SHOT Show 2016 was the third year for Niki and me to attend. Every year has been a different experience. Different products, faces, gatherings, challenges, etc. It's always fun and eye opening, and each year I've been surprised at just how many women attend and participate. We both noticed the absence of the stereotypical "booth babes", and how many well respected women had booth appearances. As well as so many more women in the booths, working. Women working for some of the biggest firearms companies, women in the media, women working as product ambassadors, and more women owned, created, and developed businesses. Seriously, just women everywhere, from all walks of life, of all ages.
I recently went to the SHOT Show webpage and the first thing I noticed was how many faces of women popped up right on the front page. Even though SHOT Show is huge and international, it's still only represents a part of the picture. We are well represented in the industry now, with many respected women in the public eye and behind the scenes. It's an exciting time for us, ladies!
One of the eye-catchers at SHOT show this year was the RTS Target Systems displayed by the Mako Group. These brightly colored targets are made of self-healing polymer and come in a variety of sizes, shapes and models; from silhouettes to spinners. They are super lightweight and versatile for both indoor and outdoor shooting. There are additional accessories available to adapt the targets to any scenario you choose: from falling targets which replicate close quarter combat to screaming alarms for every hit made on the target. And since the targets are polymer, they can be shot at point blank range without the risk of ricochet. The RTS Targets are advertised to take up to 2,000 rounds of 9 mm before they need to be replaced.
I can definitely see myself picking up a few of these targets to take to the range, and it will be much easier to set up on my own, as opposed to the incredibly heavy steel targets!
You know an IWB (Inside the Waist Band) holster is comfortable when you have random "OMG WHERE IS MY GUN?!" moments throughout the day while the gun is on you.
This is how I feel about my Athena IWB holster from Gun Goddess. I've had it for quite awhile (see previous review in Issue #10), and I have recently been carrying my Sig P938 on-body vs. in my handbag, mostly because the weather permits it, as I tend to wear roomier, bulkier clothing in the colder months. I always thought the Athena was comfortable, but over the past few months the leather has really softened up, making it so comfortable it is virtually "un-feelable" when I'm wearing it. The Athena is snug enough that I don't worry it will be jostled out if I run (but, let's face it—if you know me, you know I never run!). It is also very comfortable while I sit at my desk, or get in and out of my car.
An added bonus about the Athena is that it is customizable with a choice of five different leather colors, 26 different thread colors, and three different clip/cant options. The list of gun models it can be made for is extensive. It retails for $68 and is available on gungoddess.com.
I have at least 8 different pair of protective eyewear for shooting; many brands, in different shapes, and various colors. All of them are perfectly comfortable for short 1-2 hour trips to the range. But when it comes to the long haul, like being at an all day training course, the combination of those glasses and ear muffs gets really uncomfortable. It's frustrating, because I HAVE to wear them.
At SHOT Show 2016 Industry Day at the Range I got to try the Peltor Sport SecureFit 400 Glasses and they solve that problem. They have low profile, flexible temples that offer a more comfortable fit with ear protection. They are high-impact resistant, UV protective, come in 3 color options, AND they are inexpensive. These are my new go to! Thank you Peltor!