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Speer announced concealed carriers are getting a new line of Gold Dot ammo specifically created for optimal performance in compact and subcompact handguns. The series, aptly named CarryGun, is available in some of the most popular carry calibers to include 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP.
Designed to achieve better results on the FBI protocol test, the CarryGun lineup uses Speer’s Gold Dot G2 bullet. The G2 opts for a shallow cavity in the nose of the bullet in lieu of a traditional hollow point. The cavity is filled with durable elastomer which prevents material from clogging the cavity and negatively impacting expansion. The result, according to Speer engineers, is better performance even through barriers like wood and steel.
“Optimized for compact and subcompact pistols and featuring a new version of our G2 bullet, Gold Dot CarryGun ammo is exceptional,” Federal Handgun Ammunition Product Manager Chris Laack. “It offers the same industry-leading performance and exceptional barrier test results that shooters expect from Gold Dot G2 ammunition out of smaller, lighter concealed carry firearms.”
The first three offers will include 20-round boxes of the following:
- 9mm Luger, 135-grain
- .40 S&W, 165-grain
- .45 ACP +P, 200-grain
The ammo will range in price from $28.99 to $33.99 and is expected to ship in early 2020. In the meantime, check out Guns.com’s Speer ammo lineup.
As we roll into the roaring 2020s and go gaga over all the latest ultralight and otherwise eye-catching rifles, let’s not forget that some of 2019’s finest are just now up for grabs and gaining traction.
Here are a few of our top pics from the bumper crop of 2019.Daniel Defense Delta 5
When AR-platform powerhouse Daniel Defense stepped into the bolt-action market, we knew things would get interesting and innovative. The cold hammer-forged barrels are user-interchangeable while the action is mechanically bedded within a mini chassis system. What looks like a synthetic stock is actually carbon fiber reinforced and adjustable in numerous ways. There’s an adjustable Timney Elite Hunter trigger, ambidextrous mag release with AICS mags, threaded bolt handle, and 20 MOA Picatinny rail. The 24-inch H-Palma barrel balances weight with accuracy and comes threaded and ready for muzzle devices.
The rifle is not light at 9.5-pounds bare, but it shoots with a sub-MOA guarantee. MSRP on this hybrid hunting rifle is $2,199 with the initial launch in either 6.5 Creedmoor or .308 Win.
Polished brass, throwback calibers, and an American-made guarantee lead the way for the much-anticipated new Henry. The H024 Side Gate Model marks the greatest lever-action innovation in decades, not because of the side gate itself–as that’s long been around on Marlins and Winchesters—but now Henry has engineered a way to add the side loading gate to their existing tubular loading magazine so that shooters can utilize both options on the same rifle.
MSRP on the brass side gates is set at $1,077. In addition to the initial calibers of .30-30, .38-55, and .35 Rem, Henry has also added .45-70 and .410 shotgun.
Hands down one of the best-looking synthetic hunting rifles of 2019 is the Savage High Country. Built on the company’s proven, decades-old 110 bolt-actions, each High Country comes loaded with features hunters crave — a spiral fluted bolt and barrel, metalwork coated with durable PVD, threaded barrel and dropbox magazine. The High Country has everything “Accu” including the adjustable AccuTrigger, internal chassis AccuStock and fully customizable AccuFit system on the True Timber Strata camo stock allowing for both LOP and comb height adjustment.
With 11 calibers on the docket, including 6.5 in Creedmoor and PRC as well as .280 Ackley Improved, this rifle is as appealing as it is accurate. MSRP on the High Country was initially set at $1,129.
If the new .350 Legend caliber announcement wasn’t enough, Winchester also debuted a new semi-automatic rimfire rifle for 2019 and it’s an intriguing one. The Wildcat name is a re-birth of the branding from decades ago, but what makes this young Wildcat appealing is the innovative design. The entire lower receiver drops free from the stock and barrel system with the simple push of a button at the rear of the receiver – no tools required.
The 10-round rotary magazines are reminiscent of Ruger 10/22 mags, and in fact, are interchangeable. While the other rifles on this list ring dollar signs with innovation, the Wildcat comes with a mild $249 price tag.
Ultra-lightweight rifles with carbon fiber barrels are all the rage in 2019. Nosler launched their brand right to the top with one of the year’s best for mountain hunters – the M48 Mountain Carbon. The bolt-action M48 Mountain Carbon uses the material on not only the carbon fiber wrapped barrel but also as the major material composition for the stock, for an overall weight of only 6-pounds even.
Naturally, the Mountain Carbon is available in all the hottest Nosler chamberings: 26, 28, 30 and 33, as well as the new for 2020 27 Nosler. In addition to Nosler chamberings, the M48 Mountain Carbon also runs .300 Win, Mag, 6mm and 6.5 Creedmoor. The well-balanced lightweight includes a sub-MOA guarantee, a Timney trigger and 5/8×24 threaded muzzle with an MSRP set at $3,140.
Sturm, Ruger, & Co began making factory-production, customizable, precision-style rifles available and affordable for the masses more than four years ago. In 2019, however, they amped up the game by chambering the hard-hitting, long-action calibers of .300 Win Mag, .300 PRC and .338 Lapua Mag in what is called the Precision Magnum. Where the originals had 24-inch barrels, the Magnums wear 26-inch barrels. Likewise, weight increases from 10-pounds to 15.2-pounds along with heavier barrels.
The adjustable MSR stock remains the same, but now there’s a 30 MOA rail, and a hulky muzzle brake with a tunable compensator. MSRP also steps up from $1,599 to $2,099.
With its unique one-piece barrel and receiver engineering marvel, the all-steel Monobloc immediately sets itself onto the shortlist of 2019’s top rifles. This is the only rifle on the market with the barrel and receiver made from a single block of solid steel. The ergonomic synthetic stock goes luxury, with replaceable leather inlays. Also, the Monobloc uses one of the slickest steel dropbox magazines we’ve ever operated.
A hand-cocking safety is intriguing, while the set trigger shines breaking at 2.5-pounds, while the set trigger lets go at a wildly crisp 8-ounces. The attention to detail on the Monobloc will be hard to beat at any price, though MSRP is set at $5,250.
Idaho-based CCI Ammunition unveiled 14 new products for rimfire shooters at this year’s SHOT Show in Las Vegas. We visited with CCI’s JJ Reich to get the low down on the new loads and packaging in the above video.
The new offerings ranged from Meat Eater Steven Rinella and 22Plinkster tie-ins, to easy-to-pour bulk pack cartons, to new Clean-22 Suppressor and Segmented Hollow-point loads.
CCI has released three new, convenient cartons, catering to small game and varmint hunters, that hold 125 rounds of .22 WMR HP 40-grain Maxi-Mag, .22 WMR 30-grain VNT, or .17 HMR 17-grain VNT. Each has a “wanted” poster on the side featuring assorted critters.
Partnered with MeatEater’s Steven Rinella, CCI also has a series of branded new ammo that includes Copper-22 .22 LR 21-grain HP, Mini-Mag .22 LR, 36-grain CPHP, and Maxi-Mag .22 WMR 40-grain JHPs.
When it comes to new Clean-22 loads, using the company’s polymer bullet coating to reduce copper and lead fouling, a Clean-22 Segmented Hollow Point .22 WMR stands out. Using a 46-grain bullet that splits into three roughly equal-sized pieces on impact, the polymer coating reportedly still delivers at longer distances while separating at much lower impact velocities.
The new Clean-22 Suppressor .22 LR, with a polymer-coated 45-grain bullet, is advertised as being able to reduce lead fouling inside a suppressor by half, allowing for easier can cleaning and maintenance.
There is also a Clean-22 special-edition package promoting the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) Steel Challenge competitions.
Last but not least, there is now a special-edition Stinger dubbed “Stangers” after 22Plinkster’s usage, still using the common 32-grain copper-plated hollow-point bullet with a velo of 1,640 fps.
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Introduced in 1877, Colt’s Bulldog series Gatling Gun, capable of going more than 1,000 rounds per minute cyclic, was king of the battlefield.
Although Dr. Richard Gatling’s early hand-cranked “battery guns” had been introduced as far back as 1862, for the first 15 years of their existence they were bulky and used a series of unshielded barrels to produce their fire. Round were fed loosely into a hopper and the weapon could produce a (theoretical) rate of fire of about 600 rounds per minute, although it was hard to achieve.
By 1866, Colt took over making Dr. Gatling’s guns and won the first large U.S. Army contract for the devices, one they were eager to keep by introducing upgraded generations. By 1874, the caliber had switched to .45-70 Government and short-barreled “Camel” guns were being produced, which were much more maneuverable.
In 1877, Colt introduced a new model that enclosed not only the barrels but also the breech section in a bronze housing covered by a front plate through which the muzzles protruded.
Further, the crank could be rotated to a more ergonomic rear position and, through use of a 40-round Bruce vertical feed mechanism which could be topped off, the rate of fire really jumped to well over 1,000 rounds per minute as the gun in a 10-barreled format, fired 10 rounds with each turn of the crank. Best yet, the smaller 5-barreled gun, when used on a tripod, only weighed 90-pounds.
In an Army test of a prototype gun, one of the Bulldogs fired 1,000 rounds in 79 seconds– which is amazing even by today’s standards– and scored 996 hits on target at a range of 500 yards. Uncle Sam bought 17 Bulldogs for the Army as well as others for the Navy and the model proved popular in overseas sales as well.
While more modern autoloading machine guns replaced Gatlings in U.S. service, some were still seeing combat in China and the Philippines in the early 1900s and they were only fully retired after 1914. Today, period Gatlings of any type are hard to come by and old Bulldogs are exceedingly rare, with the Springfield Armory National Historic site only having two in their collection. A five-barreled former U.S. Army model came up for auction last year and sold for $316,250.“New” Bulldogs
U.S. Armament Corp of Ephrata, Pennsylvania has made a precious few brass-encased Bulldog reproductions in conjunction with Colt since 2009.
It is thought that less than 50 of these rebooted Bulldogs are in circulation, in both wheeled and tripod-mounted versions and with either 5- or 10-barrels.
The 5-barrel models weigh 135-pounds while the 10-barrel examples tip the scales at a more beefy 170-pounds. The two-wheeled carriage weighs another 150-pounds. On both models, the barrel length is 18.25-inches, with a 1-in-22-inch twist.
Chambered in .45-70 Government, the 5-barreled model has an 800 rpm rate of fire while the 10 has a 1200 rpm rate. As it is hand-cranked, it does not fall under NFA restrictions and can be bought and sold without a tax stamp, although some recent state laws may apply.
USAC has made other reissues for Colt, such as a very nice version of the M1903 .380 Pocket Hammerless and the Colt Classic Vietnam XM177 salute which was issued last year. But that’s a story for a different article.
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The first month of 2020 saw a huge jump in firearm background checks when compared to the data from January 2019.
The unadjusted figures of 2,652,263 checks conducted through the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System in the first month of the year is a 23.3 percent jump from the unadjusted FBI NICS figure of 2,150,322 in January 2019.
When the data is adjusted — removing figures for gun permit checks and rechecks by states which use NICS for that purpose — the latest total remains a very decent 1,171,478, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade organization for the U.S. gun industry. This number is an 18.6 percent increase when stacked against the January 2019 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 988,160.
A big part of that increase came from gun dealers in Virginia which accounted for 67,699 adjusted NICS checks alone last month, an 84.6 percent increase over the January 2019 adjusted NICS figure of 36,678.
It should be noted that many gun owners in the Commonwealth have been politically active in the state since Democrats surged to win a narrow majority in the state legislature last November then immediately launched a raft of anti-gun proposals to include proposed bans and additional regulations on many common semi-auto firearms. From the background check numbers, it is easy to see that some consumers took advantage of the opportunity to, “buy it while you still can.”
When it comes to the national figures, January 2020 is also the ninth month in a row that the number of adjusted checks was higher than the previous year’s data.
It should also be noted that the true number of guns sold across the country is likely higher than what NICS figures suggest. The data does not include private gun sales in most states or cases where a carry permit is used as alternatives to the background check requirements of the 1994 Brady law which allows the transfer of a firearm over the counter by a federal firearms license holder without first performing a NICS check.
Over 20 states accept personal concealed carry permits or licenses as Brady exemptions.
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Valentine’s Day is upon us and that means shopping for the perfect gift for your sweetheart. While we always recommend a gun as one of the best gifts you can offer, sometimes rifles, pistols or shotguns are just slightly out of reach. For that reason, we’ve gathered up some great quick gear ideas for shoppers looking for versatile, functional gifts for gun folks.Targets and Ammo
One thing any gun owner is sure to use on the range is targets. Though these tend to be affordable, constantly buying your own can add up. For this reason, consider stocking up on multiple packs of targets. Champion Targets, in particular, makes colorful and game-oriented targets that help gun owners work on skills or just have fun plinking. If your sweetheart has the luxury of a backyard range, take shooting to the next level by investing in a set of steel targets.
Optics are an easy means to increase accuracy while shooting and anything that makes your loved one smile on the range is worth investing in. While scopes help magnify targets, they also pull double duty providing markings that allow shooters to predict where shots will land once the trigger is pulled.
Red dots —which fit onto rifles or pistols – are a non-magnifying means to accurately place shots on target. These handy tools opt for an illuminated dot that serves as an aim point for shooters. Some shooters find red dots much easier to use than traditional iron sights.
Though a good scope or red dot isn’t going to be easy on the wallet, these gifts are practical and functional.
Range gear makes a great gift because you can personalize it to your loved one or even go all out and create a range ready gift basket. Things to include when shopping:
- Range gloves — we recommend SKD Tactical’s P.I.G. Gloves
- Hearing and eye protection — don’t forget some Noisefighters inserts to make earmuffs super comfy
- A small IFAK or first aid kit — Medical Gear Outfitters, North American Rescue and Mountain Man Medical make some nice portable options perfect for the range
- Range bag or backpack to store it all in — we dig Lynx Defense and 5.11 Tactical’s options.
While we’re on the topic of range gear let’s not forget range clothes. Help your gun owner preserve their everyday wear by grabbing some range wear for them to sport while plinking. 5.11 Tactical and Vertx make decent options for men and women that are proven to hold up while training.
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A petition to stop the Liberal government of Canada implementing a ban on “military-style assault rifles” has reached 153,000 signatures – well over six times bigger than any previous petition. The petition opened on Dec. 17, 2019, and will close on Feb. 15, 2020.
Prominent law enforcement officers have stated that a ban will have little effect. “When we seize handguns, the handguns are always, almost 100-percent, in the possession of people who have no legal right to possess them. They’re almost always stolen or illegally obtained,” said Winnipeg Police Service spokesperson Const. Rob Carver earlier this month.
In 2019, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police did not support the call for a ban on handguns. Vancouver police chief Adam Palmer, who heads the organization, said Canada already has strong firearms regulations and no other law is required.
Community groups in Toronto also agree, attributing the increase in crime in their city to poverty, racism, issues in the education system and lack of job opportunities, especially for young people.
“I don’t think the Liberals will be forced to withdraw their gun ban plans because of the petition, however, the opposition across the nation is overwhelming and undeniable.” Tracey Wilson, a gun rights advocate from the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights, told the Post Millennial. “This could be the biggest mistake in their history.”
Wilson argues that a lack of evidence regarding whether crime would actually be reduced in addition to burdens placed on taxpayers is enough reason for Canadians to oppose the ban. She says funds would better serve other initiatives that support community outreach.
“It’s impossible to deny that those funds would be better allocated to community programs, at-risk youth interventions, anti-smuggling border technology and increased law enforcement funding,” Wilson said.
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Springing from the company’s Model 721 and 722 bolt-action platforms, the Remington 700 has been in constant production since its introduction 58 years ago in 1962. There have been more model variants, finishes, calibers, barrel weights, and overall styles than there are spaces in the gun safe. While it may be difficult to choose, like anything, we have our favorites among the extended roots of the 700 family for hunting, collecting and general merriment, and here are four of our top choices.700 BDL
An easily recognizable deer hunting rifle, the Remington 700 BDL features a high-gloss finish, black grip cap, and forend tip, and skip-line style checkering. Where the ADL has a blind magazine, the BDL model had either a hinged floorplate or a dropbox magazine.
Though pricier than the base model 700, those extra dollars yield better looks on top of the added functionality. The Monte Carlo stock gets the shooter’s eye in line with the optic. Iron sights come standard, with the majority wearing a hooded front sight. The gun is a looker, and its appearance essentially defined the look of deer rifles for generations with many BDLs making their way to the woods each hunting season. It’s difficult to track all the calibers ever chambered in BDL rifles, but suffice it to say, it’s at least three dozen.
Born of the success of the BDL, which stood the test of time, Remington’s CDL has become a well-respected model in its own right. Where the BDL is all shine, Monte Carlo and eye-catching gloss blueing, the 700 CDL tones things down while building on the same accuracy and durability. The CDL’s satin finish and flat comb, slimmer stock lines and matte blueing are perhaps more utilitarian than the deep-polish blue of the BDL. Gone are the iron sights but added are options in a solid stainless receiver and barrel.
For those preferring to shop new instead of used, Remington’s current iteration of the rifle is the CDL SF. The CDL SF makes use of a fluted stainless-steel barrel and also uses the company’s X-Mark Pro externally adjustable trigger. The caliber list includes for a new rifle includes several interesting choices, like .257 Wby, .25-06 Rem and, of course, 6.5 Creedmoor.
Varminter hunters targeting everything from prairie dogs to coyotes have embraced the Model, but with the addition of the small-critter-specific Varmint Laminated Stock Model 700, Remington further cemented that relationship. Since its introduction, the VLS has also added thumbhole and stainless-steel variants, with additional letters to the moniker.
Regardless, the bottom line of the 700 Varminters is longer, heavy barrels—the majority are 26-inches in length, laminated furniture with a wide and flat beavertail forend and, ultimately, offer longer-range accuracy on a heavier all-around rifle. The 700 VLS starts at just over 9-pounds bare. Add a scope, bipod, and some ammo, and you’ve got a decent bench rifle. Additionally, the VLS with its adjustable trigger is capable of excellent accuracy. Calibers are geared to the small-game hunters and shooters: .204 Ruger, .223 Rem, .22-250 Rem, .243 Win, and .308 Win.
While all the Model 700 rifles are bolt-action, they’re not all traditional centerfire metallic cartridge guns—enter the UML. Looking like a centerfire bolt gun, the Ultimate Muzzleloader uses a closed breech system.
The UML ignition system requires a “uniquely-sized” brass case primed with Remington 9-1/2 large magnum rifle primers. These “rounds” are push fed into the breech by the bolt, creating a gas seal with the flash hole of the primer. Though certainly unconventional in the black powder realm this, theoretically, allows greater ignition, power, and range.
The company considers the UML a “super magnum” .50 caliber with a longer lethal range due to a two-part tag-team between the proprietary ignition system and special bullets. The rifle recommends the use of 250-grain Remington Premier loads with Barnes bullets and 200-grains of Triple Seven pelletized powder. Because the UML is built on the 700 action, this particular muzzleloader requires completing a Form 4473.
From small vermin to the biggest game North America has to offer, some variant of the Remington Model 700 bolt-action rifles have taken down game and shared adventures with this country’s hunters. The current production count sits at over 5 million. If you don’t already have one, or several, in your collection or hunting arsenal, now is the time to shop the used racks for classics and new racks for some steals left behind by hasty holiday shoppers.
Plus, can you think of a better Valentine’s Day gifts for yourself or your love than a fine rifle?
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Police in Northern India last week said farewell to a historic infantry rifle that has served them for generations– the .303-caliber Lee-Enfield.
Police for the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, which counts roughly 200 million inhabitants, sent their Enfields off after using them for a final time in the country’s 71st Republic-Day Parade in late January, according to local reports. The force used 45,000 vintage Enfields, the agency’s standard-issue rifle since 1947. The historic bolt-action rifle will be replaced with domestically-made INSAS and inch-pattern FAL variants.
The below shows Uttar Pradesh police with their Enfields at last year’s RP Day parade.
“This (.303) rifle is a fantastic weapon and has served us brilliantly in various operations in the past,” police director-general Bijaya Kumar Maurya told AFP. “But it being a bolt action weapon with low magazine capacity, it was time for a change. Its production has also discontinued so there was all the more need for an upgrade.”
Although replaced, the Uttar Pradesh rifles will not be completely retired, they are reportedly being sent to the Indian Ordnance Factory at Ishapore to be re-worked into riot guns.What is the Enfield, anyway?
The .303 rifle was first fielded in 1895 as the Magazine Lee–Enfield, which saw service in the Boer Wars and various British colonial brush wars of the early 20th Century, then was updated by the best-known Short Magazine Lee–Enfield (SMLE) after 1907.
The SMLE MK III/III* was one of the most common rifles of the Great War and its ability to deliver “ten rounds, rapid” made Commonwealth infantry a formidable force as the rifle went on to equip not only British troops but those of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and, of course, India.
By World War II, the SMLE had been further updated to the Rifle No. 4 Mk I and later No. 5 series which remained in production around the globe as late as the 1950s, including manufacture in the U.S. by Savage Arms. In India, Ishapore continued making the weapon in 7.62 NATO, dubbed the Rifle 7.62 mm 2A/1 until 1975.
A common round in factory production by Federal, Remington, and others, the .303 British has been a favorite of deer hunters in the states for decades. This means several of these milsurp rifles have been “sporterized”
To see Enfields and other classic military rifles and other vintage guns, be sure to check out our Collector’s Corner. You may be surprised by what you find.
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Anti-gun advocates spent a year gathering signatures across the Sunshine State to ban most semi-auto rifles but fell well short of the mark.
The group, Ban Assault Weapons Now, was active throughout 2019 in canvassing from Key West to Pensacola and needed to turn in 766,200 signatures of registered voters to have a shot at making it to this Fall’s general election ballot. In the end, they only gathered 147,304.
The two-page text of the proposed amendment to the Florida state constitution would ban the possession of semiautomatic rifles and shotguns capable of holding more than 10 cartridges in any sort of fixed or detachable magazine. Violation of the ban would be a third-degree felony, which in Florida can be punished by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
According to campaign documents with the Florida Division of Election, the Miami-based group raised just over $2 million in contributions last year and spent $1.8 million towards the initiative. Top contributors included at least $210,000 from “Americans for Gun Safety Now” listed to an address at a UPS Store in Jacksonville and $100,000 from financier Selwyn Donald Sussman, the latter the largest single contributor to the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign. Additionally, the group received the support of national gun control organs such as the Brady Campaign.
The ballot campaign paid California-based canvassing agencies BH-AP Petitioning Partners and PCI Consultants to collect petition signatures. The companies have formerly been involved in several successful anti-gun petition efforts such as California’s Prop. 63 ammo ban and the I-594 and I-1491 campaign in Washington.
Opposing the initiative was Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, who asked the state Supreme Court for a judicial opinion on the move, as well as the National Rifle Association and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, who argued the court against the initiative. Oral arguments were heard on the proposed initiative on Tuesday, which could determine how the group proceeds with their efforts to try again for the 2022 ballot.
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One of the world’s most popular and reputable .22 LR pistols, the Ruger Mark II brings a versatile and customizable pistol design to the competition, plinking and varmint hunting arenas. Simply, it is one of those must-have staples to your gun collection. Offering thousands of upgrades, the MK II allows users to tweak and customize it to their preferences. Being an owner of the modern MK IV Lite, I was really curious as to how this pistol compared to its predecessor.The Specs
The MKII I tested was the Target model – a stainless steel design with a bull barrel and sides milled flat to save weight. Upgrades included bullseye grip panels and a TASCO 1.25-4×32 handgun scope. Holding it, the MKII looks pretty wild, with its large scope and deeply grooved grip designed for bullseye shooting. This MKII underwent modification of its trigger internals yielding a pull weight around 2-pounds, no doubt to help with competitive precision shooting. Bullseye is all about accuracy, the goal is to stack rounds 25 to -50- yards away preferably within the same hole. This gun can do it.
I couldn’t wait to reach out one-armed like a proper bullseye shooter, breathe in deep and see if it lived up to the name. It was easily picked it up for the first time and grouped less than an inch spread the first time. Bullseye guys, don’t roll your eyes, as an action pistol girl I thought this was pretty impressive. With, proving that with practice and technique one can really stack the rounds. The pistol was heavy in my hand, which lead to a bit of arm shake after the first magazine. For two hands, though, this was an easy gun to handle.
Heading over to the plate rack seemed like the perfect setup to test out freestyle shooting. Engaging steel plates at roughly 15-yards, the MKII required a slight holdover to hit the target – though left to right was dead on. It was really fun to plink the plates over, and with virtually no recoil you can do this all day.
When my range session was done overall, I was surprised to feel see that this particular MK II brought a whole new set of skills to the table than my MK IV does.
Ergonomically, it felt very similar, but with the bull barrel, optic and grooved grips this had a wholly different character about it. This goes to show the versatility of the Ruger Mark series. Ws, whether you want a quick steel challenge pistol or a steady bullseye gun, it can be easily changed to meet your needs.
Overall, the MK II proves why it’s been a powerhouse competitor in the .22 LR world, bringing reliability and shootability to the .22 LR platform.
Want your own MK II? Check out Guns.com’s inventory of the whole Ruger MKI-IV lineup to add to your own collection.
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What started as a political art project became the Liberator 12K, a prototype homemade 3-D printed 12-gauge shotgun.
Jeff Rodriguez brought two versions of the Liberator 12K to SHOT Show in Las Vegas, where he showed them off to enthusiastic crowds at Mark Serbu’s booth. There was a six-shot, revolver-style, pump-action 12-gauge shotgun, and a single shot break-action shotgun. He built them both in his basement to prove that anyone can make a working firearm with readily available parts.
All of the metal parts were purchased at Home Depot while the rest was 3-D printed thermoplastic polymer.
“A 3-D printer is basically a glorified hot glue gun on a robot,” said Rodriguez. “It’s fantastic for building prototypes.”
The six-shot revolver style action rotates using zig-zag grooves on the outside of the cylinder. Pumping the shotgun turns the cylinder with a metal pin on an actuator rod.
The single-shot break-action shotgun is similar minus the six-shot cylinder. Rodriguez fired three Brenneke Black Magic slugs from the single-shot shotgun as documented in this video. “And I’m still in one piece and doing alright,” he said.
He’s not sure what he wants to do with his design yet. He may offer the plans for free online, or perhaps even produce a commercial product. Mark Serbu, who was featured in our Select Fire show last year, often has DIY firearms on display at his booth. Some of them have even gone into production.
For years, he had a young Youtuber from Missouri called Royal Nonesuch at his booth. Royal was well known for testing his homemade guns on his now banned Youtube channel. He showed us some of them in this video. Unfortunately, Royal was not in attendance at this year’s SHOT Show.
Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching leaving many lovebirds to ponder what to get their significant other. If money is tight but you still want to please that special someone in your life, consider one of the following options.Boxes of Fun
Ask any gun owner what he or she uses the most of and guaranteed it’s ammo. Whether you plink rounds down range or pack them in your favorite carry gun, ammo is one gift you can be sure the gun owner in your life will appreciate and use.
When shopping for ammo, consider what style of shooting your gun lover prefers and any supply gaps they currently have in their inventory. For cheap and easy ammo for rifle and handgun plinkers, opt for American Eagle or Winchester White Box. Though pricier, concealed carriers would appreciate Hornady Critical Defense or Speer Gold Dot to pair with their carry guns while Federal Black Cloud TSS and Aguila Competition are great options for shotgun shooters.Spare Mags for your Sweetheart
Magazines frequently take a beating at the range amid rapid reloads and general wear and tear, so spare mags make a thoughtful gift. Fairly easy on the wallet, spare mags, like ammo, are gifts you know your gun lover will use.
Load your gun guy or gun girl up with a handful of spares and if you really want to impress them offer to help pre-load before range day.Used Guns for Date Days at the Range
Nothing says “I love you” quite like a gun but when finances are tight, new models might be off the table. For this reason, buying used is often more advantageous. Not only do you get stellar prices, but used models often also come with accessories like scopes, hard cases, holsters, and spare mags.
Guns.com offers an impressive array of used guns. From certified used models straight from the Guns.com Vault to locally sourced options courtesy of our network of FFL dealers, whatever your budget or preference Guns.com can help. Check out Guns.com’s Outlet page for no less than 160 guns ready for you all under $250!Binos and Rangefinders for the Hunters and Huntress
Hunters and Huntresses alike will certainly dig new gear to accompany them on long treks into the wilderness so why not gift them a sweet pair of binoculars or a solid rangefinder to make life a little easier. Binos pull double duty allowing gun owners to spot prey from a distance but these handy tools also transition into regular life. Bushnell Powerview, Simmons Venture, and Konus KonusRex all offer options that won’t break the bank.
For an accessory that is a little more gun oriented, grab a rangefinder for your loved one. Perfect for those hunting at distance or even just plinking at unknown ranges, rangefinders help gun owners dial in scopes for the perfect shot. When shopping, consider the Bushnell Trophy or Sig Kilo1000 — both under $180.
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In this episode of Select Fire, we crawled the 12.5 miles of aisles at the 42nd Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show for some of the most interesting finds.
The annual trade show, sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, attracts some 60,000 professionals from across the global firearms and outdoor industry representing at least 113 countries. Held at Las Vegas’s Sands Expo for the last decade, this year’s show featured more than 2,400 exhibitors– a record.
In the above episode, we stop by Ruger’s booth and lay hands on the new Ruger 57…
The Glock G44.
The Remington 700 CP
The Mossberg MC2c.
As well as the FN 509 Compact MRD.
The HK SP5 Pistol.
The CZ Bren 2 Ms.
Colt’s new 2020 Python.
Tons of new Magpul stuff including their new 50 round 9mm mags and pistol braces.
And the very curious Laugo Arms Alien.
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Celebrating their “engineering passion, precision workmanship, and innovation,” Walther has announced a line of custom Q5 Match Steel Frame pistols.
Dubbed the Meister Manufaktur series, four grades of limited edition custom pistols will be produced on the company’s Q5 SF platform. All will feature a blend of performance upgrades to include a Tenifer nitride treated barrel, slide, steel-frame, and magazine base plate.
They also have a flat-face Dynamik Performance trigger with a reduced take-up coupled with a one-piece wrap-around aluminum grip machined from a solid block of aerospace-grade aluminum alloy and the magazine base plate machined from a solid block of pure steel.
“Walther’s vision was to fuse form and function to create the ultimate experience for its customers,” said Bernhard Knöbel, CEO, Carl Walther GmbH. “More beauty, more soul – yet totally usable. Why should something truly beautiful only be collected, and why should something built for performance not lead its class in good looks and artistry?”
The four models include the Patriot, Black Tie, Arabesque, and Black Diamond, and were recently on display at SHOT Show in Las Vegas.
“Using our in-house engineering and technical skill fused with some of the world’s most celebrated craftsmen meant our imagination was the only limiting factor with the Meister Manufaktur program,” said Knöbel.
MSRP on the series starts at $2,790 for the more understated offerings and runs to $4,449. By comparison, you can get standard polymer-framed Q5 Match pistols, a more pedestrian offering, from about $799 and plain Jane SF pistols at about twice that amount.
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While .22LR pistols and rifles dominated many conversations at SHOT Show 2020, that doesn’t mean there weren’t new, buzzworthy shotguns. Whether you hunt or shoot trap these shotguns are worth looking into.
Here are the top six shotguns we were impressed by at SHOT Show 2020.Savage Arms – Renegauge and 555 Trap
The Renegauge launch from Savage is the company’s first semi-auto shotgun since a brief run of Auto-5 spinoffs years ago. The self-regulating dual valve gas system is designed to cycle the lightest and heaviest loads possible, while only being limited by a 3-inch chamber. Savage debuted six different models of the Renegauge with barrels ranging from 24-inches to 28-inches. The MSRP of these will range from $1,449 to $1,549 depending on the model you choose.
Not to be outdone, Stevens – a division of Savage – released updated models of its prominent 555 line of over-under shotguns. The aluminum receiver makes the gun ideal for the trap shooter looking for a lightweight gun while the reinforced steel at the breech adds durability. The standard model comes with a 30-inch barrel while the compact version sports a 26-inch barrel. You can find these in either 12- or 20-gauge priced at $689.
TriStar showed up to SHOT Show 2020 with new features for their Viper lineup while also launching a brand new Trinity series. A turkey hunter and a youth version join the Viper series as well as the Viper G2 Turkey. The G2 Turkey includes four Beretta Mobil style chokes including an extended turkey choke. The addition of a top Picatinny rail along with a pistol grip should be a welcome addition for turkey hunters. The stock is covered in Mossy Oak camouflage with the metalwork done in Midnight Bronze.
The update to the Viper series isn’t limited to just turkey hunters, youth shooters will be happy to know that TriStar has them in mind. Brightly colored red and blue finishes are designed to attract youth shooters while the 3-inch, 20-gauge chamber ensures they will have a comfortable time shooting. The new SRB Sport Youth models ship with three extended Beretta Mobil style chokes and will retail for $655.
In addition to the Viper upgrades, TriStar also released a new series it call the Trinity Series. This new family of over-under shotguns features a 3-inch chamber and a Turkish Walnut stock. In addition to the high grade of fit and finish, you’ll find a 24-karat gold inlay as part of the engraved receiver. You’ll be able to find these in stores shortly and will be available in 12-, 16-, and 20-gauge with an MSRP of $685.
If you’re looking for a lighter version, TriStar also announced the Trinity LT which has a lightweight aluminum receiver instead of steel. The LT version is also offered in smaller gauges with offerings in .410, 28-, 20-, or 12-gauge. The lighter model will cost a little extra with an MSRP of $700.
If you’re a competitive 3-gun shooter than the new Mossberg 940 JM Pro is a shotgun that’ll have you drooling. Designed by the first family of shooting, the Miculeks, this gun has everything the competitive shooter would ever want. With a 9+1 capacity, the shotgun is drilled and tapped for optics and comes with a set of Briley choke tubes. Additionally, the 940 JM Pro features a length of pull adjustment from 13- to 14.25-inches.
Lena Miculek sent in her custom shotgun for Mossberg to model the 940 JM Pro after and she was blown away that they not only met expectations with the production model but exceeded them. You should see this model hitting stores soon with an MSRP of $1,015.
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From incredibly ultralight rifles for backcountry and mountain hunters to new shotgun builders, scope makers in the eyewear business, new calibers, new platforms and even a muzzleloader fed from the breech—2020 will be a year hunters remember.Savage Renegauge
Savage’s first major entry into the semi-automatic hunting shotgun market has been a long time in the making. The American-made Renegauge’s self-regulating, dual valve gas system allows the gun to cycle both light and heavy loads, limited only by its 3-inch chamber. Savage modifies the AccuFit system to include three interchangeable gel recoil pads for customizing both LOP and comb height. The initial launch includes Field, Turkey, and Waterfowl models, each shipping with three Beretta/Benelli-style choke tubes.Weatherby Backcountry Ti
The company known for glossy magnum rifles launches one of the lightest weight hunting rifles with their Mark V Backcountry Ti. To achieve a weight just under 5-pounds, Weatherby uses an AG Composites carbon fiber stock and titanium receiver and there’s an externally adjustable TriggerTech trigger that helps drive the sub-MOA guarantee. Weatherby’s AccuBrake ST muzzle brake is touted to reduce recoil by up to 53%, which will be welcome in such a light platform firing magnum rounds. Weatherby subsequently announced their new magnum cartridge—the 6.5 Wby RPM– built specifically for pleasant performance in these ultralight rifles.Trijicon Hunting Scopes
The company synonymous with high-end, top-dollar, tactical optics makes a serious entry into the more budget-friendly hunting optics market in 2020. While multiple options will work for hunters, the hunting specific Trijicons will be Huron, Tenmile HX, and AccuPoint. Some make use of the company’s renowned battery-free illumination, while others utilize a more standard reticle with premium glass. There are many different magnification options, 30mm tubes, some with quick dial turrets and other more basic.Seekins Precision Havak Element
Seekins Precision Havak line of hunting rifles stole the show during Industry Day on the Range. Topped with a Bushnell Forge optic and firing Federal Terminal Ascent ammo, shooter after shooter placed shots with ease at over 950-yards. The Havak Element model achieves that accuracy from a 5.5-pound bare rifle by using a hybrid aerospace aluminum and stainless-steel receiver mated to a spiral-fluted, threaded barrel and housed in a carbon fiber composite stock.Federal Terminal Ascent
When Federal, the world’s largest producer of sporting ammunition, claims its newest product is “the best hunting bullet ever built” by the company, hunters take notice. Terminal Ascent is a premium factory ammunition line loaded for match-grade, long-range accuracy with a bonded hunting bullet. Where other distance-friendly ammo lines may not perform well on game at shorter ranges—or vice versa—Terminal Ascent is designed to be a true “all range” round for big game.Leupold Performance Eyewear
One of the most respected American optics companies is branching out to the performance eyewear market. These have everything a shooter and active outdoors person demands: UV protection, polarized lenses, multiple lens colors, and an ANSI Z87.1+ ballistic rating. Some styles offer interchangeable lenses while others are prescription ready. The five styles are Tracer, Switchback, Packout, Katmai, and Becnara — covering everything from fashion to field-ready. A lifetime guarantee protects against manufacturer defects for the life of the product. Like their firearms optics, Leupold’s shades are designed, machined, and assembled in the USA.Camp Chef Woodwind Wifi
Who would have guessed that old fashioned food preservation methods like smoking could benefit from wireless connectivity? Yet the successful Camp Chef line of pellet grills does just that. Camp Chef Connect allows cooks to monitor, control, set notifications and modify smoke settings from a mobile device. The new WoodWind WiFi comes in three sizes: 20, 24, and 36, from 2,100 to 7,000 cubic inches to cover everything from a small patio size to deer camp cooking headquarters. Another great innovation on the new model is what Camp Chef calls the “Smoke Number” setting. Selecting a number from 1-10 allows the chef to control precisely how much smoke flavor is imparted to the food. Each comes with four meat temperature probes, the Wifi PID controller, and a three-year warranty. All that’s missing is the wild game.Henry X Model
Henry’s newly launched X Model proves the company answers the call of its customers. With a side loading gate, classic tubular loading port, threaded barrel, fiber optic sights, and matte black metalwork, the X Model already looks the part of a modern workhorse. The X line will be available on select existing models of Henry lever guns. All X’s will wear black synthetic stocks with molded sling studs, a lower Picatinny rail, and M-LOK attachment points. The X Model will initially be offered in .357 Mag, .44 Mag, .45 Colt, .45-70 Govt and .410 shotgun.27 Nosler
The list of proprietary Nosler cartridges grows in 2020 with an addition to the.270 family of chamberings. The new 27 Nosler is based on the .404 Jeffrey round and has significantly greater case capacity–and subsequently velocity, range, and energy–than other major .270 rounds on the market. Nosler is offering two factory ammunition choices at launch– Trophy Grade 150-grain AccuBond bullets or 165-grain ABLR Trophy Grade-LR–as well as reloading components. Both the M48 Mountain Carbon and the Long Range Carbon will be chambered in the new 27, as well as the more traditionally Walnut-stocked M48 Heritage.Traditions NitroFire/Federal FireStick
What happens when a muzzleloader manufacturer, ammunition company, and black powder specialist join forces? Hunters get a revolutionary new muzzleloading rifle fed with a FireStick “cartridge.” The Traditions NitroFire .50 caliber muzzleloader is the first and only of its kind designed specifically to be loaded from the breech—sans breech plug—with pre-charged, single-use Federal FireSticks filled with Hodgdon TripleEight black powder substitute. Because the bullet is still seated from the muzzle, the rifles will be legal for hunting in many locales. While there’s no replacing the nostalgia of traditional muzzleloaders, this new technology may well help more beginner shooters enter the market.Primos Photoform Decoys
Hunting gear specialists Primos use modern technology to create a pair of incredibly lightweight, realistic turkey decoys. The Photoform birds are 3D molded packable foam made lifelike through a proprietary printing process that allows the company to print actual turkey imagery onto the form. Both a young Jake and a Hen will be available in time for Spring gobbler getting.Sig Sauer Cross
Sig Sauer’s first entry into the bolt-action hunting world is indeed a cross between two genres—the precision rifle and the lightweight hunting rifle. The Sig Sauer Cross uses a folding, fully adjustable chassis style stock, AICS magazines, and a two-stage match trigger. These rifles weigh a surprisingly scant 6.5- to 6.8-pounds and come in three calibers: 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win, and Sig’s new .277 Fury.
SHOT Show is an enormous affair and many vendors market specifically, sometimes exclusively, to law enforcement. As a cop prowling through the law enforcement sections, I took note of great gear that could make an officer’s life better—sometimes even save it. These items range in price and size, but they were all noteworthy for various reasons.Mid-Evil Industries Overwatch Commander
This innovative company came out with a hardy vertical foregrip a few years ago that could rotate nearly any direction you preferred. More recently, they’ve created an entire stabilizing system called the Overwatch Commander. The setup consists of vertical support for rifles that ends in a tripod on a ball socket. This allows rifles to be stabilized from several angles. However, the tripod can then be attached to an even longer, expandable monopod which connects to yet another tripod several feet below. There is another ball socket at the base creating even more adjustability for angles.
Consider the first tripod suitable for a seated or prone position while the extension is better for standing shooting. The whole system is ruggedly designed yet weighs just under 6-pounds. Prices vary depending on an array of options and accessories.Radical Firearms LP300
It wouldn’t be a SHOT Show roundup without a firearm and Radical has an outstanding entry. The LP300 is an SBR chambered in .300 Blackout that features integral suppression. The rifle is reportedly hearing safe and is a great option for officers on the street who must respond quickly to calls.
Also available in 5.56, the MSRP is $1,599 though these units are currently only sold to military and law enforcement.Door Jaam
The guys at Door Jaam are a couple of officers who faced a problem cops around the world occasionally run into — locked doors. When called to respond to a situation, whether criminal or medical, officers are often let into locked places like lobbies, apartments or courtyards. As additional officers arrive, the need for backup to quickly reach the responding officer is imperative.
Enter Door Jaam! This awesome little piece of rubber conveniently holds doors open, can be personalized, fits in your pocket and is inexpensive at only $11.99.Pepperball TCP Carbine
The popular TCP is a pistol that’s been used to deliver tiny balls of PAVA, a super-hot chemical irritant. This is a great, non-lethal, force alternative for subjects who are verbally non-compliant. Pepperball just made a conversion kit to give officers a stock, fore-end, and rail so an optic can be mounted to make an already effective platform even better. The total cost for a TCP and carbine kit is around $600.TacVent
The officer who invented TacVent wore a plate carrier all day on an active shooter call where an entire major airport needed to be cleared for other suspects. The heat from wearing body armor saps strength, dehydrates and also causes undue fatigue on officers.
TacVent looks to combat this problem using a system of rubberized plates with integrated airflow channels that attach on the inside of a plate carrier. Once donned, TacVent pushes the carrier off the body just enough for airflow, tapping into the body’s natural cooling system of evaporating sweat. You can buy a single plate for $34.99 or a pair for $59.98.Valor Standard from Voodoo Tactical
Voodoo Tactical created a line of bags called Valor Standard using input from law enforcement personnel. The array of bags is broad, ranging from attaches to diaper bags and everything in between. Plus, they are purpose-driven with designed features useful to police in the field whether on duty or off.
Valor Standard prices range depending on model.Fisher Space Pen
This company with a unique engineering history has been making outstanding writing implements for years. They recently came out with a new line called the Law Enforcement Collection. The first offering is a Cap-O-Matic, matte black pen with a blue line running down the side. The point is deployed simply by clicking the top of the lid. The action is smooth, and the writing is wholly reliable. I’ve had pens freeze in my patrol car or get broken in fights, but the Fisher I’ve used always kept working. The retail price is $25.
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The SHOT Show floor was littered with handguns of every size, shape, and color. While some of our favorite models made it into our Top 7 New Guns of SHOT Show, we felt concealed carry models deserved a little attention too.
In no particular order, here are some of our favorite guns showcased at SHOT Show for concealed carry.Glock 44
A dead-ringer for the Glock 19, the new Glock 44 wowed spectators with its rimfire approach to the popular polymer platform. The G44, chambered in .22LR, is a solid training companion to the G19 as well as a decent entry option for new shooters. Featuring a 4.02-inch barrel and overall length of 7.28-inches, the G44 opts for a 10+1 capacity.
MSRP is $430 but Guns.com currently has them under the $400 mark.LCP II
Ruger’s introduction of the Ruger 57 made waves, but the company’s revamp of the LCP II shouldn’t go unnoticed. With the .380 ACP version, a popular choice for many shooters, the addition of a .22LR with an increased capacity of 10+1 is appealing. The stainless steel gun boasts a 2.75-inch barrel with an overall length of 5.2-inches. Weight comes in at 11.2-ounces. Width is a slim 0.81-inches while height rests at 4-inches flat.
Other features include a new manual safety located on the left side of the frame– a first for the LCP series — and fixed front and rear sights. MSRP on the Ruger Lite Rack LCP II .22LR is $349, but Guns.com has it under $300.Shadow Systems MR920
Shadow Systems launched the new MR920 pistol which boasts some upgrades over its sibling the MR918. Notable changes include an updated beavertail to eliminate slide-bite for bigger hands, recoil control ledge to better support the thumb while firing, a larger slide release curtain, enhanced traction magazine button, and a snag-free rear profile.
Additionally, the MR920 uses a revamped optics system called the Multiple Footprint Optic System which uses a direct mounting approaching — ditching adapter plates in favor of direct mounting of the red dot to the MR920. MSRP starts around $799.Beretta Bobcat
Beretta expanded its popular BUG option, the 21A Bobact, adding new color palettes and threaded barrel options. Color schemes now include Flat Dark Earth, silver and black Two-Tone, black with walnut grips, silver and blue with rosewood grips, and a dressed-up blue frame and pearl grips version.
The 21A Bobcat models on deck at Beretta’s both were so new pricing has not been set on the new wares.Springfield Hellcat OSP
Springfield Armory prominently featured its Hellcat at SHOT Show, offering many attendees their first look at the platform. While the standard made waves at its launch in 2019, the OSP followed a familiar optics ready theme with handguns in 2020. The 9mm chambered OSP touts a capacity of 11+1 or 13+1 with an extended magazine and comes ready to accept micro red dots.
The Hellcat OSP delivers a 6-inch overall length with a 3-inch barrel and a weight of 17.9-ounces. MSRP for the OSP model is slightly more than the standard Hellcat, sitting at $599.Mossberg MC2c
Chambered in 9mm and featuring a capacity of 13+1 with the flush fit mag and 15+1 with the extended, the MC2c is the latest pistol to come from none other than Mossberg. The MC2c comes in five total configurations — a standard model, a Cross-Bolt Safety version, Stainless Two-Tone, Stainless Two-Tone Cross-Bolt Safety and a TruGlo Tritium Pro equipped model.
The MC2c offers a 3.9-inch barrel and an overall length of 7.10-inches. Weight hovers around 21-ounces. Pricing starts around $490.FN 509 Compact
FN brought its latest pistol, the MRD Compact 509, to SHOT Show showing off its optics ready style and blackout iron sights. Sporting a 3.7-inch barrel, the FN Compact MRD measures a total length of 6.8-inches. Height measures 4.8-inches with weight at 25.5-ounces.
Using a standard flush-fit 12-round magazine, the Compact MRD accepts all higher capacity FN 509 mags and retails for $799, thought Guns.com has them for $699.
While Guns.com is always thrilled to take in the sights and smells of SHOT Show, one thing, in particular, fills our gun-laden hearts with joy — doggos! From the insta-famous to the tactical ready, SHOT Show did not disappoint when it came to furry, four-legged friends.