Remington 1911R1 Enhanced and Centennial Models

After 91 years, Remington again entered the 1911 market by introducing the 1911R1 which became instantly popular due to its quality and its low price (under $600).  Remington now has two more models coming out soon, the 1911R1 Enhanced, and the 1911R1 Centennial Model.

The Remington 1911R1 Enhanced has some upgraded features that the 1911 market almost seems to expect now days from the quintessential semi-automatic pistol.  Remington‘s Enhanced 1911R1 features an adjustable rear sight, a red fiber optic red sight, front/rear slide serrations, an anodized aluminum match trigger and an enhanced hammer.  As far as looks, it puts it in the category of what we’re accustomed to seeing with more modern 1911s.  Also with the upgraded sights and match components could make it a soon to be favorite as an entry level competitor’s handgun; especially for the fact that Remington has provided a lot of these upgraded features with a not so upgraded price–the MSRP of the Remington 1911R1 Enhanced is $820.

1911R1 Enhanced

Along with keeping the modern fans of the 1911s happy with the Enhanced version, Remington is also playing to the large traditionalist crowd of 1911 admirers with the Remington 1911R1 Centennial model.  The Centennial model plays more towards the collectors market and will only be available in 2011 for the centennial anniversary of the 1911Remington‘s 1911 Centennial model features unique centennial engraving on the slide, a special serial number range, and custom rosewood grips with a Remington medallion in them.  Along with the pistol, owners will receive a centennial edition certificate verifying the authenticity of  the new addition to their collection.  This special 1911 from Remington is their most expensive 1911R1 model yet costing a potential owner $1,250.

1911R1 Centennial

I think both models look great, and are price proportionate.  The rosewood grips on the Centennial version are among the nicest I’ve seen, and I especially like the detail involved with the engraving and the classic look of the handgun.  What really surprised me was the low price of the Enhanced model considering you’re getting a lot of 1911 features that will normally put a 1911 over the 1k mark.  I haven’t heard of any real problems yet with the 1911R1 so it’s probably a safe bet that these new editions to Remington’s 1911 line will be just as popular.  Check below for a shot video from Shot Show this year about the new handguns.

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Travis Haley Leaves Magpul Dynamics

A lot of news coming out of Magpul Dynamics this week; first their new video, and subsequently maybe the last one we see with the Travis Haley in it.  Travis Haley, the CEO of Magpul Dynamics, is leaving Magpul Dynamics in order to pursue other interests.  Chris Costa mentioned this to me while at Shot Show and he had nothing but good things to say about Travis, and said he’s parting on good terms.  Travis is forming a new company called Haley Strategic Partners; however he’ll still have some presence at Magpul as a consultant.

For me to hear this was a shock.  I know most of us when we think of Magpul Dynamics, we think of the Dynamic Duo of Chris Costa and Travis Haley.  Travis was a huge presence at Magpul Dynamics and Magpul Industries who seemed to have his hand in just about everything the two companies did–from Magpul’s theory based products to unorthodox shooting positions such as urban prone, Travis was pretty much the face of both companies .  It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out, but we wish Travis the best with his new ventures, and Gunblog.com will be sure to keep up with what he’s doing to keep our readers informed.

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Accuracy International AX338

AI AX338

Accuracy International has got a new .338 Lapua Rifle coming out dubbed the AX338.  Their new long range rifle is featured in the new Accuracy International AX stock which is based on their the AW series of stocks.

The new stock shares some features from its predecessor the AW series such as a foldable stock, adjustable LOP and cheekpiece; however the new stock is a bit shorter making it easier to shoot with bulky armor on.  Also, the buttstock features what AI calls a butt spike which is basically a monopod which can stabilize the rear of the rifle for more precise shots.  It also negates the need to purchase a monopod as was the case with the previous AW stocks.

AX338

The AX338 also featuers a pistol grip which you can be customized to be either a normal pistol grip or a traditional thumb hole grip as with the AW.  The AX338‘s trigger has an adjustable pull weight of 1.5-4.4 lbs.  The forend rail system can come in a 16″ or 13″ picatinny variety and it is completely free floating around a match grade barrel that is threaded deep into the action.  The AX338 will also feature an upgrade bolt and action over its predecessor the AX Magnum.  The AX338 has a double stack 10 round magazine to feed its .338 Lapua rounds.

Along with the AX338, Accuracy International will be coming out with an AX stock for the Remington 700–hopefully it’ll be in both short and long action types.

Accuracy International AX338

I asked the rep at Accuracy International‘s booth at Shot Show if AI has been selling more rifles after their AW in 338 (the British L115A3) set the world record for longest sniper kill shot in battle–All I received was a huge smile and an, “Oh yea.”  After that story broke, AI saw a huge boost in sales which probably motivated them to build a new chassis around the perpetually popular .338 Lapua cartridge.  Knowing how much of a following Accuracy International has, and their reputation of building an exceptional rifle, I can see the AX338 being a huge hit for those lucky few that will be able to afford it.  No word on price yet but I would expect it to be in the $7,000 to  $8,000 dollar range.  Check out the stats below:


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Blackwater Mossberg 590 and 930

Blackwater Mossberg 930

Mossberg has two new Blackwater Edition 930 and 590 shotguns coming out soon.  Both shotguns feature XS Ghost ring sights.  The Blackwater 590 features a few more added picatinny rails on the  pump handguards along with one on the upper receiver for adding an optic.  No word yet on release or MSRP but I’ll be sure to update the post as soon as I find out.  Check out the pics below of the new Blackwater Mossbergs that were taken at the Shot Show Media Day Range Event.

Blackwater Mossberg 590

Blackwater Mossberg 590

Blackwater Mossberg 930

Blackwater Mossberg 930

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Magpul Dynamic’s Art of the Precision Rifle

Art of the Tactical Sniper

Yes, it has been confirmed that Magpul Dynamics is going to release a new precision shooting DVD to add to their “Art of” video series.  Although the title isn’t confirmed, I believe it’ll be somewhere along the lines of  “Art of the Precision Shooter.”  I got to talk to Chris Costa of Magpul Dynamics about the new DVD at Shot Show last week.  He had a lot of exciting things to say about his new precision shooting DVD.

Magpul Dynamics teamed up with world class precision marksman Todd Hodnett of Accuracy 1st training to create the new Magpul Dynamics Precision Shooting Video.  Chris seemed sincerely adamant about how awesome it was working with Todd Hodnett on the new DVD.  Although he didn’t give away too many details on the video (including a final title), Chris Costa did say that the formulas Todd Hodnett presents in the video breaks down the usually complicated calculations involved with long range shooting to be ridiculously simple.Chris Costa from Magpul Dynamics
He wouldn’t share the formulas, but Chris stated it would only take seconds to calculate range, clicks, etc… by using the techniques in the new Magpul DVD.  Chris said by using the techniques, he was able to hit 36″ plates, from 1700 yards, using a Larue 16″ OBR–that almost falls in the category of “I gotta see it to believe it.”  But since it’s coming from Chris, I’ll take his word for it.  Hopefully he’ll have some footage of those incredible shots on the new Magpul Dynamics Precision Shooting VideoGunblog.com has secured a copy at release, so we’ll be sure to give you guys a review as we did with the Art of the Dynamic Shotgun.

UPDATE:
Magpul just released a video on their YouTube channel.  The name of the new DVD is The Art of the Precision Rifle.  Enjoy the video below:

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CMMG AR15 and PS90 .22lr Conversion Kits

PS90 .22lr Conversion Kit

CMMG has been a leader when it comes to .22lr conversion kits for the AR15CMMG is continuing that leadership by making some improvements to their existing .22lr conversion kits for the AR15 and introducing a conversion kit for the PS90, among other things.

With CMMG’s (and other manufacturers’) .22lr conversion kits, there were some noticeable differences with the AR’s operation when compared to a standard .223/5.56 AR.  The most noticeable would have to be that the bolt did not hold open after the last round.  Well, that could prove to be a hindrance for shooters that wanted the .22lr kits to train being that .22lr is significantly less expensive to shoot.  The bolt not locking back after the last round conflicts with using the .22lr for training; reloading techniques require an extra, unnecessary step when compared to a standard AR.

CMMG is providing a solution to that problem that is so simple  it’s ingenious–they designed a plate that goes on top of the AR15’s magazine well that will catch the bolt on the last round.  A very simple design that CMMG claims works every time.  I’ve held out for buying a .22lr conversion kit specifically because the bolt did not hold back; I’m now reconsidering after seeing this at Shot Show.

CMMG BHOA

Along with improving the bolt hold back problem, CMMG also improved on a jamming problem users would sometimes incur with their .22lr kits.  Rounds could get lodged inside the charging handle, so CMMG designed a special charging handle to go with their kits that will negate the problem.  All the components of their new kits can be purchased at CMMG’s website, so that owners of older kits can quickly upgrade their .22lr converted ARs, without purchasing a brand new kit.

Along with upgrading their existing kits, CMMG is providing a new kit for the PS90.  The PS90 .22lr kit should be out soon and no word on pricing as of yet.  The kit includes a bolt replacement and a magazine, and CMMG claims that a PS90 can be converted in under 30 seconds.  Being that the PS90 is extremely easy to break down as demonstrated by Gunblog.com’s review of the PS90, I would imagine the new .22lr kit from CMMG can be installed almost effortlessly.  As of right now, the kit includes a magazine that only holds 10 round–which kind of takes the fun out of a PS90 considering they hold 50 rounds, but CMMG is still developing a high cap round.  Lets hope its available when the PS90 .22lr conversion kit is released.

PS90 conversion kit

CMMG has some other projects in the works, such as an AR15 platform with a modular upper that allows you to quickly change barrels with the release of just a throw lever (you can see pics of the upper below).  And we can’t forget CMMG’s Tactical Bacon–which apparently they’re selling a boat load of (15k cans so far).  After talking to them at Shot Show, I see that CMMG is a company that really pays attention to the pulse of the industry.  They know that there’s a high demand for .22lr conversions and modularity, and that bacon does indeed go with everything, including shooting.

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VLTOR CASV-SCAR

VLTOR CASV-SCAR

All those new owners of SCAR 16s and 17s can personlize their forends now since VLTOR plans to release a new CASV designed for the SCAR.  I got to handle one at Shot Show, and not that the SCAR needs it, but it felt like it reduced the weight by a few ounces. One thing that did stick out is the difference of FDE hues between the SCAR and the CASV–which is common since it seems that every manufacturer has a different hue for FDE.  Anyway, if you’re a SCAR owner and wish to make your rifle stick out a little more, have a modular rail system, and want to reduce the weight of your already light SCAR, well now you can.

VLTOR CASV-SCAR

These should be coming out soon, in long and short models, and in FDE and black.  Expect the price to be around the $250 for the short version and $300 for the long.  See below for the CASVL-SCAR in black.

VLTOR CASVL-SCAR

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