From a starter AR through to triple-barreled shotguns, SHOT Show is heaving with new long guns this year.
The list of new long gun options for 2016 leaves buyers spoilt for choice. Considering investing in your first assault rifle? Thinking about buying a new hunting rifle? Looking for something different in a shotgun?
Here are three new choices brought to you by Colt, Browning and Chiappa.
Starter AR - Colt Expanse M4
At SHOT Show, Colt introduced a new AR called the Expanse M4 - and it falls within the more budget- friendly end of the AR spectrum. Many are describing it as a great “starter AR.”
This is a straightforward AR-15 with the standard M4 type features and chambered in 5.56 NATO.
The Expanse M4 weighs 6.44 pounds, is finished in black matte and has a collapsible and adjustable buttstock.
With an overall length of 32 to 35.5 inches, the direct impingement gun has a 16.1 inch lightweight barrel.
Colt is also introducing some other new models this year. The exquisite Colt Competition Pistol and the Colt Lightweight Commander will become available. The Expanse is expected to retail for about $699.
Browning X-Bolt Hells Canyon SPEED
For the hunter who loves his, or her, Browning bolt-action hunting rifle, Browning revealed a new enhanced X-Bolt, the Hell’s Canyon SPEED.
Designed to be even more robust and offer even softer shooting, an Inflex recoil pad helps to squash recoil and redirect it down and away from your cheek. The muzzle brake can be readily taken off and swapped with the thread protector that is included. The feather trigger is adjustable.
Made out of lightweight composite, the stock reduces overall weight, making it easier to haul around. To enhance concealment (and look cool) the stock is finished in A-TACS Arid Urban camouflage.
The stiff, fluted barrel is heavy sporter with a target crown and finished in Cerakote Burnt Bronze.
To aid straight shooting, both the action and barrel are bedded and free floated. The idea is that you can take a Hells Canyon Speed out of the box and bingo! You’ve got accuracy straight away.
Lots of production rifles need an upgrade to take detachable magazines, not so with this rifle. You can go ahead and take extra magazines out hunting for easy reload.
Browning is also introducing a fantastic Hells Canyon SPEED clothing line. A wide range of calibers will be available when the guns start shipping. The 243 Win, for example, will weigh 6 pounds, 5 ounces and retail for approximately $1,199.99.
Three-Barreled Shotguns - Chiappa Triple Crown
For the Triple Crown shotgun, a shotgun with three barrels, Chiappa revealed two new gauges, the 20 and 28. Its break action is just like a standard two barrel, but with a third barrel above the two lower ones. The firing sequence of the barrel is right, left top.
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This shotgun is designed to be a smart choice for survival and home defense situations. The interchangeable choke tube gives the user the advantage of various pattern options.
The Triple Crown has a white receiver and walnut stock. Both the new gauges have a 26-inch barrel and the overall length of the shotgun is 43 inches. The weight of the 20 gauge is 7.6 pounds and the 28 gauge is 7 pounds.
The new shotguns will retail for approximately $2,039 – $2,079.
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