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S.P. Fjestad's Lethal Blogging
  S.P. Fjestad is the author of the Blue Book of Gun Values, and has been following the firearms marketplace for nearly 30 years. Fjestad is also the publisher for several other firearms-related titles and he also serves as an editor for many of them. He attends several trade shows each year including the SHOT show, NASGW show, and the Tulsa Arms Show. He also serves on the NRA publication committee and writes “What’s It Worth” in Field & Stream, and “I Have This Old Gun” in the American Rifleman magazines.

In “Lethal Blogging,” Fjestad will report on several firearm-related subjects including news from trade shows, auction results, and other interesting subjects that arise in the gun industry. Check back regularly for information that many people outside of the gun industry might never hear about!
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Blue Book's TOP 10 SHOT SHOW 2016 (Part I)
2/12/2016

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:

1. 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.

2. 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 designed trigger.

3. SincerCo Maxim

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.

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