News Brief – 11/23

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In this week’s gun news, CMMG does what HK wouldn’t, CZ brings the bolt action(s), Kimber has a ton of new pistols, meet the Right to Bear Insurance, Smith gets back into the 10mm field, Springfield goes Garrison.

CMMG FourSix

Heckler & Koch have been the only folks to make a gun chambered in 4.6x30mm, the company’s proprietary personal defense weapon cartridge. Using it in the HK MP7, the Germans’ answer to the 5.7x28mm FN P90, Oberndorf has repeatedly said “Nein-Nein-Nein!” to making a version of the gun for the consumer market.

To give the unwashed masses what they want, CMMG has created a version of their Banshee pistol/SBR to use the round. Billed as the first AR platform to run the 4.6, the CMMG FourSix looks interesting and is getting lots of hype from the YouTube gun guys. The only problem is good luck finding the ammo.

CZ 600

CZ 600 Trail
CZ 600 Trail

CZ recently announced a line of new bolt-action rifles, the 600 series, covering a wide range of furniture options, barrel profiles, action lengths, and cartridge combinations. They all share an adjustable trigger, 60-degree bolt throw, and the ability to swap calibers without a gunsmith using an optional conversion kit.

The 600 series rifles include four models: the entry-level synthetic stocked Alpha, a beautiful wood-stocked Lux, the heavy-barreled/laminate stocked Range, and the uber lightweight Trail which includes a collapsible stock and takes either AR or BREN 2 mags.

Prices start at $750 and run to $1,200, depending on the model. Caliber options include most popular chamberings (223 Rem, 224 Valkyrie, 7.62×39, 308 Win, 6CM, 6.5 CM, 6.5 PRC, 30-06, 300 Win Mag) except for the Trail which is only available in 7.62×39 and .223.

New Kimber Rapides

Micro Rapide
Micro Rapide
Rapide Scorpius
Rapide Scorpius

Kimber, shaking off the recent innovation shown by models like the R7 Mako micro-compact, is going back to their tried and true 1911s with two new models of the Rapide series that sound like Bond movie characters (Dawn and Scorpius) as well as three Micro 9 Rapides with, confusingly, the same names.

All the new Rapides are single-stack 9mm pistols with 1911 ergos and a single-action trigger. The full-sized models run $1,700 while the much smaller Micro 9s are $985.

Right to Bear Insurance Open for Business

With something like 21 million guns sold in 2020 and 5.5 million more going over the counter just in the first three months of 2021– with many of those to first-time gun owners– it’s estimated that 40 percent of Americans now own a firearm. With crime on the rise and most gun owners citing protection as their primary purpose to have one, what folks don’t know is that most homeowners’ and renters’ insurance policies cover firearms only as property– not coverage of such tools in cases of self-defense.

Self-defense cases can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

With that, Right to Bear Insurance now offers self-defense liability insurance that is the best value for coverage and affordability in its class. Backed by an A-rated insurance carrier, veteran-owned, and a partner of Palmetto State Armory, policies start at an affordable $10 per month, with up to $2 million in civil and criminal defense protection per year, including bodily injury, property damage, accidental discharge, bail bond reimbursement up to $50,000, and compensation while in court.

“Right to Bear Insurance: Your EXTRA line of defense, for responsible gun owners.”In addition to coverage benefits, Right to Bear Insurance policyholders receive weekly “Bear Facts” education tips on situational awareness, trauma avoidance, and other self-defense best-practice information.

“We believe in protecting freedom, protecting family, and protecting the rights of responsible gun owners. Let us secure your peace of mind with Right to Bear Insurance.”

In addition the first 10,000 insurance policies sold also get a free Palmetto State Armory AR-15 lower with a custom Right to Bear logo.

For more information, visit, e-mail [email protected], or call (833) 887-BEAR

S&W M&P10

A modern, optics-ready 10mm with 15+1 capacity? Where so I sign?
A modern, optics-ready 10mm with 15+1 capacity? Where so I sign?

Smith & Wesson used to make 10mm pistols back in the day, the S&W 1000 series, which dated to the original Miami Vice series.

Yes, the one with Don Johnson.

Now, after a 25-year drought, Smith has brought the caliber to the M&P M2.0 handgun line. The big takeaways are that they come in 4.6- and 4-inch formats, both optics-ready, with a nice 15+1 capacity.

Cost is about $650, swaying slightly between models, and they are set up to take the now very dated (and not optics ready) Gen 4 Glock 20 and G29 to the woodpile.

Springfield Garrison

Almost too pretty so shoot. Almost.
Almost too pretty so shoot. Almost.

Taking a page from Kimber’s book, Springfield is following up with some interesting new guns with a tried-and-true staple: more 1911s. Their newest is called the Garrison series, and we must admit, they look great, almost too pretty to shoot.

Chambered in .45ACP because 1911, the two introductory models are a stainless variant along with a hot salt-blued carbon steel variant.

Both use forged slides, frames, and barrels as well as wooden double-diamond grip patterns. Cost is $800 (blued) and $850 (stainless).

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