West Texas Ordnance SwitchLug – 2017 SHOT Show

One of the most common things I kept running into at the 2017 SHOT show were rifles equipped for switching barrels quickly and with a minimum of tools. It seems to be all the rage today, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise. Investing in a really solid action, stock/chassis, and optic is a big chunk […]

CADEX Defence Kraken – 2017 SHOT Show

I dare you to find a greater joy than walking into a big room, finding the most expensive thing, and then making the salesperson for that thing give you the pitch. Say I were to walk into the Ferrari dealership dressed how I dress, stroll up to the lone LaFerrari on the floor, and demand that […]

Hands on with Leupold’s LTO-Tracker – SHOT Show 2017

In late October 2016, Leupold released a hand held thermal optic called the LTO Tracker as an accessory for the modern hunter. Unfortunately, they’ve been made of unicorn teeth since the intro, and we have yet to receive ours for testing and evaluation despite our desperate pleas. Good news then that Leupold had one on […]

Hawkins Precision New DBM – SHOT Show 2017

I’m a sucker for precision rifle gizmos, especially those geared towards competitive precision rifle shooting. Seen above is Hawkins Precision new-for-2017 detachable bottom metal for Remington 700 pattern rifles. Following the M5 pattern, this should be a drop in replacement for your existing bottom metal, or a fun new edition to your old standby rifle. […]

Leupold Updates Mark 8, VX Series – SHOT Show 2017

Perusing the Leupold booth at the 2017 SHOT show, I was reminded of the old saying – “Nobody ever got fired for hiring IBM.” Sure, the guys in the crisp short sleeved shirts and the pocket protectors might not be the trendiest or flashiest, but they do a competent job on time and in full. Similarly, Leupold […]

Gerber Brings a Bald Eagle to SHOT – Freedom Ensues

Like any conference, SHOT Show exists to get eyeballs looking at products. One of the easiest ways to do that is via the tried and true “booth babe” concept that our editorial staff has covered endlessly in previous years. Sex sells, and having cleavage appears to still get asses in seats metaphorically speaking. The other tried […]

OTIS Patriot Cleaning Kit – SHOT Show 2017

If you’ve ever set foot inside a sporting goods or gun store, you’ve no doubt seen the name Otis. They’re synonymous with gun cleaning and their Breech-to Muzzle cleaning cable is well known for being a compact way to keep a cleaning kit in your bag. New for 2017, they’re debuting a series of ready-made […]

Vanguard Optics & Accessories at the 2017 SHOT Show

With a few minutes to kill before a meeting and a mandate from the bossman to find optically related things, I took the opportunity to check out Vanguard and their line of optics and accessories. New for 2017 is their Endeavor ED IV line of binoculars that Vanguard considers a value based line of binos. While […]

AimPoint Introduces Micro S-1

Anyone who has given consideration to the purchase of a red dot sight has surely looked at the Aimpoint line, especially the Micro series of sights. Having spent some time behind them, I can tell you that they just always work, and are a great way to go in both eyes open with your rifle […]

Eberlestock Rapid Acquisition Shooting Rest (RASR)

Shooting in the field from whatever you can scrape together is, in a word, hard. Some of the shooters I respect most are those that can put together a stable shooting platform anywhere, anytime, anyhow. There are a variety of tools to help aid in this like bipods, shooting sticks, tripods, and the humble backpack. One […]

Freedom Armory Titanium Silencers – SHOT Show 2017

Like the perfect hunting rifle, the perfect silencer weighs practically nothing, never affects your shot, allows you to leave your ear pro at home, and costs pennies. Though I keep wandering among the various manufacturers here at SHOT show, I still haven’t found the perfect silencer – though I did find some all titanium models […]