Well, I’m back from the 2010 SHOT show. We left after day 3, tired, wet and bedraggled, to head back to headquarters and compile our findings so that we could share them with you.
We’re just wrapping up day three of the 2010 SHOT show. This has definitely not been the Vegas weather I’m used to: it’s been raining all week! Everywhere I look there are new and exciting products on display, but I also noticed some buckets on the second level of the show catching drips from leaks in the roof. Apparently all this rain is putting the new convention center to the test. Still, inside the new center the weather is fine, and there’s excitement in the air after Steve Sanetti’s “State of the Industry” speech at the dinner last night.
It’s almost the end of day 2 of SHOT 2010, and I’m already exhausted. AND it’s been a very productive and exciting event!
It’s the end of the first official day of the NSSF SHOT Show and there were lots of new and exciting products to be drooled over.
Pistol caliber carbine rifles fill a unique niche. Not nearly as powerful as a rifle, yet definitely more powerful and accurate than handguns chambered in the same caliber. Commander Zero is our featured guest blogger today, and in this post he discusses carbines along with the advantages and disadvantages of having a pistol and carbine chambered for the same cartridge.
The 2010 SHOT Show is rapidly approaching, and we’ve been preparing for the event for months. The annual event, hosted by NSSF, is easily the largest outdoors, hunting, and shooting expo. Manufacturers prepare all year for the event, and hundreds of new products will be able to be seen by retailers and distributors for the first time. This year’s SHOT show is being held January 19th – 22nd in Las Vegas, Nevada.
We here at Cheaper Than Dirt! regularly receive suggestions and recommendations from our customers. One of the more frequent requests that we receive is for more American-made products. While Cheaper Than Dirt! doesn’t manufacture any products, we do have close ties with our suppliers and pass on your requests. Leapers UTG, manufacturer of many of our AR-15 parts and AK-47 tactical accessories, responded to your requests and has recently opened their first U.S. manufacturing facility located in Michigan.
Rimfire expert Mr. Completely continues his excellent series on maintaining rimfire pistols with his third article on rimfire magazines.
I had the opportunity recently to sit down with Blackdog Machine LLC owner Kevin Rich and discuss the history of his little company, as well as get a sneak peek at some exciting products coming out soon. If the name Blackdog doesn’t sound familiar to you, it should. Blackdog is well known as the industry standard for magazines for .22 conversion AR rifles.
Black Dog Machine brings their 50 round drum technology to your Ruger 10/22. Based on their previous drum for the AR-15 platform in .22 long rifle, this 50 round magazine for the Ruger 10/22 brings the same reliability and fun factor to the millions of 10/22 owners.
We recently picked up a new product from Choate Machine and Tool at the SAR Show West in Phoenix Arizona this December.
Choate’s newest offering is a magazine clamp for the enormously popular Magpul PMAG polymer magazines. It simply clamps two PMAGS together. The clamp is made up of a polymer center section with a steel front and rear sections, all held together with a long flathead bolt.
Only once in all my years of hunting and in going along with my dad as he hunted have I ever been in a situation where an animal that had been shot made a run for it. I am very thankful for this, as the situation is not one that any hunter wants to be in; not only does it feed into the image of our sport among non-hunters as superfluous and cruel, but no hunter worth the tag wants an animal suffering because of a botched shot. It’s also a terrible waste if the animal cannot be recovered.
In our last post, we discussed choosing concealed carry handguns for a new shooter. One subject we touched on was budgeting for a pistol. Firearms, as a general rule, are not inexpensive. High quality firearms can command prices that exceed $1,000. This places many firearms outside of the average person’s budget. What do you do when the pistol that “works” for you is one that is too expensive? One solution we mentioned was buying used. The problem is, not all used firearms are the bargains that they seem.
Mr. Completely, one of the foremost authorities on rimfire pistols on the internet has added another primer on Rimfire Magazines. This is only part one of his essay on rimfire magazines, so keep your eyes peeled for part two of his series.
The ammunition industry has been a very exciting place for the past few years. In addition to an influx of new hunters and shooters, we’ve also seen a number of individuals stocking up on various calibers of ammunition in anticipation of some unforeseen future shortages. The reasons to stockpile ammunition vary. But regardless of your reason to acquire a cache, how much is a sufficient quantity?
We humans tend to have an affinity for elegant, complex devices. While having the latest whiz-bang device that not only solves your firearm cleaning problem, but also folds your laundry and walks the dog is great, when the Zombie Apocalypse comes, do you really want to rely on a complex device with hundreds of moving parts? Sometimes a simple solution is indeed the best.