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Hi Point Changes Up Their Pistol Line. Finally.

Aside from being big, bulky, heavy, and ugly (all true), one of the main beefs that people have with the budget-friendly firearm brand HiPoint is the low capacity (also true). Their line of pistols and pistol caliber carbines have always featured a limited capacity single stack magazine despite the wide grips. That changes now.

For two decades, the Model C9 – a blowback operated polymer-framed 9mm  pistol with Zamak slide – has been the company’s flagship handgun. Throughout that time, the Hi-Point product line has seen precious few changes aside from the addition of new calibers and cosmetic features. This includes the stock flush-fit 8-round magazine capacity that C9 owners have always been limited by.

At SHOT Show 2019 in Las Vegas, the Ohio-based company introduced their latest pistol offering – a higher capacity 9mm with a few new features that will be appreciated by those who don’t immediately turn up their nose at the inexpensive firearms. Hi-Point is quick to point out that the new handgun is not just a tweaked version of their existing pistols but, rather, is an entirely new firearm with a more contemporary design that they say will stick with the company’s affordable pricing structure.

Currently in what they are calling a “stealth prototype” phase, the company had 3D printed rapid prototypes on display in their booth to demonstrate the size and features of the new pistol, which boasts a higher capacity magazine, threaded barrel, improved slide and grip geometry.   Continue reading

Brownells Becomes Title Sponsor for The 2019 Tactical Games

Today Brownells announced its 2019 title sponsorship of The Tactical Games, a series of exciting “battles” designed to test America’s best warrior-athletes in a combination of two-gun shooting and military-style training, with elements of both Strongman and CrossFit competitions mixed in.

The first two installments of The Tactical Games 2019 schedule are set for February 23 and 24 at the Merdian Public Safety Training Facility in Meridian, Mississippi, and Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet, Texas, on March 16 and 17. More 2019 dates will be announced soon.

Former U.S. Army Green Beret Tim Burke co-founded The Tactical Games, bringing to bear his more than 21 years of experience in U.S. Special Operations as well as his career as the head of a law enforcement counter-terrorism unit.

The Tactical Games provide an immediate, no-nonsense metric that either validates or challenges your training methods and conclusions. It is the only sporting event of its type available for open enrollment,” said Burke. “If you work with or carry a gun for any reason, why wouldn’t you compete at The Tactical Games?

Among athletes scheduled to compete this year are John “Tig” Tiegen who helped defend the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and Tes Salb, well-known NRA editor, pistol instructor and pentathlete.

Both men and women are welcome to compete in The Tactical Games. Mens’ classes are broken down into Elite, Intermediate (based on PT scores) and Master (45 years of age and older). Currently, all women, regardless of age or PT score, compete in the women’s division.

Participants do not need to have a military or law enforcement background to enter, but should be in good physical condition and have a reasonable familiarity with firearms. To learn more or to sign up, visit www.thetacticalgames.com.

Henry Repeating Arms Chosen as First Cody Firearms Museum Collector’s Series Offering

L to R: David Miles, Baron Engraving; Ashley Hlebinsky, Cody Firearms Museum; Bryan Tucker, Davidson’s

The Cody Firearms Museum boasts the most comprehensive collection of American firearms in the world, and their new Collector’s Series gives the public the opportunity to own collectible firearms inspired by prized pieces in their collection. The first offering of the series is a unique rifle built on the award-winning Golden Boy platform manufactured by Henry Repeating Arms, engraved by Baron Engraving of Trumbull, CT, and distributed by Davidson’s of Prescott, AZ.

The engraving is based on a Samuel Hoggson factory engraved 1860’s era Henry rifle that is currently held in the Cody Firearms Museum. Both sides of the receiver cover are embellished with a large grape leaf motif on the front panel and a leafy scroll pattern on the main panel. The top tang of the receiver is engraved with the words, “Cody Firearms Museum Collectors Series.” The Golden Boy platform utilizes American Walnut furniture and a blued steel octagonal barrel in homage to the original Henry rifle that came before it. The 1,000 rifles in the initial offering will be serialized 2019CFM0001 – 2019CFM1000.

Henry Repeating Arms, Baron Engraving and Davidson’s, the exclusive distributor of this series, have joined together to help raise money for the exhibit with each company contributing a portion of the proceeds from this project to support the revitalization of the Cody Firearms Museum. The combined efforts of the three donors will raise more than $100,000 for the Cody Firearms Museum in 2019. In addition, Henry donated a New Original Henry rifle that will be hand engraved by Baron which is expected to raise up to $50,000 more at auction. Davidson’s has also committed to an annual $50,000 donation for the next 5 years.

Anthony Imperato, President of Henry Repeating Arms says, “The Cody Firearms Museum is a must-visit for anyone interested in firearms or American history. It’s truly an astonishing collection and we’re very proud that we’re able to be a part of this new Collector’s Series.” Imperato continues, “Firearms play such an integral role in our nation’s history and anything we’re going to jump at any opportunity to ensure that this collection stays around for more generations to enjoy.”

The rifles will be available to retailers exclusively through Davidson’s and will also be available to the public at Davidson’s Gallery of Guns.

SHOT Show Range Report: Glock’s Single Stack 9mm Pistols

The Glock G43x and G48 Make an Appearance at SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range

The GunLink team was split on whether or not we would like the two new single stack offerings from Glock. On one hand, some of our team thought that the pistol giant was late to the game, as they often are, while others, particularly those of smaller stature, were excited for the simplicity and reliability of the platform in a form factor that would be easier for them to use.

After getting some trigger time on the new models, they seem to make a bit more sense.

A couple members of the GunLink team got to put some rounds down range through three of Glock’s newest pistols – the new 43X and 48, as well as the G45 (a G19 slide on a G17 grip… but now available in BLACK!!) that has been around for a few months.  Continue reading

Norma Releases ENVY – A Dedicated 9mm Round for Pistol Caliber Carbines

Norma has announced the introduction of their latest line of ammo, dubbed ENVY. The new ammunition, currently available only in 9x19mm, is designed to bring out the maximum accuracy and performance from PCCs, which continue to grow as one of the latest trends in the modern sporting rifle and tactical platforms.

The halls of SHOT Show 2019 are filled with an ever growing crop of pistol caliber carbines, AR and AK pistols, and SBRs.  Several of the new offerings really caught our attention at SHOT Show Range Day and on the show floor itself, so stay tuned to our show coverage for more information about our favorite new firearms from this category.

As the already-high popularity of PCCs has surged in the past few years, so has the need for an improved target load that can bring out the best results for both training and competition. Norma is addressing this need with the ENVY line. With a more precise, uniform bullet design and improved tolerance ranges across production, Norma believes that ENVY is about to set a new standard of accuracy and performance from PCCs.

ENVY is the choice ammunition for extrapolating the utmost accuracy out of a pistol caliber carbine,” said Paul Lemke, General Manager for RUAG Ammotec USA. “The growing popularity of PCC’s extends out to both competition matches and just general fun at the range. When you can now expect groups of less than an inch at 50 yards, ENVY makes shooting PCC’s that much more fun.”

Norma ENVY 9mm features a 124gr FMJ projectile with a muzzle velocity of 1345 fps. The MSRP for a 50-round box is $13.

41st SHOT Show Kicks Off at Sands Expo in Las Vegas

The world’s largest trade show for target shooting, hunting, outdoor and law enforcement products injects more than $88 million to Las Vegas and Nevada economies.

The 41st Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) opened today at the Sands Expo Center and will span four days, running Jan. 22-25. The 2019 show marks the 21st time the show has been in Las Vegas, where it has been at the Sands Expo Center continuously the last 10 years.

SHOT Show will attract more than 60,000 professionals from the firearms and outdoor industry to view new, innovative products used for target shooting, hunting, outdoor recreation and law enforcement purposes.

The SHOT Show is a boon to the Las Vegas and Nevada business community, pumping more than $88 million in non-gaming revenue into the economy. SHOT Show attracts more than 2,400 exhibiting companies occupying more than 692,000 net square feet of exhibit space, completely filling the Sands Expo.

Demand for exhibit space at the show reflects the high-interest Americans have for firearms ownership and recreational shooting equipment. NSSF surveys show that some 40 million Americans would like to learn more about the target-shooting sports.

Owned and sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the firearms industry trade association, SHOT Show is the largest trade show of its kind in the world. The show is open to trade members only and not to the public. No firearms are transferred at the show. Consumers will see the products unveiled at SHOT Show on retailers’ shelves throughout the coming the year.   Continue reading

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