Hollywood Guns

There were a couple of displays with movie guns at SHOT. Fans of Firefly ought to recognize this one…

And fans of Dirty Harry should recognize the next one.

Smith and Wesson actually had a pretty large display with about ten guns that had been used in various movies on display, including the revolver from XXX, the gun Sameul L. Jackson carried in The Spirit, and the S&W Model 76 that Heath Ledger used in The Dark Night.


Lancer Systems L15 Lower Receiver and Quickmag

One of the things at SHOT that I think will be of interest to a lot of 3 Gun shooters is the new modular receiver system that Lancer has released, the L15. It uses a pin and slot system so you can swap out mag wells on your rifle.

The Lancer L15 system with no attached magazine well, showing the attachment points.

This is what it looks like with the competition mag well installed.

Swapping magazine wells with this system is just a matter of knocking out one pin, sliding the current mag well off, and replacing it with the one you want to use.

The other cool thing that Lancer had on display, and one that a lot of 3 Gun shooters will be interested in is their Quickmag system. While it looks like products that are already on the market that allow you to carry an additional magazine on the gun, the Quickmag is designed in such a way that when you press the button to release the spare magazine, it also activates the magazine release on your rifle. Basically, with the push of a single button, you can dump your empty and release a fresh magazine. It was extremely easy to use this product to execute a rifle reload in a second or less. It was cool enough that it’s the one product I actually shot video of:

The Quickmag design is still being refined, and they’re hoping to release it later this year.

SHOT Post #2

Yeah, I know, as usual I’m late to the game, but here we go anyway:

SHOT was awesome. If you ever have the chance to attend the SHOT Show, I highly recommend it. Ok, so on to the good stuff…

Tactical Solutions

TacSol, they of the coolest rimfire kits and accessories known to man, did not disappoint:

They had their Glock rimfire conversion kits. Certainly not the first company to make a conversion kit, but the inclusion of a threaded barrel is certainly a plus, especially since sound suppressors seem to be going mainstream.

Speaking of which:

Also, TacSol will be selling the new Black Dog 50 round drum magazines. These have a couple of neat features, including a unique loading method that is very thumb-friendly, and the ability to swap out feed towers so that you can use the same drum for either a 10/22 or with a rimfire AR upper receiver:

Troy Industries

Troy industries makes some very cool stuff, and in the offing, they’ve got some unique AR products, and, while I didn’t get a chance to take any photos, they’ve got some suppressors in the works that will be very cool.

But first…
Do you know where I can find Sarah Connor?

Troy was also demoing this rifle float tube with an integrated flip-up front sight. Definitely a cool piece of kit with obvious functionality.

Note the diamond-shaped rear sight and the GPS unit embedded in the stock.

This might be helpful when my brain stops functioning and I get lost on one of those blasted memory stages…

Ok, that’s all for now. I’ll update periodically with more pics…

SHOT Show 2011

One thing that just can’t really be conveyed about SHOT is how huge it is. No matter how many times someone says “It was so big, there was no way to see everything there.” until you actually see it, there’s no real way to comprehend the scale of the thing. There’s literally something to appeal to everyone. On one end, you may find yourself rubbing elbows with the outdoor guys who run the Montana Canvas Tent Company (hint hint, f you want to get me something for Christmas) and the next thing you know, you’re talking to the Milkor rep about the innovations of their revolving grenade launcher. (hint, hint, if you want to get me something for Hanukkuh*.)

If it has anything whatsoever to do with shooting, it’s there.

So, here are the first round of highlights of the show for me.

Shooting Celebrities

-Getting to shake hands and shoot the bull for a couple of minutes with Jerry Miculek. Very nice guy.
-Getting to see Taran Butler again, and hearing the Jennifer Garner story. (You have to ask him about this story. I couldn’t do it justice.)
-Running into Caleb Giddings of Gun Nuts Media and Top Shot fame and hanging out with him for a bit.

-Getting to see Larry Corriea and getting a signed copy of Monster Hunter Vendetta as well as the chance to handle the custom 10mm/40 S&W blaster STI built for him. (Also, some of my artwork will be appearing in his upcoming book, Hard Magic)

-Getting to speak with Rob Pincus for the first time in several years.
Justin and Rob Pincus

-Getting to meet Michael Bane again. He took top honors at this year’s Outdoor Channel Golden Moose Awards. You know you’ve arrived when Larry Potterfield, owner of Midway USA does your intro.
Chris, Justin, and Michael Bane

Non-Celebrities who I’ve wanted to meet for a long time
-Derek Zeanah, who’s been footing the bill for THR from day 1. He’s a thoroughly nice guy.
-JShirley, another longtime mod on THR, and a man who’s opinion I’ve respected for a good long while. He knows more about knives than I could ever hope for.
-hso, another staff member at THR. Dude should be hosting his own science show on TV.
-Owen, who’s now been nominated to staff at THR. Great guy, has forgotten more about guns than I’ll ever know.

But that’s not what you read this site for. You read it for the gun stuff.

Oh, and was there ever gun stuff…

That’ll be up next.

*Ok, not really.

2011 SHOT Show

Kind of last minute, but I just got registered for the 2011 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. Because of my continual need to work for a living, I’m only going to be there from Wednesday on. I’m also planning on shooting the SHOT Show Multigun Match over at Desert Sportsman on Saturday.

Anyone else going to be there?



I just got my plane tickets and hotel reservations confirmed for the 2009 SHOT Show in Orlando.  My Dad and I have been attending since 2005, but I skipped out this past year to go to Gun Skool at Blackwater, instead.  I’m really looking forward to this one.

Whenever I’m at the SHOT show, I try to make the time to shoot a local match.  Fortunately, both central Flordia and Vegas have a pretty good selection to shoose from.  Last time I was down in Orlando, I shot a wonderful USPSA match at the Port Malabar Rifle and Pistol club.  This time around, I’m looking for something on the third Friday or Saturday, not too far from Orlando.

Hmm, I wonder if this blog means that I could swing a press pass for the Show?