I know that the 2014 SHOT Show is still around 3 months away, but what are your predictions of who will be introducing what or your hopes of what will come out?
Personally I am looking forward to see if any new Key-Mod accessories will be offered, what barrel manufacturers are offering, and new products that are completely outside of the box and game changers. I would also really like to see if any companies are improving or changing the duty belt design for LE.
I think this technology will become very prevalent in the next few years. I also suspect it will ignite a new fire in Washington, trying to regulate civilian access to these devices. There is already a great deal of controversy because the system eliminates much of the specialized training and practice previously necessary to achieve long-range accuracy.
I'm a little bit jealous because I had this idea years ago, and much like when I was a kid and I designed the LED-lit Frisbee, I didn't get to market fast enough :-)
I would also be interested in seeing a breakthrough in caseless ammunition technology. You could carry more ammo with less weight without all that brass ... but not expecting much. This industry seems to evolve very slowly.
I hoping to see manufacturers step out of the comfort zone and try something different. A lot of what is on the market is modular to old style design. In this AR industry it currently only pays to be somewhat innovative and remain backwards compatible to other companies add-on modular adapters.
I would like to see something completely different but maintain durability and functionality. A company that can completely change the way the rest of the industry looks at the modular platform and say "we don't need to conform to another companies standards"
I believe there is a lot of room to improve the ergonomics of the platform. I believe that improved ergonomics will put the beginner in a better shooting posture.
Look at what happened when a few companies decided to change the angle of the grip.. It naturally puts the weapon hand/arm in a better position? Why the hell is the rail shaped more like a circle? The current shape promotes incorrect forearm grip position and getting beginners to move to the correct position is hard because it feels unnatural. Changing the shape to promote better ergonomics means changing the way addons are attached and most companies do not want to tackle that beast.
I would like to see someone address ergonomics to promote weapon side shoulder drive towards the target and correct support hand position on the rail.
I don't have any predictions per se, but I am quite looking forward to SHOT. Last year was my show, and despite my research, it was to fully understand what to expect, and how best to maximize my efforts. I expect to get a lot more out of the upcoming show, esp the media day, and my itinerary will allow me to attend every day if desired.
Interested in the Suppressor market also..Will there be a Saker can for the .308? What about more mounting options? Any more suprises from Magpul? 25 round mag for .308? Scopes? Maybe more 1-6x in a <$ 1000.00. Im with you TAC40 - nightvision...
I know Im expecting...WANT a lot but it is Shot Show..I can at LEAST ask!
I'll be spending some time with my friends at AdeQ Firearms (booth #30009 in LE section). Might see me there. If you want to check out their awesome stuff, just ask for Chris or Alex, and tell them DJ sent you.