I stumbled across a report on the recent SHOT Show this evening in a rather interesting and unusual spot: the official government website of France's Ministère de la Défense. It doesn't surprise me that the French military sent representatives to the SHOT Show. It does surprise me a bit that they'd report on it on their official website given that France is rather parochial about their military arms.
From the intro:
SHOTSHOW 2015Given I haven't taken French since grammar school, I had to rely upon Google Translate to do the translation.
Le salon américain SHOT SHOW 2015, considéré comme la référence dans le domaine des armes de petit calibre, s'est déroulé au SANDS EXPO de Las Vegas. Cette édition a permis d’observer un grand nombre de nouveautés et toujours plus d’innovations. Outre la présence naturelle et obligatoire des plus grands fabricants américains (Remington, Colt Firearms, Ruger, KAC, Mossberg, Smith & Wesson, LMT, LWRC, Troy, Barrett, DSA...), le salon affirme son caractère international au travers de pays comme l’Allemagne, la Grande Bretagne, la Suisse, la Belgique, le Canada, la Turquie, l’Italie, la Pologne, la Bulgarie, la République Tchèque, la Russie, la Serbie, l’Afrique du Sud, les EAU ou encore les Philippines. Il faut noter cette année que la firme SIG SAUER a permis d’observer un grand nombre de matériels en démonstration dynamique.
The American lounge SHOT SHOW 2015, considered the benchmark in the field of small arms, took place at SANDS EXPO Las Vegas. This edition has allowed to observe a large number of new and ever more innovation. Besides the natural and obligatory presence of the largest US manufacturers (Remington, Colt Firearms, Ruger, KAC, Mossberg, Smith & Wesson, LMT, LWRC, Troy, Barrett, DSA ...), the show confirms its international character through countries such as Germany, Britain, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, Turkey, Italy, Poland, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, UAE or the Philippines. It should be noted this year that the firm SIG SAUER allowed to observe a large number of hardware dynamic demonstration.Scrolling through the article and looking at the pictures it is interesting to see what caught their reporter's eye. I'm not surprised to see the Sig MCX SBR, the FNS 9 Compact, or the HK VP9 covered. I'm not even surprised to see the less than lethal munitions covered or interest in the .300 Blackout cartridge.
What did surprise me were pictures of the Serbu Shorty 12 ga. shotgun and the Coonan 1911 Compact in .357 Magnum. I guess they were considered just odd enough to catch the eye of the French. I shouldn't forget that the French Army is equipped with the FAMAS as their main rifle.