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SHOT Show 17 – CMMG Tac Snac

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

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From the same company that brought us ‘Tactical Bacon’, comes the Tac Snac. The Tac Snac is high in protein, low in fat, and made of beef and pork. According to CMMG, the Tac Snac is “Perfect for camping, hunting, zombie standoffs, and end of the world scenarios”.

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Aside from Original flavor, which is pretty tasty, CMMG is also offering the Tac Snac in Habanero, Peppered, and Bacon.

www.cmmginc.com

SHOT Show 17 – SERBU Firearms GB-22

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

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This is the SERBU GB-22, a single shot, open bolt .22 pistol designed to be extremely simple to build, even with basic handtools, as necessity or availability of materials and tools dictates. Because it’s so basic, it also lends itself to as much modification as the builder deems appropriate. For example, the GB-22 doesn’t have sights as part of its standard design, but a creative sort can include irons in the design, or as is the case in the model above, create a mounting platform for an electro-optic. In case you were wondering, the ‘GB’ in GB-22 stands for ‘Gun Buyback’, as creator Mark Serbu has pretty much stated that because of the simple design the GB-22 can be built up quick and cheap and used to game a gun buyback program.

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The plans are available right now on SERBU’s site for a paltry $12 (link here). If you feel you’re not mechanically-inclined enough to take advantage of the plans, then you’ll have to wait until SERBU receives BAFTE approval for a built kit.

serbu.myshopify.com

SHOT Show 2017 – SOG Knives Baton Multi-Tools

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

The new Baton multi-tool series from SOG consists of 4 minimalist profile multi-tools, about as thick as a marker and as long as a pencil for easy stowage into a pocket, pouch, or other container. Each tool in the series is named ‘Baton Q’, followed by a number (Q1 – Q4). The Q tools consist of handles made of aluminum (Q1 – 1060, Q2-4 – 6061-T6) and tools made of 5Cr15MoV steel, and depending on the model are designed for applications including office & personal, urban emergency, and basic and advanced wilderness.

This is a list of the tools included in each model Baton:

Baton Q1 – Spring assist scissors, pressurized ballpoint pen, bottle opener, medium flathead driver

Baton Q2 – Straight edge blade, LED flashlight, bottle opener, medium flathead driver

Baton Q3 – Pliers, gripper, soft wire cutter, straight blade, 3-sided file, Phillips driver, awl, chisel, can opener, small flathead driver, bottle opener, medium flathead driver, jewelry driver

Baton Q4 – Pliers, gripper, soft wire cutter, straight blade, 3-sided file, can opener, small flathead driver, bottle opener, medium flathead driver, magnetic ratchet driver, magnetic 12-piece hex bit kit

www.sogknives.com

SHOT Show 2017 – Rapid Dominance Tactical Koozie

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

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The Rapid Dominance Tactical Koozie is a more tacticool approach to the traditional beverage koozie. Made of 1000D polyester, the Tactical Koozie features an adjustable hook and loop cummerbund, loop panel on the front and rear, and even functional 1/2 size PALS webbing. Accommodates beverages up to 40oz.

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www.rapiddominance.com

SHOT Show 2017 – MKT USA

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

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MKT USA, a division of Medford Knife & Tool, has a display of some wicked looking knives made of heavy-duty materials at their SHOT booth.

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This is the On Belay. It features a titanium handle and D2 tool steel blade coming in at just over 3″, with an overall length of 8.5″. The back strap is also made of D2 tool steel.

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The Maurader features a titanium grip, and stainless hardware, with a 3V steel Tanto-style blade. The grip has been custom sculpted to improve grip surface and visual appeal.

www.medfordknife.com

SHOT Show 2017 – Six12 Shotgun Variants

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

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At the Six12 booth, this wood furniture variant of the futuristic bullpup rotary drum shotgun was on display. It would be pretty cool to see this variant make production when the Six12 releases.

SHOT Show 2017 – EOTech

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

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This can be considered a bit of a ‘non-story’ since there’s not a lot of ‘new’ info, but it’s worth bringing up all the same.

For a bit of background, at last year’s SHOT, EOTech focused exclusively on their line of magnified Vudu scopes, and didn’t feature a single one of their HWS (Holographic Weapon Sights) at their booth. This was likely in response to the US Government’s lawsuit against L3 Communications regarding performance issues experienced by the EOTech HWS optics in temperature extremes and high moisture environments, and more importantly L3’s failure to disclose they had prior knowledge of these performance issues to the US Government.

As a result, L3 settled with the Government for about $26 million, and even went so far as to offer refunds to virtually any customers who purchased an EOTech sight. After that, the issue was more or less dealt with, although it did leave a bad taste in many people’s mouths.

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This year, EOTech came out with new branding for the line of HWS optics, including a new logo, and has started reproducing their most popular HWS models: XPS2, 512, 552, etc., in both black and FDE. My immediate question to the rep who talked to me was if there were any changes to the internals of the optics. The answer was somewhat vague, but I was told that the engineers at the company spent the past year or so retooling the optics, with the thermal drift issue being corrected.

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So, the TL;DR of the situation is this: EOTech claims they fixed the issues with their HWS that caused them to get sued by the Government, and now they’re reintroducing their products to the market with new branding.

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We’ll have to wait and see if they hold up this time.

www.eotechinc.com

SHOT Show 2017 – SIG ASP Pistols

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

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SIG is currently displaying two new additions to the ASP airgun line, the P320 ASP pistols in Black and FDE. Chambered for .177 pellets, the ASP P320 series features an all-metal slide, rifled steel barrel, and polymer grip. The rearward section of the grip breaks away to reveal the CO2 canister housing which powers the action, and the P320 ASP comes complete with an impressive 30-round rotary magazine.

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www.sigsauer.com/products/airguns

SHOT Show 2017 – Umarex Legends

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Umarex’s ‘Legends’ consists of full-auto blowback action bb guns patterned after iconic weapons, or as Umarex’s marketing puts it, “Designs that changed history”. Two of the guns in this line caught my eye, the M712, and the MP, which is also new for 2017.

M712

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The M712 is patterned after the M712 “Schnellfeuer” or “Fast Fire” C96 Mauser, which was capable of full-auto fire and sported a detachable magazine. Umarex’s bb version follows suit, featuring full metal construction, full-auto or semi-auto fire, and an 18-round detachable magazine, which also houses the CO2 cartridge needed to power the gun’s action.

MP

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The MP is patterned after the iconic MP40, and like the M712 above, features full metal construction and select fire. The MP’s action is powered by two 12g CO2 capsules which are housed in the 60-round detachable magazine. The MP comes complete with a folding stock and adjustable rear sight with fixed front post.

www.umarexusa.com

SHOT Show 2017 – Kel-Tec

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

I always like to visit the Kel-Tec booth early because they always have something new (and because they release a new deck of playing cards every year which tend to run out fast).

For this year, Kel-Tec has two new models of their RDB, and one new model of the KSG.

KSG-25

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Forgive the image orientation, but the KSG–25 is long, 38 inches long to be exact. The KSG-25 Sports a 30.5 inch barrel, with a standard capacity of 24+1 2.75 inch shells, hence the name. It weighs a hefty 9.25 lbs. unloaded, and roughly 11.5 lbs. when loaded. This particular model will come complete with Magpul MBUS front and rear sites, and a Magpul RVG vertical grip, along with a heat shield to cover the extended barrel. Kel-Tec states The KSG–25 will see a limited release third quarter of this year, provided demand is high enough.

RDB Tactical

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The RDB Tactical is a variation of the RDB, featuring a two position collapsible stock, as well as an M-LOK forend designed specifically for the rifle. The rep told me the rifle was so new, they didn’t have time to print out a sales card for it.

RDB Survival

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The RDB Survival is a minimalist profile variant of the RDB designed for field carry. Like the tactical, it features a 16 inch barrel, although this one is pencil profile to keep the weight down. The Survival model has an overall length of 26.1 inches, with a weight of 5 pounds, and comes with integrated iron sites, and can except any standard AR magazines. The survival also features the same two positions stock as the tactical model, providing an additional 1.5 inches of stock length for the shooter.

www.keltecweapons.com

SHOT Show 2017

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

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It’s that time of year again! SHOT show 2017 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Look forward for some great coverage on guns, here, knives, and whatever else I can dig up.

SHOT Show 2016 – Galac-Tac AR500 Armor

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

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Ryan B. Flower’s Galactac armor, built using AR500 ballistic armor with additional support from companies such as H&K, SOG Knives, and Team Wendy. I don’t think we’re going to be seeing this one on the market anytime soon.

You can get the original at www.galac-tac.com/home.

SHOT Show 2016 – PTS – Mega Arms MKM .308

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

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My friends over at the PTS booth had a lot of great stuff to show me, some of it already on the market, some of it new for 2016, but there was one product that caught my attention above all the others: the PTS Mega Arms MKM .308. Built around the Mega Arms MKM platform, the MKM .308 is based on a real steel .308/AR-10 rifle, and it shows. It’s not only a hefty beast of a gas blowback rifle, but the bolt itself is a monster; you can feel it slam forward with quite a bit of force for an airsoft rifle. Additionally, the MKM .308 will be capable of semi-auto and 3-round burst fire.

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The magazine that comes with the MKM .308, the EPM LR, is a proprietary mag built to PTS’ own specifications just for this gun, and quite frankly, it’s heavy enough to cause extreme bodily harm if used as a blunt instrument.

The MKM .308 will be available later this year from PTS.

www.ptssyndicate.us

SHOT Show 2016 – Gerber Gear

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Strongarm Fixed Blade

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The Strongarm is one of Gerber’s most popular fixed blade knives. It consists of a full tang 420 HC steel blade, with a rubberized diamond-texture grip. The Strongarm comes complete with a multi-mount, MOLLE-compatible sheath.

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Available in Black and Tan handle finishes, and with or without blade serration.

Ghoststrike Fixed Blade w/ Ankle Wrap Sheath

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Gerber’s Ghoststrike is a fixed blade knife with a drop point, fine edge blade, made of 420 HC ceramic coated steel. The handle is skeletonized, with a rugged texture for a sure grip. The Ghoststrike can be purchased with an ankle wrap holster, which allows for the Ghoststrike to be utilized as a concealed and/or backup blade.

Freescape Camp Kitchen Kit

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A bit different than the other offerings I checked out at the booth, the Freescape Camp Kitchen Kit is nonetheless worth taking a look at. The Camp Kitchen Kit comes with the Camp Kitchen and Paring Knives, a built-in ceramic sharpener, locking drawer, and drip channel around the board. The case itself is bright green, which matches the handle accents of the included knives, and makes it easy to identify.

39 Series Knives

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The 39 Series is a collection of blades that hearkens back to Gerber’s start as a blade maker. The 39 Series features a 420 HC steel blade, and a cero-coated stainless steel handle. The blades will be available in sizes Small and Large, in Black, Gold, and Silver finishes. These are an “indie-dealer” exclusive, so you won’t be seeing these at any big-box retailer.

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Be on the lookout for the 39 Series Knives later this year.

www.gerbergear.com

SHOT Show 2016 – 5.11 Tactical – Tactical Yoga Pants

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

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To 5.11’s credit, these aren’t called “Tactical Yoga Pants”, but that’s basically how they were introduced to me by the booth rep, so the title stays. These are actually called the Women’s Raven Range Capri. Described as the “perfect blend of traditional yoga pant and range apparel”, the Raven Range Capris are made of stretch Ponte di Roma fabric, and are antimicrobial and moisture-wicking. The Raven Range Capris come complete with belt loops and abrasion panels for a belt and holster, and also feature secure utility pockets.

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The Capris come in Black and Tundra.

www.511tactical.com

SHOT Show 2016 – X Products – .308 MUL

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

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The .308 MUL or Multi Use Launcher is a larger bore version of last year’s Can Cannon, designed to use .308 blanks rather than the .223 of the Can Canon. The .308 MUL is a complete upper assembly, and is SR-25 platform compatible. The reps at the booth even told me that it’s not recommended to launch soda cans from it, since the increased power of the .308 blank actually causes the soda can walls to rupture when launched; sounds cool to me! I would have loved to show you a picture of the .308 MUL, and the new grappling hook accessory, however the only sample models bought to SHOT this year were on display at the ‘New Products’ section, and unfortunately they don’t allow for photography there, even for press.

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You’ll have to make due with this photo of the .223 Can Cannon, so it’s like this, just bigger and more powerful.

www.xproducts.com

SHOT Show 2016 – Sun Devil Manufacturing

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

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This is the “DOUBLE DEVIL” Twin AR (and yes, the caps are necessary). You may be wondering: “Why a monolithic billet twin side-by-side upper receiver?” Well, in all honestly, the reason is pretty much because they could.

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As previously mentioned, the DOUBLE DEVIL consists of dual monolithic billet heavy wall twin upper receivers. The receivers feature 16″ chromoly barrels, with a 1:9 twist, free-floated modular handguards, and flat top Picatinny rails. The DOUBLE DEVIL is compatible with any standard AR-pattern lower receiver, of which two are needed, and fire completely independently of each other. It also comes with a billet bi-pod mount, and is pivot / traverse capable.

www.sundevilmfg.com

SHOT Show 2016 – Maglula

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

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Maglula is showing off their UpLULA universal pistol magazine loaders in four new colorways: DarkGreen, OrangeBrown, Lemon, and Purple. The sales materials state these colors are “beautiful”, “unique”, and perhaps the largest benefit, “…will stand out in a range bag.”

Additionally, Maglula has also announced that they’re planning on releasing the BabyUpLULA, which is their .22 LR – .380 ACP loader, in Purple, as well as the AR15/M4 StripLULA for RUAG gray stripper clips.

www.maglula.com

SHOT Show 2016 – American Tactical GSG MP-40 9mm Pistol

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

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American Tactical imports the German Sport Guns brand here in the States, and one of the cooler-looking models they released was a .22 LR variant of the MP-40 SMG. Stopping by their booth, I noticed that they plan to release a pistol-variant chambered for the original 9mm Luger, and thankfully they had a model on display.

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No word on when it’ll be available, so stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.

SHOT Show 2016 – Hydrapak

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Hydrapak had a couple of new products to show off at their booth.

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The first is the Seeker hydration bladder. The Seeker is a collapsible bladder constructed of the same durable TPU as other Hydrapak products, and it fills from a screw-cap lid. The non-rigid design of the Seeker allows it to fit snugly within a variety of carry options, such as a pack. The Seeker functions well as either as additional storage for water, or as a filter bag.

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Also featured on the Seeker is an integrated strap system, which allows the Seeker to be carried or tied down externally. It will be available in three sizes: 1L, 2L, and 3L.

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Hydrapak will also be releasing what they call the Arctic Fusion. It’s a bite valve constructed of insulated TPU, which keeps the valve from freezing for up to 1 hr in temperatures reaching -20 F. The Arctic Fusion will be released this Fall.

hydrapak.com

Tactical Fanboy Has Arrived At SHOT Show 2016

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

  

SHOT Show 2015 – Magpul – Dyed Magazines

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

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In case you didn’t know, Magpul introduced the new Sand color for their M3 PMAGs. These new mags are not only stronger than the original black M3 PMAGs, but they’re also much more receptive to water-based dye processes, allowing for a greater range of colors. Over at the Magpul booth, Jon Canipe was kind enough to line up the dye jobs they came up with just in time for the show. I gotta say that the pink came out pretty damn good.

www.magpul.com

SHOT Show 2015 – Maglula – Range Benchloader

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

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Maglula’s Range Benchloader is a heavy-duty industrial 30-round loader for most standard .223/5.56 magazines, including aluminum, polymer, and steel magazines. The Benchloader’s design allows users to quickly load up to 30-rounds through its single stroke loading action. Its open design allows for examination of rounds prior to loading, and the design reduces wear on feed lips, prolonging magazine life.

www.maglula.com/product/ar15-m4-pmag-range-benchloader-5-56-223

SHOT Show 2015 – IWI – Galil ACE Line

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

The new Galil ACE line was on display at the IWI booth. Currently chambered for 7.62x39mm, the ACE line has the following features:

– reciprocating left side charging handle
– Modern polymer components for weight reduction
– Full length two-piece Picatinny top rail
– Picatinny tri-rail forearm with built-in, removable rail covers
– Adjustable iron sights with Tritium front sight post
– Accepts all standard AK-47 type magazines

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This particular variant is a pistol which comes with IWI’s own side folding Stabilizing Brace.

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Both this pistol and the side folding Stabilizing Brace variant feature an 8.3″ barrel.

As for upcoming variations of the ACE line, late Summer will see the introduction of the 7.62x51mm ACE, which will consist of two pistols and a full length rifle in multiple barrel lengths, all of which will accept standard SR-25 type magazines. The 5.56 ACE line will be available starting early 2016, and will accept standard AR-15 magazines.

www.israel-weapon.com

SHOT Show 2015 – Gerber

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

The Vital series was introduced as Gerber’s new introductory hunting line. It consists of multiple tools with replaceable blades, and orange handles and frames for visibility. Tools in the line include the Skin & Gut Knife, Take-a-Part Shears, and Pack Saw.

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Gator Premium is an upgrade to the iconic Gator line, which features blades made from S30V steel. The handles of these new knives have a scaly texture very much inspired by their namesake, and they also come with similarly textured sheaths. Only the fixed blade has the metal pommel, although both knives feature lanyard holes. Not pictured are the GH models with a hooked point.

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In the image above, you can compare the new Gator Premium Folder CP (top) to the original Gator Folder (bottom).

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Here’s the Premium Folder and Fixed knives in their sheaths. This new line is designed and built in Portland, Oregon.

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This is the Short Stack. It’s a complete AR-15 armorer’s tool in an extremely compact package. In fact, at the booth it was displayed as fitting inside Magpul MOE and MIAD grips. Rather than unfold in a traditional manner, the tool is held together with a rubber stop as well as magnetically, and each component can be individually separated. It contains the following components:

– Windage elevation sight tool
– Firing pin scraper
– Buffer tube wrench
– Cleaning cable pull handle
– 4mm wrench
– T10 torx
– #0 cross driver
– Bolt carrier & bolt scrapper
– 1/2″, 1/4″, 3/8″, and 3/4″ wrenches

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The Span Shotgun tool, which features 12 tools in one solid state, which itself separates into two separate components. It features the following:

– 1/4″ standard bit tip driver
– Bit tip storage
– Torque generating design
– 6 bit tips
– pin punch
– 3x hex wrench
– choke tube wrench
– bottle opener

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The Airfoil is a folding knife, with a fine edge, T-shaped thumb studs, and a pocket clip. It’s very light weight at only 2.2 oz., and has a very smooth open action.

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The Skyridge is an assisted open knife with a fine edge blade, dual thumb studs, and a pocket clip.

www.gerbergear.com