16 New Rifles from SHOT Show 2019

A rundown of the best rifles debuting from some of the sport’s leading manufacturers

Every year at the SHOT show top manufacturers from across the world introduce new rifle models, new extensions to existing rifle lines, and work-in-progress prototypes. One of my favorite activities is cruising the floor and hunting up new editions that raise my pulse. Here, in no particular order, are some of the most exciting rifles from SHOT show 2019.

Browning X-Bolt Max Long Range

Browning X-Bolt Max Long Range
Browning X-Bolt Max Long RangeBrowning

Known for out-of-the-box accuracy, quality, and their super-strong scope mounting system (from whence the X-Bolt got its name), Browning rifles are favored by hunters and shooters across the nation. This year Browning announced it's making a precision rifle with features found on more expensive rifles, but at a significantly lower price point. Built on their new Composite Max stock, the rifle is fully adjustable for length of pull and cheek weld. Three sling swivel studs (one at the rear and two up front) add versatility and bipod adaptability. The 26-inch fluted heavy sporter stainless steel barrel comes with a muzzle break, as well as a thread protector should you desire to leave the break at home. The magazine is detachable, and the rifle comes chambered in eleven great long-range calibers from 6mm Creedmoor to 30 Nosler, including the hot new 6.5 PRC. MSRP: $1,269

Kimber Mountain Ascent Subalpine

Kimber Mountain Ascent Subalpine
Kimber Mountain Ascent SubalpineKimber

In a well thought-out line extension, Kimber has blended the desirable features of their Mountain Ascent line with the popular Subalpine line. I tested one of the Subalpine rifles extensively last year, and was impressed by its accuracy, balance, and light weight. This rifle should be even better. Sporting a stainless fluted barrel with removable muzzle break, spiral-fluted bolt, and skeletonized action pillar bedded into a carbon fiber reinforced stock, this rifle weighs from an incredible 4 pounds 13 ounces, up to 5 pounds 6 ounces, depending on caliber and barrel length. A Mauser-type controlled round feed (CRF) extractor, adjustable trigger factory set just under 4 pounds, and a 3-position Model 70 type wing safety round out the package. The magazine holds 4 rounds and the gun is available in chamberings that include .308 Winchester, .280 Ackley Improved (my favorite), .30-06 Spring, .300 Winchester Magnum, and .300 WSM. MSRP: $2,040

Daniel Defense Delta 5

Daniel Defense Delta 5
Daniel Defense Delta 5Daniel Defense

In a radical departure from the norm, Daniel Defense announced their first bolt-action rifle—the Delta 5. I didn’t get to shoot the rifle, but I was able to handle, aim, and dry-fire it. I was impressed. It has a good balance and feel, the trigger was great, and the configurability is massive. Boasting similar modularity to an AR platform rifle, the carbon-fiber reinforced polymer stock is adjustable for LOP and cheek weld, it has abundant M-LOC attachment points, and utilizes AICS pattern single-stack mags. The barrels are user interchangeable. That’s right, I said interchangeable. Just remove two metal screws, one barrel nut, and swap away. Currently available calibers include .308 Winchester (20-inch barrel), 6.5 Creedmoor, and .7mm-08 (24-inch barrels). Integrated pillars and a recoil lug enhance stability and performance. A Timney Elite trigger and 20 MOA picatinny scope base top off the package. MSRP: $2,199

Mark V Camilla Ultra Lightweight

Mark V Camilla Ultra Lightweight
Mark V Camilla Ultra LightweightWeatherby

In a line extension of their smash hit, the built-for-women-hunters Camilla rifle, Weatherby has unveiled the Ultra Lightweight. It’s a simplified younger sister to the Subalpine Camilla, featuring a 24-inch #1 contour stainless barrel with darkened fluting—one of my favorite looks—mated to Weatherby’s legendary Mark V six-lug action. The bolt body is fluted for looks and reduced weight. A full-length aluminum bedding-block improves accuracy and renders the rifle impervious to climatic changes. The hand-laid composite stock is designed specifically for women shooters and hunters, with a shortened 13-inch length-of-pull and other ergonomics suited to the fair members of our community. The Ultra Lightweight features an eye-catching black stock with forest green webbing, creating a pleasing contrast with the black & silver metalwork. The rifle offers a sub-MOA accuracy guarantee, and it’s chambered in .240 Weatherby Magnum, 6.5 Creedmoor, .270 Winchester, .308 Winchester, and .30-06. MSRP: $2,300

Winchester Wildcat .22 LR

Winchester Wildcat .22 LR
Winchester Wildcat .22 LRWinchester

Every rifle roundup deserves a rimfire. Truly innovative, the little Wildcat .22 LR features ambidextrous controls, a field-removable lower receiver, and it can be cleaned from the rear—a definite advantage over clean-from-the-muzzle rimfire semi-autos. The rifle ships with one detachable rotary magazine with remarkable features of its own, and the rifle is compatible with all Ruger 10/22 type magazines. Weighing in at 4 pounds, 11 ounces, the rifle has an 18-inch sporter contour barrel, a grey skeletonized composite stock with integrated pic rails on the top and bottom, integrated sling swivel studs, and a rugged, textured finish. Other notable features include a ghost-ring rear sight and ramp front sight, allen-wrench tools integrated into the removable lower receiver, and a striker-fired design that Winchester claims will enhance lock time and trigger pull. MSRP: $250

Badrock South Fork

Badrock South Fork
Badrock South ForkBadrock Precision Rifles

Badrock Precision Rifles, relative newcomers to the rifle-building world, have released the South Fork—a precision rifle set in a radically cool looking aluminum chassis. It comes in either black or a huckleberry color, in right or left hand configurations, and it's fully adjustable for LOP and cheek-weld. The receiver is made from pre-hardened aircraft-certified stainless steel, features a coned-nosed controlled-round-feed extractor, and is made by Defiance Machine—considered by many shooters to be the finest action made. A Trigger Tech trigger quarterbacks the assembly. Barrels are match-grade stainless steel, chambered in 6mm and 6.5mm Creedmoor (26-inch), and .223 and .308 Winchester (23-inch), and are threaded for a muzzle break or suppressor. The gun's final weight comes in at approximately 10.6 pounds. The South Fork uses detachable AICS-pattern magazines. Built right and priced to meet the under-$2,000 Precision Rifle Series "Production" category, this is a rifle to be reckoned with. MSRP: $1,995

Nosler Model 48 Mountain Carbon Rifle

Nosler Model 48 Mountain Carbon Rifle
Nosler Model 48 Mountain Carbon RifleNosler

The terms sheep rifle and mountain rifle are synonymous with hardcore, deep backcountry, lifetime-memory-making adventures. Nosler, the purveyor of fine projectiles, ammunition, and firearms, recognized the demand for such rifles, and has risen to the occasion. Their new Mountain Carbon Rifle is built on the M48 action, features a 24-inch Sendero profile Proof Research carbon fiber wrapped barrel and a Timney trigger. This delightful assembly is then glass and pillar bedded into Nosler’s carbon fiber aramid-reinforced granite green stock. The rifle weighs right at 6 pounds, and comes with a sub-MOA guarantee. The muzzle is threaded, metal parts are cerakoted tungsten grey, and the action is compatible with any 2-piece Remington-style base. Available chamberings include 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, .26 Nosler, .28 Nosler, .300 Winchester Magnum, .30 Nosler, and .33 Nosler. MSRP: $3,140

Ruger Precision Magnum

Ruger Precision Magnum
Ruger Precision MagnumRuger

Ruger’s original precision rifle—the RPR—is enormously popular, and rightly so. The RPR .22 (Ruger Precision Rimfire .22) followed suit, and now Ruger has uncovered its big guns—literally. Enter the Ruger Precision Magnum, chambered in .338 Lapua and .300 Winchester Magnum. The rifle features most of the same RPR configurations we’ve grown to love, just super-sized. It weighs in at 15.2 pounds, has a 26-inch heavy contour barrel, and a modular, folding stock that will fit anyone over 8 years old and under 8 feet tall. The “Marksmen” trigger is adjustable from 2.25 to 5 pounds, with the adjusting wrench stored in the bolt shroud. The handguard is 18 inches long and has M-LOC slots all around. A 30 MOA rail makes mounting a long-range riflescope a breeze, factory fastened atop the receiver with six 8-40 screws. Overall length is 49 inches, with a folded length of 40.35 inches. The grip mount and stock hinge are compatible with standard AR hardware, and the rifle comes with two 5-round AI-style magazines. MSRP: $2,099

Remington Model Seven SS HS

Remington Model Seven SS HS
Remington Model Seven SS HSRemington

Dainty but deadly, Remington’s new little Model Seven SS (stainless steel) HS (HS Precision stock) is a good-looking compact rifle. The Model Seven action is best described as the little brother of America’s favorite Remington 700 action, though there are differences beyond just being smaller that we don’t have space to get into here. The rifle features a 20-inch satin stainless steel light contour barrel and Model Seven action fastened into the aluminum bedding-block of an HS Precision stock. The stock itself is black with green spider webbing. Sporting a user-adjustable trigger, the rifle weighs right at 6 pounds and is compact enough for thick woods stalking and hunting from tight blinds. It’s available chambered in .243 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor, 7mm-08, and .308 Winchester. MSRP: $1,149

CMMG MK4 Resolute Chambered In .350 Legend

CMMG MK4 Resolute Chambered In .350 Legend
CMMG MK4 Resolute chambered in .350 LegendCMMG

Big news at the 2019 SHOT show was the announcement of Winchester’s new .350 Legend cartridge—straight-walled and legal for hunting in many shotgun/straight-wall-cartridge-only states. Chambered in the new .350 Legend is CMMGs new AR-15 rifle, the MK4 Resolute. Not a ton of information is available at this point, but here’s what I do know: The Resolute will be offered in three iterations, the 100, 200, and 300. The 300 will hold top position on the totem pole, so I’ll focus on specs for that model. The rifle features a 16.1-inch medium taper barrel, 15-inch M-Lok hand guard, a Magpull MOE pistol grip, a CMMG 6-position Ripstock, and a mid-length gas system. The receiver and handguard are cerakoted and will be available in ten different colors. The safety selector and charging handle are ambidextrous, and the rifle uses proprietary 10-round steel magazines. Best yet, the rifle sports a Geissele Automatics SSA 2-stage trigger. For the hunter who has always wanted to hunt with an AR-15 rifle but has been unable to because of local straight-wall cartridge restrictions, this rifle is for you. MSRP: Unknown

Weatherby Vanguard Badlands

Weatherby Vanguard Badlands
Weatherby Vanguard BadlandsWeatherby

Weatherby has a stellar reputation for building high-quality, hard-working, high-performing rifles. New to the Vanguard line, this is the first-ever production rifle to sport Badlands Approach camouflage—one of my favorite patterns for the wide-open sagebrush territory common to Western hunting. The Vanguard Badlands sports a 24- or 26-inch #2 contour barrel, depending on caliber, and is chambered in 11 different calibers ranging from .25-06 up to .300 Weatherby Magnum. Magazine capacity is five for standard chamberings, four in the 6.5 Creedmoor, and three in all magnum calibers. Metal parts are cerakoted Burnt Bronze, which contrasts nicely with the Badlands camo. The rifle features a match-grade adjustable two-stage trigger, three-position safety, and a polymer composite stock. Weight will be right around 7.5 pounds. MSRP: $849

Barrett Fieldcraft .280 Ackley Improved

Barrett Fieldcraft .280 Ackley Improved
Barrett Fieldcraft .280 Ackley ImprovedBarrett

A couple years ago Barrett took the hunting world by storm with its built-for-hunters Fieldcraft rifle. It’s hard to improve on near-perfection, so not much has changed but the caliber. Newly announced, Barrett will now chamber its Fieldcraft in .280 Ackley Improved. It’s an old wildcat cartridge that was finally accepted by SAAMI in 2008, and offers near 7mm Remington Magnum performance with more efficiency and less recoil. Chambered behind a fast-twist barrel, it’s an awesome all-around hunting and long-range round. The Fieldcraft actions are scaled to caliber, with match-grade stainless steel full-length bedded barrels in each hand-laid carbon-fiber stock. Barrel length and twist rate varies with caliber and are optimized for long, heavy-for-caliber projectiles. Timney triggers round out the package, and each rifle comes with a sub-MOA guarantee. MSRP: $1,750

Legendary Arms Works Professional II Carbon

Legendary Arms Works Professional II Carbon
Legendary Arms Works Professional II CarbonAram von Benedikt

A few short years ago Legendary Arms Works (LAW) made its debut. Their reputation for accurate, high-quality firearms rapidly grew, and then suddenly they closed their doors. Why they closed isn’t important here, but the fact that they are back, is. We’re glad to see the company alive again, and even more glad to see their new Professional II Carbon. Built on the Ed Brown-designed Model 704 controlled-round-feed action, the rifle has a Proof Research carbon fiber wrapped barrel. The action and metal works are cerakoted, and the whole works are bedded in a hand-laid fiberglass stock. A Trigger Tech trigger compliments the whole assembly, which weighs in at 6.5 pounds. The rifle includes a sub-MOA guarantee, and is available in most standard calibers. MSRP: $2,500

Bergara Premier Highlander

Bergara Premier Highlander
Bergara Premier HighlanderBergara

Close upon the heels of Hornady Ammunition’s new 6.5 PRC and 300 PRC cartridge announcements, Bergara has announced their new rifle, the Highlander. It’s available chambered in both new PRC cartridges, as well as a healthy variety of standard chamberings including my favorite .280 Ackley Improved. The rifle features Bergara’s 2-lug, floating bolt head Premier action, a Trigger Tech trigger, and stainless #5 profile threaded barrel in 20-, 22-, and 24-inch lengths bedded into a fiberglass stock. Metal work is cerakoted Sniper Grey, and magazine capacity is 4 in standard and 3 in magnum calibers. The Highlander weighs in around 7.5 pounds and comes with a sub-MOA accuracy guarantee. MSRP: $1,850

Seekins Precision Sheep Rifle

Seekins Precision Sheep Rifle
Seekins Precision Sheep RifleAram von Benedikt

Still in prototype stage, this rifle has an extraordinary look and feel. Currently at 5.1 pounds, Seekins is working to lower it further, with 4.5 pounds as the goal weight. The rifle has a spiral-fluted 21-inch stainless sporter barrel and Havak ultra light action hand bedded into a carbon-fiber stock, with the barrel threaded for a muzzle break or suppressor. The rifle will use a carbon fiber detachable magazine, and will initially be chambered in 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, and .308 Winchester. Future chamberings will include .300 Winchester Magnum, 300 PRC, and .28 Nosler. A Timney trigger, 20 MOA scope base, and bumper-to-bumper warrantee round out the package. Seekins expects the rifle to start shipping around mid-summer. MSRP: $4,000

Proof Research Glacier Ti

Proof Research Glacier Ti
Proof Research Glacier TiProof Research

Known for building some of the finest rifle barrels in the industry (as evidenced by the number of high-end Proof-barreled rifles above), Proof Research also builds beautiful rifles. My widest-ever mule deer (34-inches) was harvested using their Summit rifle, which is the predecessor of the new Glacier Ti. This rifle is built in the same stock as the Summit, on a Lone Peak Arms Razor Ti Titanium receiver, with a 24-inch (other lengths also available) Sendero carbon-fiber match-grade Proof barrel. A Trigger Tech trigger and 20 MOA rail come standard, and magazine capacity is 4 to 5 rounds in standard calibers, and 3 in magnum calibers. The rifle weighs between 5.5 and 5.75 pounds, comes with a .5 MOA guarantee, and is built to handle anything the roughest backcountry hunt can throw at it. MSRP: $5,999