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2008 new products: manufacturers unveil latest products to launch new year!

Manufacturers across the industry are rushing to complete their 2008 new product offerings in order to maximize the new year's buying season. Here is our first look at the new products for 2008. In January, we'll unveil additional new offerings.

These two issues, along with the detailed information on SHOT Show 2008 and The Universe's Greatest Buyer's Guide, provide the industry with invaluable resources to begin the new business year.

Remington Arms Co. * 1-800-243-9700

Remington's Model R-15 VTR, developed in conjunction with Bushmaster Firearms, is chambered in .204 Ruger and .223 Rem. It is available in three models: Predator, Predator Carbine and Predator CS (Collapsible Stock).

The Model 770 Stainless Camo has a nickel receiver and barrel, factory-mounted and bore-sighted 3-9x40mm scope and, new for 2008, a Realtree AP-HD camo stock.

The Model Seven 25th Anniversary Commemorative Edition, chambered in 7mm-08 Rem., has a high-polish blued receiver, barrel and bolt handle; laser-engraved American walnut CDL-style stock and commemorative medallion inset in pistol grip.

The Model 798 Safari Grade, in .375 H & H Mag. and .458 Win. Mag., has a controlled round feed Mauser action; 22" rifled barrel, with barrel band; and steel-hinged floorplate.

The Model 700 CDL is now available in a High-Polish Blued version, chambered in .270 Win., 7mm Rem. Mag and .20-06 Sprg.

The Model 700 CDL Boone & Crockett Series features a 24" clean-fluted blued barrel in standard and WSM calibers and 26" in Magnum chamberings.

The Model 700 XCR 2008 Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Limited Edition is chambered in 7mm Rem. Ultra Mag., featuring a 26" stainless barrel and Realtree AP camo stock.

Remington introduces the Model 700 VTR (Varmint Target Rifle), which features a 22" triangular barrel. It's available in .204 Ruger, .223 Rem., .22-250 Rem. and .308 Win.

The Model Seven Predator has a 22" Magnum contour fluted barrel, adjustable X-Mark Pro trigger, full coverage Mossy Oak Brush camo finish and SuperCell recoil pad. It's chambered in .17 Rem. Fireball. .204 Ruger, .22-250 Rem., .223 Rem. and .243 Win.


The Model 597, in .22 LR, is now available in Mossy Oak Blaze Orange and Mossy Oak Pink. The Model 587 TVP Stainless (Target Varmint Plinker) has a grey/brown Shady Camo ambidextrous laminate stock and stainless steel heavy target free-floated 20" barrel. The Model 597 Yellow Jacket features a unique black/grey and yellow laminated target-style stock.

The Model Five Rimfire, in .17 HMR, has a 22" brown laminated hammer forged barrel. The Model Five Rimfire Youth, in .22 LR, has a 16 1/2" barrel and comes with a single-shot insert.

The Model 547 Custom Rimfire, with Shilen button-rifled 22" barrel, offers "1/2-inch, five-shot groups at 50 yards."

Remington introduces the ShurShot stock on six shotgun models for 2008. The lightweight, synthetic stock is ambidextrous, with an ergonomic grip and molded-in sling-swivel stud.

The 11-87 Sportsman ShurShot SuperMag Turkey, 870 SPS ShurShot SuperMag Turkey, 11-87 Sportsman SureShot FR-CL (Fully Rifled Cantilever) and the 870 SPS ShurShot FR-CL have a 3-lb. competition spring on the trigger assembly and feature the new SuperCell recoil pad.

The 870 Express Magnum ShurShot Turkey and the 870 Express ShurShot FR-CL have extended forend grips.

For 2008, Remington adds the 11-87 Super Magnum capability to its Sportsman line. The 11-87 Sportsman SuperMag Waterfowl, in full Mossy Oak Duck Blind, has a Quick-Load Extended carrier release button. The 11-87 Sportsman SuperMag features a new synthetic stock design and SuperCell recoil pad.

The 1100 Premier Sporting Line features a nickel-plated receiver and magazine tube, fine-line embellishments, with gold accents on the receiver, and SuperCell recoil pad.

Remington celebrates 100 years of its pump-action shotguns with the Model 870 Wingmaster Commemorative. The 12 gauge has a 28" vent-rib Rem-Choke barrel, "B" grade walnut stock and forend, fine-line embellishments and gold plating on the receiver.

The 870 Tactical Desert Recon features Tiger Stripe Digital Desert Camo and a new Rem-Choke extended ported Tactical (CYL) tube.

The 870 XCS and 11-87 XCS (Extreme Conditions Shotguns) have two stock options: Mossy Oak Duck Blind on the stock and forend of the waterfowl model, and a black synthetic stock on Grey PVD.

FNH USA * (703) 288-1730

For 2008, FNH USA expands its Five-seveN lineup with new model features and finishes. The Five-seveN is now offered in military Flat Dark Earth and OD Green. The 2008 Five-seveN USG also features a more traditional-style trigger guard, reversible magazine disconnect, improved grip design with aggressive checkering, improved ergonomic texturing and a beefed-up accessory rail.

The FNP pistol is now chambered in .357 SIG. Two models are offered, one in Matte Black Melanite Stainless, the other in Matte Silver Stainless.

FNH USA reports the FNP .45 is "rolling off the production lines." The pistol is available in Matte Black Melanite Stainless, Matte Silver Stainless and USG Model Flat Dark Earth. The FNP .45 comes with interchangeable arched- and flat-grip inserts.

For 2008, the USG Model is chambered in 9mm and .40 S & W. The pistol's molded polymer frame, in official Flat Dark Earth finish, has checkered and textured grip surfaces, with interchangeable arched- and flat-grip inserts.



In its long-gun offerings, FNH USA introduces the PSR (Precision Shooting Rifle). The three rifles in the line feature a Pre-'64 Model 70-type action with claw extractor, Controlled Round Feed (CFR) bolt and three-position safety.

The PBR (Patrol Bolt Rifle) lineup now includes the PBR-USA Ultra Short Action. Chambered for .223 Rem, the rifle has a forged machined steel receiver and 20" Mil-Spec match-grade, hammer-forged steel barrel. The FN/Hogue Ultra-Short Action synthetic stock is available in Olive Drab and Matte Black.

The FN Special Combat Automatic Rifle (SCAR) is now available for law enforcement sales. The rifle was tested by "operators" of the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSCOM) and chosen as their next generation modular assault rifle system. The SCAR offers law enforcement agencies complete modularity, rapid adaptability and reliability combined with commonality of training, simplified logistics and reduced armorer service downtime.

In its carbine line, FNH USA has enhanced the P90 line with the LV Laser Visible models. New for law enforcement and military customers only, the tactical carbines now feature a pressure switch-activated laser target designator mounted to the forward face of the front handguard. allowing an operator to quickly and accurately bring the firearm onto target without raising the optical or electronic sighting system to eye level.

The FN FS 2000 carbines are semiauto-only versions of the FN F2000 Tactical bull pup design. The new Tactical model is suitable for security, personal defense and competition with a 17.4" civilian-legal barrel. Chambered in .223, the FN F2000 has an Olive Drab stock.

Sig Sauer * (603) 772-2302

Sig Sauer introduces the SIG .556 Rifle SWAT, with a two-position adjustable gas piston operating rod system. The SIG .556 has a 16" military-grade cold hammer forged barrel, chambered in 5.56 NATO, with a 1:7" twist. The rifle is equipped with a flash suppressor, two-stage trigger, ambidextrous safety and front and rear sight system. The quad rail has four integrated Picatinny rails, and the receiver is carbon steel with a wear-resistant Nitron X finish. Length is 37" and weight is 8.7 lbs.

Sig Sauer's P250 handgun has one serialized frame that can transform into multiple configurations. Available in three sizes--full size, compact and subcompact--each is available in .45ACP, .40 S & W, .357 SIG and 9mm. Two different trigger lengths and three grip shells are available. The P250 features SIGLITE three-dot night sights, reversible magazine release, ambidextrous slide release and an integral accessory rail with a Nitron finish. Length is 7.2" and weight is 30.8 oz.



DoubleStar Inc. * (859) 745-1757

DoubleStar's design of the Patrol Rifle is based on information from frontline police officers. The lightweight A-1 configuration with 1:9 twist barrel is mounted on a forged flattop upper receiver. Standard features include a 5-slot A-2 phantom flash hider, four-rail handguards, three low-profile rail covers, GG & G flip-up MAD rear sight, Hogue rubber pistol grip and DoubleStar's six-position M-4 buttstock. Upgrades are available, including a chrome-lined barrel, two-stage trigger, H buffer and bipod.


The Patrol Rifle weighs 6.5 lbs. and has an overall length of 32.75".

European American Armory * (321) 639-4842

EAA's new Zastava EZ series pistol features ambidextrous controls (decocker/slide release and magazine release), three-dot sight system, double/single action trigger, lightweight aerospace aluminum frame and solid-steel machined slide. Chambered in 9mm, .40 S & W and .45 ACP, the pistol has a machined integral accessory rail, firing pin block safety, spurred hammer, full length claw extractor and loaded chamber indicator. The Drozd, one of the most unique BB guns in the world, is powered by C02 and AA batteries. The Drozd is a true select-fire BB gun, firing one-, three- and six-round bursts. The cycle speed is also adjustable: 300, 450 and 600 rounds per minute. The detachable magazine holds the C02 cartridge and 30 BBs. The Drozd also comes with a detachable shoulder stock.


Charter Arms

(203) 922-1652

Charter Arms introduces the 4" barrel, 6-shot Pathfinder revolver to its line. Available in .22 LR and .22 Magnum, the Pathfinder features a stainless finish and full-sized grips. It has a front target sight and square-notch rear sight.


Taurus International Mfg. * 1-800-327-3776

Taurus announces the 800 Series, derived from its Taurus OSS model, with an added external hammer. Available in .45 ACP, .40 and 9mm, the Series features Strike Two capability where if the primer fails to ignite, the gun reverts to double-action mode for a second or third try.

Offering quick fieldstripping with take-down levers, the 800 Series also features a forged slide and captured recoil spring with stainless-steel guide rod. Ambidextrous magazine release buttons are featured and extended magazine bumpers double as a finger rest. Three magazines are included with each firearm.

The 800 Series is available in blue or stainless steel finishes, with three internal safeties. The true ambidextrous safety and decock lever allows the user to leave a live round in the chamber and safely decock--or leave a round in the chamber and apply the safety with the left or right hand. The series also comes standard with a visual loaded chamber indicator and the unique Taurus Security System.


Cobra Enterprises of Utah * (801) 908-8300

Cobra Enterprises of Utah now offers custom color choices on the Standard and Big Bore Derringer Series and the entire Freedom Series (CA380, CA32, FS380, FS32). The color choices are Cobalt Blue, Ruby Red, Black Chrome and Pearl White.

The pistols are electroplated with copper and nickel and then a top tinted urethane coat is applied. Grips are available in black or white.


Weatherby * (805) 227-2600

Weatherby introduces the SA-08 Semi-Auto line of shotguns available in three models: Upland. Youth and Synthetic. The shotguns feature a dual-valve system, permitting shooters to accommodate a wide range of loads. The SA-08s have alloy receivers, chrome-plated bolts and chrome-lined barrels, dropout trigger systems and lengthened forcing cones. Three screw-in Integral Multi-Choke Systems are compatible with the Briley thread pattern.

The Upland and Youth models feature walnut stocks. The Youth has a scaled-down stock and is available in 20 gauge. The Synthetic features a black composite stock. The Upland and Synthetic are available in 12 and 20 gauge.

Also new from Weatherby are two custom Vanguard rifles. The Vanguard Sage Country is for open prairie and has an injection-molded stock with a Desert Camo finish. It has matte black metalwork, 24" chrome moly barrel and rubber recoil pad.


The Vanguard Back Country is designed for high-altitude hunting and weighs 6 3/4 lbs., and features stainless steel metalwork and a fluted barrel with a matte finish. It has a composite stock and a Pachmayr Decelerator pad. Both rifles feature a Monte Carlo stock design, are 44" long with a length-of-pull of 13 5/8" and are available in a variety of calibers.

Weatherby presents the PA-08 line of pump-action shotguns, available in Upland, Knoxx Strutter X Camo, Knoxx Strutter X Synthetic and Knoxx HD (Home Defense) models.

The PA-08s feature alloy receivers, are available in 12 gauge with a 3" chamber, have chrome-lined barrels, lengthened forcing cones, a drop-out trigger system and three application-specific choke tubes (except the HD model).

Knoxx models feature composite forends and adjustable, pistol-grip stocks. Strutter X models are designed for turkey hunters and feature vented top ribs and fiber optic front sights, and the Camo features Skyline Apparition Excel camo. The Knoxx HD model has an 18" barrel.

The Upland model has a stock and forend of Turkish walnut with finger grooves and checkering and functioning recoil pad.

Browning * (801) 876-2711

Browning introduces the all-new X-Bolt for 2008. The new bolt-action rifle features a three-lever Feather Trigger system, which is adjustable from 3 to 5 lbs. and factory pre-set at approximately 3 1/2 lbs. The rifle also features a new bolt unlock button, all-new Inflex Technology recoil pad, X-Lock mounts and a new detachable rotary magazine. The X-Bolt is offered in Hunter and Medallion models with wood stocks, and in Composite Stalker and Stainless Stalker models with composite stocks. Calibers offered range from .243 Win. to .375 H & H Mag.


For 2008, Browning is expanding its T-Bolt lineup with a Composite model, in Sporter and Target/Varmint versions, that features a spare magazine compartment in the buttstock. Also for 2008, all T-Bolts in Sporter and Target/Varmint models will be chambered in .17 HMR and .22 WMR. The Composite Sporter features a matte black finished stock and 22" medium barrel with semi-match chamber. The T-Bolt Composite Target/Varmint features a heavy target 22" barrel with semi-match chamber.

The 2008 Citori 625 features all-new Vector Pro extended forcing cones and a new modified trigger, which offers a lighter, crisper pull. The Citori 625 also features new wood checkering and receiver engraving patterns.

The Citori 625 Field is offered in 12 gauge only with 26" and 28" lightweight profile barrels. The new Citori 625 Sporting, in standard and adjustable comb stock models, is available in 12-gauge only. Barrel lengths offered are 32", 30" and 28".

The new Cynergy Classic Trap Unsingle Combo includes an adjustable Unsingle Rib, with single barrel, and an over-and-under barrel set. The combo is supplied with a gloss-finish, Monte Carlo-grade III/IV walnut stock, with right-hand palm swell, adjustable comb and modified semi-beavertail forend with finger grooves. The combo is offered in 32"/34", 32"/32", 30"/34" and 30"/32" barrel combinations, with HiViz Pro-Comp fiber optic sights.

Savage Arms * 1-800-370-0706

Savage celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Model 110 with a special edition of 1,000 rifles. The Savage Model 110 50th Anniversary is a classic-styled short action chambered in .300 Savage. The rifle has a high-grade floorplate with 24 kt gold plating and etched block scroll pattern: "50th ANNIVERSARY * 1958-2008 * 1 of (1,000)." It has 24 kt gold-plated, double-barrel bands, a 24 kt gold-plated trigger and semi-fancy American walnut stock.


The small-frame, lightweight Model 25 Lightweight Varminter weighs 8.35 lbs. and measures 43 3/4" overall. It has a 24" medium-contour, satin blue barrel: dual pillar bedding; jeweled bolt; AccuTrigger and brown laminated stock, with beavertail varmint-style forend. The Model 25 Lightweight Varminter Thumbhole has the same features except it has a brown laminated thumbhole stock.

The Model 25 Classic has a 22" sporter, satin-blue barrel, with recessed target crown; three locking lugs; 60-degree bolt lift; AccuTrigger adjustable and four-round detachable box magazine. It has a satin lacquer American walnut stock with contrasting black forend tip.

Savage's Rimfire Camo Package guns feature Mossy Oak Brush on the stock, barreled action, trigger guard, bolt handle, scope and rings. The rifles are chambered in .17 HMR (Model 93R17 XP). .22 LR (Mark II XP) and .22 WMR (Model 93 XP) and feature the AccuTrigger, 22" sporter contour barrels, five-round detachable box magazines and 3 - 9 x 40mm scope mounted and boresighted.

Winchester Repeating Arms * (801) 876-3737

Winchester announces the return of the new Speed Pump shotgun. The Speed Pump will be offered in Walnut Field, Black Shadow Field and Defender models. The Walnut Field features a gloss-finished walnut stock and forend; the Black Shadow Field has a composite stock and forend. Both Field models are offered with 26" or 28" barrels. The Speed Pump Defender has a composite stock and forend and fully chromed plated, 18" cylinder choked barrel.

Winchester returns the Model 70 to its lineup in 2008. The rifle is manufactured in Columbia, S.C., at the FN Manufacturing facility. The Model 70 has a new M.O.A. Trigger System, improved fit and finish and enhanced accuracy to go with its Pre-'64 Controlled Round Feeding and Three-Position safety.


The rifle is offered in Super Grade, Featherweight Deluxe, Sporter Deluxe and Extreme Weather SS models for 2008. They all feature a Pachmayr Decelerator pad.

The Super Grade is chambered in .30-06 Sprg. and .300 Win. Mag. The Featherweight Deluxe, with angled comb walnut stock and Schnabel forend, is offered in long-and short-action calibers. The Sporter Deluxe features a satin-finished walnut stock and is available in long-action and short-action WSM calibers.

The Extreme Weather SS's premium Bell and Carlson composite stock features a trim, textured matte surface. The rifle is available in long-action and short-action WSM calibers.

Delivery on Model 70s will begin in June of 2008.

Magnum Research * 1-800-772-6168

Magnum Research announces the MagnumLite MLR-1722M rifle chambered in .17 HMR. The rifle's new operating system is based on a patent-pending gas-assisted blowback system that regulates time to peak pressure to eject the casing and move the next round into place. The custom receiver is precision machined of aircraft aluminum and features an integral scope base, custom French grey anodizing and a target trigger. The rifle has a Hogue OverMolded stock, with Barracuda stocks available, and a graphite barrel. It weighs 5 lbs.

Also available for 2008 is a steel-barreled version of the MagnumLite MLR-1722M rifle. The Heavy Varmint edition is available in blued and stainless steel models chambered in .17 HMR and .22 WMR.


Rossi Firearms * 1-800-948-8029

Rossi introduces the Trifecta, a youth shooting system that includes barrels for a .243 Winchester, .22 LR and 20-gauge shotgun. The Trifecta features a black synthetic stock with removable cheek piece and the system allows the gun to be fully reconfigured with each barrel option.

Removal of the cheek piece when using the 20-gauge allows use of the front-bead sighting component. With the cheek pad in place, the stock accommodates the .22 LR barrel's fiber optic sights or the .243 barrel with a scope. The .243 barrel includes a scope mount base that accepts standard Weaver-style rings.

Like all Rossi firearms, the Trifecta includes the Taurus Security System, which uses a key to lock the firearm. A transfer bar mechanism and manual safety ensures the breech cannot be closed or opened if the hammer is cocked.


Traditions Performance Firearms * 1-860-388-4656

Traditions Performance Firearms introduces two new muzzleloaders, the Outfitter and the Rogue.

The Outfitter allows the owner to change from a muzzleloader to a centerfire to a shotgun. The 24" rifles are drilled and tapped for a scope; the 28" muzzleloading barrel is fluted, ported and contains a quick release breech plug and fiber optic sights. Available calibers are: .243, .270, .308, 30-06. 45-70, .444 and 7mm-08, with more to come. The muzzleloaders include a new safety feature: If the hammer isn't locked all the way, the hammer won't cock.

The Rogue features a tactical recoil reduction system from Knoxx that reduces felt recoil by 75 percent. Along with all the features of a Pursuit muzzleloader, the Rogue also has a Knoxx Special Ops adjustable stock, an alloy frame and 26" ported and fluted barrels. Available in blue/black, black/nickel and camo/nickel.


ArmaLite Inc. * 1-800-336-0184

New from ArmaLite is the autoloading AR-10 in .338 Federal, the only autoloading rifle in the caliber. The cartridge provides the energy of a 7mm Rem. Mag. in a .308 case, generating 200 feet-per-second more velocity than a standard .308.

ArmaLite's technical improvements to the AR-10 include improved reliability of feeding, extraction and ejection, assuring consistency of cyclic rate.

The AR-10 has a 22" stainless barrel with RH 1:10" twist, forged upper receiver with Picatinny rail, two-stage national match trigger, gas block and free-float ArmaLite target handguard.


Swarovski Optik * 1-800-426-3089

Swarovski's smallest binocular, the Pocket TYROL, is now wrapped in hard-wearing Italian calf leather. The TYROL has a sophisticated lens system comprised of 16 lenses treated with Swarobright, Swarodur and Swarotop coatings, resulting in bright, high-contrast images and field-of-view. It is dust- and waterproof, with twist-in eyecups, and offers a field-of-view of 345' at 1,000 yards.

The binoculars weigh 8 oz. and measure 2.2"x3.97". A handmade leather belt pouch and cord are included.


Nosler Inc. * 1-800-285-3701

Nosler announces the "Nosler Reloading Guide Number Six," featuring data for the entire line of Nosler bullets. The 832-page guide covers new bullets introduced by Nosier in the past five years, including AccuBond and new factory cartridges. A total of 117 cartridges are featured and load data is presented in a graphic format.


Minox/USA * (603) 469-3080

Minox/USA expands their BV binocular series with the compact BV 8x25 BRW and BV 10x25 BRW. Waterproof up to 10', both are 4 3/16"x3 7/8"x1 1/2" and weigh 10.4 oz. Field-of-view for the 8x25 is 390' at 1,000 yards; for the 10x25, 315'. Close focus distance is 4'11".

All glass and air surfaces are multicoated for maximum light transmission and image brilliance without glare, and the prisms are fully phase-corrected. Nitrogen filling prevents corrosion and fogging, and long eye relief of 5/8" works well for those who wear glasses.


CenterPoint Precision Optics


CenterPoint has enhanced its Power Class line of riflescopes with the new Power Class 1TL Series, offering two scopes, a 3-9x42mm and 1.5-6x44mm. One Touch Lightning technology with brightness control allows quick adjustments. Both scopes feature a 30mm, one-piece tube body that is sealed and nitrogen filled, making it water-, shock- and fog-proof. Lens surfaces are fully multi-coated with Pure Advantage solution for up to 95-percent light transmission.

The scopes also feature target adjustable windage and elevation dials, side focus parallax adjustment and an etched glass floating duplex reticle.


Bushnell Outdoor * 1-800-221-9035

Bushnell introduces the Elite 6500 line of riflescopes. Available in three models, 2.5-16x42mm, 2.5-16x50mm and 4.5-30x50mm, all offer a 6.5 zoom ratio, choice of Multi-X or Mil-Dot reticles and 80-100 yards for windage and elevation. The side parallax adjustment for the 2.5-16s is 10 yards to infinity and 25 yards to infinity on the 4.5-30.


The PermaFocus 8x32mm and 10x42mm roof prism binoculars are now offered in Realtree AP camo. The binoculars have focus-free operation and a new streamlined roof prism design.


The new Scout 1000 has Angle Range Compensation technology for measuring shooting angles, true horizontal distance and holdover. It ranges out to 1,000 yards, has a larger 24mm objective, multi-coated optics and a 5x eyepiece with adjustable diopter. Powered by a 3-volt battery (included), it is available in Realtree AP Camo and black.

Carl Zeiss Optical Inc. * 1-800-441-3005

Zeiss introduces its newest version of the Victory Diavari 6-24x72 T* FL riflescope, featuring FL glass and the Rapid-Z Ballistic Reticle System. Flouride Ion glass, featured on the Diascope scope and the Victory FL binoculars, creates a lightweight, durable lens system with color correction. Rapid-Z ballistic reticles allow quick target holdover, available in Rapid-Z Varmint out to 600 yards and Rapid-Z 1000 out to 1,000 yards, and hold points for windage up to 20 mph.


LotuTec water-repellant coating has been added to the lenses of Zeiss' Victory Diascope spotting scopes, available in 65mm and 85mm. LotuTec repels water and oil, causing it to bead off, without affecting light transmission. If the lenses become drenched, a shake of the scope will remove most water. Oils from eyelashes or salts from sweat, even sunscreen and fingerprints, come off cleanly without smearing. The coating is durable and resists abrasion.


Steiner Binoculars * 1-800-257-7742

Steiner introduces its XP Class of Ultra Premium Binoculars. The XP Peregrine and XP Night Hunter binoculars have NANO Protection on extra-large objective and ocular lenses with Steiner HD Optic coating technology for high light transmission and image resolution. They include roof prisms, dialectic mirror coatings and HD-XP lens technology, and the Night Hunter Poro Prism binoculars deliver twilight brightness. The bodies of the binoculars are pressure-sealed and shock- and waterproof.


The Peregrine XP 8x44 has a field-of-view of 390' at 1,000 yards and the Peregrine XP 10x44 has a field-of-view of 328' at 1,000 yards; both weigh 30 oz.

The Night Hunter XP 10x50 has a field-of-view of 315' at 1,000 yards and weighs 35 oz.; and the Night Hunter XP 12x56 has a field-of-view of 258' at 1,000 yards, with a weight of 41 oz.

Aimpoint * 1-877-Aimpoint

Aimpoint introduces a new modular accessory, the Concealed Engagement Unit. The CEU is compatible with all Aimpoint sights, rotates 260 degrees and does not affect the sight's point-of-impact. The optics deliver a true image and the unit is designed to stand up to extreme modern combat conditions.

Aimpoint's new MPS3 Sight is a passive electronic reflex collimator for use on medium-to heavy-support weapons. It is a rugged, parallax-free, non-magnifying optic with unlimited eye relief, featuring an adjustable brightness red dot with multiple day- and night-vision compatible settings. Designed to withstand heavy recoil forces, the 2 MOA red dot engages targets at all distances. The MPS3 has 80,000 hours of constant-on power using one AA battery.

The new MGMount has been developed for use with the MPS3 sight. The mount fits on a standard M1913 Picatinny rail and contains a ballistic compensator preset for 200, 800 and 1,200 meters. Compensation can be changed without losing eye contact with the target.


Federal Premium Ammunition * 1-800-322-2342

The new Vital-Shok Trophy Bonded Tip big-game bullet is built on the Trophy Bonded Bear Claw platform, with added features. A neon, translucent poly-carbonate tip and boat-tail design are combined with a solid copper shank. It is available in 15 calibers for 2008.

TNT Green brings non-tox technology to the V-Shok line. The lead-free bullet will initially be offered in .222, .22-250 and .223.

Federal is extending its offering of the TSX-Bullet, adding a new Delrin Tip for 2008. A lead-free bullet, the Tipped TSXTM is designed to reduce pressure and barrel fouling. It is available in four calibers and weights.

For big-game hunters, Federal introduces a new caliber with a heavy bullet, the .370 Sako Magnum. Federal has two options: a 286-grain Barnes TSXTM and a 286-grain Nosier Partition.


Introduced last year, Federal's Black Cloud, with steel shot technology, caught the attention of waterfowlers, including the Duck Commander, Phil Robertson. For 2008, Robertson is endorsing a special load. The Duck Commander's image is on the box of special edition #3 Black Cloud loads.

For 2008, Federal offers two additional 12-gauge loads for the Barnes Tipped Expander slug. Last year marked the first time Federal gave the Barnes Expander shotgun slug a tip. For use in fully rifled barrels only.


Federal, in conjunction with Ruger, introduces the new .327 Federal Magnum. The Federal Premium Personal Defense offering is an 85-grain Hydra-Shok. It also will be available in an American Eagle 100-grain soft point for practice.

Federal also is introducing Wing-Shok Steel to complement its Wing-Shok Pheasants Forever lead loads. They provide a nonlead option for hunting in designated non-tox areas. Wing-Shok Steel is available in 12 and 20 gauge. A portion of the profits from every box of the Wing-Shok Pheasants Forever loads goes to Pheasants Forever.

Hodgdon Powder Co. * (913) 362-9455

Hodgdon introduces the Hybrid 100V, combining the chemistry of a spherical powder with the geometry of an extruded propellant. Ideal for use in calibers that fit H4350, the Hybrid 100V delivers in a variety of popular cartridges, such as 3,310 fps for a 150-grain bullet in the 300 Weatherby Magnum. Available in 1- and 8-pound containers.


Winchester Smokeless Propellants * (618) 258-2365

Winchester Smokeless has added Supreme 780 to its line. Supreme 780 is the same powder loaded in Winchester's factory Supreme ammunition including .243 Win., .270 Win. and .300 Win. Mag., allowing handloaders to duplicate Winchester Supreme factory loads.

Supreme 780 is a Ball Powder propellant comparable in bum speed to H4831. It is available in 1- and 8-pound containers.


Barnes Bullets

(801) 756-2465

For 2008, Barnes is introducing an "improved" Triple-Shock X-Bullet, with the addition of a polymer tip. The tip and a reengineered nose cavity provide faster expansion, according to Barnes. The new Tipped TSX features the same 100-percent copper body with multiple rings cut into the shank as the Triple-Shock X-Bullet.


Barnes Bullets has two new additions to its Varmint Grenade bullet lineup. The lead-free, highly frangible bullets are now available in a 26-grain .20 caliber version and a new 50-grain bullet for .22-caliber centerfires with a 1:10 or faster twist. Varmint Grenade factory loads are available from Black Hills ammunition.

The "Barnes Reloading Manual Number 4," an all-new reloading manual, will be available in 2008. Extensive loading data covers the full range of Barnes Triple-Shock X-Bullets (TSX) and Maximum-Range X (MRX) hunting bullets, Barnes Banded Solids, Varmint Grenade and more of the vast Barnes line.


Fusion Ammunition * 1-800-322-2342

Fusion offers the 2 3/4" 5/8 oz. 20-gauge sabot slug specialized for deer hunting. Its uniform copper jacket is electrochemically applied to the core and formed under consistent pressure for dimensional control and slug integrity. The skived, pre-programmed nose provides consistent expansion and the slug has maximum weight retention for deep penetration.


Hammerhead Industries * 1-888-588-9981

Hammerhead Industries introduce the Gear Keeper RT3-5563 Super Force Sidearm Retracting Tether. Designed with 24 oz. of retracting force and a maximum extension of 32", the tether will handle a fully loaded handgun, is ideal for short duration use and provides additional stabilization when aiming. The tether features a rotating clamp-on belt clip that attaches to any gun belt and rotates 360 degrees.


A break point of 80 lbs. permits the handgun to come free should it get tangled, and the Quick Disconnect system disconnects the firearm from the tether.

RCBS * 1-800-533-5000

The R.A.S.S. Bench Accessories from RCBS include a utility tray, low-back, padded seat, shade canopy, optics/camera mount and beverage holder. The optics mount can be placed on either side of R.A.S.S., has rapid adjustment for fast alignment and a standard 1/4 -20 camera thread adaptor. The shade canopy delivers a 5' diameter of shade and includes a seat extension bar and leg tie-downs and spikes.


R.A.S.S. Bench Transport Bags are made from rugged nylon and feature an impact-resistant interior sheet to protect the bench. The twobag design distributes weight, outside storage pockets accommodate accessories and cinch straps keep everything in place.

RCBS's "Precisioneered Reloading" DVD is a 45-minute instructional review of RCBS equipment and accessories. Narrated by Jim Scoutten of Shooting USA, the DVD includes information for beginners and veterans on how to safely and efficiently load a high volume of rounds.

Bushnell Outdoor * 1-800-221-9035

Bushnell has upgraded its Digital Trail Scout Viewer with a larger 2.5" color LCD screen now capable of replaying audio portions on video clips. The Trail Cam Deluxe has two SD card slots, a compact flash slot, runs on two AA batteries and comes with a USB cable and soft case with belt loop.


The improved Trail Scout Pro offers game call technology, highresolution digital images and extended range infrared LED array for better night-vision photography. Users can choose from deer, elk, moose, turkey and predator calls. Multiple camera resolution settings offer 3-, 5- and 7-MP resolution. It is compatible with the new Solar Panel accessory.

The Trail Scout Pro Solar Panel maintains a charge on four rechargeable D cell batteries for an indefinite period in extreme weather conditions. It comes with an attached bracket and 6' shrouded cable that ensure optimal exposure to the sun.

Champion Traps & Targets * 1-800-635-7656

The Prairie Dog Spinner, available in single and multi-dog options, is a nonmetal, self-sealing target made of DuraSeal material, which lets bullets pass through with minimal damage. The Prairie Dog Spinner is self-resetting and handles .17 through most large-caliber rifles.

Champion introduces the VisiChalk Target Wheel, which holds 9 VisiChalk targets and rotates upon impact. Its legs adjust for uneven surfaces. The target comes with 18 VisiChalk colored targets.

Champion also introduces the Easy-Bird Auto-Feed Doubles that presents true ATA doubles. The thrower has a capacity of 100 clay targets, an adjustable throwing range from 35 to 50 yards, and can throw targets up to a 40-degree elevation. The EasyBird Auto-Feed Doubles operates off of a 12-volt deep cycle battery, has a 50' release cord with foot pedal and can be used exclusively for singles.


Hardigg Cases * 1-800-542-7344

Hardigg's Storm Case iM2450 improves upon the ATA-approved iM2400 series. With the same footprint as the iM2400, the iM2450 adds nearly 2" of depth and 25-percent more interior space--while still meeting ATA regulations for carry-on luggage.

The exterior of the case is indestructible and watertight, and the interior is made of multilayered cubed foam, allowing the user to customize the case to his or her needs. Unbreakable, molded-in hasps allow the user to attach a padlock for extra security.


The iM2450 measures 18"x13"x8.4" and is able to safely hold several handguns and accessories.

ThermaCELL * 1-800-NO-SKEETERS

ThermaCELL introduces a Patio Lantern version of its mosquito repellent unit. The Lantern is 98-percent effective at warding off mosquitoes, black flies and no-see-ums while providing ambient lighting. It is silent, odor-free and operates on a single butane cartridge that heats a mat releasing allethrin. an insect repellent that is a synthetic copy of a natural insecticide, creating a 15'x15' comfort zone.


Each mat contains enough repellent for four hours of protection; each butane cartridge will operate the unit for 12 hours. The Lantern measures 6" tall x 5.5" wide.

Elite Target Systems

(970) 731-7070

Elite Target Systems has improved its portable, self-contained turning target system. The TAC II is a wireless, microprocessor-controlled, battery-operated, two-stage turning target capable of operating indoors and out. Developed for tactical training, the system simultaneously presents or hides two silhouette targets via a remote with an optional range greater than 1,000' and a dual target drive train. The remote allows user-defined routines to generate repetitive scenarios or randomly timed sequences.

The TAC II is constructed of 6061-T6 aluminum extrusions and will withstand winds up to 30 mph. collapse into a 60"x8.5"x6.5" package and weighs 26 lbs.

Long-range sniper training is possible with the addition of the Extended Range Antenna, which provides operation out to half a mile under ideal conditions.


Howard Leight * 1-800-327-1110

Howard Leight's Sharp-Shooter XC eyewear offers extra coverage and Uvextreme anti-fog technology. The eyewear kit includes three lens tints: clear for indoor, gray for outdoor and amber for low light, plus a black case, lanyard and cleaning cloth.

All lenses meet Military V Ballistic Test for impact and exceed ANSI Z87+ standards.


BlackHawk Products Group * 1-800-694-5263

BlackHawk introduces the SERPA Sportster line of holsters for casual and sporting use. The one-piece, injection-molded holsters are constructed of a polymer blend. The SERPA Technology lock engages the handgun's trigger guard. A speed cut in the lead edge of the holster allows a more rapid presentation and easier re-holstering. The SERPA Sportster holsters accommodate multiple models from Glock, Colt, Springfield and Smith & Wesson, with additional models coming soon.

New from BlackHawk Blades are the HawkHook, XSF Micro and XSF Punch Dagger. The HawkHook, a rescue tool, features a stainless-steel folding blade that includes a recessed cutting edge, straight serrated cutting edge, glass breaker, flat screwdriver/pry tip, bottle opener and wire stripper.


The XSF Micro is a tripleedge blade of stainless steel, with black Teflon coating. It has a full tang and textured G-10 handle scales. Blade length is 3.2", overall length is 6.2" and it comes with an injection-molded nylon sheath with neck chain.

The XSF Punch Dagger has a 3.85" blade, with an overall length of 5.27". It comes with an injection-molded nylon neck sheath and chain.

In flashlights, BlackHawk introduces the Ally PL3 XTR, which features a 3-watt CREE LED, producing 110 lumens. It operates on two CR123A batteries and performs at full brightness for one hour, weighs 4.7 oz. with batteries and is 5.25" long.


The Sentinel PL3 XTR from BlackHawk features the 3-watt CREE LED and produces 65 lumens of light on one CR123A 3-volt lithium battery. The compact 3.75"-long light's run time is one hour.

Also from BlackHawk is the Ally PLR, a rechargeable LED that produces over 85 lumens of light. Featuring the 3-watt CREE LED, the Ally PLR uses a Samsung lithium-ion 3.6-volt rechargeable battery, with an included AC/DC charger.

BlackHawk Warrior Wear is expanding its boot line with the ZW5 and ZW7 Side-Zip waterproof boot, available in 5" or 7" heights. Built on Vibram Multisport oil-resistant TC4+ compound outer sole with large, open lugs for traction control, the boots also feature a long-wearing, water-friendly PU mid-sole.

Blackhawk's Dynamic Entry division offers new tools for 2008. The new Mini Break-N-Rake, designed for close-quarter window entries, has features comparable with its larger counterpart in only a quarter of the size. The Tactical Breaching Saw keeps the operator at a safe distance while cutting inspection holes. It's 64" long and weighs 9.5 lbs.


SOG * 1-888-40-KNIFE

SOG's Visionary folders feature the blade design of the Spec Elite series with the handle of an X-Ray Vision and use Arc-Lock technology. The Visionary I has a blade length of 3", an overall length of 7" and weighs 3 oz.; the Visionary II has a blade length of 3.75", an overall length of 8.37" and weighs 4.3 oz.

The folders are straight-edged, made of VG-10 steel, with a black Zytel handle and black-powder finish.


Vero Vellini


Vero Villini's High Climbing Double Sling is modeled after the Biathlon Rifle Slings used in the Winter Olympics to carry heavy target rifles. The High Climbing Double Sling system can also be used in hunting and shooting to support both arms by looping the sling behind the elbows to firmly hold the rifle stock.

It is fully adjustable and is available in forest green with dark brown trim.


Rinehart Targets * (608) 757-8153

Rinehart Targets introduces the Dahl Sheep. The sheep is 35" tall in full curl and has a simulated weight of 165 lbs. to help develop muscle memory. The solid, self-healing foam body restores itself within 10 seconds of each shot. Rinehart's Locking Inserts make vitals easy to replace.

The Dahl Sheep exterior is resistant to sun, heat, cold weather and wear-and-tear.


Leatherman Tool Group * 1-800-847-8665

Leatherman's Skeletool combines a pocketknife, pliers and a screwdriver. The oudside-accessible blade can be opened with one hand and driver technology makes it possible to customize the screwdriver for a number of uses. Full-size pliers come with wire cutters and folding handles.

The Skeletool is made of stainless steel with a 420HC blade and weighs 5 oz. The Skeletool CX is stainless steel with DLC coating for scratch-resistance and a 154CM combination straight/serrated blade.


Galco * 1-800-US-GALCO

Galco's Holster Vault provides Level 10 security. By inserting Galco's combination padlock (sold separately) through the opening in the Holster Vault's trigger guard area, the pistol is secure in the holster. The pistol cannot be removed and there is no access to the trigger. The lock remains intact behind the trigger even if the holster is cut away from the firearm.


Revision Eyewear * (802) 879-7002

Revision Eyewear introduces the Hellfly Ballistic Sunglasses. The Hellfly provides high-impact fragment protection and 100-percent UV protection in a lightweight design. The glasses exceed the high-impact military requirements for spectacles, as well as the ANSI Z87.1 standard for impact and optics.


The lenses feature a coating of several micro-thin layers of silicates and titanium dioxide, providing ultra-sharp contrast, and a hard coating made of polycarbonate ensures clarity while providing scratch resistance.

The wraparound design is comfortable and stable enough for all-day wear. The Hellfly comes in a variety of frame and lens color options and weighs less than 1 oz.

Action Target * 1-888-377-8033

Action Target has teamed with Clint Smith of Thunder Ranch to develop the Tactical Training Target Package.


"This was an easy task as I have used Action Target products for decades. The selection of the PT Swinger target helps the shooter consider the difficult issues of engaging complex moving targets, and the PT Hostage target allows the shooter to address both precision shooting as well as surgical shooting problems. Combined, these two targets can help the shooter improve potential lifesaving skills," Smith said.

The Thunder Ranch Tactical Training Target Package consists of the Action Target PT Swinger and the PT Hostage, 20 cardboard targets, four 1x2 target holders and binder clips to hold the targets.

Shooters Ridge * 1-800-635-7656

Shooters Ridge introduces the Adjustable Deluxe Bi-pod that is up to 30-percent lighter than conventional bipods. It features twist-lock aluminum legs, swivels for easy target acquisition and cants for use on uneven terrain. It is adjustable--9" to 13" and 13" to 21"--and can be used with or without a sling.


New in 10/22 accessories from Shooters Ridge are the 10/22 Thumbhole Stocks and 10/22 Barrels. The stocks use computer-enhanced designs and a steel pillar to ensure fit and reliability, a high cheek piece for comfort and feature a recoil pad and swivel studs. Stocks are for factory-tapered barrels and .920 diameter barrels, are weatherproof and available in four finishes: Black, Realtree Hardwoods HD, Wild Web and Carbon Fiber.

The 10/22 Barrels are available in stainless steel or blued and use Bentz Match Chambers, hydraulic carbide button-pulled rifling and 1:16 right-hand twist to achieve 1/2" MOA groups at 50 yards. Each barrel is 18" long and features recessed target crowns with 45-degree break. Also features piloted machined feed ramps and fluted or non-fluted options.


Midland Radio Corp. * (816) 241-8500

Midland's Model GXT850 meets JIS4 waterproof specifications. It offers range of up to 26 miles and 22 channels in both General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) and Family Radio Service (FRS) with 142 privacy codes. Powered by rechargeable battery packs, the radio comes with three power settings, providing the option to conserve battery life when needed for longer hunts. The GTX850 provides a full-channel scan and direct call. It features a Mossy Oak Break-Up camouflage finish.


Crosman * 1-800-7AIRGUN

Crosman introduces the Benjamin Super Streak Break Barrel, a 1,500 feet-per-second air rifle featuring an ambidextrous hardwood thumbhole stock. The .177 caliber air rifle comes with CenterPoint's 4-16x40mm riflescope featuring an illuminated Mil-Dot reticle, adjustable objective, windage and elevation adjustments, and flip-open lens covers. In addition to the scope, an adjustable rear sight and hooded front sight are included. The rifle has a two-stage adjustable trigger and its steel barrel, offered in silver or black, has a fluted muzzle break.

Also new is the Benjamin Discovery, a 2,000 psi pre-charged pneumatic air rifle in .177 and .22 calibers. Dual fuel technology allows the rifle to operate on compressed air or C02. The .177 produces 1,000 fps on compressed air and 750 fps on C02; the .22 delivers 850 fps on compressed air and 650 fps on C02. The long-steel receiver accepts 11mm scope mounts and features a hardwood stock with a three-stage hand pump.


Crosman also is expanding its soft air category. Two new pistols are being introduced: the Crosman Pulse 72 Soft Air and the Crosman Stinger P312. The Pulse 72 is a full or semiautomatic pistol featuring an adjustable hop-up system for increased velocity and distance. It has a quick clip release lever and can carry up to 30 60mm plastic BBs reaching velocities up to 275 fps. The Stinger P312 is a spring-powered, larger frame pistol. It has a 27-shot clip, reaches velocities up to 325 fps and includes a threaded compensator and Weaver rail.

Also new in soft air is the Crosman Stinger R31 spring-operated soft air rifle. The bolt-action rifle has an adjustable hop-up system, ergonomic pistol grip and delivers velocities up to 350 fps. The Stinger R31 holds 600 6mm plastic BBs, and comes with a Weaver tri-rail system.

The Crosman Tactical Kit is an out-of-the-box soft air kit, including two camouflaged soft air guns, the Stinger S32PA rifle and the Stinger P30 pistol, 6" sticky target, pistol holster, soft air safety goggles and 500 soft air BBs.

Crosman also offers two new pistol holsters, a shoulder holster and leg holster for its soft air line.

Action Target 275
Aimpoint 276
ArmaLite Inc. 277
Barnes Bullets 278
BlackHawk Products Group 279
Browning 280
Bushnell Outdoor 281
Carl Zeiss Optical Inc. 282
CenterPoint Precision Optics 283
Champion Traps & Targets 284
Charter Arms 285
Cobra Enterprises of Utah 286
Crosman 287
DoubleStar Inc. 288
Elite Target Systems 289
European American Armory 290
Federal Premium Ammunition 291
Fusion Ammunition 293
Galco 294
Hammerhead Industries 295
Hardigg Cases 296
Hodgdon Powder Co. 297
Howard Leight by Sperian 298
Leatherman Tool Group 299
Magnum Research 300
Midland Radio Corp. 301
Minox/USA 302
Nosler Inc. 303
RCBS 304
Remington Firearms 305
Revision Eyewear 306
Rinehart Targets 307
Rossi Firearms 308
Savage Arms 309
Shooters Ridge 310
Sig Sauer 311
SOG 312
Steiner Binoculars 313
Swarovski Optik 314
Taurus International Mfg. 315
ThermaCELL 316
Traditions Performance Firearms 317
Vero Vellini 318
Weatherby 319
Winchester Repeating Arms 320
Winchester Smokeless Propellants 321
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Date:Dec 1, 2007
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