Cheaper Than Dirt! staffers covering the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas have filed their final day of reports on new rifle introductions from the show, and this edition includes coverage of major makers such as Mossberg, Remington and Ruger.
Significant additions to Mossberg’s MVP Patrol bolt-action line, and a couple of fun rimfires in the new Duck Commander series, comprise Mossberg’s new rifle products for 2014. The basic MVP Patrol is a bolt-action chambered for 5.56mm NATO and features a 16.25-inch 1:9 twist medium bull barrel. It is available as a straight barrel or threaded for a supplied A2-style flash suppressor. Fed from a detachable magazine, a 10-round magazine is supplied, but the gun also accepts standard MSR-style magazines. A Picatinny rail rides atop the receiver, and there is an adjustable rear sight with a fiber-optic front. The LBA trigger is user-adjustable for pull weights of 2 to 7 pounds. The synthetic stock is finished in flat black. Added to the basic MVP Patrol 5.56mm line is the new Model 27709, which is available with a textured tan stock instead of matte black. This version includes an A2 flash suppressor.
The big news, however, is the addition of the 7.62 NATO/.308 Win. and the .300 ACC Blackout to the MVP line. Offering all of the standard specifications of the MVP line (synthetic stock, 16.25-inch barrel, A2-style flash suppressor, 10-round magazine), the new Model 27718 is chambered for .300 ACC Blackout. It has a 1:7-twist barrel fitted with the A2 flash hider and textured black-matte stock. The new Model 27738 is chambered for 7.62 NATO/.308 Win. It features a 1:10-twist barrel with a fitted A2 flash suppressor and a textured black stock. The new Model 27742 is the same gun, but with a textured tan stock.
The new Model 27739 is the Patrol Scoped Combo in 7.62 NATO/.308 Win. It differs from the standard MVP Patrol in that the stock features a neoprene comb-raising kit to achieve the proper comb height for use with the mounted 3–9x32mm scope with a lighted reticle. All of the new .30-caliber models are supplied with 10-round magazines, but accept M1A/M14 and AR-10 style magazines to increase capacity.
The Mossberg FLEX TLS system allows a wide range of interchangeability within stock components, letting shooters change length of pull, stock type, and recoil pads quickly and without tools. This year Mossberg extends the FLEX TLS system to the MVP bolt-action rifle line, with barrel lengths that go beyond the 16.25-inch length of the standard MVP Patrol line, and without the A2 flash suppressor. The same FLEX components are interchangeable with Mossberg’s FLEX TLS-equipped hunting rifles and tactical shotguns, while including all the features of the MVP Patrol line. Six models are available.
Model 27760 is chambered for 5.56mm and features a 18.5-inch medium fluted barrel with a 1:9 twist. A Picatinny rail on the receiver accepts optics. There are no iron sights on the barrel. The stock is a six-position adjustable CAR-style with a full-pistol grip in a textured tan finish.
The Model 27761 is chambered for 7.62 NATO/.308 Win. and features a 18.5-inch fluted medium bull barrel with a 1:10 twist. It also has a Picatinny rail (no iron sights) and a six-position adjustable buttstock with a full-pistol grip and a tan finish. The Model 27751 is the same gun with a black matte stock. The Model 27750 also is the same gun, but with a 20-inch fluted Sporter contour barrel and black matte stock.
The Model 27752 features a six-position adjustable buttstock with a full-pistol grip. It’s chambered for 7.62mmNATO/.308 Win. It has a 20-inch Sporter contour fluted barrel in a 1:10 twist and Picatinny rail with no iron sights. It comes with a 3–9x32mm scope with an illuminated reticle. The Model 27753 is the same package, but sports an 18.5-inch medium bull fluted barrel.
Two new “fun” rimfire rifles join Mossberg’s new Duck Commander series. The International 702 Plinkster (Model 37022) is a semi-auto chambered for .22 LR with a 18-inch blued barrel with a 1:16 twist. The synthetic stock is covered in Realtree Max-5 camo with Duck Commander engraving. It features adjustable iron sights and feeds from a 10-round detachable magazine.
The International 715T Flat Top Duck Commander (Model 37230) is a MSR-style semi-auto chambered for .22 LR. It features a 16.25-inch barrel (in a 1:16 twist) with A2 flash suppressor, quad-rail forearm, upper Picatinny rail with adjustable rear sight, A2-style front sight and six-position CAR-style adjustable buttstock. It is covered in Realtree Max-5 camo and feeds from a 25-round magazine. A magazine loader is supplied.
The same gun is also available as Model 37217 in the Muddy Girl line, with Mossberg’s trademark Muddy Girl camo finish..
Line upgrades and new caliber additions mark Remington’s new rifle offerings this year. The Remington Model 783 bolt-action line expands significantly with four new black synthetic stock models in .243 Win. with a 22-inch barrel, a .300 Win. Mag. with a 24-inch barrel, and two new compact versions in .243 Win. and .308 Win. with 20-inch barrels. SRP: $451.
Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity camo synthetic stocks will also be available in the Model 783 line with the addition of the .270 Win, .30-06 Sprg., .308 Win. (22-inch barrels) and 7mm Rem. Mag. and .300 Win. Mag. (24-inch barrels). SRP: $503.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the .223 Remington cartridge, 2014 will see a Limited Edition Model 700 CDL chambered for the .223 Rem. It features a satin-finished American walnut stock with a 24-inch stainless-steel fluted barrel. The trigger mechanism is the X-Mark Pro externally adjustable trigger that is factory-set at 3.5 pounds. “Limited” is marked on the left side of the receiver, and it wears a 50th anniversary commemorative floor plate. SRP: $1,225.
The Model SPS bolt-action adds the .260 Rem. chambering to its line with the addition of a black synthetic–stock model featuring a 24-inch barrel for increased velocity and a new 1:8 twist designed to more effectively stabilize the 140-grain bullet (considered by many experts to be the most effective medium-game weight in this caliber). This rifle features the X-Mark Pro externally adjustable trigger. Existing .260 Rem. chamberings in the Model Seven CDL and Synthetic rifles will now use the 1:8 twist rate.
New from Ruger this year is the SR-762 autoloading rifle ($2,195). The SR-762 retains the features of the SR-556, but offers the downrange power of the 7.62 NATO/.308 Win. cartridge.
The rifle sports Ruger’s chrome-plated two-stage piston-operating action that features a chrome-plated bolt and chrome-plated one-piece bolt carrier with an oversize, radiused rear bearing surface. A four-position chrome-plated gas regulator can be adjusted to the load pressure for optimum reliability, or it can completely close for manual operation when training or using a suppressor.
A heavy contour 16.12-inch chrome-lined barrel is cold-hammer-forged from MIL-SPEC 41V45 chrome-moly vandium steel with a 1:10 RH twist; it is fluted to reduce weight. It sports an SR-556/Mini-14 style flash suppressor that is mounted via a 5/8-24 thread.
The handguard is Ruger’s smooth-sided Lightweight Adjustable model. The flattop receiver features a MIL-SPEC 1913 Picatinny rail at the 12 o’clock position that extends the full length of the handguard. It is drilled and tapped for additional rails at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions to provide ample space for lights, lasers and other accessories. Two rail sections are included. Riding atop the 12 o’clock rail are folding back-up iron sights with a windage-adjustable rear and elevation-adjustable front.
The six-position, black synthetic M4-style buttstock is mounted on a MIL-SPEC-diameter tube and allows a length of pull from 11.50 to 14.75 inches. Overall length is 34.75 to 38 inches. A Hogue Monogrip pistol grip is standard. It weighs 8.6 pounds empty, and all metalwork is manganese phosphate/hardcoat anodized. The gun ships with three 20-round MAGPUL PMAG magazines, soft-sided case and three finger-grooved rail covers.
On the rimfire side, the big news is the introduction of the Ruger American Rimfire series. This new bolt-action rifle combines features from the centerfire Ruger American line with a number of innovations from the rimfire line. The new rimfire series consists of four models (SRP: $320). The full-size model (.22LR and .22WMR) has a 22-inch barrel. Length of pull is 13.75 inches. The compact version (also in .22 LR and .22 WMR) has an 18-inch barrel. Length of pull is 12.5 inches. All models feature a composite stock with front and rear sling swivels.
Each model in the line has two interchangeable stock modules that provide comb height options for scope or iron sights. Standard models come with the longer length-of-pull stock while the compact models feature the shorter length-of-pull. Changing buttstocks is as simple as removing the rear sling-swivel stud and installing the buttstock of choice. All modules are completely interchangeable across all models, so shooters can virtually hand-fit their buttstock.
Models chambered for the .22 LR feature the detachable, flush-mounted 10/22 BX-1 rotary magazine and accept all 10/22 rifle magazines, including the BX-25 and BX-25×2 magazines. Those models chambered for the .22 WMR use the detachable JMX-1 nine-round magazines. The 10/22 extended-magazine release allows for smooth magazine removal. The 60-degree bolt throw provides ample scope clearance while the receiver-mounted bolt release allows bolt removal without the need to pull the trigger.
The American Rimfire bolt-action series also incorporates features of the Ruger American centerfire series, including the Ruger Marksman Adjustable trigger and Power Bedding integral bedding-block system that positively positions the receiver while free-floating the barrel. Additional features include a satin-blued, target-crowned hammer-forged barrel, Williams fiber-optic front sight and the 10/22-style adjustable V-slot folding rear sight. A 3/8-inch rimfire tip-off scope base groove is machined into the receiver, which is also drilled and tapped for Weaver No. 12 base plates (not included).
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Editor’s Note: Our staff articles are supplemented with reporting by SHOT Business Daily, reprinted with permission. SHOT Daily, produced by The Bonnier Corporation and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, covers all facets of the yearly firearms-industry show. To view a 2014 digital version of SHOT Daily, click here.