Three Practical New Products from Virtual SHOT Show 2021
Eve Flanigan 1/21/21
While the gun industry is booming domestically, many everyday shooters upgrade their equipment from the remnants of their regular paychecks. The SHOT Show 2021 is virtual this year, so I had fun reading new products from my living room instead of riding the Las Vegas Shoe Leather Express. Here’s the first installment of some interesting new merchandise I found. All seem appealing in terms of practicality.
Magpul PMAG 20 AR 300 B GEN M3
Magpul has turned its iconic PMAG design into a magazine specializing in the 300 blackout. According to the official description, this is a real problem solver:
The PMAG 20 for 300 BLK has the same features as our PMAG 30 AR 300 B, but its compact 20-round body allows for improved maneuverability and creates a more concealed package when used in small format weapons. Due to the wide variety of projectile weights and profiles, a dedicated 300 BLK magazine offers greater reliability and a safer way to feed your 300 BLK rifle. The pronounced rib design of the PMAG 20 and the smoother texture of the upper half also offer the shooter a clear visual and tactile difference from any other PMAG to avoid dangerous problems with side loading. In addition to the optimized performance of 300 BLK, the PMAG 20 also includes all of our advanced GEN M3 functions.
Magpul has produced a masterpiece of retro advertising while also educating consumers.
Magpul doesn’t disappoint with its retro Tootsie Roll Pop style instructional / promotional video of the new magazine. The new magazines are priced at $ 14.95 each.
NCStar KPM side bipod
Whether due to the lack of a rail on the ground or because the loop swivel is already occupied, attaching a bipod to a modern sports rifle is often impractical – but there is also no bipod. In steps NCStar with a solution: A two-part bipod, half of which is attached to the M-LOK, Keymod or Pic-rail on the sides of the handguard.
The legs are folded up for transport and have spring-loaded telescopic legs, all in the usual bipod design. The side-mounted setup adds a bit of volume to the front end, but what a boon for anyone whose modern sport rifle alternates between tactical and long-range training. The NCStar KPM Side Bipod is priced at $ 45.99.
Streamlight Wedge Flashlight
Have you ever regretted not having a good flashlight with you because it was bulky? Streamlight just solved that problem and took away that excuse. The wedge is a flashlight shaped like a tongue remover. It is powered by a rechargeable USB lithium-ion battery that can produce a staggering 1,000 lumens for a short time and emit 300 lumens for hours. An indicator light reminds the user when a charge is due.
The aluminum housing, tempered glass lens and charging port of the Wedge are waterproof. It has a matte black pocket clip to keep it ready in deep, discreet concealment. It’s a little over five inches long and weighs 3.3 ounces. It’s a winner of an EDC light for $ 149.95.
With the wedge, a flashlight can be part of your pocket butt.
Exploring these new products has been so much fun that I may be doing a second edition of the latest version of the virtual SHOT Show in 2021.