SHOT Show 2016 is in full effect, and with two of our guys scouting and networking out there, I figured I’d fill you folks in on just how important this yearly event really is.
SHOT Show stands for Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show. It is exclusive and only allows entry to companies affiliated with the tactical or outdoor industry. It’s held every year in Las Vegas and charts as one of the biggest Vegas conventions of the year and is by far the biggest gun show in the world. It gives folks in the industry the chance to network, scout out their competition, and see who’s who in the business. It drives innovation, making it highly important to the tactical community. Every year there is a drive to see who has the coolest, most efficient new platform or accessory. This year is no different. Here are some cool new gadgets that have been unveiled in this year’s iteration.
Glock 17/19 MOS
Doesn’t a Glock just look sexy with a high speed RDS on top of it?
Glock has introduced a new slide with factory integrated cuts allowing for attachment of a red dot optic. This is a big move for Glock, who have kept their design changes to a minimum since the integration of their 4th generation of Glocks back in 2010.
Cobalt Kinetics new buffer kit
Cobalt Kinetics makes weapons systems reminiscent of a Star Wars film.
This slick new buffer kit features the ability to customize the weights and calibrate them to your platform. This is the exact epitome of what SHOT is all about. New products from small companies like this help drive larger companies to compete with new, more streamlined designs. Say the piece of equipment is too expensive from the small company- worry not! A larger company will inevitably reverse engineer the part, slap a new name on it, and release it for a lower price point. While that can be an annoyance to small businesses it also helps consumers get the best gear that their wallet can handle, and the original design will still be revered by the fan boys for its authenticity.
Browning X-Bolt Rifle
My favorite version of the X-Bolt system, the X-Bolt carbine package.
A new iteration of sleek new Browning bolt action rifles has hit the market with a great selection for tactical or hunting uses alike. They come equipped with a feather trigger, detachable magazine, and top safety. With choices between composite or wood finish and assorted calibers, these rifles look like a promising new addition to the shooter’s repertoire.
Crimson trace LiNQ system
This is a high-speed little package if you can afford it!
This is a nifty new mod. Finally a laser that allows the shooter to acquire close-in targets without breaking their grip on the weapon in any way. It’s also a wireless system, making it more streamlined and keeping cords and wires from obstructing the shooter. Cool!
Walther PPS M2
Move aside, Walther PPK. There’s a new Bond favorite in town.
A cool new concealed carry firearm from Walther. With just a 1 inch width it is compact and easily concealable. It features a windage knob on the rear sight, allowing for closer in adjustments. A non-slip texturized grip helps keep it in tight to the hand. It also features a loaded chamber indicator as an additional safety measure. Rock the James Bond look with this sweet little firearm!
Leupold Smart Phone Adapter Kit
Come on, you know you want to save the time it takes to walk to and from the target every time!
This is a sweet little piece for the would-be Youtube star or instructor. It’s a case for a smart phone that allows video to be taken through the lense of a spotting scope. Not is it only cool for recording but it could also be used to make adjustments on the fly without having a spotter there for you or walking downrange to see your target up close. Just record yourself popping off a few shots, check the footage, and make your adjustments! That appeals to the lazy shooter in all of us, and who doesn’t love to save a bit of time?
Silencerco Maxim 9
Probably my favorite new gun out this year. Imagine the looks you’d get at the range with one of these puppies!
If this isn’t a sexy pistol I don’t know what is. It’s reminiscent of something from Tomb Raider or Judge Dredd. Woo you friends at the range with an integrally suppressed 9 millimeter pistol, the first of its kind on the world market! This is an absolutely sexy new pistol and a must-have for those who love the idea of mixing Sci-Fi concepts with modern day practicality and use.
These are but a few of the hundreds of new products being showcased at this year’s SHOT Show. If it’s any small indicator of the cool new stuff hitting the market this year then we’re in for a great year in the tactical community! Make sure you keep an eye out for these products and more coming soon to a gun show near you.
“Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum”–Tommy