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Gear Up for SHOT Show 2017 with GunLink

shotshow-logoThe National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) annual Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) is just around the corner and, as usual, the GunLink team will be there to cover it all.  From the opening shots of the pre-show Industry Day at the Range through the last booth of the show floor, be sure to follow our coverage on our family of websites and social media outlets.

Join the discussion on the GunLink Forums in the 2017 Industry Day at the Range thread and in the 2017 SHOT Show thread.  For more in-depth coverage, reviews and more, stay right here on the GunLink Blog.  If instant gratification and up-to-the-second updates, photos, and reports from the range (as if there was cell service out in the desert) and SHOT Show floor is what you are looking for, find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.  Don’t forget that you can use all of these avenues to connect with us to let us know what type of shooting and firearms news you want to see covered from the show.    Continue reading

Matt “Axe” Axelson Tribute Rifle to be Raffled to Benefit Special Operations Wounded Warriors

SHOT2016day1_6308Brownells, SOWW Partner to Raffle Axelson Tactical Rifle

We consider it an honor to have sat before the likes of true American heroes such as Marcus Luttrell and Ron Bellan and to hear the heartfelt words of Matt “Axe” Axelson’s family during SHOT Show 2016 as they came together with Brownells to announce the raffle of a rifle package to benefit Special Operations Wounded Warriors (SOWW).

The package includes the Axelson Tactical Rifle – one of only 99 built – serial numbered AXE01.  The rifle is a semi-auto replica of the one that Matt was carrying on June 28, 2005, when he and nine other US Navy SEALs and eight Army Aviation Soldiers were killed in combat in support of Operation Red Wings – the events of which were depicted in the book and film Lone Survivor:  The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10.   Continue reading

SHhhhhhhOT Show 2016 – The Silencers of SHOT Show

SuppressorsThe popularity of gun mufflers has exploded over the past few years thanks, in part, to efforts by manufacturer conglomerates, silencer demos and events, social media hash-tags that bring awareness (#SilencersAreLegal, #FightTheNoise), and the relative ease of procuring them – despite the blatantly unconstitutional  restrictions placed on them by laws and BATFE rulings.  There is even legislative action to make them even easier to procure – requiring only a 4473 instead of the tedious NFA paperwork and wait time (contact your reps!).

As such, it is no surprise that recent years at SHOT Show have seen an increase in suppressors in display, and the 2016 show was no exception.   Continue reading

The New Tactical Optics of SHOT Show 2016

New Optics from Aimpoint, EOTech, and Vortex

IMG_6514There were several new tactical scopes on display at SHOT Show 2016, with three standout companies behind them.

Vortex’s US-made precision, red dot, and prismatic scopes

For precision shooters, Vortex was showing off their Razor HD AMG scopes.  The Razor is a US-made first focal plane (FFP) scope that features apochromatic objective lenses, so the colors you see through the scope will remain true and the glass-etched reticle – available in MOA or MRAD versions- will remain in proportion to the target across the entire, substantial 6-24x zoom range.  The constant reticle proportions and large, easy-to-use adjustment turrets will make this scope easy to use across a range of changing shooting conditions.  All this comes with a price tag of around $3400.

Vortex also had a pair of tactical 1x scopes more suited for CQB, quick shots, and closer target shooting.  Up first is the SPARC AR – an unmagnified AR-ready red dot.  The new SPARC has a 2 MOA dot with 1 MOA adjustments and rear-facing digital brightness adjustments.  It also includes an auto-off feature that shuts the unit down after 12 hours to save your battery – so no having a battle-ready rifle in your safe that is always-on and ready to grab and go.  More good news:  that battery is a standard AAA battery that is easy to find and easy on the wallet.  That battery will net you anywhere between 300 and 5000 hours of run time, depending on which of the 10 brightness levels you choose.   Continue reading

SHOT Show Range Day 2016

SHOT16range_6157The NSSF’s Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) opens today and, as it is every year, the start of the show is preceded by SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range outside of Las Vegas in Boulder City.

With more than 170 exhibitors and over half a million rounds fired, Industry Day bills itself as the largest, most influential one-day event in the hunting and shooting industry.  The event provides the opportunity for outdoor media and buyers to get hands on, live-fire experience with the newest firearms and products that will hit the market in the upcoming year.  It is the perfect chance to see what is coming down the pipe and, as we have in past years, the GunLink team took advantage of that opportunity at the 2016 Range Day so that we can share the latest and greatest with you.

One of the new products at Range Day that is sure to create some buzz came from Kimber.  Long known for their fine bolt-action rifles and 1911 pistols, the company is carving a path into new territory:  the revolver market.  Enter the Continue reading

SHOT Show is Just Around the Corner

Stay with the GunLink Team for Complete SHOT Show 2016 Coverage

shotshow-logoThe National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) SHOT Show 2016 is just two short weeks away, and the GunLink team will be there from the opening shots of the pre-show Industry Day at the Range until after the show ends to bring you complete coverage of the latest and greatest guns, gear, and more that is coming soon in the shooting, hunting, and outdoor fields.

Watch the GunLink Blog for detailed coverage of SHOT Show 2016 and participate by joining the discussion in the NSSF SHOT Show boards on the GunLink Forums.  For more frequent up-to-the-minute updates throughout the show, be sure to follow GunLink on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

SHOT Show crowd

The  38th annual Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show – SHOT Show – runs from Tuesday, January 19 through Friday, January 22 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas.  This is the largest show of its kind, drawing tens of thousands of attendees.  The 2015 show drew approximately 64,000 attendees – second only to the 2014 show’s 67,000.  The heart of the show that brings such a massive crowd?  The 1,600 exhibitors who cover more than 13 acres of exhibit space to showcase their wares.

SHOT Show Media DayAt Industry Day at the Range on January 18 in Boulder City, we will have the opportunity to visit with manufacturers and see the latest firearms in action with some live-fire trigger time – which is always a “blast”.  Featuring over 170 manufacturers exhibiting, and over 500,000 rounds of ammunition shot, Industry Day is the premier shooting event in the industry, giving outdoor media and buyers the opportunity to shoot and test new products for the upcoming year.  This year’s exhibiting companies include firearms, ATV and truck demos, knife throwing, archery and more.

SHOT Mobile AppFor those of you lucky enough to be going to the SHOT Show to see it for yourself, there are a number of tools to make your visit easier.  Plan meet-ups, talk about what you’ve seen, get pointers, and more in the SHOT Show thread on the GunLink forums.  Find exhibitors, schedule meetings with vendors, take notes, and plan your show with SHOT Show mobile, available as an app for Android and iOS devices and as a mobile site for Windows and Blackberry devices.  This will, no doubt, make it easier to navigate the 630,000 square feet and 12.5 miles of aisles on the show floor!

Of course, all of this great coverage of the best new products that shooters care about wouldn’t be possible without our valuable partners.10713594-1424378571838

Brownells, and Pete Brownell in particular, has been among the earliest and biggest supporters of new media in the firearms industry – going so far as to host the New Media Meetup Lunch at previous SHOT Shows – in addition to offering an enormous selection of firearm parts and accessories.  Brownells has been Serious About Firearms for over 75 years – since 1939!

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