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Pelican: Defining Tough

Pelican: Defining Tough

Pelican makes tough stuff for emergency responders, soldiers, and people who just need hardworking tools.  Their cases are the industry standard for protecting equipment in harsh environments, and they have made terrific waterproof lights for years. One of my first really high quality lights was a Pelican Stealthlight, some 19 years ago, and I have since given friends Pelican lights as gifts.  Even their tiny L1 LED I have used and gifted to first responder … Read entire article »

Filed under: Accessories, SHOT 2013

Pistol Caliber Carbines: Thureon Defense

Pistol Caliber Carbines: Thureon Defense

One of the main problems with pistol caliber AR-15 rifles is that the 5.56x45mm/.223 cartridge is much longer than even the 10mm, the longest of the common handgun cartridges one can find the AR-15 chambered in.  Handgun magazines are much shorter than AR-15 magazines, so pistol calibers on standard AR-15 receivers must either use magazines modified with an extension to fit the AR-15 magazine well, or the actual mag well must have a block installed … Read entire article »

Filed under: Rifles, SHOT 2013

The Smith and Wesson Booth

The Smith and Wesson Booth

Smith & Wesson was focusing on some performance center models and some new .308 AR pattern rifles: PC 1911 This is a Scandium Commander that the S&W’s Performance Center has put its hands on.  Each slide is mated to the frame, and the modifications shown here are performed.  The best part is that the S&W rep priced this at around $1,500.  Not bad at all. M&P 9/40 Pro Series Core We saw and shot these during Media Day at … Read entire article »

Filed under: Handguns, Rifles, SHOT 2013

Pocket Hunter- Beeman Precision Scores a Home Run

Pocket Hunter- Beeman Precision Scores a Home Run

Have you ever looked for something and found something else really, really neat instead?  That happened to me yesterday.  I was heading towards Savage, but saw a product in the adjoining booth that was so incredibly innovative, that I had to stop and learn everything I could about it. Bowhunting is a popular sport in the United States, however, bowhunting usually takes a fairly serious investment to assemble all the paraphernalia needed for practical hunting.  “Wrist … Read entire article »

Filed under: Accessories, SHOT 2013

New Products from Ruger

New Products from Ruger

Ruger’s booth was full of new products.  Here’s the quick and dirty: Pistols   New Steel 1911 Commander I asked about this, and apparently a steel commander was what the market wanted.  I prefer aluminum frames myself, but I’m always thrilled to see more 1911’s on the market. MSRP is $829, so this is looking very affordable as well. SR45 Striker fired, 10 round magazines, ambi safety, ambi mag release, rail, and a reversible backstrap so the buyer can choose whether the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Handguns, Rifles, SHOT 2013

The Bushnell Booth: So Much New Stuff

The Bushnell Booth: So Much New Stuff

I walked into the booth not knowing much about Bushnell.  They’re sold at Wal-Mart so I have always assumed Bushnell was a lower tier brand, but after borrowing a pair of laser range-finding binoculars at a class last year and being impressed with their performance (if not with the image quality) I wanted to learn more about the product line. So I went by the Bushnell product booth, learned that they have over 130 new SKUs … Read entire article »

Filed under: Optics, SHOT 2013

The Kimber Booth

Lots of cool stuff from Kimber. I’t like to start with a comment regarding the Solo pistols.  Lots of the reports on THR have mentioned that Solos needed to go back for warranty work before they fed well.  After talking to Kimber about this (apparently I struck a nerve) I learned the following about this problem: They don’t view it as a problem. The problem can’t be replicated on the returned pistols. The Solo was designed to function well on full-power ammunition.  In the process of shaving every fraction of an inch on the design they made decisions that pretty much require full power ammo to cycle properly.  If you shoot 115gr ammunition in spite of what the owner’s manual tells you, then you might run into problems.  This is a failure to follow … Read entire article »

Filed under: Handguns, SHOT 2013

SIG-SAUER Conquers the World

SIG-SAUER Conquers the World

SIG-Sauer was packed with numerous innovative products this year. Sig is known as a higher-end maker, and their firearms are not inexpensive, but some of the innovations they are introducing are surprisingly economical. Unlike another well-known tactical manufacturer beloved by the movie and video game industries, [cough] HK! [/cough] Sig is happy to sell to lawful civilian, non-law enforcement individuals. Some of the many products from SIG: the P226 will be available in a SAO model … Read entire article »

Filed under: Handguns, Rifles, SHOT 2013, Uncategorized

Savage Rifles

Savage Rifles

BMAG This is Savage’s new .17 Winchester Super Magnum, producing 3,000 fps. This model accepts rotary magazines and comes with an AccuTrigger, and comes with a $349 MSRP. New Rascal Colors This one is kind of self-explanatory: Muddy Girl Camo and Axis XP Youth Rifles These were shown to me as the “muddy girl” rifle, and I’m assuming that the specs are comparable for both rifles. These have a 4 round magazine, are available in .243, .223, or 7mm-08, come from the factory … Read entire article »

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Colt Rifles

Colt Rifles

The Colt reps didn’t want to work much after 3 pm.  I dragged someone away from a conversation and asked what was new for the year.  He said “we’ve got new colors,” pointed me to the display, and went back to his coworkers. So, here are Colt’s new colors: At least they’re not named Zombie Green and Zombie Pink, I guess. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Rifles, SHOT 2013