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Week-In-Review News Roundup: August 1-7, 2021

Week-in-review news roundup: the latest firearm news, gun news and other insights from the previous week that you may have missed.

Welcome to Cheaper Than Dirt’s Week-In-Review News Roundup.

Here you’ll find some of the previous week’s top stories in the shooting industry, as well as our favorite reader comments and #RangeDayFriday photos.

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Latest Firearm News

HK Announces the Return of the SL8
The HK SL8 was originally introduced onto the US market back in 1998. It was essentially the civilian version of Heckler & Koch’s G36.  Now they have announced the return of the HK SL8 to the U.S. commercial market.

Escort Introduces BTS Bullpup Shotgun
The Escort BTS bullpup offers all the perks of the VTS series shotguns in a more compact, portable package. This next-generation shotgun is available in either 12-gauge or .410 Bore and is offered in either black or FDE Cerakote.

SIG Sauer Electro-Optics Releases KILO5K Rangefinder
This all-new family of rangefinders features SIG Sauer’s proprietary LightWave DSP Gen II rangefinder engine with extended range XR technology, integration with the BaseMap app, on-board Applied Ballistics capabilities and complete configurability with all SIG Electro-Optics BDX devices.

Meprolight Introduces Mepro RDS Pro V2
The Mepro RDS Pro V2 operates under all weather conditions, no matter how extreme. It is battle proven and trusted by militaries, law enforcement agencies and professional shooters worldwide.

Kowa Announces Flagship TSN-99 PROMINAR Spotting Scopes
The TSN-99 has dual focus (quick/fine), a magnesium alloy body, a standard twist sunshade and a 99m fluorite crystal objective lens. It’s available in straight and angled versions and is designed with digiscoping in mind.

Bushnell Unveils New Elite Tactical DMR3 and XRS3 Scopes
Featuring the most advanced Elite Tactical optical system ever, both the DMR3 and XRS3 come with a high magnification ED Prime objective, as well as fully multi-coated elements, EXO Barrier protection and a new reticle element coating.

Reader Comments of the Week

“Great article. I have a lot of weapons and don’t forget the viability of the old Com Bloc weapons if you have them. I picked most of mine and their ammo up when they were dirt cheap. 3 Mosin Nagant 91/30’s and one M44 carbine, a WASR AK and two SKSs, on Norinco and the other Yugoslav and tons of 7.62×39 ammo. As for the Mosins, if civilization breaks down I’m pretty sure those tough old dinosaurs will be working 100 years from now!”

– EDWARD, in response to Apocalypse Guns: Best Firearms for SHTF Scenarios

“I’ve lived by a simple standard when it comes to cleaning firearms. The gun gets shot, it gets cleaned, top to bottom, mags and all. Could be the reason when you squeeze the trigger on them, they go bang. Worked in a gun shop, pawn shop years ago. Always remember dudes coming in with a rifle, shotgun pistol, or revolver. Opens up the case to get a loan. Looks like it was pulled out of the Titanic, and the bore was a stalagmite cave… Rode hard and put up wet…”

– OLD WOMBAT, in response to Firearms: How Clean Is Too Clean?

“I like the layout of Mossberg’s more traditional 30-30 carbine, but I can’t say I find the action as smooth or solid feeling as my pre-64 Winchester Model 94 or even older Marlin 336. None of them are as slick as my Browning 92, but chambering the shorter 44 Magnum, this should come as no surprise. The best one of all is my Uberti 73 in 44 Special. It runs like greased lightning. If it weren’t for the weak cartridge and immaculate beauty of this carbine, it would be my go-to lever gun.”

– COLONEL K, in response to Review: Mossberg 464 SPX Lever-Action Rifle

#RangeDayFriday Photos of the Week

Here are some of our favorite fan photo submissions of the week. Find out how you could win a new gun by sharing your #rangedayfriday pics on our gun giveaway page.

AK Rifle, MP5 and Handgun
@mypointofpew (Instagram)
Three SIG pistols on wood
@bangbangoldman (Instagram)
Taurus Revolver on stone
@codytsears (Instagram)
That’s all for this week! Check back next Friday for another round of the latest firearm news, reader comments and #RangeDayFriday photos.

About the Author:

Alex Cole

Alex is a relatively young firearms enthusiast who’s been shooting consistently for around seven years. Though he is fairly new to the industry, he loves consuming all information related to guns and is constantly trying to enhance his knowledge, understanding and use of firearms. Not a day goes by where he doesn’t do something firearms-related.

Alex tries to visit the range at least a couple of times a month to maintain and improve his shooting skills. He also enjoys disassembling and reassembling firearms to see how they work and to keep them properly cleaned and maintained. He installs most of the upgrades to his firearms himself, taking it as a chance to learn.

Additionally, he is very into buying, selling and trading guns to test different firearms and learn more about them. He is not only interested in modern handguns and rifles, he appreciates the classics for both historical value and real-world use.
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