We're Heading to SHOT Show 2012!


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OpticsPlanet
January 16, 2012, 01:11 PM
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Were excited to be heading off to Vegas for the 2012 SHOT Show! Half of our crew already flew out this morning to cover the massive four day event.

And Now...Introducing GearExpert.com (http://www.opticsplanet.com/gearexpert/) by OpticsPlanet. It's our new blog that we'll be using to feature news and reviews of top gear in the shooting, hunting, and outdoors industries! Well be providing daily updates, so check us out whenever you have time. Some things that you can expect to see within the next few days include live commentary straight from the show floor, an in-depth look at the newest products coming out in 2012, exclusive interviews and much more! Also, check out our live Twitter feed (http://www.twitter.com/opticsplanet) for live coverage.

We want to hear from you! What do you want to see featured on GearExpert.com (http://www.opticsplanet.com/gearexpert/)? Feel free to respond to this thread about which vendors you would like us to visit, product categories you want updates on or just tell us what you think of our new blog.

Is anyone from here going? We have almost 30 people going this year! So if you see us (we'll be wearing a grey shirt with a GearExpert logo on it) feel free to come over and say hi!

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armoredman
January 16, 2012, 01:35 PM
Have fun, and see what of your scopes would go well on the new .223 vz-58s from CzechpointUSA, might be a good match.

OpticsPlanet
January 17, 2012, 03:40 PM
Thanks! We're having a pretty good (but busy) time here. Count on us to scope out a good match for you! :D

OpticsPlanet
January 17, 2012, 03:42 PM
Media Day - 1/16/12

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Yesterday we were down at the range for Media Day. We were able to get our hands on a few awesome guns which you can take a look at after the jump: Media Day Recap Live from the Range for SHOT Show 2012 (http://www.opticsplanet.com/gearexpert/day-1-recap-live-from-the-range-for-shot-show-2012-331).

Here are a few pictures from the day. You can see the rest of the pictures at the SHOT Show Media Day Photo Gallery (http://www.opticsplanet.com/gearexpert/shot-show-media-day-photo-gallery-355):

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Gatling Gun - One of the coolest things we saw! Sadly, we weren't able to shoot it...you won't believe how long the line for that one was.

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The KRISS .45 ACP Submachine Gun


But now for the main event: today is the official start of SHOT Show! We will be tweeting live from the floor today which you can follow here: Our Twitter Feed (http://www.twitter.com/opticsplanet).

Today is going to be an intense day. We're lined up to talk with Bushnell, Uncle Mike's, Leupold, Vortex, Safariland, Surefire, FOBUS, ATN and Burris. So keep an eye out for updates at GearExpert.com (http://www.opticsplanet.com/gearexpert/).

OpticsPlanet
January 18, 2012, 04:11 PM
Day 1 Recap of SHOT Show

Our first day at SHOT was extremely busy. We met with a great many vendors such as Bushnell, Leupold, Safariland, Fobus, Surefire, ATN, Vortex, Steiner, Burris and Uncle Mike’s, to name a few…We will provide more details on what we talked about in a later post, but for now we have a new photo gallery up which you can see here: SHOT Show Day One Photo Gallery! (http://www.opticsplanet.com/gearexpert/shot-show-day-one-photo-gallery-468)

Here is a sneak peak at a few things you can expect to see on GearExpert.com (http://www.opticsplanet.com/gearexpert/) in the next few days...

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One thing that really caught our eye was ATN's thermal scope, THOR. We thought it was pretty awesome and will provide a more in-depth look at it in our future posts! Trust us, words doesn't do it justice.


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Burris is releasing the Eliminator III in the spring and we can assure you that our product specialists are going to be all over it. It ranges up to 1200 yards and the BDC works no matter what the magnification.


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Bushnell is coming out with a new line of HD trail cameras with a bunch of different features.


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Simmons also has a few trail cameras coming out ranging from 4MP to 7MP.

Also, of you want to know more about the gear we saw at the range on Media Day, check out our newest post: SHOT Show Media Day Products from KRISS, Trijicon and EOTech! (http://www.opticsplanet.com/gearexpert/shot-show-media-products-from-kriss-trijicon-and-eotech-420) Read about our first impressions on the EOTech XPS2-Z Zombie Stopper Holographic Weapon Sight, KRISS Super V Vector SMG .45 ACP and Trijicon TARS (Tactical Advanced RifleScope).

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(Zombies seem to be a really popular theme this year)

OpticsPlanet
January 19, 2012, 03:35 PM
Day 2 Recap of SHOT Show

Hello everyone! To read the full recap of Day 2, read our newest blog: SHOT Show Day 2 New Products! (http://www.opticsplanet.com/gearexpert/shot-show-day-2-new-products-544). We've also put up a new photo gallery: SHOT Show Day 2 Photos! (http://www.opticsplanet.com/gearexpert/shot-show-day-2-photos-543)


Here's a small summary of what we saw on Day 2 at SHOT:

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Weaver is coming out with a new line of scopes--the Kaspa. It comes in just about every magnification imaginable, and ranges from $150 to around $400.


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5.11 Tactical is known for their durable tactical clothing and will be coming out with new pants and bags. The pants are made with a stretchy fabric which are sure to be comfortable and allow maximum movement.


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GunVault is coming out with an awesome new line called the SpeedVault. You punch in your code or use your fingerprint and the vault immediately pops your gun out at a 45 degree angle. You'll be able to lock and load in about 2.5 seconds.


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So in addition to the TARS that we saw at Media Day, Trijicon has the SRS, the battery ACOG that uses only a single AA battery.


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We saw a bunch of holsters by Galco, including a few new products, but more on that later.


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BLACKHAWK is coming out with a full line of tactical clothing designed from the ground up for women.


As for the products we mentioned in our Day 1 Recap, here is a closer look at some of them: Live from the Convention Floor – Day 1 Recap for SHOT Show 2012 (http://www.opticsplanet.com/gearexpert/live-from-the-convention-floor-day-1-recap-for-shot-show-2012-455).

Tomorrow is the last day of SHOT, it'll be bitter sweet. We'll be providing more updates in the next few days and we'll finally get a chance to sit down and write more in-depth review about what we saw. See you then!

FAS1
January 19, 2012, 05:27 PM
Day 2 Recap of SHOT Show

GunVault is coming out with an awesome new line called the SpeedVault. You punch in your code or use your fingerprint and the vault immediately pops your gun out at a 45 degree angle. You'll be able to lock and load in about 2.5 seconds.

Like this? This has been in the market for 3 years now but with a mechanical push button lock and 3/16" steel construction.

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CoRoMo
January 20, 2012, 01:45 PM
Yours is better by a mile! Ever look into a booth at SHOT?

FAS1
January 20, 2012, 03:21 PM
Yours is better by a mile! Ever look into a booth at SHOT?
Thank you. Yes I have looked into it and it is always sold out way in advance. The cost is out of my budget and since I sell direct and not looking for distribution it's probably not for me right now. I prefer to put the money in the product and offer an American made product of good quality instead. Thanks again for the compliment.

OpticsPlanet
January 20, 2012, 07:40 PM
Like this? This has been in the market for 3 years now but with a mechanical push button lock and 3/16" steel construction.

Kind of...the vault we were talking about looks like this (we accidentally featured another line of vaults in our earlier post). It's a pretty compact vault that you can mount anywhere ie a desk, nightstand, or bed frame. There are two different models, the one with fingerprint detection and this one that uses codes.

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OpticsPlanet
January 20, 2012, 07:42 PM
Day 3 of SHOT Show

We just posted a new blog about day 3 of SHOT: SHOT Show Day 3 Video Roundup and Products from Pelican, EOTech, Nikon & More! (http://www.opticsplanet.com/gearexpert/shot-show-day-3-video-roundup-and-products-from-pelican-eotech-nikon-more-646) And we also have a new photo gallery: SHOT Show Day 3 Photos! (http://www.opticsplanet.com/gearexpert/shot-show-day-3-photos-651) Yesterday we visited the booths of EOTech, Nikon, Crimson Trace, Streamlight and Pelican.

So check out the full post for more detail, but here are a few pictures to wet your appetites:

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We met the first season winner of Top Shot, Iain Harrison, at the Crimson Trace booth! We saw their Rail Master Laser Sight, a small and lightweight universal laser sight.


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At first look the Pelican Hybrid Traveler looks like any other backpack/luggage. On closer inspection, the Hybrid Traveler is both a hard case and a soft case. The hard case is waterproof and perfect for storing delicate equipment, while the soft case has plenty of foam padding and ventilation.


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The Nikon P223 3X32 BDC Compact Scope is a simple (two piece mounting system), but effective scope for AR-style rifles.


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The Streamlight TLR-4 is a weapon light and laser sight. Its small, but it delivers 110 lumens of light.


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Take care of those pesky walking dead trampling all over your lawn with the EOTech XPS2-Z Zombie Stopper Holographic Weapon Sight.


Although the 2012 SHOT Show has come to an end, well be releasing all of the material we gathered the next few days including videos, interviews and more! So stay tuned.

FAS1
January 20, 2012, 10:39 PM
Thanks for the updates on some of the new products coming out.

Cokeman
January 20, 2012, 11:40 PM
Kind of...the vault we were talking about looks like this (we accidentally featured another line of vaults in our earlier post). It's a pretty compact vault that you can mount anywhere ie a desk, nightstand, or bed frame. There are two different models, the one with fingerprint detection and this one that uses codes.

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Really, did George Carlin like it too?

OpticsPlanet
January 23, 2012, 01:24 PM
Thanks for the updates on some of the new products coming out.

No problem! Thank you for following us.

OpticsPlanet
January 23, 2012, 01:25 PM
Really, did George Carlin like it too?

Like we said, zombies were big this year :)

Cokeman
January 23, 2012, 11:12 PM
:D :evil:

OpticsPlanet
January 25, 2012, 07:13 PM
Hello everyone! Now that SHOT Show is over, we've finally got a chance to settle in and start cranking out all the information we gathered. Five new videos are up with our product specialists interviewing Mission First Tactical, EOTech, Nikon and ATN at their booths. So read on!


SHOT Show Media Day Full Video Roundup with KRISS Vector SMG, Colt 1877 Gatling Guns, EOTech, Trijicon & More! (http://www.opticsplanet.com/gearexpert/full-video-roundup-of-shot-show-media-day-with-eotech-trijicon-more-732)
Steve Ledin walks you through the equipment we tried out on Media Day including the firearms, optics and ammos used. Continue reading (http://www.opticsplanet.com/gearexpert/full-video-roundup-of-shot-show-media-day-with-eotech-trijicon-more-732)


Mission First Tactical SHOT Show Coverage! New MFT Grips & Accessories! (http://www.opticsplanet.com/gearexpert/mission-first-tactical-shot-show-coverage-new-mft-grips-accessories-756)
We visit the Mission First Tactical booth to take a look at some of their new grips, quad rails, flashlights accessories and more. Continue reading (http://www.opticsplanet.com/gearexpert/mission-first-tactical-shot-show-coverage-new-mft-grips-accessories-756)


EOTech SHOT Show Video Interview EOTech G33 Magnifier, Zombie Stopper & Fore End Light! (http://www.opticsplanet.com/gearexpert/eotech-shot-show-video-interview-eotech-g33-magnifier-zombie-stopper-fore-end-light-779)
Next, we drop by EOTech's booth to talk about their new Fore End Light, G33 Magnifier with the Shift-to-Side mount and, yes, the Zombie Stopper. Continue reading (http://www.opticsplanet.com/gearexpert/eotech-shot-show-video-interview-eotech-g33-magnifier-zombie-stopper-fore-end-light-779)


Nikon Rifle Scopes at SHOT Show 2012! Nikon P223 for AR15 Rifles, M223 Scope & More! (http://www.opticsplanet.com/gearexpert/nikon-rifle-scopes-at-shot-show-2012-nikon-p223-for-ar15-rifles-m223-scope-more-785)
Then over to interview Nikon about their P-223, P-22, M-223 and M-308 coming out in March-June. Continue reading (http://www.opticsplanet.com/gearexpert/nikon-rifle-scopes-at-shot-show-2012-nikon-p223-for-ar15-rifles-m223-scope-more-785)


New ATN Night Vision & Thermal Imaging at SHOT Show ThOR & OTIS Scopes & Monoculars! (http://www.opticsplanet.com/gearexpert/new-atn-night-vision-thermal-imaging-at-shot-show-thor-otis-scopes-monoculars-791)
Lastly, we go over to ATN's booth for a lowdown on their ATN ThOR Thermal Rifle Scopes and ATN OTIS binoculars. Continue reading (http://www.opticsplanet.com/gearexpert/new-atn-night-vision-thermal-imaging-at-shot-show-thor-otis-scopes-monoculars-791)

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