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How many high fives can one give out at a trade show? Not enough, but you best have that hand sanitizer stashed in that MOLLE covered tactical sack cause you never know who might be Patient Zero. I should be writing an article about some of that innovative new Arc'teryx LEAF cold weather gear or the new messenger rifle bags from Vertx, but instead I'm going to talk about Justin Walker and his business, MilMakAZ Cutlery business. Started in late 2011 to satisfy an appetite for creativity and build handmade custom knives and tools at reasonable prices, Walker doesn't build anything flashy, just well made tools that work for their intended purpose.

Milmakaz 2


Photobomb from Breach-Bang-Clear's Mad Duo there.

Justin crafted a knife for me as well as a trainer. Instead of shipping the set to me, we decided to meet up at SHOT and do the handoff there. It feels kind of awesome to be supporting the little dude who makes badass shit. Check out MilMakAZ online ( and support a local craftsman. A review and more to come on the Time Buyer (pictured).


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What is the NSSF SHOT Show?

The NSSF SHOT Show (Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show) and Conference is an annual event held by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Typically attended by thousands of people from all 50 states and over a hundred countries, it is (quite rightfully) described as the “…world's premier exposition of combined firearms, ammunition, law enforcement, cutlery, outdoor apparel, optics, and related products and services.

Imagine the Worlds' Fair, but packed with everything from mini-guns and every breed of body armor, bows and boots; from eye pro and ear pro to optics and ordnance, socks to swords…you get the idea. Interestingly (perhaps fortuitously, for some) SHOT 2016 overlaps the 2016 AVN Awards, which would provide us with article fodder of an entirely different nature if we thought anyone there might have good trigger awareness and muzzle discipline…

View imagery from our coverage of last year's SHOT Show right here.

2016 SHOT Show

January 18 — Media on the Range (numerous shooting facilities in and around Las Vegas)
January 19–22, 2016
Sands Expo and Convention Center
Las Vegas, Nevada
Tuesday, January 19 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 20 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 21 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday, January 22 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


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