What is new for 2017 in the gun industry?
As I write this article the 2017 Shot Show is in full swing. For those of you that don’t know what SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade) Show is, it is an annual tradeshow for the shooting, hunting, and firearms industry. It is the biggest firearm and gun related trade show in the world. This is the event where most major manufacturers in the industry release their new products for the year. There is a range day where manufactures set up and allow media to shoot and use their new products.
Here is a rundown of what I feel are some of the most notable new products being released this year from major manufacturers. Ruger is introducing a Ruger Redhawk chambered in 357 mag with an 8 shot capacity and an unfluted cylinder, it will be short barreled and have wooden grips. Ruger has also added the 44 special to its caliber offerings in the Gp100 revolver. Ruger has also updated their target pistol line with the introduction of the Mark IV 22lr pistol; the update includes a much easier takedown feature for cleaning and proper care. Their Precision rifle lineup has dropped the .243 caliber from its offering and replaced it with the new 6mm Creedmoor. Smith and Wesson’s newest product is an update to their M&P pistol line introducing the M&P 2.0 with improved ergonomics, and the introduction of the Shield 45acp Performance center version. CZ USA has released their first attempt at building a striker fired pistol to be called the P10 and have a polymer frame. Remington has expanded their handgun lineup, introducing the RP-9 full-size polymer striker fired 9mm.
They have also released a 6” barreled 1911 chambered in 10mm, called the R1 Hunter. Savage arms has for the first time built an AR15 rifle called the MSR short for modern sporting rifle and will be available in 223,556, 6.5 Creedmoor, and 308 caliber. Springfield armory has increased there Mod2 pistol line up and revamped their Emp 1911 line. Last but not least colt has revived the Cobra a lightweight 38 special revolver, this is the first double action revolver Colt has built in over a decade and has created a tremendous buzz around the brand that they may bring back the ever popular Python, which is commanding huge prices in the collector market. Manufactures claim these new guns may be hitting the shelves in mid-February. So make some time in your busy schedule and head down to your local dealer to see what’s new.