New Stuff from SHOT Show
- Colt’s reissuing the Delta Elite 10mm 1911 in stainless, and launching a Vietnam-spec M16A1 repro. Most of their new announcements are cosmetic changes to various 1911’s, but the real exciting news is the announcement of a new Cobra .38 Special revolver. (Not a reissue, it’s a new design closer to the old Detective Special than its namesake.)
- Not much for Glock fans… the “big deals” were the new G42 in .380 and a display of Keanu Reeves’s gun from John Wick.
- Inland Manufacturing, mainly notable for their repro M1 Carbines, is diversifying into the suppressor market… their first offering, in .22 rimfire, costs more for the NFA tax-stamp than it does in MSRP. For the classic-minded, they’re also expanding their WWII-repro and war-inspired offerings.
- Benelli has the new Super Black Eagle 3 12-gauge shotgun, optimized for cold-weather hunters.
- IWI is finally bringing their DAN .338 Lapua bolt-gun, weapon of choice to IDF and British commando snipers, to the US market.
- SIG displayed various 7.62mm tactical rifles, the new P220 Legion and a rose-gold-inlaid P238 pocket-pistol.
- Good news for the distaff side: 5.11 is trying to break up their Tacti-Troll Sausage Party image with a line of ruggedized ladieswear.
- Ruger’s got several handgun introductions, including the Mark IV redesign of their classic .22 target pistol.
That’s it for now, hopefully more goodies to cover after the show wraps in next week’s Watercooler.
This Week In History
- Sunday, 1/15: USS President captured, 1815; Dems first symbolized with jackass, 1870; Sarah Jane Moore gets life sentence for attempted killing of President Ford, 1976
- Monday, 1/16: Fremont appointed first Governor of California Territory, 1847; Pendleton Act establishes Civil Service system, 1883; B-52s fire first shots of Gulf War, 1991
- Tuesday, 1/17: Battle of the Cowpens, 1781; Thurston overthrows Kingdom of Hawaii, 1893; Popeye debuts, 1929
- Wednesday, 1/18: Cook discovers Hawaii, 1778; Jefferson asks Congress to fund Lewis & Clark Expedition, 1803; Boston Strangler convicted, 1967
- Thursday, 1/19: Battle of Mill Springs first significant CSA defeat, 1862; first overhead-wired electric lighting enters service, 1883; Lucille Ball gives birth on-air during I Love Lucy episode, 1953
- Friday, 1/20: Senate authorizes Navy lease of Pearl Harbor, 1887; Iranian hostage crisis ends 20 minutes after Reagan inaugurated, 1981
- Saturday, 1/21: Kiwanis founded in Detroit, 1915; siege of Khe Sanh firebase begins, 1968; Gingrich first sitting Speaker reprimanded by House, 1997
Today’s Birthdays: Statesman Daniel Webster, 1782; author A. A. Milne, 1882; actors Oliver Hardy, 1892 and Cary Grant, 1904; sound engineer Ray Dolby, 1933
Holidays Around the World: Today kicks off Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and it’s Royal Thai Armed Forces Day.
This Week In History is compiled with assistance from History.com and Wikipedia. Something interesting not listed here? Please share in the Comments section–this is an Audience Participation Encouraged featurette.
Gratuitous Gun Giveaways
- *American Handgunner magazine, for an EAA Witness Pavona .380 or Rock Island .22TCM/9mm 1911 pistol package: http://americanhandgunner.com/giveaway/
- *Guns Magazine, for a Navy Arms 1892 Coyote Killer lever-action rifle, Magnum Research BFR .30-30 revolver, EAA Witness Pavona .380 or Diamondback Firearms DB9 micro-9mm pistol: http://gunsmagazine.com/giveaway/
- Davidson’s Gallery of Guns, for an ATI FX 1911 Hybrid .45 pistol or Alpha Sport 12-gauge shotgun: https://ggg.galleryofguns.com/
- Aero Precision, for a custom AR15: http://gvwy.io/o4k4ek4
- GrabAGun, for an ATI Omni Maxx Hybeid quad-rail AR15: http://grabagun.com/giveaway
*Note: FMG Publishing giveaways require you to provide an FFL dealer’s info at entry. Aero Precision giveaways give me one entry each for the first ten people who use my referral link.
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