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Weekend, February 10-11, 2018 – Last month in Las Vegas there was considerable concern given the headlines in some national news sources. Gun Lobby Holds Show Boasting Military Killing Machines Where Shooter Murdered Over 50 and Wounded Hundreds More. Just what you want to read the night before you hop a flight to the SHOT Show. In reality, the NSSF’s premier annual performance for industry members and related – not paper rack or boob tube media – still saw serious sales action in just about all categories. Yes, we were missing some of the newer AR makers trying to get a foothold into the Obama Administration’s fear-driving gun control machine that produced nothing but the monstrous sales figures of all time up until Donald Trump called a halt to the dark ghosts of never-never land by boldly supporting gun rights. And there was new emphasis on camping and hunting apparel, categories we were familiar with at mostly the broader “outdoors” big-top shows. Despite all that, sales were hot for the choosing few who went to Vegas anyway, despite the bad publicity of last October in Sin City.

For decades – numbering 40 now – the SHOT Show, once an intriguing mystery to the unwashed public that didn’t understand SHOT was merely an acronym and not a class on how to get away with murder, as TV weekly has been instructing. So here, once again and for the gazilionth time, SHOT stands for SHOOTING, HUNTING, OUTDOOR TRADE Show. We know: Boring to the rest of us. But established media knows what it knows. It just wants to pretend that the SHOT Show is classrooming for prospective criminals.

SHOT has always been, and is, closed to the public at large. In recent years, establishment media – those staffers just beyond grade school level who try to talk about guns in ways we will see and react with “Geez, People! Get a Life or at least an Education!” They know what they’re doing and they do it because we can’t avoid talking about their motives; calling more attention to gun control of non-criminals so real criminals can keep celebrating crime and killing people.

Enough! We know that you can’t go to SHOT unless you fall into one of the industry-only categories even with your insatiable interest in what’s new and on-going. In all of our publications leading up to and post-this year’s SHOT Show, we’ve provided snippets of new product information and breaking news – Weatherby Divorcing California to Marry New Suitor in Wyoming – so we thought we’d show you some of the action graciously provided by the herd of video photographers who have discovered that SHOT is not just a training ground for tyrants but a preview of what’s out there for the contemporary version of urban weekend warriors, all of which comes your way in this edition of…

Best of SHOT Show 2018 Day 1 8:08 min.

I checked out dozens of booths on day 1 SHOT Show 2018. These were some of my favorite things.

Bergara HMR Pro Bolt-Action Rifle 3:52 min.

American Rifleman’s Joe Kurtenbach stopped by the Bergara bay at Industry Day at the Range during SHOT Show 2018 to learn the features of the Bergara HMR Pro Rifle.

The Endlessly Inventive Strike Industries 9:05 min.

Josh from Strike Industries gives Chris the rundown of whats new in 2018.

Brownells Retro Rifles 6:07 min.

Paul from Brownells introduces us to their new Retro line of rifles including the BRN601, XBRN16E1, BRN16A1, XBRN177E2 and the BRN-10.

FightLite Raider (SCR) Pistol: How Does it Work? 5:07 min.

Even if you can’t figure it out, it’s still creative.

And Here’s the FightLite Raider in Action Plus The MCR (Full Auto) On The Range 1:57 min.

There has been a lot of interest in FightLite’s Raider (SCR Pistol) since its announcement a couple months ago. And speculation about how it might be brutal on recoil and practically unshootable. Well, that isn’t the case! I also got my hands on their MCR belt-fed upper in full-on machine gun flavor, and it was awesome.

Magpul Keeps Pushing the Envelope!! 7:54 min.

Jon visits Duane Liptak, the EVP of Magpul, to close our coverage of Shot Show 2018

And One for the Future?

Forward Defense Munitions 1:33 min.

Forward Defense Munitions, Co. brings the firearm into the 21st century by directly addressing dangerous design flaws in current systems, which lead to overheating and jamming, and result in limited sustained firepower! FDM’s design focuses on preventing overheating, minimizing jamming, and enabling greater sustained firepower. The new system utilizes a multi-bore barrel, a new ammunition delivery system, electronic fire control, and an entirely new action!

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