For the duration of SHOT Show 2015, the Shooter’s Log brought you exclusive content on all the newest firearms, ammo, optics and accessories, along with all the latest breaking news in the firearms industry. Some of these products are due to arrive in the spring, summer and even later in 2015. However, many of the new products are available now. Here are 10 new products you read about in our daily SHOT Show coverage that you can now purchase at Cheaper Than Dirt!
Ruger LCR 9mm Revolver
The Ruger LCR is heralded for its smooth, consistent and lighter double-action trigger pull than virtually any other revolver on the market. Since Ruger keeps releasing new models, no other modern carry revolver can compete. Now with its newest LCR chambered in 9mm, I dare say Ruger’s LCR revolver is going to remain just as popular in 2015 as it has for the last few years.
Because the 9mm is a rimless cartridge, the LCR 9mm loads and shoots from moon clips. Moon clips hold all the five 9mm rounds together, which means you load and extract all five at the same time. With practice, reloading with moon clips can be nearly as fast as with a semiauto. Another benefit to moon clips—you never lose your spent brass on the ground.
Ruger upgraded the sights on the new model, inserting a high-visibility white bar on the pinned front sight. If you don’t like it, switch it out for a night sight. The beefier cylinder is fluted and finished with a black Ionbond finish. Despite the Ruger LCR 9mm’s lightweight polymer trigger housing, felt recoil is less in the new model than when shooting .38 Special rounds out of the .357 Magnum with stainless steel trigger housing.
The new Ruger LCR 9mm handles +P ammo just fine. The revolver groups tightly and after compensating for sight alignment, the Ruger LCR 9mm is close to point of aim accurate. For those concerned about losing velocity because of the short 1.875-inch barrel, tests prove little velocity is lost when compared to other 9mm pocket pistols.
I see many good reasons why you should pick up a Ruger LCR 9mm:
- Reloading is fast
- The 8- to 9-pound trigger pull feels much lighter than it is
- 9mm ammo is cheap and readily available
- It’s accurate and 100 percent reliable
- Carrying it is a breeze
- Best of all it sells for less than $500
The Ruger LCR 9mm revolver includes three moon clips.
Kahr Arms CT 380 Pistol
Kahr Arms is often overlooked in discussions about which gun to pick for concealed carry. They are not much to look at and, until recently, Kahr wasn’t the cheapest gun on the block. However, to compete, Kahr released a value-priced line of its 9mm, .40 S&W and .380 ACP pistols. Though Kahr did cut a few corners to keep costs down in machining the new line, the function, reliability and durability are 100 percent Kahr Arms. And Kahr owners will attest—these guns function flawlessly and are built to last.
As far as price goes, the new Kahr CT380 with 3-inch barrel is just $12 more than the Ruger LCP. Anything that sells for less? I’m not going to trust my life with. Kahr’s value-priced CT380 has a conventional rifled barrel, metal-injected-molded slide stop lever and less machining. In comparison, Kahr’s P380 has a Lothar Walther match-grade polygonal rifled barrel and upgraded slide stop lever—however, the P380 is a $600 to $700 pistol! Both handguns have the same locked breech, modified Browning recoil lug, sights, passive striker block safety system and trigger-cocking true double-action trigger.
Because the Kahr CT380 is not a blowback pistol, like many .380s, combined with the 3-inch barrel—recoil is manageable and light. The trigger pull measures a light 4.4 pounds.
This gun is made for self-defense, so there are no external safeties and no magazine disconnect. If there is a round in the chamber, it will fire. High-visibility white front and rear sights help you get on target quickly and the 7-round magazine gives you just a little bit more space for a better grip. The Kahr’s CT380 heavy-duty springs help the felt recoil on this pistol, as well as not wearing out. However, this means you do sacrifice a smoother and easier slide to rack. With practice and the right technique, racking isn’t any more difficult than on other semiautomatics.
Ruger Gunsite Bolt-Action Rifle in 5.56
In his quest for the perfect hunting rifle, Colonel Jeff Cooper outfitted an old Remington 600 bolt gun with a wide rear aperture and front ghost-ring sights. After many years of modifying this lightweight rifle, Col. Cooper turned it into a completely new rifle he called the Scout. In 1984, Gun Digest magazine published an article written by Col. Cooper detailing his requirements for the perfect one-gun-to-rule-them-all. It had to be accurate, have a comfortable weight, come in .308 Winchester—a caliber he felt would kill most game—be no longer than 39 inches, accept a sling, and either accommodate a low-magnification scope or have ghost-ring sights.
There were many companies that jumped at the task of developing this gun. However, many of them were never cost-effective to become popular. After all these years and after Col. Cooper’s passing, Ruger worked with Gunsite—which Cooper founded—and in 2011 developed the affordable bolt-gun: the Ruger Gunsite.
For 2015, Ruger releases the Gunsite Scout in .223 Remington/5.56mm NATO. Gunsite instructor Ed Head says, “This is a natural extension of the Gunsite Scout Rifle line. Being chambered in a lower cost, universally available caliber, and with the Ruger reputation for reliability and accuracy, this is another serious rifle for those serious about rifles.”
The Ruger Gunsite Scout in 5.56 is based on the M77 Hawkeye Mauser-action series with claw extractor, controlled round feed, receiver-mounted ejector and three-position safety. It uses an Accuracy International 10-round detachable box magazine. The 16.1-inch barrel is threaded and has a removable muzzle brake attached. It meets most of Col. Cooper’s specifications—including the light weight of 7.1 pounds and overall length of 37 to 38.5 inches with the included stock spacers. It has a protected post front sight and adjustable ghost-ring rear sights along with a Picatinny rail for mounting a scope. It includes Ruger scope rings. The Ruger Gunsite Scout 5.56 is available with either a black matte or stainless finish and in left-handed models.
Weatherby SA-08 Volt Semiautomatic Shotgun
Instead of teaching the woman in your life, daughter or young child how to shoot with your hard-hitting, long-barreled and heavy shotgun, try a smaller, lighter weight and more attractive gun. For a budget-friendly entry-level shotgun that transitions easily from busting clays to the duck blind, check out Weatherby’s new 20 gauge SA-08 semiautomatic shotgun. Popular with younger shooters and women alike, the SA-08 with dual valve system handles recoil well and malfunctions less than a traditional, single-valve system shotgun. The Weatherby SA-08 Volt comes with two valves—one for light loads and one for magnum loads. Many other budget semiautomatic shotguns do not come with this adjustable system.
The Weatherby SA-08 youth model for 2015 comes in a “Volt green spider web pattern” that both boys and girls will like. The smaller shotgun has a 24-inch chrome-lined vent rib barrel and a 12.5-inch length of pull. The balance on the SA-08 Volt is superb, with the balance point sitting midway between your hands. The gun is slightly muzzle-heavy making shouldering and swinging the shotgun easier. There is a brass bead front sight and includes three choke tubes—improved cylinder, modified and full that are compatible with Briley chokes. The 3-inch chamber holds five rounds in the magazine tube and one in the chamber. It weighs just 5.75 pounds and has a light 4-pound trigger pull.
Hornady Critical Defense Lite 9mm FTX
To appeal to women, Hornady released a 9mm load that produces 27 percent less felt recoil than standard 9mm loads. Loaded with Hornady’s FTX bullet with a pink flex polymer tip, the Hornady Critical Defense Lite expands perfectly offering 10 to 11 inches of penetration through heavy clothing into ballistics gelatin. The round is not +P-rated and is lighter than regular 9mm loads with 100-grains. Even though Hornady added cutesy pink details to its packaging and made the polymer flex tip pink, this lighter 9mm load should appeal as well to those with injuries, arthritis and older shooters. It should also help those who have problems with flinching and anticipating recoil. Not only a target round, the Hornady Critical Defense FTX 9mm Lite has a muzzle velocity of 1,125 feet and is worthy of using for self-defense.
The FTX bullet is a hollow point and just as accurate as Hornady’s standard Critical Defense load. Hornady states, “Upon impact, the patented FTX® tip is compressed into the front of the bullet, causing the bullet to expand and transfer immediate energy for a devastating temporary cavity-even at low velocity.” Though it is specifically tuned for sub-compact semiautomatics like the Ruger LC9, Smith & Wesson M&P Shield, Beretta Nano, and the SIG Sauer P938, it functions reliably in full-sized 9mms. Part of the proceeds from sales of Hornady Critical Defense FTX Lite 9mm ammo goes to funding breast cancer research.
EoTech 558 and 518
EOTech turns over a new leaf for 2015, combining the best features of the 512 and EXPS holographic red dot sights into two new HWS, the 518 and 558. These new sights from EOTech are replacing models 556, 553, 516, 517 and the Zombie Stopper lines—of which are being discontinued. The EOTech model 558 has the same quick-release mount and side activation buttons as the EXPS, but also accepts either alkaline or lithium AA batteries. With a 1 MOA center dot and 65 MOA ring, the 558 will hold zero to 1 MOA after detaching and reattaching to your rifle. It has 20 daytime settings and 10 additional settings for night vision. The 558 is night-vision and magnifier-compatible. The adjustable, locking quick-detach mount fits both Weaver and Picatinny rails. The new 558 EOTech has the same durability as all EOTech models and is submersible to 33 feet. With lithium AA batteries, the EOTech’s reticle will illuminate for 1,000 continuous hours and 600 on alkaline batteries. It measures 5.5 inches long, 2.2 inches wide, 2 inches tall and weighs only 13.3 ounces. The EOTech 518 has the same specifications and features as the 558 without the night vision-compatibility and is only submersible to 10 feet. Further, it has 20 daytime brightness settings.
Birchwood Casey Hopper Spit
For long-term corrosion-free storage of your firearms, use Birchwood Casey’s new Hopper Spit. The Hopper Spit aerosol provides a layer of protection from rust and corrosion on both ferrous and non-ferrous metals—even from harsh salt spray. The Hopper Spit gun protectant and rust-prevention wipes off quickly and easily. Currently, it is available in an 11-ounce can.
Code Blue Platinum Standing Estrous
Taken from the exact time a buck is trying to breed with a doe, the Code Blue Platinum Standing Estrous attractant has proven 63 percent more effective than any other urine tested on the market. The Code Blue Platinum Standing Estrous deer scent is fresh and pure. It comes in a 1.5-fluid ounce bottle. Due to the method of retrieval, the Platinum Standing Estrous deer attractant is a limited supply.
Knight & Halle Da’Bone
Da’Bone produces realistic buck grunts with varying volume. The deer grunt exhale call that looks like antlers calls both long range and close up.
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