SHOT Show 2019 — Day 1

SHOT Show Logo 2011

For those who may never have heard of the SHOT Show (Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade) it is the largest gun show in the world. Unfortunately, because it is a trade show, it is not open to the public. That does not mean you will not have a front row seat at The Shooter’s Log. We have been busy running from booth to booth to discover what’s new in Pistols, Rifles, Shotguns, Airguns, Accessories, and Optics. Be sure to check back each day as we add to the new products coverage and feel free to leave us a message in the comments section if there is something or someone you would like us to check out for you!


Arex Delta

Arex Delta pistol right profile black
Arex Delta

The Delta is a polymer-framed, striker-fired pistol that has capacity, specs, and dimensions very close to the Glock 19. This is a smart move by Arex, as the Glock 19 has a profile with a broad appeal and is one of the most popular handguns of all time. While it took manufacturers such as Ruger (Security-9) and S&W (M&P Compact 2.0) years to introduce a mid-size model to compete directly with the 19, Arex is getting down to business immediately.

The price further shows that Arex is going to compete: MSRP should be $450 when the gun is introduced. The U.S. market will primarily see safety-free models, but the pictures show that manual safety models will also be available. The safety cutouts will be on the safety-free gun regardless, so this may even be something that a department armorer or gunsmith could possibly add easily via a drop-in lever.
MSRP: $450,

Springfield Armory 911 9mm — CARRY. FOR LIFE.

Springfield Armory 911 9mm
Springfield Armory 911 9mm

Springfield rocked the market with in the introduction of the 911 .380. It was compact, easy shooting and ultra reliable. The 911 quickly became an icon, so it is no surprise that Springfield has given the 911 a bit more punch by offering it in 9mm for 2019.

you choose to carry concealed, you need a pistol that’s going to seamlessly blend into your daily routine without unnecessary size, weight or inconvenience. The 911 9mm brings you all of the ease and intuitive features that your EDC should have. Unobtrusive, accurate and reliable, and now available in 9mm as a discreet carry and formidable defensive tool.
MSRP: $639-849,


Springfield Saint Victor
Springfield Saint Victor

The SAINT Victor series of rifles and pistols from Springfield Armory are designed to give you everything you need on a premium defensive firearm, right out of the box.

Weighing in at 6.9 lbs, the lower receiver on the SAINT Victor Rifle is Accu-Tite tension-bonded to a flat-top forged upper receiver and features a 16” CMV barrel that is Melonite finished inside and out for the ultimate in corrosion resistance. The rock-solid, patent-pending M-Lok free-float 15” handguard protects the mid-length gas system and provides plenty of space for accessory attachment.

Unlike many AR rifles on the market today, SAINT Victor Rifles feature a pinned low-profile gas block, a must-have on a professional use defensive rifle. Also included are spring-loaded flip-up sights, an incredibly crisp, grit-free enhanced nickel-boron coated single-stage flat trigger, and Springfield Armory’s proprietary muzzle brake that eliminates barrel rise and softens recoil. The staked receiver end plate features a QD mount for sling attachment.
MSRP: $1,073,


Escort DF12

Escort DF12
Escort DF12

A bold new design loaded with smart features, the Escort DF12 stands out in an ever-growing world of modern shotguns. This auto-loader is a sporting enthusiast’s dream and is ideal for close-range hunting applications. Using the modern sporting rifle design and capitalizing on adaptable features, the DF12 reaches beyond its potential as a mere shotgun. Its 5-piece multi-choke system accommodates heavy slugs as well as it does light bird shot, making it a great all-around option for a wide variety of game.

With an overall weight of 8.9 lbs., this shotgun is manufactured from tough aircraft grade alloy. The upper and lower receivers are overbuilt with a robust construction that is meant to take a beating. The semi-automatic DF12 runs on a gas-powered system, similar to those found in traditional autoloading shotguns, but without the added bulk of a tube below the barrel.

This 12-gauge magazine fed shotgun is chambered in 3″ magnum and will cycle both 3″ and 2 ¾” loads without hesitation. The DF12 comes outfitted with an Escort standard oxidation-proof, chrome plated, drilled steel barrel. To ensure the utmost strength, each barrel is proof tested at the factory. A muzzle cover protects the barrel and locks the forend into place, adding to the robustness and modularity of this shotgun platform.

MSRP: $699,

Escort Dynamax Revolutionizes Operating System

Escort Dynamax
Escort Dynamax
Escort’s Dynamax Semi-Auto Shotgun is a marvel of modern engineering. Designed to be the perfect combination of speed and comfort, the Dynamax is loaded with features that maximize both performance and value.

The Dynamax is outfitted with Escort’s ultramodern, patented Hybrid Cycling System (HCS). It combines the best features from each of the two traditional cycling operating systems, gas and kinetic. The Dynamax will cycle light loads like a traditional gas system but uses much less gas. As a result, recoil is reduced, and the cycle rate is faster and more efficient. With less felt recoil, a shooter acquires targets faster, making follow up shots more effective. Using less gas to cycle the gun also means the Dynamax does not have to be cleaned as frequently. The HCS is easy to break down, making maintenance easier than ever.
MSRP: $699,



Firebird 40mm exploding targets
Firebird 40mm

Firebird targets work with rifles, shotguns, pistols, and even archery equipment—delivering unprecedented excitement with sound, flash, and smoke. With Firebird targets, you’ll experience an instant confirmation of shot placement. A hit to the 10 ring will be rewarded with a small pop and flash while a hit to the bullseye is rewarded with chest thundering report!

Firebird facts:

  • Firebird is a ready-to-use Pyrotechnic target and is legal to transport.
  • Firebird is not a Binary Target.
  • Firebird does not contain Ammonium Nitrate.
  • Firebird is the smart alternative to binary targets.

MSRP: $18.49 (10 pack 40mm),

Viridian Grip Laser for Springfield 911 9mm

Viridian Grip Laser for Springfield 911 9mm
Viridian Grip Laser for Springfield 911 9mm

Viridian’s Grip Laser boasts a simple yet intuitive design and activates automatically when the user grips the handgun. Delivering rapid target acquisition when it’s needed most, this grip laser features a highly visible green or red laser, Springfield’s enhanced Mod.2 texturing and convenient constant-on and pulse modes. Like all Viridian laser sights, the grip lasers include an industry-best seven-year limited warranty.

Designed for everyday carry, the Springfield Armory 911 is compact, lightweight, and ergonomic. Its snag-free profile is virtually undetectable under clothing, making it the perfect concealment pistol or backup gun. Featuring an ambidextrous safety, the 911 is crafted with 7075 T6 anodized hard-coat aluminum, the same material used in combat-ready firearms. It is also available with a brushed-satin, matte-finish stainless steel or black Nitride slide.

SureFire XVL2

SureFire XVL2
SureFire XVL2

The XVL2 was developed at the request of special operations customers and is the result of years of R&D. Compact, lightweight, and optimized for use with handguns and PDW’s, the XVL2 features a 400-lumen white light LED, a 300mW infrared illuminator, and both infrared and green aiming lasers co-aligned and slaved together for ease of zeroing in one simple step.

Available in a civilian-legal Class I version as well as a full-power, restricted Class IIIb model for Military and Law Enforcement, the XVL2 utilizes the same proven switching as our X300 series of lights, and can be ambidextrously activated in both momentary and constant-on modes. A mode selector dial allows the selection of illumination and/or aiming lasers, as well as a low-power training setting on the full-power, restricted MIL/LE version. All this capability is powered by a single 123A battery that can be changed from the front, eliminating the need to remove or re-zero the device.
MSRP: $1,349,

Burris Oracle Bow Sight

first Burris archery product, and it’s making a huge impact. The built-in rangefinder gives an exact distance to target, the electronic aim point eliminates any gaps between pins, and it instantly calculates the precise aim point for any distance and any angle.

As Outdoor Life Magazine puts it, “If you’re into newfangled electronics that remove a few steps from the bowhunting equation, then the Oracle from Burris might top your gadget wishlist.”

LaserMax Lightning Rail Mounted Laser With GripSense Activation

LaserMax Lightning Rail Mounted Laser With GripSense Activation
LaserMax Lightning Rail Mounted Laser With GripSense Activation

The “Lightning” is a universal fit rail mounted laser with GripSense Activation Technology. The new laser fits any firearm with at least 1” of accessory rail space and is designed to withstand rigors of everyday concealed carry and hard duty use.

GripSense represents the newest generation of laser activation technology by simplifying the activation process. The user simply grips the firearm, setting off a motion sensor once in the detection zone, which then activates the laser immediately and does not require the user to change their firing grip. Additionally, the Lightning with GripSense Activation Technology includes some significant innovations including a fully programmable operating mode, and up to twenty hours of continuous battery life- safeguarded from inadvertent drain by a ten-minute time out feature. The Lightning will come in Vivid Red or Daytime Green, green being the most visible color to the human eye.
MSRP: $$169/$229 green/red,

Air Guns

SIG AIR ProForce

SIG AIR ProForce Airsoft Pistols
SIG AIR ProForce Airsoft Pistols

“The SIG AIR ProForce line of airsoft guns is designed for professionals who train frequently and want the option of training safely in realistic force-on-force scenarios,” said Joseph Huston, Vice President and General Manager of SIG AIR.  “SIG SAUER is a huge proponent of training, and we will continue to offer our customers numerous new product options to facilitate the safe practice of gun handling and target shooting in various environments.”

The new SIG AIR ProForce M17 airsoft pistol is similar in look and feel to the U.S. Army issued P320- M17 9mm pistol and features a polymer frame and metal slide with full blow-back action. The proprietary drop magazine holds 21 rounds of 6mm polymer or biodegradable BBs. An adjustable hop-up feature creates spin on the BBs for additional stabilization in flight, resulting in increased distance and accuracy. A picatinny accessory rail allows for quick and easy mounting of a laser or tactical flashlight.

Available in two power source options—12g COcartridge or green gas—the SIG M17 Airsoft pistol will be available with an optional optic plate mount for red dot sights. Velocity is up to 330 fps with muzzle energy of 1 joule (using a .20-gram polymer BB); however, results may vary depending on temperature and altitude. Available in Coyote Tan.
MSRP: $179,

HatsanUSA, Inc. Revamps the Popular Nova Platform

HatsanUSA Nova
HatsanUSA Nova

The Nova Pre-Charged Pneumatic (PCP) rifle platform gets a serious upgrade in 2019. Introducing the new NovaStar, an all-new design of a Hatsan favorite that weighs less and features more than its predecessor.

The biggest of the enhancements is the use of Hatsan’s Roto Index Magazine system. The Roto Index Magazine is caliber specific, detachable, and holds up to 14 shots. Hatsan also includes a single-shot tray to accompany long-range precision shooting. The Nova is available in .177, .22, and .25 caliber.

The NovaStar uses a larger diameter, stiffer barrel shroud with a ½” UNF threaded muzzle cap. This significantly increases the rigidity of the floating barrel design for better accuracy. This rifle is one of Hatsan’s few that features a free-floating barrel, lending itself well to precision shooters and eliminating movement when placed on a bipod, bag, or tree branch for forend support.The action is housed in a handsome, all-new, ergonomic, Turkish-walnut stock that incorporates a thumbhole pistol grip and elevation adjustable Monte Carlo cheek rest. In addition, the adjustable rubber butt pad can be tailored to provide shooters ultimate comfort and a custom feel.
MSRP: $899,


When it comes to scope, some people prefer first (front) focal planes, others like second (rear) focal planes. If you know what that means great!. If not, generally speaking, rear focal planes are popular for those wanting a super-easy to see, consistently-sized reticle. Front focal plane offerings are often favored by people wanting a more precise aiming option. Those who often dial in the scope to eek every drop of accuracy from every shooting session etc. Of course, you may just be tactically oriented and want the fast acquisition advantages of a red dot. Whichever you choose, optic manufacturers have no shortage of new offerings for 2019.

Aimpoint Acro P-1

Aimpoint Acro P-1
Aimpoint Acro P-1

The Aimpoint Acro P-1 is developed for use on pistols and other weapon platforms requiring a small enclosed red dot system. It is the only sight in its size category fully tested for shock, vibration, temperature span and other environmental stress.

The Acro P-1 is the smallest enclosed system on the market.

Tested with 20,000 rounds on a .40 cal pistol slide, this small optic has proven to lead in ruggedness and reliability in its category. The Acro P-1 can be used as a backup sight for magnifying scopes, personal defense weapons, and any area where a small red dot system is applicable.
MSRP: $660,

Burris XTR III Riflescopes

Burris XTR III Riflescope
Burris XTR III Riflescope

Engineered, designed and assembled in Greeley Colorado, this next generation long-range scope puts you on target at extreme ranges.  In 2019, Burris is coming out with a 5.5-30x56mm and a 3.3-18x50mm scope, with an all-new and greatly improved optical design (it gives them an industry-leading field of view!). Three reticle options, including the brand new SCR2.


Nikon P3 Riflescope
Nikon P3 Riflescope

For 2019, Nikon once again proves its dedication to optical excellence, lasting quality, innovation and overall value. Announcing over 50 new products at SHOT Show 2019, Nikon presents three all-new hunting riflescope lines, a new tactical riflescope, two tactical spotting scope reticle eyepieces, three all-new rangefinders, new camouflage-wrapped optics and an array of shooting accessories.

Hunting riflescopes being introduced include the new Prostaff P3 and Prostaff P5 one-inch tube models and the new Monarch M5 flagship 30mm tube models. The introduction also includes the all-new Black Force100 1-6×24 close-to-medium range tactical riflescope, Monarch 2000 rangefinder and the Prostaff 1000/Prostaff 1000i rangefinders, and the new Monarch Fieldscope with MEP-30 Tactical Reticle Eyepieces. The announcement is topped off with two binoculars and a muzzleloader riflescope wrapped in TrueTimber KANATI camouflage and an extensive list of shooting accessories.

All new products can be seen in the company’s 2019 catalog or on the company website.

Meopta Optika HD Binoculars

Meopta Optika HD
Meopta Optika HD

Available in 8×42 HD and 10×42 HD, these lightweight, rugged, magnesium-alloy binoculars are encased in a newly designed shock-proof, rubber-armored exterior for a modern look and feel. The advanced HD lenses, combined with phase-correction and dielectric coatings, deliver incredible brightness, superior color fidelity, edge-to-edge sharpness and increased contrast, allowing hunters to see better in low light.

“The Meopta Optika HD binoculars offer hunters, shooters, and outdoor enthusiasts a high-performance, rugged, European binocular at an exceptional price point,” said Randy Garrison, Director of Meopta USA Sport Optics.  “Images are incredibly bright and clear with true, vivid colors and increased contrast, making target acquisition easier in challenging lighting conditions.”
MSRP: $289,

Which new products top your must have list? Share your answers in the comment section.


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Comments (8)

  1. “the lower receiver on the SAINT Victor Rifle is Accu-Tite tension-bonded to a flat-top forged upper receiver”

    Would you mind explaining what that means?

    1. They have a tension screw under the hand grip to adjust the tension between the upper and lower. Just google Accu-Tite.

    2. I tried to look it up, got gobbledeegook instead of an answer. As a fixed bottoming adjustment for upper to lower fit I could understand some “value” to some users, but that and “tension-bonded” do not make sense, and since the sights are affixed to the upper, in spite of claims otherwise, making the upper tighter to the lower with less movement does not really produce much difference in accuracy.

      Several AR lowers have had bottoming adjustment by means of a screw from below to prevent a feeling of looseness.

      The statement in question seems to imply that no longer do you choose uppers that fit to your lower snugly, they have a screw to take care of that– but “tension-bonded” in this context baffles me.

    1. Cool story Jerre. Many people love Springfield 1911s. I don’t see what that has to do with a Glock 42.

    2. Jerre Peak spoke about having been unhappy with two Springfield 911 (9×17/.380) pistols, but that he went to a Glock 42, also (9×17/.380) and was happy with it.

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