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Week-In-Review News Roundup: December 6-12, 2020

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

Hawke Optics Adds Three New Rimfire Scopes to Vantage 30 WA Line
Hawke Optics, a world leader in high-quality sporting optics with outstanding performance in the field, announces three new rimfire-specific models in the Vantage 30 WA line. Hawke matched the value-packed features of the Vantage scope line with the all-new rimfire caliber-specific reticles.

Athlon Optics Releases Ares ETR 1-10×28 UHD 
Athlon Optics meets the latest trend in Low Power Variable Optics (LPVOs) with the affordable, feature-rich First Focal Plane Ares ETR 1-10×28. This 10x magnification range optic is paired with a reticle designed to duplicate the speed of a red dot on 1x and the extended range capabilities of a precision reticle on 10x.

New Tripod Caddy Available from Armageddon Gear
The Armageddon Gear Tripod Caddy provides you a convenient way to keep your match essentials close at hand. There is a spot for everything you might need on this piece of gear. Kestrel, data boards, pens, match book, magazines, water bottle and even snivel gear.

Savage Arms Introduces RENEGAUGE in TrueTimber Prairie Camouflage
Over the past year, RENEGAUGE has proven to be a versatile platform and TrueTimber’s Prairie is a versatile camouflage pattern that’s ideal for the arid landscapes of the West and Midwest, and the barrel and receiver of this new RENEGAUGE are coated in a light-tan Cerakote that protects as well as it blends in.

Rainier Arms Announces New AIX Angled Integrated Handstop 
The Rainier Arms AIX (Angled Integrated Stop) is a reversible M-Lok handstop and barricade stop designed to be mounted to any standard M-Lok rail. The AIX is manufactured out of 6061-T6 aluminum, with a Type III Class 2 MIL-A-8625 hard-coat anodized finish for long-term durability and minimized weight.

Reader Comments of the Week

“Bigfoot gun belt. No sag and extremely tough. Glock 19 4th gen strong side in a minotaur IWB holster. Weak side is a velcro pouch holding spare mag, then my side belt loop, then a Fenix PD35 Tac light in its own holster and right behind that is a punch with my folding Smith & Wesson 3.25″ knife.”

– MICHAEL W, in response to How to Reduce Gun Belt Weight

“The Federal Punch Defense ammo looks like it will do a good job. I prefer to use Winchester 230 gr Ranger T series ammo.. They will normally average 1” expansion out of 5 rounds. The Winchester 230 gr Ranger T series +P will normally average .99” expansion out of 5 rounds. (45 ACP). I prefer to use Barnes 115 gr TAC-XPD +P, they will normally average .70” expansion. Corbin 115 gr DPX is another favorite of mine, they will normally average .69” expansion (9 M/M)).”

– JIM, in response to Review: Federal Punch Defense Ammunition

“My short barrel 556 AR is intended as a PDW – I’ll run the 16″ ARX100 for competition or longer range shooting. As a suppressed PDW primarily for indoor CQ-use, running an initial mag of Atomic 112 grain soft-tip tactical cycling subsonic (275 ft-lbs) with a spare coupled mag of Federal 62 gr tactical bonded ammo (1,000 ft-lbs if more energy is needed) fills the bill for expected scenarios.”

– ARCHANGEL, in response to AR-15 Barrel Lengths, Explained

#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.


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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