Daniel Defense showed off two new rifles at this year’s SHOT Show. The Black Creek, Ga.-based gun maker has an improved version of the MK12 precision rifle and the latest version of its V11 series rifle for three-gun competitions.

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Mutant-600x400A Missouri-based gunmaker has taken two of the most popular rifles in the world — the AR-15 and the AK-47 — blended key components of each and turned it into the MK-47 Mutant.

The Kitup team got a first look at the Mutant, built by CMMG, last week at NSSF’s Shot Show in Las Vegas to include a demonstration on Range Day. Brendan McGarry broke down the details of the rifle on here.

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LAS VEGAS — CamelBak Products LLC., unveiled a new pack design at SHOT Show 2015 that places the hydration bladder against the lower back.

The Rubicon is one of two backpacks with a special lumbar pocket that holds a three-liter reservoir.

“This is one of two packs we are launching this year with the lumbar reservoir,” Amanda Rodriguez, assistant product manager for CamelBak’s Government, Military and Industrial products, said at SHOT Show.

CamelBak engineers have used the lumbar-reservoir design on some of its recreation-style packs, she said. “This is where your body is meant to carry all the weight,” Rodriguez said.

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LAS VEGAS – Safariland LLC., has come up with a truly innovative holster that fits more than 125 modern handgun models.

The Pro Fit 578 Holster features a V-Block design and special locking mechanism that fits many of today’s polymer-framed pistols.

“We took a whole series of popular firearms and … took all the digital dimensions and overlaid them at the position where they would index into the V Block,” Safariland’s Bill Rogers said at SHOT Show 2015.

The designers looked at looked for similarities on parts such as take-down levers, safeties and magazine releases, Rogers said.

“What we found was there is a lot of commonality,” he said. “What this holster does is fit all the weapons that have a similar size trigger guard. ..It’s kind of a revolutionary design for us.”

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LAS VEGAS — Blue Force Gear returned to SHOT Show 2015 with a lower-cost backpack and, of course, a dinosaur.

The Pooler, Georgia-based company displayed among its new offerings a wolf gray Micro DAP Pack.

“In a market flooded with packs, we’re happy to bring an American-made pack for around $125,” Stephen Hilliard, director of product development at Blue Force Gear. [click to continue…]



LAS VEGAS – Springfield Armory demonstrated its newest compact .45 caliber pistol at SHOT Show 2015.

The new XD MOD 2 .45 follows the introduction of the 9mm and .40 caliber versions of the pistol that were released a few months ago.

It has a redesigned back strap and trigger guard, said Rob Leatham, of Springfield Armory. The MOD 2 .45 also features a nine-round magazine and a fiber-optic front sight.

Designers also moved the serrations around to make it easier to rack the slide, he said.

I have to say it was very comfortable to shoot for a compact .45. The MOD 2 .45 will be available in about six weeks for $593.



LAS VEGAS — SRM Arms is pitching a fully automatic, 16-round tactical shotgun to potential military customers, including foreign defense forces, officials said.

The Boise, Idaho-based gun-maker displayed the so-called SRM 1216 as part of a family of high-capacity 12-gauge shotguns this week at SHOT Show. [click to continue…]