Hidden inside the new A5 is an awesome recoil-reducing inertia system — anyone else thinking Benelli here? The new Humpback is offered with a 3-inch chamber and comes decked in black, walnut or camo. The new A5 breaks from its predecessor with more conventional stock dimensions that are adjustable with shim kits. The all-new Browning A5 is built to be the most reliable, fastest cycling, best performing and softest shooting recoil-operated autoloader on the planet. Browning is so confident in the A5, it is standing behind it with a 100,000-round or five-year guarantee that this shotgun will work come hell or high water. MSRP $1,560.
The new Browning Buck Mark Camper Stainless UFX features a new grip style called the Overmolded Ultragrip FX with an ambidextrous design in black and gray. It also features pro-target adjustable sights and lightweight alloy receivers in a matte-blued finish and a stainless 5.25-inch tapered-bull barrel. MSRP $419.99.
Browning Citori 725 Over/Under Browning’s 2012 Citori 725 now features a lowered receiver profile and lighter, slimmer barrels for a lither, sleeker look and feel. In fact, the new 725 shaves close to 3/4 of a pound from the standard Citori. The most notable feature on the new Citori has to be the trigger. Browning replaced inertia triggers with mechanical models, a noticeable change in feel which should translate into improved accuracy potential. The Citori 725 comes is offered Field and Sporting models. The Sporting models will now chamber 3-inch shells — a nice option for individuals who want to use the same gun on the clays range and in the field for hunting. MSRP $3,530.
Bushmaster Firearms ACR The ACR redefines the term “modular” with the extraordinary ability to change calibers, barrel lengths and stock configurations in minutes – without the use of tools. New for 2011, the ACR platform has been expanded to include the ACR Optics Ready Carbine (ORC), ACR Basic Folder and ACR “State Compliant” versions. Although Bushmaster offers more options and variants than we have space to list, the basic configuration starts with a 16.5-inch cold-hammer-forged barrel (1:7- and 1:9-inch twist available); adjustable, two-position gas-piston-driven system for suppressed or unsuppressed fire; tool-less, quick-change barrel system available in 10.5-, 14.5-, 16.5- and 18-inch lengths and in multiple calibers; front/rear flip sights; and a free-floating monolithic top rail for optic mounting, just to name a few.
The versatile Bushmaster MOE carbine has features that are unique to the AR-15-type firearm — a carbine-length barrel, full-length handguards and the sight radius of the original rifle design with exceptional ergonomics through Magpul Original Equipment. Key enhancements include the MOE collapsible stock, pistol grip, polymer handguard, MBUS rear flip sight and PMAG. The premium 16-inch Heavy Profile Barrel is chrome-lined in both bore and chamber to provide Bushmaster accuracy, durability and maintenance ease. MSRP $1,395.
Colt seemed to drop off the civilian radar in recent years, concentrating on military contracts. However, with the wars overseas winding down, Colt is back in a big way. In the past, the Mustang — and many other mouse guns — received little respect. That being said, would you stand still simply because it was a sub-9 mm caliber? I wouldn’t either. The Colt .380 Mustang is a single-action pistol, so if you’re familiar with a 1911 your transition training will be minimal. The Mustang Pocketlite’s aluminum alloy receiver, stainless-steel slide and barrel are all CNC-machined from solid bar stock. With a loaded magazine, the Mustang weighs less than 1 pound and measures 5.5 inches with a 2.75-inch barrel. The Mustang will pack six in the mag with another up the pipe. MSRP $600.