Friday, May 27, 2022
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...
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 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 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 Robert Kay At SHOT 2014, the mother of all firearms industry trade shows, you couldn't go anywhere on the floor of the Sands Convention Center without bumping into an image of General Kalashnikov, his chest brimming with decorations. The fact that he was a Soviet cold war hero didn't seem to...
In our ongoing series on how to build a better AK, we're featuring an interview with Rob Ski, the founder of AK Operators Union Local 47-74. Rob has a blog and Facebook page devoted to the glory of the AK platform. He's well known for rolling around in the snow and...
by Robert Kay Rob Ski is the founder of AK Operators Union Local 47-74, a website and Facebook page devoted to the glory of the AK platform. The content that he produces includes product reviews, training exercises and thoughtful commentary.  Unlike many so-called “Operators” he was actually trained with an AK as part of...
by Robert Kay One of the items that got my attention at SHOT 2014 was the HD-Micro, a red dot scope manufactured by Ultradot, a Yankeetown, Florida firm that specializes in red dot optics. It’s a smallish company with an avid following, particularly in the Bullseye Shooter’s community. Founded 1989, they also...