I'm in the airport waiting to board the plane to Orlando. I'll try to keep everyone posted on cool/interesting that I come across. I'll post pic if I can get them. Stay tuned.
Desert Tactical is right here in Salt Lake City, too. I've chatted with their salesman a couple times.Ok... day one is done and all I can say is wow. I also need to apologize because silly me forgot my card reader. I got pics but I can't download them. If I can go buy one tomorrow, I will.
That being said I went to Media Day at the Orange County Sheriff training facility. It's a massive training facility. I don't know how many acres but Enough for 25 manufacturers or so to have their own ranges all day. Crazy.
What I shot today: Couple of Benelli Shotguns, cool. But my, they shoot hard.
Desert Tactical Arms .308. Shot it at 500 yds on one of those small Larue silhouettes, and was like nothing could do it all day. I shot the top one in this pic. They had a .338 Lapua but I said "nah".
Savage has a new tactical bolt gun coming out that looks amazingly like this. It's friggin' tough. I have pics but you know the story. Will post if I can. But apparently it's ready to ship now.
Shot the Sig 556 extensively. Semi 16" and a shorty full auto. The 16" gun was nice, popping steel plates at 100 yds unsupported was easy. Didn't shoot too badly but not as smooth as XCR. The full auto, with the 8" barrel (I think). Well let's just say the shorty shot extremely hard. Very difficult to double tap in semi auto due to coming off target each time. The 16" could do it all day with ease. I experienced one malfunction, a failure to feed. Now, the gun had been shot for at least 4 hours before I got there and I'll assume it had seen in upwards of 5,000+ rounds before I touched it. It was caked with poop on the inside. Ran it in 3 round bursts and it was manageable. Easier than the semi. But it shot hard. It did have Sig's new collapsable folding stock. (Have pics to follow). By the way, the rep said the pistol is ready for SBR with a new stock. No tricks here.
Colt's new piston gun was there. I must say it shot like nothing I've ever shot. Light weight and with a straight push into the shoulder. This thing is super slick. It's got the shortened buffer tube in it and overall this gun is trick. I'd definitely own one of these at whatever cost. I can't tell you how nice this thing was. Again, pics to come.
Double Star had a 11.5' shorty AR that was DI but man it shot silky smooth. Very light and controllable. I can't get over how differently one AR can shoot compared to another. They also have a 1911 that is coming to market. It's sweet as well.
Steyer Augs were there but I didn't shoot them due to lack of time and interest. I think they had full autos to try. I got there late so time was short.
Spent time in the parking lot with Spike of Spikes tactical. They have some mad stuff coming to market. I'm sworn to secrecy but keep your eyes open cause they have some super innovative stuff coming. I handled one of their new AR's and it was unbelievable. I'm trying to get an upper built before I leave here.
Some good stuff. But I'm telling you. If the XCR was here... it would clearly differentiate itself. It stomps the Sig in every way. By the way that Sig was so hot and that crappy hand guard couldn't keep me from burning myself. That sucker was on fire. Anyway it's evident that there is nothing like the XCR out there. Nothing.
I'll be at the show early tomorrow. There's a lot of ground to cover. Sorry about the pics but I'll try to get it worked out. :'(