MON | JANUARY 6, 2020

Hornady is pleased to announce A-Tip bullets have been named the official bullet of the Precision Rifle Series in 2020. The most striking visual feature of the A-Tip Match bullet is its long, uniform, precision-machined aluminum tip.

O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. announced the introduction of a new 12-gauge autoloading shotgun platform; the 940 JM Pro, available in two 10-shot models. It’s the result two years of development alongside world champion shooters, Jerry and Lena Miculek.
Savage Arms is proud to introduce RENEGAUGE. The new American-made semi automatic 12 gauge shotguns include several patented parts and designs— including the Dual Regulating Inline Valve gas system.

Walther releases the CCP M2 pistol in .380 ACP. The CCP - Concealed Carry Pistol – is the first polymer pistol with Softcoil gas technology. It improves the user’s experience by reducing overall felt recoil and allowing the slide to be easily manipulated regardless of hand strength.
Thompson/Center Arms announced that it has introduced an extensive centerfire rifle lineup for 2020 to include its new T/C Compass Utility, T/C Compass II, and T/C Venture II bolt-action rifles.
SCCY announced the DVG-1 & DVG-1RD “Red Dot” pistol series to its lineup for 2020. The DVG series of pistols consists of striker fired subcompact 9mm pistols with a 10-shot capacity.    

Henry Repeating Arms President and Owner Anthony Imperato is responding to the cases of 3-year-old Sadie Kreinbrink and 4-year-old Beckett Burge, victims of childhood cancers, by donating series of limited edition rifles to help fund treatments. Henry’s Guns For Great Causes program is a charitable arm of the American firearms manufacturer focused on raising money for families of sick children and other worthy causes.
Real Avid is giving away a premium DIY endcap to a lucky dealer at SHOT Show in Las Vegas this year. Valued at $2,000 the endcap consists of impressive point of purchase merchandising along with their most popular DIY gun tools.
Hadley Development announces its recent acquisition of Sirphis LLC's (formerly Moon Shine Camo) intellectual property. The acquisition includes lifestyle brands Muddy Girl, Lifestyle Camo, Pulse and Grit House.

Walther is dedicated to supporting a healthy retail environment and is listening to the needs of our valued retailers. In response to current market conditions, Walther Arms, Inc. is introducing a new Minimum Advertising Price policy, that went into effect on January 1, 2020.
Blaser USA, the official U.S. importer for Blaser, Mauser, Sauer, Rigby and Minox, is now operating under the new name of Blaser Group. Blaser Group recently added the new Blaser R8 Ultimate and Ultimate Leather to its renowned line of bolt-action rifles.
MidwayUSA is proud to announce its co-founder, Brenda Potterfield, has been appointed by United States Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to the Board of Directors of the National Parks Foundation for a term ending September 2025.

Two legends of the hunting world will write their next chapter together as Jim Shockey joins forces with Hornady.  Shockey  is joining Hornady as a Pro Staff member and ambassador.
Billed as a cutting-edge new platform, the Ruger-57 is a full-featured handgun wrapped around a standard capacity, 20-round steel magazine, chambered in the high performance and low-recoiling 5.7x28mm caliber.
After years of research and development, Colt releases a refined and upgraded Colt Python. The legendary double-action revolver, which originally debuted in 1955, returns in stainless steel in 4.25” and 6” barrel lengths.  

Sturm introduces the LCP® II chambered in .22 LR, a new, low-recoiling Lite Rack pistol featuring an easy-to-manipulate slide that shoots comfortably regardless of hand size or strength.
Viridian Weapon Technologies has created a gun-specific E Series laser sight as an add-on accessory for the brand-new Ruger-57 pistol. It’s a trigger guard mounted sighting solution.
HIPERFIRE announces the PHANTOM trigger family. This drop-in trigger presses at around two pounds and features the HIPERSHOE that mounts onto a curved bow.

Riton Optics is introducing a new line of products complete with proprietary, high performance reticles and enhanced features. Product naming is designed to guide the consumer and make the selection process easier by designating two features: price and application.
German Precision Optics USA is kicking off the new year with a dealer promotion that provides up to 20 percent additional margin for supporting retailers. This mix and match promotion of buy five and get one free is available to both new and existing dealers.
Marking its 65th year of empowering, equipping and educating storefront dealers, Shooting Industry’s January 2020 issue boasts the second installment of the three-part 2020 New Product Showcase featuring hundreds of products from more than 80 brands. 
Popular industry writer Tom McHale joins the FMG Publications team as the new executive editor of American Handgunner magazine.
Beginning immediately, the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance is offering youth shooting programs an opportunity to receive new and used firearms, archery equipment and accessories on a loan basis for 2020.

Our hiatus featured lots of new gear as well as a criminal outrage stopped short in Texas, another allowed to continue in New York and the resulting political fallout.

Starting with the start, the pre-SHOT product dump is ongoing. The feature image shows the new Ruger Custom Shop creation, the “Super GP100.” A fan of the line, I think they’re all “super.” This one is tweaked with competition related alterations. The new Ruger Custom Shop Super GP100 Competition Revolver is a stainless version of the current .357 Mag CS3, but chambered in 9mm. The cylinder is shortened and the barrel, shrouded forward of the frame, protrudes into the cylinder window of the frame to mate up closely to the cylinder. This prevents excessive free bore to help enhance accuracy and velocity. This allowed Ruger to maintain the same profile as the CS3 while adding an additional half inch of barrel length.

I’d noticed complaints about the lightening cuts in the barrel shroud. Apart from looking trendy and appealing to the younger set, it enhances balance. One commentator opined that the recoil of the 9mm in the revolver was “inconsequential.”

I used to carry a four-inch 357 Magnum on duty – as well as a 4” S&W M29. The Ruger SP101 357 Magnum was once my uniformed backup gun – and I carried it with magnums.

I shot the CS6 9mm Super GP100. The recoil of the 9mm in the revolver is not on par with the guns mentioned above – but it’s far from inconsequential. The blast likewise enhances the “snap” of the 9x19mm in the 45.6 oz. competition revolver. It’s an 8-shot that’s configured for use with moon clips, 3 of which are provided along with a tool to help with the clip unloading chores.

A green fiber optic rod is in the front sight and the trigger – in both trigger-cocking and single action modes – is simply superb. The stocks do nothing for those of us with short hands, but I was able to reach the trigger and make the gun work. Supplied in the Custom Shop hard case, the MSRP is $1549.00.

On New Year’s Day, word of the current Colt Python dropped. A lot of video content was posted. Running at around $1400, the new gun features a user-replaceable front sight, it takes stocks meant for existing Pythons, has a new, simpler lockwork that doesn’t “stack” in pressure like the classics. More robust than earlier Colt revolvers, this is what people have been waiting on.

Now, let’s see if they buy it.

And S&W was not to be outdone, releasing their M&P9 Shield EZ. An upsize and bit of revision of the M&P380 Shield EZ, this one has the service 9x19mm chambering. I was prepared to be unimpressed as the 380 well served a growing part of the shooting population.

I was wrong. I am impressed. More later. In the “GLOCK is certainly finished now” department on social media, the release of the GLOCK 44 – a G19-sized 10-shot 22 LR – was announced during our break. People I trust tell me that it works – actually runs – and it fits G19 holsters and the magazines fit G19 mag pouches . . . is it just me or does this sound like a great training analog?

No matter. The internet experts have declared it dead on arrival. That means GLOCK will likely only sell all they can make. And good on them. It took lots of R&D to make a 22 LR GLOCK pistol and they apparently did lots of testing before the release.

Ruger didn’t want them to be alone in the internet doghouse, so they released the LCP II in 22 LR. It’s also a 10-shot gun but an exact analog to the LCP II in 380. What’s so good about that?

Have you priced 380 ACP ammo versus 22 LR ammo lately?

Besides, it’s a gun you can shoot. A lot. You can shoot it a lot without the arthritis flaring up or causing convulsive jerking of the trigger in anticipation of the 380 firing in such a small gun. I’m looking forward to this one too.

And we also have the “Ruger-57.” This is a 20 round (standard capacity), full-size hammer-fired pistol in 5.7x28mm (5.7 FN) chambering. A lightweight (24 ½ oz.), it features a 4.94" barrel and comes with two magazines. While critics complained, I checked the price of American Eagle 5.7 ball and concluded that this could be an interesting field and farm gun.

Finally, the politico-media elites have opined that it’s better to try for gun bans that are proven not to work and ensuring potential crime victims are disarmed – as it’s terrible that situations like the Texas church featured armed victims. That’s discussed here.

The “common-tater” asked, “Are we relegated to finding solace in the fact that only three people died inside of a church in the latest tragedy, and must we seek comfort in the idea that six people felt a need to be armed as they worshiped?”

Well, he’s wrong – about everything. Let’s take a look at the easy stuff:

1. Three people died? Oh, two crime victims and one violent criminal offender – that’s what you mean? – And,

2. As to “comfort” and (feeling) “a need to be armed,” it’s a matter of understanding the planet on which you live – and what reality is. In New York, it was a maniac with edged weapons. On 9/11, it was terrorists with commandeered aircraft. In Benghazi, it was a mob. If you don’t “feel the need,” you’re likely delusional and perhaps shouldn’t be armed.

Meanwhile, on an industry friend’s social media account, we see this: “Why do we sell semi automatic weapons (sic)? Perhaps I should ask why do we need them? This is a sore spot with me.”

Here's the deal: there are no safe spaces. The default setting in the observable universe is "absence of life." The Earth, it appears, is the anomaly. With that in mind, you must appreciate that the death rate is 100%. Everything that lives dies. It's as it must be.

We are also outliers on this rock that's teeming with diverse life; there are creatures and, I believe, there is a Creator. We are both and we are neither: creatures who create. The problem is when the human goes off the rails and kills.

It's not the tool, it's the evil mind. It's hatred. That's what we need to fear and address. It is in no case the tool of the crime - but the tool who committed the crime. That’s the job in 2020; defeating those who’d disarm the governed. Make that your commitment.

Happy New Year.

- - Rich Grassi

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