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Sizzlin' hot: the 1992 SHOT Show review.

There's one thing you can say about the 1992 SHOT Show in the New Orleans Convention Center: It was big! With over 15 miles of carpet laid in the NOCC -- a facility which was designed to host three average-sized conventions -- there was a lot of space to be covered, even in the extended weekend of January 9th through January 12th.

In fact, a SHOT Show visitor who wanted to walk the whole floor would have about 30 seconds to spend at each of the nearly 1,200 booths.

Since there were over 13,000 non-exhibiting attendees (not to mention another 10,500 who were also manning their own booths) it's plain to see why every booth is so desperate to grab the attention to every person walking by.

However, undaunted by size population, or sheer mileage, there was your humble editor in the midst of things, scouting out this year's "sizzlin' hot" new products. And there was plenty of things to be seen! In fact, there was enough archery equipment, ammunition, clothing, animal calls, rifles, shotguns, and handguns to fill the 349,389 square feet of the convention center wall to wall. That's not even counting the dozens of meeting rooms and banquet halls which were also utilized.

So, what was new at the SHOT Show?

Well I'm glad you asked. Here's a company-by-company guide to the notable new products which were introduced in New Orleans at the 1992 SHOT Show. For more information about these products, circle the appropriate number on the Reader Service card in the back of the magazine.



The popular line of Buck Mark .22 pistols has been expanded for 1992. The Buck Mark Standard, Nickel, and Plus are now available in a 4-inch bull barrel design called the Micro Buck Mark that provides lighter weight and quickness than the 5 1/2-inch model. The Standard and Nickel models have black molded composite grips, the Plus model features laminated wood grips. The Buck Mark Target and Silhouette versions also feature a contoured walnut, wrap-around grip. Magazine capacity is 10.22 long rifle rounds. Circle number 401


The long-heralded All American 2000 is finally here. The 2000 is a unique few 9mm design which incorporates a rotary barrel (similar to that of the M16) to reduce felt recoil and increase shot-to-shot accuracy. The double-action-only operation makes this gun ideal for law enforcement personnel and home defense customers. It's simple design allows the gun to be field stripped down to just seven parts for easy maintenance. Circle number 402.

European American Armory

From a company that has a lot to offer comes two lines of pistols from the Tanfoglio plant in Italy: the Witness and the Bounty Hunter. The Witness pistols are chambered in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP with matte blue or matte chrome finishes. They range in size from a compact little eight-round .45 with a 3.66-inch barrel to a 16-round 9mm with a 50.3-inch barrel. The Witness comes with a traditional frame-mounted safety, solid steel construction and a three-dot sighting system.

The Bounty Hunter single action revolvers are available in matte blue, gloss smoke chrome and brass plated with barrel lengths from 4.75 inches to 9 inches. EAA also offers accessories for both of these handguns, including several high-performance competition kits for the Witness. Circle number 403.


With the stopping power of a .45 and the capacity of a 9mm, Para-Ordnance has introduced their P series of high capacity auto pistols. The P14 45 has a 5-inch barrel and a magazine capacity of 13 rounds; the P13 45 has a magazine capacity of 13 rounds with a 4 1/2-inch barrel; and the P12 45, with a 3 1/2-inch barrel, holds just 12 rounds of .45 ACP. All these pistols come with a ramped barrel for better feeding, a three-dot sighting system, and a grooved match trigger. Circle number 404.


The newest addition to the QFI line is the Victory MC5 semiautomatic pistol. With a change of the barrel and magazine, the Victory MC5 can be converted to chamber most popular calibers -- 9mm, 10mm, .38 Super, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. The interchangeable barrels range in length from 4 1/2 inches to 7 1/2 inches. The gun also features a frame-mounted thumb safety and a decocking button, allowing the gun to be carried in either the "cocked and locked" position or with the hammer down on a live round. Circle number 405.

Sturm, Ruger & Company

Ruger has combined the best of the gun makers' art with the latest materials and injection molding technology to create the new 22/45, a semiautomatic, .22 pistol with a grip frame of glass-filled Zytel nylon. The nylon frame is unaffected by water, sweat, oils, and solvents. Gun weight is also reduced as a result of the lighter material, making the gun as much as 23 percent lighter than the standard Mark II pistols. With a grip shape and angle modeled after the M1911 pistol, this gun will appeal to shooters who want the feel of a .45 without the expense. The 22/45 is available with a 4 3/4-inch tapered barrel, a 5 1/4-inch heavy tapered barrel, and a 5 1/2-inch bull barrel.

Ruger has also introduced the final model in their popular "P" series, the P91DAC. This stainless steel, double action pistol is chambered in .40 S&W and features an ambidextrous decocking lever. Ruger has also redesigned the decocking lever to require a smaller angle of travel, making it much easier to operate. The P91DAC has no external safety as many shooters prefer the double action "decock only" method. Circle number 406.


At the SIG booth the big news was the introduction of the P 229, SIG's auto pistol chambered in .40 S&W. The P 229 is available in double action/single action and double-action-only versions. The pistol sports a 3.86-inch barrel and has a magazine capacity of 12 rounds and it's available in blackened stainless steel with an aluminum alloy frame. Circle number 407.

Smith & Wesson

Newest in S&W's popular Lady Smith line is the Model 65 Ladysmith, the first revolver in this series to be chambered in the potent .357 Magnum round. This medium-frame revolver features a six-shot cylinder, a round butt with rosewood grips, and a 3-inch barrel.

Smith & Wesson has also introduced the 2213 Sports-man Value Package, which includes a stainless/ alloy Model 2213 .22 LR trail gun and a custom-made black nylon holster and pistol rug embossed with the S&W logo. The double-action-only models 4043 and 4044 are the newest addition to S&W's line of full-size .40 S&W pistols. Both these guns feature an alloy frame and an 11-round magazine. The 44 is offered in blue steel and the 43 is available in stainless. Smith & Wesson's new Model 915 is for first-time pistol buyers who want a reliable 9mm at an affordable price. This pistol has a 15-round magazine, a sleek alloy frame, and a decocking lever.

For the DAO market, S & W has introduced the 4026 in .40 S & W. This pistol features a bobbed hammer for double-action first shots and a decocking lever so that subsequent shots can easily be fired from the double action position. This pistol has a magazine capacity of 11 rounds and has a non-reflective stainless steel finish.

Springfield Armory

The biggest news from Springfield was the introduction of the "R" series pistols. These four guns -- the Panther, the Firecat, the Bobcat and the Lynx -- are based on the Astra automatic pistols, but with a few custom modifications, like Com-mander-style hammers, checkered walnut grips, and low-profile white-dot sights. The Panther comes in 9mm, .40S&W and .45ACP; the Firecat is chambered in 9mm and .40S&W; the Bobcat is made for .380ACP; and the Lynx chambers .25 auto.

Springfield is also offering an ergonomically redesigned P9 in .45 and in stainless steel as well. Finally, Springfield has introduced two new Compact raceguns based on the popular 1911-A1 design. The Custom Compact is a creation of Les Baer, and it's the ultimate carry gun with a shortened slide and frame and a compensator; the Custom Champion offers a shortened slide with a full-sized frame. Circle number 409.



The folks at Browning are offering a limited edition of the 1886 lever-action carbine with a select, satin-finished walnut stock and a deep blued metal surface. With only 7,000 of these guns in production, it's bound to become a collectors' item.

For 1992, Browning continues to expand their Model 12 line with the Model 42 pump shotgun in .410 gauge. It will duplicate the styling and details of the vent rib skeet models with small improvements in the trigger and sear mechanisms to enhance safety.

Browning is also offering the BPS 12-gauge pump shotgun in two new special game gun models for deer and turkey hunters. Both models will features a 20 1/2-inch Invector screw-in-choke barrel chambered for 3-inch Magnum shells.

Browning's new Citori Trap Combo Over and Under shotgun is two specialized trap guns in one. The double and single barrels can be easily interchanged for singles and doubles shooting. The gun comes with a recoil reducing system, fully adjustable stock dimensions, back-bored barrels, ventilated side ribs, and the Invector Plus choke tube system.

European American Armory

This "new kid on the block" had several new model to display, including the AGM 2, a bullpup rifle chambered in either 9mm or .40 S&W. This rifle utilizes Browning High Power magazine and comes with an adjustable compensator. The barrel is just over 17 inches long and the rifle itself measures just 27 inches.

EAA is also offering the PM 2, a box magazine-fed, 12-gauge pump shotgun in either black or chrome finish. The PM 2 features a 20-inch barrel, a bead front sight, and a cross trigger safety. The pump action is extremely smooth.

For the sporting market, EAA offers a line of Zoli shotguns, including the Sliver Falcon and the Z90 series. The Silver Falcon comes in 12 gauge and 20 gauge with an engraved antique silver finish. It is chambered for 3-inch Magnum shells with a vent rib bead sight.

The Z90 comes in four models, the trap gun, the skeet gun, the mono-trap gun and the sporting clay shotgun. Each features a vent rib bead sight and screw-in chokes for varied uses. All four guns feature a hand-rubbed Turkish circassian walnut stock and fore-end. The stock and fore-end are also precision checkered.

EAA also offers the Woodsman, an interchangeable choke slug gun which can be adapted to turkey or grouse hunting as well, and the Uplander and the Silver Fox, two European-style side-by-side shotguns for upland game hunting.


For 1992 Remington has added a .410 version to their line of 870 Express shotguns. This is an excellent low-recoil beginners shotgun as well as a versatile, all-around utility gun for customers who want an affordable shotgun without any esthetic "frills."

One of Remington's most popular hunting rifles, the Model 700 bolt action rifle, is now available in a virtually weather-proof stainless steel, synthetic-stocked model designed to go anywhere. The #416 stainless steel barrel is finished in a non-reflective matte finish and is drilled and tapped for scope-mounts. The 700 SS will be chambered in .25-06 Remington, .270

Winchester, .280 Remington, 7mm Remington Magnum, 7mm Weatherby Magnum, .30-06 Springfield, .300 Winchester Magnum and .338 Winchester Magnum.

For 1992, Remington has redesigned their two most popular shotguns, the 11-87 and the 870, to be lighter and easier to handle. The new 11-87 Premier and the 870 Wingmaster both feature Remington's new contour barrels to reduce weight and improve handling and speed. Total weight reduction afforded by the hourglass-shaped barrel is more than half a pound. Each also features checkered walnut stocks and Remington's interchangeable "Rem' choke system that includes improved cylinder, modified and full chokes for all types of game and ranges encountered.

Two of Remington's most popular shotguns, the 12-gauge 11-87 and the 870, are now offered in full-camouflage versions. These two guns, with synthetic stocks and low-glare metal surfaces, are completely coated in Mossy Oak Bottomland camo. Each also features a non-clip carrying sling of Du Pont Cordura nylon and comes with improved cylinder, modified, and full interchangeable "Rem" choke tubes. Circle number 412.

Sturm, Ruger & Company

The new Ruger M77 Mark II Varmint rifle is equipped with a 26-inch, stainless steel barrel and a laminated American hardwood stock with a flat forend and a hard rubber, non-slip butt pad. The new M77 Mark II will be chambered in .223 Remington, .22-250 Remington, .220 Swift, .243 and .308.

For upland game hunters, target shooters, and other customers who prefer a straight butt-stock with no pistol grip, Ruger is offering the English Field Model Over and Under Shotgun. The English Field model features a slimmed down forend and a straight butt stock and is available in either 12 gauge or 20 gauge. This gun features 3-inch shell chambers and comes with either 26-inch or 28-inch barrels equipped with interchangeable screw-in choke tubes, a free floating vent rib with brass bead front sight, a single selective trigger and removable barrel side spacers.

Ruger's new Sporting Clays Model Over and Under Shotgun features 30-inch barrels which are back bored to .741 inches to .745 inches. The full-length vent rib with serrated top surface reduces glare and has a brass bead front and mid-rib bead sight. Unlike other Ruger over/under shotguns, there are no solid filler strips between the barrels.

The popular Ruger 10/22 autoloading carbine is now available in a brushed satin, natural metal finish with a clear hard coat applied to the standard aluminum receiver, front barrel band, and trigger guard. The receiver is drilled and tapped for the supplied scope mount. Circle number 413.

Savage Arms

Savage Arms has introduced a new version of their famous 110G for 1992, the 110GC. This new gun features the 110 barreled action, a hardwood stock and a detachable box magazine. The 110GC has positive gas protection and a precision button rifled barrel that gives exceptional "out of the box" accuracy at an affordable price. The 110GC is available in .270, .30-06, 7mm Remington Magnum, and .300 Winchester Magnum.

Another new version of the 110 from Savage is the 110CY for youths and/or women shooters. The 110Y features a special stock that is easier for smaller-framed shooters to handle. The stock with its shorter pull and cut checkering provides a small shooter with smooth shouldering and a firm grip. The 110CY is available in .243 and .300 Savage. Circle number 414.
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Title Annotation:a listing of participating companies and their products
Author:Farrell, Scott
Publication:Shooting Industry
Date:Mar 1, 1992
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