SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade) Show 2016 took place in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Sands Convention Center last week. With 630,000 net square feet and some 1,600 exhibitors it is the largest and most comprehensive trade show for all professionals involved with the shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement industries and the world’s premier exposition of combined firearms, ammunition, cutlery, outdoor apparel, optics and related products and services.
The SHOT Show attracts buyers from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. To the casual observer not much has changed since the last show, apart from larger attendance (65,000 this year) and more celebrity appearances.The hottest theme this year, once again, was the tactical community. Picatinny rails on everything from rifles to handguns were found everywhere. At our first SHOT Show in 1992, 95% of the show was dedicated to hunting and duck decoys with a smattering of tactical firearms. There were probably only 5 companies manufacturing AR15s back then, though.
GLOCK introduced 2 pistols: the G17 MOS and G19 MOS. Each pistol comes with three difference grip options: a short, medium and large size, enabling the pistol to adapt to each individual shooter’s hand size with the removal and insertion of a single pin. In addition, the grip has been given a new Rough Textured Frame (RTF) to increase grip traction. The biggest innovation on these two old designs was the integration of the MOS (Modular Optics System) allowing shooters to mount a red dot sight on the pistol’s slide.
Sig Sauer introduced a revamp of the company’s first pistol that was unveiled in 1947: the Sig P210. The original was a single stack 9mm designed for the Swiss Military and Swiss or German made imports of this pistol fetch the price of a used car these days. The company is introducing a standard version, target version and perhaps a compact carry version with prices ranging from $1300 to $1500 at the retail level.
Cobalt Kinetics officially unveiled their latest rifle: the Evolve. This is no mere repackaged race gun, the Evolve utilizes features such as an automatic magazine release system that sparks true innovation in the AR15 platform.
On the Big Bore front: Sword International had their AR on display chambered in 338 Lapua and Mark Serbu is offering a single shot 50 BMG rifle for $875.
Rounding out the firearms was a new AR pistol from New Frontier Armory of Nevada, the AR-9. This 9mm pistol takes readily available Glock 9mm magazines and uses a polymer lower receiver to reduce weight.
As far as accessories, we noticed a number of silencer manufacturers with new products. Our friends at Silencershop.com showed us a few new models from Griffin Armament, including what may be the world’s first ever serviceable rifle suppressor.
One of our favorite accessories at this year’s show was a trigger from RISE Armament.The RA-140 Super Sporting Trigger is a drop in pack that reduces pull to 3.5 pounds with no slack or creep and retails for $129.
As far as knives go, CRKT rolled out some fabulous new models based on custom designs that are well worth a second look.
Before you know it SHOT Show 2017 will be upon us, we can’t wait to see what they roll out next year!