Our regular roundup of new shooting products destined to hit the shelves soon, including some that never got announced at IWA.
Rizzini ‘Regal Extra’
First in the list of new shooting products for 2020 is one of the more recent offerings from the Rizzini stable. Based on the elegant ‘Regal’ action, this model is enhanced with stunning Grade 4 walnut and is engraved with real relief engraving, depicting partridges on one lock plate and grouse on the other, with an option of pheasants in flight as well.
The secret to Rizzini’s beauty is that the engraving is all hand finished, giving it true depth and relief. In common with the rest of Rizzini’s range of game guns, the Regal Extra is available in 12, 16, 20, 28 and .410 gauges with a choice of barrel lengths and a solid rib at no extra cost.
HOWA HS Carbon Fibre Complete Rifle
Second on the list of new shooting products for 2020 n exciting looking new rifle from HOWA has been promised for release later this year. This carbon fibre beauty from the renowned Japanese manufacturer comes in grey (pictured) or green and fires 6.5mm Creedmoor ammunition giving it an impressive potential effective range that we would imagine is over 500 yards.
The rifle features a thread capped, carbon-wrapped Howa barreled action fitted into the renowned HS Precision full aluminium stock. A mix of kevlar, fibreglass and carbon fibre together with a barrel centre screw completes the gun, which weighs just under eight pounds.
The riflescope is a Diamond FFP-16×44 30 mm, and the gun can also be rendered in your favorite KUIU camouflage pattern.
SRP: from £1,999.99
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Swazi Rifleman Gen II
Just the ticket in the changeable spring weather, this tidy-looking coat from Swazi is light enough to fold up and put in your pack, but robust enough to keep you dry and warm when the showers inevitably come.
It’s rugged and simple lines look great too, and the carefully chosen green means you’ll blend into any sight lines with ease.
The Rifleman is waterproof, windproof and breathable and features a fully adjustable hood, water resistant zips and easy to use cord stoppers.
Hornady Precision Hunter
More ammunition to suit the growing number of long-range hunters here, though the ‘gimmick’ with the Hornady Precision Hunters is that they’re kind of two bullets in one, one that reacts well to high-velocity impacts at low ranges, and one that also knows to spread for high-range, low-velocity impacts causing maximum damage at both range sets while keeping accurate across both.
So what you have here is a bullet that will expand/mushroom at extended range (low velocity) and not over-expand or blow up at conventional (high velocity) range.
The key to this is the Heat Shield Tip, which thanks to its construction from polymers with a high heat threshold keeps its shape better than a conventional tip across the whole flight, so that short range velocity does not come at the expense of high range accuracy.
The Precision Hunter comes in a large variety of sizes from .243 all the way up to a very meaty 38 magnum round.
Starting from £41.20 for a box of 20
ADI World Class
ADI have a rich history in Australia that dates back to the late 19th century, but this new range of match grade ammunition brings their offerings bang up to date.
Superior Ballistic Temperature Independence technology is what they claim makes the difference to this new batch of ammo, meaning you can be confident your ammunition will hit where you aim whatever the temperature of your environment, with ammo that shows marked improvements over standard ammo when fired in really hot or really cold conditions.
Aside from this USP, these bullets are beautifully crafted, using bespoke manufactured brass with ideal tolerances, ADI powder developed, balanced and matched to relevant load data, an anealed cartridge shoulder and world-class bullets on top. The range comes in .223, .300, .308, .243 and 7.62mm sizes.
SRP: from £18.99
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Lee Enfield Sentry
Having enjoyed considerable success with their airgun replica Lee Enfield SMLE Rifle (soon to be followed by a Lee Enfield .380 and an AK-74), Lee Enfield (Guns) Ltd and their exclusive UK distributors The Shooting Party have decided to branch out, and instead of recreating iconic guns of yore, have instead come up with something new – this extraordinary-looking Lee Enfield ‘Sentry’. It comes in .22 and .177 flavours.
The forestock is constructed from ballistic polymer and a thumb-hole buttstock, with an adjustable cheek piece, and the stock is made from european beech. The rifle has a fully regulated action that delivers a high number of very consistent shots, 120+ in .22 and 75+ in .177 at 11.5fpe energy from a single fill.
The Sentry has a precision-rifled steel barrel which is terminated with a removable ½in UNF threaded silencer. Scope and accessory mounting options are varied and plentiful, with an 11mm scope dovetail positioned over the action and no less than six 22mm Weaver/Picatinny mounting points – three over the barrel; two on either side of, and one under, the forestock, providing perfect flexibility to add lights, lasers and a bipod to the shooter’s rig.
Each rifle is supplied with a filler probe, two magazines (9-shot in .177, 8-shot in .22), a single-shot tray and a set of ‘in-life’ spare seals and ‘O’ rings. Other features include a fill-pressure gauge located in the end of the air cylinder; a metal trigger blade and a manual slide-style safety built into the trigger guard.
The Shooting Party
01543 480 361
Zeiss DTI 3/35
This is the first thermal imaging camera that Zeiss has developed specifically for the hunting market, combining a high-resolution display that delivers detailed images with a well-balanced, ergonomic design. The ambition is to make it possible for us to be able to clearly identify our prey, even in poor light.
Thoughtfully, the camera zooms in extremely fine increments, allowing for the pinpointing of quarry, and the buttons are designed to be easily used when wearing gloves.
Images can be live streamed using the ZEISS hunting app and shared with your fellow hunters on the fly. With a battery life of seven hours promised, and coming in at a not-too-hefty 450 grams, this smart piece of kit may be finding its way into several backpacks when it’s introduced this autumn.
RRP from £2,650
01223 401 525
The latest offering from Finnish manufacturers Sako, the S20 is a hybrid rifle, designed for hunting in difficult conditions. Lightweight and portable, the Sako breaks down quickly and easily thanks to its takedown stock and comes with a sling for ease of transport.
It’s very adaptable too, with spacers for adding to the length, a quickly adjustable cheek piece and an adjustable trigger that means it will suit a wide variety of shooters.
The gun is available in a range of calibres from .243 to .380, as well as 6.5 Creedmoor, and boasts a five-round magazine. It has soft, leatherlike grips on both stock and barrel for shooting comfort. It comes in black/grey or camo.
RRP from £1,955 to £2,185
Zeiss Victory SF3
These binoculars, while designed primarily for twitchers, have certainly caught the eye of quite a few in the field sports arena. Quick and easy to operate and with an ultra-wide field of view, they are extremely useful at spotting small prey at distance and homing in on them.
Close focus to infinity is achieved in just 1.6 turns of the focussing ring, and the eyepiece is ergonomically balanced too – meaning that they’re simply less tiring to hold for prolonged periods of scoping.
Combined with the usual excellent Zeiss optics, water and dust-repellant lenses these features are sure to make these glasses a popular choice.
01223 401 525
Webley & Scott S-900 Series
A timely introduction from Webley & Scott, these mid-range and great looking shotguns are steel shot proof. They have been developed for the UK shooter by the Master Gunsmiths of Turkey.
Time will tell how they perform, but they certainly look very impressive in any of the four styles released so far: the plain black action, the coin finish and game scene, the sideplate, the competition and the top-of-the-range 900B3 with gold birds.
All the guns come with manual safety and an auto safety adaptor, 3in chamber, hand-oiled walnut stock and five interchangeable chokes.
RRP from £659.99 to £1049.99
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