SHOT Show 2015 - Day Two

Day two is another successful day in the books. Didn’t meet with as many companies as I did yesterday, but spent more time with each company. Lots of new products today, so let’s get it started!

Non Article New Products:

Left Handed Franchi Affinity

The biggest new product that I wanted to see, I finally saw. Paul from Safety Solution Podcast released a new product for the Smith and Wesson M&P Shield. I do love this gun but one big draw back to it is the plastic part for the extended grip. It slides around, can cause malfunctions, and cause issues in an a reload. Paul had the brilliant idea to fix all those problems AND make it better for emergency extractions, more weight for mag release, and many other possible issues. Be sure to read more about this here:http://www.safetysolutionsacademy.com/plan-b-magazine-extension-oversized-base-pad-sw-shield/.

As most of you know, American Defense Manufacturing launched and has started shipping their new UIC rifles, available in different MODs (MOD1, 2, and 3). They also just released their 308 rifle here at shot show. I actually had the opportunity to shoot this rifle before shot show (I couldn’t tell anyone, sorry!) and this is a great rifle, just like their UIC Line. Here is a little video and picture on their new 308 rifles:

Tactical Solutions has launched a new handguard for the AR rifles called the XGPro. This will be available on their 300 Blackout Complete rifle and their 22LR AR rifle. I believe this will also be available for purchase on its own.

Here is another picture of the handguard along with their line of rimfire silencers

Faxon Firearms released their ARAK31. Their 308 version of the ARAK21. There are a few differences. This does offer everything ambidextrous, even the charging handle. It also comes with a HyperFire trigger as well which has a nice break with a super short reset. I would definitely say they are aiming at the market for those looking at a SCAR17, but don’t want to pay $2700 and offers more features.

One company that I have been meaning to touch base with for a while, finally happened at Shot Show. Safety Harbor Firearms. If you aren’t familiar with them, they make some .50 cal products, most notably a .50BMG upper for your AR. They are definitely looking to branch out into other markets and bring innovating products. I see this as being a really popular product. This collapsible stock does need propriety buffer, but they will also have a non-proprietary version coming shortly as well.

Okay, time to cover two products that the hunting geek inside of me freaked out a bit over. Benelli finally came out with an over and under called the 828U. I didn’t have too much time to spend looking at it, but I can tell you it is light, the receiver construction is different from your traditional over/under, and it is being marketed as the toughest over and under on the market. Expect more info on it day 3. Here is a break view picture:

Another product that I REALLY like is Sitka gear. If you aren’t familiar with them, they are a high-end hunting clothing line.While their product cost more than your traditional hunting gear, I can tell you that their products perform and make the cost worth it. They recently announced that they were changing their Whitetail patter (very green) to something else. Well, I finally had the chance to check out the new pattern:

The color change is throwing many people off, but the color of the product actually doesn’t matter (according to Sitka). Their patterns are all about breaking up the human outline and making you stand out less. The new differences in this line is the pattern color and direction. This product line is geared towards late whitetail season and tree stand hunter. The big deal with the pattern direction is the new direction of the pattern. Imagine if the pattern ran in a V-formation on the pattern. While it isn’t that extreme, it is based a deer looking up at a person in a tree stand. Instead of having a horizontal or vertical based pattern direction, it is a V-shape to match the view of the animal. They will also be offering a new material line for their product. You can see in the picture below a fuzzy type of clothing. I don’t know the specifics of that makeup of the material, but it is soft, quiet, keeps good waterproof properties and good insulation. It will be their “does everything good” line as I see it. But Sitka makes some very cool product with a lot of research into their design.

Hope you guys enjoyed day two of Shot Show. Don’t forget to follow us on instagram and facebook, links are at the very top of the website on every page! Also, if there is anything you are curious about at shot show, please send me an email and I will cover it for you!

SHOT Show 2015 - Day One

Good morning all! I can proudly say I am not hung over and managed to get a full nights sleep. Mainly because I slept in till 10am today. I had a fun filled day of meeting up with friends in the industry and talking with some companies about coming on to the show or products to review.

Lets start off the with the big news of the day. Savoy Leather made me a custom Practically Tactical leather holster for my Glock 34. Absolutely amazing! This is one hell of a holster. Most of you know I am not too big of a leather holster guy, but this holster is amazing. I can’t say it enough. The attention to detail and craftsmanship is out of this world. If you haven’t seen his work, go check out http://www.savoyleather.com

While I was being presented this amazing holster, I ran into the Mat Best/Article 15 Clothing crew. Had a chance to chat with them a bit. We should be chatting soon about coming on the show. I think that show, some feelings will be hurt in the tactical community! But they were super nice guys and just fun as hell to hang around.  

Lets start talking some guns! During the day I stopped at Coonan Firearms. If you aren’t familiar with Coonan, imagine a Browning Hi-Power had a baby with a1911. And said gun shooter .357 Magnums. Yeah, serious gun! I had a chance to talk to Dave over at Coonan and lets just say this, you might be seeing a Coonan on the channel soon!  Pictured below is their new release, a 4″ version of their firearms. Damn, I bet that guy is a beast to shoot and FUN AS HELL.

Next stop was my good friends over at Fail Zero. If you guys haven’t read my review on FailZero BCG, check it out here. I might be letting out some stuff I can’t say, but I do know of TWO upcoming products to be release. They are coming out with a .308 DPMS patterned bolt with their amazing coating. They didn’t have that on site, but I think that is going to be a big hit. Also (picture below) is their soon to be announced FailZero Stealth BCG. The bolt has their proprietary coating on it, then with another layer of Teflon on top of it. It is slick, literally. It has a damn sexy look to it. If James Bond designed BCGs, I think I would have made it look like this.  

I also swung by the Unquie ARs booth to check in with them. If you are unfamiliar with them, go checkout theirOn Target interview because they make some badass custom handguard. Also, if you are at shot show, check out the picture details as they are giving away a handguard a day here at shot show. I also picked up my last piece I needed to finish my review of their rail, so expect to see that soon!

I swung by my favorite silencer company as well, Griffin Armament. If you are unfamiliar with them, you can watch my On Target interview with them or watch them on episode 49 as we discussed everything silencers on the show. I am still in love with their QD Blast Shield and it was awesome to see one in person. I also had a chance to learn more about their 30 caliber cans, as my next purchase will be on of those. Here is a picture of all sorts of Griffin Goodies!  

So many @griffin_armament goodies. #allthegriffin #shotshow #igmilitia A photo posted by PracticallyTactical (@practicallytactical) on

One of the first booths I stopped at on day one was the Rudy Project. If you are in the market for some high speed, low drag, sexy as hell Italian shooting glasses with every feature you could every want, this glasses are for you. Amazing light. Also for any competitive clay shooters, go check out their line of glasses designed for that, really great design.

Another booth I stopped at which has created some buzz on the media side of the firearms industry with Project X, is Samson Manufacturing. I have used their handguards a bit on a friends rifle and I liked it. I am hoping to have them on the show soon to go over all the products that they offer.

Taste the rainbow of handguard from @samsonmfgpro. Very nice rails if you haven’t used them before. #shotshow #igmilitia #ar15

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Some other places I stopped that I don’t have any picture footage to go with are Mega Arms, Us Night Vision, and too many other ones to name. I did get together with other FRN folks at a get together and my backpack I left is now the Flat Stanley of Vegas (more info later when I find out). I also had a great time at the YouTube get together hosted by SDI, Talking Lead, and IV8888. Then finished the night at the Rhumbar with great guys MDFI, Dugan Ashley, and Peter Palma.

See you guys tomorrow!