SHOT Show Predictions

This year I only have two predictions …

  1. The Zombie craze will finally begin to die down.
  2. Remington will announce a sub-compact pistol (or announce they have purchased a company that makes a sub-compact).

Anyone have any other predictions?

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • MarineFO

    Dianne Feinstein will show up and get Throat Punched™

    • jimmyvini

      if only it werent trademarked

  • Brendan

    Civilian MP7 Please.

    • bbmg

      More wishful thinking than a prediction…

      Maybe Kel-Tec could actual put the RMR-30 into production, but chambered for the 17 HMR (or the new Winchester 17 WSM cartridge,if the long case doesn’t cause feed issues) to give users an equivalent experience?

    • Sam Suggs

      keep dreamin keeep keep dreamin of love

  • Paul

    I predict that the mainstream media will show up in droves to do stories on the “bloodthirsty arms industry” and their “crazed gun-loving customers.”

    I sincerely hope the SHOT Show organizers kick them out on their butts and suppress their freedom to speech to what is essentially a registration-only private event.

    Give ’em a taste of their own medicine.

    • At least once each year their security accosts me. Don’t know why. I don’t think they will last long, but yea, they will try.

    • Big Bore

      I don’t think suppressing their freedom of speech is the best tactic. If you’ve done nothing wrong, you’ve got nothing to hide, so let them in and be polite.

      • Raoul O’Shaugnnessy

        To paraphrase Hanns Johst, “When I hear the words ‘If you’ve done nothing wrong, you’ve got nothing to hide’…, I release the safety on my Browning!”

  • Samopal

    I predict that Glock won’t announce a subcompact single-stack 9mm.

  • Raoul O’Shaugnessy

    1) Ruger will introduce a new product. It will be allocated to only two-to-a-dealer for the first six months. At six months the traditional Ruger product recall will occur. John Taffin will buy one and bore it out to .50 caliber.

    2) There will be several vendors introducing gas-piston AR’s. Half the visitors in the show bulding will pass out from oxygen deprivation as everyone in the building yawns at the announcement.

    3) Mossberg will introduce a 500-series variant with some sort of hideous deformity on it and call it a ‘feature’. The name will feature one, or possibly all, of the following words: Chainsaw, Zombie, Tactical, Breacher, Operator. Gun writers will proclaim it to be innovative and ‘cutting edge’…just like Mossberg’s bullpup shotgun.

    4) Several vendors will be taking pre-orders for the latest-n-greatest firearms ever built. After the trade show displays are packed up, no one will see their money again and their calls will not be returned. In a possibly unrelated story, Jonathan Ciener will be seen shopping for Porsches at local dealerships.

    5) Taurus will have a revolver that looks like something out of ‘Hellboy’.

    6) Century Arms will announce an import deal with the the country of Ebonia, best known from ‘Dilbert’ comics. They will import double barrel shotguns made from bamboo, termite mud, old car parts, and twine. The aggregate quality of Century Arms firearms will take a gigantic leap forward.

    7) Remington will introduce it’s own .17 caliber rimfire. A new Remington rifle, chambered in the new .17 rimfire, will be introduced at the same time. Forty-five minutes later the rifle will be withdrawn from market and owners will get gift certificates for the purchase price. Many disgruntled buyers will trade the gift certificate for Century’s Elbonian shotguns.

    8) Colt will announce that it is finally ceasing production of firearms for sales to civilians, making official what the company started in the 90’s as the product line dwindled to two products: the 1911 and the AR.

    9) HK will introduce a new rifle expressly for the American civillian market. It will have amazing customer support and not be a ‘neutered’ version of a mil/LEO-only gun…Ha! Fooled you! We’re talking about HK, after all. Because we suck..and they hate us.

    10) Leuopold will offer a new optic based on “Hubble technology” that will be powerful enough to actually let you see back in time. Sales will drop off drastically as buyers watch themselves fork out several thousand dollars over and over and over.

    Thank you, thank you…I’ll be here all week. Tip your waitress.

  • Big Bore

    The 6.5 Grendel will finally be given the recognition it truly deserves, in the form of a big company carbine.

  • 511

    The “zombie craze” without the tacky zombie stuff is in full swing along with ban fever, my local gun stores are down right creepy with all the barren shelves.

  • bbmg

    The zombie craze won’t die, it will just morph into something equally banal. For example, look what’s due for release this year:

    Prepare for 20mm rifles with stocks made of fossils, barrels coated in scale patterns and claw shaped muzzle brakes to be released…

    • Lolinski

      Wont a muzzle brake shaped as a dinosaur head be cooler? Would look like its breathing fire if used on a Mosin Nagant carbine.

      • Freiheit

        A Mosin Nagant is a fire breathing dinosaur.

  • We can only hope number 1 comes true…

    I’d see Remington buying out a smaller company before they actually did something new for a pistol honestly.

  • Bob Z Moose

    Mine not be that popular, but…

    5.11 will introduce a tactical bikini and Speedo, for deep cover at the beach. It won’t be an different than regular swimwear, but heck it’s got the 5.11 tag, right?

    Freedom Group will hold a special press conference announce that they have bought all the gun companies. Alex Jones head will explode.

    Tapco will announce that they’ve run out of guns to put mediocre stocks on.

    Izmash (I don’t care how it’s spelled) will unveil an ATF approved “sporting” Saiga. I don’t know how that’s possible either.

    Magpul, deciding to diversify, will announce a line of condoms made from their proprietary polymer compound. On the training side, The Art of the Dynamic Cellphone will be out on DVD and Blu-ray. In it, Chris Costa instructs viewers on texting in various combat and tactical situations.

    Rail mounted cup holders, TVs, flasks, socket sets, and other useful things will be incredibly popular this year.

  • Alex


    Higher lumens for the scout lights and the vampire heads, possibly see the single cell x300 again, and maybe the M300V will make another appearance.

    I really hope there is more on the M300V

  • Jcsparky

    1) introduce the art if the mark 43

    2) sure fire will introduce a .22 cal suppressor

  • Magpul will release AK furniture. A mall ninja and a gun-hating journalist will both faint at such a tactical sight. Upon coming to, they’ll hit off and fall in love.

  • RocketScientist

    For the zombie craze to die, do we have to shoot it in the head?

  • gunslinger

    i’m interested to see how the media will cover SHOT this year…

  • Bret

    HK will announce a P30 with a striker.

    Sig will announce another model that no one is actually able to purchase for at least a year. I’m hearing a double-stack .45 this time.

    Ruger and S&W will announce that it doesn’t matter what they announce. Their production capacity for the year has already been over-sold with existing orders due to panic buying and they won’t actually MAKE any new designs untill 2014.

    Ruger will offer the Gunsite Scout rifle in either more calibers or different barrel lengths.

    Marlin will announce nothing…at least nothing regarding lever action rifles.

    Lots and lots of ‘buget’ and ‘entry level’ rifles and options. The industry seems to be paying a whole lot of attention to the very low end of the price range recently.

    The dude who started Recoil magazine will show up with a big sign around his neck that says, simply, “I’m Sorry.”

  • Zo

    Henry Repeating Arms will finally release a Henry 1860 of their own design in 44-40 and .45 Colt. that will be cheaper and better than the Uberti Replica’s

    Glock will release a Gen 5 which fixes the Brass-to-the-face problem while never admitting that the Gen 4s had a problem.

    Glock will finally announce a Glock Carbine

    Reloading will no longer be a niche and soon there will be shortages on all components including powder.

    New never before heard of companies will appear to offer products at price gouging level to feed the hysteria

    Anything new will be sold out before it is even released.

  • Mike Knox

    I predict there’s be guns there..

  • Homer

    My Prediction: Most of the guns shown in the display cases will be deemed illegal to be sold or owned in the US.