A brief video of my time at Vegas Indoor Skydiving.
A brief video of my time at Vegas Indoor Skydiving.
Taken from three different events, this video is a compilation of all the firearms I got to try out during SHOT week.
This is a video combining all the footage I managed to capture (using my iPhone) at the 14th annual Wilson Family Fishing Trip (the Crye Precision yearly party) chariot races. All but the second-to-last race is featured, and *spoiler alert* Oakley takes home the Golden Helmet for the year.
Good luck trying to catch one, though.
The Model 99 is a single shot bolt-action rifle chambered for either .50 BMG or .416 Barrett. Features include a 13.75″ 27 MOA attached M1913 rail, match grade barrel and trigger, 3-port fanned high efficiency muzzle brake, quick detach adjustable bipod, and ultra absorbent Sorbothane recoil pad. Available in black and Cerakote tan.
The SIG MPX is a submachine gun designed to operate with a fully closed and locked rotating bolt system. It employs a gas-operated short stroke piston system and the bolt is held open on the last round fired. The MPX can be configured for three calibers, 9mm, .357SIG, and .40S&W, by swapping out for the appropriate barrel. An integral picatinny rail at 12 o’clock allows for the use of optics, including the SIG MPX reflex sight. The ambidextrous safety/selector switch and magazine release are quite reminiscent of the AR-style. The stock system is user-configurable, with options for a telescoping, pistol, or folding stock. Magazines comes in 10/20 or 30 round configurations. The MPX itself comes in five styles: MPX (standard), MPX-K (compact variant), MPX-P (pistol variant), MPX-SD (integrally suppressed), and MPX-C (carbine variant).
Colt had a replica 1877 Bulldog Gatling Gun chambered for .45-70 Gov’t on display at this year’s SHOT.
Zombie Stop is a series of pepper spray products by Montana-based company Counter Assault. All four products spray a green-colored stream or fog distances varying between 6 to 12 feet. The spray is a non-flammable, oil-based, law enforcement-grade formula (Oleoresin Capsicum – 2 million SHU) with a 5 year shelf life.
The Trijicon ACOG 3×30 with 300 AAC Blackout reticle features a battery-free, self-illuminated reticle with a ballistic drop compensator for both supersonic and subsonic rounds. One of its key features is the Bindon Aiming Concept, which allows for both-eyes-open shooting. The reticle utilizes standard 16 inch barrel velocities and is designed to be calibrated with supersonic (115 gr.) ammo using a zero of 100 yards.
This is an image of the reticle used by the .300 BLK ACOG.
Black Rain Ordnance is expanding their line of rifles to include the AK-derivative Freedom Fighter in 7.62×39. Its features include a free float quad rail fore end, ambidextrous selector switch, rubberized pistol grip, and a Magpul UBR stock. It’s being displayed at the booth in two color options: a light, steel gray and olive drab. Also worth mentioning is the weight, as in its current form its a pretty hefty beast, especially in the fore end. Still in the prototype stage, Black Rain plans to release it later this year.
The Umarex T.A.C. is an air pistol that converts into a carbine using the included frame. It’s chambered for .177 caliber pellets with a 19-shot capacity and is powered by a single 12g CO2 capsule housed in the grip. With a 4.25″ barrel the T.A.C. is capable of a velocity of 410 FPS. In addition, with the use of adapters, the HK USP (Airsoft & BB), SW MP40 BB, Umarex XBG, Combat Zone Enforcer, and Walther P99 DAO Airsoft can use the T.A.C. carbine frame.
The SRM 1216 is a semiautomatic shotgun that uses a unique 16-round detachable magazine made of four individual 4-round magazine tubes that the operator rotates as needed, referred to as manual index. The 1216 offers ambidextrous controls as the charging handle, bolt release, safety controls, ejection port, and sling plate are all configurable to a left or right position. Top mounted picatinny rails allow for the attachment of sights and other accessories. An interchangeable bolt allows for the use of both lethal and less than lethal ammunition.
The FNX-45 Tactical is an update on the FNP-45 Tactical pistol. It features a polymer checkered frame with interchangeable backstraps, a serrated trigger guard, and picatinny accessory rail. The stainless steel slide features an external extractor with loaded chamber indicator, front and rear cocking serrations, and two mounting bases for the use of an electronic red dot sight. The barrel comes threaded for the use of suppressors or compensators, and all the controls are fully ambidextrous (decocking/safety lever, slide stop, and mag release). If you’re wondering what’s ultimately different between the FNP-45 and FNX-45 aside from a few improvements and aesthetic changes, the later uses a new magazine which is incompatible with the former model. To offset this a bit, a new FNX-45 comes with three 15 round mags.
The FN M3M, designated as the GAU-21 by the US Navy, is chambered for .50 BMG and fires at a rate of 1100 rpm using an open-bolt operation and a dual recoil buffer system. The effective range of the M3M is 2500 meters (approx. 1.5 miles) with a maximum range of 6500 meters (approx. 4 miles). It operates independent of either electrical or hydraulic power sources and has a unique soft mount system that enhances accuracy and minimizes recoil forces transmitted to the airframe. The M3M been approved by the DoD for use with all branches of the military as the Common Defense Weapon System for all current and future rotary-wing aircraft.
At trade shows I always have my camera out, as evidenced by these two pics I took while in the restroom at SHOT. Cheers to Cerakote for their creative use of advertising space…
Magpul had a great showing of brand new products at this year’s SHOT, including the VW ‘Battle Bus’ they had on display at their booth.
They’re expanding their line of shotgun stocks and fore-ends to include Mossberg shotguns.
They’re releasing accessories and parts in their new color ‘Ghost Gray’.
They’re doing Gen M3 versions of their 7.62 magazines, in 25, 20, and 10 round models.
Finally, they’ll soon be releasing magazine round limiters and Ranger Plates for the Gen M3 magazine.
EOTech’s newest showings in their line of sights at this year’s SHOT can be seen above. The first is a sight calibrated specifically for use with .300 BLK and .300 whisper. It features a two dot reticle that is set for two different ranges depending on whether subsonic or supersonic ammunition is used. Not shown is the diagram on the roof of the sight detailing this information.
The other sight is the Zombie II. Practically identical to the original EOTech zombie sight, it features the same biohazard reticle, with the largest change being the inclusion of ‘Reaper Z’ camouflage. Other features include 20 brightness settings, a 600 hour run time on a single 123 battery, and attachment to a 1″ weaver rail or 1913 picatinny rail.
First Spear, along with Renegade Armor, Wilcox, and Aimpoint, sponsored a media range day at the Las Vegas metropolitan police department firing range. Three ranges were set up, with the first two featuring rifles by H&K and LMT, and pistols by Nighthawk Custom and SIG Sauer. The third range featured something a bit more exotic: rifles by FERFRANS, who are known for their Delayed Sear Activation System. This system made the 7.5″ 5.56 SCW PDW very controllable when fired in full-auto. It’s also very likely this system was responsible for reducing the felt recoil of the 7.62 SOACR near 5.56 levels. Wilcox also had demonstrations of their breaching torch technology; seeing the torch used to melt through rebar as quickly as it did was impressive. Overall, it was a great media day that offered the chance to try out some truly fantastic firearms.
One of the advantages of attending SHOT is not just being able to see new products at all the different booths. One of the things I like
most is the opportunity to catch up with so many individuals from so many places all in one week. You may run into one or two at the NTOA Conference, then another a New Breed of Warrior, but darn near everyone attends SHOT. This gives you the chance to hear and see what they’ve seen and heard and like, what kind of EDC or specialty kit they’re running, etc. When you run into multiple peers wearing something or talking about something they say you should investigate, you’d be foolish not to.
Over the course of SHOT I bumped into several friends who spoke very highly of the Cobra belts from Jones Tactical LLC. So we’re clear, I haven’t gotten my hands on one or worn one, but I heard nothing but good things (I wear a Yates CQB Cobra and love it, though I intend to give the Jones belt a try). Among those who advised their preference for Jones Tactical belts: MilsSpec Monkey, one of the engineers from War Sport, a USSA instructor and a couple of friends who prefer to remain anonymous.
Hot Leaf Camo was at SHOT showing off stylish women’s hunting cam they say is the “hottest thing to happen to hunting since women”! They’re trying to garner enough support to get their camo into stores. They don’t actually have a product you can buy yet, they’re looking for women who do hunt and might want a “cute & stylish” but functionally effective camouflage to get behind ‘em and help make that happen.
BLEND IN. STAND OUT.™
Check out the Hot Leaf website or go like ‘em on Facebook to learn more and help support ‘em.