The new Chamber-View Universal Handgun ECI is uniquely designed to fit most handguns from .22 to .45 caliber in one single unit. Made of 100-percent ultra-durable blaze orange silicone, the Universal Handgun ECI provides instant recognition that a firearm is safe by indicating a fully open action to surrounding shooters, personnel and observers.
The new Crimson Trace LG-485 is a combination light/laser-aiming module designed specifically for the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield series of handguns. Because of this, it molds seamlessly into the triggerguard of the Shield pistol while still providing 150 lumens of bright LED light and a laser adjustable for both windage and elevation. Red and green laser versions are available
Gungenics offers an ingenious solution to keep bore brush bristles out of your fingers and caustic cleaning solutions off your skin. The company has designed a cleaning rod with a quick-detach system and color-coded bore brushes, jags and patch loops. To eliminate smashing your fingers at the front of the barrel, like on a revolver, the handle is elongated. All of the parts are made from sturdy, non-marring glass-reinforced nylon.
Dry fire practice is critical to developing marksmanship skills, and the G-Sight Laser Training Pro mobile application helps the shooter review shots with the aid of a laser cartridge and smartphone. The Laser Training Pro app is free and easy to use. Simply set up a target, calibrate it and start training. Each shot can be reviewed, or the entire session can be evaluated at its end.
Imagine you are at the range and something unforeseen happens that requires a detailed disassembly. A scenario like this is what Kahr Arms envisioned when it developed the free KFG application. Besides catalogs for Kahr Arms, Thompson, Auto-Ordnance and Magnum Research products, the app includes owner manuals for all of these products as well as parts lists, technical data, operating instructions and disassembly/reassembly instructions. Better yet, the app is free.
Hoppe’s released a new line of products designed expressly for maximum performance in high-round-count rifles and handguns. Formulated to withstand temperatures from -65 to 540 degrees Fahrenheit, Hoppe’s Black will prepare and maintain firearms for any high-volume scenario. The line includes gun cleaner, precision oil, copper cleaner, a grease syringe and lubricating cloths.
Knowing the velocity of your bullet is instrumental in developing accurate and effective loads. The LabRadar is a ballistic velocity radar positioned beside the shooter, not in front of the muzzle. Just point the unit at the target and the LabRadar will record velocities and calculate standard deviations and extreme spreads as well as maximum, minimum and average velocities. The unit will record any number of shots and works in any light conditions.
While LaserMax has been making pistol lights and lasers for years, the new Spartan SPS-C-R adds something new the mix—both. Powered by a single AAA battery, the new Spartan SPS-C-R sports both a 120-lumen tactical light and an adjustable laser sight. Both the laser and illuminator are powered by that single AAA battery, and the unit is available in two varieties—one with a green laser and the other with a traditional red laser. Features include a 10-minute auto-off power-saver mode, oversized electronic touch pads and durable polymer/aircraft aluminum construction.
If you shoot a lot or maybe have an infirmity that makes walking downrange a chore, check out Lyman’s Auto Advance Target System. Shooters can use a handheld remote to advance the target rolls at distances up to 200 yards. The unit is battery operated, so there is no need for an electrical outlet. A variety of target rolls are available to suit the shooter’s needs.
Not having the right tool with you during a range session can be one of the most frustrating experiences. Lyman’s Tool Kit comes with bits for slotted screws, hex screws, Torx screws and Phillips screws. Also included are specialty bits for Weaver scope rings, Glock front sights and 1911 bushings. There are pin punches and a ratchet wrench for maximum torque. All of the tools are neatly organized in a secure plastic container. Lyman offers both a 45- and 68-piece kits.
MantisX offers a new training system designed to improve your shooting without leaving your home. The lightweight MantisX module installs on your firearm’s rail system. It can be used for live fire, dry fire and airsoft. The user then installs the smartphone application, turns on the MantisX and pairs the device with the phone via Bluetooth. The data collected can be used to evaluate and correct problems, and track progress over time.
If you’re a pistol shooter, a plate rack can be loads of fun. Unfortunately, they are heavy and expensive, often with price tags that put them out of the reach of most recreational shooters. MGM Targets has solved that problem with its Steel Challenge Plate Rack, which uses simple 2x4s for support on which to hang the six 8-inch, hexagon-shaped AR500 steel plates.
Real Avid’s Gun Tool Max is an extremely effective multi-tool. It has needle-nose pliers, a carbide cutter, a universal choke tube wrench, a carbon scraper, windage and elevation adjusters, detachable pin punches, a hook, a three-position locking bit driver with 12 bits, a stainless steel knife blade and a tap hammer. Real Avid includes a nylon sheath so you can wear the Gun Tool Max on your hip during your range outings.
SportEar’s new Ghost Stryke ear pieces offer up to six times hearing amplification while simultaneously blocking any noise in excess of 85 decibels. Small enough to be worn while hunting or even at a concert, the plugs offer all-day comfort without the bulk of a headset and have adjustable volume controls.
Streamlight’s new TLR-6 light/laser unit is designed specifically for concealed-carry firearms. Built from high-impact polymer, the TLR-6 fills the void left by full-sized and micro lights for concealed carry. More than that, the new TLR-6 features a 100-lumen LED light and an integrated 640nm red laser. A version is also available for non-railed 1911s.
The XC2 is based on the XC1, the lightest SureFire WeaponLight on the market. Like the XC1, the XC2 still features the MaxVision beam—a proprietary reflector/bezel combination that produces a super-wide beam of light. Where the XC2 differentiates itself from its predecessor is the inclusion of a laser-aiming module. While that’s pretty neat itself, what’s amazing is that the size of the unit is almost unchanged. It’s like getting something for nothing.
Tetra Gun Dry Finish Lubricant was designed expressly for shooting in dusty, sandy conditions. Unlike oil-based lubricants, Tetra Gun Dry Finish Lubricant is applied wet and then dries, providing a layer of lubricant less likely to attract dirt, grit or sand.
The new Razor XV incorporates a neck-worn device with retractable digital ear buds. It’s so low in profile that it won’t interfere with a rifle or shotgun’s buttstock, yet it can enhance your natural hearing by a factor of nine. The Razor XV’s “no fail” sound-activated compression circuit protects your ears from muzzle blast and reduces overall sound output by an impressive 31 decibels. It also features Bluetooth so you can stream music or answer a phone call while protecting your hearing. The Razor XV’s batteries are rechargeable, and it comes with an AC wall adapter and a micro USB cord for charging.
Never let it be said that SHOT Show 2017 was suffering from a lack of quality product. Quite the opposite, in fact. With over 1,600 companies showcasing a wide spectrum of gear on show floor space that amounted to more than 630,000 net square feet, or the equivalent of over 13 acres, well, let’s just say our heads were still spinning by the end of it all. Once the dust settled, however, we were able to pick out the 18 best pieces of new gear that caught our eye at this year’s event, from laser sights and cleaning kits to hearing protection, range equipment and much more. Scroll through the gallery above to get a look at our picks.
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For more information about the new gear featured here, please visit the following sites.
Chamber-View Universal Handgun ECI
Crimson Trace LG-485 Laserguard
Gungenics Cleaning Kits
G-Sight Laser Training Pro
Kahr Firearms Group App
LaserMax Spartan SPS-C-R
Lyman Auto Advance Target System
Lyman Tool Kit
MGM Targets Steel Challenge Plate Rack
Real Avid Gun Tool Max
SportEar Ghost Stryke
Tetra Gun Dry Finish Lubricant
Walker’s Razor XV
This article was originally published in ‘Combat Handguns’ May/June 2017. To order a copy, visit http://outdoorgroupstore.com.
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