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SHOT Show 23 – Primary Arms AutoLive Battery Cap

Thursday, January 26th, 2023

For me the Primary Arms AutoLive Battery Cap is easily the best thing to come out of SHOT Show simply because of its simplicity and relevance. I’m kind of surprised no one has done this before.

The AutoLive Battery Cap fits between OEM battery caps and the battery case on Primary Arms SLX LVPOs and many other popular optics with similar cap and thread sizes, like the Vortex Strike Eagle, SIG TANGO6, and others, to provide smart battery management for optics that don’t have this feature. The AutoLive feature powers your optic up when you are using it yet allows it to lie dormant while not moving around, like in a safe.

It accepts a standard CR2032 battery and turns on the optic’s LED when it detects motion.

SHOT Show 23 – Thales XTRAIM Weapon Sight

Thursday, January 26th, 2023

Almost every meeting I have at SHOT Show is behind closed doors. It’s rare that I am able to share something immediately, even rarer if it’s a product from a defense company. Defense firm Thales is offering us a sneak peek at an upcoming weapon sight.

In anticipation of a requirement for Special Operations Forces, Thales has developed a reflex sight which incorporates thermal imaging. The XTRAIM Weapon Sight can be used in direct view reflex sight mode or with a thermal overlay.
This isn’t some commercial off the shelf capability with low resolution. It features an uncooled sensor with 12 micron pitch and 640×480 resolution.

The reticle is a 1.6 MOA red dot and visible in direct view or thermal modes. Within the thermal mode, the operator can select full IR or contour outline mode as well as 1x or 2x digital zoom.

Additionally, the operator can integrate a clip-on night vision sight to further enhance situational awareness and target acquisition. It is also compatible with operator worn night vision goggles. The sight can also be used in conjunction with 3X magnifiers popular with red dot sights to increase range.

The XTRAIM Weapon Sight was designed at Thales’s center of excellence for dismounted soldier optronics in Saint-Héand in Eastern France. It has been evaluated by individual SOF personnel as well as small units during several touch points, both here and abroad, on a variety of individual and crew served weapons. Thales paid particular attention to human factors, integrating ergonomic and simple-to-use controls.

In thermal mode, the XTRAIM offers 500m target recognition with 250m PID of a man sized target. Those ranges are extended to 600m and 320m respectively when used in conjunction with a 3X magnifier.

The sight features a Picatinny rail for weapon attachment and is powered by 2 x CR123 batteries which provide over 500 hours of reticle use or or seven hours of thermal operation. The weight with battery is 18.6 oz.

Intended for defense customers, the XTRAIM Weapon Sight will be available beginning in May 2023.

Contact [email protected].

Dead Air Silencers Releases the Mojave 9 at SHOT Show 2023

Wednesday, January 25th, 2023


Heber City, Utah

Dead Air Silencers is proud to announce the public release of their first silencer utilizing Direct Metal Laser Sintered (DMLS) additive manufacturing technology, the MOJAVE 9®.  

The MOJAVE 9® pushes the boundaries of performance, allowing shooters to have the benefits of both low blow-back and supreme acoustic signature reduction! This is achieved by the all-new patent pending revolutionary Triskelion™ baffle design. Pushing the limits of performance through enhanced baffle geometries that have not previously been achievable through traditional manufacturing processes, our engineers have created a truly unique design that addresses issues inherent with pistol caliber suppressors.

Benefits of this revolutionary silencer include reduced back pressure, excellent flash reduction, and a class leading acoustic performance with an earthy low frequency tone. Additionally, the MOJAVE 9’s® unique structure is extremely strong and durable featuring high thermal efficiency and rapid cooling that promotes continuous efficient flow of gasses. This leads to a less toxic, lower recoil, and overall, more enjoyable shooting experience by the end user. In short… It’s a breath of fresh air.

The two-piece modular design allows the end user to prioritize peak levels of sound reduction as well as lower size and weight, making it more versatile to fit the shooter’s specific needs.  With both the front and rear modules constructed of 6AL-4V Titanium, the innovative design of the MOJAVE 9® results in best-in-class acoustic signature reduction in an incredibly strong, lightweight, and compact package. 

The MOJAVE 9® in full-size configuration ships with a removable booster and a 1/2”x 28 piston, measures 7.64” in length and weighs only 9.6 ounces. The MOJAVE 9® in short configuration weighs in at a remarkably light 8.2 ounces and 5.89” OAL. The rear module is compatible with all Dead Air P-Series mounts and accessories, which include recoil booster, 3-Lug, and Key-Micro.

“Having been given the opportunity to design the 9mm suppressor we call the Mojave 9; I really wanted to wow our customers and give them something they’ve never seen before.”

– Mike Smith, Research & Development Engineer 


Materials:  6AL-4V DMLS Titanium, 7075 Aluminum, Stainless Steel

Finish: High temp Cerakote® 

Caliber Rating: 9MM, 300 BLK Subsonic, 350 Legend, 300 BLK Supersonic (semi-auto only)

Energy Rating: 1900 ft-lbs. Max Muzzle Energy

Diameter: 1.405”

Length: 7.64” / 5.89”

Weight: 9.6oz / 8.2oz

Includes: 1/2-28 Piston(included), Accepts P-Series Adapters

MSRP: $1099


SHOT Show 23 – Kelty Tactical

Wednesday, January 25th, 2023

Kelty Tactical displayed a limited edition variant of their popular Redwing 30 Pack in MultiCam Arid livery.

This 30 liter pack incorporates a dynamic airflow back panel and single aluminum stay for load stability. In addition to laptop sleeve, the Redwing is hydration reservoir compatible and features a U-shaped zipper for the main compartment. Additionally, there are zippered side pockets, an outer pocket, water bottle pockets and a removable waist belt.

Limited to a production run of just 500 packs, this Desert version also incorporates a high visibility Orange lining.

SHOT Show 22 – Blue Force Gear

Wednesday, January 25th, 2023

Now available for order from Blue Force Gear are two great products they previewed in 2022.

Offered in M4 and SR25 versions the Ten-Speed SF Chest Rig is a zippered split front design with four stackable magazine pouches. You’ll notice in the photo that there are pouches stacked in front of the Ten-Speed mag pouches. Those are BFG Low Pro GP Pouches which were designed specifically for this chest rig, but you can add other pouches if you’d prefer. The shoulder straps are padded and offer cable management.

Around the mannequin’s waist is the Two-4 Waist Bag. This waist bag can be worn via the integrated strap or attached as a dangler to the front of a plate carrier. It features a water resistant zippered opening with integrated ten-speed tourniquet storage on the lid. Inside there are slots for organization while externally there is PALS webbing made from loop material. At the rear there is a slot which will accept sideways mounted mini tripods.

BFG products are Made in USA from ultraCOMP and offered in Black, Coyote, Ranger Green, Wolf Gray, and MultiCam.

SHOT Show 23 – Radical Defense XR338

Wednesday, January 25th, 2023

Radical Defense featured a static display of their new XR338, a suppressed mini-gun in .338 Norma Mag.

The XR338 can be fired in suppressed (72 lbs) or unsuppressed (66 lbs) mode at variable firing rates between 800 to 2500 rounds per minute.

For those of you doing the math, it could run you over $15,000 a minute to feed this beast. However, with 47.5% parts compatibility with an M134, you can save some cash on PLL.

SHOT Show 23 – Grey Ghost Announces OEM Services

Tuesday, January 24th, 2023

Grey Ghost Gear and Grey Ghost Precision have announced that they offer OEM services for both soft and hard goods.

Whether you need nylon goods are firearms and accessories, give them a shout.

SHOT Show 23 – Tippmann Ordnance .22LR Gatling Gun

Tuesday, January 24th, 2023

Known for their 9mm hand cranked Gatling Gun, Tippmann Armory is now Tippmann Ordnance and is adding a .22LR version to the lineup.

Releasing in April

Rate Of Fire – 600 Rounds Per Minute

Overall Length – 20″

Aluminium Housing

Weight – 15lbs

Barrel Length – 8.5″

50 Round Belt Length – 54 3/4

100 Round Belt Length – 109 1/2