SHOT Show is once per year, and we try to get the most out of it for those of you who want as much information on new products as possible.
This was a tough SHOT Show because of the threat to our 2nd Amendment freedom looming large right now, but hopefully we'll get through it unscathed for this round at least. We hope you have enjoyed SHOT Show 2013!
TrackingPoint Lock 'n Launch Rifle Technology
The military contractor game has dried up some since the wars have slowed down so a lot of products that hoped for military trials are now trying to make it in the consumer world of guns and gun toys. Perhaps the most advanced at this year's SHOT Show was TrackingPoint, a monstrous looking rifle and scope combination that is being marketed as fighter plane lock and launch technology for your deer rifle. Tag, Track, Fire.The TrackingPoint system looks like a big huge rangefinder scope but it is actually an entire weapon system. You buy the rifle and electromechanical optics computer as a package, tuned to the ammo that comes with the gun. At first blush it felt more like the stuff of science fiction than that destined for the hunting camp, but TrackingPoint was the talk of SHOT Show 2013 for sure. The concept of this device is simple. Rifle accuracy and rifle ballistics have outpaced shooter ability for decades now, and most cartridges are generally not able to be shot at their effective distances because of potential shooter error. First shot hits at ranges of further than 600-800 yards are in the single digits for success percentages in human trials, even with ballistic computers, and if you think about it, there should be a technology that can make this better. From idea to finished working product, TrackingPoint is this technology.
SHOT Show 2013 Highlight Video – GunsAmerica Magazine & Blog
This year's SHOT Show was overshadowed by an unprecedented attack on our 2nd Amendment rights by shameless politicians trying to pay back political favors from the 2012 election.
Unfortunately a lot of the American public are actually buying the lies and the false hopes offered by the carpetbagging charlatans. Prosperity is what America needs to reduce the violence in our inner cities, and SHOT Show 2013 was a stunning banner of American ingenuity, creativity, and the seeds of prosperity. Firearms have always meant freedom, and we will lose our freedom in America if we don't stand up for our firearms now. Thanks to Julie Mac, Mark Bealo and Eric Beels for great work on this year's videos. Hopefully next year Julie will remember for once that shotguns are actually a part of the firearms world, but for now let's all just keep it a secret. We'll see you for next year's SHOT Show, back in Las Vegas, for 2014.
Weatherby Offers Three 20-Gauge Versions and WBY-X Rifles
The name Weatherby alone is enough to pique the interest of most gun enthusiasts. The company's attention to detail and renowned reputation for long-range performance in the hunting fields is unsurpassed.But the company launched a shotgun lineup a few years ago and heads really turned when it rolled out a synthetic-stocked, pump-action shotgun in 12 gauge for self-defense. This year the company has extended its scattergun lineup with three 20-gauge offerings—one for bird hunting, while the new pair of TRs (Threat Response) are tailored for self-defense.The PA-08 Synthetic in 20-gauge is available with either 26- or 28-inch chrome-lined barrels, comes with a black synthetic stock and to reduce glare afield the gun is finished in matte black. Lengthened forcing cones help reduce perceived recoil, making it an easy-to-use workhorse on opening day, regardless of the weather. It's sure to offer the same kind of performance as its 12-gauge bigger brother.
Beretta 692 Sporting Clays Shotgun & Model 92
It was 1526 when Beretta was pressed into service producing gun barrels for the Republic of Venice, and the fact the company continues to thrive speaks volumes about its dedication to producing quality firearms. One of the company's introductions for 2013, the 692 Sporting over-under shotgun, continues that tradition, with an eye toward competitive shooters.
Employing a new style of barrel from the company called Steelium Plus, the forcing cone has been lengthened to 360 millimeters in a 76 centimeter barrel (prior to the development of Steelium technology, the typical forcing cone on competition barrels was only 65 millimeters). The change, according to Beretta, increases performance while reducing muzzle rise and perceived recoil. The 12-gauge shotgun is chambered for three-inch shells.
Cabot Precision 1911s – Lefty Too!
I saw something incredible today when I met Cabot Guns CEO Robert A. Bianchin. His company may not be a household name among gun enthusiasts, yet, but this niche manufacturer builds some of the finest 1911s I have ever held.These are not old-school 1911s you shoot every weekend, or toss into the back of your trunk irreverently. They'd handle it and be utterly reliable, but you just wouldn't do that to these handguns.These are, as Bianchin put it, a functioning piece of precision art. These 1911s are developed and made by engineers, to critical tolerances, using standards typically reserved for the aerospace industry or in a nuclear lab…I'm not kidding. They are also utterly reliable.
Mossberg 20% Recoil Reduction Technology
Any fan of Mossberg pump guns will tell you, they are the greatest guns on the planet, except that they kick like a mule. When you try the 3" and 3 1/2" guns, meant for turkey and waterfowl, the effects can be downright punishing, and I have seen even 2 3/4" buckshot send a 6 foot 3 inch grown man stumbling backwards. Granted, you can wield a Mossberg 500/590, or even the 835 effectively in both hunting and tactical situations, but you are going to know that you shot the gun. When someone says "eh, that .50 cal. doesn't kick anymore than a 12 gauge," keep in mind they are probably talking about a Mossberg pump gun. But hold the bus, Mossberg has a new product line they seem to be testing in the market that is a "harmonic damper," built right into the stock of their iconic working man's shotguns. The system is made by a company called Mathews, which specializes in bows, as in bow and arrows. Somehow this company developed a "push back" technology that seems to work on something of a gyroscope methodology, turning the recoil on itself to push backwards. We are eager to get one of these guns to try, so for now all we can tell you is that there are going to be 7 introductory models, and all of them, including the tactical, will have a special stock with the recoil whosawhatsit and a special adjustable comb. The firearms community doesn't take easily to new concepts, but it looks like Mossberg has a lot of hope for this new system, and it could revolutionize what we think of as a fixed amount of recoil in fixed breech (ie. pump and over/under and sxs) shotguns. They have a new recoil pad with this system as well, so it will be interesting to see the end result, which is hopefully the opposite of a purple and yellow shoulder after a day of shooting. Everyone's favorite shotgun is learning some new tricks this year, comfortable ones, 100% made in the USA.
Kwik-Site Scout Scope Mount for Rail Pistols
If you remember back several months ago we did a photo essay on the "no drill" scope mount from Kwik-Site for the 1903 Springfield. Well they happened to be exhibiting right around the corner from us in the dungeon at SHOT Show this year and wouldn't you know it, they made a freakishly large rotating auto-pistol to demonstrate their new scope mount. It is a pistol mount that attaches to that front rail on our autopistols that very few of us actually use for anything (but that looks cool so we all want one). The mount is meant to hold what most people call a "scout" scope, otherwise known as a "long eye relief" scope, which just means you don't have to put your eye close to see a usable sight picture. Long eye relief scopes are used in the scout rifle setup, like that Ruger Scout Rifle, or the Springfield M1A Socom, or you can use them on a pistol. Some pistols, like .22 caliber target pistols, actually have a scope rail, as does the Desert Eagle and many hunting revolvers. But if you want to try to shoot your semi-auto pistol at distance, and you'd like to be able to use a scope, this unique mount is a really unique answer. Nobody downstairs could have missed it, so it is strange that you don't see them as the front page story on SHOT 2013 coverage. The heck with that Colt USMC pistol. This is the big story! Just look at the size of that gun in the booth!
Eotech 300 Blackout Holographic Sight & Crossbow Sight
Eotech, the world leader in holographic sights, this year has a new sight made for the elusive 300 Blackout, also known as the 300 Whisper. This caliber is interesting because it has two loadings. One is subsonic, slower than the speed of sound, for use with suppressors, and one is supersonic, so there is a crack from the bullet breaking the sound barrier. This Eotech sight gives you drop compensation for both loadings of the cartridge, right on the sight. There is a lot of excitement for this cartridge and this Eotech should do very well. Also check out the crossbow sight. It has drop dots for 4 different yardages in the sight, and you can tune these to the string speed of your crossbow. Eotech products are rock solid reliable and very high quality, and we hope to get to try a few of these out this year.
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