Firearms News - 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Firearms News - 2018 Holiday Gift Guide


Springfield 10mm XDM

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The Springfield Armory XDM pistol is now available chambered for 10mm. Offered in 4.5- and 5.25-inch-barreled versions, the pistols feature polymer frames, match-grade ramped barrels, fiber-optic front sights, and melonite-finished slides. The rear sights are a low-profile, two-dot combat type on the 4.5-inch-barreled gun and a fully adjustable target-type on the 5.25-inch-barreled gun. Magazine capacity is 15 rounds. The XDM pistols feature Springfield’s Ultra Safety Assurance safety-lever trigger mechanism and a Model 1911-style grip safety.

$652 (4.5-inch barrel), $779 (5.25-inch barrel); Springfield-Armory.com


Federal Hydra-Shok Deep


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While there’s certainly nothing wrong with the original Hydra-Shok bullet, if you can make it better, why wouldn’t you? The new Deep version has a more robust center post and core design that promise as much as 50 percent more penetration. Federal’s testing has found penetration depths of 15 inches in bare ballistic gel. The 135-grain load features a specially formulated propellant and, of course, Federal’s reliable primer. Velocity figures were not available at press time.


$28; FederalPremium.com


Streamlight TLR-8 Green

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Streamlight hit a homerun earlier this year with the introduction of its TLR-7 and TLR-8 pistol-mounted white lights and lasers designed for compact carry pistols. The reason for this is simple, it gave consumers exactly what they were asking for, when they were asking for it and at the level of quality they expect.

Streamlight continues that streak with the introduction of its TLR-8 with a green aiming laser. Green lasers are all the rage, as they greatly extend the distance the aiming point can be seen during the hours of daylight. The green dot appears much brighter and is more pleasing to the eye. Its science, look it up.


The TLR-8 offers 500 lumens of focused white light emitting from a high-output LED for up to 1.5-hours. The unit runs off of a single CR123 lithium battery, that can quickly be swapped out by unscrewing the front lens assembly. This is advantageous because the battery change doesn’t require the removal of the unit from the host pistol. Once the unit is zeroed it stays zeroed. The days are getting shorter – it’s time to add a miniaturized light/laser to your compact carry pistol, and this is the one.

$125; Streamlight.com


Hornady Quick Detach Universal Mounting Plate


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Hornady now offers the Quick Detach Universal Mounting Plate to make attaching and detaching presses and other reloading tools easy and space-efficient. The system’s aluminum blocks attach to a bench or table, and cam locks keep the plate stable during use. The quick release allows plates to be changed easily and quickly. Mounting hole configurations fit a variety of presses and reloading tools, and extra mounting plates are sold separately. The system measures 17x4x9 inches and weighs 8 pounds.

$70.31 (System), $21.25 (Plate only); Hornady.com


Marlin 1894C

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A classic returns. The Marlin 1894C, chambered in .357 Mag., is a light, fast-handling lever action. And it’s strong, too—fashioned from premium steel—with a smooth action. The receiver and trigger guard are manufactured out of heat-treated, solid-steel forgings, and the deeply blued metal work is complemented by walnut buttstock and fore-end. Traditionalists will appreciate the 10-shot tubular magazine and semi-buckhorn folding rear sight.

$782; MarlinFirearms.com


MTM 3-Can .50-Cal. Ammo Crate

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MTM’s 3-Can .50-Cal. Ammo Crate is made for storing, organizing, and safely transporting gear and ammo. The Army Green ammo crate comes with three sturdy, O-ring-sealed, Dark Earth ammunition cans that sit in the rugged polymer crate to form a compact storage and transportation solution for ammunition and/or accessories. The crates are stackable, feature carry handles on each end, and have four tie-down points

$44.49; MTMCase-Gard.com


SB Tactical SBA3

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We give SB Tactical credit for almost single-handily breathing new life into AR pistols and variants. The company continues to one-up its products release after release and its newest addition to a growing line is the SBA3 and it has proven to be the best yet.

Why do we love the SBA3? For starters, the unit comes with a mil-spec diameter, 7075 aluminum receiver extension that threads onto your lower receiver, if you don’t already have one. Second, the unit offers five adjustment positions allowing you to tune its position to your liking and on the fly, similar to your M4 carbine. Next, the SBA3 features a minimalist design and offers a pair of flush QD sling cups for adding your favorite sling.

AR pistols are becoming exceedingly popular for a number of reasons and the new SBA3 is the pinnacle of braces to date. If you’ve got an AR pistol, it deserves this functional brace – grab it if you can find one in-stock.

$170; SBTactical.com


SureFire E2D Defender Flashlights

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SureFire has two new E2D Defender flashlights. The single-output E2D Defender Tactical and the dual-output E2D Defender Ultra both feature high outputs of 1,000 lumens via a virtually indestructible high-performance LED and a Total Internal Reflection lens. The signature Defender crenulated Strike Bezel offers defensive options should the need arise. Both E2D Defender lights are activated via a push-button click-type crenulated tailcap, and the machined aerospace aluminum bodies have Type III MIL-SPEC hard-anodized coatings.

$199; Surefire.com


Leupold BackCountry

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Leupold’s rings and bases enjoy a well-deserved reputation for dependability, and now the company is offering a new aluminum cross-slot line for hunters and competition shooters looking to shed a few ounces on their rigs. They’re machined from 7075-T6 aluminum, and they offer more contact between base and ring for stability. The bases fit both Picatinny and Weaver style rings, and they’re available with zero elevation or 20 m.o.a.

$120 (rings), $70 (bases); Leupold.com


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$15 for 15 issues; https://securesubs.osgimedia.com/orderpage_ex8.php?m=shotgunnews&pkey=IBQ2

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