The 2019 SHOT Show provided a great display of the newest firearms and ammunition. Some of the best firearms brands were on display and we visited these companies and heard firsthand from the guns and ammo manufacturers that were in attendance. Check out this extensive listing of the best guns and ammo for 2019.
Stevens by Savage
HEAVYWEIGHT® TSS turkey loads have transformed the .410 into a serious gobbler gun, with powerful patterns and minimal recoil through light, fast-handing shotguns like the new Stevens 301 Turkey. Its single-shot, break action is simple and incredibly reliable, and the 26-inch barrel is optimized for new HEAVYWEIGHT TSS payloads. The removable one-piece rail makes it easy to equip the 301 with an optic, and it’s available in Mossy Oak Bottomland and Obsession camouflage options.
“The Stevens 301 Turkey is an exceptional value, and packed full of extra features that hunters will appreciate. Dual sling swivel studs, removable optics rail, and included extra-full Win. Choke round out the package. The addition of a hammer blocking, crossbolt safety to the shotgun ensures that the 301 is easy to handle and safe in the field," said Savage Communications Coordinator Jared Hinton.
The Stevens 301 is currently shipping to the full distribution network, and will be on shelves well before the earliest of turkey seasons. Hunters will appreciate the low $199 MSRP, making the Stevens 301 Turkey an affordable options. MSRP: $199
Blend the profile of a low-drag match bullet with a traditional hunting projectile design and you’re ready to take on almost anything that walks on four legs. Federal Premium Berger Hybrid Hunter bullet weights have been fine-tuned to provide exceptional accuracy through any rifle. Ballistic coefficients exceed those of comparable designs thanks to a hybrid nose design that combines tangent and secant ogive features. The bullets are loaded with our finest nickel-plated brass, Gold Medal primers and specially formulated propellant for the best consistency and reliability.
Features & Benefits:
- Hybrid tangent-secant ogive bullet design
- High ballistic coefficient
- Superior accuracy across a wide range of firearms
- Lethal and reliable terminal performance on medium and big game
- Loaded to tight specifications with Gold Medal primers, nickel-plated brass and specialized propellant
We’ve brought back the immensely popular Barnes® Triple-Shock® X. This proven all-copper hollow point groups tightly at long range and delivers consistent, lethal expansion. The monolithic design retains more than 99 percent of its weight on impact to penetrate deep, and its grooved shank minimizes barrel fouling and improves accuracy.
Features & Benefits:
- One-piece copper construction
- Deep hollow-point tip
- Grooved bullet shank improves accuracy
- More than 99 percent weight retention
- Deep penetration and large, consistent expansion
Legal in more “slug-only” areas and offering enhanced range, accuracy and power over other straight-walled rifle cartridges and sabots, the 450 Bushmaster is becoming a new favorite of deer, hog and bear hunters. Now the hot cartridge is available in three of the best loads for hunters—Federal® Fusion®, Power-Shok® and Non-Typical™. All get the most from the round thanks to consistent, accurate bullet designs that expand reliably.
Features & Benefits:
- Superior range and accuracy over other straight-wall rifle cartridges and sabot slugs
- Legal for hunting in many areas where other centerfire rifle cartridges are prohibited
- Fusion offers best-in-class expansion
- Non-Typical is specifically built for deer hunters
- Power-Shok provides versatile, reliable performance on a wide range of medium game
The future of rimfire is here. New CCI Clean-22 uses an exclusive polymer bullet coating to greatly reduce copper and lead fouling in the barrel—without leaving a residue. It also cuts lead buildup in suppressors 60 to 80 percent. Both the Sub-Sonic and High Velocity loads feature a 40-grain round nose lead bullet with geometry that’s been optimized for accuracy. With dependable CCI priming and consistent propellant, Clean-22 provides flawless cycling through semi-automatics and all 22 LR firearms.
Features & Benefits:
- Polymer bullet coating greatly reduces lead fouling in the barrel without leaving residue
- Cuts lead buildup in suppressors 60 to 80 percent
- 40-grain lead round nose bullets—red for High Velocity, blue for Sub-Sonic
- Optimized bullet geometry for improved accuracy
- Reliable function in semi-automatic firearms
- Great option both casual and competitive shooters
Lose the noise—keep the fun. CCI Quiet-22 Semi-Auto drastically reduces the volume of standard 22 LR rounds, while cycling flawlessly through semi-automatic rifles and handguns. The accurate, low-velocity loads provide the sensation of shooting through a suppressor—without the suppressor—and are perfect for new shooters.
Features & Benefits:
- Flawless cycling through semi-automatic rifles and handguns
- Significant reduction in perceived noise
- Excellent accuracy
- Low velocity
Last year, CCI® extended the range and devastation of magnum rimfire with the VNT bullet design. Now varmint hunters and target shooters can get the same performance and precision in 17 Mach 2 and 22 WMR. The new loads feature a Speer bullet with an extremely thin jacket and polymer tip that team up to offer flat trajectories, superb long-range accuracy and explosive terminal performance on impact.
Features & Benefits:
- New 17 Mach 2 and 22 WMR loads
- Speer VNT bullet design
- Very thin jacket combined with precision-built polymer tip
- Devastating terminal effect on varmints
- Flat shooting and highly accurate to maximize effective range
- Consistent CCI priming
- Nickel-plated cases
International Firearm Corporation
The Strasser RS14 Evolution is the new modular flagship from the house of Strasser of Austria. With over 22 different calibers, it is the go-to among premium hunting weapons. Fast. Safe. The Strasser RS14 Evolution is a reliable partner when hunting and at the shooting range. The range of uses is unsurpassed due to the variety of caliber offered.
The Yaz Maximus is the ultimate shotgun for both the avid wingshooter as well as the competitive shooter on the course. With its synthetic stock, raised rib, full set of choke tubes, grey anodized aluminum receiver and an impressive price point to match. This shotgun will satisfy even the most discriminating of shooters.
- Receiver - aluminum
- 12 Gauge, 3 inch
- Barrel length 24 inches
- Raised rib/front bead
- Synthetic stock
- Semi-automatic/gas operated
- Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades
SBE 3 – the full redesign of our venerable Super Black Eagle platform. With carefully considered insights from our pro-staff and veteran hunters, Benelli design engineers have spent nearly 10 years in development with a focus on three areas of critical importance to the serious waterfowler: Improved ergonomics, intuitive, flawless functionality and an updated design, style and feel for the latest in modern waterfowling reliability that’s all about the end game: Absolute superiority in the most unforgiving conditions.
All the revolutionary features that have made the Super Black Eagle 3 America’s favorite 3 1/2 shotgun are now available for southpaws. And no, this is not a shortcut-filled “adaptation.” It is a perfect left-handed mirror image of the original Super Black Eagle 3. Now in Mossy Oak Bottomland and Shadow Grass Blades.
The Nova Pump field shotgun offers unsurpassed strength and weather resistance. The lightweight Nova Pump is offered in 12-gauge, 3-1/2-inch magnum and 20-gauge, 3-inch magnum.
- Steel skeletal framework over-molded with high-tech polymer
- Forend shell stop button
- Stock and receiver are formed as one solid unit
- Compact configuration available in 20-gauge
- When everyone thought the pump-action shotgun couldn’t be improved, the Nova Pump field shotgun proved otherwise.
- Now Available in Mossy Oak Bottomland
The Benelli Performance Shop Turkey Edition shotguns are the ultimate turkey guns with Performance Shop enhancements by Rob Roberts, world-renowned for shot pattern development. A Burris FastFire II sight is fitted to each gun, which is then pattern tested with Federal Premium Ammunition. Computer printouts are provided to show actual points of impact in 10-, 20-, and 30-inch circles. Choose the Performance Shop Turkey Edition in either the SBE 3 12-gauge or the lightweight M2 20-gauge model.
- Cerakote Burnt Bronze camo finish on receiver, Burnt Bronze finish on barrels
- Adjustable comb and 1/4" stock spacer make it easy to dial in a perfect fit (cast on/off combs also available)
- Camo, composite stock with textured gripping surfaces and Inflex recoil pad
- Three extended Invector-Plus banded choke tubes included (F, M, IC)
- Fully chromed bore for corrosion resistance
- Ivory front sight
- Ideal for hunting
New Max stock with adjustable comb, LOP spacers, vertical pistol grip, muzzle brake, stainless bull barrel with fluting, extended bolt handle, fore-end rail.
- Matte black Max stock with adjustable comb, length of pull spacers and vertical pistol grip; ideal for long range shooting
- Match grade stainless steel bull barrel with fluting and SR 5/8-24 threads (1/2-28 on 204, 223, 22/250)
- Supplied muzzle brake that reduces recoil and often enables the shooter to spot their own shots; thread protector
- Extended bolt handle for easier bolt operation
Tactical Solutions introduces the new X-Ring Takedown rifle featuring a Magpul Backpacker stock in Mossy Oak Bottomland. It’s everything that a takedown rifle should be; lightweight, compact, durable, accurate and threaded for the addition of a suppressor. The design of this new rifle is highly functional and incredibly effective. The rifle comes standard with the smooth pull of a Ruger BX Trigger. The Magpul Backpacker Stock has features like built-in storage for magazines, the ability to lock in place for easy storage and is extremely lightweight. The total weight of the rifle is 3.5 pounds. The integrated 15 MOA picatinny rail makes the rifle immediately compatible for any scope.
- Weight: 3.7lbs (Bull Barrel)
- Weight: 3.5lbs (SB-X Tapered Barrel)
- Overall Length: 35"
- Barrel Length: 16.5"
- Left or Right-hand charging capable
- Green Fiber Optic Front Sight
- Fully Adjustable Rear Sight with Fiber Optic
- Integrated 15MOA Scope Base on Receiver
- Ruger® BX-Trigger™
The A400 Xtreme Plus stock now feature a soft comb, which reduces the felt recoil imparted to the shooter’s cheek even further. New for 2018, the
A400 Xtreme Plus features Beretta’s exclusive Steelium Plus barrels, a first for hunting shotguns providing the best patterning possible from all hunting loads, along with further felt recoil mitigation. Further drawing from the competition world, the new A400 Xtreme Plus barrel features a step rib with an integral mid-bead and fiber optic front bead in order to ensure the proper fit and sight picture for all conditions. Further enhancing the A400 Xtreme Plus is the addition of an extended charging handle and bolt release from the factory to allow for easier manipulation during the coldest and rainiest days, as well as an enlarged loading port to allow for easier loading in adverse conditions.
Offered in both a Blued and Weather Shield corrosion-resistant finish. Also includes a 1" removable buttstock spacer, allowing the user to adjust the length of pull to best suit clothing choice and weather conditions in the field. Features a new, hand-removable triple lead thread breech plug and Power Rod aluminum ramrod for easy loading.
The Thompson/Center T/CR22 rifle delivers exceptional out-of-the-box performance through a feature set that appeals to both recreational shooters and hunters. The T/CR22 includes a green fiber optic front sight and adjustable rear peep sight for quick target acquisition, while the built-in picatinny-style rail allows for the mounting of an optic for precision shooting at longer ranges.
Magnum Blend features our award winning HEVI-13 pellets, in a mix of shot sizes launched at higher speeds, creating a cone of lethality at any range. Ideal for open field hunting when you don’t have time to scope shot distance and have to decide quickly on the shot. Available in 10, 12 and 20 Gauge.
HEVI-X is a Deadlier at Distance tungsten-based waterfowl load. Compared to steel shotshells with the same shot size, HEVI-X gives you 40-percent more knockdown power at 40 yards and 50-percent more knock down power at 60 yards. HEVI-X lets you shoot 2 shot sizes smaller than you would shoot with a steel shotshell, and get 25-percent more pellets on target, higher down range velocity, and more consistent patterns than steel. There is nothing like HEVI-X® in the market. HEVI-X shotshells remind you of the performance of the original HEVI-Shot® at a price you can afford. Available in 12, 20 and 28 Gauge.
Traditions Firearms is proud to introduce the next innovation in muzzleloading - the Vortek StrikerFire! This patent-pending muzzleloader is hammerless and instead has an internal StrikerFire system allowing for faster locktime, quick and quiet cocking of the rifle, and the ability to mount your scope closer to the bore.
Additionally this gun has a recessed de-cocking button for easy de-cocking, a 28" Chromoly barrel, Premium CeraKote Finish, Stow-N-Go Removable Butt Pad, Accelerator Breech Plug, and a Dual Safety System just to name a few of the many features! If you are in the market for a muzzleloader, you definetly want to check out the newest technology available and that is the Vortek StrikerFire!
Traditions Performance Firearms is excited to introduce for the Crackshot XBR rifle. This arrow launching rifle is patented by Traditions and is an exciting new product for spring 2019!
This package comes with 2 rifles for the price of one! The package comes with a Crackshot .22 caliber rifle with a 16.5” barrel which is pefert for small game hunting and plinking. It also comes with the XBR upper which easily swaps onto the Crackshot turning the rifle into the Crackshot XBR. This upper has an inner barrel that is protected by an outer shroud. Simply slide the hollow end of the arrow onto the inner barrel and push downward until it meets the end of the barrel. The Crackshot XBR uses a Traditions Firebolt 2216 arrow that is 16” aluminum. Next, break open the rifle and place a Traditions XBR Powerload .27 cal in the chamber, close up the gun, remove the safety, and then fire at your target. It’s that simple!
The Crackshot XBR is extremely accurate and can reach up to 385 FPS. The arrow is pulled from the front instead of pushed from the rear so the arrow maintains a steady trajectory. This gun has low recoil, is lightweight, and a low decibel when fired.
The Crackshot XBR is perfect for adults, youth, and anyone who is disabled or has limited arm strength due to the ease of use. It is excellent for recreational shooting as well thanks to this fun and enjoyable platform!
The 935 Magnum is for tough game that require magnum loads, with superior down- range performance, overbored barrels, dual vent system and comparably one of the softest shooting 3.5″ shotguns available.
Rugged reliability and ease of operation make the Mossberg 930 the shotgun of choice in duck blinds, deer camps, turkey woods, and special late season goose hunts.
The world’s first 3.5” pump shotgun, the 835® Ulti-Mag® manages the most punishing magnum loads with overbored barrels for better shot patterns and reduced felt recoil and muzzle jump for quicker follow-up shots.
The most prolific and reliable shotgun in the world is also the most versatile shotgun platform available, with a model to fit every season, every application, and every user.
Power should be an asset, never a liability: the Affinity 3.5 feels and handles like a smaller-gauge shotgun while offering the full capabilities of today’s 3 1⁄2" shells. Together, our Inertia Driven® system and TSA pad—which absorbs up to 50% of the recoil—translate into a pleasant shooting experience no matter the conditions. Handling is also optimized thanks to the slim forend profile made possible by the recoil spring being efficiently housed around the magazine tube. The stock is also trim and includes an internal balance weight that can be removed to customize weight-distribution.
The Affinity 3 semi-automatic shotgun is the ideal coming together of Italian craftsmanship and American passion. Even as you first shoulder it, you’ll be surprised by its lean dimensions, functional design and ideal weight and balance. The trim forend helps keep your eye close to the bore axis, meaning quicker and more intuitive pointing. The custom-grade controls—bolt handle, bolt release and magazine port—are oversized for positive use even with gloved hands. The Inertia Driven® system along with the TSA recoil pad makes the Affinity 3 easy on the shoulder in the field or on the clay range.
Franchi’s Affinity 3 Compact is a short-stock, 24-inch or 26-inch version of the full-size Affinity 3. The buttstock offers a 123/8-inch length-of-pull, to which, spacers can be added. As a young shooter grows, so grows the gun. When appropriate, a full-size buttstock can be fitted to the Affinity 3 Compact.
These shotguns are offered in Mossy Oak Bottomland. To see more from the Affinity line from Franchi, visit FranchiUSA.com.