Either due to the upcoming gift-giving season or just weeks away from the annual SHOT Show, there has been an influx of new products—both firearms and accessories. If this list is a glimpse of what is to come, I am anxious to see what 2015 brings, especially if there will be more new firearms like the reasonably priced and feature-laden Rock Island 2011 Tactical compact 1911s and ArmaLite’s new DEF10 .308 Winchester AR-10 semi-automatic rifle.
After Ruger’s .380 LCP proved popular, customers requested a small carry-worthy pistol with a little more oomph. Ruger responded with the release of the double-action-only, hammer-fired LC9 9mm. In late July, Ruger added a striker-fired version of the LC9 called the LC9s. Additionally, Ruger added an integrated trigger safety. The benefit to the striker-fired LC9s is the lighter trigger pull, set at 5.5 pounds. There is no laser on the LC9s. All the most-loved features of the LC9 remain on the LC9s such as the thin, no-snag frame, dovetailed adjustable 3-dot sights, thin 0.9-inch width and one-piece checkered grips. Besides the lighter trigger pull, the LC9s comes in cheaper than the original LC9 making the Ruger LC9s a top seller.
|Barrel Length||3.21 inches|
|Overall Height||4.5 inches|
|Overall Length||6 inches|
|Overall Width||0.9 inches|
|Weight Unloaded||17.2 ounces|
|Sights||3-dot, windage-adjustable rear|
|Grip||Black, high performance, glass-filled nylon|
|Frame||Black, high performance, glass-filled nylon|
ArmaLite Defensive Sporting Rifle
In September, ArmaLite introduced three new value-priced rifles. Included in the line-up is an entry-level AR-10 set at an extremely competitive price point. The ArmaLite DEF 10 has a 16-inch chrome-lined and double-lapped chrome-moly barrel that is Melonite-treated. Also threaded, the barrel has a flash suppressor installed. It has a 1:11.25-inch twist optimized for 175-grain or 168-grain .308 Winchester ammo. The rifle does not come with sights, but is optics-ready with a MIL-STD rail on the flat top upper receiver. Both the upper and lower receivers are forged 7075-T6 aluminum. ArmaLite’s 7.62x51mm Defensive Sporting Rifle features a single-stage trigger, ejection port cover, forward assist, brass deflector and adjustable stock. It ships with a 20-round Magpul PMAG.
|ArmaLite DEF 10|
|Barrel Length||16 inches|
|Caliber||.308 Winchester/7.62 NATO|
|Overall Length||32 inches collapsed, 38.3 inches extended|
|Weight Unloaded||7.9 pounds|
|Sights||Gas block with Picatinny rail|
Rock Island Armory 2011 Tactical Compact
For a more concealable 1911, Armscor/Rock Island Armory unveils two new compact semiautomatics. Part of the 2011 Tactical series, the new compact 1911s are available in either .45 ACP or 9mm. Both models feature two-dot adjustable rear sights and fiber optic front sights, wide-angled slide serrations, accessory rail and G10 grips. Upgrades on the new 2011 Tactical compact pistols include reduced recoil, ambidextrous safety, combat hammer and an extended beavertail grip. Both Rock Island 2011 Tactical compact 1911s share the same dimensions—a 3.5-inch barrel, 5.5-inch height and 7.375-inch length. Mike Seeklander, who won first place in the competition recently, used the 2011 Tactical Compact handguns in the IDPA Backup Gun Nationals.
|Rock Island Armory 2011 Tactical Compact 1911|
|Barrel Length||3.5 inches|
|Caliber||9mm and .45 ACP|
|Overall Height||5.5 inches|
|Overall Length||7.373 inches|
|Overall Width||0.9 inches|
|Weight Unloaded||3 pounds|
|Sights||Fiber optic front, adjustable rear|
|Capacity||8 and 7 rounds|
Troy Sporting Rifle
Troy’s new modern sporting weapon is built for those living in restrictive states who would love to have the opportunity to own an AR-15. However, Troy’s PAR Sporting Rifle is not exactly an AR—it just looks like one. It has no gas system or buffer tube and operates via manual pump-action. Chambered for both .223 Remington and 5.56mm NATO, the Troy PAR (Pump-Action Rifle) has a 16-inch barrel with a Melonite finish and 1:7-inch twist. It shoots sub-MOA and is an alternative to hunters who cannot legally use a semiautomatic rifle. Troy Industries outfits the rifle with a thin folding stock with five positions adjustable for length of pull. The company also incorporates its own popular BattleSights and handguard. The Troy PAR accepts standard AR-15 magazines and has a standard AR-15 trigger guard. Rails are standard Picatinny, so you may add a light, laser, red dot or scope to the pump-action rifle.
|Barrel Length||16 inches|
|Overall Length||33 inches extended, 25 inches folded|
|Weight Unloaded||6 pounds|
|Sights||Alpha-Style handguard with full-length top rail|
|Stock||Folding stock adjustable for either right or left side fold|
DRD CDR15 “Briefcase” Pistol
DRD Tactical’s Paratus rifle was the result of the Joint & Special Operations Programs open request for a clandestine break-down rifle. Popular with military, law enforcement, survivalists and preppers, the company continues to extend its line of takedown rifles with two new pistol models of the CDR15 “briefcase pistol.” Designed with a modified upper receiver, the CDR15 pistol has a removable barrel and rail that assembles without tools in about one minute. Packed in a compact and discreet hard case, the pistol is built in-house on CNC machines from billet 7075-T6511 aluminum. Available in either 5.56mm NATO and .300 Blackout, this gun has 7-inch rails and either a 10.5 or 11.5-inch barrel.
|DRD CDR15 Briefcase Pistol|
|Barrel Length||10.5 inches|
|Caliber||.223 Remington/5.56mm NATO|
|Weight Unloaded||5.2 pounds|
|Sights||QD 7-inch rail|
Meprolight M21 Reflex Sight
Designed in collaboration with Israeli Special Forces, Meprolight’s new close-quarters combat illuminated sight does not require batteries for illumination. Fiber optics illuminates the X-Reticle during the day, while tritium illuminates the reticle during the night. Transition between the two is automatic and never requires you to turn a knob, switch or button. The Meprolight M21 has a 30mm lens and includes a mount with quick-release levers. This reflex sight is compatible with night vision or a magnifier. Aim with both eyes open and gain quick target acquisition with Meprolight’s self-illuminated M21 reflex weapon sight.
ExtremeBeam M600 Fusion Flashlight
For a light that does not sacrifice either brightness or battery life, check out ExtremeBeam’s new M600 Fusion—a weapon-mountable flashlight with 600 lumens and six hours continuous runtime on high. The ExtremeBeam M600 Fusion has a Cree LED and machined aluminum reflector with a 330-meter reach. There are five modes of light—low, medium, burst, high and strobe. Using a piston and not a spring in the tailcap, the M600 Fuison is recoil-proof to .50 BMG. It has a 1.125-inch body diameter, is 6.38 inches long and weighs 8.9 ounces. The body housing is made of double-sealed billet aircraft aluminum and the flashlight is waterproof to 30 feet. It runs on either two CR123 batteries or one 18650 battery.
ProMag Archangel Ruger Mini-14 Stock
Upgrade your Ruger Mini-14 rifle with the ProMag Archangel AAMINI stock. Made in the USA of proprietary carbon fiber, glass fill and polymer, the AAMINI stock is virtually indestructible and offers an ergonomic, adjustable fit just to you. The cheek weld and the length of pull are fully adjustable. The Archangel Ruger MINI-14 AAMINI is an ambidextrous stock with a palm swell and has an upper handguard that shields the barrel. The AAMINI has ambidextrous QD sling swivels, grip storage, Picatinny rail, flared magwell, enhanced handguard with heatshield, soft rubber recoil pad, lifetime warranty and is easy to install.
Stealth Cam G42NG
Stealth Cam’s new G-series of “no-glow” scouting cameras includes the 10-megapixel G42NG. The G42NG takes clear, in-focus and vivid color daytime images and high-definition 5- to 180-second videos with accompanying audio. The Matrix Reduced Blur Technology reduces blur and makes pictures less fuzzy. The Stealth Cam G42NG has an incredibly fast trigger speed and a wide-angle lens, shooting pictures and videos out to 60 feet. An energy efficiency feature prolongs the life of your batteries. All the standard features you need in a good trail camera are there—time-lapse mode, motion-activation, Burst Mode, LCD display, time, date, moon phase and temperature stamps, weatherproof camo housing and both a video and USB output.
Mojo Pick Stick
Stop the back pain when bending over with Mojo Outdoors’ Pick Stick. The Pick Stick is an adjustable rod with a magnet that picks up empty shotgun hulls. The Pick Stick will hold up to 25 shells and then easily dumps the empties into a range bag or bucket. It is adjustable from 32.5 to 55.5 inches.
If you could only pick one of the above firearms and one of the above accessories, which combination would you choose and why? Tell us in the comment section.