This year I was unable to go to the SHOT Show in Las Vegas, but I had a couple of friends that help me with the Box O’ Truth go in my place. They took lots of pictures and notes for me and I will share some of them with you.
There were thousands of things to see there, but we will just show you some of the more interesting and new products.
First is a Serbu RN-50 rifle. It shoots the .50 BMG round and retails for around $950. That is pretty reasonable for a .50 BMG rifle. It has a 29.5 inch barrel and is a single shot with a very unique screw-to-open chamber. You simply unscrew the cap and chamber the round. It is unloaded the same way.
It weighs 17 pounds which is probably a plus in recoil absorption and has a 5 pound trigger.
They also make a bolt action rifle called the BFG-50. This rifle retails for $1,800.
It has a familiar AR-15 type grip and a heavy bolt.
It weighs 22 pounds and has a 29.5 inch barrel.
Sig has a new pistol, the P365. It is not a single stack nor a double stack design, but a 1 ½ stack design.
This allows it to have a slim grip, yet hold 10 rounds of 9mm in the mag.
This means that it is narrower than a Glock 26, and easier to conceal.
Uberti has a very nice rifle out, the 1874 Sharps Down Under Rifle. It has a 34 inch barrel, and shoots the .45-70 cartridge.
It has very nice color case hardening and a nice set of sights.
But the best part is the price. $2,599.
That is a lot lower than the price I paid for my Shiloh Sharps.
CMMG has a new rifle in the new Federal .224 Valkyrie cartridge.
This round allows long range shooting with the AR platform. The system is called the Mk4 DPR2 and has a MSRP of $1,699. It also sports a very nice Cerakote finish. The barrel is 24 inches.
The .224 Valkyrie cartridge shoots a 90 grain Matchking which starts out at 2,700 fps, but amazingly is still supersonic out to 1,300 yards. Also notice the new ambidextrous charging handle.
If you have an AR-15, then all you need is a new upper in .224 Valkyrie and 6.8 SPC mags and you are in business for very long range accuracy.
Next is the new Anvil in .458 Socom.
It looks a lot like an AR-15 system, but has been enlarges to handle the big .458 Socom cartridge.
As you look at the bolt, you can see that the large base of this round leaves plenty of steel around the bolt face.
We will look at more in Part 2.