Cabot shows off meteors, mammoths, and affordable luxury at SHOT Show

Damascus steel 1911 with mammoth tooth grips

Las Vegas, Nevada - High quality firearms and Cabot Guns go hand-in-hand. Cabot's President Rob Bianchin has a simple philosophy when it comes to high quality guns. "Life's too short to shoot an ugly gun," he says with a laugh. Utilizing 100% American-made products, the company strives for excellence in every aspect. From the time Cabot starts with raw 4140 billet American steel to the time one of their custom 1911s are complete, it takes a total of four months. Creating the slide and frame alone takes 30 hours per gun. With that time, however, comes extreme precision.

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Ballistic shoots for best finished barrel in the industry

Clint Hanson with a Ballistic Advantage rifle at SHOT Show's Media Day in Boulder City, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada - Every fan of Shark Tank knows there are a couple of questions you better have answers for; what were your sales for last year, what's your cost per unit, and what's the cost of customer acquisition. It's usually the customer acquisition question that trips people up. But if you follow the path developed by the boys at Ballistic Advantage, you're sure to have a number that's sure to turn even Mr. Wonderful's head.

"You looked like you wanted to shoot something," Head Armorer Clint Hanson told me. "Thought I would wait to for you to experience what a great product we have before telling you."

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Ammo company is truly wrapped up in the Second Amendment

2nd Amendment Ammunition

Las Vegas, Nevada - There's no shortage of ammunition makers out there these days. A quick search in the SHOT Show app reveals a total of 165 vendors under the ammo category - and you can be sure that's only a fraction of the companies out there making rounds! With that much competition out there vying to be the supplier that feeds your gun, how do you, as a business, make yourself stand out?

For a company named "2nd Amendment Ammunition," you wouldn't necessarily expect them to be based in Highland, California. I mean, let's face it: California isn't exactly Second Amendment-friendly. Even so, this relatively new company is undaunted; they're truly dedicated to the Second Amendment and making sure everyone knows it.

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Steel Challenge champ breaks down her firearm choices at the 2015 SHOT Show

GLOCK's Tori Nonaka signing autographs at SHOT Show

Las Vegas, Nevada - Tori Nonaka. You know who I'm talking about. Whether sporting the usual brunette braids or her purple frenzy of fire you can be sure that she's still going to tear it up when it comes to trigger time.

Always a popular figure when her turn at the celebrity appearance table comes due, she's been a force on the firing line for more years than seems probable ... or fair.

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Family, fun, guns and gear fill the second day of SHOT Show 2015

The Miculek family appears at the Smith & Wesson booth during SHOT Show 2015 in Vegas

Fairfax, Virginia - There's never enough time for SHOT Show. Yes, it's only day two, but like sands through the hour glass I can feel it slipping through my fingers. Still circling the primary room inside the Sands Expo Center, I know it's time to move on.

Only problem is I can't. I just can't. There are still people I need to see, products I need to find, and goodies I need to procure. Yet the other rooms are calling me.

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Fundraiser features Hollywood western stars on custom Colts

Custom Colts in custom rig

Las Vegas, Nevada - What do Roy Rogers, John Wayne, Hopalong Cassidy, Gene Autry, Tom Mix, and Monte Hale have in common? For the first time ever, they're all starring - along with eight other western stars - on the same silver screen. No, I'm not talking about some long-lost super western that has been recently discovered in the dusty attic of a Hollywood studio. Instead, I'm talking about a project called "Silver Screen Legend XVIII" by the Happy Trails Children's Foundation. The silver screen of sorts that I'm referring to is the sterling silver gunmetal of a pair of Colt Single Action Army revolvers, complete in a Buscadero-style hand-carved leather double rig with silver conchos.

Happy Trails Children's Foundation in Apple Valley, California, is continuing the work of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans in helping neglected and abused children. It is also the only known children's charity in the country that actively supports shooting sports, the Second Amendment, and responsible gun ownership.

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Salvo 12 suppressor improves shotgun situational awareness when out on the hunt

Michael Bane from Outdoor Channel's Shooting Gallery after trying out SilencerCo's shotgun suppressor at SHOT Show in Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada - Can you hear me now? Actually, no. Least that was my bewildered reaction after stopping by the SilencerCo Shooting Bay at this year's Media Day at the Range.

Right out of the silver screen classic No Country for Old Men, my most recent Amazon Wish List addition SilencerCo's Salvo 12 removes everything audible outside of the gun's actual action ... that click, click, click of metal hitting metal. No boom boom no more.

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Beretta celebrates M9 pistol's 30th anniversary with style

Engraved Beretta 92FS at SHOT Show

Las Vegas, Nevada - In 1985, the United States Armed Forces adopted a new service pistol. They chose Beretta's M9 design chambered in 9mm. Though smaller in caliber than the previous standard of a 1911 chambered in .45 ACP, the gun boasted a larger magazine capacity - 15 rounds instead of seven. Thirty years later, more than 600,000 M9 pistols have been delivered to the military; collectively, those firearms have fired more than 30 million rounds of ammunition.

In one test session under Army supervision, 12 M9's were randomly pulled from the production line and fired a total of 168,000 rounds without a single malfunction. The average M9 will fire 22,500 rounds without a stoppage. Having proven the reliability of the firearm, Beretta is celebrating the military's decision to use their design with some very unique engraved pistols.

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Century Arms donates custom chopper to the NRA Foundation

Behind the scenes look on Outdoor Channel's NRA All Access

NRA-themed Orange County Chopper at the 2015 SHOT Show in Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada - One thing you you’re sure to find at every SHOT Show is something new. A new trigger, new barrel, or new gun to set the shooting world on fire. Or, in the case of the National Rifle Association, a new bike.

Designed by the world class production crew over at Orange County Choppers, the NRA debuted an OCC-styled Pro Street bike with bullet-like appearance adorned in a matte gunmetal and black paint job on SHOT Show 2015’s opening day... find out more about Orange County Chopper's NRA-themed custom bike at SHOT Show ...

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