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What's New for 2002: The Latest Releases for the New Year.



The Beretta 9000S Type F autoloading pistols are available in 9mmX19, 9mmX21IMI and .40 S&W single and double-action. Each has a 3.4-inch barrel, no matter the caliber. Magazine capacity is 12 for the 9mm and 10 for the .40 S&W, with consideration for various legal restrictions on magazine capacities. The 9000S Type D pistols, double-action only, have similar specifications.

Another new offering is the 92 Vertec which features a 1911 straight backstrap grip frame, a shortened trigger and a rail for mounting accessories such as laser and light devices.

Finally there is the .22 LR six-inch target Model 87. It has excellent adjustable sights and a rail for mounting scopes and electronic sight.

From Beretta USA, Dept. GAH, 17601 Accokeek, MD 20607. 301/283-2191.

Ed Brown Products

The Kobra and Kobra carry (referred to as a Commander Bobtail) from Ed Brown pretty much cover the "high-end" carry spectrum of 1911s. Both feature a premium grade match barrel, Novak night sights, an extended safety and a Commander-style slotted hammer. Both feature Brown's Snakeskin checkering on the frame mainspring housing and slide.

From Ed Brown Products, Dept. GAH, 43825 Muldrow Trail, Perry, MO 63462.

Colt's Manufacturing Company

As mentioned in last month's issue this old company is still in business and continues to offer handguns for civilian sale. While there is nothing new to announce at the moment handguns such as various configurations of the 1911 are still being made. Other models of note are the Cowboy single action while the Python is still available from the custom shop.


The CZ 100 autoloading pistol features a polymer frame and high-capacity magazine. The pistol is available in 9mm Luger or .40 S&W, with a magazine capacity of 10. Barrel length is 3.86 inches and the rear sight is adjustable for windage and elevation. The trigger mechanism is double-action only.

From CZ USA, Dept. GAH, P.O. Box 171073, Kansas City, KS 66117. 913/321-1811.


The Model 35 in .40 S&W has a potential magazine of 10, 15 or 17, depending legal restrictions and usage. The compensated barrel is 5.32 inches long, the gun it has a polymer frame and adjustable rear sight for competition.

From Glock, Dept. GAH, 6000 Highlands Parkway, Smyrna, GA 30082, 770/432-1202,

Heckler & Koch

The new H&K USP40 Expert in .40 S&W is a tactical pistol with a special jet funnel magazine well extension to speed reloading with its 16-round magazine. Barrel length is 5.2 inches and the rear sight is fully micro-adjustable. (Civilian sales are restricted to 10-round magazines. Tritium sights are optional. Universal mounting grooves beneath the frame accept a flashlight or laser aimer.

From Heckler & Koch, Dept. GAH, 21480 Pacific Blvd., Sterling, VA 20166. 703/450-1900.

Magnum Research

Big bore handgun shooters will see the Desert Eagle pistol design in their new Mark XIX Conponent System. The buyer may switch from .357 Mag. To .44 Mag. To .440CorBon to .50 Action Express calibers. Also, each caliber offers a six- or ten-inch barrel choice. Kits may be ordered in all six-inch barrels or in all 10-inch barrel options. The .357 choice requires a bolt assembly change, as well as barrel and magazine. An aluminum travel case is also available.

From magnum Research, Dept. GAH, 7110 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55432. 763/574-1868.

North American Arms

The NAA.32 Guardian ACP pocket pistol in .32 ACP has a magazine capacity of 6 rounds, plus one in the chamber. The pistol is double-action only and fits easily into the palm of the hand.

From North American Arms, Dept. GAH, 2150 No. 950 East, Provo, UT84606. 801/374-9998.

Oregon Trail Bullets

For shooters in the Limited and IDPA competition shooting .40 S&W pistols, Oregon Trail Bullet company has designed the Laser-Cast 40-19 11 bullet. The new round nose bullets weigh 185 grains each are sold 1,000 per case.

From Oregon Trail Bullets, Dept. GAH, 2850 Myrtle St., Baker City, OR 97814.541/523-4697.

SIG Arms

Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Hunting and Shooting Sports Heritage Fund, SIG Arms is producing the P229 pistol in .40 S&W. The limited edition pistol features brushed stainless steel slide with gold engraving, gold accents and figured wood grips. The stainless steel slide is engraved, "SIG Sauer P229" on the left side and "10th Anniversary P229, 1992-2002" in gold on the right side. Grips are Hogue cocobolo wood with a Heritage Edition medallion inset on the grips.

From SIG Arms, Dept. GAK, Exeter Corporate Park, Exeter NH 03833. 603/772-2302.

Dan Wesson

From Dan Wesson Firearms comes an improved Alaskan Guide Series. It consists of a stainless steel .445 SuperMag with a four-inch heavy compensated barrel assembly. It features laser engraving and the matte black Yukon coat, a non-glare finish designed to withstand extreme conditions.

From Dan Wesson Firearms, Dept. GAH 119 Kemper Lane, Norwich, NY 13815.

Smith & Wesson

News of new products from S&W concentrates on the new scandium metal alloy frames, combined with titanium cylinders for lightweight revolvers in .357 Magnum. Revolvers are available in small frame, five-round and medium-frame, seven-round handguns. Revolver models using the scandium include models 360 and 386.

From Smith & Wesson, Dept. GAH, 2100 Roosevelt Ave., Springfield, MA 01104. 413/781-8300.

Springfield Armory

Two new pistols based on the Government Model 1911-Al from Springfield Armory Trophy Match and the Professional Model. The Trophy Match is available in .45 ACP, blued or stainless, or in .40 S&W Armory Kote finish. They are available in a full-size or high-capacity frame with matching slide and barrel in five or six-inch lengths. The .45 magazine holds seven rounds; the .40 holds eight rounds. The FBI to arm their SWAT and Hostage Rescue Team has adopted the Professional Model in .45 ACE Barrel length is five inches and magazine capacity is eight rounds.

From Springfield Armory Dept. GAH 420 West Main St., Geneseo, IL 61254. 309/944-5631.

Sturm, Ruger

The "new handgun news" from Sturm Ruger is single action in nature and includes a nifty Vaquero variant with a 3 3/4 inch barrel and a black Micarta bird's head grip. Both of these compact six-shot powerhouses come in .45 Long Colt and can be had in stainless or with a color casehardened frame with blued cylinder and barrel. The other surprise is the return of the New Model Super Blackhawk Hunter, which features a 7 1/2 inch barrel with an integral full length solid rib machined to accept the standard Ruger stainless steel scope rings supplied with each gun. Grips are smooth, black laminated wood. The caliber is .44 Magnum, naturally.

From Sturm, Ruger, Dept. GAH, 200 Ruger Road, Prescott, AZ 86301


The Taurus Total Titanium Tracker is a .357 Magnum revolver with a cylinder capacity of seven rounds, weighing slightly more than 24 ounces. Other titanium revolvers are available in .22 rimfire, .38 Spl., .41 Mag., 9mm, .480 Ruger. .45 Long Colt and .44Spl.

From Taurus International, Dept. GAH, 16175 NW49th Ave., Miami, FL 33014.305/6241115.


New pistols from Walther include the P99 in 9mm with a 10-round capacity and .40 S&W with magazines in 10, 12 or 16 rounds for law enforcement. The P99 Military model is available in 9mm or .40 S&W andi the P99 QPQ is also 9mm or .40 S&W. Barrel lengths are four inches for 9mm and 4.12 inches for the .40 S&W models. Finish choices include a black or green frame and silver or black slide. The front sight is a white dot with four interchangeable blades while the rear sight is a two-dot adjustable model. Trigger action is traditional double-action.

From Walther USA, Dept. GAH, 2100 Roosevelt Ave., Springfield, MA 01104. 800/372-6454.


Five new loads are added to the Winchester USA pistol line, all with jacketed hollow point bullets. The new loads include a .38 Special bullet of 125 grains, a 9mm Luger bullet of 115 grains, a .357 Sig bullet of 125 grains, a .40 S&W bullet of 180 grains and a .45

Auto bullet load of 230 grains.

From Winchester Ammunition, Dept. GAH, 427 No. Shamrock St., East Alton, IL 62024. 618/258-2204.



For concealed carry, Bianchi's patented Model 44 Mag/Light paddle and Model 45 Mag/Cuff paddle holsters are adjustable to fit almost any individual need for carry height and draw angle. The new Combo Paddles are made of full grain leather and are inexpensively priced.

From Bianchi International, Dept. GAH, 27969 Jefferson Ave., Temecula, CA 92590. (800) 477-8545.

DeSantis Gunhide

For Cowboy Action competition, the DeSantis #81 Doc Holiday and #83 Doc Holliday crossdraw leather holsters offer authentic reproductions of the late 1800s gear. The belt loop is for DeSantis' 2 1/4-inch Desperado belt or any narrower belt. The holsters fit single-action revolvers with 3 1/2- to 4 3/4-inch barrels.

From DeSantis Gunhide, Dept. GAH, 149 Denton Ave., New Hyde Park, NY 11040. 516/354-8000.

Gould and Goodrich

The K-Force duty holsters are available in weatherproof polymer laminate material that is durable and scuff-resistant. The K339 features adjustable tension and a straight-up draw for fast access. The K339 fist most autoloading pistols and four-inch-barrel revolvers. It is available in black, black weave or hi-gloss Porvair.

From Gould & Goodrich, Dept. GAH, 709 East McNeil St., Lillington, NC 27546. (910) 893-2071.


New for the Sidekick Professional line is the Nokia phone case with belt clip. It may be used for personal or duty use. The case will accommodate up to a 2 1/4-inch duty belt or, with an included steel clip, a dress belt up to 1 3/4 inches wide. It is made of Cordura nylon.

From Sidekick, Dept. GAH, P.O. Box 1690, Oregon City, OR 97045.503/655-7964.

Uncle Mike's

Law enforcement and security personnel usually carry a lot of gear on their waists. Uncle Mike's Sidekick Professional reinforced holster belt will carry it all on an attractive belt. It is laminated with a polymer stiffener between two layers of nylon. The black belt is 1 1/4 inches wide, available in sizes 34 to 44.

From Uncle Mike's, Dept. GAH, P.O. Box 1690, Oregon City, OR 97045. 503/655-7964.



The popular .22 caliber Buckmark pistols from Browning now may be equipped with HiViz sights with only a single screw. The new sight fits the Buckmark Plus, Standard and Micro pistols.

From Browning, Dept. GAH, One Browning Place, Morgan, UT 84050. 801/876-2711.


The new TacSight Glock pistol front sight has the HiViz Lite Pipe over-molded in an optically clear grade resin. The base is CNC machined from solid steel for tight tolerances and durability. No gun-smithing is needed to replace the standard sight.

From HiViz, Dept. GAH, 1418 Webster Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80524. 800/589-4315.

Howard Leight

The new uvex Skybrites shooting glasses are design especially for children and young adults. The wraparound lens design provides optical clarity and peripheral protection from side impact. They are available in a variety of frame colors and lens colors.

From Howard Leight, Dept. GAH, 7828 Waterville Road, San Diego, CA 92154. 619/661-8383.


Here is a name associated with small cameras years ago. Now their lightweight Minox 10x52 BR binocular features coated roof prisms and antireflective optics with extra light-gathering abilities. The aluminum housing is rubber-armored.

From Minox/Leica Camera, Dept. GAH, 156 Ludlow Ave., Northvale, NJ 07647.800/222-0118.


The Sportstar III binoculars are available in 8x25 or 10x25. They are water resistant, featuring rubber coating for a non-slip grip. Both have Nikon's turn-and-slide rubber eyecups for comfortable eye placement for a variety of viewers.

From Nikon Sport Optics, Dept. GAIL 1300 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 1747. 800/247-3464.


New lens coatings, new roofprism coating and mirror technology for greater color contrast and light transmission are a few of the improvements in the new SLC Class binoculars from the Austrian manufacturer, Swarovski Optik. New models include the SLC 42, 50 and 56mm optics that use a complex, expensive process to produce these binoculars. The outer surface is protected by a protein rubber armor covering in the latest ergonomic design.

From Swarovski Optik, Dept. GAH, 2 Slater Road, Cranston, RI 02920. 800/426-3089.


Using fiber optics combined with Tritium, TruGlo offers front and rear sights for such handgun models as Glock, Colt, Kimber Sig Sauer, H&K, Ruger and S&W. In mild lighting conditions, the fiber optics bring the light to the eye. When darker, the Tritium offers bright, easy to see sights for fast aiming and accuracy.

From TruGlo, Dept. GAH, P0. Box 1612, McKinney, TX 75070. 972/774-0300.


The new PT-1 ballistic shooting glasses from Wiley X offer virtually unbreakable triloid nylon frames and interchangeable lens colors to suit light conditions. The adjustable nose piece and ear tips are made of a neoprene rubber-based compound designed to grip better as body temperatures rise. The U.S. Olympic Shooting Team currently wears the product.

From Wiley X, Dept. GAH, 4777 Bennett Drive, Suite D, Livermore, CA 94550, 800/776-7842.



Genuine stag can no longer be exported from India and the supply of natural material has dried up. Now, Ajax Custom Grips has been able to manufacture a reproduction StagLite, hand cut, ground and polished with the color, look and feel of genuine stag, for several pistols and revolvers. They look like the real thing and each is priced at less than $60.

From Ajax Custom Grips, Dept. GAH, 9130 Viscount Row, Dallas, TX 75247, 800/527-7537.


Shooters of S&W J-, K- and L-round revolvers will find the new Hogue Bantam grips lightweight and easy to install. They snap onto place, requiring no screws or metal parts. The finger grooves and textured finish offer a firm grip.

From Hogue Grips, Dept. GAH, P. 0. Box 1138, Paso Robles, CA 93447, 805/239-1440.


Birchwood Casey

A clean handgun assures safe and accurate operation. The Birchwood Casey Gun Maintenance Cleaning Kit offers everything from solvent/degreaser, rust preventive, bore cleaner, silicone cloth, take-along Gun Wipes, to cleaning patches and an instruction guide. It may be used at home or packaged for transport to the field or range.

From Birchwood Casey, Dept. GAH, 7900 Fuller Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344. 952/937-7900.


Military personnel everywhere, law enforcement, Border Patrol, security people, fire and rescue personnel know the value/necessity of drinking enough water all the time. The new CamelBak ThermoBak device offers a hands-free hydration system with a 100-ounce, three-liter reservoir. A stowage pocket can accommodate CamelBak's NBC/CBR chemically resistant reservoir and gas mask adapter kit, so water is available in almost any clime, place and condition.

From CamelBak Products, Dept. GAIL Carolyn Besse, 1310 Redwood Way Suite 200, Petaluma, CA 94954, 800/767-8725.

Cylinder & Slide

Added to the custom handgun parts and accessories for 2002 is the Cylinder & Slide special screwdriver kit for Rugers. The drivers are specially designed to not damage screw heads.

From Cylinder & Slide, Dept. GAH, 245 East 4th ST, Fremont, NE 68025, 402/721-4277.


Shooting, hiking, hunting or simply standing all day is tough without the correct footwear. The new Danner Sharptail Chukka is a five-inch moctoe boot that comfortably supports feet with full-grain pebbled leather uppers with padded tongue and collar. The lightweight Vibram Gumlite Aspen outsole is non-marking, offering extra cushioning. The boots are available in sizes 7-12, 13, 14D and 8-12, l3EE.

From Danner, Dept. GAH, 18550 N.E. Riverside Parkway, Portland, OR 97230. 503/251-1100.


Hunting, fishing or standing duty; cold feet make the body miserable. The new Feet Heat socks from Heatmax are warm by themselves.

Boca Orca

But add a patented pocket located on the top of the toe area with HotHands Foot Warm-up will provide up to six hours of comforting heat. The socks are machine washable and dryable.

From Heatmax, Dept. GAH, P.O. Box 1098, Wise, VA 24293. 540/328-5950.

KG The new KG-1 is a carbon remover, KG-2 is a bore restorer, KG-3 is a cleaning solvent and degreaser and KG-4 is gun oil, to be used one after the other as numbered. The four products dissolve, polish, clean and lubricate all firearms.

From KG Industries, Dept. GAH, 537 Louis Drive, Newbury park, CA 91320. 800/348-9558.


The Numrich Gun Parts Corporation, long known for its huge catalog of firearms parts and accessories now expands its Website to include full e-commerce. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, customers can see 180,000 items on its secure site.

From Numrich Gun Parts, Dept. GAH, 226 Williams Lane, West Hurley, NY 12491. 845/679-2417.

Smith & Wesson

Rechargeable flashlights from S&W include the seven-inch FL7 and the 10-inch FL10. They come with a replaceable nickel metal hydride battery. They may be left in the charger to be always fully charged and ready for use. On full charge, the FL10 should run continuously for about two hours before it runs down.

From Smith & Wesson, Dept. GAH, 2100 Roosevelt Ave., Springfield, MA 01102. 800/331-0852.


Bear Cutlery

A division of Swiss Army Brands, Bear Cutlery has a newly re-designed multi-tool called Bear Jaws 155L. The patented tool contains 13 different tools, including a pair of pliers, but each of the other devices may be opened without opening the plier. The 155L meets ASME specifications and recently won the Most Innovative American Design award from a leading cutlery magazine.

From Bear Cutlery, Dept. GAH, P.O. Box 399, Jacksonville, AL 36265. 256/435-2227.

Buck Knives

2002 marks the 100th anniversary of Buck Knives; the company will have several commemorative new models throughout the year. A series of Family Favorites, denoting the choice of each of the four Buck generations. The Limited Editions include current company President CJ Buck's favorite, the #191 Zipper knife. Collector prices will range from a top of $5,000 on down.

From Buck Knives, Dept. GAH, 1900 Weld Blvd., El Cajon, CA 92020. 800/326-2925.


Said to be the only knife manufacturer using 5 15 T.N stainless steel, the new Boker Orca sheath knife design had input from the German GSG-9 special forces unit. The knife has a 3 3/8-inch black titanium-coated blade with deep serrations for half the edge. The forward part of the edge has micro-serrations should require sharpening even for more than a year. Handle material is Hytrel, with the tang butt exposed on the end for hammering. The knife weighs 3.2 ounces and is 8 1/8 inches long overall. The tactical sheath may be used from either hand.

From Boker USA, Dept. GAH, 1550 Balsam St., Lakewood, CO 80215.303/462-0662. www.BokerUSA .com

Coast Cutlery

The Raptor is a new tactical knife from Coast Cutlery. It features a six-inch modified tanto-style blade of 440C stainless steel. The blade also has a saw back and triple-ground serrations. Handle material is non-slip, textured Krayton with a quarter-inch finger guard. A Kydex sheath is included.

From Coast Cutlery, Dept. GAH, 2045 SE Ankeny St., Portland, OR 97214.503/234-4545.

Cold Steel

For the traditionally minded, Cold Steel offers their new Classic Stockman, Classic Jr. series and Trapper for pocket carry. They are working knives that are patterned after knifes used by many cowboys and farmhands of the 1890s. All use faux jigged bone for the handles and the traditional look.

From Cold Steel, Dept. GAH, 3036A Seaborg Ave., Ventura, CA 93003. 800/255-4716.

Delta Z Knives

For collectors, the new Delta Z limited edition folder designed by custom maker Darrel Ralph is called the DZ-7111-MR, only 100 of which are to be made in Italy. The blade is Damascus steel, with flame red maple burl handles. Each knife comes with a lined wooden box. The knives may be ordered online.

From Delta Z Knives, Dept. GAH, P.O. Box 1112, Studio City, CA 91614. 818/786-9488.

Emerson Knives

With the introduction of the Triton X-39 this year, Emerson Knives brings the first of a new generation of metal-handled knives. Handles are made of two-piece, aircraft-grade-anodized aluminum. The four-inch blade is of 154CM stainless steel, finished in either silver satin or black Teflon. The folder weighs 5 1/4 ounces.

From Emerson Knives, Dept. GAH, P0. Box 4180; Torrance, CA 90510.310/212-7455.


New Schrade Old Timer Classics represent some of the most popular knives, including the Peanut, Trapper, Bird Hook and Stockman folder. These limited edition knives are manufactured in 500 serial-numbered sets. Knife blades are polished, hollow ground and etched with a nostalgic handle shield.

From Schrade Cutlery, Dept. GAH, 7 Schrade Court, Ellenville, NY 12428. 914/647-7601.

Smith Abrasives

Smith's Jiff V Sharp quick sharpener is designed to sharpen knife blades or scissors quickly. It has V-shaped cutting heads with crossed carbide sharpening blades. Within the handle is a round sharpening rod that automatically adjusts to the correct angle to sharpen scissors blades in about ten seconds.

From Smith Abrasives, Dept. GAH, P.O. Bos 5095, Hot Springs, AR 71902. 800/221-4156.


Among the new models from Spyderco this year is the C64 Meerkat Clipit. The earlier Meerkat had a modified clip point blade, with an S-style (Cricket-like) blade for 2002. Each blade is two inches long in either all serrated or all plain edge. Handle material is textured black fiberglass-reinforced nylon, with a pressure release locking system inside. The knife weighs 2.3 ounces.

From Spyderco, Dept. GAH, P.O. Box 800, Golden, CO 80402-0800. 800/525-7770.


The new SOG Sculptura folder is small enough to fit into the palm of the hand, with a smooth organic shape and an AUS-8 stainless steel, 2-inch folding blade. The two-ounce Sculptura uses the company's Arc-Lock folding mechanism for fast access and safe operation. The Zytel handle includes a handy carrying clip.

From SOG Specialty Knives, Dept. GAH, 6521 212th St. SW, Lynn wood, WA 98036. 425/771-6230. www.sogknives. com


Replaceable-blade folders and sheath knives from Tigersharp make it easy to stay sharp. Blades may be serrated or smooth, replaced in less than a minute when needed. If needed, the blades may be sharpened in the normal manner.

From Tigersharp, Dept. GAH, 4275 DJ Drive, Missoula, MT 59803. 888/711-8437.


Advanced Technology

The new 12-gauge top-folding stock is designed to fit such shotguns as the Mossberg 500, Remington 870, Winchester 1200/1300 and Maverick 88 pumps. A quick-release button locks the arm security open or closed. The stock installs without gunsmithing and the optional shotshell holders holds five extra rounds, easily available.

From Advanced Technology, Dept. GAH, 102 Fieldview Drive, Versailles, KY 40383. 859/873-5918.


Aimpoint, which bills itself as the originator of the electronic red dot sight, is introducing a new line of red dot sights, the 7000-series and the Comp-series. At new CETechnology diode, more than 250 times more efficient than standard, is used in the new products. Hunters may realize up to 10,000 hours of use without turning off.

From Aim point, Dept. GA, 7701 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043. 703/749-2320.

Butler Creek

Those who shoot the Mossberg 500/590, the Remington 870 or the Winchester 1200/ 1300 pump shotguns may equip it with the new Protector folding stock from Butler Creek. Designed for law enforcement applications, the folding stock holds three 3-inch 12-gauge shells in the molded-in carrier. Hunters, too, will appreciate the compact folding capability for storage and transportation.

From Butler Creek, Dept. GAIT, PO. Box 1690, Oregon City, OR 97045. 503/655-7964.

Winchester Muzzleloading

Winchester enters the black powder market with new Supreme Partition Gold sabot bullets and W209 primers. The bullets in .45 caliber weigh 260 grains, housed in a plastic sabot for use in .50 caliber muzzleloading rifles. The W209 shotgun primers are packed in packs of 100 intended for muzzleloading rifles.

From Winchester, Dept. GAH, 427 North Shamrock St., East Alton, IL 62024. 618/258-2204.
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