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Thermal Imaging For Less Than $3K

Armasight introduced its latest and most technologically advanced family of Predator thermal imaging weapon sights to the sporting, law enforcement and military markets. The Predator product line is based on the latest FLIR Tau 2 VOx microbolometer core. Each model of the line has optimizing performance and state-of-the-art technology for a variety of uses and mission applications ranging from the …

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Lots of Suppressors

There were a lot of suppressors at SHOT Show this year and if the American Suppressor Association can get the Hearing Protection Act passed and remove them from the NFA, then owning a suppressor won’t be the paperwork hassle it is right now. The new SEG Micro Suppressors are almost half the length with most of the suppression of many …

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The Can Cannon – Too F-ing Fun!

Some of my fondest shooting memories happened at a small, restored slave cabin in Flint Hill, VA, where the Technical Editor of American Rifleman, Pete Dickey, and I would find creative ways to do things with guns that we could never put in print. Frequently, our shenanigans involved a blank-firing cannon he had with a bore big enough to take …

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Ruger’s Line Up – 2016 SHOT Show

Ruger’s big deal at SHOT was, of course, its new American pistol available in either 9x19mm or .45 ACP. This is a continuation of Ruger’s “American” branding, which is really a new market segment that uses sound manufacturing processes in the most efficient manner possible to create functional guns at lunch bucket prices. American pistol literature states it’s “designed with …

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Bolt Carrier Offers Gas Adjustment

2A-Armament LLC introduced its Regulated Bolt Carrier (RBC). This is a lightweight carrier with a gas regulating gate built into the carrier itself to provide a drop in, lightweight solution for those looking to tune their AR-15’s gas system. It eliminates the need for adjustable gas blocks and allows the firearm to be restored to a factory full weight system …

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A “Bifocal” Scope

Pardon the pun, but this one really caught my eye. The Eagle Eye 3.5 is what I would call a “bifocal” scope. It has a normal field of view for quick target acquisition, but also in the view is a magnified version of the sight picture for precise aiming when firing. In the upper part of the field of view …

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Aimpoint AR-Ready Micro Sight

Aimpoint announced the addition of a new line of pre-mounted Micro T-2 and Micro H-2 sights that are immediately ready for use on AR-15 and M4 Carbine style rifles. These sights come equipped with Aimpoint’s Lever Release Picatinny (LRP) Mount, and a 39mm spacer that provides absolute co-witness with backup iron sights on AR-15 and M4 Carbine style rifles. The …

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Import-Legal MPT-76

The Zenith MPT-76 shown at SHOT Show is an import legal version of Turkey’s newly designed replacement for their military service H&K G3 rifles–the MPT-76. The MPT-76 was heavily influenced by the AR family of rifles, but incorporates a short-stroke gas piston system. Other proprietary changes are incorporated to create one of the most robust and reliable military rifles on …

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LRB Arms M25 Rear Lug Receiver

LRB Arms had what it calls “the ultimate M14 receiver choice for long range accuracy.” It’s called the M25 and it has a rear lug that features a proprietary scope rail mounting system forged and machined right into the receiver. The addition of a rear lug enhances the accuracy potential of an already superior M14 platform and is welded in …

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Multi-Caliber AR Mag

One of the weakest links in the reliability of the Stoner system is the magazine. Modern synthetic mags have greatly improved the situation, but things still get weird when you try and make an AR feed rounds other than 5.56mm. This year at SHOT Show I saw what one company thinks might be a solution for feeding different cartridges in …

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Adjustable Ruger MKIII 22/45 Trigger

Tandemkross had a $35 “Victory” trigger upgrade for Ruger’s MKIII 22/45 pistol. It’s 100% adjustable for pretravel and overtravel and the lightweight skeletonized design has a flat face for better trigger control. The flat design allows shooters to pull straight back, instantly providing the ability to tell if you are pulling the trigger to the left or the right, plus …

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New From Weatherby

Of the new guns that Weatherby showed at SHOT Show, two stood out to me—the new Mark V Weathermark and the Element Synthetic. They stood out to me because when I think of Weatherby, I remember the flamboyant Monte Carlo stocks with wood inlays that were popular in Roy Weatherby’s time. Today, that quality of wood is not as abundantly …

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Derya 12-Gauge AR-15

There’s a lot to be said for having a detachable magazine on a shotgun used in competition or personal defense–they’re faster to load and you can switch ammo types quickly. At SHOT Show, Derya Arms showed what it’s calling the next generation of detachable magazine shotguns—the MK-10 VR-100 series. These semi-autos are very AR-15ish, and chambered for 12-gauge 2 3/4-inch …

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I Love Hookers

The original Skull Hooker is one of those positively simple but great ideas that let those of us with European-type skull mounts display them without having to permanently attach them to a panel. All you have to do is stick the end of the hook into the opening at the back of the skull for it to work. At SHOT …

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Civic Duty HP Ammunition

Speer’s “Flying Ashtray” was the handgun bullet to use “back in the day.” But since then, there have been some serious advancements made in creating handgun bullets that penetrate deeply and expand reliably. One of the new bullets I saw at SHOT is the Civic Duty from G2 Research and the expanded bullets look like the blades from a kitchen …