We are just three days away from SHOT Show 2015 and in the last several weeks, many firearm manufacturers have started releasing images, information and details on new products. Sometimes we have to wait months, even years before the firearms unveiled at SHOT Show are readily available for sale and to the public. This year, however, many of the new exciting guns are already shipping to dealers. Though none are a single-stack GLOCK 9mm, I have picked six buzz-worthy new guns sure to get a bunch of attention at SHOT Show 2015 and Cheaper Than Dirt! is already selling. Besides the innovative AK/AR CMMG Mutant and more concealed pocket 9s, one of the biggest features of these firearms I’m most excited about is the reasonable prices. I am hoping this is the year none of us has to take out a second mortgage to afford the best of the best.
CMMG Mk47 Mutant T Semiautomatic Rifle 7.62x39mm, $1,194.31
Is it an AR? Is it an AK? It’s a Mutant!
CMMG’s Mutant T is the entry-level rifle in its new Mutant line of AK-47/AR-15 non-hybrid semiautomatic rifles. Made to blur the line between the AK versus AR debate, the Mutant is as accurate as an AR-15, but as reliable as an AK-47. It may look like an AR-15, with most of the controls in the same place as the AR-15, but the Mutant shoots the 7.62×39 and accepts all standard, existing AK-47 magazines, even Magpul PMAGs.
Built from the ground up on a specially-designed 7075-T6 billet aluminum receiver based on CMMG’s Mk3 platform and a unique bolt carrier group similar to that of an AR-10, the Mutant only weighs less than seven pounds unloaded.
As stated, most of the controls are just like the controls on the AR-15—like the charging handle and safety lever. However, the bolt does not hold open on the last round fired and there is a large magazine release paddle mounted to the front of the trigger guard for very speedy, positive mag changes.
Operating on a direct gas impingement system, the Mutant T has a 16-inch medium taper barrel with a 1:10-inch twist rate. Since the Mutant T is the entry level cost-saver model, it has a basic A2 pistol grip, standard MIL-SPEC six-position collapsible stock and single-stage MIL-SPEC trigger—all of which you can upgrade with aftermarket AR-15 parts. With the stock fully collapsed, the gun is 32.75 inches long and though it does not include sights, the Mutant T has a 15-inch KeyMod handguard to add your own.
Ruger SR1911 Lightweight Commander Semiautomatic Handgun .45 ACP, $687.50
When Ruger started making 1911s in 2011, it didn’t mess around. Though built on the original 1911 series 70 design, Ruger incorporates many modern upgrades on all of its 1911s. Made in America, the Ruger 1911s have Novak LoMount Carry 3-dot sights, a titanium firing pin, a stainless steel barrel and bushing machined from one piece of bar stock and an oversized magazine release. Built around an integrated polished titanium feed ramp, the Ruger SR1911 Lightweight Commander reliably feeds, fires and ejects common self-defense ammo. The Lightweight Commander has a smaller, 4.25-inch barrel and weighs 29.3 ounces. It holds seven rounds of .45 ACP and has many features normally reserved for custom and much more expensive 1911s. Features such as an oversized ejection port and extended magazine release, lightweight aluminum skeletonized trigger, skeletonized hammer, oversized Beavertail grip and safety, extended slide lever stop and integral plunger tube. The Ruger SR1911 is classically styled with a two-tone finish and thin checkered hardwood grips. The Ruger SR1911 Commander ships with two magazines.
Auto-Ordnance 1911BKO Semiautomatic Handgun .45 ACP, $513.05
In a year, Auto-Ordnance released only two 1911s and this is one of them—a GI-Spec, basic 1911 with a competitive price tag. Similar looking to a service member’s side arm, the Auto-Ordnance 1911BKO has a matte black frame, brown-checkered plastic grips and low-profile sights. It has a 5-inch barrel and the typical thumb, grip and firing block safeties. This throwback 1911BKO pistol holds seven rounds of .45 ACP. The sights are a fixed blade front and adjustable rear. The carbon steel slide, sear and disconnector are machined from a solid piece of bar stock and heat-treated for durability. Overall, the Auto-Ordnance 1911 is 8.5 inches long, weighs 39 ounces and 100 percent made in the U.S.A.
FNS-9 Compact Semiautomatic Handgun 9mm, $469.00
For making concealed carry easier and more comfortable, FNH USA introduces the FNS-9 Compact model. It shares the same reliable features as the full-sized FNS-9, but comes in a compact, snag-free frame. The FNS-9C’s barrel is 3.6 inches long. Overall, it is 6.7 inches long and weighs 23.4 ounces. Although it comes in a smaller package, capacity is not sacrificed. The 9mm magazine holds 17 rounds. It ships with one 17-round magazine and two 12-round magazines. Like the FNS-9, it is striker-fired with a double-action 5.5 to 7.7-pound trigger and has a polymer frame. The cold-hammer forged barrel is made from stainless steel, as well is the slide. The controls are ambidextrous and this particular model has no external safety. However, there is a manual safety model available. The FNS-9 Compact has fixed 3-dot sights and includes an accessory rail and two interchangeable backstraps to fit different hand sizes.
FNH USA FN 15 Sporting Semiautomatic Rifle .223 Remington, $1,511.40
Even though FNH USA produces the M16s and M4s for our military, it has only been a year since the company made a semiauto-only civilian version of its AR-15s. Using the same MIL-SPEC barrels and machining processes, FNH USA releases three new FN 15 models for 2015, including the Sporting version built for competition. This .223 Remington semiautomatic rifle has a hard-anodized aluminum flattop upper receiver with 15-inch Samson Evolution handguard and SureFire ProComp 556 muzzle brake. The 18-inch match-grade barrel is chrome-lined, cold hammer-forged and free floating. The upgraded trigger is a Timney competition single-stage trigger with a 3-pound pull. Further, the FN Sporting FN 15 has a Magpul CTR collapsible buttstock and MOE pistol grip. With its M1913 MIL-STD Picatinny rail—just add your choice of optics or sights and you are ready to rock.
Heizer Defense Pocket AR .223 Remington, $380.60
I’m not sure what grounds Heizer Defense has to call this break-action, single-shot pocket gun an AR, but they do. Chambered for .223 Remington, Heizer Defense calls its newest self-defense gun the PAR1 Pocket AR Pistol. It shares many of the same design features as the company’s pocket shotgun. It has the same aerospace stainless steel frame and barrel—matte black is available, too—the same lever to open the tip-up barrel and storage area in the grip. The Pocket AR is slightly bigger with a 3.87-inch barrel, 3.875-inch height, 6.375-inch length and the same 0.7-inch thin and flat width. It weighs 23 ounces. The Heizer Defense Pocket AR is nearly maintenance-free. Built on rolling bearings, the Heizer Defense unique and patented firing system does not require lubrication. About the same size as an iPhone, the entire Pocket AR gun is dehorned and snag free. General Manager of Heizer Defense, Gary Ramey says, “We use only certified American stainless steel with a radiussed grip that is ergonomically designed. That is the key reason our pistols are comfortable to shoot and can handle the .223 cartridge.”
Whether to own a handgun to compliment your AR-15 so you don’t have to buy two different types of ammo, or because it’ll produce a huge fireball, or maybe just because it’s shiny—whatever your excuse, for under $400 it might be worth it just to dare your shooting buddies to pull the trigger. Heizer Defense promises us more calibers next week at SHOT Show 2015.
Have you fired the Heizer Defense pocket guns? Tell us about your experience in the comment section. Think the whole pocket AR is ridiculous? Tell us which gun on this list you’re itching to get your hands on in the comment section.