The annual NRA meeting normally sees a ton of new guns unveiled to the public, as there is a crowd of upwards of 80,000 on hand. As SHOT Show is an industry trade event and the IWA Show is in Germany, the NRAAM gives the “man on the street” in the U.S. a chance to come and feel, sniff, and handle all the new steel (and polymer) from around the globe.
Of course, the event was canceled this year due to the Mexican beer flu, or else it would be going on this week. However, the gun makers still soft released the new models they were holding back from SHOT to make a splash at NRAAM.
I have a run-down of what’s new in my column at Guns.com
Robbie with Wheaton Arms sat down with the Sootch00 YouTube gun channel and contrasted the new Glock Gen 5 against legacy Gen 4 and 3 models both inside and out.
There are actually a lot of differences.
Still, as when they introduced the Gen 4 and it went through a year of teething problems and stealth fixes, I’ll wait a year for the bugs to get worked out of the Gen 5.
Call me old-fashioned, but I am still a Gen 3 guy when it comes to my combat tupperware.
It looks boringly like every other Glock out there, but when you look closely, there are actually a number of subtle differences. Most notably, the polygonal rifling is out and traditional ballard-style rifling is in. Also, the fingergrooves, standard since the Gen 3, are a thing of the past. I do like the flared magwell, though, but for the record I will likely stick to the Gen3 G19 that I have been using for years. If it isn’t broke…
On August 30, GLOCK, Inc. will be announcing the launch of our new G17 Gen5 and G19 Gen5 pistols.
The G17 Gen5 and G19 Gen5 pistols were inspired by the GLOCK M pistols used by the FBI and include many features the GLOCK community has been asking for. There are over 20 design changes which differentiate our Gen5 pistols from their Gen4 predecessors, including a flared mag-well, a new nDLC finish, the GLOCK Marksman Barrel, ambidextrous slide stop levers, and a grip which has no finger grooves.
These pistols will be available at your favorite GLOCK dealer beginning August 30.
A shot of the Glock M (that the FBI is issuing with a finger grip sleeve!) :
Marketing slick for Glock dealers (from my local Glock dealer).
They expect to retail these in-shop for $539
Chris Bartocci talks more about the Gen5 barrels below.
So I hung out at NRA Show for a few days last week. Got to see some cool new stuff and write about it.
Including Springfield Armory’s new XD-E hammer fired compact 9mm single stack
Which complemented FN’s new 509.
So now FN is making striker-fired guns while Springfield XD is making hammer fired. What the what?
Then there was Colt’s new 70 series Gold Cup Trophy and Competition models (yup, no firing pin block).
Those G10 scales, tho
And Savage’s Fox A Grade SXS double shotgun series, which are really sweet and feature bone and charcoal case color-finished receivers over black walnut furniture (though original Foxes are cheaper).
And nope, this one is not made in Turkey
But the coolest thing (that I am soon going to be T&E’ing, squeeeee) is Remington’s Tac-14 870 that I was able to get the first media peek at while touring Big Green’s Huntsville Factory prior to the show.
At 26.25 inches overall and with a Raptor Shockwave pistol grip, the 12-gauge’s 14-inch cylinder bore barrel is not a National Firearms Act regulated item as it is a “firearm” and not an SBS or AOW, thus no tax stamp is required under federal law, though state and local laws may apply.
I will for sure keep you posted on that one…