SHOT Show is world-renowned for many reasons. Obviously, many an outdoors, tactical, or military person flock to SHOT to check out the latest and greatest products from the most influential companies in a particular industry. However, there is another side to SHOT where lesser known, newer companies come to show off their wares in the hopes of gaining a dedicated following.
It is in the lower levels, away from the hustle and bustle of the higher floors, that SHOT attendees meander — checking out products they frankly did not know existed or what they previously did without. It was my assignment to find SHOT Show’s 5 Most Unique, Weird, or Downright Clever products offered by vendors at the 2014 show. And find I did, friends, find I did.
Without further ado, allow me to introduce the Writing Huntress’s The Good, The Clever, and The Weird 2014 SHOT Show products.
When creator Mark Anderson was in the midst of an unsuccessful search for an AR foregrip with finger holes, his son came home with a set of brass knuckles found on the street. Putting 2 and 2 together, the Survival Grips concept was born; it’s an ingenious combination, just perfect for us ladies, because once fingers are in the grip, there is no way anyone can take the firearm from you. The grips also help stabilize the AR and, let’s face it, they look pretty cool, too, whether tricked out in chrome and spikes or in a simple black finish.
MSRP: $49 to $69
If you’ve ever attempted to hunt from an oilrig, but had difficulty blending in, this is the camo pattern for you. Each piece from the Oilfield Camo line is patterned with helicopters, rigging equipment and an array of oil-extracting machines. According to booth operator Jeff Landry, Oilfield Camo can actually be used afield and is extremely popular with the rise of oil jobs, especially amongst hunters who want to transition from the job site to the woods seamlessly.
MSRP: Various, check its website for clothing lists and prices.
As many a waterfowler knows, it can sometimes be difficult to determine exactly who in the group shot a particular bird. However, Spectra Shot eliminates this problem by introducing colored projectiles. Using these shells not only assists hunters in shooting concise limits, but also eases tensions regarding who shot the banded bird. New shooters will enjoy this product because the shells, according to owner Blair Michel, were created to reduce recoil.
MSRP: 4 box waterfowl set, $125
10 Minute Deer Skinner
This innovative spin on the old “rock and rope” trick to skin a deer eliminates the possibility of a rock slipping from your deer and into your back windshield. Ben Frits, President of the 10 Minute Deer Skinner, was looking for a way for his dad to skin deer by himself and created this nifty contraption that literally skins a deer in minutes. A perfect addition to any huntress’s bag of tricks, the 10 Minute Deer Skinner transforms deer skinning from a chore to a quick, easy process.
Grenade Launcher Laser Sight
According to the nice man who let me model said grenade launcher and laser sight, this innovation will increase your grenade launcher accuracy to 90 percent, a pretty impressive feat if you ask me. While grenade launchers are not yet readily available to the civilian market, it’s nice to know I’ll have a sight in line as soon as they are legal to own. (Hint: You’ll recognize the company’s name when you go to the website.)
MSRP: N/A to the common person