SHOT 2015—Top 10

With fewer boots on the ground, so much floor to cover and meetings to attend, it was impossible to cover everything we saw at SHOT Show this year. We got to see and shoot some really cool products. Despite a few disappoints—no single-stack GLOCK 9mm or Daniel Defense rifle in .308, but unlike years past there were some truly innovative products at SHOT Show 2015.

Most notably—the Taurus Curve, Benelli’s 828U over under, Leupold’s D-EVO and the CMMG Mutant rifle.

We are already set to receive many of the products highlighted in the Shooter’s Log for testing and evaluation. We know you must be just as excited as we are to see if these new products run just as great as they did at Range Day when put through their paces. Sign up for the Shooter’s Log’s notifications and watch your inbox for extended review in the coming months.

As we trickle back with aching feet and smiles on our faces from Las Vegas, expect more photos, news and tidbits to appear from our time at the biggest gun show of the year. As the floor closes and we say our goodbyes to new and old friends alike, as it stands, these are the Shooter’s Log writers top 10 favorite items we saw at SHOT Show 2015.

DP-12 Pump-Action Bullpup Shotgun

We have waited as long as you for the first peaks at the double-barreled 12-gauge pump-action bullpup shotgun dubbed the DP-12 commissioned to Standard Manufacturing for development. It was well-received at Media Day by many of the gun bloggers who had the opportunity to fire it. The DP-12 is easy to run and the action is smooth. We are quite partial to, of course, it being our gun after all. Judging by the numbers of our first look at the DP-12, with nearly 1.5 million views, you guys are just as eager as we are for this thing to come in stock. Read “Rock-and-Rolling with the 12-Gauge DP-12 Double-Barrel Pumpgun” to see the DP-12 shotgun in action.


Shortly before SHOT Show, a major GLOCK distributor leaked a flyer that showed the new 2015 GLOCKs, including the much-anticipated GLOCK G40 10mm long-slide. However, you can never fully trust the internet, can you? And many were skeptical. Photoshop does amazing things, after all. At Range Day, we found the rumor to be true. GLOCK’s newest pistol is indeed the Gen 4 G40 with long slide and Modular Optic System. The G40 is officially called the G40 10mm MOS “Hunter.” Appealing to hunters and competitors, the G40 has a 6-inch barrel and long slide with an 8.19-inch sight radius. The GLOCK Gen 4 G40 has many reinterested in GLOCK, while others have been waiting for this pistol for a long time. Though geared toward a totally different market that last year’s GLOCK 42, it is my prediction that the GLOCK Gen 4 G40 will sell very well. Read “SHOT 2015—GLOCK’s New G40 MOS-Not the Homerun We had Hoped?” to see how it shot.

Springfield Armory M1A SOCOM 16

Springfield Armory announced its M1A SOCOM 16 .308 Winchester will be coming soon! It has a 16-inch barrel and is surprisingly soft shooting due to the gas system mated with the proprietary muzzle brake. The Springfield Armory M1A SOCOM 16 is 37.25 inches and weighs 8.8 pounds. When your mission calls for a compact tactical rifle without sacrificing power, check out “Springfield Armory M1A SOCOM 16.”

Galil ACE

After importation of the Galil rifle ceased in 1993, it was nearly impossible to get your hands on one unless you had just won your state’s lottery. IWI, however, never stopped producing or improving its Galil rifle and now it’s finally returning to the U.S. IWI introduced two redesigned and modernized models at SHOT Show. Read all about the new Galil ACE 7.62x39mm semiautomatic rifles in “SHOT 2015—the Galil Returns to the USA with the IWI Galil ACE.”

Springfield XD Mod.2

Getting the initial sale sheet and announcement from Springfield about the Springfield XD Mod.2 immediately intrigued us enough to get in line first thing at Media Day to shoot it. After all, it isn’t just a slightly modified XD—this is a whole new ballgame. The XD Mod.2 left us wanting more after the too-short time we had with it. To learn more read, “SHOT 2015—Springfield XD Mod.2.”


Right before SHOT Show, Magpul released a game-changing video announcing its GLOCK GL9 PMAG for the GLOCK 17, 19 and other 9mm GLOCK models. It holds 17 rounds, priced at $15.95 and made with the exact same reliability we expect from Magpul. Watch the video in “No, You Aren’t Dreaming. Magpul Releases the GLOCK PMAG.”


SIG debuted a lot of new products and news this year—including a full line of SIG Sauer-branded optics and suppressors. The hit of the new line-up however is the SIG MCX—a short-stroke piston system chambered in .300 AAC. We particularly like the ambidextrous controls, auto-regulating gas system and quick-change barrel. For all the specifications and features, read “SHOT 2015—SIG Sauer MCX.”

Kalashnikov Announces U.S. Factory

In news that rocked the Internet in the middle of SHOT Show 2015 and had AK-47 fans besides themselves, RWC Group LLC announced the opening of the U.S. factory Kalashnikov USA. Rumors spread rapidly that it was the Russian-power house Kalashnikov Concern’s way of skirting around U.S. sanctions on the AK manufacturer. We have the whole story in “SHOT 2015—Kalashnikov Announces U.S. Factory and 3-Gun Shotgun.”

CMMG Mk47 Mutant

Causing a lot of waves is CMMG’s Mk47 Mutant rifles. Not just an AR-15 or AK-47 hybrid, CMMG made the Mutant from the ground up on a newly designed receiver, with a unique bolt carrier group. Operating on a direct-impingement gas system, the Mutant fires 7.62x39mm, but has the weight of an AR-15. The Mutant is on many of our “do-want” list. Read all the reasons why in “Six New Guns Released Before SHOT Show 2015.”

Springfield 1911 Marine Corps Operator

Springfield Armory honors the 1911 traditional with all new Loaded Series of 1911 handguns. One of our favorites is the Marine Corps Operator with G-10 grips and a forged steel slide in a black Armory Kote finish. Springfield Amory announced five new 1911 models of with customized features at SHOT Show and we got the first look. Read all the details in “SHOT 2015—1911 Marine Corps Operator.”

What were your favorites at SHOT Show 2015? Tell us in the comment section.

See ya next year!


SHOT Show is the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show and Conference for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting accessories industry. The largest trade show of its kind in the world and the fifth largest trade show in Las Vegas, the SHOT Show features more than 1,600 exhibitors filling booth space covering 630,000 net square feet. The show, which is a trade-only event, attracts more than 65,000 industry professionals from all 50 states and 100 countries.


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Comments (2)

  1. Saw the XD Mod.2 in my local gun store over the weekend. It’s a short-barrel XD(M) compact with XD-S sights, better grip texture, and deeper slide serrations.

    The changes are definitely nice, but I’d dispute the “whole new ballgame” claim.

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