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Still Making History: Colt Releases Updated Python

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

WEST HARTFORD, CONN., (January 1, 2020) – After years of research and development, Colt releases a refined and upgraded Colt Python. The legendary double-action revolver, which originally debuted in 1955, returns in stainless steel in 4.25” and 6” barrel lengths.  

“We know the Colt Python is one of the most beloved and collected firearms in American history, and its re-release has long been demanded by enthusiasts,” said Justin Baldini, Product Director at Colt.  “We took our time on R&D – we needed to be sure the look and performance of this redesign lived up to its legendary name and kept its impeccable reputation for quality and accuracy. This new Python lives up to the legend in every way.”

The Colt Product Innovation Team refined the design of the new Colt Python and performed rigorous testing, ensuring it meets the demands of shooters and collectors. Numerous improvements were made to reinforce the revolver, including the use of stronger stainless steel alloys and a re-designed rear sight which allows for a 30% increase in the cross-sectional area of the top strap — meaning more steel beneath the rear adjustable target sight, for a stronger revolver and more robust shooting experience.

Minimizing the amount of parts in the trigger action has simplified the mechanism, elevating its reliability and allowing for more straightforward maintenance. The testing process included over 40,000 trigger pulls on a single Python. Trigger pull scans show lighter trigger pull weights, less friction and increased consistency, re-enforcing the Python’s reputation as a gun that can be heavily used and passed down through generations.  

Finally, Colt builds on the modern Snake Gun legacy by adding features such as a recessed target crown, user-interchangeable front sight, and an updated Walnut grip to make this the most user-friendly Python ever. The DA revolver is chambered in .357 Magnum and also accommodates 38 Special cartridges.

The Python has been extremely popular with both target shooters and law enforcement, and featured in countless TV series, movies and video games including “The X Files,” “The Walking Dead,” “Hawaii 5-0,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “John Wick” (2014), “American Gangster” (2004), “Fight Club” (1999) and “King Kong” (1976).

The new Colt Python .357 Magnum is available now through Colt stocking dealers for $1499 MSRP.  

www.colt.com/python

SIG SAUER Announces New Bolt Gun And Caliber – SIG CROSS & 277 SIG FURY

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

SIG SAUER made two big announcements today. First is their designed and manufactured in the USA bolt action rifle, the CROSS. Offered in .308, 6.5 Creedmoor and a brand new caliber, it will retail for around $1600.

SIG has done a great job establishing themselves as a defense company and the introduction of the CROSS is a concerted move into the hunting market. But as you can see, this bolt action rifle takes a lot of cues from their defense products.

In addition to the rifle, they are commercializing the 6.8mm ammunition developed for the US Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapon program as the 277 SIG FURY round. SIG claims to be getting 3000 FPS velocity from a 16″ barrel when fired from the CROSS. This owes to the cartridge’s three-piece design case which features a brass case and steel head held with a clip. This is the same cartridge design being offered to the military, but now coming to you.

While the 277 SIG FURY cartridge is awaiting approval from SAAMI, SIG expects it be certified for SHOT Show.

The CROSS I fired incorporated a dust cover but SIG was toying with the idea of eliminating it on the production version. In addition to a 3-lug bolt, the CROSS relies on AICS pattern magazines.

Here, I’m firing the CROSS in 277 SIG Fury using SIG produced hybrid-cased ammo during a recent visit to SIG Academy in New Hampshire. It was quite controllable and the rifle performed well as I shot multiple magazines through it.

My friend Tom Beckstrand produced a great video on the CROSS for his Youtube channel, SpeedLoads.

Here is SIG’s press release on the CROSS:

SIG SAUER Introduces CROSS Rifle: The First SIG SAUER Precision Bolt-Action Hunting Rifle Manufactured in the USA

NEWINGTON, N.H., (December 18, 2019) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to introduce the CROSS Rifle.  The first SIG-built precision bolt-action hunting rifle is designed by SIG SAUER engineers, completely manufactured and machined at the SIG SAUER facilities in New Hampshire, and tested by premier competitive shooters, the world’s best long range shooters, and a team of professional hunters that the CROSS is built for.

When our product management team and engineers researched developing a bolt-action rifle, they looked at what was missing from the market, and what new innovation SIG could bring to hunters and precision shooters,” began Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales.  “Hunting rifles are typically focused on less weight, and accuracy is secondary.  Precision rifles are designed for extreme accuracy, with no weight limitations.  What was missing from the market was a true crossover.  Our product management team and engineers took the best of both worlds and developed the CROSS featuring the characteristics of a hunting rifle, with the accuracy of a precision rifle.”

The CROSS Precision Bolt-Action Hunting Rifle is a lightweight precision rifle with a push button, foldable SIG precision stock, a one-piece aluminum receiver that eliminates the need for bedding the action, and AI magazines for creating the most accurate precision hunting platform. The CROSS features a stainless-steel rifled barrel with a free-float M-LOK handguard, a 2-stage match-grade trigger externally adjustable from 2.5 – 4 lbs., ambi-safety, a three-lug bolt design with a 60-degree throw and interchangeable bolt handle.  The precision stock is spring-loaded for one handed operation and can be fully adjusted in the field for length of pull and comb height with no tools.  The rifle has a full-length replaceable picatinny rail that allows for direct optics mounts, 20 MOA, and O MOA.  The CROSS is available in 6.5 Creedmoor, 308 WIN, and the soon-to-be-released 277 SIG Fury Hybrid Ammunition with a black anodized or First Lite camo finish.

“Right out of the box the CROSS comes loaded with new innovation and features that hunters and precision shooters will appreciate at a very affordable $1,779.00 MSRP price point,” continued Taylor.  “The CROSS delivers on all fronts, and we are especially proud that everything about the CROSS from concept to completion is 100% SIG SAUER and comes directly from our U.S. operations here in New Hampshire.”

CROSS Bolt-Action Rifle Specs (6.5 Creedmoor):
Overall Length: 35.5””
Folded Length: 27.0”
Barrel Length: 18”
Barrel Twist: 1:8
Weight (w/o magazine): 6.4 lbs.

CROSS Bolt-Action Rifle Specs (308 WIN / 277 FURY):
Overall Length: 36.5””
Folded Length: 25.0”
Barrel Length: 16”
Barrel Twist: 1:10 / 1:8.5
Weight (w/o magazine): 6.2 lbs.

Look for more details soon, with the Cross debuting at SHOT Show.

Sneak Peek – Angstadt Arms MDP-9

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

Angstadt Arms has released a teaser video for the MDP9.

angstadtarms.com/mdp9

Christensen Arms Introduces New Mesa Titanium Edition and Ridgeline Titanium Edition Models

Monday, December 16th, 2019

GUNNISON, Utah – (December 16, 2019) Two new additions to their most popular hunting rifle offerings, Christensen Arms has announced new Titanium Editions of their Mesa and their Ridgeline rifles built to be the most affordable precision titanium action rifles on the market. 

“For too long rifles built with lightweight titanium actions have been beyond the financial reach of most hunters,” said Jason Christensen, President of Christensen Arms. “We’re excited to change that starting with these two new products.”

The Mesa Titanium Edition (RETAIL: $1,795)  is the most accessible titanium action rifle ever built. The compact hunting rifle features a featherlight contour stainless steel barrel with a bead blasted finish, removable seamless radial brake, and a custom Titanium Edition floorplate. The carbon fiber composite sporter stock is painted with a new Metallic Grey with Black Webbing look. The special edition is offered in 308 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, and 300 Winchester Magnum. It weighs in starting at 6.1 pounds. 

The Ridgeline Titanium Edition (RETAIL: $2,495) combines a precision titanium action with a Christensen Arms carbon fiber barrel at an impressive price. The firearm features a titanium radial brake, spiral fluted bolt, custom Titanium Edition floorplate, and a carbon fiber composite sporter stock with a new Metallic Grey with Black Webbing finish. The special edition is offered in 308 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, and 300 Winchester Magnum. It weighs in starting at 5.8 pounds. 

Visit the Christensen Arms website for more information.

Neo-Retro: The 21st Century AR-180

Monday, December 16th, 2019

Neo-Retro, via Brownells, Inc., Geissele Automatics, LLC, NoDak Spud, Law Tactical LLC, and Magpul Industries Corp.

Thanks to Brownells introducing an AR-180 upper receiver and Nodak offering the Spud NDS-1815 lower receiver, you can build your own AR-180 clone. This one was built by Frank Woods.

Components:

Brownells BRN-180 18.5″ barrel URG

Nodak Spud NDS-1815 lower receiver

LAW Tactical Gen 3-M folding stock adapter

Geissele Super LPK

Geissele SSA

Magpul Type 1 rail panels

Magpul Fixed Carbine Stock

Magpul MOE Grip

Magpul MS1 QDM sling

Magpul M-LOK QD socket

Troy Micro height M4 style BUIS

Tried to get it as close to the AR-180 I could in looks while also taking the newer architecture into account. I already had the stock and it looks damn near close enough to the original AR-180 stock while also being aesthetically in line with the M-LOK rail. The BUIS were chosen because they closest resembled the AR-180 iron sights in both height and appearance (yes, I know they’re backwards.)

I didn’t give it the Tiger Stripe layout treatment because I’m convinced Brownells has an AR-180 style AR15 grip (along the same lines as their AR10 and Retro A1 grips) in the works that they’re staying tight lipped about until SHOT. That’ll be the finishing touch on this otherwise quick turnaround of a Black Friday project.

-Frank Woods

The Very First Prototype Honey Badger by Q

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

Tubeless DT silencer, tapered muzzle, Noveske lower, KAC lower parts stuff, printed stock and grip, HK MP-7 rails.

Photo by Ten Pound Monkey.

ZEV Technologies Launches Glock Trade-In Program

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Earlier today, ZEV Technologies launched a trade-in program on Instagram.

They didn’t offer a lot of details, but they did give those interested a link and this image depicting OZ-9 models.

While all of the details are at the link, the short of it is that ZEV will give you up to $500 toward the purchase of one of their OZ-9 pistols for your used GLOCK. It’s a pretty cool deal, if you’re in the market for an OZ-9.

POF Introduces P19 Gen 4 Enhanced GLOCK Frame

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

That’s right, POF has entered the Glock compatible frame market.

This is their offering. It’s not an 80% gun, it’s a serialized firearm.

Features:
• Flared Magwell
• Contoured Grip
• Interchangeable Backstrap Sizes
• Accessible Mag Release
• Grip Texture
• Slide Stop Guard
• Extended Beaver Tail
• Enlarged Cold Weather Trigger Guard
• Forward Thumb Ledges
• Single Locking Block Pin
• Proprietary Polymer Blend

pof-usa.com/product/p19-gen-4-enhanced-glock-frame