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Bore-tips

Bore-tips

  One of the neat new products I saw at SHOT was these foam bore swabs, called Bore-tips, intended to replace the traditional jag & patch for cleaning. They were first introduced to the market the day before the 2012 SHOT Show opened. The Bore-tips are packaged in a plastic bag, and attached 6 to a sprue. Each swab twists easily of the sprue, and can then be screwed onto the end of a cleaning rod. I … Read entire article »

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Caracal – Designed to Challenge Glock

Caracal – Designed to Challenge Glock

The Caracal company was formed in 2003 and is based in the United Arab Emirates and introduced their first product in 2007.  As mentioned in earlier reports, they are currently offering the full sized Model F and the compact Model C in 9x19mm.  Their pistols have been tested and are NATO qualified While at the 2012 SHOT Show, I was able to speak to their CEO Christian Ziehe and the Caracal’s designer Wilhelm Bubits Ziehe told me … Read entire article »

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Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT)

Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT)

We stopped by the CRKT booth to see if my daily carry knife (S-2) was still being produced, but was sadly disappointed.   However we were shown a very interesting folder by Nirk Tighe where the blade is released by depressing the rear of the frame With it’s skeletonized frame and the blued mechanism it was quite eye catching When folded, the pocket clip blends nicely with the structure of the frame cuts I was quite taken with it, … Read entire article »

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SIGs

SIGs

The big news this year was the SIG 224, which is basically a cut down 229 You can see that they tried to make it as short as possible will still providing as much grip (along the back strap) as possible by recessing the magazine base plate into the frame You can see the longer style external extractor. As well as the details on this example of the checkered take down lever, slide lock and magazine release button … Read entire article »

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Beretta Nano Chassis and Rock River Widebody

Beretta Nano Chassis and Rock River Widebody

First chance to handle the Beretta Nano.  It isn’t especially new, but it was interesting as it is following in the footsteps on the Sig 250 in that the metal chassis indies the polymer frame is the serialized part…note the white metal insert at the top of the left grip panel.  This means that they will be offering different exterior pieces to change it from a full sized to a compact to a sub-compact pistol…possibility … Read entire article »

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S&W M&P .22

S&W M&P .22

Here is a comparison in size between the M&P9 and the M&P22.  You note that the M&P22 only comes equipped with a thumb safety, also that the M&P22 isn’t a dedicated upper assembly atop the M&P9 lower, but rather a restyled Walther P22 Comparing them side by side shows that they are very close.  The backstraps on the M&P22 is not interchangeable, but rather fixed with the profile being that of the medium factory insert. On a … Read entire article »

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Springfield Armory XDm 3.3

Springfield Armory XDm 3.3

Here it is in all it’s glory, the long awaited Springfield Armory XDm 3.3 chambered in .45ACP.   As it’s name implies, it’s barrel is 3.3″ long and the front of the slide is beveled back from the muzzle. The big news of course is that it is a single stack pistol, so it is much thinner than the regular XDm I’m looking forward to testing this along with one of the XDm Competition 5.25 models available … Read entire article »

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Tang’s SHOT Show Notes – Day 1

Tang’s SHOT Show Notes – Day 1

Kel Tec The big news at Kel Tec was that the long awaited KSG shotgun started shipping the week before X-mass. Had a chance to see the PMR-30 and the thing that struck me was the how small it really was.  I took a quick picture of one with a red dot.   Accuracy International Got to look at their AX chassis.  The free standing pistol grip  really had a different look. The back of the grip is covered in rubber … Read entire article »

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AAC and the .300 Blackout

AAC and the .300 Blackout

  We had multiple requests to find out what the status of this round was.  The AAC booth was slammed for the 20 minutes or so that we waited around, but from what weheard ammo is now shipping.  We tried to get photos of ammo, but the boxes were empty. … Read entire article »

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Rock Island Armory Micro Mag

Rock Island Armory  Micro Mag

The latest from Rock Island Armory is the Micro Mag 9mm/22 TCM target.   Beside the 9mm barrel, there is a barrel and recoil spring for their new .22 TCM cartridge.  Tthe Micro Mag comes equipped with adjustable sights.  A simple switch of the barrel and recoil spring is all it takes to changes over, then you just have to adjust the sights to get on targetFired out of a 5″ barrel, the 40gr bullet will be … Read entire article »

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