N8 Squared Tactical Holsters

At the NRA Convention, I stopped by the N8 2 Tactical holsters booth to follow-up on the pictures I took the night before the show started. There I got to talk with Katie Johnson about what could be one of the most comfortable inside the waistband (IWB) holsters on the market. The name of the company is an acronym for the two founders, Nate Beard and Nate Johnson. Pronounced properly the company name is “Nate Squared Tactical”.

The N8 2 comes in Original, Original Tuckable, and Professional holsters. Each holster is hand crafted for the highest quality possible. In fact, the two Nate’s are so confident in their patented design that they offer a lifetime warranty from any manufacturing defects.

N8 Squared Holsters

Each holster has a large backer, or carrier, that completely supports and extends past the handgun in the holster. This backer is kind of in the shape of an inverted triangle with the edges rounded off, with the wider portion on top to support the pistol’s handle, even on full-sized pistols.

The front of the backer is made of high quality, oil-tanned leather, with the back being made of very comfortable soft suede. This suede backing is so soft that you wouldn’t think twice about having this holster ride right next to your skin all day long. The suede allows the holster to breathe so your body doesn’t get too hot wearing this really nice holster. In addition, the Nates claim that “the natural friction coefficient of the suede displaces the weight of your handgun. This allows you to carry the firearm without its weight pulling down against your waistband”.


Magpul Maglink

Magpul has become synonymous with high-quality accessories and furniture for the AR-15 market. Stopping by their booth I was surrounded by familiar items, and a brand new one as well. The new Magpul Maglink, an AR-15 magazine coupler.

Magpul Maglink

The Maglink has the following features:

  • Made from the same polymer material as other Magpul accessories.
  • Incredibly lightweight – even with two P-Mags inside.
  • First version will be for 5.56mm/.223 magazines only.
  • Easy attachment/detachment using two standard screws on the back side.
  • Notched to easily fit P-Mags with the raised straps on the magazine base.
  • Will work with aluminum or steel magazines.
  • Available this summer from Magpul and approved distributors.
  • MSRP – $16.99.

Ted Nugent Ammo

If you’re into rock-n-roll, shooting, hunting, or you’re into all of the above, then you’ve probably heard of Ted Nugent. For a long time, Ted has been a very outspoken advocate of gun rights and hunting. Some might even raise him to the level of a crusader for the promotion of guns and the right to use them.

Ted Nugent Ammo

In addition to a very successful singing career, Uncle Ted, as he’s affectionately known, has become a familiar face to those who watch the Outdoor Channel or other hunting and shooting venues. Ted has his own hunting show, where he shows off his incredible ranch in Texas and hunts a variety of game animals with an incredible selection of fine firearms and bows.

Well, now Uncle Ted has decided to add his name to a brand of ammunition. Distributed by American Tactical out of Rochester, NY, the Ted Nugent Hi-Performance Ammunition is not going to be a gimmick cartridge. On the contrary, Mr. Nugent has demanded the very best for his name to be associated with.


NEMO Omen .300 Win Mag AR

Another “New to the NRA” item that caught my eye is the .300 Win Mag AR platform rifle by NEMO. In recent months the AR-platform has seen an explosion of offerings in the .30 caliber area, especially in the hot new .300 AAC BLK cartridge. NEMO is making a bold step into the arena and going for gold with the extremely powerful .300 Win Mag chambering found in their Omen rifle.

Nemo 300 Win Mag

NEMO is a relative newcomer to the AR arena, but in looking this rifle over it appears that the designers and engineers are serious about quality firearms. NEMO stands for New Evolution Military Ordinance. The Omen, or Magnum Assault Rifle has taken several years in research and development to produce, but the wait sure seems to be worth it. The rifle was designed as an “advanced weapon solution” for military special operations, and federal law enforcement.

NEMO Arms was co-founded by retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, Clint Walker and Kirk Leopold in a partnership with Sonju Industrial. Not only that, the NEMO squad includes Spec Ops operators and engineers as a part of their development team.


News from 2012 NRA Show

One of our writers is at the 2012 NRA Show this weekend, so watch this page for news and photos of guns and gear being shown in St. Louis. Please note that the NRA Annual Meetings and Expo is the largest public event in the USA for shooting enthusiasts. For members of the shooting industry, the annual SHOT Show is the big event you will want to attend.

Rock River Arms Varmint Rifle

Rock River Arms (RRA) showed the new Fred Eichler varmint rifle at the show. The guns are based on the company’s LAR-15 platform and have a variety of upgrades designed to enhance accuracy. The MSRP for these guns is $1,510.

Here is a video of the gun:

Beretta ARX 160 in .22 LR

This is a video of the new Beretta ARX160 chambered in .22 LR. The Beretta team also announced that the ARX160 in 5.56 should be released later this year.

New Products from CrossBreed Holsters

Mark Craighead talks about some of the new rigs the company is now making. Also, they are offering a 15% discount for all NRA show attendees if you are at the show.

Advanced Technology International Halo Heatshield

This is a new free-floating heat shield for shotguns. It includes ghost ring sights and the ability to add Picatinny rails if desired.

New Gear from Fort Knox Gun Safes

Fort Knox has a number of new safes and accessories that they introduced at the show. The corner bolts on the safes look impressive.

Ruger 22/45 Lite Pistol

Ruger showed off the new 22/45 Lite pistol. This is an impressive little rimfire pistol. I would love to get one of these on the range.

Crimson Trace

CT introduced a number of new products at the NRA expo. Included among them were new pistol mountable lights called the RailMaster Light. They throw 100 lumens and have a run time of 120 minutes.

The company also brought out some new green laser aiming devices. Green is all new for the company with red in the name. There will be a number of new products using the green lasers.

 Show Photos

While at the show, Aaron grabbed a few photos:

2012 NRA Show

2012 NRA Show

2012 NRA Show

2012 NRA Show

2012 NRA Show