Steadify wearable shooting stick

Steadify is a product I discovered at ShotShow 2015; I’ve been excitedly waiting for it to hit the streets since that moment. The idea was so simple but so good I just had to try it out for myself as soon as possible. There are plenty of examples of portable rests of all sorts used in hunting. Some choose to use a bipod and hope to rest the gun on a tree stand railing or plan to lay in the dirt for a steady shot. We’ve seen some extending bipods that are housed in the rifle sling. Other’s carry a monopod with a forked top, this practice is common on big game hunts and dates back to the original days of matchlocks. Each method has its own set of drawbacks and each seeks to achieve the same goal of a better, more steady shot. Steadify sought to overcome the same age old issue in a truly unique way; a wearable shooting stick. A sturdy, wide nylon, adjustable belt holds a stiff pad in place against the thigh of the forward leg. Mounted to that pad is a ball joint at the base of a four section extending rod that leads to a rubberized forked cradle on the other side. Both ends have a turning lock mechanism. When you fit the Steadify to yourself (and it will fit you, I am not a small man and it fits me) you will let the shorted rod hang while walking to your destination. […]

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HiPowered Nighthawk

Nighthawk Customs is well known for top notch 1911s that can stand with any guns on the market today. Nighthawk has a quality version of nearly every variation of 1911 available; Government, Commander, Officer, Bobtails, etc. All of those weapons are tight, beautiful, crisp and everything else you may want. Of course that quality comes at a price. Now Nighthawk has decided to expand that excellence to a new (old) platform. In 2016, Nighthawk has started to produce their own line of Browning HiPower. The venerable HiPower is known to be one of the strongest 9mm platforms ever built. It was the only pistol you could rely on to take hot loads for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The HiPower was +P before there was a +P. Now you can own a HiPower that is as beautiful on the outside as we all know it to be on the inside. The Nighthawk Customs HiPower feels tight and the action is smooth as you would expect. The front strap, back strap and the top of the slide are all hand stippled and the front sight bead is 24kt gold. Best of all, the trigger is enough to make you giggle with each pull. It’s absolutely fantastic and I expect many will run to pick one up.

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Ruger at SHOTShow 2016

Ruger at SHOTShow 2016   So Ruger came to SHOT this year with a mixed bag in my opinion.  As you may have already seen on the YouTube channel, my opinion may be a little controversial.  I am a big fan of Ruger and I am still very happy with some of this year’s offering, but if my opinion isn’t completely positive about each and every product so be it.  I feel that you came to a review site to read opinion after all, and if it’s not 100% happy, you can chalk it up to honesty. So let’s just jump into the controversy.  The Ruger American Pistol was revealed at the show and I am not a giant fan.  Is the American Pistol a big story, of course it is.  Ruger appears to be going after government contracts.  That’s fine by me the company has always provided an overbuilt, supremely safe product.  The problem for me is, it’s boring.  As far as shooting this gun goes,  I barely remember it.  I shot it in 45 and 9mm at shotshow and there was nothing that impressed me.  The gun’s styling is average.  The trigger is fine but when compared to the Walther PPQ it’s not as good.  The size seems a little bulky.  It doesn’t fit my hand as well as the Ruger SR9 does… It just feels like an “also ran” situation.  As in, not a winner not a loser, just one of many in the middle.  Sorry, it […]

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Jesse James Firearms Unlimited

When I travel to ShotShow each year I go to work. I’m not there as a star gazing fan boy. The celebrities I see are there to do a job and I’m there to cover the show and get information on the industry. That being said, there are exceptions to every rule. I occasionally see people that really get me excited and if I am lucky, I may have legitimate reason to meet them.   This year I was very lucky to meet a man that is a bit of an icon for me, Jesse James. I have been following his work for well over ten years. When I first saw Jesse he was building custom motorcycles at his West Coast Choppers shop on television. The styling of his work was like nothing I had ever seen. The choppers had an aesthetic that was unique and beautiful. Every time I saw a bike finished it seemed to be the pinnacle of motorcycle achievement and then he would make a new bike that surpassed it. Needless to say anything that Jesse was doing became appointment television and a miniature of my favorite bike to date had a spot on the shelf nearby.   James is an artist and like most artists his creativity was later channeled into a new medium. The show Jesse James Outlaw Garage documented a little of his vision on four wheels.   Later, I was enthralled by his quest for more creative knowledge as he learned a […]

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Walther Arms at Shotshow 2016

Last year at Shotshow Walther had several pistol offerings to test fire on the range including the 9mm PPS, 9mm CCP and 9mm PPQ. I shot all of them and felt that they were all good guns. The PPQ shot wonderfully with a quick trigger reset and very comfortable grip. The CCP felt great in my hand shot well. The PPS looked awkward but shot well and was exceptionally concealable. In truth, I find all of these weapons to look a little bit ugly, mostly in the contour of the grip and in the case of the PPS the very flat profile. The aesthetic is something I can get past because of how well these guns fit in the hand and the pleasure of shooting them.   This year, Walther returned with two new versions of guns listed above. The PPS got a major makeover as the PPS M2. The new version is far more pleasing to the eye having lost the extreme flat lines of the original. The M2 feels really good in the hand despite it’s very compact size. The magazine marries to the grip lending just the right amount of length. When I first approached the firing line I saw someone shooting the PPS M2 and seeming to have issues with feed reliability. I watched others shoot the pistol without issues and I then stepped up to fire it a little faster than I might have otherwise, just to see if faster fire would create a problem. […]

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SHOTShow 2016 AR Platform Talk

AR Platform talk at SHOTShow 2016   If you are a reader of Gun Carry Reviews for any time at all you probably know we haven’t delved into the world of Armalite Rifles because we stick to discussing what we know. Sure, we’ve shot AR’s but its not like I can strip one down and rebuild it with my eyes closed like I can with a 1911. I can shoot anything but that doesn’t mean I am a reliable source of information on the subject. So we’ve decided 2016 is the year we will expand our experience into the realm of the black rifle. With this in mind I set out to speak to as many companies as possible to learn what sets them apart.   So in this article I will discuss the things I found with different companies and share what I picked up so far. Please understand this is all about fact finding and we aren’t promoting any particular brand at this time. Also, there were many other companies that were represented well in the AR market at SHOTShow. But I don’t want to write about information I didn’t collect first hand.     Adcor Defense Adcor has some interesting features that set them apart including 3 patents used in their rifles exclusively. They were good enough to explain the differences on video for us. Also, because the differences are all in the upper you can ‘upgrade’ your existing AR by adding their upper and taking advantage […]

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Beamshot’s Insider at SHOTShow 2016

Beamshot’s Insider   When visiting SHOTshow one of the first stops for most is the new product center. The new product center is a concentrated collection of the years newest and most innovative products. It’s the fastest route to the hottest new stories. On my walk through I noticed a new product from Beamshot called the Insider.   The Beamshot Insider is a multifunction laser and lighting system for AR and AK platforms. Simply put the Insider allows for a rail mounted visible laser sight in red or green atop white or IR lighting or IR laser and light combination. Most interesting of all, the system is activated by a instinctive activation button built into the grip below the trigger guard. I am sure there are many surprising and innovate features to the system and its integration to the popular rifle platforms. Features such as a multitude of settings, including momentary on, constant on, strobe, and dimmer with ambi controls. On top of the rest, the system is built to allow the rifle to be broken down for cleaning without the removal of the Insider.   That’s all very interesting and maybe I will discuss a review with Beamshot in the near future but at the time there was only on thought in mind; ‘I thought Crimson Trace had that type of activation locked down?’ So, how is Beamshot able to do this?   When I came to Beamshot’s booth I had to ask that question. That’s when I met […]

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Kriss Vector Gen 2 Shotshow 2016

This year I decided to take advantage of industry day at the range and get hands on with a long time object of lust. The Kriss Arms Vector (in this case generation 2). For those that aren’t familiar, the Vector is a completely reimagined design of auto loading firearm. In traditional designs the gas operated bolt moves in a straight line to the rear of the weapon in order to eject the spent casing and load the next bullet. In the case of the Vector, that bolt pivots on a 45 degree angle and spends it’s kinetic energy on a downward trajectory. Having given that brief explanation lets talk recoil. Felt recoil is a result of multiple forces. First, and most obvious, is the force of the escaping projectile and gases emerging from the barrel. The effect is like a jet engine pushing the barrel straight backward (equal and opposite reaction). On top of this the kinetic energy of the moving bolt creates more backward movement at that crucial moment. In a pistol, all this backward force pushes against your hand and the direction of least resistance is upward as your wrist becomes a pivot point of sorts. Further the plain of force is above the hand intensifying muzzle rise. In the case of traditional rifles, you will notice the butt stock generally slopes downward before making contact with the shoulder this aligns the eye with the plain of the barrel in order to facilitate aiming. In this case, the […]

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First thoughts on the Kimber K6 Revolver

That’s right your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you.  If you haven’t already seen the news; Kimber, the long time gun maker known best for 1911 pistols, has developed and plans to market a revolver in 2016.  The gun in question is designated the K6.  The K6 is a slick stainless compact 6 shot .357 magnum.  It’s snag free, angular, hammerless and easily concealed.  This little powerhouse is designed for defensive carry.  That means a heavy double action trigger that weighs in around 10 lbs.  Even so, the trigger is pretty smooth and so anyone that understands the importance of trigger control has accuracy well within reach.  As you will be able to see in the video below, you can time the trigger based on the cylinder and sort of stage the shots. So what did I notice about the K6?  First, the looks.  The K6 is a sexy pistol.  The stainless and grip combination are highly attractive as one may have come to expect from Kimber.  The edges look to have all been shaved down to a 45 degree angle and the cylinder has been milled down several flat surfaces rather than the fluted round we usually see.  Another big plus is the flush mounted rear sight that has been dovetailed, allowing for future sight changes. The big question for me is the proposed price of $900.  In the pocket revolver market that might buy you a SP101 from Ruger and a S&W Bodyguard 38 complete with a  laser and still have enough left over for […]

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Tavor Updated: IWI Reveals The X95 At ShotShow2016

I don’t know how you feel about the IWI Tavor but for me it’s on my short list of serious wants and possible needs for the Charlton Heston “Cold Dead Hands” scenario.  I have loved the very idea of that rifle since it emerged from Israel.  I find its bullpup design very attractive, coupling the full size barrel and short overall length.  I’ve heard the arguments against the rifle; “the trigger linkage causes an inherently bad trigger” and “if there is a catastrophic failure, you face is resting on the danger zone”.  Well, I say if the Israeli military can rely on this puppy it’s not going to blow my face off.  As for the trigger, I have shot the gun with this issue in mind and found the argument to be silly.  For my purposes and the combat design for which it was intended the trigger is fine.  I can be plenty accurate with it as it stands. But, as it turns out, the rifle I was so pleased with has gotten a makeover and IWI took notes from the consumer market to create the X95.  The new version of the Tavor gives us so much more that I didn’t know I wanted, until now.  First, you will all be pleased to hear the trigger was addressed.  The previous Tavor carried a 10 lb trigger, the weight of which likely caused most of the complaints.  The trigger pull has been reduced to a very manageable 6 lbs.  After only […]

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