SHOT Show 2010 - "Media Day"

by Boge Quinn

Monday, January 18th, 2010, the day before the opening of the SHOT Show, was a day devoted to "Media Day" shoots. In separate events at various locations around Las Vegas, Jeff, Boge and Greg were afforded the opportunity to visit many different range exhibits, representing companies both large and small. These shooting events were organized to allow selected gun writers to have "hands-on" experience with the various manufacturers' product lines and new products, and to have fun shooting up lots of free ammo.

The day's events started with "Media Day at the Range", sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, in which many manufacturers displayed their newest products.

Later in the day the Quinn boys attended an event at Nellis Air Force Base, hosted by FNH-USA, where they were able to shoot some of the really cool FN products that civilians are not normally allowed to touch. 

Later in the afternoon saw an indoor event (which was welcome, as Las Vegas was experiencing some rarely-seen rain throughout the day) hosted by Smith & Wesson and also featuring manufacturers such as Trijicon, Thompson-Center, and Insight Technologies. Unfortunately, some of the really cool new S&W products can't be unveiled until after the official start of the SHOT Show, so we are sworn to secrecy for now...

SHOT Show 2010 - "Media Day"

SHOT Show 2010 - Day 1

SHOT Show 2010 - Day 2

SHOT Show 2010 - Day 3

Media Day 2010

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Beretta NEOS .22 carbine conversion kit.

Beretta's new door-breaching muzzle brake for tactical shotguns.

EMA's tactical carbine conversion kit is a novel way to convert a semi-auto handgun...

...into a short-barreled, controllable carbine.

Big Horn Armory Model 89 lever-action carbine is an all-new medium-sized action chambered for the .500 S&W Magnum cartridge.

ISSC's Wolfram Kriegleder with their tactical carbine.

Savage Tactical Rifle in .338 Lapua.

Ithaca's modern (top) and classic (bottom) 1911A1 pistols.

New for SHOT 2010 is Ruger's 22/45RP, featuring 1911-style grip panels...

...these slim-profile cocobolo grip panels look great, and greatly improve the feel of Ruger's excellent 22/45 pistol.

Nemesis "Windrunner" rifle features interchangeable barrels.

Greg shoots FN's SCAR-17 7.62mm rifle.

Smith & Wesson Model 638 .38 Special revolver.

Smith & Wesson Performance Center Model 629. 

Jeff shoots Smith & Wesson's Model 386 lightweight .357 revolver.

Smith & Wesson's Model 386 lightweight .357 revolver.

Thompson-Center's "Hot Shot" is a nifty little .22 aimed at the youth market.

Thompson-Center's "Hot Shot" (bottom) compared to the full-sized Encore (top).

Insight Technologies' mini dot sight, shown here mounted atop a Trijicon ACOG scope, just won the military contract for red-dot sights.

Trijicon's new line of precision steel scope rings.

SHOT Show 2010 - "Media Day"

SHOT Show 2010 - Day 1

SHOT Show 2010 - Day 2

SHOT Show 2010 - Day 3