The 2017 SHOT Show is starting to wind down, but we continue to find plenty of great new products while traversing the sprawling show floor. Here are the coolest new items we found yesterday in our quest for all things guns and shooting
Regular A1F readers may recall a recent look we took at a fine CZ—the P-09. “Impressed” covers our thoughts, though barely, and now SHOT has afforded us a look at the new P-10 C. Like many newer CZs, the -10 starts with a superb set of “heritage” features that recall the legendary CZ-75, and fills any voids with contemporary excellence. A striker-type ignition is the most obvious in the newest P-series addition, and runs from a 4.5-pound trigger with an impressively short reset. The cold hammer-forged barrel, fiber-reinforced polymer frame and a rough-and-ready nitride finish are common to other CZ offerings, but the full ambi controls of the P-10 are not. These are relatively rare (but welcome) in a pistol that will hit the street under $500. Expect them to be tricky to find, at least initially, but our judgment is that a P-10 C will be well worth any wait.
It’s no great leap to assume that most shooters also know the value of a good knife. Any doubts about this would be readily dispelled by the (seemingly perpetual) crowd at Daniel Winkler’s booth—we aren’t the only ones, apparently, who are quite taken with his unique blend of beauty and unmistakably rugged utility. We could find no better example than the Contingency, a fixed-blade masterpiece intended for carry at the waist in a sheath nearly as sophisticated as the knife. Winkler took the time to demonstrate the advantages of the design in considerable detail, and we’re convinced—gripped either forward or reverse, this is a potent defensive tool in either hand, and a discrete, elegant one at that.
Pretend boredom or disinterest to another pistol-caliber carbine if you like, but you’ll just be tuning out one of the most impressive things we saw at 2017 SHOT. JP’s new GMR-15 “Advanced” 9 mm carbine is an improvement on a rifle already tough to beat. We’re very well-acquainted with the original—an accurate, soft-shooting treasure—but the Advanced platform we saw in the JP booth tidies up a number of miniscule deficiencies: lack of last round hold-open (on any staggered stack Glock 9 mm magazine), smallish magwell, and a magazine release that took a little getting used to. For just plain fun, competition or defense, the GMR-15 is a precise wonder. Fair warning, though: Be prepared to buy or make 9 mm ammo in astonishing quantities, ‘cause you’ll shoot it up like crazy with a GMR-15 around.
Calling all bolt-gunners: If you think the semi-auto, AR/MSR types are getting all the love these days, get yourself to MDT’s website. While AR rifles, and especially upgrade components, still seem red-hot from our perspective, some of the great versatility and configurability that makes them so much fun is moving rapidly into the bolt world. It’s hard to imagine that anyone is doing it better than MDT, where we found no less than six chassis systems for covering rimfires (Ruger American, CZ 455, Browning T-Bolt, Savage Mk II, and Anshutz Match 54 and 64) all the way up to long actions and .338 LM caliber by way of about 20 other different models and manufacturers. Starting with 6061 aluminum, what emerges from MDT are rock-solid platforms for those beloved bolt actions, complete with a host of solved problems—box magazine feeding for example, and a myriad of optics mounting options for another. If you want AR-like choices for those treasured and marvelously precise bolt actions, look no further than MDT.
The big story of SHOT Show for famed shotgun maker Benelli is the introduction of the Super Black Eagle 3. This newest 12-gauge model in the popular Super Black Eagle line boasts dozens of new features that improve the way the shotgun looks, feels and performs. Highlights are the SBE3’s inertia-driven action, an enhanced breech closing system called the Easy Locking System, oversized bolt handle, oversized bolt release, oversized safety and an enlarged load port. It’s available in black and a variety of camo patterns, with 26- or 28-inch barrel.
Oklahoma-based RISE Armament has added to its line of fine AR rifles with a new .308 offering—the RA-1121. The sub-MOA gas gun is built on a 7075 aluminum billet RISE Armament upper and lower receiver, and features a flared magwell and sleek, streamlined design. The rifle also boasts the award-winning RA-535 Advanced-Performance Trigger, a 20-inch RISE Armament stainless steel barrel, RISE’s unique M-LOK handguard and the company’s RA-701 compensator. And it comes with the RISE no-risk guarantee—if you’re not 100 percent satisfied with your purchase, just return it within 30 days for a full refund.
Quintessential knife maker Benchmade is showcasing its refined style with the new titanium 781 Anthem folder, milled from a single piece of billet titanium, something never before seen in a production knife. The blade is premium CPM-20CV stainless, and the chevron pattern is very classy and feels great to hold. It's on the high end price-wise, but definitely a knife you could carry every day for the rest of your life.
Of all the cool military-style watches on display at SHOT Show, there are few that get as many second and third looks as the Air Stryk II by MTM Special Ops. To call it rugged is an understatement. With a brass/carbon fiber body, sapphire crystal and over 30 different band options, this is a timepiece a man's man passes down to his grandchildren. We've worn MTM special ops watches in the field for years and can tell you they definitely live up to the hype.
When our team travels, a power backup is a must to keep a bevy of iPhones, iPads and other USB devices going strong all day. We also use LED lights to up the production value of our photos and videos. Now Gear Aid has a 320-lumen powerhouse LED panel that doubles as a power bank, allowing us to combine two pieces of gear into one. It's weatherproof, has multiple brightness settings and color modes, and comes with an integrated stand. There are two sizes to choose from, offering up to eight straight days of light—pretty handy in a grid-down situation or just for a week-long backpacking trip.