SIG Sauer’s outstanding line of striker-fired P320 pistols has received a welcome addition with the brand new P320 X-5—a competition-focused pistol with five-inch barrel. Chambered in 9 mm, the X-5 has fully adjustable sights, a flared magwell and 21-round magazine. It also boasts a flat-faced trigger that felt great when we shot it at the SIG range day.
Famed gun company Smith & Wesson has introduced the M&P M2.0 pistols, updated versions of the ultra-popular line. The new pistol is a near complete redo of the older version, with aggressive grip texture, four interchangeable palmswell grip inserts and a crisp trigger with a lighter pull. Plus, it comes in a choice of matte black or FDE finish.
We love OTIS cleaning kits, as well as their support for our servicemen and women. Now, we have nine more reasons to love them: The Defender Series, available in 5.56 mm, 7.62 mm, 9 mm, .40 and .45—with some in popular combinations like 5.56/9 mm (after all, who takes one gun to the range?). Each features Memory-Flex cables, bore brush, slotted tip, patches, Ripcord and receiver brush, with solid rod sections included in certain models.
Those of you who love your rail-mounted TLR-6 (or any other Streamlight) but rail against the fact that you couldn’t mount it on your no-accessory-rail 1911, rejoice. Streamlight now offers its 100-lumen LED light/red laser combo configured specifically for John Browning’s most famous firearm, no rail required. We wonder what the nationwide count would be of fine older pistols that just leapt into the 21st century.
As much fun as it is to focus on the “bang switch” stuff, there are plenty of other clever and oh-so-useful things to see. Mag Storage Solutions racked up some early points with us in the form of their magazine storage system. These super-tough racks will organize your magazines inside or outside of your safe (using the “Neodymiun” peg/magnet kit), and snugly hold either pistol or rifle mags of nearly 60 varieties. Better still, magazines can be individually removed and replaced, and you aren’t locked into just one shape or size per rack.
Other-than-daylight vision devices are nothing new at SHOT, but so far our biggest “wow” is the FLIR Q-14. This 8-ounce beauty is a triple threat in the sense that it’s adaptable to handheld monocular, helmet or weapon-mounted applications, while still fitting easily in the palm of your hand. Two-, four-, and eight-power digital magnification are standard, along with a digital compass, inclinometer and video capture/output capacity. Perhaps the best news of all? We have one on the way for full review. When we know more, rest assured you will, too—but the prospects sure look good at present.
If you haven’t heard of these guys, we expect you will shortly (not counting our intro here, either). Standard Manufacturing sports a surprising host of both familiar pattern firearms—MSRs, Single Action Army Pistols, 1911s, even a .22 Thompson sub-gun lookalike—as well as their own DP-12 double barreled pump 12-gauge. But what caught our eye was nifty side-charge execution of the MSR/AR. For lefties. Or righties. Better still, neither rifle was stripped of other good features—good fold-down back-up sights, lightweight handguards and MFT furniture back a 1/8-twist barrel that’s QPQ nitrided inside and out. We were impressed—here too, a shooting sample is promised in short order.
We’ve not been shy about dogging the so-called “multi-reticle” reflex/red-dot technologies for a defensible reason: We’ve yet to see one that appeared to be worth a damn even in “soft” field use. Looks to us, however, that the HS 510 C is about to compel us to revise that opinion. One-button adjustment allows selection between three types of reticle (65/2 MOA dot-in circle, 65 MOA circle, or—you guessed it—2 MOA dot) that hold zero, and all on a sight built, as the saying goes, to “take hits.” An aluminum body locks onto any Picatinny rail in typical QD fashion, but the protective “hood” is rugged titanium. Under that hood is a generous window for the aforementioned reticles, each with two NV compatible settings and 10 for daylight. But “daylight” gets us to a last, particular goody on the 510: When available, daylight is what runs your sight, not the battery. Battery life is still superb, but husbanded for emergency or nighttime applications. Holosun’s Advanced Solar Fail Safe technology has got you covered otherwise.
Nick Skrepetos got our attention big time (and time again) with improvements to his Bullseye Camera System. The upgrades are to the point where it’s hard to know what to tell you: He modestly asserts that the camera and connection technology is mundane (the LR system works out to a mile) and admits, “Yes, there are few upgrades to the software.” We don’t believe it.If you’re unfamiliar with the basics, here’s a primer: The self-contained camera (cleverly built into a plastic ammo box) is set up downrange with your target in view. It connects to your iPhone, iPad, Android or Windows laptop via what amounts to a “private” network (none of your minutes or data consumed, and no iffy cell availability to fight). Fire up your device, and watch the detail of every shot. The software knows which shot was your last, no matter where your bullet strikes (or how chewed up your target gets), allows you to group shots for string comparison, and will even give corrections for windage and elevation. Good guy, good product, and we’ll have an end-to-end report soon.
American watch maker Luminox has been making high-quality watches for Special Operators for more than 25 years. Their newest offering is the Carbon SEAL 3800 series, with a case made of 40 percent bar carbon, which is lighter, stronger and more scratch-resistant than titanium, and of course includes Luminox’ signature tritium luminescence so you’ll never be in the dark.
North Carolina retailer Voodoo Tactical has been in business for more than 20 years, and has an extensive line of bags, packs and plate carriers on display at SHOT. This new prototype is just the right size for a day hike or a trip to the range, and if you want to go lighter, just slide out the removable hydration pack and leave the rest in your car.