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ROSSI TRAIL JUDGE
.410-BORE/.45 COLT
SIG SAUER P290 9

seven-plus-one rounds in 9 mm Luger. It measures 6" in
length, 4½" in height and 0.90" in width and weighs a scant
17.1 ozs. www.ruger.com
SAKO celebrates its 90th birthday by making 90th Anniversary

models of its famed Model 85. It has also added a few new rifles.
The 85 Black Bear has a "semi-heavy" fluted barrel and an allblack composite stock with soft gripping surfaces and blued action
and barrel. The 85 Brown Bear is chambered in .338 Win. Mag. and
.375 H&H Mag.; it has a brown, laminated hardwood, straight classic stock, a black action and a semi-heavy barrel. www.sako.fi

SAVAGE'S Light Weight Hunter weighs just 5.5 lbs. in shortaction cartridges and comes with the AccuTrigger. The Bear
Hunter features a 23" medium-contour, fluted barrel that
includes Savage's patented twist on/off muzzle brake. It has
an AccuTrigger and Savage's award-winning AccuStock. The
Model 25 Walking Varminter weighs in at less than 7 lbs.; like
other models in the Model 25 lineup, it features a trimmeddown, reduced-diameter action. The Model 12 Long Range
Precision is both a high-end target rifle and a varmint gun. It
features a full-profile, fluted heavy barrel, a detachable box
magazine, a blued finish, an HS Precision fiberglass stock and
the AccuTrigger. www.savagearms.com
SIG SAUER'S P290 is a sub-compact, semi-automatic pistol
in 9 mm Luger. Like its full-size stablemates, the double-actiononly P290 has an external hammer. The single-stack magazine
holds six rounds, but an extended eight-round magazine is
also available. Its polymer frame has removable stock plates
that allow for customization with aluminum or wood panels.
The P290 is available in matte-black and two-tone brushed
stainless. www.sigsauer.com
SMITH & WESSON jumps into the .410-bore revolver
market with the Governor, a scandium-framed wheelgun with
a 2¾" barrel. The Governor's six-shot, stainless steel cylinder
accommodates 2½" .410-bore shotshells, .45 Colt cartridges
and, when used with the included moon clips, .45 ACP rounds.
The company extends its M&P pistol line with the M&P22,
which is chambered for .22 Long Rifle while retaining the look,
feel and operating controls of its center-fire predecessors.
The company also adds a line of enhanced 1911-style pistols
called the E Series, which come with a precision-fit trigger,
fish-scale serrations on the stainless steel slide, a titanium
firing pin and a host of other upgrades. The E Series includes
four full-size pistols with stainless steel frames along with two
scandium-framed models with 4¼" barrels and round-butt
frames. The M&P15 Sport is an entry-level AR ready to go
from the factory. www.smith-wesson.com
SPRINGFIELD ARMORY'S polymer-frame, striker-fired

9 mm Luger XD(M) 3.8 Compact-which you may have seen
on the February 2011 cover-combines a barrel length of 3.8"

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with a shortened frame giving this versatile pistol a height
of just 5.6". It can accept a 13-round capacity flush-fitting
magazine or turn into a 19-round-capacity full-sized gun just
be swapping magazines with the addition of the high-capacity
unit with a collar at its base. In M1911s, the more affordable
"Range Officer" delivers the quality and many of the best features of the firm's TRP and Trophy Match pistols while leaving
off some of the bells and whistles defensive and competitive
shooters don't really need. The 5"-barreled RO comes with a
forged, blue frame and slide with a fully adjustable low profile
rear sight and front sight dovetailed into its top. The RO comes
standard with a long lightweight speed trigger and cocobolo
stocks. www.springfield-armory.com
STAG ARMS introduces the Model 3 with the Diamondhead

Versa-Rail System (VR-S), which allows for complete customization to the user's requirements. The V-RS can be accessorized with short or full-length Picatinny rail tracks, or fitted
with full-length smooth "bumpers" that provide an ergonomically contoured handguard. www.stagarms.com

STOEGER introduces one of the year's most exciting new
shotguns: the M3500, a 3½", inertia-action 12-gauge at an
attractive price. Other new Stoegers include the Cougar Compact, a 9 mm Luger handgun with a 7" overall length and the
X20 Suppressor, an airgun designed for quiet operation.
www.stoegerindustries.com
TAURUS enters the pistol-caliber carbine market with its

new Carbine CT G2, available in 9 mm Luger, .40 S&W and
.45 ACP in four different models, all with 16" barrels. The
company also launches the biggest Judge of them all, the
Raging Judge in 28 ga. Equipped with the company's Raging
Bull recoil-reducing grip, the five-shot 28-ga. Raging Judge
has a 6.5" barrel and weighs 67 ozs. Taurus' new DT Hybrid
semi-automatic pistols feature a polymer-over-steel frame,
which keeps the weight of the 9 mm Luger and .40 S&W
versions at just 24 ozs. Another new pistol from Taurus, the
DT Integral, also includes the hybrid frame and Strike Two
trigger, but weighs even less at 21 ozs. Taurus' new five-shot
DT Revolver boasts a polymer-hybrid frame with a steel cylinder and barrel. At just 20.2 ozs., it is an ideal gun for pocket
carry. To honor the 100th anniversary of the 1911 pistol,
Taurus is offering two commemorative models of the fabled
semi-automatic. www.taurususa.com

TRADITIONS shaved weight off its flagship Vortek muzzleloader; the Vortek Ultra Light has all the features of the old,
including drop-out trigger and overmolded stock, yet it weighs
just 6.25 lbs. If you want an even lighter front-stuffer, the
Vortek Pistol is about as compact as muzzleloaders get.
www.traditionsfirearms.com
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