SHOT Show 2017

The hottest new guns and gear from the outdoor industry’s biggest trade show

This week the Field & Stream editors are in Las Vegas, N.V., for the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show), where we’ll be checking out the latest new guns and gear from big-name manufacturers and scrappy up-and-comers alike. Each day this week we’ll update this page with our reviews of the hottest new products, so be sure to check in with us for the latest scoop. Follow our Facebook page, too, for even more updates.

DAY FOUR

Swarovski Z8i
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Swarovski Z8i

The view is stunning, of course. The lines are slim, understated, classic—a marvel of form and function. All to be expected. But Swarovski’s newest variable-power riflescope has some big surprises, too. First, this is a true 8x-zoom scope with a 30mm tube. Second, the new FlexChange 4A-IF reticle lets you switch from an illuminated dot to a dot-and-ring with the press of a button. Third, and most surprising, is the new Ballistic Turret Flex, which allows you to instantly add or remove a ballistic turret to the top or side adjustment knob—no tools needed. All of which makes the new Z8i stunning to behold—as expected—and yet unexpectedly versatile. Available in four model from 1-8×24 to 2.3-18×56, starting at around $2,400. —Dave Hurteau, deputy editor

The Buck 110 Auto Knife

An iconic knife gets a modern twist. —Colin Kearns, editor-in-chief

Hudson H9

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Hudson H9

Maybe the most talked-about firearm at the 2017 SHOT Show, the Hudson H9 is best described as a marriage between the two most popular fighting pistols of all time, the 1911 and the Glock. The H9 looks and feels like a 1911 but is a striker-fired handgun, rather than a single-action. Chambered for 9mm Luger, it has a 15+1 double-stacked magazine and a 1911-style trigger that breaks cleanly between 4.75 and 5 pounds. Unloaded weight is 42.6 ounces; suggested retail is $1,147.00. For anyone who has ever felt torn between the 1911 and the Glock, this is the great compromise. —Richard Mann

RELATED: Hottest Handguns From SHOT 2017

Cobalt Kinetics B.A.M.F. Rifle

Meet the 3-gun dream machine. —Michael R. Shea, contributing editor

DAY THREE

Browning Buck Shadow Boots
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Browning Buck Shadow Boots

Browning has launched a complete line of footwear, with the Buck Shadow being the signature hunting boot. Available with 400 or 800 grams of insulation—or no insulation at all—the boots would seem to have the right stuff for hunting a variety of critters. They’re lightweight. They have a Silent Cell single-injected midsole. I’m not just exactly sure what that means, but I will say the soles are aggressive and beefy, and the waterproofing efforts look awesome. I believe there’s a little more to these than just a Buckmark logo, and I’ll be giving them a try this turkey season. —Will Brantley, hunting editor

SIG HT Hunting Cartridges
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SIG HT Hunting Cartridges / .300 BLK

Folks want to shoot deer and pigs with their ARs—and better-than-ever bullet designs are making the low-powered rounds more viable for hunting mid-size game. This new .300 Blackout load in the SIG HT hunting cartridge line sports a 120-grain, all-copper bullet, with a muzzle velocity of 2,250 fps and muzzle energy of 1,349 ft.-lb. I’m not a fan of the .223 on whitetails, but if this .30-caliber bullet works as advertised, I’d be comfortable with those ballistics on bucks inside 150 yards. —Will Brantley, hunting editor

Target Vision

Here’s a handy new toy for long-range-shooting buffs. You may never again lug your spotting scope to the range thanks to this little wireless camera system. The single-camera model goes for $350 and the receiver-and-camera setup for $650. —JR Sullivan, associate editor

Inteliscope Weapon Sight

So this thing is kind of cool. —Will Brantley, hunting editor

Mad Spin-N-Strut

A killer no-batteries-needed gobbler decoy. —JR Sullivan, associate editor

Mega BOOM Targets

Shooting plastic bottles just got a lot more fun—and louder. —Colin Kearns, editor-in-chief

Muddy Gunner Blind
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Muddy Gunner Blind

You can build a box blind if you need one. If your carpentry skills are good as mine, it’ll leak and warp after about a year, and sit slightly cockeyed upon the soil. Come late summer, it’ll be a haven for nesting wasps. That’s why The Gunner blind from Muddy Outdoors is a pretty solid alternative to buying a load of lumber. It’s a smaller version of the popular Muddy Bull Box blind. At 4×7 feet, it’s the perfect-sized stand for all-day gun hunts. It’s insulated and sealed, with a sheeting and plastic roof, and Therma-Tek wall panels. The windows are the right height, and built into the right places. Made of residential-quality glass, you can open and secure them silently with one hand. The blind comes ready to go with a swivel-style chair installed, and it can be purchased alone or with a 5-foot metal stand. —Will Brantley, hunting editor

DAY TWO

Nikon
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Nikon Monarch 7i VR Rangefinder

You are looking at the world’s first optical-vibration-reduction laser rangefinder. What does that mean? It means that when you are shaking all over trying to range the huge buck in front of you, your rangefinder’s image appears still, letting you hold the reticle on target and get a precise range, despite your nervous system being in revolt. It’s as useful for up-close bowhunting buck fever as it is for long-range targets when magnification and distance make it hard to hold steady. The 7i VR has a 6x monocular, ranges from 8 to 1,000 yards, and features Incline/Decline Technology for true horizontal distance. The model I tried on the Shot Show floor gave very quick readings, and the vibration reduction was instantly apparent. The MSRP is $399.95. —Dave Hurteau, deputy editor

SOG Sync II & SOG Baton Q3

SOG has produced some solid multi-tools over the past few years, but its offerings for 2017 veer from the standard multi-tool form. The SOG Sync II doubles as a belt buckle, but, admittedly, since I don’t have enough swag to rock a belt buckle, mine will probably find more use clipped to a bag’s outside pocket for easy access afield. Likewise, the Baton Q3 is long and slender, and about the size of a permanent marker, making it easy to dig out from pants pockets. —JR Sullivan, associate editor

barrett shotgun
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Barrett Sovereign Rutherford

Barrett, better known for long range rifles, offers a line of elegant, traditional Italian-made shotguns. I had a chance to shoot the Rutherford at Range Day. With a price tag just above $2000, it’s the entry-level gun in the Barrett line. The walnut stock has a rounded Prince of Wales grip and it’s an easy gun to point and shoot. —Phil Bourjaily, shotguns editor

Weatherby Camilla
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Weatherby Camilla

Camilla was Roy Weatherby’s wife, and Ed Weatherby’s mother, so when the company built the first dedicated woman’s bolt-action it seemed only right to name it after her. The Camilla is built on a Vanguard barreled action with a wood stock that is distinctly shaped for females. I couldn’t shoot it, but then I can’t walk in heels, either. It’s very light, very handy, and was designed by a committee of women who kept yelling at the pattern makers to take off more wood. They did. This is a distinctive rifle that female shooters will love. The MSRP is $849. (See the full list of the seven best rifles from the show.) —David E. Petzal, rifles editor

Leupold LTO-Tracker

Yes, there are other thermal optics out there, but none so compact and handy as the new pocket-size LTO-Tracker, which packs some serious power despite its small size. The unit reveals the heat signature of game (or SHOT Show attendees) at up to 600 yards, day or night—perfect for scouting and spotting animals that would otherwise escape your eye, and even for helping to recover downed game in the right conditions. The LTO-Tracker has a 6x digital zoom and a variety of color displays. It’s handy and useful as is, but, with a built-in reticle and a 30mm tube, it’s pretty obvious where Leupold is going with this technology—namely, the top of a rifle. $699; leupold.com —Dave Hurteau, deputy editor

Leupold scope
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Leupold VX-6HD Scope

One of the most innovative new scopes we’ve seen on the SHOT Show floor so far is the new Leupold VX-6HD, which is bright, clear, and packed with useful features. It has new high-def lenses for better clarity and the company’s Twilight Max Light Management System for great low-light performance. The Custom Dial System locks in your zero, has 40 MOA of elevation adjustments, and is smartly designed to keep you from ever losing your place on the dial. The coolest new feature, though, is a built-in electronic scope leveler, which flashes red if the scope is canted as little as 1 degree. The VX-6HD comes in front- or rear-focal-plane models, and in six different 6:1-ratio magnification ranges, from 1-6×24 to 4-24×52. Starts at around $1,750; leupold.com. —Dave Hurteau, deputy editor

mojo decoy
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No doubt about it, the Mojo Mallard has been one of the most influential waterfowling products in history. In fact, among duck blind sounds, the rattle and hum of a spinning-wing decoy is nearly as standard as a feed chuckle. For 2017, the classic has undergone a major redesign for the better with the new King Mallard. Instead of sitting inside a hollow, hard-plastic duck body, which caused a lot of the vibration and noise, the battery and decoy motor are now affixed to the decoy with a specially designed housing that holds everything neatly in place. The “duck” part of the decoy is now a slip-over, flexible skin with an iridescent paint scheme that looks a whole lot like a real duck. The wings and stand are also redesigned, and the decoy includes a built-in remote receiver. —Will Brantley, hunting editor

burris optic
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Burris Droptine Binoculars

It’s pretty much impossible to evaluate optics on the floor of a trade show. They all look clear indoors, and since rednecks have yet to have their way with them, nothing is broken or cracked. Eyepieces are free of grit and grime. Still, after a precursory look, these new binos from Burris just scream good value. Starting at less than $300 for the 8×42 pair (and moving up to $335 for the 10×42 pair), the Droptine series features a textured rubber coating for a comfortable grip and protection, slick eye cups, and multi-coated lenses. The binoculars are nitrogen-filled. There’s nothing particularly fancy about them, but for the money, they seem solid. —Will Brantley, hunting editor

DAY ONE

Benelli Super Black Eagle 3

Benelli’s flagship 3½-inch semi-auto undergoes a complete makeover for 2017. The new SBE 3 is lighter and slimmer than the SBE 2, and it includes several improvements. The most important new feature to waterfowl and turkey hunters is the Easy Locking System, which forever cures the “Benelli click,” the misfire that occurs when the inertia bolt is knocked out of battery. The gun also features improved ergonomics, with an enlarged bolt handle and safety button, and a two-piece carrier for easier loading. Finally, the new ComforTech recoil reduction system has a larger, softer comb to make shooting heavy loads more comfortable. —Phil Bourjaily, shotguns editor

Smith & Wesson Performance Center S&W500

Think you can handle some recoil? —Will Brantley, hunting editor

Wincester Super X4

Winchester introduces a new member of the Super X gas semi-auto line with the Super X4. A slimmer, lighter version of the popular and soft-shooting SX3, the SX4 shoots just as softly, and treats your wallet gently as well, with a price starting of $799. The gun also has a new, larger safety button, bolt handle, trigger guard, and bolt-release button, to make it easier to handle in cold weather. The pistol grip has been slimmed down, and the length can be adjusted with spacers to help this new gun fit shooters of all sizes. —Phil Bourjaily, shotguns editor

Bergara B-14 Hunting/Target

From Spain come two new Bergaras, one a metal chassis rifle, one a synthetic-stocked model, both dual purpose, but with the former weighing a lot more than the latter. The synthetic-stock employs an aluminum bedding girder to achieve rigidity, while the all metal one is stiff to begin with. The metal gun is north of 11 pounds, and is better for targets. Both will shoot like merry hell. I have shot five Bergaras in detail, and that’s what they do. The B-14 is very, very reasonably priced. Color me shocked. —David E. Petzal, rifles editor

Howa HCR

This, by gum, is the year of the dual purpose hunting/target rifle, usually with a chassis stock. The HCR is Howa’s entry, and it is a doozer. It’s slim, light for what it is, with an absolutely lovely double-stage trigger. Howa has resisted the temptation to go metal-mad here, and the rifle has profited greatly thereby. The price is very competitive. —David E. Petzal, rifles editor

Winchester Super X Subsonic Power Point

If you really, most sincerely, don’t like recoil and noise, here is your ammo. By slowing the velocity way, way down, Winchester has eliminated all the unpleasantness, but by designing a very unattractive but very effective low-velocity bullet, it has kept the effectiveness of the .308. I shot a bunch, and it was not much more than a .22 Long Rifle, at least according to my calloused shoulder. —David E. Petzal, rifles editor

Savage MSR 10 Hunter

Savage has jumped into the AR pool with a series of four semi-autos. This one, the MSR 10, is the big-game model, and is notably light and compact. It has an improved standard trigger, and a 5R barrel, which is a nice refinement. This is a very easy rifle to hit with. I shot a 10-round magazine right-handed, and banged the silhouette with all 10. How do I feel about shooting right-handed? Cheap, dirty, and ashamed, as I always do. —David E. Petzal, rifles editor

Decibullz Molded Percussive Filters

Customizable ear plugs that’ll deafen sudden sound bursts (like gunshots)—no batteries required. —Colin Kearns, editor-in-chief

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