Guns, Guns and More Guns! Five New Guns You Must Try

Picture shows a black scoped bolt-action rifle with a synthetic stock

Check out these five new guns from the innovative to improvement on an old classic. This week’s product spotlight highlights the Beretta ARX-100, Savage Axis II scoped rifle, North American Arms PUG revolver, Ruger American Predator and the TriStar Marine pump-action shotgun. Something for every budget and need from tactical training to self-defense to hunting, you will find a gun—or two—you will want to put in your cart.

Black Beretta ARX 100 with focus on the Rail and Sights on a white background
The ARX 100 is among the few truly ambidextrous rifles for personal defense use.

Beretta ARX-100 Semiauto Rifle 5.56 NATO

The Beretta ARX-100 was definitely our favorite newest rifle at the 2014 SHOT Show. A true battle rifle, the ARX-100 is the civilian version of the Italian military’s select fire ARX-160. All controls on the ARX-100 are fully ambidextrous, the magazine releases—yes, there are three of them—the charging handle, safety and ejection are all switchable to accommodate southpaws. The Beretta ARX-100 comes chambered in 5.56mm NATO. However, a quick swap of the barrel lets you shoot .300 Blackout. The rifle is piston driven and accepts standard AR-15 magazines, including Magpul PMAGS. A highly desirable weapon, the Beretta ARX-100 will sell out quickly!

Specifications and features

Caliber: 5.56 NATO and .223 Remington
Barrel Length: 16″ 1:7 twist
Capacity: 30 rounds
Safety: Ambidextrous
Stock: Telescoping
Sights: Adjustable
Overall Length: 35.75″
Weight: 6.8 lbs.

Savage Axis II XP Scoped Rifle Package

Based on the old faithful Savage 110 action, the Axis II XP is the perfect beginner hunter’s bolt-action rifle. Priced affordably, the Axis II XP models come with a Weaver KASP 3-9x40mm scope already mounted and bore sighted. Accuracy is unfounded at this price point on a good and reliable hunting rifle. Match that with the Savage adjustable AccuTrigger and anyone will find hitting sub-MOA a cinch. The Axis II XP is available in eight different calibers with a 22-inch barrel and black synthetic stock and two calibers in smaller youth-sized models with a 20-inch barrel. The Savage AXIS II XP youth chambered for .243 Winchester is available in either black synthetic or Muddy Girl Pink camo.

Specifications and features

Caliber: .243 Winchester
Barrel Length: 22″ 1:9.25 twist
Capacity: 4 rounds
Trigger: Adjustable AccuTrigger
Stock: Black synthetic stock
Sights: Weaver KASPA 3-9×40 scope, factory mounted and bore sighted
Overall length: 43.875″
Weight: 6.5 lbs

Picture shows a Ruger American bolt-action rifle with a moss green synthetic stock.
As its name indicates, the Predator will appeal to coyote and varmint hunters with its new threaded 22-inch heavy barrel.

Ruger American Rifle Predator Model

Another company expanding their value-priced bolt-action rifles is Ruger. After the popularity of their latest American Rifle line, Ruger recently added the all-new Predator model. As its name suggests, the Predator will appeal to coyote and varmint hunters with its new threaded 22-inch heavy barrel with more barrel twists for additional accuracy. Currently available in popular hunting calibers, .223 Remington, .204 Ruger, .243 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Winchester and .22-250 Remington, the Predator American rifle is lightweight at 6.5 pounds and has an adjustable trigger. The Ruger Predator has a moss green synthetic stock and includes all the same features of the original American rifle that made this bolt-action so popular.

Specifications and features

Caliber: .243 Winchester
Barrel Length: 22″ threaded, 1:9 twist
Capacity: 4 rounds
Trigger: Adjustable
Safety: Tang
Stock: Moss green composite
Sights: Scope rail
Overall length: 42″
Weight: 6.62 lbs

Picture shows a small revolver with thick black grip and shiny steel barrel.
North American Arms introduces its palm-sized mini revolver in .22 Magnum.

North American Arms PUG Revolver

For a mini—and we’re talking mini—revolver with a little bit more oomph, North American Arms introduces its palm-sized mini revolver in .22 Magnum in the thicker and easier to hold grip of the PUG revolver. Further to aid in accuracy, NAA has added a tritium front sight that glows bright in low-light situations. It has a one-inch heavy barrel and holds five rounds. It shoots single-action only and has a textured black rubber grip. Unique to North American Arms is its safety notched cylinder that allows you to place the hammer halfway between each chamber on the cylinder to avoid an accidental discharge.

Specifications and features

Caliber: .22 Magnum caliber
Barrel Length: 1″ heavy
Capacity: 5 rounds
Safety: Notched cylinder
Action: Single-action
Sights: XS Tritium front
Grips: Pebble textured rubber grips
Finish: Stainless steel
Overall Length: 4.5″
Weight: 6.4 oz

TriStar Cobra Marine Pump-Action Shotgun

For a home-defense shotgun that is easy to pump and quick on follow-up shots, the new TriStar Cobra Marine has a return spring that once you manually pull back the forearm the spring returns the forearm forward, closing the chamber. This allows the shooter to rapid fire this 12-gauge pump-action shotgun. It has a chrome-lined 18.5-inch barrel and 3-inch chamber that holds five rounds. The black synthetic stock keeps the shotgun’s overall weight down to 6.2 pounds and it has a brushed nickel finish. It has a fixed blade front sight, but the Picatinny rails located on the bottom of the forearm lets you add a light or laser.

Specifications and features

Gauge: 12 Gauge
Barrel Length: 18″ Barrel
Capacity: 5 round magazine
Chamber: 3″ chamber
Stock: Black synthetic
Sights: Bead front
Safety: Crossbolt
Weight: 6.2 pounds

Which gun will you be buying? Tell us which one and why in the comment section.

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Comments (4)

  1. Please provide for us samo data for ARx160, cal.5.56×45 mm nato 12″‘ and 16″. we need these for the transaction through Albania NCB to Italian NCB
    Thank you for your colaboration

  2. Martin, The nickel plating is useful in harsh and marine environments. Working around seaports, as I did, this does help preserve the metal.
    Some people complained that the bright weapon was a give away. But I always felt the intended target couldn’t miss the fact that you were packing a gun.
    Certainly if it was in a war-type environment, it would pay to paint it with Krylon.
    Many commercial fishing boats in our area would simply take a cheap shotgun and spray paint them.
    Guns kept in car trunks self destruct if not cared for. You would be surprised at how many officers wont take proper care of the guns.

  3. A Chrome or Nickle plated 12 ga. Pump Shotgun aka mossberg. Somebodys’ been wathcing to many Van dam Movies.

    1. I have a Remington 870 marine magnum 12 gauge. It’s not shiny, just nickeled. Originally for U.S. Guard for its ability to not rust overnight. South Louisiana is know for its murder of finishes of firearms. Work offshore, go to dock, come back in two weeks, your blued shotgun is now orange. And you left it in the trunk. NO Van dam movies.

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