Less that 30 days away, the SHOT Show rumors are starting to fly. Â Some are more credible than others, but only time will tell which prove to be correct.
Winchester Repeating Arms is supposed to be introducing new versions of the Super X Pump (SXP) shotguns including a rugged marine version. Â I would expect the Marine Defender to be a salt-water resistant version of the SXP Defender with an 18″ barrel and 5+1 capacity.
Winchester is also bringing back the Model 1873 Short lever rifle. Â I am eager to see what the new 1873 will look like, and what calibers it will be chambered in.
(Updated: Â Winchester model 1873 information is now here.)
Maxpedition is supposed to show off a brand new
line of apparel. Â It seems like everyone and their brother is making “tactical” clothing, but in my experience, Maxpedition makes great stuff. Â If they have a new take on pants and shirts, I’ll definitely take a look.Â tactical gear.
(Updated: Maxpedition will introduce new CCW-centric gear bags, morale patches and knives. However, they indicate they will not be introducing a new line of apparel. Too bad. If they made BDU’s as rugged and handy as their bags, I think I would buy a few dozen. Â Get more information on the new Maxpedition tactical gear here.)
Browning is rumored to be cashing in on the success of the A5 line with severn new models of shotguns. Â Also, the company is expected to expand its own line of hunting clothing. Â Last year, we talked to Browning about the Black Label line of knives, and this year they are taking the Black Label brand into the world of tactical gear. Â I am curious to see what they will introduce in this niche.
This one caught me off guard, but I have it on good authority that I.O. Inc. will show a commander size 1911 pistol at the SHOT Show. Â While still classified as a rumor, the details I was given are pretty specific. Â The gun will very distinct slide serrations, and adjustable aluminum trigger and a Picatinny rail. Â Plus, the MSRP will be sub-$1000.
I am also still hearing rumors about the full size Diamondback pistol.
Teasing me through e-mail, Aimpoint states they will have a big announcement at a press conference the first day of the SHOT Show. Â Maybe the company has developed a new pistol-specific optic that is both small enough for a holster and larger enough to be useful. Â Personally, I am hoping for laser guided, anti-groundhog technology. Â Nah, it would never sell.