While the NRA has its well-deserved cross to bear when it comes to being a lightning rod both among anti-gun types and many gun enthusiasts on the other side of the aisle, the group’s politics and practices aside, its recent Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Houston, aka “The NRA Convention/Show” had a lot of new products that were exhibited to the public for the first time. Notably, many of these companies had skipped SHOT Show earlier this year due to COVID concerns.
Without further disclaimer:
Anderson AM-10 GEN 2 Series
Kentucky-based Anderson derided as the makers of the “poverty pony” line of AR-15s and components, now has a new value line of AR-10 style all-up rifles.
The new AM-10 Gen 2s come in three variants chambered in .308 Winchester. All include a K2 grip (compatible with all AR-15 grips), DPMS-high standard upper rail height, and a flared magwell. The three variants include:
AM-10 Battle Rifle: 16-inch barrel, Magpul MOE stock, “ideal for general use and home defense.”
AM-10 Ranger: 18-inch barrel, Magpul MOE stock, “providing a multi-purpose option for long-range and home defense situations.”
AM-10 Marksman XL: 20-inch barrel “perfect for hunting and precision/long-range shooting.”
Made in Germany by GSG and imported by South Carolina’s ATI, the new GSG-9 pistol looks a lot like an MP5 but accepts either Glock 9mm (G17/19/34) mags or Sig P320 mags. Shipping standard with an M-LOK rail, it has a 7.5-inch barrel and uses an aluminum receiver.
ATI says it is suppressor-ready and has ambi controls while the rear cap fits many accessories such as a stock (NFA rules apply) or brace options. No price yet, and availability is “coming soon.”
Beretta APX A1 FS
Announced just a few days before NRAAM, Beretta showed up with their usual wares but also had their new APX A1 Full Size, or FS, series of 9mm pistols. Using a 4.25-inch barrel, the new Beretta APX A1 FS is 7.5 inches overall with a weight of 33.1 ounces. Offering a 10+1, 15+1, and 17+1 capacity, it is roughly the same size as a Glock 17 but is optics ready for a price of about $525.
PD90 Coil Accelerator
Not officially a gun according to the ATF, at least for now, the folks behind the Coil Accelerator used in a viral Demolition Ranch video about eight months ago were at the show.
Their $1,600 rail gun fires inert 275-grain disks at up to 148 fps to a range of about 40 feet. A one-hour charge allows it to fire about 500 times and it holds 50 disks in its magazine. Further, it is smokeless and almost recoilless.
Stuff like this is the future, folks.
Colt King Cobra Target .22LR
Most of the time when the “old” Colt mentioned a revolver as being a “King,” model, that meant it was a long-barreled gun. Well, the new Colt King Cobra Target *is* longer, but it is also downshifted to a smaller caliber, being a .22LR rather than a .38. Offered in either a 4-inch or 6-inch one-piece stainless steel barrel on a stainless frame, the plinker has a 10-round cylinder but still looks like a beefy revolver.
The company’s philosophy on design is summed up by Justin Baldini, VP of Product Strategy, Colt CZ-USA. “Shooting 22LR is such an important part of shooting sports. It’s where we come to learn as a beginner; and where we return as seasoned shooters to cost-effectively enjoy more time at the range. We’re confident that new and old Colt fans will love what we’ve done with the new King Cobra in .22LR.”
FN SCAR Multicam
After decades of just offering these Gucci rifles in either black or FDE, FN showed up in Houston with the entire line now offer in a hydro-dipped Multicam pattern.
So, fans who wanted a SCAR 16S, 17S, or 20S can now get them in that pattern– for $100 more than the price of the standard NRCH SCARs. Not gonna lie, tho, they look great, and if you want your SCAR to match your camo, then there you go.
FN 509 Midsize Tactical
FN has had the 509 Midsize on the schedule for a couple of years– complete with a 4-inch barrel and a very G19 size to it– and had a 509 Tactical– with a threaded barrel, FN’s low profile optics mounting system, tall suppressor-height Trijicon 3-dot green Tritium night sights, and a 24-round magazine– at the same time.
Now, they got Tactical in their Midsize with the new FN 509 Midsize Tactical, which blends the size of the smaller gun with the features of the more goon-ready model. MSRP is $1,069 and the pistol is available in both FDE and black.
IWI Masada Slim
Shrinking down the standard Masada pistol, IWI US had their new Masada Slim at the show. Using a different frame and slide from the standard model, the new Slim is a 13+1 capacity of 9mm that is about the size of a Sig Sauer P365.
It is also optics-ready, with a Shield pattern. MSRP is $450, sans optics, and it uses Sig pattern sights.
Maxim Defense MD9
From the company that has been great at the short game when it comes to 5.56 NATO and 300 BLK SBRs and pistols, Maxim Defense has finally made a 9mm pistol, the MD-9.
Shipping standard with an ALG Combat trigger and Radian charging handle, it uses Glock 9mm pattern mags, runs a free-floating 5.8-inch barrel, has a top Pic rail, and a handguard that is M-Rax and M-Slot compatible. The asking price will be $1,995.
Mossberg MC2c Optics-Ready
As the name would imply, Mossberg has taken their inaugural 21st Century pistol design, the 9mm MC2c Compact, and made it optics ready because this is 2022 and everyone is looking for that.
It runs the J-point/Shield RMSc footprint and when it comes to capacity it has a 14-round flush and a 16-round extended magazine included.
MSRP is about $550 with standard 3-dot sights or $650 with night sights.
The Rock Island Armory TM22 is described by the company as a “new age rifle” with the “TM” in this rimfire rifle standing for “Total Metal,” meaning it has a lot of 7075-grade aluminum including the M-LOK handguard, magazines, buttstock, and receivers.
The 18-inch barrel is steel. Controls are right-handed but can be swapped for left. The overall length is 34-inches.
Ruger Marlin 1895
The Marlin rebirth via Ruger isn’t new, I mean Ruger announced the 1895 model was returning last Christmas, however, NRAAM 2022 was the first time they were shown off to the public.
The company had both the standard Marlin 1895 model, with its 20-inch barrel, as well as the new Trapper variant with a 16.17-inch barrel, on hand.
Palmetto State Armory’s new JAKL platform is built around a 6061 monolithic upper receiver, similar to modular rifles like the FN SCAR and others. Compatible with any Mil-Spec AR-15 lower receiver, the JAKL uses a long-stroke piston design with AK/AR hybrid components.
The company announced it just before the show and had one at the booth, drawing lots of excitement. Look forward to hearing more about this one.
PTR 9CT Classic
South Carolina’s PTR went back to basics with what they are calling the 9CT Classic, a retro MP5 format pistol with an 8.86-inch 3-lug barrel threaded to 1/2x28TPI, push-button and paddle-style mag releases, a receiver that accepts claw mounted optics, and an old-school plastic wide “jungle” handguard.
It ships basic with a 20-round steel mag and bungee sling. MSRP is $1795, which is about $200 less than the company’s other MP5 clones.
Besides showing off their new rifles such as the Saint EDGE ATC and Hellion bullpup, Springfield Armory came to NRAAM with a new 16+1 capacity 10mm pistol, the XD-M Elite 4.5 OSP. Digesting the name, the new 10mm XD-M runs a 4.5-inch barrel and is an optics-ready platform.
Using Springfield’s META flat-face trigger, it has a 7.6-inch overall length and includes an extended and flared “short” magwell for rapid magazine swaps. Besides the optics plate, it comes from the factory with fiber optic front sights. MSRP is $653.
Taurus 856 Executive Grade revolver
Taurus seems to be giving Colt a run for its money by coming out with a very Cobra-ish all-stainless-steel six-shooter with an exquisite hand-polished satin finish and premium Altamont walnut grips. The Taurus 856 “Executive Grade” revolver .38 SPL (+P) feels good in the hand and has a decent trigger pull.
Offered in a 3-inch barrel with a medium/small frame and a concealed hammer, it only weighs 25 ounces and appeals to both home defense and carry. It even ships in a Pelican case rather than a cardboard box as is the regular Taurus MO.
MSRP is $689, which means it will likely be closer to the $599 at your local gun store or online retailer. The thing is, an actual Colt Cobra, in its more basic formats, starts at just $699, so…
Taurus G3 Tactical
Further expanding their popular G3 line of 9mm striker-fired polymer-framed pistols, Taurus took the standard sized G3 TORO– a double-stacked, optics-ready pistol with a 17+1 magazine capacity– and gave it a Patriot Brown Cerakote finish on the slide and a Magpul FDE-hued frame, then swapped out the standard barrel for an extended factory-threaded 1/2×28 DLC-coated barrel.
The result is a suppressor-ready G3 that includes a MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny accessory rail and four plates for micro red dots: Docter, Venom, FastFire (plate 1), Trijicon RMR, Holosun 407c/507c (plate 2), C-More STS2 (plate 3), and Leupold Deltapoint Pro (plate 4).
Leaving the cardboard box behind, the G3 Tactical ships in a custom soft case with two mags, aforementioned plates, and accessories for a super random asking price of $582.98, something that likely has to do with the exchange rate between dollars and Brazilian Reals.
Walther Magnum Pistol
With an acronym that wasn’t very well thought out– it is one letter away from “Wimp”– the .22 Magnum-chambered Walther WMP has an aluminum slide and polymer frame that keeps weight down to just 27.8 ounces. Shipping with two flush-fit 15-round magazines and two optics adaptor plates, the MSRP on the new Walther WMP is $549.
The company is billing it as ideal for either field use in outdoor activities, or as a defensive pistol for those who are recoil sensitive. By coincidence, Federal announced their new .22 Magnum “Punch” defensive load on the same day.