News Brief – 7/2

The American Firearms News Brief for July 2nd: Holosun goes green, Sig delivers pro-cut P229 slides, Taurus adds colors to the GX4, Q teasing the 8.6 mafia, Winchester wants its 9mm back
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300 BLK & it's big brother 8.6 BLK via Q

In this week’s gun news Holosun goes green, Sig delivers pro-cut P229 slides, Taurus adds colors to the GX4, Q teasing the 8.6 mafia, Winchester wants its 9mm back

Holosun 407 Now Comes with Green Reticle

Holusun 407

For those who are tired of the standard red, Holosun is now making a version of their 1-ounce 407 sight with a green reticle. What’s the big deal? Research points to a green reticle appearing brighter to the human eye than standard red at the same intensity.

“A 1632 battery can power the Super Green LED for up to 50,000 hours,” says the company in a press release. “With Shake Awake the life of the battery — and overall effectiveness — of the optic is much greater. The efficiency of the 407K’s green LED coupled with the large, 6MOA green dot creates the ideal carry package.”

Sig Sauer P229 Pro-Cut Slides

P229 pro cut slide

Sig Sauer this week announced they will start selling new stand-alone Pro-Cut slides for P229 9mm pistols that feature stylized relief cuts and their in-house XRAY3 day/night sights.

They are also optics-ready with a removable sight plate making them compatible with the ROMEO1Pro, Delta Point Pro, and RMR red dot sights. Such an option allows owners to quickly make legacy guns more 2021 and provides home builders with an uptown avenue for a side. MSRP from Sig is $399.99

Taurus Adds GX4 Colors


Taurus just released a budget micro-9 pistol last month, the 11+1 shot Sig P365/Springfield Hellcat-sized GX4. Priced at sub-$400, it is the cheapest of its kind on the market, beating its closest value competitor, the newly introduced Ruger MAX-9 (pretty much a Ruger double-stack LC9S), by almost $100.

To make it even more appealing to those who eschew plain noir styling, the Brazilian pistol maker this week announced new options for two-tone grey (tungsten) and tan slides over the still-black polymer frame. The price will be $20 more for those who dig it.

8.6 BLK?

300 BLK & it's big brother 8.6 BLK via Q

Q, the company formed by Honey Badger and .300 Blackout genius Kevin Brittingham, has been teasing the 8.6 Blackout (or 8.6 Creedmoor, or .338 BLK)  for a couple of years, and rumors were that they even came close to getting Hornady on board to produce it, which would have been huge.

300 BLK and 8.6 BLK via Q

Well, in the past few weeks, they have stepped it up, talking about it on AR build podcasts and posting several images to their IG account showing off the 8.6 vs the .300 BLK.

“One replaces 5.56 inside 300m, the other replaces .308 Win inside 300m. Fast twist barrels provide much greater energy with supersonic and better accuracy for subsonic,” says the company. Stay tuned for more developments…

Winchester issues recall for 115-grain 9mm

Winchester has determined several lots of 9mm Luger 115 FMJ and JHP ammunition purchased after March 25, 2021 “may contain propellant that does not properly ignite and burn when the cartridge is fired. Ammunition containing propellant that does not properly ignite and burn may result in a bullet remaining in the barrel (i.e., a bullet-in-bore obstruction). Firing a subsequent bullet into the bore obstruction could cause firearm damage, rendering the firearm inoperable and subjecting the shooter and bystanders to a risk of serious personal injury.”

More details, including markings and lot numbers, on their recall page

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