With Shot Show 2017 over, I wanted to share my thoughts on a few of the new products I saw, as well as gather some feedback from our customers regarding what firearms, new or old, they are most interested in getting their hands on.
The Smith and Wesson M&P 2.0 definitely was one of the most well-liked and talked about firearms at the show. S&W’s overhaul of the proven M&P design came at the request of many shooters and industry professionals who wanted more of a “semi-custom” production pistol that was still affordable. With the aggressive grip texture, four interchangeable backstraps, and more rigid frame, shooters of all sizes will have no problems holding onto this gun. One of the things I tend to look for in “gen 2” or redesigned guns are the subtle features that don’t get the same amount of attention. One of these features is the new slide stop lever and corresponding cut out in the slide. The lever is longer on the left side for those that like to release the slide using the lever, and the cut out in the slide is deeper and rounded. The reason for this change is because when you insert a loaded magazine with some authority into the original M&Ps, sometimes the slide would fly forward due to the force of the magazine seating, chambering a round in the process. the increased depth of the cutout and shape of the cut will likely prevent that from happening. These guns are already flying off the shelves at both stores and will likely sell out quickly once word gets around after SHOT Show, so if you’re in the market I highly recommend getting one soon.
The Hudson H9 is what you get when you combine a polymer double-stack handgun with a 1911, and based on the press it received at SHOT Show, it appears to be a great combo. The H9 boasts a 1911-style trigger with an integral trigger safety. The H9’s striker-fired design and low bore-axis aid in faster follow-up shots and improved muzzle control, but that’s not it’s biggest and most obvious feature. The most eye-catching aspect of the pistol is how tall the front of the gun looks. While many people assumed this was an integral light or laser, it is actually the recoil spring and guide rod. The spring and guide rod have been lowered compared to other striker-fired pistols on the market. This, according to Hudson, changes the recoil impulse and allows a more direct transfer of energy from the recoil spring to the shooters hand, allowing for increased muzzle control and recoil mitigation. At an MSRP of around $1,100, I definitely wouldn’t call the H9 “affordable” but for those shooters looking for the latest “high-speed low-drag” pistol out there, it may be worth the price.
The Crimson Trace LiNQ is by far one of the ultimate tools to have on your defensive rifle. Incorporating Crimson Trace’s “instinctive activation” feature along with wireless technology, the LiNQ can be used as a stand alone light/laser combo as well an integrated unit (as it’s designed to be used). By getting a firm grip on the pistol grip, the light and laser activate, illuminating your target. Shooters can choose between various modes to suite their needs, though my preferred setting is the strobe/laser setting. At an MSRP of $649.99 they’re definitely not cheap, but when it comes to defending yourself and your loved ones, I believe in using every advantage possible.
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