[SHOT 2016] Most innovative products for SHOT 2016

SHOT 2016 was an amazing experience. Below are some pictures I took during SHOT show. This picture set will feature the most innovative products that I PERSONALLY saw. This will be my last SHOT related article. Going back to gear and gun reviews for the rest of the year. A big thank you to TFB readers for following this picture series!


The Streamlight PROTAC Rail Mount 1 flashlught features Streamlight’s DUAL FUEL technology, meaning it can run off 1 CR123 battery or 1 AA alkaline battery. High setting is 350 lumens for 1 hour and 45 minutes on the Low setting, 40 lumens for 14 hours 30 minutes. If an AA Alkaline battery is used, on the high setting 150 lumens for 1 hour 30 minutes and 40 lumens for 8 hours on the low setting.


SIDELOK Optic Mount from Kinetic Development Group. These mounts attach by a patented cam system that locks the mount to the rail. The cam system negates the need for tools, levers or knobs. There was absolutely no wiggle. The cam system is activated by pushing the release button. In this picture the release button is under the front lens of the pictured Aimpoint sight.


Billet Rifle Systems is offering a jig to assist in the installation of a low profile gas block. The Jig also has a hole that can be used to drill and pin the gas block in place. I recently worked on a rifle that had a gas block that was secured by screws on the bottom of the gas block. The gas block subsequently came loose and needed to be re-tightened. Aside from tightening, Rocksett was applied to the screws. I am planning on ordering several of these jigs and using them for my builds.  I would never go into harms way with a rifle that did not have a gas block pinned in place.



Hartman MH1. The Hartman MH1 was designed by an absolute bad ass named Mikey Hartman. Mikey is a former IDF Lieutenant Colonel. The MH1 is a state of that art holographic weapons sight that has a plethora of awesome features. Some shooters prefer Holographic sights to traditional red dots do to the field of view.


The Hartman MH1 on Range Day. Mikey and his brother were awesome individuals. Extremely nice guys. Hopefully TFB can get to test one of these sights during the 2016 writing cycle.



Sauer came out with a 404 series rifle that could be packed down into a very small package for ease of travel. The 404 is also unique because the caliber can be changed by switching out the bolt face and the barrel  using a tool that also doubled as a sling swivel. Please note the rifle pictured, is not the rifle that could be taken apart. I did not get a chance to get a picture of that particular rifle.


NEMO arms had some neat big bore Ar patterned rifles.


Cobalt Kinetics is offering some very innovative Ar-15’s. Some features of these rifles include the ability to automatically eject a spent magazine, as well as having the bolt close when a fresh magazine is inserted into the gun.


Fix it sticks, are tiny screw drivers that that take a variety of bits. Fix it sticks are engineered to torque to a specific value.


Not exactly ground breaking, but Rock River is offering a rifle with charging handles on the handguard along the bore. These handles are ambidextrous.


The Heat Abatement Device and the Mirage Abatement Device suppressor covers from Rifles Only. The Heat Abatement Device consist of an inner core, and an outer core. The inner core is rated for 3000 degrees as well as full automatic fire.


Rifles Only is also offering their Shooters Book. This book has a modular design. End users can configure it with bullet cards, pouches and data cards.


Rifles Only has Slap Data Cards. The Card can be pulled out of the Range book and simply slapped to the forearm. Neat product.


Prime Manufacturing Group is definitely a company to watch in 2016.


America. We are very lucky to live in such an amazing country.

Thomas Gomez

Thomas Gomez currently resides in the mountains of central New Mexico. He has an M.B.A, an Ar-15/M16/M4 armorer certification from Specialized Armament Warehouse as well as a Glock armorer certification. Aside from writing for The Firearm Blog he works as a Clinical Analyst for a large Hospital. He spends his free time farming, ranching, hiking, fly-fishing and hunting in the beautiful forests and prairies of New Mexico. He can be reached at LOADTHATBIPOD@gmail.com


  • USMC03Vet

    No AK Alfa?!


    • Thomas Gomez

      Hey there USMC. I didn’t see any cool Ak’s at SHOT this year.

      Cheers amigo.

      • USMC03Vet

        Muh feelz!


  • Giolli Joker

    No Brigand Arms woven carbon fiber handguard?

    • Thomas Gomez

      I didn’t personally see them. Hopefully one of my colleagues did.

    • Machinegunnertim

      Dude I looked that up, AWESOME! Now I have to build another upper.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    The girl in the Prime Mfg Group photo is definitely someone to watch.

    • Thomas Gomez

      Ha ha! Good to see in the comment Notorious!

  • guest

    [in-uh-vey-shuh n]


    Word Origin



    something new or different introduced:
    numerous innovations in the high-school curriculum.


    the act of innovating; introduction of new things or methods.

    I fail to see the “innovation” here.

    • David

      You need a lesson in reading comprehension.

  • Mister Thomas

    Wow – would love to be able to own one of those glock to carbine kits.

  • The gas block jig is hardly innovative. BRD Engineering has had a set out for a couple of years. Including both a dimpling jig, and a pinning jig.

    And BRD makes their for a variety of gas block sizes.

    • Thomas Gomez

      Cheers! Thanks for the heads up.

  • Bill

    It’s sad that I get a little woody over those screwdrivers.

  • Sarig

    “Sauer came out with a 404 series rifle that could be packed down into a
    very small package for ease of travel. The 404 is also unique because
    the caliber can be changed by switching out the bolt face and the
    barrel using a tool that also doubled as a sling swivel”

    Come on now, this is Sauer’s fourth system rifle, Blaser is at least on their second, Mauser I think on their first, Steyr has one, and I could go on and on.

    This is an updated version of the 202, following the trend that European rifle-makers has been in for well over a decade. System rifles, while cool as hell, are not new. Sauer 202 Take Down and Merkel Helix doesn’t even require a single tool to do it.

    • iksnilol

      Iz new for ze Americans. Let zem have their joy.

      • Thomas Gomez

        Yeah! Let us have our joy! Ha ha!

        • iksnilol

          Iz like of givingz old jacket to kleine sibling. They get joy out of zomething that has brought joy to you for decades.

          Ix nice.

  • GaryOlson

    The Hartman on the rifle just made me want to yell “BUGS!”

  • Evan

    That Cobalt Kinetics rifle that automatically ejects the magazine isn’t a feature, it’s a bug. Literally a rifle that throws your gear away. That’s one of the stupidest designs I’ve ever heard of for a gun. Automatically ejecting the preloaded, disposable clips in an M1 Garand was a good idea, automatically ejecting reusable magazines in an AR is not. Until they start selling preloaded, disposable AR mags, I wouldn’t take one of those rifles for free.

    • iksnilol

      Eh, useful for competition use.

      • Evan

        My theory is that competition shooting should be a demonstration of practical skills using practical tools. A rifle that throws your gear away is not a practical tool, and it also takes away the practical skill of changing mags quickly. Therefore, this rifle ruins the spirit of competition. Any rifle specifically designed for competition I have no interest in, for the above reasons, and the more specialized and less practical they get, the less I like them. I like AR platform rifles as weapons. That rifle is a baseball glove.

        • iksnilol

          Oh boy, you’d hate my competition rifle.

          It is a heavy barreled bolt action with a kinda adjustable stock and diopter sights. Not practical in the modern sense. You’d call it clumsy and unpractical

          It is a capable weapon, only thing is that it is a niche weapon. Usable well by few. Simply because it is so specialized. Specialization isn’t bad.

          Doesn’t mean I can’t shoot well. Though to be honest, it has taken some joy out because I know when the rifle or ammo is holding me back.

          • Sarig

            STR? I was on the fence buying one 7-8 years ago. Should’ve done it, they’re about 50% more expensive now :/ Whenever I randomly show up for competitions now, it’s with an M67. Yeaaah, it’s holding me back.

          • iksnilol

            Ouch… is what you’d say if you’d have bought it. Those are expensive. I want one but currerntly only borrow it. Can’t afford one.

            Yeah, it’s the STR.

        • Thomas Gomez

          I am excited to see how the Cobalt Kinetics rifle does on the competition circuit.

  • Hyok Kim

    Hartman looks really tempting. What special attributes compared to other holo desigs?