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Week-In-Review News Roundup: February 23-29, 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

SIG Sauer Electro-Optics Introduces ECHO3 Thermal Reflex Sight with BDX Technology 
The ECHO3 is a direct view thermal sight, utilizing SIG SAUER BDX technology, with the capability to capture images and record video in eight different color palettes.

New Rifles Available From Accuracy International 
Accuracy International Ltd. recently launched two new rifle models: the AX MKIII and the AX 50 ELR. The rifles have keymod forends, new stocks and new ergo pistol grips, which came from developments around their U.S. Army ASR program entry.

11-Year-Old Girl Brings Her AR-15 to Idaho Statehouse for a Hearing, Internet Melts Down
Bailey Nielsen, 11, accompanied by her grandfather, testified before an Idaho House panel today. And her completely lawful visit garnered national news coverage.

RISE Armament Introduces Watchman Rifle, Pistol
RISE Armament announced that the Watchman rifle and pistol, chambered .223 Wylde, will now be available to consumers. It comes standard with a RISE match-grade trigger and a free-floated 416R stainless steel barrel.

Rock River Arms Introduces ARs Chambered in .350 Legend 
Illinois-based Rock River Arms have introduced a pair of new ARs chambered in .350 Legend. The carbines are aimed at the modern hunting rifle market and come with a free-floated M-LOK handguard, low profile gas block and a two-stage trigger.

Nosler Releases New Bullet Offerings
Nosler’s newest bullet line, Reduced Drag Factor (RDF) line was designed from the ground up to provide exceptionally high BCs, which create the flattest trajectory and least wind drift possible.

IWA Postponed Due To Coronavirus Concerns
By virtue of the new situation regarding the spread of the coronavirus, NürnbergMesse has decided to postpone IWA OutdoorClassics 2020 from the planned dates of 4-5 and 6-9 March 2020 to a date in 2020, which yet has to be specified.

Reader Comments of the Week

“I love my .50DE!!! When I offer someone to shoot one of my pistols they always go for the “50 Cal.” It’s just one of those unspoken things. It the one gun that says a lot about you when you have one. Much like a cigar, truck, Rolex, bourbon, or sports car, the taste for it is unexplainable…you just love it because you love it! That’s how I explain to people why I love the DE. You have to own or shoot one to get it!”

– BRADY, in response to Review: Desert Eagle Mark XIX .50 AE

“Don’t know if this will qualify. Before I won my police academy’s class trophy with an S&W Model 10, I had only fired two pistols beforehand. One was a Ruger Police Service Six .357. It was a heavy gun and I practiced using everything from .38 wadcutters to 158 grain .357 loads. Many of my classmates had trouble holding the .38 at arm’s length and said it was too heavy. After using my Ruger, the S&W seemed very light and easy to control, both recoil and sight picture/re-alignment. Seems a good way to the recoil from your firearm is, if possible, fire one that is more powerful than the one you want to use. It will definitely take a good bit of the flinch factor out of your shooting.”

– GARY, in response to Tips for Managing Recoil with Hard-Kicking Handguns

“My first AR was purchased in 1991. It is a Colt with a 20″ barrel. I now own a few from a 10.5″ barrel pistol I built the lower for to off the shelf in 16″ carbine configuration. I am planning another build in the future to be a highly customized 18″ barrel rifle. The AR is truly America’s rifle.”


– TIM, in response to The Ultimate Guide to Buying Your First AR-15

#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 younger firearms enthusiast who’s been shooting since he was a kid. 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 and he tries to visit the range at least a couple of times a month to maintain and improve his shooting skills.

His primary focus is on handguns, but he loves all types of firearms. He enjoys disassembling and reassembling firearms to see how they work and installs most of the upgrades to his firearms himself, taking it as a chance to learn. He’s not only interested in modern handguns and rifles, he appreciates the classics for both historical value and real-world use.
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