We found the Diamondback RTS shotgun at the 2012 SHOT Show. It is a working prototype right now, but Diamondback hopes to have them shipping sooner rather than later. We’ll keep you updated. (Update: The latest on the production of the Diamondback shotgun is at the bottom of the article.)
I was able to handle the SRM Arms semi-automatic Model 1216 shotgun at 2012 SHOT Show. (Please note that you can click here for the latest news from the SHOT Show.) One of the interesting features of this particular scattergun is the revolving high capacity magazine. Instead of a single magazine tube, the SRM 1216 has four tubes that quadruple the amount ammunition loaded.
Changing magazine tubes is accomplished by flipping a simple thumb lever located on each side of the front of the magazine. This releases the action and the entire tube assembly is rotated by the operator.
I tried rotating the magazine tubes and found it to be very intuitive. It is obviously much faster than stoking a regular tube full of loose shotgun shells to up your ammo.
At the SHOT Show 2012 Zero Tolerance Knives booth, we caught up with Jim McNair, who gave us a run down of the ZT 560/561 line. This is a new knife for 2012 with a 3.75″ stonewashed blade of Swedish ELMAX steel, which is a high chromium-vanadium steel with exceptional wear and corrosion resistance. The locking mechanism is a thick frame lock.
The left side scale is black (560) or brown (561) G-10 over a titanium liner, while the right side is titanium. Both the G-10 and Ti have what ZT calls 3-D machining for added grip. The titanium is relief cut on the blade sides to decrease weight. The overall knife comes in at 5.8 ounces.