New Semiautomatic Shotgun: Benelli Ethos
The Ethos is Benelli’s inertia-driven semiautomatic shotgun introduction for 2013. It’s a lightweight gun that features a new shock absorption system in the stock and a comfortable cheek pad. The gun is available in a nickel-plated receiver or an anodized receiver.
New Rifle and Cartridge: 26 Nosler Cartridge and Nosler Patriot Rifle
Meet the new, screaming fast Nosler 26 cartridge and Patriot rifle. It’s a flat-shooting, big-game cartridge offered in a 129-grain bullet (3,400 fps muzzle velocity) and a 140-grain bullet (3,300 fps muzzle velocity). The Patriot is a production rifle based on the M48 action and will retail for about $1,600.
New Shotgun: Beretta A400 Action 28 Gauge
Last year, Beretta rolled out the 20-gauge A400 Action and this year they’re going even smaller. This is the first 28 gauge semiautomatic shotgun that Beretta has ever made. It has all the features that Beretta fans have come to expect from an A400 but scaled down in a sub gauge.
New Hunting Rifle and Scope Combo: Howa Model 1500 Walnut and Zeiss Terra
Typically, it’s a rough fit and finish and chinsey plastic stock that are doing all that screaming. But you get none of that here. Instead, you get a handsome walnut stock, pretty darn good fit and finish, and the same barrel and action that comes on a Howa Hogue or Weatherby Vanguard Series 2, both good, accurate guns. You also get a 3-9X42 Zeiss Terra 3X scope, plus rings and a one-piece base.
New Shotgun: Browning 725 Citori 20 Gauge
The low profile of the 725 Citori made it a good fit for the 20 gauge caliber. The 20-gauge version of the 725 is lighter and livelier than many of its Citori cousins. It’s certain to become a favorite among Browning over/under fans who are looking for a light, well-balanced upland bird gun.
Cabela’s Exclusive Savage Model 10T Tactical Bolt
Built on the Savage Model 110 action, the new 10T incorporates a 24-inch heavy barrel with 5R rifling for optimal accuracy and a BA-style bolt-handle fore quick, easy cycling. It comes with a detachable box magazine and one-piece EGW scope base. And you get all of that for the ridiculously low price of $599.
Springfield Armory Range Officer and XDS 4.0
Springfield has two great new handguns for 2014 in the 1911 Range Officer and XDS 4.0. Both of these guns are chambered in 9mm. The Range Officer designed is for competitive shooters who don’t want the recoil of a .45. The 4.0 from the popular XDS line comes a barrel lengthened to 4 inches. It comes with two different magazines — a 7+1 and a 9+1 — which give shooters different grip options.
New Tactical Rifle: Miller Precision Arms 300 Guardian
This beast of an AR is chambered in .300 Win. Mag and sports a bunch of high-end components including a Geissele trigger, a Krieger barrel, and carbon fiber hand rail. Montana-based Miller Precision Arms makes these rifles 1 at a time, but the attention to detail is going to cost you. The base price for this rifle starts at $5,300.
Each year hundreds of firearms manufacturers and thousands of media members convene at a gun range in the desert outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. The annual event marks the first day of SHOT Show, the biggest outdoor industry show in the world. The Field & Stream and Outdoor Life editors were on site, working together to bring you a sneak peek of the best new guns of 2014. Check out the 8 hottest guns that caught our attention.