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November 10th, 2017

Sneak Peek of New Products at SHOT Show 2018

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Thousands of new products will be on display at SHOT Show 2018, the huge gun industry trade show held each January in Las Vegas. Some of the most highly-anticipated products (such as new Lapua ammo with Berger bullets) have not yet been revealed. However, the SHOT Show Product Planner offers a “sneak peak” at nearly 100 new-for-2018 products. More will come in the weeks ahead. For the time being, however, here are six interesting new products. Since these are all completely new items, we haven’t been able to test them yet. All product descriptions are provided by the manufacturers.

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Which of these six (6) new products is your favorite? Which do you think will be the biggest commercial success? List your responses in the Comments section below.

New Accu-Tac Precision Bipod (Quick Detach with Traverse)

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The Accu-Tac FC-5 QD F-Class Bi-Pod with quick detach was designed for long-range, target, competition, and tactical shooting. The FC-5 QD is 100% billet aircraft aluminum. Our quick detach rail mount is simple, quick, and very secure. The quick detach attaches to a 1913 Picatinny rail and mounts in seconds without the need to use extra tools for tightening. Our F-Class bipod has the ability to pan and the leg design allows the shooter to quickly adjust to 5 different positions and position each leg differently. Leg positions can be deployed in a 45 or 90 degree position either forwards or backwards, locking securely into 5 positions through a 180 degree arc.
PRICE: $430 | LINK:

New LEO TakeDown Barrel Attachment System for AR-Platform Rifles

SHOT Show 2018 New product bipod shot indicator LEO TAKEDOWN

The LEO TakeDown is rapid barrel removal and attachment system. The LEO TakeDown retrofits direct impingement AR-15, M-4, and M-16 service rifles that utilize a MILSPEC grade upper receiver. Designed for durability and reliability, the LEO is made of military grade steel. The Upper Receiver Case replaces the D-Ring assembly. The Barrel Coupling is designed to accept commercially-available handguards and integrates with the Upper Receiver Case for a positive lock between the barrel chamber, the index pin, and the upper receiver. Once installed, the barrel chamber remains within headspace gap tolerance, lateral and fore/aft movement of the barrel is restricted (no movement). The cycle of operation is normal, and battle sight zero remains intact.
PRICE: $350 | LINK:

New Magnetospeed T1000 Target Indicator

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Magnetospeed’s new T1000 target hit indicator features a weatherproof enclosure and long battery life. It was designed to be mounted to the back side of AR500 steel targets at least 10″ wide. While mounted, it is in an always-on state waiting for the next shot. How does it hold up? The flexible rubber reflector is designed to withstand many impacts before needing to be replaced. Target preparation for the T1000 is quick and simple, and the T1000 can be transferred to multiple targets using Industrial Velcro. The T1000 has multiple operating modes and is easily seen through any optic that can “see” your target at your shooting distance.
PRICE: $150.00 | LINK:

New Noize Barrier Electronic Ear Plugs

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Otto Communications’ NoizeBarrier High Definition Electronic Earplugs offer situational awareness … while also providing hearing protection from loud noises. The dual-mode NoizeBarrier earplugs [feature] noise-isolating eartips combined with proprietary sound processing electronics. The earplugs provide normal situational awareness when sound levels are safe, a higher level of protection (up to 15 dB) when there is sustained loud noise, and maximum protection (up to 40 dB) from loud impulse noises. With a simple press on the touch pad, the enhanced hearing mode provides 5X amplification of soft sounds, while maintaining the impulse noise protection.

New Lyman Compact Reloading Press

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Lyman’s new Brass Smith C-Frame Press is designed as an affordable press for beginners AND for use as a secondary press for experienced reloaders. The compact C-Frame Press requires minimal bench space. Small but strong, the rugged press frame is made of cast iron, while other components are all steel. The press features compound linkage for optimum leverage, a 1” diameter ram, and a 3 7/8” press opening which can handle cartridges with a loaded length of up to 3.700”. The press has a central handle position for easy ambidextrous use and a ball handle for comfortable operation. The C-Frame Press accepts all 7/8×14 thread dies and standard shell holders. The press… is the perfect auxiliary press for whose wishing to perform a specific operation separate from their main press.
Price: $99.95 | LINK:

New .300 Norma and .338 Norma Brass from Peterson

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Peterson Cartridge Co. dedicated much 2017 to developing .300 Norma and .338 Norma brass that rival the internal volume consistency you receive from Norma, but also holds more pressure and offers more reloads per casing. One tester said: “The Peterson brass I’ve been testing in .300 Norma Mag is by far the best .300 Norma brass I’ve used to date… The accuracy is OUTSTANDING.” Peterson anticipates this brass will start shipping in the first quarter of 2018.
LINK: Peterson Cartridge Company

Credit EdLongRange for finding the 2018 Product Planner. We welcome reader submissions.
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November 10th, 2017

Program Helps Hunters Donate Food for the Needy

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We support Hunters for the Hungry, a program that feeds needy families in the USA. Hunters for the Hungry (HFTH) is an NRA program that gives back to communities by supplying meals throughout the country. The NRA works closely with state agencies that supervise meat donations. Since the program’s inception, Hunters for the Hungry has brought millions of pounds of venison to homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and food banks across the United States. This program has been in place for 24 years. In 2013, HFTH affiliates donated 2.6 million pounds of meat, equating to 10.3 million meals.

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Hunt and Help Others
Many American hunters are able to harvest more than they can eat or share with friends and family. Through Hunters for the Hungry you can help share your bounty with those in need.

NRA hunters for hungry food donations venison deer meat

Donation Rules and Regulations
All donated game must be field dressed and legally harvested. Note that each state has different rules and regulations for donations, please check with your local drop off location prior to donating.

Questions? READ Hunters for the Hungry FAQ »

To learn more about Hunters for the Hungry, call (800) 492-4868 (option3) or email for more information.

Many hunters work with organizations dedicated to the cause of helping the hungry, such as Hunters for the Hungry, Farmers & Hunters Feeding the Hungry, Hunt to Feed, and Buckmasters, among others. The game meat satisfies shelters’ need for nutritious food items. Dave Williams, who manages food resources for a Georgia food bank, said that “Deer venison is such a low-fat, high-protein item, agencies greatly appreciate getting it.” Another recent news report pointed out that one deer can feed up to 200 people. Ground venison is a versatile food, with cooks using it in pasta sauces, chili, tacos, meatloaf, burgers and other dishes.

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November 10th, 2017

Cutaway Ammo Samples for Training — AmVIEWnition

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Ever wondered what pistol, rifle, and shotgun ammo really looks like on the inside? Well, thanks to two clever friends, you can NOW see exactly what’s on the inside. Bernard Martinage and David Swanson, fellow NRA-certified firearms instructors, have created a new kind of training tool — cutaway ammo samples. The two men call their line of cutaways, AmVIEWnition. The sliced cartridges and shotshells are employed as visual/tactile training aids. These cutaways help new shooters understand ammo components and how cartridges and shotshells are engineered.

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Bernard Martinage (L) and David Swanson (R) are the inventors of AmVIEWnition products — cutaway ammo samples for training.

Bernard told the NRA Blog: “In order to make teaching easier and increase trainee comprehension, I simply decided to cut bullets lengthwise and show them [students] what’s inside. It certainly sped up their understanding and it was cool to look at! I always liked inventing and creating things that solved problems or made life easier. So, doing it with firearm training was no different.” To learn more about the history of AmVIEWnition, read the NRA Blog’s Interview with Bernard Martinage.

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Bernard and David also produce Barrel Cutaways and “Solo-Blast” 3-D Ballistics Models of projectile wound channels. Visit to see these products as well as the full line of pistol, rifle, and shotgun AmVIEWnition cutaways.

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