The X Factor

What may be the gun of the year, Springfield Armory unveiled its groundbreaking Ultra Compact XD-S .45 ACP. A truly “pocketable” 5+1 capacity .45 Auto, the XD-S measure only 6.3 inches in length, 4.4 inches in height and 1.0 inches in overall width while tipping the scale at 29 ounces Despite its compact dimensions recoil is surprisingly manageable and accuracy with the 3.3-inch barrel, low profile white dot rear, and red fiber optic front sights exceptional. Standard features include two interchangeable backstrap panels, integral Picatinny rail, combined toggle-style trigger and grip frame safeties, ambidextrous magazine releases, loaded chamber indicator, durable Melonite finish forged steel slide and black polymer frame.  For more information visit


Beretta Nano

Nano technology means small, and that fits the innovative Beretta Nano, a Micro Compact .40 S&W that brings the most popular law enforcement cartridge in America down to pocket carry dimensions. The Nano incorporates a separate fire control sub chassis that contains frame rails, trigger, and striker-firing system in a removable module that IS “the gun,” for all intents and legal purposes. This will allow Beretta to offer interchangeable grip frames in optional colors, backstrap sizes and to incorporate other technologies that may include an integrated laser. Dovetailed white dot sights are also easily changed or adjusted using a standard 1.3mm hex wrench. The polymer grip frame helps reduce the Nano’s carry weight to a mere 17.67 ounces With a 3.07 inch barrel, the Nano’s overall length is 5.63 inches, width .90 inches and height a scant 4.17 inches. The striker-fired pistol utilizes an integral trigger safety and packs 6 rounds plus one in the chamber. Also available in 9mm. Suggested retail is $475. Visit



The new FN FNS-9 and FNS-40 striker-fired autoloading duty pistols were introduced at the 2012 SHOT Show. Built in the USA the FNS series is the most operator-friendly pistol available. Taking some five years to develop and nearly a half-million rounds of testing, the FNS stands ready for LE duty. It features a highly ergonomic frame design including an ultra-low bore axis to reduce felt-recoil, two interchangeable backstraps, a MIL-STD 1913 rail and an aggressive grip checkering pattern that improves rapid-fire control. The FNS is fully ambidextrous, making the FNS easier for training, qualification and ultimately effective use under stress. Standard features include a hammer-forged stainless steel barrel and slide, with front and rear cocking serrations, a full-length recoil spring guide rod and FN’s exclusive low-profile Deep-V three-dot night sights. The FNS-9 offers a 17-round magazine capacity and the FNS-40 holds 14 rounds, both come with three magazines and a locking hard case.  For more information call 800-635-1321 or visit


Glock 32 Gen 4

Much like the popular mid-size Glock 19 in 9mm and Model 23 in .40, the new Glock 32 is the same size pistol in .357 SIG. Compatible as a duty handgun, off-duty/plainclothes and self-defense, its high-performance cartridge has proven popular with LEO’s patrolling our national parks and rural areas. The Glock 32 is a polymer-framed and has the multiple backstrap grip option. With an OA length of 7.36” and has a 4-inch barrel, 5-inch height, width of 1.18 inches and weighs 21.52 ounce empty. Ammo capacity is 13+1 with optional 15- and 17 round magazines. Standard sights are fixed 3-dot and night sights are optional. The safe-action trigger is set at 5.5 pounds and the barrel has hexagonal rifling with a 9.84-inch RH twist. For more information call 770-432-1202 or visit


HK45 Compact Tactical

Introduced at SHOT 2012, the .45 ACP HK45 CT (Compact Tactical) pistol has been adopted by the Navy SEALs as the MK-24. Built on the tough, military lineage of the Heckler & Koch HK45 series of handguns, it’s the ultimate operator’s pistol. The HK45 CT comes standard with 10-round magazines and an extra grip backstrap to ensure a custom fit for each shooter’s hand. Other features include HK’s proprietary internal mechanical recoil reduction system that reduces the recoil forces effecting the pistol and shooter by as much as 30%. An “O-ring” barrel means better slide-to-barrel lockup and enhanced accuracy. The threaded barrel on the HK45 CT is made using the famous HK cold-hammer forging process for superior performance.  Produced at HK’s American manufacturing facility in Newington, New Hampshire, the HK45 CT is constructed using U.S. and German components. For more information call 706-568-1906 or visit


Windham Weaponry VEX-SS Varmint Exterminator

Windham Weaponry continues to add to their AR rifle product line with the all new VEX-SS Varmint Exterminator. This full-sized semi-auto rifle is chambered in .223 Rem. And features direct gas impingement operation, padded Ace Skeleton stock and a Hogue rubber overmolded pistol grip. The 20-inch stainless steel heavy fluted barrel with a matte finish is free-floated using a knurled an ventilated aluminum handguard and features a 1 in 8 twist rate with a specially matched bolt. The flat top upper comes with Picatinny risers for mounting long range scopes and there is a length of rail on the gas block for back up iron front sights. For more information visit or call 855-808-1888.


Mossberg 464 SPX

Some might say it couldn’t be done, and other might say it shouldn’t be done but Mossberg has just introduced what may be the first-ever tactical lever-action rifle. The new Mossberg 464 SPX is a lever action carbine available in 30-30 Win. or .22 LR with a matte black finish and a polymer AR style six-position collapsible stock. The handguard, also black polymer, includes standard Picatinny rails at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions and each model is available with a special muzzle break, including an A2 flash hider on the 30-30 model. These rifles also feature high-visibility fiber optic sights and have a magazine capacity of six for the 30-30 and 14 for the .22 LR. Visit or call 203-230-5300 for more info.



You might be dating yourself if you remember Calico firearms, but this incredibly innovative gun is back and better than ever. The Calico semi-auto is again available as a rifle or pistol with a top mounted helical magazine with a 50 or 100 round capacity in 9mm. The beauty of this design is that the gun remains well balanced and compact with a bottom ejection feature left-handed shooters will appreciate and ambidextrous controls. The rifles can be had with collapsible stocks a variety of Picatinny rails and in various finishes. For the nostalgic Calico also offers an original configuration rifle available in 9 mm and .22 LR. According to company sources a high-capacity semi-auto 12 gauge shotgun and .223 Rem rifle are also in the works. Contact or call 888-442-2542 for more information.


M+M M10-762 Semi-Automatic

M+M Inc. also known as Colorado Gun Sales is now offering the M10-762 Semi-Automatic AK-Type Rifle in 7.62×39 made in the US from Romania parts kits. Previously available only in black, the company is now adding a Desert Tan option with a Hogue rubber over molded pistol grip and a new Hogue over-molded handguard with internal heat shield and removable side accessory rails. This rifle can be had with a standard Tapco fixed or AR style six-position collapsible stock and features a very distinctive Tapco RAZR flash hider and a cold hammer-forged and chrome-lined barrel. The rear sight is also adjustable for windage and elevation. Contact or call 866-926-5419 for more info.



Sig Sauer has just introduced the .308 Win./7.62 NATO version of the well-received SIG516 rifle. The new SIG716 is a semi-automatic short-stroke gas piston carbine with an ambidextrous magazine release. The gas system features four levels of adjustment to compensate for different types of ammunition, a very fouled gun, or use with a suppressor. The rifle features back up iron sights standard and all Magpul furniture (available in black, OD green and flat dark earth), as well as full length Picatinny top rail with a quad rail handguard. Integrated quick-detach sling attachment points are machined into each side of the lower receiver, which can also be had in a standard black or with an almost complete FDE finish. Contact or call 603-772-2302 for more information.


Caracal-USA Model F

Making their USA debut at the 2012 SHOT Show, the Caracal pistols are made in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The company was launched in 2007 and worked closely with the UAE Armed forces developing full- and compact-sized pistols that have been exported thorughout the Middle East region, Europe and Africa. At present, Caracal is establishing a US subsidiary Caracal-USA. The Caracal Model F is a full-size, service-type 9mm DA pistol with a polymer frame, an OA length of 7.0 inches, with a 4-inch barrel, a height of 5.3 inches, width of 1.1 inches and an empty weight of 26.5 ounces. Cartridge capacity is 18+1 rounds and it comes with 3-dot fixed sights or an optional “quick sight acquisition system.”  For more information call 205-655-7050 or visit


Chiappa’s Winchester-style Lever-Action 12 GA

Nothing settled an argument or discouraged a crowd of rowdy cowboys faster than a shotgun, and in the late 19th century the most fearsome was the Winchester Model 1887 lever-action packing six rounds of 00 buckshot. Now Chiappa Firearms brings this legendary model to life in its most imposing visage, cut down 18.5-inch barrel and stock dramatically shortened at the wrist. Available with wood grip and forearm (as shown) or all black with soft touch rubber covered grip, total weight is 6.5 lbs., and length 28.6 inches. With a 5-round magazine and one in the chamber this makes an ideal home defense shotgun due to its compact length, capacity and legendary reputation. For pricing and availability visit


Heizer Defense Double Tap

All new from the innovative designers at Heizer Defense, the ultra slim, over/under barreled Double Tap rewrites the book on concealed carry defensive back up guns. Available in 9mm and .45 ACP (using interchangeable barrel modules) this ultra-lightweight double barreled tactical pocket pistol weighs a mere 14 ounces and measures only .665 inches in width. No bigger than a Smart Phone, overall length is 5.5 inches and height 3.9 making the Double Tap easy to conceal in a either a front or hip pocket. Designed with aerospace technology and constructed from titanium (there is an aluminum-framed version weighing only 12 ounces), the top of the line model (pictured) also features a patent-pending progressive barrel porting option that cuts muzzle rise and recoil. An ambidextrous thumb latch releases the action and automatically ejects the spent rounds. Two more rounds on a Heizer loading clip are stored inside the grip frame and are easily accessed for a quick reload. Unlike any firearm, the Double Tap features a revolutionary double-action trigger system that utilizes ball bearings for a smooth action and crisp trigger pull. For more information visit or check out Heizer on Facebook.


Bersa High-Capacity Concealed Carry 9mm

New from Bersa is the subcompact BP9cc the Argentine armsmaker’s first polymer-framed handgun. The stylish, striker-fired 9mm has a capacity of 8+1, a short reset DAO trigger large triggerguard, and steeply angled grip. Loaded with standard features the Bersa comes with 3-dot Sig Sauer-type interchangeable front and Glock-type interchangeable rear sights, an integral Picatinny rail on the dustcover, polygonal-rifled 3.3-inch barrel, ambidextrous magazine release and magazine disconnect (to prevent the gun from discharging if the magazine is removed and a round is chambered). Offered in matte blue finish and in Duo-Tone (pictured) the BP9cc weighs 21.5 ounces and measures 6.35 inches in length, .94 inches in width and 4.8 inches in height. Prices at $420 to $440. For more information visit


Advanced Armament Company

Like other companies, AAC has had a record year. Their newest suppressor is the SR7—a multi-use suppressor that is designed for short barrel hosts that are 7.62 (.308) caliber and smaller. It is ideal for a 10-inch 5.56mm, a 12-inch 7.62x51mm or a standard .308 bolt-action rifle. Given the inherent erosion issues with short-barrel rifles, the SR7 features a fully welded, all Inconel baffle core that is engineered to reduce back-pressure. The 90T Ratchet Taper Mount ensures a solid interface and minimum shift on the point of impact. For more information, visit


Delta P Design

While visiting with the folks at Primary Weapons Systems, we took note of the Delta P Design Brevis 5.56 Compact suppressor. The Brevis Compact is only 3.8 inches in length and 2 inches in diameter. The larger diameter gives the Brevis Compact a greater volume than comparable compact 5.56 suppressors. As a result, the back-pressure is reduced enabling short-barrel carbines, especially those with barrels shorter than 10.5 inches to run more reliably both with and without a suppressor. The unit also ideal for the FN 5.7. For more information, visit



Silencerco introduced their long-awaited rifle suppressor, the.5.56 Saker. The Saker features a new Hoplon baffle that is specifically shaped to reduce erosion and increase the life of the unit. Silencerco designed a proprietary three-prong adaptor / flash hider called the Trifecta RS. The adaptor allows the suppressor to index in the same position to minimize any shift in the point of impact. However, what makes the Saker revolutionary is the Multiple Attachment Device that allows user to use the Saker with existing mounts such at the AAC Blackout. For more information, visit



When Silencerco purchased SWR, good things were bound to happen. The Octane 9 has been redesigned with a new Click Together Assembly baffle stack. The CTA design completely encapsulates the baffles and prevents the debris from reaching the suppressor tube. The baffles are machined from 17-4 stainless steel for durability and easy maintenance and cleaning. The new Octane 9 HD is rated for full-auto 9mm as well as .300 Blackout / Whisper. Equally at home on a Sig 226, an MP5, or a M4 in .300 Blackout, the Octane 9 HD may be one of the most versatile suppressor on the market today. For more information, visit


Tactical Solutions was the first member of the press to get a preview of the new Tactical Solutions .22 suppressor. While yet to be named, the new model follows the trend and is fully user-serviceable unit and features 8 modified “K” baffles. Both the baffles and the outer tube are Titanium. The baffle assembly fits inside a one-piece stainless steel protective sleeve that is then inserted into the outer tube. The sleeve captures the debris both protects the outer tube and makes disassembly easier than their current model. According to the company, the new design is approximately 6 dB quieter than the Cascade model. For more information, visit


Armament Technology Delivers Premier Tactical Riflescope

The Premier Heritage 3-15×50 tactical riflescope from Armament Technology Inc. is a rugged, precise instrument designed for midrange to long-range shooting applications. This scope is designed in Germany but built in America and has been selected by the U.S. Marine Corps for its SSDS Scout Sniper Day Scope program. The Premier Heritage features a 5X magnification range, 34mm tube, illuminated reticle, and patented lever-lock rezeroing feature. It measures 13.6 inches in length, weighs 2.375 pounds and has 3.54 inches of eye relief. For more information contact Armament Technology Inc. at 902-454-6384 or visit


Swarovski Custom BT (Ballistic Turret)

The new Custom BT (Ballistic Turret) from Swarovski Optik North America delivers precise accuracy with less guesswork for long-range shooting. Simply choose a zero distance for your rifle, zero it in, and the turret does the rest. Just dial it and shoot. The Custom BT shows multiple range distances in 50- and 100-yard increments. It can be customized for handloads or individual factory rifle cartridges. It’s available in several popular models of Swarovski’s scopes, including the Z6, Z5 and Z3 riflescopes with a BT.

For more information contact Swarovski Optik North America at 800-426-3089 or visit


Schmidt-Bender Debuts 1-8×24 PMII Short Dot

The 1-8×24 PMII ShortDot model riflescope from Schmidt-Bender is a further development of the company’s 1.1-4×20 ShortDot scope, and is now available in a tan-sand finish. The scope’s fine illuminated reticle is in the first focal plane to permit precise operation up to 800-plus yards. Because the red dot in this model is in the second focal plane, this versatile scope can also be used as a red-dot scope at short distances, and the dot will not enlarge with the image. The scope’s main tube is 30mm in diameter, and users can choose from a variety of night and day modes. A locking system secures the scope’s adjusting caps of the elevation and windage turrets, ensuring they don’t accidentally shift. Contact Schmidt & Bender, at 800-468-3450 or visit


Weaver Unveils 3-15×50 Side-Focus Tactical Scope

New from Weaver Optics is the 3-15×50 side-focus tactical scope that features a 30mm argon-purged tube, first-focal-plane reticles, side parallax adjustments, reset-to-zero turrets, and a design and construction that makes these scopes waterproof, shockproof and fogproof. The scopes are part of Weaver’s Super Slam series, which means they’re manufactured to the strictest tolerances so they perform in the harshest environments. These scopes also feature one-piece construction, powerful 5-times optical zoom, and fully multi-coated lenses with extra hard coating on exterior lenses. Contact Weaver Optics/Onalaska Operations at 800-635-7656 or visit


U.S. Optics Unveils SN-8 1-8X Riflescope
The U.S. Optics SN-8 1-8X riflescope is a rugged, versatile short- to medium-range rifle optic featuring the company’s new 8:1 zoom ratio. This wide zoom range allows the scope to be used like a red-dot reflex sight at true 1X, but also allows threat identification and engagements at distances beyond 800 yards. This scope achieves its clarity through a precision-engineered lens system and a carefully designed and applied system of lens coatings. A simple push of a button turns on an SFP red dot that can be used in full daylight, while the first focal-plane reticle allows for ranging and hold-off points. Whether you shoot an MK11, AR15, M14 or bolt-action rifle, the SN-8 1-8X optic can be mounted for snag-free work in any environment. Contact U.S. Optics, Inc. at 714-582-1956 or visit


PrimaLoft Insulation Delivers Light, Dry, Warm Protection
There are three reasons all four branches of the U.S. military choose PrimaLoft for their pants, parkas, vests, footwear and sleeping bags when heading into the world’s harshest environments. The military’s impartial testers agreed PrimaLoft is lighter, dryer and warmer than all competing insulation brands. PrimaLoft was developed for the U.S. Army as an alternative to waterfowl down and uses a proprietary microfiber structure to help the body retain warmth and conserve energy. This allows wearers to enhance their performance, even after getting immersed head to toe while wearing PrimaLoft-insulated gear. Among the companies using PrimaLoft in their clothing lines are Browning, Sitka, Rocky, Under Armour, Russell Outdoors and Fox River. This insulation is extremely lightweight, compresses up to 33 percent more efficiently than other insulations, and is warm and durable even when wet. Contact PrimaLoft at or become a fan of PrimaLoft on Facebook.

Princeton Tec Introduces Remix Pro MPLS System
The new Remix Pro MPLS System from Princeton Tec can be used with a standard headlamp band or mounted onto police or military helmets where more protection is necessary. This system offers three unique headlamp designs for handling various tasks. The Remix MPLS uses a single Maxbright LED paired with three ultrabright LEDs, which allow users to switch between area lighting and a 70-lumen spot beam. The Remix Pro MPLS is the company’s lightest and brightest headlamp, and uses a CR123 lithium battery for light weight and superior performance. A raised fence around the button and the ability to rotate inward to protect the button guarantees it won’t activate by accident. The Remix Pro 2.0 MPLS features three separate colors for its lamps, coming in red, one blue or green, and one infrared. The light can be set to stay in infrared mode so unwanted light is never created by accident. Contact Princeton Tec at 609-298-9331 or visit


Boss Box 50 Ensures Safety at the Range
The Boss Box 50 weapon-clearing device from White Horse Solutions delivers fast, safe, superior performance to give shooters peace of mind before leaving the range. Simply poke your firearm’s muzzle inside the Boss Box 50 and pull the trigger. If you’ve somehow left a bullet in the chamber, the Boss Box 50 will capture it safely behind its thick walls of AR500 steel. This hardcore device can handle cartridges up to several hits from .50-caliber machine-gun rounds. It weighs 28 pounds, measures 9-by-6-by-6 inches, and can be mounted inside its convenient holder to make weapons-checks fast and easy. Contact White Horse Solutions at 865-692-6221 or visit


Brite-Strike Technology’s Tactical Balls RID-3
Tactical Balls RID-3 means “Rolling Illuminated Distraction and Disorientation Device,” and were developed for use by police officers with no specialized training when they need something unusual to distract bad guys from law-enforcement personnel. These devices are small, lightweight, water- and shock-resistant, and concentric and weighted. This ensures they will wobble and spin around when rolled or tossed into a room, and then land lighted-side up to backlight the bad guy. These are not designed to replace flash-bang devices—the company rates them a 2 on a scale of 0 to 10, compared to a 10 for a flash-bang device—but they’re still better than nothing. They really shine when police need to raid a meth lab or area with flammable materials. Contact Brite Strike Technologies Inc. at 508-746-8701 or visit

Guardian TS Trap Allows Safe Weapons Check
The Guardian TS Trap gun-clearing device from InRange Supplies ensures everyone shooting at the gun range can verify their gun’s chamber holds no live cartridge before leaving the range and heading home or back to the office. Simply point your gun’s muzzle into the Guardian TS Trap and pull the trigger. This device not only stops and catches the bullet, but also ensures the bullet won’t ricochet or send loose metal flying through the air. The Guardian TS captures ammo up to the 7.62 NATA cartridge for rifles, and has an opening that’s sized to fit pistols with weapon-mounted sights. It’s mobile and free-standing, while its hinged cover keeps out debris and precipitation. Contact InRange Supplies at 877-423-1785 or visit

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