SHOT Show 2015: Day 2

| January 22, 2015 | 3 Comments

SHOT Show 2015 has been humbling.

I have met some people that I have admired, and also met people who read my blog / watched my YouTube channel. I never thought either would be possible, and certainly not both on the same day. I am also grateful that people remembered me from last year, and that everyone took time from their busy days to have a talk.

I am also humbled that you continue to read and watch; I’m just some guy who wants to train as much as possible and be as good as I can be, and discuss stuff I think is cool (or sucks).

Thank you.

ON TO THE AWESOME STUFF THAT’S GOING TO EMPTY YOUR WALLET.

Blackhawk!

Our pictures from yesterday kind of sucked, so we reshot a few this morning. We kidnapped a bunch of products and dragged it into the hallway where the lighting was better.

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Q-Series

We liked the Q-Series Stealth holster so much we reviewed it twice. The latest Generation 2 model is injection molded, which explains why I find it more comfortable than the first gen. I wear my Stealth holster for 12 – 16 hours a day, and I think it’s one of the best values in holsters.

Today we were honored to meet with Gary Quesenberry, Army Gulf War veteran, Homeland Security agent, Top Shot competitor, and owner of Q-Series LLC.

We are glad Gary finally took pity on all our pals who own S&W M&P pistols and released holsters for them. Similar to the Glock lineup, there is one-size-fits-all for the M&P, expect for the Shield. The M&P holsters will be out soon, with an MSRP of $39.99. The M&P models are available for pre-order.

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Look for an in-depth post and video interview coming up soon.

Gary was kind enough to let us test the Shield prototype, and we’re honored to be one of the first people to evaluate and review it.

Strong Suit Brands

Scott and Scott from Strong Suit Brands were connected to Q-Series at SHOT in two ways: they shared a booth space, and they collaborated on some great looking gloves.

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All of the gloves are made with a material called TAC-Sense, which is very soft and allows for tactile feedback to the wearer. They also have capacitive material in the fingers so you can use your smartphone with the gloves on. The Q-Series editions have some additional features, such as a retention ring and a terrycloth wipe in case you get sweat or moisture on your face.

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Strong Suit makes durable, lightweight gloves in sizes from XXS up to XXXL. If you have hamster paws or big ass sandwich clamps, these gloves will probably fit you.

Look forward to a Strong Suit Brands-specific post and video interview. MSRP ranges from $22 – $63 MSRP.

Spoiler alert: we’re going to buy some.

K-Var

If you like AK rifles, you already know about K-Var. They have imported the high-end Arsenal firearms for quite some time. We learned today that K-Var has partnered up with CZ to serve as a distributor. They have ordered a bunch of Scorpion EVO S pistols, and hopefully they will be available for purchase on their Web site soon.

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Corbon

The all copper Corbon DPX round is well-known in self-defense circles. After chatting with our friends John and Vicki Farnam of Defense Training International, we stopped by Corbon to ask them about the DPX round out of very short 5.56 barrels.

Pete Pi, Jr., Vice President of product development, recommended the 62 grain DPX .223 round for very short barreled rifles. He stated that the projectile can achieve approximately 40% expansion at velocities as low as 1200FPS. That’s well, well below the estimated velocities of ammunition out of a 7.5″ barrel. If I can squeak a 7.5″ upper out of one of you for testing I will do my best to get a few boxes of DPX.

Magpul

Magpul has a ton of new stuff coming out that we’re interested in.

Some quick bullet points:

  • The D-60 60-round AR15 drum is .223 only. Magpul would not elaborate why .300 Blackout nor if there were additional caliber considerations in the works. $129.95 MSRP with a summer 2015 delivery.
  • The Glock 17 magazine will come out in the spring, with an MSRP of $15.95. Magpul would not comment about other size / capacities, but did state that expanding their product stable would be “logical.”
  • The AK furniture looks awesome. I am looking forward to replacing all of my wire folders with the Zhukov-S, which sells for $99.95. The fixed MOE stock will retail for $59.95 and has a nifty internal storage compartment. Both stocks can accept cheek risers, available for separate purchase ($9.95 each). Spring availability.
  • AK furniture will be available in plum. Hot damn.
  • Magpul will release a “sand” color soon for all of their Gen 3 magazines. Customers can dye the mags using RIT dye — we may unleash The She Shepherd on some of these since she’s a mad scientist with RIT already.

We will have more information about these products in a future write-up.

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James Yeager / Tactical Response

We noticed James Yeager from Tactical Response right as we left Magpul. I told him how much his YouTube video on haters meant to me, and we started chatting. Next thing I knew, we were doing a short interview. Luckily I had hoped to see James on the floor and had some questions prepared.

Look for the impromptu interview soon. Humbled.

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Century Arms

We ate a really tasty lunch (seriously, brisket, cornbread, apple pie, greens, mac & cheese) and then hustled over to the Century Arms booth to speak with Jacob Herman, Director of Business Development. He gave us a great interview, and we’re excited to share it with you soon.

Century is the importer of the PAP M85, M92, and C39 Micro pistols. New C39 models have incremental improvements, but steady is the course for the M85 and M92. A new wave of Draco pistols (10″ barrel) will come into the country in February, with approximately 1000 units. The Draco will have a chrome lined barrel.

The big news from Century Arms in 2015 are their 100% US-made AK rifles. The stamped RAS47 rifle has an estimated MSRP of less than $700 and the milled C39 V2 rifle less than $800.

Look for an interview with Mr. Herman soon.

TNW Firearms

SBS guest writer and published author CR Williams wrote a nice review of TNW Firearms’s Aero Survival pistol in 2014. We were intrigued by this platform, and impressed by TNW’s customer service.

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We were lucky enough to talk with Tim from TNW today, and get some cool information about their ASP platform. The ASP has a 6.5″ barrel and weighs about five and a half pounds. It is available in 9MM, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. TNW has increased their color options to black, dark earth, OD green, and two camouflage-like patterns. MSRP is $799 and the ASP are in stock and shipping now.

2015 will bring a caliber conversion kit (.22LR, .22 Magnum, 17 HMR) that drops into existing ASP guns. Pricing and availability are not yet available.

We will have an interview with Tim and a full write-up coming soon.

John Hollister / SIG Sauer

One of my highlights from SHOT Show 2014 was talking with John Hollister, formerly of AAC. John’s over at SIG Sauer now, and he was like a red-lined engine, rattling off fact after fact about SIG’s suppressor lineup. He went over the rimfire, pistol, and rifle suppressor line with us, and spoke at length about the idiot-proof Taper-LOK system. I write “idiot-proof” because I don’t know shit about suppressors, and if John’s explanation made sense to me then you guys will get it for sure.

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I hope you will all be pleased with the information he gave us during the interview. The video will be up as soon as possible.

MasterPiece Arms

Brandon from MPA was kind enough to drop a ton of knowledge on us.

I found out about MasterPiece Arms’s “DMG” series like four days after my stamp came back on my MPA 930SST.

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The DMG series features a redesigned, in-house made aluminum lower that accepts Glock magazines. The upper has some minor improvements over my 930SST, including real sights instead of the flat metal rear and nigh-invisible front post mine came with.

The DMG is side cocker only. It comes in the classic MAC10 size, and also the MPA-exclusive “mini MAC” size like my 930SST. Both models are available in several colors including tungsten, bronze, tan, flat dark earth, and gunmetal. The MSRP is $679.99.

It also comes pre-drilled for the MPA aftermarket folding stock for when your Form 1 comes back. There is also accommodations for a QD swivel on the back in case you want to run a single point sling until you affix a stock.

Glock 17 magazines fit flush with the all-aluminum receiver — now if I could only get some of those Magpul Glock mags for a double test ….

Brandon also showed us the MPAR556-P pistol. It accepts standard AR15 magazines, features an 11.5″ barrel, a side cocking handle that is SUPER BEEFY and easy to manipulate. It’s a little on the heavy side, but I liked how it handled. MSRP is up to $999 depending on options. I’d like to see that price dropped by a couple hundred dollars, because the design is interesting.

Get ready to hear Brandon rattle off a ton of great information like a boss in our upcoming interview.

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.
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  1. David says:

    IIRC, the MPAR556s run about $800 at the LGS. If they can keep the pistols at that street price, they’d make a fun SBR host, especially if putting a stock on is easy. (Incidentally, the MPAR556 is an updated version of the Leader Dynamics T2 Mk5.)

    I am really loving the DMG gun, though. Can you get the lower for your registered SBR?

    I am surprised you didn’t mention the Century C308. There are lot of people who are looking forward to it – CETME parts on a G3-style receiver with G3 mag compatibility. Any word about that?

    Very excited about the Strong Suit gloves and DPX reviews!

    • Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd says:

      Hi there! There is so much at SHOT Show this year, and we don’t have time for everything (e.g., the DesertTech bullpup). We have friends covering some of those things, and hopefully we’ll make everyone happy.

      Or at least, not as pissed 😉

  2. Kyliewyotie says:

    Thanks for all the info!

    I’m looking forward to info on Sig suppressors, I am/was(?) A big fan of acc, interested in how Sig moves along.

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