Browning A5 Shotgun Browning is paying homage to it's classic Humpback shotgun in 2012 with it's new A5. This is Browning's first recoil-driven autoloader and is chambered in 2 3/4-inch and 3-inch. It comes in three different stock options: walnut, synthetic black and synthetic camouflage. It has a sweet action, swings smoothly and sports a big tear drop safety that is impossible to miss. The MSRP is about $1,400. --AR.


Mossberg FLEX Shotguns “Flex your Mossberg.” Get ready to read and hear that sentence a lot this year. It will be everywhere. Last night, the company rolled out its FLEX line as a new concept in modular shotguns and accessories, using something called TLS (Tool-less Locking System). Simply, it means you can customize your shotgun from 11 different base 500 and 590 models with a modular system that allows you to change out stocks, forends, recoil pads and accessories, all without using a single tool. The base models are designed for all-purpose, hunting and tactical configurations, but with the various quick-attach components, you can change a totally black model 500 from a home-defense-geared, short, stockless, pistol grip pump to a full-length, stocked camo turkey gun in about a minute. I know, I watched them do it. No screwdrivers, no allen wrenches. Just your fingers and whatever extra components you choose to buy. No matter what, the Mossberg Flex line will allow for more shotgun applications in one gun for far less cost and effort than ever before. MSRP: Various –Dave Maccar
Ruger American Rifle For big-game hunters, this is one of the most exciting introductions for 2012. The new Ruger is a bargain rifle that is 100 percent American made. It has a rotary magazine and a trigger that’s adjustable from 3 to 5 pounds. It sports a 3-lug design that garners a short bolt throw. It also features a slick rotary magazine. In the long action version it comes in .30-06 and .270. In short action it’s chambered for .308 and .243. The MSRP is an almost too good to be true $449. –Alex Robinson


Smith & Wesson Model M&P 300 Whisper Anyone who lives in a state where silencers are legal and there is a serious need to cause a decline in the feral hog population, listen up. S&W has introduced their new Whisper AR rifle chambered in .300 Whisper, a very interesting caliber. The casing is the same diameter as a .223 round, with the length cut down a bit and blown out at the crimp and topped with a .30-caliber, 208-grain bullet that travels at 1,000 fps. The design of the casing means you can use standard 5.56 or .223 AR magazines and receivers. You would only have to buy the upper to convert an existing AR rifle into a Whisper. Loaded with .300 Whisper ammo and a suppressor screwed onto the 5/8-24 threads, I honestly wasn’t sure the rifle had fired the first round until I heard a ping from the gong downrange. There was so little recoil, the gun could easily be fired like a pistol if you could hold it steady. The feed ramps and gas system have been optimized to run efficiently with a full range of factory loaded sub-sonic and super-sonic ammunition, both suppressed and unsuppressed. The barrel twist rate (1 in 7.5″) is compatible with a wide variety of bullet weights from 110 to 220+ grains. It would be excellent as a small game rifle and is powerful enough to be a solid hog slayer at ranges inside 200 yards. It’s truly effortless to shoot and a would be a very fun plinker. The Whisper operates with or without a suppressor and can also safely fire .300 AAC Blackout ammo. MSRP: $1,119 –DM


Springfield Armory XDMS Pistol The newest edition to the XDM line of Springfield pistols is a dedicated concealed carry personal defense handgun that has very little in common with the rest of the high-capacity line. The XDMS is a double action, 6-round, 29-ounce gun chambered in .45 ACP with a single-stack magazine. Those familiar with XDM pistols will find a familiarly shaped and textured grip and trigger with an integrated safety, but that’s about all it has in common with the rest of the line. One inch thick at it’s widest point, the fully ambidextrous XDMS will make a wonderfully compact concealed carry pistol or backup gun for law enforcement. The .45 ACP rounds in such a small gun force you to deal with a bit of muzzle flip, but after a couple magazines, groupings rapidly became smaller.
Browning A5 Shotgun Browning is paying homage to it’s classic Humpback shotgun in 2012 with it’s new A5. This is Browning’s first recoil-driven autoloader and is chambered in 2 3/4-inch and 3-inch. It comes in three different stock options: walnut, synthetic black and synthetic camouflage. It has a sweet action, swings smoothly and sports a big tear drop safety that is impossible to miss. The MSRP is about $1,400. –AR
Thompson Center Dimension Thompson Center’s big play this year is the Dimension, a rifle with interchangeable barrels in 10 calibers ranging from .204 on up to .300 Win. Mag. To swap barrels, Thompson Center has designed two tools that are set to tighten the nuts on the gun to the proper torque. Assembly and disassembly are incredibly easy (Thompson Center engineers can make three shots on target and then change the barrel on the Dimension in about four minutes). Thompson Center guarantees that this gun will shoot MOA groups out of the box. The MSRP is a measly $650 and you can get another barrel for about $200. –AR
Remington Versa Max Tactical Remington is extending its successful Versa Max line with this tactical 12 gauge. Designed for home defense and three gun shooting, the Versa Max Tactical has an oversized bolt release tab, sports a 22-inch barrel and comes with a picatinny rail on production models. The extended magazine allows for and 8 + 1 capacity. MSRP is $1,300. –AR


Mossberg 464 SPX Centerfire and Rimfire Lever-Action Rifles Why would you want a tactical lever action rifle? Well, why not. Mossbergs two new lever action rifles chambered in .22LR and .30-.30 Win. look pretty bizarre with an adjustable 6-position AR-style stock and an elevated comb and tri-rail forearm with ladder rail covers. Since these rifles weren’t at the range and only shown at a press conference, I can’t yet say how they shoot, but I do see the cool factor in a small-caliber, lever action rifle with a stock that allows for a length-of-pull adjustment of nearly four inches. I could see this being a great first rifle that can grow with a young shooter, until they get embarassed to be seen with it in public. I can also see me putting a foregrip on that bottom rail and having an awful lot of fun at the range with either of these bizarre-looking creations. The 464 SPX includes 3-dot fiber optic sights and will be available with or without a flash suppressor or muzzlebrake. –DM
Franchi Instinct L Franchi’s new Instict L is an attractive over under at a reasonable price. Designed for upland bird hunting and clay target shooting, the gun comes in 12 and 20 gauge. The stock is made of satin walnut. Overall weight is just under six pounds and the MSRP is $1,149. –AR
**Savage 10 FCP-SR
From it’s law enforcement line, Savage introduces the 10 FCP SR. Features include a 10-round magazine, AccuTrigger, AccuStock and threaded muzzle. The gun comes in .308 and is dressed in tan digital camo. At the range, this gun was smashing 5-inch clay targets out past 500 yards. –AR
Savage Hog Hunter Designed specifically for shooting hogs at close range, this rifle comes with a 20-inch barrel and iron sights (but it also works nicely with a low-powered scope). In short action it’s chambered in .223 and .308. It’s long action version is chambered in .338 Lapua. Like all of Savage’s new premier rifles, it’s fitted with the AccuTrigger. –AR
Franchi Affinity This is a well made 3-inch, inertia-driven gun from Franchi. It’s light weight, at just over six pounds, and comes in both 12 and 20 gauge. Finish options include black synthetic, Realtree Max-4 and Realtree APG. MSRP is $850. –AR