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2011 SHOT Show Coverage



The 2011 Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show has wrapped up for another year. It was held at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The SHOT Show is not open to the public. In order to gain entry you have to have some association with a related business. However in many cases the "association" was loose at best. Photos were prohibited except for credentialed members of the press.

This was my first time at SHOT and I was not quite sure what to expect. Sensory overload was the feeling of the day. If it was new and hot, it was on display at SHOT. If it was new and top-secret it was hidden away at SHOT.

We didn't get the extensive coverage we had hoped for, but we will be better prepared for next year.

Page 1: McRee's Precision; Tactical Intervention Specialists; Chuck Mawhinney

Page 2: Manners Composite Stocks; Badger Ordinance; GA Precision

Page 3: Nightforce; Accuracy International;

Page 4: JP Rifles; US Optics;

Page 5: Vortex Optics; Bell & Carlson; Kel Tec;

Page 6: Surgeon Rifles; FN USA; Remington Defense;

McRee's Precision

Our first stop was at the US Tactical Supply booth. We got to take a gander at the new McRee's Precision "Leopard" Chassis.

The new Leopard Chassis appears well refined. McRee's Chassis system offers a wide range of options. The short list includes the ability to accept AR stocks, a folding adapter and McRee's own fixed stock. One interesting new feature is a bubble level installed in the stock just forward of the folding/AR adapter. We are looking forward to taking a closer look at the McRee's Precision Chassis later this year.

Also on display was a new McRee's Chassis for the McMillan Tac-50 apparently this was designed on request from a group who has been using the Tac-50 overseas with success. One complaint I had about the Tac-50's factory stock was that McMillan did not design it as a folder. I have no idea why, but Scott's Chassis fixes this problem and makes the Tac-50 a little more portable and quicker to deploy. No word on commercial availability.

Scott McRee and his Chassis

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Tactical Intervention Specialists

Mike Miller was on hand to demonstrate the new TIS Slip Cuff Model Two. This sling was designed in conjunction with Archangel Gearworx. It allows the sling to function as a precision, patrol and carry sling. The sling is setup to quickly release the arm as well so getting out of it in a hurry is not a problem. As with all TIS products this one is well thought out and well constructed.

Chuck Mawhinney

Chuck Mawhinney was on hand to sign autographs and to show off his new M40 replica. The M40 is manufactured by Remington then accurized by GA Precision. They are then test fired and sighted in by Chuck. Each rifle is serialized and features bottom metal with Chuck's signature. Only 103 will be produced in honor of Chuck's record in Vietnam. The rifles are topped with a Leupold replica of the Redfield scope mounted to the original M40. They are mounted in Redfield rings and base. This rifle is almost an exact copy of the Chuck's rifle which is currently hanging in the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, VA. Price is $5000 each. Check Chuck's website for details on ordering.

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