SHOT Show 2008 - "Media Day"

Friday, February 1st, the day before the formal opening of the SHOT Show, was a day devoted to "Media Day" shoots. In separate events at various locations around Las Vegas, Jeff and Boge were guests of Browning, Winchester, Crimson Trace & Springfield Armory; followed by Ruger,  Transformational Defense Industries & Savage (hosted by Bass Pro Shops); finally winding up the day at Smith & Wesson's 2008 "SHOT Show Shoot-Out". These shooting events were organized to allow selected gun writers to have "hands-on" experience with the various manufacturers' product lines and new products, and to have fun shooting up lots of free ammo.

by Boge Quinn

SHOT Show 2008 - "Media Day"

SHOT Show 2008 - Day 1

SHOT Show 2008 - Day 2

SHOT Show 2008 - Day 3

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Winchester is re-introducing the Model 70 bolt-action rifle!

The new Model 70s are beautiful, and made in the South Carolina.

Browning's X-Bolt rifle.

Beretta's double rifle in .458 Winchester Magnum.

Jeff shoots Springfield Armory's SOCOM II.

Night Vision Systems' impressive CS6000 scope.

Springfield Armory's new EMP .40 pistol

Springfield Armory's Champion Operator .45

Springfield Armory is offering their excellent XD pistol with an external ambidextrous safety that effectively mimics the feel of the popular 1911 safety.

Crimson Trace is offering a laser grip unit for Springfield's XD pistols.

Browning's BLR Scout rifle.

Jeff shoots the new Winchester Model 70 in .30-06.

Boge has a go with the Model 70. 

Jeff shoots the Browning X-Bolt.

Jeff clears a falling-plate stage with Springfield Armory's new EMP .40 pistol.

Boge was also very impressed with Springfield's EMP .40.


Jeff tries Winchester's Rack Master high-velocity slugs in a Browning Silver shotgun.

Winchester's Rack Master slugs pack quite a wallop, as could be seen by the reaction of the swinging bowing pin targets.

Winchester's Rack Master slugs.

Winchester's XP3 300-grain saboted slugs.

Jeff shoots Transformational Defense Industries' innovative Kriss Super V System 16" .45 ACP semi-auto carbine with false suppressor.

Boge shoots TDS' Kriss Super V 5-1/2" selective-fire military/law enforcement version. The Super V design results in a fast rate of fire with virtually no recoil.

Ruger's Model 77 African in .375 H&H Magnum is finally available in a left-handed version.

Jeff shoots a Ruger Super Redhawk .44 magnum.

Ruger Number 1 single-shot rifle in .450/400 Nitro Express.

One of Jeff's favorite new gun/cartridge combinations is the .327 Federal Magnum in Ruger's SP101 revolver.

Savage 10FP rifle.

Savage Model 25 rifle. Look for a complete review on Gunblast very soon!

Smith & Wesson Performance Center .44 Magnum.

Smith & Wesson MP15 5.56mm rifle.

Smith & Wesson is introducing some very exciting new Scandium revolvers for 2008, including the Model 396 .44 Special...

...the Model 327MG .357 Magnum...

...and the Model 325 .45 ACP.

Smith & Wesson's new rear sight.

Smith & Wesson's new mid-sized M&P .45 (bottom) compared to the full-sized version (top).

SHOT Show 2008 - "Media Day"

SHOT Show 2008 - Day 1

SHOT Show 2008 - Day 2

SHOT Show 2008 - Day 3