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A retrospective on 2012ʼs trade shows

The all4shooters.com team toured the most important arms fairs to bring you only the best of whatever new the gun industry has to offer for 2012!

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Every year, for a few days in January and March respectively, the center of mass of the global arms, apparel and accessories industry for hunting, sports shooting, personal/property defense, private security and law enforcement moves to the sunny Nevada desert for the SHOT Show in Las Vegas, and to the chilly Nuremberg (Germany) for the IWA expo. There, the international industry meets to take stock of its situation, of the global state of the market, to confront on new ideas and concept, and to proudly showcase its new products, inventions and technological breakthroughs. One of the peculiarities of the gun industry is that this remains true even in dire economic moments, such as the one we are living in right now: sure, the halls of the Sands Expo & Convention Center that hosted the SHOT Show and those of the Nüremberg-Messe that hosted the IWA were less crowded this year, a quite concrete evidence of the current economic downs, but this doesn't means that new products were in any lesser number or proportion than in the past years, nor that they gathered less interests or that less contracts were signed. On the contrary, the industry and the market both seemed to be taking their own anti-slump stimulus measures, proofing to be able to boom even in these years of recession. So, here comes the best from the dynamic, flamboyant, typically American SHOT Show and from the prim, measured, stylish, European IWA, for your viewing pleasure. And mind that most of what you see may hit the gun shops near to you very soon, so keep your eyes open for what might be your next object of desire!

Arsenal Firearms AF-1 “Strike One”
Arsenal Firearms AF-1 “Strike One”

HANDGUNS


Be it for sports shooting, personal or property defense, the handguns sector is one of the most dedicated to improvement; and the Arsenal Firearms AF-1 “Strike One” is a true revolution for 2012!

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Pfeifer-S+O Griffrepetiere hunting rifle
Pfeifer-S+O Griffrepetiere hunting rifle

RIFLES


Hunting, sports, long-range shooting: a rifled bore will just do better, especially when matched to a fine working design such as the one of this German-made “Griffrepetiere” 

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Bernardelli Mega Camo API Brown
Bernardelli Mega Camo API Brown
SHOTGUNS

Shotguns remain the core business of the gun industry, being the most versatile and widely available shooting tool; Bernardelliʼs products perfectly incarnate the perfect equilibrium between classic style and modernity that most shotgunners seek 

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Hornady Critical Duty .40 S&W ammunition
Hornady Critical Duty .40 S&W ammunition
AMMO

Each gunʼs performance greatly depends from the ammunition employed; Hornadyʼs “FlexLock” .40-caliber 176 gr. bullets, for example, are perfect for duty, private security, self protection, home and property defense

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Nikon Monarch-7 8x42 and 10x42 binoculars
Nikon Monarch-7 8x42 and 10x42 binoculars
OPTICS

A tight knot ties the gun industry and the optical sector together, since instruments such as these Nikon “Monarch 7” binoculars will always be essential for the most dedicated hunters and shooters

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ZEISS Conquest Duralyt daytime scope
ZEISS Conquest Duralyt daytime scope
ACCESSORIES

Even in dire economic straits, the accessories sector will always keep the pace up, as an easy and relatively cheap way for all shooters to upgrade their guns without having to face the expense of buying new ones 

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MKE JNG-90 Bora Sniper Rifle
MKE JNG-90 Bora Sniper Rifle
PREOFESSIONAL GEAR

The world has been in a state of general turmoil for over a decade now, and the current economic crisis can only make matters worse; the professionals of the public order thus constantly ask the industry to provide always better tools to protect the innocents

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SOG Slim JIM XL 
SOG Slim JIM XL 
BLADES

Blades: the only real universal tool and accessory that no-one, shooter or not, will be ever able to do without - thatʼs why things go along with the two industries, and thatʼs why blades seem to know no crisis... 

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G&G M1 Garand rifle replica in field strip
G&G M1 Garand rifle replica in field strip
SOFTAIR

MilSim is no childʼs play: itʼs a serious hobby requiring serious tools for the most unforgiving gamers ‒ tools like this G&G M1 Garand rifle replica

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