The Auto Mag Pistol
Remember that famous Dirty Harry line about the “most powerful handgun in the world?” Well, technically, there are revolvers more powerful than the resurrected Auto Mag but I don’t think anyone is going to argue that this new offering is right up there with all the famous big boomers.
This one is a reborn pistol. Production ended on the first Auto Mag guns back in 1982, but now a new company, Auto Mag LTD Corp has been formed to make them again with some modern improvements.
What is it, you ask? It’s kind of a like a .44 Magnum semi-automatic pistol, but not really. The initial caliber offering of the Auto Mag is .44 Auto Mag. That’s made from a cut down and shaped .308 rifle cartridge case (for strength) and topped with a .44 caliber projectile.
It performs with roughly the same power levels as a .44 Magnum revolver, but as a traditional semi-automatic pistol, albeit a big one. And it is big. I have large hands, and as you can see in the photo, this gun dwarfs me.
They’re selling now and in the near future the company plans to offer different calibers with the same frame such as .357 Auto Mag which will use a necked down .44 Auto Mag case and a .357 caliber bullet.
Night Optics Introduces SVTS Thermal Riflescope
Night Optics USA has a new combination night vision and thermal overlay rifle scope, the SVTS. The dual functionality is the key. Thermal is great for finding targets because the technology shows you clearly what stands out from its surrounding environment. If you’re looking at an animal or person camouflaged with the surrounding greenery, their heat signature will make them jump out in your view.
Night vision is ideal for detailed identification but not nearly as useful for finding things. That’s why the SVTS combines both digital vision and thermal technologies.
There are a couple of other nifty features. Since the scope can detect thermal sources outside of the field of view shown in the eyepiece, a directional arrow can lead you to swing up, down, or to the side to spot the next target. There’s also an auto-record feature that’s activated by recoil. When you fire, the previous and subsequent ten seconds are saved for later review.
The unit also features continuous calibration, so there are no stops or pauses in the middle of the action like you might find on less sophisticated optics. The best part is the price point. Thermal is expensive, but prices are coming down every year as the technology improves. MSRP: $1,199.
Lyman’s New Auto-Advance Remote Controlled Target System
The Lyman AutoAdvance Target System lets you spend more time shooting and less time waiting to change your targets. photo by Dave Maccar
Lyman had its new Auto-Advance Target System on display at it’s SHOT Show booth, and the advatages of such a setup are immediately apparent to anyone who has spent more time at the range waiting for a ceasefire and the opportunity to switch out targets than actually shooting—especially when sighting in a gun.
The Auto-Advance is basically a frame that holds two rolls of material with targets printed on them. With the included remote control system, once you’re done shooting at a set of targets, instead of waiting for a ceasefire, simply use the remote to advance to a fresh set of targets at distances up to 200 yards.
Plus, the Auto-Advance Target System is battery operated, so there is no need for access to power outlets. The whole setup disassembles easily for transportation back and forth to the range.
Like any target holder, it’s expected to take some abuse from bullets that don’t quite hit their mark. The Auto-Advance has protection plates that are rated for use with all rimfire calibers and the legs of the stand use standard an inexpensive electrical conduit tubing, which makes replacing damaged legs easy and cheap, plus it lets you customize the height of your target.
The Auto-Advance Target System comes with a roll of standard bullseye targets. Additional 50 foot target rolls are available with bullseye, animal and silhouette designs. MSRP: $148 —Dave Maccar
A view from the back of the target system shows how it works. photo by Dave Maccar
Meopta MeoAce 3×20 Tactical Sight
Got an AR rifle? Consider a low-power fixed magnification optic. This new model from Meopta offers a fixed 3x magnification. That’s low enough so that you get a good two-eyes-open sight picture at closer ranges but still get enough magnification help to accurately hit targets out to 400 yards or so.
The MeoAce 3×20 is designed for both .223 / 5.66mm and .308 / 7.62mm rifles and uses different markings on the right and left sides of the reticle to offer the shooter correct hold points out to 600 meters. The reticle is also illuminated with 12-settings, some of which are night-vision compatible. MSRP: $1,299.99.
Streak Visual Ammunition
Tracer rounds are super cool and lots of fun. The problem is that ranges, safety officers, and forests in general frown on them because they drag a trail of burning hot metal something or other all along their path. Nifty to look at, they’re kind of dangerous to your surroundings because of the fire hazard.
Ammo, Inc. acquired patented technology that generates tracer trails without the use of burning chemicals and the associated risk of fire. Here’s the secret: triboluminescence – light emitted from fractured crystals. OK, so I have no idea what the means either, but apparently the process generates light without creating heat. That means that they are safe not only outdoors but in indoor ranges too. MSRP: NA
EDGE Personal Safe from Cannon
The EDGE line of personal safes comes in a variety of striking retro colors. photo by Dave Maccar
These retro-colored safes were definitely an eye catcher. The EDGE Personal safe, from Cannon, is a line of colorful, durable safes that can store several handguns and/or valuables at an affordable price.
While these little guys aren’t water or fire-proof, they offer excellent security for small spaces, like apartments or dorms, while still looking cool.
The safe weighs in at 47 pounds and includes hardware for securely mounting it to a surface or wall. The combination can be customized on the digital keypad (which includes a key backup), which will sound an alarm if an incorrect code is entered more than once. It’s available in Apple Green, Black, Spark Yellow, Splash White & Blue, and Summer Orange. The EDGE also comes in a Mini version. MSRP: $259 —DM
The EDGE personal safe has a customizable digital combination lock with a key backup and an anti-tamper alarm. photo by Dave Maccar
FK Brno 7.5 Field Pistol
What’s more fun than shooting steel targets? How about shooting steel targets with a pistol from 100 (or more) yards away? That’s exactly where the new FK BRNO 7.5 Field Pistol shines. If the shooter holds up their end of the deal, this pistol will shoot two to four-inch groups at 100 yards. A true specialty pistol, this quote from the manufacturer sums it up quite well. “A handgun with the recoil of a 40, the size of a 45, high capacity of a 9mm and the ballistics similar to a 30 cal carbine.”
Part of the reason for those interest specs is the design of the pistol itself. It’s a single-action with tilting barrel recoil design and a proprietary recoil attenuating system. The other reason that it can pack such a long-range punch yet still have the capacity and carry attributes is the ammo itself. This pistol fires the 7.5 FK Cartridge.
That bottleneck round looks something like a .357 Sig but launches a 95-grain projectile at about 2,000 feet per second. In fact, at 100 yards down range, that projectile is still cooking along at over 1,500 feet per second. That’s one attribute that makes this an ideal gun for long range steel silhouette competitions. MSRP: $7500