41st SHOT Show Kicks Off at Sands Expo in Las Vegas

The world’s largest trade show for target shooting, hunting, outdoor and law enforcement products injects more than $88 million to Las Vegas and Nevada economies.

The 41st Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) opened today at the Sands Expo Center and will span four days, running Jan. 22-25. The 2019 show marks the 21st time the show has been in Las Vegas, where it has been at the Sands Expo Center continuously the last 10 years.

SHOT Show will attract more than 60,000 professionals from the firearms and outdoor industry to view new, innovative products used for target shooting, hunting, outdoor recreation and law enforcement purposes.

The SHOT Show is a boon to the Las Vegas and Nevada business community, pumping more than $88 million in non-gaming revenue into the economy. SHOT Show attracts more than 2,400 exhibiting companies occupying more than 692,000 net square feet of exhibit space, completely filling the Sands Expo.

Demand for exhibit space at the show reflects the high-interest Americans have for firearms ownership and recreational shooting equipment. NSSF surveys show that some 40 million Americans would like to learn more about the target-shooting sports.

Owned and sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the firearms industry trade association, SHOT Show is the largest trade show of its kind in the world. The show is open to trade members only and not to the public. No firearms are transferred at the show. Consumers will see the products unveiled at SHOT Show on retailers’ shelves throughout the coming the year.   Continue reading

FN Announces FN509 MRD Pistol Geared for LE Market

FN America, LLC is pleased to announce the release of the FN 509 MRD pistol, an optics-ready duty pistol designed specifically for agencies considering miniature red dot optic-equipped pistols for their officers. The FN 509 MRD pistol features the company’s patent-pending FN Low-Profile Optics-Mounting System, first introduced on the FN 509 Tactical. The optics-mounting system can accept more than ten commercially available miniature red dot optics, including the duty-grade Trijicon RMR, Leupold DeltaPoint Pro, and the recently released Aimpoint ACRO P-1.

The 509 MRD is a striker fired 9mm pistol with internal passive safeties and no external manual safety.

Product Specifications

Action: Striker; DAO
Trigger Pull: 5.5-7.5 pounds
Capacity: 10, 17 or 24 rounds
Weight: 27.02 oz.
Barrel Length: 4 inches
Overall Length: 7.4 inches
Price: Law enforcement agency quote only.

The optics mount accepts the majority of MRD’s on the market with no need to direct mill the slide, allowing for a low-profile mount and co-witness with iron sights. The slide cap, for use when not shooting with an optic, has raised sight wings that protect iron sight alignment if the pistol is dropped or jostled, and provides a textured ramp for racking the slide against a belt loop, pant pocket or boot.

The FN 509 MRD joins the FN 509 law enforcement-specific line-up alongside the new Training and Simunition pistols released last year. Agencies interested in the FN 509 MRD should contact le@fnamerica.com for a price quote.

Tactical Solutions Introduces the All-New Pac-Lite TSS at SHOT Shot 2019

TacSol, the rimfire firearm, rimfire conversion, and rimfire accessory market leader in versatility, dependability, and accuracy is excited to introduce their all-new Pac-Lite TSS this year at SHOT show. This new, .22 long rifle integrally suppressed upper is designed to fit the Ruger Mark I, Mark II, Mark III and the 22/45 series pistols.

TacSol has built a reputation for lightweight firearms and accessories that consistently deliver accuracy and precision. The Pac-Lite TSS is no exception, with its internal suppressor, it’s the only fully serviceable integrally suppressed upper on the market built with Tacsol’s patented split tube design. Coupled with its ultra-lightweight (11 ounces) barrel designed with aluminum upper, interlocking titanium baffles for ease of disassembly, quieter, lighter and less expensive than a Tacsol Pac-Lite with an Axiom Suppressor. TacSol calls the Pac-Lite TSS “the most innovative and durable integrally suppressed barrel upgrade on the market today.”

We at TacSol are very proud of this engineering feat and are very anxious to release the Pac-Lite TSS out into the marketplace,” said Dan Person, Vice President of Production at TacSol. “I firmly believe our customers will be very pleased with the functionality and performance of this suppressed barrel ugrapde.”

The barrels are in production now and are anticipated to ship in the very near future to all TacSol distributors and dealers nationwide.

Escort Shotguns Releases Modern Sporting Shotgun – The DF12

A bold new design loaded with smart features, the Escort DF12 stands out in an ever-growing world of modern shotguns. This auto-loader is a sporting enthusiast’s dream and is ideal for close-range hunting applications. Using the modern sporting rifle design and capitalizing on adaptable features, the DF12 reaches beyond its potential as a mere shotgun. Its 5-piece multi-choke system accommodates heavy slugs as well as it does light bird shot, making it a great all-around option for a wide variety of game.

With an overall weight of 8.9 lbs., this shotgun is manufactured from tough aircraft grade alloy. The upper and lower receivers are overbuilt with a robust construction that is meant to take a beating. The semi-automatic DF12 runs on a gas-powered system, similar to those found in traditional autoloading shotguns, but without the added bulk of a tube below the barrel.

This 12-gauge magazine fed shotgun is chambered in 3″ magnum and will cycle both 3″ and 2 ¾” loads without hesitation. The DF12 comes outfitted with an Escort standard oxidation-proof, chrome plated, drilled steel barrel. To ensure the utmost strength, each barrel is proof tested at the factory. A muzzle cover protects the barrel and locks the forend into place, adding to the robustness and modularity of this shotgun platform.

The DF12 makes field-stripping and cleaning a breeze. The upper and lower receivers are detachable, much like their modern sporting rifle brethren, allowing enthusiasts to feel at home with this shotgun.  Continue reading

SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range 2019

In the desert nearly an hour outside of Las Vegas, the cool air is filled with the smell of diesel exhaust and the sound of gunfire. Lots of gunfire. Like, really… a LOT of gunfire.

It isn’t some wild west shootout and, although there will be pistols at noon, they’ll be rattling off shots all day – along with rifles, shotguns, machine guns, and a whole lot more. Welcome to the 2019 SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range.

As they do every year on the day before the NSSF Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trades Show – the industry’s annual B2B expo – oficially opens its doors, nearly 200 vendors and exhibitors meet at shooting range in Boulder City to host invited media and industry buyers.  Those in attendance braved the biting wind, easily 15mph all day long, to see industry leaders showcase the latest and greatest hardware that their companies have to offer.  Not just to see new guns – but also to shoot them.

Given the political climate several years ago, it seemed as if a lot of firearms R&D had slowed down – perhaps for fear of increased regulation. The relentless attack on 2A rights has not let up in the latest election cycles and, when we saw that a couple familiar names were absent at Range Day, we worried that, instead of innovation, we might just find new lipstick on old pigs. While there was some of that – the same firearm lines with addition of new calibers or colors – we were treated to a few interesting items.

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Senate Democrats Waste No Time Attacking Second Amendment Rights

Feinstein & Co. Introduce “Assault Weapons” Ban for 2019

Just a week into the 116th United States Congress a swarm of angry, misinformed democrat politicians have introduced legislation that would ban the sale, manufacture, and importation of hundreds of firearms by name and potentially thousands more based on largely cosmetic characteristics as well as putting the kibosh on any magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds.

Dubbed the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019, the official title of S.66 is A bill to regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes. Seriously? “To ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited?” This from the people who swore an oath to uphold and defend a document that explicitly reads “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Try this on for size: infringe (verb): Act so as to limit or undermine (something); encroach on.   Continue reading

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