Folks, I’ve been busy, sick, and just plain tired in the time between SHOT Show and now. Between a 13 day work week a short time ago and near pneumonia, it’s been a bit rough. I’ve been sitting on these pics since then so that I could do something reasonably good with them and I’m going to do my best tonight
I think this was when it finally hit me that I was really going to SHOT Show. Look at those banners
At the beginning of my first day, I was really looking at different options for a suppressor for my AR-15 and the Gemtech HVT was very high in the running. It’s not too heavy, it’s quick disconnect, and it’s 7.62mm which would be nice for multi-caliber usage
Something really cool and new from Troy Industries was this integrally suppressed .22 pistol. I imagine it’s very quiet and I like the glass breakers on the muzzle too. It’s a bit out of my price range, but maybe sometime in the future…
The Nemesis rifle is a really neat piece of equipment. Swap barrels and magazines and you’ve just changed calibers. Of course, you can also break it down small enough to fit into a back pack. This would be nice for a few reasons such as allowing a SWAT officer to make a discrete entry into a building.
I can’t leave out Coonan Inc. Dan Coonan is a really great guy as were the other members of the team. When talking about the Coonan 357 Magnum Automatic, I have to paraphrase Ferris Bueller – If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up
Switching between .357 Magnum and .38 Special is a simple matter of swapping out a recoil spring. Really, it’s soft shooting and a tremendous amount of fun. Pricing starts at around $1,200 but this is one of those rare times when I’d be quick to say that it’s entirely worth the money
Yankee Hill Machine brought out a few new suppressors for SHOT 2011 – in titanium! YHM makes products the way I like them – functional and affordable I have a YHM Diamond free float quad rail and I was seriously considering one of their suppressors. A stainless steel YHM 5.56mm suppressor will set you back about $500 before the $200 NFA transfer tax which is considerably less than you’d pay for a similar suppressor from other manufacturers.
I’ve written before about OTIS cleaning kits for guns – they’re my choice If you’ve not noticed from past postings, I’ve owned guns in .22, .32, 9mm, 7.62mm, 5.56mm, 7.62mm, 7.5mm, and 12 gauge. The kit you see above is similar to mine – compact, light, and it will clean all the guns I own This kit is actually improved over mine – the brushes and other accouterments are are all held in place much more securely.
German Sport Guns (GSG) is the company that made my 1911 pistol in .22 LR and American Tactical Imports brought it in. They actually make a whole line of guns in .22 that are quite different from your average rimfire. Think MP-5 and AK-47, but lighter, cheaper to shoot, and much less expensive than the real thing This is a prototype of something they hope to bring to the U.S. sometime late this year or next year and I wouldn’t mind having one at all
And there’s no way I could forget to include Kel-Tec here! I confess that I really was overwhelmed by all the stuff going on at SHOT and I didn’t get nearly all the pictures I’d have liked. Still, I managed to get a couple of cool ones from Kel-Tec You’ve seen a few pics of the KSG before and you know my PF-9 but I hadn’t seen them done in desert tan Cerakote
Folks, that’s all I’ve got for Day One of SHOT 2011. There will be more when one of my friends gets the pics off of his camera
Have a great night
Was having a look as is normal. I am a member at this one as I am at F16.net listed somewhere on the right side here.
This one is nothing but military aircraft. Fighters, Bombers, Attack, Electronic Warfare, Tankers and Transports. From around the world. I think all can enjoy this one.
Folks, it’s been a bit of a rough time between SHOT Show 2011 and now. Between massive overtime, near pneumonia, and a bit of plain old burn-out I’ve just not had it in me to do much blogging. I’ve been working on a few posts since then and I hope I can do them justice now
One of the places I made sure to stop by at SHOT Show was Silencerco You might remember a couple of posts I published a while back about the Silencerco Sparrow and Osprey suppressors. I’d emailed back and forth with Joshua Waldron and he was kind enough to provide me with a picture of the internal components of the Osprey. Well, let me tell you that I was taken somewhat by surprise when I was recognized and greeted like a rock star at the booth I really can’t thank Josh Waldron, Mike Pappas, and all the rest of the guys and gals from Silencerco for making that a truly awesome day I’ll have some incredibly awesome news about these great people in a few months, but I’ve got to keep that under wraps for now
I did manage to get my hands on something rather cool at the Silencerco booth which I’m very interested in – the new stainless steel .22 Sparrow!
The original Sparrow is a helluva great unit for a few reasons. The first reason is that the serial numbered part of any suppressor MUST be protected if possible because damage to this part will likely require a bunch of paperwork and the payment of a new $200 transfer tax under the National Firearms Act of 1934. The original Sparrow was designed with the outer tube as the serial numbered part, but more importantly there are no threads to be damaged on the tube itself. If a bullet strikes a baffle or an end cap is cross threaded, the only damage will be to the baffle stack or end cap which can be replaced without having to pay the tax and do the paperwork all over again. The new stainless steel Sparrow takes this concept and improves on it. The stainless Sparrow only has one threaded end to worry about cross threading.
But the Sparrow goes further than just protecting the outer tube and its serial number. If you look at the picture of this disassembled stainless Sparrow, you can see that it features Multi Part Containment (MPC) like the original. The .22 family of rounds is a dirty round by the nature of its design. Large amounts of powder fouling and vaporized lead collect on the internal parts of a rimfire suppressor which requires regular cleaning. Many rimfire suppressors are able to be disassembled by the user, but the Sparrow makes it easy with MPC. MPC means that a pair of half-tubes are held in place against the monolithic baffle stack of the suppressor by the outer tube. With the threads on the monolithic baffle stack itself (and kept clean by that arrangement), all the user has to do is slide the baffle stack out of the outer tube along with the half-tubes rather than pushing a baffle stack out against the caked-on fouling. After that, it’s easy to pry the half tubes away from the fouling for cleaning of all the internal parts.
Again, Silencerco have improved on the original Sparrow design. Rather than threading both ends of the baffle stack, only one end is threaded meaning there’s a lower parts count. Rather than the half-tubes nesting together with a tongue and groove arrangement on the tubes themselves, the stainless Sparrow uses a ridge along the top and bottom of the baffle stack to align them. You’ll notice that the new stainless Sparrow also has O-rings at both ends of the baffle stack to enhance the seal of the unit, but you probably won’t notice another feature which helps these O-rings do their job better. If you look at the picture above, you can see that the muzzle end of both the outer tube and the baffle stack are scalloped. When the back cap is tightened, the baffle stack is held in place by these scallops. Further, the flat muzzle end of the baffle stack and the back cap are actually sloped toward the center so that as the back cap is tightened, the half tubes are compressed against the O-rings on the baffle stack. The stainless Sparrow is also shorter, lighter, and has an improved stainless steel baffle stack compared to the original aluminum Sparrow which makes it quieter.
If you’re interested in purchasing a suppressor, Silencerco has put together a website with information that will definitely help. Go to silencersarelegal.com which will redirect you to the benefits page with a wealth of information you won’t find many other places about how and why suppressors are beneficial. Also, once there, click on the link to the Ownership section which contains a great deal of information on the process of purchasing and the legalities of owning a suppressor.
After looking at many different rimfire suppressor designs, I’m convinced that the stainless Sparrow is still the best design on the market today If you’d like more information about the stainless Sparrow, you can go to the dedicated web page put together by Silencerco – 22sparrow.com
Have a great day and thanks again for stopping by
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