Looking for a new iron or piece of kit to enhance the one you already own? Check out these 7 new bits of guns and gear to grow your firearms wish list.
The New Guns And Gear:
Smith & Wesson M&P FPC
Like lemmings to a cliff face, gunmakers are scrambling to pistol-caliber carbines. The latest to make the plunge is Smith & Wesson, and the results aren’t half-shabby. The 9mm M&P FPC is a grip-loaded affair with trappings of the company’s heralded striker-fired pistol line … and some features certain to endear it to shooters who appreciate convenience. Chief among these is the gun’s horizontal folding mechanism, cutting its overall length from about 30 inches down to about 16 inches. Because optics are mounted to a Picatinny rail on top of the M-Lok handguard, optics retain their zero after folding. Additionally, the charging handle doubles as a locking latch for lightning-fast intuitive deployment. Threaded muzzle, interchangeable backstraps and a load of M-Lok slots round out what looks to be a pretty wicked little system.
Maxim Defense PRS Suppressors
Hunting, competition or just plain enjoying your shooting time more, few accessories do more to enhance a rifle than a suppressor. Maxim Defense improves all three pursuits with the introduction of its lightweight and effective PRS Suppressor for 6.5 and .308 calibers. A sealed monolithic MonoKore is composed of titanium and aluminum, making the 7.9-inch can a second thought on most firearms. Additionally, Maxim designed the device to minimize the increase in cyclic rate and gas blowback of a suppressed firearm. Furthermore, a hard-coat anodized finish protects your investment, while its direct thread mount makes attachment universal and a breeze.
Bear Creek Arsenal BC-10mm
What this world needs are more 10mm PCCs. Lo and behold, Bear Creek Arsenal answers our prayers. The BC-10mm is chambered for the “perfect 10,” and with a number of features that are just plain cool. Topping the blowback carbine’s list is a side charging handle that makes manipulation fast and natural. Additionally, BCA runs an 8-ounce buffer weight in the platform, which makes the snappy 10mm downright polite in the recoil department. Best of all, the BC-10mm is compatible with Glock magazines, which opens the door to standard capacity (in terms of long-guns) magazines. Outfitted with ample M-Lok real estate on the handguard and built around billet receivers, the carbine hits the sweet spot for 10mm fans.
When it comes to precision rimfires, Volquartsen always has something interesting cooking. Dubbed the VT2, the rimfire boasts an ingenious takedown mechanism—a simple button/lever system that requires nary a tool. Even better, the system adds flexibility to the gun, giving users the potential to swap barrels, thus calibers, at least with the .17 HMR and .22 WMR. The AR-pattern rimfire is also chambered in .22 LR, but its svelte receiver size precludes it from the swapping fun. At present, Volquartsen offers two chamberings: .17 HMR and .22 WMR. Other highlights of the rifle include a 16.5-inch carbon-fiber barrel, compensator, TG2000 trigger and plenty of M-Lok mounting space.
MSRP: Starting at $2,261
Magpul Daka Grid Organizer for Pelican Vault V730 and V800
Every gun worth its weight in ammo is worth a quality case, and every case should have a top-notch organization system. Magpul jettisons the frustrating foam accompanying most hard cases with its truly ingenious Daka Grid Organizer. A fully customizable drop-in solution, the system secures your shooting gear and—better yet—reconfigures to the gun and gear you’re toting. The secret is the use of expanded polypropylene panels and blocks that nest together to create retention systems tailored to your particular firearm. They then can be quickly removed and reinstalled for your next loadout. Additionally, the lightweight Grid system doesn’t absorb contaminants, creating the ideal environment for your guns. Presently, the system is available for V730 and V800 Pelican cases.
MSRP: $140 and up
Rock River Arms Operator DMR Series Rifles
Rock River Arms has turned its studied eye to precision shooters with the introduction of the Operator DMR series. Short for Designated Marksman Rifle, the DMR line includes six variants, with two chambered for .223 Remington/5.56 NATO and four for .308 Winchester/7.62 NATO. Of the 7.62 models, Rock River offers two 16-inch barrel options and two 20-inch barrel options—one of which is an enhanced model. Translate that to the rifle coming with a SilencerCo Chimera 300 suppressor, an extra RRA 3-slot rail assembly and an ARCA Swiss rail adapter. For the 5.56 guns, there’s no enhanced option, simply the choice between 16- and 20-inch barrels. Across the board, the company outfits the guns nicely with chrome-lined barrels, low-profile gas blocks, two-stage Ultra Match RRA triggers and Magpul flip-up Pro Series MBUS iron sights.
MSRP: $1,745 and up
Brownells BRN-180SH Upper
It’s about damn time the AR-180 has come back into the fold, and Brownells is the main group to thank for the carbine’s rebirth. The Iowa concern continues to evolve its version of the Eugene Stoner-designed gem with the introduction of a suppressor-optimized, .300 Blackout upper. Dubbed the BRN_180SH, the upper defining feature is a three-setting gas block, with presets for unsuppressed, suppressed and off. The latter essentially turns the gun into a straight pull, making it whisper quiet when you’re running a can. Playing off the Blackout’s short-barreled creds, the component comes with a 10½-inch fire tube with a threaded barrel. Furthermore, it boasts an adjustable charging handle and mounts simply on the Brownells BRN-180 lower receiver.
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the June 2023 issue of Gun Digest the Magazine.
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