These Boots Were Made for Walkin’

Danner Mountain Light II boots

I picked up this pair of classic Danner hiking boots after touring the Danner factory back on November. Seeing the handcrafting process in detail gave me a major itch to try out a classic pair of stitched down sole boots.  I scratched that itch with this pair of Mountain Light II boots. They’re the closest thing […]

A Gun I’m Particularly Anxious to Try at SHOT: Sig’s New MCX 300 Blackout

Sig's new 300 Blackout MCX in the short-barrel rifle configuration.

I’ve got some type of irrational love affair going with the 300 AAC Blackout cartridge. Maybe it has to do with my interest in reloading. The 300 AAC Blackout offers a near-infinite range of load possibilities ranging from subsonic 220 grain projectiles to supersonic 110 grain bullets and everything in between.. It’s an incredibly versatile cartridge. Compatibility with .223 / 5.56mm […]

Nine Shooting Industry Predictions for 2015

The NRA Annual Meeting 2014, Indianapolis, IN.

2014 marked a return to some semblance of normalcy in our industry. Whew, the past couple of years have been a pain. Too little product and too high prices. In 2015, we’ll get back to a sane business model with new products and broad availability. Danger looms on the political front with a lame duck […]

2014: The Year in Review

Crimson Trace turned 20. Next year, they can legally have a beer.

2014 was yet another interesting year for the shooting community. While we regained some of the sanity lost in 2013 with astronomical prices and negative product availability, we still had a slightly tumultuous adventure. Let’s take a look, in no particular order, at some of the year’s highlights and lowlights. Monkeys flew out of my […]

It’s Time to Get Your Sig On! (If You Want to Win a Boatload of Free Guns)

Sig Sauer Take a Shot Contest

Wow! The folks at Sig Sauer are getting into the holiday spirit pretty early this year. A heads up on their P320 Take A Shot contest landed in my inbox today. Not only are they giving away guns and gear, two people are going to SHOT Show for a shoot off at the top-secret and super-exclusive […]

Astroturf? Not. NSSF Breaks 10,000 Member Mark

As big as it is, the NSSF SHOT Show is only a small part of what the National Shooting Sports Foundation does for the industry.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) reports that it has recently surpassed the 10,000 member mark, reflecting strong industry support for its efforts. No, these new members were not paid with a pack of cigarettes, bussed in to enrollment centers or counted multiple times. The best part? All of these new members are actually living. […]

Top 10 Reasons SHOT Show Is Awesome

The range portion of SHOT Show is equally epic. What you see here is about 10% of Media Day at the Range.

SHOT Show is an annual pilgrimage of fun, friends, work, pain, exhaustion, more work, more fun and certainly a lot more pain. It’s infinite, seemingly boundless and more crowded than a buy one get one free bordello, but you still manage to frequently run into people you know among the 68,000 attendees. I love it. […]

The New, Interesting and Odd of SHOT Show 2014

Believe it or not, this functional 1911 is made entirely, and I mean entirely, from wood.

My first plan of action for my annual pilgrimage to SHOT Show is to attack Level One with the enthusiasm of a Dalmatian puppy on Red Bull. I’m not talking about a video game, I’m talking about the basement level of the SHOT Show Exhibits. Of the thirty two ump-tillion and seven square feet of […]

Flexible Design Improvements From Blade-Tech: The New Ambi Eclipse Holster

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New for 2014 is a major improvement to Blade-Tech’s popular Eclipse pancake style holster. The previous design was molded specific to right to left hand use with a curve in the pancake to fit around the body. The new model features an ambidextrous holster pouch. Instead of molding the holster pocket itself to fit the […]