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SHOT Show is without question, the largest firearms trade show on Earth. From new rifles to new ammo, each year manufacturers travel from around the world to display their latest and greatest with hopes of securing orders and improving their bottom line.

With more than 2,000 vendors descending on Las Vegas, it can be difficult to swim through the sea of products, especially if you are looking for something specific. While many of the larger companies assemble house-sized displays, many gems can be found in the outer corners of the show as well.

New Rifles at SHOT 2018

One of my annual treks is to find some of the most interesting new rifles for the LEO and military world. These are guns that are tailored toward those who protect and serve on a daily basis. What I would consider “hard use” weapons built to withstand the upper extremes of use.

While there was no shortage of new blasters, a few stood out. Some in a good way and some in a, well, let’s just say “interesting” way. As a service to you, I walked the 13 acres of the show and present you some of the most interesting finds in this category.

F4 Defense F4-X Specifications

  • Caliber: .308 Winchester
  • Receivers: Precision CNC Machined from Aerospace Aluminum Billet 7075-T6
  • Barrel: Proof Research 16″ Carbon Fiber 1X8  or  Proof Research 18″ Stainless 1X10
  • Fire Control Group: Trigger Tech® Adaptable AR Primary Trigger
  • Handguard: ARS-Lite 15.8″
  • Gas System: Intermediate
  • Selector: BAD Short-throw Ambi Selector
  • Muzzle Device: APA Lil’ Bastard
  • Stock: MFT Minimalist Stock
  • Finish:  Cerakote
  • Weight: 6.4 pounds (Carbon Fiber) and 7.3pounds (Stainless Steel)
  • American Made with American Metal
  • MSRP: $2,595-$2,995
  • Website: F4Defense.com

FN 15 Tactical Carbine FDE P-LOK Specifications

  • Caliber: 5.56x45mm
  • Operation: Direct impingement
  • Weight: 7.2 pounds
  • Barrel Length: 16 inches
  • Overall Length: 34-37.2 inches
  • Handguards: P-LOK handguard with M-LOK technology
  • Receiver: Hard-anodized aluminum Flat-top receiver, M1913 MIL-SPEC rail
  • Barrel: 16-inch cold hammer-forged, chrome-lined with mid-length gas block,FN three-prong flash hider
  • Stock: B5 Systems buttstock
  • Trigger: FN Combat Trigger
  • MSRP: $1,499
  • Website: FNAmerica.com

Savage MSR-15 Valkyrie Specifications

  • Caliber: .224 Valkyrie
  • Series: MSR
  • Magazine: Detachable box
  • Stock Material: Aluminum
  • Barrel Material: Carbon Steel
  • Barrel Finish & Color: Matte Black
  • Build: Elite Series Cerakote Upper and Lower
  • Grip: Hogue Pistol Grip
  • Trigger: Two-Stage Trigger
  • MSRP: $1,499
  • Website: SavageArms.com

Seekins Precision NXP8 Specifications

  • Caliber: .300 BLK
  • Barrel: 8-inch Match grade 5R stainless steel
  • Handguard: 7-inch NOXs
  • Receiver: 7075-T6 Billet aluminum
  • Controls: Ambidextrous controls
  • Stock: SB-Tactical PDW pistol stabilizing brace
  • Charging Handle:  DNA
  • Feed Ramp: M4
  • Lower: SP223 Billet Ambi Lower
  • Gas Block: Adjustable
  • Muzzle Device: Nest Flash Hider
  • MSRP: $1,879
  • Website: SeekinsPrecision.com

Heckler & Koch HK433 Specifications

  • Caliber: 5.56x45mm
  • Operation: Gas blowback
  • Modes of fire: Single fire/full auto
  • Rate of fire: Approximately 700 rpm
  • Length: 22.1 inches (collapsed)
  • Height: 7.6 inches
  • Barrel length: 11.02 inches
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Website: Heckler-Koch.com

Lithgow F90 Specifications

  • Caliber: 5.56x45mm
  • Weight: 6.94 pounds
  • Overall Length: 25.7 inches
  • Barrel Length: 14.17 inches
  • Barrel: Proprietary, military grade steel, cold hammer forged; six external flutes with threaded muzzle; chrome lined bore and chamber; phosphate treated and coated in Cerakote.
  • Rate of Fire: 740 rpm
  • Rifling: Six grooves, 1:7 right hand twist
  • Operation: Semi and fully automatic, short stroke gas piston operated
  • Receiver: Modular, light weight composite receiver
  • Stock: Ergonomic, ambidextrous stock made from high impact fiber reinforced polymer
  • Trigger: Two-position, sliding trigger with select fire function; Fitted with single shot lock out
  • Safety: Two- or three-position sliding, ambidextrous safety that blocks trigger displacement
  • Magazine: Removable, double-stack box magazine; polymer construction; 30 rounds
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Website: LithgowArms.com

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