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SHOT Show 17 – SIX12 Wood Stock Kit

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017


It’s a bit jarring given how ‘futuristic’ the SIX12 appears, but it also looks pretty slick. It’s also an officially offered accessory kit and not just a concept.

SHOT Show 17 – S&W Performance Center M&P-10 6.5 Creedmoor

Saturday, January 21st, 2017


6.5 Creedmoor is an increasingly popular hunting and target cartridge, out-performing the established .308 Winchester, while being able to utilize the same action, bolt, and magazine as the .308, with only a barrel change. As a result, there’s been plenty of bolt-actions and semi-automatic rifles being released with 6.5 Creedmoor chambering, and S&W has followed suit with the introduction of a 6.5 Creedmoor Performance Center variant of their M&P-10 rifle.

Like other M&P-10 variants, the 6.5 M&P-10 features an ambidextrous lower receiver with two-stage match trigger, along with a Magpul MOE+ grip and MOE Rifle stock. The 20″ barrel, made of carbon steel, features a 1:8 RH twist with 5R rifling, and the aluminum handguard is free-floating with a top 1913 rail and M-LOK slots at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions.

SHOT Show 17 – IWI Galil ACE Now Available In 5.56 Chambering

Saturday, January 21st, 2017


This year, IWI has started to receive the 5.56 chambered variants of the AK-derived Galil ACE rifle, which will be offered in various configurations, including carbine, SBR, and pistol. While nothing massive has changed with the gun with this new caliber option, the 5.56 ACEs do have lightening cuts on the receiver, and a true bolt hold open mechanism, which is pretty nice.


Oh, and they accept STANAG magazines, so your existing pile of PMAGs and GI mags will be good to go with this one.

SHOT Show 17 – Canik TP9SF Elite

Saturday, January 21st, 2017


The Canik TP9 series consists of a family of Turkish-made semi-auto handguns known for their surprisingly good quality relative to their price point. Given their popularity, it was only a matter of time until Canik released a compact model, which they did in the TP9SF Elite. Compact in this case means ‘roughly-equivalent-in-size-to-a-Glock-19’, which given the 15+1 capacity is an apt description. The slide features a Tungsten Grey Cerakote, with industry standard dovetail sight cuts, although the TP9SF Elite does comes standard with Warren Tactical sights with a red or green fiber optic front post. The mag catch is reversible for southpaws; the barrel is stated to be match grade; loaded chamber and striker status indicators are included; and the trigger feels better than a stock Glock trigger.

Like its larger siblings, the TP9SF Elite comes in a hard case, complete with two magazines, replaceable grip strap/palmswell, mag loader, holster, and cleaning rod.

SHOT Show 17 – SERBU Firearms GB-22

Saturday, January 21st, 2017


This is the SERBU GB-22, a single shot, open bolt .22 pistol designed to be extremely simple to build, even with basic handtools, as necessity or availability of materials and tools dictates. Because it’s so basic, it also lends itself to as much modification as the builder deems appropriate. For example, the GB-22 doesn’t have sights as part of its standard design, but a creative sort can include irons in the design, or as is the case in the model above, create a mounting platform for an electro-optic. In case you were wondering, the ‘GB’ in GB-22 stands for ‘Gun Buyback’, as creator Mark Serbu has pretty much stated that because of the simple design the GB-22 can be built up quick and cheap and used to game a gun buyback program.


The plans are available right now on SERBU’s site for a paltry $12 (link here). If you feel you’re not mechanically-inclined enough to take advantage of the plans, then you’ll have to wait until SERBU receives BAFTE approval for a built kit.

SIG SAUER, Inc. Awarded the U.S. Army Contract for its New Modular Handgun System (MHS)

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Newington, NH (January 19, 2017) – SIG SAUER, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Army has selected the SIG SAUER Model P320 to replace the M9 service pistol currently in use since the mid-1980’s. Released in 2014, the P320 is a polymer striker-fired pistol that has proven itself in both the United States and worldwide markets. The P320 is the first modular pistol with interchangeable grip modules that can also be adjusted in frame size and caliber by the operator. All pistols will be produced at the SIG SAUER facilities in New Hampshire.

The MHS Program provides for the delivery of both full size and compact P320’s, over a period of ten (10) years. All pistols will be configurable to receive silencers and will also include both standard and extended capacity magazines.

“I am tremendously proud of the Modular Handgun System Team,” said Army Acquisition Executive, Steffanie Easter in the release. “By maximizing full and open competition across our industry partners, we truly have optimized the private sector advancements in handguns, ammunition and magazines and the end result will ensure a decidedly superior weapon system for our warfighters.”

Ron Cohen, President and CEO of SIG SAUER, said “We are both humbled and proud that the P320 was selected by the U.S. Army as its weapon of choice. Securing this contract is a testimony to SIG SAUER employees and their commitment to innovation, quality and manufacturing the most reliable firearms in the world.”

SHOT Show 17 – Jesse James Firearms Unlimited

Friday, January 20th, 2017

We’ll come right out and say it: Jesse James Firearms Unlimited is undoubtedly a boutique firearms manufacturer; they make weapons with flashy, cool designs, with or without intricate engraving, and attach high prices to said design. Given JJFU’s continued appearance at SHOT, and move to a bigger booth, this seems to be working quite well for them. And with that new booth, comes two new guns, the Stalin 12 and Califas Nomad.



The Stalin-12 is an AK-pattern shotgun in the same vein as the Russian Saiga-12 and Vepr-12, but made in the USA with a milled receiver in lieu of a stamped receiver, and an AR-esque selector switch. Reportedly, the Stalin-12 will MSRP at ~$7000, although a final price hasn’t been set, yet. There’s a great irony in seeing such a high price tag on a weapon named after a Communist dictator, to be sure.

Califas Nomad


The Califas Nomad is a rifle built in the same vein as the ARES SCR, an AR-derivative rifle designed to be compliant in 2A-unfriendly states like New York and California, but with an unmistakable JJFU aesthetic. With a side charging handle, skeletonized forend, and fixed wood stock, the Califas Nomad is a neat looking piece, but it’s also gonna run you ~$3500.

Blast From The Past – AUSA 2014 – SIG SAUER Gives Us A Look At Their Modular Handgun System Candidate

Friday, January 20th, 2017

In consideration of SIG SAUER’s win of the Modular Handgun Program earlier today, we are sharing this story from October 2014, showcasing what the SIG P320-based submission looked like at the time. Congrats to Team SIG on this win.


At AUSA, SIG SAUER‘s Kevin Brittingham walked us through their candidate for the Army’s Modular Handgun System program which may replace the M9 Pistol issued since the mid-80s and is based on the Beretta 92F.


Although based on the commercially available P320 modular pistol, SIG made a few changes to be in compliance with the Army’s requirement.

-Tan Color
-Ambi Thumb Safety
-Lower Profile Ambi Slide Release
-Loaded Chamber Indicator
-Trigger Boot
-Firing Pin Assembly


Although SIG is very optimistic about their chances, they also look at programs like this as an opportunity to improve their firearms. Some of these changes may we find their way into the P320 and other SIG firearms.


According to SIG, this is what the winning MHS candidates look like.