SHOT Show 2015: Day 3

| January 23, 2015 | 8 Comments

We spent most of today talking with other media professionals and individuals in the firearms training community. As a result, we didn’t get as much product information as the prior two days.

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Here’s what’s up for Thursday, Day 3 of SHOT Show 2015.

Law Tactical

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The Generation 3 Law Tactical folding adapter was our Best Product of 2014. Zach Law, president and namesake of Law Tactical and his VP of Business Development made some time for us to discuss availability of the Gen 3 adapter.

In short, Law is making some big decisions this quarter and will definitely increase capacity while keeping the quality of the adapter the same. This means no child labor sweatshop parts in some place you can’t find on a map. It also means we’re going to have to wait a little bit longer.

Law has been producing the Gen 3 adapters continuously and exclusively since the product left the prototype stage. The Gen 2 had a lot of buzz. When the Gen 3 came out, several firearms companies put in large orders for use on their pre-built firearms — Armalite, PWS, and Angstadt Arms (to name a few).

We’ll discuss Law’s plans for 2015 more in a future post.

Barnes

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We talked with Barnes today about their factory-loaded VOR-TX ammunition. The Barnes representative stated they have tested the TSX all copper projectile with various SBRs with barrel lengths from 8.5″ – 14.5″ for function and velocity. According to him, their 62gr and 70gr projectiles should perform well with very short barrels.

Faxon Firearms

It was great to reconnect with Bob Faxon of Faxon Firearms. After SHOT Show 2014, he provided us with a fistful of magazine bands, which was part of our first price package ever.

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This year Faxon has a ton of stuff coming out. In no particular order, but all interesting:

  • Faxon is selling over 30 different barrel / profile / material combinations. Barrels are all available now, with pricing usually between $100 – $200.
  • They will be selling a 7.62x39mm barrel with a different bolt for their existing ARAK-21 platform.
  • The ARAK-31 is an upper chambered in .308. This is a big, beefy piece of kit. It has an MSRP $2499, available 2nd quarter 2015. It will be available in black, flat dark earth, and another color. 6.5 Creedmore will be coming out later.
  • There are incremental, but important improvements to the uppers such as a locking adjustable gas knob and a backup charging handle. These features will be immediately available on the ARAK-31, but will be coming to the ARAK-21 models soon. Either are removable and can be put on either side. Again, Faxon gives you choice.
  • Faxon is coming out with a muzzle lock called the MuzLock. It negates the use of a crush washer and allows you to adjust a spacer to easily mount and unmount the muzzle device.
  • The magazine safety bands will be for sale, $9.99 a bag of 10, shipped.
  • They are prototyping a grip safety for AR15s as a secondary safety measure in case the primary safety switch becomes disengaged after coming into contact with gear.

Look for a longer segment and a video interview coming soon.

Comp-Tac

We reviewed the Comp-Tac “Heavy Rated” Trojan Horse bag last year, Comp-Tac gave one away to one of our readers. We thought it made an excellent discreet transport bag.

There was some concern that the bag was not going to be made, especially after the original version was put on clearance.

We were pleased to hear that the Trojan Horse is here to stay for the foreseeable future, and is quite popular.

We also saw some holsters available in new, bright colors. Hopefully no one will ever see my holster, but if you’re a competition / recreational shooter these may be fun for you. MSRP is $74.99 for the International, and $79.99 for the Flatline.

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We are also curious to try Comp-Tac’s AR15 magazine carrier, especially since it has been designed to run either bullets forward or bullets away.

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X Products

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Thanks to our readers for suggesting we go check out X Products. We spent some time with James, and we think you’re really going to like their stuff.

The first product is their Outlaw 9mm upper. It has an elevated position side charging handle. The elevated position allows you to use the upper in .223 or .300 Blackout just with a bolt and barrel change.

You get a fully assembled upper for around $900. It comes with a 7″ or 8″ barrel, charging handle, BCG, Fortis rail (other options coming soon), and Lantac muzzle brake. It should be available in about a month or two.

They also have a really nifty 9mm drum magazine. It’s about the size of your fist and holds 50 rounds. It’s made out of aluminum and has a really cool loading assist mechanism. You turn the dial on the drum, and you load the next cartridge. It’s available now in three different colors for $225.

Expect a longer write up and a video interview soon.

5.11 Tactical

We circled back to the 5.11 Tactical booth today to talk more about the COVRT Boxpack and take more photos. I think 5.11 has a real winner on its hands with this one.

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More to come, including a video segment and full write-up.

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. Jeremy J. Eisenhut says:

    Did you make it over to see Fab Defense? Any new polymer pdf conversions? We’re your concerns addressed? Great coverage btw!

    • Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd says:

      They’re on our list today! The “big floor” will be much less crowded on the final day.

      CAA / Command Arms had nothing new in the Glock enclosure realm, so I didn’t write about them.

      • Jeremy J. Eisenhut says:

        Great and thank you! Also, if you have the time, look for the Recover booth and their new Morphy BCZ pistol-carbine conversion. it was briefly shown on thefirearmblog.com’s coverage of this years Shot Show.

    • Jeremy J says:

      Looks like the same KPOS Gen 2 but now compatible with Jerico polymer frame models. I think ZFI jumped the gun, so to speak. I may be wrong…waiting for the Shepard to clear this up for us.

      • Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd says:

        Nothing new at FAB Defense that was worth writing about. The KPOS and Pathfinder were both still aluminum.

      • Jeremy J says:

        ZFI claims the Fab Defense polymer pdf pistol-carbine conversion kit is still in the works. It just didn’t make it to Shot Show this year, and they didn’t have an ETA either. Time will tell…

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