January 24, 2008

What’s New in Long Guns at SHOT 2008?


Armalite: The AR10T is now available in the .338 Federal round. This hunting, home defense and law enforcement mainstay comes with a 22-inch stainless steel barrel with a one in ten twist, Picatinny rail and match trigger. (www.armalite.com)

Browning: The new X-bolt rifle features a three-level Feather Trigger System that’s factory preset at 3.5 lbs. but allows a user-configurable range of from three to five pounds. The result. A crisp pull with no take-up or creep, and no overtravel. The X-bolt also has a new bolt lock for added security in addition to the rifle’s top-tang safety.

CZ: The Czech SA VZ 5.8 in 7.62 mm will now be available in the United States in two semi-auto versions. The Eastern European offering boats a milled receiver, considered an advantage over competitor AK’s stamped receiver.

FNH USA: This diverse player from the world of both tactical and high-power realms has added several rifles to its traditionally strong line. They include the new FN FS2000 in 17.4 and 29.1 barrel lengths; a civilian version of the FN Tactical Bullpup chambered in a rotary-action .223; and the PS90 Carbine in 5.7X28mm. Varminters should check out FN’s family of Precision Shooting Rifles (PSR) modeled on the Model 70 action but updated with a three-position safety.

Marlin: Watch for the new XL7 centerfire in .25/06 Rem, .270 Win and .30/06 Springfield. The XL7 features Marlin’s Pro Fire Trigger that can adjust to a clean- breaking 2.5 pounds.

Remington: The new R-15 VTR is Remington’s first foray into an AR-15 style semi-auto rifle. Drawing on assistance from venerable AR stalwart Bushmaster, the R-15 features a fluted barrel, recessed hunting crown and a flat top Picatinny rail—all standard.

Weatherby: In continuous production since 1970, the aged-to-perfection Weatherby Vanguard is now available in 7mm/08.


Browning: The Classic Citori has gotten an upgrade this year with the addition of the 625 12-gauge. The new scattergun boats the Citori line’s proven stock ergonomics but boasts updated checkering and receiver engraving, plus an improved trigger design that offers lighter, crisper pull weight. Ceasar Guerini USA: High-end trap shooters will like the Dynamic Tuning Sytem’s (DTS) that offers a fully adjustable rib and easy adjustments for comb height, drop, offset and cast.

Remington: The company’s proven 11-87 semi-auto action style is now available in a synthetic Sportsman ShurShot with cantilevered scope mount and Supercell recoil pad. The camouflage pattern stock, forend and matte finish becomes the waterfowler’s version of a Remington’s top-rated tactical shotgun.

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