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Wel­come to another is­sue of World of Fire­power, and the first is­sue of 2018. Look­ing back, 2017 was a blur filled with great guns, great gear, and great shoot­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. As we go to press we are al­ready gear­ing up for SHOT Show 2018. WOF ed­i­tors and con­trib­u­tors will be out in force ab­sorb­ing all the lat­est and great­est of­fer­ings from the all the in­dus­try’s ma­jor play­ers and we’ll be bring­ing you in-depth cov­er­age as these prod­ucts be­come avail­able.

Speak­ing of the lat­est and great­est, in this is­sue we bring you re­views on not just one but two highly an­tic­i­pated re­leases that have both been quite a while in the mak­ing: Desert Tech’s MDR bullpup ri­fle, which en­thu­si­asts have been eagerly an­tic­i­pat­ing since 2014, and Heck­ler & Koch’s SP5K, the lat­est con­sumer it­er­a­tion of the ven­er­a­ble MP5 that has been decades in the mak­ing. Check them both out on pages 22 and 44, re­spec­tively.

In prepa­ra­tion for SHOT 2018, we have as­sem­bled a buyer’s guide chock full of up­grades and en­hance­ments for the ubiq­ui­tous Glock plat­form. Glocks might be con­sid­ered the Chevy small blocks of the firearms world, there is so much avail­able for them, and we had to be painfully ju­di­cious in our se­lec­tion of what to show you in our ad­mit­tedly lim­ited print space. There is sim­ply not enough pa­per avail­able to give a com­plete run­down of all the great stuff that’s out there for con­sump­tion. Check it all out start­ing on page 66.

Else­where in this is­sue, we take a very spe­cial trip to Wy­oming to at­tend the chris­ten­ing of a spank­ing-new shoot­ing re­treat: High Bar Homestead. Sit­u­ated on the grounds of the old Sure­fire Train­ing Academy, High Bar was con­ceived and built as an all-in­clu­sive get­away that mar­ries first-class ac­com­mo­da­tions with more than a dozen shoot­ing ranges for ri­fles, pis­tols, shot­guns and tac­ti­cal sce­nar­ios. In ad­di­tion to tour­ing the Homestead, be­ing pam­pered in the lap of luxury, and sam­pling the lion’s share of range ac­tiv­i­ties, we were also able to sam­ple prod­ucts from Grey Ghost Pre­ci­sion, Hor­nady, Le­upold, Si­lencerco, and TNVC. To be per­fectly hon­est, we were spoiled rot­ten and we’re al­ready schem­ing for a way to re­turn. Check out our re­view start­ing on page 60.

And last, yes, we ad­mit—we may have a gear prob­lem. Specif­i­cally, a prob­lem with tot­ing all our stuff to the range. If you’re read­ing these pages, chances are good that you have the same prob­lem. We re­ceived a new range tote from Cannae Pro Gear to help us better cope with said prob­lem: the Triplex Acies 3 Gun Bag. This won­der of en­gi­neer­ing al­lows us to eas­ily stow three long guns (or two long guns and a mess of pis­tols) and in­cor­po­rates myr­iad stowage fea­tures that al­low us to stash a ton of nec­es­sary ex­tras like mag­a­zines, ear pro, rangefind­ers, and any­thing else that might be sorely missed were it not with us at the range. Have a look at our find­ings on page 110.

All things con­sid­ered, 2018 looks to be another very promis­ing year in the world of fire­power. Hit us up on so­cial me­dia to say hi, and let us know what you like or what you might like to see in these pages. And as we said, we’ll be pound­ing the pave­ment at SHOT the third week of Jan­uary. Maybe we’ll see you there.

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