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Do you see that, ladies and gentlemen? That’s me at the rifle range yesterday at SHOT Show, the world’s largest outdoor and shooting trade show. It brings military personnel of all kinds, including those who decide what the services need to buy and why.

Yesterday was media day down on the range, which gave Army Times senior writer Lance Bacon, Gear Scout guru Rob Curtis and I a chance to check out and shoot a variety of weapons. As a Marine Corps Times senior writer, I was interested to try (separately) the Colt CM901 and a high-capacity 5.56mm magazine in development by Surefire for use with the M4 and M16A4 rifles.

As you can see above, Yamaha also rolled out the red carpet for us, putting on a demonstration of some of its four-wheelers. I rode the 700cc Grizzly, digging in nicely and powering over hills and dips on a course that was more than a mile long.

More to come…


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I'm a senior writer with Marine Corps Times, covering ground warfare, manpower, weapons acquisition and other beats. I embedded in Afghanistan in spring 2010, and plan to return at least once in 2011.

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