Guns, Guns, and more Guns! Taurus has a new .22 LR target pistol that rocked the range. Vying for that top spot though was Kel-Tec’s CP33. If you liked,Maxim Defense’s CQB stock, you are about to blown away with the PDX! Beyond some of the finest ammunition on the market, Hornady is owning the security segment—and for good reason. Check out all of these offerings and more in The Shooter’s Log’s latest SHOT Show coverage.
Look out PMR-30 there is a new kid on the block looking to take you out of the top spot! Kel-Tec’s new CP33 pistol quickly makes competitive shooting no contest. The CP33 takes the optic and suppressor host game to the next level, turning long range targets into short range bullseyes.
Hate stopping to reload? The CP33 packs 33 rounds per magazine—with a frame sized magazine! That means nothing sticking out of the bottom of the gun that shouldn’t be there. Not running an optic? No problem, the fiber optic sights are adjustable for elevation and windage to make the CP33 the complete package.
MSRP: $475, www.keltecweapons.com
Glock G48 ($580)
The G48 in caliber 9mm Luger is of similar length and height as the G19 but the width of the pistol is reduced for increased concealability and high carrying comfort. The magazine capacity of the slim 01 magazine of the G48 is 10 rounds. It comes with a silver colored nPVD coated slide with front serrations.
MSRP: $580, https://us.glock.com
The silver finished slide of the G43X combines its short and slim dimensions to the extended slim frame size of the G48. A perfectly balanced slim fit for nearly all hand sizes with a satisfying magazine capacity and high concealability. The magazine capacity of the slim 01 magazine of the G43X is 10 rounds.
MSRP: $580, https://us.glock.com
Kimber EVO SP
The EVO SP (Two-Tone) is designed to be the ultimate choice in concealed carry pistols. The Two-Tone balances providing all of the necessary features of a true performance grade pistol without the exorbitant price tag. The Two-Tone features factory installed TruGlo Tritium Pro sights, a smooth and consistent trigger, and match grade deep crown barrel. The Two-Tone also offers a full grip and backstrap set to tailor the pistol to your hand size for ultimate control and comfort.
MSRP: $856, www.kimberamerica.com
Trouble is unpredictable. It shows up without warning. It rears its ugly head when and where you least expect it. Trouble has no conscience. No regrets. No remorse. So be prepared. And be protected.
Introducing the MC1sc Subcompact 9mm Pistol by Mossberg. Combining optimal shootability with superior ergonomics, the MC1sc features an optimized grip angle for easier targeting, a flat-profile trigger for an improved pull, and our exclusive Safe Takedown System: a design that does not require the user to pull the trigger during the disassembly process. The MC1sc Subcompact 9mm Pistol. Be ready to strike back.
Check out our full Range Report on Mossberg’s MC1sc.
The MC1sc was built for concealment with its slim, dehorned profile that allows for a snag-free draw. Weighing only 22 ounces fully loaded, its lightweight and durable polymer construction is perfect for everyday carry. And with its grip palm swell, the MC1sc will feel natural and comfortable in your hand. Grip panels are integrated with aggressive texturing for added control. It all adds up to the ultimate concealed carry firearm.
MSRP: $425, www.mossberg.com
SIG Sauer P320 XCOMPACT
When SIG announced the XCOMPACT, it did not raise many eyebrows. After all, we’ve already seen the full-size P320 X-Five, and X-VTAC, and their smaller cousin, the X-Carry. What would make this different?
Similar to the X-Carry, the XCOMPACT features X-Ray3 night sights and comes optic-ready for the Romeo 1T, Romeo 2, and Deltapoint Pro. The XCOMPACT also has the same flat trigger that the X-series is known for. Essentially, it’s a smaller version, with dimensions just fractionally less than the X-Carry: a 3.6 inch barrel instead of a 3.9, 7.0 inches long instead of 7.4, 5.3 inches high instead of 5.5. Somewhat closer to the size of the P320 Subcompact than the RX Compact, and in the size neighborhood of the Glock 19, it boasts a 15-round flush-fit magazine.
The exciting new feature, though, is a completely re-engineered grip module. The X-series of P320s are known for a grip module radically different from the original P320 – blockier, with a more pronounced beavertail, a detachable magazine well, and a removable weight. Unlike the original P320, the X-series grip came in only one size, and that’s what we saw in all of the X-series to date.
MSRP: 699, www.sigsauer.com
Stoeger STR-9 ($350)
Stoeger brings an earned reputation for durable, dependable shotguns to the world of semiautomatic pistols with the new STR-9. This striker-fired 9mm comes packed with features you’d expect in a pistol costing twice as much. Its integrated rail, internal safety, reversible magazine release, optimized slide serrations, three-dot sight system and enhanced ergonomics deliver consistent performance and comfort.
- Enhanced ergonomics and designed grip surfaces deliver consistent performance and comfort. The outfitted 3-dot sight system features snag-resistant edges to ensure smooth draws and holstering.
- Aggressive slide serrations ensure a firm grip in any weather for rapid cycling of the STR-9 with or without gloves.
- The low bore axis reduces muzzle jump to get you back on target quickly after each shot.
- The crisp, clean-breaking trigger with internal safety gives a reliable shooting experience.
- Change the magazine release to left or right operation to fit your shooting style.
- Tailor the STR-9’s fit to your hand by using one of the three interchangeable backstraps. A comfortable, custom fit will help get you on target more quickly.
MSRP: $350, www.stoegerindustries.com
For experienced competition shooters or beginners, having a .22 LR training pistol can do wonders for learning and improving the basic fundamentals of handgunning. For 2019, Taurus expanded its handgun lineup with the introductions of the TX22. The TX22 was designed to provide custom-level features, such as an improved trigger, increased magazine capacity, and ergonomics, in a budget-priced platform.
“The TX22 is impressive because it’s truly ready to go from the factory,” said USPSA Grand Master and Taurus Team Shooting Captain Jessie Harrison. “Being able to purchase a pistol that requires zero modification and is match-ready is most appealing as a competitor.”
From the ground up, the Taurus TX22 is built as a platform that’s accessible and comfortable for a range of shooters. The development process started with the frame of the pistol, which emerged into its unique shape through two years of research and design work. At the end, company designers emerged with a unique, ergonomic feel that guides shooters toward an ideal wrist position, as well as fitting a wide range of hand sizes.
MSRP: $349, www.taurususa.com
Walther Arms Q5 Match SF
The new Q5 Match from Walther is built for the competitive shooter. Built around our award winning PPQ platform, the Q5 Match SF features an optics ready slide that comes with a Trijicon RMR, Leupold Delta Point, and Docter Optics ready mounting plate in addition to the standard competition iron sights. The beautiful new addition to the Q5 Match family features an expertly manufactured precision Steel Frame offering added weight to an already proven platform. Along with a ported slide and the Carl Walther signature ergonomics, and a blue quick defense trigger, the Q5 SF is the flattest shooting model to date.
This is our big time gun. It’s not for everybody,” Osborne said while pointing out the $1,400 price point. “This is not a gun that your normal guy is going to up and grab. This is a gun that you buy to make your friends envious. That pushes the limits of performance when you get down on the range.
The 9mm design replaces the polymer frame and the internal guide rod of the original model by constructing it entirely out of steel. While the change adds an extra pound to the gun, it results in smoother, faster shooting. Osborne explained they tested the differences between the polymer-framed Q5 and the all-steel one with Walther’s pro shooters. Looking at timed-match shots of 20 rounds the average split dropped from 0.75 seconds to 0.4.
MSRP: $1,499, www.waltherarms.com
Benelli Montefeltro Silver Featherweight
Available in 12 and 20 gauge models, the Montefeltro Silver Featherweight gives all the functional advantages of a semi-auto in a shotgun that’s easy to carry all day. Slim and balanced, this gun features a distinctive single-piece, nickel-plated alloy receiver with scroll engravings and gold embellishments. The receiver beautifully complements the walnut satin finish stock and forend, both treated with WeatherCoat for additional durability. The 26-inch (12 gauge) and 24-inch (20 gauge) blued barrels are tipped with a red-bar front sight.
Along with the elegant styling, the Featherweight performs like no other with a shortened forend and magazine and carbon-fiber rib to reduce weight and provide a quick swing to drop fast-flushing birds. The Featherweight also delivers the ultimate in reliability with the Inertia Driven operating system, which provides years of consistent cycling with no adjustments needed.
Weighing just 6.2 pounds (12 gauge) and 5.3 pounds (20 gauge), the Featherweight has been designed to be the ultimate upland shotgun by blending performance, durability and style in a single package. The shotgun comes standard with five extended Crio chokes (C, IC, M, IM, F), choke wrench and a shim kit to adjust drop and cast.
MSRP: $1,769-1,999, www.benelliusa.com
Stoeger M3000 and M3020 Feature Updated Styling
The latest iterations of the M3000 and M3020 retain the reliability and durability hunters have come to depend upon with M3000 shotguns, but with a new look featuring a satin walnut buttstock and forend paired with a Cerakote Burnt Bronze receiver and barrel.
M3000 and M3020 models feature the Inertia Driven System. With fewer moving parts, the Inertia Drive System is the fastest, simplest, cleanest, strongest and most reliable operating system in the world. The Inertia Driven action is contained primarily within the receiver, providing a better, more centered balance and swing. The receiver also stays cleaner longer.
Chambered in 12 gauge and handling a full range of loads, from 2-3/4 up to the potent 3-inch magnum without adjustment, the M3000 can take down turkey, waterfowl and upland game birds. A ventilated, stepped rib and red-bar front sight sit atop the 28-inch barrel for quick target acquisition. The receiver has also been drilled and tapped for mounting Weaver-style optic bases. Three chokes (IC, M, XFT), choke wrench and a shim kit for drop and cast adjustment come standard with the M3000.
The 20-gauge version, the M3020, takes shells from 2-3/4 up to 3-inch magnums without adjustment, making this shotgun a reliable option for turkey, waterfowl and upland species. Weighing 5.7 pounds, the M3020 is quick on the swing while a ventilated, stepped rib and red-bar sight keeps shooters on target. The M3020 comes standard with three choke tubes (IC, M, XFT) and a shim kit for drop and cast adjustments.
MSRP: $649, www.stoegerindustries.com
Benelli Introduces Performance Shop Models of SBE3 for Waterfowl and Turkey
Two years after Benelli changed the shotgun world with the introduction of the Super Black Eagle 3, the brand’s flagship shotgun is now available with significant upgrades from the Benelli Performance Shop and legendary shotgun expert RobRoberts. Designed for specific hunting purposes, the Performance Shop SBE3 Waterfowl shotgun and the Performance Shop SBE3 Turkey shotgun come with features and upgrades for superb handling and performance in the field.
The Performance Shop SBE3 Waterfowl shotgun blends into the surroundings with its Cerakote Midnight Bronze receiver and barrel and OPTIFADE Marsh camo stock and forend. A HiVis CompSight tops the 28-inch barrel that is paired with three RobRoberts chokes and five Benelli chokes. The SBE3 Waterfowl weighs in at a fast-moving7 pounds. To round out the package, extra inserts for the front sight, a Paracord sling and Benelli’s 40-position shim kit that allow the shooter to find their perfect cast and drop come standard with the SBE3 Waterfowl.
Designed specifically for taking down big toms, the Performance Shop SBE3 Turkey shotgun features a pistol grip, Mossy Oak Bottomlands buttstock and forend, mounted and pre-sighted Burris FastFire II red-dot sight and EDM porting for quick follow-up shots. The SBE3 Turkey has a 24-inch barrel and weighs 6.8 pounds. Along with an included pattern test and analysis, the shotgun comes standard with one RobRoberts XFT choke, five Benelli chokes, oil, wrench and manual.
MSRP: $3,199 Waterfowl/$3,399 Turkey, www.benelliusa.com
Franchi Instinct LX
Franchi delivers best-in-class ergonomics and upgraded features in a beautifully styled over-and-under shotgun with the introduction of the Franchi Instinct LX. Available in 12 or 20 gauge, the Instinct LX combines Italian craftsmanship, American styling and Franchi’s rich heritage to produce a fast, reliable and smooth swinging gun for hunters and sport shooters.
The function of this shotgun is only outshined by its looks. An all-steel, case color hardened receiver displays engraved hunting scenes with inlayed gold birds, matching the gold-plated trigger. The overall aesthetic is enhanced with a AA-grade satin walnut Prince of Wales stock complimented by the Schnabel-style forend and rounded pommel with cut checkering.
Vented glossed-blue barrels with extended choke tubes deliver optimal patterning while the vented rib with a red fiber optic front sight keeps shooters on target. A safety-mounted selector switch allows shooters to choose which barrel fires first. All-steel auto ejectors throw spent shells well clear. The shotgun comes with extended choke tubes: improved cylinder, full and modified chokes, as well as a choke wrench for easy exchanges.
MSRP: $1,699, www.franchiusa.com
LaserMax H&K VP9 Guide Rod Laser
The LaserMax H&K VP9 Guide Rod Laser emits a bright red aiming point that enables fast and accurate target acquisition while dramatically increasing the speed of follow-up shots.
“We are very pleased to extend the number of brands we provide guide rod laser solutions for. The H&K VP9 guide rod laser extends our dominance and continued leadership in laser deployment technologies”, said Kurt Worden Director of Sales for LaserMax Products.
“As Rugged as the Gun,” the LaserMax Guide Rod Laser sight system replaces the factory spring guide and recoil spring with a ruggedized laser assembly that incorporates the diode, electronics and battery source. Because it is housed completely within the firearm, installation of the sight does not restrict holster choice or effect grip ergonomics in any way.
MSRP: $359 (estimate), www.lasermax.com
600 Lumen SureFire XR1 Compact Weaponlight
The new, rechargeable XR1, is a quantum leap forward in SureFire’s ultra-compact WeaponLight series.
The XR1 delivers twice the lumen output of our XC WeaponLights. Its recoil-proof LED produces 600 lumens to a distance of 80 meters, while SureFire’s MaxVision Beam technology ensures a smooth, rounded beam that is optimized for the human eye, with plenty of surround light for ideal situational awareness. A computer-style magnetic recharging port makes refueling the XR1’s integrated battery simple and convenient without requiring removal from the weapon. Weighing just 2.2 ounces, the XR1 features a Mil-Spec hard-anodized aerospace aluminum body that’s durable enough for everyday carry, with a footprint that is nearly identical to the SureFire XC2 WeaponLight. A new rail mount features four points of contact for an added measure of redundancy and security when mounted to a weapon.
Streamlight Introduces Rail Mounted TLR-8 G
Streamlight’s rail-mounted tactical light, the TLR-8 G, features an “Eye Safe” Green Aiming Laser. The exceptionally lightweight and compact light is designed to maximize visibility and long-range targeting capability in a variety of tactical applications.
“Concealed carry, law enforcement, military and home defense users alike can benefit from the TLR-8 G’s targeted bright light, as well as its powerful green laser,” said Streamlight President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Sharrah. “The laser improves users’ ability to focus on targets during daylight hours, when the color green appears brighter to the human eye than other colored lasers. The light also can be stored on a handgun so that users can more readily identify a potential threat before taking any action.”
Featuring the latest in power LED technology, the TLR-8 G delivers 500 lumens and 5,000 candela over a 140-meter beam distance. The light features three lighting modes, including Laser-Only to keep the gun on target; LED-Only mode to provide bright, focused light; and dual mode, which uses both light sources. Run times are 1.5 hours in LED-Only, LED and Laser, and strobe modes, and 11 hours in Laser-Only mode.
MSRP: $450, www.streamlight.com
Stoeger has redesigned its line of airguns for 2019 and the flagship rifle is the fast-shooting, hard-hitting, yet quiet S4000-E. Whether backyard plinking or hunting small game, the features and adaptability of the S4000-E offer superior shooting performance at an economic price.
Available in .177 and .22 calibers, the S4000-E airgun features a powerful break-action Gas Ram piston to launch alloy pellets up to 1,200 fps (1,000 fps for lead) for the .177 caliber and up to 1,000 fps (800 fps with lead) for the .22 caliber. A two-stage adjustable trigger and automatic ambidextrous safety make these airguns suitable for all shooters. A fiber optic rear sight is fully adjustable for elevation and windage, while interchangeable red and orange fiber optic front sight inserts keep shooters on target.
Versatility shines on the S4000-E with its advanced ergonomics. The grip and forend feature efficient and innovative ProAdaptive Checkering. This grip surface allows shooters to feel as if the airgun is a natural extension of their bodies, providing quick, instinctive aiming and enhanced shooting comfort. The Multi-Grip System offers additional adaptability by giving shooters the ability to personalize style and shooting comfort by choosing between the embossed grips or the ProAdaptive Checkering.
MSRP: $179, www.stoegerairguns.com
Riton Mod 7 4-32x56IR FFP
With the proper optic amazing things can be done. The Mod 7 4-32x56IR is that optic with an amazing package of enhanced features including 32 power, First Focal Plane, Riton Illuminated Precision Shooting Reticle, and Riton Tactical Zero Stop Turrets. Whether you are a Precision Rifle Shooter, hunter or long-range shooter this will be a last stop optic for you, providing you with all the features you need.
MSRP: $1,469, www.ritonoptics.com
Riton Mod 7 1-8x28IR-T FFP
Developed in conjunction with Charlie Melton, Navy Seal Team Sniper and Trainer, the RT-S Mod 7 1-8x28IR has a First Focal Plane (FFP), illuminated reticle for a true one power magnification similar to a “red dot” type sight, where both eyes are open for quick target engagement in close-quarters combat. The tactical optic offers a distinct advantage once the magnification is increased, giving the ability to accurately engage targets and range estimate in every conceivable tactical situation.
MSRP: $1,299, www.ritonoptics.com
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Growing up in Pennsylvanias game-rich Allegany region, Dave Dolbee was introduced to whitetail hunting at a young age. At age 19 he bought his first bow while serving in the U.S. Navy, and began bowhunting after returning from Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Dave was a sponsored Pro Staff Shooter for several top archery companies during the 1990s and an Olympic hopeful holding up to 16 archery records at one point. During Daves writing career, he has written for several smaller publications as well as many major content providers such as Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Outdoor Life, Petersens Hunting, Rifle Shooter, Petersens Bowhunting, Bowhunter, Game & Fish magazines, Handguns, F.O.P Fraternal Order of Police, Archery Business, SHOT Business, OutdoorRoadmap.com, TheGearExpert.com and others. Dave is currently a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!
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