SHOT Show Redux

SHOT Show is over. The exhibitors are tearing down their booths and heading home. Many people are calling this one of the dullest shows in years, but I am not so sure. There may not have been a firearm announcement that really set the world on fire, there were a number of interesting accessories that were announced like 2 MOA Aimpoint Micros, US PALM’s Quad Stack Magazines, and several innovative plate carriers by FirstSpear, Crye Precision, and S&S Precision. I also think that the new Series 2X Multitasker and other upcoming Multitasker tools were very interesting, as was the MagPod. I wonder how the MagPod will be effected by the new PMAG 30 M3.

US PALM Quad Stack Magazine

Knives and outdoor gear tend to see less coverage than guns and their accessories unless you know where to look. ESEE had some new offerings at the show as did the value brand Condor. Ka-Bar and Becker had some very interesting midsized Becker knives on display along with an old Becker classic, the Brute.

The ESEE Candiru is shown here with the Izula (left).

As with many SHOT Shows, this one seemed to have an unintentional theme – Zombies. This was definitely (and unfortunately) the year of the zombie as many companies find themselves having to rediscover the civilian market after years of depending on sales driven by 2 wars. Hopefully, the zombie stuff will go away soon and companies will realize that we would rather be marketed to as skilled intelligent shooters/outdoorsman, not half wits who love fantasy gimmicks. Zombies are great in the movies, please just keep them off my gear.

So what did you find most interesting at SHOT? Is there anything that is going on your must have list? Is there anything that you are disappointed that you didn’t see? Anything that you are disappointed with now that you have seen it?

8 Responses to SHOT Show Redux

  1. Kurt January 21, 2012 at 10:29 #

    I wish Magpul had come out with accessories for the Mossberg 500 in addition to the 870. I agree, there wasn’t much earth shattering, but were lots little things that add up to a very interesting show – at least here at home watching the live feeds.

    • Matt January 21, 2012 at 10:48 #

      There are a lot of Mossberg 500 and 590 shotguns out there. If there is money in it, Magpul may go after the market.

  2. Mike January 21, 2012 at 10:52 #

    There was the XDs Release, while not everyone’s cup of tea… While heavy in comparison, the polymer .45ACP single stack pistol market has some growth in it’s future…

  3. Earl Pittman January 21, 2012 at 11:09 #

    Magpul will release components for the 500 Mossbergs. Two weeks ago, I ran into Drake from Magpul at Jensen Arms in Loveland, CO. He was purchasing a 590.

    • Matt January 21, 2012 at 11:13 #

      That is some top notch intel Earl.

  4. BalloonGoesUp January 21, 2012 at 14:29 #

    For firearms I liked the Sphinx, knives the BK16, optics the Leupold Mark 6, both MGM and Action had some nice new steel targets, the US Palm quad stack for accessories and the light weight Vertx pants for clothing.

  5. BalloonGoesUp January 21, 2012 at 14:30 #

    BTW I like the new header… I need to improve mine too.

  6. Roadkill January 23, 2012 at 13:12 #

    The BK Tweeners, whichever one was the bowie. I plan on preordering one when possible.

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