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:
Browning Citori High Grade 50th Anniversary
Has it been 50 years already? Apparently so, as Browning honors perhaps its most famous and popular over/under shotgun with a special anniversary edition. The Citori High Grade 50th Anniversary capstones the line’s endurance in the market with a stunning tribute to Browning’s design. Grabbing you immediately is the sharply chiseled floral engraving cut into the 12-gauge’s silver-nitride receiver sides and bottom, offset with gold accents and a Grade IV Turkish walnut stock. Less apparent is the inclusion of the Invector-Plus Midas choke system, a triple trigger system (you heard right) and HiViz Pro Comp sight enhanced with an ivory mid-bead. Like what you see? Hurry, because Browning is only making a limited run of these beauties.
Once a relic of the past, the lever-action shotgun has made a resurgence in recent years—at least as a .410 bore. Tristar has dipped its toe into the end of the market recently, with the release of the LR94—a classy-looking smoothbore that should prove quite useful in the field. The gun, it comes in a blued and nickel finish, is available with a 22- or 24-inch barrel, comes dressed in a nice stick of walnut and holds five 2½-inch shells. Additionally, it boasts an adjustable rear sight as well as a firing pin block. Whether a quick-shooting turkey gun or a starter option for the burgeoning hunter, the LR94 looks to fit the bill.
MSRP: Starts at $990
Chapuis Armes X4 Double Rifle
French gunmaker Chapuis’ new double rifle has all the trappings of a functional classic, but with some modern twists. This is evident in the barrel construction of the X4, which overcomes the difficult task of joining the firetubes, while maintaining the accuracy of both. This is accomplished by joining the rib to the left barrel while free-floating the right, then stabilizing them with a guiding ring at the muzzle. This allows a gunsmith to easily adjust the system, so both shots hit their mark. Aside from the technology, the gun itself is a stunner, loaded with walnut, scrollwork (on the receiver) and excellent finishing work across the board. Available in .30-06 and 9.3x74R, both come with adjustable sights and Recknagel scope mounts.
MSRP: Starting at $7,299
POF-USA Tombstone Tactical Lever-Action
POF-USA has released its take on one of America’s most collected guns and, boy howdy, is it a different take. Somewhere between Wild West gunslinger and space cowboy resides the Tombstone Tactical Lever-Action Rifle. Feeding off a 20-round detachable box magazine (optional 10-rounders are also available), the 9mm packs plenty of firepower with the convenience of quick reloads. Furthermore, the 16.5-inch barreled carbine is a relatively light affair, tipping the scales at just a hair over 7 pounds. A lightweight aircraft-grade aluminum receiver, Magpul SGA stock and 10.5-inch MRR forend (M-lok compatible) are to thank for the weight savings. As for performance, a slightly enlarged loop—good for gloved hands—keeps up the rate of fire, and a crisp single-action trigger that breaks at around 3.5 pounds keeps the gun a target.
MSRP: Starting at $1,962
Rossi rolled out new wheelguns this year, and chief among them is the RM66. At first blush, the .357 Magnum has everything to become an affordable classic. Aside from a dazzling satin stainless-steel finish, the double-action sixgun boasts a host of other assets certain to endear it to revolver fans. To this end, the 6-inch barrel with full underlug will raise eyebrows, milking all of the ballistic potential from the magnum cartridge, as will the gun’s fully adjustable rear target sight. Keeping the gun on target is a non-stacking trigger with a very smooth break, and a rubberized grip making the gun more comfortable to shoot and fast on follow-up shots. Best of all, Rossi prices the MR66 to move and for nearly any shooter’s budget.
Taurus 605/856 T.O.R.O.
There was a time when mounting an optic on a revolver was a custom project. Not any longer. Taurus stirred the pot in 2023 by introducing among the first optic-ready production revolvers on the market—the .357 Magnum 605 and .38 Special +P 856. The T.O.R.O.s (Taurus Optic Ready Option) are based on the company’s Defender series of small-framed revolvers and feature a mounting plate system compatible with Holosun K footprint micro red-dots. Both models are fairly similar in weight (around 23 ounces), barrel length (3 inches) and features—such as removable front blade sight. The only notable difference is that the 856 has six rounds on board, while the 605 has five.
MSRP: 856 starts at $445 // 605 at $450
Beretta 80X Cheetah
Many concealed carriers turn their noses up at .380 ACP, but this little pistol just may be sweet enough to change some minds. Developed from Beretta’s classic Model 84, the new Beretta 80X Cheetah brings the concept into the 21st century. While it retains the same demure size as its predecessor, the 80X now features an optics-ready slide, an accessory rail, a frame-mounted safety/de-cocker and an updated grip angle. For those in the market for a new carry gun, see if you can give one of these a try before committing yourself to a larger caliber: It might just win you over.
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the March 2023 issue of Gun Digest the Magazine.
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