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SHOT SHOW 2009: QUICK SHOTS AT SHOT SHOW 2009 BIGGER AND BETTER

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To be honest, I did not have high hopes going into this year’s Shot Show in Orlando. Considering the political climate since the election in November, I suspected most manufacturers would just be trying to keep up with the demand for their existing products, much less introducing anything new. However, I was pleasantly surprised at what I found.

 

Taking full advantage of the Micro series’ mini -scule size, Aimpoint is offering the Micro Mount for Glock pistols. This mount allows Glock owners to mount the Micro H-1, R-1 or T-1 on their pistols by simply replacing the rear sight with the new Micro sight base. To pick one up, contact Aimpoint Inc., 14103 Mariah Court, Dept. SOF, Chantilly, VA 20151-2113; (877) 246-7646; (www.aimpoint.com).

 

Pushing concealability to new levels, Kahr Arms is offering the new P380, a micro-sized double-action-only pistol chambered in .380 ACP. Weighing in at just under 10 ounces, the tiny polymer-framed pistol features a 2½” barrel. For more information, contact Kahr Arms, 130 Goddard Memorial Drive, Dept. SOF, Worcester, MA 01603; (508) 795-3919; (www.kahr.com).

 

To help feed all the AR-pattern rifles everybody is buying up right now, Black Hills Ammunition is offering a newly manufactured .223 Rem. 55-gr. FMJ loading. Formerly loaded into once-fired military brass, this load now features brand new Winchester military brass. If you are running short on ammo for your AR, contact Black Hills Ammunition, P.O. Box 3090, Dept. SOF, Rapid City, SD 57709-3090; (605) 348-5150; (www.black-hills.com).

 

Expanding its well-respected line of AR-pattern rifles, Rock River Arms is introducing the LAR-40, a .40 S&W-chambered AR based on the company’s LAR-9 in 9 mm Luger. The new carbine employs a proprietary magazine developed specifically for it. To get one for yourself, contact Rock River Arms, 1042 Cleveland Road, Dept. SOF, Colona, IL 61241; (866) 980-7625; (www.rockriverarms.com).

 

RUGER announces the ATI Mini-14 with a blued 16-1/8” barrel and a six-position collapsible/side folding butt stock from Advanced Technology International USA, featuring an adjustable cheek rest, a rubber butt pad, four Picatinny rails, and six sling swivel stud mounting locations. The ATI Mini-14 weighs approximately eight pounds, has an overall length of 37-3/4 inches with the stock extended, and a collapsed length of 34 inches. It is shipped with one 20-round magazine.

Contact: Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc., 200 Ruger Road, Dept. SOF, Prescott, AZ 86301 or 411 Sunapee Street, Newport, NH 03773; (928) 778-6555 or (603) 865-2442; www.ruger.com.

 

Trijicon is offering the Advanced Thermal Weapon Sight (ATWS), a longwave thermal imaging sensor designed to be mounted in front of an ACOG sight. The unit offers imaging through darkness, fog, dust and smoke and is designed for military and law enforcement applications. For the consumer, Trijicon introduced the RMR (Ruggedized Miniature Reflex) sight, a tiny reflex red dot unit powered by a CR2032 battery. The 1.2-ounce sight features LED illumination that automatically adjusts for brightness in any lighting. The RMR is also available as a battery-free unit that is dual illuminated by fiber optics and tritium.

To learn more, contact Trijicon, Inc., 49385 Shafer Avenue, Dept. SOF, Wixom, MI 48393; (800) 338-0563; (www.trijicon.com).

 

DPMS is offering the REPR, an AR-pattern precision .308 Win. rifle featuring a coyote-brown coating, free-floated fore-end with four sections of Picatinny rail and a Magpul adjustable buttstock. The rifle also features a new barrel coating claimed to dramatically increase barrel life as well as a “Ventilator” gas redirection system in the upper receiver for cleaner, cooler running. For more information, contact DPMS Firearms, LLC, 3312 12th Street SE, Dept. SOF, St. Cloud, MN 56304; (800) 578-3767; (www.dpmsinc.com).

 

Bushmaster has a really interesting option for AR owners who want a gas-piston-operated rifle. The company’s Gas Piston Retrofit Conversion Kit is designed to be easily installed into AR M4-type carbines with no permanent modifications. It is available for either standard- or heavy-barrel variants. Want to upgrade? Then contact Bushmaster Firearms International, LLC, 999 Roosevelt Trail, Dept. SOF, Windham, ME 04062; (800) 998-7928; (www.bushmaster.com).

 

Kimber’s new Model 8400 Police Tactical bolt-action rifle is designed to offer extreme long-range performance at a reasonable price point. Chambered in .300 Win. Mag., the all-black rifle sports a 26” fluted bull barrel, synthetic stock, extended tactical-style bolt handle and Picatinny rail optics mount. Find out more by contacting Kimber, 2590 Montana Highway 35, Dept. SOF, Kalispell, MT 59901; (800) 880-2418; (www.kimberamerica.com).

 

New from Remington is the Model 700 Target Tactical, a precision bolt-action rifle chambered in .308 Win. The rifle features a Bell & Carlson Varmint/Tactical stock adjustable for comb height and length of pull. For accuracy, the rifle has a triangular-shaped 26” barrel with M24-style 5-R target rifling. To learn more, contact Remington, 870 Remington Drive, Dept. SOF, Madison, NC 27025-0700; (800) 243-9700; (www.remington.com).