Shot Show 2022: Palmetto State Armory

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At the Palmetto State Armory booth, I got hands-on with Palmetto State Armory’s (PSA) newest versions of their Dagger; their “cheaper-than” Glock compatible striker-fired pistols. With a street-price half that of a Glock, their Dagger fits in well with PSA’s reputation for creating value-tier ARs and AK’s. This year they are also offering a more competition focused version with a RMR cut slide and a threaded barrel, for the same price (Approx $399). They say that eventually all of their Daggers will come with RMR cut slides standard.

We also got a look at the prototype of their “57 Rock”, which joins the FN Five-seveN, Ruger 57, and Kel-Tec’s P50 pistols utilizing the FN P90’s 5.7x28mm cartridge. It has much more appealing aesthetics of a modern striker-fired pistol despite its huge capacity of 23 rounds in a standard magazine.

I would love to test these myself but unfortunately, living in California with its inane “Handgun Roster” law (certified by then AG Kamala Harris), we can’t have nice things.

Shot Show 2022: Athlon Optics

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I visited the Athlon Optics booth at Shot Show 2022 in Las Vegas where Athlon announced their “Shooting Sports Giveback” promotion.

Athlon is giving away 5 prizes worth $65,000. One winner will be chosen each quarter to receive $10,000 in cash and Athlon products. And if you came in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd using an Athlon scope, you’ll also be eligible for a $25K grand prize. To enter, you have to compete in any shooting sports competition and enter your name and event information on their website:

Unfortunately, Athlon wasn’t ready to premier any new optics in time for the show. They did showcase their new carbon fiber, heavy-duty shooting tripods.

Shot Show 2022: Arken EP-5

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In just a handful of years, a small independent optics company in Texas named Arken has earned an almost cult-like reputation among budget build long-distance/ELR shooters for creating high-quality optics for under $500 (now $600). All of their scopes offer features like high-quality zero-stop turrets, dead-on Christmas-Tree reticles, ED glass, and a life-time warranty. They keep their prices low by having a narrow product line and only selling directly form their website and form select local retailers.

Their EP4 and and SH4 scopes have earned rave reviews from some well known PewTubers include Cyclops Joe, Tiborasaurus Rex, and IraqVeteran8888. I’ve been eager to get my hands on one to review. I was fortunate to be able to meet their staff at their booth at Shot Show and get an early look at their newest scope, the EP5.

Product Details

Arken EP5 Manual

  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Precision Tracking Guaranteed
  • ED Japanese Glass
  • First Focal Plane (FFP)
  • Zero Stop

Specification:Magnification: 5-25x
Objective Diameter: 56 mm
Eye Relief: 3.4 inches
Field of View: 25.3-4.9 ft @100 Yards
Tube Size: 34 mm
Turret Adjustment: 1/10 MIL
Turret Zero: Resetable
Zero Stop: AZS Zero Stop System
Reticle Position: First Focal Plane
Reticle Details: VPR MIL
Elevation Adj. Range: 32 MIL
Windage Adj. Range: 16 MIL
Adjustment Per Revolution: 10 MIL
Parallax: Side Parallax Adjustment 25Yds – Infinity
Illuminated Reticle: Red
Turret Rotation: Counter Clockwise (CCW)
Length: 14 inches
Weight: 39.2 oz
Sunshade: yes
Battery included: CR2032