SHOT SHOW 2017: Industry Day at the Range Video

SHOT Show stands for Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade Show, it is held at the Sands Convention Center at the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas NV, USA. It is a private INDUSTRY ONLY show. As media, we are invited to come out and see all the new firearms in the Industry so we may bring you the viewer new content.  This video is from Industry Day, also known as Media Day.  This is our “first day” where we get to shoot all different firearms, ammo, accessories, etc.  It is a really fun day to try many different types of firearms from skeet shooting to full auto.  Tomorrow starts the first official day of the trade show.

CGI: COLT XM-15

This cutaway was sent to us by a reader way back in 2011 (see post here)

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Today on Cool Guns of the Internet we are looking at this rare cutaway of a Colt XM rifle that is full auto. If you have a firearm you would like us to post in next weeks CGI all you have to do is send us a picture of your firearms via email, at “pictures@gearsofguns.com” and we’ll post it! But tell us what the firearm is and for more flavor, tell us a story about the gun like a funny hunting trip, or a sentimental story about the gun! Make it as detailed as possible! And let us know who you are if you want photo credit.

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CGI: 9mm Rifles

This week on Cool Guns of The Internet: Today’s post is brought to you by The 9×19mm Parabellum and the interesting rifles that shoot it. If you have a firearm you would like us to post in next weeks CGI all you have to do is send us a picture of your firearms via email, at “pictures@gearsofguns.com” and we’ll post it! But tell us what the firearm is and for more flavor, tell us a story about the gun like a funny hunting trip, or a sentimental story about the gun! Make it as detailed as possible! And let us know who you are if you want photo credit!Tavor 9mm GEN 1
PC: GearsofGuns.com | SHOT Show 2014 Media day at the range

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Kriss 9mm CarbinePC: Nick Leghorn from TTAG AR-9 Colt Pattern Alpha FDE Rail 10-5 Barrel SBR PC: Trident Arms AR 9mm using Colt Mags

Kel Tec Sub 2000 CZ ScorpionTrident Arms AR 9mm using Glock MagsPC: Trident Arms AR 9mm using Glock MagsCitadel M1-9PC: Citadel M1-9SIG MPX 9mmPC: Nick Leghorn from TTAG 

CGI: Wheel Gun Edition

Revolver Edition

This week on Cool Guns of The Internet. Today’s post is brought to you by the wheel gun. If you have a firearm you would like us to post in next weeks CGI all you have to do is send us a picture of your firearms via email, at “pictures@gearsofguns.com” and we’ll post it! But tell us what the firearm is and for more flavor, tell us a story about the gun like a funny hunting trip, or a sentimental story about the gun! Make it as detailed as possible! And let us know who you are if you want photo credit!

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1847 Walker RevolverColt PythonsGearsofGuns S&W 500GearsofGuns F.lli Pietta Engraved RevolverGearsofGuns F.lli Pietta Engraved Revolver 2GearsofGuns F.lli Pietta Engraved Revolver CaseS&W RevolverS&W 500 Magnum Revolver .45 Long Colt Revolver
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CGI–1911 Edition

This week on Cool Guns of The Internet. Todays post is brought to you by The 1911.
If you have a firearm you would like us to post in next weeks CGI all you have to do is send us a picture of your firearms via email, at “pictures@gearsofguns.com” and we’ll post it! But tell us what the firearm is and for more flavor, tell us a story about the gun like a funny hunting trip, or a sentimental story about the gun! Make it as detailed as possible! And let us know who you are if you want photo credit!

GEARS OF GUNS 1911 R1

Dual SilencerCo Suppressed 1911s

Incredibly detailed 1911s

Row after row of 1911sEngraved Colt 1911Always Faithful 1911Mad Customs Coating Kimber 1911PC: Mad Custom Coating
Texas Ranger 1911We The People SIG 1911PC: Wicked Grips
Eagle Cerakoted 1911

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Rifles, Part One: Shot Show 2016

Well, here come the rifles.  Here are the best photos from the many taken.  They are meant to show the variety of what is to be seen at Shot Show and are not necessarily a reflection of our editorial support.

 

902 McMillan

902 Mc Millan

American Tactical

American Tactical

Colt

Colt Mac 901 replaced the LE 901CColts AR

AR Style Platforms

Armalite

 

Armalite Armalite AR 10Armalite AR 10sArmalite AR 50 A1Armalite intragrally suppressed guns

Ashbury Precision Ordnance

Ashbury Precision Ordnance

Black Rain Ordnance

Black Rain Ordnance HuntingBlack Rain Ordnance Spec LineBlack Rain Ordnance

Browning

Browning Rifles

Caracal

 

Caracal 2Caracal

Century Arms

Century Arms AK Style

Chiappa

Chiappa Firearms Hunting RiflesChiappa FirearmsChiappa Lever ActionsChiappa

Cimarron

Cimerron Model 71

 

CMMG

CMMG 308

CMMG MK 47 MutantCMMG MK

Cooper Firearms

 

Cooper Firearms 2Cooper Firearms

Dakota Arms

Dakota Arms

Daniel Defense

Daniel Defense AR Style PlatformDaniel Defense

Dickenson

Dickinson

Fabarm

Fabarm USA 2Fabarm USA

 

Firefield

Firefield

Industry Armament

Industry Armament

 

KahJames River Armory

Kahr

More Kahr Guns


Kahr

 

 

Atticus James is traveling in India for the month of February.  You can follow his adventures at AtticusJames.com.  In the meantime, he has left all of the photos from Shot Show 2016 for those of us left behind to post for him.  (This would explain any issues with photos being mislabeled.  Apologies in advance if this happens). If you find a mislabeled photo, please let us know and we will fix it as soon as possible.

Editorial: Standardizing vs. Proprietary

A few weeks back I reviewed a Windham Weaponry .308 AR style rifle. When I finished the review I contacted my local gunsmith as well as Windham and asked if they knew of any standardization in the .308 AR market.  I wanted to know if anyone had made a pattern for the upper and lower as well as the Bolt Carrier Group (BCG).

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The question seemed straight forward, however the answer isn’t. Long story short, no. No one has made a standard to which everyone is following.

(Note: I am using the 5.56×45 and the .223 Remington interchangeably in the article even though they are not the same cartridge.  AR stands for Armalite Rifle not Assault Rifle).

History

In 1955 and 1956 Armalite designed the first prototypes of the original AR-10 chambered in the 7.62×51 (.308 Winchester.)  By 1957, the first AR-15 using the intermediate cartridge 5.56×45 NATO was designed and then sold to Colt due to financial problems that Armalite was having.

Is Anything New Anymore?

Since the AR-10 was designed before the AR-15 it would seem we haven’t taken a step forward but a step back in time. Thanks to Government bans, such as the 1994 Assault Weapon Ban that ended in 2004 and other set backs, the modern sporting rifle world has been trying to play catch up for the past 11 years.

Intermediate vs. Rifle Cartridges

I have never really been a fan of the .223 Remington (5.56x45NATO) and I know I am not alone in this distaste. I have always liked the 7.62x39mm or the newer .300 AAC Blackout when it comes to intermediate cartridges. The .308 win is a rifle cartridge that fits more than just the distance shooting bill. The fact of the matter is that the .308 and the 5.56 have been on the battle field for almost the same amount of time and yet we chose the less ballistically versatile round for civilian and military applications.

DPMS/SR-25 Magazines vs. Proprietary

When building a new firearm platform you have to consider the way your firearm is going to hold rounds. In the the bolt action world we typically use an in-stock style magazine, for the lever actions and shotguns we use a tube and elevator (shell carrier) system, for the semi and full autos we have a choice. Belt fed (seen mainly in past in full auto only but is making it way back in semi auto versions of full auto machine guns) or magazine fed.

The .308 ARs are all based on the smaller AR-15, so you would think after seeing the success of the AR-15 magazine market it would be smarter to stick with what works. But we are still in a relearning stage in the firearm world about supply and demand. The FN SCAR 17 uses a proprietary .308 mag but the SCAR 16 uses STANAG (AR-15 style magazines). When FN released the SCAR 17 to the general population they had problems keeping magazines in stock because they were trying to keep the military contracts filled and just they couldn’t keep up with demand. That’s a problem with proprietary.

The DPMS/SR-25 style magazines are now being made by a number of different magazine manufacturers which means I can order as many as I want.

Standardizing

The AR-15 is known as the Legos for adults. Everything is changeable. If I want a nickel boron BCG I can find a company I like and replace mine in my AR-15.  If I want a new charging handle I get one. If I want to put a .50BMG bolt action upper on my lower I can. This seems to me like a great idea. However in the .308 AR world we have yet to reach an agreement as to what the specs should be.

Final thoughts

Until they all come to an agreement about standardizing, the consumer market for the .308 AR is left with fewer options.  To me, more options means more money back in the pockets of the firearm manufacturers.  More money to the manufacturers means more money can be spent on R&D, which means more advanced guns in the future.