2015 SHOT Show

N82 Tactical Introduces New Products, Including IWB Magazine Carriers

N82Tactical_008The 2015 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Nashville (open to all NRA members & family) are just around the corner and N8² Tactical (“Nate-Squared Tactical”) will be there in booth 957 to showcase their latest products, including additions to their line of comfortable single-clip IWB holsters and the all-new magazine carriers styled after the Pro model holsters.

Nate Beard and Nate Johnson (namesakes of the Nate² brand) have been making IWB holsters since they dreamed up the idea in 2009.  Their suede backing, neoprene padding, and oil-tanned leather outer surface combine to protect your firearm while remaining imminently comfortable.  The single-clip design allows them to be easily put on or taken off.  The Original and Original Tuckable models, with their elastic firearm “pouches,” hold the firearm snugly while offering a degree of flexibility to carry other firearms of similar size.  The Professional models are an upgrade that features a polycarbonate (PC) shell that offers a custom fit, additional protection, retention and an adjustable cant angle.  The Pro model holsters are roughly the basis for one of their newest products which is sure to be a big hit.    Continue reading

Pro-Defense Tactical Fast Pull Pro Review

TacticalFastPull_001Optics blocking the controls on a firearm isn’t a new problem.  Shooters who have spent time behind a scoped lever- or break-action rifle are probably familiar with hammer extensions that let them manipulate the hammer when it is blocked by the scope.  As the popularity of flattop AR-platform rifles has grown over the past decade or so, allowing optics and accessories to be mounted, this problem has manifested there as well.

A good, by-the-book overhand grip on the charging handle can easily be impeded by rail-mounted optics.  Getting an index finger on the latch and pulling from one side might work if you can get to it, but it can also apply undue lateral stress on a stock charging handle designed for the overhand grip.  If you are using your scoped AR for hunting in cooler weather, wearing gloves can add additional complications into the mix.

There are charging handles with extended latches, but they are often quite expensive and are overbuilt to solve problems that many users just don’t need to solve.  That is why the Tactical Fast Pull from Pro-Defense caught our eye at SHOT Show 2015.  The company founder was at the booth to show us the Tactical Fast Pull (shown above) and Tactical Fast Pull Pro.  Following the show, he sent us the Pro kit to try it out for ourselves. Continue reading

The Truth About AAC?

Following SHOT Show 2015, Advanced Armament Corporation’s Mike Smith recently made a post on the AAC Blog to clear up “some of the wild rumors and unfounded speculation” about the silencer company, which has been under the purview of Cerberus Capital Management’s firearm and outdoor arm, Freedom Group for the past several years.

The post has been widely criticized as being wildly unprofessional, attacking a writer from another gun blog.  Others have come to Smith’s defense saying that it is understandable that he is hot under the collar when his company is the target of unsubstantiated rumors or outright lies.  Regardless of how you feel about the tenor of his post, Mike does at least provide some official commentary on what is going on at the company:   Continue reading

2015 Ladies Choice Awards Recipients Honored at SHOT Show

LadiesChoice2015Taking a break from the noise and excitement of Range Day and the miles of aisles on the SHOT Show exhibit floor, the GunLink team had a chance to attend the presentation of the Shooting for Women Alliance’s (SWFA) 2015 Ladies Choice Awards.  The well-attended event filled quickly and, while our Women’s Shooting editor got there early for a seat, I ended up in the standing-room-only portion – which worked out well for shooting photos and congratulating the award recipients as they exited.

Awards were presented by SFWA founder, Susan Carrichner Rexrode – who, in in 1992, was held hostage at knife-point in her own home for 5 ½ hours and then stalked for two years.  Following her ordeal, Susan became a more active participant in her self defense and began training others to help prevent something similar from happening to them – out of that was born the SFWA.

In front of a standing room only crowd with a multitude of onlookers sneaking a peek through the entryway, fifteen awesome industry leaders accepted 2015 Ladies Choice Awards for Guns and Gear for the Modern Woman presented by Shooting for Women Alliance, a non-profit 501(c)3 nationally-renowned organization based in Knoxville, Tennessee. “10,000+ women weighed in with all products being used during actual personal defense related training classes, and the crème de’ la crème rose to the top,” explained Rexrode.

Criteria to be considered as a Ladies Choice Award recipient include: a women-friendly company that designs products that actually work well for women, are easy for them to use, perform as they expect, and understands that it is NOT about pink (although customization options are appreciated). All products are tested Continue reading

More Lighting Solutions from Elzetta Unveiled at SHOT Show

Elzetta's integrated weapon mount

As in past years, Elzetta brought some new lighting solutions with them to SHOT Show this year.  While stopped at one flashlight vendor’s booth as we roamed the halls of this year’s show, the booth staff asked me if I liked flashlights.  Before I could answer, he immediately answered his own question:  “of course you do, you’re a guy.”  He was probably right, judging from the quantity of lights around here – tucked in drawers, stuck on metal surfaces, hanging from hooks, mounted on firearms, and in pockets or bags for EDC.

Last year Elzetta introduced their 1-cell Alpha model, a prototype belt clip that would facilitate carrying their indestructible torches, as well as new heads with changeable lenses and automatic voltage sensing heads.

This year they didn’t let down lighting enthusiasts.  In collaboration with Impact Weapons Components, they have developed a new integrated weapon-mounted light:  the Mini-CQB Modular Weaponlight.  Based on an Alpha body, the new Mini-CQB weighs in under 5 ounces.  Despite the 1-cell’s dimminutive size, it delivers 315 lumens in a pattern optimized for close quarter engagements.

And since it is based on existing Elzetta lights, the Mini-CQB is compatible with any of six tailcaps to give it rotary, click, high/low, high/strobe, or tape switch functionality.  The Mini-CQB is available with multiple ambidextrous attachment mechanisms to suit most users’ needs, including the A1 model for M-1913 Picatinny rails or the A2 model that is compatible with keymod systems as well as Magpul’s M-LOK system.

Elzetta plans to begin shipping the Mini-CQB in April and is currently accepting pre-orders with prices starting at $210 for the A1 model with rotary tailcap.

SilencerCo Handed Best Booth Award at SHOT 2015

SilencerCoBooth_01SilencerCo, the industry leader in silencers and accessories, was awarded Best Booth at SHOT Show 2015 by prominent firearms marketing agency Primer Strategy. SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade) Show is the firearms industry’s largest annual tradeshow, bringing nearly 70,000 people to Las Vegas each January.

The accolade was given to recognize SilencerCo’s enclosed art gallery-style installation, which used 10 striking gallery wrapped portraits and more than 20 silenced firearms to kick off a yearlong protest theme – #FightTheNoise. The attention to detail employed the use of pasted playbills and posters affixed to an exposed brick façade – all to illustrate the gritty, street-worn feel made iconic by many of the most successful social movements of the past century.

“While walking the SHOW Show floor we noticed a sea of repetition and lack of evolution from year to year – the same booths, same looks and same ideas,” said Katie Perrine, president of Primer Strategy. “Then we saw SilencerCo’s design and had to stop for a closer look. It really embodied what Primer sees as the new direction of the firearms industry – strong, creative, unconventional designs without fear of breaking traditions.” Continue reading





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