SHOT Show 2013
With just about every manufacturer struggling to keep up with their current production to fill backorders, there were not as many "new" products at this year's SHOT as in the past. The common response to the question "What's new?" this year was "We're making all our old products around the clock; that's what's new."
Even so, there were of course a number of new items at the show, and these are three of the more innovative items that we found:
Sig Sauer MPX
Sig took the show with the new MPX. Described by them as "a machine pistol that redefines the category," it is the world’s first submachine gun that operates with a fully closed and locked rotating bolt system resembling a scaled down AR-15 bolt carrier assembly.
The MPX employs a gas-operated short stroke piston system and allows the operator to change barrel length, caliber and stock configuration in the field to meet mission requirements. Because it's recoil system is contained entirely within the receiver, it features a user-configurable stock system that includes telescoping, folding, and no stock (pistol) configurations.
It is available in 9mm, .357SIG, and .40S&W, and in various barrel lengths including a non-NFA 6.5" barrel with a 9.5" permanently attached muzzle brake that accepts a suppressor tube to become an SD model. This is available as a civilian-legal MPX-C carbine.
Intrepid Tactical Solutions RAS-12
Intrepid had what they are calling the RAS-12 Weapon System which combines their AR-12 upper with an AR-10 receiver to create a 12-gauge tactical shotgun.
This is a piston-operated shotgun with a monolithic carrier group, proprietary RAS-12 bolt, 18.1" barrel, "scorpion" muzzle brake, and 8-round magazine filled with the new RAS-12 ammunition.
This ammunition is designed exclusively for the RAS-12 Weapon System and is the first polymer shot shell designed to stack vertically and run reliably.
At this time, I was told that they were looking at a major manufacturer to produce the rounds, which will be available in lethal, non-lethal, breach, and surveillance capacities.
Cool as the system is, the key of course is the proprietary ammunition, but if that were to be able to be produced at a cost similar to existing ammunition (however unlikely that seems), it could open up a new class of scatterguns.
We may never see this system produced in any large scale, but it is good to know there are those out there still thinking outside the box.
Full Auto Air Rifle
Magnum Research was displaying what looks like an Evanix GTL480 select-fire airgun.
Designed for the customers who would prefer air rifle looks like military style, it has a fixed 480cc 2900 psi composite cylinder and shoots over 1,100fps.
It is available in both .22 and .25 caliber, and fires from a single 15 shot (12 for .25cal) magazine, or a 30 shot (24 for .25cal) dual magazine.
The stock is made of Aluminum with adjustable cheek piece, and it is an accurate, powerful, reliable semi/full auto system with an electric trigger.
Action Pre-charged pneumatic,Semi-full auto
Air capacity 480cc
Caliber/Energy 0.22"-> 58 joules, 0.25”>80 joules
Barrel Length 435mm, SHB 490mm
Overall Length 915mm
Magazine capacity 15,30 / 12,24
Trigger Two-stage non-adjustable
Max.Fill pressure 3,190 p.s.i (220 bar)
Max Shots Per Fill 60
Weight 3.9 kg
As far as airguns go, this is about as cool as it gets.
For those of us in New York, this might be what we shoot at the 3-Gun matches from now on...
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