Seven New Guns

We got the scoop on what Bushmaster, DPMS and Remington will be bringing to a gun store near you next year (with help from AAC).

By Adam Heggenstaller (RSS)
October 7, 2011

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Bushmaster and Advanced Armament Corp. joined forces to introduce a carbine chambered in .300 AAC Blackout. The predictably named 300 AAC Blackout Carbine has a 16-inch barrel with 1:7-inch, 5R rifling and ends in an AAC Blackout muzzle brake/suppressor mount. Other furnishings include a rifle-length, quad-rail fore-end, and Magpul’s ACS buttstock, MOE grip and Enhanced Triggerguard. What isn’t included in the $1,471 MSRP is a suppressor.

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DPMS will also offer two carbines chambered for .300 AAC Blackout, both having a 16-inch barrel and the company’s new M111 modular, free-floating fore-end. In a move intended to educate shooters about suppressors (and no doubt turn heads at the gun shop), one model will come with a threaded muzzle and a removable, inert suppressor, along with an introduction to “silencer” facts from AAC’s CanU website. For those of us already schooled on the benefits of signature reduction, the other carbine will ship suppressor-ready, with an ACC Blackout muzzle brake.

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Three new carbines wouldn’t be much fun without ammo, so Remington will add three .300 AAC Blackout loads to its lineup. The 125-grain Premier AccuTip load has a reported muzzle velocity of 2,230 fps from a 16-inch barrel, while the 125-grain Premier Match OTM clocks 2.220 fps. The subsonic 220-grain Express OTM load reaches 1,010 fps. All loads fit in a mil-spec M16/AR-15 mag without reducing capacity.

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Sporting a 16-inch barrel but a rifle-length gas system, the DPMS Tac 2 is a compact carbine that offers many of the same benefits as longer models. The rifle-length gas system provides reliability and a long sight radius, while the full-length, free-floating M111 fore-end offers plenty of real estate for accessories but remains comfortable in the hand. The Tac 2 has a 4150 steel, chrome-lined, lightweight barrel and comes with Magpul’s ACS buttstock, MOE grip and trigger guard, and rear MBUS backup sight. Three-gunners, take notice.

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The Tactical Precision Rifle from DPMS is built for those of us who measure meters by the hundreds. A lighter, enhanced version of the company’s SDMR discontinued in 2009, the Tactical Precision Rifle has a 20-inch, 416 stainless steel heavy barrel. Production models will ship with an AAC Blackout muzzle brake/suppressor mount. Other amenities include a low-profile gas block, an M111 fore-end, a B5 Systems Enhanced SOPMOD buttstock and Magpul’s MOE grip and trigger guard.

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It has become almost mandatory to have a rimfire AR in your safe, and DPMS will provide an attractive option with its A-22 .22 LR upper assembly. The A-22 upper receiver is forged from 7075 aluminum and will fit any mil-spec AR lower. It also accepts aftermarket free-float fore-ends, so you can swap out for something with rails if you want to accessorize. The blowback operating system utilizes a Melonite-plated, stainless steel bolt, and the upper ships with a 10-round magazine from Black Dog Machine. It won’t take long to burn through 550 rounds with this baby!

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Remington’s Versa Max shotgun introduced earlier this year to hunters will take on a tactical role in 2012. The Versa Max Tactical uses the same semi-auto Versa Port gas system as its predecessors, but it has a number of features that tailor it to home-defense and other personal-protection uses. Remington lopped the barrel back to 20 inches but extended the magazine tube to hold eight 2 3/4-inch shotshells. The Versa Max Tactical also comes with an extended charging handle and an oversized safety button. Its receiver is drilled and tapped for the included Picatinny rail, and interchangeable inserts allow you to raise the comb for use with an optic. A short length of rail on the barrel/magazine tube clamp gives you the option of mounting a light or laser. The 12-gauge shotgun has a 3 1/2-inch chamber, but in recent testing it handled hundreds of 2 3/4-inch rounds, including light game loads and Managed-Recoil Slugger loads, without a hitch.

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For those shooters who like their pistols bright and shiny, the Remington R1 1911 will be available as a stainless steel model. A stainless steel frame and slide, checkered, double-diamond walnut grips and dovetailed, three-dot sights make the R1S as functional as it is attractive. The pistol ships with two, seven-round magazines in a “custom” carrying case. If you need a new load to go with this new pistol, UMC ball rounds will be loaded with brass-jacketed (instead of copper-jacketed) FMJ bullets starting in 2012.

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17 Responses to Seven New Guns

  1. Jamie in N.D. says:

    Nice weapons.

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  4. Polynices says:

    There’s something amusing about the 7th of the new guns being a 100 year old design.

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  6. MTLassen says:


    The amusing part is that John Browning was the best firearms designer to have ever walked the face of the earth.

    The Colt 1911, Colt Woodsman, Browning Hi Power, and M2 .50 caliber heavy machine gun all remain in active service, along with some of the most popular cartridge designs of the modern era: .25 ACP, .380 ACP, .45 ACP & .50 BMG.

    The guy was one in a zillion!

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  8. Jonathan says:

    So, basically, 6/7 new guns are just re-treads of existing guns that do not fill any significant actual need or capabilities gap.

    The Remington shotgun looks nice. If I didn’t already have a Saiga-12, I might look at it as long as it’s at a reasonable (sub $500) price point.

  9. Occupy Wall Street says:

    Why are you fetishizing and glorifying objects that kill? I bet you also like to eat naminals and say the plege of aligiance an . . . . . .


    I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist, but I also couldn’t keep that up. Here guys, have a shot and a beer on me! Happy shooting!

  10. Swen Swenson says:

    Want to really feel old? Colt licensed the AR-15 design from ArmaLite in 1959, 52 years ago. So those black rifles aren’t exactly “new” either, except for cosmetics.

  11. B Dubya says:

    Except for the .12ga, the 45 and the .22, ammo will be scarce and expensive.

    Tell me again why I want an underpowered 30 cal AR that, while very pretty, has all of the drawbacks you associate with wildcat calibers and none of the perks?

    5.56 and 7.62 Nato is plentiful and relatively cheap. Looking at the ballistics of the 300 Blackout, I think I like the .308 better. All of my 22s are 5.56.

    • Jon says:

      300 AAC Blackout matches 7.62×39 ballistically while allowing u to use the same magazines, same bolt, just a change of the barrel is all. It also provides 39% more energy from a 9in barrel than a 62gr M855 does from a 16in barrel. Also let’s u shoot anywhere from Supersonic 123gr bullets accurately to 220 subsonic ammo with no change of anything in a semi auto platform. Run the subsonic with a suppressor and u have one very quiet weapon.

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  12. I’m really excited about that 300 AAC Blackout. Although I do really like the look of that pistol too…Thanks for posting!

  13. firemoon says:

    Very nice weapons. I think I will have to try these ones out.

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