Friday, June 24, 2022
by Rob Kay Perhaps I’m partial to Diamondhead USA because I happen to live in Honolulu and Diamond Head crater is part of the landscape. However, there's more to my interest in Diamondhead USA, the company, than the extinct volcano. The scrappy manufacturer, which produces high quality handguards and rails, is best known for its...
by Rob Kay As everyone knows, last year marked the death of Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of the legendary AK 47. Even if you didn't see the ubiquitous press coverage of Kalashnikov's demise, you'd have to be living in a cave for the past 50 years not to understand how pervasive the influence...
by Rob Kay Going to SHOT is always an education. Firearms of course occupy front and center of the show. But so much of it is about the “peripherals”--everything else except guns. We're talking tactical pants, shoes, shirts, knives, and for all I know, undergarments. Eye wear manufacturers, for obvious reasons, were...
When you think “SHOT Show” naturally the first things that come to mind are firearms. While there are a helluva lot of guns on display, SHOT also has just about everything else peripheral to firearms—tactical gear of every stripe including backpacks, knives, slings, and a great deal in the...
by Robert F. Kay What a difference a year makes. The vibe was upbeat at SHOT 2014—it was business as usual--selling merchandise and schmoozing with industry compadres. People went about their frenzied way, making connections, taking orders and checking out the new products, with Circus Vegas as a backdrop. It was an international affair--a...
by Paul Panella Better known in Europe than the U.S., Meopta has been producing world class optical lenses for cameras, binoculars, riflescopes, and scientific equipment since 1933. Their worldwide market includes aerospace, military, medical, and consumer applications. But these days they’re expanding their reputation this side of the Atlantic as...
Editor's Note:  This is the twelfth article in our ongoing Christmas buyer's guide. While the items we're highlighting are not generally stocking stuffers, this one sure is. Stay tuned for more great gift ideas targeted at your favorite gunslinger. The lure of the semi-auto rifle has swept this country. Head out...
Editor’s note:  You don’t have to read the Wall Street Journal to know that prices on your favorite Black Rifles have dropped like a lead balloon. With Christmas here that gun you've been thinking about buying is (by now) more affordable. It’s not just the AR 15 platform where bargains can be had. Many AKs have...
by Rob Kay Editor's Note:  This is the tenth article in our ongoing Christmas buyer's guide. While the items we're highlighting are not generally stocking stuffers, this one sure is. Stay tuned for more great gift ideas targeted at your favorite gunslinger. Going to the range for many people is a ritual...
In the AR 15 world, most manufacturers pump out rifles like toasters off an assembly line. No blame. It's an economic imperative. The quality is usually decent but in my opinion it’s often the smaller manufacturers that produce the really desirable guns. I’m talking about the Noveskes, the LMTS and...