As we continue to recover from the mayhem known as the holidays and start our slog through winter, hunters and shooters can at least get excited about gun news coming out of the annual Shot Show. The largest trade show and conference for the hunting, shooting, and outdoor industry, the 2016 Shot Show in Las Vegas starts on January 19, and promises to bring out all kinds of cool new shooting and hunting products.
Shot Show is truly an industry event – attendance is restricted to commercial and military buyers and sellers of hunting, shooting, and outdoor products, and the general public is not allowed in. But gun manufacturers are always eager to promote news for their new products, and we’ve got an overview of announcements that have been made about products coming out for 2016. After the show, we’ll have a wrap up of other things that came out during the event.
Here is a list of currently announced new products, by manufacturer.
Benelli has added a 28 gauge version to its ETHOS line of semiautomatic shotguns. The ETHOS is available in a satin walnut wood with either an engraved or anodized finish. Features of this inertia-driven shotgun include Progressive Comfort recoil reduction, the Crio system of choke tubes, and interchangeable front fiber-optic sights. MSRP starts at $1,999.
Browning has announced the Hell’s Canyon Speed, part of its X-Bolt line of hunting rifles. The Hell’s Canyon Speed includes a composite stock finished in A-TACS AU, with a steel receiver and heavy sporter barrel in Cerakote brown that is glass-bedded. This rifle will be available in a wide-range of the standard calibers. Key selling points include it being lighter, includes an Inflex recoil pad, and uses a detachable rotary magazine. MSRP is $1,999. Learn more about the Browning Hell’s Canyon Speed.
Browning Ammunition – Browning also announced its own line of premium ammunition at this year’s Shot Show. Details are still a bit sparse, but their ammo offering includes shotgun, centerfire rifle and handgun, and rimfire rounds. Their shotgun offering is labeled as the BXD line and includes target and hunting loads, with different hunting loads for waterfowl and upland birds. Rifle rounds include the BXR line for deer in .243 Win, .270 Win, .30-.30, .308, .30-06, .300 Win Mag, and .300 WSM. BXC rifle rounds for big game come in .270 Win, 7mm Rem, . 308, .30-06, .300 Win Mag, and .300 WSM. Handgun ammo comes in the BXP personal defense line in .380, 9mm, .40, and .45, and the BPT target line in the same calibers. Rimfire ammo also comes in two flavors, the BPR performance rimfire hunting round in .22LR 37 and 40 weights, and the BPR target rimfire round in .22LR 40 weight. Learn more about Browning Ammunition.
The Chiappa Kodiak Cub is a takedown .22 LR rifle designed in part as a survival rifle for harsh conditions. The rifle features a hard chrome matte finish on major parts and a synthetic buttstock and forend. It has a tubular magazine that holds 15 rounds and comes with a hooded front sight and adjustable rear leaf site. It is also drilled and tapped for a scope mount. Weighing 5.5 pounds, the rifle can be broken down into two major components making it 25” long and easily storable or transportable. MSRP is $809. Learn more about the Chiappa Kodiak Cub.
The new Chiappa Double Badger is an over-under design combo gun with a .22 LR rimfire barrel on top of a smoothbore shotgun barrel. New for this year is the addition of a 20 gauge version (in addition to the current .410 version). Each barrel is fired independently with its own trigger. The Double Badger has a wood stock with a fiber-optic front site and ghost ring rear sight. MSRP is $499. Learn more about the Chiappa Double Badger.
The Chiappa Triple Threat shotgun is being introduced in two new gauges, 20 and 28 gauge. The Triple Threat is a three-barreled, break-action shotgun that works just like a side-by-side shotgun, but with an extra barrel centered over the two lower barrels. MSRP starts at $2,039. Learn more about the Chiappa Triple Threat shotgun.
The Expanse M4 is a new budget AR from Colt with $699 MSRP. This is a bare-bones AR, with basic features such as a collapsing buttstock, pistol grip, A2-type front sight, and is chambered in 5.56 NATO with a 16.1” barrel that has a 1:7 twist. Notably, it does not include a forward assist or dust cover, hallmarks of an entry-level AR. It has a flat-top upper with no rear sight and ships with a 30-round magazine. Learn more about the Colt Expanse M4.
Daniel Defense has announced the DD5V1, a .308/7.62 AR10-platform rifle. The DD5V1 has a number of innovative features, including a 4-bolt barrel connection system that utilizes a barrel extension that attaches a free-floating CHF barrel and KeyMod handguard securely to the rifle’s upper without a barrel nut. The rifle also includes a Geissele SSA 2-Stage Trigger, an ambidextrous safety selector and magazine catch, and a configurable, modular charging handle. The rifle weighs 8.3 lbs, and will retail fro $2,899. Learn more about the Daniel Defense DD5V1 rifle.
Leupold has announced the VX3i as an improvement on their VX3 line of rifle scopes with improved brightness, color, and clarity in low-light conditions with their Twilight Max light management system. Edge-blackened lenses also help reduce diffusion and glare which helps improve clarity and contrast. The power selector on te scope has been made easier to turn with gloved hands, and the knobs have been updated to be more rugged and still provide the ability to make fine adjustments to the scope. This version of the VX3 line is being released at a lower price point, with MSRP starting at $399. Learn more about the Leupold VX3i line of scopes.
Leupold is also bringing a Smartphone Adapter Kit to market. It is a iPhone case that allows any iPhone 5 or 6 to be attached to any Leupold spotting scope eyepiece to allow for recording photos or video through the scope.
The Lucid SC9 Spotting Scope was announced as a new addition to the Lucid line of optics. This compact spotting scope that weighs just under 2 pounds and is 8 and quarter inches long. The scope features a 20mm ocular lends and 56mm objective lens, with magnification that goes from 9 to 27 power. It is made from one-piece aluminum with rubber armor and a limited lifetime warranty. The MSRP is $499. Learn more about the Lucid SC9 Spotting Scope.
Lucid also announced the Lucid L7 rifle scope. This new scope features 1-6x magnification with a 24mm ocular lens and 34mm objective lens with a main tube diameter of 30mm made of aircraft-grade one-piece aluminum. The scope uses the P7 reticle, which provides windage and elevation dots, and framing wedges that allow for the shooter to quickly gain and hold the target. The MSRP is $449. Learn more about the Lucid L7.
Noreen Firearms announced a 7mm Rem Mag variant of its BN36 line of AR-style rifles. The BN36 rifles are direct-impingement rifles chambered in more traditional hunting calibers, including 270 Win, .25-06 Rem, .30-06, and 300 Win Mag. MSRP is $2,595. Learn more about Noreen Firearms.
Remington has announced that its V3 Field Sport line of shotguns, which were widely reviewed last year, are now shipping. The V3 is a line of 12-gauge semi-auto shotguns featuring Remington’s Versasport system that come in 26″ or 28″ barrel lengths and three choices of finishes: Walnut wood, Black Synthetic, or two flavors of camo, Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades or Real Tree APG. Learn more about the Remington V3 Field Sport shotguns.
The Ruger 10/22 – M1 Carbine is a limited-edition version of its 10/22 rifle made with an M1 style-stock for that classic M1 Carbine look. This gun has all of the regular features of a standard Ruger 10/22, but with a Picatinny-style rail for more optics-mounting options. MSRP is $415. Learn more about the Ruger 10/22 – M1 Carbine.
Ruger has also announced an update to its takedown SR-556 AR rifle by replacing the front quad-rail handguard with a KeyMod handguard. This change will lower the rifle’s overall weight from 7.6 to 7.1 pounds. MSRP is $2,199. Learn more about the Ruger SR-556 Takedown rifle.
Firearm and accessories maker Sig Sauer announced it has expanded its line of pistol ammunition with a new hunting round in .300 BLK with the Sig HT 300BLK Elite Performance Hunting Ammunition. This round features a 120gr copper bullet with a muzzle velocity of 2,250 fps. Sig Sauer recommends this round for whitetail deer, hogs, and predators.
The Weatherby Vanguard Accuguard was announced as a new addition to its Vanguard line of rifles. Featuring 24” stainless steel fluted barrels, a recessed target crown, user-adjustable trigger, and hand-laminated stocks, these rifles are guaranteed a sub-1 MOA. MSRP is $1,099. Learn more about the Weatherby Vanguard Accuguard.
Check back often as we will continue to add information about new guns and other hunting products as they are announced at this year’s Shot Show.