The NRA Annual Meeting took place in Atlanta, Georgia over the weekend of April 26th through 28th. The Annual Meeting is always a great time for companies to release new guns, give updates on guns announced at SHOT Show, and show off any upgrades they may be making to models already on the market. Now that we’re on the other side of the NRA Annual Meeting, let’s take a look at some of the big announcements.
The Hudson H9
The belle of the ball during the SHOT Show earlier this year was the Hudson H9 9mm handgun. This odd but popular gun has just about everyone excited; GLOCK fanboys and 1911 die-hards alike have been interested by the H9’s unique design. Incorporating a striker-fired design into a 1911-style grip and trigger, the Hudson H9 seemingly fuses the best of both worlds. Now, we’ve finally got a ship date: June 26th. Here’s some more information from the NRA floor:
DoubleStar Arms .300 BLK ARC
DoubleStar Arms has been around for a few years now, growing out of parts company J&T Distributing. At this year’s NRA show, DoubleStar pulled the curtain back on their latest AR, the Always Ready Carbine chambered in .300 AAC Blackout. Here’s what DoubleStar has to say about their new rifle: “The ARC300 is reliable, lightweight, and packs a punch! At just 6.7 lbs., the ARC300 provides the .30 caliber stopping power you need without the weight of larger platforms. Whether you are hunting, at the range, or protecting your family, the ARC300 is exactly what you’ve been looking for.”
We already covered the release of the XD-E, so if you haven’t read up on Springfield Armory‘s newest handgun, please do. Unfortunately, Springfield Armory’s new handgun took a back seat to other news about Springfield.
Taurus Joins the AR Market
Were you just thinking to yourself that more companies need to put out mid-range ARs? I hope so, because another non-AR company has released a new black rifle on the market. After recent announcements about Springfield’s less-than-exciting SAINT and Savage’s exceptional MSR series, Taurus has tossed their proverbial hat into the AR ring with the new T4SA. Taurus calls the T4SA a “bold new vision for the legendary M4 platform.” Taurus expands saying, “A precisely tuned system built to outlast and outperform any duty-rated carbine in its class, the T4SA is designed, engineered, and manufactured entirely in the United States. A much cleaner, cooler operating carbine, the T4SA offers exceptional durability and reliability for shooters of all disciplines.”
Though this may not be the best time to add a non-budget MSR to the market, the T4SA isn’t a bad looking carbine at all. The rifle features a carbine length low-profile gas system, Magpul CTR stock with QD sling mounts, Magpul Gen M2 Window Pmags, and a Keymod or M-LOK aluminum forend. The T4SA comes in a classic Melonite black, or a sand or jungle color. Taurus boasts a 10,000 round operational barrel life. MSRP is set at $1,199.
Fabrique Nationale (FN) USA were proudly showing off their new FN 509, the evolution of their entry to the military’s Modular Handgun trials. This version benefits from some extra ergonomic and engineering. You can read more about the FN 509 here.
Wilson Combat EDC X9 9mm Handgun
Here’s a little something to get you excited. Wilson Combat has been teasing and showing this gun off for a little while, but its finally ready for primetime. The EDC X9 is a 1911-style pocket pistol, chambered in 9mm, with a 15+1 capacity. The 4″ fluted barrel is topped with an elegant slide that features grip zones on the front and rear. The whole gun is a high-quality piece of work that is up to the level of quality typically seen in Wilson Combat handguns. Just take a look at this beaut:
Savage Keeps Making Strides
Savage has been cranking out new models like none other this past year. Expanding their rimfire bolt and semi-auto lines, unveiling a very popular AR-15 and AR-10, and adding new models and chamberings to most of their series. At this year’s NRA Annual Meeting, Savage released an update to their Rascal .22LR Youth Rifle that allows the use to use the gun in a more safe manner by adding a decocking feature and lightening the bolt. The Rascal comes standard with a high precision Savage barrel and the popular Accutrigger.
Savage also showed off Patrick Kelley’s custom MSR-10 which he calls the “Heavy Sport”. We’ll hopefully be seeing a consumer version of this competition-ready AR on the market soon. Patrick and Savage also showed off something that might excite a lot of southpaws: a left handed version of the Savage Bolt Action Stealth in 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Winchester, and 6mm Creedmoor. In fact, Savage is adding 6mm Creedmoor models to their BA Stealth, Stealth 2.0, and 10 GRS lines. So, long range shooters might be looking to get one of those when they hit the shelves later this year. The 10 GRS is especially interesting, with it’s easily adjustable cheek weld and length-of-pull and unique palm grip.
Savage has owned the Fox brand since the 1920’s, but hasn’t put out any models in recent years, preferring to license the brand name out to other companies that specialize in traditional rifles and shotguns. However, Savage has decided to release a new version, the Fox A Grade shotgun. This beautiful side-by-side is chambered in 12 gauge or 20 gauge, with beautiful American black walnut wood, bone-and-charcoal color case hardened receiver, and dark blued chromox steel barrels. These gorgeous shotguns feature double-triggers and a box lock action. MSRP is $4,999.
Glock (Finally) Adds Front Slide Serrations
When you talk to GLOCK shooters about problems they have with GLOCK’s design, there’s usually two answers: Finger grooves on the grip and no front slide serrations. Glock seems to be keeping the finger grooves, but it seems like the slippery Glock slide might get a bit easier to rack with new front slide serrations on the G17 and G19. Also as part of GLOCK’s Summer Special, they are releasing OD framed models of their most popular handguns and models that come standard with night sights. Look at all that Glock is offering this June:
Remington Releases New “Firearm”
At SHOT Show, Mossberg showed off their 590 Shockwave, a non-classifiable 14″ smoothbore “firearm”. Now, Remington is releasing their version, and boy does it look mean! Remington’s pint-sized Model 870 TAC-14 may come in a small package, but the 12 gauge firearm is built from the sturdy Model 870 shotgun action. Add in the Raptor Shockwave birds-head pistol grip and Magpul M-Lock and you have what Remington calls “the shortest allowable distance between powerless and prepared.” The 870 TAC-14 is conveniently priced at $443.05 (compared to the $455 price tag on Mossberg’s offering) and should be available soon in stores or online. With the TAC-14 in your arsenal, home invaders just drew the short straw.
CMMG’s New Pistol Caliber Carbine
Pistol caliber carbines have been all the rage the past couple years, but most of them focus on 9mm. For those folks who want a little extra oomph for their carbine, CMMG offers the new MkG45 GUARD. This handy little rifle is loaded from Glock 21 magazines and incorporates CMMG’s patent pending Radial Delayed Blowback operating system. This new action allows for the safe firing of the beefy .45 ACP in a lightweight frame, while also allowing for ultra-low felt recoil. The MkG45 comes in both pistol and rifle formats, and MSRP is $1,299.