Originally Posted by GunNut
The point is "Marketing"! They need to create markets in order to sell more firearms. I think it really is that simple. That dosen't mean we can not enjoy the new products; I for one have owned over 600 firearms and had become a little jaded so when they bring out new stuff I like to give it a try. One of the best examples I can think of is the 5.7X28 FN developed. After FN was done with it to get it imported to our great and glorious land the bullet was dumbed down to near 22WMR ballistics. It is still a pretty neat little round.
The product that most amazed me last year was the PWA upper they came out with. FN demands way too much money for their firearms and the PS90 is a great example, I'll bet it cost them less than $200 to make and they could probably sell them for under $1,000 and still be making a bunch of money. Well they price them at around $2,000 MSRP; although I have seen them as low as $1,400 lately. Then Pac West Arms comes out with a 5.7 upper that fits unto an AR, uses the FN PS90 mags and ejects the spent casings out the bottom of the AR mag well. I was really impressed with the thought and engineering that went into that.
The resolution to the 5.7 is the new .22TCM by ARMSCOR.
Chambered in a 1911-style pistol, it is ballistically similar to the 5.7, but the pistol only costs half as much.
Ammo, at the moment, costs the same, but you can reload...basically you use a 9mm case & a .223 bullet...cheap cheap!!
Dies will be coming out for it this year from the major Press MFR's...and then, 5.7 will be dust in the wind.
Armscor will be making a carbine for it based on the 22MIG style carbine already in production...
so look for it late 2012/early 2013.