View Post

New Federal Premium Loads

One of the more interesting loads at SHOT was shown by Federal Premium. Their new American Eagle Syntech range ammunition “promises to redefine the target-shooting experience” by using an all-new polymer-encapsulated Total Synthetic Jacket (TSJ) bullet. There have been all kinds of jacket materials used since guns were invented including linen patches for muzzleloader roundballs, paper patches, wound wire, steel, …

View Post

ASA Side-Charging ARs

American Spirit Arms released its new non-reciprocating LR-308 Compatible Side Charger upper receivers and the new 308 Carbine at SHOT. The Side Charger is the latest evolution of the AR-15 and AR-10 platforms featuring a non-reciprocating charging handle on the left side of the receiver. This means the shooter no longer has to break cheek weld or take the rifle …

View Post

SIG Hunting Scopes

SIG SAUER got into the hunting scope market at SHOT Show with the introduction of its WHISKEY5 and WHISKEY3 Hunting Riflescopes as part of its all-new SIG SAUER Electro Optics line. The new scopes are engineered to bring the most difficult targets into sharp focus with the goal of making every hunter’s first shot count. The WHISKEY5 super-zoom 5x riflescope …

View Post

FX Impact

I really want to take the adult airgun plunge, but the price of some of these guns has been holding me back. At SHOT I saw the new FX Impact and it’s really pushing me closer to getting one because this is a switch barrel where I can shoot .177, .22, .25 or .30 caliber from the same gun. That’s …

View Post

What Do You Get When You Cross A Glock With An AR?

If you’re into pistol-caliber carbines and want the familiarity of an AR-15, Dark Storm Industries showed its new DS-9 Typhoon 9mm AR platform rifle at SHOT. It accepts readily available Glock magazines and weighs in at only 6.5 lbs. It comes with an ambidextrous safety selector and tactical changing handle standard, and there’s a drop-in 4-lb. trigger upgrade available as …

View Post

Colored Shot?

Spectra Shot showed a great product at SHOT Show for those times when you hunt with a game hog—especially one who can’t shoot but claims he made the shot. Spectra’s Waterfowl line uses steel shot pellets coated with a permanent, non-toxic coloring so you can tell from the pellets in the bird which shooter really shot which bird. The see-through …

View Post

Faster Reloads with Cobalt Kinetics

Cobalt showed a slick new trick for AR shooters who want optimum reloading speed. The EVOLVE incorporates a C.A.R.S. (Cobalt Advantage Reload System) that dramatically speeds up reloads by eliminating two manual operations. C.A.R.S automatically drops the magazine when it runs empty, and as the operator inserts a fresh magazine, C.A.R.S sends the bolt into battery—automatically loading the rifle. Cobalt …

View Post

Does Ruger’s Entry Into The Suppressor Market Suggest NFA Changes?

One of the first things that crossed my mind when I saw the release for Ruger’s new Silent-SR suppressor was, “Do they know something I don’t?” Unless you’ve been in a coma for the past several years, you should have noticed that suppressors are becoming more commonplace on shooting ranges. In many countries, it’s just good manners to use suppressors …

View Post

New .30 Nosler Cartridge

I’ve always been a big fan of .26-caliber cartridges, but that diameter bullet has always had something of a black cloud following it in the U.S. until recently. Now we’re seeing cartridges such as the .260 Rem. and 6.5 Creedmoor getting the recognition they deserve. Nosler timed the introduction of its first cartridge, the 26 Nosler, to coincide with this …

View Post

ThermaCELL Heated Insoles ProFLEX Heavy Duty

I know this is supposed to be all about guns and shooting and such, but I just had to include these because I know that, as I type this, Markey and Freeze are enjoying 19 degree temperatures while I’m enjoying the upper 60s. I also had a chance to actually use these while on a driven game hunt in Germany …

View Post

Strangest New Product At SHOT?

Editor’s note: As an industry professional I am calling bullshit on this product hands down. Scott’s job is to get along with people and move through the industry circles. And he does that VERY well. He knows everyone and we are lucky to have him. He’s referring to this as, “strange”. I’m referring to it as bullshit.  He’s just being …

View Post

Expedition AR

The Expedition rifle I saw from Fort Discovery is custom machined from 7000 series precision CNC aircraft billet aluminum and tumbled after machining to ensure a smooth finish. It has an ergonomically designed mag release that’s easier to use while wearing gloves and there’s a custom magwell with four “grit grooves” designed for optimal reloading. The Expedition rifle is optics-ready …

View Post

CORBON Urban Response Load

CORBON showed a new 9mm Luger +P 100-grain Urban Response load. With a velocity of 1,475 fps, the light bullet packs 480 ft.-lbs. of muzzle energy. It has a patented V-shaped lead core topped with a black polymer ball crimped into place with the bullet jacket. On impact, the ball delays expansion allowing the bullet to penetrate before the V-shaped …

View Post

CZ Scorpion and Bren

Marky specifically wanted me to check out CZ’s 805 Bren, so here’s my understanding–YMMV. It’s a convertible pistol/carbine, but you can only convert a pistol into a carbine, not a carbine into a pistol or you’re breaking the law. When you convert a pistol into a carbine, you have to have at least three US-made parts to remain 922(r) compliant …

View Post

More Suppressors

The new multi .22 SLINGSHOT suppressor from Innovative Arms goes from precision accuracy to backyard plinking while remaining easy to clean even after heavy use. The SLINGSHOT gives you extraordinary sound suppression and an ear pleasing tone all in a durable, ultra-small size. The SLINGSHOT is constructed with a stainless steel or titanium outer tube and a one-piece heat-treated stainless …