Finding your way through the crowds, the floors, and the guns

Magpul booth at SHOT Show 2015 at the Sands Expo Center in Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada - Welcome to the 2015 SHOT Show! (Yes, I know, yesterday I welcomed you to the unofficial start of SHOT. Seemed only fitting an official welcome for the official start was called for.)

Deep within the heart of the Sands Expo Center we find anything and everything the budding young (or old) sportsman could want. Everything he could need. Everything that he should have. Let's just leave it at everything.

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From Yamaha - Yamaha Announces All-New Wolverine R-Spec Side-by-Side Vehicle

Yamaha Wolverine R-Spec, an all-new Side-by-Side vehicle

Yamaha Sets New Standard with Most Off-Road Capable SxS with Class-Leading Comfort

Cypress, California – January 20, 2015 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., today introduced the Wolverine R-Spec, an all-new Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicle that sets a new standard in off-road capability and class-leading comfort. Designed and engineered for exploring extreme terrain, the Wolverine R-Spec is assembled in the U.S.A. for worldwide distribution.

The 2016 Yamaha Wolverine R-Spec boasts an all-new nimble chassis with a compact design, look and feel, a comfortable and secure cab with seating for two, Yamaha’s proven core technologies, and overall superior handling and durability with industry-leading suspension adjustability.

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From GLOCK - GLOCK Introduces New Optic Mounting Platform and Largest Pistol to Date

GLOCK 40 Gen4 in MOS Configuration Las Vegas, Nevada - GLOCK, Inc. announced the release of the new GLOCK Modular Optic System (MOS). The MOS platform was designed by GLOCK engineers to enable users to mount their preferred reflex sights to their pistol in order to improve their target acquisition. The Gen4 models G34, G35, and G41 will now be available in the new MOS platform.  Coming soon is GLOCK 40 Gen4 in MOS Configuration – the long slide pistol is intended for 10mm enthusiasts as well as handgun hunters.

“Our research has prompted us to release the MOS configurations for the G34 Gen4, G35 Gen4 and G41 Gen4 and the new G40 Gen4 in the MOS Configuration,” ... more on the latest from GLOCK ...

Boulder City Gun Club hosts latest in pistol, rifle, and shotgun design

Targets from the Aimpoint boot during SHOT Show's Media Day

Boulder City, Nevada - Officially, the first day of SHOT Show isn’t really the first day of SHOT Show. That’s tomorrow. But for those of us considered to be part of the media (I know, right?), the Show started today. Today at the Boulder City Gun Club in Boulder City, Nevada.

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Last minute absent-mindedness can lead to SHOT Show madness in Vegas

Southwest Airlines gate at Reagan National Airport

Alexandria, Virginia - We're all human ... my thanks to the peanut gallery for the audible, "duh". My point being that as human beings we are imperfect by design. Be it by way of driving skills, computer ability, business acumen, or ability to catch a ball, there's something amiss in those primordial architectural plans that allow us to reveal in our imperfections. One of my greatest? I forget. Oh yea, memory.

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What would SHOT Show have been like 160 years ago?

SHOT Show 1855 Fairfax, Virginia - Since beginning in 1979, SHOT Show has become one of the premier firearms industry event of the year. Those who are able to attend circle the date on their calendars; those who are unable curse under their breath.

As I was packing up amazing and historic guns for SHOT Show from the NRA Museums, I was led down a path of historical whimsy: what would SHOT Show have been like 160 years ago in 1855?

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New guy takes National Firearms Museum on the road to first SHOT Show

View of the Las Vegas strip from the Venetian Hotel

Fairfax, Virginia - When I came to the NRA in January 2014 as the Firearms Specialist, I missed the SHOT Show by a week. (Why I thought they’d send the brand new guy even if I had been there is something I hadn’t thought about!)

At any rate, plans for the 2015 SHOT Show are well underway and it will be my inaugural attendance. Add to that fact that I’m the only NRA Museums staff member going and it could prove to be a baptism by fire.

What goes into planning the NRA Museums’ involvement at SHOT Show, you ask? Well, first and foremost, we have to decide what firearms we’re going to display in the booth. This involves a number of questions, including: what are our themes, what went last year, what are the crowd favorites, and so on.

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From the Nevada Department of Wildlife - Applications Due for Dove Hunt at Overton WMA

Nevada Department of Wildlife Logo Reno, Nevada - Opening day of the 2014 mourning dove season is still two months away, but those hunters who would like to spend opening day and the first weekend of the season at the Overton Wildlife Management Area (OWMA) have only until July 9 to submit their reservation applications for those days.

Applications must be received at the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) Headquarters Office in Reno, 1100 Valley Rd., Reno, NV 89512 no later than 5 p.m., July 9, and must be delivered only through a postal service. A public drawing will be conducted at 10 a.m., July 30 at that same location. Only complete and legible applications will be included in the reservation drawing, and successful applicants will receive their confirmation by return mail.

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From the Nevada Department of Wildlife - Dream Tags give sportsmen another chance

Utah Dream Tag hunts in 2014So this year’s big game tag results came out and you didn’t draw a tag. If you still want a shot at an antelope, California bighorn sheep, deer, desert (Nelson) bighorn sheep or elk tag…you still have a chance…lot’s of them.

The Nevada Dream Tag raffle tickets will continue to be sold until June 30. The raffle allows resident and nonresident sportsmen a chance at the hunt of a lifetime while also contributing to Nevada’s wildlife habitat. The tags are similar to other western states’ raffle tags and "hunt of a lifetime" tags.

All that is required to get started in the raffle is to first purchase a Resource Enhancement Stamp (RES) for $10. Once you have your stamp, you can purchase an unlimited number of raffle tickets for each species available for only $5 each. You can purchase both the RES Stamp and the raffle tickets at NVDreamTag.org.

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