Over the years, there have been numerous attempts to hot rod the 5.56×45 mm NATO-chambered AR-15 platform in an effort to push its ballistics closer to those of its big brother, the AR-10 and its 7.62×51 mm NATO cartridge. The 6.5 mm Grendel, 6.8 mm SPC and .300 Blackout are examples of cartridges developed to fit within this envelope. Frank DeSomma, owner and founder of Patriot Ordnance Factory, instead decided to give people exactly what they had been asking for—an AR-15-size platform chambered for the .308 Win. cartridge. Called the Revolution, POF-USA’s newest piston-driven rifle weighs a scant 7 lbs., 4 ozs., and possesses all of the fast-handling characteristics of an AR-15, while boasting the hard-hitting energy of an AR-10.
SIG Sauer is still in the 1911 business, offering a commemorative pistol with patriotic statement features, a unique nitron finish and other elements that exude pride in America. The “We the People” model is available in the P238 and P938 sizes as well.
IWI US, Inc., has brought its first bullpup shotgun to market: the Tavor TS12. The 12-gauge gas-regulated, smoothbore semi-automatic shotgun feeds from one of three magazine tubes, each capable of holding four 3” shotgun shells or five 2” shotgun shells, for a total potential magazine capacity of 15 +1 rounds. The TS12 can be fed and unloaded from either side and configured for either right- or left-side ejection or operation.
Not long ago I had the opportunity to spend time with the Nikon team at a shooting event. One of the most convenient pieces of new gear I got to work with was a pair of LaserForce 10×42 binoculars with a laser rangefinder system built into it. Not only was the view through the lenses crisp and bright, the distance readings were exceptionally quick.
Century Arms is expanding its Draco line of compact AK-pattern pistols to include the new NAK9 chambered in 9 mm. The company has wisely designed the magazine well to accept factory and after-market magazines designed for Glock G17 and G19 pistols in capacities ranging from 15 to 33 rounds.