If you are going to play with guns and ammo you’ll also need eyes and ears. We are talking protection of course. Eye protection varies by whether or not you normally wear glasses, like to see the world in yellow or prefer clear versus tint.
British-owned Reed Outdoor Exhibitions owns the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show. Reed made the decision to ban all displays or images of Modern Sporting Rifles. American patriots and companies have answered by throwing our friends from across the pond a good old-fashioned tea party.
With rising prices in .223 ammunition, it can get expensive to practice aim and sight-in your new rifle with live ammunition. That’s where this little beauty comes in. The new LT-223 cartridge loads in the chamber just like a normal .223 cartridge, but only fires a laser beam when struck by the firing pin. Using a the LaserLyte Trainer Target, you can see exactly where your shots place. The LT-223 costs around $139.99, which is comparable to 500 rounds of live ammo, but instead of 500 shots, you get up to 3,000 shots out of the LaserLyte before you have to change the batteries.
Ok, a bit of a disclaimer. Glock unveiled its 30S today, and I was at the front of the line with every intention of putting it through its paces. However, the lovely Boulder City, Nevada treated us to 25-degree temps with 30 mph winds bringing the wind chill down to about 15°F. By the time everything was open and the line was ready to shoot, I was numb with cold and my fingers were burning at the touch. And yes, I would like some cheese with that whine.
Metro Arms is not a stranger to our gun-owning friends on the other side of the ocean, but is relatively new to the U.S. market. Eagle Imports, the exclusive distributor of the Metro Arms family of products, now carries the SPS Pantera performance pistol. SPS pistols display all the attention to detail, precision metal-to-metal fit, high tolerances and quality craftsmanship one would expect in a custom pistol. About the only thing you wouldn’t expect is the affordable price tag.
Can your favorite get any better? If your favorite is made by Desert Tactical Arms, it just may. Even if it isn’t made by Desert Tactical Arms, you may want to take another look because DTA has announced its newest iteration of the SRS rifle system.
Fans of Redring’s optical shotgun sight will take particular interest in its new Picatinny Rail Adaptor. The Redring Picatinny Rail Adaptor fits on any tactical shotgun or rifle with a Picatinny rail. Made of rugged, anodized aluminum, it quickly mounts on any Picatinny rail platform with just two screws. The adaptor and Redring do not affect the balance of the gun or your visual plane. In fact, the Redring sight allows officers or security professionals to keep both eyes open while performing room-clearing scenarios.
Walther’s new PPQ M2 really has my attention. In fact, I think I am going to make it my first stop—and potentially first purchase—at the 2013 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. ~ Dave Dolbee
The PPQ M2 is a true breakthrough in ergonomics for self-defense handguns. The sculpted grip meshes smoothly into the hand. The trigger is one of the finest ever on a polymer, striker-fired handgun. The styling is elegant and trim. What’s more, the Walther PPQ M2 has been updated for 2013 with a new traditional reversible mag release button. The leading edge just took another step forward.
Nosler announces its new lineup of match-grade handgun ammunition. For the first time, Nosler Sporting Handgun and Custom Competition pistol bullets will be available in Nosler Match Grade handgun ammunition. Loaded in Nosler headstamped brass, Match Grade Handgun ammunition is loaded to the same strict tolerances as Nosler’s match-grade rifle ammunition.
With multiple competitive records to its credit, the S&W Model 41 remains one of the most classic .22 LR pistols ever produced. Now, the coveted handgun is available in an optics ready platform available only from Smith & Wesson.
Smith & Wesson M&P C.O.R.E (Competition Optics Ready Equipment) models offer consumers a specialized platform for adding accessory optics to their personal handguns. Engineered to accept six popular styles of competition-based optics, M&P C.O.R.E models are easily adapted to meet any demand.
American Technologies Network Corp., is no secret among members of the military, law enforcement and security professionals for its outdoor night vision and thermal applications. For 2013, ATN introduces the Odin-14 Thermal Monocular, one of the smallest thermal imaging monocular systems currently on the market. By using the latest technologies in high-grade polymers and miniature thermal imaging sensor technology, the Odin-14 is extremely compact and lightweight.
Consolidations in any industry are a way of life and this is one I really hated to see. I do not in any way mean that as a slight against Taurus! Taurus makes great guns and has a few models that are on my short list to purchase this year. I just loved the management and creative guys over at Diamondback. Fortunately, there is a bright side. The deal looks to be a change in bank accounts than creative talents. In addition to the popular compacts Diamondback has become known for in the past, the acquisition will provide the necessary funds to really rock the industry with projects now in the pipeline.
The Show is a Few Days Long; its Impact is Year-round
What is SHOT?
Quite simply it is gun Mecca for shooting geeks. Unfortunately, it isn’t open to the general public. You have to be a dealer or select member of the media to gain admission.
While the Nation teeters on the precipice of the fiscal cliff, certain lawmakers would rather spend their time and effort dealing with feel-good politics that will have no effect rather than dealing with the Nation’s business. If you want to be angry, let’s keep it focused where it belongs—solidly aimed at those who intend to pass legislation that will not fix any perceived problem while limiting the rights of law-abiding citizens.
There I two things I never forget when I head to the shooting range and no it’s not a gun or ammo. It is eye and ear protection. I would rather show up to the range sans firearm than risk my hearing or vision.
Hunting career ruined for life? Maybe, but I would be happy to be stuck with that stigma as 12-year-old Dylan Beach-Bittner of Motley, Minnesota may be. This young hunter harvested a 27-point, 229-pound Monster Buck in Minnesota in early November of 2012 giving him a story that he will be able to tell his entire life — without it getting old or stale.