One of the more eye catching offerings on the floor at SHOT Show 2018 was the Iver Johnson 1911A1 Carbine. As the name implies, this 16″ barrel .45 ACP carbine is built around a 1911A1 pistol frame and slide with classic military features including a matte black finish, fixed sights and double-diamond checkered walnut grip panels.
Defensive handgun ammunition manufacturers are constantly searching for the “silver bullet” to offer their customers, meaning, a bullet design that will offer the best possible performance in the popular calibers they prefer. For 2018, Winchester Ammunition has launched a new 124-gr. 9 mm +P load called the Hybrid X, which blends new bullet materials and design elements with features that have been in use for well over a century.
Although the popularity of the 10 mm Auto has waxed and waned repeatedly since its debut in 1983, this potent rimless cartridge currently enjoys a loyal following among handgun hunters and those outdoor enthusiasts looking for semi-automatic pistols with enough punch to counter attacks from dangerous predators of both the four-legged and two-legged varieties. Working in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF), Kimber has developed the Camp Guard 10 M1911-style pistol as a backcountry companion. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the guns will be contributed to RMEF’s conservation efforts.
Two men huddled in the bush on the West Berlin side of the notorious “Anti-Fascist Protection Wall.” They intently scanned the East German Border Guard tower opposite them, about 50 meters across the so-called “Death Strip.” The strip was not mined—it was just a wide open area of carefully manicured sand that was covered by the guards’ machine guns, mostly the East German version of the Soviet AKM assault rifle, the MPi-KM.
In the words of Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell of the 101st Airborne Division, “Christmas came early for the 101st.” And it came in the form of the U.S. XM17 and XM18 pistols under the tree. Santa, in the form of the Army’s Program Executive Office Solider, came down the chimney with more than 2,000 XM17s. On Nov. 28, the first 2,000 or so of the Army’s new pistols were issued to the 101st at Fort Campbell, Ky.