Welcome to our SHOT Show 2019 news page!
Every year, we strive to provide you with the most comprehensive coverage of the SHOT Show with information about new guns, new ammo and all of the other shooting accessories that are introduced at this giant industry event. In 2019, we have some amazing coverage planned!
If you are reading this page before the show starts, the SHOT Show rumor section may be of greatest interest. However, some companies may make announcements prior to the show start. The publicly announced guns will go into the “confirmed” categories.
If I am able to confirm a rumored gun prior to the show, these will also be listed in the confirmed categories.
If you are a website or news outlet that would like to use my photos in your coverage, you may be granted a limited license to do so. More information is in the photography section below.
New Handguns – Confirmed
As we are able to gather information about new handguns at the show, we will post them here. Also, we will post new pistols and revolvers that we are able to confirm before the show starts.
Maxim Defense PDX Pistol
Maxim Defense announced the pistol version of the new PDX chambered in 5.56 NATO and 7.62×39. Pre-orders begin on January 21st, with an anticipated shipping date of April 2019. The handgun version of the PDX will be very similar to the SBR gun listed in the rifle section below. Jump down there to read more of the specs and see a photo of the gun. Both guns have a MSRP of $2,299.
Springfield Armory XD-E 3.8″ and 4.5″ Pistols
Springfield Armory pushes its hammer-fired, single-stack pistol line forward with two new additions: one with a 3.8″ barrel and one with a 4.5″ barrel. These new guns are based on the original XD-E and have the same height of those guns. As the barrel/slide assembly of a pistol tends to be the easiest thing to conceal when carrying IWB, and offers the benefits of both increased bullet velocity and a longer sight radius for more precise shooting, the longer barrels should be a welcome addition to the line. Both of the new versions have a MSRP of $542. The XD-E 4.5″ is shown above.
Ed Brown/ZEV 2019 RMR
Ed Brown Products and ZEV Technologies teamed up for a pair of new pistols in 2019. One of them is this new gun called the FX1 ZEV19 RMR 9. Catchy. The gun is a limited edition run that will only be offered this year. It is a 1911-style pistol chambered in 9mm. It has a single stack Government frame with a 4.25″ Commander slide and barrel. It includes the Orion slide cut package from ZEV along with the Alien metal treatment and dimpled barrel. The barrel is threaded for a suppressor. On top is a Trijicon RMR with tall night sights for co-witnessing. Additional features include VZ Grips, an ambidextrous safety, accessory rail and an included thread protecting cap. Pricing starts at $4995.
FN 509 Midsize
FN America announced its new 509 Midsize pistol. Based on the full size 509 guns that have gotten positive reviews, the new gun offers a slightly more compact form for easier carry while maintaining enough size and capacity for duty use. The new 9mm handgun has a standard magazine capacity of 15 rounds with 10 round mags being optional for less free states. Full size FN509 magazines will work in this gun with a spacer sleeve. FN equipped this gun with a 4″ barrel, a new trigger (it has a flatter face) and redesigned adjustable back straps (new texture for better feel and control.) Standard pistols ship with fixed 3-dot photoluminescent sights. Base price: $649.
Springfield Armory 911 Pistols in New Colors
Springfield Armory will show all of its new color combinations for the 911 .380 ACP pistol at the show.
Avidity Arms PD10
The Avidity Arms PD10 is a great idea, but I know some people have lost interest in it due to the perception of it being vaporware. While that may not be an entirely fair position – it takes years for new guns to develop – having a multi-year lead time between announcement and delivery isn’t necessarily a winning position. Especially when new competition like the Glock 48 comes to the market in the intervening time.
I am not claiming that the PD10 is now shipping, only that it will be shown at the SHOT Show. It has been shown before, and it will be shown again. Eagle Imports – the US based distributor for Bersa, Grand Power, Llama and others – is the distributor for the PD10. Expect to see it at that booth. The gun is given two full pages in the Eagle Imports 2019 catalog (see the photo above.)
Will we see the single stack 9mm pistol make its way onto dealer shelves in 2019? Only time will tell.
Standard Manufacturing S333 Thunderstruck
Standard Manufacturing announced a new revolver that looks very different, has two barrels and claims to fire “2 rounds simultaneously.” The new S333 (this is different from the Brownie-like S333 prototype the company showed at previous SHOT Shows) presumably doesn’t meet the US federal law definition of a machine gun. I’m not an NFA expert, so I’ll just give you the details on the gun as they are presented by the company.
The gun is a compact revolver chambered for the .22 WMR cartridge. It holds 8 rounds in the cylinder and has two barrels. Instead of a normal trigger guard, this weapon has a partial guard with a shallow W shaped trigger. Oddly, the trigger has Glock-like trigger safety on its face.
Both the 1.25″ barrels and cylinder are made of steel while the frame is crafted from 7075 anodized aluminum. Unloaded, the gun weighs 18 ounces. Both of the hammers are contained within the gun’s housing. The suggested retail price will be $369.
The company claims “THESE REVOLVERS ARE FAR MORE SUPERIOR TO ANY OTHER AUTOMATIC PISTOL WHICH ARE RENDERED USELESS WHEN THEY JAM OR MISFIRE.” Your mileage may vary.
Mossberg MC1sc 9mm Pistol
O.F. Mossberg & Sons announced an all-new handgun for 2019. The Mossberg MC1sc is a 9mm pistol designed for concealed carry and self defense. It offers 6+1 rounds of 9mm in a flush fitting magazine with a polymer frame and stainless steel slide and barrel. There are a number of interesting variations on this gun right out of the gate, and it has a very competitive price with a MSRP starting at $421.
More information on the gun can be had in this Mossberg MC1sc article.
Nighthawk Custom VIP Black
Nighthawk Custom announced a new 1911-style pistol called the VIP Black. As with many of this company’s pistols, the gun offers top end customization and a price tag to match. The $7,999 pistol is hand engraved by Bertram Edmonston and has a black diamond-like coating (DLC). It features a 14k solid gold front bead sight and grips made of giraffe bone. It comes in a walnut presentation case. And yes, it is chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge.
3″ Ruger LCRx in .357 Magnum
One of several new guns introduced by Ruger is the 3″ version of the Ruger LCRx in .357 Magnum. While the company already offers 3″ and .357 Magnum versions of this revolver, this is the first time it has offered the gun with both of those options. It is not a major new revolver announcement, but one that will likely please a number of wheelgun shooters.
Walther PPQ M2 Q5 Match Steel Frame
Walther continues to build on the PPQ line of pistol’s with a new competition gun. The new Q5 Match Steel Frame takes a hard turn away from the polymer frames used in much of the company’s current production. Walther uses all steel construction with extended frame rails with a wrap around grip panel. A Quick Defense Trigger is standard as is a fiber optic front sight, adjustable rear sights, a reversible magazine release, an optics mounting system, a ported slide and an accessory rail. The MSRP starts at $1,499.
Magnum Research BFR in .500 Linebaugh
Magnum Research will show a new version of its BFR revolver chambered for the .500 Linebaugh cartridge. Versions of the gun will be available with 5.5″ or 7.5″ barrels and with your choice of standard polymer grips or Bisley grips. Pricing runs from $1,399 – $1,482.
Glock formally announced the G48 pistol ahead of the SHOT Show. The new pistol for 2019 had been rumored for several weeks. Perhaps more importantly, the gun finally addresses the demand that many shooters have requested from Glock since the mid-1990s: a slim, single-stack G19 sized pistol.
More information on the gun can be had here.
This is an interesting addition to the Glock family of handguns. The G43X will hold 10+1 rounds and use the same magazine as the G48 (above.) Although it has a longer grip, the new pistol will retain the short barrel and slide of the existing G43. Glock elected to use a silver nPVD finish on the slide instead of the traditional black.
While I don’t care for this design – short barrel with larger grip – I know that some consumers do. I expect that Glock will sell many of these.
Colt King Cobra
Colt will be showing the new King Cobra revolver at the SHOT Show. The new gun is an extension of the return of revolvers that began in 2017 with the Cobra. As expected, the new Colt King Cobra will be chambered for the .357 Magnum cartridge and hold six rounds in the cylinder. It has an exposed hammer, polished stainless steel finish and fixed sights with a brass bead front. The barrel is 3″, and the grips are synthetic Hogue Overmolded.
Kel-Tec CP33 Pistol
Leading up to the SHOT Show, there were some vague rumors about a new Kel-Tec pistol based on the existing PMR-30. Now, I have confirmed that the company will show a new gun called the CP33. However, details are still few on this gun.
The new Kel-Tec CP33 pistol is similar in appearance to the PMR-30, but it does have some significant differences. First, the CP33 is chambered for the .22 LR rimfire cartridge and feeds from 33 round magazines. Second, it has a non-reciprocating operating handle located at the rear of the extended portion of the upper.
Next, the new gun has a full length optics mounting rail in addition to the adjustable fiber optic sights. Also, there is no under barrel accessory rail. Instead, the barrel shroud has M-LOK attachment slots. As an added bonus the barrel is threaded for the addition of a sound suppressor or other muzzle device. The suggested retail price is $475.
Kel-Tec seems to be marketing these as competitive guns suitable for long range targets. As I confirm additional information, I will post it here.
Stoeger STR-9 Pistol
Stoeger Industries will introduce a full size 9mm pistol at the SHOT Show. The new gun is a striker-fired, polymer-framed pistol that is similar in size to the Glock 19. However, the gun will be much more affordable than the Austrian offering. The Stoeger has a suggested retail price of only $350.
The STR-9 features 15 round magazines as standard capacity with a 4.17″ barrel. Unloaded, the gun weighs about 24 ounces. The back strap is swapable to better fit different hand sizes. It has an accessory rail for adding a light. Other features include front slide serrations and a rear sight with a hard front edge that should work for one hand slide manipulation.
Stoeger is known for making good quality shotguns. As the company’s Cougar pistols started life as Beretta handguns, I wonder what, if any, role the APX had in the development of the STR-9.
Iver Johnson Pocket Ace
Iver Johnson will be showing (again) its four barrel pepperbox-style handgun this year. This seems to be a gun that is always shown at the SHOT Show, but never quite makes it into production. I’ve seen prototypes of this gun for years now. It used to be called the Frontier Four. Iver Johnson states the gun should begin shipping in January 2019. If true, the Pocket Ace pistols at the show should be actual production guns.
These guns are four barrel handguns that weigh about half of one pound. They are chambered for .22 LR and are about 4″ total in length.
EMF Great Western II U.S. Marshal
Manufactured by Pietta and imported to the USA by EMF (Early & Modern Firearms Co.), the new U.S. Marshal is a single action revolver designed to honor the US Marshals Service. Available in both .357 Magnum and .45 Colt, these wheel guns are part of the Great Western II (GWII) line. Unlike the existing Californian in the same GWII line, these guns will have brass trigger guards and backstraps. Additionally, the one piece walnut stock will have a laser engraved US Marshals badge on both sides. This gun will have a 4.75″ barrel. The MSRP on this gun is $535.
Charles Daly PAK-9 w/ Glock, Arm Brace Adapters
Charles Daly will show a new PAK-9 kit at the SHOT Show. The kit includes adapters so you can run Glock pattern magazines and attach an arm brace to it. Neither Glock magazines nor an arm brace are included with the kit. The standard PAK-9 pistols use Beretta 92 pattern magazines. The kit will have a suggested retail price of $619. This gun was originally introduced at the 2016 SHOT Show and had a working name of AK-9 then.
Chiappa surprised a number of people with its Rhino revolver. I was one of them that was surprised at how little recoil these .357 Magnum guns had compared to traditional revolvers. For 2019, the company is offering a limited Neblua edition that uses a special PVD finish. The grips are a blue laminate. If you like the style, it will cost you. The MSRP is set at $1,509.
More Color to the Taurus G2C Line
Taurus G2C pistols seem to be popular. In an attempt to expand the appeal of the line, Taurus will introduce a number of new color combinations in 2019 for the pistols. This piggybacks on the company’s history of offering color options for its handguns like the Spectrum.
Remington RM380 Executive
Remington’s RM380 has not been without its share of reported problems on the internet. Nevertheless, it appears to still be popular with many shooters. For 2019, the company is expanding the line to include an Executive version of the gun. Unlike the base model RM380, the Executive has a stainless finish on the slide and laminate grips. Remington lists the MSRP as $405, which is less than the price listed for the standard RM380. I wonder if we will see an overall price reduction on this line of pistols from the company in 2019.
The company will also offer another version of the gun that has light blue grips with a stainless finished slide. The general color scheme is similar to that used by Taurus on some of its firearms. Interestingly, when the light blue RM380 was being developed, Anthony Acitelli was still the CEO of Remington. Acitelli, who reportedly resigned from Remington in November, was the former boss at Taurus USA. While I find it unlikely he was involved in such a small thing, it appears to be an interesting coincidence.
Taurus 856 Ultra Light Revolver – Now in Full Color
For 2019, Taurus is introducing a number of new frame colors for the 856 Ultra Light revolver. I have confirmed this with a Taurus representative and seen advertising for the new guns.
Taurus will offer these in a number of “exclusive color combinations for added consumer appeal.” Taurus seems to be making a heavy push into color variation as a selling point for its new guns. Some of my readers have commented that they own three and four Spectrum pistols despite numerous reliability concerns posted about the guns around the internet.
According to the Taurus representative I spoke with, some of the guns have shipped at the time of this writing (December 2018). So, we may see some of these in the stores prior to the start of the show. However, Taurus has not yet made a formal announcement about them.
The new wheelguns are an extension of the Model 856 Ultra Lite revolvers that debuted in mid-2018. They are significantly lighter than the standard Taurus 856 revolver that was re-introduced at last year’s SHOT Show: 15.7 ounces vs. 22.1 ounces unloaded.
The 38 Special handguns have 6-shot cylinders instead of the five often associated with smaller revolvers. The downside is that they are not +P rated. So, your defensive ammunition choices are limited.
Legacy Sports Citadel 1911 Madagascar
Legacy Sports announced it will show the new Madagascar 1911 at the show in January. The new pistol will be available in both 9mm (10 rounds) and .45 ACP (7 rounds) with a Series 70 system. The guns will have 5″ barrels with full length guide rods. While the slide looks like Damascus steel at first glance, it is not. Instead the company uses a gray Cerakote finish with laser etching to give it a Damascus-like appearance. While the real thing would likely look a lot better, I expect that it would be very expensive. This gun is still affordable with a projected MSRP of $959.
DoubleStar ARP7 Pistol
DoubleStar announced the ARP7 late in 2018, and it will show the new semi-automatic pistol in Las Vegas. The new gun is based on the direct impingement AR platform and appears to have a number of nice features standard. The guns will be available in 5.56 NATO, 300 BLK and 9mm allowing you to address a wide range of defensive and sporting needs. The 5.56 & 300 feed from standard 30-round AR magazines. The 9mm feeds from a Colt-style stick magazine. All of the calibers come with a 7.5″ barrel with a heavy profile and Big Timber brake. A billet StrongArm pistol brace suggests very solid support – and frankly, it looks good. The short accessory rail uses M-LOK attachment points. Pricing varies based on caliber selected: from $1,299 for the 5.56 to $1,599 for the 9mm.
New Rifles & Shotguns – Confirmed
When we find new long guns at the SHOT Show, we will list them here. If we are able to confirm new rifles and shotguns before the show starts, we will have them in this section also.
Remington 870 Side Folder
Few things are as time-tested as the Remington 870 shotgun. Even when the company hit road bumps in recent years, I heard few people complain about the 870. Capitalizing on the continued success of the gun, Remington announced a new pump gun with a folding stock.
Equipped with a Tapco AK-pattern SAW grip and right side folding stock, the new scattergun will be available in 12 and 20 gauge varieties. Both gauges will hold 6 shells in the magazine. Additional features include a soft cheekpiece on the stock, QD attachment points for a sling, a recoil pad, and a Remchoke compatible muzzle.
The forend has a positive handstop plus a handstrap. Also, it has M-LOK attachment points so you can easily add a light, laser or camera if you so desire. The MSRP is listed as $569.
Thompson/Center Arms Offers Camo T/CR22 Rifles
Camo pattern stocks are now an option on the Thompson/Center T/CR22 rifles. These .22 LR chambered guns are part of the company’s growing rimfire line that is compatible with most Ruger 10/22 parts. These specific rifles will be offered in Realtree EDGE and Mossy Oak Break Up Country patterns. Magpul provides the composite stocks. With a limited lifetime warranty, the guns have a MSRP of $419.
Maxim Defense PDX SBR
Based on the requirements of a SOCOM solicitation, Maxim Defense designed this SBR for close quarters combat. It is fitted with a new stock called the SCW that shortens the overall length of the stock by 4″. The stock system has an integrated bolt carrier group with interchangeable weights.
On its own, a 5.5″ barrel will virtually guarantee incredible noise levels when shot. However, the company designed a new muzzle device called the HateBrake. This shapes the escaping noise, pressure and gasses forward and away from the shooter. It does not reduce the sound levels, but merely redirects them away from the guy pulling the trigger. Speaking of triggers, this gun is fitted with the ALG Combat Trigger.
Unloaded, the guns weigh less than 6 pounds. Two chamberings will be offered: 5.56 NATO and 7.62×39. The guns are available for pre-order on January 21, and will ship in April 2019. The suggested retail price is $2,299.
Noreen Firearms ELR Bolt Action Rifle
Noreen Firearms announced a new rifle for 2019 called the ELR. Short for Extreme Long Range, the new ELR is a bolt-action, detachable magazine fed rifle that can be had in either the XLR or Cadex chassis. Noreen Firearms will offer the guns in the following chamberings:
- 338 Lapua
- 375 CheyTac
- 408 CheyTac
- 416 Barrett
- 50 DTC
- 50 BMG
Features of the ELR include 4140 steel receiver, one-piece fluted bolt, 34″ barrel with a Noreen muzzle brake and a Timney Remington 700 adjustable trigger. The rifles will have a maximum OAL of 60″ and weigh about 31 pounds unloaded. These guns will come with a 5-round magazine.
Iron Horse Firearms TOR (Thumb Activated Receiver)
Just when I didn’t think anything innovative would come out for the AR, Iron Horse Firearms drops the TOR. TOR, or Thumb Operated Receiver, is an AR lower that replaces the standard trigger system with an inline, thumb operated lever that has the potential of getting a lot of wounded vets back into the shooting game. Of course, it can also be a huge boon for anyone with finger problems. The company also touts its potential for increasing accuracy of the rest of us so-called normal folk. Read more about it in my Iron Horse Firearms TOR article.
Update – The company also announced two complete rifles: one in 5.56 NATO and the other in 300 BLK. Pricing starts at $1,350 for these.
Volquartsen Summit 17 Mach2 Rifle
Volquartsen Firearms announced a new version of its Summit bolt action rifle chambered for the 17 Mach2 cartridge. It uses a straight pull action and a carbon fiber barrel. The muzzle is threaded (1/2-28) for a suppressor or other muzzle device. As shown above, the rifle is equipped with a black Magpul stock. However, it can be had with an FDE, gray or OD green Magpul stock, a Hogue stock or a blue lamiate TH Silhouette stock. Pricing starts at $1,135.
Savage 110 High Country
Based on the company’s 110 platform, the High Country rifle was designed with weight reduction and long range accuracy in mind according to the company. Available in a range of hunting calibers, the 22″-24″ barrels are threaded and spiral fluted. The synthetic stock uses the company’s AccuFit system to adjust both length of pull and comb height to fit the shooter. The barrel, bolt handle and action are all PVD coated, and the stock is finished in the TruTimber Strata Camo pattern. The suggested retail price for these rifles is $1,129 regardless of color.
- .243 Win
- 6.5 Creedmoor
- 6.5 PRC
- .270 Win
- .280 Ack Imp
- 7mm-08 Rem
- 7mm Rem Mag
- .308 Win
- .30-06 Sprg
- 300 Win Mag
- 300 WSM
Savage MSR10 Precision
Savage announced the new MSR 10 Precision rifle. The new AR-style rifle is a competition rifle designed for accuracy. Called “complete and ready to compete” by the company, the guns feature 22.5″ stainless steel barrels with 5R button rifling, an 18″ Arca handguard, Magpul PRS stock and an adjustable gas system. The two-stage trigger breaks at 4 pounds. Savage uses the TangoDown Battlegrip that has an adjustable grip angle. Available in three calibers (6mm Creedmoor, 6.5mm Creedmoor and .308 Win), the guns carry a MSRP of $2,499.
Rock Island VR-80 Shotgun
This might be the semi-automatic AR-style shotgun you’ve been looking for. New from Rock Island Imports (aka Rock Island Armory aka Armscor) is the VR-80. Among its many features are:
- buffer tube compatibility with most commercial AR stocks
- compatible with most AR pistol grips
- compatible with existing VR series shotgun magazines
- detachable 5-round magazines included with 9- and 19-round magazines available in the aftermarket
- reversible bolt handle and ambidextrous controls
- M-LOK attachment points
- folding sights included
- fluted barrel shroud
The MSRP is $699 and it will be offered exclusively through Gallery of Guns until March.
JP Enterprises JT-19 Precision Rifle
JP Enterprises is well known for making quality rifles and parts. One of the latest is the JT-19, a light weight AR-style precision rifle. It is chambered for the 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, .260 Rem and .308 Win. Features include a JP Supermatch 416R cryogenically treated barrel with a black Teflon finish, JP Compensator, machined 7075-T6 billet upper and lower, Hogue pistol grip, adjustable gas system, JP Fire Control Package and your choice of a variety of stocks such as the Magpul CTR and LUTH-AR MBA-2. The base price is $2,999.
Henry Long Ranger in 6.5 Creedmoor
Henry Repeating Arms announced its Long Ranger rifle chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. This cartridge continues to grow in popularity with more ammunition and firearms being made for its fans. This lever action gun has a free floating 22″ blued steel barrel, chromed steel bolt with 6 lug head, removable 4-round box magazine and a beautiful American walnut stock. The suggested retail price will be $1,066.
Performance Center T/CR22 Rifles
Smith & Wesson announced the Performance Center was now offering a pair of customized T/CR22 rifles. The collaboration between the Performance Center and Thompson/Center Arms resulted in a pair of .22 LR rifles that have a light trigger pull, heavy contour barrels with button rifling, a threaded muzzle and your choice of an Altamont Laminated Thumbhole stock or a Hogue Overmolded Thumbhole stock. The rifles are compatible with a wide range of Ruger 10/22 parts and accessories and come with lifetime warranties. The Hogue stocked version of the gun will have a MSRP of $497 while the laminate stock gun has a suggested retail price of $616.
Browning X-Bolt Max Long Range Hunter
Browning announced a new rifle in the X-Bolt line called the Max Long Range Hunter. As many shooters can guess, this is a bolt-action rifle that id designed for excellent accuracy at long ranges. The guns feature 26″ fluted & threaded barrels (5/8″-24 TPI) with both a brake and thread protector included. Other features include an adjustable composite stock, extended bolt handle and an optics mounting rail.
As one might expect, this gun is chambered for cartridges that are popular with many long range shooters:
- 6mm Creedmoor
- 6.5 Creedmoor
- 308 Win
- 300 WSM
- 26 Nosler
- 7mm Rem Mag
- 28 Nosler
- 300 Win Mag
- 300 RUM
American Tactical Nomad Shotgun
American Tactical is now offering a series of folding shotguns called Nomad. These single shot scatterguns will be offered in 12 gauge, 20 gauge and .410 bore. Both 18.5″ and 26″ barrel lengths will be available. The Turkish-made guns will have a suggested retail price of $109.95.
Browning BAR Mark III Hell’s Canyon Speed
Browning introduced two new rifles for 2019 in the BAR line. This one is the Mark III Hell’s Canyon Speed. It features the same functionality of the other third generation BAR guns, but with a burnt bronze Cerakote finish and a composite stock with an Inflex recoil pad and A-TACS AU camo pattern. The gun will be offered in a range of standard hunting calibers including:
- 243 Win
- 308 Win
- 270 WSM
- 300 WSM
- 270 Win
- 30-06 SPRG
- 7mm Rem Mag
- 300 Win Mag
Browning advises the MSRP will be $1,599 for the standard rifle and $1,699 for the magnum versions.
Ruger AR-556 Optics Carbine
As is the company’s tradition, Ruger released several new guns ahead of the SHOT Show in 2019. This rifle is not a major new gun, rather it is an extension of the company’s AR-556 rifle. It is an “optics ready” version of the AR-556 that comes without any sights or a front tower. Instead, it has a gas block with a Picatinny-type rail for adding your own sight. The MSRP is $789.
Kel-Tec KS7 Shotgun
Kel-Tec is offering a double whammy this year with both a new pistol and a new shotgun. Details are still scarce on the new Kel-Tec KS7, but this is what I’ve been able to determine so far. (Note: This has been updated since the original posting.)
The KS7 is a pump action shotgun chambered for the 12 gauge shotshell. Positioned as a personal defense gun, the KS7 is said to be lightweight and compact. It uses a bullpup style design that is similar in appearance to the company’s KSG shotgun. Unlike the KSG, this shotgun has a single ammunition tube that holds seven 2 3/4″ shells. Shells eject downward making it left-handed friendly.
The barrel is a full 18.5″ to avoid NFA concerns, but the company manages to keep it very compact with an overall length of just 26.1″. The carry handle on top conceals the fiber optic sights. The slots seen in the photo above are M-LOK attachment points. Pricing seems reasonable with a MSRP of $495.
As I confirm additional information, I will share it here.
Mossberg Retrograde 500/590A1 Shotguns
O.F. Mossberg & Sons announced the company would offer a pair of new shotguns in 2019. The new 500 and 590A1 shotguns are part of the new Retrograde line that uses an “old school” walnut stock and corn cob forend. One gun is a 500 Persuader with an 18.5″ barrel, brass bead sight and blued finish. My choice would be the 590A1 (shown above) with its 8+1 capacity, 20″ Parkerized barrel and ghost ring sights. The guns will have MSRPs of $504 and $902 respectively.
Steyr is a relatively small player in the US shooting market, which is unfortunate. I’ve found the company’s pistols to be very well made, reliable and easy shooting. While many shooters have heard of the AUG rifle, few people are familiar with the rest of the company’s products. Steyr looks to capture a portion of the precision shooting and hunting markets with its new Monobloc rifle.
The Monobloc has the stylings of a modern bolt action rifle but maintains enough of the traditional look to not alienate anyone. Steyr derives the name from how the gun is constructed – the barrel and action are all forged and milled from a single hunk of steel with the goal of providing a very accurate rifle. In 2019, the gun will be introduced in .308 Win and .30-06 Sprg. Steyr plans on introducing .270 Win, 7×64 and 8x57IS in 2020.
Some of the rifle’s features include a 4-round, detachable magazine, a synthetic stock with leather inlays and a removable trigger unit.
Savage Arms 110 High Country
This new series of rifles I reported previously in the SHOT Show rumors section below. I have now confirmed it through three sources and have seen pictures of it. It is a real product and will be on display at the show.
The Savage 110 High Country is a new line of rifles based on the existing 110 platform. Features of the new guns include an AccuFit synthetic stock finished in True Timber Strata, a detachable magazine, a free floating barrel with spiral fluting and a coyote finish on the barrel, receiver and bolt handle. The barrels will also be threaded for the addition of a suppressor or other muzzle device. A variety of calibers will be available from .243 Win to .300 WSM.
Steyr Scout in 6.5 Creedmoor
Steyr Arms announced it was expanding the established Scout Rifle line to include the 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge. This is the first new caliber in the Scout Rifle line in more than 10 years. These guns will be available in black, Mud and OD green. Steyr Arms set the MSRP at $1,735 for these.
Fims Manufacturing Small Frame AR10
Fims Manufacturing announced it would show a prototype of its Small Frame AR10 rifle at the SHOT Show. The new gun will use a 7075-T6 aluminum receiver set that weighs about 25.75 ounces. Prototype receiver images are shown above. Total weight of the gun is said to be about 7.25 pounds. For an AR-10, that is fairly light.
Charles Daly N4S Bullpup Shotgun
This 12 gauge bullpup is interesting for a number of reasons. First, I like the concept of bullpup guns. Second, this appears to be a rebranded version of the Adler J210 seen at last year’s SHOT Show. Regardless of the gun’s back story, this is a semi-automatic 12 gauge scattergun with a 19.75″ barrel and an OAL of less than 30″. It uses modified Beretta/Benelli chokes. The magazine holds 5-rounds. Charles Daly puts the suggested retail price at $649.
Charles Daly AR-12S Shotgun
The AR-15 is one of the most popular rifle platforms in firearms history. There have been a number of attempts to adopt the characteristics of the AR to shotguns, but not all of them have been successful. The latest attempt comes to us from Charles Daly in the form of the AR-12S.
This shotgun appears to be a variant of the shotguns made by Panzer Arms in Turkey. White labeling is something common in other industries and not unheard of in the firearms world, so it is possible that this gun is just a re-branded Panzer Arms gun.
It is a semi-automatic, 12 gauge shotgun that feeds from a detachable 5-round magazine. The gun uses modified Beretta chokes, has an adjustable comb on the stock and incorporates an M-16 style carry handle. The barrel length is 19.75″. Unloaded, the gun weighs in at 7.5 pounds. The MSRP is list as $517.
Remington Model Seven Scoped Scout Rifle
The Custom Shop at Remington will show off a scoped scout rifle built on the Model Seven at the world’s biggest gun show. The rifle will come equipped with a Vortex Crossfire II 2-7x 32 Scout scope in addition to the standard sights. A synthetic stock with an earthy camo pattern will be used on this gun. No word yet on pricing, calibers, etc.
Diamondback DB15224VB in .224 Valkyrie
Diamondback Firearms announced in late fall 2018 the new DB15224VB rifle that will show at the SHOT Show. The new gun is based on the company’s existing line of DB15 AR-style rifles and is chambered for the .224 Valkyrie cartridge. A photo of this new gun is above and the teaser video of the gun is below. The gun uses a DI-type, rifle length gas system, has a 20″ 4150 SS barrel with a 1:7 twist, 7075-T6 upper and lower and a 15″ M-LOK rail. The grip and stock are both from UTG. The magazine holds 28 rounds.
Browning BAR MK3 DBM Wood
Browning expands its BAR rifle line in 2019 with a wood furniture version of the MK3 DBM. The DBM, or Detachable Box Magazine, BAR is a semi-automatic rifle with integrated Picatinny rails on top for the easy addition of a scope. This version of the gun will have a Turkish walnut stock and forearm. The balance of the gun will have a dark, matte blue finish. With a suggested retail price of about $1,500, it will only be available in .308 Win this year. Depending on demand, other calibers will be possible.
Browning Buck Mark – Threaded & Fluted Barrel, Gray Laminate Grips
Browning makes a wide range of Buck Mark pistols. However, the company also makes a small line of Buck Mark rifles that are based on the same action as the pistols. New for 2019 is another version of the rimfire rifle. This one has a fluted 18.4″ bull barrel that is threaded for the addition of a muzzle brake or suppressor. Browning ships this gun with a brake. The stock and forearm are both made of a gray laminate wood. A Picatinny rail on the receiver allows for the addition of an optic without a lot of fuss. Chambered in .22 LR, the gun comes with a single 10-round magazine. It has a suggested retail price of $739.99.
Magnum Versions of Ruger Precision Rimfire Rifles
Sturm, Ruger & Co. announced the company will show new bolt action rifles chambered for two popular rimfire magnum cartridges. The new Ruger Precision Rimfire variants will be offered in .17 HMR and .22 WMR. In an effort to appease the governments of less free states, there will be 9-round versions of the guns available. However, the standard capacity of these rifles is 15-rounds. All versions of the new rimfire rifles come with 18″ threaded barrels and M-LOK accessory attachment points. Ruger did not add a “Magnum tax” to these guns as they retain the same price tag as the original .22 LR guns: $529.
Seekins Precision Havak Bravo
According to Seekins Precision, the new Havak Bravo was “painstakingly designed” and “meticulously optimized for precision engagement.” The bolt-action rifle is built on the Bravo Chassis from Kinetic Research Group with the Havak action and match grade barrel. A timney 510 trigger is standard. While the action is available only in black, the chassis will be available in black, green or FDE. Four calibers will be offered: 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC and .308 Win. The MSRP is $1,950.
New Ammunition & Accessories – Confirmed
There is always a wide range of new ammo and other shooting accessories announced at the SHOT Show. In this section, we will list what we are able to find.
Mossy Oak Gamextractor
If you are tired of dragging your deer through the woods and own an ATV, you might be interested in the new Gamextractor from Mossy Oak. This is essentially a game trailer that you can use to transport your harvested animal over long distances using your ATC or other sport vehicle. It’s not fancy, but it looks like it would work. For $89.99, it could save a lot of back and muscle pain (not to mention time) when going back to camp. Yes, you could weld your own, but most folks don’t weld and even those that do might rather have a prebuilt unit. It mates directly to a 1.25″ receiver or to a 2″ receiver with an adaptor.
Kent Cartridge TK7 Penetrator Turkey Load
Kent Cartridge announced a new load for 2019 called the TK7 Penetrator. Designed for hunting turkey, it uses #7 tungsten pellets, buffered shot and a special loading process to deliver tight patterns of dense shot with more pellets on target than similar #6 loads.
The company will offer both 12 and 20 gauge loads. Muzzle velocities are the same with either – 1,100 fps – with the 12 gauge sending a 1 5/8 oz load and the 20 gauge delivering a slightly lighter 1 3/8 oz load. These will be packaged 5 shells to a box. No word yet on pricing.
Slim Fit Safariland 575 GLS Pro-Fit IWB Concealment Holster
Safariland is one of the better holster companies, and I have personally relied on a number of their products get get me home safe. The latest holster offering, a slim fit version of the 575 IWB rig, uses the company’s GLS retention system to secure your pistol when carried. The 575 IWB is made of a proprietary polymer that is rigid yet doesn’t mar your gun’s finish as Kydex can do.
Birchwood Casey’s New Targets
Birchwood Casey announced four new paper targets. The new targets are:
- 8″ 50 yard Small Bore (25/package)
- 12″ 25 yard pistol with reactive colors (12/package)
- 12″ 10m air rifle with reactive colors (12/package)
- 17.75″ 100 yard high power with reactive colors (5/package)
All of the targets have a MSRP of $12.99 per package. They are all printed in the USA.
Federal Ammunition Blended Heavyweight Tungsten Super Shot
Federal Ammunition will show its new Tungsten Super Shot (TSS) turkey loads at the 2019 SHOT Show. These shot shells are loaded with either a blend of #7 and #9 Tungsten Super Shot or #8 and #10 TSS.
In 12 gauge, the shells will be offered as a 2.5 oz #7/#9 mix and as a 2.5 oz #8/#10 mix with a 3.5″ shell. The #8/#10 blend will deliver more than 1,000 pellets downrange. A five shell box will set you back $63.95 at full retail. I imagine most shops will have it for less.
In 20 gauge, the same two mixes will be available with a lighter 1.625 oz load out of a 3″ shell. These will also be offered in boxes of five, though with a marginally more affordable MSRP of $46.95.
Buck Knives Sprint Ops Pro
Another new knife for 2019 is the Sprint Ops Pro from Buck Knives. The new folding knife uses ball bearings to provide a smooth and fast one handed opening. The S30V blade is 3 1/8″ long with a drop point. It is 0.120″ thick. Buck Knives uses a liner lock on this one to hold the blade securely open. The metal has a Graphite Black Cerakote finish while the G10 handles are blue and black. A pocket clip is attached to the very end of the knife to allow for deep carry in the pocket. It is made in the USA. I do not have a suggested retail price on this one yet.
Remington Side Folding Kit for 870 Shotgun
Remington Arms will offer a side folding stock kit fo the 870 line of pump shotguns in 2019. The kits will feature the same stock and Tapco pistol grip that comes on the 870 Side Folder mentioned farther up on this page. The kits will have a MSRP of $129.99.
Buck Knives 110 Slim Select
Buck has a number of new knives for 2019. One of these new blades is a simple folder called the 110 Slim Knife, Select. The new knife is based on the 110 Folding Hunter with a more modern look. The nylon handle, for example, will be available in red, blue, black and (heaven help us) chartreuse. Made in the United States, the knives have a 3.75″ long blade made of 420 HC stainless steel with a pocket clip and thumb stud for one handed opening. The MSRP is $42.
Note: Thanks to reader Nolan B. who let me know these are already shipping and can be had here.
Axeon Second Zero
Axeon introduced an optics accessory to functionally give a rifle shooter a “second zero” distance when using a scope. The concept of the Axeon Second Zero is fairly simple: it is a folding optic modifier that mounts ahead of your scope. When flipped into place, it effectively shifts your zero distance to a second known distance. The goal is to reduce the math you have to do for longer shots where bullet drop becomes a serious thing.
In the example they use, you would have your rifle zeroed at 100 yards. With the Second Zero flipped into place it would effectively shift your zero distance to 330 yards. The MSRP is $79.99 and it should be available now.
Maxpedition CCW Packs & Bags
Maxpedition continues to fully support the concealed carry and tactical markets with its newest products. In its Entity line of covert carry bags & packs are nine new style and the addition of a new color called Ash. Ash is a medium gray color – perhaps perfect for the “gray man” concept. For more information on the new offerings, see my New Maxpedition Bags for 2019 article.
Buck Knives Nighthawk Hunter
Another of the new Buck Knives introductions for 2019 is the Nighthawk Hunter. A fixed blade knife, the Nighthawk Hunter is designed to be a tactical knife that can “withstand he rigors of extreme activities, harsh conditions and extended exposure to the elements.” It has a 7.5″ long 420HC steel blade with a spear point and a Cerakote finish in Sniper Grey. The handle is molded nylon with a Dynaflex rubber grip. Buck includes a polypropylene sheath with MOLLE type attachments for fastening to a harness, shoulder straps of a backpack or other gear. The MSRP is $150, and it is made in the USA.
Fix It Sticks Aimpoint Adjustment Bit
Fix It Sticks announced it was now offering a non-marring two-prong bit for adjusting Aimpoint sights. These bits are made of polymer and are designed to make windage and elevation adjustments easier while eliminating the risk of scratching the sight’s surface. Fix It Sticks expects to ship these in February. They will have a MSRP of $10.
Guard Dog Full-Body Bulletproof Backpack
Guard Dog announced a bullet resistant backpack that offers additional protective coverage compared to a normal Proshield bag. Called the “world’s first full-body bulletproof backpack,” the new bag appears to have a second panel that drapes below the bottom of the bag to approximately double the area of coverage. Of course, your body size is critical in determining if this truly offers “full-body” coverage. Pricing has not yet been announced.
Unique-ARs Slim Series Handguards
Unique-ARs announced a new line of slim handguards for the AR-style rifle. The new Slim Series is made of 6061 T6 aluminum and have an outside diameter of 1.8″. Along the top is a Picatinny-type rail and underneath are M-LOK attachment points in the 6 o’clock position. The company will offer these in 7.25″, 9″, 12″ and 15″ lengths. There will be 32 varieties in the Slim Series at launch. Pricing will start at $185.
Cutting Edge Bullets Lazers
Cutting Edge Bullets announced additions to its Lazers line of projectiles. The new bullets include .408 caliber (in 425, 450 and 475 grain varieties), .416 caliber (in 450, 475, 500, 525 and 550 gr), .458 caliber (in 575, 600 and 650 gr) and .510 caliber (in 750, 800 and 850 gr.) These bullets are a polymer tipped, expanding projectile that was developed for hunting. However, the company states they are also excellent for long range matches.
Copper Basin Gen3 Takedown Firearm Backpack
Copper Basin announced it would be showing its Gen3 Takedown Firearm Backpack in new colors at the SHOT Show. The bags are designed for discreet transportation of takedown guns, SBRs, AOW shotguns and AR/AK pistols. These bags do not look like a “gun bag” but more like a sporty backpack. New colors will include Vintage Green Waxed Canvas and Grey & Black.
Aguila 5.56 Bulk Ammo
Aguila announced it would now offer bulk packs of 5.56 NATO ammunition. The rounds will use a 55 gr FMJ-BT bullet and be optimized for a 24″ barrel. Shooters can expect velocities around 3,260 fps with than barrel length. The bulk packs will contain 300 rounds and retail for $119.99.
DeSantis Holsters for the MC1sc
DeSantis Gunhide announced the company would now offer a total of 18 holster fits for the new Mossberg MC1sc pistol. This expands the number of offerings for this gun at launch. I’ll have a full report on all of the rigs for this pistol shortly.
SIG SAUER PCB Pivoting Brace
SIG SAUER announced the PCB or Pivoting Contour Brace. The PCB is an arm brace for larger pistols like the MCX and MPX variants that folds to the left side when not needed. It will be available as an option on some SIG pistols and as a separate accessory. Color options will be black and tan. Both colors will carry the same suggested retail price: $199.
Viridian E-Series Red Laser for Mossberg MC1sc
In conjunction with Mossberg, Viridian developed a red laser aiming unit for the new MC1sc pistol. The new laser is part of the company’s affordable E Series. It mounts to the front of the Mossberg pistol’s trigger guard and is activated by touching a switch on the side of the unit. The MSRP will be $132.
Nightforce Optics ATACR 7-35x 56 F2 Second Focal Plane Scope
Nightforce Optics announced the company would offer a second focal plane version of its ATACR 7-35x 56 scope. The scope uses a 34mm tube and comes with either the MOAR-T or MIL-C illuminated reticles. For this scope, the suggested retail price will be $3,100.
BOG, one of the Battenfeld Technologies brands, will show a new clamping tripod for hunting and other rifle shooting. Called the DeathGrip, the new product allows you to clamp your rifle to a substantial-looking tripod for a stable shooting platform. The clamp is covered in rubber to prevent damage to your gun’s finish. According to the company’s marketing, it is “…designed to be the most stable platform on the market.” That remains to be seen, but the tripod legs do look beefy.
JARD Trigger System for Savage Arms A17, A22 Rifles
JARD announced the company’s new A17/A22 Trigger System. This drop in system is designed to offer an improved pull with five different weights of 1-3 pounds. The units carry a price tag of $247.50.
Aguila 5mm Ammunition
Several years ago, Aguila Ammunition started 5mm rimfire ammo production. However, the firearms industry went crazy and the company focused on making the far more popular .22 LR and .22 WMR loads. Since then, the company opened a new manufacturing facility in the Republic of Texas.
Gary T., a reader of the site, sent me a note shortly before Christmas that Aguila would be restarting production of 5mm ammunition. I was able to confirm the information today. The new loads will use a 30 grain semi-jacketed hollow point bullet (SJHP). Aguila rates the velocity of this load to be about 2,200 fps.
Aguila cautioned that this will be a limited production run, so I would encourage 5mm shooters to buy it whenever you see it. This is a round that isn’t made very often, and we don’t know if anyone will be making any more after this run.
Sierra Gamechanger Cartridges
Sierra is a company that has always been associated with top performing bullets. Now it seems the company has significantly added to its catalog by offering complete cartridges.
The new cartridge line is billed as a premium line that uses the company’s own Gamechanger bullets. There are limited details on the new cartridges at the time of this writing, but I will update the page with new information as I am able to gain it.
WMD Guns SlingStock
I dislike gadgets on weapons designed for self-defense, law enforcement or military purposes. Some, such as lights and red dots, have a proven usefulness. Slings are very important on long guns, and should be strongly considered by anyone with one.
I want to dislike the SlingStock because it appears to be just a gadget. But, the longer I watched the intro video (below), the more interested I was. I give the company credit – they answered a lot of questions I had about the product in the video and make me want to give it a try. It should be available for purchase in early 2019.
Fostech Echo AK-47 Binary Trigger
Fostech announced the Echo AK-47 binary trigger at the last SHOT Show. However, the units did not make it into production during 2018. The company announced the units would be on sale in the first quarter of 2019. I expect this company will be featuring the final version of this trigger system at the 2019 show.
Remington Hog Hammer Handgun Ammunition
I thought that Remington previously released handgun loads in the Hog Hammer line, yet I could find no reference to any in my archives. Regardless, it looks like the company will offer six loads for handgun hunting in 2019. They are:
|357 Magnum||Barnes XPB||140 gr|
|10mm Auto||Barnes XPB||155 gr|
|41 Magnum||Barnes XPB||180 gr|
|44 Magnum||Barnes XPB||225 gr|
|45 Colt||Barnes XPB||200 gr|
|454 Casull||Barnes XPB||250 gr|
Remington Expands Hog Hammer Rifle Offerings in 2019
In addition to the handgun loads above, Remington also announced it would offer three new Hog Hammer rifle loads in 2019:
|6.5 Creedmoor||Barnes TSX||120 gr|
|270 Win||Barnes TSX||130 gr|
|45-70 Gov't||Barnes TSX||300 gr|
Delta Kwik Tool
This new tool was introduced in the fall, but it is making its first big trade show appearance at this year’s SHOT Show. Even though it was released several months back, it was still new to me, so I figured I would share it with you.
The Delta Kwik is a handguard removal tool for AR-style rifles with a two-piece handguard. It indexes on the magazine well, slips over the delta ring, and with one turn, compresses the delta ring for easy hand guard removal. It is a slick little tool. Here’s a video that shows it in action:
SHOT Show Rumors
Rumors are already swirling around the 2019 SHOT Show. Some seem pretty outlandish, but I’ve seen some weird things pop up at the show. Here is the latest that I’ve heard.
Remington Model 700 PCR Pistol – This one is a little odd, but it is Remington, so who knows. I’ve come into some information that Remington may offer a pistol version of the bolt action Model 700 PCR at the SHOT Show. If you are not familiar, the 700 PCR is a 700 action in an aluminum chassis. Currently, that rifle is only available in 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win and .260 Rem. I’m not sure what the use-case for a Model 700 PCR handgun would be, but then I’m not terribly imaginative. Maybe its a way around the SBR rules for someone who wants to shoot 6.5 Creedmoor from a 7.5″barrel? Somebody help me out!
Update: Disregard. After I published this, I realized this was the Model 700 CP the company introduced in November of 2018. It is a bolt action handgun that uses Accuracy International magazines. Guns are available chambered for the .223 Rem, 300 BLK and .308 Win cartridges. Other than handgun hunters who are able to get into the field ahead of rifle shooters, I’m not sure who the target market is. What are your thoughts?
Taurus “Boundary Breaker” – Taurus released a teaser video showing a new pistol that will be announced on January 18. Is it the TS9 that has been teased/promised/shown for at least two years now? Or will it be something new? I suppose we will have to wait and see. (Tip o’ the Fedora to Daniel for letting me know Taurus released this teaser video. For anyone that isn’t familiar with his work, you can see his timeline of the 5.56 cartridge development here or listen to him talk about the history of speedloaders on the Handgun Radio podcast. He is a fountain of firearms history.)
New Pistol Caliber Carbine from JP Enterprises – The company teased to a new PCC that will be introduced at the SHOT Show. I’ve heard various rumors about what this gun may be but nothing concrete.
Binary Trigger for Glock Pistols – I have heard some rumors that there are at least two companies working on a binary trigger system for the Glock line of pistols. I don’t know if either of these companies are close to showing something, but we might see something from them (or someone else) at the show. I know that I would enjoy shooting a binary equipped G19.
Smith & Wesson Revamp of the Bodyguard 380 – The Bodyguard 380 is looking a little long in the tooth. Frankly, its not a great gun but it gets the job done at a reasonable price. I am hearing some unverified reports that a new version of the BG380 will be introduced in 2019. We may see this at the SHOT Show or at the NRA Annual Meetings & Expo later in the year.
American Tactical MilSport .410 Shotgun – American Tactical launched a line of AR-style .410 bore shotguns using a polymer receiver several years ago. The American Rifleman has reported that the company will introduce a similar shotgun that uses a forged receiver at the SHOT Show. This is a pretty solid bet as I believe American Rifleman is unlikely to publish anything that isn’t approved by the manufacturer. However, I do not have independent verification of this.
Charter Arms Pitbull in .380 ACP – Several local gun shops have a .380 ACP chambered Charter Arms Pitbull revolver listed on their websites. If you are not familiar with the Pitbull, the gun started development as the “CARR” or Charter Arms Rimless Revolver. Announced in 2008, it didn’t make it to market until 2012. The revolvers in this line chamber and shoot traditional auto-pistol cartridges – like the 9mm and .45 – without the need for moon clips. It was my understanding from Charter Arms that the 9mm revolvers would shoot .380 ACP rounds. It is curious that these sites are listing a .380 ACP Pitbull with specs that look the same as the 9mm gun. We’ll just have to see if this is real or some sort of communication error.
(Update – I found a reference to this gun at American Rifleman. They state the gun is built on the company’s large frame, so it is larger than the other 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP Pitbulls. The benefit is that the cylinder will hold six cartridges. The downside would appear to be bulk and weight associated with a large frame. We’ll have to see what Charter Arms actually shows.)
Savage Arms 110 High Country – I don’t have many details about this line other than it is based on the 110 platform and will come in many popular calibers including 7mm-08, 6.5 Creedmoor, 243 Win, 308 Win, 300 WSM, 270 Win, 280 Ack Improved, 30-06 and more. The synthetic stocks are the AccuFit models finished in a True Timber Strata camo pattern. The metal has a Coyote Brown PVD coating. The MSRP is said to be about $1,100.
Update: This has been confirmed. See the confirmed rifle section above for more details.
Savage MSR10 Precision Rifles – I’ve received information that Savage Arms will introduce a new line of MSR10 rifles called “MSR10 Precision.” The new rifles will have a MSRP of around $2,000. I have been told that the guns will initially be offered in 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Win.
Update: This has been confirmed. See the confirmed rifle section above for more details.
Trijicon “Something” – It is my understanding that Trijicon will announce a major new product at the show. Unfortunately, I do not have additional information on this, but my guess is that it will be pistol related. I’ll be sure to update this when I dig up more.
New Colors for the Taurus 856 Ultra Lite – Assuming what I am hearing is accurate, Taurus is set to release a plethora of new colros for the 856 Ultra Lite. It would seems that colors sell for the company, so it would make sense that the Spectrum like colors should expand to other product lines.
Update: This has been confirmed by Taurus. See the confirmed handgun section above.
New Subcompact, Single Stack Pistol – I can’t reveal too much about this one yet. However, I have it from a trusted source that a major American/European gun company (not named Glock) will introduce a new single-stack 9mm pistol that will go head to head with the very popular Smith & Wesson Shield. I haven’t seen it yet, but it is my understanding that the styling is very good. Even more importantly, it is supposed to shoot like a dream. I’m working on securing additional information and maybe even a photo for you guys.
Update: This is not the Glock 43X or Glock 48 pistols that have been announced. This is something else entirely.
Attending the Show – Tips & Advice
The Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show is an industry event sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF.) It brings together manufacturers, distributers and retailers to get a jump on what the new year has in store for the firearms market.
Perhaps the key aspect to the show that many people don’t realize is that this is a business trade show, not an open event. People come to the SHOT Show to talk shop – not meet the buying public. Every industry has trade shows that are closed to the public, and the SHOT Show just happens to be one of several in the shooting market.
That means that the show is not open to most of my readers. Unless you work for a manufacturer or retailer, or are an established member of the media, the SHOT Show is not accessible to you except through outlets like this one.
If you want to attend a huge gun show, but don’t have access to SHOT, I strongly encourage you to visit the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meetings and Exhibits. Nearly all of the gun makers attend that show as well, and they are well staffed to handle the huge numbers of gun owners and shooting enthusiasts.
If you are attending the show, I have a few bits of advice from my years there:
- Dress nicely, but don’t overdo it. You are going to be at a huge exhibition and will be walking miles (literally) of floor space. Unless you have a specific meeting that requires it, leave the three piece in the closet and stick to business casual. A sport coat is not unreasonable and communicates a better image in most circumstances than the latest 5.11/Blackhawk/whatever tac boy outfit. Of course, if Tactical Tommy is the schtick you are known for, go with that. It is a business environment, and people expect you to market your brand.
- Since I mentioned walking – wear comfortable shoes.
- Everyone at the show has handouts and product samples. You will need to collect some of these, so think ahead about how you wish to collect and carry these. I urge against getting a wheeled cart to drag around behind you. The show is very crowded and those carts amplify the problem with clogged lanes. Instead, pick up a backpack or shoulder bag that is both comfortable and easy to access.
- Food and water. Bring some man portable munchies with you. There are food and beverage vendors in the exhibition hall, but these are expensive and frequently crowded. Also, tables to eat a meal are few. There is a nearby food court, but that is also very crowded and about a 10-15 minute walk from the exhibition halls. I suggest bringing a bottle of water (you can refill this easily at the various water fountains) and some dry snacks. This will allow you to curb your hunger and grab a bite to eat at off-peak times.
- Hand sanitizer. You are meeting up to 70,000 people from all over the globe. They are filled with germs and will try to infect you. Don’t let them.
- Have a smile and positive attitude. The SHOT Show is crowded and expensive. You can’t change that, but you have complete control over your attitude, so adjust it toward sunny and have a great time. You are spending the week looking at guns after all.
A Brief Show History
The SHOT Show has been around since 1979. That first year saw less than 6,000 people attend the St. Louis event, but the show caught traction and began growing.
Since then, the exposition has been held in seven additional cities with Las Vegas being its home since 2010. The event has grown in size and now attracts about 65,000 people.
Contracts have extended the Las Vegas home of the show through at least 2020. I expect that Las Vegas will be the show’s permanent home.
The 2019 SHOT Show will start on Monday, January 21 and run through Friday, January 25. This includes the Industry Day at the Range event on Monday, the Supplier Showcase from Monday through Tuesday and the exposition on Tuesday through Friday.
In the past, the NSSF was not associated with Industry Day (formerly known as Media Day at the Range,) but it has been directly involved in the event for the past several years.
The Supplier Showcase is a new addition to the program. It provides an opportunity for manufacturing companies, box manufacturers, tooling businesses and other logistics type organizations to interface with gun companies. I think this is a great addition to the week and hope it is a success.
Industry Day at the Range
Industry Day at the Range is an event held one day prior to the opening of the show’s main exhibition hall. This event allows the media and other invited industry guest to come to a range where some of the manufacturers will showcase their new and existing products.
Industry Day used to be called Media Day at the Range. However, the name was changed to reflect the ability of exhibitors to invite other people as well.
Industry Day is an invitation-only event. This applies to media as well. If you are new to the industry, and are working independently, it may be difficult to get an invitation. Your best bet may be to work closely with an existing exhibitor and secure an invitation for the 2020 SHOT Show.
If you do have an invitation to Industry Day, make sure you log into the SHOT Show registration dashboard and complete the necessary information. Just because you have been approved for a SHOT Show press badge and an invitation to the Industry Day event doesn’t mean you are set; you still need to log in and confirm everything first.
If this will be your first Industry Day at the Range event, I have a few suggestions:
- Check the weather closely in the days leading up to the event. This is a desert shooting range, and the weather can vary widely from year to year. It is almost always cold in the morning with warming temperatures throughout the day. However, I have been there in the rain. Also, there are some years where the temps are bitter cold for the entire day.
- Wear comfortable boots. You will be on your feet all day, so treat your feet well. Also, there are sections of the range paved in crushed rock. These rocks easily shift underfoot and can give you a sprained ankle if you are not prepared. I’ve found good boots offer a balance of comfort and ankle support.
- Bring water. The event staff usually have ample water on hand. However, there was at least one year where there was a scarcity of potable water. You are in a desert – frequently in the sun – and dehydration is a thing. I recommend bringing your own water bottle to fall back on if the water supply is limited at the event.
- Bring your own ear and eye pro. Hearing and vision protection are provided at every event I’ve been to. However, the event organizers are trying to provide for hundreds of visitors. That means you will be getting good – but not perfect – ear and eye pro. If you bring your own, you will have what you want and are already comfortable with.
- Sunscreen and a hat. Did I mention that the range is in a desert?
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