1 | Winchester Long Beard XR Lok’d & Lethal
Want to shoot turkeys beyond that 40-yard standard mark? If so, Winchester’s newest turkey load is your answer. The Long Beard XR Lok’d & Lethal boasts the “new to the world” Shot-Lok Technology and promises to provide the tightest patterns and longest shot capability of any traditional turkey load in history – with twice the pellets in a 10-inch circle out to 60 yards. How you ask? When shooting standard lead loads, set-back forces created during ignition cause shot (especially at the bottom of the column) to deform until the air spaces are filled up. When that deformed shot exits the barrel, it opens up the pattern and creates flyers. Shot-Lok fills all space between pellets to protect shot during in-bore acceleration to produce consistently tighter patterns at longer distances. Price is about $20.
2 | Umarex Fuel
If you like to hunt in urban or suburban areas where a silent shot is essential then you’ll appreciate the new Umarex Fuel. The 177-caliber, single-shot air rifle features an Integrated Bi-Pod and SilencAir technology – a five-chamber noise dampener that’s permanently affixed to the muzzle to reduce down-range muzzle noise. Instead of a conventional coiled spring, the Fuel is equipped with a ReAxis Gas Piston powered by nitrogen. But, unlike other nitrogen-filled gas pistons, the ReAxis is reversed, meaning the gas strut is turned 180 degrees on its axis so that the larger mass of the strut pushes the piston instead of the rod. This generates more power, more velocity and more impact than that provided by other gas pistons. Price is $199.
3 | Winchester SX3
Winchester is showcasing its Super X3 shotgun in Realtree’s hot new waterfowl pattern Realtree MAX-5. The Super X3, available in 12- and 20-gauge models, is known for its lightweight and controlled feel thanks to the slimmer stock, grip and forearm dimensions. Also contributing to the feeling of lightness is an ultralight alloy magazine tube and recoil spring system that removes a half pound of weight. The lightweight barrel further reduces weight with a narrow profile and a machined rib. Inside the barrel you'll find .742-inch Back-Bored Technology for a good combination of shot uniformity and velocity. The self-adjusting Active Valve ensures speed, recoil reduction and durability in all conditions. Price is $1,199.
4 | Ambush Hunter 6.8
The renowned AR-15 rifle maker Daniel Defense has a line of ARs suited for hunters. Its Ambush Hunter 6.8 is an ultra-accurate carbine featuring a 16-inch, hammer-forged, nitride-finished barrel that will take all the abuse you and your pickup can dish. It’s got a modular fore-grip that feels more like your shotgun than an AR. A Magpul collapsible stock fits anyone, and its Geissele trigger is superb. It’s also available in .556 and .300 Blackout, but we recommend the 6.8 SPC caliber because it’s perfect for deer. All three come in Realtree AP. Price is $1,759.
5 | Chiappa Triple Magnum
Chiappa Firearms introduces one of the coolest guns we’ve seen at the show with its three-barreled line of shotguns. The Triple Magnum features three 28-inch barrels of 12-gauge. Of course it’s hefty at 8.6 pounds, but you’ll appreciate that in the goose pit when you’re barking 3 1/2-inch mags in triplicate. The Magnum comes in Realtree Max-5. For turkey hunters, there’s the Triple Tom that owns 24-inch pipes and Realtree Xtra Green skin. All models have single mechanical triggers, come with five choke tubes, sling studs and a quality recoil pad. Price is about $1,700.
6 | Yankee Hill Machine Rifle
If you haven’t heard of Yankee Hill Machine Co., check out this Hunt Ready Rifle. It’s a Realtree AP-dipped AR-15 that comes complete with a Bushnell Banner 3x-9x scope zeroed at 100 yards. The rifle features a 20-inch barrel and full-length stock while the carbine sports a 16-inch barrel and an adjustable stock. Both have rails for mounting additional optics, and are available in .556, 6.8 SPC and .300 Blackout. The rifle, scope, sling, five-round mag and hard case costs $1,600 -- one of the better deals out there for a custom-like AR geared to hunters.
7 | Mossberg Super Bantam
This year, Mossberg introduced its Duck Commander line of guns. Included are several different models, all in Realtree MAX-5 camo, including a 3 1/2-inch autoloader fully capable of some serious duck whacking. Most interesting, however, may be the smallest of the series, the Super Bantam 20-gauge. This gun features a true “youth size” frame, where both length of pull and the length of the pump-action track mechanism have been downsized to fit youth hunters. In addition, the pull length can be easily adjusted via a spacer that adds about an inch to the overall size as a young shooter grows. Price is $556.
8 | Traditions Vortek StrikerFire LDR
Last year, Traditions unveiled the Vortek StrikerFire, which replaced the standard external hammer with an interal striker design. The gun is fired by sliding the striker lever forward and then pulling the trigger. It’s a pretty cool concept and the gun has been well-received. Now long-range fanatics will have a StrikerFire of their own with the release of the Vortek StrikerFire LDR. The LDR (Long Distance Rifle) has the same features of the original Vortek StrikerFire but adds a 30-inch barrel. The longer barrel is claimed to allow for a long powder burn thus delivering increased velocity and consistency. And that should mean greater long-range accuracy. The LDR is available in a full-camo Cerakoted version draped in Realtree Xtra for about $600.
9 | Crosman Benjamin Trail Nitro Piston 2
The Crosman Benjamin Trail rifle is not just a new break barrel air rifle – it’s a totally new type of air rifle. In the past, heavy springs have been used to generate the compressed air required to fire the gun. At the 2014 SHOT Show, Crosman unveiled its new Nitro Piston 2 system that utilizes a precision-macined piston to do the work. The result is a system that’s touted to be 55 percent faster that spring-powered guns and 15 percent faster than simple gas piston systems. Crosman has employed the new Nitro Piston 2 in its Benjamin line, including the Trail rifle, which is available in a Realtree Xtra-dipped pistol-grip model that features a two-stage trigger, integrated suppression system and produses speeds up to 1,200 feet per second in .22 caliber. Topped with a Centerpoint 3-9X22 scope, the gun will retail for about $325.
10 | Knight KPX
Live in a state where older straight-walled rifle cartridges are legal for use during muzzleloader or “primitive weapons” seasons? This is a gun worth a look. The Knight KPX is a bready-action muzzleloader with interchangeable barrels chambered in .45-70 Government and .444 Marlin. The .50 caliber muzzleloader barrel is 26 inches in length while the centerfire barrels are 24 inches – all barrels are from Green Mountain. The gun uses a .209 bare primer and also accepts Knight’s Full Plastic Jackets. Price is about $600.
11 | Traditions Vortek Pistol
If you’re looking to a little spice to your muzzleloader season, you might want to check out the expanded line of Vortek pistols from Traditions. Four new varieties of the Vortek pistol were unveiled at the 2014 SHOT Show. Each feature 13-inch barrels and two are sold as a complete setup including a 1-4X24 scope. You can get one of those combos featuring a black synthetic stock and a cerakoted barrel for about $400.
12 | Smith & Wesson Model 629 PC .44 Mag
Earlier in January, the master gunsmiths of Smith & Wesson let the world know that they’d added several firearms to the Performance Center line of wheel guns. The hand-cut, hand-fitted and hand-tuned collection includes a Jerry Miculek competition-ready revolver in 9mm, personal defense revolvers and one gun crafted especially for handgun hunters. Chambered in .44 Magnum, the stainless steel M629 opens to reveal an unfluted cylinder that holds six shots that will travel down an 8.375-inch fluted barrel. The big change in this design is that it comes with Picatinny rails, one atop the frame for red dot sights or scopes and one railed underlug for using lights and lasers. Built to take the lightest .44 Special loads, as well as the heaviest ones, this gun measures 14 inches overall and weighs 59 ounces unloaded. You’ll also find custom wood grips, an orange glow blade front sight, a chrome trigger with stop and a glass bead finish. Price is $1,399.
13 | Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Synthetic
Chances are, your old Vanguard isn't anything like the new one that Weatherby brought out and improved upon during the past two years. The stock features rubberized panels that Weatherby calls “Griptonite,” in combination with a classic Weatherby raised-comb Monte Carlo design. The finish has been modified into a matte bead-blasted blued and the gun comes with a match-quality, two-stage, creep-free trigger. Weatherby guarantees that this gun will shoot sub-MOA, which in case you don’t know, means .9 inches or less in 100 yards. The new thing about this gun, though, is that it’s now chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor by Hornady. This makes it a lightweight, great stalking gun – good enough for the deer in your neck of the woods. The synthetic version of the Vangaurd is available in 15 calibers. Price is $649.
14 | Taurus View
Born from the Carry-On Series that Taurus launched around its personal defense guns, this little point-and-shoot 1-inch snubnosed revolver comes ready to unleash five rounds of .38 special when you need it most. Made mostly of titanium, the View contains a stainless steel barrel. Perhaps one of the most unusual features of the gun is the clear-view Lexan sideplate that shows the inner workings of the action. A contoured grip and curvy frame allows you to wear it close in to your body – whether on your hip or in an ankle holster. It weighs 9 ounces empty and 16 ounces fully loaded. It’ll be available for purchase at the end of January. Price is $599.
15 | Legacy Sports International Citadel
Making its way to the U.S. as this is written, the 9mm M-1 Carbine from Citadel is sure to please. For hunters who want that vintage M-1 look, this gun is a favorite. It will come in two stock options – black synthetic and wood. The trigger, barrel band and sights are made of steel, and this gun displays the same dimensions as the .22 LR version. Magazines will be available to hold either 10 or 17 rounds. The sales representative is shown with the Carbine in the .22 LR caliber. It weighs 5 pounds, 8 ounces. Price is $500 to $600, depending on finish.
16 | Federal Vital-Shok Trophy Bonded 10mm Auto
Fans of the 10mm Auto know that when properly loaded, the round generates ballistics that equal or surpass the .357 Magnum, but out of a standard-sized autopistol. Ten-millimeter fans also know that factory loads taking full advantage of the cartridge’s potential are limited. Most factory rounds are downloaded to .40 Smith & Wesson power levels and intended for the self-defense market. Thing is, the 10mm can make a dandy hunting round. Federal’s all-new Vital-Shok Trophy Bonded 10mm proves it. The new load sends a 180-grain Trophy Bonded bullet downrange at 1,275 feet per second, making it a viable deer and hog load for handgun hunters, as well as a good personal protection choice in bear country. Price for a box of 20 is $39.95.
17 | Browning Cynergy
The Browning Cynergy has been around a little while, and it provides some outstanding features for any hunter – especially waterfowl hunter – who prefers an over-and-under platform, but wants a real duck gun that will stand up to the rigors of the sport. The Cynergy is now available with a synthetic stock with rubber overmolding in the pistol grip and forend, along with a rugged, weatherproof Realtree MAX-5 finish. This 3 1/2-inch gun (yeah, you read that right), has an adjustable comb, In Flex recoil pad and Invector Plus choke tube system. Though $1,999 suggested retail is far from cheap, it’s not a bad sticker when you consider that it’s a premium over/under shotgun wearing the Browning name.
18 | Remington 2020 Digital Optic System
The Tracking Point system created a huge buzz during the 2013 SHOT Show. Although we certainly recognized it as amazing technology, we had our reservations about its ethical use as a hunting tool. This year, Remington has partnered with Tracking Point to create the 2020 Digital Optic system, which seems to bridge a good gap between the system’s tactical uses and its use as a hunting tool. The system is a line of three rifles – a long-range setup in .30-06; a short, threaded-barrel .308; and a Bushmaster AR platform in 5.56 / .223. These systems, like the original Tracking Point, are sold as complete kits with scope, hand-selected rifle, 300 rounds of select ammunition, batteries and a carrying case. While the original Tracking Point cost as much as a new truck, the Remington systems will run you about $5,500. The scope still has the “tagging” ability that is signature to the Tracking Point, and it automatically calculates all aspects of the shot, from standard ballistics to bullet-spin and wind drift, so that most of the guesswork is taken out of long-range shooting. Unlike the original Tracking Point, however, the 2020 system requires the shooter to man the trigger and take the shot, and the system is only calibrated to 500 yards.
19 | CVA Nitride Rust-Proofing System
Nitride, according to the folks at the CVA booth, was originally applied to military applications in the firearms world, and later used on certain handguns. It’s a rust-proofing finish incorporated into stainless steel via a chemical process – and it seems to work quite well on muzzleloaders. Does that mean you can shoot your muzzleloader and never clean it again? Not quite. But it does mean that you have more leeway on leaving your gun loaded during the course of an extended hunt and delaying the cleaning process after a long day in the woods. The Nitride finish coats both the outside and inside of your barrel. It’s available as an option on CVA Accura rifles, and since it only adds about $30 extra to the price tag (price on an Accura with a Realtree APG thumbhole stock and Nitride finish is $600), why wouldn’t you opt for it given the choice?