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FN 509 Series of Striker-Fired Pistols Expands with New, Midsize Carry Model and Color Offerings

FN America, LLC is pleased to announce the release of the FN 509® Midsize, a new carry option in the FN 509 series of striker-fired pistols. Additionally, the FN 509 Tactical is now available in a matte black finish. These line extensions further FN’s commitment to offering a full line of options in the FN 509 series that meets all customer expectations.

What truly sets FN products apart is the quality. When customers pick up the FN 509 in comparison to other striker-fired 9mm’s, they instantly notice the ergonomics, premium finishes and price point that is competitive,” noted Chris Cole, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for FN America, LLC. “With the FN 509 Midsize and FN 509 Tactical in black, customers will now have four additional FN options in the 9mm striker-fired category to choose from. We believe that options are always a good thing and we’re proud to provide them to our loyal customer base.

The new FN 509 Midsize pistol is chambered in 9mm and features a four-inch slide and barrel, frame with shortened grip and 15- or 10-round magazine capacity, backward compatibility to higher capacity FN 509 magazines with use of a grip sleeve and fixed three-dot luminescent sights. From individuals seeking a do-it-all range, home defense and carry pistol to law enforcement use as a backup duty pistol or carry model for plainclothes officers, the FN 509 Midsize is the ideal solution.

The pistol also features various upgrades including new sculpting around the magazine release for easier activation, a flatter-faced trigger for a more controlled trigger press and improved slide stop lever and texturing. FN 509 Midsize MSRP $649.

The FN 509 Tactical, the industry’s leading optics-ready 9mm striker-fired pistol, is now available in a matte black finish. The pistol features the company’s patent-pending Low-Profile Optics Mounting System™ that enables the platform to accept more than ten commercially-available miniature red dot (MRD) optics that co-witness with the suppressor-height night sights and remain adaptable to future optics releases with no requirement of direct milling of the slide.

The slide cap, for use when not shooting with an optic, has raised sight wings that protect iron sight alignment if the pistol is dropped or jostled, and provides a textured ramp for racking the slide against a belt loop, pant pocket or boot. An FN-signature 4.5-inch, cold hammer-forged, stainless-steel barrel with target crown, ½” x 28 threads that accept the bulk of 9mm suppressors available and thread cap with integrated O-ring to prevent loosening during use.

Lastly, the 24-round magazines, nearly identical in length to the pistol’s slide, maximize ammunition capacity without impacting carry convenience. FN 509 Tactical Black MSRP $1049.  These two new pistol offerings are available for purchase today through FN-authorized retailers and will be on display at the company’s 2019 SHOT Show® Booth, #13662, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 22-25, 2019.

Mossberg Celebrates 100 Years with Launch of MC1sc Handgun

In celebration of the company’s 100th Anniversary, O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., is announcing the release of a full-featured, 9mm concealed carry handgun: the Mossberg MC1sc (subcompact). Coming full circle from the company’s first firearm design, called the Brownie, a 22 caliber, four-shot “pocket pistol,” Mossberg has incorporated 100 years of engineering expertise in developing this superb concealed carry handgun. The MC1sc is available in five initial 9mm offerings: the standard MC1sc and an optional cross-bolt safety version; two standard offerings with sighting systems, choose from TRUGLO Tritium Pro Night Sights or a Viridian E-Series Red Laser; and a Centennial Limited Edition with a production run limited to 1,000 commemorative models.

After 100 years in business, Mossberg has grown to be the 6th largest U.S. firearms manufacturer, and remains dedicated to innovation, with over 100 design and utility patents to its credit. The MC1sc reflects three years of development and new patent-pending ideas in combining the most highly-desired features in the subcompact market with Mossberg’s innovative approach to design. Important features in a subcompact handgun are size, weight, caliber and carryability; and the MC1sc delivers with its overall length of 6.45 inches; recoil-managing weight of 19 ounces (with empty magazine); and barrel length of 3.4 inches in the popular 9mm chambering. Other desired features include two single- stack magazines, a flush 6-round and 7-round extended; glass-reinforced polymer frame; and suggested retail price of $421 for the two standard models.

Innovation is what sets this subcompact apart from the competition. The MC1sc features Mossberg’s Clear-Count single-stack magazines. Constructed of a transparent, lubricious polymer compound, the magazines offer low friction and high wear-resistance, while providing quick at-a-glance assessment of the number and type of rounds loaded. The magazines also feature easy-to-remove floor plates and high-visibility followers. Each model comes with a flush 6-round and extended 7-round magazine. The MC1sc has the revolutionary, patent-pending Mossberg STS (Safe Takedown System), which unlike competitive products, does not require the user to pull the trigger to dissemble for routine cleaning or maintenance. Rounding out the innovative design is an aggressive patent-pending Mossberg signature grip texturing, added palm swell and grip angle (similar to a 1911) for a more confident, firm grip.   Continue reading

Ruger Introduces Magnum Models of the Ruger Precision Rimfire Rifle and BX-15 Magnum Magazine

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) proudly introduces magnum models of the Ruger Precision Rimfire rifle and a new BX-15 Magnum magazine. Faster, flatter and with high-performing bullets, .17 HMR and .22 WMR cartridges expand the capabilities of the Ruger Precision Rimfire platform. Like its .22 LR predecessor, these new magnum offerings maintain the same ergonomics, trigger and manual of arms as the larger centerfire Ruger Precision Rifle.

The Ruger Precision Rimfire’s molded, one-piece chassis and adjustable buttstock assembly are manufactured from strong glass-filled nylon, offering a solid foundation for accuracy. The innovative Quick-Fit Precision Rimfire stock allows the rifle’s length of pull and comb height to be quickly and easily adjusted for proper fit over a wide range of shooter sizes, outerwear and shooting positions.

The 18″ cold hammer-forged target barrel features ultra-precise rifling for excellent accuracy and a 1/2″-28 muzzle thread pattern for easy pairing with muzzle devices, including the Ruger Silent-SR. The 15″ free-float handguard with Magpul M-LOK slots provides generous scope clearance and easy mounting of M-LOK-compatible rails and accessories. Additionally, Big-Gun bolt throw adjustment technology allows shooters to experience the long bolt throw of a centerfire cartridge, like 6.5 Creedmoor, improving the Ruger Precision Rimfire’s capabilities as a training rifle.   Continue reading

Philadelphia Police Departments Adopts SIG SAUER M400 Pro Rifles

SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the Philadelphia Police Department has adopted the SIG SAUER M400 Pro Rifle for their SWAT officers. The Philadelphia Police Department is the fourth largest police department in the United States with over 6,300 sworn officers protecting over 1.5 million citizens across 140 square-miles.

Tom Jankiewicz, Executive Vice President, Law Enforcement Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc. began, “the SIG SAUER M400 Pro is becoming the choice of police departments across the country for their special tactical operations. It’s designed to exceed military standards with features that are most requested by law enforcement agencies, is engineered to be the most accurate and reliable rifle in its class, and can be quickly and easily deployed in extraordinary enforcement situations.”

The SIG SAUER M400 Pro is an AR-platform rifle with a direct impingement gas operating system. The M400 features a full-length free-float M-LOK™ handguard, enhanced SIG trigger 6 position telescoping stock, and a rotating lock bolt.

“As one of the largest municipal police forces in the country, and the first department to establish a fast response tactical team, the Philadelphia Police Department’s choice of the SIG SAUER M400 Pro rifle for their SWAT operations clearly shows the quality and reliability of the rifle for specialized enforcement purposes,” continued Jankiewicz. “We are honored that this prestigious department has chosen the SIG SAUER M400 Pro Rifle, and we look forward to serving the Philadelphia Police Department, and their SWAT operations, to help them carry out their mission to protect and serve the citizens of Philadelphia.”

The SIG SAUER M400 Pro rifles will be distributed by Firing Line, Inc. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

SIG SAUER Introduces M17 9mm +P Ammunition

SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to introduce the newest addition to the SIG SAUER Elite Ammunition product line – the high-performance M17 9mm +P ammunition. This military-grade ammunition is available in 124gr SIG Elite V-Crown Jacketed Hollow Point (JHP) personal defense loads, and SIG Elite Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) training loads. SIG M17 ammunition is specifically engineered for exceptional performance in any 9mm +P rated pistol, including the SIG P320-M17.

“The commercial release of the civilian variant of the U.S. Army’s M17 pistol, the P320-M17, has been a tremendous success. We are excited to have the opportunity to offer the M17 9mm +P to our customers who want to shoot an ammunition that combines high-quality SIG performance with a military-grade +P ammunition,” said Brad Criner, Senior Director Brand Management and Business Development, SIG SAUER Ammunition. “The M17 V-Crown and FMJ loads are both ballistically-matched, making it easy for our customers to train with the ammunition they carry.”

Both loads have a muzzle velocity of 1,198 fps and muzzle energy of 395 ft.-lbs. SIG V-Crown ammunition features a stacked hollow point cavity, to deliver exceptional on-target energy with maximum weight retention and expansion for the ultimate stopping power. SIG FMJ training ammunition is engineered to match SIG V-Crown ballistics for a more seamless transition from training to carry ammunition and features durable, copper jacketed bullets offering the perfect combination of affordability and performance.

M17 9mm Ammunition MSRP:
– M17 124gr 9mm +P V-Crown $ 20.95 (per box of 20 rounds)
– M17 124gr 9mm +P FMJ $ 18.95 (per box of 50 rounds)

The SIG SAUER M17 V-Crown and FMJ Ammunition is now available for purchase at the www.sigsauer.com/store.

All SIG SAUER Elite Ammunition is manufactured by SIG SAUER at its state-of-the-art ammunition manufacturing facility in Jacksonville, Arkansas to the same exacting standards as the company’s premium pistols and rifles. For more information, visit www.sigsauer.com/ammunition

Federal Ammunition Receives Five Year, $41 Million Ammunition Contract for United States Navy

Federal Ammunition was recently awarded a significant contract from U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC), for MK 318 Mod 0 carbine small rifle cartridges. The five (5) year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, is valued at $41 million, and will begin shipping early in 2019, to be utilized by Navy and Marine Corps units.

The MK 318 Mod 0 cartridge, Caliber 5.56mm Ball, Carbine, Barrier is compatible with existing 5.56mm weapons systems and utilizes Federal’s unique barrier defeating projectile. The 62 grain open tip match, lead free projectile is designed to defeat intermediate barriers while providing terminal performance through barriers commonly encountered during warfare, like auto windshields and doors.

“This contract demonstrates the design and production strengths within our business, achieving our goals of meeting customer requirements,” said Federal Ammunition President Jason Vanderbrink. “We are enthused Federal ammunition will continue to serve Navy and Marine Corps units, and their unique needs in combat. Design parameters and development of the projectile, a joint effort between Federal and NSWC, represent the continued innovation, and excellence required to support our units in the field.”

Headquartered in Anoka, Minnesota, Federal ammunition has been providing shooters with high-quality rimfire, centerfire and shotshell ammunition since 1922. It pioneered the Premium category of ammunition and is a world-leading ammunition manufacturer.

The NSWC cohesively and seamlessly operates the Navy’s full spectrum research, development, test and evaluation, engineering, and fleet support centers for offensive and defensive systems associated with surface warfare and related areas of joint, homeland and national defense systems from the sea.

Federal Ammunition – is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. For more information on Federal ammunition, go to federalpremium.com.

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