SHOT Show 2020 – Grim Workshop, Vapensystems

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.

SHOT Show Side Trips – Clark County Shooting Complex

I’m blessed to be spending this SHOT Show in the hospitality of family members who shoot, and they were fairly insistent that I at least see their county shooting facility before I departed. We went out this morning to the Clark County Shooting Complex, and I just have to say, it is a phenomenal facility. Huge number of trap stands, a shotgun sports multi-station course, and a 200yd rifle and pistol range. Best yet, it’s not even all that from the city – maybe half an hour or so. I could only wish for a place like this in the DMV area.

Sig had a big event out there on Monday and Tuesday, so I’m told.

SHOT Show 2020 – Meprolight USA, IWI, Federal Ammo, Remington, Walther, LaRue, Beretta, Gerber, FN, Arsenal, Sig, Mossberg, Lyman/Mark7, Sionyx

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!

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SHOT Show 2020 – Tactical Solutions, Samson, YHM, Serbu, FAB Defense, Wolf, Suppressed Weapons Systems, Kel-Tec, Next Level Training (SIRT)

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.

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SHOT Show 2020 – Ikon Weapons, ABA Arms, Tyrant Designs, C4 Precision, Blue’s Bullets, Gas Block Genie, HasGrok, and Cloud Defensive

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.

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JDC Speed Shooting & Shot Calling Class AAR

As I’ve progressed as a shooter, I try to tailor the classes that I take to address my particular needs. It’s a little hard to list out my needs, as my shortcomings are myriad, but tightening up my speed while maintaining accuracy is certainly high on my list. When I saw Justified Defensive Concepts’ 2020 schedule, and the Speed Shooting & Shot Calling class on it, I knew I was not going to miss it.

If you want some indication just how much I was not going to miss it, here’s the story. I am writing this AAR from Las Vegas, where I will be attending SHOT Show for the first time. I got home from this class at 11:15 PM on Sunday night – as expected – secured my weapons, went to sleep at 11:30 PM, and woke up at 4:15 AM on Monday to catch a flight to Las Vegas. That is punishing, and I was pretty fatigued on Monday, but I think it was worth it.

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Unsanctioned Steel Challenge Match at AGC – 1/5/2020

In an effort to start off 2020 right, I participated in the unsanctioned Steel Challenge match at the AGC range near Baltimore. I have never shot Steel Challenge before, so this was going to be an interesting experience. I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t going to count towards classification, but in a way, maybe that was for the best.

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2019 in Review, and Plans for 2020

One of my favorite posts to write last year – even if no one read it – was the 2018 in Review post. This was a review of the year, followed by some plans and goals for the next year. My shooting year is basically complete at this point, barring a couple of matches, so I think it’s time to start looking back so I can move forward.

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USPSA Match at NRA HQ Range – 12/17/2019

It was 5:30AM on Tuesday morning, and I had just been woken up by the soft sound of my smart alarm clock telling me it was time for another day of earning a living. I rolled out of bed, turned off the alarm, and grabbed my phone to do a quick overview of the day’s events. While perusing Facebook, I noticed that a 6PM slot at the USPSA match had opened up literally minutes earlier. I posted that I wanted it, then politely asked my wife if I could shoot it. This is perhaps the wrong order of operations for a happy marriage, but, fortunately, she acquiesced.

That is the story of how I wound up shooting this USPSA match. You want to know how it went? Keep reading.

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