by Mark Keefe - Tuesday, January 15, 2013
So jet-lagged and sleep-deprived is how I began my 20th SHOT Show in row. There are no prizes or ribbons for such things. A late departure (thanks to perhaps the most uncivil woman I have ever observed being ejected from my plane to Las Vegas) and the time change eating at me resulted in an even, seemingly, earlier start to Media Day At The Range, which was the best I have experienced in years.
Split into two shifts, it was far easier to do my job reporting on the newest guns and gear. Today as I fired the shooting industry's newest products, I knew most of the people competing for time on the firing line. The highlight of my day, which you can see unfold here at AmericanRifleman.org, gun by gun, was the propane heater at the Springfield Armory bay, which was my last, warming stop. Springfield has the new 9 mm Luger XD-S, which will be a game changer once available. With the wind chill, I am told the high while I was on the firing line was a balmy 17 degrees Fahrenheit. I know, it seems like I am whining, but shooting these guns was great fun, and you can see all of them at the Straight from SHOT Show 2013 blog. There is plenty more to come, so make sure you stay tuned to AmericanRifleman.org/SHOTShow.
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