2017 NRA Annual Meeting: Day Three

posted on May 1, 2017
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The last day of the 2017 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Atlanta, GA, had crowds scouring 15 acres of guns and gear to see the latest and greatest the firearms industry has to offer. The first two days of our time on the show floor saw many new guns and lots of innovative gear, and the third day certainly did not disappoint. Here are some great items we saw on the show floor on the last day of the show:

Bushnell Engage Optic Line

The new Engage optic line from Bushnell incorporates several developments in optical technology, designed to provide shooters with an affordable and reliable optic. The scopes and binoculars feature the company's new EXO Barrier lens coating, designed to repel the environment while providing a bright sight picture. The scopes also use the new Deploy MOA reticle, giving shooters 1-MOA windage and elevation marks.

Butler Creek ASAP Magazine Loader

Butler Creek announced a new line of magazine loaders that will relieve sore hands tired of loading single rounds into waiting magazines. The new loaders come in single-stack and double-stack pistol magazine configurations and will load most magazines from .380 ACP to .45 ACP. Another feature of the new loader is the use of a cam at the front of the loader that automatically ensures rounds are seated inside the magazine before the next round is loaded. The suggested retail price on the company's new loaders starts at $29.95.

Century Arms Canik TP9SFx Pistol

Century Arms added the new TP9SFx pistol to its lineup to give competition and recreation shooters a pistol loaded with features at an affordable price. The new gun uses a milled slide compatible with four red-dot mounting plates, along with standard dovetail sight cuts. The gun also features a 5.2-inch barrel, a Cerakote finish and interchangeable backstraps. The suggested retail price on the gun is $549.99.

Frontier Tactical War Lock Quick-Change Barrel System

The War Lock system from Frontier Tactical replaces the barrel nut on nearly any AR-15 rifle and allows users to remove and install barrel and handguard assemblies with the simple turn of the nut. The system provides an easy method for changing caliber configurations and also reduces the overall footprint of an AR platform for easy storage and transportation. The suggested retail price on the War Lock retrofit kit is $299.

Kimber Ultra Covert 1911

Kimber's new Ultra Covert line of compact 1911s are designed with features ideal for a concealed-carry rig, including Crimson Trace lasergrips, 30 LPI front strap checkering, a grooved beavertail grip safety and the company's Carry Melt treatment, which incorporates a rounded butt and dehorned edges. The suggested retail price on the new Ultra Covert is $1,427.

Magpul GL Enhanced Magazine Well

The latest Magpul product out for Glock pistols is the company's new enhanced magwell, which fits into a Glock pistol grip and adds a slight flare to ease magazine reloads. The magwell is made from reinforced polymer and is compatible with most aftermarket magazine extensions and floor plates. The unit also features minimal exterior dimensions to reduce printing. The magazine well fits Glock G17 and G19 Gen3 and Gen4 pistols. The suggested retail price on it is $24.95.

Ruger 22/45 Tactical

Ruger announced its new Mark IV lineup in late 2016, and the company has been steadily adding new models that reflect several found in the old Mark III lineup. One of the company's new models is the 22/45 Tactical, which features the standard one-button takedown procedure common to all Mark IV pistols. The gun also features an adjustable rear sight, along with a drilled and tapped receiver that accepts both Weaver and Picatinny rails for optics.

SIG Sauer Juliet4 Magnifier

SIG Sauer expanded its electro-optics line with the addition of the Juliet4 4X magnifier, designed to work with the company's Romeo red-dot optics lineup. The new magnifier features the company's PowerCam 90-degree mount that allows for quick target transitions from close-range to medum-range targets. The optic also comes with spacers, allowing owners to adjust the height of the optic to match the magnified main sight. The suggested retail price on the new Juliet4 is $479.99.

TriStar X12 Pistol

TriStar will roll out its new X12 pistol line in the last quarter of 2017, providing competition shooters with a great package out of the box. The new gun will feature interchangeable polymer backstraps and uses a slimming slide cut, along with front and rear cocking serrations. The gun will come in two models: single-action-only and SA/DA. The slide features standard dovetail cuts. The guns are chambered in 9 mm and will retail around $650.


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Skills Check: Present Arms

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Carry your defensive firearm with you in a pack, without carrying off-body.

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Mix and match these soft and durable foam pieces for a perfect holster fit.


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