In business, it's already 2006! Manufacturers are working overtime to complete their 2006 new offerings and gun dealers are preparing for the launch of a new year of business.
Here is our first look at the new products for 2006. In January, we will feature more of the New Year's products. We'll follow with in-depth reports on the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers Expo and the SHOT Show.
As always, look to Shooting Industry magazine for complete coverage of what's new, what's hot and what will build your bottom line in 2006!
NEW FIREARMS -- 2006
Sturm, Ruger & Co.
Ruger's 50th Anniversary .44 Magnum New Model Blackhawk features the trim flattop-style cylinder frame with micro-style click adjustable rear sight, a fluted cylinder and smaller, XR-3-style grip frame. Checkered black panels have the original black Ruger grip medallions of the first Ruger .44 Blackhawks. The revolver has a 6 1/2" blued-steel barrel with a ramp front sight, and the barrel is gold color-filled rollmarked with "50 YEARS OF .44 MAGNUM--1956 TO 2006." New features include a patented reverse indexing pawl and internal lock under the right-grip panel.
Five Target Grey stainless steel Ruger M77 Mark II Frontier rifles join the blued steel models introduced in late 2004. The rifles feature distinct barrel ribs for forward mounting of intermediate-eye-relief scopes. The stainless steel models with 16 1/2" barrels have grey laminated wood stocks and are available in .243 Win., 7mm-08 Rem., .308 Win., .300 WSM calibers and the new .325 WSM. Ruger also is chambering the M77 Mark II All-Weather rifle in .325 WSM.
In shotguns, Ruger is now offering All-Weather Red Label 12-gauge over-and-under shotguns in Realtree Hardwoods HD. The shotgun's metal parts, polymer stock and forend are coated in the Realtree pattern. Other patterns may follow, depending upon customer demand.
Ruger is now offering engraving for New Vaquero single-action revolvers by the Ruger Studio of Art & Decoration as a standard service. Engraving costs $1,000. or $1,950 for a consecutive numbered engraved pair, which includes the stainless steel Ruger New Vaqueros with simulated ivory grips. The service features genuine engraving cut into the revolver's surface. Contact the Ruger Studio at (203) 259-7843 for details.
Savage will feature the AccuTrigger on most of its rimfire line in 2006. New rimfire models for 2006 include the model 93R17BTVS in .17 HMR, which has a stainless heavy barrel, a brown laminated thumbhole stock with a wide beavertail forend and AccuTrigger. The model 93R17BV, with a high luster blued heavy barrel and AccuTrigger, features a varmint-style laminated stock with a full beavertail. The single-shot, bolt-action Cub model features the AccuTrigger and a laminated walnut stained stock.
In Savage's centerfire rifles, the Classic Model features Savage's new feeding system with a hinged floor plate, a high-luster blued barrel, AccuTrigger and a satin lacquer American Walnut stock with Monte Carlo comb and cheek piece. The Euro Classic has the new feeding system with detachable box magazine, all the standard Classic series features, with an oil-finished stock and open sights.
Savage's new hinged floor plate also will be added to the Hunter and Weather Warrior Series models. The Weather Warrior Series also features a sporter barrel model with a patented adjustable muzzlebrake. The youth model in the Hunter Series features a detachable box magazine, black synthetic stock, and a blued sporter barrel with the adjustable muzzlebrake. All models in the Hunter and Weather Warrior Series feature the AccuTrigger.
In Savage's Law Enforcement Series, the package model 10FPXP-LE features a tactical stock from H-S Precision with an alloy bedding system, a Harris Bipod, and a Leupold 3.5-10X40mm scope with Mil Dot reticle and flip-open lens covers. It also has a Farrell Picatinny Rail Base and is shipped in a Storm case. Standard features on all LE Series include oversized bolt handles, AccuTrigger and quick release swivel studs. All barrels are free-floating and button-rifled for enhanced accuracy.
Marlin Firearms Co.
Marlin introduces the XLR Series of lever-action rifles, designed in conjunction with Hornady ballisticians to take advantage of the new LEVERevolution cartridges. The XLRs are based on Marlin's classic lever-action system and have 24" stainless steel barrels, plus stainless receivers and levers, broached rifling, fluted bolts, black/gray laminated stocks and deluxe recoil pads. Marlin is offering four different XLR models: the 336XLR in .30/30, the 1895XLR in .45/70 Gov't, the 1895MXLR in .450 Marlin and the 444XLR in .444 Marlin.
Marlin has three new synthetic-stock, rimfire bolt-action rifles. The Model 917, offered in .17 HMR, has a sporter barrel and a seven-shot clip magazine. The Model 917VR, also in .17 HMR, has a 22" heavy varmint barrel and a seven-shot clip magazine. The Model 925R is a .22 with a sporter barrel and seven-shot clip magazine. All have newly redesigned black synthetic stocks with classic lines, molded-in checkering and swivel studs.
Kimber's lightweight classic rifle, the Model 8400, is now being offered in standard-length cartridges such as .270 Win., and .30-06 Springfield, plus Magnum chamberings in .300 Win. Mag. and .338 Win. Mag. Claro walnut and Kevlar reinforced synthetic stocks are featured. Also for 2006, Kimber will offer a broad selection of centerfire rifle calibers with upgraded stocks. The rifles are designated as Select Grade and customers may choose between A French or AA Claro stocks.
In shotguns, Kimber's Marias over-and-under sidelock 20-gauge field gun features real bone charcoal case color, hand engraving, fine Turkish walnut stock and a thin-wall choke tube set. The Valier side-by-side, introduced last year, is now available with bone charcoal case colors in 16 and 20 gauge.
Kahr Arms expands its value-priced line with the CW40. Designed for concealed carry, the slim, light-weight CW40 features a double-action trigger and a 3.6" barrel with a 1:16" twist. Overall length is 6.1" and its capacity is 6+1. It is available in .40 S & W.
Browning announces the return of the T-Bolt .22 bolt-action rifle. The new T-Bolt has the classic straight-pull bolt action to chamber each cartridge and a new Double Helix 10-round rotary box magazine. The T-Bolt features a three-lever trigger design and short-travel firing pin and externally adjustable pull weight. The barrel is a free-floating, 22" medium-weight sporter. The rifle also has a top-tang, thumb-operated, two-position safety and the receiver is drilled and tapped for scopes.
The A-Bolt Stainless M-1000 Eclipse rifle has a matte finish stainless steel receiver, glass bedded with a matte finish heavy stainless steel barrel. The stock is laminated gray satin finish with thumbhole grip and Monte Carlo cheekpiece. The M-1000 is available in short-action calibers.
The NRA A-Bolt Wildlife Conservation Collection in the Hunter configuration features a laser-engraved NRA Heritage logo on the buttstock. A portion of the proceeds from each rifle sold supports the NRA's Environment Conservation and Hunting Outreach programs.
Browning adds the ShortTrac and LongTrac Stalker models to the BAR line. Both feature composite stocks and forends in matte black with special grip panels. The receivers are of aircraft-grade alloy in a matte-blue finish.
Browning adds to its semiautomatic Buck Mark 22 pistol line with the Lite Splash 5.5 and 7.25 URX, the Contour 5.5 and the Bullseye Target Stainless. The Lite Splash and the 7.25 URX feature a soft nitrile Ultragrip RX ambidextrous grip, alloy receiver and sleeved barrel in matte-blue finish with gold splash anodizing, Pro-Target adjustable rear sight and Truglo Marble fiber-optic front sight. Both are available in 5.5" and 7.25" barrels. The Contour features a special contour barrel in in matte blue with a full-length scope base and integrated adjustable Pro-Target sight with front sight blade. The Contour is available in 5.5" and 7.25" barrels. The Bullseye Target Stainless features a 7.25" stainless heavy round fluted bull barrel and alloy receiver in matte blue finish. Grips are laminated rosewood and rear sights are adjustable Pro-Targets.
Browning introduces the Silver 12-gauge semiautomatic shotgun series. The Silver shotgun features aluminum alloy receiver and Active Valve gas system. The Silver Hunter is available in 3.5" and 3" chambers. The Silver Stalker is available in 3.5" chambering and has a composite stock and forend in matte black finish and a semihumpback receiver in matte black. A Silver 3.5" will also be available in Mossy Oak New Break-Up and Mossy Oak New Shadow Grass and Dura-Touch Armor Coating.
Other new Browning shotguns include the Cynergy Classic Field and Classic Sporting models in 12 gauge. The Classic Field receiver features game bird scenes on the sides and traditional style walnut stock and forend in satin finish. The Classic Sporting features engraved Browning Buck Mark logo and traditional style walnut stock and forearm in oil finish.
Browning also offers the semiautomatic Gold Superlite Hunter, Gold Superlite FLD and Gold Superlite Micro in 20-gauge versions. A new alloy magazine tube reduces weight and left-side receiver art decorates the models with "Gold SL."
Magnum Research's Magnum Lite Rifles feature graphite barrels and Magnum's new rimfire receiver, the MLR...