Many of this week’s highlighted products are new firearms highly anticipated by the shooting community. Other firearms, such as Winchester’s line of SXP Defender tactical pump-action shotguns, were not widely available until recently. Though some of the most recent firearms available may not be entirely brand new, such as Bushmaster’s .22 Long Rifle C22, all five firearms are creating a lot of buzz.
First only available for order at SHOT Show 2014, the popularity of the new Super X Pump-Action shotgun line from Winchester drove demand to make the guns more available.
Some think it was a little too late in coming, but Ruger justannounced and starting shipping the LCRx .38 Special +P revolver with a 3-inch barrel, making this gun easy to shoot as well as easy to carry. Better late than never!
After years of promising a companion to Bersa’s polymer-framed 9mm, the BP 9 Concealed Carry, the company finally releases the BP380CC, even though it is not the .40 S&W Bersa fans hoped for.
The tactical .22 LR AR-15-style rifle is not necessarily new, but with Remington’s move from New York to a more gun-friendly state, Freedom Group ramps up production and marketing to pit its .22 Long Rifle firearm up against Smith & Wesson’s M&P 15-22.
At the NASGW Expo 2014, ArmaLite introduced five new M-15 rifle models, along with two AR-10 style pistol models outfitted with SIG’s SB15 stabilizing brace. The models are so new they have yet to show up on ArmaLite’s website. Cheaper Than Dirt! is shipping the VSR and one 3-Gun model.
Winchester SXP Ultimate Defender Pump-Action Shotgun, 12 Gauge
At first only available to order at SHOT Show 2014, Winchester recently added its latest models of tactical pump-action shotgun to its regular line up. Called the Defender, the new 12-gauge pump-action shotguns all have a 3-inch chamber, an 18-inch barrel and hold five rounds. Though all three models vary slightly in aesthetics and features, at the heart of the Winchester SXP Defender tactical shotgun is the inertia-assisted pump-action. This system allows the action on the Super X Pump to be incredibly fast, providing three shots in half a second. In fact, Winchester claims the SXP shotgun to be the “fastest in the world for follow up shots.”
Building on the Super X Pump Defender, the new Ultimate Defender kicks it up a notch by adding some tactical touches making the Ultimate Defender perfect for home defense, pig hunting or tactical applications. The Winchester 12-gauge Ultimate Defender pump-action shotgun has the same drilled and tapped aluminum alloy receiver, the same composite stock, same textured gripping panels and forend, and hard chrome metal finish for reduced wear, rust and corrosion. The Ultimate Defender features a rear Ghost ring sight, top and side Picatinny rails and a Door Breacher choke tube. Further, the Ultimate Defender has an Inflex recoil pad to absorb recoil and ideal 0.742-inch backboring, which aids in consistent patterning and velocity of your shot pellets. The Ultimate Defender has a short rise comb and length of pull at 13.75 inches, making it comfortable for a wide variety of shooters, as well as giving the shotgun a natural point of aim. The Ultimate Defender retails for $405.90. The Winchester SXP Defender Extreme is $394.90 and the Extreme Marine Defender with matte chrome barrel is $487.50.
Ruger LCRx 3-Inch Double-Action Revolver, .38 Special
Since 2009, Ruger has capitalized on the success and popularity of its LC series of concealed carry revolvers. Five years later—and some say Ruger should have done this all along—the company released its newest LC revolver, the LCRx 3-inch. Like its predecessor, the LCRx 3-inch has a revolutionary double-action trigger, exposed hammer, interchangeable grip peg, polymer fire control housing, stainless steel fluted cylinder, monolithic frame and patented friction-reducing cam. However, many find the new LCRx more appealing due to its fuller and longer grip, and longer 3-inch barrel.
The larger LCRx is more of an all around gun rather than just suited for concealed carry. The 3-inch barrel makes this model more comfortable to shoot reducing the recoil of .38 Special +P ammo, as well as producing a better performing bullet and the longer sight radius allows you to be more accurate. Though longer at 7.50 inches and weighing more at just under one pound, the LCRx still carries comfortably, even in a pocket and is not cumbersome to conceal. The Ruger LCRx 3-inch comes standard with a Hogue Tamer grip without finger grooves, but the grip peg frame allows you to interchange grips to better suit your needs. The grip, when compared to the original model LCRx is fuller and longer, giving you plenty of space to wrap your fingers around the LCRx 3-inch. Also upgraded on the new model LCRx is the fully adjustable rear sight and replaceable ramp with white bar front sight. Many will appreciate the bigger, softer handling LCRx. Those who prefer revolvers for concealed carry are able to practice longer with the longer barreled model, allowing them to become more proficient at shooting.
Bersa BP Concealed Carry Semiautomatic Handgun, .380 ACP
The Bersa BP Concealed Carry (CC) is Bersa’s first polymer-framed semiautomatic handgun chambered in .380 ACP. Designed for concealed carry and self-defense, Bersa developed its new .380 to hold more rounds than the standard subcompact .380s on the market, as well as incorporate a fuller grip for a better hold on the gun. Holding eight rounds, with a 3.3-inch barrel, the BP380CC is 6.35 inches long and 0.94 inches wide. It has a short reset double-action only trigger and interchangeable sights. The front sight is compatible with SIG Sauer #8 sights, while the rear fits GLOCK sights. There are three safeties, an ambidextrous magazine release, and a polymer frame. The gun weighs 21.4 ounces.
Bersa introduced its polymer-framed handguns years ago, but none actually ever came to market. Without much fanfare, the new Concealed Carry, striker-fired .380 started shipping this month. Though not much on the Bersa BP380CC stands out from the crowd—its four-pound trigger is lighter than many guns in its class. It took the company years after releasing its 9mm BP9CC, but the Bersa BP380CC is finally here and shipping. It may not look like all that much, but Bersa fans have eagerly awaited the coming of this self-defense and carry gun from Bersa. At $351.12, the lighter, cleaner trigger alone is worth checking out this easy-to-shoot and operate .380 ACP.
Bushmaster C22 Semiautomatic Rifle, .22 Long Rifle
Though not brand new, the Bushmaster C22 has been an allusive .22 tactical trainer that has been overshadowed by the popularity of the S&W M&P 15-22, Beretta ARX 100 and the inexpensive Mossberg 715. Now, however, Freedom Group decided to boost production of the Carbon-15-based rimfire and taut it as competition for Smith & Wesson’s M&P 15-22. The Bushmaster C22 looks similar to a standard M4—including the controls in the same place as a traditional .223 Remington AR-15 rifle. To keep weight down, Bushmaster built this particular model on a carbon fiber upper and lower receiver. The proprietary barrel nut is the only thing not 5.56 AR-15 standard.
The Bushmaster C22 functions reliably and accurately, just as well as any of the other tactical .22 LR rifles out there. Unlike its competitors, however, the Bushmaster C22 has the ability to accept a .223 upper. It has a 16-inch M4 profile barrel with 1:16-inch twist, an A2 front sight and six-position collapsible synthetic stock. It accepts 25-round aftermarket .22 LR AR-15 style magazines.
ArmaLite M-15 Versatile Sporting Rifle Semiautomatic Rifle, .223 Wylde
Clearly, ArmaLite wants an entry into the “really cool ARs” category with the introduction of its new 2015 M-15 models—the Tactical, 3-Gun and VSR (Versatile Sporting Rifle). Débuting at the 2014 NASGW Expo, ArmaLite worked quickly to get the new M-15 rifles to distributors. Not all models are available yet, however, the VSR and one model of the 3-Gun are in stock and shipping!
The VSR has an 18-inch barrel and a .223 Wylde chamber with a 1:8-inch twist. Designed by Bill Wylde, the .223 Wylde chamber has the external dimensions and lead angle of a 5.56mm NATO cartridge and the same diameter as the .223 Remington. The .223 Wylde barrel is capable of shooting both 5.56x45mm NATO and .223 Remington ammo accurately and reliably. Shooting competitors prefer the.223 Wylde chamber. The VSR has a Luth-AR MBA-1 reversible rifle stock with adjustable cheek riser.
There are two models made specifically for 3-gun matches—one with an 18-inch barrel and one with a 13-inch barrel. The difference between the two is the permanently attached muzzle brake on the 13-inch model. Currently, Cheaper Than Dirt! is selling the 18-inch model only. On the barrel is a tunable muzzle brake made in-house by ArmaLite. It has a .223 Wylde chamber just like the VSR and the same Luth-AR adjustable stock. The 3-Gun model has a three-pound Timney single-stage trigger, along with an ambidextrous safety, Raptor charging handle and KeyMod handguard.
Are any of these guns one you have been waiting for? Tell us which one and why in the comment section.