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Just over one day is in the bag at SHOT Show, and let me explain what’s happened so far.
No, there is no time, let me sum up.
Drove up to Las Vegas from Phoenix on Tuesday, walked over to the Sands Expo, turned around, and who should be there but the guru of gun laws himself, Alan Korwin.
I was unbelievably fortunate to run into him right off the bat, as he was able to give me the low-down on how to deal with the unbelievably overwhelming experience that is SHOT Show. As I said on Twitter, take the biggest gun show you’ve been to, then double it, then double it again and add more guns.
These banners were over the main hall: This gives you an idea of the SIZE of this place.
And right after I took that shot, Louis Awerbuck walked past. And that was just the beginning…
Next, it was off to Brownell’s booth to pick up my ticket for the 3 Gun Nation event tonight (more on that later), a sweep through the floors, and then off to the Café Lux for blogger meetup.
Alan Korwin, Jay G., Dr. Gene Harris, Jeff and Chris Knox of The Firearms Coalition, Mr. Completely, Galen Geer, Chas Clifton, Dan from Gunlink.info, Dennis from Gunpsec.com, Todd King, The Hoss, Tom from MyGunculture, Angela from LuckyGunner, Mz. VRWC, Balloon Goes Up and the inestimable Larry Weeks. Drinks were ordered, food was consumed, and much fun was had. I’d say we stayed until the place shut down, but it’s Vegas and there’s no such thing as shutting a bar down…
Oh, and as we’re waiting for people to show up, Sheriff Jim Wilson walked by. Cool.
Dan of GunUp did a BANG UP of arranging meetings with manufacturers on the showroom, and the first one was with Colt at 10am sharp.
So naturally I got lost in the Palazzo/Venetian/Sands complex and arrived there at 10:10 (fortunately, that wasn’t an issue). Colt has decided to stop resting on their laurels, and they’re coming out with some nifty little firearms this year. The one that caught my eye was their Modular Carbine.
The controls on this are what makes it so special. I’m cross-eye dominant, which means I’m right-handed but left-eyed, and regular AR’s give me heartburn. The beauty of this gun is that it doesn’t matter: All the controls can be operated equally easily be left-handed and right handed shooters.
Neat-o. Plus they have a pencil-barreled 16″ flat-top that weighs just a hair over 5 pounds. The thing is lighter than just about any AR you can think of and it’d make an excellent bugout gun.
Then it was off to CZ. I resisted the urge to circle their booth 7 times and murmur “I confess there are no designers but Josef and František Koucký and Jeff Cooper is their prophet“, but only barely…
I’ve been frustrated with CZ-USA’s marketing for YEARS. They make superb guns, and yet their market share in the US is horrid. Heck, up until a few years ago, their website didn’t work with Macs.
Not no more. Jason of CZ-USA welcomed we bloggers with open arms, and he was very eager to show off my carry gun of choice, the CZ P07 Duty plus drop a few hints as to what’s coming down the line from CZ in polymer pistols.
He also showed us the 455 line, CZ-USA’s replacement for the 452 rifles, one of the most popular and most accurate .22 single shots out there. The 455 has a nifty quick-change system, allowing one rifle to shoot a number of different calibers quickly and easily.
And something that had me slapping my head and saying “Of course! Why didn’t anyone think of this before!”, namely, a semi-auto shotgun that ships with an adjustable stock, the 712.
Then it was lunch with Mz. VRWC from Great Satan Inc and Angela with Lucky Gunner, and at 2pm GunUp had us with meet together at Glock, where I got a chance to meet Kenn Blanchard, aka A Black Man With A Gun.
Now, I am not a big fan of Glocks. I find that they don’t point right for me, and I’ve not seen the need to change my grip and practice with a Glock just cause they’ve decided that guns should shaped THEIR way, not the way that guns have been shaped for decades. Not no more: Glock has come up with add-on beavertail for Gen 4 Glocks that not only helps with Glock slide bite, but also changes the grip angle to bring it more in-line with the rest of the firearms world.
I can dig it. A lot. It’s ALMOST enough to get me to want to buy a Glock. Almost.
Then finally, tonight, it was out to the 3 Gun Nation finale at the Clark County Shooting Range, one of the nicest outdoor ranges I’ve seen. Who won the shutoff? Mike Seeklander, with an M1903 Springfield, course. 🙂
And now, bed, and do it all over again tomorrow!
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