You’ve been hearing and reading about this year’s new guns for a month. If you want to see them up close, handle them and get information directly from their manufacturers, plan a road trip to Harrisburg, Pa., to visit the Great American Outdoor Show. Continuing at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex until Feb. 10, the Great American Outdoor Show fills 650,000 square feet of floor space with more than 1,100 exhibitors from the hunting, shooting and outdoor industry.
It can be easy to become overwhelmed, so we’ve put together a plan to help you out. Enter the Shooting Sports Hall via the Cameron Street lobby, and work the aisles to see the following new firearms.
1. SIG Sauer M400 Elite Vanish—Booth 488
Predator hunters will appreciate the Kuiu Vios finish and streamlined Magpul MOE buttstock of the Vanish. A 20-inch .223 Rem. barrel helps boost velocities with heavier bullets, while the free-floating handguard is compatible with the Magpul M-Lok system for attaching a sling, bipod, light and other accessories. MSRP: $1,336; sigsauer.com.
2. Springfield Armory 1911 TRP 10mm RMR—Booth 589
Here’s a 1911 made for hunting—and it even comes with an optic. This 10mm TRP is available with a 5- or 6-inch barrel and slide. The slide is milled to accommodate a Trijicon Ruggedized Miniature Reflex (RMR) sight, and the iron sights are raised to allow use with the optic in place. With a forged steel frame and slide covered in Black-T finish, the 6-inch-barreled pistol weighs 50 ounces. MSRP: $2,238-$2,289; springfield-armory.com.
3. Traditions Crackshot XBR—Booth 693
The Crackshot XBR may be the surprise of the show: It’s a break-action single-shot upper that uses a .27-caliber Traditions XBR Powerload blank to propel a 16-inch aluminum arrow at 385 fps. The hollow, open-ended arrow loads from the muzzle and slides over an inner barrel, while the outer barrel shroud keeps it in place. Load the blank as you would a traditional break-action gun, and cock the hammer to fire. The Crackshot XBR upper is interchangeable with the standard Crackshot .22 LR upper, and the two are available as a package that includes the Crackshot frame and buttstock assembly. MSRP: $449-$499; traditionsfirearms.com.
4. Thompson/Center Impact SB—Booth 481 (Smith & Wesson)
Thompson/Center’s new entry-level Impact SB line of .50 caliber break-action muzzleloaders feature a hand-removable triple lead thread breech plug (requiring only five turns to screw in, which not only saves time, but reduces seizing), and a Power Rod aluminum ramrod for simple loading. Available in black composite and multiple popular camo patterns, the new muzzleloaders are offered in either a Blued or Weather Shield corrosion-resistant finish. A 1-inch removable buttstock spacer is also included to adjust the length of pull to fit hunters of all ages and sizes. All Impact SB models feature a 26-inch barrel, have an overall length of 40 inches and weigh 6.95 pounds. MSRP: $263-$324; tcarms.com.
5. Mossberg Patriot Predator .450 Bushmaster—Booth 663
Fans of the .450 Bushmaster will be pleased to know that Mossberg has added the chambering to its popular Patriot Predator rifle line. Built with the rigors of predator hunting in mind, the Patriot Predator features a durable flat dark earth synthetic stock with a raised cheek piece, textured stippling on the grip and forend, Mossberg’s proprietary LBA adjustable trigger, a fluted, threaded matte blued 16.25-inch barrel, an oversized bolt handle and top-mount Picatinny rail/scope bases. The Patriot Predator .450 Bushmaster has an overall length of 36.5 inches and weighs 6.25 pounds. MSRP: $441; mossberg.com.
6. Henry Long Ranger 6.5 Creedmoor—Booth 605
The Henry Long Ranger lever-action rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor uses a 22-inch blued steel sporter-contoured, free-floated barrel with a 1:8″ twist to get the most accuracy out of the high BC bullet. The American walnut stock sports deep checkering, a soft rubber recoil pad and a steel forestock cap. The rifle utilizes a chromed-steel bolt and a six-lug rotary head, worked via a geared action to provide a solid lockup similar to that of a bolt-action rifle. Other features include a detachable, 4-round box magazine and a drilled and tapped receiver. MSRP: $1,066; henryusa.com.