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So, now a month into 2016, and with SHOT Show over, here are my Top 5 Firearms Industry Predictions for 2016.  Take a read and let me know what you think!

1. Firearms Sales will Skyrocket. Again.  Existing gun owners will continue to add to their collections, and there will, again be significant increases in first-time gun buyers, the fastest growing segment of which are women and minorities.

Why?

  • Given the current political environment, existing gun owners are going to accelerate purchases they would otherwise put off, and prospective gun owners are going to finally pull the trigger (pun intended) on that purchase they’ve been contemplating.  The gun control movement, currently championed by President Obama, defined by a series of ineffective Executive Actions as he rides out his lame duck session, coupled with the fear of someone even worse, has many afraid that guns on their wish lists might be unavailable in the future.  And we all know nothing sells anything better than the threat of not being able to get it later.  (The worst kept secret in the firearms industry is that Obama’s been Gun Salesman of the Year for the last 8 years running.  Ironic, no?!)
  • More people are going to embrace the idea of having a gun for home defense and personal protection.  Recent terror events in Paris and San Bernardino, CA, ironically two areas with some of the strictest gun control laws, have forced folks to realize that laws don’t always keep people safe, and that those sworn To Serve and Protect can’t be everywhere at once.  Put it all together and you’ll understand why many smart, realistic, logical people exercise their Second Amendment Right.
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Courtesy of NSSF. Please note the chart is missing  2015 data.

2. Concealed Carry Permits will Continue to Soar. Again.  Inline with an increase in general firearms sales, more people will make the decision to take their firearm outside the home, primarily for personal protection, and pursue their concealed carry license.

Why?

  • Personal protection!  Let’s face it, the bad guys are already carrying guns (oh, but why aren’t the laws stopping them??…), so knowing that, more and more Good Guys will make a conscious decision to give themselves an advantage, or at least level the playing field.  “Sometimes the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun” is NOT just a catchy slogan.  It’s a proven fact!  And while such stories rarely make national news, you can find plenty of examples if you take the time to look into it objectively.
  • National Reciprocity.  In addition to getting a carry permit for personal protection, folks will continue to pursue carry licenses to get ahead of the curve in hopes that 2016 will finally bring about a National Concealed Carry Standard.  In terms of concealed carry, the U.S. currently has an overly complex, inherently risky patchwork of state level statutes, comprised of Shall-Issue, May-Issue, No-Issue and Unrestricted States, plus Resident and Non-Resident Permits in some.  Imagine if your Driver’s License was suddenly not valid the second you hit the State Line.  On top of that, imagine that if, for whatever reason, you wandered across state lines, even by accident, and suddenly got arrested for committing a major felony.  That’s just asinine!!  It all too often severely, forever, negatively impacts the lives of otherwise good, law abiding citizens!!
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Photo Courtesy of Falia Photography

 

3. All major handgun makers will offer a Modular Handgun System, like the Sig Sauer P320, Beretta APX, and Ruger American Pistol.  As such, Modular Handgun Systems will all become increasingly popular.  While handgun modularity has been around for a while – interchangeable backstops are nothing new, Glock enabled caliber changes between 9×19 and 40S&W, or .45ACP and 10mm for decades, and chassis based handguns, like the Sig P250 and Beretta Nano, have been around for years – but 2016 will focus on modular, chassis based guns like never before.

Why?

  • The U.S. Army is looking to award a new XM17 Modular Handgun System (MHS) Contract to replace an aging fleet of Beretta M9 pistols, which have been in U.S. Military service since 1985.   So, why does the U.S. Army want a Modular Handgun System (MHS)?  The research I did indicates that a MHS will allow the gun to be caliber agnostic, easily upgraded without having to replace the entire gun, and easily customized to work well for different sized shooters.  So, the MHS can be configured to specific mission needs, and/or specific shooter needs, as well as upgraded easily to take advantage of component level improvements, without having to buy an entire new gun, which theoretically means less cost.  How will this translate to civilian demand?   Military and LE use generally make it a proven commodity.  If it works well for those guys, it’ll work great for us…

Editor’s Note: It’s a great concept on paper; one “gun” you can change as needed, and/or customize to your hearts content.  Wish, after purchase, you got 9mm instead of the snappier and more costly .40 S&W?  Suddenly need that new Flat Dark Earth frame, or just want to create a cool two-tone, OD frame, black slide combo?  Want to change the grip size so your wife can shoot more comfortably, and more accurately at the range?  None of that is a problem with a MHS (modular handgun system).  Simply order up a new barrel, slide and/or frame and have it shipped right to your house, where you change the parts yourself.  No gunsmith or special tools necessary.  Aside from Military use, the MHS may make a lot of sense for first time gun buyers who aren’t 100% sure of what they want, or who’s needs may evolve.  It may also make some sense in places like Massachusetts, NYC or New Jersey, where it’s not as easy to buy, nor sell and replace a handgun as it is other places.  Ultimately, though, no matter where you live, the cost and availability of components will make or break the design, at least in the civilian market.   I mean, if it’s gonna cost just as much to buy a new gun as it will to change a Sig P320 from a compact to a sub-compact, folks will more often than not simply buy a whole new gun.  And Beretta, where are ya??  The Nano’s been out for 5 years!!  The APX was announced one year ago, yet no public news on the APX since July 2015, and SHOT Show 2016 is over.  What’s the hold-up?! 

 

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The Sig Sauer P320 Chassis. This serialized part is “The Gun”…

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…and everything else is interchangeable, with these Sig Sauer P320 Accessories.

 

 

4. 2016 Will Be the Year of the AK-47 in the U.S. Civilian Market.  While we Americans are by no means bored with our AR-15’s – pretty much everyone who wants one already has one  – over the last year or so, there’s been a lot of U.S. civilian interested in Mikhail Kalashnikov’s famous AK-47 design, and similar AK pattern rifles, like IWI’s Galil ACE.  So, AK pattern rifles will sell very well in the U.S. in 2016.

Why?

  • The AK-47 is a historically significant, notoriously reliable, relatively inexpensive, and a very effective firearms platform.  As the AK platform continues to lose that bad guy image, and instead becomes recognized as just another good, effective firearm, that can be had relatively cheap, that is cheap to shoot, and that can be used for many different, legit, legal purposes, like hunting, recreational shooting and defense, more people will want an AK pattern rifle.
  • Reduced availability of “authentic,” foreign made AKs will drive demand for import based, 922r compliant AKs!  In July of 2014, as part of sanctions against Russia, Obama banned the importation of products from Russian gun maker Kalashnikov Concern (formerly Izhmash), which were then sold in the U.S. under the  extremely popular Saiga brand rifles and shotguns.  (Russian AK’s are considered the best of the best.  Demand, and prices, for Saiga’s instantly went through the roof.  Nothing sets off a good buying spree like a ban.) Anyway, as of January 2016, you can still legally purchase 922r compliant AK’s from Bulgaria, Romania (WAS), Serbia (N-PAP / O-PAP), and potentially a few other European nations.  However, as the Global War on Terror continues to heat up, many of these manufactures will be producing guns for their own military and civilian markets, rather than for export, which may reduce availability.  And finally, 92 Democrats have recently  asked Obama to go further with his Executive Action, and ban the import of all “Assault” style guns.  Get yours while you can!
  • More U.S. companies are making AK pattern rifles, and parts for AK’s right here, which further legitimizes the platform.  Century Arms, Kalashnikov-USA, DDI all produce 100% U.S. made AK-47 variants.  This might be just the ticket for someone who has always wanted an AK pattern rifle, but would rather invest in a U.S. product or company.  Likewise, it might be appealing for those who think U.S. manufactured, milled receivers and U.S. made, nitride treated barrels might make the gun more rigid overall, and improve accuracy of the platform.     And with big name accessory manufacturers like, Magpul and Geissele, making great accessories for the platform – the AK platform will only gain popularity here in the U.S.
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Russian Saiga

 

 

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Century Arms 100% American Made AK-47 Pattern Rifle.

 

 

5. Pistol Caliber Carbines and Bullpups will Gain Popularity, and everybody wants an IWI X95-9mm.

Why?

  • The pistol caliber, bullpup carbine might just be the Best of All Worlds for Home Defense.  Talk to guys on the job, or who have been on the battlefield, and they’ll all tell you they’d much rather have a rifle than a handgun when things go down.  However, depending upon your situation, a traditional rifle might not be the best choice in a home defense, or CQB situation.  Why? That long, protruding barrel may give you away, and at worst, could give the bad guys something to grab onto as you turn corners or enter rooms.  Second, over-penetration is going to be worse with a traditional rifle round than with a handgun, and over-penetration is certainly something to think about in any home defense / CQB situation.  On the flip side, if you can’t quickly and repeatedly hit your target, under incredibly stressful circumstances, with your home defense handgun, that’s a problem!  And, will that handgun have enough “knock-down“power to end a conflict?  Well, a good pistol caliber bullpup might just be the perfect answer.  Shooting pistol caliber ammo from a rifle is generally a very low recoil event, making it very easy for even new shooters to hit their target, quickly and repeatedly.  Pistol rounds fired from a rifle barrel will come out hotter, and carry more energy, giving them more “knock-down” power, compared to when fired out of a handgun.  Finally, the bullpup design, which locates the action behind the trigger group, leaves much less of the rifle barrel sticking out in front of you, which is better in CQB situations.  More rounds on target.  Faster. Easier.  With more knock-down power, and better CQB handling?  Sounds like the no-brainer home defense winner to me!  (The only thing you probably won’t like about the IWI X95-9mm is the price tag.)
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IWI X95-9mm. Photo courtesy of IWI

 

So that’s it, my Top 5 2016 Firearms Industry Predictions!  Let me know what you think!

 

Be Aware! Be Prepared! Be Safe!

© 2016 Inside The X Ring.

SHOT Show 2012 – Wrap-Up!

SHOT Show 2012 is in the rear-view.  YouTube videos abound. Blogs are updated.  Print rags are readying future articles.  We were looking for some very specific things this year at the SHOT Show.  (In case you missed it, click here to read my previous post on what exactly the SHOT Show is, what we were hoping to see.)

 

Overall Thoughts & Some Trends I’ve Spotted

I’ve watched countless YouTube videos.  I’ve read all kinds of blogs.  This could just be a function of what I’m “tuned-into” at the moment, but here are some trends I’ve noticed from SHOT Show 2012 coverage:

  1. Likely somewhat of a function of the overall economy, but overall, it seemed like an evolutionary year, as opposed to being revolutionary.
  2. Highly concealable, pocket pistols rule the day!  Increasing numbers of ‘pocket pistols’ are being chambered in larger calibers – like the 9mm, .40S&W and even the .45ACP.  This isn’t a new trend, but it certainly continues with offerings like the Sig p938, the Beretta Nano, the Springfield XD-S and Colt has even gotten back in the game with the everything-new-is-old or everything-old-is-new-again Mustang.
  3. Modularity!  Modularity across the board in ARs (of course, where ‘ya been), but also in pistols, rifles and shotguns.  One gun value.  One gun versatility – HUGE versatility.  One gun training / muscle memory.  More gun for less money.  Empowered owners; no gunsmith required to change calibers.  Start small and expand over time based on needs and budgets.  It’s a trend I really like, and I’m very happy to see.  Perfect handgun examples include the Beretta Nano, a new Rock River Arms pistol offering, the Thompson Center Dimension and the Mossberg FLEX top the non-AR platforms for me.
  4. Better triggers.  Most shooters know trigger squeeze is one of the keys to accuracy.  The modern [r]evolution in better factory triggers arguably started almost ten years ago with the Savage Arms then new AcccuTrigger, but more and more manufacturers are putting high quality triggers in their factory guns.  This is something that not too long ago, a typical intermediate or expert shooter would pay good money for, after the initial purchase, and requiring the work of a qualified gunsmith.
  5. An increasing number of firearms, accessories and related products aimed squarely at women shooters.  It’s a trend I welcome.  I’m happy to see it!
  6. Factory competition firearms.  Handguns and long guns setup for 3 Gun, IDPA an other forms of competition, like Stag Arms 3G, as well as offerings from Ruger and CZ.
  7. Airsoft!  YouTube video and blog updates about Airsoft guns seemed to everywhere.  Why not?  They’re cool. They look like the real thing.  The shooting fundamentals are the same and you can practice shooting them arguably many more places than your real guns.

 

So, how’d we do with what we really wanted to see??!! 

 

The Sig Sauer p938 is Here!!

Hoped for by many for a while, rumored as early as September 2011, then formally confirmed by the company in November, the Sig Sauer p938 is in fact a reality, and it sure to be a home run!!  It is exactly what the market has been demanding from Sig.  This highly anticipated,  mini-1911 pocket gun is now chambered in 9mm.  As expected, it is the p238’s slightly bigger brother – same height, same width, same single action trigger and battery of arms, just .4″ longer overall and ~2 ounces heavier.  Aimed squarely at the concealed carry, personal defense market the Sig p938 was on-hand at SHOT Show 2012.  From what I’ve read four variations of the p938 will hopefully hit the market around April.  I think we all hope street price is well below the ~$795-823 list, and that the p938  doesn’t suffer from some of the initial growing pains experienced by it’s “Little Brother”, the Sig p238.  Click here for more pictures, spec and information.

 

 

While on the topic of Sig, the Sig Sauer p224 and p290 were also on-hand.

  The Sig Sauer p224 is considered by many to be Sig’s answer to the Glock 26 / 27 sub-compact, double-stack backup or concealment guns.  If the p226 is the “Father” of the the p224, this is the “Grandson”.  It is intended as an on-duty backup gun or an off-duty / civilian concealment gun.  It will be offered in traditional Sig DA/SA or DAK, which is Sig’s version of Double Action Only.  Click here for more.

 

 

 

 

New for 2012, the Sig Sauer p290 has double-strike capability.

Highly anticipated in 2010, released at SHOT Show 2011 and then unfortunately not the hot seller Sig had hoped for (due to its weight and perceived bulk), the Sig p290 Double Action Only (DAO), polymer frame, hammer fired “pocket” pistol now has double strike capability.  Certainly a welcome feature, especially give its intended defensive purpose. Click here for more.

 

 

 

 

The Beretta Nano

Announced in early September 2011.  Released at the end of October.  The single stack, polymer frame, striker fired Nano with no external controls from the World’s Oldest gun maker was on-hand at SHOT Show.  Judging from all the coverage via YouTube vids and other blogs, this pocket gun is certainly a big hit.  In one YouTube video I watched of this year’s SHOT Show, Beretta representative Ben Cook mentioned that new color, and NEW SIZED grip frames will be available.  However, Beretta didn’t have any of those new grips frames at the SHOT Show, and Ben didn’t go into much detail.  (What new colors will be available?  What new sizes will be available?  Will the new sizes be minimally different, to accomodate different sized hands – or fundamentally and game-changing different – like giving users the ability to drop a serialized, stainless steel Nano frame into a full-size double-stack frame or anything in between ? )  Nor did I hear anything about a .22lr conversion kit or extended magazines.  I keep watching closely for updates, and will post when there is news.  Click here for more from Beretta on the BU9 Nano.

Glock! 

Unfortunately (but as generally expected), there was no surprise of a new single stack, smaller G26 / G27 to compete with the likes of the Nano, the PM9, CM9, PF9, etc.  That said, there was plenty to be excited about from Glock, with two “new” Gen 4 models: the full-size G21 in .45 ACP and the mid-compact G32 in .357 Sig.  The first Gen 4s were released at SHOT Show 2012 and every model in the Glock Gen 4 lineup offers multiple, adaptable back straps, new gripping surface, an ambi-magazine release, and the new recoil system.  All of these modifications are in response to customer feedback and demand. They are geared towards making this rock-solid, reliable performer more user friendly and comfortable to shoot.   Click here for more.

 

The Black Rifle – The Stag Arms 3G 

So what it announced a couple ahead of the SHOT Show? The Stag Arms 3G was on-hand, and it was a HUGE hit.  Aimed primarily at the 3-Gun competition shooter, it features a stainless steel, heavy fluted  18”, a rifle length gas system, the new Stag Arms 3G compensator (said to reduce recoil to provide faster, more accurate follow up shots), a long, free floated Samson Evolution handguard (which supports multiple modular rail sections in various positions), a Geissele Super 3-Gun trigger (specifically developed for 3-Gun competitions), Magpul MOE pistol grip and Magpul ACS collapsable buttstock.  The Dueck Defense Rapid Transition Sights (RTS) are optional.  While pricier than some of their previous models, the Stag 3G is still very high-value!  You get a lot of high-end features for the extra dollars.  3-Gun shooter or not, this is one hot, top quality AR.  I imagine it will serve all AR shooters well, except for maybe the those in Close Quarters Battle, but I want one in my gun case!  I anticipate this will be one of the hottest ARs of the year, and you can check it out here: Stag Arms Model 3G  Hmmmm, my AR Build Vs. Buy decision is no longer so easy…  

 

 

So, that’s SHOT Show 2012 Wrap-Up, Part 1. Please stay tuned for Part 2, and thanks for reading!