Beretta released the “Cx4 Storm” in 2003, hoping to compete in the law enforcement market. The case for the Cx4 is strong, since it’s a lightweight, accurate, reliable blowback-operated carbine that allows an officer to use the same magazine as his or her 92 FS or Px4 pistol. Unfortunately for Beretta, most departments have opted for AR-15s and M-4s, so the Cx4 never really achieved the type of US LEO market acceptance that I imagine Beretta would have hoped. But that doesn’t mean the venerable Cx4 isn’t a viable option . . .
Here at TTAG, we have been shooting our .17 HMRs a lot more than our .22LRs lately. Why? ammo availability. Somehow I’ve ended up owning two .17 HMRs: A Savage 93R17 BSEV and a CZ 455 EVO. That means that the stars have aligned for a shoot-off. Make the jump to see which one comes out on top.
Oregon Precision Arms, of Hillsboro, Oregon, caught my eye at SHOT Show for two reasons: they had some very good looking modified Ruger Mark II pistols on their table…and they are from the great State of Oregon. OPA is a manufacturer of high-end barrel upgrades for Ruger 22/45 and MK series pistols. These .22LR uppers are designed primarily for competition use (Bullseye, Speed Steel, etc.), and are intended to compete against the likes of Hammerli and similar high-end European .22 pistols. Shown above is the Marksman II Upper with 6.5 inch barrel ($695 for upper). More pics and info after the jump . . .
I have been a big fan of the Romanian-made IOR scopes since they first started becoming readily available in the U.S. in the mid-1990s. Back in those days, IOR scopes seemed to mostly follow rugged Russian military designs, but used improved German glass from Schott AG. In those early years, however, the downside to IOR scopes was that they seemed to be behind on the latest technology. All that has changed in recent years, however, and now IOR is an industry leader on many fronts . . .
Kingston Armory, of Liberty, New York, manufacturers .22LR caliber semi-automatic rifles specifically developed and designed to replicate the M1 Garand and M14. Kingston manufactures their receivers, which closely resemble Ruger 10/22 actions, from 4140 steel. When combined with Ruger 10-round rotary magazines and full size Boyd’s walnut stocks, these little rifles do a pretty good job of impersonating the real deal. The weight of the KA .22 clone is less than a real M-1 Garand, but is still quite substantial. I shouldered the M-1 Garand version and I must say that it felt like I was holding its .30-06 big brother . . .
Christensen Arms displayed their “Tactical Force Multiplier” rifle at the SHOT Show, and man, is this one awesome looking firearm. The TFM rifle features a carbon-fiber stock and a carbon-fiber-wrapped barrel. The carbon fiber provides excellent strength and rigidity while offering a considerable weight savings over steel or aluminum. The TFM weighs in at a svelte 8 pounds empty. More pics after the jump….
If you are hankering to personalize your AR-15, Unique-ARs of McCall, Idaho may have just the thing you need: custom aluminum hand guards. They have dozens of styles to choose from, or you can get them to fabricate one to your personal specifications. Prices for stock models run from $175 – $275, depending on options . . .
When you hear the name Turnbull, you immediately think of the beautiful bone pack charcoal finishing process that they seem to have perfected. But you might not be aware that they have a master engraver on staff as well. Turnbull was displaying samples of his work at SHOT Show, and were evening offering an exquisite sample for sale…for a mere $35,000 . . .
Mr. Val Forgett, III., President of Navy Arms, has partnered with Winchester and Turnbull Restorations to produce a beautiful modern reproduction of the 1873 rifle. At last year’s SHOT Show, Winchester showcased its modern limited-edition reproduction of the 1873, but both the monotone gray and black colors of the basic Winchester case-hardened version and utilitarian wood left me a bit cold. Fortunately, Navy Arms is basically taking the stock Winchester version and upgrading it, and the results are stunning to say the least . . .
While visiting the Accuracy International Booth, I happened to meet British sniper Sgt. Craig Harrison, who is officially credited with the world’s two longest sniper kills: 2,475 m (2,707 yd). Sgt. Harrison now works for AI and was at the show promoting a new rucksack (aka “bergen”) and sniper drag bag that he designed based on his experiences in Afghanistan. He was also promoting his highly anticipated new book, “The Longest Kill: the Story of Maverick 41.” According to Wikipedia, the events of November 2009 went down like this . . .
For those of you that need the very “best of the best” when it comes to long range optics for precision rifles, a new Canadian firm named Tangent Theta is now in production, and is showcasing its three new scopes at the 2015 SHOT Show. From the looks of what I saw, Tangent Theta’s products are well-poised to provide strong competition for the current industry leaders such as Schmidt & Bender, etc…
Pretty much all of us at TTAG loved the Caracal 9C with Quick Sights when we reviewed it back in 2011. So we were happy to see that the firm’s USA subsidiary is still alive and kicking – something that we were unsure of after hearing rumors of their demise. In any event, the Caracal guys brought their pistols, carbine, and CS 308 sniper rifle to the SHOT Show Range Day. I really enjoyed shooting the CS .308, and found it easy to engage the steel targets set up at 500, 700, and 900 meters. Unfortunately, the full production capacity of these beautiful rifles is currently dedicated to fulfilling military contracts in the middle east. Maybe one day. In the meantime, here is some Caracal eye candy . . .