As I noted in concluding my last post, many companies had “brand ambassadors” at their booths and bays during the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range. Some of them I even recognized.
I am a well-known Top Shot nerd, so of course I stopped by the Colt bay when I saw season 2 competitor and professional shooter Maggie Reese. Since I was there I shot the new King Cobra 6 shot revolver chambered for .357 Magnum. At 28 ounces it is not an EDC handgun for me, but I would surely take one with me while hiking.
Not surprisingly, world champion competitive shooter Rob Leatham was at the Springfield Armory bay, holding court. I had met him once before in Phoenix so this time just gave him a nod and smile and moved on to try one of the many Springfields on offer.
Keeping to my Gun Culture 2.0/concealed carry theme, I decided to try the 911 9mm pistol. Being left handed, it was nice to have an ambidextrous safety on this 1911-style handgun. I’m not a 1911 shooter, so I can’t comment on whether this gun will feel familiar to 1911 shooters as Springfield suggests. I found it shot as accurately as I am able to, but the small size made it snappy and aggressive texturing on the grip made it something I would not practice with alot with my soft, officer worker hands.
The ubiquitous Rob Pincus was holding fort at the Winchester bay. He had a couple of the long-awaited and elusive Avidity Arms PD10 pistols on hand, which I had shot once before. I put a few more rounds down range and, as with most modern guns, found it to be as accurate as I am as a shooter, though the shape of the grip is long and thin which felt very different in hand than the Glock grips I am used to.
I also caught Pincus helping a shooter use a revolver loaded with new Browning Trail Force ammunition to shoot some rubber snakes dangling a short distance away. The shooter was having all sorts of problems, which made sense once I learned that he was from Japan and had never shot before.
The Trail Force ammunition is interesting because each .38 special cartridge is loaded with two solid disks which sandwich No. 9 shot between them. The disks grab the rifling in the barrel and keep the “load” together for a period, and the leading disc impacts the target followed by the small load of bird shot. The targets set up were not snakes by accident.
More on who and what I saw at Industry Day at the Range, including thoughts on a couple of specific pistol, in the days to come. Stay tuned!