The SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade) Show – THE annual gathering for the firearms industry – is going on now in Las Vegas.
So far, there seems to be more derivation and evolution than revolution.
A couple of years ago, Ruger had their biggest hit in decades, when they introduced their tiny LCP .380 caliber pocket pistol, a clone of the Kel-Tec P3AT. A bit before SHOT this year, they introduced a slightly larger pocket pistol in 9mm Luger, which looks remarkably like the Kel-Tec PF9 that’s been around for a while.
The Taurus Judge revolver, which became a monster best-seller a few years ago, has been sincerely flattered by Smith & Wesson, which brings out their Governor revolver. The Judge is a five-shooter which can accept either a .410 shotgun shell or a .45 Colt cartridge in each of its chambers. The Governor will take a .410 shell, a .45 Colt round, OR a .45 ACP cartridge in each of its SIX chambers.
I suppose turnabout is fair play. The Taurus folks have been selling clones of S&W revolvers for many, many years, and selling them quite well, too.
Not to be one-upped, Taurus introduces its own latest evolution of the Judge, which fires a more substantial 28-gauge shell. Like last year’s version in .454 Casull/.410, it’s called The Raging Judge.
Personally, I think it’s going to be interesting to be in court when someone who used one in self-defense says to the black-robed magistrate on the bench, “I did it with a Raging Judge!”
But, hey, if you’re gonna play the names, be cool about it. You can always buy a Taurus Judge AND a Smith & Wesson Governor, and wield ‘em both, one in each hand. When you confront your next burglar and he runs away with no blood spilled (the way such things usually end), you can shout after him, “You’ve been put on probation by the Judge, and been granted a reprieve by the Governor!”
There’ll be more discussion here as the week goes on, and I’ll see if I can break the record I’ve established today for how many gun manufacturers I can get mad at me with a single blog post.