It was a beautiful day at SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range in Boulder City, Nevada. The event included many firearms, ammunition and accessory suppliers as well as off-road vehicles and friends. Lea was excited to see a lot of old friends and to meet a few new.
Friends have asked for us to look for a few things while we’re here this week.We found some great items and are excited to share them with you. This morning, someone mentioned a left-handed rifle again, but Lea is happy to share another left-handed firearm. She was elated when she found what a colleague once said would be like “finding a unicorn”…. a lefty Beretta xCel! Check it out!
In visiting with other instructors, shooters and outdoor enthusiasts post SHOT Show I have been asked the same question numerous times. “What was your favorite thing at SHOT Show?”
There are always many things that impress me at the show. I will over the next few weeks, be sharing some of the great new releases I was able to view at Media Day at the Range as well as SHOT Show.
Being a handgun, rifle and shotgun instructor I am always looking for things I may possibly use as training aids. The one thing that caught my eye, above all, was Winchester® Ammunition’s soon to be released AA® TrAAcker™. I personally continue to work on following through on a shot with a shotgun. I also have sticks, balls and other props I use to demo for kids what it means to be shooting behind or not following through. While hunting in the duck blind with a group you would be able to see your shot, thus knowing who hit which bird.
The minute I saw Winchester® Ammunition’s AA® TrAAcker™ I was impressed. They have come out with both a game and target load that has a weighted wad. The wad retains the velocity of the shot allowing the shooter to more easily see where his or her shot is going. The wad is available in orange or black and marked on the box. Orange is excellent when hunting or shooting targets in a treed area. Your eye can easily track it. The black wad was simple to see in the skyline, and below you will even see where I caught the wad in flight on my basic point and shoot camera.
If you look closely in the sky, you can see the black wad of the Winchester Traaker flying just left of the orange clay.
Winchester Unveils Innovative AA® TrAAcker™: See Why You’ve Been Missing
EAST ALTON, Ill. – A fired 12-gauge shotgun shell unleashes a cloud of shot from a shotgun barrel at about 1,200 feet per second – too fast for the human eye to see the pellets in flight. This can make it extremely difficult to master the correct lead on flying clay targets or game birds.
What if that changed? What if it was possible to track the flight of the shot cloud?
Thanks to Winchester® Ammunition, it’s happening in 2013.
Legendary innovation at Winchester continues with the AA® TrAAcker™, the first game and target load to feature a weighted wad that actually tracks with the shot cloud. This allows the shooter or an instructor to quickly determine where the shooter is missing – making it easy to adjust and nail flying targets shot after shot.
“A new shooter now can learn how to lead a clay target or game bird almost immediately – that’s the results you get with AA TrAAcker,” said Brett Flaugher, Winchester Ammunition vice president of marketing, sales and strategy. “The new AA TrAAcker is a great training tool for shooters, hunters, and shooting instructors.”
The secret of AA TrAAcker is in the revolutionary wad. Loaded with 1 1/8 oz. of shot like a standard AA shotshell, the innovative wad design includes longer, notched petals, and captures 1/8-ounce of shot, which stabilizes wad spin and ensures that the wad remains in the center of the shot cloud for optimum tracking. The AA TrAAcker load is available in two highly visible colors: orange, for overcast conditions or dark backdrop; and black for clear skies or light backdrops.
AA® TrAAcker™ specifications:
1 1/8 oz.
1 1/8 oz.
1 1/8 oz.
1 1/8 oz.
Since 1965, Winchester AA target loads have set the industry standard for performance on the range and in the field. Known for the legendary High Strength Hull, Winchester AA ammunition is a favorite of reloaders everywhere.
With a company heritage dating back to 1866, Winchester Ammunition was there for the taming of the American West, the Allied Forces’ victory in World War II and through the years, millions of fond memories made in the great outdoors and at the range.
Known as The American Legend™, Winchester is a global leader in sporting, law enforcement, military and personal defense ammunition production. Winchester continues to raise the bar with innovative products like Blind Side® waterfowl and PDX1® Defender® personal defense ammunition.
Brutal. That is how I would describe Media Day yesterday. Range day was, as always, run professionally and the suppliers were great. The weather just wasn’t cooperative. I hear it was 32 degrees, but the wind howled so it felt like -30. I did get a little shooting time in between the times of shivering and shaking. Here are just a couple products I managed to get photos of for you. I’ll be taking a closer look at more today at SHOT Show.
TenPoint Crossbows – I shot three of the new crossbows released by TenPoint. Pictured here is the Stealth SS. This bow is a smaller, compact bow. It is a shorter, lighter, and more powerful version of TenPoint’s Stealth XLT. It is 34.4-inches long and is the most compact crossbow TenPoint has ever built. I was impressed by the weight because I do so much spot and stalk hunting. At 6.8 pounds, this bow would not be a burden. I will be posting more info on the TenPoint bows later.
KRISS Guns – I had the opportunity to shoot Kriss guns Vector CRB .45 ACP. The action KRISS has designed is a system that significantly reduces recoil, allowing you to have more on target shots. This tactical gun is available to civilians in semi-auto. I was thrilled to shoot a full auto version as well. Lots of fun! Click here to read more about the unique action design this company has created.Benelli USA – I was happy to shoot the Benelli Performance shotguns. These shotguns can be used in hunting, but are also shotguns used in three-gun competition. It was fun to take my hands out of my pockets for a moment and knock down some plates. The synthetic stock makes this shotgun light and easy to hold as you shoot from a standing position. You may know, I love my Benelli’s. This shotgun was no different. Shot like a dream.