It is that time again. Depending on when you are reading this, SHOT Show 2015 is either on the way, is under way, or has already occurred. But, no matter when you are reading, we know you are looking for news about all of the guns and gear that will be/has been introduced at the giant Las Vegas gun show.
If you are looking for a first look at 2015’s new guns, this is the best place to be. Once the show gets underway, we will be bringing you live updates right here. See that table of contents on the right? Each new gun will be listed there so you can jump directly to what you want to read about.
Prior to the show, we will be bringing you news and rumors of new gear. After the show, we will continue to bring you news of new stuff that we were not able to post during the world’s best outdoor trade show.
Every year, a wide range of new pistols and revolvers are introduced. In recent years, there has been a trend toward compact firearms for concealed carry. However, enthusiasts are certain to see new duty-sized handguns as well.
Dan Wesson Silverback
Dan Wesson will release a new pistol called the Silverback at the show. The 1911-style pistols will be chambered in both .45 ACP and 10mm. Read more information here.
Smith & Wesson M&P Ported Pistols
Smith & Wesson announced a new series of Performance Center M&P pistols that feature a ported barrel and a slide cut to accept optics such as the Trijicon RMR and Leupold Delta Point. The sights are taller than standard.
A new texture is used on the palmswell grips and the trigger has been enhanced. The MSRP is $812.
New Bersa BP-Series Guns
Bersa will introduce two new pistols at the SHOT Show. Both of the new guns will be in the BP-series. One will be chambered for the .380 ACP, while the other will be chambered for the .40 S&W. We hope to get both of these guns to review. Read my review of the 9mm version here.
New Long Guns
Long guns cover both rifles and shotguns. This is probably the largest category of new products introduced in Las Vegas every year. From beautiful double guns to the latest tactical carbine, SHOT is always awash in new shoulder-fired weapons. When the show starts, we will list them all in this section.
CMMG Mk47 Mutant
Announced just weeks before the SHOT Show, CMMG will introduce a new AR-style rifle that is chambered for the 7.62×39 cartridge. The specially designed receiver will take standard AK-47 magazines. Read more about it here.
New Ammo and Accessories
Ammunition, holsters, range gear, cleaning kits and more can always be found on the show floor. In fact, it seems that the entire lower level is nearly dedicated to all of the accessories that can be imagined.
Ruko 161B TI Tactical Knife
This new fixed blade knife has a 6.25″ blade made of 7CR17MoV steel with a fine edge. The spine of the blade has a saw. The overall length of the knife is 10.5″, and it weighs in at slightly less than a pound. The MSRP is $80.
Delta Grip for LCR
One of the more interesting accessories introduced at the 2014 SHOT Show was the Delta Grip from Ergo Grip. This new Delta Grip is a wedge-shaped rubber grip for the snub-nosed Ruger LCR revolvers. More information on them is here.
SureFire UDR Dominator
Announced just before the show, SureFire will show a new 2,400 lumen flashlight in Las Vegas. Click here to read more about this light.
Event Photos and Videos
This area will contain general photos and videos not included in one of the sections above.
Looking for the leaked information or guns that have been hinted at leading up to the show? This is where you will find those. We’ve already got a couple that I am trying to vet right now. Stay tuned.
New FN Rifles
It looks like FN will show three new AR-15 rifles at the show in January. I’ve got a complete run down of what I expect we will see right here.
Heizer Defense Pocket Sniper & Pocket AK
Heizer Defense will likely announce two new hand-breaking pistols at the SHOT Show: the Pocket Sniper (in .308) and the Pocket AK (in 7.62×39). Read more about them here.
Charter Arms Pit Bull in .45 ACP
Many years in the coming, it sounds like Charter Arms will finally release the .45 ACP version of the Pit Bull revolver. Originally, these guns were to be called the CARR, or Charter Arms Rimless Revolver. However, the guns were ultimately released with the Pit Bull name. 9mm and .40 S&W guns have been on the market for several years now, and people have wondered if the .45 ACP would ever enter production. Sounds like they might.
Trijicon Night Sights for Beretta Pico
Trijicon is expected to introduce a set of night sights for the Beretta Pico. The company already makes a set of sights for the Nano. It only makes sense that they would support the Pico also.
Beretta Pico Frames
I am expecting that Beretta will introduce new frame color options for the Pico pistol. Similar to the options available for the Nano, shooters will be able to purchase additional color frames for the guns. The new colors will include:
- Ranger green
- flat dark earth
- black with a LaserMax light built in
The frames will have a MSRP of $37, with the exception of the LaserMax frame that carries an MSRP of $199.
Hogue AR-15 Pistol Grips
I’ve heard that Hogue will introduce a new line of pistol grips for the AR-15 rifle. They will come in a variety of colors (from tan to purple) and will have the option of having finger grooves molded in.
S&W Shield Accessory
I had a chance to hold an accessory designed for the Smith & Wesson Shield that makes the gun significantly more functional for me. I’m not allowed to talk about it – yet. But, I’ve been told that it will be on display at the SHOT Show, so stay tuned. I really like this one.
Krytac’s Rimfire Version of War Sport LVOA Rifles
Krytac, a division of Swiss arms maker KRISS Group, will introduce a series of .22 LR and airsoft versions of the War Sport LVOA rifles. The guns will be intended for both recreation and as serious training tools. I’ve had a chance to handle other airsoft guns from Krytac and found them to be very high-quality builds. I look forward to seeing what they can do with a .22 LR trainer.
Angstadt Arms UDP-9 Carbine
Promising to “redefine the pistol caliber carbine,” the North Carolina company Angstadt Arms is teasing a new 9mm PDW. The UDP-9 appears to be an AR-style SBR with an adjustable stock. According to the company the guns will use Glock magazines, have a KeyMod hand guard and uses standard AR-15 controls. I look forward to seeing what they show at SHOT.
Hardcore X Rifles
CORE Rifle Systems announced they would introduce a number of new AR-15 rifles in a line called Hardcore X. The rifles will be chambered in 5.56 NATO and come with a sub-MOA guarantee. No word on pricing, but they are including Frog Lube.
New SIG Pistols
As to be expected, SIG SAUER will introduce a number of new pistol variants. Osage County Guns is reporting that included in the new gun line up are a bunch of P320 variants including versions with OD green and FDE color frames. They are also stating SIG will introduce:
- P250 chambered for 22 LR;
- a TACOPS version of the P227;
- a P229 with tall sights (suppressor ready?) and an FDE frame;
- compact 9mm 1911 with a 3″ barrel; and
- a variety of new P238 and P938 models.
New Crimson Trace Products
If the past is any indication of future performance, we can expect to see some new gear from Crimson Trace. That should not be a surprise, but Michael Bane hinted at something (or somethings) that sound very interesting. In episode #391 of the Down Range Radio podcast, Bane described a trip to the Crimson Trace factory. He stated the company has something “smaller, lighter, cooler” set up for introduction at the 2015 SHOT Show.
Bane also talked about green lasers, though he stopped short of saying any of the new products used green. CT uses green lasers in some of their recent products. It will be interesting to see what the company will have on display.
Single Stack Glock in 9mm
This one seems pretty solid. When I spoke with a Glock rep at the 2014 show, he gave me a wink and nudge when I asked about a 9mm version of the Glock 42. Since that time, I’ve heard several people talking about it. However, the strongest rumor I caught was at the 2014 NASGW Show when I ran into another industry person who claimed to have seen a working prototype of a Glock 42-like pistol in 9mm. Lets hope this one is real.
Another Striker-Fired Ruger Pistol
This should be a no-brainer, but Ruger will announce a new strike-fired pistol a few days ahead of the SHOT Show. No real word on what it is, but it is supposed to be in the self-defense category. I know – it is a very generic rumor. However, the person who was giving me the information was trying to be very careful to avoid problems with his boss.
New to the SHOT Show?
What’s that? You’ve never been to the show before? No problem. We’ve put together a guide with insider information on attending the show. Much of the official information can be found through the NSSF, but they will not give you the low down on where to stay, how to get around or tips on being credentialed. That’s where we come in.
The crew from GunsHolstersAndGear.com has been attending this annual event for many years now. Fortunately, we’ve not just survived, but we have thrived. So, read on for a few ideas on how to prepare for the big show.
What is the SHOT Show?
Some say the SHOT Show is the biggest gun show in Las Vegas. While technically true, this does not accurately describe the event. The Shooting, Hunting and Outdoors Trade (SHOT) Show is a huge industry exhibition that is only open to those that work inside the industry. (Skip to the next section to see who may attend.)
The show is sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, or NSSF. The NSSF organized the very first SHOT Show in 1979, and has continued every year since. The expo is a chance for all of the people in the shooting, hunting and law enforcement industries to come together and do business. Manufacturers show all of their new products for the year, while dealers and distributors get a chance to plan their purchases. If you want to see the new guns for 2015, there is no better place to be.
Calling the show “huge” would be an understatement. The exposition fills the entire Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas. The show floor is actually two floors, with the additional floors of the center reserved for private meetings, conference rooms and media work areas.
Tens of thousands of people jam the Sands every year. In 2014, there were more than 67,000 attendees. The NSSF projects a 2015 attendance of about 65,000 people.
2015 Show Dates
For 2015, the SHOT Show will run from January 20 through January 23, which is Tuesday – Friday. A range day, called Industry Day at the Range, is a separate event and is held on Monday, January 19. Scroll down for “Media Day at the Range” for more information on the Industry Day event.
Who May Attend
As you might expect, not everyone may attend the event. The NSSF tries to keep a tight leash on who may exhibit and who may attend. The purpose of the event is to do business, and opening the doors to the general public would not interfere with the ability many companies have to get deals done.
Those who may attend include:
- commercial buyers of firearms and related accessories
- commercial buyers of hunting gear and supplies
- commercial buyers of military, law enforcement and tactical firearms and gear
- manufacturers who are exhibiting at the show
- industry affiliated media
If you own a gun store, work for a distributor or are involved in the purchasing decisions for a police department, you probably qualify to attend. Attendance is not free, and you must submit documentation that you meet the eligibility requirements. Documentation can include things like a current Federal Firearms License or a state resale certificate.
|Category of Attendee||Fee|
|qualified buyer: pre-registered & NSSF member||$35|
|qualified buyer: pre-registered||$70|
|qualified buyer: after pre-registration period or onsite & NSSF member||$70|
|qualified buyer: after pre-registration period or onsite||$140|
|non-buyer: after pre-registration period or onsite||$350|
The NSSF is generally very easy to work with to obtain press credentials for the show. There are certain requirements that must be met to maintain the integrity of the program, and the credentialing team works very hard to make sure only valid, working media gain access.
If you have attended the most recent SHOT Show as credentialed media, you will most likely be eligible for early registration in early September. The NSSF staff will e-mail you with the early registration information then. When you receive this e-mail, simply follow the directions and you should be registered.
If you do not receive the early registration e-mail, you will have to enter the normal registration process to get your SHOT Show 2015 tickets.
Media Badge Requirements
Regardless of your prior attendance, there are certain requirements you must meet to attend the show. These include:
- current membership in an outdoors media organization (for example: POMA), or
- employment with a recognized news organization (for example: Fox News), or
- editorial position with an outdoors magazine/industry or other publication (for example: Combat Handguns), or
- recently published contributor to an outdoors/industry magazine or other publication, or
- assignment to cover the show from an outdoors/industry publication, or
- regular contributor to an outdoors/industry website or web-based radio or video program.
Depending on your media affiliation, you can be issued one of three different types of media badges: Editorial, Broadcast or Exhibitor. Editorial covers everyone, including online media, that is not working exclusively in TV or radio broadcast. Broadcast covers traditional and internet-streaming audio and video broadcasting. Exhibitor media badges are for companies who are exhibiting at the show that also provide editorial coverage of the event.
In previous years, there was a fourth badge just for internet media. However, this has been done away with, and those that had been in that category will now be lumped into one of the other categories.
Staying on the strip is often the best choice for many people attending the show. There are many hotels near the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas. Many of them are within a 15 minute walk. The Venetian and Palazzo are both attached to the Sands and offer the greatest convenience. However, they also offer some of the highest prices – typically $250/night or more.
Some hotels on the strip have very affordable rates, sometimes as little as $30/night. However, don’t expect great service at these locations. As they say, you get what you pay for. We have stayed at the Flamingo, Harrah’s and the Venetian. Service was exceptional at the Venetian, and pretty good at the other two. I have had poor service from the bellhops, aka porters, at Harrah’s, but generally they have been pretty good.
The SHOT Show does have a hotel service you can use to find accommodations. However, we have always gotten better deals through the hotels themselves. Your experience may vary, but we strongly suggest you shop around to get the best deal.
Media Day at the Range
In recent years, there has been a shooting event called Media Day at the Range. This event has been coordinated by CMG Marketing and Triple Curl Advertising, but until recently has not been an official part of the SHOT Show itself. Recently, however, the NSSF has become involved in the event.
Starting in 2014, the name of the event changed to Industry Day at the Range. This was done to open the event to more than just media. For example, if an exhibiting manufacturer wanted to bring a distributor to the range to shoot a new gun, they can now do so.
For 2015, the Industry Day at the Range is split into two parts: a morning session and an afternoon session. The morning event is open to invited media only. If you are not part of the chosen 1,000, you are not likely to get in unless you are working for one of the big media companies. At noon, the event opens to an additional 700 invited dealers, distributors and other industry folks.
If things hold true, the invitations are submitted by the exhibitors – not the event sponsors. So, if you do not get an invitation, you should probably do a little better job of staying in contact with the company reps. As I understand it, those are the folks handing out the invites. Media registration information for the event is expected to be finalized in September.
Update: I have confirmed that, as stated above, media invites to the Range Day events are requested by the manufacturers and coordinated by the event organizers. This process will be finalized in September.
Media Day will be at the best Las Vegas shooting range: the Boulder Rifle & Pistol Club. The range is very nice, but can be hard to find. If you are staying at one of the hotels on the strip, you can catch a shuttle bus to the range. If you prefer to drive, you want to check out the map below:
Directions to the range can also be had here.
What’s at the Range?
So, lets assume you are attending the event. What can you expect? A lot of cool guns, the opportunity to meet with the designers of those same firearms and the possibility of some wild weather.
In years past, the event is roughly divided into four main areas. One end of the facility is dominated by short (25 and 50 yard) ranges. This area is largely occupied by handgun manufacturers, though shotgun and rifles can also be found here.
A middle section of the event is elevated and is set up for long range rifles. Here, shooters can engage targets to 1000+ yards. At the other end is a mix of ranges that typically feature shotguns, subguns and rifles. Of course, this is not absolute. There will also be pistols here also.
A final area is located near the first end. This area is a show area only – no ranges or shooting here. Holster, optics and accessory makers will often be found here. This will not be a huge section like at the SHOT Show, but it is still worth viewing.
Here are a few additional things you might want to know about the range and event:
WiFi – Nope.
cell coverage – We’ve used AT&T phones and Verizon phones at the range. Both work, but we have had much better luck with the Verizon coverage. In 2014, we were able to get good voice connectivity and respectable data coverage with an iPhone 5 and Verizon service.
We last used an AT&T phone at the 2012 event, and the coverage – both voice and data – was lousy. It is very likely that AT&T has improved coverage in the intervening years, but it is possible they have not.
lunch – Lunch is a changing event, and frankly, we are not sure what we might see in 2015. In prior years, lunch was catered by a local restaurant. This usually worked out pretty good, but sometimes the lines got a bit long and there was rarely enough seating. (For whatever reason, when the show was in Orlando, it seemed to have more seating.)
However, the 2014 Media Day changed things. Instead of getting a catered lunch, you got a voucher to use at one of about six different food trucks. Unfortunately, the food truck system was not any faster than previous years. In fact, it took longer for me to get my sandwich in ’14 than it ever did to get grub in the old method.
We expect the food truck thing to continue into future events. Assuming it was no more costly to the event organizers, having food trucks roll in and serve chow is probably a lot easier for them. Also, having five or six different vendors should give people some options in selecting what to eat. The only downside to the food truck thing is many of them want to be original and trendy, so it is difficult to get a normal burger or sub. Expect to pick from a variety of oddly named taco dishes and sushi products.
Things to Bring
Depending on your needs and plans, you may want to bring a variety of products to the range. Based on our experiences as media members covering the event, these are a few of the things you want to bring to the range:
- electronic hearing protection – Yes, the Media Day staff provides you with cheap plugs, but you will have a far better experience with your own amplified muffs. Don’t have any? No problem. Check out our review on this Howard Leight model you will see us wearing there.
- eye pro – I’m pretty sure the range provides some cheap eye protection, but we strongly suggest you consider wearing your own. We really like the stuff from Revision, but there are plenty of brands out there that will provide much better protection than the cheap glasses they provide on site.
- backpack – You will be at the range all day, and you will wind up picking up everything from media kits to catalogs to t-shirts. There is no way you will be able to carry all of that in your hands. The marketing company who sponsors the event tends to provide some sort of tote every year. Although nice, the problem is you have no idea of what they might provide until you get there. It could be a nice backpack or a cheap shoulder bag. Bring your own so you will be prepared.
- dry snacks – Granola bars or similar snacks can be a real life saver. The lunches are very crowded, and the busses are slow. There are plenty of opportunities to get hungry without a way to deal with it unless you packed it in yourself.
- water bottle – You don’t need to go overboard on this. A single bottle of water is likely all you will need. Yes, you are shooting in a desert, but the staff does an excellent job on providing a lot of water on site.
- hat – This should be self-explanatory.
- weather-appropriate clothing – Believe it or not, but I have been in 40º rain at this range before. Anyone who attended the Media Day event in 2008 can tell you it was rainy and cold. Some years it is just plain cold. There is always a strong wind. Plan ahead and dress accordingly.
- extra power – There are no easy ways to charge anything while at the range. If you are working off of a laptop on site, make sure it is charged before you leave the hotel. The same goes for your phone and camera. I highly recommend picking up a Limefuel external battery pack. I’ve tried a number of battery packs, and this one is the best. It has multiple USB ports so you can charge more than one device at a time. It has enough juice to fully charge my iPhone 5 several times. Even if you don’t like this one, you definitely want to bring something if you will be relying on electronics when at the event.
Footwear is something important to consider as well. If you see all of the exhibits at the range, you will do quite a bit of walking. So, comfortable footwear is important. However, the range is very rocky and it is exceptionally easy to turn an ankle. I suggest a good boot with excellent ankle support.
Keep in mind that anything you bring will have to be carried around with you. There is no coat check. Keep it all man portable and you should be ok.
Make sure you keep checking back for all of the new guns and SHOT Show 2015 information.
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