SHOT Show

The WireShots team will be attending SHOT Show this year live from the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas NV January 17-20th. Look for exciting event coverage as we learn about all of the up and coming events and all of the new firearms that will debut in 2012. Stay up to date with all of the news from the top firearms manufactures as we look toward the futre of the Shooting Sports Industry.

The Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) and Conference is the largest and most comprehensive trade show for all professionals involved with the shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement industries. It is the world’s premier exposition of combined firearms, ammunition, law enforcement, cutlery, outdoor apparel, optics and related products and services. The SHOT Show attracts buyers from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The SHOT Show is owned and sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and is produced and managed by Reed Exhibitions.

Review SHOT Show Attendance Rules.

Stats from the 2011 SHOT Show

Record-setting SHOT Show Signals Good Year Ahead for Hunting and Shooting Industry
Total Attendance: 57,390
Exhibitors: 1,600
Attendees: 31,769
Exhibit space: 630,000 net square feet
Media: 2,074

Article originally posted by TMZ, to view the original source click here

 

 

‘SONS OF GUNS’ STARSPunished By the Fedsfor MAJOR Firearms Violations

Son of Guns William Hayden
The star of the Discovery reality show “Sons of Guns” has been forced to surrender his Federal Firearm License after government officials discovered a bunch of his weapons had mysteriously gone missing … TMZ has learned.

The man caught in the crosshairs is a famous gunsmith named William Hayden — who founded Red Jacket Firearms in Baton Rouge Louisiana … and hired his daughter Stephanie to help run the business.

Things went swimmingly until 2009 … when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms conducted a routine inspection of RJF and discovered 10 guns registered to the company could not be accounted for … a big, BIG problem.

We’re told the feds pinned the blame on William and Stephanie — and were looking to take serious action that could have resulted in the end of RJF.

But law enforcement sources tell us … the Hayden’s struck a deal with feds in 2010, in which the two agreed to surrender their gun-making licenses … and in exchange, they could appoint a LICENSED person to take over the company.

It didn’t take long for William and Stephanie to pick their successor  … they went withVincent Buckles (pictured left) — another gunsmith often featured on the reality show.

William and Stephanie went back to work for the company — but since they are no longer allowed to own the gun business, they are working as employees.

Reps for the Haydens, RJF and Discovery all had no comment.

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TMZ has learned Vincent Buckles has since left the company — and two other licensed people are currently in charge of the business.

Stocking Stuffers for a Shooter

This article was originally posted by Kerrin Brinkman, to view the original source click here

 

With just a few shopping days left until Christmas, I’ve decided to put together my top ten picks (in no particular order) of great stocking stuffers for the shooting enthusiast in your life. If none of these options will work for those hard-to-buy-for shooters on your list, I suggest you trade them in for a new friend or family member who is less picky or has better taste. If you think I’ve left a “must have” off the list, leave a comment so I can see what I’ve missed!

Kerrin's Top Ten Stocking Stuffers
1. Noveske Shooting Team 3-Gun Outlaw Instructional DVD

This is a great DVD for those who are new to 3-gun competition or looking to step up their game. Jansen Jones and Rob Romero from the Noveske Shooting Team take viewers through advanced techniques for 3-gunning including transitions, shooting positions, strategy, and more. It’s not the same as attending a Noveske 3-Gun Training Class, but it’s the next best thing to learn from two of the country’s top competitors.

2. Rudy Project Shooting Glasses

I’ve tried most of the major companies who make protective eyewear specifically for shooters, and Rudy Project is one of my all-time favorites. Their online store, www.e-rudy.com allows you to build your own kit by choosing the model, the frame, the lenses, and adding a hard case and cleaning cloth for free! And with free shipping, you just can’t lose by purchasing these as a gift!

3. NRA Car Coasters

Here’s a product from the NRAstore™ that not many people think to buy, but every car needs a set of these. These absorbent coasters fit into the bottom of the cup holders in your car and soak up any moisture caused by beverage sweating. You get two for just $6.95, so you can pick up several sets at a great price.

4. VTAC Sling

Viking Tactics makes by far one of the most popular series of slings on the market, with their original sling being their flagship product. Reliability and versatility are the most important features in a sling, and VTAC delivers on both counts. Instant adjustability allows shooters to transition between shooting positions easily or to a hands-free position for transition to pistol. And with a variety of attachement options, the shooter who receives the VTAC sling can choose the attachment method that works best for their needs.

5. SHOOT by Julie Golob

Julie Golob is one of the best female pistol shooters on the planet, and there’s a lot of buzz about her new book, SHOOT. A guide to shooting and competition, this book is one that both men and women alike can use to learn something new. Although it won’t be available until 2012, it’s now available for preorder and the first 500 people to preorder before December 17th will receive a personalized, autographed bookmark from Julie!

6. Noveske K9 Barricade Support

Ok, ok. I know this is the second item on my list from the Noveske Shooting Team, but the K9 is another great piece of gear that every shooter needs on their rifle. If you’ve ever shot using an unsteady barricade, you know it’s not much fun. Thanks to the K9, your rifle will now be ready to brace against and barricade, door frame, or port.

7. LaRue Tactical Holiday Dillo

Do I really need to explain why this item is on the list? The Dillo Beverage Entry tool has become one of LaRue Tactical’s most loved products, making appearance at trade shows, competitions, and in orders shipped. You get a set of six Holiday Dillos in a pack, allowing you to spread lot of holiday cheer as people open their holiday cheer.

8. SureFire Pen

We all know about the great tactical flashlights from SureFire, and I’ve sung their praises before. But I was given a SureFire pen as a gift, and it’s the coolest pen I’ve ever written with. Made from durable aerospace aluminum and a Mil-Spec hard anodized finish, this pen writes well and is truly the most badass pen on the market because it’s strength allows it help in an emergency situation, be it breaking glass or for personal defense.

9. Hornady Zombie Max Ammunition

Zombies have certainly made their mark in pop culture in 2011 from TV, to film, and even on the range through targets and ammunition. Whether you’re a believer in the Zombie Apocalypse or think it’s just plain funny, Hornady’s Zombie Maxammunition makes a statement in anyone’s stocking. Available for pistols, rifles, and shotguns, Zombie Max has shooters ready to deal with the walking dead… or Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video.

10. Oakley Factory Pilot Gloves

These caught my eye at a military tradeshow, and I knew they’d be the perfect addition to this gift list. I’m a huge fan of Oakley products, from their sunglasses to their boots, but these gloves are incredibly breathable and have carbon fiber knuckle plating! They’re all weather which means these gloves are perfect for any outdoor activity including hunting, cold-weather range sessions, or a camping trip.

 

 

 

 

This article was originally posted by Richard R. Click Here to view the original article

As the SHOT Show approaches, the SIG P224 appears to be closer to reality.

Essentially a cut-down P229, the SIG SAUER P224 is a subcompact pistol in the classic SIG series (P226, etc.).  The new guns will be double stack pistols chambered in 9mm, .40 S&W and .357 SIG. MSRP on the guns is more than $1000, but expect to see them sell for less through your local retailer.

All three chamberings of the P224 will share the same features and specs, save one:  magazine capacity.  The 9mm will have 11 round magazines, while the .40 S&W and .357 SIG will have 10 round magazines.  All models will ship with two magazines.

The SIG P224 frames will be aluminum with a black anodized finish.  Slides and barrels will be stainless steel.  The slide will have the typical Nitron finish.  Unloaded, the guns weigh 25.4 ounces with the magazine.  Early reports indicated the weight could be as much as 34 ounces, which never made any sense since the P229 only weighs 32 oz.

Initially, the P224 will come with a DAK trigger, and later models will have the option of a traditional DA/SA trigger instead of the DAK.  The DAK trigger stands for “Double Action – Kellerman,” and is essentially a very nice DAO trigger.  I owned a P226 with a DAK, and I was very pleased with it.  Trigger pull weight runs between 5.5 – 6.5 pounds.

While the P224 makes sense to me, I don’t know that it will share the success that other subcompact guns have. While it may seem that SIG is a little late to the subcompact market, the “classic” line of SIG SAUER pistols have a great many devotees.  For that reason alone, I would expect the P224 to sell reasonably well.

However, I have concerns about the size of the gun and the term “subcompact”.  It doesn’t appear to be a gun that could be carried easily on an ankle or in a pocket, either as a back up or as a deep cover gun.  For a standard CCW gun, it is probably fine, but not what I think of when considering “subcompact”.

For my purposes, I think of the Glock 26/27/33 as being the largest pistol that can carry the name subcompact, with offerings from Ruger, Kel-Tec and others being more typical.  Comparing the SIG P224 to the Glock 26/27/33, I find the P224 to be noticeably larger.  Consider:

Frankly, the P224 almost seems to be a better competitor to the very popular Glock 19 than any subcompact.  Even then, the P224 has only a marginal size advantage, but still weighs more.

 

Purely speculation, but I suspect the SIG P224 will be easy to shoot and will sell with previous SIG buyers.  But I don’t see it offering anything substantial that will capture the attention of non-SIG fans.  For the company, the gun makes sense.  For the firearms enthusiasts, it will be another good gun, but nothing to cause a stir.

 

Guns and Ammo TV had a segment on the development of the SIG P224.  Thanks to the wonders of YouTube, here is that segment:

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From that segment, consider these steps in the development process of the SIG P224.

A SIG P224 prototype was made from an existing SIG P229. Yep, they are literrally cutting a P229 down to size.

Once the P229 was cut down, things were welded back together to make the correct size P224 prototype.

SIG P224 development in a CAD program

I don’t have the heart to cut down any of my guns to develop a new one, but it sure would be fun to work for SIG and cut and weld on their guns!

Original article by: Delanie Howell

 

Most people would likely agree with the assumption that as the number of guns purchased increases, as does the crime rate, and thus, the number of people who die from firearms. Think about this scenario for example, an individual with criminal tendencies is waiting in the parking lot of a mall and sees an elderly woman coming out carrying her purse. Now that there are so many guns available for private ownership, it is going to be a lot easier for that elderly woman to be robbed by this individual. Several people would say that’s probably true. However, statistics show that actually, the opposite is true. The increase in private ownership of firearms applies to that elderly woman as well, and the potential robber has no idea which elderly women are now armed and which ones are not. Therefore, that robbery is actually less likely to happen because that individual doesn’t want to risk being shot.

 

Gordon Robertson, a member of the Firearms Department at the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation’s Forensic Laboratory, said, “Everywhere they have started concealed carry, the violent crime rate – the rapes, the assaults, the robberies – have gone down quickly, and they’ve gone down significantly.” In his opinion, this can be attributed to the above explanation. No one knows who around them is armed anymore. By this same token, however, this raises concerns of how to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals. This is where the National Instant Check, or NIC, System comes into play. When a person goes to buy a firearm from a licensed dealer, he or she must fill out pertinent information which is then sent through the NIC system. This system runs a federal background check on the customer in which all of the states are required to enter information. If that customer has ever had a felony conviction, regardless of what the conviction was for, he or she cannot purchase a firearm. The possible results of the NIC are deny, which means do not sell the gun; delay, which means there is a minimum 72-hour waiting period so it can be further examined; or proceed, which means the gun can be purchased.

 

However, no system is perfect and Robertson understands that. “It keeps the bad guys from buying guns at the gun store, it doesn’t keep them from buying guns off the streets, or from a drug dealer, or whatever.” Robertson has served in law enforcement for 41 years, including 29 years as a member of the Oklahoma City Police Department and said that while law enforcement are doing what they can to protect the citizens, they are “more of a response organization. I’ve often told people we could put a police car with a police officer in every driveway in Oklahoma City and somebody is still going to shoot somebody in the bedroom. That officer wouldn’t even know it happened. The point is, firearm purchases have steadily been increasing because people are scared. There are more people that own guns in the United States today than ever in history, and that has shown to be a deterrent for criminals.” Robertson also mentioned that there are currently 25,000 laws on gun control in the United States.

 

According to the “Summary of Violent Deaths in Oklahoma”, a report done by Oklahoma Violent Death Reporting System (OK-VDRS), also shows evidence that despite common belief, more guns does not necessarily mean more accidents. The information put together for the OK-VDRS comes from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and the Child Death Review Board. This report contains information breaking down all violent deaths in Oklahoma from 2004 to 2008 into very specific categories. The category of Unintentional Firearm Deaths is defined as “a death resulting from a penetrating injury or gunshot wound from a weapon that uses a powder charge to fire a projectile when there is a preponderance of evidence that the shooting was not intentionally directed at the victim,“ essentially meaning that it is obvious it was an accident. These represented only 1% of an average of 883 violent deaths per year, or a total of 4,417, during this time period in Oklahoma. This amounts to 51 total unintentional firearm deaths, or an average of about ten per year. To further dissect this category, the unintentional deaths were broken up into circumstances surrounding them. Those circumstances included “playing with a gun (22), showing a gun (11), hunting (6), loading a gun (6), target shooting (3), thinking the safety was engaged or engaging the safety (2), and cleaning a gun (1).” The report also states that in 18 of the 51 cases, the shooter thought the gun was unloaded and in eight, the gun went off when dropped.

 

Miles Hall, founder and president of H&H Shooting Sports Complex here in Oklahoma, acknowledges that the ultimate goal is to get the number of accidents to zero but until that is accomplished, simply banning firearms “makes no sense. If we’re going to take that analogy, then we need to ban cars because there’s car wrecks.” In his opinion, firearms are an important part of American culture because while the First Amendment actually contains several amendments, the founding fathers separated the Right to Bear Arms into an amendment by itself, the Second Amendment. Because the United States is the only country that allows non-law enforcement use of firearms, international visitors who want to experience something unique to America often turn to shooting. For this reason, Hall had to translate the rules for the shooting range at his complex into nine other languages in order to communicate safety to his visitors. Hall’s principle goal in opening the complex was and still is education, because there is such an increase in the availability of firearms to the general public. He is doing his part to reduce the number of firearm accidents. “We teach reloading, we teach gun cleaning, we teach basic gun handling skills, we teach shotgun skills, we teach, we teach, we teach.”

 

Education is one way to be proactive in the fight against unintentional firearm injury and death. Hunter education classes are now required for people over the age of 16 in order to obtain a hunting license. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is one organization that offers these courses and game wardens volunteer to teach them. Chance Whiteley, a game warden for Oklahoma County, said, “The majority of our programs are for safety, that’s pretty much our goal. As the number of programs we’ve done have increased, the number of accidents reported have gone down drastically. I’ve got the numbers of reported hunting accidents from 1955 until now and it started out around 20 to 30 per year; now it’s about six to nine a year.”  New regulations like this one requiring more education in order to purchase or use firearms, and one prohibiting the purchase of a firearm until age 21, are steps toward improving the number of unintentional deaths due to firearms.

The 12 Guns Of Christmas

Join us as we celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas with the 12 Guns of Christmas Sale. We will have special holiday pricing on 221 separate models Dec 9th – 20th only! To kick off this event we will be hosting Michael Plaxco of Smith & Wesson on Friday Dec. 9th!

12 guns of christmas

Glock- Wrong House

A series of ads featuring R Lee Ermey or Gunny as he is also known, has recently been released by Glock that highlights the safety that comes from owning a firearm.

 

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December brings holiday cheer, cold weather and the start of two full months of hunting the colorful ring-necked pheasant in northern Oklahoma.

According to biologists with the Wildlife Department, two main factors determine how many pheasants will be available for hunters to pursue each season. The first is the number of adult birds that survive the winter and enter the breeding season.

“The second and most important factor is the number of young birds that survived the summer,” said Doug Schoeling, upland game bird biologist for the Wildlife Department. “What makes or breaks our season on a bird like pheasants – and even other upland birds like quail – is recruitment, or the number of young birds that survive into the fall season. This year, while we have seen a slightly higher survival rate of adult birds, the number of young pheasants produced is down significantly after a season of drought and record high temperatures. With this decrease in production numbers, the 2011 pheasant season harvest is expected to be lower than last year.”

According to Schoeling, there may be exceptions, such as areas with good habitat that received some scattered rainfall. Schoeling said the best way to find those pockets of birds is to go hunting.

The Wildlife Department keeps tabs on the number of adult birds that survived the winter and the number of young pheasants that survived the spring and early summer through two different surveys. First, biologists conduct the annual crow count survey, which provides an idea of how many adult males survived through the winter. In late April and early May, biologists drive county roads and listen for crowing cock pheasants in search of mates. These 20-mile surveys are conducted in Alfalfa, Beaver, Cimarron, Ellis, Garfield, Grant, Harper, Kay, Major, Noble, Texas, Woods, and Woodward counties. Crow counts in recent years show good survival rates of adult birds, with the 2011 counts up five percent from 2010. The population trend has been going up since 2007. In those counties traditionally with the highest pheasant densities (Alfalfa, Beaver, Cimarron, Grant and Texas), and where surveys have been conducted since 1973, crow counts were up 7 percent from last year, with an increasing population trend since 1996.

The survival of young birds over the spring and summer is gauged using annual brood count surveys, which are conducted in late August to provide a measure of how many young pheasants were produced during the nesting season relative to previous years.

“The brood survey is really the primary means we use to determine the annual population status of pheasants and the outlook for the pheasant hunting season,” Schoeling said.

The brood survey is conducted in the same counties as the crow count survey, and observers count the number of pheasants observed and classify the size of young birds to provide an index of pheasant abundance (number seen per mile) and reproductive success. This year, brood survey results were down 40 percent from 2010 due to the unfavorable weather conditions this summer with record heat and drought throughout the pheasant’s range.

Because pheasant hunters only harvest male birds, biologists say hunting pressure has little effect on overall populations and that sportsmen should not hesitate to go hunting.

The ring-necked pheasant was first introduced into Oklahoma in 1911, and the colorful birds prefer cultivated farmland habitat mixed with weedy fencerows and overgrown pastures common across northwestern Oklahoma and the Panhandle.

Pheasant season in Oklahoma runs Dec. 1 through Jan. 31 (only in open areas) and offers hunters a chance at a popular game bird that, though not native to Oklahoma, thrives in the northwestern part of the state.

Hunters should consult the current “Oklahoma Hunting Guide” for open counties and wildlife management areas. The daily bag limit for pheasants is three cocks, with a possession limit of six after the first day and nine after the second day. Evidence of sex (head or one foot) must remain on the bird until it reaches its final destination.

To hunt pheasants, hunters most possess a valid state hunting license, available online at wildlifedepartment.com or at license dealers located across the state. When the deer gun and the holiday antlerless deer seasons overlap with pheasant season, all pheasant hunters must wear either a hunter orange cap or upper garment. For further regulations, including open areas, consult the current “Oklahoma Hunting Guide.”

Three Smart Things About Gun Silencers

This article was originally posted by James Card on Wired.com to view the original article click here
  1. They were once sold in hardware stores. The first commercially successful product was patented by MIT grad Hiram Percy Maxim in 1909. Marketed as a gentlemanly way to shoot, silencers were widely used in the 1920s and ’30s. One ad portrayed a well-dressed marksman firing at a target in his living room fireplace while a dog lounged at his feet.
  2. Affectionately known as “cans,” silencers are metal cylinders lined with internal baffles that channel expanding gas from the gun blast into hollow chambers, reducing its velocity as it leaves the muzzle. This can cut noise by as much as 40 dB.
  3. They’re legal in 39 states and fairly easy to buy. You have to pay a $200 tax, fill out some ATF paperwork, and wait a few months, but that’s about it. The $200 fee was instituted in 1934 to discourage the use of silencers, but it has never been adjusted for inflation and is now little deterrent for most people.

North American Arms .22 Revolvers

 

 

Some of the smallest firearms that we have ever carried, now in stock from North American Arms. These  Mini-Revolvers evolved from the popular .22 Magnum frame series and include the time tested design characteristics that are incorporated in all North American Arms Mini-Revolvers. The result is enhanced stability and accuracy for the shooter. They all have a Heavy Vent Barrel, a Bull Cylinder, Oversized Black Rubber Grips and come with either adjustable Sights for elevation or fixed Low Profile Sights.

You have to see these .22 revolvers in person to understand how compact they really are.  Visit H&H Shooting Sports Complex to view our selection of North American Arms today!