August 2018 Short Shots: Pistols and Pistol Accessories
Performance Center Introduces New Performance Center SW22 Victory Target Pistols
Smith & Wesson Corp. has announced four new Performance Center SW22 Victory Target pistols. The Performance Center SW22 Victory Target pistols are chambered in 22 LR and are designed specifically for target shooting competitions. These pistols feature 6-inch target barrels, muzzle brakes, and Tandemkross hiveGrips, and other high-performance features. Tony Miele, general manager of the Performance Center, said, “The Performance Center SW22 Victory Target pistols are competition-ready and have been designed for the serious target shooter. These pistols have all of the upgrades needed to make them competition-ready, including adjustable target triggers, specialty target barrels, and grips. The Performance Center SW22 Victory Target pistols have custom features available right out of the box from the Performance Center.”The Performance Center SW22 Victory Target pistols ship with two 10-round magazines and are available with either a 6-inch Fluted or 6-inch Carbon Fiber barrel. Each Performance Center SW22 Victory Target pistol ships with a Picatinny-style rail for the quick mounting of an optic and is available with and without a Vortex Viper Red Dot Sight. Other Performance Center SW22 Victory features include custom muzzle brakes, extended magazine-release buttons, custom polished feed ramps, beveled magazine wells, flat-face target triggers that are also adjustable for take-up and overtravel, and Tandemkross “hiveGrips” with target thumbrest grips. Performance Center SW22 Victory Target Model 6-inch Carbon-Fiber-Target-Barrel Red-Dot Sight is Model No. 12081 and lists for $868. The same gun without an optic (No. 12080) has an MSRP of $672. The fluted-barrel model with a red-dot sight (No. 12079) is $868. The fluted-barrel model without the red dot (No. 12078) is $672.
SIG Sauer Launches Components Line for Handloaders
SIG is now manufacturing premium pistol and rifle ammunition components for precision handloaders at its ammunition facility in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Elite Performance Ammunition shell cases are available for multiple pistol calibers (primed or unprimed) and rifle calibers (unprimed). The geometric consistency of these premium brass cases ensures each primer is held tightly in its pocket. The company says flash holes are precise, with no burrs, and the cases withstand repeated reloading. All Elite Performance rifle shell cases are induction annealed for consistent bullet retention. “Each brass case undergoes rigorous in-line and post-production quality assurance testing to ensure a flawless casing,” said Brad Criner, senior director of brand management and business development for SIG Sauer ammunition. Pistol component cases are available, primed or unprimed, in bags of 100 in the following calibers: 380 Auto, 9mm Luger, 357 SIG, 38 Special, 357 Magnum, 40 S&W, 10mm, and 45 Auto. Rifle component cases are unprimed and available in bags of 50 in the following calibers: 223 Rem., 22-250 Rem., 243 Win., 300 BLK, 300 Win. Mag., 308 Win., and 6.5 Creedmoor. Coming soon are cases for 270 Win. and 30-06 Springfield.
Springfield Armory 911 380 Pistol Now Available in Black Nitride
On June 15, Springfield Armory announced that it had shipped the 911 380 ACP with a black-nitride finish (see page 6 for a list of models). Black nitride is a high-grade corrosion- and abrasion-resistant finish while maintaining its function and accuracy in extreme conditions. Through the process of nitriding, the outermost layer of the stainless-steel frame is hardened, making it more resilient to use and weather. The Black Nitride finish is available on Model No. PG9109.