SHOT Show 2016 Final Roundup

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The TTAG crew brought you lots of great coverage from SHOT Show 2016 this January, and while I think we hit the most exiting and newsworthy items we certainly didn’t — couldn’t — cover it all. After two months, I’m officially tired of seeing the “2016 SHOT” folder chock full of unpublished photos languishing on my desktop. So, complete with captions where appropriate, here are all of the rest of the [gun-related] photos I took this year (warning: very photo-heavy post follows!) . . .

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New Gear From Propper

Propper has become relatively synonymous with “tactical pants,” although the company makes popular tactical, duty, and outdoors clothing ranging from boots to jackets and other outerwear to sweaters, pants, hats, belts, and more. Also, all sorts of packs, duffles, cases, and other bags. New for 2016 is a line of body armor plus additions to most of their other product lines . . .

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Barrett Introduces REC 7-DI

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Look another AR-15! Yes indeed, it’s another AR-15. This time from Barrett, manufacturers of big fifties and keepers of at least one LAPD .50. While well known for their big bore boomsticks, Barrett has had a good deal of success with their REC7 line of piston driven AR-15s over the last few years. Sensing that not everyone is sold on the idea of a long stroke gas gun, Barrett has introduced a direct impingement version for 2016 . . .

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Range Review: Machine Guns Vegas

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Machine guns are a top draw in Sin City. In fact, the constant flow of thrill seekers from other, less freedom-loving countries means the appetite for full-auto fun is damn near insatiable. Places like The Gun Store have been satisfying customers for years, but they’re designed to maximize customer throughput. Wait times can be painfully long. The latest wave of machine gun rental operations have focused more on the quality of the experience. Machine Guns Vegas is at the top of the heap . . .

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Takedown AR-15 Rifle: Coolest Thing from SHOT Show

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There are a couple companies that have done a takedown AR-15 rifle recently. Wyndham Weaponry just acquired the heretofore most popular version from MGI, and while it is nifty it isn’t perfect. There are things that can be changed to make it more visually appealing and easier to assemble. The folks at Cry Havoc Tactical have come up with their own solution that allows a 14.5″ AR-15 to fold down into the space of a traditional 3 ring binder . . .

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LWRC SMG-45 Coming to the Civilian Market… Eventually

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Last year we talked a little about LWRC’s 45 ACP caliber submachine gun, dubbed the SMG-45. The gun was still in the prototype phase and LWRC didn’t even know if it was going to be produced at all, let alone for the civilian market. One year later and the production version was sitting on the shelf at SHOT Show, and LWRC has confirmed that they will indeed be producing a semi-auto civilian version . . .

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Rugged Suppressors Introduces Obsidian 45

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At this year’s SHOT show, I was tasked with covering the various silencer manufacturers in attendance. I figured this would be a day long task, but it ended up taking the better part of three days to visit all the manufacturers I found, and I still missed some. It seemed like the majority of the companies I visited have started to get aggressive with their pistol cans, as most manufacturers are now offering something for your favorite 9mm, .40 S&W, or .45 ACP host. Rugged Suppressors was no different and had their brand new Obsidian 45  on display. . .

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Shooting Browning’s New Ammo at Range Day

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Coming this year to a dealer near you: Browning Ammunition. What? No. The ammo stays a nice, constant, shiny color. Browning is just the familiar name on the box. Well, not familiar at all for making ammunition. Winchester, on the other hand, is far from new to gun food, which is why Browning chose to partner with them in this endeavor. Over the course of 2016, Browning Ammunition will release proprietary loads for pistols, rifles, and shotguns . . .

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On The Range With STI Guns

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Joe Grine and I visited the STI Guns booth at SHOT Show Range Day and put a few rounds downrange. Naturally, the Costa Carry Comp was a big draw. This one’s a “sight tracker” 9mm 2011 (double-stack 1911), and it’s apparently the first of four Costa Ludus specials. More Costa Carry Comp and other STI photos, plus shooting impressions follow . . .

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