by Paul Rackley - Thursday, January 26, 2012
Returning from SHOT Show requires sorting through a lot of information about new products to determine the coming year’s content. It can be difficult because SHOT is where so many manufacturers introduce new products.
The editors of AmericanRifleman.org and AmericanHunter.org have to determine which products that you, our readers, want to see in articles, videos and blogs. This includes firearms, holsters, flashlights, clothing, ammunition and optics, as well as numerous other accessories that can benefit shooters and hunters.
While we sort through this information, I thought I would share a few of the coolest products I saw during the 2012 SHOT Show in no certain order. And while I normally stick to self-defense products in my blog, I’m going to cover all manner of products here. Please keep in mind that the SHOT Show is very large, and it is impossible to see everything. These are the products that I personally saw and held.
SIG Sauer Spartan 1911—Sure, there are more 1911 handguns available than I can even remember, but as a lover of John Browning’s classic pistol, the SIG Sauer Spartan is one I would like to own. The Spartan is a full-size .45 ACP handgun with all of the features that we’ve come to expect in a high-quality 1911. What makes this gun stand out is the finish, which SIG calls oil-brushed bronze. According to the rep I spoke to, the idea for this colorization came from faucet industry. Regardless, the color, along with the lettering, will make this gun stand out at the range.
Nikon P223—With the success of the M223 riflescope, Nikon has introduced another scope designed for AR-type rifles, with a much nicer price. The P223 comes with the BDC reticle, fully multi-coated lens, zero-turret return system and generous eye relief, all for $149. It’s available in two versions: the 3x32 BDC Carbine and 3-9x40 BDC 600.
Knight TK2000—I’ve always loved turkey hunting, and I really like turkey hunts that limit access via draw or firearm allowed. A few years ago, I went on a Corps of Engineers hunt that only allowed primitive weapons, such as a bow or muzzleloading shotgun, especially since I was one of two people who showed up with a Knight TK2000. I was very disappointed when Knight Rifles went out of business, and was equally thrilled when I heard that a group had decided to bring this icon back to the outdoor industry because I really thought the TK2000 would be an early offering. And, I was right. The new Knight Rifles company has brought back one of the best turkey hunting shotguns on the market.
L.L. Bean Safety Hat and Vest Combo—When I started deer hunting with my father, I didn’t know a lot about what I was doing, but I did realize that the cheap, plastic orange vest I was wearing made too much noise. Unfortunately, like most fathers, he wasn’t going to buy me a good vest until he knew I was going to enjoy hunting. L.L. Bean has made that mute by introducing a safety hat and vest combo for only $19.95. These high-quality vest and caps are available in hunter orange or bright yellow for those wanting to be safe without looking like they’ve just walked out of the woods.
Personal Security Products Zap Cane—Whether or not you carry a handgun, personal safety is an issue for every law-bidding citizen.The Personal Security Products Zap Cane is an option for those who don’t want something that goes bang. The Zap Cane is adjustable from 32 to 36 inches, can handle up to 250 pounds, has a flashlight and emits 1 million volts of personal security. All one has to do is flip the safety and press the button to ward off an attacker, be it man or beast.
ThermaCELL Heated Insoles—My hands usually get cold long before my feet do, but there have been a few times when I could’ve used a little something extra, such as when standing waist deep in ice-covered water. These Heated Insoles by ThermaCELL turn almost any type of footwear into heated boots or shoes. The Heated Insoles are water resistant, controlled by a remote and customizable to most foot sizes. While not cheap, these feet warmers provide two levels of warmth—100 degrees or 110 degrees—without getting too hot.
Cammo Brothers Mag Loader—I’ve used a lot of magazine loaders over the years, most of which never received a second opportunity to impress me. This loader, however, made me do a double take. The Cammo Brothers Mag Loader is similar to some of the high-priced bench loaders used by many, but this one is small enough to fit into a range bag. The Mag Loader is made of nylon fiberglass, loads 20 rounds at a time and has versions to fit most 5.56 and 7.62 magazines.
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