5 Things To Look For From SHOT Show 2018


Ruger seems to be banking on pre-show press this year. The big news is their new take on the pistol caliber carbine. The Ruger PCC is a 9mm that looks like a 10/22 that is going through a teenage growth spurt.

This will be a homerun for Ruger. They’ve made guns like this before, and the .44 carbines have a devoted cult following. While the new 9mm chambering won’t be quite as attractive for hunters, this gun will appeal to everyone who wants a serviceable takedown truck gun. And they’ve gone the extra mile with the addition of a GLOCK compatible mag-well. No excuses now.


Revolver fans have been drooling over the Kimber wheel-guns for two years now, and this year there will be new variants. That’s hardly news, but these guns are special. The triggers are smooth and the performance is exceptional.

The most striking, in my opinion, is the new 3” K6S. This stainless, 6 round gun still has a few features that make it great for concealed carry (like no external hammer), but it also has a three inch barrel that will allow for even more power from a .357 round.

Springfield Armory

Springfield Armory has announced a new TRP 1911 in 10mm. Their TRP series is solid. They may be the best production 1911s you can buy. They are full of features you would spend good money adding onto most other single actions, just to get them ready for everyday carry.

And now you can carry one that’s capable of putting down a grizzly bear or a woolly mammoth with a single shot. The 10mm is a blistering cartridge. The single-action platform is a good it, as the size and weight help tame recoil.  And with the 6” barrel on the new model?

Sig Sauer

Fans of the old 1911 are still pissed about the Beretta M9, but that’s behind us now, too. Military enthusiasts will soon be able to get their hands on the civilian version of the MHS.

“We are planning to do a limited release of about 5,000 of the Army variant of the M17 for the commercial market,” Tom Taylor, SIG vice president of commercial sales, said in a press release. “The timing is not finalized yet, but it looks to be late spring.”

5,000 may sound like a lot of guns, but there are a lot of collectors who will be clambering for these.

Phoenix Weaponry

Who doesn’t want an overpowered AR platform rifle that shoots some of the most expensive production ammo available? I do. Hell’s bells. I can already see the look on my FFL’s face when I go in to gear up for the first range session. “I need a case of .45-70…. What have you got?”

This is a beast, and it will be a blast to shoot. You’ll feel your shoulder, too, in a way that you won’t with an AR-10. Yet if this proves to be a reliable platform for the round, it could change big-game hunts around the world.

David Higginbotham is a writer and editor who specializes in everyday carry. David is a former backcountry guide in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Boundary Waters Canoe Area who was a college professor for 20 years. He ultimately left behind the academy for a more practical profession in the firearms industry and was (among other editorial positions) the Managing Editor for a nascent Mag Life blog. In that Higginbotham helped establish The Maglife's tone and secure its early success. Though he went on to an even more practical firearms industry profession still, he continues to contribute articles and op-eds as time and life allow.

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