Archive for January 9, 2013

This is the third segment in a multi-part review of the DACA Market Hall Gun Show on Jan. 5, 2013.  Links to the prior installments can be found here.

Part I

Part II

Before I move onto new categories, I missed a couple firearms vendors in the prior segment.  Viking Armory sold an HK 930 for $950, a Sprinfield XDM 5.5″ for $675, an XD in .45 ACP 4″ for $500, and a Gen-4 Glock 22 for $570.  They also had a S&W M&P compact .40 on display for $475.  On Target Tactical Supply sold gear in addition to a custom 300 BLK with suppressor, but I did not get a price.

I also missed an ammo vendor yesterday.  Bushwhacker was a new vendor for me and they offered a variety of pistol and rifle calibers, new ammo, in bags.  The .357 Sig was a bit rich for my taste, and they sold .223 55gr (they actually had some in stock) for $85.

Now, let’s move onto other categories.

CHL/Training

If you are thinking about getting a CHL or interested in extra training, there were abundant options at the show from which to choose.  In no particular order, there was the vendor selling the so-called hassle-free CHL’s, aka a non-resident Florida CHL that does not require a range test (Florida has reciprocity with Texas).  Uh, folks, if you can’t handle a gun in a simple range test, I don’t want you carrying and potentially having to back me up in a SD situation.  Get your Texas CHL or go visit one of the vendors selling nonlethal gear.  Gun Permits Made Easy offered a show special of a CHL class for $75, however, it’s one of those Florida CHL’s.

T.I.G.E.R Valley was a new vendor (Tactical Institute for Gun Education and Research).  They have offices in Waco and Dallas.  They offer two pistol and carbine classes, two precision rifle classes, a shotgun class, classes for women only, Texas CHL’s, specialty classes (low-light shooting, combat arms, etc) and custom classes for individual needs.

Edward R. Benyon is a certified NRA instructor in rifle, handgun, and shotgun.  He offers Texas CHL classes and Texas Parks and Wildlife hunter education.  Carry With Confidence offers Texas CHL’s and basic firearms training.  Armadillo Guns offers CHL and pistol courses.  Texas Concealed Carry Institute (Phil Ryan) offers Texas CHL’s and NRA courses.  Critical Defense Group provides Texas CHL courses, defensive handgun I & II, an advanced handgun skills course, defensive shotgun, defensive rifle, and specialized training for individual needs.  Point Man Pistol Range offers home defense courses, basic and advanced handgun courses, basic and advanced shotgun, and basic/advanced rifle.  I had to hunt down their Facebook page to find that they are located in Wichita Falls.

One of the more unique offerings at the show was from Fitness Defense Solutions.  They specialize in incorporating fitness techniques into defensive handgun training.  I had a long conversation with their trainer and it seems like a very interesting concept.  In addition to CHL classes, they also offer an ‘after deadly force’ course, which teaches you mental discipline and strategy to apply immediately after using deadly force in a SD situation.

Christian Defense offered Texas CHL;s for $95 and renewals for $55.  Lone Star Protective Solutions was back with their beginner/intro classes listed at $69.  Texas CHL’s for $89 and renewals for $55.  They offer private lessons and a variety of tactical pistol, rifle, and shotgun classes.  Very nice flyer, btw.

Redneck Buddha was back with their NRA courses which include two pistol and rifle classes, personal protection in the home, personal protection outside the home, and a refuse to be a victim workshop.  Their big promotion at the show seemed to be the NRA first steps pistol class.

ITUS Tactical was another new vendor for me.  They offer a tactical home defense course and specialize in training couples in how to handle home defense as a team.  They currently work with multiple ranges in the D/FW area to provide training as near as possible to your location and are working on a permanent range in Mansfield.

Armorers

Glock armorers included T.R. Graham, Jon Parsons, Glockhead Armory (Joe Kelly), and Lone Star Glock Doctors (Fred and Brad Whitehurst) . The single Sig armorer was Robert Burke.

Food

You know it’s a big show when food vendors get their own category.  There is no formal concession area in Market Hall, so some vendors were setup in the smaller hall, near the restrooms and others had tables spread across the exhibit floor.  Subway and Starbucks were recognizable names.  One vendor sold hot (buffet-style) breakfast and lunch foods.  Another sold crepes and sandwiches.  Food vendors spread across the floor included Totally Nuts (I did get some of the roasted cashews), The Fried Pie Lady (I brought home a coconut pie for my wife who told me that if I came home empty-handed, it would be bad news), Gourmet Beef Sticks, and another vendor selling cinnamon-roasted nuts.

Lights/Optics

I probably missed a vendor or two in this category, but the ones I wrote down included Custom Car Stereo and Flashlights, who featured a RedLine 310 lumen compact flashlight for $50.  The Optics Place featured a new 800-lumen light with pressure switch for your favorite long gun, and a number of laser/light combos.  They also sold numerous red/green dot optics in the $100-$200 range.  Explore Optics had their own layout of red/green dot optics and sold a TechLite 200-lumen, 150-yard beam, compact light for $20.  Prestige Optics was back with their usual night-vision gear and laser bore sights.  They also featured Osprey scopes for $299.  Pro Serv had a compact green laser on display for $60 and 150-lumen tactical light/foregrip for $120.

I did notice one or two offerings of Larry Lights and they are back down to $10 for singles.  Perhaps sanity has been restored to the Universe?

Knives

Knife vendors included Lonestar Knifemaker’s Supply with their usual huge collection of sharpening stones as well as components for making your own custom knife.  Custom knifemakers included Jonathan Snow and Wayne JonshonAdventure Supply (I first saw them at Lewisville) was there with an unusual collection including the folder that masqueraded as a credit card.  I believe I’ve reviewed the remaining vendors before.  Blades & Stuff had a typical layout along with some ammo in old boxes and H2 exploding targets.  Sooner State Knives was at the show as well.

Well, that wraps up part III.  Tomorrow, I’ll finish off the final segment with all the vendors selling to preppers and the infamous miscellaneous or ‘other’ category.

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