Buck Ridge Plantation in Orangeburg, South Carolina, was the site…

Buck Ridge Plantation in Orangeburg, South Carolina, was the site of the 2012 new products seminar hosted by Remington, Bushmaster, DPMS, Advanced Armament Corp. and all the other companies under the Freedom Group umbrella. We were able to attend this seminar and receive a sneak peek at new firearms, ammunition and accessories that will soon be introduced from these well known companies as well as Marlin, Harrington & Richardson, Dakota Arms, Barnes Bullets and Mountain Khakis.


The big news from Remington is that 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the famed Remington 700 rifle. In commemoration, a limited number of special edition Model 700 BDL rifles in 7mm Remington Magnum will be produced in as close as possible configuration to the original. These exclusive rifles will feature high-grade walnut and original pattern checkering with a blue carbon steel 24-inch barrel and a specially engraved hinged floorplate. A stainless steel version with a fluted barrel will also be available.

For those seeking a more tactical configuration, Remington is also producing a Model 700 SPS Tactical Blackhawk-edition rifle with a recoil-reducing, six-position collapsible stock, a 20-inch heavy-contour barrel and rubberized grip panel inserts. This rifle will be available in .223 and .308 in keeping with its tactical application.


Rimfire shooters will not feel excluded in the new product category either, as Remington is introducing a new Model 597 heavy-barrel semi-auto .22 LR with a threaded barrel for attaching suppressors or other muzzle devices. The rifle will also include a 1-inch Weaver-style rail for optics.


In the shotgun category, Remington has already introduced their Versa Max shotgun to well-deserved critical acclaim. This semi-auto design reliably feeds 2¾-inch shells, as well as 3- and 3.5-inch shells, while significantly reducing recoil and improving ease of maintenance.



New for 2012 will be a Tactical model with a 22-inch barrel, extended eight-shot magazine tube, Picatinny receiver for optics and an oversized bolt release button and bolt handle.


Remington also has a long history with the 1911 pistol and had previously introduced their R1, a reproduction of their WWII-produced .45 ACP 1911. They now offer a stainless steel version and the R1 Enhanced competition/tactical model with many advanced features.


The R1 Enhanced features an adjustable rear sight and fiber optic front sight, front and rear slide serrations, beavertail grip safety with a checkered memory pad and a match-grade barrel among other improvements. Limited and Centennial commemorative models will also be available for this famed pistol’s 100th anniversary.



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  • B Russell II

    But they are very dependable and extremely accurate rifles. And reasonable. I have a LR-308 Carbine, Excellent rifle!!!

  • Ron

    From what I see there is nothing new or great. Just repackaged items