Opinion: Five Guns we Need Announced at 2015 SHOT

With several gun makers’ new lineups leaked ahead of the upcoming Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade Show, anticipation is building for what’s on the horizon. Last year rumors of a civilian Heckler & Koch G36 and an early SIG MPX release date filled the gun blogosphere. What about this year? Aside from Century Arms and Glock both releasing their new product lineup early, everything else is just speculation. Good thing gun guys love baseless speculation. With that in mind, here are five guns I want to see unveiled at SHOT Shot 2015.

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Like this, but in a full-powered rifle caliber (Photo: ArmsList)

Glock Carbine

This one has been stirring around the Internet forever. “Glock is going to release a carbine any day now.” If Glock’s design principles revolve around simplicity, the company’s marketing isn’t far behind. Why would Glock take a dangerous gamble creating a totally new design while making money hand-over-fist on existing products? They wouldn’t, or would they?

Glock is the Apple of the gun world. No matter what’s released, some fanboy somewhere will laud it as arriving from Mt. Sinai. A bolt-action G26 chambered in .32 WCF? Revolutionary! That said, imagine a .223 or .308 polymer carbine coated in an indestructible finish and feeding from indestructible polymer magazines. It’s enough to make a gun-nut drool.

Zastava M91

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Real Dragunovs are stupid expensive. Someone needs to import the less pricey Serbian knock-off (Photo PinPixPic.com)

When it comes to pure cool factor, the SVD is hard to beat. Chambered in the still affordable 7.62x54r, the SVD is legendary in Combloc countries for its durability, reliability and lethality at distance. The Zastava M91 is Serbia take on the Iron Curtain DMR.

Imported into the United States under the Tigr moniker decades ago, all real SVD rifles are banned by name for importation. Thankfully, the M91 simply looks like an SVD. Think of it as a high-end PSL. Realistically if any company were to begin importing these it would be Century Arms, but when questioned on the matter, revealed no plans to import this heavy-hitter. Oh well, a writer can dream.

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