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Week-In-Review News Roundup: November 8-14, 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

Holosun Announces New X2 Series Pistol Optics
Holosun has announced their latest series of red dot pistol optics that takes inspiration from their popular V2 series of optics. The Holosun X2 Series of red dots will feature major upgrades to previous red dot optics by Holosun that should make them more suitable for field use.

SAR USA Introduces SAR9 X Platinum 9mm Pistol
SAR USA by Sarsilmaz, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of firearms is pleased to announce the introduction of the new SAR 9X Platinum striker-fired semi-automatic 9x19mm pistol.

Strike Industries Releases AR Modular Bolt Catch (MBC)
The Strike Industries AR Modular Bolt Catch (MBC) offers a quick and simple way to configure your button preference to one of four (4) included options. No need to remove the bolt catch base, as we know the roll pins are always a fun time, if you want to change the button.

Shield Sights Announces the New RMS2 Pistol Red Dot Sight
Shield Sights, who officially brought the RMSc, has released a new version of their slightly larger Reflex Micro Sight, designed to fit on Glock-19-esq sized handguns. The new RMS2 continues to evolve and ruggedize their lineup to better meet the stratospheric demand for handgun-borne optics.

Nighthawk Custom Releases VIP Agent 2 Limited Edition Pistol
Nighthawk Custom, in collaboration with Turnbull Restoration and Agency Arms, has introduced a limited-edition deluxe 1911 pistol called VIP Agent 2. The color case hardened frames and mammoth ivory grips make the appearance of each VIP Agent 2 pistol unique, as this centuries-old hardening/finishing technique and the fossil material always result in different patterns.

Garmin Introduces Xero Xli Crossbow Scope
The Garmin Xero® X1i, an electro-optic based crossbow scope with a built-in laser range finder, offers the most advanced crossbow aiming platform on the market. With 3.5x magnification and digital overlay to automatically measure the distance to a target, Xero X1i can range game targets up to 250 yards away and reflective targets up to 500 yards away.

Reader Comments of the Week

“I’ve carried a loaded weapon on my person for 30 years now. Privately and professionally. Firearms were not made to be carried unloaded. The best safety carrying ANY firearm is between your ears. The other thing is KNOW your weapon of choice and train with it for everything to be second nature. I’ve carried revolvers and autos and still do. Heck I’d feel well armed going into any kind of incident even with my single action “cowboy” revolvers. Why? Because I know each of my weapons like they are my arm. I’ve had the luxury of having been trained to be able to use anything that goes bang with proficiency so I’m not the norm, but novice or not, use what’s between your ears first and foremost and everything else mechanically should always do it’s just as well making any firearm you carry loaded safe.”

– TERRY, in response to Is It Safe to Carry a Handgun Fully Loaded?

“Have had one for years and it is the best balanced most accurate handgun I own. Very versatile with light .38 loads up to 180/200 grain hardcast magnums. It is an elegant weapon that’s the one handgun I would own if I could own only one and, hey, those days are right around the corner.”

– ROBERT, in response to Review: Smith and Wesson 686 Plus

“One detail that’s not mentioned is timing the barrel nut. When fully tightened down, the top handguard rail may not line up with the rail on the upper receiver, and/or it may be difficult or impossible to slide in the gas tube. This is a timing issue, and is likely to happen when installing aftermarket upgrades. Don’t try to force it to line up by overtightening. If you ever need/want to take it down again you will hate yourself, and probably damage the threads on your receiver. The right way to fix a timing issue is to insert shims (very thin spacer rings) up into the barrel nut before installing. Usually takes 1-3 depending on how much the timing needs to be adjusted. Then you can tighten to the appropriate torque and line it up nice and neat.”

– DREDNICHOLSON, in response to AR-15 Quad Rails: Best Practices for Upgrading

#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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