As firearms continue to sell at record pace, manufacturers are struggling to keep up with demand for existing models. Nonetheless, innovation continues. We are seeing introductions of MRDS-ready, striker-fired, polymer-frame pistols, including higher-capacity micro-9s. Also hitting the market with some frequency are large-format pistols in both rifle and pistol calibers. And, of course, super-premium 1911s continue to be unveiled at the aspirational end of the market.
With alarmed citizens looking to protect themselves, first-time buyers now seem to comprise a larger part of the firearm consumer base. As all guns may be new to them, some old standbys are moving well. So, what’s the market for sophisticated new designs? Long-range rifle competition and the simple fact that one can never have too many guns.
American Tactical |Bull-Dog Featuring a bullpup design that keeps the overall length trim, the Bull-Dog bristles with attractive options for home-defense. Fans of the AR-15-style rifle will appreciate the familiar charging handle, while sections of rail on top of the receiver allow for optics and lights toward the muzzle.
▶AR-style charging handle ▶10-round magazines are available separately ▶Three choke tubes included ▶Adjustable cheek rest
ArmaLite| Super SASS Gen II Also available in 6.5 Creedmoor, the Super SASS Gen II is built with precision shooting in mind with features like a stainless steel, match-grade barrel and a two-stage, POF-brand trigger.
▶ArmaLite TAC brake ▶Magpul PRS Gen II stock ▶ArmaLite freefloat handguard ▶Mil-Spec 1913 Sight Base
Bergara| B-14R Lefthanded Trainer The highly accurate B-14R .22 LR is now available in a left-handed model that is ideal for precision-rifle training among seasoned veterans or introductory-level shooters.
Century Arms| BP-12 Bullpup Shotgun This semi-automatic bullpup shotgun comes configured for home defense right of the box. Thanks to its detachable magazine, reloads are vastly simplified over standard-configuration shotguns. Its adjustable, flip-up iron sights are easy to use and can be paired with an optic of the user’s choosing thanks to the top rail.
▶Optics rail ▶Flip-up iron sights ▶Detachable-box magazine ▶Rubber recoil pad
Cobalt Kinetics| BAMF Professional Series The BAMF Professional Series rifle was developed with feedback from law enforcement and competition input and gives shooters three length and two chambering options for versatility in any situation.
Desert Tech| MDRX Designed around a short-stroke, piston-operated system, this multi-caliber, bullpup-style rifle offers versatility in everything from .223 Wylde to 6.5 Creedmoor. It’s also available as an SBR.
EAA| Churchill 220 Optics Tactical Now offered in 20 gauge, the EAA Churchill 220 also includes an optics rail along with an MRDS, making it a welcome candidate for those who want a purpose-built semi-automatic for home defense.
▶Mini red-dot sight ▶Breeching choke ▶Pistol grip ▶Enhanced loading port
Henry| Big Boy All-Weather Side Gate The new Big Boy All-Weather series rifles feature a side loading gate and industrial coating for personal protection in the worst conditions, with chamberings in everything from .38 Spl. to .45 Colt.
IWI US| TS12F The popular Tavor TS12 semi-automatic bullpup shotgun is now available in flat dark earth and olive drab for those who desire something other than a bland, black home-defense firearm. With its three, five-round, rotating magazine tubes, it packs a fight-stopping 15 rounds of 12-gauge shells on board, making it ideal for home defense.
Leadstar Arms | DMR .308 It’s clear from the name the intended use of this rifle. Offering a host of long-range-friendly options like a freefloat handguard with attachment points for bipods and a custom trigger, Leadstar Arms’ DMR should live up to expectations.
▶Five-position gas block ▶Cerakote finish ▶17-inch handguard with M-Lok slots ▶Hiperfire trigger
LWRCI| REPR MKII 6.5 Creedmoor Elite SC If you’re looking for the cream of the crop of AR-pattern rifles for long-range shooting, the REPR MKII in 6.5 Creedmoor should be at the top of the list. From its innovative, piston-driven operation to its side-charging capability to its Monoforge upper receiver, this is one souped-up shooter that promises superior accuracy at great distances.
Palmetto State Armory| PSA AK-47 GF5 Classic AK-47-style looks combined with upgrades, PSA’s GF5 line offers light-colored wood furniture and the ability to add a scope through a side-mount system. Wanting retro looks doesn’t mean you have to live with old-school tech.
Palmetto State Armory| PSA AK74 Sometimes overlooked, the 5.45x39 mm round now has another home in the PSA AK74. Featuring a folding, skeletonized stock along with a caliber-specific muzzle device, this is the perfect addition to any AK collection.
Ruger| Custom Shop Precision Rifle Built for those who strive for long-range accuracy, the latest offering from Ruger’s Custom Shop features TriggerTech bang switch that boasts “frictionless release technology” that provides an exceptionally crisp break, minimal overtravel and an extremely short tactile reset.
▶Heavy-contour, stainless barrel with APA muzzle brake ▶Barrier stop in front of mag well ▶Ambidextrous manual safety ▶Side-folding stock capable of length-of-pull and comb-height adjustments
Savage Arms| 320 Security Thumbhole Ghost-Ring Sights For those looking for a budget-conscious smooth-bore, the latest addition to Savage’s popular line of Stevens 320 Security shotguns pairs a thumbhole stock with other select defensive-oriented features. It is also available in 20 gauge.
▶Ambidextrous cheek riser ▶Textured pistol grip ▶Rotary bolt ▶Sling swivel stud on stock and magazine cap
Savage Arms| Impulse Predator Available in four chamberings, the same features that make the Savage impulse ideal for predator hunting such as its straight-pull bolt for fast follow-up shots and detachable-box mag make it suitable for tactical use.
▶AccuFit stock with adjustable length-of-pull and comb height ▶Adjustable AccuTrigger ▶Round knob bolt handle ▶One-piece 20-MOA optic rail
Springfield Armory| 2020 Waypoint Built like a custom precision rifle, Springfield Armory’s new Waypoint bolt-action is offered in a number of highly accurate long-range chamberings, including the popular 6.5 PRC, and comes with a superb TriggerTech trigger.
Winchester| Wildcat 22 SR Hours of plinking fun are assured when shooting the Winchester Wildcat 22. So how did could the company possibly make it even better? Easy; the latest variant features a threaded muzzle, making it suppressor ready. A knurled thread protector is included.
▶Lightweight composite stock ▶Integral picatinny sight rail ▶Dual ambidextrous magazine releases ▶Fully adjustable, ghost-ring rear sight and ramped post front sight
Zev Technologies| Core Duty Rifle An intriguing blend of mil-spec and custom components, the Core Duty rifle has the frills you need. The freefloat barrel enhances accuracy, while the mid-length gas system improves reliability. Magpul furniture and Zev enhancements make this an excellent choice for an all-around carbine.