News Brief – 6/24

Michael Crites

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In this week’s gun news Berger helps eat the “x” at 1,000 yards, Luth goes slick, and new guns hit the market from Hi-Point, Sig, and S&W.

Berger for the win

Greer 1000 yard world record shot

Champion long-range shooter Charles Greer recently set two new world records at a National Benchrest Shooters Association 1,000 Yard Heavy Gun competition in Arizona using Berger .30 caliber 220-grain Long-Range Hybrid Target bullets.

Greer smashed a perfect 10-shot 100-10X, besting the longstanding 100-6x record set by Bill Schrader in 2005, while at the same time bringing that in at a 2.6566-inch group size, beating the previous record of 3.650-inches set in 2019 by Tim Height.

Greer used a .300 WSM-chambered custom rifle built on a Borden action, with Krieger Barrel, McMillan Fiberglass Stock, and Vortex Optics, but he gives a nod to Berger for keeping it well-fed.  

“I’ve used Berger Bullets in my .30 caliber target rifles exclusively and very successfully since 2008,” said Berger. “I set four other 1,000-yard world records, two of which are still standing, shooting Berger .30 caliber 210 Grain VLD Target bullets.”

Luth No-Drag Upper

Minnesota-based Luth-AR, famous for their black rifle ingredients, has a new (and inexpensive) Lo-Drag upper receiver available. It comes stripped– sans barrel and handguard– and is about as clean as you can get.

Made from 6061-T6 aluminum, it is designed to be lightweight and cannot accept a forward assist, shell deflector, or dust cover. What it does have is a top Pic rail, a thick wall, and a black anodized finish.

Hi-Point 'Merica Edition

Hi Point Grand Union Flag 4595 FLG Right

Just in time for Independence Day, Hi-Point has a short run of Model 995 (in 9mm) and 4595 (.45 ACP) carbines featuring a hydro-dipped Grand Union Flag “in recognition of our country’s declaration of freedom 245 years ago.”

They are backing it up with a free mag and Hi-Point swag bag for all active and Veteran U.S. military personnel and first responders who submit ID to their website post-sale.

Sig P320 XCarry Legion

Sig continues to add to its now very broad P320 series modular pistols with a new XCarry Legion variant. Utilizing an all-new carry-length TXG Tungsten infused XSeries grip module, and LEGION Series lightened, skeletonized flat-faced trigger, the new P320 XCarry LEGION delivers extreme performance in a duty-sized platform.

The P320XCarry LEGION features a threaded 4.6-inch barrel with standard 1/2x28TPI threads and is optics ready– compatible with a SIG SAUER ROMEO1Pro or the ruggedized ROMEO2 reflex optics, as well as all DeltaPoint Pro footprint Optics. It comes with fully adjustable XRAY3 Day/Night suppressor height sights, and ships with three 17-round magazines.

“Whether dressing for a casual trip to the grocery store, exercising, or your next business meeting, Blackhawk offers a wide variety of holsters to help accommodate your specific needs,” says the company.

Smith & Wesson M&P 15T II Rifle

S&W, long an authority in the high-quality yet still obtainable AR game, this week announced the new M&P15T II. The 5.56 NATO-chambered carbine runs a 16-inch 5R barrel with a 1:8 twist and uses a mid-length gas system.

It also has a forged, oversized trigger guard around a new flat face trigger, an ambidextrous charging handle, Magpul CTR carbine-length stock, and a 15-inch free-floating aluminum M-LOK handguard topped with Magpul MBUS sights. MSRP is $1,372.

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