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The 2016 SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range January 18, 2016

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GunLink_SHOT_16:
SilencerCo had their Maxim 9 on display at SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range 2016.

The integrally suppressed 9mm pistol uses GLOCK magazines and GLOCK sights, which opens up a world of possibilities for aftermarket add-ons.  The silencer portion of the Maxim is modular, like the Salvo, and owners can add or remove sections to configure it in longer or shorter setups to accommodate the ammo and desired operating conditions and to aid in cleaning.

Even though it wasn't available for just anyone to shoot, to prove that it wasn't just 3D-printed vaporware, SiCo staff ran a few mags through it at range day and it was as quiet as one would want from a suppressed 9mm.  The SiCo rep ran regular old 115 gr FMG ammo through it and, from just a few feet away, it sounded great.

It isn't ready for public consumption yet, but it is getting close.  Pending design changes include milling out a spot for mounting an optic on top of the non-reciprocating front end of the maxim and incorporating a light/laser solution under the suppressor.  Now all we need is for the Hearing Protection Act to go into effect. 








The Maxim 9 next to a regular GLOCK pistol.  The grip and rear portion of the slide is normally sized and the suppressor portion isn't that much bigger than a pistol with a light/laser on it.


Takedown is similar to the Salvo






[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTFlxFVNQao[/youtube]

GunLink_SHOT_16:
Long known for their fine bolt-action rifles and 1911 pistols, Kimber is carving a path into new territory:  the revolver market. 

Enter the Kimber K6s 2″ .357 revolver.  Even with a relatively hefty 9.5+ pound DAO trigger, the K6s was a smooth shooter thanks to its clean-breaking, non-stacking trigger.  The 6-round recessed cylinder is the smallest one available in the .357 Magnum chambering.  The stainless frame features an enclosed hammer, smooth lines, and rounded edges, all of which make it a good snag-free choice for concealment.  It seems to be a solidly built revolver, but its stainless construction lends itself to a 23 ounce weight empty – more than twice that of a S&W AirLite. 

H 4.46″ L 6.62″ W 1.39″.















GunLink_SHOT_16:
We met the Evans guys of New Order Firearms at NRAAM last year in Nashville and loved the idea of their brand new, all US-made pistol.  This year, at range day, we got the opportunity to get some trigger time on it.

While the market is flush with polymer framed pistols, it is cool to see a smaller shop that uses 100% US materials, US production, US design, US development, and US pride being able to bring a solid, functional, competitive pistol to market.

The New Order NO9 was nice to shoot.  It features characteristics of many other carry pistols such as the lightweight poly frame, no manual safety, trigger-bar safety, and molded pic rail under the dust cover.  It goes beyond standard features with some extras like reversible mag releases, trigger finger index points (think F and J keys on your keyboard), a heat-sink for the longer barreled version, and true right- and left-handed models that eject to the strong-hand side. 

Is another polymer frame defensive gun what the market needs.  I'm not sure, but I like it.












GunLink_SHOT_16:
 Ruger had their new SILENT-SR (cleverly pronounced “silencer”) .22LR can on hand to try out on a variety of firearms, including a 10/22 rifle or a 22/45 Lite pistol. 

We gave it a try on the 22/45 while the shooter at the next bench tried it out on a rifle.  It performed as well as any other rimfire suppressor.  Although it didn’t seem to bring much new to the table, many shooters might be happy to have a can from the same manufacturer of their rimefire pistol or rifle – which Ruger certainly has plenty of.













GunLink_SHOT_16:
Women are the fastest growing group of shooters in the US, but accessories have been a little slow to catch on. In general, women are shaped differently, our clothes fit differently and we have a few extra places where we could conceal a weapon. For most women, a full-sized weapon can only be concealed within the purse. If we do decide to carry, we are left in a world of choices with holsters that do not fit correrctly since the vast majority were designed by men and for me.

I can honestly say that I have never shot a .380 before. I have been told that I would not like it because of the recoil typically seen with the smaller pistols. I usually have difficulty with the slides of the compact and sub-compact pistols, so I tend to be selective about them. As I consider getting my CCW license, I find myself asking, “What can I conceal?”

Most .380 pistols would be easy for me to conceal. At Range day I had the chance to shoot to the Kimber .380, the micro-RCP. Weighing in under 2 lbs (13.4 ox) it was small enough to make me question my abilities as a shooter. The barrel is only 2,75” and the micro-RCP is designed to be a small scale version of a 1911.

Overall, I really liked the micro-RCP. I have always been fond of the looks of a 1911 but it is impractical for me to conceal on my person. So I have been keeping my eye out for smaller pistols. The micro-RCP has a trench site which was unusual for me but the pistol was able to make shots on the bullseye. While shooting, I had no difficulty with the slide and no problem with the recoil. It stayed in my hands without the need to readjust my grip after every shot. I would say that I liked this pistol and with an MSRP of $775, I would consider this as a carry pistol.

-LDG

            

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