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Week-In-Review News Roundup: July 12-18, 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

Savage Releases Southpaw Precision Rifles
In keeping with its long tradition of supporting southpaw shooters, Savage is pleased to announce the debut of new left-handed models of their dynamic Precision Series rifles. New Model 110 Elite Precisions and 110 Precisions will be available this summer, making precision long-range shooting accessible to any left-handed marksman.

Springfield Armory Introduces Ronin Operator 4.25-inch 1911
The Ronin Operator 4.25″ is a lightweight, rugged and reliable 1911 pistol built for a lifetime of service. Available in 9mm and .45 ACP, the Ronin Operator 4.25″ offers shooters an exceptional pistol with the strength and durability they have come to expect from a Springfield Armory firearm.

Escort Announces New BTS Bullpup Shotguns in 12 Gauge and .410 Bore
Escort’s new BTS bullpups expand the Bentonville, Arkansas company’s Versatile Tactical Shotgun line with more compact, portable packages in 12 gauge or .410 bore. Offered in either black or FDE Cerakote, the new inline gas piston design is mounted around the barrel, minimizing bulk and allowing the use of a proper bullpup layout.

Meprolight Releases FRBS AR-15 Flip-Up Iron Sights
The durable, tritium enhanced, secondary sights are designed to lay flat against the Picatinny rail to maintain a low profile and be out of the way until needed. They are constructed of fiberglass-reinforced high-grade polymer and metal with a rearward operating spring that allows you to quickly flip them forward into place.

Federal Ammunition Introduces New Force X2 Personal Defense Shotgun Loads
New Personal Defense ammunition from Federal turns shotguns into the ultimate defensive platform. Force X2 copper-plated 00 FX2 buckshot pellets are specially engineered to split into two equal-size pieces on impact.

Reader Comments of the Week

“Having severe myopia is another issue for some older shooters, including me, The elongation of the eyeball can cause the retina’s margins (connection to the back of the eye) to be stretched. In my case, my ophthalmologist asked if I was a shooter and then told me that I should not shoot heavy recoiling, shouldered weapons, especially 12 gauge shotguns. I did buy a 20 gauge pump. With slugs, it still provides a stout recoil, but buckshot is better.”

– MARK, in response to Best Defensive Shotguns for Older Shooters

“I, too carry the Polycase Inceptor ARX in both my Springfield Armory mil-spec M1911A1 and my S&W M&P Shield 9. And as I’m getting older and my eyes aren’t what they used to be, I have Crimson Trace lasers on both. I like the ARX for its lateral dispersion of rotational energy as well as reduced recoil and flash. The lightweight, high-velocity ARX produces more energy than most, but as a backup, I also have the Speer Gold Dot and Federal HST.”

– DENNIS, in response to 5 Good .45 ACP Loads

“I have not found a better carry gun than my Colt Officers. The 4” barrel, reasonable grip size and .45 punch make this ideal. I have tried other smaller .45, with less satisfaction. The Para double stack was a bit thick to be comfortable. The Para 6-45 was a great size, but between the cheap reverse plug and problematic recoil system, I had to relegate it to paperweight service. (No customer service at Para.). The Smith .45 Chief Special did not fit my hand right. However, the weak link of the Officer’s model is that without dehorning it will shred your coat lining. So it is my favorite as well, after all, it was The Generals’ gun. BTW before Colt went into production, the military would chop down full-size 1911s to custom make guns like this for general officers.””

– POLIDOC, in response to 1911 Officer’s Model: Best Gun for Concealed Carry?

#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.

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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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