SHOT Show 2013 Recap
For those who always think that more is better, a company called Arsenal Firearms has brought to market a new handgun called the AF2011-A1 double barreled 1911 style .45 pistol. The gun resembles two 1911s welded together will one gun being a right hand gun and the other a left handed gun. The gun uses 2 standard 1911 style magazines that are connected by a machined baseplate allowing them to be inserted and removed as one unit. The gun fires bother barrel with every pull of the trigger. The can can be ordered in either .45 ACP or .38 Super or with each ‘half’ a different caliber.
IWI US, Inc. is now producing the new US manufactured Tavor. The Tavor is a bullpup rifle which fires the 5.56 NATO round but is also caliber convertible to 5.45 X 39 as well as 9mm. The Tavor uses a long stroke piston gas system, is fully ambidextrous, has a full length top rail with built-in folding sights and will come in either tan or black. Watch this site (or the pages of Small Arms Review and Small Arms Defense Journal) in the coming weeks as we bring you a complete test and evaluation of this exciting new firearm.
Slide Fire Solutions seems to add new products on a weekly basis. At SHOT this year they are showing off their new BFS (Belt-Feed System). The new system allows an AR-15 to have belt fed capability and works with standard Mil-Spec links. This new system also allows the gun to switch back to regular magazine if the need arises. Combine this with their proven Slide Fire stocks and you have maximum firepower. They are also producing a new forearm that helps the Slide Fire stock work even better. New colors will be available on all their stocks and this year they will be introducing stocks for .308 platform guns, Saiga guns and also for the Ruger 10/22.
M+M Inc. is bringing out their new SAN P553 pistol. The new pistol features Swiss precision and is imported exclusively by them. The pistol features folding front and rear emergency sights, a folding winter trigger guard, connectable magazines and all of the other features that a Sig purist would want. The gun will also be available in an SBR version with accessories such as a quad rail forearm.
Masterpiece Arms has just introduced even more sound suppressors to add to their existing line. New units will be available in 5.56/.223, 300 Blackout, .308 and two new .22 Long Rifle units; an aluminum model and a stainless steel model that is full-auto rated.
Masterpiece Arms also have a new carbine called the MPAR that is available in either 5.56 or 300 Blackout. Features of this carbine include an adjustable piston gas system, quad-rail handguard, full length top rail, side-folding collapsible M4 style stock and side cocking handle with forward assist.
NEMO (New Evolutiuon Military Ordnance) unveiled their new OMEN rifle. The first AR platform rifle to be chambered in .300 Win Mag. This advanced semi-auto sniper system has 1500 yard capability. The gun is said to have the recoil of an AR in .308 with the overall weight of under 12 pounds. The gun is fed by 14 round magazines. Every OMEN carries carries a sub MOA accuracy guarantee.
U.S. Fire Arms Manufacturing Company has a new .22 long rifle pistol that has become the talk of the show. Called the ZIP the new pistol features a 5.25 inch barrel and uses Ruger 10/22 magazines. The gun looks like nothing you have seen before, in fact it doesn't even look like a gun. The ZIP weighs less than 1 pound and is semi-auto but has no slide. There is already a full line of accessories for it that include a removable top Picatinny rail, an SBR top rail that allows the gun to be mounted on the bottom rail of a carbine and even a threaded barrel for use with a suppressor. Visit their website, www.zipfactory.com, and watch the videos. You will be amazed.
Blue Stone Safety Products has a new Concealment Vest that has a built-in ballistic panel. The vest can be worn as a regular concealed carry vest as is has pockets for pistols as well as extra magazines or by adding the removable ballistic panel it can be turned into a Threat Level 3A vest. It comes in either olive or black and in sizes up to 6X.