I thought I would share a few things I saw at this year’s SHOT Show. Even though the industry as a whole has been fairly cautious about investing too heavily in new products going into 2015, there was still plenty of new and innovative stuff to see. In the next couple of days, I will share some of the things that impressed me.
I stopped by the Nemo Arms booth to see if they had anything new. For those who don’t know about Nemo, they offer AR-style rifles that are far from the same thing everyone else builds.
Nemo builds AR rifles in calibers such as .300 Winchester Magnum and .338 Winchester Magnum. If that was all they did, it would be cool enough, but they have designed an internal recoil-reducing system that brings the recoil of magnum cartridges down to a very manageable level.
I have been familiar with the Nemo Omen rifle for some time, but I found several new developments at the Nemo booth this year. The first was the Nemo Omen ASP. This .300 WM AR-style rifle has a 15.5″ barrel with a permanently attached brake. The brake (also used on other Nemo rifle models) is designed to accommodate either a GEMTECH suppressor, or the GEMTECH Blast Jacket. The Blast Jacket covers the brake and directs the blast forward. It is not a suppressor, but it protects the shooter and bystanders from the increased muzzle blast and noise common with muzzle brakes. I see this as a great asset for hunting when lighter hearing protection may be used than is used at the range. It also reduces dust signature.
In answer to the inevitable question, the 15.5″ barrel give still produces an average of 2700 FPS.
Buck Hume, one of the experts who build these rifles, showed me an example of the Omen Watchman rifles with carbon fiber wrapped barrel and continuous 20 MOA receiver and handguard top rail, and the new Tango 8 rifles.
The Tango 8 rifles are Nemo’s line of .308-sized AR rifles. Since the market has become full of new .308 AR manufacturers stepping into the 308 realm, a new .308 AR would usually be somewhat underwhelming, but he Tango 8 is actually quite remarkable.
The Nemo Tango 8 rifles utilize the same recoil reduction system that the Omen series uses. This results in .308 rifles with less recoil than .223 rifles!
For those who consider heavy recoil necessary to prove their manhood, consider the advantages:
– Low recoil means a .308 that handles like a 5.56, with fast followup shots, higher rates of effective semi-auto fire, and less fatigue.
– Low recoil means that even at shorter ranges, bullet flight and impact can be observed through the scope by the shooter.
– The rifle stays on target, meaning allowing faster follow-up shots.
– It is a good choice for recoil-sensitive shooters, children, and smaller-framed adults.
– It makes shooting from awkward positions easier.
Nemo is also is also producing their own .300 WM ammunition specifically tuned to their rifles. The 220 grain load exhibits 1/2 MOA accuracy when fired from a Nemo Omen rifle.
I have always appreciated Nemo Arms for their innovation and the very evident quality of their rifles. Instead of just plodding along and building AR rifles that are just like every other AR rifle, they stepped off the beaten path with innovative engineering and produced an AR rifle like no other. I even handled a .458 Winchester Magnum AR rifle in their booth (a non-production rifle). Nemo has gained a lot of attention not just from hunters and long-range shooters, but from militaries around the world.