As manufacturers roll out new models for the upcoming year at SHOT Show 2019, SI editors have been covering the ground, checking out some of the industry's latest and greatest. In our exploration, we've come across more than a few interesting rifles that we can't wait to get our hands on. Check out some of today's latest long guns here:
For fans of the AR platform, Brownells brought out a unique variant inspired by the classic design of the AR-180, which featured a gas-piston design and a bolt carrier that travels on a pair of rails inside the receiver. This design means that the gun doesn't rely on the buffer spring and tube extending from the rear of the receiver on AR-15s, enabling users to equip their rifles with folding stocks.
The Brownells BRN-180 pays homage to the classic design of the AR-180, but the upper receiver available from the company certainly belongs in today's tactical world, coming complete with an M-Lok handguard and a flattop Picatinny optics rail. Best of all, Brownells designed this particular upper-receiver group to fit onto any standard AR-15 lower receiver.
Long-known for the battle-ready ARs that put the company on the map over a decade of rifle-making, Daniel Defense expanded into the world of precision bolt-action rifles for 2019, bringing to consumers many of the company's lessons learned from its success in the AR world.
The Daniel Defense Delta 5 is built with the same cold hammer-forged barrel as the company's AR-15s, providing long barrel life and match-grade accuracy. The guns are also constructed with a unique barrel-nut arrangement that allows consumers to swap barrels like they would on their AR-15. From the stock to the action itself, this Delta 5 is a Daniel-Defense design from the ground up.
From the outside, the Franklin Armory Providence looks just like another pistol-caliber carbine. However, the secret to this game-changing design lies inside. The company bills this new gun as a "Non Semi Automatic Digital Action."
To break that down, there are a few elements in play. First, there is no gas system. The gun does not load a new cartridge into the magazine. During firing, the gun loads and fires in one motion, so there's never a live round in the chamber. How does it achieve this? Through the "Digital Action," which is kind of like a double-action trigger system for an AR. With one long, heavy pull of the trigger, the bolt draws to the rear, strips a round and fires.
This is a design that's still in progress, as the company is hoping to bring trigger-pull weight down from 10 pounds to about 4.5 pounds in a final production model.
Rock River Arms is another company that's joined in the growing market of precision bolt-action rifles with the new RBG-1S. There are several models in this new RBG lineup, with variants aimed at both hunters and precision-rifle shooters. The guns feed from AICS-pattern magazines and are equipped with three-lug bolts.
More details are still to come on this developing model, but the gun's designers are claiming that, as is, the rifle is capable of producing consistent 1/2-MOA performance, and they're looking to fine-tune elements of the rifles to improve upon even that performance.
The venerable Ruger Hawkeye bolt-action lineup saw the addition of a new model in 2019 that's also geared toward the growing collection of long-range precision rifles available to modern-day shooters. The free-float, Heavy-Contour barrel sits inside of a target-style stock complete with M-Lok slots along the fore-end, and the gun can be had in 6.5 PRC, .300 Win. Mag. or 6.5 Creedmoor.