Short Shots: February 2019
Henry Debuts American Rodeo Tribute Edition Rifle
The American Rodeo Tribute Edition Rifle from Henry Repeating Arms is built on the company’s Golden Boy platform and features images of popular rodeo events. Henry Repeating Arms debuted the American Rodeo Tribute Edition lever-action rifle in Las Vegas in December at the 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Cowboy Christmas, and the RMEF Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo. The imagery on the receiver cover and the stocks celebrate three staple rodeo events where contestants compete against the clock. The 22-caliber rifle is built on Henry’s award-winning Golden Boy platform and has a blued-steel octagonal barrel, American walnut stocks, and adjustable sights. The receiver cover is nickel plated, engraved, and embellished with 24K gold plating for added contrast. The right side of the receiver cover features an engraved image of a cowboy in the midst of roping a calf from horseback. The left side displays the words, “RODEO TRIBUTE,” and a cowboy wrestling a steer to the ground. Both sides are bordered with 24K gold plated leafy-vine scroll patterns. The walnut buttstock is capped with a nickel-plated buttplate and engraved with the image of a cowboy riding a bucking bull. The stock engraving is hand painted. The fore stock of the rifle features a near full-coverage engraving with the phrase, “COWBOY UP.” Anthony Imperato, Henry Repeating Arms President and owner, said, “This is our first year being in Las Vegas for the rodeo and the fans, the contestants, the atmosphere, and the sense of camaraderie is incredible. We’ve been sitting on this design for the American Rodeo Tribute Edition for a few months, but we wanted to hold off on announcing it until we could show it in person to the biggest rodeo fans in the world.”
Marlin Model 336 is Now Available with a Curly Maple Stock
One model of the Marlin 336 lever-action rifle is now available with a curly maple stock. The Marlin 336C 70527 chambered in 30-30 Winchester features the uncommon wood grain pattern in the pistol-grip stock. Elsewhere, this model features a 20-inch barrel with Micro-Groove rifling, adjustable semi-buckhorn rear sights, and a polished blue finish. It has a 20-inch barrel and has a capacity of 6+1. MSRP is $899.
Federal Ammunition Announces New Loads in 450 Bushmaster
Federal is delivering new hunting loads chambered in the 450 Bushmaster straight-wall cartridge. Legal in more “slug-only” areas and offering enhanced range, accuracy and power over other straight-walled rifle cartridges and sabots, the 450 Bushmaster is becoming a new favorite of deer, hog, and bear hunters. The hot cartridge is available in the Federal Fusion (bonded), Power-Shok, and Non-Typical lines. The F450BMFS1 300-grain Fusion soft point comes in a 20-count box and has a suggested retail price (SRP) of $38. The 450BMDT1 is a 300-grain Non-Typical soft-point load. SRP for 20 $34. The 450BMB fires a 300-grain Power-Shok soft point and comes in 20-count boxes for $34 SRP. For more, visit FederalPremium.com.
Buy Ammunition Directly from Speer-Ammo.com
Lewiston, Idaho–based Speer Ammunition has created ecommerce capability on its website. For the first time ever, customers can buy Gold Dot ammunition, component bullets, and other products directly from Speer. The new service started in November. “This is a place where our customers can buy specialized Speer products, such as 44 Special, 327 Federal Magnum, and 32 Auto, that many retailers tend not to carry consistently,” said Speer Senior Marketing Director Jason Nash. “For fans of Speer and Gold Dot technology, there is now another way to find their favorite product.” Example: Site visitors will be among the first to see Speer’s hot new 10mm Auto 200-grain Gold Dot. This powerful load’s 1100-fps muzzle velocity delivers the full capability of the cartridge. Speer’s online shopping cart features free shipping on orders of $50 or more shipped to a single U.S. address (before promotions, discounts, and taxes are applied). All orders are shipped UPS Ground. Delivery times vary, but most orders will be shipped within 10 working days. Customers can also read and write product reviews. Speer hats and the Handloading Manual No. 15 are also available for purchase in the merchandise section. Sections geared to reloading, protection and training, and law enforcement further speed the search for load data, performance specifications, and more. The site lets visitors search by product number or filter by usage, caliber and bullet style.
Remington Introduces the RM380 Executive
Remington’s new Model RM380 Executive, chambered in 380 Auto, is an all-metal, micro pistol designed for concealed carry. The pistol, part number 96246, is a double-action-only recoil-operated tilt-barrel semi automatic. An all-metal construction encloses the longest barrel in its class to maximize muzzle velocity and bullet expansion. Weighing 12.2 ounces unloaded and measuring 5.27 inches in length and 3.86 inches in height, the RM380 is designed to be carried unobtrusively. An extended beavertail grip facilitates a smooth draw. Remington claims the RM380 has a light and smooth double-action-only trigger, which we’ll decide for ourselves soon enough. Other features include a low-profile slide stop, light slide-racking force, and an ambidextrous magazine release. The replaceable grip panels allow for customizing. The slide stop holds open on last round. The frame is made of black-anodized 7075 aluminum, while the barrel is 410 stainless steel. There’s also a checkered front strap and trigger guard undercut in the frame. The grip panels are laminate Macassar, and the slide has wide cocking serrations. It comes with two 6-round magazines, one with an extended floor plate and one flush-fitting. The snag-free sights are fixed. The barrel is 2.75 inches long and is a stainless match tube with 1:16 twist. The slide is also stainless steel. SRP is $405.
6.5 Creedmoor Conquers Steyr, Strives for World Dominance
When Steyr decides to chamber its Scout Rifle in a new cartridge, you know the world is changing. The Steyr Scout, which seeks to convince shooters that “A man needs only one rifle,” now fires the ever-more-popular 6.5 Creedmoor. Elsewhere, the Scout remains the same with a short overall length of 38.6 inches, a light weight of 6.6 pounds, a fold-away integrated bipod, integrated spare magazine and other unique features. SRP for the 6.5 Creedmoor version is $1735.
Viridian Weapon-Mounted Accessories Now Available for the SIG Sauer P365
Viridian Weapon Technologies has announced the availability of two new weapon-mounted accessories for the SIG Sauer P365. The Reactor R5 Gen 2 Green Laser Sight and the E-Series Red Laser Sight are each designed to fit the P365 and are currently available for sale in stores and online. “Our E-Series and Reactor Gen 2 lasers are designed from the ground up for concealed carry,” said Viridian President and CEO Brian Hedeen. “When combined with the SIG Sauer P365, you’ve got a compact pairing that offers the reliability and fast target acquisition needed for personal protection.” The Reactor R5 Gen 2 comes standard with an inside-the-waistband (IWB) holster fitted for the SIG Sauer P365. Each Reactor product and accompanying IWB holster is equipped with Viridian’s Instant-On technology, ensuring that the laser/light activates automatically when the gun is drawn. Viridian’s R5 Gen 2 Green Laser Sight features triple battery life, with more than three hours of laser use in constant mode and up to six hours in pulse mode. The effective range of the laser is up to 100 yards during daylight and out to two miles at night. It has both windage and elevation adjustments for sighting in and is backed by a seven-year warranty. The SRP for the Reactor R5 Gen 2 Green Laser for the P365 is $239. The E-Series red laser sight for the P365 (shown left) weighs 0.78 ounces and is made of a high-strength molded polymer. SRP for the E-Series Red Laser for the P365 is $132.
Rock River Arms Expands LAR-15 Pistol Lineup
Colona, Illinois-based Rock River Arms has added two new 5.56 NATO–chambered pistols to its LAR-15 line. The Rock River Arms A4 pistols come in two configurations — one with a 7-inch barrel and 6-inch extended length aluminum free-float RRA lightweight handguard, and one with a 10.5-inch barrel and 9.25-inch mid-length lightweight aluminum free-float RRA handguard. Both RRA handguards are M-LOK compatible for accommodating desired accessories.
Chambered in 5.56 NATO for use with 5.56mm or .223 ammo, the A4 pistols with the SBX-K arm brace utilize chrome-lined barrels for durability and long life, RRA’s forged LAR-15 lower receiver, an A4 upper with Picatinny rails that witness to the handguard rails, a single-stage trigger, and a rubber molded Hogue grip. The new A4 5.56 NATO-chambered pistols feature the SBX-K Pistol Stabilizing Brace designed by SB Tactical. The SBX-K is a shortened version of the original SBX brace, with a lower profile for improved operational handling. The advantage of the SBX-K brace is that it offers an additional contact point for shooters beyond the grip and pistol fore end. When used in compliance with applicable jurisdiction laws, the SBX-K brace provides the shooter the option of a cheek weld or securing the brace to the forearm (via an adjustable hook-and-loop strap) for improved stability, muzzle control, and accuracy. As a BATF-compliant part for legal use on a pistol platform, the addition of the SBX-K brace on the new LAR-15 models makes these pistols suitable for at-home personal defense firearms. Overall lengths are 24.75 inches for the 7-inch barrel and 29.25 inches for the 10.5-inch barrel. SRPs, respectively, are $940 and $980.