SHOT Show 2018: Day Two Floor Finds

posted on January 30, 2018

One list certainly isn’t enough to contain all the interesting new items we have seen at SHOT Show 2018, so we’re going to give a rundown each day of five things that really captured our attention. Here are five more cool things Shooting Illustrated found at SHOT Show on Day Two. Check out our list of Day One Floor Finds here.

Crimson Trace Tactical Lights

New for 2018 (and kept a closely guarded secret!) are a new series of weapon-mounted and hand-held lights from Crimson Trace. Featuring output up to 900 lumens and having the ability to switch between handheld and mounted on a firearm, MSRP was not available at press time.

Janz Revolver Type S + EM-S

Sometimes, you see something that catches your eye, like a Lamborghini or Rolex, because it’s breathtakingly beautiful and orders of magnitude out of your range. The Janz revolver is such an item, with combination packs that include multiple barrels and chamberings. Each combination is chosen by the shooter, and calibers from .22 LR to .454 Casull are available. Price varies according to frame size, number of barrels and other factors, but expect to pay somewhere in the vicinity of a Toyota Camry.

North American Arms Ranger 2

The micro-revolver series from North American Arms comprises some of the smallest working firearms extant. A significant complaint on the mini-single-action pistols is the reloading time—one needs to remove the cylinder entirely from the frame to reload. With the Ranger 2, spent shells are ejected as the revolver hinges, much like the Schofield revolver. MSRP is $479.

Palmetto State Armory PSAK 5.56 

We’ve seen plenty of AR-15-style rifles chambered in 7.62x39 mm. Now, there’s an AK-47-pattern rifle chambered in 5.56, the PSAK 5.56. Featuring a forged bolt, carrier and trunnion, the PSAK 5.56 accepts standard AR-15-style magazines. MSRP has not been determined as of press time.

Tactical Solutions X-Ring Takedown SBR

Yes, it will require a tax stamp, but dang, just look at the X-Ring SBR. Featuring the Magpul Backpacker takedown stock, extended magazine release and 9-inch threaded barrel, the X-Ring SBR is about as compact as it gets for a .22 rifle. MSRP is $1,135, and the gun is available in black, green, tan, silver and gray.


Mossberg 500 and 590 shotguns
Mossberg 500 and 590 shotguns

Mossberg 500 and 590: America’s Defensive Shotguns

Since 1961, the O.F. (Oscar Frederick) Mossberg company has sold more than 11 million of its Model 500 pump-action shotguns, making it the most popular shotgun of all time, if not one of the most sold guns in any category, period.

Customizing the Colt Detective Special

Got a gun with that has seen better days? Perhaps Grandpa’s favorite gun was obviously “well loved?” Talented gunsmiths and other artisans are out there who can give your favorite firearm a much-needed face-lift.

First Look: Dead Air Armament Primal Suppressor

Dead Air Armament is adding the Primal, a new.46-caliber magnum rated suppressor to their lineup of firearms sound suppressors.

9/11 20 Years Later: A Special Smith & Wesson

There are still heroes in this world. We mourn the loss of one some 20 years later on the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

Why Defensive Firearms Training is So Important

Yes, you may never have to fire your handgun in defense of your life or family, but the possibility always exists.

Review: Smith & Wesson Shield Plus

In retrospect, Smith & Wesson had nobody to blame for the situation but themselves. The company didn’t invent the subcompact, lightweight, single-stack nine, of course. Walther and Beretta had preceded the original Shield to market by a few years with the PPS and the Nano, respectively, and Kahr had more or less created the niche back in the 1990s.


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