2019SHOT Show Floor
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As always, TTAG will be on the ground in Las Vegas and surrounding areas next week at the NSSF’s gargantuan SHOT Show. It’s a blend of Disneyland for gun geeks and ballistic sensory overload. Thousands of exhibitors spread over more than 13 acres of convention floor that’s crawling with about 65,000 attendees.

We will, of course, be hitting all of the high spots in terms of new products; think new guns like the Colt Python, the Savage Renegauge, the GLOCK 44, the Ruger-57, the S&W M&P Shield EZ 9mm, Mossberg’s MC2c and 940 JM Pro among many, many others.

We will, of course, be hitting all of the high spots in terms of new products; think new guns like the Colt Python, the Savage Renegauge, the GLOCK 44, the Ruger-57, the S&W M&P Shield EZ 9mm, Mossberg’s MC2c and 940 JM Pro among many, many others.

And there is, obviously, a lot more than just guns at SHOT. We could take a dozen people and not cover everything worthy of note if we had twice the time.

So help us out. What would you like to see us check out while we’re there next week? What items are there that you’ve heard about, but not seen anyone write about?

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  1. Anything about organized efforts to counter the threat to the Second Amendment posed by Michael Bloomberg and George Soros.

    • As compared to non hand-held firearms?

      I use special shooters gloves that are similar to “house framer” gloves. They’re full gloves but are missing the tips of the thumb and first two fingers. Keeps the hands warm but allows dexterity and manipulation of gun, trigger, magazine, etc. I myself have never understood why/how some “operators” choose full fingered gloves. I need to effectively feel the trigger inside the trigger guard.

      • “As compared to non hand-held firearms?”

        Rifles, pistols, revolvers. One can use mittens to operate a Ma Duce, TOW or Stinger.

        Have yet to figure out how finger gloves with the tips missing keep the hands warm. The ones I tried just made my finger tips numb, which would be bad for using a concealed handgun.

      • “I myself have never understood why/how some “operators” choose full fingered gloves.”

        Because keeping your fingers is more important than the increase in dexterity you might get from cutting the fingers out.

        The burn threat is constant.

        • I hear you, jw, but any of my guns don’t present that threat. I fire rounds through my deer rifles at a slow enough pace that the barrels never heat up to “burn” level. My handguns (1911s, Glocks) all have slides that cover the barrels and prevent direct contact. My ARs all have handguards, as most do nowadays. And even my shotguns are used for trap/skeet and don’t involve me handling the barrels, which still don’t get hot enough to burn flesh during a match. The only single item that might get hot enough is my Defense model shotgun, but even the shroud helps.

          Again, I hear you, but I respectfully disagree that the “burn threat is constant”. In 30 years of shooting, I’ve never burned myself or even thought of it as an issue with any of my guns. My gloves are primarily for colder weather, as I’ve always preferred bare hands whenever possible for maximum tactile contact with my equipment.

          Last year, I was in a certain firearm training course, and four young bucks in their early 20s (a pack of friends) were among the students. They all had “right” gear, including the 5.11 tac pants, the tight compression t-shirts, the high-dollar holsters and web gear, the perfect hat and shades, the expensive in-ear protection (as compared to the standard electronic muffs), and of course 5.11 gloves. Looked like they were modeling for a product launch. They fumbled a bit because of the decreased ease of placing their trigger fingers inside the trigger guards during draws. That’s what I often think of when I see full-fingered gloves. Operators.

          But to each his own. If you like them and can effectively put rounds on target while having my back, then you have no argument from me. I won’t/can’t effectively shoot with them, though, so I use the half-fingerless “framer” gloves.

        • This “operator’s” fingers go numb and hurt when they get really cold. It may have something to do with wanting to be fashionable in her post college years, i.e. not wearing hat & gloves. She’s sensible now…shoes and all.

    • Warm gloves! Wind proof!
      (I’ll buy any car that has a heated steering wheel, too. We don’t need butt warmers. We have pants and coat. No fat on anyone’s fingers.)

  2. Find the FB Radom booth and ask them what happened to the $1100 commerical variant of the VIS35 pistol? We all know about the 50 pieces of a limited run at $4000 a copy last year or so. Where’s the regular production run?

  3. Besides your usual great coverage of the event, I would like to know what happened to the Winchester Wildcat .22 semiautomatic rifle and the Hi Point 9mm pistol! I’ve heard of vaporware in the software industry, but what’s the story on these two?

      • Yeah, the new redesign of the C9 supposedly with a double stack higher capacity magazine and ambidextrous controls.

    • I thought the Wildcat was interesting and extremely light. Then, I was a little disappointed to find that the Picatinny rail is plastic. They should provide an aluminum rail option.

      • Yes, probably to keep costs down. It does have several interesting features like the easy cleaning removable receiver. If the street price is in the $150 to $175 range of jump on it!

      • Yes, probably to keep costs down. It does have several interesting features like the easy cleaning removable receiver. If the street price is in the $150 to $175 range I’d jump on it!

  4. I like cowboy old west guns. So please cover the Italian repro gunmakers to learn if one of them has decided to introduce a replica Merwin & Hulbert 3rd Model revolver (.44 or .45) with interchangeable barrels and skull-crusher grips. Oh, and in stainless. Yeah, that’s what I want you to do…

  5. More items from NEXT exhibitors. Smaller companies products or more esoteric items.

    An example would be…MTM makes their ‘Shell Stack’ shotgun shell case but it’s only in 12-gauge and 2 3/4”. I want someone to make one for 20-gauge or 12-gauge for 3”.

    Anyways, looking forward to all the coverage you’ll be providing!

    • For real. I love my AR and my Glock but do we really need to know about the thousandth micro variation on the existing concept? I’m genuinely excited for the Ruger 57 for that exact reason; time will tell if it’s practical or not but it is a cool gun that represents something different

  6. I would like more information on performance weapons coatings from Companies like WMD Guns, UTC, and Fail Zero. I’m interested in upgrading the performance and outer coatings of some older family guns that cant be replaced, but want to continue to enjoy them with grandchildren.

  7. I want to know about new makes, models, and manufacturers.

    I would also like to know about extremely accurate long-range shooting rifles that cost under $600 — if any exist!

  8. Please ask the Remington team if the 1911 R1 double-stacks are coming back anytime soon, they’re not even listed on the Remington website any more.

    …and ask Timney if there’s anything in the works for the CZ Scorpion (hint, hint).

    …and ask Sig if they’re going to offer a factory threaded barrel p365 anytime soon. Or a short-slide w/XL grip version for larger-handed folks who want to save a few bucks.

  9. …confirmation that headway is being made on the legal front in CA to remove our stupid restrictions from owning most of the fun stuff you’ll see at SHOT. You can’t believe how frustrating it is to constantly see all the goodies being discussed year after year, and not being allowed to see/touch/own any of it.

      • I also have intense interest in a home-defense carbine chambered in 10mm Auto.

        Caveat: it has to cost around $400 in the real world and have reasonably priced magazines (e.g. on the order of $25) — and it has to have at least 20-round magazines.

  10. Amtac suppressors
    Thermal scopes

    Maybe also companies that offer machining or milling for rds in pistols. ( or a good recommendation for that matter)

  11. I’ve read only bits and pieces about the new SIG round, that’s supposedly replacing 5.56 in the the US military. .277 SIG. or 6.8×51. Please cover this if this round is present.

    Also each year I’ve heard PSA is doing an MP5 and an AKS 74 but they never seem to get them done. So if they are there please ask them if they are still doing them.

  12. I would like to see a report on the MMSSA booth. Metal Madness Shooting Sports Association. Newest and fastest rimfire game out there. Can you shoot five numbered steel plates in under 1.50 seconds in order? Has been done. Go to MMSSA.net and check it out.

  13. Joel,
    This ones for you dude!

    I’d like to know if savage is actually going to sell the 110 elite precision rifle! Especially in 300 PRC.

    On a related note, I’d like to know how many rifles are being chambered in 300 PRC. Also, are any other ammo manufacturers going to develop 300 PRC ammo. Basically is it going to be more than a fad?

  14. Anything that will bring in and/or make it easy and fun for new shooters, I.e. 22lr firearms, budget-minded buy quality acessories. Any inovative products.

  15. Suggest to all the pro 2nd groups that they collaborate and present a united front. If all gun owners in this country presented a united effort it could be the largest political bloc in the world, not just the U.s.

  16. I have four AR rifles, but I got tired of seeing articles about them about five years ago. I’d love to see anything but “innovative” “new” AR-15 stuff.

  17. Tactical gear. There’s plenty of it at SHOT show and that kinda stuff is becoming more important by the day. I’d be curious about the latest on plate carriers, assault packs, armor plates, battle belts, slings, etc

  18. Hey, how about back to basics, real Reliable firearms. I want to hear about reliable hard core simple firearms that work, every time, mud, snow, wet and extreme heat, just reliable simple functional firearms. No trick actions, just a always work hard core guns! this is what saves lives, guns that work! (or a sig p210 in the dirt Torture test).

  19. Please go to the Steyr booth and see if anyone came over from Austria. (The USA office are good people so leave them alone but…) Grab anyone from Austria roughly by the shirt collar and ask them whose bright idea it is to ship S model pistols that have an ambidextrous mag release but only have the cutout for righties.


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