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SHOT Show 2014

SHOT Show 2014: You have to see at least 3 Elvis impersonators or you did not go to Vegas
SHOT Show 2014: You have to see at least 3 Elvis impersonators or you did not go to Vegas
Mike Searson

SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade) Show 2014 took place in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Sands Convention Center last week. With 630,000 net square feet and some 1,600 exhibitors it is the largest and most comprehensive trade show for all professionals involved with the shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement industries and the world's premier exposition of combined firearms, ammunition, cutlery, outdoor apparel, optics and related products and services.

IWI Tavor 9mm conversion
Mike Searson

The SHOT Show attracts buyers from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. To the casual observer not much has changed since the last show, apart from larger attendance (65,000 this year) and more celebrity appearances.

The hottest theme this year, once again, was the tactical community. Picatinny rails on everything from rifles to handguns were found everywhere. Bull pup rifles and the ability to change between calibers was another theme that was explored in depth. IWI released the 9mm conversion kit for their popular Tavor rifles which will ship this year with an MSRP of $900.

In firearm news GLOCK introduced 2 pistols: the G41 (45 ACP) and G42 (380 ACP). Each pistol comes with three difference grip options: a short, medium and large size, enabling the pistol to adapt to each individual shooter’s hand size with the removal and insertion of a single pin. In addition, the grip has been given a new Rough Textured Frame (RTF) to increase grip traction. The G41 is a 5.5" barreled pistol designed for 3-gun competition, but should be a solid performer as a military/law enforcement/ home-defense piece, especially with an aftermarket threaded barrel to allow installation of a suppressor.

Remington introduced a revamp of the company's first pistol introduced 100 years ago: the R-51. The original was a small pistol offered in 32 ACP and 380 ACP, but the new one can be had in 9mm with a 6-round magazine and at a sub $400 MSRP, should be a great seller in the coming year.

On the knife front, Emerson Knives released a series of collaborations with Kershaw. These knives will range in price from $60 - $150 depending on options. Spartan Blades unveiled a few models including a collaboration with custom knife maker Bill Harsey intended for use by Canadian Special Forces.