McMillan Stubby

McMillan Suitcase Sniper

McMillan is working on a cool little suitcase sniper rifle prototype that they were showing off at this years Shot Show.  Named the Stubby, this little rifle was designed to shoot subsonic .308 out to 300 yards.  Granted, 300 yards is a pretty short range for a “sniper” rifle, but McMillan is trying to keep the platform as compact as possible, so they gave it a 12″ barrel.  So 300 yards isn’t that bad considering the Stubby is designed to shoot subsonic .308 which has a significant drop the farther out it travels. The Stubby’s buttstock can be removed and attached the the side of the receiver, and it also has a removable suppressor allowing the Stubby to be broken down into a small, easily transportable size.

Stubby

So far, the Stubby is in its prototype phase and it’s only marketed primarily for military and law enforcement.  McMillan may bring it over to the civilian market but I would expect that version to have a 16″ barrel just to make it more accessible for a larger demographic.  Either way, I thinks a pretty cool rifle, and McMillan is known for extremely accurate long range platforms so I would expect the same from the Stubby.  At least one thing is for sure, it’ll make going to the range a lot easier by just bringing a 1.5’x1.5′ pelican case and a few boxes of ammo.

Check below for pics and short video overview.

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S&W Governor

Smith & Wesson Governor Review

Introduced at this years Shot Show, and coming out this February is the new Smith & Wesson Governor.  This new multi-cartridge revolver has many similarities of the Taurus Judge.  Just like the Judge, the Governor can shoot .45 ACP, .45 Long Colt, and .410 shells.

Well I guess the popularity of the Judge was too much for Smith and Wesson to ignore, forcing them to jump on the .410 revolver bandwagon.  I personally find it ironic that Smith and Wesson is imitating a handgun design off of Taurus, when usually its the other way around.

I’ve never been a huge fan of the .410 handguns (especially one with a barrel length of only 2 3/4″).  The spread of the .410 pellets out of a handgun seem more like a liability than actual protection.  Take a look at the video below; at a distance of only 5 yards, the spread is about a foot.  Each pellet that doesn’t hit the target is a potential liability; and that spread, at that range, is more liability than I’m comfortable with.

Anyway, check out the specs below and a video from TheTruthAboutGuns.com.

SW Governor Review

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Sig556R

Sig556 Russian

Well we finally got to see Sigs new 556 in 7.62×39, named the Sig556R, or Sig 556 Russian.  If you’re thinking its just a Sig556 that’s shooting the Russian 7.62×39 round, well you would be right.  Basically that’s all it is.  Sig Sauer touts the main feature of the SIG556R is that the rifle still embraces the dependability of the 7.62×39 cartridge while improving on its accuracy by putting it in the SIG556 platform.

The Sig556R features a 2-stage trigger, a M1913 on top of the upper receiver for mounting optics, a telescoping stock that can be folded to bring down the total length of the SIG556R from 36″ to 26″.  The 16″ barrel features four-groove rifling and a twist rate of 1:9.5.”  Just like other SIG556, the SIG556R also has an adjustable gas system.

I think for civilians it provides a great cost effective way to shoot a carbine.  You can find 7.62×39 in bulk 440 cans for around $90, which is basically more than half the cost of .223.  I’m interested to see how accurate the Sig556R is; I have no doubt that it’ll be more accurate than an AK-47 considering it has a two-stage trigger and the quality of the rifling.  However, we’ll just have to wait and see.  They SIG556R should be popping up in local gun shops soon with a price I would suspect to be around $1,200.  See below for pics and a short video.

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Nighthawk Tactical Devastator Shotgun

Nighthawk Devastator Review
The demand for a Remington 1100 with a collapsible stock was just too high for Nighthawk Tactical to ignore according to Mark Stone of Nighthawk.  So he handed off an 1100 to an unnamed engineer and said “make it work.”  Well, that unnamed engineer did just that.  Nighthawk Tactical took the recoil spring out of the buttstock and reversed it, placing in between the magazine tube and barrel, and shielding it with a custom picatinny’ed out forend.  The result, a sick looking, custom, Remington 1100 with a fully collapsible stock, and potentially a folding stock in the future.  The guys over at Nighthawk were a little tight lipped about some of the  specs of their new prototype semi-auto shotgun.  However, I do know its codenamed Devastator–and judging by the looks of this 12 gauge beast, I think it’s appropriately named.

No word yet on a release date, but expect the Nighthawk Tactical Devastator shotgun sometime this year.  So far they’ve put 5,000 shells through it, and haven’t experienced any problems so far with the reversed recoil spring.  As of now, the Devastator is in its final testing phase which consists of handing the Devastator over to Chris Costa and the guys over at Magpul Dynamics.  Mark Stone claimed that the Magpul Dynamics guys would, “put it through its paces,”  and for obvious reasons, I believe him.

Steve Fisher Magpul Dynamics

I was lucky enough to be present when Chris Costa and Steve Fisher came over to the Nighthawk Custom booth to discuss the new Devastator (and some other things that will be in posts to come).  So expect some changes between the photos here at Gunblog.com and the final Devastator that Nighthawk puts out.  I know they want to put a Magpul ASAP on there along with a QD swivel sling mount at the rear.  I asked Steve Fisher why he would want both, to which he replied that not everyone wants to run an ASAP, some people might want to run different slings, and this way they can.

I personally can’t wait to see the final product.  I know Chris Costa and Steve Fisher will use and abuse the Devastator and make it their… well you get the point.  And by using Nighthawk Tactical‘s previous custom shotguns as a precedent, I don’t have the slightest doubt that the Nighthawk Devastator will be one helluva shotgun.  Gunblog.com will keep you updated with the release date and final MSRP as soon as we find out.  Check out the pics below.

UPDATE:

Well, I guess that huge Rhino rail should have gave it away,  but a little birdie told me that the main design did come from ETA.

Also, the recoil spring can be adjusted to be 35% tighter, or 35% looser than a standard 1187 recoil spring.  The main differences between ETA’s and Nighthawk Tactical’s is that Nighthawk Tactical applies their proprietary coating to the shotgun.
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Genesis Green Laser Sight

Green Laser Sight

LaserMax has a new green laser sight named Genesis.  The one thing that separates LaserMax’s green laser sight from others is that its rechargeable.  It recharges via a micro USB cable.  The Genesis takes about 2.5 hours to fully charge which will give a 2.5 hour run time.   The MSRP of the new LaserMax Genesis is $260.  LaserMax’s new Genesis Rechargeable Green Laser sight seemed to work okay when I played with it at Shot Show, I sorta wish it had a constant on feature–Gunblog.com should have one soon to give our readers a full review.  Check the video below to see a quick overview of the new LaserMax Genesis.

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