Here we go again. Day 2 of the venerable Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trades (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas.
Our goal for Wednesday was to put some miles under our boots and try to knock out a larger portion of the show than we did the day before. The problem in visiting the show, as most people in the industry will attest, is that between meetings, chance encounters with old friends and the ever-present expense-account meals, there is little time to simply tour the booths.
On Wednesday, we started out by visiting the new product center. This is always good for a laugh because there, nestled among the good and great new gadgets are some things that prove in a capitalistic society, there is always someone willing to provide an answer to a question that hasn’t yet been asked.
To avoid those pesky lawsuits and death threats we will not identify the actual products but both regular readers can rest assured that they are legitimate items.
In the “Best Crew-Served Weapon Sight” category is a dual-reticle model that is approximately the size of a box of saltine crackers and appears to possess the same ruggedized characteristics.
We say “Crew-Served” sight not because it belongs on a heavy machine gun or mortar but rather the sight itself appears to require a crew of three to transport and operate. We’ll be interested to see who perches one of these abominations on their gun.
Another item was a safety device that is comprised of a dummy round with a wire cable coming out of the end. The idea is that you will see the firearm is unloaded based upon the cable protruding from the muzzle. For all the world, it appears this product is a .45 caliber urinary catheter.
We saw a kit that would turn your Glock pistol into a small bullpup rifle. We’re not sure why this is better than grabbing a rifle in the first place but it definitely has a high geek factor.
And finally, we have a product that might actually be useful but also strikes us as the basis for a skit on Saturday Night Live: the shocker vest.
The idea is that each participant wears a vest during dynamic live force-on-force training. A laser indicator in participants weapons will activate the vest if “shot”, thus letting the shooter that he has been hit.
The vest can simply light up if struck but it also has a mode that delivers a “gentle” electrical shock to the solar plexus. We can only imagine the practical joke possibilities of this new toy.