As the show continues, we’ll provide a sneak peek at some of the latest and greatest products and advancements in military, law enforcement, personal defense and outdoor sporting equipment—all on display at the industry’s premier annual showcase in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada…

Ruger SR45 Pistol


The new Ruger SR45 has a lot of the features for which you’ve been asking—like the .45 ACP chambering and a slender profile with a polymer grip frame that has a reversible back-strap, so that you can have it flat or arched. It has a high-visibility three-dot sight system, a loaded chamber indicator and a lower accessory rail, and it comes with either an all-black Nitride finished or two-tone brushed-stainless slide. It’s DAO, has a 4.5-inch barrel, an 8-inch overall length, weighs 30.15 ounces empty and has a mag capacity of 10+1 (

Boberg Arms XR9-S Pistol


A unique design makes the XR9-S one of the smallest lock-breech 9mm pistols in existence. Boberg’s XR reverse-cartridge-feeding technology allows for the fitting of 3.35-inch barrel in a gun with an overall length of 5.1 inches, with the ejection port centered above the grip frame. This “bullpup” pistol carries the cartridges in the magazine nose-forward into the back of the magazine. They are then lifted directly into the chamber, so no feed-ramp is needed. An egonomic grip with a low bore axis makes this tiny DAO 7+1 shooter reliable and controllable (

SCCY Industries CPX-2 NB (Nickel Boron) Pistol


Another recently introduced mini-9mm is the CPX series from SCCY. New for 2013 is a Nickel Boron slide-finished variation that has the advantages of extreme durability, self-lubricating properties and reliability. This is mated to a polymer frame with a recoil-absorbing back-strap design and a 1-inch-wide grip frame that allows a 10-round double-column magazine. With an empty weight of 15 ounces, the CPX-2 is DAO with no external safeties, an overall length of 5.7 inches and a height of 4 inches—wow! (

Eagle Imports Metroarms MAC 1911 Bobcut


New Philippine-made .45’s are coming ashore the United States that offer many custom enhancements as standard features. The throated 4.25-inch-barreled Bobcut, with its concealment-enhancing chopped butt, comes in blue, hard chrome and a two-tone that I liked. It is Commander-sized—8+1—and some of its many features include a Novak-style adjustable rear sight with fiber-optic front sight, skeletonized hammer, combat trigger, enhanced beavertail grip safety, flared/lowered ejection port, extended safety and beveled mag well (

Beretta Model 92FS Compact L Pistol


So new it’s not on the website, the Beretta 92FS Compact in 9mm has a shorter 4.0-inch barrel, plus the original’s 5.4-inch height has been reduced over an inch, cutting down cartridge capacity, but aiding in concealability. It’s available in a Burniton TM finish as well as Inox with a bead-blasted stainless slide and a matching anodized alloy frame. The open-top slide virtually eliminates jams and stove-piping, and it has a SA/DA action, ambi-safety/hammer drop, reversible mag release, fixed sights and black checkered plastic grips (

Sphinx SDP Subcompact 9mm


Another mini-powerhouse, the new Sphinx SDP-S boasts a 15+1 magazine capacity, yet it has a 3.7-inch barrel, a 7.48-inch overall length, a height of 5.5 inches and a weight of just 27.5 ounces. It’s traditional SA/DA with an ambi decocking leaver and a mag catch, plus six safeties. The SDP-S features a full-length guide rail for increased accuracy and an integrated recoil buffer and heavily checkered grips to counter muzzle flip. The steel slide has a black TIAIN-coated finish and is fitted with fixed combat sights (

DoubleTap Defense Tactical Pocket Pistol


Reintroduced and improved, the DoubleTap micro over-under two-shooter in .45 ACP and 9mm is only .665-inch wide. The aluminum model weighs only 12 ounces empty. Integral grips have a housing that holds two extra rounds in a tiny speed-strip if desired, and optional barrel ports reduce muzzle flip and recoil. Truly a pocket gun with an overall length and height of 5.5 inches and 3.9 inches, respectively, it has an ambi thumb-latch elector DAO trigger that operates two internal hammers. An AR-type push-out hinge pin allows for quick caliber conversion (

Caracal F .40


Specifically for the U.S. market, Caracal has introduced for 2013 the Model F in .40 caliber. Another for-Americans-only improvement is the gun’s fixed, dovetail-mounted, three-dot combat sights. It has a 14+1 capacity, and the polymer frame has a rail, an ambi mag release and a DAO action. The Model F’s low-profile and bore axis, plus its bold checkered/textured grip, reduces recoil. Service size with a 4.09-inch barrel, 7.01-inch overall length, 5.31-inch height, and 1.1-inch width, it’s the perfect size/weight for duty or defense use (

CZ-USA PO-9 Pistol


Another you’ve-seen-it-here-first handgun is the LE-optimized CZ PO-9. It represents a progression of the landmark internal rail CZ design, with extras added to enhance duty carry. From top to bottom, you can see the fixed combat sights on the matte steel slide with front and rear serrations, low-profile levers for decocking and takedown, skeletonized hammer spur for the SA/DA action and a lower accessory rail ahead of the hooked triggerguard. A push-button mag release and knurled/textured grip panels finish the package (

Dakota Model 97 Outfitter


Dakota’s round-bottom Model 97 is an affordable alternative to its Model 76, with all the 76’s refinements that matter. A button-rifled Douglas barrel holds the thick washer recoil lug against the 97’s receiver, with a right- or left-handed bolt in two action lengths for cartridges to 2.8 and 3.6 inches. Pick any chambering to .375 H&H. The Outfitter, a recent variant of the Model 97, has a stainless action that is finished in Cerakote and glass- and pillar-bedded to a carbon-fiber/fiberglass stock. The rifle comes with or without iron sights. Dakota’s workmanship was evident in my test rifle, from its seamless fit of two-screw swivel studs, to the silky slide of its bolt and the mirror-smooth inletting. Stock fill (weight, balance) is tailored to each rifle’s use and chambering. I like the blind magazine. No rattle. No accidental releases. The test rifle shot 10 of 12 loads into 1.5 inches or less, with Norma-loaded AccuBonds nipping a 0.62-inch group. Suggested retail is $5,150. (

Remington Model 783


The Model 783, Remington’s new bolt rifle for 2013, has a twin-lug bolt that rides in a cylindrical receiver wedded to a 22-inch button-rifled barrel with a barrel nut. Fed by a detachable box magazine, the rifle is pillar-bedded to a synthetic stock with molded-in swivel studs and a SuperCell recoil pad. The Model 783 has an adjustable trigger and a two-position safety. It weighs 7 pounds in .270, .308 and .30-06. The 7mm Magnum version (24-inch barrel) is slightly heavier. Suggested retail is $451.10. (



Jeff Sipe from Montana Rifle Company advises that the new AVR (American Vantage Rifle) and XVR (Xtreme Vantage Rifle) rifles resemble the ASR and XWR (synthetic and walnut stocks), “but with stiffer barrels and iron sights.” The AVR also comes in stainless. Choose from seven husky chamberings: .35 Whelen, .375 Ruger, .375 H&H, .416 Remington, .416 Ruger, .458 Lott or .458 Winchester. MRC’s rifles are built in-house on the company’s own Winchester 70-style actions, with barrels from The Montana Rifleman, right next door in Kalispell. Brian Sipe, Jeff’s father, started both businesses and furnishes barrels to several well-known firearms companies. Suggested retail for the AVR rifle starts at $1,279. The XVR is priced at $1,399. (

Weatherby Mark V Accumark RC


The long-barreled Mark V Accumark has for years seduced Weatherby fans who like to shoot far. New this year is the Accumark RC (Range Certified). Guaranteed MOA precision joins a long list of Mark V features: a fully adjustable trigger, 54-degree bolt lift, and terrific strength in lockup. The Accumark’s fluted stainless barrel floats in a hand-laminated synthetic stock with a T-6 alloy bedding plate. Chambered for all Weatherby big-game rounds to .338-378, the rifle also comes in .270, .308, .30-06, 7mm Remington, .300 Winchester Magnum, and .338 Lapua. Suggested retail is $2,400 (and $2,700 for the .30-378, .338-378 and .338 Lapua). (

Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Back Country


Weatherby’s Vanguard, on the sturdy Howa action, has earned a big following as an economical alternative to the company’s flagship Mark V rifle. The recently upgraded Vanguard Series 2 features a three-position safety and adjustable two-stage trigger and is guaranteed to deliver MOA groups. Choose a walnut or synthetic stock, and internal or detachable box magazine. The Back Country, my favorite in the Series 2 line, returns in 2013 chambered for .240, .257 or .300 Weatherby Magnums, as well as .270, .30-06 and .300 Winchester. Suggested retail is $1,399. (

Weatherby X Line of Rifles & Shotguns


For 2013 is the “Weatherby X,” a new line of rifles and shotguns with graphics, names and dimensions for young shooters. It debuts outside of the company’s catalog. With names like Hog Reaper and Whitetail Bonz, the rifles (Vanguards on Howa actions) feature bold colors and patterns on synthetic stocks. “The exclusivity of this line, as well as its cosmetic tilt to youth, promises ready acceptance in a market we all want to reach,” says Mike Schweibert of Weatherby. The Weatherby X stable includes three pump-action “tactical” shotguns. (; 805-227-2600)

Zeiss Unveils Its Hensoldt ZF 3.5-26x56mm FF Long-Range Riflecope


Zeiss and Cassidian unveiled Tuesday their Hensoldt ZF 3.5-26x56mm FF long-range riflescope, a unique, all-round telescopic sight for precision shooting no matter the distance. Its red, illuminated reticle is in the first focal plane, and its large magnification range (3.5-26X) and short overall length make it ideal for short- and long-range shooting. At 14 inches, it’s only slightly longer than Zeiss/Cassidian’s 4-16x56mm riflescope. “The most unusual thing is the magnification range of 3.5-26X in such a short, compact design,” said Dr. Walter Peschke, senior manager of business development and sales for Cassidian. “This is the shortest scope on the market with that much magnification range. And when shooting long ranges, you need a lot of compensation, and this scope can compensate as much as 4 meters at 100 meters.” That’s possible with an elevation turret that provides 18 mil-radian (180 clicks) of adjustments in two noticeable rotations. To simplify use in all climate zones, the turret does not stop at 0, but continues to -5, resulting in 365 clicks. The scope’s illuminated reticle is powered by a high-capacity CR123 battery, providing superior power no matter the environment (

Trijicon TARS Delivers Tough, Reliable Performance


The TARS—Tactical Advanced RifleScope—from Trijicon features 3-15x variable magnification, a 50mm objective and an illuminated reticle that’s ideal for tactical and sporting rifles. The scope’s premium-grade optics, exact adjustments and innovative reticle systems are encased in a nearly indestructible aluminum body that ensures the scope performs when engaging targets near and far. The scope’s best-quality Schott glass is fully mil-spec multi-coated for maximum light transmission. It also features 3.3 inches of constant eye relief while decreasing overall scope length to 13.9 inches. Its 3-15X magnification range make it a viable choice for everything from LE and military operations to benchrest competition to varmint and big-game hunting. The TARS features an innovative illuminated-reticle system with 10 levels of intensity, including two for use with night-vision optics. Its non-forward-emitting LED illuminated reticle is much more efficient than current systems. One CR2032 battery provides up to 175 hours of use (setting six, Day one). The TARS comes available with three reticle options. All are located in the first focal plane, so subtension values remain constant across the magnification range. The scope’s robust 34mm main tube is machined from aircraft-grade aluminum, which, combined with Trijicon’s mil-spec construction, that ensures TARS can handle severe recoil and harsh environments. It’s waterproof to 66 feet, and finger-adjustable turrets feature patent-pending lockable, tactile click adjustments for positive tracking and repeatability. A side-mounted parallax dial focuses from 40 yards to infinity. Removable Tenebraex flip-up range caps and sunshade are included. It retails for approximately $4,000 (

Burris Introduces Its C4 Riflescope Lineup


The new C4 riflescope lineup combines premium optics with premium click adjustment via the “Cartridge Calibrated Custom Clicker” system. This allows shooters and hunters to match the elevation adjustment to their favorite cartridge and bullet for the easiest pinpoint accuracy possible. C4 owners can order free custom knobs from Burris to match their favorite load by sending Burris their cartridge load information online. The custom elevation knob also indicates, in MOA, the 10-mile-per-hour wind hold-off for the cartridge for the distance they’re shooting. The simple-to-use C4 Wind MOA reticle eliminates the guesswork with full and half-MOA tick marks that extend out to 10 MOA in each direction. C4 scopes are available in four models: 3-9x40mm and 4.5-14x42mm in 1-inch and 30mm tubes. Each offers ultra-premium glass and index-matched Hi-Lume multi-coatings for enhanced clarity, edge-to-edge sharpness and low-light performance. They’re built with rugged one-piece tubes and feature low-profile adjustment knobs with positive repeatable click adjustments, easy-to-adjust parallax rings (4.5-14X models only) and ergonomic power rings and quick-adjust eyepiece diopters. These scopes will be available at these MSRPs: 3-9x40mm (1 inch tube), $299; 3-9x40mm (30mm tube), $349; 4.5-14x42mm (1 inch), $399; and 4.5-14x42mm (30mm), $499 (

Leupold Unveils Mark AR MOD 1 Riflescopes


Leupold’s new Mark AR MOD 1 lineup offers elite performance at affordable prices. These scopes are designed with AR-15, modern sporting and precision rifles in mind. They feature new reticles, ballistically calibrated BDC dials and Green FireDot illumination, all of which draw on Leupold’s proud military heritage. The Mark AR MOD 1 lineup covers four magnification ranges: 1.5-4x20mm, 3-9x40mm, 4-12x40mm with adjustable objective and 6-18x40mm with adjustable objective. Two models feature daylight-visible FireDot illumination. MSRPs start at about $400. “Whether you’re into competition, hunting with an AR-style rifle, law enforcement or just out having fun, there’s a Mark AR MOD 1 suited to every task,” said Pat Mundy, senior marketing manager for Leupold & Stevens, Inc. New P5 0.1-mil adjustment dials are partnered with mil-based reticles to deliver true mil/mil compatibility. Non-illuminated reticle options include Mil-Dot, Duplex or Fine Duplex. Leupold’s green FireDot Tactical Milling Reticle (TMR) and green FireDot Special Purpose Reticle are available in the 3-9x40mm and 1.5-4x20mm models, respectively. The elevation dial features bullet-drop compensation calibrated to the common 55-grain, .223/5.56x45mm cartridge. Additional dials matched to almost any ballistic profile can be ordered from the Leupold Custom Shop (

Swarovski’s 4W Reticle Now in Z6/Z6i Riflescope Lineup


Swarovski now offers its groundbreaking 4W wind-compensating reticle in its premium Z6/Z6i ballistic turret (BT) riflescopes. The concept of the BT/4W is to allow shooters to easily dial in the correct elevation needed for a shot with the BT system, while also compensating for any wind by using the vertical hash marks along the crosshair. These hash marks are placed every 2 MOA. This means that at 100 yards, the first hash mark from center equals a 2-inch spacing. The same hash mark at 300 yards equals a 6-inch spacing, and at 500 yards the first hash mark equals a 10-inch spacing. Swarovski Optik’s ballistic calculator tells the shooter how many MOA to compensate for wind deflection. Swarovski’s Z6/Z6i lineup includes these three options: 2.5-15x56mm P, 3-18x50mm P and 5-30x50mm P. Because these riflescopes have a second focal-plane reticle, the scope must be on its maximum magnification to accurately compensate for wind in MOA when using the hash marks for guidance. If wind isn’t a factor, simply use the main central crosshair at any magnification (

Redfield’s Battlezone Delivers Durable, Tactical Performance


Redfield’s new and durable Battlezone 3-9x42mm riflescope brings tactical utility to the hunting field. This scope is designed for modern sporting or tactical bolt-action rifles. It features fully multicoated lenses, a bullet-drop compensation system, a TAC-MOA reticle and tactile/audible .25-MOA finger-click adjustments. Its BDCS comes with two adjustment dials calibrated in two of the most popular calibers for tactical rifles. The .223/5.56x45mm NATO dial is set up for 55-grain bullets at 3,100 feet per second (fps). The second dial is calibrated for 168-grain .308/7.62x51mm NATO bullets at 2,650 fps. Each dial is marked in 50-yard increments. The new TAC-MOA reticle features stadia lines on the horizontal and vertical crosshairs set at 2-MOA increments. This allows shooters to quickly hold over for wind or elevation, and it can also be used for range estimation on objects of a known size. A fast-focus eyepiece helps shooters get on target and easily adapt to changing conditions. Like all Redfield riflescopes, the Battlezone is built to withstand the elements. Its waterproof nitrogen-filled main tubes prevent fogging and freezing and are guaranteed to stay sealed for the scope’s life. MSRP: About $200 (

Schmidt & Bender Debuts Its Stratos Riflescope


The new 2.5-13x56mm Stratos riflescope from Schmidt & Bender USA features a new 5X zoom, quick adjustments, a programmable illumination unit and flash-dot technology—all the while retaining the company’s traditional elegant design. The Stratos measures 13.54 inches in length and features a 30mm tube. This scope offers a field of view of 42.6 yards to 8.1 yards at 100 yards, depending on the magnification. It offers 3.54 inches of safe eye relief, and its reticle is in the scope’s first focal plane. The Stratos is also waterproof to nearly 10 feet, and the battery for its illumination system is easily changed without tools. Each shooter can set up and customize the scope’s illumination system on their home computer. To create or customize the protocols, simply choose the number of steps in brightness in the day mode and night mode, choose the number of hours for automatic shutdown and choose the action desired when reactivating the lighting (

Sightron Expands Its SIII Series


Sightron has further expanded its SIII series of tactical riflescopes with the Model 25003, a new 10-50x60mm scope that features an illuminated MOA reticle, MOA tactical knobs, and a mil-dot reticle. These scopes also are available with MRAD tactical knobs. The 25003 offers an MOA-2 reticle with 2-MOA spacing. All models in the SIII series feature large, oversized tactical knobs with .25-MOA adjustments. They also feature rugged one-piece main-body tubes, and a side-focus system focuses precisely on a wide range of distances. The 25003 also feature Sightron’s unique ExacTrack windage and elevation adjustment system, and its ZACT-7 Revcoat finishes on its large objectives. This finish is a seven-layer multi-coating that’s applied throughout the scope’s entire lens system. Finally, the 25003’s side-focus system is designed for easy use whether in the field or shooting off a bench. It will focus from 13 to 40 yards to infinity depending on the model. MSRP: About $1,000 (

Weaver Redesigns Its Grand Slam Series


Weaver’s new and improved Grand Slam series serves as the flagship for the company’s riflescope lineup. The Grand Slam fleet has undergone a complete transformation that includes advancements to Weaver’s Micro-Trac erector system and a new exterior design. At its core, however, the Grand Slam remains the same rugged, versatile and technologically advanced riflescopes that shooters and hunters have always known. The Grand Slam is available in 10 models ranging from 2-8x36mm to 4-16x44mm, and it includes these features: 4X magnification ranges; argon-purged tubes; rugged one-piece tube construction; precision-ground, fully multi-coated lenses; side focus parallax adjustments on select models; reticle options based on specific models; cross-balanced spring system for repeatable high-precision adjustment of windage and elevation; and Weaver’s all-new High-Precision Micro-Trac Adjustment System. The MSRP on these scopes range $415.95 to $540.95 (

Hawke’s 1X Multi-Purpose SR Offers Versatility


The new Multi-Purpose SR (HK3265) is a 1X scope with an illuminated reticle that’s a great option whether you’re hunting with a crossbow or working in tight quarters in potentially dangerous situations. It’s also designed to withstand punishment whether it’s mounted on shotguns, crossbows or AR-15 platforms. Its 1X magnification allows shooters to aim with both eyes open—and from a safe distance, thanks to its 7 inches of eye relief. It features a red/green illuminated reticle, fully multicoated lenses and a 1-inch monotube for superior strength. “The SR is our crossover scope,” said Trent Marsh, Hawke’s brand development and communications manager. “It’s a niche product in that it’s suitable for just about everything. It’s great for mounting on a youth’s shotgun because of it’s long eye relief.” The Multi-Purpose SR weighs in at about 9 ounces, measures just over 9 inches in length and includes with purchase a full lifetime warranty. MSRP: $130 (

Uncle Mike’s Reflex Concealment Holster IRT (Integrated Retention Technology)


Composed of hi-grade Kydex, the RCH used a “keep-it-simple” non-mechanical retention system that does away with internal/external buttons or latches. The drawing action takes advantage of the gross motor skills that come into play during stressful situations, plus the angle of the draws prevents your sweeping your leg. The basic belt-carry model is contoured to the body and can be reconfigured for IWB carry. Holstering the handgun in the RCH, you can hear and feel when the handgun is secure inside (

DeSantis Gatt Holsters


At the request of a major supplier, DeSantis created two levels of Gatt holsters; the E, or Economy, Gatt, and the L, or Leather, Gatt. The E-Gatt uses budget-grade leather and stitching and is only available in black. The L-Gatt is a step up and made with higher-quality materials and workmanship, plus it can be had in either black or tan. Both rigs are concealable, open-top, hand-boned belt-slides, providing an exact friction fit on the handgun for security (

Aker International IWB & Black Label Holsters


Constructed of thin, top-grain leather, the open-top IWB scabbard slips inside the waistband and is secured on the belt by two quick on/off snap loops. To ease re-holstering, the IWB has a polymer insert sewn beneath a leather cover that’s stitched outside the holster mouth. An inner sweat shield protects the body and clothing. The Black Label is a “high-end” design: Basically, it’s a pancake-style belt holster with quick on/off snap loops. It can be had not only in black and brown, but also, as an option, can be trimmed with exotic materials like shark skin (

Triple-K #655 Amadini Holster


This affordable leather concealment holster has a black composite plastic paddle and an inner draw shield to protect the body and clothing. It is an open-top design, which depends on precise hand-fitting and a tension adjustment screw to keep the handgun secure. Made of top grain cowhide, it is lock-stitched with nylon thread and black in color. Right now, it’s available for most popular small and medium frame auto-loaders, and a model to fit the Model 1911 pistol will soon be made available (

Blue Stone Safety Products Undercover Ankle Holster with D-Ring


For backup and plainclothes use, the highly concealable ankle holster is hard to beat. But users will tell you that they are always fearful of losing their handgun in a foot pursuit or struggle. Enter Blue Stone and their nylon ankle rig that has a D-Ring locking system that, when tightened, provides an extra level of weapon security. Black in color and fitting small-to-medium-sized guns, it attaches to the ankle with a Velcro band backed by plush sheepskin for comfort. For weapon retention, it has an adjustable Velcro humb-break safety strap. The Undercover Ankle Holster is made for left- or right-side wear (

Tuff Products Uni-Fit Holster


Have you ever bought a new handgun only to find there is no holster made to fit it? With the ability to be worn IWB or on the belt using a steel spring-clip, the Uni-Fit is a fabric and Velcro design that can be adjusted, reconfigured or trimmed to accommodate an endless variety of handguns. A Velcro-backed, removable nylon strip is used to secure the muzzle of the handgun, and an elastic cord with a nylon tab at the top of the rig is used as a weapon-retention device (

Rescomp Handgun Technologies (RHT) CR Secure Holster


RHT, makers of speed rigs used by IPSC and Bianchi Cup champs, also produces a rig for IDPA, 3-Gun or law enforcement use. The CR Secure is made of durable, high-pressure, injection-molded plastic and has a simple, effective auto-locking weapon retention system. Available in black, olive drab or desert tan, it’s sold as an ensemble with a hi-ride web belt hanger. Two replaceable retention levers allow it to be used with Glocks and Beretta 92s. Version also exist for the CZ75, SIG P226 and HK USP (

Elite Survival Systems CPHS Elite Paddle Holster


Paddle holsters are the original easy-on/off rigs and slide right inside the waistband. The CPHS has a contoured paddle with dual stabilizer prongs for security. It combines leather with padded ballistic nylon for a weight of just 1 pound. A bobbed muzzle enhances concealability, and handgun retention is assured with a PowerBand tension device coupled with a Velcro adjustable thumb break. A patented internal Sight Strip protects the sights, and six sizes of the CPHS will fit well nearly 100 different popular pistols and revolvers (

FOBUS Digit Path Level 2 Holster (DPH)


Fobus has taken one of their lightweight plastic, concealable, open-top paddle holsters and combined it with a Level 2 security device for improved handgun retention. The design of this device encourages the user to place his or her index finger on the outside of the holster, where the finger tip can then can engage and press the release mechanism. The retention pressure device is automatically reapplied when the handgun is re-holstered. Fobus warns that fine motor skills are required, so the DPH is not recommended for tactical use (

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