I was able to get the crew back together and make it to Shot all the way down in Orlando. People actually friggn' scheduled this time to we were some busy mo-fos! As usual, wish we had more time to see all the great new stuff. Youtube fortunately has HD capability now so look for "Watch in HD" in blue text under the video interface.
I slacked photos pretty hard, but here is a quick dump gallery for those interested:
<SHOTSHOW 2009 PHOTO GALLERY>
As for the videos, I'm slammed work wise so if you want to see pretty thumbnails, just check out my youtube page: <MSM YOUTUBE PAGE>
ITW Military Products:
ITW is always up to making the coolest gear hardware. Some highlights include a non metal carabiner, SRB with pull release, snaps with non metal exteriors, and some sweet air-tight gear bags unfortunately not shown in the video.
Surefire has some new tricks up their sleeve expanding the LED line and a new rad headlamp
<Surefire VIDEO 1> A big pile of new Surefire goodies
<Surefire VIDEO 2> New Saint Headlamp
Viking Tactics also recently collaborated with surefire to offer a nice slim shooter light.
<Surefire + VTAC VIDEO 1>
OTB makes some pretty rad foorwear with Special Operations customers in mind.
<OTB VIDEO 1> Jungle Light Boot, Thor TC Operator Boot
<OTB VIDEO 2> Bushmaster Boot, Ferdelance, Bootistan
Camelbak expands their military line, collaborates with mystery ranch, and shows off their latest gloves.
<CAMELBAK VIDEO 1> latest military bladders and carriers
<CAMELBAK VIDEO 2> Tri-Zip pack and Squad Hydration
<CAMELBAK VIDEO 3> Latest tactical gloves
Watershed Dry Bags:
I'm not so informed on waterproof bags so it was very cool to meet up with these guys. These bags don't mess around for any sort of water operations!
BlueForce had a lot of cool goodies this year from battle belts, active shooter packages, med pouches, their 10 speed line, and more.
<BlueForce VIDEO 1> A unique Active shooter package
<BlueForce VIDEO 2> Latest quick release Medical pouch
<BlueForce VIDEO 3> SOC-C modular padded belt
<BlueForce VIDEO 4> Intel on the 10 speed line
Ol' Max has really started to expand their tactical line and there is just a crap load of new stuff big and small. As another bonus, more colors are also being carried ranging from hi-viz to tacti-cool.
<Maxpedition VIDEO 1> New Duffels and Active Shooter Bag
<Maxpedition VIDEO 2> Messenger and General Purpose Bags
<Maxpedition VIDEO 3> A new Patrol Bag design and the latest Gearslingers
<Maxpedition VIDEO 4> FIGHT Med Pouch, Tac Ties, and the latest colors
Knight's Armament Corp:
Knights had a mean lineup with their M110 sniper package with bonus PDA holder, their PDW system, and the surprise CHAINSAW concept weapon bitches!
<KAC VIDEO 1> M110 Weapon System
<KAC VIDEO 2> KAC PDW
<KAC VIDEO 3> Chainsaw Concept Weapon
Magpul certainly did not disapoint with weapon accessories this year. For those who keep eye balling the ACR, they also showed off the bigboy 7.62 version, the Massoud. Drake was off hiding moving units so we had a lot of fun with Chris Costa this year.
<Magpul VIDEO 1> New ASAP Sling Plate and MS2 Multi Mission Sling
<Magpul VIDEO 2> MBUS Backup Sights and MOE Handgaurd
<Magpul VIDEO 3> Massoud
<Magpul VIDEO 4> XTM rail panels, ACS stock, rubber MOE grip
<Magpul VIDEO 5> Latest P-Mags, New E-mag
Lancer is further refining their magazine line. Adding a new 20 round mag and a 48 round competition magazine.
<LANCER VIDEO 1> L5 translucent magazines
As you may have seen earlier on my site I beat up on a prototype of this rapid magazine system. Check this vid out to see the final production version.
<STRAC TECH VIDEO> FAST System
TRU-Spec keeps pretty good tabs on making modern tactical apparel, but at a nice cost vs quality ratio. Check out their latest in the video.
<TRU-Spec VIDEO> New materials for 24/7 line, combat shirts, and more
Gemtech has been making surpressors for a long time so I'm always happy to stop by and see their latest.
<GEMTECH VIDEO> New 7.62 surpressor and some classics
Eagle was up to a lot of cool things this year. The busted out with their new Water Point Hydration line, some swank 2 piece flight suits, and as usual a lot of bad ass nylon kit.
<EAGLE VIDEO 1> Eagle shows off some of their latest aircrew based gear
<EAGLE VIDEO 2> Some details on their new WaterPoint line
<EAGLE VIDEO 3> Eagle shows off some carriers of their new WaterPoint line.
LOWA makes some pretty mean high adventure and tactical boots, check them out.
Zero Tolerance Knives:
ZT snuck in some new designs this year such as the 0350 which is a slim version of the 0300. Awesome bang for the buck.
<ZT VIDEO 1> ZT's latest
BENCHMADE + K5 Tactical:
K5 designed a really slick glory knife in memory of Mark Lee, the first Navy SEAL killed in Iraq.
<K5 VIDEO 1>
S&W + VTAC:
Smith and Wesson teamed up with Viking Tactics to offer the M&P15 rifle package. A nice performer for the cost.