Blue Book’s Top 10 SHOT 2016
The Blue Book of Gun Values Top Ten Firearms Industry Awards for innovation and excellence in firearms and related accessories is
back by popular demand for its third year. After touring the booths and speaking with manufacturers at the 2016 SHOT Show, this was an especially tough
year for our panel of editors and experts to select the best of the best.
Save a couple standout firearms, there wasn’t a booming amount to boast about in regards to innovative firearms. However, accessories, optics and related
equipment blew us away! The technological progress, materials, and manufacturing have come such a long way since the inception of this award.
Without further babble, here are the pride, joy, and glory standouts of SHOT 2016:
Cabot Guns “Cosmic” 1911
This is revolutionary- so much so, that it’s at the very top of the list- and it shall not disappoint.
Who thinks to themselves, “Hey… let’s test the manufacturing limits of mankind and build a functional firearm out of METIORITE!!”
Cabot Guns, that’s who! They took a very expensive chunk of meteorite that predates our planet, did some highly scientific testing to determine the
machinability, and, naturally, proceeded to make history by creating a 1911 out of it. Not just any 1911; a Cabot 1911.
This is so advanced, such a milestone in manufacturing, that no one was even able personally view the entire firearm at SHOT, just a sample of part of a
frame that had been machined. They’re not ready to unveil the incredibly stellar (pun intended) pistol, but even at this stage in the process, outlets like
Forbes and The Blaze have picked up on this and run with its story.
This is absolutely worthy of the “Most Innovative” title this year.
Franklin Armory Binary Firing system for AR-15’s
“Bumpfiring” is sooo 2008. This new trigger design from Franklin Armory seems to be a quantum leap forward to achieve high rates of fire. Unlike loosely
holding a sliding plastic stock, this would work much better and yield much more accurate and controlable fire.
This system fires with the pull AND the release of the trigger; one shot per action. This, of course, effectively doubles the rate of fire.
Though ATF has yet to give it a green light to mass-production, your biggest obstacle will still be affording all the ammo to really enjoy this newly
SilencerCo makes this list two years in a row! A company known for not resting on ‘good-enough’, they created a deftly integrated centerfire pistol and
silencer in a “holsterable” package. Prototypes are all that’s available at this time, but knowing the development and production reputation of this
company, I’m confident that production will take place on this firearm very shortly. We’ve always thought silenced pistols were cool, but with the
exception of very few military secret-squirrel type missions, suppressors on pistols were mostly just a way to get high-fives on the gun range. This new
concept from SilencerCo has a practical purpose as the firearm is compact, practical and very shootable. They’re even coming out with a line of holsters
that will allow the owner to carry it as they would a traditional loud pistol.
We’ve always thought silenced pistols were cool, but, with the exception of very few military secret-squirrel type missions, suppressors on pistols were
mostly just a way to get high-fives on the gun range. This new concept from SilencerCo has a practical purpose, as the firearm is compact, practical, and
very shootable. They’re even coming out with a line of holsters that will allow the owner to carry it as they would a traditional loud pistol.