Short Shots

The Value of Ankle Med Kits

September 2019 - Gun Tests Magazine

Reader field-tests the Rescue Essentials kit on the job for years and has some thoughts on its usefulness and drawbacks. Reader GW points out that some states have outlawed self-defense coverage.

April 2019 Short Shots: New Rifles for 2019

April 2019 - Gun Tests Magazine

For 2019, Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. has introduced magnum models of the Ruger Precision Rimfire rifle and a new BX-15 Magnum magazine that accept 17 HMR and 22 WMR cartridges. Like its 22 LR predecessor, these new magnum offerings maintain the same ergonomics, trigger, and manual of arms as the larger centerfire Ruger Precision Rifle. The Ruger Precision Rimfire has a molded, one-piece chassis and adjustable buttstock assembly manufactured of glass-filled nylon.

March 2019 Short Shots: New Handguns for 2019

March 2019 - Gun Tests Magazine

In celebration of the company’s 100th anniversary, O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., has released a 9mm concealed-carry handgun: the Mossberg MC1sc (subcompact). Surprisingly, the company’s first firearm design, called the Brownie, was a 22-caliber four-shot pocket pistol. The MC1sc is available in five initial 9mm offerings: the standard MC1sc and an optional cross-bolt safety version; two standard offerings with sighting systems (TruGlo Tritium Pro Night Sights or a Viridian E-Series Red Laser), and a Centennial Limited Edition with a production run limited to 1,000 commemorative models. After 100 years in business, Mossberg has grown to be the sixth-largest U.S. firearms manufacturer with more than 100 design and utility patents to its credit. The MC1sc reflects three years of development. Important features in a subcompact handgun are size, weight, caliber and carryability. The MC1sc has an overall length of 6.45 inches, weight of 19 ounces (with empty magazine), and a barrel length of 3.4 inches in the popular 9mm chambering. It comes with two single-stack magazines (one 6-round flush and one 7-round extended), has a glass-reinforced polymer frame, and suggested retail price of $421 for the two standard models.

Short Shots: February 2019

February 2019 - Gun Tests Magazine

The American Rodeo Tribute Edition Rifle from Henry Repeating Arms is built on the company’s Golden Boy platform and features images of popular rodeo events. Henry Repeating Arms debuted the American Rodeo Tribute Edition lever-action rifle in Las Vegas in December at the 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Cowboy Christmas, and the RMEF Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo. The imagery on the receiver cover and the stocks celebrate three staple rodeo events where contestants compete against the clock.

Short Shots

November 2018 - Gun Tests Magazine

One of the changes I’ve seen in the firearms industry over the years is the timing of new-product introductions. Formerly, most companies rolled out their new lines at the end or the very beginning of the calendar year, in both cases to time with each year’s Shooting Hunting & Outdoor Trade Show, better known as SHOT Show, generally held in January. That always seemed odd to me because it guaranteed new-product coverage would get trampled by the volume of similar coverage.

October 2018 Short Shots: New Guns and Gun Accessories

September 2018 - Gun Tests Magazine

Humidity and moisture can affect your guns’ performance and make cleaning difficult. The new Firearms Storage Pouch from Absorbits Ballistics deploys the company’s patented Bone-Dri technology, developed to dry out smart phones that get dropped into water, and applies it to firearms.

September 2018 Short Shots: Rifles and Rifle Accessories

September 2018 - Gun Tests Magazine

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.

August 2018 Short Shots: Pistols and Pistol Accessories

August 2018 - Gun Tests Magazine

Smith & Wesson Corp. has announced four new Performance Center SW22 Victory Target pistols. The Performance Center SW22 Victory Target pistols are chambered in 22 LR and are designed specifically for target shooting competitions. These pistols feature 6-inch target barrels, muzzle brakes, and Tandemkross hiveGrips, and other high-performance features.

July 2018 Short Shots: Rifles and Rifle Accessories

July 2018 - Gun Tests Magazine

Brownells recently rolled out the BRN-22 Receiver for custom rimfire rifle builds. The BRN-22 is fully compatible with the popular Ruger 10/22, so you can choose from the many barrels, stocks, triggers, and other custom components for the 10/22 platform. According to the Brownells website, the BRN-22 receivers are machined from 6061 aluminum billet “to exacting tolerances.” Brownells touts the machined receivers as better than forged, and points to the smooth, clean interior “to realize that a machined receiver can be held to much tighter tolerances for a precise fit with other parts.” After machining, BRN-22 receivers get a matte-black Type 2 hardcoat anodized finish.

July 2018 Short Shots: Pistols and Pistol Accessories

July 2018 - Gun Tests Magazine

Smith & Wesson Corp. has announced its new M&P45 M2.0 in Flat Dark Earth (FDE) finish. Chambered in 45 Auto, the M&P45 M2.0 pistol joins the previously released M&P9 and M&P40 M2.0 Flat Dark Earth pistols with Truglo TFX sights in the M&P M2.0 pistol line. The pistol features a 4.6-inch barrel and has no thumb safety. The new pistol is a striker-fired design that features a lighter trigger and aggressive grip texturing. The Truglo TFX sights use encapsulated tritium and fiber-optic technology for enhanced visibility. The molded polymer frame is topped with a Cerakote FDE slide, has four interchangeable palmswell grips, includes an 18-degree grip angle, and comes with a one-year limited warranty and lifetime service policy.

June 2018 Short Shots: Pistols and Pistol Accessories

June 2018 - Gun Tests Magazine

Through June 30, 2018, shooters who purchase any new Crimson Trace Laserguard Pro laser sight and light will be eligible to receive a free Crimson CWL-100 Tactical Light. The CWL-100 ­features ­an operation­ pressure ­pad­ and ­corded ­attachment ­cap,­ and­ it­ can­ also­ be ­converted ­into­ a­ hand held flashlight with­ a ­second ­provided­ endcap.­ The ­CWL-100­ metal attachment­ bracket­ is ­designed­ to­ fit­ most­ Picatinny­ or­ similar accessory rails. To receive the free Crimson Trace CWL-100 tactical light in this offer, purchasers must complete and submit to Crimson Trace­ the­ proof­ of­ purchase­ form­ found at ­along ­with ­the­ receipt.

June 2018 Short Shots: Rifles and Rifle Accessories

June 2018 - Gun Tests Magazine

Leupold & Stevens, Inc. has expanded its catalog of ring mounts with the introduction of the new QRW2 and PRW2 lines. Based on the familiar cross-slot design, both the QRW2 and PRW2 mounts are all steel. The QRW2 and PRW2 lines are precision machined to offer universal cross-slot compatibility on Weaver and Picatinny rails. The QRW2 line is a detachable option. The PRW2 line is meant for a more permanent mounting solution. Both the QRW2 and PRW2 ring mounts are available now in Low, Medium, and High configurations in many finishes. Both series are made in the U.S.A. and are backed by Leupold’s full lifetime guarantee.

New Shotguns for 2018

March 2018 - Gun Tests Magazine - Subscribers Only

Gun Tests reporters and editors on the scene at SHOT Show 2018 in Las Vegas scoured the show for new rifle, pistol, shotgun, and accessory entries for our readers to consider this year. Here’s a rundown on quite a few just-introduced scattergun choices for 2018, some of which we’ll be looking at for further examination later this year.

Short Shots: January 2018

January 2018 - Gun Tests Magazine

Ruger recently announced additions to its SP101, GP100, and Redhawk revolver lines, and to its 10/22 rifle line.

Short Shots: December 2017

December 2017 - Gun Tests Magazine

Following the success of the 590 Shockwave 12-gauge pump-action firearm, Mossberg has released a 20-gauge version (50657) of the 590 Shockwave, priced at $455 MSRP. Featuring a 14-inch barrel, “birds head” pistol grip and an overall length of 26.4 inches, the 590 Shockwave does not fall under the purview of the National Firearms Act (NFA) and does not require additional paperwork or the payment of a tax stamp for transfers. Federal Law does require the purchaser of this firearm to be 21 years of age.

Savage Introduces the 10/110 Stealth Evolution in Six Calibers

November 2017 - Gun Tests Magazine

Savage has introduced the 10/110 Stealth Evolution chassis rifle chambered in six popular long-range calibers, including the all-new 6mm Creedmoor. The rifle is available in both right-hand and left-hand models. Shipments are currently being delivered to dealers.

The 10/110 Stealth Evolution pairs a heavy fluted barrel with a monolithic aluminum chassis finished in rugged bronze Cerakote. The polymer-ceramic coating enhances resistance to abrasion, corrosion, and impact. The rifle also sports a factory-blueprinted 10/110 action, zero-tolerance headspacing, user-adjustable AccuTrigger and 5R button rifling. The company claims the rifle will produce sub-MOA accuracy at extreme range right out of the box.

Springfield Armory Rolls Out New RO Elite 1911 Pistols

September 2017 - Gun Tests Magazine

The new RO Elite line adds multiple premium components and details for both competition shooters and defense-minded citizens, in both 9mm and 45 ACP versions. Every new RO Elite series pistol wears a Black-T treatment specified on Springfield Armory 1911s built for the FBI’s regional SWAT and Hostage Rescue Teams. The Black-T coating is self-lubricating and highly corrosion resistant. RO Elite models also include: Springfield Armory’s newly designed Gen 2 triggers, ambidextrous thumb safeties, and custom thin-line G-10 grips designed. “The original 1911 Range Officer line remains a huge success with serious shooters,” says Dennis Reese, Springfield Armory’s CEO. “It made professional-level performance more affordable. The new RO Elite models are more of the same: premium features, high performance, affordable price.”

Ruger Recalls Most Mark IVs

August 2017 - Gun Tests Magazine

Ruger has issued a wide recall of all Mark IV and 22/45 models because of a problem with the safety and sear and has told owners that the pistols should not be used.

The issue is: In some cases, if the trigger is pulled while the safety lever is midway between the “safe” and “fire” positions and not full engaged in either, the pistol may or may not fire when the trigger is pulled.

If the gun doesn’t fire when the trigger is pulled, it may fire if the user then pushes the safety to the “fire” position without the trigger being activated.

Here’s a statement from a Ruger press release on the company’s website:

“Although only a small percentage of pistols appear to be affected and we are not aware of any injuries, Ruger is firmly committed to safety and would like to retrofit all potentially affected pistols with an updated safety mechanism. Until your Mark IV pistol has been retrofitted or you verify that it is not subject to the recall, we strongly recommend that you not use your pistol.”

Ruger says they have received a “small number” of reports from the field indicating the problem exists. Additional testing confirmed the issue and the recall was issued.

Browning Adds Five New Pistols to Black Label 1911-380 Line

June 2017 - Gun Tests Magazine - Subscribers Only

Browning has added new offerings to the Black Label 1911-380 pistol line.

The new Black Label 1911-380 Medallion Pro will be available in Full Size and Compact versions. These new pistols will feature an aluminum-reinforced composite frame and slide with a blackened stainless steel finish with silver brush-polished flats. Grips on this new model are checkered rosewood with a gold Buckmark logo. The pistol comes with two magazines. The Full Size model barrel length is 4.25 inches and the Compact barrel length is 3.625 inches. Both the Full Size and Compact versions are available with steel three-dot sights or steel night sights. Suggested Retail price with the 3-dot sights: $800. Suggested retail price with night sights: $880.

Browning is also adding three Compact models to the 1911-380 line in 2017. The Black Label 1911-380 Compact has the same features as the Black Label 1911-380 Full Size but with a 3.625-inch barrel. This model has composite black grips and includes fixed combat sights. Suggested retail: $670.

Browning is also adding Compact models to both the Black Label Pro and the Black Label Pro with Rail. Both of these models have 3.625-inch barrels and are available with either steel three-dot sights or steel night sights. The Black Label Pro Compact has a suggested retail price of $800 for the three-dot model and $880 for the night-sight model. The Black Label Pro Compact with Rail and three-dot sight has a suggested retail price of $830, and the railed night sight model has a suggested retail price of $910.