- Bringing Back a Legend - The Colt Python
Joe Mantegna of “Gun Stories” says to think of it as the Lamborghini of revolvers, the Colt Python is said to be the finest production revolver ever made. However, production on this legend halted in 1999 and it hasn’t been brought back since - that is, until now. Colt isn’t pushing out the exact same revolver though, they’ve redesigned and updated the Python while maintaining its quality and accuracy. Eric says the Colt Python is the number one searched new product in the gun market for 2020, it has a lot of interest and excitement surrounding its comeback. The double-action revolver is available only in stainless steel finish this time around so don’t expect to find any nickel or blue, Eric says. It offers a 4.25 or 6 inch barrel length and is chambered in .357, but also accepts .38 Special. The Python 2020 boasts stainless steel alloys, a redesigned rear sight, more steel beneath the rear adjustable target sight, recessed target crown, user-interchangeable front sight, Walnut grip and the iconic Colt medallion. The trigger action also gets a tune up as it has been redesigned and simplified with fewer parts, and fewer parts, Eric says, means less room for things to go wrong. In fact, he notes that Colt did rigorous testing of the trigger action which included 40,000 pulls on one Python with no issue.
Will the comeback of the Colt hurt the collector market? Eric says that’s not likely as collectors will hang on to their originals and they will retain their high value. What this will do, is give an opportunity for everyone to experience, carry and shoot the legendary Python.
- Dropping Weight - The Savage Arms 110 Ultralite
Savage Arms is a company that has really positioned themselves as one of the most important rifle makers in America right now, Eric says. One of several new guns to be released by Savage in 2020 is the 110 Ultralite rifle. What makes this model stand out is the weight Savage was able to shave off to cater to those hunters looking for a lightweight field rifle. Hunters want something that isn’t cumbersome or heavy, a rifle they can easily pack up and take to the mountains, Eric says, and a rifle that can handle some field abuse if necessary. The 110 Ultralite weighs in right around the 6 pound mark depending upon the caliber you choose and is equipped with Savage’s AccuFit adjustable stock that enables shooters to adjust the length of pull and comb height as well as the user adjustable AccuTrigger. The 110 Ultralite will be available in .308 Win and other classics like .30-06, .270 Win and .300 WSM. It’s also offered in .28 Nosler, .280 Ackley Improved, 6.5 Creedmoor and 6.5 PRC, several of which are screaming hot cartridges right now, Eric says.
- Savage’s First Semi-Auto - The Renegauge
Another new offering from Savage this year is their first semi-auto shotgun the Renegauge. This 12-gauge shotgun is available in Field, Turkey and Waterfowl configurations for both hunters and competitive or recreational shooters. The innovation driving this shotgun is the proprietary Dual Regulating Inline Valve (D.R.I.V) gas system, Eric says. It’s this system that allows the Renegauge to shoot low-brass target loads all the way up to magnums and the gun will cycle reliably and flawlessly without adjustment. Plus, the Renegauge’s stock can be configured and customized to fit almost any shooter with adjustments for length of pull and comb height. You can pick up a Savage Renegauge in black or three different Mossy Oak camouflage patterns.
- The Curveball - Ruger 57
The 5.7x28mm caliber isn’t new, it’s been around since the 90’s but it doesn’t have that big of a following. The ammo is expensive and so are the firearms that take it, but Ruger is wading into this niche with the Ruger 57 and mixing things up. It’s an unusual cartridge for some as it is kind of small, Eric says. However, it’s very fast, offers a large magazine capacity, very limited recoil and it’s fun to shoot. The performance is impressive, Eric says, noting the speed is comparable to rifle velocities. Its direct competitor, the FN Five-seveN is almost double the price of this new Ruger 57 and that kind of savings from Ruger opens the door for more shooters to get into a 5.7x28mm and quite possibly boost the popularity of the cartridge. As for the specs, the Ruger 57 has a 20+1 capacity, 4.94-inch barrel, fully adjustable rear sight, fiber optic front sight, picatinny rail, ambidextrous safety and more. Eric notes that ammunition options are limited with just a handful of ammunition makers actually producing this round. It will be interesting to follow the Ruger 57 and see if they have success in mainstreaming the 5.7x28mm and increasing its popularity.
- Ruger Custom Shop Super GP100 Competition Revolver
The 8-round, Ruger Custom Shop Super GP100 Competition Revolver chambered in 9mm Luger is a really cool revolver, Eric says. This traditional style revolver has a lot going for it and if first impressions are everything, it’s coming in with a strong showing. It weighs in at 45.6 ounces and measures 11-inches in full length. For a 9mm the recoil is limited and it doesn’t feel like much in your hand, Eric says. It’s equipped with an adjustable rear sight and fiber optic front sight and attractive Hogue hand-finished hardwood grips. Visually it’s very interesting to look at with a PVD coated stainless steel triple locking cylinder that is fluted and has been shortened to reduce mass and increase rotational speed. That increase in rotational speed goes hand in hand with competition shooting where shooters have to rapidly knock down plates, Eric notes.
- The Cowboy Gun - Heritage Rough Rider Rancher Rimfire Revolver Carbine
It’s a really long name for a revolver with a really long barrel, the Heritage Rough Rider Rancher Rimfire Revolver Carbine in .22 LR and .22 Win. Mag. convertible. The Rough Rider series of small bore revolvers are an affordable single action revolver great for plinking and even some small game hunting. This gun was available last year without the stock and classified by the ATF as a handgun, Eric says. However, this year a carbine version is available, a throwback inspired by the 19th century revolving carbine. It has a 16.125-inch round profile barrel, adjustable Buckhorn sight system, steel frame and walnut shoulder stock. Eric says this is not only a good looking gun, but it’s a lot of fun to shoot, especially with kids. It has a relatively short length of pull making it friendly for younger or smaller framed shooters and the adjustable Buckhorn sights are easy for anyone to use.
Watch “Guns & Ammo” on Sportsman Channel, Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. ET for a look at the best new shooting centered products on the market. Plus, be sure to pick up a subscription of Guns & Ammo Magazine for a closer look at these and other new guns for 2020. You can snag a 1-year subscription for just $12 or a two year subscription for $20. In addition to the print magazine, subscribers will get digital access, as well, so they can read on any of their devices.