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2014 gun lineup and U.S. Navy Seal tribute unveiled

2014 gun lineup and U.S. Navy Seal tribute unveiled

By Ken Piper

I just returned from Colorado and the 2013 Weatherby Writers Conference, where the gun company showed off its new lineup for 2014.

Not only was the Kessler Canyon scenery breathtaking, the guns were pretty awesome, too!

While Weatherby is known more for their guaranteed MOA rifles than for shotguns, the company's SA and PA scattergun lines have been turning heads.

We got to hunt upland birds with the new SA-08 28 gauge Deluxe shotgun, and I was blown away almost as much as the birds. Everything I shot at died, and since most of you have never hunted birds with me, trust me when I say that's something new. All credit goes to that amazing shotgun and the instructors at the OSP shooting school (which I attended the summer before last).

The SA-08 28 weighs just 5.5 pounds and was a joy to carry. Recoil was just a light bump on the shoulder, which made it extremely easy to stay on the gun for the rare follow-up shots I had to make. I was skeptical about the range of a 28 gauge, but we shot birds at distances I thought would be the limit for the 20 and 12 gauge guns I'm used to shooting.

It has a select-grade walnut stock with a high-gloss finish and checkering. Three choke tubes are included, and it's available with either a 26- or 28-inch barrel.

On the rifle side, Weatherby is introducing seven new guns, including four in the WBY-X series, a line built to the company's tough accuracy standards but with eye-catching camo and color options.

2014 gun lineup and U.S. Navy Seal tribute unveiledAnother of the new rifles, the Mark V Chris Kyle, is limited to just 26 guns and likely won't be available for long.

Chris Kyle was a US Navy Seal who was so feared during the second Iraq conflict, the insurgents offered a bounty for his head. Chris served four tours and was shot twice before retiring in 2009. After returning home, Chris wrote the New York Times bestseller "American Sniper" and continued working with troubled veterans until one of them shot and killed him earlier this year.

Chris gave much to help fellow veterans and their families, but he didn't imagine a day when he wouldn't be there for his own wife and daughters. Proceeds from the Weatherby Mark V Chris Kyle go to Taya Kyle and her two girls. Even at $3,400, six of the 26 guns have already been reserved by eager buyers.

The Mark V Chris Kyle is built on the Mark V Accumark platform in .300 Win Mag. It has a hand-laminated raised comb Monte Carlo stock dipped in Kryptek Highlander camo, a free-floating fluted barrel with recessed target crown and Cerakote Flat Dark Earth finish on all metal.

If you're interested in purchasing a Mark V Chris Kyle, or for more information on any of Weatherby's products, visit their website or call (800) 227-2016.

Weatherby isn't posting news about its 2014 line until later in October, so there's still a chance to grab one of these sure collector's items.

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