2003 Product Lines


February 6, 2003, 03:56 PM
Copyright 2003 Publishers' Development Corporation
Shooting Industry

January 1, 2003

SECTION: No. 1, Vol. 48; Pg. 33; ISSN: 0037-4148

IAC-ACC-NO: 97232942

LENGTH: 5705 words

HEADLINE: New 2003 products! Extra! New offerings continue to roll out as the industry begins its new business year!

BYLINE: Thurman, Russ

The holiday buying is over and the books for 2002 are closed. It is a new year with fresh opportunities. New products for 2003 continue to be introduced with manufacturers competing to grab the attention of distributors, dealers and consumers.

This year, there are an impressive number of new products in all categories. Firearm and ammunition makers lead the drive, complimented by a variety of accessories to enhance hunting, competition and casual shooting.

Here is our second look at new products for 2003. Together with the December 2002 issue, we have presented and unprecedented number of new products at the beginning of a new year. As always, Shooting Industry is committed to providing the latest information to help dealers build their businesses. For additional new products and business information, sign onto www.shootingindustry.com.


Sturm, Ruger & Co.

(928) 541-8820


Ruger is introducing three variations of its rimfire rifles chambered in .17 HMR.

The Ruger Stainless Steel 77/17 bolt-action rifle features a heavy varmint barrel in Target Gray and a weather-resistant black laminated hardwood stock. It measures 43.25 inches overall and weighs 6 7/8 pounds.

The second Ruger 77/17 bolt action in .17 HMR features a blued finish and lightweight synthetic stock. It is 41.25 inches long and weighs 6 pounds. Both Model 77/17s have nine-round capacities, three-position safeties and includes medium-height 1-inch scope rings.

The new Ruger Model 96/17 lever action features a blued barrel and steel-reinforced, aluminum alloy receiver with a steel bolt. It has a hardwood stock, sliding cross-button safety, folding rear and gold bead front sights and comes with a tip-off scope mount base. It measures 37 3/8 inches overall and weighs 5.25 pounds.

Beretta USA

(301) 283-2191


Beretta's new Stampede SAA Revolver is chambered in .45LC, .44-40 and .357 Magnum and is available in 4.75-, 5.5- and 7.5-inch barrel lengths. Finish options are traditional blue, nickel, and on the deluxe model, charcoal blue with high-grade walnut grips.

The new U22 Neos DLX features an adjustable trigger (pre-and over-travel), Beretta blue rubber grip inlays, interchangeable colored front and rear sights and a laser-engraved slide. It is chambered in .22 LR and is available in 6- and 7.5-inch barrel lengths, with black or stainless finishes.

The new Model 92G-SD and Model 96G-SD feature an integral accessory rail, recoil-reducing heavy slide, and removable front and rear Trijicon three-dot tritium sights. With a 4.9-inch barrel, the pistols are available in 9mm and .40 S&W.

Beretta's new Onyx Pro Series shotguns are offered in new X-Tra Wood, featuring a special waterproof, wood-enhancement process. They are available in 12, 20 and 28 gauge. A 12 gauge in 3 1/2-inch is also available. The shotguns feature TruGlo Tru-Bead sights, extended hunting choke tubes, fluted beavertail forends and Gel-Tek Recoil Pads.

The new White and Black Onyx shotguns, finished in silver or black, feature a carbon-fiber pattern. The White Onyx has a Schnabel forend. The Black Onyx has a fluted Beavertail forend. They are available in 12, 20 and 28 gauge.

The new Silver Pigeon IV shotguns have a selected oil finished Walnut stock and full coverage scroll engraving with gold-filled flushing game birds on the receiver.

Beretta's AL391 Teknys and Teknys Gold, in 12 and 20 gauge, feature deep-relief engraving and nickel silver receivers. The AL391 Teknys, available in field models, comes in new X-Tra Wood with TruGlo sights and a Gel-Tek recoil pad. The Teknys Gold, in field and competition models, features a select oil-finished walnut stock and colored enamel inlays.

The new Sako Tikka T3 is offered in a Hunter wood/blued model and a Lite synthetic stock version, which weighs slightly over 6 pounds. Stainless and blued actions are available. Calibers include: .223 Rem.; .22-250 Rem.; .243 Win; .25-'06 Rem.; 7mm Rem. Mag.; 270 WSM and 300 WSM.

The new Sako 75 Custom Deluxe offers a hand-selected premium-grade walnut stock and custom-shop features. With a hinged floorplate magazine, the rifle is chambered in .270 and .30-'06.

The new Sako 75 Hunter Left-Hand, now available in Action IV size, is chambered in .25-'06 Rem., 270 Win. and .30-'06.

Kel-Tec CNC Industries



Kel-Tec's new SU-16 Sport Utility Rifle is a gas-operated, self-loading .223 Rem. rifle. It features an integrated Picatinny rail, a forend that folds down to form a bipod and storage in the stock for spare magazines. The SU-16 folds for compact carry and storage. It has an 18-inch barrel and weighs 5 pounds.

The new double-action-only Kel-Tec P-3AT pistol is chambered in .380 Auto. The frame is machined from solid 7075 aluminum. The barrel and slide are made of SAE 4140 ordnance steel. The P-3AT is 5.2 inches long, weighs 7.2 ounces and holds a six-round magazine.


(801) 875-2711


In addition to introducing two ultra-modern A-Bolt rifles in the new Winchester Super Short Magnums, Browning is chambering more rifles in the original WSM cartridges.

The .270 WSM, 7mm WSM and .300 WSM are now available in the A-Bolt Hunter (left-hand); the A-Bolt Micro Hunter, including left-hand models; the A-Bolt Stainless Stalker with BOSS, including Composite models; the A-Bolt Medallion, including left-hand models; and the BAR series.

Browning is also reviving a look from the past. The new BLR Lightweight '81 features the stock that made the rifle famous. The '81-style straight stock is combined with a modem lightweight lever action. It is available in short and long actions and in calibers from .22-250 Rem, to .300 Win. Mag.

In its rimfire rifles, Browning is introducing the Buck Mark Classic Carbon rifle. It has a gray laminate stock and forend.

In its shotgun line, Browning has added a 28 gauge and .410 bore to its Citori 525 Field series. The Citori 525 Sporting now has a 12 gauge and 20 gauge with 32-inch barrels, plus two new 28 gauges and two .410 bores.

In the BT-99 line is the Golden Clays. It features a ported barrel, beavertail forend and an adjustable comb and adjustable length of pull. In 12 gauge, with 32- and 34-inch barrel-length options, the BT-99 Golden Clays has the GraCoil recoil reduction system and high-post rib.

Browning has added Dura-Touch to its new National Wild Turkey Federation Ultimate Turkey Gun. In Mossy Oak Break-Up, the new shotgun is available in 12 gauge. In its BPS Mossy Oak Break-Up line, Browning has added a 20 gauge with 22-inch barrel.

Browning's new Pro-9 and Pro-40 semi-autos feature polymer frames and stainless steel slides. Other features of the double-action pistols include fixed, three-dot sights; ambidextrous decocker and safety and molded composite grips with interchangeable backstrap insert. A 10-round magazine is standard. Chambered in 9mm and .40 S&W, the pistols have 4-inch barrels and measure 7.25 inches overall.

Charles Daly



Charles Daly adds a 20 gauge to its Field Hunter pump-action and semi-auto shotguns. It is masked in Advantage Timber HD and Realtree Hardwoods HD camouflage. Chambered for 3-inch shotshells, the 20 gauge come standard with ventilated ribs, multiple choke tubes and barrel-length options of 24, 26 and 28 inches. It is also available in a Youth Model with a 22-inch barrel and a butt stock that is almost 2 inches shorter than the standard model.

Advantage Timber HD and Realtree Hardwoods HD is also available on Charles Daly's standard 12-gauge Field Hunter and the Maxi-Mag 3%-inch pump and semi- auto shotguns.

European American Armory

(321) 639-4842


EAA's new Saiga rifle features the Kalashnikov action and is chambered in .223, .270, .308, 7.62x39 and .30-'06. The Saiga has a polymer stock, adjustable sights, 21.8-inch blued barrel and weighs 8.1 pounds. The Saiga is also available as a shotgun in 12 and 20 gauge, and .410 bore.

The IZH-94 shotgun and rifle combination is now available in .410 bore with rifle options of .17 HMR, .22 LR and .22 Magnum. It has double triggers, walnut stock, rubber buttplate, 24-inch barrels and weighs 7.5 pounds.

Winchester Firearms

(801) 876-3440


Winchester is chambering the Model 70 in the new .223 and .243 WSSM. The Model 70 Coyote, Featherweight and the new Super Shadow Super Short are available in the new cartridge.

Winchester's new Model 70 Super Shadow features a molded composite stock with oval-dot textured surfaces on the forend and pistol grip, plus a new exclusive recoil pad. The dark 24-inch barrel blends with the stock.

Also new is the Ultimate Shadow in stainless and blued barrel versions, and the Super Shadow Super Short.

In the Model 70 Classic, Winchester has added left-hand version to its Featherweight line.

The new Winchester Model 1885 Low Wall 17 HMR features the falling block design and a free-floating, drilled and tapped 24-inch barrel. The receiver, buttplate and lever are case colored. The stock has a Schnabel forend.

The .17 HMR is also now available in Winchester's Model 9417 Traditional and Legacy.

All Winchester Model 94s and Model 9410s now feature a top-tang safety, which replaces the safety mounted on the side of the receiver.

In shotguns, Winchester introduces the Supreme Select over-and-under line. The Elegance model features a grayed, low-profile receiver with dual locking pins and deep-blued, lighter-profile barrels. The stock and forend are checkered Grade III walnut and feature a hard buttplate. Other features include back-bored barrels, Invector-Plus Choke system and 3-inch chrome-plated chambers. Barrel-length options are 26 and 28 inches.

Also available in the Supreme Select line are the Field and Sporting models.

Remington Arms Co.



Remington's new Model 673 Guide Rifle is a modern-day version of the Remington Model 600 Magnum. Available in .300 Remington Short Action Ultra Magnum and the .350 Remington Magnum, the rifle features a wide-striped, weather-resistant, laminated Monte Carlo-style stock. The 22-inch Magnum contour barrel has a steel ventilated rib with iron sights. The receiver is drilled and tapped for scope mounts.

Remington's new Model 700 BDL SS and Model 700 Sendero SF are chambered in .300 Remington Short Action Ultra Mag. and 7mm Remington Short Action Ultra Mag.

The new Model 700 BDL SS (Stainless Synthetic) has an all-weather black synthetic stock with swivel studs. The short-action receiver and 24-inch magnum contour barrel are constructed of 416 stainless steel with a satin finish.

The Model 700 Sendero SF (Stainless Fluted) has a 416 stainless action, bedded in a hand-laid composite stock. It features swivel studs and a 26-inch free-floated, 416 stainless steel barrel with longitudinal fluting.

Remington is now offering the Model 597 in .17 HMR with a matte-black synthetic stock with swivel studs, and 20-inch sporter contour barrel with satin blued finish.

Remington's Model 7400 now comes in an all-weather version. The Model 7400 Weathermaster has a black synthetic stock and forend, and matte nickel-plated receiver, barrel and magazine. It is chambered in .30-'06 and .270 Win.

In shotguns, Remington is following the reintroduction of the 16-gauge Model 870 with the return of the Model 1100 Classic Field and Model 1100 Synthetic field, both in 16 gauge.

The Model 1100 autoloader is now available in a 12-gauge version for skeet. The Model 1100 Tournament Skeet has a semi-fancy American walnut stock and forend, and polished blue receiver and barrel.

Remington is introducing a factory-built, competition-ready, 12-gauge autoloading shotgun. The Model 1100 Competition Master features a matte-gray synthetic stock and forend, matte-black finished receiver and barrel, and the new Remington R3 Recoil Pad. A magazine extension tube holds eight 2 3/4-inch shells. A receiver-mountable ammo carrier holds seven extra shells. A fiber optic front sight and steel mid-bead sight top the 22-inch vent rib barrel.

Smith & Wesson



Smith & Wesson's SW99 line now includes a full-size .45 ACP pistol and two compacts. The .45 ACP SW99 pistol features a 4.25-inch barrel, 9+1 capacity and weigh 25.6 ounces. The compacts are available in a 9mm and .40 S&W. These latest SW99 pistols feature interchangeable backstraps, interchangeable front sights and adjustable rear sights.

The new Smith & Wesson 1911 has a 5-inch barrel, three-dot sights, a drop safety that is not connected to the trigger assembly, and an extended beavertail. The SWl9lI has the Smith & Wesson style external extractor and comes with two eight-round magazines.

The Smith & Wesson Value Series will soon be available in stainless steel. These include the compact Models 908S in 9mm and the 457S in .45 ACP, the full-size, double-stack magazine Model 910 in 9mm and the Model 410 in .40 S&W.

The .22 Magnum is returning to the Smith & Wesson product line with the re-introduction of the Model 648. It has a 6-inch barrel. New for 2003 is the Model 647 chambered in .17 HMR, featuring a 8 3/8-inch barrel. Both guns are six-shot stainless steel K-frame revolvers.

Three more Performance Center products will be available to all distributors in 2003. They are the Model 945 single-stack .45 ACP pistol with a 5-inch barrel; the Model 629 .44 Magnum Hunter with a comped 7.5-inch barrel; and the F-Comp, a stainless steel 3-inch PowerPort barrel Model 66 revolver chambered for .357 Magnum.

Weatherby Inc.

(805) 466-1767


Weatherby's new 12-gauge SAS Slug Gun features the Italian gas system, internal dampening to reduce felt recoil, a 7075 T6 alloy receiver, 22-inch rifled barrel and a cantilever base. The semi-automatic will handle 2 3/4- and 3-inch shells. The walnut raised-comb Monte Carlo stock features a shim system for adjusting cast on, cast off and drop. The SAS Slug Gun weighs 7.25 pounds and is 39 inches long.

The new Mark V Special Varmint Rifle (SVR) has a 22-inch, #3 contour chrome moly 4140 steel Krieger Criterion button-rifled barrel with a muzzle diameter of .739-inch. The short, heavy free-floated barrel is finished with an 11-degree target crown. The bore is hand-lapped. The SVR's black Monte Carlo stock incorporates a CNC-machined aluminum bedding block, and a Pachmayr Decelerator pad. The rifle measures 42 inches overall and weighs 7.25 pounds.

North American Arms

(801) 374-9990


NAA's new handgun, the 32NAA, is chambered in the company's new proprietary cartridge, the .32NAA. The cartridge was developed in partnership with Cor-Bon Ammunition. The 25NAA is also under development.

Two NAA mini-revolvers, the MiniMaster and Black Widow are chambered in .17 HMR.

NAA is also introducing its new Internal Locking System (ILS). According to NAA, the system meets the requirements of a manual safety and permits the company to reintroduce the .32 ACP in California. The .380 ACP model is currently being tested. Taurus engineered the system for NAA.

NAA is now offering a laser sighting system for the .380 ACP and .32 NAA. Made by C.C. Manufacturing, the laser breaks the firearm's outline.


Remington Arms Co.



Remington's new Express BuckHammer Attached-Sabot Lead Slug is available in 12-gauge, 2 3/4-inch loads. According to Remington, when used in a fully rifled barrel, the 1.25-ounce slug delivers 3-inch or better groups at 100 yards with 13 percent more energy than any other lead sabot slug on the market.

Remington has expanded its Premier Core-Lokt Ultra ammunition line with four new offerings: .243 Win. 100 grain, 7mm Remington Magnum 160 grain, .30-'06 Springfield 150 grain and 308 Win. 150 grain.

The .17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire is now available from Remington.

The Remington Premier .17 HMR features a 17-grain V-Max bullet that produces a muzzle velocity of 2,550 feet per second.

Remington has added a 20-gauge load to its Premier Core-Lokt Ultra Bonded Slug line. In a 2 3/4-inch shell, the slug weighs 260 grains. The company has also added the .243 Win. to its Premier Scirocco Bonded centerfire rifle ammunition line.

The new Remington Slugger High-Velocity in 12-gauge, 2 3/4 inch offers a muzzle velocity of 1,800 feet per second.

In its Hevi-Shot line, Remington has added a 10 and 20 gauge to its Hevi-Shot Magnum Turkey Loads. The 10 gauge in 3 1/2 inch has a 1 7/8 ounce magnum loading. The 20 gauge is offered in a 3-inch, 1.25-ounce load. Also new is Hevi-Shot Buckshot in 12 gauge, 2 3/4 inch; Premier Hevi-Shot High Velocity Nitro Magnum in 12 gauge, 3 and 3 1/2 inch; and Premier Hevi-Shot Nitro Magnum in 12 gauge, 3 inch.

Nosler Inc.



Nosler's new AccuBond bullets will initially be offered in .277 140 grain (.496 BC), 7mm 160 grain (.531 BC), .308 200 grain (.588 BC), .338 225 grain (.550 BC) and .375 260 grain (.473 BC).

The hunting bullets have tapered, highly concentric bullet jackets constructed of gilding metal using Nosler's exclusive impact extrusion process. The AccuBond's core is highly concentric, uniform in weight and made from a special lead alloy. It is bonded to the jacket using a proprietary process that, according to Nosier, produces a virtually inseparable bond between core and jacket.

AccuBond bullets feature distinctive white polycarbonate tips that prevent deformation in the magazine, boost aerodynamic efficiency and initiate expansion.

Nosler's new .277 Partition bullet is designed to add flexibility to the .270 Winchester, .270 Weatherby and .270 WSM cartridges.

According to Nosler, the .277, 140-grain Partition is ideally suited to deer and elk-sized game at most hunting ranges and virtually all hunting velocities. The Partition is manufactured using Nosler's impact extrusion method. The front core is made of softer lead and is held in a tapered jacket that allows rapid, uniform expansion, even when impact velocities are low or ranges are long. The rear core is held in a thicker jacket with a positive heel closure that prevents core slippage and encourages excellent penetration and weight retention.

Mitchell Manufaduring Corp.



Mitchell's new .50 BMG ammunition features a 700-grain FMJ bullet and a muzzle velocity of 2,910 feet per second. The muzzle velocity variance is a maximum of plus/minus 30 feet per second.

According to Mitchell, the new bullet's supersonic range is 2,000 yards, while effective range is 4,000 yards. The bullet stays supersonic beyond 2,000 yards.

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Norma Precision



Norma introduces match-grade cartridge cases for the .300 Winchester Short Magnum. Manufactured to tight weight and concentricity tolerances, the cases' heads are machined, and flash holes are drilled for consistent, thorough ignition. According to Norma, the cases have long lives, often being reloadable more than ten times.

Other Norma cases are available in calibers from .222 Remington to the .470 Nitro Express.


Bianchi International



Bianchi's new AccuMold OD Rig is designed for military and law enforcement. It features a duty belt and numerous cases, pouches and holders. Each item is made of lightweight Trilaminate, contour molded for a precise fit. The duty belt is available in four sizes, small to X-large. The Model 7120 Defender holster in OD is available in size 13 for the Glock 17 and size 15 for the Beretta 92.

Other OD items are a Baton Ring Strap, Key Holder, 4-pack Belt Keepers, Flashlight Ring Strap, Covered Handcuff Case, Double Magazine Pouch, Mace Pouch, Mini-Light Holder, Expandable Baton Holder and Universal Radio Holder.

Bianchi is also introducing the Model 7911 Triple Threat II Magazine Pouch. Made of AccuMold Elite Trilaminate, the pouch is available in single stacked and staggered versions.

New to Bianchi's AccuCase line is the Model 7802 Cell Phone Case. The AccuMold case is crush resistant contour molded with a roll-top lid. It fits the Motorola StarTac phone and similar units.

Benchmade Knife Co.



Benchmade collaborated with custom knifemaker Warren Osborne to produce the new Model 921 Switchback Double Bladed knife. The Switchback features an Axis lock for the S3OV main blade and a classic slip-joint lock for the 440C back blade. It has an anodized aluminum body, finished in Benchmade blue. Both blades are a Wharncliffe design. The phosphorus bronze washers in the Axis lock are self-lubricating, which enhances smoothness.

The knife weighs 2.89 ounces and measures 7.8 inches overall with the main blade open.

Benchmade is also introducing two fixed-blade knives for hunters and fishermen.

The Model 190 Drop Point Hunter has an added notched spine and deep belly. It has stabilized hardwood handles, weighs 4.5 ounces and measures 8 inches overall with a 3.9-inch blade.

The Model 192 Bird and Trout has a blade thin enough to slice with ease, yet tapers to the back for a comfortable grip. With stabilized hardwood handles, the knife weighs 2.8 ounces and features a 3.94-inch blade. It is 8 inches long overall.

Beretta USA

(301) 283-2191


Beretta's M9 Collector knife celebrates the Beretta M9, the hangun of the U.S. military for over 20 years. The M9 Collector is a limited edition of 1,000 knifes. The knife has a solid black tanto blade and pistol-grip handle. The bruinton-finished blade, marked with the M9 designation, is made of AUS8 steel. The liner-lock system is solid black. The knife is displayed in a glass-topped oak box that includes an American Flag pin.

The new Beretta Model 92 Serrated has a 30 percent serrated blade.

Also from Beretta is the Loveless Hunter Whitetail Collector. It is a limited edition with 1,000 knives available. It features a whitetail etching on blade with etched deer tracks on the quince handle, The Loveless Hunter has a AUS 8 steel drop-point blade, tapered tank and hollow-ground blade. It is also presented in a solid oak box with glass top.


Alpen Outdoor

(909) 987-8370


Alpen's new Apex binocular series includes 8x42mm, 10x42mm, 10x50mm, and 12x50mm models. They have fully multi-coated BAK4 glass, PXA phase coating, high-resolution metallic coating, and AquaShield for clearer viewing in the rain. The binoculars are nitrogen filled, waterproof, dustproof, shock-resistant.

Alpen's new 20x50mm waterproof Compact Mini-Spotting Scope weighs 10 ounces. The new 15-45x65mm Spotting Scope features a 45-degree eyepiece with full rotation of the optical head.

BSA Optics

(954) 581-2144


BSA's new Cross Country roof-prism binoculars are lightweight, waterproof and feature multi-coated lenses and a black, rubberized finish. They are available in 8x32mm and 10x42mm models.




Kahles has added the TDS reticle to its American Hunter 2-7x36mm and 3.5-10x50mm riflescopes. The TDS (Tri-Factor Reticle System) provides hunters a straight-line aim to the target, corrected for distance and cross wind. Four range marker bars in the reticle give shooters an aiming reference point.

All Kahles American Hunter riflescopes now feature the TDS reticle. The compact, lightweight scopes feature 1-inch aluminum main tube construction, multi-coated lenses and generous eye relief. They are shockproof and waterproof.

Burris Company



Burris has combined its Ballistic Plex reticle and a lighted recticle in the new 3x-9x-40mm LRS (Lighted Reticle Scopes) Fullfield II and 3.5x-10x-50mm LRS Fullfield II Ballistic Plex riflescopes. Burris added a lighted feature to its FastPlex reticle to develop the 1.75x-5x LRS Signature Safari riflescope.

The new Signature Semi-Compact Binoculars are available in 8x-32mm and a 10x-32mm. Also new are the 2.5x-10x-44mm Black Diamond riflescope and three Black Diamond riflescopes, featuring side focus/parallax adjustment.

Smith & Wesson



Smith & Wesson is introducing a line of optics in 2003. Smith & Wesson Performance Optics will include a monocular, four binoculars, eight scopes for pistols and revolvers, a red dot sight, two spotting scopes and mounts for Smith & Wesson firearms.

Leupold & Stevens

(503) 646-9171


Leupold's new Golden Ring 10-20x40mm Mini Variable Power Spotting Scope is compact, lightweight and waterproof. It is small enough to be worn around the neck or carried in a fannypack.

The new Leupold Vari-X III 3.5-l0x40mm Long Range Ml Matte with Illuminated Reticle is waterproof and features oversized adjustment knobs and 1/4-MOA click adjustments. The illuminated reticle has 11 intensity settings.

The new ScopeSmith Retractable Ballistic Chart from Leupold is available for 1-inch and 30mm main-tube scopes. It provides easy access to custom ballistic data from a shooting position. The durable metal tape automatically retracts after use.

In the Wind River line, the new Sequoia l5-45x60mm Spotter with 45-degree eyepiece is waterproof with long eye relief and roll-down eyecups. Rubber shock-absorbing armor provides extra protection.

Swarovski Optik



Swarovski has added four 80mm spotting scopes to its line up. Two new ATS/ATS HD (angled eyepiece) and two STS/STS HD 80MM (straight eyepiece) Spotting Scopes join four 65mm spotting scopes introduced last year. All eyepieces and adapters are interchangeable between the 65mm and 80mm models. All the models yield the same power range, regardless of objective lens size.

Steiner Optics



Steiner's new 15x56mm Big Horn porro-prism binocular features Steiner's highest-grade optical glass and BAK4 prisms. It has fully multi-coated optics, Steiner's Sports Autofocus system and 20mm eye relief with profiled wrap-around eyecups and forest green rubber armoring. They weigh less than 45 ounces.

The new 8x30mm Police binocular from Steiner follows the company's successful introduction of its Police model line-up. The 8x30mm Police weighs 18 ounces and features multi-coated optics on all air-to-glass surfaces, Steiner's Sports auto-focus system and BAK4 prisms. With a rubber-armored shell, the 8x30mm Police is waterproof, fogproof and shockproof.

Nikon Sport Optics



Nikon's new 8x20mm and 10x25mm Venturer LX compact hunting binoculars measure 4.3x3.8 inches (8x20) and 4.3x4.4 inches (10.25). They weigh 10 ounces and feature Nikon's exclusive Eco Glass, coated with multiple layers of proprietary anti-reflective compounds. The binoculars' prisms have two coatings to boost light transmission and enhance sharpness and clarity.

The 8x20 has a field-of-view of 356 feet at 1,000 yards, while the 10x25 has a 282-foot field-of-view. The LX compacts have lightweight magnesium alloy bodies and are shockproof, waterproof and fogproof


Battenfeld Technologies

(573) 445-9200


Battenfeld is introducing a number of new products through its various brands.

The new Tipton Deluxe Carbon Fiber Cleaning Rod will not damage a rifle's bore. The handle glides on two ball bearings and is strong enough to take "reasonable" hammer blows if a patch becomes stuck. The rods are available in caliber sizes: .22-.26 and .27-.45, and in three lengths: 26, 40, and 44 inches.

The new Bedrock Glass Bedding Kit from Miles Gilbert includes mixing cups, sticks, brown and black dyes, release agent, a quantity of microballoons, and 4 ounces of Bedrock solution.

Also from Miles Gilbert is the new Recoil Pad Installation Fixture. For use with a table-mounted belt or disc sander, the fixture has a rigid, cast-aluminum base with an aluminum-mounting bar.

The new Miles Gilbert Sling Swivel Stud Installation Kit includes drill bits, counter bore, stop collar, and an aluminum drill guide with steel bushings for accurately locating and drilling holes for new studs.

PAST's Heraean Recoil Shield is designed for women shooters. It is worn under clothing and attaches to a bra strap. The lightweight shield has a soft, cotton-blend cover for all-day shooting comfort.

Caldwell's new Universal Front Shooting Bags have a leather top and 600 Denier sides. The bags come in Narrow Sporter, Medium Varmint and Wide Bench Rest models. The Universal Rear Shooting Bag holds the toeline of the stock.

Caldwell's new T-shaped polymer Steady Rest has a built-in handle and storage tray. Front and rear bags are integral to the rest. The front rest is adjustable from 8.5 to 11 inches and will handle forends up to 2 1/8 inches wide.

Frankford Arsenal's Wood-Lite Reloading Trays are sized by caliber to securely hold cases. Made from a wood-based composite, the trays will not warp or deteriorate. The stackable trays are available in 12 sizes, from .25 ACP to .460 Weatherby Magnum.

Beretta USA

(301) 283-2191


Beretta has introduced the Pro Series Accessories line of hunting and shooting accessories, featuring flex foam technology.

The new Articulated Slings in camouflaged and black are reversible for left- and right-handed shooters. The Shooting Belt has a hull pouch, shell pouch that holds a box of shotshells, and a utility pouch.

The new Bird Carrier, designed for large birds, also has an articulated design and is reversible for left- and right-handed shooters. The new Sako Shell Holder holds 10 shotshells, while the new Flex Shell Carrier holds one box of shotshells, and the new Choke Tube Carrier holds five choke tubes. Both the Shell Carrier and Choke Tube Carrier can be integrated into Shooting Belt.

The new Beretta Pro Series Floating Gun Case, also featuring flex foam technology, is available in Realtree Hardwoods HD. It floats, even when holding a full-size shotgun.

Gamo USA

(954) 581-5822


Gamo's new .177 caliber Silver Shadow Supreme produces 1,000 feet per second with one cock of the rifled-steel barrel. The airgun features a non-glare nickel finish barrel and black all-weather stock, plus a ventilated butt pad, twin cheek pads and non-slip checkering.

A two-stage adjustable trigger with manual safety and automatic anti-beartrap safety are standard on the Silver Shadow Supreme. The rifle is equipped with a BSA 3-12x50mm air rifle scope with adjustable objective and 1/4-MOA target turrets.




DoskoSport's new Special Edition Single Scoped Rifle Case features new bodylines to prevent crushing and warping, and tongue-and-groove edging provides a secure closure. The recessed design of the snap-over latches prevents damage during travel and steel hinge pins add extra durability.

The case has a recessed, extra-wide handle, tabs for tie-down straps, and multiple padlock positions. Its newly designed feet ensure a stable stance. The oversized case will hold a rifle with a 50mm high-mount scope.




The new Long GunVault features GunVault's No-Eyes keypad, an omni-directional spring-loaded door, and a high tensile-strength aluminum alloy case with pry-resistant fittings. The Long GunVault has a sensitivity adjustable motion detector with audible alarm, and a Security Sleep Mode that disables the keypad after 24 incorrect entries.

Other features include a key override, a Tamper Detector, and a low-battery warning tone. The computer-controlled lock accepts three access codes. A connection permits the use of external power and the vault comes with a mounting bracket. The Long GunVault measures 11.9x8.4x3.9 inches and weighs 9.6 pounds.

V-Line Industries

(805) 520-4987


V-Line's Travelmate weighs 4 pounds with inside measurements of a 15/8x6x8 inches. It is designed to fit into a briefcase, desk drawer or small compartment.

Elongated holes in the rear of the case allow the use of a standard lock and cable to secure the case to almost anything.

Crimson Trace Corp.



Crimson Trace's latest Lasergrips are designed for the Smith & Wesson K-frame. The rubber-overmolded grips wrap around the front of the grip frame. They have a slim-line design with an open back strap and feature a deep relief on the left side to allow speed loading. A low-profile finger groove ensures positive control and consistent grip position.

Designed for left- or right-handed shooters, the grips feature instinctive activation. Once the shooter grips the gun, the laser is activated.

Stoney Point Products

(507) 354-3360

www. stoneypoint.com

Stoney Point's new Laser Magic II identifies base and ring alignment problems, allowing adjustments before scope mounting. This eliminates the tendency of shooters to "max out" windage and elevation adjustments.

The Laser Magic is a heavy-walled, 1-inch diameter, 9-inch long 6061-T6 anodized aluminum tube that is strong enough for use in installing tightly fitted front dovetail rings. Ring bushings are furnished for use with 30mm rings. A crosshair-type reticle lens unit is mounted at the front of the tube, and a 635nm red laser is installed at the rear.

Once the laser is aligned, the laser unit is installed into the scope mounts for use with a laser bore sighter. The Laser Magic II with simulated reticle may be used at ranges of up to 25 yards. For use at greater distances, the front-mounted reticle unit can be removed, allowing the laser to emit a concentrated laser dot.

February 6, 2003, 04:30 PM
WOW! Thanks ;) I feel like I just read my way though the Shot Show :D but w/o the free schwag :evil:

February 6, 2003, 04:53 PM
A lot of that info was in the G&A issue. Crappy magazine, but good pictures.

February 6, 2003, 04:59 PM
Smith & Wesson's coming out with some cool stuff. I think they got me sold on at least 2 of the new models :D

February 6, 2003, 05:39 PM
I just arranged for Dennis Reese, of Springfield Armory, and Bob Morrison, of Taurus, to be on the radio this Sunday (Feb. 9), to talk about the new products from those companies. You can call in and ask questions.

This note on THR is the first public notice that these fellows will be talking about the new introductions.

You can listen on the radio or on the net.

February 6, 2003, 06:21 PM
Sweet! Thanks for the list!!

Here comes the pain. (in the wallet)

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