Full-service showcase: if it could be shot, seen through, sliced with or threaded on, it was at SHOT.

Author:Miller, Payton

Here's a couple of subjective observations about last January's SHOT Show in Las Vegas: (1) There really is a Silencer Tsunami (OK, suppressors)--, (2) There seems to be a spike in 6.5 Creedmoor precision rifles--both bolt and AR; (3) While polymer-framed, striker-fired autos may be driving the handgun market, revolvers (SA and DA) are far from moribund. So let's get to things that caught my attention. Oh, we'll be continuing the overrun next month. There really was a ton of stuff to see.

I usually get a good dose of new SIG SAUER items at their media day at the range before the official SHOT opening. This trip was no exception. First off, I got to shoot their MCX carbine in .300 AAC Blackout using their new ROMEO4H red dot sight. Although it had a SIG suppressor attached, it was tough to appreciate the sound reduction with my ear protection on.

But I was able to score a gratifying percentage of small-gong hits out to 100 yards with it. This sleek, modular carbine would make a fine hog eradicator with either the company's new subsonic Elite 220-grain (its new SIG-designed bullet functions better in full mags--a problem with other subsonic rounds) or 125-grain supersonic loads.


The big news from SIG, however, came the following day on the showroom floor when it was announced the company had been awarded the US Army contract for its modular P320 9mm pistol. Talk about a case of perfectly timed good news!

In terms of significance, however, the star of the show was arguably the reintroduced Colt Cobra. The new stainless steel version with a newfangled fiber-optic front sight isn't exactly the alloy "old Cobra" with its naked, old-school ejector rod, but it still carries 6 rounds of +P .38 Special instead of the 5 offered by the competition.

With a rate of fire between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm, Empty Shell's XM5.56 Micro-gun is all about the firepower--hand-held, intimidatingly suppressive firepower. A prototype was on hand at the company's booth and was hefted admiringly by our own "fuller-than-full-auto" addict, Dr. Will Dabbs. This chunky little beast runs off a 24-volt DC power source and feeds from an M-27 linked ammo belt. And at 16 pounds you don't have to be an Arnold Schwarzenegger to lift it (although controlling it during a lengthy burst might be a different matter).


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