Shot Show 2012 Sneak Peek: 12 New Guns From Range Day
SHOT Show, the biggest outdoor industry event in the world, is finally here. We take an early look at 12...
“Flex your Mossberg.” Get ready to read and hear that sentence a lot this year. It will be everywhere. Last night the company rolled out its new FLEX line of 500 and 590 shotguns as a new concept in modular shotguns and accessories, using something called TLS (Tool-less Locking System). Simply, it means you can customize your shotgun from 11 different base models with a modular system that allows you to change out stocks, forends, recoil pads and accessories, all without using a single tool. The base models are designed for all-purpose, hunting and tactical, but with the various quick-attach components, you can change a totally black shotgun from a home-defense-geared, short, stockless, pistol grip shotgun to a full-length, stocked camo turkey gun in about one minute. I know, I watched them do it. No screwdrivers, no allen wrenches. Just your fingers and whatever extra components you choose to buy. No matter what, the Mossberg Flex line will allow for more shotgun applications in one gun for far less cost and effort than ever before. — Dave Maccar
The newest edition to the XDM line of Springfield pistols is a dedicated concealed carry personal defense handgun that has very little in common with the rest of the high-capacity line. The XDMS is a double action, 6-round, 29-ounce gun chambered in .45 ACP with a single-stack magazine. Those familiar with XDM pistols will find a familiarly shaped and textured grip and trigger with an integrated safety, but that’s about all it has in common with the rest of the line. One inch thick at it’s widest point, the fully ambidextrous XDMS will make a wonderfully compact concealed carry pistol or backup gun for law enforcement. The .45 rounds in such a small gun force you to deal with a bit of muzzle flip, but after a couple magazines, groupings rapidly became smaller. See the Springfield Armory XDMS video here. –DM
Anyone who lives in a state where silencers are legal and there is a serious need to cause a decline in the feral hog population, listen up. S&W has introduced their new Whisper AR rifle chambered in .300 Whisper, a very interesting caliber. The casing is the same diameter as a .223 round, with the length cut down a bit and blown out at the crimp and topped with a .30-caliber, 208-grain bullet that travels at 1,000 fps. The design of the casing means you can use standard 5.56 or .223 AR magazines and receivers. You would only have to buy the upper to convert an existing AR rifle into a Whisper. Loaded with .300 Whisper ammo and a suppressor screwed onto the 5/8-24 threads, I honestly wasn’t sure the rifle had fired the first round until I heard a ping from the gong downrange. There was so little recoil, the gun could easily be fired like a pistol if you could hold it steady. The feed ramps and gas system have been optimized to run efficiently with a full range of factory loaded sub-sonic and super-sonic ammunition, bot suppressed and unsuppressed. The barrel twist rate (1 in 7.5″) is compatible with a wide variety of bullet weights from 110 to 220+ grains. It would be excellent as a small game rifle and is powerful enough to be a solid hog slayer at ranges inside 200 yards. It’s truly effortless to shoot and a would be a very fun plinker. The Whisper operates with or without a suppressor and can also safely fire .300 AAC Blackout ammo. –DM
Why would you want a tactical lever action rifle? Well, why not. Mossbergs two new lever action rifles chambered in .22LR and .30-.30 Win. look pretty bizarre with an adjustable 6-position AR-style stock with an elevated comb and tri-rail forearm with ladder rail covers. Though these rifles weren’t at the range and only shown at a press conference, I can’t yet say how they shoot, but I do see the value in a small-caliber, lever action rifle with a stock that allows for a length-of-pull adjustment of nearly four inches. I could see this being a great first rifle that can grow with a young shooter. I can also see me putting a foregrip on that rail and having an awful lot of fun at the range with either of these bizarre-looking creations. The 464 SPX includes 3-dot fiber optic sights and will be available with or without a flash suppressor or muzzlebrake. –DM
SHOT Show, the biggest outdoor industry event in the world, is finally here. We take an early look at 12 new guns that you’ll see on the range in 2012.