Gun Digest‘s veteran writer Richard Mann makes his picks for the top new guns of 2020. See if you agree.
What Are The Top New Guns Of 2020:
About this time every year, gun folk get all giddy as they speculate about what new guns will be introduced. Someone, somewhere is hoping and praying Walther will bring back the P-38. Another guy has a pocket full of money—just waiting for Savage to reintroduce the Model 99. And, I’ll bet you that somewhere, someone else is convinced this is the year Marlin will reintroduce the Model 39 TDS (and by the way, if you don’t know what the Marlin 39 TDS is/was, we probably can’t be friends!).
Well, for 2020, you’ll see none of those things. Even so, there are a few gems in the mix. Here are my top 5 picks for the new year—one each for shotgun, rifle, rimfire, pistol and revolvers. Hopefully, at least one of these new guns will inspire you to conduct a quick draw with your credit card.
Shotgun: CZ-USA All Terrain Bob White
Any way you measure it, I’m not a shotgun guy. I think they’re best-suited for shooting things that fly, and I don’t shoot a lot of things that fly. My interest in shotguns is somewhere between very little and non-existent. That having been said, there’s something about the new All Terrain Bob White from CZ-USA that makes me want one … just in case I do need to shoot something that’s flying.
This is a 12-gauge, break-action, side-by-side shotgun with a walnut stock. That’s pretty standard. What’s not standard is that all the metal surfaces are coated with an OD green Cerakote finish. You won’t have to be concerned about rain, sleet or snow or about dropping it in the bottom of the duck boat—or hell, even in the river. CZ’s new gun is also fitted with a set of rare-earth magnets that help retain most modern shells. This makes loading easy: You’ll never have to worry about accidentally dumping out the shells while bending over to work with your dog.
MSRP: $828; cz-usa.com
Centerfire Rifle: Remington Model Seven
I’m addicted to lightweight bolt-action rifles. This means I’m also very fond of the Remington Model Seven. The Seven, essentially a shortened version of the legendary Model 700, was introduced in 1983. It’s been offered in a variety of configurations but, in my opinion, Remington never really took advantage of what this platform offers, at least until recently. Over the last several years, it seems Remington has taken a renewed interest in the Seven. For 2020, it has a new one that should appeal to any big-game hunter who likes light rifles.
The Model Seven Threaded-Mossy Oak Bottomland has a 16.5-inch barrel with 5R rifling, a threaded muzzle and comes out of the box with a 20 MOA Picatinny rail. The stock is covered in Mossy Oak Bottomland camo.
But here’s the cool part: This rifle weighs only 5.5 pounds, which means you can add a compact riflescope and carry around a 6-pound rifle chambered for either the .300 Blackout or .308 Winchester and—as you might have suspected—the 6.5 Creedmoor.
MSRP: $1,595; remington.com
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Rimfire Rifle: Savage Minimalist
Somewhere between our fixation on the AR-15 and long-range shooting, manufacturers have forgotten about the rimfire rifle.
Not Savage. Its new Minimalist combines a classic laminate stock design with modern esthetics to achieve a lightweight platform with vastly improved ergonomics. This rifle features a button-rifled barrel and Savage’s renowned AccuTrigger. It’s chambered for either the .22LR, .22 WMR or .17 HMR and is offered in two esthetically pleasing laminate stock color combinations. The new gun comes standard with an 18-inch carbon-steel barrel and action.
To appeal to the growing desire for shooters to shoot quietly, Savage was also wise to thread the Minimalist’s muzzle to make it suppressor ready. Savage even provides a threaded muzzle cap with the rifle for times when you don’t want the suppressor attached. But here’s the best news: This rifle should retail for about $300 across the counter.
MSRP: $359; savagearms.com
Pistol: Dan Wesson DWX
This pistol started as an experiment. It was a melding of Dan Wesson and CZ pistols and borrows the crisp single-action-fire control of a DW 1911 and combines it with the ergonomics and capacity of a CZ 75. The resulting pistol is, well, special. Intended for competition, and with both full-sized and compact variants, in reality, the DWX has much broader appeal. Its locked-breech barrel system is simple and does away with the standard 1911 link. It utilizes a double-stack magazine, and the sights are easily customized. With the ergonomics of the CZ 75, the DWX is a natural fit for most hands. This is a fantastically versatile and well-engineered pistol that has application in competition, service and self-defense. (However, it’s not cheap.)
MSRP: $1,799; danwessonfirearms.com
Revolver: Colt Python
Ever since 2005, when Colt discontinued the Python revolver, gun aficionados have bemoaned its passing as if they’d lost a best friend. Often regarded as the “Cadillac” of revolvers, the Python has become one of the most sought-after collectible handguns of all time. In some cases, prices paid for used variants in good condition could fill a gun safe full of Glocks.
The Python was made famous in the 1973 movie, Electra Glide in Blue, where Robert Blake starred as an Arizona motorcycle cop. His character, John Wintergreen, carried a two-tone Colt Python that delivered an on-screen effect similar to what Dirty Harry did for the .44 Magnum. For the past several years, rumors have run rampant that Colt would be reintroducing the Python and, on the first day of 2020, the Internet almost broke with the news that it’s actually happened.
The new Python looks and feels just like the Python of old. It will be offered in stainless steel only (if you’ve been praying for a “Wintergreen Special,” you’ll just have to keep waiting) with either a 4.25- or 6-inch barrel.
But this new Python is not the Python of old. The frame has been beefed up a bit, and the internals have been slightly modified. According to Colt, this will make the new Python better and more rugged than the original. Without a doubt, this is the biggest firearms news of 2020 and possibly the biggest handgun news of the past decade. However, in this age of concealed carry—and with the Python’s $1,500 price tag—the question remains as to whether those who’ve been begging for its reintroduction will actually shell out the cash for a duty-sized revolver that weighs 42 ounces.
You might not be able to get a two-tone Python like the one Officer John Wintergreen carried, but at least you’ll be able to finally put one of these Colt snakes in your holster!
MSRP: $1,499; colt.com
The article originally appeared in the February 2020 issues of Gun Digest the Magazine. Elwood K. Shelton contributed to the post.