SHOT Show 2014 – (Real) News From The Floor
January 15, 2014
First of all, apologies. It looks like, for some reason the comments are closed on that last post. And yes, it was a joke… but not much of one. The zombie craze itself has sort of tapered off, but the tacticool mania is still running full bore. I’ve probably spent as much effort sidestepping booths of uppers and lowers and custom barrels and lights and rail systems and… well, read that sentence and you might get the sense of it.
I have had an opportunity to make a few rounds on the floor, mostly getting back in touch with old contacts or establishing new ones.
On the lead-free ammo front, just to get that out here, there’s not really a whole lot to report. The major manufacturers are pretty much holding stable. Winchester has expanded their Power-Core offering to 12 calibers, and their RazorBack XT is now available in five. They still offer the lead-free .22 LR ammo, but haven’t really made any changes or upgrades to that line. Federal/CCI is, similarly, holding pretty steady with their current line. The Federal Trophy Copper seems to be fitting the demand, although like everyone else, shipping and supplies have been a little slight. And Remington seems pretty happy with the Copper Solids.
I did have a chance to stop by and visit with the guys from DDupleks, a company out of Latvia that makes steel shotgun slugs. They’re one of the few offerings available for smoothbore slug gun hunters. Sterling ammunition also offers a similar steel slug. I hope to get some of these and give them a go. My friend, Dan used the DDupleks a year or so ago and did his own, first-hand review, but I still want to do my own research.
There is a new guy in the game (who’s card I will have to relocate) who is making bullets out of a zinc alloy. According to the manufacturer, this alloy offers characteristics that are very close to lead. Even more important, he says, is the fact that this material is about half the cost of copper, which means lead-free ammunition could become much more economical. As always, I have to take a wait-and see attitude. Zinc isn’t new in the ammunition world, which makes me wonder why it hasn’t been done before.
Two years ago, when I attended my last SHOT Show, I was introduced to Cutting Edge bullets. At the time they were still in development, but the line has matured a bit and now offers a wide range of CA-certified lead-free bullets. Unlike most of the other lead-free bullets, these are designed to explosively shed their petal on impact. From photos I saw, they do this with a lot of force in a pretty spectacular way… maybe even too spectacular. But I’m going to give some of them a go, and I’ll find out for myself.
And, just for a little gun lust… I saw this beauty from Cooper Rifles!
More to come later… I promise.