I first learned of Moral Patches when I was in Iraq in 2004. The patches were usually cheesy and poorly made, but they have come a long way. Morale patches and the firearms/tactical industry have become almost synonymous. Patches typically come in either of the embroidered variety or of the PVC variety, though some patch makers have expanded the medium to include leather and even glass and almost all Velcro backed. Each medium have their appeal and each offers their own unique qualities and downfalls. Preference is usually based on an individuals personal taste and style. Some individual collections are small and some are astronomical.
SHOT Show is not immune to a vast variety of morale patch collections and many patches are only offered during the show by either manufacturers or enthusiasts. Throughout the show I will attempt to collect as many different patches available and post them here for all to see. At the end of each day, this post will be updated with the days take, so check back for an updated list. The patches will not be in any specific order and I will try my best to include who the patch came from and a link to their site.
Let everyone know what your favorite patch of the 2018 SHOT Show is by commenting on the Facebook post.
It appears that LanTac-USA is releasing a Glock Trigger at SHOT Show 2018 (Booth 20652). There is not currently any information on their webpage, however, the following is a press release regarding the new trigger.
The following is a Press Release from LanTac-USA:
Precision Upgrade Trigger for Glock 17, 19 Gen 1-3 & Gen4 Pistols.
The Ultimate drop in trigger for your pistol, the E-CTG9™ trigger can be configured for Carry (Self Defense) or Competition (Target) use and comes complete with our improved trigger spring kit so you can set the ultimate trigger pull on your handgun.
The trigger housing features our SSR (Super Short Reset) 3.5Lb Connector that delivers the same trigger profile as the factory unit but is highly polished and re shaped to reduce friction and create a much smoother, lighter more consistent pull.
This connector makes super fast reset of the trigger possible, allowing for very quick follow up shots and reduced friction means less resistance for smooth operation.
Our Trigger Bar is manufactured from a proprietary blend of 420 Stainless Steel and polished to produce an ultra smooth hard wearing surface that reduced friction and trigger pull interference as it operates against the connector and internally against the pistol frame.
The included spring kit comes with the following parts to assist in reducing trigger pull further.
x1 Reduced Power Firing Pin Safety Spring & Ultra Smooth Safety Plunger.
Springs are manufactured from the highest grade piano wire and tempered for the best service life.
Each spring is calibrated to deliver consistent force through the entire compression cycle for reliable operation every time the pistol is fired.
With nearly 30% more power our Trigger Spring actually reduces the pull weight by as much as 1Lb.
The lower power Firing Pin Safety Spring reduces friction caused by the firing pin plunger engaging with the trigger bar and creates a much smoother operation of the parts.
The Triggers Pivot Pin and Trigger Bar position has been carefully considered to deliver maximum leverage with minimum force and the hybrid bow face is a perfect blend of curved and flat surfacing that delivers comfort with improved ergonomics and finger positioning.
The bow is precision machined from certified 7075-T6 aluminum and hard coat anodized Type3 Class2 Black.
Triggers are assembled in house and come with our lifetime warranty against defects in manufacture.
Just received information on a new “firearm” from Franklin Armory called the Reformation. The Reformation is not considered a “rifle” or a “shotgun” and though it touts an 11.5″ bbl, it does not require a tax stamp. In their description, the “gun” shows that there is a stock attached, so it is not a “pistol”. Does anyone have more information how this works?
The following is a Press Release from Nighthawk Custom:
Berryville AR: Nighthawk Custom, makers of heirloom quality 1911’s, shotguns, and revolvers, is pleased to announce its first of several new models for 2018, by revamping the top selling Ladyhawk line. The new Ladyhawk 2.0 is the first major upgrade to this series of pistols. The slim framed commander sized gun has been a huge hit with women who desire high quality handguns designed for smaller hands.
Available in both 9mm and 45acp, as no cost options, this gun supports full powered modern ammunition in a thin framed package. What makes the Ladyhawk 2.0 different however, are it’s aesthetic elements. Shooters have been asking for more feminine colors and styes to match the unique craftsmanship provided by Nighthawk Custom. The Ladyhawk 2.0 marries modern coating options like DLC and Rose Gold TICN with Obsidian, Abalone and Zinc.
Here are just some of the features:
• Finish: DLC with Rose Gold TICN finish on controls and barrel • Grips – Custom Obsidian, Abalone, and Zinc • Forged commander size frame and 4.25″ barrel (also available with an officer size frame) • Match grade 9mm barrel (also available in .45 ACP as a no-cost option) • Heinie Slant Pro Straight Eight Tritium night sights • Thinned front strap and mainspring housing • Serrated slide top • Scalloped front strap and mainspring housing • 40 lines per inch serrated rear of slide to match rear sight • Shortened slide stop and beveled frame • Crowned barrel flush with bushing • Lightweight aluminum Nighthawk Custom tri-cavity trigger • New ultra hi-cut front strap • Completely dehorned for comfortable carry • Heinie recoil spring plug
Retail price on the Nighthawk Custom Ladyhawk 2.0 is $4695 with dealer and online orders being fulfilled starting today. ###
(McLean, VA – January 4, 2018) FN America, LLC announces the launch of new additions to the FN 15® series, including a pistol variant in two calibers and a new, full FDE carbine, in advance of the 2018 SHOT Show. The new FN 15s will be on display at the show for a first-hand look and on sale at dealers nationwide within the first part of the year.
The first new additions to the series are the FN 15 Pistols, chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO or .300 AAC Blackout . Their 10.5- or 12-inch, cold hammer-forged, chrome-lined barrels have a 1:7 twist, carbine- and pistol-length gas systems optimized to reach the highest level of performance out of each cartridge in terms of accuracy and reliability.
Each AR pistol variant has an M-LOK-equipped rail, fixed low-profile stainless-steel gas block, FN combat trigger weighing in between 4.5-7.75 lbs. and includes an SBX-K™ Pistol Stabilizing Brace that make these little carbine-caliber pistols a breeze to shoot.
The FN 15 Tactical Carbine that FN customers know and love is now available in full Flat Dark Earth (FDE). The enhanced MIL-SPEC lower receiver and legendary match-grade free floating, chrome-lined, cold hammer-forged barrel offer extreme durability and performance.
Maintaining the distinguishing features of the FN 15 Tactical series are the 3-prong flash hider found on the FN SCAR rifles that reduces flash, mid-length gas system and H1 buffer that decreases recoil, a B5 grip, buttstock and 12.5-inch P-LOK rail with M-LOK accessory mounting system.
To learn more about the new FN 15s or other FN products, please visit www.fnamerica.com, or visit the FN Booth (#13662) at the 2018 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 23-26, 2018, at The Sands Expo and Convention Center.
The following is a Press Release from Streamlight:
USB Rechargeable Light Features Spot and COB Flood Modes; Delivers 375 Lumens
EAGLEVILLE, PA, January 4, 2018 – Streamlight®, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting, announced its popular Twin-Task® line of work lights now includes a hands-free, rechargeable model, the Twin-Task® USB Headlamp. The new light uses two unique LEDs to provide a spot beam or flood light, allowing for hands-free lighting for both distance and close-up applications. Delivering up to 375 lumens, it also features a built-in USB port for on-the-go recharging in the light.
The Twin-Task USB headlamp uses a traditional LED to provide spot lighting for distance illumination, while a new technology COB LED delivers a smooth, diffused flood light that reduces glare while filling a work area with light.
“With two light sources to choose from, the new Twin-Task USB brings the versatility of the handheld model to a headlamp,” said Streamlight Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Michael F. Dineen. “With its main beam for distance spotting and a COB Flood LED for working close up, automotive, industrial and other professionals always have just the right mode for their lighting needs. It also offers the convenience of USB recharging, or the option of quickly changing to a backup battery if a USB charging source isn’t available.”
The Twin-Task USB Headlamp features a rechargeable lithium ion battery which is located in a rear battery pack that is contoured for user comfort. Its multi-function, push-button switch allows users to access five lighting modes. The Spot LED (with high, medium and low modes) ranges from 375 lumens and 4.75 hours of run time on high to 50 lumens and 20 hours on low. The COB Flood LED has two modes: high, 250 lumens and a 5-hour run time; and low, 125 lumens and a 9.25-hour run time.
The headlamp features a low profile, ergonomically balanced design, including a 120 degree tilting head to reduce neck fatigue. With a body made of impact-modified nylon, the light weighs 6.1 ounces with the included battery. The light’s head bracket measures 2.67 inches long and the rear battery pack is 3.34 inches in length.
Featuring an IPX4 rating for water resistance, the Twin-Task USB Headlamp is water resistant to 2 meters.
Available in a black/red combination, the Twin-Task USB Headlamp has an MSRP of $100.00 and comes with Streamlight’s Limited Lifetime warranty.
I have published a variation of the SHOT Show survival guide in years past and this is an updated version.
With the 40th Anniversary and 2018 SHOT Show just around the corner, there are many people attending for the first time asking what to expect. Though I am by no means an expert in SHOT culture, this will be my 8th year and I have attempted to attack the show in different ways to try to get the most out of a limited amount of time.
Here are a few tips to hopefully get you through and to maintain your sanity and have some fun along the way:
Wear Comfortable Shoes. You will hear this over and over again from SHOT veterans, and for good reason. With miles and miles of aisles and not so comfortable concrete laden floors only covered by extremely thin outdoor carpeting, your shoes will save or ruin you feet and legs after hours of being on them. You will have to decide between comfort or fashion. Also, try to take breaks, sit down for a few minutes and look for the booths that went the extra mile and purchased double-stuffed layering of carpet padding. (You may not see it at first, but you will definitely notice the moment you step foot in their booth. You may also not want to leave.)
Leave the Rolling Milk Crate Carts at Home. With over 60,000 attendees in past years, the show floor gets a little crowded. Add in everyone toting around those ridiculous milk crates with wheels and it becomes hazardous. Trust me, you will trip over no less than a dozen of these obnoxious things as you either get cut off or when someone leaves it directly behind you when you are at a booth. If you want to haul around brochures, bring along a backpack or something that is off the ground.
If you don’t believe how absolutely annoying these things are, check out this video compilation that my buddy Chris Tran did at SHOT last year. CLICK HERE. And follow him on IG while you are there.
Hydrate or DIE. You are walking a lot at SHOT, plus all of that alcohol you had last night will suck the water right out of you. If you can, stop by a Walgreen’s or somewhere and pick up a 12 pack of water. There is a Walgreen’s on the strip, directly between the Venetian and the Palazzo. The cost of a 12 pack of water will be probably the same as two waters on the SHOT floor. Throw one or two bottles in your backpack, not your rolling milk crate cart, and you’ll be glad you did. You may also want to throw in a Clif Bar or two each day as you may forget to eat or you may not want to spend $9 for a side salad at the cafe on the show floor.
Move with a Purpose. We all know what sheep are. Do not be one that meanders aimlessly through the aisles or stop dead in your tracks while others are trying to move with the flow. Have some knowledge of your surroundings and act accordingly. If you have to stop to figure out where the nearest pit stop is, step to the side and look at your map.
Have a Map. You can find maps just about anywhere. They are on the SHOT Show webpage, on the App, and in the publications you can find everywhere. Know where the booths are or figure it out for yourself. There have been over 1600 booths at the show in years past and add this years addition of the Supplier Showcase, there will be even more acreage to cover. Chances are if you ask any random person where a booth other than the big name companies, they will not know where it is or have the time to give you directions through the maze of aisles to figure it out. Need a map? CLICK HERE.
Have a Plan! Have a plan, but realize that it will not work out 100% unless your only plan is to meander. In years past, I typically made a list of all of the booths that I may have a slight possibility of wanting to stop at. Then I would take this list and break it down into priorities (Must Stop, Should Stop, Kinda Want To Stop). The first day I would bounce between all of the rooms and floors and stop by my “Must Stop” booths. Day’s 2 and 3 consisted of hitting the “Should Stop” and “Kinda Want To Stop) booths. Day 4 was typically reserved for making one last round and tying up loose ends.
This year I will only be at the show from Tue-Thurs with Media Day on Monday, so I will have to attack it a little differently. Most likely I will hit all of the side rooms and walk each aisle until I find a booth I need or want to stop at. These rooms are a little bit easier to take a bite out of than the main floors. Once these side rooms are done, I will find the booths on the main floors that I want to go to. The side rooms are easier to check out in entirety without getting lost.
DAY 4. Though I will not be at the show for Day 4 this year, here is a little bit of advice. Do not try to make Day 4 the day you make all of the stops you need to make and try to do business. The exhibitors are tired and/or hung over (hey, it’s Vegas) from almost a weeks work with little sleep and just want to tear down the booth and go home. You can see it in their faces. They have given the same speech over and over again about their products. This is a good time to make small, short, casual conversations with the exhibitors. Don’t be overly demanding on Day 4.
You will have Competition! With over 60,000 attendees, you may not be as important to the booth exhibitor as you think you are. Do not expect to gather their undivided attention for hours on end while telling them about this one time that you did something cool. Once again, if you have a purpose, get to it and move on.
SWAG. No, not Swag as the annoying term used by today’s youth, but the acronym, “Stuff We All Get”….SWAG. Yes, there is some free promotional items that companies hand out. Some of it is actually pretty cool and some of it is junk. Do not expect to go to SHOT Show and walk away with a whole arsenal of weapons and enough kit to make yourself a full time high-speed low-drag operator. It’s not going to happen. You might get some cool patches and some thumb drives with catalogs on it, but do not come to SHOT for that purpose alone…..and yes, I know of people who do that.
Speaking of Patches. If you have read this guide thus far, try to find me. I will have and will be giving away 100 Limited Edition Patches for free. This will be on an in-person basis and you cannot “pick one up for a friend”. Keep an eye out on the ZERO7ONE Facebook Page for a photo of the pack to look out for during the show.
Lighting SUCKS! For the pre-approved photographers/ videographers and media that are attending that are allowed to photograph booths and the products, sorry Chinese knockoff companies…not you, the lighting sucks. There is a complete mixture of lighting temperatures from tungsten to LED to whatever the flavor of the day was when the company was building the booths. Set your camera to AWB and hope you have a high ISO capability. ISO 1600 is about the minimum you can get away with. You can use a flash if you want, but I just don’t care to get the harsh shadows that it creates. Some booths think of this ahead of time and will have adequate lighting. For this I thank them.
Backgrounds suck too! Do not expect to get magazine cover quality photos during the show. Sometimes you can get lucky and sometimes you only have a casting couch to drop a rifle on to get that perfect angle.
Lights! Camera! Get out of the way! While on the subject of media, if you see a photographer or videographer shooting an image or video footage, don’t get between them and the subject or person being interviewed. When the video has to be retaken, you are wasting the time of the booth staff, which could be time spent talking to you. Just have common courtesy.
Celebrities. Yes, there will be celebrities in attendance. Some appreciate the recognition and will give you the time of day. Some are just plain d-bags. I won’t mention names, but most know who they are. The true celebrities at SHOT are the Military Heroes that are in attendance or guest-starring in a booth. Take a few minutes out of your day and talk to them. They are National Treasures and when they are gone, they are gone. Just don’t be “that guy” that walks up to a Medal of Honor Recipient and ask them how they “won” their medal.
Booth Babes. Again, yes, there are some very attractive women who attend SHOT and some who dress in less-than-conservative clothing and some come straight off the strip to help promote a product. Though they probably have some thick skin after doing what they do, treat them with respect. Don’t be the douche canoe who makes himself appear like some serial rapist that should be on a sex offender registry.
Networking. SHOT is a great place to network with others. The after parties are an even better place to network. After a few drinks, you get to really know who someone is and if you would want to work with them in the future. Try to get into one or more of these events if you can.
Don’t Get Sick! Don’t get sick at the show. Even better, don’t come to the show if you are really sick. SHOT Show becomes the Petri Dish of Vegas every year as tens of thousands of people from all across the world emerge into one small place and touch everything you are touching. I’m not a germ-a-phobe, but after how sick I got half way thorough the show last year, I am not taking any chances. Now that I am thinking about it, I’m heading over to Amazon to stock up on some Emergen-C and Hand Sanitizer.
Amazon truly has just about everything from A to Z. Granted, they do not possess a FFL (that we are aware of), but that does not stop them from selling gun-related items. On a journey to find all things obscurely gun related, Amazon was the obvious choice due to sheer variety. Here are Fifteen Ridiculous Products for Gun Owners that were found to be either ridiculously good or ridiculously bad, we are not sure, nor will we judge anyone who decides to include one of these items into their daily lives.
This is the latest Build Breakdown revolving around the new Rainier Arms Overthrow Lower Receiver featuring a Spartan helmet. The Build Breakdown series lists out the parts used to build the rifle as pictured with links to product information and purchasing. Some parts not pictured are not listed.
The following is a Press Release from Phoenix Weaponry:
Phoenix Weaponry of Longmont Colorado is pleased to announce the launch of their .45-70 auto rifle platform. That’s right, .45-70! The classic round born in 1873 through the Springfield Armory and labeled “Government” and designed specifically for the Springfield Model 1893, or “Trapdoor Springfield”. Phoenix Weaponry blown the lid off the marketplace with a unique twist to this classic cartridge as they have rebated the rim so that it can be adapted to a standard .308 bolt head and fired through a high pressure AR platform with shocking, sub MOA results, and a boosted performance curve.
The standard rifle bears a 18” custom profiled Douglas barrel utilizing a 1:14 twist with 8 grooves. Mated with a Phoenix Weaponry billet upper and lower, along with custom trigger and muzzle brake, this piece weighs in at just over 9 lbs. Master gunsmiths have toiled to produce one of the most exciting rifle evolutions seen in the MSR industry since Stoner fielded the SP1, with the added benefit of delivering tremendous down rage punishment to anything that stands in its way.
The beauty in the details is that this case, once rebated, can be reloaded easily using existing load information for the .45-70, based on Ruger No.1 loads, and the reloader can use standard .45-70 die sets with the exception of using a .308 shell holder. Factory brass will be available shortly and available for purchase from Phoenix Weaponry. Each rifle initially will be supplied with 50 pieces of brass to help the new user get started.
Immediate order slots are available now. Rifle base price as advertised is $4,800 with a multitude of custom options that can be added to enhance your enjoyment of this weapon platform. Just call them and make your wish come true.