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News | Friday, January 13, 2017

OWDN's SHOT Show Week Publishing Schedule

Once again the Outdoor Wire Digital Network will publish a special combined edition during the week of SHOT Show. In observance of the Martin Luther King holiday we will not be publishing our regular wires on Monday. Instead we will publish the first show edition which will go to subscribers of the Outdoor, Tactical, Shooting and Dealer Wires. This Monday SHOT Show Special Edition will introduce readers to "The Newbies," the first time exhibitors at SHOT. Then Tuesday, January 17, through Friday, January 20, our SHOT Show Special Edition will cover the daily announcements and goings on from Las Vegas. For those on Instagram, we will be posting images from SHOT Show throughout the week via our Outdoor Wire Instagram account (@theoutdoorwire) as part of our ongoing SHOT Show special coverage. Finally, on Monday, January 23, we will wrap up our SHOT Show coverage with our final SHOT Show Special Edition.

NSSF Praises Introduction of Hearing Protection Act of 2017

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) praises Sen. Mike Crapo's (R-Idaho) introduction of the Hearing Protection Act of 2017 (S. 59).

Burris Provides Competitive Edge with New RT-6 Riflescope

Competitive shooters can now get a leg up on the competition with the RT-6, a new1-6x24mm riflescope from Burris. Built for speed, accuracy and easy handling, the RT-6 is guaranteed to shave seconds off the clock when it counts most.

Steiner M332 & M536 Battle Sights Feature New QD Mount

For 2017, Steiner has updated the popular M332 and M536 battle sights with a new Quick Detach (QD) mount. The new mount features an improved lock release making it easier to open the levers for removal of the sight, even when wearing gloves.

Counting Down to the Starlight 3 Gun Championship

The next Starlight 3 Gun Championship presented by Timney Trigger will be contested March 9-11, 2017 at the Copperhead Creek Gun Club in Marble Falls, Texas.

Propper Celebrates 50 Years

Propper is celebrating it's fiftieth anniversary all year long with promotions and special events, starting with the launch of a redesigned website (, an iconic 50th Anniversary logoed badge and a brand new corporate video chronicling the company.

Colt Announces Updated Combat Commander

Colt introduces the newly updated Combat Commander. Designed for the 1911 enthusiast who wants something more compact for concealed carry, the Combat Commander now features the same upgraded ergonomics as the Colt Lightweight Commander and Colt Competition Pistol.

Sentry Product Group with 1080 Technology

SENTRY Products Group will release a series of bags and cases at SHOT Show 2017 incorporating newly developed 1080 technology. Sentry's 1080 Technology allows users to quickly mount pouches and accessories securely, in horizontal, vertical and diagonal orientations without any intermediary mounting panel.

SILYNX Announces New Additions to CLARUS PRO Line

Silynx Communications, Inc. is pleased to announce the expansion of its CLARUS PRO line of in-ear electronic hearing protection and communications systems at SHOT Show 2017 in Las Vegas Nevada.

Breakthrough Clean Technologies at 2017 SHOT Show

Breakthrough will be showcasing their Breakthrough solvents, Battle Born lubricants, and cleaning kits while also unveiling new products, exclusive show deals, and hosting celebrity shooters at their SHOT Show booth (#109).

DeSantis Security Concealment Holster

DeSantis Gunhide introduces the #147 SL Raptor holster. A high ride OWB/IWB Kydex-thermoformed holster, it has a curved back and the SL Raptor features the Redi-lok – a locking device.

FAB Defense Mag Extension for GLOCK 43

At SHOT Show, FAB Defense will introduce the 43-10 magazine floor-plate replacement for the GLOCK 43. It increases mag capacity 40% by extending the floor-plate. Now you can carry ten in your gun instead of six. Available February 2017, the 43-10 is a unique product.

Streamlight Upgrades Three ProTac Models

Streamlight Inc. has significantly upgraded the lumen output of three lights from its popular ProTac tactical series: the ProTac 1L, ProTac 2L, and ProTac 2AA. On high, the ProTac 2L, ProTac 1L and ProTac 2AA deliver 350, 275 and 250 lumens, respectively, and feature run times of up to three hours and 15 minutes.

Ken Jefferies & Associates Promotes Chris Carpenter to VP of Sales

Ken Jefferies & Associates (KJ&A) proudly announces that Chris Carpenter, former upper midwest and MINK director of sales for KJ&A has been promoted to vice president of sales for the firm.

GunDealio's Grand Prize Giveaway

Gun Talk Media announces the GunDealio "Start the Year with a Bang" Grand Prize Giveaway, which includes a prize pack with everything someone needs to hit the range - a Springfield Armory XD-S in .40, a Crimson Trace Laserguard Pro with green laser and light, a $200 gift certificate from Freedom Munitions, and a $100 gift certificate from CrossBreed Holsters.

This Week on Gun Talk Radio

It's new legislation to protect shooters on a personal and national level, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports.

Daniel Defense at SHOT Show 2017

Daniel Defense will be featured prominently at this year's SHOT Show. Not only will the company be a high-profile exhibitor at the four-day event, it is also a major sponsor of the show.

The Trijicon MRO PATROL

The MRO PATROL takes the MRO red dot optic and bundles it with the most requrested accessories for immediate use. It's a complete out of the box solution for combat ready red dot optic needs.

Visit The Swab-its Booth At SHOT Show For New Products, Dealer Specials

Swab-its®, the USA maker of the innovative lint and fiber-free reusable foam firearm cleaning swab product line, is exhibiting at the 2017 SHOT Show, January 17-20 in Las Vegas, and invites attendees to visit booth #1241 for the debut of the new 9mm Bore-Stick and Star Chamber Cleaning Foam Swab. Additionally, Swab-its is offering special package pricing for dealers placing orders at the show.

HIVIZ Glock Target Sight Set

HIVIZ Shooting Systems is excited to announce the introduction of a new front and rear sight set for all Glock pistols. Designed with bright, easy-interchange LitePipes and a narrow-bladed, taller sight, it's the perfect target shooting combination.

Heckler & Koch to Expand in Columbus, Georgia

Heckler & Koch will invest $28.5 million to expand its existing operations in Columbus, Georgia. The new 50,000 square-foot facility in the Corporate Ridge Business Park will be ready in the summer of 2017.

Smith & Wesson, Brownells Team Up on a Dream Gun

Brownells and Smith & Wesson – two legendary American firearm industry companies – have teamed up to create "The All American Dream Gun."  Using the newly-released Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 4.25" pistol chambered in 9mm, the experts at Brownells sought to customize four areas of the firearm: trigger, sights, silence and patriotic style.

The Saint Featured in GUNS Magazine

The Saint has arrived and is on the cover of the March issue of GUNS Magazine. Born of a legendary American company, the Saint represents Springfield Armory's foray into the black rifle market.

BLACKHAWK! Shows Gun Accessories, Apparel at SHOT

BLACKHAWK! will launch several new products to dealers at booth 14551 at the 2017 Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show. These include the AR-15 No-latch Ambi Charging Handle, Knoxx BreachersGrip Gen III, Knoxx AR Pistol Grip, and clothing items including foot gear.

Shooting Illustrated Mobile App

Shooting Illustrated announces the launch of its mobile app, allowing content to be delivered straight to a user's phone. The new app provides direct links to the latest 50 stories on the Shooting Illustrated webpage.

Blue Force Gear Hunting Sling

The Blue Force Gear Hunting Sling is ready to attach to any standard sling swivel studs. Made from the same military-grade Invista solution-dyed CORDURA webbing used within all Blue Force Gear slings, its nylon adjuster makes it easy to shorten or lengthen the sling for carrying or for shooting.

Burris Introduces New Signature HD Binocular Line

For 2017, Burris Optics introduces the new Signature HD line of binoculars. Available in three models providing 8x42mm, 10x42mm and 12x50mm—these binoculars offer premium lenses and rugged construction that is built for the outdoors.

Meprolight MicroRDS with Pistol Adapter

Meprolight will introduce the MicroRDS red dot pistol sight, at the 2017 SHOT Show. Designed for the shooter who prefers the traditional micro red dot sight that sits atop the slide the 3.0 MOA red dot allows the shooter to quickly focus on target.

BLACKHAWK! Hosts World Champion Shooters at SHOT Show

BLACKHAWK! will host top competitive shooters in the Vista Outdoor booth (#14551) at the 2017 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, January 17-20. Show attendees will have the opportunity to meet world-class shooters Todd Jarrett, Jessie Duff and John Scoutten.

Media Members Invited to Preview New Ammunition at Industry Day at the Range

Attendees at the NSSF's Industry Day at the RangeTM Monday, January 16th will be among the first to test fire exciting new products from PolyCase® Ammunition prior to their public unveiling the following day at the 2017 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show.

Action Target Announces Products to be Displayed at Shot Show 2017

Action Target has announced the launch of new innovative shooting range technology. Visit the Action Target booth #14568 at SHOT Show 2017 for live, hands-on demonstrations.

DoubleStar's "Crashete"

DoubleStar Corp. reveal the Fury "Crashete." Most production machetes are made from .089" - .125" thick spring steel, but DoubleStar went instead with .285" thick S7 tool steel.

GAMO® Outdoor USA Introduces New 10X Quick-Shot Swarm Maxxim Air Rifle

GAMO® Outdoor USA (, the leading manufacturer of high quality air guns, optics and laser designators is launching the new Swarm Maxxim break barrel, gas piston air rifle.

Burris Signature HD Spotting Scope

For 2017, Burris has added a new spotting scope to its line of optics. The new Signature HD 20-60x85mm spotting scope takes glassing to a higher level and is built for those who are truly passionate about optical performance at long distances.

Comp-Tac's New Location, New Products and New OEM Program

Comp-Tac Victory Gear has moved to a new location for the 2017 Shooting and Hunting Outdoor Tradeshow Show in Las Vegas, January 17-20. Comp-Tac will be located on the main floor in booth #11162. Comp-Tac will be displaying their new products, showing retail packaging options and discussing Comp-Tac's Dealer Program and their brand new OEM Project offerings.

Two Federal Premium Ammunition Products Recognized by NTOA

Federal Premium is proud to announce that two ammunition products have received the prestigious "Member Tested and Recommended" seal of approval from the members of the National Tactical Officers Association – the 9mm Luger 150gr HST JHP and the .223 REM 55gr Tactical Ballistic TIP.

Kimber Micro 9 Wins 2017 NRA Golden Bullseye Award

Kimber Mfg., Inc. announced that the Kimber Micro 9 is the recipient of the coveted NRA Golden Bullseye Award for 2017 Shooting Illustrated Magazine's Handgun of the Year. The Micro 9, in multiple variants, is currently shipping to a network of over 2,000 Kimber Master Dealers.

Kimber 84M Hunter Wins 2017 NRA Golden Bullseye Award

Kimber Mfg., Inc. announced that the 84M Hunter is the recipient of the coveted NRA Golden Bullseye Award for American Hunter magazine's Rifle of the Year. The Hunter has a stainless steel barreled action wearing an innovative synthetic stock complete with a removable three-round box magazine.

War Sport Announces New Products for SHOT Show 2017

War Sport is launching several new products—and introducing   the next generation of its flagship LVOA line—at NSSF SHOT Show 2017, Jan. 17-20, at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas. One SHOT Show attendee will win a custom color, War Sport GPR-HC by entering a drawing at War Sport booth 15834.

DoubleStar Unveils the Wrath Crash Axe - Tomahawk

DoubleStar Corp announced the first edged weapon that brings the best elements of a crash axe and tomahawk together in the truly modern "CrashHawk." The Wrath was purpose-built, combining the close proximity weapon, chopping capability of a crash axe with the multi-use functionality of a tomahawk from prying to piercing, splitting and breaching.

DeSantis Introduces the Raptor Holster

The DeSantis #146 Raptor is a high ride OWB/IWB Kydex-thermoformed holster. It comes with belt loops for 1 ½", 1 ¾", or IWB soft polymer straps.

Beretta Acquires Victrix Armaments Brand

Beretta announces the acquisition of the Victrix Armaments brand ( from Officina Meccanica Rottigni, an Italian company based in Cazzano Sant'Andrea (BG). Victrix Armaments offers leading edge solutions in the field of precision bolt action rifles and related technologies.

SB Tactical Side-Folding Brace for CZ Scorpion Evo

SB Tactical is making the CZ Scorpion Evo even more effective with the introduction of the SBTEVO, an integral, side-folding brace built to provide increased stability and improved accuracy.

New Video Series: Finding Fearless

The new video series "Finding Fearless" addresses questions regarding deadly force encounters. In the series, self-defense and firearms instructor EJ Owens places four everyday women in situations that test both their mental and physical toughness.

FightLite Introducing New Products at SHOT Show

FightLite Industries announces that it will be introducing several new products at the SHOT Show. These include the MXR multi-caliber sub gun, chambered for 9mm, but user-convertible to .22 LR, .45 ACP and other popular pistol calibers.

Honor Defense to Attend Range Day at SHOT Show

Honor Defense will be showcasing the Honor Guard 9mm handguns for media, law enforcement, and retailers to try at the 2017 SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range. The Honor Guard is available in both Sub Compact and Compact sizes with barrel lengths of 3.2" and 3.8' respectively.

New Meprolight FT Bullseye Models

The Meprolight FT Bullseye is now available in new models to include Sig Sauer P226 and P320, Smith and Wesson M&P and M&P Shield, H&K VP9 and Remington R1 pistols.

Fobus Holster Fits Ruger American Pistols

Fobus Holsters and Mag Pouches expands its HPP holster to fit the Ruger American, Full Size and Compact. It is available in paddle, belt and roto styles. The HPP Roto version allows for a 360 degree rotation and can be used with either the paddle or belt attachment. It ensures perfect cant rotation.

BLACKHAWK! Holsters Receive NTOA Seal of Approval

BLACKHAWK! announced that several items in its holster line have received the prestigious "Member Tested and Recommended" seal of approval from the members of the National Tactical Officers Association. These include the TecGrip IWB Holster, the A.R.C.Holster and the EPOCH Level 3 Light Bearing Duty Holster.

HatsanUSA Unveils Its First Semi-Auto Air Rifle

HatsanUSA is pleased to introduce the BullMaster, a new semi-auto Pre-Charged Pneumatic air rifle with a bullpup design. The BullMaster will be available in .177 and .22 calibers and is HatsanUSA's first venture into semi-auto PCP airguns.

Trijicon Introduces HD XR Night Sights

Trijicon announces the precision HD night sight, the HD XR. The HD is popular but there was a call for a thinner front sight post. The HD XR maintains the heavy duty features of the original with the thinner front sight.

New Buttstock from FAB Defense

The Mako Group will preview the GL-Core, FAB Defense's newest addition to its line of buttstocks this year at SHOT Show in booth #20043. The GL-CORE features an integrated cheek rest, ergonomic buttpad and an interchangeable tube adapter.

Savage Arms to Introduce New Firearms at SHOT Show

Savage Arms is pleased to unveil an arsenal of exciting new high-performance products at the 2017 SHOT Show. For starters, the company redefines the modern sporting rifle category with its feature-rich MSR lineup. Also debuting for 2017 are the A22 semi-automatic 22 Long Rifle and a trio of B Series rimfire bolt guns, plus the long-range chassis Model 10 APO and fast-handling Stevens 555 Enhanced over-and-under shotgun.

Umarex Gauntlet Sets New Standard

Umarex USA Inc. announces a major breakthrough in regulated Pre-Charged Pneumatic air rifles: the Umarex Gauntlet. Gauntlet offers the performance of $1,000+ PCPs for an MSRP of just $299.

Hoppe's Gun Medic Cleaner and Lube-Quick Fix Given NTOA Recognition

Hoppe's, the best known name in gun care products, announced that an item in the Gun Medic line has received the prestigious "Member Tested and Recommended" seal of approval from the members of the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA).

Bobby Earnhardt Joins with The Mako Group

Bobby Earnhardt, grandson of the late NASCAR legend, Dale Earnhardt Sr., and rising NASCAR driver, has teamed up with the The Mako Group. Together, the brands, and their retail partners, will have the chance to take advantage of major promotional opportunities through NASCAR and a reality show featuring the Earnhardt family in 2017.

Federal Premium to Host Celebrities

Federal Premium Ammunition is pleased to invite attendees of the 2017 SHOT Show to meet professional shooter Julie Golob, popular online personalities Hickok45 and 22plinkster, and famed Second Amendment defender Colion Noir, among others.

Savage Arms to Host Shooting Sports Celebrities at 2017 SHOT Show

Savage Arms will host a trio of shooting sports celebrities in the Vista Outdoor booth (14551) at the 2017 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, January 17-20. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the "MeatEater" Steven Rinella, along with Troy and Jacob Landry, from the "Swamp People" series on History.

Leupold VX-3i Long Range Precision Riflescopes

Leupold & Stevens, Inc., introduces the VX-3i LRP (Long Range Precision) riflescope. It delivers high-end features in a competitively priced riflescope, built to the same demanding standards and quality as the rest of the Leupold line of products.


Getting Ready for SHOT 2017

Triskaidekaphobia aside, today shouldn't hold any special fear for you….. unless….you're still waiting for your printing to ship, haven't heard if your brand-new show booth is "really" enrollee to Las Vegas, or your exhibition samples aren't complete or you just got a note from your hotel telling you that there's a problem with your CEO's room reservation.

If that's the case, welcome (almost) to the 2017 edition of SHOT Show.

The torrent of new product announcements continues this morning, and the fact that we've smashed all prior records for pre-SHOT announcements in the wires seems have triggered one of two reactions from readers.

Anyone not going is envious of the hundreds of thousands of square feet of new and exciting product that will (you hope if you're in charge of your booth) will be out on display. Those "fortunates" who are going are staring at the hundreds of new product announcements, invitations and celebrity schedules and realizing that given an entire week- with no one else attending, you still couldn't see everything.

Several people have told me they're shortening time allocated for meetings and trying to move as many as possible into times just prior or shortly after- the show floor opens. All SHOT Show planning calendars routinely begin with breakfast meetings and end well after the dinner hour.

Even after all that, you ultimately won't see everyone you need to see, much less everyone you'd like to see. But you'll see things you didn't anticipate, pickup on some of the show "buzz" and likely find something you hadn't expected to give you the edge you're looking for as a retailer, distributor or even a manufacturer.

We've heard from outside observers that the gun industry was going to soften with a less hostile administration taking office. At this point, we're hot hearing anything to support that assertion.

Yes, some segments have cooled, but they're still selling. And lessening of demand drives innovation - and price. But there's no sign of one of anyone planning a "race to the bottom" or dumping product.

Ultra-premium and custom products will be there next week- it's the one category that seldom booms- or busts because their customers have true discretionary income.

But there are also terrific bargains this year. Bolt guns have never been better- or more affordable. Manufacturers have realized that putting tactical-like features (threaded barrels, polymer stocks and minimal rail or attachment systems) on bolt guns - even the new bargain-priced ones- makes sense for hunters and recreational shooters. With the reintroduced Hearing Protection Act back in Congress allowing for the attachment of gun mufflers just makes sense.

There are also new accessories and after-market parts coming to market that mean customers that like their current gun but want to jazz it up a bit will have plenty of options to choose from.

As we've done over the last few years, we'll be combining our Outdoor, Shooting, and Tactical Wires next week into our SHOT Show Special Editions. Because of the federal holiday on Monday, we'll begin that special coverage on Tuesday morning- opening day of SHOT.

But subscribers to those wires will get a single special edition next Monday. It's our annual SHOT Show Special Report on the "Newbies" - those first-time exhibitors. In it we'll be taking a quick top-down look at some of the companies that will make their first foray to SHOT. We'll also provide you a list of all the new exhibitors - along with their booth addresses.

We promise it won't be a long and involved read, because many of you will also be headed for the tenth annual Media Day at the Range (which has expanded to the point that it now includes buyers as well), traveling to Las Vegas or frantically working to finish your own exhibits.

And we're also going to be doing some frequent posting of images and impressions from Media Day on Monday and the SHOT floor the rest of the week. Those images and impressions will be posted on our Outdoor Wire instagram account (theoutdoorwire). We've already posted a couple of images there- just so you could verify your connection. I'll also be posting some material to via my personal Twitter account @jimshepherd and some live action postings via Periscope (@OutdoorWireGuy).

All part of that nearly sixteen-year-old promise: we'll keep you posted.

—Jim Shepherd

Jan 17-20
Sands Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
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Duluth, Minnesota

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