SHOT Show 2016 – New Concealed Carry Products
SHOT Show 2016 is a privately run event that has been annually held in Las Vegas for many years. Gun manufacturers, producers, firms, and others from all over the world come and see what the latest and greatest is from the firearms producing community. Much of the event is shrouded in secrecy as many manufacturers are showcasing never-before-seen equipment and firearms to a limited audience.
Last year's show brought with it a lot of peaks and plenty of disappointments (Taurus Curve), innovations and reiterations. For 2016, the rumor mill is already churning and I, for one, am excited to see what's at stake.
GLOCK Handgun Performance Improvements
GLOCK is rumored to be promoting several new features for their existing handgun lines that will improve shooter accuracy and precision. While GLOCK is never in the habit of revealing details before their time, it seems their ultimate goal is to bring their mainline GLOCK concealed and compact pistols to innovative match-level performance.
Next Generation For Ruger LCP Or Complete Redo?
Ruger's LCP series has been stalwart in the concealed carry community. Affordable, mostly reliable, and carried under the banner of one of the biggest firearms manufacturers in the world, it's pretty unthinkable that the LCP series would up and vanish due to some new innovation. More likely is some new improvements to the design and combat viability of this pistol line are possibly in the works due to recent price drops noticed for that model.
2nd Generation Smith & Wesson M&P Pistols
When Smith & Wesson released the M&P Shield line-up, it took over the concealed carry marketplace. Single-stack precision in a compact frame 9mm or .40 S&W caliber for a price point any concealed carrier could afford. What could be better?
Well, unfortunately, in the rush to promote the M&P Shield line-up, the main M&P series kind of got left behind. This SHOT Show is rumored to reveal new improvements to the M&P line that make it a hard-line competitor for law enforcement and modular-savvy armed forces.
Springfield Armory XDs Offered In New Calibers
Springfield Armory XDs is already one of the best concealed carry .45 ACP semi-automatic striker-fired pistols out on the market (despite what GLOCK may argue). The XDs in 9mm has also been recently proven to be an excellent choice, as well. Now the rumor mill is churning about that Springfield will fill in the gap between 9mm and .45 ACP. What caliber will it be? You'll have to wait after SHOT Show to find out.
New Pistol Manufacturers Out On The Market
Even more exciting than new guns is the idea of an expanded marketplace for concealed carry pistols. A new company called Honor Defense is supposedly showcasing their new advancements in concealed carry. Of note is a new FIST frame which is designed to keep an opponent from blocking the barrel and preventing the discharge of their new semi-automatic striker fire pistol. Should be exciting.
As with all rumors, some will likely be true and others false but one thing is for certain:
We will be there at Booth 3927, and we will make sure to keep you updated on the latest; stay tuned for more details!
About The Author
James England (@sir_jim_england) is the contributing editor for Alien Gear Holsters. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and private defense contracting in Afghanistan.