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June 16, 2018

Yes I know, this is nearly a half year late and other than pure laziness, some other excuses will be explained in subsequent newsletters.

As you may know, I missed the 2017 SHOTSHOW because I had one of those 'volunteer' jobs at the Elks Lodge that paid nothing but was important to me and some other folks who were placing their faith in me to help get the Lodge through a troubling period.  With a lot of assistance from friends and colleagues we made it through the immediate crisis and 'got-er-done.'  That job and some health issues kept us away from the largest Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show in the world!

Not this year!  While neither Ann nor I really care for the Las Vegas scene, that is where the Show is held and if one wants to attend, that's where you go.

As I've written before, this venue is not open to the public but just to the manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and others of those connected to the firearms and outdoors industries.  Fortunately, writers, even those of us with only a web presence and no related paycheck are invited too!

Although my attendance at the show was rather abbreviated, I did manage to see a few things I wanted to, and not see a lot of things I wanted to as well.  The abbreviation was caused by the lack of ability to walk or stand for long periods due to an arthritic knee. 
(The knee was eventually replaced, which will be discussed in a later newsletter.)  I suppose I could have rented one of the electric carts available at the venue, but elected not to.

Remington Arms - Established 1816

My first stop was the Remington booth.  I was interested in the public response to the "voluntary safety recall" for rifle models with the X-Mark Pro trigger mechanisms as prompted by a class action lawsuit.  The suit alleges that these guns can fire without the trigger being pulled when the safety is disengaged.  Unfortunately the person I was referred to was not in the booth at the time, so I elected to follow up via email later.

Since that visit, Remington entered bankruptcy, restructured their debt, and emerged from bankruptcy.  So, I still haven't followed up on that.  Whether the convoluted process of getting new triggers installed is still in effect after the bankruptcy, I don't know.

Ann and I own 3 or 4 of affected rifles and have so far elected not to go through the hassle and frustration of today's rules on shipping firearms in order to follow the process of getting new triggers installed.  Our rifles have always worked just as designed, so I suspect that to be the case with many other owners as well.  I also suspect that these factors have kept the response to the recall fairly low.

I need to follow up on that.

I did note that the Company had on display, some .22 rimfire rifles that looked familiar.  Apparently they are bringing back some deluxe versions of guns that were first marketed in the early to mid 1900's.  One is a semi-auto similar to one my Uncle Ed owned, and one I was allowed to shoot at about age 6.  The other, a pump action, is identical to the rifle my late Father-in-law purchased at Sears Roebuck & Co. in Des Moines, Iowa around 1950.  That rifle, along with the original paperwork, now resides in our gun safe.

Re-issuance of some 1940's Remington .22 Rimfires

in replica firearms continues to climb and that is evident at the show.  A rack I saw in the Uberti booth, had copies of the Colt Lightning rifle, originally introduced in 1884 in .44-40 caliber.  This also happened to be the most popular caliber in the Colt Single Action Army revolver of the era.  The Lightning was later available in other popular 'pistol' calibers of the day.  Today the Uberti  copies, made with modern steels, are capable of handling higher pressure cartridges than the originals.

Colt Lightning replicas

My next stop was the Lyman Products booth, where new products always abound.  The Lyman Company was founded in 1878 by William Lyman with the invention and marketing of a Tang Sight which proved superior to other gun sights of the day.  They continue today with the introduction of a number of new products each year.

My continued interest was in the bore scope camera that was debuted at the 2016 Shot Show, and was discussed in my 2016 Shot Show report.  At the time, I elected not to pursue trying to obtain a sample, because I was exploring the capture of 'inside the bore' photos with a Carson cell phone adapter.  Since that didn't work out, as explained in the March/April 2016 newsletter, I again have an interest in the Lyman unit.  Another need to follow up!

Lyman Bore Camera set up in a .22 rimfire

Bore Camera viewing screen

I next visited the Otis Gun Care booth.  Here I visited with Ashley Fowler and Ben Clarke, about their new gun cleaning products.  I requested, and was told I would receive, samples of the newest cleaning products for review, but so far that hasn't happened.  Another follow-up required!

Ashley Fowler and Ben Clarke of Otis Gun Care

A short visit with Jim and John Scoutten at the Hornady booth netted a signed Hornady cap which I gave to Rick after returning home.  John hosts the Shooting USA show on the Outdoor Channel.

Jim and John Scoutten in the Hornady booth

Other than just wandering around for a few hours, I did have an opportunity to meet Dave Scovill who writes for Wolfe Publishing Company's Rifle and Handloader magazines.  Dave writes mostly about vintage lever action rifles and revolvers.  Dave is a perpetual favorite of mine when it comes to those subjects.

Dave Scovill, contributing editor of Rifle and Handloader Magazines

So, that FINALLY completes my 2018 Shot Show report.  Now that I have a new knee, I may be able to spend more time next year.  Obviously, I have a lot of follow-up to do on the things I want to cover in future newsletters, so wish me luck and perseverance!