SHOT Show 2011: A roundup of some great new stuff
I’m still digesting all of the great products and people I got to see during my adventure at SHOT Show 2011 in Las Vegas a couple of months ago. I will have plenty of products to talk about over the next year, and this is just one in what will be a long line of columns on the stuff I saw and did at SHOT 2011.
I pulled the trigger a couple of times. There were a couple of holes in the center of the target but I did not feel the gun shoot or the action operate. I thought it had malfunctioned. Rather than perform a clearing drill, I pulled the trigger again. Another hole appeared on the target. I looked around to see if anyone else was firing on my target. No one was even firing on the range. I fired a couple of more shots in rapid succession.
I was shooting a carbine that was literally quieter than an air rifle. The recoil was so unnoticeable, I thought something was wrong. The guys on the range commented that everyone who shoots this gun for the first time checks to see if it is working. It was quiet, smooth and recoil free. I learned later that the already quiet action was mitigated by a Buffer Technologies recoil buffer designed for this package.
What is the law enforcement application? Well, there really isn’t a viable law enforcement use for a 22 Long rifle. However, there is certainly a viable law-enforcement use for a suppressor that can reduce sound to this degree and weigh so little. The extra benefit is usually a little recoil reduction from the suppressor.
The other viable part of the equation comes from using Buffer Technologies parts. You see, when a carbine is suppressed, the slap of the action cycling is still loud enough (around 100 decibels) that the user requires hearing protection. A buffer may reduce this slightly. A good high quality set up can really take some of the edge from the sound of the carbine.
Chad Burdette of Action Target told me that they can do custom printing with a minimum order. The sample targets they were handing out were mini B-27’s. I would like to have a case of them, please.
Winchester lists the S357SPDB .357 SIG cartridge at 1350 fps, which is right where I like my 125 grain cartridges to perform. They are controlled expansion bullets, necessary for screamers like this one. Otherwise, they tend to shed jackets or over penetrate.
CAA Tactical RONI
Elite Survival Systems
It’s a great way to carry a couple of carbines and all the right bug out equipment. This is a heavy duty case with a hard bottom and semi-rigid sides. It’s designed with call out gear in mind and has very usable details like map pockets on the top and plenty of places for full magazines and lunch.
Spyderco C36 TIF
I started to say “what’s up with this?” as I picked it up. Wow! This knife has a Reeve integral lock, where a flexible strip of frame pops into place behind the extended blade. This action is inherently rigid and adds to the elegance of the package. It had a slightly different balance, resulting from the titanium appointments.
There are three things about the C36 TIF that sealed the deal for me. First, each knife scale is unique, simply because the purple cast titanium comes out differently every time one is made. Second, the lock action is one of the smoothest I saw during SHOT and I could open and close it one-handed. Third, this is a Spyderco 14mm Round Hole model, meaning a gloved officer can use it. Beautiful.
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