This week marked the 2016 conference and expo for the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers. The Outdoor Wire was represented at the show and sought out information about new products on your behalf.
Here's the news: there's not much news we can report. There is excitement on the horizon that's still under wraps – but there are products that have already been shown and are pending release before the SHOT Show in January.
At SIG, we saw the RX pistols: the MK25 RX -- railed P226 chambered in 9mm combined with the fast target acquisition of the ROMEO1 Reflex Sight. The ROMEO1 Reflex Sight – with a 3 MOA red dot -- uses a lockless system to maintain zero, and features the MOTOAC (Motion Activated Illumination) system. The RDS is combined with co-witnessing SIGLITE night sights to ensure you have sights when you need them. The similarly appointed P320 RX was also present – a unit combining the popular striker fired polymer SIG with the ROMEO1.
The American Tactical Cavalry Road Agent side-by-side shotgun was on display. A 12 gauge double with hammers and 18 ½" barrels, the hammers are cocked automatically on closing. A lever on the left side of the receiver acts as a safety – hammers up or down – and will also "decock" the hammers without striking the firing pins, an interesting innovation. American Tactical is also releasing a "Commander" length 1911 in 9mm, furnished with a 9-shot magazine. Value priced, expected retail is $499.
Winchester Repeating Arms showed the Model 1892 Short Rifle in their Historical Line. Chambered for .44 Magnum, 45 Colt or .357 Magnum, the rifle will feature a 20" barrel, a classic straight grip walnut stock and crescent buttplate.
Inland Manufacturing showed the "Liberator" derringer-pistol, a stack-barrel in .45 ACP. A hand filling stock and beefy frame is part of the package. The T3 "sniper's carbine" was also on display. It's an M1 Carbine with a modified receiver – a scope mount is welded on. Available with the M82G2 Vintage optic, the rifle also has the conical flash hider.
The venue for NASGW's annual meeting was Kansas City, Missouri, one of my favorite places in the world. It was a great time in a great town.You'll be getting more news from the get-together in the coming weeks and months. We have product in-coming and a few surprises.
And then – the countdown to the SHOT Show.
We'll be on the job, keeping you informed.
-- Rich Grassi