The Barska Contour Rifle Scope was a pretty nice looking new scope from SHOT Show. It was specifically designed to work with .22 rifles. I’m personally a huge fan of 22s. Other than a few BB guns when I was little, the first gun I ever shot was a 22, and I’ve always had a place in my heart for them (especially with the price of ammo these days!). The Contour is perfect for a day at the range. The 3-9×42 Contour Riflescope (which is in stock as I write, by the way!), has three different bullet grain settings, locking turrets and a really nice overall build quality, which is really incredible considering the low price! I think it’s best if you just take a look at this great new scope and considering slapping it on your favorite .22 rifle! The Barska Contour Rifle Scope from SHOT Show amazed!
It’s no secret that the ATN ThOR has been a favorite around the GearExpert offices. I’ve written about these thermal imagers a few times since they debuted last year, and they’ve always impressed. There is an incredible balance of quality, image resolution and a huge feature set that really separates the ThOR from other Thermal Imagers. With the already high level of performance I imagine ATN probably struggled a bit to figure out a way to actually improve the ThOR, but they have.
It’s a Wireless Future for Thermal!
I heard someone say recently that the world is becoming wireless. They were wrong. The world IS wireless. Nowadays we have phones that can do just about anything, or tablets that add insane functionality to everyone from corporate CEOs to infantry soldiers around the world. ATN knows this, and they’ve taken advantage of the opportunities this presents. Namely, Wi Fi connectivity for their ThOR Thermal Imagers.
Imagine being able to get a target in your sights when training and having an instructor help you figure out where to aim. They’d be able to see just where you’re aiming instead of counting on you to accurately describe it or spend some brass. Before you even pull the trigger your instructor can tell you if you’ll miss and why. Maybe you’re not compensating enough for bullet drop or wind.
And of course it doesn’t just apply to training. In the field you’ll have extra support, and being able to connect through Wi Fi increases your memory, so you can record far greater amounts of data through a laptop or your phone. If you need proper records, this is the way to get it!
The new ATN ThOR Wi-Fi Weapon Sights are really quite exciting, so be sure to check out our SHOT Show ATN Video above to learn more!
Vortex knows that when you have a good thing going it’s best to not rock the boat too much. Their Razor HD line is essentially the definition of a “Good Thing.” But that doesn’t mean Vortex is going to be stagnant. They’ve added some great new models to this already spectacular line of optics.
For instance, to complement the Razor HD Binoculars with 42mm objective lenses that were released last year Vortex just showed off new models with 50mm objective lenses. They’re still very lightweight, and the clever body design hides the size fairly well. The larger objective lenses gather more light, giving you a brighter, sharper image. That’s a big deal and will really help during those twilight hours to spot game or if you’re a birder and want a super clear view of a long-sought-after bird.
But the Razor HD Line is also known for their Spotting Scopes. Vortex listened to their fans on this one and debuted Razor HD 50mm and 65mm Spotting Scopes with both straight and angled models. Like their other Razor HD Spotters, these new models give you fine focus and HD glass, so you’re going to get a great view!
I’m going to post a bunch of pictures of these new Vortex Razor HD Optics below, but be sure to watch the video above too so you can learn more about these fantastic new spotting scopes and binoculars!
We spoke with Tom from Weaver at SHOT Show, and he gave us a rundown of their newly redesigned Grand Slam Rifle Scopes. To be sure, Weaver is one of those brands you hear about all the time for their constant improvements. It’s actually surprising that they can find so much to improve upon considering how good their scopes are to begin with.
So what’s changed? Well, quite a lot, actually. The new Grand Slam Scopes have a lot of internal improvements but they’ve also improved the outside design to make them more sleek and sexy. You can see this with the new Weaver Grand Slam Rings, which look great with these scopes, but also on a lot of other scopes. They look great and they have a smooth feel so they won’t snag on anything.
But the internal changes are what’s going to give you the performance boost from these new Weaver Grand Slam Scopes. The Micro-Trac System has been improved to maintain the quality level people expect from Weaver, while at the same time making them more repeatable and nearly indestructible. As Tom says in the video, these scopes are nearly bombproof. The tracking system was already pretty tough and had few areas where problems could occur, but those tiny little areas where problems could have occurred before have been strengthened.
You’ll still get great glass and a well-built scope, but the newly improved Micro-Trak System will give you incredibly precise elevation and windage adjustments while being insanely tough as well! Take a look at the Weaver SHOT Show video above to learn more!
Today is the last day of SHOT Show 2013, and we’ve been working hard. Thank goodness for the adrenaline we get from seeing all this amazing new gear, or we’d probably fall over from exhaustion! Yesterday was an especially exciting day, since we got to meet with our friends at Barska, BLACKHAWK!, Pulsar and Weaver! We’ll have more in-depth looks at the gear in the video above soon, but for now take a quick peek at new BLACKHAWK! holsters, Barska‘s great new Loaded Gear Line, Weaver Rifle Scopes and Pulsar Digital Night Vision Clip On Devices! Watch our SHOT Show Day 3 Video and stay tuned for more!
As GearExpert by OpticsPlanet, I doubt it’s a surprise that we’ve spent a ton of time covering the latest firearm accessories at SHOT Show. But just because we don’t sell firearms, that doesn’t mean we don’t want to see the latest models from our favorite manufacturers, such as Colt. Check out the video above. Trevor got to try out the new Colt USMC and Colt PocketLite. They’re two very exciting new firearms, and as you can see in the video, they’re gorgeous guns too! I’ll post a few pictures below too, but be sure to take an extra moment to look at, and consider the possibilities, of the rail on that USMC. What would you attach to that? A weapon light? Laser Sight? Personally, I’d go with the new Streamlight TLR-2 HL (which, it just so happens we’re giving away in our SHOT Show Giveaways over on Facebook. Just go to Day Two and Enter your Email!).
Hey everyone! I just wanted to do a quick post for our latest video recap, this time for Day 2 coverage! Trevor talked to a number of different brands on Day 2 of SHOT Show, including 5.11 Tactical, where he saw a fantastic new shooting bag that doubles as a shooting mat and more, ATN, where he checked out the new wifi adapter for ThOR Thermal Imagers, SOG, who showed off their new hunting knives, and MFT who had some great new camo patterns for their gear! The video above is just a teaser of the longer, more in-depth videos to come. Enjoy!
We just put together our footage from SHOT Show 2013 Media Day at the Boulder Rifle and Pistol Club and wanted to share with you some of the fun we had. We put together a full writeup yesterday but we know sometimes you just need to see and hear it in action to appreciate these exciting new items!
You can also check out our Day 1 recap video, and expect our Day 2 recap sometime tomorrow. We’ve got a lot more great gear to check out, so be sure to come back every day.
Alright, we’re just about ready to go to Las Vegas for SHOT Show 2013! I look back at 2012 and I can hardly believe we saw SOOOO much outstanding new gear. We got to see the absolute best gear. The EOTech Zombie Stopper and G33 Magnifier were both announced last year, and I wrote about them throughout the year. The G33 proved to be an incredibly popular item, with a TON of pre-orders. We also saw the Crimson Trace Rail Master, which was mega popular both here on GearExpert.com and on our Facebook Page.
We’re not totally sure what we’ll be seeing this year, as optic brands are keeping quite a few secrets so they can make a big splash, but we’re going to be there to let you know as soon as they make their announcements. In addition to all the great news we are giving away some insanely awesome gear from Nikon, NightForce, EOTech, Crimson Trace and Streamlight. I can’t tell you exactly what products are part of the giveaways, but I can say they’re outstanding! This is top quality gear. You can enter to win once for each giveaway over on our Facebook page starting Tuesday, with a new giveaway starting every day through Saturday.
We’ll be on the plane to Las Vegas for SHOT Show bright and early Monday, and we’re going to Media Day to shoot some of the newest guns and try out the best scopes coming out in 2013, so check back right here on GearExpert.com, our Facebook Page and YouTube Channel for all the coverage!
There are a ton of awesome features that Safariland Competition Holsters have that most holsters do not, and you can learn all about them in our new Safariland SHOT Show Video! Alessandro talks with James Dawson from Safariland about the great new holster options that are coming out in 2012!
Safariland Model 014 Competition Shooting Holster
There are a few unique features on the Safariland 014 Holster. First, it is extremely customizable. Every shooter is different, and the 4-access control point allows you to adjust the cant of the holster to the exact angle you prefer. The barrel length is also adjustable, so it will accommodate a number of different guns, though it was primarily designed with 1911-style guns in mind. It’s a really interesting looking holster, and you can see just by looking at it how useful it will be in a competition.
Safariland Model 032 ELS Competition Belt
For yet another incredibly adjustable competition weapon accessory, check out the Safariland 032 ELS Belt. There are a number of ways to customize this belt. First, there are holes all around the belt. This way you can put your holster, mag pouches and more where ever you want. As it’s name implies, the Safariland 032 ELS Belt uses their ELS system, which is awesome as it allows you to use the belt for multiple types of competitions. You can put Safariland ELS plates on the belt really simply, and attach a holster for a handgun, AR-15 mag pouches, or shotgun shell holders on there. This is huge for competition shooters that compete with more than one firearm. One belt will satisfy multiple needs. Very cool, and a big money saver.
The Safariland Holsters SHOT Show Video above is super informative, and showcases some of the best new products from SHOT Show. Check it out and be sure to take a look at all the great Safariland Gear at OpticsPlanet.com!
Bianchi and Safariland are two of the premiere holster manufacturers in the world, but many people don’t know that they actually work together quite often to bring the best new features to the market. While they are technically part of the same company, each brand has their own unique take on what you need from a holster. That said, when one brand comes up with a great new feature, it often finds its way into options from the other brand. Regardless of your preference for Bianchi or Safariland, you’ll want to take a look at our Bianchi SHOT Show Video for great info on the latest concealed carry holsters that will be coming out in 2012.
Bianchi Illusion Combine Materials for a Unique New Holster
The new Bianchi Illusion Holsters have taken the best of two worlds, leather and synthetic holsters, and brought them together for an amazing new line that’s better than either individually. It’s kinda like peanut butter and chocolate. Each is phenomenal on their own, but when brought together the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The Bianchi Illusion is a leather holster, but on the inside there is a synthetic material for added features. The look and feel of models like the Bianchi 125 Consent or the Bianchi 130 Classified is leather, with that classic style and comfortable feel, but they have a retention detente with an audible click to let you know your handgun is fully holstered. The draw and reholstering is also a bit smoother than with many leather holsters. The 130 Classified has all the features of the 125 Consent but with an added thumb break.
One more concealed option from Bianchi is the Bianchi 135 Suppression, which has the awesome features of the 130 and 125, but it’s a tuckable holster for greater concealment. As it’s tuckable, Bianchi wanted to improve the comfort level, so the skin-facing side of the holster is made of a anti-microbial mesh and foam for comfort and hygiene. This is going to make it way more comfortable and fight bacteria, which anyone who has worn a belt for months is going to really appreciate.
The Safariland ALS Holster with a Brand New Finish
The Safariland ALS Holster is already super popular, but there have been a number of shooters who want a new aesthetic on this hard shelled holster. These still have all the awesome features of the regular ALS Holsters, but it has a Cordura finish, which allows Safariland to put multi-cam, ranger green and more patterns to the holster for a wider variety of styles.
All in all, Safariland and Bianchi showed off some awesome new concealed carry holsters at SHOT Show this year, so be sure to check out the video above, and stay tuned because I’m going to post another Safariland SHOT Show Video in a little bit that showcases some of their great new competition holsters and belts. You wont’ want to miss it!
Check out our Armasight SHOT Show Video! We will soon be carrying this great brand of night vision devices, and they showed off a number of their great new models at this year’s SHOT Show! You should really watch the video above, but let me give you a quick rundown of the night vision units they displayed.
Vega Gen 1 Night Vision Goggle: This highly adaptable Night Vision Goggle can be used with or without headgear, and the lenses can be swapped out to allow for various distances. We are super excited to see this awesome new product!
SPARK Multi-Purpose Night Vision Monocular: The new tech in this NV monocular is pretty cool, as it is able to give Generation 2 image quality while costing the same as a Generation 1 NV monocular. The CORE technology is really cool and should allow for a great deal of versatility for the device without breaking the bank.
SIRIUS Gen. 2+: Night Vision: Another NV Device with a lot of versatility is the SIRIUS. It gives better than Generation 2 NV quality, and it can be mounted on headgear, held in your hand, rail-mounted on a gun and more for a wide variety of applications. With all these great uses it’s also very economical, as it will run for about $1500.
CO-MINI Gen 2+: I like how Armasight’s Gary Tarakonov gives a bit of the history behind these cool co-witness night vision scopes. As many soldiers prefer to keep their daytime rifle scope mounted on their rifle at all times, rather than developing a second scope that would replace the one soldiers are comfortable with the Army instead developed a system to allow the night vision to be mounted in front of the normal scope. The CO-MINI Gen 2+ Night Vision work in this way, with a number of great new options. These are really small and lightweight too, which is going to be awesome for a lot of shooters. You can also see from the video how excited Trevor is to see a wireless on/off remote for a clip on night vision device. Very, very cool.