SHOT Show 2013 Special Edition: New Rifles (Jan 19, 2013)

Reports keep rolling in from Cheaper Than Dirt! staffers at SHOT Show 2013 in Las Vegas. Here is the third installment about new rifle introductions made at the event.

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Weatherby Offers Vanguard 2 Series Rifle Package

Weatherby’s new Vanguard Series 2 Synthetic Package includes a mounted and bore-sighted Redfield Revenge riflescope, a sling, and a carrying case. MSRP: $999.

The Vanguard Series 2 Synthetic Package offers rifles chambered in cartridges from .223 Remington to .338 Winchester Mag., including the .257 Wby. Mag. and .300 Wby. Mag. All Vanguard Series 2 rifles feature adjustable match-quality two-stage triggers and three-position safeties. The trigger adjusts down to 2.5 pounds and has an auxiliary sear for a creep-free consistent let-off.

Like all Vanguard Series 2 rifles, the Synthetic is guaranteed to shoot sub-MOA with Weatherby factory or premium ammo.

The 3–9x42mm Redfield Revenge scope has a four-plex reticle. It’s mounted with Talley-designed Weatherby Vanguard mounts. An adjustable nylon sling and injection-molded rifle case complete the package.

Elsewhere, Weatherby’s 2013 line comes with a “Range Certified” accuracy assurance in the Mark V rifle line. Notable: New Accumark RC comes with a Sub-MOA guarantee, which means a three-shot group of .99 inch or less with specified Weatherby factory or other premium brands. The Mark V action is secured in the stock via a CNC-machined 6061 T-6 aluminum pillar-bedded plate, and the trigger group is fully adjustable. Niceties: special RC engraved floor-plate. Other new guns include a Mark V Accumark with hand-laminated raised-comb Monte Carlo stock, a new Weatherby MV Fibermark with an Accuracy Guarantee of 1.5 inches at 100 yards with specified Weatherby factory ammunition or other premium brands. MSRPs range from $1,500 to $1,800.

Weatherby Vanguard 2 Package



HK Puts Together an MR762A1 “Value” Package

HK is now providing the proven MR762A1 7.62x51mm rifle platform with an accessory pack called the Long Rifle Package (LRP).

Taking an essentially standard MR762A1 (caliber 7.62 x 51 mm NATO) semi-automatic rifle, Heckler & Koch USA turns it into a more effective precision rifle by an astute addition of the right optics and accessories. A Leupold 3-9 VX-R Patrol (3-9 x 40 mm) scope and mount, HK G28 adjustable cheekpiece buttstock, and LaRue Tactical BRM-S bipod are the primary add-ons that make the MR762A1 Long Rifle Package (LRP) more than a sum of its parts.

A semi-automatic rifle originally developed from the fully automatic HK417, the MR762A1 LRP employs the same HK proprietary gas piston operating system found on current HK rifles and carbines, using a “pusher” rod in place of the gas tube normally found in AR15/M16/M4-style firearms.

Additional accessories and add-ons for the LRP variant of the MR762A1 include an ERGO Pistol Grip from Falcon Industries, the same Blue Force Gear sling used on the HK M27 IAR supplied to the USMC, Manta rail covers, and an OTIS cleaning kit. The rifle package, complete with one 20 and one 10-round magazine is shipped ready to use with the scope attached in a compact 42-inch Model 1720 Pelican case.

MSRP $5,995.

Other new or rarely viewed law enforcement and military products on display at the HK booth at the 2013 SHOT Show were “product improved” HK416 “A5” models, an MG4 5.56 mm light machine gun, HK121 7.62 mm machine guns, and G28 designated marksman rifles.


2013 Rifle Wrap-Up

ArmaLite’s new AR 30A1 bolt-action tactical and target long-range rifle will be available in .300 Win. Mag. and .338 Lapua. .300WM: 24-inch barrel, .338 Lapua: 26-inch barrel. Other features: removable muzzle brake, single-stage trigger, single-stack detachable magazine, ambidextrous magazine releases, rigid aluminum stock, V-Lock bedding wedge, V-Block stock, adjustable cheekpiece. And more: removable buttstock, standard and target buttstocks, Picatinny rails. Weights: .300 Win. Mag., 14.5 pounds .338 Lapua, 15.3 pounds. Standard Win. Mag. MSRP: $3,264. $3,460 Target. Standard Lapua MSRP: $3,404. $3,599 for Target Lapua.

Bushmaster adds the new Magpul MOE Rifle Stock to its 2013 Varminter, Predator, and 308 Hunter rifles.

The Colt .308 M2012 Competition rifle comes in at 13.2 pounds. Features: single-stage Timney trigger, button-rifled 1:10 twist 22-inch stainless barrel, Magpul pistol grip. MSRP: $3,799.

CZ-USA’s CZ 455 rimfires will eventually replace the company’s 452 line. Upsides: interchangeable barrels, calibers, and stock configurations. New CZ 455 model variations: CZ 455 American Synthetic, $374. CZ 455 Varmint SST with adjustable trigger in . 22LR, $509, and .17 HMR, $536. CZ 455 Tacticool, $522. CZ 455 Varmint Thumbhole SST Fluted, 22 LR, $588, and .17 HMR, $615.

Del-Ton’s 3-Gun entry, MSRP $1,300, is called the DTI Evolution. Features: 16-inch CMV chrome-lined lightweight barrel (1:9 twist), Samson Evolution free-float rail, M4 feed ramps, two-stage mil-spec trigger. Weight, 6.5 pounds. Other introductions include the DT Sport OR, MSRP $699, and Echo 316H OR, MSRP $864.

DPMS Panther Arms’ new TPR Rifle (MSRP: $1,399) features a Magpul MOE Rifle Stock, muzzle brake, short quad rail. Other DPMS adds: Agency Carbine, MSRP: $1,399; 300 Personal Defense Weapon, MSRP $1,289; and DPMS 6.8 Hunter (MSRP: $1,269).

FNH’s alpine Ballista is a modular multi-caliber bolt-action rifle. Features: high-strength vibration-isolated aluminum-alloy receiver, adjustable ambidextrous stock, free-float rail, two-stage mil-spec trigger. Available in .308 Win., .300 Win. Mag., and .338 Lapua. MSRP: $9,995 for the basic rifle, without additional barrels or accessories. Other FN introduction: FN SPR A5 XP, MSRP: $2,899.

Legacy Sports adds a new rimfire bolt-action called the ISSC 22/17. The straight-pull bolt-action features an adjustable trigger, 20-inch barrel, and wood, synthetic, and Arctic Warfare stocks. Chamberings: .22 LR, .22 WMR and .17 HMR.

In addition to the Remington Model 783 covered earlier this week, Big Green adds the new Model 700 SPS Wood Tech in .270 Win., .30/06, 7mm Rem. Mag., and .300 Win. Mag. Also for 2013, Remington announces a special edition rifle to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the .300 Winchester Magnum cartridge, the Model 700 CDL SF Limited Edition 300 Win. Mag. MSRP: $1,250. Remington’s new line of R-15 rifles chambered for .223 Rem. come with a Magpul grip and trigger guard, a competition two-stage trigger, and Mossy Oak Brush camo. The flattops’ MSRPs are $1,327.

SIG Sauer new long guns for 2013 include the SIG SMG, which will be available in 9mm, S&W .40, and .357 SIG as SMG/SBR’s and a 16-inch carbine. Pricing: NA. The new SIG 516 PRM 5.56×45/.223 Rem., MSRP: $2,399, has an 18-inch match-grade barrel, Geissele two-stage match trigger, and accepts any mil-spec AR/M4/M16 magazines. The new SIG 716 PRM, MSRP: $2,399, is s 7.62×51 version of the SIG 516 PRM.

Winchester Repeating Arms’ 1873 lever-action rifle returns for 2013 as a genuine Winchester Repeating Arms Model 73 with an oil-finished walnut stock, a blued steel crescent buttplate, and a 20-round barrel chambered in .357/.38 Spcl. MSRP: $1,300. Other notables: A Model 94 Carbine, 20-inch barrel in .30/30 Win. or .38/55 Win., MSRP: $1,200. In the bolt action line, there’s a new Model 70 Ultimate Shadow Hunter SS and Ultimate Shadow Hunter. MSRPs for the Ultimate Shadow Hunter SS, $1,040 to $1,080. MSRPs range from $830 to $870 for the Model 70 Ultimate Shadow Hunters.


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Comments (4)

  1. The Legacy Sports ISSC 22/17 Bolt Action looks interesting as well. The adjustable trigger etc in a rimfire might be a serious plinker. I have a Winchester model 275, and thought about buying another Mossberg 783 in .22 mag. I had one years ago, but sold it. See what I mean? There’s a lot of ’em I should never have sold.

  2. Man, I wish I still had every gun I ever sold. Who would’ve thought prices would be like this? I’d guess my Wichester model 70 Featherweight .243 I bought new 20 years ago for less than $400.00, and fired less than a box thru, would bring 3 times that now, huh? Or my two pre’64 model 94 30.30s……, who can afford today’s prices? And what are they doing with a gun that costs so much?

    That 783 Remington’s coming out with looks interesting to me, I’d like to know more about the gun, and why they designed it. I have two 788s, and love them.
    The Legacy Sports

  3. I heard that Browning offered a new version of their BLR lever gun, the Browning BLR Lightweight ‘81 Hog Stalker Takedown Green. Did youse have a chance to examine that one, too?

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