by B. Gil Horman - Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Just Right Carbines is expanding its line of pistol-caliber carbines to include two new .45 ACP models; one designed to use Glock 21 double-stack magazines and another for traditional 1911 single-stack magazines. These lightweight AR-hybrid rifles use a reliable, straight-blowback-operated, semi-automatic action. They feature an ambidextrous bolt, free-floating quad-rail fore-end, 16.25-inch barrel, standard M4/AR-15 furniture and trigger components and a six-position, collapsible M4-style buttstock. New custom finishes, like the tan camouflage pattern shown here, will also be available this year. These new .45 ACP carbines are available with .40 S&W and 9 mm conversion kits.
Savage Arms continues to expand its value-priced series of Stevens 350 Security Pump Shotguns. One of the latest additions is a 5+1 capacity 12-gauge fitted with a ghost-ring rear sight and a fiber-optic front sight. This tried-and-true sighting system assists the shooter in quick target acquisition and accurate follow-up shots. The Ghost Ring 350 also features an 18.5-inch cylinder-bore barrel, steel receiver, matte-blue finish and a bottom ejection port. The soft-touch synthetic stock and forearm help enhance the shooter's grip. These features usually cost more, but this shotgun has an MSRP of just a tad more than $300.
CZ-USA's new, officer-size, single-stack 1911 weighs just 25-ounces unloaded and is available in either .45 ACP or 9 mm. The 3.5-inch slide on the DW ECO Compact 1911 is treated with a durable Duty finish and topped with the company's tactical ledge tritium night sights. The pistol has a flush-cut, ramped bull barrel with a target crown and its full-length guide rod is fitted with a flat recoil spring designed to reduce felt recoil and is rated for 15,000 rounds in the .45 ACP model. The anodized aluminum frame and flat mainspring housing have been cut with 25 LPI checkering, and the grip panels are made of deeply textured G10 material to provide a no-slip grip. Trigger pull is short and crisp trigger and weighs in at just 4-pounds.
From 1976 until 2006, Richard Dyke was the chairman and principal owner of the immensely popular AR manufacturer Bushmaster Firearms International. In 2006, Bushmaster was acquired by Freedom Group, and in 2010, Bushmaster's Windham, ME, factory was closed and manufacturing relocated to another state. In an effort to preserve the factory—and the jobs of as many laid-off workers as possible—Dyke teamed up with investors to reopen the Maine facilities under the banner of Windham Weaponry. The company may be brand new, but the folks building the rifles are bringing years of experience to the market.
Remington's Model 700 SPS is a popular choice with shooters who want a no-frills rifle with tack-driving accuracy for a reasonable price. In 2012, this rifle will be available with a lightweight, felt-recoil-reducing tactical stock from Blackhawk. The six-position collapsible stock adjusts length of pull from 11.25 to 15 inches, is fitted with a finger-groove pistol grip for quick handling and has a recoil pad installed. All of the features that make the Model 700 SPS rifle an ideal target and tactical bolt-action also work to make it a great choice for hunting and field work. It will be available in .223 Rem. and .308 Win.
E-mail your comments/questions about this site to:
For questions/comments about Shooting Illustrated magazine, please e-mail:
You can contact the NRA via phone at: NRA Member Programs
To advertise on Shooting Illustrated, visit nramediakit.com for more information
Get the Shooting Illustrated Reloaded newsletter for at-a-glance access to industry news, gear, gun reviews, videos and more—delivered directly to your Inbox.