The 2017 NRA Annual Meetings in Atlanta showcased thousands of new firearms, ammunition, optics and accessories. These are a few examples of innovative gear that we found worth spotlighting.
Ruger's New Silent-SR 10/22 Takedown ISB
One of the most popular introductions was Ruger's new Silent-SR 10/22 Takedown ISB. "ISB" stands for Integrally Suppressed Barrel, which can be purchased as a complete rifle or as a barreled assembly that can be used with existing 10/22 Takedown models. This new suppressed system reduces sound pressure levels of standard .22LR ammo to less than 114 dB, making it safer for hearing protection and more enjoyable to shoot.
Built with a stainless steel barrel, baffles and front cap, the Silent-SR 10/22 ISB is very effective and easy to clean. The assembly unscrews with a simple 5/32-inch Allen key that allows users to access the baffle stack and then snap them apart with ease. Each baffle is machined so that it can't be reassembled incorrectly, and it takes just a minute to reassemble.
Check out the accompanying video and visit Ruger.com for more information.
Springfield Armory Introduces the Hammer-Fired XD-E
The new Springfield Armory XD-E incorporates slim, 1-inch ergonomics and with an external hamer, a lighter recoil spring and ambidextrous manual safety system. The benefit of a hammer-fired XD is that racking the slide requires minimal effort — 27 percent less effort. This pistol offers a protective beavertail that, in conjunction with a high-grip triggerguard, affords a confidence-inspired grip. The double action (DA) trigger felt smooth and the single-action, hammer-cocked mode was crisp.
The XD-E also continues Springfield Armory's popular Grip Zones, which feature three uniquely textured areas around the grip that provide a comfortable and controllable hold. Three magazine options allow shooters to further personalize capacity and concealability. Check out all the features on the accompanying video or log on to Springfield-Armory.com for more details on this and other new introductions by Springfield Armory.
The FN 509 is now civilian legal after doing well in the trials of the U.S. Army's Modular Handgun System (MHS) competition. It is a full-size, striker-fired 9mm pistol that was built to meet the toughest U.S. government standards. Among its list of features are new enhanced grip textures at different points around the grip, two user-interchangeable backstraps, tactile serrations at the front and rear of the slide and several internal enhancements that make the FN 509 an excellent shooter. Notably, on April 25, 2017, it was announced that the premier security provider, Brink's Incorporated, adopted the FN 509 for issue to its armed guards after extensive testing.
To learn more, check out the accompanying video or visit FNAmerica.com.
Mantis Firearms Training System
Want to improve your handgun or rifle shooting technique? The Mantis System, designed for live fire, dry fire and airsoft, allows you to practice with your firearms and get real-time data-driven feedback instantly.
The Mantis System tracks the movement of your handgun or rifle before, during and after the shot, and sends that data continuously to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth.
Based on your movement patterns, MantisX instantly identifies areas of focus to measure your proficiency and provide coaching to help you learn to reduce body movement and improve your scores.
A simple rail-mounted MantisX sensor fits any handgun or rifle with a rail mounting system. You fire and the MantisX system instantly scores your shot string and shows you exactly where your movements were on every shot, so you can learn to reduce your movements and improve your shooting accuracy.
For more information on how the entire system works, visit mantisx.com.
SecureIt Gun Storage
SecureIt is the world's largest builder of military armories with a track record of providing innovative firearms storage solutions for the U.S. Navy SEALS, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marines. Now, they are bringing that same technology to gun owners everywhere through their intelligent firearms storage systems.
SecureIt's unique CradleGrid System allows you to adjust your storage system to fit every gun in your collection. It is based on three simple components: a grid panel that can attach to a wall, the back of your gun safe or a cabinet; cradles, that easily adjust (no tools required) to allow you to reconfigure your setup instantly and a tiered base, that firmly secures the buttstock of every firearm to ensure they sit at the proper lean angle. And the system is designed with ample spacing to easily accommodate scope-mounted firearms to eliminate bumps that can harm optics and knock rifles out of zero.
SecureIt also makes a full line of Agile Ultralight gun safes and Fast Box hidden gun safes, so you can build redundancy into your home firearms storage system. This way, you can set up safe storage areas around your home, so you are never more than a few steps away from being able to defend yourself.
Already own a gun safe? No problem. SecureIt's Retrofit Kits allow you to easily install their innovative, space-saving storage technology in your existing safe.
Check out their full line of gun storage solutions at www.secureitgunstorage.com
Streamlight Lighting Products
Whether you're a shooter looking for the latest handgun or modern rifle lighting technology, a hunter who needs a variety of lighting solutions for use in the field or a homeowner looking for some simple solutions for their home or vehicle, Streamlight's full line of products has a tactical light, flashlight, headlamp or mini light for every purpose.
Handgun shooters will want to look at Streamlight's new TLR-6 gun-mounted tactical light. Among its many features are an LED Illuminator that produces 100 lumens of lighting power and a red dot laser. Ambidextrous switching allows you to access three modes: laser only, laser/LED combo or LED illumination only.
Long-gun fans will want to check out the ProTec Rail Mount HL-X. This rechargeable light fits on any rail and offers TEN Tap programming, which allows you to set the light up in three modes: high/strobe, high only or low/high. The high setting provides maximum illumination of 1,000 lumens. The low setting provides extended run time. And the strobe mode is for either signaling or disorienting.
The new Bandit ultra-light and super compact headlamp weighs a scant 1.3 ounces, which is perfect for backpack hunters or even running at night when you're in training for that big elk hunt next fall. The USB rechargeable lithium batteries can be fully charged in just 2 1/2 hours and run 9.5 hours at the low setting (35 lumens) or 2 hours at the high setting (180 lumens).
Finally, looking for the perfect gift for everyone in your family? Streamlight's new USB-rechargeable KeyMate looks just like a key, but it provides great lighting that fits right on your key chain for all sorts of lighting needs close at hand. Three modes provide 16 lumens (9.5 hours of run time) on low or 180 lumens on high (2 hours of runtime). A third flashing light mode sends a bright blinking distress signal.
See the entire line of Streamlight products at www.streamlight.com