It’s been a busy 2016 so far for Browning. The company introduced three brand new firearms at this year’s NRA Annual Meeting in Louisville: a pistol, rifle, and shotgun.
First up is a brand new set of handguns in the company’s Black Label 1911-380 line, the Black Label 1911-380 Pro.
As you may have guessed from the name, these are model 1911 handguns chambered for the compact .380 round. Building off the company’s successful 1911-380, the Pro models feature some upgraded parts and materials to make the pistol more suited to individual preferences.
It’s fitting that Browning should offer this particular combination of model and caliber, as John Moses Browning invented both the 1911 and the .380 cartridge (though the 1911 wasn’t originally chambered in .380).
The new .380 Pro models offer three-dot sights, are finished in matte black, have 4.25-inch barrels, and weigh about 18 ounces. There are also version with a rail and night sights. MSRPs begins at $799.
Next up is a new version of the reborn Browning classic A-5 semi-auto shotgun. At this year’s SHOT Show, Browning reintroduced the Auto-5, the first successful autoloading shotgun, after it had been out of production for several years. Now, Browning has introduced and iconic version of the A-5 chambered for 16 gauge shells: the Sweet Sixteen.
The new Sweet Sixteen is extremely light, clocking in under six pounds and is offered with chamber depths of 2-3/4 inches with 26- and 28-inch barrels. The gun uses a Kinematic Drive System that uses kinetic energy to cycle. The shotgun is guaranteed for 100,000 rounds or five years, one of the top warranties in the gun industry. MSRP: $1,699.
Last is the company’s new additions to its wildly popular X-Bolt rifle line, which has gained a solid foothold in the hunting world. The new model, the X-Bolt A-TACS, comes in the Advanced Tactical Concealment System camo for woodland environments, for a more complete hunting rifle.
The rifle features a 3- to 5-pound adjustable trigger, free-floated barrel, X-Lock scope mounting system with four screws, a rotary magazine, and a 60-degree bolt lift. The camo pattern isn’t the more common leaf and stick pattern of hunting camp, but a more universal blending system. The barrel is Cerakoted in a Burnt Bronze finish. The rifle is also available in a desert/urban A-TACS pattern. MSRP not available. Go to browning.com for more info.