Stopping by the Hornady booth, I was immediately taken aback by all of the exciting new products for 2016. Some of them were so simple, yet cleverly designed, I wondered, why did I not think of that or that?
First off, there was the Hornady Rapid Rack, an empty chamber indicator that also operates as a load assist device for those who prefer to keep their long gun ready with a fully charged magazine and an empty chamber.
To use the Rapid Rack, you simply insert the cartridge-shaped portion of the Rapid Rack into the firearm’s empty chamber, leaving the colored lever sticking out of the ejection port. Closing the bolt lowers the extractor around an extractor groove on the head of the Rapid Rack
Then to load the gun you simply pull the exposed red handle and it cycle the bolt and load the first round out of the magazine.
These will be available starting in March for AR-15 rifles and 12-gauge shotguns. Retail price was not available at the show.
The next item that I was particularly impressed with is called the Ballistic Band. It’s a 1-inch-wide rubber wrap that you can write on to track your shooting dope right on that slips right on your rifle. Then the next time you go to the range you don’t have to wonder what your adjustments for distance are.
These will be available in the March time-frame. Retail price was not available at the show.
It seems that a new phenomenon was discovered with ballistic-tipped bullets. Through the use of radar, ammunition engineers discovered that certain cartridges were traveling so fast that heat generated from air resistance was causing the ballistic tip to melt in flight. This resulted in decreased velocity and increased bullet drop.
To combat this phenomenon, they have introduced their new line of ammunition for 2016, the Precision Hunter line. This new ammo features a heat shield tip that provides effective terminal performance at all practical ranges and won’t melt, warp, or break down in flight.
Hornady will be launching the Precision Hunter series with the following loads:
- 6.5 Creedmoor 143-grain ELD-X tip
- 7mm Remington Magnum 162-grain ELD-X tip
- .308 Winchester 178-grain ELD-X tip
- .30-06 Springfield 178-grain ELD-X tip
- .300 Ruger Compact Magnum 178-grain ELD-X tip
- .300 Winchester Magnum 200-grain ELD-X tip
- .300 Remington Ultra Magnum 220-grain ELD-X tip
- .30-378 Weatherby Magnum 220-grain ELD-X tip
Not being a company to rest on their laurels, Hornady has brought to market two new sizes of their rapid safe line. The 2700 and 2600 both feature the excellent RFID-activated opening. This means you do not have to remember a code key are even swipe your fingerprint to quickly access your firearm. The safes open fast with the wristband, key fob or sticker that is supplied your safe.
They also offer a conventional key entry system if needed. The safes are not flimsy but made out of 14-gauge steel with two hardened internal locking lugs. The electronics are wall-powered and equipped with a battery backup to ensure 24/7 access. These are small enough that you could use the included cable to secure them in virtually any location. They also meet TSA requirements for checked handguns in your luggage.
The safes are available now with the 2700 retailing for $203 and the 2600 retailing for $199.