Just returned from our yearly sojourn to the Shooting and Hunting Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show). Lots of goodies offered, new products, dusted off old ones, some companies gone forever, some new ones, some big ones struggling, some small ones going like gang-busters. What little time I had to do any exploring showed a few high notes, which I’ll share, in no particular order here.
1 Kimber: A big surprise to everyone was Kimber’s brand new SOLO Carry, a “designed from a blank slate” pocket 9mm, that’s really pocket-sized. Striker fired, it has a DA feeling trigger, ambi-safeties and superior ergonomics. Check out our July/Aug 2011 issue for a big feature on it. We were very impressed. www.kimberamerica.com
2. Cylinder & Slide: Bill Laughridge showcased his virtually made-from-scratch-to-painstakingly-original-specifications 1911. His are actually built exactly like first commercial runs, circa-1913. I even sorta’ accidently supplied Bill with a first production run original magazine he found when digging in my spare mag box at my house during the last 1911 class! He used it to create his “new” old ones. This is a stunner of a gun. Bill is making a very limited run so reach out now if you want one! www.cylinder-slide.com
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