Top 10 Rifles We're Excited About from SHOT Show 2020
Whether you’re a competition shooter, a hunter or someone who just likes plinking, SHOT Show 2020 unveiled some great new rifles you’re bound to love. There were new models around every corner but we scrubbed the show floor to bring you only the best of the best. Without further ado here are the 10 best rifles we found while walking around SHOT Show.
Henry – X Model
Henry normally doesn’t have a booth at SHOT Show and this year was no different; however, the company was able to sneak a brand new rifle — the X Model — into the Federal booth to coincide with the new Hammer Down ammo made specifically for lever-action rifles. We’re looking forward to reviewing this one!
Henry Repeating Arms and Federal Ammunition team up for a round specifically for lever-action rifles. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
Benelli – Lupo
Italian manufacturer Benelli has long been known for its excellent shotguns, built for both hunting and competition. This year the company dropped a bomb by announcing that it’s finally diving into the bolt-action rifle market. The rifle has lots of innovation built-in with seven exclusive patents on its design. Currently, it’s offered in .270 Win, .300 Win Mag, and .30-06 Spfld.
The Lupo is a beautiful new addition to the already stunning Benelli lineup. (Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
Sig Sauer – CROSS Rifle
Another company jumping into the bolt-action rifle game for the first time is Sig Sauer. At SHOT Show 2020 they unveiled their all-new bolt-action rifle, the CROSS. As the name implies this rifle is meant to be a true crossover for the person who wants to compete and hunt — all without having to buy two rifles. The CROSS features a design that easily adjusts for length of pull, cheek weld, and cant. It’s still on its way to retailers but you’ll find this model offered in 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win and Sig’s own .277 FURY.
IWI – ZION 15
IWI has long been known for their Tavor bullpup shotguns, but now they’re jumping into the AR-15 game with their ZION 15 series of rifles. This is the first M4 style gun from the Israeli gun manufacturer and it weighs in at 6.5-lbs without the mag. It’s 100% American made and it comes equipped with a 16-inch barrel and one 30-round PMAG. Look for this rifle to hit retailers soon.
The rifle, which uses a 16-inch 1-in-8 twist barrel and a mid-length gas system, will be made in Pennsylvania. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
FN – SCAR 20S
This year FN dropped a new chambering to the 20S lineup that’s sure to make the long-range shooter giddy with excitement. Of course, we’re talking about the much loved 6.5 Creedmoor. In addition to FDE, you’ll also be able to find the SCAR in a black offering too.
For those who said they would only get a SCAR if it was in 6.5CM, FN called your bluff (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
Kalashnikov USA – KR-103
Kalashnikov USA made a splash at SHOT Show 2020 by debuting its KR-103 rifle in 7.62x39mm. This isn’t just a clone of a Russian gun, this is the first-ever 100% made in America AK. Components, down to the screws and trunnions, are even sourced domestically. “It’s never been done before,” said John Mossberg, President of K-USA. This model should be shipping in the next 60 to 90 days with an MSRP of $1,050.
Savage – 110 Elite Precision
The Savage 110 lineup has been a favorite of hunters for a long time. Now Savage is stepping up their game to offer their most competition-oriented rifle to date, the 110 Elite Precision. Partnering with Modular Driven Technologies to offer the LSS XL Chassis, the skeletonized stock cuts down on weight while still offering the end-user a way to adjust comb height and length of pull. These are already shipping with an MSRP of $1,999 and up depending on chambering.
The Elite Precision is built for competition. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
Serbu Arms – Diabolus
Some liken Mark Serbu to the Willy Wonka of the gun world. He’s been cooking up something special and he showed it off at SHOT Show 2020 — the Serbu Diabolus. This rifle has a bolt much like an AR-18 that rides on rails but Serbu, claiming no one else has done yet, attached an AR-15 bolt head to the configuration. The gun is built for modularity with the end-user able to switch out stocks and handguards depending on use. If the rifle looks funny that’s because Serbu stayed up the whole night before show open to finish the prototype. Hot off the press!
Franklin Armory – BFSIII M4
California-based Franklin Armory showed up big at SHOT Show 2020 with several innovative items to talk about. The first was their new binary trigger package for the Ruger 10/22, which is bound to be loads of fun, especially with the affordable MSRP of $299. If you don’t feel like messing around with a trigger install, the company also debuted their BFSIII M4 in 5.56 NATO which comes already outfitted with a binary trigger.
Kimber – Open Range Pro Carbon
Kimber showed up to SHOT Show 2020 with new handguns and new rifles in tow. This year they debuted the Open Range Pro Carbon series which sports a PROOF Research carbon fiber wrapped barrel. This gives the rifle a significant weight savings, a welcome feature for those hunters making long treks into the backcountry. TheOpen Range Pro Carbon series is also available in two different stocks, Granite and Open Country. You can expect to see these soon with an MSRP of $3,099.