September 2018 Short Shots: Rifles and Rifle Accessories
S&W’s Performance Center Introduces T/C Long Range Rifle in Multiple Calibers, Configurations
The Smith & Wesson Performance Center and Thompson/Center Arms announced the launch of a new bolt-action chassis-style rifle — the Performance Center T/C Long Range Rifle (LRR). Co-developed for extreme long-range shooting, the Performance Center T/C Long Range Rifle is built on an aluminum chassis stock and is available in 243 Winchester, 308 Winchester, and 6.5 Creedmoor. Tony Miele, general manager of the Performance Center, said, “With the growing popularity of long-range precision shooting, we wanted to ensure our customers had an option available from the Performance Center.
The new Performance Center T/C Long Range Rifle also includes a 20-MOA Picatinny-style rail and a 5R rifled, fluted barrel. The LRR features an adjustable cheekpiece and buttplate, built-in Magpul M-LOK slots, a threaded barrel with muzzle brake, and a Performance Center trigger that’s adjustable from 2.5 to 3.5 pounds. Available in both a black and flat dark earth (FDE) finish, the Long Range Rifle includes a 1-year limited warranty and lifetime service plan and ships with one 10-round detachable magazine, a Caldwell Pic Rail XLA Fixed Bipod, and soft case. The Performance Center T/C Long Range Rifle is priced at an MSRP of $1,211 in all calibers and configurations.
Hornady Provides Rapid Rack to French Military
Hornady Manufacturing Company has struck a deal to sell more than 90,000 of its Rapid Rack empty chamber indicator/load-assist devices to the French Ministry of Defense through the company’s French distributor, Sidam SAS. The device is an empty chamber indicator as well as a load-assist device, allowing law-enforcement officers or military personnel to keep their long guns ready with a fully charged magazine and a visibly empty chamber. The user inserts the cartridge-shaped portion into the chamber, leaving the lever protruding from the gun’s ejection port, and then closes the bolt and inserts a loaded magazine. Grabbing the lever and pulling straight back allows the Rapid Rack to fall to the ground so the fully charged bolt springs forward to feed a round into the chamber.
The French Ministry of Defense will purchase a customized Rapid Rack, sporting a black handle rather than the standard red, to accompany 93,340 new Heckler & Koch HK416 rifles. The French armed forces have chosen the HK416 to replace the long-running FAMAS, nicknamed the Bugle for its distinctive shape, as their standard assault rifle. “This purchase confirms that Hornady is recognized throughout the world as a supplier of not only top-of-the-line ammunition but also innovative accessories,” said Steve Catlett, international sales manager. “We’re just as proud to help the French armed forces defend their nation as we are to help U.S. law-enforcement agencies stay cruiser-ready with our Rapid Rack.”
Thompson/Center Arms Launches New T/CR22 Rifle
Thompson/Center Arms today announced that it has introduced a new semi-automatic rimfire rifle: the Thompson/Center T/CR22 rifle. Danielle Sanville, brand manager of Thompson/Center Arms, said, “Thompson/Center has a long, storied history of innovation in firearms, from muzzleloaders to bolt-action rifles. When we decided it was time to develop our next rimfire rifle, we wanted to be sure to continue that trend.” The new T/CR22 rifle includes a green fiber-optic front sight and adjustable rear peep sight, a built-in Picatinny-style rail for mounting an optic, a light, crisp trigger pull, button-rifled barrel, and a threaded muzzle. The T/CR22 rifle is compatible with most aftermarket 10/22 accessories and employs a Magpul co-branded OD-green composite stock. Additional T/CR22 features include a last-shot bolt-hold open when using factory magazines, a pushbutton safety, an oversized bolt handle, machined 6061 aluminum receiver, machined stainless-steel bolt, a 17-inch button-rifled barrel with 1:15-inch twist rate, molded-in sling swivel studs, and slots in the forend to accept M-LOK accessories. Chambered in 22 LR, the new T/CR22 rifle ships with one 10-round detachable rotary magazine, includes Thompson/Center’s limited lifetime warranty, and is priced at an MSRP of $399.