New Guns and Shooting Gear: SHOT Show 2018 Day 1
The coolest new shooting products from the floor that we found on the first day of the show.
CCI Mini-Mag Segmented Hollow Point .22 LR
Varmint hunters, listen up, you have a new tool to add to your rimfire arsenal.
CCI has introduced an impressive new Mini-Mag Segmented Hollow Point .22LR round at SHOT Show.
This new varmint load’s 40-grain SHP bullet splits into three equal-sized parts on impact. I’d expect this ammo to be just as reliable, and likely more effective, as I’ve found other CCI Mini-Mag rounds. MSRP: $9.95/100 rounds. —Stacy Bright
MantisX Training System
The Mantis X Training System is one of those brilliant uses of technology. It consists of a small module that mounts to the rail segment of virtually any gun so equipped and a smartphone app to which the device communicates. It’s got magic motion and velocity sensors inside for the purpose of tracking muzzle movement.
The idea is that you keep this on your gun and it tracks the most minute motion of your muzzle before, during, and after a shot. You can use it while dry fire practicing or while shooting live ammo at the range. The app itself not only shows you the movement and the quality of your hold, it tracks that data over time so you can improve.
New this year are two new features that make it more interesting (and fun) to training in a productive way. The Groups feature allows you to create a network of friends anywhere in the world who also use the MantisX system so you can compete, share results and see each others improvements.
The Courses feature walks you through programs of drills and based on your performance and improvement, advances to you to more and more challenging scenarios.
If you want to become a better shoot, check out this system. It’s brilliant and it works. MSRP: $149.99. —Tom McHale
Action Targets New Target Stand
Action Targets revealed a brand new target stand at SHOT, which is unnamed as of yet.
The stand accommodates a 2×4, which fits into the base and includes a bracket that fits on top that holds steel targets.
The angled stand helps prevent ricochets as do the flat steel plates. The entire stand fits inside a convenient carrying case (without the 2×4) and is exceptionally light. The unnamed target stand is expected to be available toward the end of March. MSRP: $250-$350 depending on size. —Stacy Bright
Real Avid Gun Tools and Gear
One of my “must stop” booths every year is the Real Avid booth. Ever since I stumbled across them at an NRA Annual Meeting about a billion years ago, I’ve been impressed by their innovative and exceptionally handy tools. I still use their original gun tool that I purchased in that first encounter years ago. This year they’ve got a ton of new stuff. Here are just a few.
The Spot Light Precision Cleaning Kit is a bit like something you’d find in a doctor’s office. The handle contains three LED lights to illuminate whatever you’re working on. Lots of attachments come with it including seven bits of flat, Phillips, Torx, and Hex drivers, picks, scrapers, a brush and a swab holder.
For ten bucks, you can pick up a set of picks and brushes to clean out all those hard to reach areas in most any type of firearm. There are a variety of picks, scrapers, and hooks that won’t scratch up your guns and both nylon and copper brushes for getting rid of stubborn crud.
The Accu-Punch Hammer and Punch set give you four hammer heads for different jobs along with a set of punches to remove and replace pins. It’s in a nice hard case, so everything is in one place all organized and ready to go. There’s even a neat little pin holder tool so you won’t bash your fingers. MSRP: $9.99 to $39.99. —TM
Hoppe’s New BoreSnakes
I’ve been using BoreSnakes for years. They’re just about the quickest and easiest way to do a quick barrel cleaning either at the range or back at home.
The BoreSnake consists of a strong cord with a couple of feet of soft and mushy “rope” that’s larger than its rated caliber. Wrapped in a section of that thick rope is a segment of wire brush. Pull the BoreSnake through, and the brush loosens while the soft fluffy rope behind it cleans the gunk out and applies protectant or lubricant.
Here are my very minor gripes with the originals. They’re caliber specific, so there were easy to get mixed up. The packaging was somewhat disposable, so I ended up with a dozen or so snakes hanging in my workroom and crammed into my shooting bag and it was hard to tell what was what after the first use.
The other thing was that there was no handle on the pulling end of the snake. With dirty barrels you sometimes have to use a little force.
The new and improved versions come in a hard plastic case, labeled by caliber, so your BoreSnake stays clean and marked. It also now has a T-handle to help you pull them through the bore when things get a little sticky. The company has also launched a cleaner / protectant called Hoppe’s BoreSnake CLP. I like to put some on the leading edge of the rope in front of the wire brush segment and just pull through a couple of times. Couldn’t be simpler. MSRP: $16.99-$19.99. —TM
Crimson Trace Laserguard for Sig Sauer P320
Now that the Army has chosen a new pistol, the Sig Sauer P320, big sales in the commercial market are sure to follow. Crimson Trace has launched two new Laserguards for the P320 series handguns.
The LG-420 has a red laser while the LG-420G model offers a bright green laser.
The Laserguards mount to the forward rail segment but feature a custom-shaped trigger guard form that positions an instinctive-activation button on the forward grip panel. The idea is that when you pick up the pistol with a proper grip, the laser will activate. Release a bit of hand pressure, and the laser turns off.
The new Laserguard is designed to match the look and feel of the Sig Sauer P320 complete with slots that match those on the P320’s slide. There is a master on/off switch to disable the laser when using during daylight range outings. MSRP: $229 (red) and $309 (green). —TM
CZ P-10 C Urban Grey Suppressor Ready
Once you shoot suppressed, you’ll never want to go back. While many pistols are fairly easy to suppress by adding a threaded barrel, there are some touches that make a pistol truly suppressor ready.
The CZ P-10 C is ready to go out of the box. Not only does it have a threaded barrel but it comes with tall night sights. That means you can actually see, and use, the sights even over the larger suppressor body which blocks the view through most normal sights.
This one looks cool too with its combination of flat dark earth and light grey. It’s also a striker-fired pistol, so every trigger pull from first to last feels exactly the same. Capacity is plenty to satisfy your need for lots of silent shooting with 17+1 capacity. MSRP: $559. —TM
Brownells Retro Rifle Line
After 79 years in the business of selling gun parts and accessories, Brownells is officially in the gun manufacturing business, and their breakout products are, somewhat fittingly, a throwback to the early days of the AR rifle platform.
The new Retro Rifles line features four .223 Rem/5.56 NATO variants and two .308 Win/7.62 NATO models.
The 5.56 rifles feature the finish, features, and look of rifles issued by the U.S. military in the 1960s, while the .308 models are based on Eugene Stoner’s original AR-10 design.
“Nostalgia marketing and products are extremely hot right now in the firearm industry and beyond. We developed a retro parts line about two years ago and it’s been immensely popular,” said Ryan Repp, Brownells’ Director of Communications. “Because we already had all the parts, we elected to move forward with full production guns. Now customers have the option to buy it or build it.”
The BRN-16A1 is a close copy of the M16A1; the BRN-601 is based on the original USAF contract rifle with green furniture; the XBRN16E1 is a copy of the transitional rifle that was made between the 601 and M16A1 with features of both; and the XBRN-177E2 is an authentic copy of an early Special Forces carbine, an early precursor to the M4.
On the .308 side, the BRN-10A is based on the AR-10 issued by the Netherlands with brown furniture and the BRN-10B is a close copy of late-model AR-10 rifles like those adopted by Cuba and other countries. Both BRN-10 rifles have the trigger-style charging handle located on top of the receiver inside the integrated carry handle as well as the same lines and contours of the first production AR-10s from the 1950s. SRP: 5.56 models: $1299.99; .308 models: $1699.99 and $1599.99.