Shot Show this year was, as usual, a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones.  Product-wise, there were a lot of things that I guess people want – rainbow metallic AR’s and muzzle breaks that look like they were forged in Mordor, but only a few companies were building things that people need.  Notable exceptions include a basic, quality AR made by Lantac that is very practically configured.  Leupold and Thunder Ranch have collaborated on a new 1-4X variable power urban rifle optic that looks really cool.  I’m hoping to get my hands on one of them soon to put it through its paces.

As much as I like practically configured carbines, I’m a precision rifle guy, so I have picked a few products for special mention:

The American Rifle Company’s Archimedes Action uses leverage from retracting the bolt as primary extraction, rather than a cam on bolt lift… note the square area above the bolt handle.

First and foremost, American Rifle Company’s innovation continues to challenge the status quo with brilliantly elegant engineering.  Their new Archimedes action takes primary extraction out of the bolt lift, and through the use of a pivoting bolt handle, uses the leverage from the rearward motion of the bolt to pry cartridges out of the chamber.   In the words of Archimedes: “Give me a lever long enough and a place to stand and I shall move the world.”

Archimedes Action

Like the Mausingfield and Nucleus, the Archimedes takes Remington 700 pattern triggers, fits in Remington 700 pattern stocks and takes Savage barrels.  The Archimedes is a three-lug action and bolt heads are interchangeable with the Nucleus action.

Daniel Defense released their Delta 5 precision rifle:

The Daniel Defense Delta 5 is a 3-lug bolt action with barrel nut that will allow the user to change barrels and calibers.



The stock is functional, but I found it a bit bulky, still, this is a quality rifle for a price around $2000.


Magpul released the long action version of their Pro 700 stock.

When Magpul released the short action version of this stock last year, I heard a few folks make comments like “why spend $1000 on a Magpul stock when you can get a ‘real chassis’ for that.” Look folks, the Magpul is a real chassis, and it’s a cleverly designed one at that; truly ambidextrous with great ergonomics and Magpul quality.

Last year, Geissele Automatics introduced their M700 two-stage (adjustable to one-stage) trigger.  This year, they are actually available. 

I am a bit of a trigger snob, and have a few different precision rifle triggers that I like, but the Geissele M700 gives me the impression that is was designed to be the trigger we always wanted; gentle takeup on the first stage, very light and crisp break on the second stage, with minimal overtravel. The right-handed version of these are available now, and there are some hints at a left-handed version, I only hope they follow through with that.

Zero Compromise Optics has some great new scopes:

Featuring German glass, .1 mil knobs with a first focal plane mil reticle, and illumination selectable between red or green. The illumination in these is actually perfect in my opinion, not only is it adjustable very dim for actual low-light shooting conditions, it also has night-vision settings. Price-wise, they rank right up there with some of the other premium glass available, but considering the quality and features available, I think they’re well worth it.

Did I say I didn’t get excited about anything at SHOT Show this year?  Well,  maybe that’s not exactly true, there are still pockets of innovation in the firearms industry.

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By Michael Lake

Writer Michael Lake is a Benefactor Life Member of the National Rifle Association and has been actively involved in a variety shooting activities since 1989. In addition to being a certified range safety officer he holds several NRA instructor ratings and armorer certifications. He has received training from the US Army Marksmanship Unit, the US Marine Corps Rifle Team and some of the finest private training facilities in the nation. In 2013 Michael co-founded Adaptive Defense Concepts, a Northwest Ohio-based Training organization. currently a contractor for the Department of Energy managing safety for the National Homeland Security program in Eastern Idaho, an instructor for Badlands Tactical Training Center, and is an accomplished Freemason.

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