Welcome to the best coverage of all of the new guns and gear at SHOT Show 2014. This is the sixth consecutive year that GunsHolstersAndGear has covered the annual Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).
With each passing year, our SHOT Show coverage expands and 2014 is going to be an awesome experience for GunsHolstersAndGear.com readers. We will have more people, cameras and articles than we’ve ever had before. You will be amazed by the coverage you will get from us in 2014!
Leading up to the January event, we will post all of the show related information in the pre-show news and rumors section. Farther down, we will have details on all of the new firearms, tactical gear, knives, flashlights, ammunition and other bits of kit being shown on the show floor. As usual, we will be heading out to the Industry Day at the Range, formerly known as Media Day at the Range.
Pre Show News and Rumors
Leading up to the annual SHOT Show in 2014, many companies will make early announcements to try and generate interest in their new gun or other piece of gear. Other times, news on a new firearm will leak from a distributor or other insider who has seen early production models. Regardless of the origins of the news and rumors, we will bring you everything we discover and list them here.
The New Glock 41 – A long slide, practical-tactical version of the Glock 21 has been spotted on the internet. Is it real and when will it be released? Check out all of the details in this article, along with information about the rumored Glock 42 – a super, subcompact polymer pistol that people have been wanting for years.
Long Range Shooting Products from Caldwell – These new products for rifle shooters will be shown at the SHOT Show and will likely be popular in 2014. Caldwell is actually introducing a significant number of new products, and we will try to bring you all of that information from the expo.
New EAA Handguns for Women – EAA showed prototypes of a new line of pistols for women at the NASGW Expo. The guns feature a lighter recoil spring and a wide range of colors. The final products should be ready at the SHOT Show 2014.
Chiappa PolyLite Revolver – The newest addition to the Rhino line of handguns, the PolyLite, uses a polymer frame instead of the steel frame used in the main line. These six shot, 2″ barreled revolvers will be in .38 Special only. Final production models will be at the 2014 SHOT Show in January. I can’t wait to shoot one.
Hornady American Whitetail 12 GA Slugs – After the resounding success of the rifle cartridges bearing the American Whitetail name, the company announced a new 12 gauge slug in this line of ammo. The slug will be shown at the 2014 SHOT Show along with the rest of the company’s new ammo.
Hornady Custom Lite Ammo – This is a new line of reduced recoil cartridges in many of the most popular rifle and shotgun calibers. The Custom Lite loads run between 25% and 43% in recoil reduction depending on the specific caliber. These are a great option for anyone who might be recoil sensitive.
Quad Barrel .22 Magnum Pistol: The Edge Arms Reliant – This is one of the more innovative guns I think I have run across in a while. This gun uses four barrels in a very compact design to give a person a fistful of felon repellant. It is definitely worth checking out even if it is not for you.
The New Beretta 1301 Tactical Shotgun – It looks like Beretta will announce the new 1301 Tactical shotgun at the SHOT Show. The new self defense oriented shotgun shares many of the great Competition features, but with a more tactical bend. It has a shorter barrel without the vented rib, for example.
Brand New ArmaLite AR-31 Rifle – News of the new AR-31 rifle from ArmaLite has leaked out, along with photos of the new rifle. This is a bolt action rifle, similar to the AR-31A1, but as a short-action gun chambered in .308 Win. The gun will also accept AR-10B magazines.
Windham Weaponry AR .308 Rumors – The good folks at Windham Weaponry are building a .308 Win chambered AR rifle. The new rifle should be ready just before the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoors Trade Show in January. Expect it to be a direct gas impingement rifle with a few nice features and a price of around $1,600.
Armscor to Introduce “Super-Secret” New Duty Pistol – Armscor (aka Rock Island Armory) is readying a new duty-sized pistol for the US market. The gun is being developed with firearms designer Fred Craig. This is one of the new guns for 2014 that we can expect to see at the 2014 SHOT Show.
New Colt Revolvers in 2014? – Colt’s Manufacturing Company is looking at bringing back double-action revolvers back to the shooting market. It has been more than a decade since Colt had these revolvers in their standard catalog. What will be the first back? The Python? Anaconda? Detective Special?
MasterPiece Arms MPAR 556 Pistol – The folks from MPA turned the MPAR 556 rifle into a pistol. The really interesting thing is they added an angled fore grip to the pistol and have a letter from ATF stating that it is not an AOW. Huh! Will wonders never cease? This piston driven pistol will sell for about $900 (retail.)
New Ruger SR-762 Rifle – Ruger announced a new 7.62 NATO/.308 Win modern sporting rifle leading up to the SHOT Show. The new piston driven gun is very similar to the company’s existing SR-556 line, but caliber upsized. You want fries with that?
MasterPiece Arms MPA 308BA – One of the first new guns for 2014 is the 308 bolt action rifle from MasterPiece Arms. The rifle has a number of very interesting features, and it looks like it will be a precision rifle. Some of the specs are not yet released, but we’ve got some of the details on this new gun.
Remington & AAC Collaboration on Silencer Ammo – One of the pre-SHOT Show rumors is that Remington and sister company AAC are developing ammo tuned specifically for sound suppressors. There are lots of subsonic ammo on the market, but few loads developed just for silencers.
Remington Compact Handgun Defense Ammo – Rumors suggest this new line of ammunition may hit the market ahead of the 2014 SHOT Show, but with the current shortages, it could be pushed back until January. There is no official word from Remington yet, but we have the insider details here.
Ruger Opening Third Plant – Sturm, Ruger & Co. is in the process of buying a third manufacturing facility. The company’s state purpose is to bring ten new gun lines to the market. Based on the timing and the eagerness of the company to get things rolling, expect to see this plant featuring heavily for new guns in 2014.
NSSF Drops Reed Exhibitions – The National Shooting Sports Foundation announced they have terminated the agreement that had Reed Exhibitions managing the SHOT Show 2014 and beyond. Reed previously managed the show for the prior 30+ years. The main reason for the change was Reed’s stand against certain kinds of firearms that look scary.
Industry Day at the Range: The Death of Media Day? – Is the old Media Day dead? It just may be. The former Media-Day.com site now redirects to ShotShowRangeDay.com and they published a new logo. The new logo states “Industry Day at the Range.” Sounds like the whole event is shifting from a news event to a general industry event. More information here.
The number one reason people attend the SHOT Show is all of the new guns. Fortunately, we will have heavy coverage of all of the brand new firearms that will be introduced in 2014. New rifles, pistols, shotguns and more!
The SHOT Show 2014 will be held at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas once again. The show dates will run from January 14 – 17, 2014. The Industry Day at the Range will be held on Monday, January 13.
The show is owned and sponsored by the NSSF, which has created the event 36 years ago as a single trade show to bring all of the shooting, hunting and related industries to a single place. It is at the SHOT Show that all of the retailers, distributors and manufacturers can sit down and do business. Without the show, many retailers would never have an opportunity to examine new guns prior to making a decision on what to stock in the coming year.
SHOT Show 2014 will be a huge event. In 2013, the event set another attendance record with more than 62,000 people participating in the show. More than 1,600 companies exhibited their products. The trade show floor was covered with an incredible 630k square feet of new guns, ammo and other gear.
The NSSF created this video recap of the 2013 SHOT Show. If you have never been, it gives you a little insight into the event.
If you are planning to head out to the 2014 SHOT Show, make sure you check out the NSSF page on travel. There are a number of hotels that offer SHOT Show discounts through the NSSF. It is definitely worth checking out these rates before booking your stay.
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