[TriggrCon 2018] Range Day

    This is TFB’s first year at TriggrCon, and really still the infancy for the show as a whole, in its third year (in 2016 it was called the Northwest Shooting Sports Expo), and which is organized by Rainier Arms. I was invited last year but the timing just didn’t work out and I’m bummed that I missed it.

    TriggrCon is part convention and part gun show. The first couple of days are open to the media and industry only and the weekend allows the public to visit with some items being available for purchase. If you happen to be in the area, come by on Saturday or Sunday (the 28th and 29th of July) at the Meydenbauer Center. You can find out more information at https://www.triggrcon.com/enthusiast/

    This year, the show moved from Tacoma to Bellevue, Washington, with the Range Day taking place in a beautiful forested range a little bit south, in Ravensdale. While there were a few of the usual suspects in attendance, this show is really more about smaller companies, and is really where it shines brighter than SHOT–you can visit and chat with companies that don’t have the big production budgets for main floor booths, but that have interesting and innovative products.

    It was a bit too loud to really have good conversations with most exhibitors at range day, what with all of the automatic gunfire, and really we were there to shoot “all the things”, so this first post will really just be some photo highlights of the day. I apologize to any of the vendors that didn’t make this first cut–we will see you on the floor.

    Strike Industries brought a number of things, including some upcoming anticpated items... http://www.strikeindustries.com/

    Strike Industries brought a number of things, including some upcoming anticipated items… http://www.strikeindustries.com/

    Strike's brace. Out very soon.

    Strike’s brace. Out very soon.

    Blister pack PCC anyone? Quater Circle 10 has a kit that get you everything you need to have a working blaster except the furniture. Builder party anyone? http://www.qcircle10.com

    Blister pack PCC anyone? Quater Circle 10 has a kit that gets you everything you need to have a working blaster except the furniture. Builder party anyone? http://www.qcircle10.com

    Want to convert your AR to a PCC? Stern Defense has what you need. Nick Chen will be doing a detailed review in the near future. http://getstern.com

    Want to convert your AR to a PCC? Stern Defense has what you need. Nick Chen will be doing a detailed review in the near future. http://getstern.com

    Stern Defense enticed us into their booth with promises of firing full auto .45 ACP. Of course we said yes...

    Stern Defense enticed us into their booth with promises of firing full auto .45 ACP. Of course, we said yes…

    Notice anything interesting about the trigger guard? Before all the haters jump in, I just want to point out that this did not hamper firing the weapon at all, and while it would slow down first shot times for top tier competition shooters, it is not really for them. We will take a more detailed look in the coming weeks at the RTS Trigger Shield. http://www.rtstriggershield.com

    Notice anything interesting about the trigger guard? Before all the haters jump in, I just want to point out that this did not hamper firing the weapon at all, and while it would slow down first shot times for top-tier competition shooters, it is not really for them. We will take a more detailed look in the coming weeks at the RTS Trigger Shield. http://www.rtstriggershield.com

    SSP Eyewear has eye pro with correction lenses applied on both the top and bottom so that you don't have to play peek-a-boo. http://www.sspeyewear.com

    SSP Eyewear has eye pro with correction lenses applied on both the top and bottom so that you don’t have to play peek-a-boo. http://www.sspeyewear.com

    Elevated Tech has an interesting RDS mount--you can adjust the height of it simply by sliding forward on an angled track. Before the red dot snipers jump in--it is not meant for precision optics--your elevation hold will be a little shifted but windage is fine. The use is to have an easily adjustable mount for several people to use without having to change out the base (or for a user to find out that sweet spot for them). http://elevatedtech.com

    Elevated Tech has an interesting RDS mount–you can adjust the height of it simply by sliding forward on an angled track. Before the red dot snipers jump in–it is not meant for precision optics–your elevation hold will be a little shifted but windage is fine. The use is to have an easily adjustable mount for several people to use without having to change out the base (or for a user to find out that sweet spot for them). http://elevatedtech.com

    Two stamp shotgun? Sure, why not!

    Two stamp shotgun? Sure, why not!

    The line was entirely too long to shoot either of these beasts. Next year TriggrCon needs to take a lesson out of Disney's playbook for the E-Ticket rides... That said, they did an armor penetration test on BOB, and both of these violated the armor.

    The line was entirely too long to shoot either of these beasts. Next year TriggrCon needs to take a lesson out of Disney’s playbook for the E-Ticket rides… That said, they did an armor penetration test on BOB, and both of these violated the armor.

    Your 9mm/.45ACP religious war is now invalid. http://www.bighornarmory.com/

    Your 9mm/.45ACP religious war is now invalid. http://www.bighornarmory.com/

    Master of Arms brought their sub FOUR POUND rifle. At first touch it didn't feel sturdy enough to shoot, but the metal is some kind of magical NASA unobtainium mated to carbon fiber and fairy wings, all lubricated with unicorn tears. And while a little loud (the unsuppressed one; did I mention they have a superlightweight can?), it was so easy and fun to shoot as to be criminal. Oh and check out that BCG with a ball and spring. Guess what that does.... https://www.masterofarms.com/

    Master of Arms brought their sub FOUR POUND rifle. At first touch, it didn’t feel sturdy enough to shoot, but the metal is some kind of magical NASA unobtainium mated to carbon fiber and fairy wings, all lubricated with unicorn tears. And while a little loud (the unsuppressed one; did I mention they have a super lightweight can?), it was so easy and fun to shoot as to be criminal. Oh and check out that BCG with a ball and spring. Guess what that does…. https://www.masterofarms.com/

    RISE Armament bringing their engineering to the LEO market with their new 300LE, chambered in .223 Wylde with a 13.5 inch handguard, 4.5 lbs trigger (which is just as amazing as the rest of their triggers), and running one of their competition grade barrels with a newly designed flash hider that eliminates ringing. https://www.risearmament.com/

    RISE Armament bringing their engineering to the LEO market with their new 300LE chambered in .223 Wylde with a 13.5-inch handguard, 4.5 lbs trigger (which is just as amazing as the rest of their triggers), and running one of their competition grade barrels with a newly designed flash hider that eliminates ringing. https://www.risearmament.com/

    Grey Ghost Precision has a very eye catching pistol with a number of mods that many people do to their Gen 3 Glocks. Super easy to shoot and very crisp. http://greyghostprecision.com

    Grey Ghost Precision has a very eye-catching pistol with a number of mods that many people do to their Gen 3 Glocks. Super easy to shoot and very crisp. http://greyghostprecision.com

    Rick Olsen of Killer Innovations walked us through the process of how he cuts his barrels, and what makes his compensator different than all the other ones out there. Suffice to say there is a ton of well thought-out engineering that required process design and custom tooling. All to make a smooth and accurate shooting experience. Hopefully we will be getting one in for a dedicated review soon. http://killer-innovations.com/

    Rick Olsen of Killer Innovations walked us through the process of how he cuts his barrels, and what makes his compensator different than all the other ones out there. Suffice to say there is a ton of well-thought-out engineering that required process design and custom tooling. All to make a smooth and accurate shooting experience. Hopefully, we will be getting one in for a dedicated review soon. http://killer-innovations.com/

    What happens when you marry an optic to the range finder and bring the user experience back to the basics? You get SIGs BDX Reticle which illuminates your hold over based on target range. It is configured using a smartphone app (only needed when setting up the device) and uses the popular Applied Ballistics Elite data. http://sigsauer.com

    What happens when you marry an optic to the rangefinder and bring the user experience back to the basics? You get SIGs BDX Reticle which illuminates your hold over based on the target range. It is configured using a smartphone app (only needed when setting up the device) and uses the popular Applied Ballistics Elite data. http://sigsauer.com

    Only a limited number of exhibitors were at Range day and will provide more coverage from the show floor!

    Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he teaches wilderness medicine and writes for a number of publications, including The Prepared, a site devoted to self-preparedness. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.

    You can reach him at tom.r AT thefirearmblog.com


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