I was at the NEXT exhibit on the fifth floor, which has a lot of smaller outfits. Not going to lie, most of them were questionable at best – lots of dudes selling cheap Chinese imported stuff. There were a few reputable manufacturers out there (Atlas Gunworks coming to mind). Still, a couple things did stick out for me, so let’s call this one a lightning round.
Grim Workshop: Grim Workshop makes wallet-sized and dog-tag-sized pocket tools. I was told they’ve got over a hundred of them, with more on the way. I am sucker for good pocket tools, especially ones without blades (since they’re less of a hassle getting through security). Some of them were the usual SERE-esque stuff I’m unlikely to use in my boring life, but others were more oriented towards every day emergencies, such as a pocket emergency sewing kit with line.
Vapensystems: Vapensystems makes rotary safes. These are as slick as you’d think, and seem well-thought out. I was told they are pursuing a UL rating on some models. I will note that they always seem to show their rifles sans optics, which makes me suspect you’re not going to stuff quite as many rifles in as they imply.
A few other interesting people I met:
Caliber 3: Caliber 3 turned out to be an Israeli training firm. Nice guys, and they apparently are training synagogue security teams via grant. They have a place out in California, along with their locations in Israel. Got slightly turned off when they talked about their “home defense civilian classes”, but I suppose not everyone’s into teaching the high speed stuff with average people.
Savior Equipment: Importers of the finest Chinese-made gun cases I’ve seen. Shook their hands and thanked for giving me options other than the NCStar trash cases I’d been previously using.
Radco Industries: Radco won some military contracts for making weapons lube, and then decided there was money in selling that stuff to civilians. They’re not wrong. I got a couple free samples and will report back on what I think.
I had a jam-packed afternoon after lunch at SHOT, and caught up with some companies that I was interested in… hopefully you’re interested, too!
Continue reading SHOT Show 2020 – Meprolight USA, IWI, Federal Ammo, Remington, Walther, LaRue, Beretta, Gerber, FN, Arsenal, Sig, Mossberg, Lyman/Mark7, Sionyx
I’ve moved on from the supplier showcase to the main expo hall. It’s very difficult to communicate just how huge SHOT is – it dwarfs pretty much everything I’ve ever been to.
Continue reading SHOT Show 2020 – Tactical Solutions, Samson, YHM, Serbu, FAB Defense, Wolf, Suppressed Weapons Systems, Kel-Tec, Next Level Training (SIRT)
SHOT Show is in full swing, and I’ve been working the floor to see what’s interesting. I’ve only been here about two hours, and I’ve already got plenty to talk about. This post will cover some interesting stuff I found at Ikon Weapons, ABA Arms, Tyrant Designs, C4 Precision, Blue’s Bullets, Gas Block Genie, HasGrok, and Cloud Defensive.
Continue reading SHOT Show 2020 – Ikon Weapons, ABA Arms, Tyrant Designs, C4 Precision, Blue’s Bullets, Gas Block Genie, HasGrok, and Cloud Defensive
In some industry news, Silencerco announced the Omega 36M yesterday. I am a SiCo guy, and own a bunch of their products, so this was of interest to me. I will say that I was slightly disappointed by the final product, at least in the sense that it was not quite what I expected it to be, but on the other hand, it appears to be a pretty worthy upgrade to the current Omega 300 that provides it much more versatility without much of a weight trade-off.
To explain my disappointment: it’s modular, but unlike the Switchback, you don’t have the option of using the front baffles as your entire can. Recall that the Switchback has a serialized rear end module to prevent you from splitting it and using it on two rifles. The serialized portion on the 36M is the rear tube; the front tube is essentially a Charlie endcap with baffles and a Charlie endcap interface on the front. This is cool, but prevents you from using the front module as a K-length suppressor. Modular is a bit overdone in the current market, but being able to go K-length, standard-length, and extra-length with the same can would have really been a selling point. Perhaps we’ll see a Switchback 36 in the future.
IWI has announced on their Facebook page that they are now shipping the Tavor TS12!
You may recall that this was delayed due to alleged issues with properly cycling weaker shotgun shells. Whether this is fixed will be an interesting question to answer. On the face of it, the TS12 is a compelling option for home defense: semi-auto, large magazine(s) that are easy to cycle, fully ambi (including ejection), and already set up for easy optics mounting. I am not a huge fan of the full-length trigger guard or cross-bar safety, but those are minor complaints on the whole.
Exciting news – The Hebrew Hammer blog will at SHOT Show 2020! I’m going to be working the floor of the show to bring you the stuff that I find most interesting. If you’ve got someone you want me to check out, feel free to comment below and I’ll try to work it in.
In slightly unrelated news, I’ve also stood up our presence on Facebook. In theory, all new posts should go up on that as well. I’ll be adding smaller form posts to FB that don’t make sense on the blog proper, but this will still be the main place for all of the really good stuff – news, AARs, reviews, and long-form thoughts/editorials.
This one came right out of nowhere:
I’ll be doing some digging to see how the final product turned out, but the optics plate is a good sign that someone did some market research.
The hotness on the Interwebz for the past 24 hours has been the sneak peek from Soldier Systems Daily on the non-NFA version of the Silencerco Maxim 9. The Maxim 9, as you’ll recall, is an integrally suppressed semi-auto 9mm pistol. This new pistol would essentially be the Maxim 9 with a simple shroud where the first part of the integral suppressor would have gone.
Obviously, this is an early version of the system, and it’s subject to change. Hopefully they’ll have some more change by making the trigger suck less, and maybe doing away with the roll pin everyone hates. But as it is right now, there’s a few features that I think are really cool and that people are underestimating.
Continue reading What people are missing about the non-NFA Maxim 9
TheFirearmBlog has an excellent article on the IWI Carmel rifle that was displayed at the LAAD expo in Rio recently.
It looks a lot like what you’d get if you crossed a Tavor with a Galil ACE, and it does look a whole lot like the ARX-100. Height over bore is a little bigger than I’d prefer, and it doesn’t seem to have ambi-ejection, but it appears to be a solid traditional-format carbine. I think it’ll sell well in the US if they can bring it in under $1000.
I’d hazard a guess it’s for export purposes, albeit I do think the IDF would do well to have a non-bullpup rifle available for cheap domestic manufacture in the event that they want to transition off the M16 for political purposes.