Taurus Announces New PT-92 Pistol Models with Walnut Grips

Taurus Announces 2 New PT-92 Pistol Models with Walnut Grips 2

Taurus says the new grip options add classic styling to the full-framed PT-92 series. (Photos: Taurus)

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Brazilan gunmaker Taurus this week announced they are adding two new models to their long-running PT-92 pistol line, complete with walnut grips.

The guns, clones of Beretta’s 92 series of 9mm pistols, have been a staple of Taurus since the Brazilain company acquired the Italian firearm manufacturer’s Sao Paulo facility in 1980. While the current bright natural anodized and black anodized PT-92s come standard with black synthetic grip panels, the two new models will sport grips crafted from Brazilian walnut.

Taurus says the upgraded furniture has “rich variations in the wood’s tone, depth, and distinguished grain patterns” to give each pistol a “unique, custom look and aesthetic finish.”

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Did you say, walnut? Besides the black anodized finish shown here, Taurus also markets the PT-92 in a what they call a “Natural” bright finish.

Other than the grips, the new PT-92 models will still have the same features and specs of the legacy pistols including drop-hammer-forged alloy frames with steel slides featuring 5-inch barrels and a 17-round magazine capacity. Overall length is 8.5-inches with an unloaded weight of 34-ounces. The guns ship with two magazines.

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In related news, Brazilian-made Taurus models could be in the rearview in the future for buyers in the States as the company’s U.S branch has officially begun low rate production on firearms in their Bainbridge, Georgia facility. The company announced this week the first “Bainbridge” marked gun has rolled out.

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Smith & Wesson Brings Back Model 648 .22 Magnum Revolver

The Model 648 has been out of production since 2005 but is now back and ready for work. (Photos: S&W)

The Model 648 has been out of production since 2005 but is now back and ready for work. (Photos: S&W)

Massachusetts-based Smith & Wesson on Tuesday announced they are bringing back a celebrated rimfire magnum, the Model 648 revolver, to their catalog.

The K-frame .22WMR-caliber Model 648 first appeared in Big Blue’s lineup in 1989 sporting a full-lug barrel and stainless steel construction. Retired since 2005, the newest generation of the model still brings a 6-inch barrel to the party, which translates to a very commanding 11.1-inch overall length. Weight is 46.2-ounces in the eight-shot .22 Mag, making the gun attractive for both those looking to fill pots and smoke targets.

“Built on the medium K-frame, the Model 648 is back in production to satisfy the needs of handgun owners who are looking to achieve greater distance while hunting or target shooting,” said Jan Mladek, GM of Smith & Wesson brands.

While Smith & Wesson makes a variety of .22LR revolvers, such as the Model 317 Kit Gun as well as the very similar Model 63, the Model 43 snub, the Model 17 Masterpiece and the vaunted Model 617, the 648 is the company’s only K-framed .22 Magnum wheel gun.

MSRP for the Model 648 is $749 and it comes standard with a Patridge front sight and adjustable rear, as well as synthetic finger groove grips.

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FN America Debuts New FN 509 Pistol in Full FDE Finish

FN Further Expands FN 509 Line with Full FDE Model

The new FN 509 FDE pistol has a suggested retail price of $679.00 and is shipping now (Photo: FN)

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Complementing the FN 509 Tactical, FN announced Friday they will also be offering the standard 509 in a Flat Dark Earth (FDE) variant as well.

While the Virginia-based company’s staple handgun lines are produced in matte black finishes in their South Carolina plant, full FDE schemes up until this week were offered just on the FN 509 Tactical, FNS-9 Compact, and FNX-45 Tactical. Introduced in 2017, the striker-fired 9mm 509 was designed originally as the company’s entry into the Army’s Modular Handgun System competition.

FN Further Expands FN 509 Line with Full FDE Model 2

Overall length is 7.4-inches and the FN 509 tips the scales at 26.9 ounces. (Photo: FN)

Based on their FNS Compact platform, the 17+1 capacity handgun was beefed up to meet rigorous military requirements that saw more than 1 million rounds fired in reliability, ammunition compatibility, and durability testing. Changes to the legacy design, in addition to the improved internals, include enhanced grip textures and cocking serrations, guarded controls and a recessed target crown on the 4-inch barrel.

Since its introduction, the 509 family has been expanded to include Midsize and Tactical offerings as well as the new optics-ready Midsize MRD which was introduced earlier this month.

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Mossberg: MC1sc 9mm Pistol Now Available in Stainless Two-Tone Model

The 19-ounce MC1sc now comes with a stainless slide option. (Photos: Mossberg)

The 19-ounce MC1sc now comes with a stainless slide option. (Photos: Mossberg)

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Mossberg’s MC1sc subcompact handgun line just grew by two as the company this week unveiled a pair of new models with stainless steel slides.

The latest installments, in standard-frame and cross-bolt safety frame versions, come standard with a bead-blasted, stainless steel slide over a matte-black polymer frame. The 3.4-inch barrel, constructed of 416 stainless steel, features a black DLC finish and a 1-in-16 twist rate.

The optional cross-bolt safety model is available and is reversible for right or left-handed shooters.

The optional cross-bolt safety model is available and is reversible for right or left-handed shooters.

Billed as ideal for everyday carry, Mossberg’s 9mm boasts a six-round flush-fit and seven-round extended magazine while a 3.4-inch barrel gives it a 6.25-inch overall length. As such, it is about the same size as the standard Glock 43 which boasts the same magazine capacity. Speaking of the G43, the MC1sc ships with clear magazines but will accept the same Glock 6-rounders used in that Austrian pistol.

MSRP on the stainless variants, both of which ship with white 3-dot sights, is $421.

Introduced earlier this year at SHOT Show, Mossberg reps told Guns.com the MC1sc has been a project more than three years in the making, a process that led engineers to include features such as a Safe Takedown System that allows the handgun to be field stripped without pulling its flat-profile trigger.

For more on the MC1sc, check out the below short review from Guns.com’s Ben Brown.

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Ruger Announces Short Run of 10/22 Rifles with Gray, Charcoal Stocks

Ruger Announces Short Run of 10 22 Rifles with Gray, Charcoal Stocks

The 1:16″ RH 6-groove cold hammer-forged barrel is locked into the receiver with a two-screw, V-block system and the carbine itself, with its light but durable synthetic stock, tips the scales at 4.5-pounds (Photo: Ruger)

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With a promised limited availability, Ruger this month announced two new synthetic stock options for their 10/22 rimfire rifle series: gray and charcoal.

Otherwise standard 10/22 carbines, these .22LR-chambered rifles are loaded with standard features such as an 18.5-inch cold hammer-forged barrel; a push-button, cross-bolt manual safety, and a factory-installed combination scope base adapter for both Weaver-style and tip-off scope mounts. Overall length is 37-inches while they weigh in at very light 4.5-pounds.

10/22 in Charcoal

10/22 in Charcoal (Photo: Ruger)

Each ships with a single detachable, 10-round rotary magazine and accepts all standard 10/22 mags such as the BX-25 extended magazine series.

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10/22 in Gray (Photo: Ruger)

MSRP is $309 and Ruger advises the new models are now shipping.

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JP Enterprises Offers Details on Eye-Catching MR-19 Rifle

JP Enterprises elevated the TriggrCon show floor, showing off some innovative, eye-catching rifle parts and firearms. Leading the pack in new innovations is the Ultralight 9mm Shrouded Barrel.

Perfect for PCCs, the JP 9mm Ultralight Barrel features a 5.5-inch steel construction extended to reach 16-inches in order to comply with ATF regulations. The 1-in-10-inch button rifled barrel achieves this extra length through the use of a lightweight aluminum shroud.

Tipping scales at just over 15-ounces, the Ultralight Barrel uses a cleaning port to allow owners to quickly and easily access the barrel muzzle; though the cover for the port can be removed so it doesn’t cause issues with Mil-Spec sized barrel nuts. The Ultralight Barrel is priced at $399.

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JP Enterprises furthers its new products by improving its bolt lineup with the new JP 9mm AR EnhancedBolt Assembly. New for this iteration, the EnhancedBolt Assembly works alongside the company’s short-stroke Silent Captured Springs to bring last-round lockback. Made from corrosion-resistant 416 stainless steel, the JP 9mm AR Enhanced Bolt Assembly is available solo or in conjunction with the short-stroke Silent Captured Springs. The bolt itself retails for $259.95 while the whole kit and caboodle come in at $406.95.

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The MR-19 is built no the APAC Chassis. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Rounding out the new offerings, JP Enterprises showcased its MR-19 rifle with APAC Chassis. The MR-19, or Manual Precision Rifle, features a host of upgraded features that elevate both the looks and function of the rifle, according to JP Enterprises. Chambered in either 6mm or 6.5 Creedmoor, the MR-19 is built on the company’s Advanced Precision Ambidextrous Chassis. The folding, ambidextrous chassis offers a fully adjustable system that works alongside AI-pattern magazines and the company’s own MK III Hand Guard accessories.

The rifle sports a Proof Research 26-inch barrel that is air-gauged, cut-rifled and cryogenically treated. The barrel is topped off with a 5/8-24 threaded attachment and choice of compensator. Though the rifle quick ships in the 6.5 and 6mm Creedmoor family, JP Enterprises does allow customers to request other calibers and custom finishes for a personalized build. Prices start at $4,999.

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The MR-19 features elevated looks and function. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

JP Enterprises

The rifle boasts a Proof Research barrel. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

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Meet the New Springfield Armory M1A Tanker Rifle

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The new Springfield Armory M1A Tanker is a throwback to the “Tanker” Garand that surfaced but was not adopted in the latter days of WWII. (Photo: Springfield Armory)

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In a salute to the storied shortened “Tanker” M1 Garands of yesteryear, Illinois-based Springfield Armory this week unveiled their new M1A Tanker rifle.

Featuring a 16.25-inch parkerized barrel and a 37.25-inch overall length, the Tanker is a version of SA’s SOCOM 16 rifle series with a retro styling that includes an all-new walnut stock. When compared to the standard M1A, the Tanker is almost a foot shorter.

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The Springfield Armory M1A Tanker features a 16.25-inch 1-in-11-inch RH 6-groove carbon steel barrel and has an enlarged aperture (ghost ring) rear sight with an XS front post. Note the muzzle device. (Photo: Springfield Armory)

Like the rest of the line, it is chambered in .308 Win./7.62 NATO. Set up for rapid target acquisition, the Tanker comes standard with an enlarged “ghost ring” aperture that is adjustable for windage and elevation, as well as an XS front sight post with a tritium insert.

Steve Kramer, Springfield Armory’s marketing VP, explained that since the M1A SOCOM 16 drew much acclaim in the past, the new Tanker model was a logical choice, saying, “Because of the enduring popularity of that model, we wanted to offer that same rifle with a new walnut stock for a variation we know our customers will love.”

While the Tanker ships with a single 10-round detachable magazine, it accepts all standard M1A mags. MSRP $1,987

Just what was a Tanker Garand, anyway?

Although it never went into regular military production, the so-called “Tanker” modified M1 Garand service rifle label was applied to shortened rifles in the latter days of World War II. While the Army’s Ordnance Bureau had prototyped an M1 with a folding stock for use by paratroopers — the M1E5 — it never entered production.

Later, armorers with the 6th Army, fighting at the time in the Pacific Theatre, converted 150 existing M1 rifles in their inventory by shortening the barrels. Some of these guns were trialed by troops stationed in New Guinea and a few sent stateside where the U.S. Army’s Springfield Armory (which existed long before today’s Springfield Armory, Inc., was founded) type classified the experimental guns as the T26.

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The T26 rifle, shown here at the top compared to a more standard-length T27 Garand below it has a markedly shortened barrel and trigger guard. This photo was taken in 1964 (Photo: Springfield Armory Museum)

In the end, the abbreviated Garand was not adopted, and its development was terminated in October 1945, a month after WWII ended. Today, just one T26 is known to exist, a chopped 1943-production gun in the collection of the Springfield Armory Museum.

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