[SHOT 2023] The Carry Handle Corner: Retro And Clone AR-15 Compendium

That’s all until next year.

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[SHOT 2023] The SHOT Show Retro Roundup

One of my favorite stories to write each SHOT is a summary of all things throwback. The Retro Roundup gives me an excuse to snoop around the show looking for anything new in the world of the old. This year’s offerings were so plentiful that I split the article into two parts. This is the non-AR portion. Here are a few of the standouts from SHOT Show 2023.

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Wheelgun Wednesday: SHOT 2023 Revolver Roundup

This week on Wheelgun Wednesday, we will give a quick roundup of some of the interesting wheelguns we were able to get hands and eyes on at SHOT 2023.  Keep in mind, SHOT is hectic, but we tried to get our eyes on as many new and interesting revolvers as we could.  We regret to report that not much was new from either Colt, S&W, Chiappa, or Taylor’s & Co. in the wheelgun department (besides the King Cobra Target .22LR being given a rough date of summer 2023), but here are a few revolvers that caught our attention for 2023:

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Top 10 Accessories at SHOT Show 2023

There were a lot of really great optics, soft goods and gear, thermals, night vision, muzzle devices and more at SHOT Show 2023. James Reeves walks you through what he thought the 10 best accessories were from SHOT Show and why. What did you think of the list?

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[SHOT 2023] 5.11 Boots, Gear Is The TFB/TFBTV SHOT Uniform

There was a time, more than two decades ago, when 5.11 gear was only associated with “fishing” vests and baggy BDU pants. Back then I was both the giver and the recipient of tactical fashion shaming. Thankfully, those days are but tiny specks in the rearview mirror of life. 5.11 Tactical has developed tasteful, fashion-forward designs that blend utility with style for everyone from urban NOLA James Reeves to Northwest rainforest Hop. Some of the TFB and TFBTV crew were outfitted with new 5.11 boots – the A/T Mid Waterproof Boot  to be specific – for two industry range events and a week on the SHOT Show floor. How did the boots and other 5.11 gear perform? Let’s ask the team.

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[SHOT 2023] DTV XR338 – Minigun in .338 Norma Magnum

In this writer’s opinion, one of the coolest firearms of SHOT Show 2023 was the XR338 rotary machine gun which was displayed at the Radical Firearms booth. This machine gun is designed by Kris Paulson and Matthew Steinhauser of DTV Tactical Innovations (Radical Firearms is their manufacturing partner). It is chambered in .338 Norma Magnum and at a minimal weight increase over the M134 Minigun, it is a huge force multiplier with about twice the effective range and much higher energy of the projectiles at any given distance.

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[SHOT 2023] JL Billet's 5.56 Gun

Last year, we published an article about the prototype guns seen at SHOT Show 2022 one of which was the 5.56 Gun concept by JL Billet. Well, the company has been working on refining the design of the gun during the year and they brought several pre-production samples to SHOT Show 2023.

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[SHOT 2023] .308 Galil Builds From Ikon Weapons

Ikon Weapons produces 5.56 Galil variants including the Mirco and ARM. At SHOT Show 2023, they also displayed their new .308 versions. These included wood and polymer furniture models and even one with a California-complaint grip fin.

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[SHOT 2023] Fostech FLITE Elite Receivers and FLITE Phantom .22LR Rifle

At SHOT Show 2023, Fostech introduced a new generation of magnesium/aluminum alloy AR-15 receivers called FLITE Elite that are now made of forgings. These receivers are advertised to be 30% stronger and 30% lighter than their counterparts made of 6061 aluminum. In ounces, that’s a 2 oz weight reduction in the case of the FLITE Elite upper receiver (4.92 oz vs 6.92 oz). Also new from Fostech is a .22LR rifle called FLITE Phantom.

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[SHOT 2023] POF-USA Tombstone 9mm Lever-Action

What do you want on your Tombstone?  POF-USA gives you plenty of options with their new Tombstone 9mm lever action.  Featuring a 10.5-inch receiver rail, M-LOK slots all along the forend, and a threaded barrel, this new short-throw, mag-fed 9mm lever gun has plenty of space to put whatever you want on your Tombstone.

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[SHOT 2023] MK Machining's MK2 Bullpup Chassis and Amazingly Good Bullpup Trigger

Before SHOT 2023, I was tipped off by a co-worker who knew that I was a Tikka fan that a company was bringing a bullpup chassis and optimized bullpup trigger for the Tikka to SHOT.  That company is MK Machining of Hallsville, MO.  One of the few bright lights in the otherwise dingy SHOT Dungeon was MK Machining’s MK2 Bullpup Chassis, which is now available for Remington 700 short and long actions, as well as Tikka T3 actions.

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[SHOT 2023] New XM177 From Windham Weaponry

Windham Weaponry continues to add new rifles to its lineup, including an XM177 variant. The XM177 family was one of the first AR-style carbines to enter wide use. Several variants were used, including the XM177E2 and GAU5/A. Most original versions featured a ~4″ moderator attached to a 10″ barrel. The ATF decreed that the original moderator was a silencer and thus required a tax stamp.

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[SHOT 2023] 5.11 Making Full Tactical Uniforms: The V.XI XTU Series

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is at the 5.11 Tactical booth during SHOT Show 2023 to see the XTU series of uniforms being made by 5.11 under the V.XI brand. These well-thought-out and feature-filled uniforms look promising, and it will be interesting to see if V.XI manages to break into the BDU market.

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[SHOT 2023] HM Defense HM50B – Differences from Bushmaster BA50 and Remington R2Mi

A little over a month ago, we reported about the release of the HM Defense HM50B bolt action .50BMG rifle, and many of our readers found it suspiciously similar to Bushmaster BA50 and Remington R2Mi. HM Defense brought the HM50B rifle to SHOT Show 2023 (displayed at AmmoInc/Gunbroker booth) and when I visited them, I asked if they can tell me what sets their rifle apart from the other two. Well, they were prepared and provided me an entire list of differences between the three rifles. Long story short, the rifles look similar but they are not the same.

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[SHOT 2023] Jacob Grey Firearms JG10 Warthog

Jacob Grey Firearms of West Columbia, SC is a manufacturer of AR-style rifles, 1911 pistols and firearm accessories. At  SHOT Show 2023, Jacob Grey Firearms showed their new JG10 Warthog line of DPMS LR-308 pattern semi-auto rifles and pistols. According to the company officials, what sets their firearms apart from the competition is the extremely tight tolerances that they achieve thanks to their experience in military aircraft parts manufacturing.

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