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December 23rd, 2021

SHOT Show New Products for 2022 — Ten Interesting Items

2022 SHOT Show Planner new products

CLICK HERE for ALL 258 New-for-2022 SHOT Show Products »

2022 SHOT Show Planner new productsThousands of new products will be on display at SHOT Show 2022, the major gun industry trade show held each January in Las Vegas. The official SHOT Show Product Planner offers a “sneak peak” at 258 new-for-2022 products for hunters and shooters. More will come in the weeks ahead. Here are TEN interesting new products for gun owners and reloaders. Since these are all recently-released items, we haven’t been able to test them yet. Product profiles are based on descriptions provided by the manufacturers. We will run a separate feature on new pistols and rifles that will debut in 3022.

Impact Sport In-Ear Hearing Protection (29 NRR)
Company: Howard Leight

Howard Leight in-ear plugs

This is an important new product. These Impact Sport In-Ear plugs provide serious 29 dB NRR noise protection. The plugs automatically compress amplification when loud impulse sounds (like gunshots) exceed 85dB. Internal amplification allows you to hear range commands and conversations. The cord connecting the plugs includes twin, handy volume controls. These plugs come with moldable earhooks with 3 different ear tip sizes. The base unit (dark green color) is $85.39 on Optics Planet. A deluxe model with BlueTooth is also available for $113.62 on Amazon.

Omega III Sight
Company: Omega Sights

The 2022 Omega III is a Sight, Rangefinder, and HD Video Camera all-in-one! It boasts independently adjustable reticle dots that can spaced apart as desired for any distance one wishes. For use on rifles, shotguns, and crossbows, this precision sight/camera replaces the scope. It also works as a 600 meter rangefinder. It has power zoom, instant video replay, 2X-6X digital power zoom, low-light enhancement, and FOV dimming control. Comes complete with mounting bracket for Picatinny or Weaver rail, 32GB micro SD Card, batteries, and 12 hour rechargeable power bank.

SwitchCover Lens Cover
Company: NcStar

New SwitchCover® scope lens covers open with a simple press. But then the SwitchCover rotates 180° and folds flat against the scope body. That way the lens covers do not obscure your vision (away from the scope). That will be appreciated when you take your head off the scope to look downrange. The SwitchCover is easy to mount with a cam action lock lever. The SwitchCover can be mounted onto scopes, round reflex optics, binoculars, spotting scopes, or any optic with a round profile. 30+ different sizes, from 30mm to 63mm, are offered. (Pricing not yet available.)

Frankford Arsenal 10-Station Progressive Press with Auto Case Feeder
Company: Frankford Arsenal

This new Frankford Arsenal 10-station auto-indexing reloading press features steel construction, multiple ball bearings, and a proprietary 10-station shell plate. This advanced unit includes a case-actuated powder measure. The press offers advanced features including dual de-capping stations, in-line primer pocket swaging capability, and the ability to run both powder check and case trimming dies. Swapping calibers is easy with removable tool heads and shell plates. The press features a roller handle, integrated LED light, and spring-loaded case locator buttons.

Caliber Colors ID Rings
Company: Rack’Em Racks

Designed primarily for gun stores, these caliber ID rings can help anyone with a large gun collection. Color coded Caliber Bands™ eliminate guesswork and save time. Caliber Bands wrap around gun barrels, stocks, or trigger guards or price tags. Chose among 32 different colors with the caliber clearly marked on each one for quick recognition. These are sold in color-coordinated assortments for Rifles, Shotguns, Pistols, and Black Powder.

Gentry Quiet Muzzle Brake
Company: Gentry Custom LLC

The Gentry Quiet Muzzle Brake reduces recoil up to 85% while directing noise and gas away from the shooter. The installation of a Quiet Muzzle Brake does not impact the firearm’s velocity or accuracy. Muzzle jump is minimized allowing for faster follow-up shots and many of our customers have told us they can see the impact of the bullet through their scopes.

AR15 Ultimate Tool Kit
Company: NcStar

This affordable ($138.99) AR15 Tool Kit offers key products for working on AR-platform rifles. Included are: Modular AR15/ M4 Upper Receiver Block, Lower Receiver Magwell Vice Block, Pro Series AR15 Barrel Wrench, Pro Series AR Lower Receiver Wrench, Heavy-duty castle nut wrench stock buffer tubes, Front sight adjustment tool, and handguard removal tool. In addition, there are multiple hand tools: 5/64″, 3/32″, 1/8″ steel punch, Mallet with nylon & brass ends, 1/4″ Hex screwdriver handle with Hex driver tool bits, Nylon Cleaning Brush.

FastArmed Biometric Gun Case
Company: FastArmed

Get your gun instantly with the Fast-Armed Biometric Gun Case. The Auto-Eject deploys the firearm directly into the owner’s hand. Biometric fingerprint capability is used for rapid deployment of a single pistol. Stores up to 100 fingerprints and includes backup key. 110 volt AC primary power source with rechargeable backup battery. Fits most handguns with interchangeable caliber pins to accommodate various size pistols.

Pro-Shooter Target System
Company: Pro-Shooter

The patented, WiFi-based Pro-Shooter Series 2 Smart Electronic Target System uses a base station to connect up to 15 targets that can be used simultaneously. Feedback from the target(s) are instantly recorded onto the free Pro-Shooter App. Once your training session is complete you can check the shot placement for each target. The target system can be used with: Pro-Shooter Series 1/2 Dry-Fire Trainers; Pro-Shooter vibration-activated laser; and Laser cartridge systems in regular firearms.

NANUK 5-Gun Pistol Case
Company: Nanuk (Plasticase)

The NANUK 933 5 UP Pistol Case provides secure storage for five full-frame handguns with trigger locks and eight (8) magazines. This hard case fits all pistols with barrel lengths up to 5″, and accommodates the weapons with their trigger locks in place. This case features semi-rigid closed cell Synergy® PEF foam for long term performance. The NANUK 933 5 UP Pistol Case has a lifetime guarantee and is waterproof, dustproof, and indestructible. NANUK™ Lid Organizer keeps accessories in a full-size folder or three transparent zippered compartments. Optional TSA latch kit provides extra security when traveling.

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December 23rd, 2021

Amazing Applied Ballistics Rimfire Ammo Test — 50 Types Tested

.22 LR Rimfire Ammunition testing Bryan Litz Applied Ballistics Eley
Photo shows Bryan Litz (on right) and tester Mitchell Fitzpatrick. Bryan said: “Only 2,445 rounds to go! We’re testing over 50 ammo types in five different twist barrels… science can be exhausting!”

Do you know the actual BC (Ballistic Coefficient) of your rimfire ammunition? Well Applied Ballistics has the data, thanks to a comprehensive, marathon ammo testing session. Some years back, in an effort to determine the “real world” BCs of various rimfire ammo types, Bryan Litz and his team at Applied Ballistics did an extraordinary, in-depth shooting test. Litz and company tested over fifty types of .22 LR ammo, using five different twist-rate barrels. This was one of the most comprehensive and through rimfire ammo tests ever done.

.22 LR Rimfire Ammunition testing Bryan Litz Applied Ballistics Eley

.22 LR Rimfire Ammunition testingBryan tolds us: “We tested many types of .22 rimfire ammo for the 2nd Edition of the Ballistic Performance of Rifle Bullets book. We used a pair of Oehler chronographs to measure velocity at the muzzle (MV) and velocity at 100 yards.” With these numbers (average and SD) Bryan can calculate G1 BCs for all the 50+ types of rimfire ammo. What’s more, because every sample is shot through five different barrels (each with a different twist rate) Bryan can also determine how velocity is affected by twist rate.

The tests are primarily to determine velocities for BC calculations — this was not an accuracy test. Bryan explains: “Our tests are not really looking at accuracy, mainly because that’s so subjective to different rifles. Our testing is primarily focused on measuring the BC of rimfire rounds from different twist-rate barrels. The MVs and BCs from the different twist test barrels was then published by Applied Ballistics in print books. Bryan Litz told us: “The .22 LR Rimfire data was originally published in Ballistic Performance of Rifle Bullets, 2nd Edition, which is now out of print. The 3rd Edition of that book doesn’t have rimfire data. The rimfire testing results and data were re-published in Modern Advancements in Long Range Shooting – Volume II (along with many other topics).

Bringing Science to the Rimfire World
Bryan’s goal with this project was to increase the rimfire knowledge base: “We hope to give the world of .22 LR rimfire a good dose of science. How is the BC of .22 rimfire ammo affected by barrel twist? Do subsonic rounds have more consistent BCs than supersonic or transonic rounds? What brands have the highest BCs? What brands have the most consistent MVs?”

.22 LR Rimfire Ammunition testing Bryan Litz Applied Ballistics Eley
Data from two Oehler chronographs is recorded in a computer. Ammo samples were tested in five (5) different barrels (of varying twist rates). Give credit to Dane Hobbs who supplied a test rifle, multiple barrels, and most of the ammo types for the test.

.22 LR at 300 Yards?
Bryan also conducted some longer range rimfire tests. His interesting findings have appeared in the Modern Advancements in Long Range Shooting book series. Bryan notes: “While .22 rimfire isn’t typically considered ‘long range’, we were able to consistently hit a two-MOA steel target at 300 yards with the trajectory predicted by AB software and the measured BC of some standard .22 LR rimfire ammo. The info we’re generating may make it possible to push the range of target engagement for a round that’s not seen much advancement in many decades.”

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December 23rd, 2021

Learn Shooting Fundamentals with “Gun Smarts” Video Series

Smith Wesson gunsmarts safety pistol shooting sights grip stance training videos

Do you know someone getting started in the shooting sports? Or perhaps you know shotgun or rifle shooters who want to improve their handgun skills because they have obtained CCW pistol permits? Then here is a good resource for those shooters-in-training. Smith & Wesson GUNSMARTS is a new video series that covers the key points of firearm ownership, from purchasing a pistol, to shooting techniques, gun safety, and storage. While this 38-part series does include some rifle-centric videos, it is mostly focused on handgun training, as you might expect from Smith & Wesson.

CLICK HERE to Watch All 38 S&W Gunsmarts Videos »

The GUNSMARTS series has 38 different videos covering gun safety, gun operation, marksmanship, maintenance, and secure storage. There are both general videos about gun handling and very specific videos about topics such as sight alignment, magazine loading, optics and more. Here are six of the best videos in the series. You will find 32 more on the Smith & Wesson Gunsmarts Playlist Page.

10 Tips for Your First Visit to the Range

Shooting Fundamentals — Sight Picture and Sight Alignment

Handgun Skills — Grip Pressure

Concealed Carry Positions and Holster/Belt Options

Considerations When Purchasing Your First Firearm

Smith Wesson gunsmarts safety pistol shooting sights grip stance training videos

Smith Wesson gunsmarts safety pistol shooting sights grip stance training videos

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