Remington Model RP9

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Remington introduces the Model RP9, a full-size polymer-framed handgun. The RP9 features a double-stack magazine, with a capacity of 18 rounds, and a number of accuracy and control enhancements — such as an ambidextrous slide lock, optimized grip angle to reduce felt recoil, a triggerguard undercut and ergonomic polymer frame. It’s chambered in 9mm+P and has a 4.5-inch barrel. A restricted-capacity model with 10-round magazines is also available.

http://www.shootingindustry.com/company/remington-arms-co-llc/

Streamlight Pistol-Grip Searchlight Models

Streamlight®, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance flashlights, significantly upgraded the lumen output of the Waypoint® Alkaline battery model and the Waypoint® Lithium Ion Rechargeable pistol-grip spotlights, while also enhancing both lights’ design. Handheld and powerful, the lights feature C4® LED technology to provide extremely bright lighting with an integrated long-range targeting beam.

The updated Waypoint Alkaline now features 550 lumens, 100,000 candela and a beam distance of 625 meters on the high setting. The Waypoint Rechargeable now delivers 1,000 lumens, 115,000 candela and a beam distance of 678 meters on high. The Waypoint Rechargable also has been redesigned to include a Medium setting, while the updated Waypoint Alkaline model adds a trigger style switch that allows for momentary light up capability without clicking the switch to lock the light on. Both lights feature an integrated stand for hands-free scene lighting. The Waypoint rechargeable model also will float if dropped in water.

“Both of these models are ideal for boating, camping and other outdoor pursuits, as well as for a wide variety of search and rescue and other first responder applications,” said Streamlight Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Michael Dineen. “They’re rugged and dependable, and extremely bright whether used as a handheld mobile searchlight, or as a hands-free, stationary light to illuminate a scene.”

The Waypoint Alkaline, when powered by four “C” alkaline batteries, delivers 10 hours of run time on high, 82 hours on both low and emergency signal mode, and unlimited run time when using its included 12-volt DC power cord. The Waypoint Rechargeable uses a Lithium Ion battery that is rechargeable up to 800 times. It offers 3 hours of run time on high, 6 hours on medium and 80 hours on low. Both lights feature a C4 LED that is impervious to shock, and use a deep-dish parabolic reflector to produce a long-range targeting beam while also optimizing peripheral illumination. The lights have cushioned handle grips to eliminate user hand fatigue, as well as a removable high-strength wrist lanyard.

Featuring a high-impact polycarbonate housing, the Waypoint Alkaline weighs 1.8 pounds, while the Waypoint Rechargeable weighs 1.52 pounds. Both measure 6.75 inches long by 7.14 inches high. The Waypoint Alkaline features an IPX4 rated design for water-resistant operation, while the Waypoint Rechargeable has an IPX8 rated design for waterproof operation to two meters. Both are impact resistance-tested to one meter and are available in black and yellow.

The MSRPs for the updated Waypoint Alkaline and Waypoint Rechargeable are $102.00 and $204.00, respectively. Both feature Streamlight’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Ruger American Pistol Compact

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Ruger announces the addition of the Ruger American Pistol Compact model. This model is chambered in 9mm and is available in both Manual Safety and Pro model configurations. With a 3.55-inch barrel, overall dimensions of 6.65 inches long, 4.48 inches high and a weight of 28.75 oz. with an empty magazine, the Ruger American Pistol Compact model shares all of the features of the duty-size Ruger American Pistol in a smaller, lighter, more concealable package. It ships in a hard case with small, medium and large replaceable grip modules and two nickel-Teflon plated steel magazines (one 17-round extended magazine and one 12-round compact magazine).

(203) 259-7843
www.shootingindustry.com/company/sturm-ruger-co

Howard Leight by Honeywell

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The Impact Sport Bolt Electronic Earmuff from Howard Leight by Honeywell features the same Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 22 dB and slim profile of the popular Impact Sport, with updated features. The Impact Sport Bolt offers improved circuitry and an attack time of 250 times faster than the current model. Additional features include improved amplification, a premium leatherette headband, AUX cable with in-line microphone and accessories such as extra ear cushions and a belt clip. Product availability expected in spring 2017.

(866) 786-2353
www.shootingindustry.com/company/howard-leight-by-honeywell

Gerber Gear

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Gerber Gear announces the introduction of the Center-Drive. A multi-tool, the Center-Drive features Center Axis Tech, which aligns the full-size driver in the center of the tool to yield maximum torque and rotation. According to Gerber, it features a 30 percent larger outboard blade than other models and one-thumb opening sliding jaws deliver instant command of the spring-loaded pliers. Tools included on the Center-Drive include both needlenose and regular pliers, a magnetic 0.25-inch bit driver, a serrated and fine edge blade, rotatable carbide wire cutters, file and more.

(800) 950-6161
www.shootingindustry.com/company/gerber-gear

Safariland Camera

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The Safariland VIEVU LE4 Body Worn Camera features the VIEVU Camera Auto-activation System, which automatically turns on once a firearm is drawn from the Safariland 7TS duty retention holster. Upon activation, the camera’s pre-record function captures and records the 30 seconds prior to the drawing of the firearm and remains actively in record mode until it’s manually turned off. The first 7TS models to feature the Auto-activation technology are the 7360/7365 ALS Level III Retention and 7280 SLS Level II Retention duty holsters. The LE4 Body Worn Camera can record for 12 continuous hours without having the battery recharged; the smartphone app enables livestream videos and the addition of metadata for analytical practices.

(909) 923-7300
www.shootingindustry.com/company/safariland

New Era, New Snake

Payton Miller

The Colt Cobra—introduced in 1950—was the company’s second “snake gun” (the first being the super-premium Python). A lightweight alloy version of the steel “D-frame” Detective Special, the original First Model Cobra featured the distinctively Coltish unshrouded ejector rod, which eventually gave way to the shrouded rod of the Second Model in 1972 (along with improved grips).

My late uncle was a big fan of Colt snubbies and at one time had two Cobras, a Detective Special and an Agent lying around (the Agent was basically the Cobra with a shortened grip). I asked him once why he still preferred revolvers. His answer pretty much reflected a common feeling among wheelgunners:

“I like a revolver because it’s either loaded or it’s not. Plus, it’ll cycle with pretty much anything you can stuff in it.”

I’ve got nothing against autos, but there’s something very soothing about a revolvers “point-and-pull” operational simplicity. But sadly, all of Colt’s snubbies were casualties during their lamented DA revolver phase-out several decades back.

Key features: A red fiber-optic front sight, reconfigured
triggerguard and shrouded ejector rod.

Hogue’s Overmolded grips are a definite step up in shooting
comfort from the original.

But as of this year, Colt has jumped back into the DA revolver market with their reintroduced Cobra. This updated version is stainless steel instead of alloy, allowing unrestricted (but sensible) use of +P loads. It’s also got an improved mainspring design said to facilitate a smoother DA pull, Hogue Overmolded synthetic grips, a reconfigured triggerguard and a red fiber-optic front sight.

Although admittedly a bit thicker amidships than a 5-shot Smith J-frame, the 6-shot Colt—according to my diminishing math skills—boasts a 20 percent payload increase in onboard ammo. And with snub-nose, small-frame .38 Special revolvers enjoying renewed popularity, thanks to the CCW surge, this resurrected snake from Colt’s Reptilian Era is a welcome addition. It’s an ergonomically improved version of a classic.

The new Cobra is a stainless steel retake on a 1950’s classic.

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Personal-Defense Standouts From SHOT Show

By Massad Ayoob

In what the NSSF called the second best-attended SHOT Show in history, nearly 65,000 industry professionals showed up at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas to see what was new for 2017. As always, there was a mix of new products making their debut at the show, which created a substantial buzz — an indicator some of these defensive firearms may be particularly hot sellers.

Semi-Auto Pistols

The semi-auto pistol that got the most buzz on the net — and had long lines at their booth at SHOT and on the firing line on Media Day — was the new Hudson Mfg. H9. Picture an all-steel 9mm with a 1911 frame under a striker-fired GLOCK top end, and with the dust cover lowered to bring the recoil spring assembly (RSA) down level with the triggerguard. The pistol has a GLOCK-like, low-bore axis and the lowering of the RSA brings the “recoil axis” down lower, too. Trigger pull is very easy, and so is slide manipulation. The all-steel weight (mid-30 oz. range) and low-bore axis combine with the radical design to create minimum muzzle rise and recoil. Everyone I talked to who shot it after waiting in those long lines loved its shooting characteristics.

The H9’s 15-round magazine, I’m told, was cloned from the old Third Generation S&W Model 5906 to allow for minimum grip girth with still-reliable feeding. MSRP is $1,100 plus, but your serious performance-oriented shooters will happily pay a premium for faster accurate hits, not to mention your customers who want the hottest new thing — and the Hudson is absolutely the hot new thing, if the attention it received at the show is anything to go by.

GLOCK didn’t have anything new this year (their M-series 9mms, touted as the coming Gen5 under that brand, are rumored to be going to FBI and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police before they hit the “civilian market”), but the second biggest seller in the striker-fired polymer pistol market is the S&W Military & Police, and there’s definitely news there. The S&W M&P M2.0 is here. It answers a complaint you may have heard from your more discerning customers — a less-than-perfect trigger pull. The M2.0 I tried at SHOT was totally different on the trigger: lighter than previous, with a very crisp and distinct reset and pull. The M2.0 trigger is going to make this newest M&P an attractive option for your self-defense customers.

Another huge seller for you is going to be Ruger’s LCP II .380. This wafer-thin pistol is essentially cocked and unlocked, creating a light and easy trigger pull. This along with its bigger, easier-to-see sights will definitely enhance hit potential. Those taking CCW classes who have to constantly lock their slide back to “show clear” to range officers will appreciate this is the first LCP whose slide locks open automatically when the magazine runs dry. As noted in my column last month, however, be sure to advise your customer it’s essential to carry it in the Ruger-provided pocket holster it comes with, or some other holster that covers the triggerguard.

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Hudson Mfg. H9

Double-Action Revolvers

The big buzz as far as new revolvers is definitely the reconstituted Colt Cobra. This is partly because it’s the first small double-action wheel gun the company has produced since the 1990s, and partly because of its old claim to fame of six shots instead of only five in a small-frame snub-nose .38. It’s an updated version of the last of the Colt Detective Special series going back to 1927, rendered in all stainless steel with its triggerguard elongated and the trigger straightened. Weight is about 25 oz., putting it in direct competition with small five-shot all stainless models like the S&W 640 series and the Kimber K6s, introduced last year.

On the firing line during Media Day at SHOT, I found the action was as light and smooth as promised, better than the originals. The sights are wonderful: red fiber optic interchangeable with night sights, etc. via a setscrew and a big-enough-to-see rear notch. If you sell guns in cold climates, the elongated triggerguard is a huge selling point. The reason is, when a hand with a winter glove on fires a small-frame revolver, the thick glove material often blocks the trigger return and a five-shot revolver becomes a single-shot. When shooting the Cobra, I wore winter gloves and the only time the trigger didn’t return was when I didn’t let it come far enough forward from the last shot. At $699 MSRP, this much-talked-about gun is going to get lots of interest from your customers.

Just before SHOT, Ruger announced a snub-nosed, eight-shot .357 Magnum Redhawk and a five-shot GP100 .44 Special with 3-inch barrel. No, they won’t sell in the same volume as GLOCK 19s, but I bet you can just picture which old gunnies who have pictures of Elmer Keith and Skeeter Skelton next to their gun safes are going to want to buy one of these.

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Colt Cobra .38

Defensive Long Guns

How about long guns? MSR and AK variants continue, but there’s nothing really earthshaking this year. Savage is bringing out their MSR (Modern Savage Rifle) with a useful difference. Instead of the usual Stoner-designed T-handle charger at the back of the receiver, the MSR has a side-mounted charging handle — like a conventional sporting autoloading rifle or shotgun — but mounted on the left side like the classic FN FAL and SLR. Many shooters will find this easier to manipulate. I first saw this feature on the American Spirit MSR produced in Arizona, which is still available and is an excellent rifle. However, Savage’s advertising prowess is probably going to bring customers in asking for it specifically. It wouldn’t hurt to have one or more right there in stock.

On the defensive shotgun side, Benelli’s Slug model in the Raffaello series stood out. The 20-gauge semiautomatic is an undiscovered secret in home-defense shotguns, delivering the power of two .44 Magnums in a buckshot load with barely more than half the recoil of a same-weight, full power 12-gauge. With a relatively short 22-inch barrel, this variant is so light it handles like an M1 carbine, and there’s the legendary Benelli reliability. It’s costly, but your consumers familiar with the Benelli brand will take it in stride.

There were thousands of products at SHOT Show 2017. The ones receiving “the buzz” from potential customers are the ones you’ll want to have ready to sell to them.

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