Category Archives: 2014

SOFIC 2014 Kicked Off Today And It Was Great To See So Many Of Our ISOF Friends Return Another Year

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Griffin Armament, Inc.

Griffin Armament, Inc. is a Wisconsin based manufacturer founded by two Operation Iraqi Freedom combat  veterans. Both Austin and Evan are Army Sniper qualified and served as security contractors in Iraq. They’re both nice as hell guys with an ambition … Continue reading

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Silencerco’s Harvester Large Bore Suppressor

Silencerco specifically designed the latest additions to their suppressor line for the hunter and long range precision shooter. The Harvester line is available in two calibers, a .300 WinMag  can that is 8.8” long and 1.375” in diameter  and .338 … Continue reading

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Scenes From SHOT SHOW 2014

   

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SHOT SHOW 2014 – Horus Vision

Horus Vision, San Bruno, CA is a company that I’ve had the opportunity to follow for a number of years. To say that they’ve revolutionized long range shooting is an understatement. The company made its mark with the introduction of … Continue reading

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SHOT SHOW 2014 – OTIS Technologies

OTIS Technologies is easily one of the most innovative companies around. They don’t just churn out products they are active in the shooting sport community and they are also amazing corporate citizens. You won’t find an outfit that is more … Continue reading

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SHOT SHOW 2014 – Accuracy International

To anyone involved in the precision rifle / sniper community, the name Accuracy International (AI) signifies one thing – the best. AI, has been in business for over 35 years, headquartered in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. The company has supplied more … Continue reading

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SHOT SHOW 2014 – Desert Tech

Desert Tech, formerly Desert Tactical Arms of Salt Lake City, UT, is best know for its SRS precision rifle, a development that gave others in the sniper platform business something to think about. In the years that I have followed … Continue reading

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SHOT SHOW 2014 – Jackass Moment At Vertx Exhibit

Every industry trade show has its jackass moments. You’ve undoubtedly experienced it for yourself. It’s a moment when you step into an exhibit only to encounter lackluster booth staff who seem to be under the impression that the reason you … Continue reading

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SHOT SHOW 2014 – Milo Range

Simulation is in, and gets cheaper and better year-over-year. I’ve been through a number of these facilities; sampling everything from Lockheed Martin’s to a home garage commercial system. The need for this technology has never been more acute. Officers, Rapid … Continue reading

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SHOT SHOW 2014–Laser Devices Inc.

Laser Devices Inc., Monterey, CA. has been extremely busy; resulting in a number of new and impressive offerings for 2014. First on the agenda is their DBAL-PL. The DBAL-PL features two operational modes—Visible mode: 400 lumen white light and choice … Continue reading

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SHOT SOW 2014–Recknagel

What you see before you is the Montage einstellbare Vorneigung or Adjustable Inclination Mount. This single piece mount is the work of Recknagel / Era Tac tactical mounts. I have personally been in situations where I was using a magnified … Continue reading

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SHOT SHOW 2014–Euro Optic Ltd.

Lots to talk about in the Euro Optic Ltd. Booth. The work of art pictured above is the Accuracy International 12 AX PSR in .338 Lapua Magnum. In case you haven’t been keeping up with the precision tactical rifle community, … Continue reading

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SHOT SHOW 2014–Smith Enterprise Inc. (SEI)

I became familiar with Ron Smith’s work through the High Power Microwave and Tube Division of Varian Associates in Palo Alto. Analog microwave technology especially high-powered is almost sorcery. When your dealing with radio frequency in the megawatts the slightest … Continue reading

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SHOT SHOW 2014–Hensoldt

Surprisingly, when you mention Hensoldt to a majority of precision / tactical shooters in the U.S. you get a blank stare. The U.S. magnified optics market is dominated by Leupold Stevens, Night Force, U.S. Optics and to a lesser extent … Continue reading

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SHOT SHOW 2014–Walther

I was invited to Walther’s Press Conference were I received an comprehensive overview of Walther’s new PPQ M2 5” 9mm pistol. I’ll start with the sights, which Walther describe as rapid acquisition. The sighting system is a three dot system … Continue reading

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SHOT SHOW 2014 – Trijicon

New for 2014, Trijicon has introduced the VCOG. This is a magnified optic 1-6x that incorporates a BDC (bullet drop compensator) reticle. Calibers currently supported are the .223 55gr, .223 77gr .308 175gr and 300 Blk 115gr. The VCOG has … Continue reading

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SHOT SHOW 2014–Advanced Armament Corporation

One of several claims that can be made about AAC (Advanced Armament Corporation) is that they never stop innovating. The benefit of that is an increasing market share across all markets: military, law enforcement and the commercial space. During this … Continue reading

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SHOT SHOW 2014–Armalite Inc.

Armalite’s new precision rifle for 2014 is the AR31. There is a great deal to like about this rifle. First is the V bedding system that exactly matches the receiver. The receiver is then drawn into position with two bolts. … Continue reading

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SHOT SHOW 2014–Kimber’s New Custom TLE/RL II TFS

Kimber makes a great 1911 and this Custom TLE/RL II TFS is no exception; with one change. It comes with a threaded barrel and “optimized” for the GEMTECH .45 ACP can. I was intrigued by the optimization concept, and after … Continue reading

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SHOT SHOW 2014 – MAGPUL PMAG™ 30 AK/AKM MOE™ 7.62×39 Magazine

Grady is smiling because I was harassing him about the MAGPUL PMAG™ 30 AK/AKM MOE™ 7.62×39 Magazine hoax. Well folks I’m happy to report that you can know Preorder then at Brownells.

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SHOT SHOW 2014–Steyr Arms

I have been a great fan of Steyr firearms for many years. As a young man, my first hunting rifle was a used Steyr Mannlicher with a set trigger. I have also been a staunch supporter of the Steyr AUG … Continue reading

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SHOT SHOW 2014 – It’s Not All Work At SHOT

SHOT SHOW is not for slackers or the weak hearted; it’s hard work covering the largest firearm and outdoors industry show in the world, but the great folks at GSSGEAR made it just a little easier with the pause that … Continue reading

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SHOT SHOW 2014 Arsenal Inc.

At the top of my new product list to reconnoiter at SHOT SHOW 2014 is the Arsenal SLR-104FR. This  rifle is factory made in Bulgaria and remanufactured for 922r compliance in the United States by Arsenal Inc. The SLR-104FR is … Continue reading

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SHOT SHOW 2014 DKX and CSE

Stopped by the DKX booth to check out their wares and saw an arrangement that I really liked. In fact, it rocks. Critical Safety Equipment out of Florida and DKX have joined forces to create a ballistic tactical nylon ensemble … Continue reading

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SHOT SHOW 2014 H&K G28

The G28 is the militarized version of HK’s MR308. It is currently deployed in 7.62 x 51 and has to be one of the best Designated Marksman Rifles available anywhere. It is both reliable and accurate consistently producing 1.5 MOA … Continue reading

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SHOT SHOW 2014 Media Day At The Range Favorites (Cont’d)

Selective fire action courtesy of the Daniel Defense Team. Be sure to ask DD who took down the zombie… Beretta’s exhibit attracted a large number of attendees hoping to send a few rounds down range with the sporting version of … Continue reading

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SHOT SHOW 2014–Media Day At The Range Favorites (Cont’d)

Visiting with the great folks from Remington and having the opportunity to fire the Remington 700 Tactical Chassis was a real treat. The rifle is equipped with the MDT TAC21 chassis which solves all of the limitations the original 700 … Continue reading

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SHOT SHOW 2014–Media Day At The Range Favorites

Two of my Media Day favorites had to be the Savage Arms 110BA (300 Win Mag & 338 Lapua; the 10BA chambered in.308), part of the company’s Law Enforcement series, and KRISS’s Sphinx SDP Subcompact 9mm. Savage shooters already know … Continue reading

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Another Huge Success; NSSF SHOT SHOW 2014 Is Done

The work now begins as we capture and summarize the details of what we saw and learned…

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SHOT SHOW 2014 – Day 1

In spite of a weak economy, SHOT SHOW gets bigger and better. In the compact pistol category, Remington’s R51 and Glock’s 42 captured the bulk of attention.  The Glock 42 is a compact, single stack 6+1, 380 ACP. In typical … Continue reading

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Desert Tech Scheduled To Release Its New MDR and MDR-C Rifles At SHOT 2014

The MDR and MDR-C rifles are the first bull pup design autoloaders to be produced by Salt Lake City based Desert Tech. The MDR is a perfectly balanced compact auto loading bullpup rifle that gives LE, Military and Government agencies … Continue reading

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Acclaimed Novelist Stephen Hunter Will Make a Booth Appearance at IWI for Shot Show 2014

New York Times bestselling author of 17 novels, Stephen Hunter, will be in attendance at the IWI US booth # 15238 during the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mr. Hunter will appear on January 14th and 15th between … Continue reading

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