Jack O’Connor’s Rifle
This is Jack O’Connor’s Winchester Model 70 in .270. The rifle was on display because Winchester is rolling out two tribute guns for O’Connor, both featuring the pre-64 action. Thanks to O’Connor’s adventures printed monthly in Outdoor Life, the .270 Winchester became one of the most popular cartridges in the country. Even more importantly, thousands of kids were inspired by O’Connor’s writings to venture out into the wilderness in search of game big and small. If you don’t believe that a gun can have an aura about it, then you need to see Jack’s rifle in person. –Alex Robinson
Blackhawk Women’s Line
Blackhawk has introduced a new line of women’s clothing for police and military. The line includes active, off duty and tactical wear. It was designed with the same features as the men’s tactical clothing line, like reinforced belt loops and extra pockets for magazines, but was tailored to fit women. The item pictured here is a tactical shirt from the new line, and as you can see, there’s nothing too girly about these clothes. –AR
Steven Tyler…at SHOT?
I spotted Steven Tyler, of Aerosmith and American Idol fame, testing the Surefire Isis mag-light on the showroom floor. This flashy flashlight will retail for $420.00. –Kristyn Brady
Xtreme Duckers On Ice
Some companies go all out for their floor displays, even creating snow and ice in the middle of the showroom…in the middle of the desert. The Xtreme Duckers booth incorporated elements of extreme weather conditions, “freezing” their Beretta A400 Xtreme. –KB
Zombie Coat Camo
DuraCoat brought some color to the AR selection on the floor with their Zombie Coat camo system, promising protection from the hordes of walking dead. Also, in the Dura Coat booth: What Barbie might use to defend her Dreamhouse. –KB
Many booths were styled like hunting lodges or scenes from deer camp. Here at National Wild Turkey Federation’s booth, visitors were invited to a game of shotgun shell checkers. –KB
Redesigned L.L. Bean Technical Upland Boots
L.L. Bean has redesigned and reintroduced its revolutionary Technical Upland Boot for 2012. First introduced in 2010, Bean’s space-age super boot quickly garnered rave reviews from upland hunters and a coveted F&S “Best of the Best” award, but L.L. Bean temporarily took the boot off the market last year in order to correct a minor design issue. Featuring the same one-twist BOA closure system and Superfabric construction of the original, the L.L. Bean Technical Upland Boot will be available later this year. –Chad Love
Sportdog Snack
Performance Snack Bars are a new in-the-field canine nutrition supplement from SportDOG. When used before, during and after a hunt, SportDOG says this high-carbohydrate, low-protein bar will boost both your dog’s energy level and recovery time. –CL
Arno Bernard Porcupine
The Porcupine from South African knifemaker Arno Bernard features a 2 ¾-inch blade of Bohler N690 stainless steel and pinned warthog ivory scales. –CL
Engel 12V Vehicle Cooler/Freezer
You can keep your game and fish frozen while on the road with this 12V cooler/freezer from Engel. The unit features airtight seals, high-density insulation and a low-amperage, high efficiency compressor that freezes down to 0 degrees while drawing minimal power from 12-volt vehicle batteries. –CL
New 5.11 Tactical Pants with Flex-Tac Fabric
5.11 Tactical has reinvented their popular Tac-Lite cargo/utility pants, utilizing a new material they are calling Flex-Tac stretch. It’s like rip-stop nylon, but with some give. The pants are still as lightweight and ruggedly constructed as the original Tac-Lite pants, but when you’re sitting or kneeling for long periods with the pants stretched across your knees, that rigid fabric could get a little uncomfortable. With this new fabric, there is a nice amount of stretch and give where you need it. It really isn’t like any material I’ve seen before. It doesn’t behave like other stretchy materials, and returns to its original shape in an almost unnatural manner. Once I get a chance to try these in the field, I’ll let you know how they hold up. –DM
Armor Dude
Well, what can I say about this. Tactical Samurai? A bulky Batsuit? If they had really wanted this display to stand out, they should have put this thing on a living person and let people come up and beat him with a pool cue. –DM
This thing may be a great police training device; it may simulate real-life scenarios unlike any target before it. But when you have moron at the remote controls who sends the thing careening across the floor into a lowly Field and Stream editor at high speed, nearly destroying a $500 camera lens, it kind of looses its credibility. I’ve left out the name of the company, because I guess I’m a nice guy. And, a piece of advice: when you ram someone with a robot, don’t laugh with the remote in your hand and say, “Sometimes they have a mind of their own. Yuk, yuk,” and then get offended at the slew of expletives you receive in return. -DM
Zap Cane
This is a find from the deep bowels of SHOT Show. Sword canes were a very popular item back when gentlemen carried walking sticks. I guess this is a 21st century twist, with a flashlight and stun gun built into an otherwise normal looking cane. -DM

On the same showroom floor stood Jack O’Connor’s rifle, a robot shooting target Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. Welcome to SHOT Show 2012. Here are the highlights from day 3.