Blue Book’s Top 10 SHOT 2016 (continued...)
Carbon Fiber Scope from Kruger Optical
Weight saving by using non-traditional materials isn’t a new strategy by any means, but in the optical niche of this industry, nobody (to our knowledge)
has deviated from aluminum or steel tubes… until now!
Kruger Optical has developed a complete line of quality scopes with ultra-light and rigid carbon fiber tubes. We were able to inspect these first hand
while at SHOT and can say the quality, optical clarity, and turrets were top-notch.
The look of this optic atop a Proof Research or Christensen Arms rifles would fit together as well as minivans fit with fanny-packs.
Armasight Zeus Pro 2-16x50
Thermal has come a long way in recent years. Armasight gets our vote for innovation for their new Zeus Pro sight that integrates with your phone via an
app. You can see your target on your iPhone via a map with the distance to target along with a plethora of other really cool functions. Capture still
images, range your target with a laser, and get atmospheric conditions and GPS coordinates from this sight.
All that, and the sight’s sheer thermal capability, resolution, and contrast make this an obvious standout in the ever-growing thermal optics field.
Ammo- D Dupleks Monolith Slug
Straight from D Duplek’s web description- s solid steel slug, encased in polymer, designed for tactical operations. Non-deformable, rigid slug with sharp
frontal edges cuts through the target without deformation and deviation. Self-stabilizing surfaces of slugs improves accuracy and retention of initial
Yeah. That’s cool.
While traditional rifled slugs (and also sabots) are made from lead alloy, this Monolith slug is a departure from the norm in a big way. Meant for maximum
penetration and impact through a non-deforming steel structure, no engine block is safe.
While you’re at it, have a look at their expanding Hexolit 32S (a fragmenting slug), along with their Kaviar Black (a lead pellet based concoction encased
in polymer). This Latvian company is truly out to further the shotgun ammunition market.
St. George Arms- Leader 50 A1- .50 BMG Bullpup Rifle
This is the first .50 BMG bullpup semi-auto rifle in the American (maybe world) market. There is an obvious military application with this rifle and the
design is rather innovative. They’ve crammed a 24” barreled semi-auto big-bore into a package less than 40” long. No kidding.
That’s tiny, compared with Barrett’s M82A1. Anybody who isn’t impressed and intrigued on the range with this needs to find a new hobby.
Newcon Optic Spotter LRF- Laser Rangefinder and Spotting Scope in One Package
Practical and new!
For years, long range shooters have cobbled together a spotting scope/ laser range finder package with the aid of custom mounts, separate pieces of
equipment, and, importantly, two eyepieces to co-align and sight a target in with. No more with the fully-integrated spotter and LRF. Now a shooter can
identify their target and get a precise range out to 5,500M in one compact unit.
Noreen BN36 Carbine Assassin-X .30-06 Compact Hunting Rifle
A semi-auto .30-06 with a weight of 7lbs: that’s impressive in and of itself. With a retail price of $2K, this compact rifle blurs the lines of tactical
and hunting rifles. We can absolutely see the concept of an ultra-durable AR-style rifle in a deer stand, ground blind, or just knocking around in a truck
ready to ventilate a stray coyote with a The good ole’ American “thirty-o-six”.
The design, finish, and shootability of this compact
.rifle is astounding. Given the history and pedigree of Noreen firearms, this rifle
is sure to please. While you’re at it, browse their website and have a look at one of the original bad-ass rifles in .338 Lapua (Bad News model).
Fostech Origin 12 Shotgun, Folding Stock Mag Fed Shotgun
You’ve seen the Siaga 12, but here is a more refined and well-thought design with some additional features.
The Origin 12 builds upon the AK-style operating system and adds a break-apart and folding stock element to a great platform. That, and a dust cover, a
detachable magazine, and lots of overall refinement give this new(ish) design shotgun a place on our Top Ten for 2016.