I’m just back from the 2009 SHOT Show in Orlando. As usual, a wonderful time was had by all. I’d especally like to thank Kiesler Police Supply for putting my Dad and myself up, as well as introducing us to a whole bunch of really neat folks. You guys rock.
The Show seemed pretty busy, certainly busier than expected given the economy. I can safely say that the firearms industry is NOT in need of a bailout.
- AR and AR parts manufacturers are showing a lot of variation in lead times. CMMG, for instance, says that they’re running only 2-3 weeks behind on most of their products, while DPMS says that they’re a year-plus behind. Everyone, though, is running 2-3 shifts, 18-20 hours a day production. There are a LOT of evil black rifles going to market right now.
- I continue to be impressed with the quality and the prevalence of video-based judgmental training. There were several manufacturers that I visited (sorry, got to go through the schwag bag to get the names) and all of them incorporated realistic scenarios, induced stress, realistic weapons and equipment, the whole lot.
- No one is yet making the perfect multigun scope. However, both Horus and Premier Reticles are working on scopes with dual focal plane reticules, red dot for up close and Mil-scale for distance. This will be the subject of a future post, I think.
- Speaking of optics, the ELCAN Spectre DR has come way down in price since I last looked at it. For $1400, I’d consider one instead of an ACOG. They’ve brought out some new reticle designs, too.
More in a bit.