Future firearm trends


October 16, 2007, 02:37 AM
What direction do you see the major firearms manufacturers going in the next few years? I mean new trends, inovations, new designs, etc. In the handgun world, polymer-frames and custom 1911's seem to be the Really Big Deals for the past several years, while with rifles the trend has been towards duplicating the ballistics of magnum-length cartridges in standard-length actions. What do you see for the future?

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October 16, 2007, 02:40 AM
(ive seen this somewhere before, and i wanna say it now!)

rifle in the 40wat range?

possibly a carriable super duper accurate .50 cal rifle :)....fully automatic of course

October 16, 2007, 02:48 AM

Some will become less and less interested in J.Q. Public and Brick & Mortar Sales.

More will cave in to Politics and Political Agendas.

More will be bought and be under Umbrella Corps, that are even more into profit and shareholders than they are today.

More vying for Military, LEO contracts. Less hassles with trying to meet every new Gun Restriction and paying Fees to have guns approved.

Increase of mfg out of USA, and slapping a USA Name brand on the gun.

J.Q.Public will have to buy what the Mfg chooses to offer, with inferior metals, quality control ,corner cutting and various gun control features.

October 16, 2007, 10:55 AM
I don't see as many changes of the basic firearms but in the components and accessories. New alloys being used to lighten firearms, barrel geometry will start to change to accommodate the new bullet styles we will have coming out of military development. Our idea of long range will be changed as we will have rifles, ammunition, and optics available that will be able to shoot 2000 + yds.
Optics will be digital and offer several different reticules with range finders and bullet drop compensator's. I think you will see more electronic triggers.
I think there will be fewer manufactures, there will still be lots of names out their but they will be owned by only a few companies.

October 16, 2007, 11:18 AM
More interest in AR variants in calibers besides .223/5.56x45mm.

Interest in newer "black rifles" than the AR, like the highly modular SCAR.

Continuing "AR-ization" of the AK platform, as more AK owners discover adjustable-length stocks and the utility of Picatinny rails.

Optics, optics, optics. More and better red dots/holosights. Digital optics. Optics with built-in laser rangefinders.

Weapon lights with both normal-brightness LED area lights (like a wide-area flashlight, so you can navigate without sweeping everything with the muzzle) AND high-lumen spot beams.

"Black rifles" in appropriate hunting calibers slowly displacing Mauser-style hunting rifles in the field, just as military-style Mauser rifles largely replaced older style hunting rifles over the course of the 20th century. This may occur in time to help save sport hunting, if (1) it gets enough gun-owning nonhunters interested in hunting, (2) land-access and lack of mentoring can be remedied, and (3) walnut-and-wood traditionalists don't push the younger generation away.

Ghost Tracker
October 16, 2007, 11:22 AM
There will be more autoloading pistol-caliber carbines (PCC) from more manufacturers. Home defense will become an ever-increasing concern & ever-fewer folks have ANY firearm experience. The PCC has the shortest learning curve and makes the most sense for delivering effective fire in metro/urban environments. Beretta CX4 Storms & Kel-Tec Sub 2000s are flying off the shelves at premium prices because they offer a compromise between the demonized handgun & the assault rifle/shotgun options. The only thing that I see stopping this trend is restrictive legislation. That's when the crooks in D.C. hook-up with the crooks in my locale and open my wallet & home to EVERYBODY! (Whoops! Sorry, forgive my political cheap-shot.)

October 16, 2007, 12:28 PM
More big-name gunmakers will enter the "less-lethal" arena. There will be a plethora of attempts to make workable "less-lethal" munitions fit into "fully-lethal" firearms. Plastic .410-ish revolvers loaded with O.C., the cylinders factory-sealed and not reloadable. Factory-loaded and pre-sealed magazines that are not reloadable. Semi-auto conversion kits with weak-as-a-kitten recoil springs so your Glock can become a seventeen-round pre-loaded pepper sprayer.

Some will see this as a good thing and throw tax money at it in hopes that it will catch on...

October 16, 2007, 12:34 PM
Maybe ..........???

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