gold accents. The stock and forearm feature oil-finish Grade VI/VII walnut with close-radius pistol grip and palm swell. A John M. Browning Signature fitted case is included ($6,270).

Citori 725 Sporting High Rib

For 2015 Browning will also expand the Citori 725 target shotgun lineup to include the new Pro Sporting and Pro Trap models that will feature a Pro Fit adjustable comb and Pro Balance system in the stock that allows shooters to fine-tune the balance point for a perfect mount and swing. MSRPs for both are $4,000.

A new 725 Feather 20-gauge features a lightweight alloy receiver with steel breech face and hinge pin. This new lightweight model will be offered with a 26- or 28-inch barrel ($2,550). The new Cynergy Micro Midas 20-gauge over/under has a 13-inch length of pull designed for smaller shooters, ($1,870).

CZ-USA, FN America, Magnum Research, Marlin, Mossberg

CZ-USA
A new 1911, a special limited-edition CZ 75, and some interesting new guns from Dan Wesson make up CZ’s new handgun introductions this year. The first “Made in the USA” handgun to bear the CZ name is, appropriately, a 1911. The CZ 1911 A1 ($839) is a government-size model that is built without a trigger safety, as many 1911 aficionados prefer.

(From top to bottom) CZ-USA 1911 A1, CZ-USA 805 Bren PS1 Pistol, CZ-USA CZ 75 40th Anniversary Limited Edition, CZ-USA CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 Pistol, Dan Wesson Valkyrie, Dan Wesson Silverback 1911 Two-Tone

CZ will issue a special-edition 40th Anniversary CZ 75 9mm ($1,499). Only 1,000 guns will be produced. The anniversary model is based on the CZ 75B and features a highly polished blue-steel slide and frame.

The CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 Pistol ($849) is a 9mm civilian-legal semi-auto version of CZ’s famous Scorpion sub-machine gun. With a black composite finish, it features a blowback action with 7.75-in. barrel.

The new CZ 805 Bren PS1 Pistol ($1,982) is a civilian-legal semi-auto version of the CZ 805 Bren. It has an 11-inch barrel that features a two-port muzzle brake. Chambered for 223/5.56mm, the action is housed in a one-piece aluminum upper receiver with a Picatinny rail and uses STANG magazines (two 30-round magazines are included). It uses the same sight system as the Scorpion, along with the accessory arm-brace adapter.

Under CZ’s Dan Wesson banner, three new handguns join the product line this year, including an updated version of Wesson’s highly accurate double-action revolver in 357 Magnum. This year the Dan Wesson Model 715 ($1,168) ships with a 6-inch barrel and heavy shroud.

The new DW Valkyrie 45 ACP ($2,012), a variation of the CCO, has a Commander-length slide on a compact Officer frame. The new Dan Wesson Silverback is currently the only two-toned 1911 in the Dan Wesson line. It will be available in 45 ACP ($1,883) and 10mm ($2,064).

New rifle introductions included CZ’s Sonoran rifle in the flat-shooting 26 Nosler ($3,199), and on the rimfire side, the 455 Ultra Lux ($449) joins the 455 platform this year. Another new 455 model is the 455 Varmint Thumbhole Fluted 22 LR in a brown laminate stock ($549).

FN America
FN America, LLC plans to launch seven new products under the FNH USA brand for 2015, including compact variants of its popular FNS striker-fired pistol and additions to its FN 15 modern sporting rifle line.

The FNS-9 Compact and FNS-40 Compact offer the same features as the standard models but have 3.6-inch barrels and were designed to be snag-free for better concealment and a faster draw. MSRP is $599.

FN America FNS-9 Compact and FNS-40 Compact, top, and FN 15 MOE SLG Rifle, bottom.

A total of five new variants of the FN 15 line of modern sporting rifles are also available, including the industry’s first ARs to feature the Magpul M-LOK accessory mounting system. MSRP is $1,479. The FN 15 DMR includes many of the same features as the FN 15 Sporting but features an 18-inch match-grade, cold hammer-forged barrel with a 1:7 twist to enhance stability and accuracy for heavier grain precision shooting ammunition. MSRP is $1,899. The FN 15 MOE SLG is the first AR-15 to feature the Magpul MOE SL trigger guard, forearm, hand guard, stock and rear sight assembly. MSRP is $1,169. The FN 15 Sporting was designed for competition — chambered in 223 Remington, it features an 18-inch match-grade chrome-lined barrel, a Timney competition trigger and a Magpul grip and buttstock. MSRP is $1,749. The FN 15 Patrol Carbine has a 16-inch alloy steel, button broached, chrome-lined barrel, Samson flip-up rear sight, and a Midwest Industries drop-in 7-inch quad rail/forearm. MSRP is $1,219.

Magnum Research Ultra 22 LR MLRATUT (above) Magnum Research DE1911GSS (below)

Magnum Research
A new and somewhat radical rimfire rifle joins the Magnum Research product line this year. The MLR22ATU Ultra 22 LR is built around a high-tech modular 18-inch barrel attached to a stainless-steel breech and muzzle caps inside a thin-walled aluminum shell. A patented heat sink located inside the barrel helps deliver improved accuracy. The Ultra 22 LR ($544) is a semi-auto that measures 36.2 inches in length overall and weighs 4.8 pounds. It utilizes the Ruger 10/22 trigger group and Ruger 10/22 rotary magazines. The barrels are also sold separately and can be installed on Ruger 10/22 rifles to upgrade accuracy.

The DE1911GSS ($904) is a full-size 1911 single-action semi-auto chambered for 45 ACP. It features a 5.05-inch barrel, a trigger pull factory set between 3 and 4 pounds, a stainless-steel matte-finished frame with black appointments, checkered wood grips, and a high-profile rear sight that is drift-adjustable for windage with a serrated and pinned front-sight blade.

Marlin 1895 GSBL-45-70 Govt

Marlin
For those looking for more power, there is Marlin’s new 1895 GSBL-45-70 Govt. ($1,150). This lever-action carbine features a tubular magazine and a stainless-steel-barreled action with an 18.5-inch barrel that uses adjustable Williams FireSights with a front-sight hood. The metalwork is finished in FNC (ferritic nitrocarburizing), which darkens the stainless steel and creates a durable scratch-resistant finish. The laminated stock and forend are painted, and a big-loop finger lever makes for fast cycling.

An additional 1895 series gun is the 1895 Limited Edition 45-70 Govt., the second gun in a multi-year series. It features scrollwork on both sides of the receiver; an elk in 24-carat gold inlay is on the left side, and the classic Marlin horse and rider is on the right. SRP: $1,350.

Part of Mossberg’s big rollout of new rimfire, hunting, and tactical products for 2015 are (top to bottom) the Blaze rimfire, Patriot scoped Deer Thug, MVP Bipod, and Blaze AK-47.

Mossberg
This is a big year for Mossberg, which launches new models in the rimfire, hunting, and tactical rifle lines. The new Blaze autoloading rimfire rifle series will be available in a number of configurations and stock finishes, but all share a 16.5-inch barrel, blue metalwork, a synthetic stock—and all are fed from 10- or 25-round detachable magazines.

A variant on the Blaze action is the AK-47. A dead ringer for the original, this rifle offers the same action, magazines, and barrel lengths as the AK-47. The Blaze version also comes with an adjustable fiber-optic rear sight and the distinctive AK raised front sight.

The new Mossberg Patriot bolt-action series are classically styled hunting rifles. Some models feature fluted 22-inch barrels, other utilize plain barrels. The rifles are fed from a detachable box magazine that holds three magnum rounds and four standard-caliber rounds.

Two new model series also join the target and tactical line. The MVP LC Bolt Action Target Rifle is available in 5.56mm NATO/223 Rem. and in 7.62mm/308 Win. The MVP bolt-action design accepts and feeds from standard MSR-style magazines. The 5.56mm features a 16.5-inch barrel (1:7 twist) while the 7.62 version sports an 18.5-inch barrel with a 1 in 10 twist. They are bedded in a lightweight aluminum target-rifle chassis that only makes contact with the receiver on the V-shaped bedding and recoil lug area.

Springfield Armory, Remington, Ruger, Savage Arms

Springfield Armory
One of the updated lines we liked was Springfield Armory’s Marine Corps Operator, which has a new grip. You can see a video of the gun on our YouTube page. In the video, shooting legend Rob Leatham details the features and benefits of the updated Marine Corps Operator 45 ACP PX9110MLP, $1299 MSRP. It’s a Loaded package with new G10 grips that have a very aggressive pattern to help you control the gun. The new grip pattern is basically a series of notches and grooves that help keep your fingers from sliding on it without being so abrasive, Leatham explains. The frame has an olive-drab Armory Kote finish.

Springfield Armory Marine Corps Operator

Remington
The big news in Remington shotguns this year is the introduction of the new V3 gas-operated 12-gauge semi-auto. The new V3 handles both 2 ¾- and 3-inch shells using the compact SASG2 Gas System. This gas system places the gas ports directly in front of the receiver; this not only provides a self-cleaning action, but it changes forend design to produce a central, between-the-hands balance point that Remington claims promotes more instinctive point-and-swing characteristics. A light-contour ventilated rib barrel, with twin bead sights, further optimizes swing characteristics. All models are 12-gauge, use Rem. Choke 2 interchangeable choke tubes, and feature a 14 ¼-inch length of pull.

Remington V3 12-Gauge Semi-Auto

The V3 will be available in the following configurations: The V3 Field Sport 12/28 RC VT SYN-BLK ($895) features a black synthetic field stock, a 3-round magazine capacity, and a 28-inch barrel. The V3 Field Sport 12/26 RC VT SYN-BLK ($895) is the same gun with a 26-inch barrel. The V3 Field Sport 12/28 RC VT SYN-BLK ($995) offers the Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades finish on the receiver and stock. The V3 Field Sport 12/26 RC VT SYN RT APG ($995) features a 26-inch barrel with a Realtree APG finish on the stock and receiver. The V3 Field Sport RC VT ($995) is available with a satin-finish walnut stock in 26- and 28-inch barrels.

The Remington Model 700 Muzzle­loader reinvents the front loader. Built on the Remington 700 bolt-action, the inline can use up to 200 grains of powder to increase the range as well as the accuracy. With a 250-grain projectile, it can clock 2,400 fps, making it a legitimate 300-yard deer rifle. MSRPs start at $949.

Ruger SR1911 Lightweight Commander

Ruger
The new Ruger SR1911 Lightweight Commander-Style pistol, $899, is an aluminum-frame version of the popular SR1911 Commander-Style pistol. This new two-tone model features a black-anodized-aluminum frame with a satin-stainless finish on the slide, and it weighs 7 ounces less than the all stainless-steel version. It comes factory equipped with an integrated, polished titanium feed ramp and features hardwood grip panels for concealed carry, as well as front-strap serrations for improved grip. Ruger says the titanium feed ramp will improve reliability and durability over other materials. The SR1911 Lightweight Commander-Style pistol features a 4.25-inch barrel and weighs 29.3 ounces with an empty magazine. It ships with two 7-round magazines, a bushing wrench, cable locking device, and a soft case.

The Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle will now be chambered for 5.56 NATO, with a hybrid chamber to accurately shoot both 5.56mm and 223 Rem. Additional features include a 16.1-inch cold-hammer-forged medium-contour barrel with a 1:8 twist. A Ruger flash suppressor is included, and it can be removed to attach other barrel-threaded accessories.

The Ruger American Rifle series will now be available in true left-hand actions in the following calibers: 223 Rem., 22-250 Rem., 243 Win., 7mm-08 Rem., 270 Win., 308 Win., and 30/06 Sprg. The Ruger American Ranch Rifle will now be available in 5.56 NATO/.223 Rem. and 300 BLK.

Stevens 320

Savage Arms
A pair of new quick-handling but modestly priced over/under shotguns and four new 20-gauge pump actions make their appearance this year under the Stevens banner. The Stevens 555 ($692) over/under is available in 12 and 20 gauge. Both guns are chambered for 3-inch shells and feature a Turkish walnut stock, a single selective mechanical trigger, shell extractors, a tang-mounted safety, and chrome-lined barrels threaded for choke tubes.

The Stevens 320 pump-action series has quickly built a reputation for solid and affordable performance in a 12 gauge. For 2015, Stevens adds four new 20-gauge models to the series. All offer the same features as their 12-gauge counterparts, including dual-slide bars, a rotary bolt, synthetic stock, and a 5-round tubular magazine capacity. The 320 Field Grade ($235) features a 26-inch vent-ribbed barrel and standard field stock. The 320 Security Ghost Ring ($260) offers the same features, but is equipped with a Ghost Ring sight.

The recently introduced Savage AXIS bolt-action rifle now comes in a heavy-barrel varmint version. The new AXIS Heavy Barrel ($386) features the same composite stock, pillar bedding, 4-round detachable magazine, sling-swivel studs front and rear, and button-rifled barrel of the standard AXIS line, but adds a 22-inch heavy contour barrel. Another addition to the AXIS line for 2015 is the AXIS II XP scoped-rifle series.

Savage created a new class of rimfire rifles with the B.MAG series. Built specifically for the 17 Winchester Super Magnum (which produces 3,000 fps from a rimfire cartridge), Savage added features normally reserved for centerfire rifles. This year Savage adds to that product line with two new versions, the B.MAG Stainless Heavy Barrel ($408) and the B.MAG Gray Laminate Thumbhole Stock ($566).

Smith & Wesson, Weatherby, Winchester Repeating Arms

Smith & Wesson
The new M&P22 Compact Pistol ($389) is chambered for 22 LR and is 15 percent smaller than the full-size 9mm/.40-caliber M&Ps. It features a 10-round magazine capacity (it ships with two 10-round magazines), ambidextrous manual safety, and reversible magazine release. The trigger is factory set at 5.8 pounds. A Picatinny dust-cover rail accommodates accessory lights or lasers. The 3.65-inch barrel is threaded to accommodate suppressors and is shipped with a threaded protective muzzle cap. The barrel material is carbon steel with an aluminum-alloy slide and a polymer frame. Sights are a white-dot front and a two-white-dot rear that is adjustable for windage and elevation. Overall length is 6.65 inches. Empty weight is 15.03 ounces.

S&W M&P22 Compact Pistol

From the Smith & Wesson Performance Shop, this year will see a new series of ported M&P pistols designed for competition use. The series includes 9mm and 40 S&W pistols in barrel lengths of 4.25 and 5 inches.

All include ported barrels and slides to reduce recoil and rise. Additional features include a user-adjustable trigger stop, three palm-swell grips with a textured backstrap to allow users to custom-fit the pistol to their hand, a Performance Center sear that produces a 4.5-pound trigger pull with a fast reset, and removable mounting brackets that allow shooters to install a variety of popular competition red-dot sights.

Weatherby Orion (above) Weatherby PA-08 (below)

Weatherby
A new over/under and additions to the pump and semi-auto shotgun lines highlight Weatherby’s new 2015 offerings. The Orion I over/under ($1,099) uses the proven Orion low-profile steel receiver with a 12-gauge 3-inch chamber, features a walnut stock, and comes with a 26- or 28-inch lightweight, chrome-lined, vented barrel. Other features include a brass bead front sight and Weatherby IMC chokes in IC, M, and F.

The new SA-08 Waterfowler ($799) is a lightweight (6.5 pounds) synthetic-stocked semi-auto in 12-gauge fully covered in Realtree Max-5 camo. It is offered with 26- or 28-inch barrels, and IMC choke tubes (IC, M, and F) are included. The SA-08 Kryptek ($699) is a 20-gauge semi-auto designed for younger shooters. It has a 12.5-inch length of pull, a 24-inch vent-rib barrel with a brass bead front sight, and the supplied choke tubes are IC, M, and F. The SA-08 Volt ($699) is the same shotgun with a bright-green spatter paint finish. Each weighs a trim 5.75 pounds.

In the pump-action line, the PA-08 Synthetic Compact ($399) offers a synthetic stock and a 12.5-inch length of pull for younger shooters. It is chambered for 20 gauge and has a 22-inch vent-rib barrel and brass bead front sight. It ships with IC, M, and F choke tubes. The PA-08 Waterfowler ($429) is a pump-action chambered for 12 gauge that is offered with 26- or 28-inch vent-rib barrels.

The SA-08 Turkey ($799) is a semi-auto available in 12 or 20 gauge with a synthetic stock covered in Realtree Xtra green camo. The 22-inch barrel features a vent rib with a fiber-optic front sight; a Picatinny rail mount is included for mounting optics. It ships with one XF choke tube.

The Vanguard Series 2 Volt Compact ($749) features an injection-molded synthetic stock in bright-green splatter paint with a length of pull that’s adjustable from 12.5 to 13.625 inches. Metalwork is matte blue, and the barrel is a 20-inch No. 1 contour. The two-stage trigger is adjustable to 2.5 pounds, and the rifle comes with a three-position safety. The Vanguard Series 2 Saratoga ($749) features the same trigger and safety matte blue metalwork. But the synthetic stock has an American flag pattern finish. The Vanguard Series 2 Kryptek ($749) is the same gun with a Kryptek Highlander Reduced finish on a synthetic stock.

The Mark V Arroyo RC ($2,800 to $3,000) features the same stock/bedding plate with a KUIV Vias camo pattern and a dark tan Cerakote finish on the metalwork.

Winchester XPR

Winchester
Repeating Arms
For 2015, Winchester Repeating Arms will introduce the innovative new XPR bolt-action rifle. The new XPR will feature the proven M.O.A. Trigger System, an adjustable three-lever trigger preset from the factory at a crisp 3.5-pound pull with no perceptible overtravel. The XPR receiver is constructed of precision-machined chromoly steel barstock. The full-diameter bolt body creates a more rigid component and is coated with nickel Teflon for smooth operation. A short 60-degree lift offers fast bolt operation.

A button-rifled chromoly steel barrel with a recessed target crown is free-floated in the stock to eliminate pressure points. The XPR will be offered in 270 Win. and 30/06 with a 24-inch barrel and in 300 Win. Mag. and 338 Win. Mag. with a 26-inch barrel. SRP: $540.

The Model 94 Short Rifle will now be offered in 450 Marlin with a 20-inch barrel. SRP: $1,230. A new Model 70 Ultimate Shadow Hunter SS model will also be introduced. It features a lightweight synthetic stock in the new Mossy Oak Break-up Country camo pattern. Available in most popular short-action and long-action calibers. SRP: $1,100 to $1,140.

Winchester Repeating Arms will now offer its SXP pump shotgun in 20-gauge models for 2015. A SXP Field 20-gauge and SXP Field Compact 20-gauge will feature a satin-finished stock and forearm, an alloy receiver in black-matte finish, and an Inflex Technology recoil pad ($430).

The new SXP Black Shadow in 20 gauge ($400) will feature the synthetic stock and forearm with textured gripping surfaces with black-matte finish.

Compiled by Gun Tests staff.