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calendar   Saturday - January 23, 2010

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Dammit, the 2010 SHOT show is running, and I wanted to put up a post about all the new cool guns. Alas, from what I’ve seen, there really aren’t any. Sorry. Gunblast.com went to the show, so did Massoud Ayoob, and a bunch of other posters. Plenty of pictures in lots of places online.

So what’s new?

Winchester has a 125th Anniversary model of their 1885 high wall falling block, in .45-70. Priced at nearly $1300, it’s a fancied up version of their standard high wall, but it’s still nowhere near as fancy as the 1885 Browning I bought over a decade ago for way less than half that price. Wow, the Winchester has a bit of “125th Anniversary” scroll engraving. Pass. There are too many “collector” guns on the market.

Marlin is going to expand their “fancy” versions of their lever action rifles. They had great success with their “fancy” model 336 and 1894 models. But honestly, they aren’t that fancy. They get a decent bluing job for a change, and some Ok “fancy” walnut - 30% figure. Which makes them decent looking rifles, instead of the boring ass plain vanilla of the plastic stocked or dead clear walnut models. Nice, but yawn. They ain’t fancy, they’re just how they should have been made in the first place.

Marlin is pushing their .338 Marlin Express lever gun cartridge. Tipped by a soft rubber point, the .338 MX pushes a 200 grain bullet at 2565fps. This makes a nice bear or elk rifle for medium range hunting. It also generates 24.6 ft/lbs of recoil at 14.5fps, which is just over the pain threshold for most shooters. That’s what happens when you put a potent cartridge in a light rifle with a thin tiny stock. The .338 MX cartridge is pretty much a .338 Federal with a .30-30 rim on the case. Medium bullet at medium velocity, which gets the big jobs done out to medium range. Think of it as a practical almost-magnum. Just like the .358 Winchester that came out ... 50 years ago??

Lots of stupid stuff is “all new”; Ruger is making their little LCP in soft recycled plastic Rubbermaid colors. Taurus is doing the same thing, in pink. Appeals to the ladies maybe? Or is it just supposed to look like a toy gun? Magnum Research is making a Buntline Special version of their BFR revolver in .30-30, with a 12” barrel. Oh, just give it up already, and go buy a rifle! Hey, now you can get a special “door breaching” muzzle break for your Tactical shotgun. I’m about ready to overdose on this “tactical” shit. You ain’t GI Joe, so get over your bad self. And 2/3 of all this “tactical” crap is simply roughly made crap with a spray painted black finish. Big whup. You know the trend is being worked to death when Savage comes out with a “tactical” bolt rifle in .17 HMR. Hey, it’s black! Special Ops gun, for shooting tactical squirrels. Somebody, anybody, please give me a break already.

CZ is going to sell left handed versions of their 550 rifles. This is actually news. The CZ rifle is a gem. It’s a modern Mauser. And it’s probably the best deal going for a bolt action rifle when you compare the construction quality, fit, finish, and wood figure to any other bolt action rifle out there.

It looks like the “year of the .380” will continue for a while longer. Everybody and his uncle has a micro .380 for sale now, which will keep .380 ammo both rare and expensive. Drat. The other big push is for these combination .45 Colt/.410 shotgun revolvers. Huge cylinders on small frames, short barrels and tiny grips. It appeals to some folks, but it sure makes for a pug ugly pistol. Taurus is pushing the limits by making a really big version that can also shoot the .454 Casull cartridge. Which means it’s a nice strong pistol, really big and heavy.

Oooh, pretty shiny things! Cimarron has a new flavor of their venerable Peacemaker clone out, called the Holy Smoker. Nice bluing, nice color case hardening on the frame, nice wood on the grips with an embedded cross medallion. It’s a “tribute gun” to the one Russell Crowe used in the film “3:10 to Yuma”.

The giant gun distributor Lipsey’s continues to have enough pull in the market to get their own fancied up versions custom made at the factories. Look for highly polished and tuned pistols from Ruger, S&W, etc.

Uberti continues to reap profits from the Cowboy Action market. Now they have another lever gun, a clone of the 1883 Colt Burgess. $1500 gets you one. Nice wood, nice bluing, and it only comes in .45 Colt.

Here’s an idea that might work. Hornady has an ultrasonic case cleaner. Maybe it’s faster than the old vibrating buckets filled with ground corn cobs, but I doubt if it’s faster than the IOSSO liquid case cleaner. Bet it costs a whole poopload more though.

Mossberg has a new pump shotgun out. This one is called the Model 510 Mini Super Bantam. It comes in either 20 gauge or in .410. What it is, is a scaled down receiver with a barely legal 18.5” barrel (with choke tubes) and a plastic stock that has several removable sections so you can adjust the length. It’s a shotgun designed for smaller people like women and children. And in the lesser recoiling 20 gauge, with a short stubby stock, you can bet it’s going to make a superb home defense gun. MSRP is about $365. Thank God they aren’t pushing it as a tactical gun, so you should be able to find one for $275 in another couple of months. It’s about time the gun makers responded to the needs of the other half of the population. Kewl.

Ok, that’s about all I saw out on the net. I didn’t go to the show, hella no, but I spent an hour or so surfing around. I’m sure there is lots more, some of it actually new, some of it actually improved, and some of it actually exciting. But from what I’ve seen, it’s just another same ole same ole. And I guess that’s Ok too.


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