New Bushmaster MOE Rifles

Bushmaster firearms has a few new rifles in 2011 to add to their popular MOE line.  Bushmaster’s MOE rifles feature a standard AR-15 with Magpul furniture.  They also have an A3 style flat top ready for optics and a Magpul rear BUIS (backup iron sight).  Bushmaster will be adding 4 more rifles to the MOE line this year, a gas piston MOE, a Mid length MOE, a .308 MOE, and the Dissipator MOE.

The Bushmaster MOE Dissipator model feature’s Magpuls new Rifle Length Handguard, which finally became available just last month.  Along with the typical MOE enhancements the Bushmaster Dissipator also features a rifle mid length gas system, a heavy profile barrel with a 1:9″ twist, an overall length of 32.5″ and weighs only 6.42 pounds.  The MOE Dissipator is available now in black, flat dark earth, or OD green and can be seen in the banner above.  The Bushmaster MOE Dissipator has an MSRP of $1,247.00

There are two new mid-length gas system Bushmaster MOE rifles coming out as well, one in 5.56 and .308.  Each feature a slightly longer handguards and gas systems that will ease recoil a bit over a typical carbine length system.  The 5.56/.223 version features everything that the previous Bushmaster MOE rifles with exception to the gas system and handguards.  The .308 MidLength MOE of course differs since it has a 30 round magazine and fires the .308 cartridge.  What surprised me is that the Bushmaster .308 MOE doesn’t feature a Magpul 7.62×51 PMAG; since it uses the same lower as the .308 ORC and would accept the PMAG, as we found out with our review of the .308 ORC.  It only seems natural that it would ship with it.  The Bushmaster MOE Mid-Length .308 has an MSRP of $1,448 and the 5.56 version’s MSRP is $1,247.

Finally Bushmaster is releasing a MOE Gas Piston Carbine, which has all the same features of the Bushmaster MOE Carbine with exception to the gas system.  As you may have guessed by the title, the Bushmaster MOE Gas PistonCarbine feature’s Bushmaster‘s gas piston which should, in theory, aid in reliability and it’ll definitely cut down on cleaning time.  The new Bushmaster MOE Gas Piston Carbine will have an MSRP of $1,247 and will be available in flat dark earth, OD green, and Black.

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Improved Steyr M-A1 and S-A1

Steyr M-A1 Review

When the first Steyr M-A1 starting hitting American shores again, there was one constant complaint, the triggers.  Shooters were complaining that the triggers felt “spongy” and the pull wasn’t consistent.  I talked to Scott O’Brien of Steyr at the Shot Show Range day about the changes Steyr made to their newly imported handguns.  He said that Steyr takes customer feedback seriously, and when the calls started coming in Steyr acted upon it; listening to customer complaints, Steyr introduced new triggers on the M-A1 and S-A1.

I got a chance at SHOT SHOW to try the new M-A1 trigger and it felt good.  Granted, I didn’t have the chance to shoot a M -A1 with the original trigger, but I did dry fire one that was in my local gun shop (it was in the consignment section about a week after Steyr started importing them–probably because of that “spongy” trigger).  The trigger draw and break is adequate, I have no real reservations about it being that I was able to put my rounds on target with the M-A1.  The real make or break aspect with the Steyr M-A1 or S-A1 will be the unorthodox sights.

M-A1 Review

The angeled rear sight combined with the triangle front sight post makes for one weird sighting system.  It took about 5 rounds to finally get used to it, but after I think they grew on me.  The sights definitely fall in the love or hate em category; however, I was able to hit a target a 100 yards with them.  Above you can see a photo of the M-A1 and S-A1 and below a video of me trying the Steyr M-A1 with its improved trigger.  The first 5 or so rounds are on a paper target 15 yards away and the remaining rounds are at a steel IPSC target 100 yards away which I hit on the final shot.

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New Custom Sig P238s

Sig Sauer is releasing some pretty slick P238s this year.  They’re popular .380 pistols are getting quite a cosmetic makeover giving their customers 4 newly designed P238s to choose from.  These concealed carry pistols have some of the nicest finishes I’ve seen and they separate themselves from the ever expanding line of pocket pistols that are out.  These P238s  make personal defense pistol a little more personal with their custom designs.

The P238 Lady is probably the most dramatic out of the bunch (no stereotypical pun intended).  The P238 Lady features a red Ceracoat alloy beavertail style frame, a Nitron finished slide with some custom gold engraving on top and along the sides.  Along with the red frame the P238 Lady sports some Rosewood Grips finishing off its elegant design.

The P238 Extreme features Hogue Extreme Series G-10 grips that are designed to hold secure while rapid firing.  It’s built on an alloy beavertail frame with Nitron finish.  The P238 Extreme also has one of my desired/required accessories for a pocket pistol, and that’s a finger grip extension which gives it an extra round for a total capacity of 7+1.

The P238 Gambler has a more classical look with its rosewood grips.  This P238 addition will only be available in limited quantities and will  feature “The Gambler” engraved on its slide,.  Also engraved on the Gambler is  a 24k gold inlay with the dead-man’s-hand, aces and eights, along the top of the slide.

And finally the Sig P238 Diamond Plate, that features, you guessed it, a diamond plate engraved natural stainless steel slide.  The P238 Diamond Plate also features Houge G-10 Grips and a  black hard anodized frame finish,.

Each one of Sig Sauer‘s new P238 pistols are 5.5 inches long and have only a 1.1 overall width making them easily concealable.  All of them weigh around 15 ounces, have a mag capacity of 6 rounds (with exception to the extreme), feature SIGLITE night sights and have single action only triggers with an 8 pound pull.  These custom .380 ACP go for $752 each and should be shipping to dealers now.

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Regent R100 1911

Regent 1911 Review

Umarex USA introduced their R100 1911 pistol at Shot Show this year but what separates the Regent 1911 from others is the price.  The Regent 1911-A1 has a suggest retail of $499 but I’ve seen them going already for much lower.  Shooters should be able to find the Regent 1911 from 400-500 dollars making this centennial classic easier to obtain.  If you’re thinking it’s made of cheap material, well you would be wrong.

While the Regent 1911 is basically a vanilla pistol, it still comes with standard Hogue grips, a stainless steel hammer forged barrel and a low cut ejection port.  Later on this year, Umarex will be releasing a stainless steel version that will retail for $599.

If the Regent 1911 is reliable, and uses all MIL-Spec parts, then I could see it being a great starter 1911.  The 1911 has one of the biggest selection of aftermarket parts so one could easily start upgrading their budget 1911 and quickly have a superb pistol.  Hopefully can obtain one soon to give you guys a full review.

Regent 1911 Review

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Winchester Ballistics Calculator iPhone App

Winchester ballistics calculator review

Winchester has launched a new ballistics calculator app for the iPhone.  It’s a good application for comparing different Winchester ammunition.  There’s a good variety of loads and you can set the conditions such cross wind, temperature and the sight-in range you used.  There’s also an online version that will allow you to print the data.

I played with Winchester‘s Ballistics calculator online for about a good hour, just having fun with all the different loads and learning the effects the conditions would have; however (to no surprise) it has only Winchester loads available.  Its a great way to kill some time in the office.  The iPhone app is free and available for download in the app store.

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