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Friday, September 13th, 2019


Welcome back to Gun News 5×5. We’ve got lots of great new releases to look at this week. Here’s a quick list, with more detail below:


  • SCCY Firearms announced a new pistol in its 2019 lineup, which is set for shipping to distributors this fall.
  • Riton Optics, the only Law Enforcement and Military Veteran-Owned optics company in the world, just released their first pistol red dot optic.
  • FN America just released a limited-time factory optics-ready pistol, available in two colors.
  • Apex released two new parts for pistol upgrades: one for Large Frame Glocks and one for the FN 509.


  • Federal announced that their Shorty Shotshells were approved as an officially recognized cartridge.
  • Winchester sent out a warning and recall notice for two lots of jacketed hollow point ammunition.


  • Sig Sauer Academy and FLIR Systems just partnered to upgrade the Night Vision Operator Course.


  • Hogue released a new double pistol gear bag.
  • RE Factor announced some new IR Hybrid field patches, two of which can be customized.

SCCY Firearms

CPX-4 Pistol

Gun news: SCCY announces new CPX-4 auto pistol for Concealed Carry.

Gun News: SCCY announces new CPX-4 auto pistol for Concealed Carry.

From SCCY:

SCCY Announces the NEW CPX-4, .380 AUTO PISTOL to its lineup for 2019. The CPX-4 is a line extension to the CPX-3 that integrates an ambidextrous thumb safety into the platform. As such, the CPX-4 is packed with features such as the ROEBUCK QUADLOCK Barrel, 10+1 capacity, and fixed 3-dot sights. The slide is effortless to manipulate making it ideal for consumers who have difficulty with traditional pistols. The CPX-4 will be shipping this FALL to distribution. Please contact your trusted distribution partner or visit for more details.

Riton Optics

X3 Tactix PRD

Riton Optic X3 Tactix PRD

Riton Optic X3 Tactix PRD

The X3 Tactix PRD features an ultra-precise 3 MOA dot making it ideal for both pistol and modern sporting rifle use. Made from 6061 T6 aircraft-grade aluminum and fully multi-coated, HD lenses, this optic is also waterproof and shockproof up to 800Gs of impact.

In contrast to other pistol red dots on the market, the X3 Tactix PRD incorporates a top-loaded battery feature. This simple but effective design allows the user to replace the battery without having to remove the optic from the firearm, saving the end-user from re-zeroing with each battery change. The pistol red dot utilizes one CR2032 allowing for an incredible battery life of over 40,000 hours with 6 levels of brightness and an auto shut off after four hours.

Riton Optix Red Dot Optic X3 Tactix PRD

All X3 Tactix PRDs come standard with one Picatinny base plate, a protective cover, lens cloth, and a hex wrench, and retails at $299.99.

Read more at Riton Optics:


FN America

FNX-45 Tactical with Vortex Venom Red Dot

Gun News: FNX-45 Tactical with Vortex Venom Red Dot

The pistol will ship with the optic preinstalled for out-of-the-box ease of use.

From FN:

The FNX-45 Tactical, one of the first factory optics-ready pistols on the market, is a DA/SA hammer-fired pistol chambered in .45 ACP that features optics mounting capability, 10- or 15-round magazine capacity, threaded barrel and suppressor-height night sights. The low-profile and rugged Vortex Venom red dot features a 6-MOA (minute of angle) reticle, large viewing window and up 150 hours of battery life.

The limited-time FNX-45 Tactical with Vortex Venom package is available in both flat dark earth (FDE) and black with standard and state-compliant capacities. For a limited time, this package can be purchased for the suggested retail price of $1,329.00. Please use the FN Stocking Dealer locator to find a dealer near you with the limited-time FNX-45 Tactical with Vortex Venom red dot package in stock:

Read more at FN America:



Warning and Recall Notice: Super-X 17 HMR 20 Grain Jacketed Hollow Point

Olin Winchester, LLC is recalling two (2) lots of 17 HMR 20 Grain Jacketed Hollow Point Rimfire rifle ammunition.

Olin Winchester, LLC is recalling two (2) lots of 17 HMR 20 Grain Jacketed Hollow Point Rimfire rifle ammunition.



According to Winchester, the lots of 17HMR ammunition in lot numbers ending in NB51 or NB61 may not contain powder charges. Without a charge, the bullet can remain in the barrel, causing a bullet-in-bore obstruction. Firing subsequent bullets into the obstruction can cause firearm damage and serious personal injury.

From Winchester:

To determine if your ammunition is subject to this notice, review the Symbol and Lot Number.  If it is Symbol X17HMR1 and the last four characters of the Lot Number are NB51 or NB61, immediately discontinue use and contact Winchester toll-free at 844-653-8358 for free UPS pick-up of the recalled ammunition.

This notice applies only to Symbol X17HMR1 with Lot Numbers ending in NB51 and NB61. Other Symbols or Lot Numbers are not subject to this recall.

If you have any questions concerning this 17 HMR rimfire rifle ammunition recall, please call toll-free 844-653-8358, write to Winchester (600 Powder Mill Road, East Alton, IL 62024 | Attn: X17HMR1 Recall), or visit our website at

We apologize for this inconvenience.



SIG SAUER Academy Partners with FLIR Systems

Night Vision Operator Course

Sig Sauer and FLIR partnership for Night Vision Operator Course

Sig Sauer adds cutting-edge FLIR Night Vision and Thermal Imaging equipment to the course.

From Sig Sauer:

“The addition of FLIR products to our Night Vision Operator course will allow SIG SAUER Academy students to experience the latest and some of the most innovative night vision devices, and expand their operational capabilities. This partnership adds significant depth to the course curriculum and allows our students to train with the same equipment in use with Special Forces across the globe,” began Steve “Mato” Matulewicz, Vice President, SIG SAUER, Inc.

The SIG SAUER Academy Night Vision Operator Course is designed for law enforcement and military units to enhance their capabilities and safety with night vision and thermal imagining equipment for critical situations. Taught by experienced Special Forces Operators, students will be introduced to equipment in use with law enforcement and the military while learning tactics to supplement existing methods and procedures.

The next offering of Night Vision Operator course is November 12, 2019, at SIG SAUER Academy in Epping, New Hampshire.


Federal Ammunition

Shorty Shotshells Accepted by Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute

Federal’s 12-gauge 1¾-inch Smooth Bore Barrel cartridge and chamber designs have been approved and accepted as an officially recognized cartridge by the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI). Drawings and technical data of the newly accepted cartridge are now published and available to the industry and the public.

Drawings of Federal's Shorty Shotshells - approved by SAAMI

Drawings of Federal’s Shorty Shotshells – approved by SAAMI

From Federal:

“This is big news for our new Shorty Shotshell ammunition,” said Federal’s Shotshell Product Director Rick Stoeckel. “The 12-gauge 1 ¾-inch cartridge has been around for more than a decade, but it was never brought to SAAMI to be considered by its Technical Committee. Once we decided to start manufacturing this load, we immediately submitted it to SAAMI for industry standardization. We’re excited about this approval and we deeply appreciate SAAMI’s support.”

Federal’s new Shorty Shotshells deliver similar full-sized performance without the length of standard shells. Although just 1 ¾-inch long, new Shorty shotshells offer similar patterns, energy and accuracy as full-size counterparts. Now available in 8 shot, 4 buck and rifled slug loads perfect for fun at the range.

“SAAMI’s approval of the cartridge was a crucial step in legitimizing it within the industry,” continued Stoeckel. “Their work creates industry standards for the cartridge, and will hopefully inspire shotgun manufacturers to purposely build pump-action and semi-auto shotguns to specifically run 1 ¾-inch loads.”


Gear Bags for Pistols, Ruger 10/22 TD

Hogue Double Pistol Bags for pistols, Ruger 10/22 TD

Utilizing the same quality construction as Hogue’s standard pistol bags, the Double Bags also include a removable four magazine pouch.

From Hogue:

The 10/22 Takedown / AR Tactical Bag was designed as a multipurpose gear bag with both firearms in mind. Other aftermarket bags simply do not offer sufficient storage for extra Takedown rifle components and furniture. The Hogue 10/22 Takedown bag was designed to house a rifle dressed with a Hogue tactical stock and scope, which the factory bag will not fit. Add to that the option of fitting an extra barrel and forend allowing on-the-fly change overs between a standard barrel with iron sights to a bull barrel with a scope and you’ll find this bag is an all-purpose solution. The same bag also provides a discreet transport option for AR tactical ri?e owners by ?tting a tactical ri?e as well as affording additional storage compartments for eight loaded magazines and other tactical gear.

Read more at Hogue.

Apex Tactical Specialties

Ultimate Safety Plunger for Large Frame Glock Pistols

Gun News: Apex released the Ultimage Safety Plunger for Glock pistols

Gun News: This plunger is designed specifically for the Gen 3 and Gen 4 Glock versions G20, G21, G29, G30, G36, G40, and G41.

From Apex:

The Apex Ultimate Safety Plunger is designed to smooth out the trigger take-up when compared to the original factory component and maintains proper safety function, even when timing has been adjusted through the installation of aftermarket trigger systems.

Curved Trigger Action Enhancement Kit for FN 509 pistols

Apex Curved Trigger Action Enhancement Kit

The new kit is available now for pre-order with orders scheduled to begin shipping on Tuesday, September 17.

From Apex:

The patent-pending design of the Apex Action Enhancement Kit for FN’s striker-fired FN 509 model pistols includes Apex’s Curved Action Enhancement Trigger mounted on an Apex designed proprietary Trigger Bar which is paired with an Apex Sear. When installed the kit reduces trigger pull weight to give you an approximate pull weight in the 5.5 lbs range. Overall trigger travel is optimized to provide a smooth uptake while delivering a crisp trigger break.

Features and Specifications:
– Reduces trigger pull weight to approx. the 5.5 lbs range
– Delivers crisp trigger break
– Overall trigger travel optimized for better performance
– Center mounted pivoting safety maintains factory safety values
– Fits all current models of the FN 509, as well as FNS Compact model pistols
– Part #119-126 (Black)
– MSRP: $149.95

Installation follows the same process as that for the other Apex kits for the FN 509. Step-by-step installation videos include:

How To Disassemble The FN 509 Frame

Click the links to watch the rest of the series:

How To Use The FN Disassembly Fixture

How To Install The Apex Action Enhancement Kit for the FN 509

How To Reassemble The Sear Housing Block of the FN 509

Read more at Apex.

RE Factor

IR Hybrid Field Patches

RE Factor announced the release of these new field patches, available on their website.

New IR Hybrid Field Patches from RE Factor.

Top left to right: American Flag, Gadsden, EOD. Bottom left to right: CCT and custom pair.

From RE Factor:

RE Factor Tactical is proud to announce the release of our new IR Hybrid Field Patch line! All of these Hybrid IR Field Patches are made by and are designed to withstand prolonged use and wear in any austere environment our nation’s warfighter find themselves in. There are a number of patches that will be available for purchase as well as a custom option that can be used for individual callsigns, unit designators, names, or other important information. Each patch is embedded with sandstorm technology, a durable design that won’t peel and offers a much brighter reflection. The list of available Patches includes:


  • American Flag IR Hybrid Field Patch
  • Gadsden Flag IR Hybrid Field Patch
  • EOD IR Hybrid Field Patch
  • CCT IR Hybrid Field Patch
  • Custom IR Hybrid Field Patch (Pair)

All of these products are IR Patches with select patches available in multiple sizes and colors. The Custom IR Hybrid Field Patches are available in four different sizes. The sizes available are 3.5 x 2” , 4 x 2” , 5 x 3” , 6 x 3” . The Custom IR Hybrid Field Patch can have up to 15 characters to be used for last names, call signs, or unit designators.





Friday, September 6th, 2019

This week Walmart announced its decision to quit selling handgun ammunition. Its been all over the news this week, and I’m sure you’re sick of hearing about it.

But take heart. Not all retail department stores are taking the same path. A Rural King store in Terra Haute, Illinois took a stand this week for the Second Amendment with this statement:

Many rural Americans are defenders and supporters of our rights and the 2nd Amendment. We at Rural King are proud to stand with these Americans to protect and defend our freedoms.

While some retailers are bowing to pressures involving the selling of firearms, Rural King will continue to sell firearms lawfully in all our stores and online at

Hunting, camping, fishing, and other outdoor activities are some of our most treasured traditions and are woven into the fabric of rural America. At Rural King we are dedicated to living, loving, and embracing the rural lifestyle and carrying the products our customers expect.
We would like to thank you for shopping at Rural King and God Bless America!

Rural King
America’s Farm and Home Store


And here’s what happened in the firearm industry this week:


Selected by U.S. Army for Next Generation Squad Weapons (NSGW) 

This week, Sig Sauer announced that they were officially awarded a U.S. Army contract for the Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW). The entire Sig Sauer system is encompassed with this award, which consists of 6.8mm hybrid ammunition, a lightweight machine gun, rifle, and included suppressors.

Sig Sauer awarded U.S. Army NGSW contract.

Sig Sauer will provide single-source manufacturing for ammunition, weapons, and suppressors allowing for less risk and increased capability for the U.S. Army.

From Sig Sauer:

The primary objectives set forth by the U.S. Army for the NGSW-AR was a weapon with the firepower and range of a machine gun, coupled with the precision and ergonomics of a rifle. The Sig Sauer NGSW-AR submission is an ultra-light, medium caliber machine gun with AR ergonomics, and chambered in 6.8mm hybrid ammunition. Features include quick detach magazines, side opening feed tray, increased available 1913 rail space for night vision and enablers, folding buttstock, and suppressor.

Additionally, the Prototype Project Opportunity Notice (PPON) requirements were inclusive of an NGSW-Rifle. The Sig Sauer NGSW-Rifle submission, also chambered in 6.8mm hybrid, is lightweight and features a free-floating reinforced M-LOK handguard, side-charging handle, full ambidextrous controls, folding buttstock, and suppressor.

“The U.S. Army challenged the industry to bring forward significant improvements to the legacy weapons. The Sig Sauer NGSW-AR is lighter in weight, with dramatically less recoil than that currently in service, while our carbine for the NGSW-Rifle submission is built on the foundation of Sig Sauer weapons in service with the premier fighting forces across the globe. Both weapons are designed with features that will increase the capabilities of the soldier,” commented Cohen. “The final component of the SIG SAUER Next Generation Weapons System is our suppressor, which through exhaustively researched design enhancements, reduces harmful backflow and signature.”

Read more about Sig Sauer on their website:


M400 TREAD Pistol

Sig’s new pistol is an entry-level rifle-caliber pistol that’s fully compatible with existing TREAD branded accessories.

Special features include:

  • Optics-ready
  • Nitride-coated, cold-hammer-forged barrel
  • Free-floating M-Lok handguard
  • Single-stage polished trigger
  • Ambidextrous controls
  • KAK Industry Shockwave Blade 2.0 brace
  • Carbine-length gas system
  • Available in 5.56 NATO
Gun News - Sig Sauer's new M400 TREAD pistol

Gun News – Sig Sauer’s new M400 TREAD pistol.

From Sig Sauer:

“The hallmark of the TREAD brand is to deliver premium products at a moderate price point, that are designed, engineered, and built with the same quality and innovation consumers demand from SIG SAUER,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer, Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc. “Right out of the box the M400 TREAD pistol delivers on features and performance. Both the factory-installed, aluminum, free-floating M-LOK™ handguard, and the KAK Industry Shockwave 2.0 Brace are features of our base M400 TREAD Pistol that are included to improve accuracy and reduce the weight of the pistol. For the consumer that wants to expand the pistol’s capabilities, SIG already offers the freedom to grow with a full line of TREAD branded accessories to choose from.”


  • Total Length: 27”
  • Height: 7.5”
  • Barrel Length: 11.5”
  • Width: 2.5”
  • Weight (incl. magazine): 6lbs
  • Barrel Twist: 1:7”

Read more at Sig Sauer:

And of course, you’re going to want some AR mags for that, right? Maybe try some Lancer magazines?


Savage Arms

AXIS II Flat Dark Earth

Savage just introduced a new AXIS II in Flat Dark Earth, mounted with Bushnell Banner 3-9×40 and bore-sighted.

Gun News - Savage AXIS II Flat Dark Earth

Savage AXIS II FDE – available at retailers now.

From Savage:

Precision, performance, and value have never come together like they do in these proven package rifles. Their ergonomic synthetic stocks let any hunter shoot their best. The AXIS II’s user-adjustable AccuTrigger™, thread-in headspacing and floating bolt head maximize the potential of the 22-inch button-rifled sporter barrel. AXIS II provides the accuracy and performance of high-end hunting rifles at a fraction of the price.


  • Improved ergonomics and Flat Dark Earth synthetic stock
  • User-adjustable AccuTrigger
  • Carbon steel button-rifled sporter barrel
  • Detachable box magazine
  • Thread-in barrel headspacing
  • Bushnell Banner 3-9×40 scope mounted & bore-sighted

Read more at Savage Arms:



“First Edition” PPK/S Pistols

This week Walther announced these pistols as a commemoration of the return of the PPK family and the beginning of Walther’s US-based manufacturing.

Walther PPKS First Edition

Walther is only going to make 1250 PPKS First Edition pistols.

From Walther:

An evolution of the classic PPK, the PPK/S maintains the timeless features, essence and the elegance of the original with an additional extended grip allowing for added capacity and improved ergonomics. Few guns have withstood the test of time like the brilliantly designed PPK. To this day, the PPK is still one of the most sought after concealed carry pistols on the market. This demand serves as a testament to Walther’s long-enduring legacy of excellence and unparalleled performance. The timeless design and superior engineering make the PPK a true legend amongst firearms.

We are very excited about the release of the First Edition PPK/S. To build upon the history of this timeless pistol and offer a collector’s item was a fun project. The Fort Smith, Arkansas production is another mark on the storied history of this pistol, and we look forward to the future of the PPK series.” Said Bret Vorhees, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Walther Arms, Inc.


  • Stainless-steel finish
  • Cocobolo wood grips
  • Chambered in .380 ACP
  • Slide marked “First Edition” on the right side under the ejection port.

Read more at Walther Arms:

Need to feed it? Check out the GunMag Warehouse selection of Walther magazines.



New 6.5 WBY RPM Cartridge and 2 New Mark V Backcountry Rifles

Weatherby announced their new 6.5 RPM cartridge and two new Mark V rifles: the Backcountry and Backcountry Ti.

Weatherby Mark V Backcountry Rifles, New 6.5 WBY RPM Cartridge

From Weatherby:

“We have created the ultimate backcountry hunting system with these new Mark V Rifles and the 6.5 WBY RPM. The amazing thing is that this system has an amazingly low amount of recoil. Even when pushing a 140 gr bullet over 3000 fps in this lightweight sub 5 lb rifle, the firearm is a pleasure to shoot. This is going to revolutionize the expectations of weight-conscious hunters around the globe!” says Luke Thorkildsen, VP of Marketing, Sales, and Product Development.

The new Weatherby Mark V Backcountry and Backcountry Ti rifles are packed with new innovations that help achieve the lightest and fastest rifle available. Both models share the following features

An all-new TriggerTech Mark V trigger

An all-new Slim-line Accubrake ST muzzle brake with industry-standard 1/2x28tpi threads

A new carbon fiber stock from AG composites paired with Weatherby’s patent-pending 3D HEX recoil pad absorbs recoil better than any other recoil pad available at half the weight.

A Weatherby first spiral fluted bolt with scalloped bolt sleeve and hollowed out bolt handle

The Backcountry Ti features enormous additional weight savings with a titanium action for those that are seeking to save every possible ounce.

Backcountry – MSRP $2,499.00 – Weight Standard Action: 5.3 LBS / Magnum Action: 6.3 LBS

Backcountry Ti – MSRP $3,349.00 – Weight Standard Action: 4.9 LBS / Magnum Action: 5.9 LBS

Available in the following cartridges: 6mm Creedmoor, 240 WBY, 257 WBY, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 WBY RPM, 6.5-300 WBY, 270 WBY, 280 Ackley Improved, 7mm WBY, 300 WBY.

Read more at Weatherby:


New CZ 557 American

CZ 557 American

The CZ 557 American is part of CZ’s newest centerfire platform, the 557. This line of rifles represents a departure from the Mauser-style bolt found on CZ 550 models. Instead, the 557 bolt actions feature a short extractor and plunger-style ejector for a smooth operation of the bolt and enhanced ejection of spent brass.

The CZ 557 American features a 24-inch, cold-hammer-forged and lapped barrel. The longer barrel helps squeeze out more feet per second than shorter 16- and 20-inch barrels, especially for the hotter rounds like the 6.5 Creedmoor and the 7mm-08 Rem (both available in the short action 557 American line).

With a high comb and no sights, the CZ 557 is intended for use with a scope, and a built-in 19 mm dovetails mean there are no bases required to attach that scope. A good set of rings will mount the optic directly to the receiver for a simpler, more robust attachment. And save the hunter the cost of bases!



  • Caliber: 6.5×55, 270 Win, 30-06
  • Stock: Walnut
  • Stock Type: American
  • Mag. Type: Fixed
  • Mag. Cap.: 5
  • Trigger: Adj.
  • Sights: None
  • Barrel Length: 24 In.
  • Weight: 7.0 Lbs.
  • Barrel Profile: Sporter
  • MSRP: $871.00

CZ 557 AMERICAN Short Action Specs

  • Caliber: 243 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor, 7mm-08, 308 Win
  • Stock: Walnut
  • Stock Type: American
  • Mag. Type: Detachable
  • Mag. Cap.: 4
  • Trigger: Adj.
  • Sights: None
  • Barrel Length: 24 In.
  • Weight: 7.0 Lbs.
  • Barrel Profile: Sporter
  • MSRP: $871.00

Read more at CZ-USA:

[Obviously you don’t need mags for that…but if you did, you could look at our whole line of stuff from CZ USA.


Optika6 Riflescopes

Gun News - Meopta Optika6

Gun News – The Meopta Optika6 is now shipping.

From Meopta:

“The new Optika6 series marks a significant expansion in Meopta’s riflescope offerings, delivering new features, premium performance and exceptional value in a 30mm riflescope,” said Randy Garrison, Director of Meopta USA Sport Optics.

The Optika6 Shooting series is available with numerous illuminated and non-illuminated first focal plane reticle options, including new DichroTech reticles, which feature battery-free illumination in varying light conditions. The 30mm Shooting series is available in the following models: 1-6×24, 3-18×50, 3-18×56 and 4.5-27×50. There is also a 34mm 5-30×56 model with ED glass to eliminate chromatic aberration at high magnification. All Optika6 Shooting series riflescopes feature rubber-armored target turrets for a non-slip grip.

The 30mm Optika6 Hunting series is available with numerous illuminated and non-illuminated reticle options in the second focal plane, including DichroTech, in the following models: 1-6×24, 2.5-15×44, 3-18×50, 3-18×56 and 4.5-27×50. The turrets on most Optika6 Hunting models come with rubber-armored metal caps for the perfect combination of durability and functionality.

All Meopta Optika6 riflescopes are made of aircraft-grade aluminum alloy.


  • One-piece tube design
  • Zero-Reset setting for a quick return to zero
  • Zoom ring with a multi-position throw lever
  • Rear-facing zoom display for easy viewing of power setting from behind the scope
  • Locking turrets for exposed adjustments

Read more at Meopta:


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