By WG Staff
Get ready to rock because there are lots of new rifles coming in 2018, and they’re not all black, not all semi-auto and some of them even have wooden stocks!
Seriously, with some of the political pressure off modern sporting rifles, shooters are once again expanding their horizons and manufacturers are responding.
New from Browning are the X-Bolt Pro and X-Bolt Pro Long Range models. Both feature an exclusive Generation 2 carbon fiber stock with palm swell and the receivers and barrels are stainless steel with Cerakote Burnt Bronze finish.
They have spiral fluting on the bolt body and bolt handle, and the barrels are fluted and free floating. They feature target crowns and a threaded muzzle brake protector on a 26-inch barrel.
They are offered in the following chamberings: 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win., .300 WSM, 26 Nosler, .270 Win., .30-06 Springfield, 7mm Rem. Mag., 28 Nosler, .300 Win. Mag. calibers.
Browning is also unveiling the X-Bolt Hell’s Canyon Speed Long Range McMillan rifle with a McMillan Game Scout stock that has integrated aluminum pillars. The fluted, free-floating barrel is 26 inches long, and is also finished in Burnt Bronze Cerakote, along with the receiver. This one is offered in 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, .300 WSM, 26 Nosler, 7mm Rem. Mag., 28 Nosler and .300 Win. Mag.
The X-Bolt Micro Composite is designed for younger or smaller shooters with a black composite stock and 13-inch length of pull. The receiver and barrel are finished in matte blue, and the barrel is 20 inches.
This one comes in .243 Win., 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, 7mm-08 Rem. and .308 Win.
Word from Hi Point is that there’s a new 10mm carbine, the 1095TS. It’s got a blow back action with telescoping bolt, 17½-inch barrel and overall length of 32 inches. It hits the scale at 7 pounds.
Hi Point designed this one with a 10-round magazine, single-stage trigger with 6-pound pull, polymer stock and protected metallic sights. The butt plate is designed to dampen recoil, and the receiver is finished in flat black, while the barrel is threaded.
Surprise of surprises, Iver Johnson has a 1911A1 carbine for 2018 and it might be part fun gun and part defensive tool for the home.
Chambered for the .45 ACP, this one has a 16¼ -inch barrel with a black oxide finish. It is cut with six lands and grooves on a 1:16-inch right hand twist. The gun comes with a detachable walnut stock, 1911A1 military style external components, double diamond walnut grips and it weighs 4 pounds. Iver Johnson supplies this gun with a single eight round magazine.
IWI (Israel Weapon Industries) is going to unveil an IWI Tavor 7 rifle chambered for the 7.62×51 cartridge. This is the newest addition to the Tavor bullpup series with a fully ambidextrous platform.
The rifle can be fitted with 17- or 20-inch barrels, and it has an M-LOK forend and Mil-Std. 1913 Picatinny rail on the bottom. Tavor 7 is built from a high-strength polymer with a hammer forged chrome-lined free floating barrel. The action features a short stroke gas piston with four-position gas regulator and rotating bolt.
According to Mossberg, there are some new lightweight bolt-action rifles in the MVP LC series with a lightweight aluminum chassis, and three barrel lengths matched to three different caliber options. The 6.5 Creedmoor has a 20-inch fluted medium bull barrel while the model chambered in 7.62mm NATO has an 18½-inch fluted medium bull barrel. The shortest of the bunch is chambered in 5.56mm NATO and has a 16¼-inch tube.
All three feature a Picatinny rail, six-position telescoping stock, MOE grip and they can operate with standard AR-type magazines.
Mossberg offers these rifles with threaded barrels and thread protectors. The LBA trigger is adjustable.
Also from Mossberg are a couple of MVP precision rifles, either with or without a scope. They are chambered for either 6.5 Creedmoor or 7.62mm NATO. Featuring the LBA adjustable trigger, both models are fitted with Picatinny rails. Barrel length on the Creedmoor models is 24 inches while on the 7.62mm it is 20 inches.
Proof Research has announced the new Switch rifle, a premium model designed for easy user modification. It can be fitted with one of five different free-floating, cut-rifled carbon fiber barrels chambered in either .223 Remington, 6mm and 6.5 Creedmoor, .260 Remington or .308 Winchester. Barrels can be swapped out quickly with hand tools. It is designed with a Savage-style barrel nut
Fitted with a carbon fiber stock, this bolt-action repeater has an adjustable TriggerTech trigger,
20MOA Picatinny rail for optics and a Bighorn Arms bolt with a unique floating bolt head.
To “switch” calibers, simply change barrels and the bolt heads. Essentially this rifle covers all the bases from big game to varmint hunting. Additional steel or carbon fiber barrels are available at a discount to Switch buyers.
Wouldn’t be a SHOT Show without something new from Winchester, and for 2018, the company is unveiling the XPC
precision chassis long range bolt-action rifle. It’s got the proven XPR receiver machined from chromoly
bar stock. It has a 60-degree bolt throw and large locking lugs.
According to Winchester, the bolt has a Nickel Teflon finish and the steel receiver has a Perma-Cote black finish. The fully machined alloy chassis frame has a Cerakote finish and it features a MagPul PRS Gen III fully adjustable buttstock and MOI-K pistol grip. It is available in .243 Winchester and 6.5 Creedmoor with a 24-inch barrel and .308 Winchester with a 20-inch barrel.
Also from Winchester is the Model 1873 carbine with a classic carbine-style forearm with blued barrel band and blue steel buttplate and saddle ring. Stock and forearm are walnut with a satin oil finish. It will be chambered in .357 Magnum, .44-40 Winchester and .45 Colt with a 20-inch barrel.
Winchester is also offering a Model 1892 with the same features as the Model 1873, and it will be chambered in .357 Magnum, .44 Magnum, .44-40 Winchester and .45 Colt.