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tac40
23 January 2011, 11:56
This was my 3rd trip to the SHOT, for those who don’t know what SHOT means, it is shooting, hunting, outdoor & trade show. For many of us who enjoy the practical tactical martial arts of shooting, hunting and the outdoor life, everyone should make the effort to go to the SHOT.

The adventures alone at the SHOT includes running the gauntlet of street barkers, hustlers, panhandlers, drunken travelers and ladies and men who offer their services. Folks this is Las Vegas and were all adults here. As you make your way to the SHOT, you are mesmerized by the bright lights of the Las Vegas strip and the enormous size of the hotels and restaurants. The landscape is filled with colorful beacons and eye candy.

My goal at the SHOT was to learn and understand the latest and newest the industry can offer to the public. The SHOT is a feast for all, young and old, the celebrities, the capitalist and enthusiast. And again, the kid in the candy store.

All the participants at the SHOT had their latest wares. I for one appreciated the feast. The booths included the ever gracious “booth bunnies”. Please look but don’t touch, if you want a photo with them ask first. I had the honor of meeting Grace and Morgan McClung, the daughters of Kevin McClung, AKA Mad Dog knives at the Maxpedition booth.

My day begins at 0500 hrs. My current job hours is day watch and my body clock even staying up late allowed each day with a few hours of sleep. I can only guess the vendors run the same hours. The booths are filled with staff members from the 4 corners of the world. At the HK booth, I met up with a retired Australian SAS member now working for HK. Needless to say great war stories.

My “buck list” was forever growing but with each show there was one less thing to do. My travels will include a very private tour of Long Mountain outfitters and a very groovy private party. Did I mentioned some very exclusive pictures. So bear with me as I post and I promise not tease too much. Cheers mates.

tac40
23 January 2011, 12:11
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Slow down and obey all speed limits

tac40
23 January 2011, 12:23
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mil-spec crew & Chief Mustache from Eagle Industries

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Dave & Randi from Glock shooting team

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Rachel from AAC & Doc Joe-yes we travel with a MD

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Andrew Bawidamann & Greg Peters, if you don't know who they are, well let me introduce them to you.

www.bawidamann.com www.peterscustomholsters.com

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even driods were showing up and scouting ahead.

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The biggest backpack I've ever seen

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Big shoes/boots to fill

tac40
27 January 2011, 19:59
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My wish list includes the new 1X8 Leupold scope, I had a chance to use this scope on various rifles, very nice.

tac40
27 January 2011, 20:09
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Spend more time with booth bunnies.

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And watch the entire water show and then rent Titanic ; )

Specialized Armament
27 January 2011, 20:11
Does Leupold have any idea when the 1-8 will be released or is it still in the vaporware stage? This is the second show they have bantered that thing around. I have used the 1.5-5X20 SPR for several years. I am really looking forward to this scope.

TripleBravo
27 January 2011, 20:19
Does Leupold have any idea when the 1-8 will be released or is it still in the vaporware stage? This is the second show they have bantered that thing around. I have used the 1.5-5X20 for several years. I am really looking forward to this scope.

I'm curious too and couldn't get what I would call a firm answer on that or the price. The Leupold rep that spoke to me said something like "probably around four thousand." I saw the scope on several AR's at several booths. To me it seems like the scope to have, but I don't know if $4k is doable.

Specialized Armament
27 January 2011, 20:46
$4000... Not a chance I will ever own one.

tac40
27 January 2011, 21:03
According to the staff at Leupold, they indicated MSRP at $4K and are currently fufilling DOD contracts. At best for the civilian market, end of the summer or year. This was their best guess.

Specialized Armament
28 January 2011, 00:02
DOD contracts? Not trying to raise the noise level but I would have to see contract documents to even get close to believing that. Looks like Schmidt & Bender is now a mid-level scope and Night Force is in the bargain basement. [:D]

Stickman
28 January 2011, 00:41
Does Leupold have any idea when the 1-8 will be released or is it still in the vaporware stage? This is the second show they have bantered that thing around. I have used the 1.5-5X20 SPR for several years. I am really looking forward to this scope.

I'm working on finishing an article for Army Times regarding that optic. I've had it for a few months and done a decent amount of shooting with it, and its been with USMC Sniper instructors for awhile and we share the same opinions on this one.

Stickman
28 January 2011, 00:42
DOD contracts? Not trying to raise the noise level but I would have to see contract documents to even get close to believing that.



I've seen the contract, or at least I've seen one of them.

Specialized Armament
28 January 2011, 05:17
I've seen the contract, or at least I've seen one of them.

Interesting. I thought I read awhile back the USMC had chosen a Schimdt & Bender variant for their sniper systems. Is this a replacement?

Eric
28 January 2011, 07:37
To me it seems like the scope to have, but I don't know if $4k is doable.
[wow]
Clearly not a piece of gear directed toward an individual Soldier or Officer purchase. I can appreciate a nice piece of glass, but dang!

Stickman
28 January 2011, 12:35
Interesting. I thought I read awhile back the USMC had chosen a Schimdt & Bender variant for their sniper systems. Is this a replacement?


What I saw had nothing to do with the USMC.