Looking for a new iron or piece of kit to enhance the one you already own? Check out these 7 new bits of guns and gear to grow your firearms wish list.
The New Guns And Gear:
Springfield Armory XD-M Elite 3.8 Compact OSP .45 ACP
Shooters who still swear by the .45 ACP to protect their six should like the news coming out of Springfield Armory. Keeping the big-boy cartridge relevant for self-defense, the company has introduced its XD-M in a pack perfect for EDC. The Elite 3.8-inch Compact OSP in .45 ACP combines big-bore power with cutting-edge performance to provide concealed carry users with an extraordinary option. In addition to 10+1 capacity, ambidextrous controls and top-notch META trigger, the pistol is also optic ready, allowing for the addition of a red-dot sight. In fact, Springfield is even offering a factory package with its HEX Dragonfly 3.5 MOA red-dot optic. Though, you can still buy the gun as a standalone.
MSRP: Optic Package, $843 ; Standalone, $653
Silencer Central Banish 338
Large bore cartridges aren’t just good at poking bigger holes: They’re also excellent at going the distance. Silencer Central aims to make one of the most renowned options in this category—the .338 Lapua—all the more controllable upon launch. The quietest and most compact .338 suppressor on the market, the Banish 338 offers a little something to take the edge off the long-range specialist. Made of titanium and Inconel, the durable option keeps a rifle relatively svelte, adding only 17.5 ounces and 9.1 more inches in length. Additionally, the can offers 33 dB of noise reduction, not to mention does a number on felt recoil.
Galco High Ready Chest Holster
For folks who take to the woods with a big-bore pistol in hand, Galco has the perfect addition to your kit. The company’s new High Ready Chest Holster is the latest in an expanding line of torso-mounted hunting and outdoor holsters. Very comfortably carrying a large-frame semi-auto in an easily accessible chest position, the rig is ideal for protection when hunting, fishing, camping or hiking in bear country. The holster’s comfort comes from its innovative backing plate, composed of a ballistic nylon front over a closed-cell foam body. The back portion of the plate that rides against the wearer’s chest is lined with Galco’s Comfort Cloth, an adaptive performance mesh that provides padding and wicks moisture.
Sig Sauer MCX-Spear
An expansion of the company’s legendary MCX line, the Spear brings a twist to the series of semi-auto rifles, putting the power of the .277 Sig Fury in shooters’ hands. The rifle itself was developed with war fighting in mind, offering an option that improves the power, accuracy and range of the platform. The .277 plays into this, a commercial variant of the 6.8x51mm hybrid military round with excellent external and terminal ballistics. It’s quite a package, and one that comes with plenty of extras such as a slew of QD attachment points, threaded muzzle, the inclusion of the SLX Suppressor and ambidextrous controls.
Ruger Marlin 1895 SBL Lever-Action Rifle
Marlin is back, and 1895 SBL lever-action rifles are now shipping again for the first time since the company ceased production in August of 2020. This is the first gun produced since Ruger acquired the company, and there seems to be plenty to like about the .45-70 Government-chambered gun. First and foremost, Ruger hasn’t tinkered where it counts—the milled steel receiver and internals. This should keep the ’95 as reliable as ever. But the company has left its mark with a few upgrades, including a threaded muzzle, laminate stock and Picatinny rail that includes a ghost rear aperture. Time will tell if these and some other enhancements hit the mark with shooters, but no matter what, it’s nice to have Marlin back online.
Federal Ammunition HammerDown
Federal Premium tackled the lever-gun market in 2020, launching what has turned out to be the popular HammerDown line of ammunition. Building off its success, the ammo maker recently expanded the line to include three big-bore options that are sure to turn hunters’ heads: .45 Colt, .35 Remington and .444 Marlin. The .45 Colt is topped with a 250-grain bullet, the .35 Remington a 220-grain and the .444 Marlin a 270-grain. In all cases, cartridges boast a flat-tipped bonded-core bullet, safe for use in tubular magazines and built to retain a maximum amount of material upon impact, creating devastating wound channels. The cases are chamfered to ensure clean feeding and nickel-plated to make sure they extract smoothly.
MSRP: .45 Colt, $38 box of 20 ; .35 Remington, $52 box of 20 ; .444 Marlin, $63 box of 20
Fiocchi Golden Turkey TSS
Fiocchi has turned its skilled eye to providing premium fodder for hunting irons in recent months. The newest addition to what’s dubbed the Golden Series is its high-performance Golden Turkey TSS loads. Loaded with Fiocchi’s ultra-dense Tungsten Super Shot, the shell provides a deep-penetrating option guaranteed to extend the range of your turkey gun. The loads also create the tight patterns hunters expect from superior metal. Fiocchi is blitzing the market, offering two 12-gauge loads (No. 7 and 9 shot), 20-gauge (No. 9) and .410 bore (No. 9). As with all Fiocchi high-quality shotshells, Golden Turkey TSS uses precision-manufactured hulls and wads, combined with top-notch primers and carefully selected powder, to achieve predictable and dependable results.
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the May 2022 issue of Gun Digest the Magazine.
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