The show space is huge. The number of attendees is massive. The number of guns and gear is overwhelming. The following are my highlights from Day 1 of SHOT Show 2017.
Aimpoint: New ‘Micro S-1’ for Shotguns. Aimpoint said at a press conference that it developed a new red-dot sight for shotguns, the Micro S-1. It’s similar to the company’s Micro H-2 model, with a lower axis and 6 MOA dot.
Beretta CX4 Storm: My Surprise of the Day. I handled a Beretta CX4 Storm for the first time, in the showroom, not at the range. The 9 mm rifle surprised me by how light it was and how comfortable it felt in my hands. (Wait, are we still talking about the gun?) Canadian police label it “non-restricted,” allowing anyone with a firearms licence to buy it. How nice.
C-More Systems: Red-Dot Sights. Some companies put forward their military clients, but Gayle Kay, co-owner and chief financial officer of C-More, likes to showcase competition shooters who use her company’s sights to win. Chris Tilley most recently won a national match of the U.S. Practical Shooting Association with C-More’s RTS2 model, and for the past nine years, the winners used C-More red dots, she said. (Why wouldn’t they put this on the website?)
Comp-Tac: President’s Favourite Holsters. Good holsters help competition shooters win victories and help defensive shooters save lives, and nobody knows that better than Comp-Tac President Gregg Garrett, also the company’s founder. He used to work as a contractor in private security and executive protection in South Africa. He said the MTAC is a top-seller for concealed carry. TheGunBlog.ca asked him about his own favourites.
- For Everyday Concealed Carry: The Infidel series of inside-the-waistband models, in particular the Infidel Ultra Max, because he prefers leather to kydex against his skin.
- For Competition: International. It attaches outside the waistband, and he likes its adjustability and all the ways it can be configured.
SIG Sauer P226 Legion: Bad Finish Is Finished. The cause of defective finishes on some early versions of SIG Sauer P226 Legion pistols has been corrected, a rep for the company said. Several users and blogs had noted abnormal wear on their models.