The handgun getting the most buzz was a concealed carry revolver introduced by Kimber, the K6. If you are familiar with the company, Kimber’s history is with 1911 frame high end pistols, mostly .45 ACP, with a couple of 9mm concealed carry handguns also with a 1911 look. So a revolver is a big departure from their norm. There are a couple of standout things on the K6s. First this is a hammerless double-action-only gun. One of the main issues with carrying a regular revolver is that the hammer can get hung up if you have to draw from concealment. Take away the hammer and make it DAO and that problem is solved. Nothing new with this idea. The cylinder on the other hand is unique. On the Kimber the cylinder is different from your standard wheel gun; this one has somewhat flat sides. There are no flutes here. Kimber claims this is the thinnest 6 shot .357 cylinder on the market.
The long gun getting a lot of attention isn’t a big centerfire, but a .22 Magnum semi-auto from Savage, the A22. If you are into rimfire rifles, you know there are not many .22 WMR semi-autos out there. The only one I’m familiar with is the CZ 512. Other well known companies have tried such as Ruger and Remington. The problem seems to be the ability of the blow back bolt system coming back far enough to eject the longer spent cartridge of the .22 WMR. Last year Savage introduced the A17, a semi-auto .17 HMR rifle. The A22 uses the same delayed blow back bolt system as the A17. Now if you can just find .22 WMR ammo to put in it you’ll be in good shape!
Shooting and gun accessories got much of the buzz. Holster makers reported high traffic volume as did gun safe manufacturers. These are probably due to the increase in new shooters and many of them young adults with children in the house. Ruger and Sig Sauer also announced their own brand of firearms suppressors. I have said before that the National Firearms Act (NFA) restrictions on suppressors will be rescinded in the next few years. This may be the year it begins. They are no longer associated with criminal activities of the 1930’s and are now mainstream items for hunting in nearly forty states. Hopefully the NSSF and NRA will work hard on Capitol Hill to get support for current legislation to remove them from NFA and make them serial numbered items that go through the same background check system as firearms.
At the State of the Industry dinner on the last night, National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), which hosts the SHOT show, President Steve Sanetti said the state of the industry is – Alert. “We have to face the fact that our industry is being blamed, and attacked, and pilloried unfairly by politicians, media and agenda-driven social engineers seeking a convenient scapegoat for the result of policies which, ironically, they themselves have championed. So, ladies and gentlemen, the state of our industry is, and must be throughout the year—alert.”
Sanetti concluded his remarks by saying, “So ladies and gentlemen, the State of the Industry tonight is alert. Alert to the challenges we face. Alert to those who would destroy our livelihoods and our avocations. Alert to false friends and false promises and misrepresentations about us. Alert to the fact that all elections—all elections—have consequences. And above all, alert to the new, promising world of millions of law abiding American citizens who are joining our ranks in honest, lawful, and safe ownership and use of firearms.”