Make Your Rifle More Accurate
With a few simple gunsmithing tools and a trigger from the Timney Elite Series, you can turn your Remington 700 or Remington 7 into a tack driver. You can set these triggers from 8 ounces to 2.5 pounds. The Calvin Elite will retail for about $210.
Caesar Guerini Invictus
This high-end shotgun company is looking to combine beauty and brawn with its new Invictus Over/Under. Guerini has moved the hinge pins and utilized a replaceable block in the receiver for an extremely durable design. The company says this gun can handle more than 1 million rounds — that’s probably more than your shoulder can handle. On top of it all, you get the classic good looks of a Caesar Guerini gun.
The XVR from Smith & Wesson
Smith & Wesson’s new XVR comes from the Performance Center family and features a 2.5-inch barrel, a fiber optic front sight, and Hogue grips. The gun is compatible with three different cartridges: .460, .454 Casull, and .45 Long Colt.
DPMS G2: A Better AR for Hunting
When DPMS was founded, one of their core principals was getting ARs the hands of more hunters. While the original AR design wasn’t ideal for most hunting scenarios, the DPMS G2 is certainly another step in the right direction. Chambered in .308, this gun is light and should handle extremely well. The gun features a carbon fiber handguard, a plunger ejector on the bolt, and will retail for about $1,699.
Bushnell The Truth with ClearShot Rangefinder
Four years ago, peering through a screen of branches, I thought I saw a clear lane for sending a shaft into a decent New York buck. What I forgot to consider was that my arrow wouldn’t follow the straight-line path my eye drew to the target, but would instead arc above my line of sight and then back down. Of course, my arrow smacked and ricocheted off a branch, and the buck trotted harmlessly out of sight. That really happened, and this rangefinder could really have saved my hunt. It has all the features of the original and popular Truth rangefinder, plus ClearShot, which shows you the highest point of your arrows trajectory in comparison to the straight line of sight to the target, making it much easier to slip an arrow through the trees and watch your buck go down instead ($280; bushnell.com). -Dave Hurteau, Deputy Editor
Kim Rhode’s Competition Berettas
Shooting legend Kim Rhode was at the Beretta booth displaying her new Beretta guns…not to mention her five Olympic medals. She told us she’s starting to train and compete again for the 2016 Summer Games in Brazil.
Silver Stag Knives
Silver Stag has dozens of knives (and swords) for just about every use you could imagine. The knives are all handmade–and made in the United States–and the handles are made from either elk or deer sheds…with the exception of this blade, which is fitted to a deer jaw. Totally badass. As far as custom knives go, Silver Stag is pretty affordable. Most of the knives range from $70 to $200. Silver Stag also gives you the option of sending a shed from a deer you’ve killed to give your knife a more personal touch.
50-Caliber Bullet Bottle Opener
Sure, you could just open your next beer with the bottle opener inside your kitchen drawer on the one on your pocketknife. But be honest: Isn’t there at least a small part of you that would rather open it with a 50-caliber bullet? If you’re answer’s yes, you can buy one from Lucky Shot for $16.
The AR-30A1 has earned a reputation as a super-accurate, long-range rifle, and now it’s little brother, the AR-31, is looking to build upon that reputation in 2014. The new AR-31 is chambered in .308 (the AR-30A1 is chambered in either .300 Win. Mag. or .338 Lapua) and can be used with Armalite’s AR-10B double-stack magazines, meaning you can use 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 round mags. Even the smaller version of the rifle is a beast. It has a total length of 45.4 inches and weighs 14 pounds. It will retail for about $3,400.
The Pocket Shotgun
One of the many great things about the SHOT Show is getting to see and handle items of gear that you’d otherwise never come across. Enter the Pocket Shotgun. The handgun, made by Heizer, is chambered in 45 Colt and .410. The gun is designed for personal defense, but it’d certainly do the trick on a snake, too.
Camp Chef Italia Artisan Pizza Oven
We can always count on the guys from Camp Chef to have a cool new item of gear. Our favorite product in their 2014 line is the Italia Artisan Pizza Oven, which is designed to replicate the flavor of pizza cooked in a wood-brick oven. The oven is powered by a disposable propane bottle, but a bulk tank hose and adaptor is included, allowing you to take the oven from the back patio to the camp site. The oven will retail for about $400. If you decide to get one, we recommend this wild game pizza as your first meal.
David E. Petzal has long been a fan of the knives made by Helle, in Norway, and with good reason. The knives are beautiful, sharp, and supremely made. And if that’s not enough, they come packaged in the same kind of case as a good bottle of Scotch.
From the greatest gunmakers in the world to smalltime guys just trying to claw their way into the industry, the SHOT Show brings together people from all walks of life. The products of course, are just as diverse. We trolled the rows of booths on the showroom floor to bring you the highlights of day 3.