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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Doublestar’s “Beast”

So the Beast gets its name because the owner of Doublestar shot a monster of an alligator with the first gun—a ’gator so big that they called it the “Beast,” or so I’m told by Doublestar’s Director of Marketing and dear friend, Monica Sipp. She explained that despite the formidable name, the Beast is actually a pretty nimble and shootable …

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The Browning Sweet Sixteen is Back

Of all the Browning “humpback” shotguns, none has a more loyal following than the 16-ga. “Sweet Sixteen” and Browning brought it back for 2016. Like its most revered predecessor, the new A5 Sweet Sixteen is built on a receiver that is lighter and smaller than the 12-gauge A5 for reduced weight and a sleeker feel. While the original A5 used …

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Smith & Wesson 2016

Smith & Wesson’s M&P 15 rifle is a no-frills entry level AR that did away with features such as the dust cover and forward assist to keep costs down. AT SHOT, S&W showed the new M&P15 SPORT II that includes those additional features the original SPORT did away with. Manufactured on a forged upper and lower receiver of 7075 T6 …