Bass Pro Shops – SHOT Show Media Day

Check out SHOT Show 2010 Day 1.

SHOT Show Day 2.

SHOT Show Day 3

SHOT Show Day 4

American Tactical Imports:
ATI is mostly known for the importation of the GSG-5 rifles for sales in the United States. Here at Bass Pro Shops’ Media Day, I looked at several of the products including GSG-1911, AT94k, AT94A2, and AT47.

– The .22 LR 1911 would be an absolute blast to shoot had it been reliable. It won’t be released for approximately 90 days, but it was related to me that ATI is still working out the kinks. Despite the FTF issues, it had the look and feel of a 1911 – it arguably features the same weight and feel of a 1911 pistol with many interchangeable parts. The magazines were built out of metal versus plastic magazines that are traditionally found and the trigger wasn’t too bad and thumb safety engaged with a positive click. With an MSRP at $359.95, this might be a great alternative to the Advantage Arms or Kimber conversion kits. It’s a whole new pistol, so depending on your priorities; a dedicated 1911 .22LR may or may not be for you. This is NOT on California’s handgun roster.

AT94k and AT94A2:
– Starting MSRP is $1495.00 and $1595.95, respectively. The AT94k has a 4.53” barrel where as the AT94A2 is 16.625, both chambered in 9mm. I wasn’t particularly attracted to the compact package the AT94k had to offer, but the AT94A2 was a blast to shoot. It’s an easy pointer with a great trigger and overall appears to be a good product. For Californians, you’ll have to start looking at Bullet Buttons to own this particular rifle.

– Maybe it was the drum magazine or the sexy wood, but the AT47 chambered in 7.62x39mm was just awesome. Another “AK” variety to add to the market, ATI introduced to me their AT47 with an introductory price at $799 with two 75 round magazine drums! According to Tony, these firearms feature original unissued Bulgarian parts kits, milled receivers and barrels. You can see me shoot off several rounds.

Beretta USA:
Beretta had several firearms available to try. I gave the full sized PX4 STORM chambered in 9mm and .45 ACP and the U22 Neos. The new PX4 STORM boasts accessory rail, ambidextrous safety, individual sized grips, reversible magazine release, and a light polymer frame. Though introduced in 2004, the Carbine Conversion kit for the U22 Neos is just starting to pick up.

PX4 .45 ACP:
– Given that it was a double-stacked .45 ACP pistol, I shouldn’t be surprised it didn’t fit my hand as well as I thought it would. I didn’t ask what pistol grips were installed, but I knew it was too large for my hands since I couldn’t pull the trigger in DA mode. However, it was accurate, quick to point went bang every time I pulled the trigger. This is on California’s handgun roster.

PX4 9mm:
– For my hands, the grip on the double-stacked 9mm PX4 felt much more comfortable and acceptable size for my hand. It was just as accurate shooting at steel 10” targets at 15 yards or so. Though I wouldn’t buy one myself, it looks like a promising product for those who are in the market for DA/SA pistol who require accommodation for their hand size. This is on California’s handgun roster.

U22 Neos:
– This carbine kit reminds me of the Walter G22 rifles, except that the U22 starts off as a pistol. MSRP for the pistol is approximately $275.00. One can purchase the kit at MSRP at around $265.00. It’s a cool little carbine for fun plinking. Target acquisition is super fast with the fiber optic front sight for the pistol and rifle barrel lengths. This is on California’s handgun roster.

Action Target:

Evil Roy Practice Target:
– Portable, hardened with AR500 or AR550 steel, it folds down to less than 3 feet long, mount the target head at two different heights and it is perfect for mobile steel range setups.

The big announcement this year is GLOCK’s 4th Generation pistol. Starting off with the 22 and 17 models, GLOCK anticipate having the 19 and 23 ready by summer of 2010. The 4th generation pistols advertise an interchangeable multiple backstrap system, reversible and enlarged magazine match, dual recoil spring assembly and the new Rough Textured Frame (RTF).

GLOCK 22 and 17:
– The folks at GLOCK allowed us to compare the different the three sized grips they offer. The small fit the best for my hands. The largest of the three felt quite bulky and maintaining a positive grip on the firearm felt awkward. The middle wasn’t just right – it was still too large, but manageable. Regarding performance, the GLOCK pistols shot well as expected. The RTF is a tad bit too rough. It’s a nice addition, but I wouldn’t immediately buy a new GLOCK just to have it. The dual recoil spring assembly seemed to dampen perceived recoil – which will not work for 3rd generation GLOCKs. The magazine catch is huge. I’m curious if it will interfere with magazine retention. Regarding the CA roster, Quiet related to us that the 4th generation GLOCKs will not make it on the list.


Savage Model 111 6.5mm-284 Norma:
– This particular rifle was factory equipped with an adjustable muzzle brake that “tames recoil by 30 percent.” I was able to spot my own shots at 300 yards, usually difficult with a .308 WIN without a muzzle break at such a close distance. I was very impressed with the manageability of the recoil as I was with the recoil pad – the same P.A.D. on my Savage 10FP. The Personal Anti-Recoil Device “absorbs” 29% more recoil than the leading after market pad, and 45% more recoil than standard OEM pads.”


If you’re looking for a budget 1911, Ithaca’s new line isn’t quite for you. Ithaca is after the factory “custom” market with their reintroduction of the WWII 1911 and a “modernized” 1911.

GI 1911:
– This well built and smooth pistol with a sweet trigger pull reminds me of the SHOT Show Special Colt 1991 I have. It’s release and MSRP is still in the air, but I expect it to be higher than $1200. This commemoration to the WWII era 1911 will come with a presentation case and, at this time, will likely be produced in limited quantities (maybe 500 or so).

I shot several rapid rounds out of it and it operated like a champ.

ISSC Austria:

MSR (Modern Sporting Rifle) MK22:
– This particular .22LR “black rifle” is the only one of it’s kind. It’s a prototype at this time and its’ release date is unknown to me. This might be a cool product for Californians to look into without worry of the center fire assault weapon laws.

XS Sights:

Revolver XS Sights:
– As expected with their semi-automatic sights, these revolver sights point well and fast. They’re mounted on revolver barrel by using epoxy or a pin – depending on the model of your particular revolver. They’re utilizing the same technique used for placing bead front sights on shotguns, so it’s highly unlikely that they’re going anywhere.


Rapid Z -1000 Ballistic Reticles:
– For those who prefer to holdover for quick shots or lack of desire to click in DOPE, the Rapid Z Ballistic Retile looks very impressive. I had the opportunity to look through a Zeiss scope with the Rapid Z 1000 reticle and it was fantastic. Just look at it! Though my budget for scopes is no where near the price tag for Zeiss scopes, this reticle system appears to work well for .308 WIN with HPBT 168gr or 175 gr bullets. Using a Zeiss range finder, I targeted a steel target at 347 yards. Utilizing the hash marks between 2 and 3, the bullet landed on the first shot. I am curious how well this reticle system will work for long-range applications, but overall this scope looks awesome.

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13 Comments on “Bass Pro Shops – SHOT Show Media Day”

  1. January 19, 2010 at 8:58 am #

    Excellent coverage Derek!!!

    • January 19, 2010 at 5:32 pm #

      Thanks Richard! There will be much more posted this evening.

      On Tue Jan 19th, 2010 7:59 AM PST

      • January 19, 2010 at 10:10 pm #

        I was just thinking, I need a Packing Rat Onesie for my little one lol

  2. January 19, 2010 at 2:23 pm #

    Nice work and good YouTube’n ! My brother has an old Ithaca with only about 1% finish remaining.

    • January 19, 2010 at 5:44 pm #

      Thanks DirtCrashr. I should have more pictures and product announcements posted this evening.

  3. 1911a1stksce
    January 19, 2010 at 10:42 pm #

    Please see if their is any news of the rumored remington 1911. Cant find out anything.

    • January 20, 2010 at 2:00 am #

      Noted. I’ll check it out tomorrow.


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