WITH RADETEC SAFE SHOOTING RANGE AT SHOT SHOW 2016

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Who is Radetec?

Rade Tecnologías specializes in research and development of new technologies with a focus on their application to firearms. They develop electronic devices that enhance the security and control in the use of firearms. The company was founded in 2004 as the defense and security division of Grupo Empresarial Electromédico (GEE), an established business with more than 30 years experience managing and maintaining electronic equipment for hospitals. Radetec is headquartered in Madrid and Zaragoza,  Spain. The company has recently opened a branch in the U.S.

I was already familiar with Radetec products prior to my Shot Show visit with the company,  in particular their shot counter product and a very impressive application usable at the armory level to manage weapon maintenance. I developed a rapport, over the past three years, with Jose Cuesta, Radetec’s Head of R&D. I kid him about being Gallegos. – you need to be from Spain to understand that; however, he remains resolute in advancing the idea that they really are from Zaragosa, Spain.

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At this year’s SHOT Show, Jose took me through one of their new products marketed as Safe Shooting Range. The product goal is to provide military, LE and civilian training ranges with a reliable remotely operated weapon control system. The system consists of  the Lock Remote Control (LRC) Unit and the Lock Assembled Components (LAC). The LAC is a solenoid operated tamperproof  intervention system installed in the actual weapon. The LRC is an r.f. control unit used to send commands to the LAC at distances of up to 100 m. The range instructor can shut down one firearm or all. The range officer can also create threshold to manage muzzle elevation and muzzle direction. If a threshold is exceeded the weapon is disabled mitigating the risk of shooting across lanes or negligent muzzle management.

My opinion, at first glance, were I range officer at a police academy, police department, government agency training range or civilian training facility I would give RADETEC Safe Shooting Range a very serious look.

You can even disable firearms that grow legs! Check it out, it’s time well spent.

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Dana Loesch Hands Off My Gun: Defeating the Plot to Disarm America Book Signing

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Dana Loesch is an American conservative talk radio host, television host at TheBlaze and author of “Hands Off My Gun: Defeating the Plot to Disarm America.” Dana is one of America’s self-made women and ardent proponent of 2nd Amendment rights. She’s also a stalwart spokeswoman for the armed woman. I was hoping to speak with her, but as you can see Dana had them lined up. You can visit with Dana at Dana Loesch Radio.

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THE CITY OF SAN DIEGO WANTS TO REMOVE REFERENCE TO THE “FOUNDING FATHERS” IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT LANGUAGE …

TGIF, we’ve made it through another week and it’s time for our weekly shoo-the-shit. This is an event when you the reader can make any unsupported comment, insult anyone you wish, use profanity or change the subject altogether. So, here we go…

Apparently the City of San Diego , who by the way benefits enormously from a huge military presence, has published guidelines for all of its employees to follow under the title of “Visual and Correspondence Style Guidelines” placing demands on its employees to banish a number of words and phrases like “the common man,” “mankind,” “manmade,” “man up” and suggesting substituting “Founding Fathers” with “Founders.” It created so much turmoil that San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer reversed the City’s position. You can read the original story line here.

You have got to be shitting me! What the hell are these people thinking about. When an elected official undermines the very instrument they are sworn to uphold and protect, you set a new standard for hypocrisy. The Founding Fathers created a document that presented an amazingly clear vision and mapped the development of a nation that is the greatest democracy in the world and it just blows me away to see a growing batch of elected officials that can’t wait to trash it.

If this isn’t enough incentive for you all to get out and participate in the 2016 election cycle, I don’t know what is. Absolutely amazing!

Have a great weekend folks!  Try to spend some quality time with your buds or family but above all be safe.

 

 

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With Juggernaut Tactical At Shot Show 2016

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M1A aficionados will remember California company Juggernaut Tactical and the  M14 Rogue Chassis for the M14 / M1A platform. Juggernaut was one of the first to introduce an advanced chassis for the M14,  designed around the bull-pup concept. Their approach opened up application opportunities for the M14 / M1A not previously possible; not the least of which was mounted or in vehicle use of the rifle. The  Rogue Chassis shorted the M14 by 11 inches but preserved barrel length, and more importantly distributed the weight back towards the shooter. If you’ve ever shot a suppressed M14 or M1A unsupported you know exactly what I mean.

For 2016 Juggernaut Tactical has introduce a complete rifle, the Rogue X-Rifle, with some very interesting features; they include a modified action by Bula Defence System, shorter 19 inch barrel, AR style safety selector and left side non-reciprocating charging handle.

The Rogue X-Rifle should be available Q2 of this year at an M.S.R.P. of $2,499

 

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SIG SAUER MCX and MPX Air Rifles

 

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In an earlier post, I alluded to SIG Sauer’s vertical integration, and that extends to its air rifle products. The company manufactures replicas of their MCX and MPX rifles in .177 caliber air rifle variants. I can’t think of a nicer way to spend an afternoon with the family plinking in the back yard with these very nice air rifles. They’re all made by SIG to be accurate replicas of the real deal, with a few minor differences.
Features …
  • Vertical foregrip.
  • Flip-up, adjustable front and rear sights.
  • 30-round patented roto-belt magazine design.
  • Models are available with a red dot sights and magnified optics.
  • Muzzle velocity with a full CO2 charge is 700fps to 600fps.
  • Flip-up adjustable front and rear sights.
  • Integral Weaver/Picatinny rails and accessory rail included.
  • Tested and guaranteed to 15,000 shots.
  • $199 to $250 depending on the model you choose.

SIG also manufactures a number of pistols, like the P250 and P226, in .177 caliber along with a full array of backyard targets.

Looks Like Fun!

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EOTech Vudu 1–6 x 24mm Rifle Scope

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EOTech is also jumping into the midrange magnified optics space. The company introduced the Vudu line of rifle scopes in three magnifications of 1 – 6 x 24mm, 2 – 10 x 44mm and 3.5 – 18 x 50mm and all models feature a first focal plane reticle. EOTech has done something that I thought was pretty whiz-bang for their reticle illumination. They use  push buttons along the circumference of the focus knob to control what is a very bright illuminated reticle. You won’t be loosing this reticle under bright light or highly reflective targets.  Tube diameter for the 1 – 6 and 2 – 10 is 30mm and 34mm for the 3.5 – 18.

I had the opportunity to check out the 1 – 6 x 24 and felt it offered exceptional clarity. The turrets provide excellent tactile with no slop, each click is distinct. There was an abundance of diopter adjustment so folks with less than optimal vision will appreciate that. The magnification power ring was snug but very smooth and EOTech incorporates a throw lever. The 1 – 6 Vudu also sports the EOTech target ring reticle.  It’s difficult to accurately asses if its 1x setting is a true 1x but I’d have to say it’s close enough for hand grenades and horseshoes. I think EOTech  will do very well with the Vudu line of rifle scopes but it is a crowded space and even with its rock-solid lifetime warranty Vudu is up against stiff competition.

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SIG SAUER OSCAR3 IMAGE STABALIZED SPOTTING SCOPE

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SIG ARMS is not just another prestigious firearms manufacturer that’s vertically integrated, it’s also adding product lines at a blinding pace; this was clearly visible at this year’s Shot Show in Las Vegas.

Optics is one of those areas where SIG has added some very impressive magnified optics. I’m holding SIG’s OSCAR3 in 6-12 x 25 image stabilized mini-spotting scope.

The SIG SAUER OSCAR3™ mini spotting scope features electronic image stabilization technology and fits in the palm of your hand (read no tripod required). The proprietary SOS™ SIG Optic Stabilizer system is gyroscopically stabilized that cancels out the very disruptive image of artifacts shaking and vibrations that can blur an image, especially at higher spotting scope magnification levels. SIG utilizes Low Dispersion fully multicoated glass and a BAK4 prism, which delivers razor sharp images, exceptional color fidelity and outstanding low light performance. The body is constructed from a  lightweight glass fiber reinforced polymer body wrapped in a durometer synthetic rubber. So, it’s very grippe and feels great in the hand.

The OSCAR3 features a multi-position twist-up eyecup to customize eye relief setting and has independent power selector, focus and image stabilization controls. The OSCAR3 is covered by the SIG SAUER Electro-Optics Infinite Guarantee and SIG SAUER Electronic Component Limited 5-Year Warranty

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SIG’s OSCAR3 is available in two flavors 6 – 12 x 25mm and 10 – 20 x 30mm. The company also manufactures the OSCAR5 a much larger long range optic in 15 – 45 x 65mm.

    • M.S.R.P.  OSCAR3 6 – 12 x 25mm  $499.99
    • M.S.R.P.  OSCAR3 10 – 20 x 30mm  $599.99
    • M.S.R.P. OSCAR5 15 – 45 x 65mm $799.99
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With Nemesis Arms At SHOT Show 2016

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I made a speed run to Nemesis Arms’ booth to quench a burning desire to check out the Vanquish Multi-Caliber Takedown. A very nice little package that’s available in almost any caliber that floats your boat. The minimalist design does away with any of the variances, in the critical tolerances, that compromise accuracy so the Vanquish rifle is a tack driver with exceptional mobility. Break it down and put it back together without loosing zero – not bad! Top it off with your preferred magnified optic and you’re good to go. M.S.R.P. $4500

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WITH COOL FIRE AT SHOT SHOW 2016

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CoolFire is a revolutionary firearms training system that utilizes CO2 and an integrated laser to convert a standard pistol into an effective firearms training tool. The company sells a complete kit that includes a replacement barrel, laser insert and CO2 filling station. You supply the CO2. The system does not use a BB gun CO2 commercial cartridge; instead, you charge the system from a 20oz pony size bottle.

Firing the CoolFire Recoil Laser Trainer was surprisingly realistic. No blue guns here, the shooter trains with his or her own converted pistol, so he or she is gains experience their own sights, trigger pull, firearm weigh and magazine release.

CoolFire is presently selling reflective targets; however, additional targets are in the works. The shooter can also use the Recoil Laser Trainer with any of Laserlyte’s excellent trainer targets.

Kits are available for the 1911 w/bushing barrels, Glock 17, 19, 21, 22, 23 S&W M&P .40 and 9mm, Beretta 92 and 96.

M.S.R.P. is the same for all flavors at $399.99

JMK Enterprises, Inc. of Claremore, Oklahoma,  markets the CoolFire Laser Recoil firearms training system.

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WITH MAGNUM BOOTS AT SHOT SHOW 2016

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Magnum Boots is my favorite boot supplier for two reasons. First, the company’s boots are superbly comfortable. Second, they stock and sell wide sizes. Magnum Boots does not sell gimmicky footwear; they simply wear well, comfortable and durable as hell.

For 2016, the company is introducing two uniform boots the STRIKE FORCE and Magnum OPUS. Both should be available in September 2016.

The STRIKE FORCE is first to use Armourgel, a new energy absorbing material in footwear. The material has dynamic properties and stiffens on any impact to provide protection but flexes when protection is not required for safety and comfort. The Strike Force will also feature a Michelin rubber outsole inspired by the Michelin Power Rain tire and Michelin Pilot Alpin tire, so STRIKE FORCE should be incredibly stable on a variety of terrains.

The Magnum Opus is a trainer variant that is lightweight but should do really well for those high speed low drag kinetic operations. This boot has a Kurim protective upper which offers high abrasion resistance, while protecting the foot. The outsole is what you would expect from a high performance all terrain running shoe thus making the Opus ideal for running through mud, scaling walls, climbing ropes, or just pounding the pavement. This is the evolution of Magnum’s fit for purpose footwear. The Opus boot will be available in Coyote and OCP

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Kalashnikov USA and CAA USA Seeking Experienced Marketing Manager

RUSSIAN HERITAGE / AMERICAN INNOVATION


Tremendous growth potential for organized marketing professional with an internationally recognized firearms brand and firearms accessory company.

Pompano Beach, FL. (February 2016)Kalashnikov USA and CAA USA are actively seeking an experienced candidate to fill the position of Marketing Manager at the new facility in Pompano Beach, Florida.  

The position requires a responsible and organized individual possessing exceptional oral and written communication skills. The Marketing Manager will report to the CEO of Kalashnikov USA and the CEO of CAA International & USA. Responsibilities will include trade show management, coordination with sales, customer service, production and other internal and external departments. Ability to manage budgets, time lines and meet critical deadlines is a must. A Bachelor’s degree and/or 5 years’ experience in the firearms or firearms accessory industry is highly preferred. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. This is a full-time, on location position providing multiple benefits and bonus potential.

For more information on the position or to send a resume, please contact Laura Burgess Marketing at laura@lauraburgess.com.

About Kalashnikov USA:

Kalashnikov USA is committed to designing and manufacturing new and innovative firearms for the American audience based on the iconic Russian design. www.kalashnikov-usa.com

About CAA:

CAA is the exclusive distributor of world-class, operator-tested firearms accessories and the Hartman MH1 Reflex Sights. Our products are specifically designed to meet the rigorous demands of tactical solutions required by the world’s armed forces, law enforcement units and weapons professionals. CAA product line includes advanced light and laser devices, bipods, handgrips, Picatinny rail systems, tubes, butt stocks, cheek rests, nonlethal personal protection and the patented RONI® pistol-carbine conversion. www.CAAGEARUP.com

Kalashnikov USA / CAA | 3901 NE 12th Ave., Suite 400, Pompano Beach, FL 33064 |

P: 215-949-9944 | www.kalashnikov-usa.com | www.CAAGEARUP.com

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WITH SUREFIRE AT SHOT SHOW 2016

Late in 2015, Surefire introduced two weapon mounted lights with some very impressive features, the X300V and X400V IRC. These lights are high performance tools with price tags not for the faint of heart.

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The SureFire X400V IRc is a  dual-spectrum handgun weapon light with an integral Class 1 infrared-laser for use with night vision devices (NVD).  The X400V IRc’s secret sauce is its infrared LED in the innovative V-Series head.
In white-light mode this light delivers 350 lumens of visible light shaped by its TIR lens into a focused beam with significant reach and substantial peripheral illumination. Switching to IR mode is quick and simple, just push and twist the self-locking bezel selector In IR mode you get 120 mW of  IR illumination for applications involving NVDs; there is also an off setting on the bezel.
The civilian legal <0.7 mW infrared laser is ideal for use with night vision devices during stealth operations. The laser-sight is adjustable for windage and elevation using Nylok® screws that won’t back out from the effects of recoil and holds zero. An amber-colored LED laser-indicator lights up whenever the laser sight is on.

Activating the light is done using its ambidextrous paddle switch which allows the operator to select momentary and constant-on modes.

A separate mode selector on the rear of the X400’s laser module lets you select an array of modes which work in concert with the spectrum selected on the bezel selector. This mode selector offers the choice of: an off setting, laser only, light and laser (bezel selector must be in IR mode for full infrared capability), primary beam only, and a second off setting.
Fits: Handguns and long guns with a MIL-STD-1913 (“Picatinny”) rails. MR adapter mounts available for some handgun models without rails. M.S.R.P. $875

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Late in 2015, Surefire introduced a new and improved version of their standard setting X300 weapon light designated as the X300V. This light features white-light and infrared output capability from an all-LED V-Series head. Switching between modes is easily done by pushing and twisting the knurled self-locking bezel selector.
In white-light mode, the X300V  generates a 350 lumen tightly focused beam. In infrared mode, the IR LED produces 120 milliwatts of IR output for use with NVDs. There is also an off setting on the bezel which disables the X300V for maximum light discipline. Activating the X300V is done via its ambidextrous toggle switch, constant-on mode is also supported. The X300V Weapon Light can be quickly attached to a handgun or a long gun using its Rail-Lock® system, which permits solid attachment to any Universal or MIL-STD-1913 (Picatinny) rail. M.S.R.P. $429

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Surefire’s latest addition is the Sidekick an Ultra Compact Variable Output LED personal light. This light is rechargeable via USB and designed to attach to keys. This polymer-bodied light features three levels of output. On high, light output is 300 lumens, medium delivers 60 lumens and low a very handy map reading 5 lumens. Runtimes range from 1.25 hours on high and 45 hours on low. Sidekick is a versatile great little light for the entire family. M.S.R.P. $79.99

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WITH DEAD AIR ARMAMENT AT SHOT SHOW

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Had a great visit with the Dead Air Armament staff at Shot. A great bunch of guys with a very impressive product line; firing their Sandman suppressor at Media Day convinced me of that.  The company produces a very high quality multi-caliber suppressors. The center fire suppressor sells as the Sandman.  The Sandman comes in three different models: S, L and Ti with MSRP ranging between $849 for the direct thread  Ti model to $1,199 for the QD Sandman L. All of these suppressors are usable  on hosts chambered up to 300 WinMag.

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DSC_0400The Centerfire Pistol suppressor is also a multi-caliber suppressor that can be used with hosts chambered in .22LR, 300 BLK (Subsonic), .40 S&W, .45 ACP, 10mm and 9mm. The Ghost™ is full auto rated and can broken down to a short configuration. Applications that require a higher level of sound suppression can be easily accommodated by changing the Ghost back to its long. M.S.R.P $949

DSC_0401Dead Air also builds a thread on rimfire suppressor marketed as the MASK. The company uses a blend of titanium and 17-4 PH stainless steel construction for direct thread applications. This suppressor is end-user serviceable and suitable for use in .22LR .17 HMR and  5.7 x 28 hosts. M.S.R.P. $449

 

DSC_0404Dead Air also manufactures muzzle devices that include a flash suppressor, muzzle brake and their latest device the Pyro. The flash suppressor and muzzle brake serves as a suppressor mount in addition to its other duties.

The company’s Pyro is an interesting accessory mounting as a QD device to the Dead Air’s muzzle brake and flash suppressor. It appears that its principal function is to contain the side blast from a muzzle brake. However, its Star Wars appearance makes for a nice finishing touch for you AR build.

In closing, this Duluth, GA company makes one heck of an impressive suppressor. You’ll need to check that out for your self; however, I was thoroughly impressed with a Sandman suppressed AK47.

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THE GREAT ORGANIC FOOD HOAX

Man we are really late getting out our weekly shoot the shit topic. Shot Show took the wind right out of our sails and we apologize for that. We’ve prioritized getting out Show posts but we’re finally getting a handle on it.

So here we go, this week’s shoot the shit topic is an honest discussion of organic food.

The overwhelming majority of our readers are individuals focused on mental and physical fitness; a very important component of that interest is nutrition. So, what constitutes good nutrition?

In order to satisfy nutritional requirements, individuals need to intake all of the vitamins, proteins, fats and carbohydrates necessary to support the gamut of bodily processes. This is particularly important when you have an active life style. The healthy human body, male or female, is capable of synthesizing most of the lipids and proteins that it needs; however, some nutrients must be ingested directly from a food source. This is particularly true of proteins, and anyone suggesting that you avoid meats doesn’t know what they’re talking about. What you don’t need is a Sirloin steak twice a day everyday of the week.  Vitamins too need to be ingested. The best way to do that is through direct intake from fruits, vegetables and leafy greens. You can supplement your vitamin requirements through orally administered supplements. But a good spinach salad will always taste better than a Centrum tablet and the salad also has a positive effect on your digestive system.

Over the last 10 years or so, we’ve been seeing increasing advertising and promotion to suggest that organically grown foods are much better for you. We take exception to that!

All life forms on this planet are defined at their lowest level by their molecular organization. Here’s what that means, a vitamin C molecule from an organically grown orange is no different than a vitamin C molecule synthesized in a laboratory or from a commercially grown orange. Were there  to be a difference, they would no longer be vitamin C, an organic chemistry fact. The manufactured vitamin C is extremely pure and other than the satisfaction derived from eating an orange, the vitamin C content is the same. The orange has other positive benefits that includes fructose, minerals and roughage all of which are also good for you. So, we like eating oranges for their nutritional value but just what the hell is an organic orange and why should you pay two to three times more?

One of the challenges to feeding an increasing global population comes from the need to increase farm output from a limited amount of farmable land. To achieve that goal, industry has developed broad spectrum insecticides, like melathion, and concentrated nitrogenous fertilizers. Botanists, have also worked to improve plant  varieties; engineering them to have shorter maturation cycles, greater fruit output, disease resilience, etc., etc. The “organically grown” concept does away with pesticides like melathion and substitutes concentrated chemical fertilizer with natural fertilizer like horse manure and vegetable based fertilizers. The end result is not a better nutritional product just less of it; hence the price differential. Melathion is an organophosphate (OP) insecticide that’s been in use for years. I’m not suggesting that you do this but you could drink a gallon of melathion and not die from it. Using animal based fertilizers gains you nothing; as they decompose they add nitrogen and  acidity to the soil which is the same as a commercial fertilizer. Commercial fertilizers have the added advantage that they are free from pathogens, like e.coli, which are transmitted via the oral fecal route. Using human feces as a fertilizer is a practice that continuous in some parts of the world but opens the door to horrendous problems and should be avoided. The most serious threat from concentrated fertilizers is not carcinogenicity it’s runoff leading to eutrophication of nearby lakes and streams.

We are huge fans of the food pyramid as the basis for excellent nutrition, supplemented by vitamins and other dietary supplements when the food source is not available or impractical.

When considering supplements, keep in mind that your healthy body will absorb all of the vitamins and minerals, fats and proteins that it needs. Any excess is excreted in urine or feces. There’s a great misconception that taking concentrated vitamins adds to wellness. If you start down this path, you’ll find that your urine will change color and feces will have a different aroma and consistency.

If you want to keep fit? Eat foods from the pyramid, make sure that you can see half of your plate, eat slowly and regularly and find an exercise that you can incorporate in your life style so that engaging in it becomes habitual. Thirty minutes every other day is better than nothing but nowhere near enough! Get out there and sweat!

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BERETTA CONTINUES TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE POWERED RAIL CONCEPT

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Developers at Beretta are moving forward with the powered rail concept bringing the company closer to the fully integrated weapon, an ambitious idea the DoD advanced several years ago. I had the opportunity to meet with a representative engineer from Beretta to get a granular overview of the system.

The powered rail concept calls for a set of accessories and a weapon rail system that distributes power to compatible accessories. The rail also provides a data buss for a video and data stream. The longer term objective is the integration of the weapon to the communications fabric. Rail accessories are powered from a common power source consisting of 6 lithium AA batteries housed in the buttstock.

With its acquisition of Steiner, Beretta is completely vertical and customers will see the development of the powered rail accelerated, along with accessories and technologies to integrate the weapon and operator with command and control, to a level previously unavailable. Beretta markets its powered rail technology as the ARX Intelligent Rail.

 

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WITH BERGARA RIFLES AT SHOT SHOW 2016

DSC_0147A trip to the Bergara booth was well worth it. Eric took me through the designs concept behind Bergara’s success.

Eric is holding the Bergara Heavy Tactical Chassis rifle (this is sniper platform selected by the COBB County SWAT) which features an Accuracy International AX stock. The stock is fully adjustable for length of pull, cant and comb height without the use of tools. The forend uses keymod for accessory mounting and accessory rail placement. Flush cups are on both sides of the stock for sling placement and additional adjustability. The stock is available in tan, black or green.

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  • Weight 11.75-12Lbs
  • AICS Detachable Magazine
  • Timney 510 Curved Trigger or Timney 517 Flat Trigger
  • Barrel Length 24”
  • Barrel Taper #7
  • Bergara Premier Action; Short Action Only
  • Accuracy International AX; AICS Detachable Magazine
  • Calibers/Twists: .308/1:10 or 1:8, .243/1:8, 6.5 Creedmoor/1:8, 6mm Creedmoor/1:8, 260 Rem./1:8, 300WSM/1:10, 7mm WSM/1:9, 300 Win. Mag/1:10, 6.5×284 Norma/1:8
  • M.S.R.P. Starts at $3900

The heart of this rifle is the Bergara action which features a 20 MOA rail that’s pinned and screwed to the action. The action is an ingenious two lug system with a floating bolt head design. A very slick arrangement that is a much responsible for the rifle’s sub-moa accuracy as its barrel and chamber cut.

Ben Fleming with Bergara Rifles introduces the company’s Premier and B14 series of rifles.

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TecGrip IWB Holster From BLACKHAWK!

The new TecGrip Inside the Waistband (IWB) and Pocket holsters from BLACKHAWK! keep firearms concealed and secure. Designed for civilian and law enforcement concealed carriers, the incredible TecGrip outer layer holds tightly to almost any material and keeps your firearm holstered snugly in place. The design is also extremely comfortable, thanks to high-density closed cell foam that protects the firearm and conforms easily to your body.

The TecGrip material’s microscopic gripping fingers hold so securely that no clip is needed for rock-solid inside-the-waistband carry. Both IWB and pocket models are completely ambidextrous and offered in multiple sizes to fit an array of firearms. The thermal-bonded three-layer laminate construction is hand- or machine washable and maintains its gripping properties through years of use. TecGrip IWB and Pocket holsters offers premium concealment at an affordable price.

  • MSRP IWB Holster $24.95
  • MSRP Pocket Holster $18.95

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WITH SPYDERCO AT SHOT SHOW 2016

I had a great visit with our friends at Spyderco who were kind enough to take us through their interesting and very attractive new offerings for 2016. The Spyder produces exceptional folding and fixed blade knives; absolutely some of the best cutlery money can buy. The company also goes out of its way to support our military personnel and our veterans, and that commitment deserves our admiration along with our business.

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PROFICIENT™
Designed by Chris Claycomb of Bushcraft UK, the Proficient is a high-tech expression of a classic bushcraft knife design. Instead of traditional carbon steel and a Scandi grind, the Proficient features vanadium-rich CPM S90V stainless steel and a full-flat grind for superior cutting performance and edge retention. The scales of its full-tang handle are machined from solid carbon fiber and contoured to ensure comfortable prolonged use. The PROFICIENT comes complete with a premium leather sheath for comfortable belt carry.

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AQUA SALT™ BLACK BLADE
The Aqua Salt is a versatile, do-everything knife made even better with the benefit of an H-1 steel blade. Fans of this workhorse design were disappointed when it was discontinued. Based on popular demand, the Aqua Salt is back and better than ever with a non-reflective titanium carbon-nitride (TiCN) blade coating. Available with a Plain Edge or Spyder Edge, its hollow-ground blade provides excellent edge geometry for effective cutting and edge retention, while its injection-molded fiber glass reinforced-nylon (FRN) handle features Bi-Directional Texturing for a rock-solid grip and superior control, even with wet hands. A matching injection-molded polymer sheath features a multi-position G-Clip for fully configurable belt or waistband carry and grommeted construction so it can be easily lashed or flex-tied to personal equipment.

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ROADIE™ LIGHTWEIGHT
In early 2013, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced a plan to once again allow knives on airplanes. Although the plan was later withdrawn, Spyderco was ready for it with a unique new non-locking design called the Roadie. In essence a highly evolved penknife, the Roadie’s full-flat-ground sheepfoot-style blade features a “Double Dent™” for fingernail-free, easy two-handed opening. An improved notched-joint mechanism holds the blade open during use and is backed by a subtle index-finger choil to prevent accidental closure. Contoured fiberglass-reinforced-nylon (FRN) scales and strategically placed jimping (grooves) on the choil and spine provide comfortable ergonomics that enable this knife to perform well beyond its size. Sure to set a new standard in modern pocketknives, the Roadie is available in a variety of colors.

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MANTRA™
The Mantra is an impressive fusion of state-of-the-art materials, advanced design features, and classic Spyderco styling. Its high-performance CPM M4 tool steel blade is full-flat ground for superior edge geometry and includes both an index-finger flipper and a Trademark Round Hole to provide a full spectrum of one-hand opening options. It is paired with a handle comprised of two precision-machined solid titanium scales with a no-nonsense stonewashed finish. The reverse-side scale houses a stout Reeve Integral Lock (R.I.L.) mechanism with a hardened stainless steel interface that also serves as an overtravel stop. A reversible deep-pocket wire clip allows discreet, ambidextrous, tip-up carry, while ensuring the Mantra is always poised for immediate use.

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PITS FOLDER™
The PITS (“Pie in the Sky”) Folder is an expression of British knifemaker Mike Read’s popular non-locking folder. Designed as a tough, hard-use folding knife that complies with strict British knife laws, it features a broad clip-point blade flat ground from N690Co steel. Its handle scales are precision machined from solid titanium, skeletonized to reduce weight, bead blasted to increase grip texture, and color anodized bright blue. The scales also feature integral split spring arms
that power the knife’s unique slip-joint mechanism. This mechanism, along with the blade’s prominent lower guard, help prevent accidental closure during use. A reversible deep-pocket wire clip provides left or right-side tip-up carry and, together with the blade’s Trademark Round Hole makes one-handed carry and operation of the PITS Folder completely ambidextrous.

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FIREFLY™
Custom knifemaker Peter Carey specializes in meticulously crafted knives made from premium, state-of-the-art materials. The Firefly captures the spirit of his custom craftsmanship in a truly unique production folder. Built on a framework of skeletonized full stainless steel liners, its precisely contoured handle features orange G-10 scales and handsome carbon fiber bolsters. The handle is home to a Walker Liner Lock mechanism that is paired with a saber-ground VG-10 blade with a highly functional drop-point profile. A two position clip offers right-side tip-up or tip-down carry for easy, immediate access.

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WITH HECKLER & KOCH AT SHOT SHOW 2016

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HK VP9 9mm striker fired pistol. I had the opportunity to fire the VP9 at media day. This pistol is typical HK – nothing is overlooked. I particularly liked the slide serrations and the charging supports. The replaceable back strap and grip panels give the VP9 a custom fit feel. The pistol sits low in the hand with excellent factory sights. 

Caliber Magazine Capacity Trigger Pull Trigger Travel Return Travel Barrel Profile/Twist
9 mm x 19       15 5.4 lbs. .24 inches .12 inches Polygonal, 6 grooves, right-hand twist, 1 in 9.8 inches

 

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HK announced the VP40 late in 2015. This pistol offers all of the same features as the VP9 but chambered in the more potent .40S&W. The new VP40 will undoubtedly see great acceptance in the LE community where the .40 S&W is ubiquitous. Send some rounds downrange with the VP40 and experience minimal recoil; in fact, felt recoil was very close to its 9mm brethren.

Caliber Length Height Width Barrel Length Sight Radius
.40 S&W 7.34 in. 5.45 in. 1.32 in. 4.09 in. 6.38 in.

 

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The cat’s meow for me was the MR762 A1.  This rifle is very near to the top of a very short list of 7.62 x 51 semiautomatic rifles. The rifle has an excellent trigger and superb ergonomics  and a full length rail system on a key mod handguard system that simply rocks

Caliber Magazine capacity Trigger Pull Barrel Profile Sight Radius Sights Stock
7.62 x 51 mm 10 or 20 rounds 4.5–5.6 lbf /20–25 N (two stage trigger) 4 lands & grooves, right-hand twist, 1 in 11.02 in. 16.14 in. variety of optional sights available adjustable 5 positions

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Last but not least was HK’s interpretation of Boba Fett , or maybe it’s HK’s vision of TALOS. Who knows but it was cool nevertheless.

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WITH ARC’TERYX LEAF AT SHOT SHOW 2016

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Readers unfamiliar with the ARC’TERYX brand, I’ll devote a paragraph to introducing them. The company derives its names from ARCHAEOPTERYX LITHOGRAPHICA which is sometimes referred to by its German name Urvogel (“original bird” or “first bird”).

Fossil of complete Archaeopteryx, including indentations of feathers on wings and tail

ARCHAEOPTERYX is a genus of bird-like dinosaurs that is transitional between non-avian feathered dinosaurs and modern birds. The name derives from the ancient Greek ἀρχαῖος (archaīos) meaning “ancient”, and πτέρυξ (ptéryx), meaning “feather” or “wing”. The photo on the right is an actual specimen residing in Berlin GmbH.

This Canadian company has built a global brand by producing very pricy; very high performance outdoor garments and equipment. The best way to view ARC’TERYX is that you get what you pay for period.

DSC_0158ARC’TERYX also expanded into the Law Enforcement and Armed Forces space with the company’s ARC’TERYX LEAF brand. You never want to skip a LEAF exhibit because the product is so functional and so well executed that you’ll want to spend time there. Consistent with that theory, I spent a good bit of time checking out the LEAF goods.

Now, I know that most of our readers don’t get excited over an assault suite but we do; especially when its is so well designed and FR to boot. You may not see this as a Ralph Lauren creation, but if you like assault suites you’ll appreciate the external waist band with Velcro® adjustment tabs, mesh vents under arms, belt loops that fit a riggers belt, removable and articulated soft knee and elbow pads that fit into integrated pockets and last but not least Velcro aplenty throughout. Hey, what’s not to like here? How about its $600+ price point.

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Our model on the right is a fully accessorized operator with a kickass black Naga Hoody, H150 riggers belt and XFUNCTIONAL pants. Total cost excluding shoes is right around $480. That’s the price for wearing the best and you deserve it!

If your unfamiliar with ARC’TERYX LEAF save you shekels and give them a try. It is top of the line kit and apparel.

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KALASHNIKOV USA BOOTH WITH THE KR-103, KR-9 and ALFA

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I had the Kalashnikov USA booth on the must see list because I was very interested in checking out the company’s 103 series Avtomat Kalashnikova. These rifles are gorgeous and a close inspection reveals quality workmanship and components throughout. Try as I may, I waDSC_0115s not able to extract specific details on price and availability. Any production delays may be related to parts availability. However, I will say without reservation that patience is warranted.

Kalashnikov USA is also introducing a KR9 rifle. This is a 9×19  blowback operated rifle which the company will offer in SBR form, pistol and rifle. Hands on the KR9 was a no-no; however, the company is looking forward to 2016 availability at a price point that’s below $1,000 USD. You’ve got to love the Krinkov SBR. We’ll update readers as more details become available.

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Kalashnikov USA also debuted a vastly enhanced and modernized ALFA rifle chambered in 7.62 x 39. Everything on this rifle is new including the receiver and furniture. Full length rails, side rails magazine release and safety selector are all major departures from the vintage AK-47. Rumor has it, that ALFA rifles will be available at some point in 2016.

The company is also producing and shipping SAIGA 12 shotguns and those will in fact be shipping early in 2016.

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GLOCK BOOTH WITH NEW MOS MODELS

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Glock 41 Gen 4 MOS

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Glock 19 Gen 4 MOS

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Glock 17 Gen 4 MOS

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Glock 35 Gen 4 MOS

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AT SHOT SHOW 2016 WITH STEINER E-OPTICS

 

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Just prior to SHOT Show 2016, Steiner announced the new DBAL-A4. We’re not easily impressed but this is an impressive accessory available in both military and commercial specification. There is much to like here readers. The DBAL-A$ provides 4 functions in one very neat package: visible green laser, IR laser, IR illuminator and white light (all of these functions have a low and high power mode).

  • Fully adjustable windage and elevation
  • Available high and low power modes
  • Integrated push-button switch and remote cable pressure-pad switch activation – tap and release for momentary activation; tap twice for 5-minute continuous on
  • Attaches to any Picatinny rail using the patented, self-adjusting Quick Release HT Mount
  • Includes remote cable port
  • Activation/low battery indicator light
  • CR123A powered
  • Availability is likely Q2 -Q3

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Earlier this year, Steiner announced its acquisition of  Sensor Systems Division of The O’Gara Group. The group is comprised of Sensor Technology Systems (STS) and Diffraction LTD. The acquisition added capabilities that are sure to make Steiner a one stop shop for advanced optics and sensors to the military, law enforcement and the commercial space.

STS is best known for its Low-Profile Night Vision Goggle, the AN/PVS-21 used by special operations forces around the world. STS designs and manufactures equipment, all of which provides improved situational awareness in both day and night operations. STS specializes in supporting the equipment needs of government, military and law enforcement worldwide featuring:

  • Intensified night vision systems

  • Heads Up Display (HUD) and Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) systems

  • Combat ID/IFF systems

Diffraction LTD is an innovator in optical, electrical and mechanical systems, providing the military with some of the most advanced, electro-optic devices in the world. Key focus areas include:

  • Digital and fused imaging systems

  • Optical beacons for combat ID or tagging, tracking and locating

  • Lasers including illuminators and pointers

Diffraction’s primary focus has been on advanced electro-optic imaging and communication designs throughout the optical spectrum including UV, Visible, NIR, SWIR, MWIR and LWIR.

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Arrest Made in Revision-Aided Sting Operation Against Chinese Counterfeit Ballistic Eyewear

Above: Guangzhou Botai U.S. representative and co-owner,Daniel Gong, being taken into custody on the showroom floor at the SIA Snow Show in Denver, CO.

Denver, Colorado (February 1, 2016) –  Revision Military, a world leader in protective eyewear solutions, aided a sting operation to arrest owners and representatives of a Chinese company illegally manufacturing and selling counterfeit eyewear. Revision worked in conjunction with the Dearborn and Ohio County Prosecutor’s Office in Indiana to execute this action. The operation was carried out on January 28th at the SnowSports Industries America (SIA) Snow Show in Denver, Colorado. Guangzhou Botai Optical Visor Co., Ltd. (“Guangzhou Botai”) U.S. representative and part owner, Gong Peiwen, also known as Daniel Gong, was arrested on the showroom floor. Arrest warrants have also been issued for brothers Jiang Xingde and Jiang Xinglin, co-owners of Guangzhou Botai, and Ding Xiaoxia, also known as Crystal Ding, Sales Associate for Guangzhou Botai, which is based in Guangzhou, China. The four are facing six felony charges: counterfeiting, theft, corrupt business practices, conspiracy to commit counterfeiting, conspiracy to commit theft, and conspiracy to commit corrupt business practices. These charges are being brought in Indiana.

Guangzhou Botai has been producing unauthorized counterfeit versions of Revision Military’s Desert Locust™ goggle. Additionally, these fake products have been distributed under the pretense of providing military-grade ballistic protection which presents a hazard to the safety of users expecting the high level eye protection of authentic Revision products. After extensive investigation of the company and testing of the counterfeit products it produces, conclusions showed none of the established industry standards for optical or ballistic quality were met by these unauthorized product knockoffs.

“We were alarmed to learn of these counterfeit products,” said Jonathan Blanshay, CEO of Revision Military, “our customers expect only the best quality and performance from our products. We take pride in exceeding the highest specifications for optics and ballistic impact protection and have invested huge amounts of money to create the best possible protective products. We have built our name and reputation on exceeding standards and will not tolerate inferior, non-authorized knockoff products in the marketplace.”

Mr. Blanshay reiterated that, when it comes to customers being victimized by inferior forgeries, Revision has a zero tolerance approach, stating, “the Revision brand signifies integrity and elite performance. Fraudulent products undermine our core mission to protect the troops who protect all of us. We are taking this matter very seriously and will do everything in our power to ensure that any individuals or corporate entities involved in an illicit enterprise that threatens Revision’s customers and the Revision reputation are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Our mission is to provide the very best protection to soldiers and we will fight to prevent any undermining of that promise to global warfighters.”

Revision Military maintains all intellectual property rights on all Revision products – rights that are total and international. This includes the distinctive Desert Locust goggle, Revision’s flagship goggle line first launched in 2006 that has proven immensely popular and highly regarded for its superior ballistic protection, craft, and comfort. Revision’s products are designed, manufactured, and tested in-house at state-of-the-art, certified facilities. All of Revision’s protective eyewear has consistently and unequivocally exceeded global military-grade testing requirements and has been proven in action around the world. For additional information, please contact Greg Maguire, gmaguire@revisionmilitary.com, or, Dearborn and Ohio County Prosecutor, Aaron Negangard anegangard@dearbornohioprosecutor.com. The fact that the defendants have been charged with crimes are merely allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

About Revision:

Revision develops and delivers purpose-built protective soldier equipment for military use worldwide. The company, which began with eyewear, has expanded to face, head and torso protection as well as energy storage and power management products, continues to develop innovative capabilities for integrated, performance-enhancing soldier systems.  To that end, Revision brings together the most advanced expertise, state-of-the-art facilities and finest technical minds. Privately owned and ISO 9001:2008 certified, Revision’s operational headquarters is located in Essex Junction, Vermont, USA, with additional offices in Montreal, Canada, The UK, and Luxembourg. For more information, visit www.revisionmilitary.com, write media@revisionmilitary.com, or call +1 802-879-7002.

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ASHBURY PRECISION ORDNANCE RSTA-II AT SHOT SHOW 2016

Another company needing little in the way of introduction is Ashbury Precision Ordnance. The company has built its reputation building some extraordinary precision rifles, advanced chassis and a number of accessories integral to the tactical precision shooter.

This year, I had the opportunity to checkout the company’s RSTA-II tripod head. Proficiency in shooting from a tripod is essential to a comprehensive skillset. The problem has been that tripod heads, of most commercial design, are built for photographic equipment. Until APO’s introduction of the RTSA-II, mounting a rifle securely to a tripod was fraught with issues like freedom of movement, especially on steep angle shots or when panning to track the target. Large caliber precision rifles often weigh much more than what a conventional tripod head is designed to support. For example, a .50 BMG rifle with optics, full magazine, thermal or night vision optics and laser designator is well over 30 lbs. Most commercial tripod heads have a practical limit of 20 lbs. or less. This limitation is what prompted the Hog Saddle from Shadow Tec. With the introduction of the RSTA-II, shooters have a tripod head designed from the ground up to support a large caliber precision rifle with accessories.

The RSTA-II Tripod Head with Rapid Control Handle (RCH) can be set up for right or left hand control, and provides a positive locking ±35 degree head which completely holds a 25+lb long gun using a MIL-STD 1913 rail grabber, Pig Saddle or APO AnyPoint Bipod/Tripod Mount. RSTA-II heads independently attach to many quality tripods ( we recommend using the Manfrotto 055XPROB)

M.S.R.P $315

You can catch Frank (Lowlight) Galli’s interview with Matt from APO here

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STREAMLIGHT AT SHOT SHOW 2016

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New for 2016, Streamlight has expanded its ProTac®  family with two new gun-mounted tactical lights, the ProTac® Rail Mount 1 and ProTac® Rail Mount 2. These lights are exceptionally low profile mounting very close to your weapon’s Picatinny rail. Both of these lights feature high/low/strobe settings and TEN-TAP programming. For readers unfamiliar with the TEN-TAP feature, it allows the operator to select from a menu of output configurations that best suite mission requirements.

On high the ProTac Rail Mount 2 delivers 625 lumens. Powered by (2) CR123A batteries the Rail Mount 2 delivers 2 hours of runtime.

The ProTac Rail Mount 1 accepts runs on a single 3V CR123A lithium battery OR one AA alkaline battery.  On lithium batteries this light delivers 350 lumens on high.  With an alkaline battery it provides 150 lumens.  Run times for the high setting are 1 hour and 45 minutes with a lithium battery, and one hour and 30 minutes with a AA alkaline battery.

With the standard push-button switch installed, both lights are rated IPX7 for waterproof operation to 1 meter for 30 minutes; the lights are IPX4 rated for water-resistant operation when the remote switch is installed.  Extensively live fire tested, the lights feature an impact-resistant construction and an operating temperature of -40o F to +120o F.

The ProTac Rail Mount 1 and 2 have an MSRP of $175.00 and $190.00, respectively. Each comes with a remote pressure switch, push-button tail cap switch, remote retaining clips, double-sided tape and zip ties.  The Rail Mount 1 also includes one AA alkaline and one CR123A lithium battery, while the Rail Mount 2 includes two CR123A lithium batteries. Both lights are covered by Streamlight’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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Also new for 2016, Streamlight introduced a coyote version of their very successful TLR-1 HL. These lights can be mounted on a variety of rail equipped pistols and long guns and deliver a whopping 800 lumens, a user programmable strobe that can be enabled/disabled, IPX7 waterproof to 1m for 30min, runs on (2) CR123A batteries and available in Black, Flat Dark Earth or Flat Dark Earth Brown

Strion PiggyBack Charger (1). Consolidated

Streamlight’s new  PiggyBack charger is a charging station for the company’s Li-ion battery stick, sold separately, and additionally provides a secure and convenient way to hold your Strion light while your battery stick charges.  The charger features a dual power input – USB port or “traditional” AC/DC charging. The integrated micro-USB interface is specifically designed to guide the plug into place for a secure connection. The Piggy Back charger does not charge other USB devices like a smart device or cell phone.

 

 

 

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Streamlight® also announce its new ProTac HL® 4, a high lumen (HL) handheld flashlight that delivers 2,200 lumens white light. The “dual fuel” light also permits a choice of either 3V CR123A lithium or Streamlight’s new 18650 rechargeable lithium ion batteries. The light offers high / medium / low settings, as well as a strobe. The light’s TEN-TAP® programmable switch allows users to select high/strobe/low (the factory default); high only; or low/medium/high programs.

On high, it delivers 2,200 lumens and a run time of up to 1 hour and 45 minutes, depending on the power source. On low, the light provides 60 lumens and a run time of up to 43 hours. The run time for the light’s strobe is up to 3.5 hours, depending on the battery used.

The ProTac HL 4 is powered by either four 3V CR123A lithium batteries (included) or two of Streamlight’s new Lithium Ion 18650 rechargeable batteries. Streamlight offers an 18650 Battery Charger that can recharge either one or two batteries simultaneously, and permits charging through either AC/DC or USB power sources.

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Streamlight introduced the TLR6 late in 2015 for the Glock 42 and 43 pistols. The light/laser combo was so well received that Streamlight created the TLR6 Universal Kit.

The Universal Weapon Kit for its TLR-6® pistol light includes a light/laser module and six interchangeable housings to fit a variety of sub-compact pistols. The housings are designed for use with more than 18 different models of Glock®, M&P Shield™, KAHR®, SIG SAUER® and Kimber® pistols.

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Badger Ordnance At SHOT Show 2016

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Badger Ordnance has done more to improve on the Remington 700 platform than any other company on the planet, and the author of that success story is Marty Bordson. His company’s rails, scope mounts and scope rings adorn the rifles of some of the most prestigious tactical and military units in the world. One would think that as successful as he is, Marty would be aloof – not one iota; in fact, if you approach Marty with questions you’ll walk away with in-depth answers. If you are an LE or military sniper or long range precision rifle enthusiast Marty’s company, Badger Ordnance, needs no introduction.

For 2016, Badger Ordnance departs from its broad line of mounting hardware and bottom metal to introduce a complete rifle in two models, the M134 and M134 Mod1 Compact Rifles. The M134 will be chambered in .308 or .260; the Mod 1 in 300 Blackout. The M134 is built on Badger’s own M2013 action while the Mod 1 will feature the Remington 700 action. The stock is a joint venture between Manner and Badger Ordnance constructed from carbon fiber for stiffness and light weight and features a seven position adjustable butt plate.

DSC_0014The M134 is built on Badger’s M2013 Short Action (also available in LA and .338 Lapua)  machined from 4143 Steel. What I like most is the bolt’s six locking lugs bolt achieved using three 2 lug patterns. The action features a 20 MOA MIL STD 1913 base as standard equipment. The rifle is fed by a  Detachable Magazine System and Accuracy International AW 10 round magazines. Shooters will have a choice of two barrel lengths 14.25 “ terminated in a pinned and welded muzzle device to satisfy NFA requirements and a 16” barrel length that will be terminated in 5/8 x 24 threads for suppressor attachment or other muzzle devices.

Other nice features include a I2/Thermal mounting system forward of the scope rail. The mount is implement “a la cap”; if you don’t want the mount simply detach it from its imbedded mount included as part of the stock. Marty has also equipped the 6 o’clock forearm with a Picatinny rail for bipods or tripod attachment systems and QD cups port and starboard.

We don’t like speculating on anything if for no other reason than journalistic integrity, but I know that there are overactive salivary glands among the readership ergo…

  • Availability – probably Q3 2016
  • Pricing – North of $3500

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Larry Vickers On KAC Light Machine Gun

 

Larry Vickers of Vickers Tactical is a retired US Army 1st SFOD- Delta combat veteran with years of experience in the firearms industry as a combat marksmanship instructor and industry consultant. In recent years he has hosted tactical firearms related TV shows with the latest being TacTV of which Bravo Company is a presenting sponsor. Larry Vickers special operations background is one of the most unique in the industry today; he has been directly or indirectly involved in the some of the most significant special operations missions of the last quarter century. During Operation Just Cause he participated in Operation Acid Gambit – the rescue of Kurt Muse from Modelo Prison in Panama City, Panama. As a tactics and marksmanship instructor on active duty he helped train special operations personnel that later captured Saddam Hussein and eliminated his sons Uday and Qusay Hussein. In addition he was directly involved in the design and development of the HK416 for Tier One SOF use which was used by Naval Special Warfare personnel to kill Osama Bin Laden. Larry Vickers has developed various small arms accessories with the most notable being his signature sling manufactured by Blue Force Gear and Glock accessories made by Tangodown. In addition he has maintained strong relationships with premium companies within the tactical firearms industry such as Blue Force Gear, BCM, Aimpoint, Black Hills Ammunition, Wilson Combat, Mile High Shooting, Red State Tactical, and Schmidt & Bender.

Larry Vickers travels the country conducting combat marksmanship classes for law abiding civilians, law enforcement and military and has partnered with Alias Training to coordinate classes to best meet the needs of the students attending the class.

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MEDIA DAY AT THE RANGE WITH THE GLOCK MOS

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New for 2016, Glock introduced the MOS series of Glock pistols. MOS, which stands for Modular Optical System, is in simplest terms a modified slide with a set of 4 mounting plates to allow the installation of micro red dot sights like the Docter, EOTech, Leupold Delta Point, Trijicon RMR and other popular models.

This is an outstanding offering as factory Glock sights aren’t much to get excited about, and being able to mount a micro red dot sight on your Glock without having to machine down the slide is where it’s at for me.

THE MOS configuration is available for the following models

  • 9mm: G17 Gen 4, G19 Gen 4 and G34 Gen 4
  • .40 S&W: G35 Gen 4
  • .45 ACP: G41 Gen4
  • 10 MM: G40 Gen 4
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MEDIA DAY AT THE RANGE WITH ROMTE Short Circuit Targets

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ROMTE is an Israeli company offering a interesting target / live fire training system. Whereas other systems use reactive steel plates or impact sensing technologies, the ROMTE Short Circuit Targets consist of a conductive mesh sandwiched between two layers of paper based material upon which the target is imprinted; for instance, silhouettes, full torso, head and shoulders, hostage or simply numbered targets as show in the photo.

The target itself has conductive strips which make contact with base which houses a 2.4 Ghz. transmitter. The transmitter is wirelessly connected to a control / display module. When the bullet penetrates the target, the copper or lead projectile instantaneously creates a short circuit in the conductive mesh. This event, is transmitted back to the control / display module. Because a mesh is basically a grid, the point of impact can be precisely identified and if the shot hits paper but missed the target zone (s), the control module will record a miss. The control / display module also supports a number of timers and engagement sequencing that can be used to enhance the training experience.

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Liad Segev  was kind enough to take me through the complete system. One of the features that I liked most is that the shooter can enable or disable specific zones on the target. For example, looking at the silhouette on the right, the shooter, range officer or instructor can disable any given zone on the target. A hit in the disabled zone is simply not registered by the control / display module.

Targets are sold separately but a starter system can be put together for just over $800 and it’s scalable to meet whatever needs you may have. This is the perfect system for sniper and counter-sniper training where range personnel are not available to retrieve targets or record shooter performance, tape holes, etc. Each target is good for about 2000 hits(roughly) and bullet impacts through an existing hole are recorded and displayed as well. If the hole is sufficiently large the bullet will not short the mesh, which is quite obvious.

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I asked Liad what the maximum operational (farthest distance from target to display / control module) range of the system was, to which he responded 1000 meters. I haven’t tested it to confirm his statement but I think, given how much commercial grade electronics operate in the 2.4Ghz spectrum, is optimistic in urban surroundings. However, in rural settings or the remote ranges in a military installation 1000 meters saves a great deal of walking or driving!

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MEDIA DAY AT THE RANGE WITH CMMG

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I’ve been wanting to check out the CMMG MK47 riles for a while now. These rifles are chambered in 7.62 x 39 and feed from your garden variety AK magazine. CMMG had selective fire models on hand which made my visit even more enjoyable. Contributing to that enjoyment was the great hospitality from the whole CMMG crew.

The MK47 is offered in a variety of models; AKS13, AKS8, AKS8 NFA, MK47K NFA M47 Pistol, a couple of California models and the Mutant. Over the years, CMMG has developed a reputation for quality and value. The company has also been on the leading edge of innovation.

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MEDIA DAY AT THE RANGE WITH 3M PELTOR

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I made a quick stop at the 3M Peltor stand to check out the 3M™ PELTOR™ Tactical Earplug, which turned out to be a complete gas, and I’ll extend my apologies to the 3M employee on site for the harassment.

Upon my arrival, I picked up the kit, which was in a closed box, I tried for 5 minutes straight to open the box with no success. I then handed the box to another individual visiting with 3M; he too was unable to open the box and passed it along to his colleague who also failed to open the box. He then hands the box to the 3M employee who immediately opens the box. Needless to say everyone blasted the poor guy!

For hygienic reasons there was no practical way to test drive these Earplugs. Fortunately, a Media Day attendee stopped at the 3M stand just in the nick of time to share her experience with the Earplug. The feedback was positive commenting on fit and function. She was also gracious enough to allow me to photograph her earplugs. These are the features…

  1. Rechargeable electronic earplugs help reduce loud noise while amplifying low-level sounds.
  2. One-button operation turns unit on and off and selects high or normal volume setting.
  3. Lithium-Ion battery provides up to 16 hours of continuous operation between charges.
  4. Portable charging case powered by 3 AA alkaline batteries or USB (Micro B) port.
  5. Tactical earplugs and portable charging station (with cover and USB ports closed) are IP67 compliant and water resistant (immersion of up to 1 meter for 30 minutes).
  6. Innovative microphone port design helps protect eartips against water ingress.
Specifications
  • Attenuation rating (SNR)‎: ‎ 23 Decibel,‎ 30 Decibel
  • Battery Life‎:‎ 16 Hours
  • Battery Type‎: ‎ Rechargeable
  • Color:‎ Tactical Black
  • Communication Type‎:‎ In-Ear Tactical
  • Features‎:‎ Level Dependent Function
  • Hearing Protection Style:‎ In ear
  • Product Series‎:‎ TEP-100
  • Product Type‎:‎ Earpiece
  • Standards/Approvals:‎ CE Approved

Based on the stated specifications the 3M™ PELTOR™ Tactical Earplug may be a better choice than your basic headsets, which always seem to get in the way when shooting your carbine or rifle. We’ll have to check these out more closely.

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A SHOUT-OUT TO DELTA AIRLINES

It’s the Friday after SHOT Show and I still have over 1000 photos to process and a box full of product literature to summarize for our readers but I do want to take a few minutes to complement Delta Airlines. So this week’s shoot-the-shit topic will be a shout-out to the Delta Airline pilots. As with all shoot-the-shit topics, readers are free to make any unsupported statements, use profanity, insult anyone you wish or change the subject altogether.

To make a long story short…

My flight to Shot Show consisted of two legs Tampa to LA and LA to Las Vegas. The TPA to LA cockpit crew was awesome. We were cleared for takeoff application of power was smooth and as soon as we reached V1 for the equipment and weight they established the precise attitude for a smooth climb. I’ve been on flights from competing airlines were the pilots get overzealous applying excessive elevator so to correct they need to put the aircraft in a nose dive and pickup airspeed. Now they have too much airspeed with the landing gear still extended which creates unnecessary vibrations. These Delta pilots flew that aircraft like a boss!  In route we had all kinds of weather and any altitude excursions to avoid turbulence were nice and easy. I mean perfect!

Landing in LA was equally well executed. I’ve been on flights were the pilot is below glide path on final approach and they have to frantically add thrust to avoid landing on the runway localizers instead of the threshold. However, now their speed is too high and 50 feet off the deck they deploy airbrakes, which of course causes the aircraft to pancake on the runway – its like landing on a fucking aircraft carrier and a little hard on the landing gear. The only  thing missing is the arresting gear! These Delta pilots had their speed down pat and the aircraft settled right down on the runway like a gentleman.

The LA to Vegas crew was equally competent! Nice job Delta Airlines!

To all of our readers, whether your travel plans are domestic or international fly Delta, a class operation hands down.

Please have a safe and enjoyable weekend. Get out to the range or just have a little fun with your friends and family. As always we love hearing from you so don’t hesitate to leave us a comment or e-mail.

We’ll be adding three to four posts per day as we work to get out the Shot Show details, so stay with us as we get the word out. If you have any Shot Show questions be sure to send them our way.

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SilencerCo Weapons Research Releases A How-To Video For Zeroing The Radius

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DESERT TECH NOW ACCEPTING ORDERS FOR THE MDR ( Micro Dynamic Rifle )

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DesertTech’s booth at SHOT was center of the universe for customers aspiring to own the company’s Micro Dynamic Rifle and airsoft hacks. At this year’s show, the company began accepting pre-orders for a rifle that is the most accurate bullpup 5.56 or 7.62 you’ll ever own. So, my word to the wise is get your order in.

The MDR will be available in black and FDE in 5.56 NATO and 7.62 NATO with a 300 BLK conversion kit also an option.

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SHOT SHOW 2016 WITH COLUMBIA RIVER KNIFE AND TOOL

CRKT has a number of new fixed blade designs that are part of their Forged By War™ program, the company has also launched a new line of Ruger knives. Also new for 2016 is the Birler Ax designed by the highly regarded Elmer Roush and the Trencher tool both ideal for campers or forward deployed personnel. As you’ll see in the video, the Trencher is very well designed and tremendously functional.

 

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  • CRKT OC3 (Pat Cascio)

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  • CRKT Clever Girl (Austin McGlaun)

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  • CRKT Sangrador (Darrin Sirois)

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  • CRKT Birler (Elmer Roush)

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  • CRKT Trencher

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  • CRKT GO-N-HEAVY (Bill Harsey)
    Ruger Collection
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MEDIA DAY AT THE RANGE ON THE LONG RANGE SHOOTING LINE

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This is clearly my favorite  segment of Media Day because it presents me with the opportunity to shoot some of the best long range tactical rifles in the world.  Beretta, Ashbury Precision, Bergara, Barret and several others live here. All of these rifles are exceptional in every respect. The SAKO TRG 22 sporting a Burris XTR II was dialed in to a 960 yard target (8.9 mils). The only thing it needed was another .3 mils right. Hearing that splat on steel 4 out of 5 sounded good. I may have impressed the Beretta Rep. and you can’t ask for much more than that.

I then moved over to the Lancer Systems shooting position where Ben Deroner took me through the Lacer Systems L30 rifle.

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The L30 is a sweet shooter built on the Lancer receiver, equipped with Lancer’s carbon fiber handguard, Viper muzzle brake and flared magazine well. A little about the L30 rifle…

 

The Lancer L30 Rifles was developed to introduce a lightweight, highly precise and aesthetically flawless AR-10 style rifle. Each gun is chambered in 7.62X51 caliber and accepts the L7 Advanced Warfighter Magazine and other SR25/DPMS pattern magazines. (The L30 LTR rifle is also supplied in 6.5 Creedmoor). The L30 receiver and carbon fiber handguard,  provides a very stable platform with excellent control.

The upper receiver is sold as a set with the lower receiver. The lightweight carbon fiber hand guard mounts directly to the upper receiver, for a free floating handguard system.  The 12 o’clock rail is modular, connecting directly to the upper receiver and extending over the handguard. The sight rail is available in multiple lengths and with or without a 20MOA taper.

Lancer’s Viper Brake

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Lancer’s Viper Brake is a “tunable” brake/compensator designed for precision shooters. It’s engineered with a blast chamber and four tunable jets to effectively reduce barrel movement, making for faster follow on shots. Different sized jets are supplied so the operator can tune the downward force. Angled blast baffles reduce recoil, further stabilizing the rifle. Made from stainless steel for 6.5 chambered rifles utilizing a 5/8-24 thread pitch. Includes a crush washer and twelve tuning jets.

Next stop along the firing line was Barrett to take a closer look at the MRAD (Multi-Role Adaptive Design)

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The MRAD is an excellent example of Roni Barrett’s genius. Here is a rifle with a user-changeable barrel system (two torx screws) offering chamberings in .338 Lapua Magnum, .300 Winchester Magnum, .308 Winchester, .260 Remington and 6.5 Creedmoor;  with all critical components of match-grade quality. The upper receiver incorporates an integral  21.75 inch M1913 rail with 20 MOA taper. The forward receiver is drilled and tapped for accessory rails to be mounted at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions. Barrett’s MRAD is a great weapons system offering superb performance and flexibility. Way to go Barrett!

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MEDIA DAY AT THE RANGE WITH DEAD AIR ARMAMENT

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If ever there was an exhibit that I did not want to miss it was Dead Air Armament. I was hoping they had representation at Media Day because the only way to assess a suppressor is shoot it, period! You can wallow in specifications all day long but to quote a hackneyed cliché  “proof is in the pudding” As expected, Dead Air had its Sandman Line consisting of the S, L and Ti. They also had their GHOST-M centerfire pistol suppressor along with their pingless Flash Hider, Keymount Muzzle Brake and its latest addition to the line of muzzle devices the Pyro Enhanced Muzzle Brake

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For readers not yet familiar with Dead Air Suppressors I’ll summarize by saying that all of their rifle cans are multi-caliber up to and including 300-Win Mag; their centerfire pistol suppressor is also a multi-caliber can 22LR, .300BLK (subsonic), .40 S&W, .45 ACP, 10mm, 9mm.

Below, I had a chance to send some lead downrange via a suppressed AK. The weapon operated quietly and reliably with no evidence of excessive backpressure. The quick attach mount conveys a sense of stoutness that is both reassuring and easy to use.

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MEDIA DAY AT THE RANGE WITH FIRST TACTICAL

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I ran across the First Tactical folks at the Boulder Gun Range and took a real liking to their pack and rifle sleeve arrangement. The pack is First Tactical’s TACTIX pack. It has some very nice features that I’ll list below

  • Fleece-lined hammock eyewear pocket
  • HD spacer mesh with dual density foam shoulder straps and back panel.
    • Positional shoulder straps.
    • Removable internal backboard with posture-conforming aluminum stay may be used as splint, shovel or paddle.
    • Interior dual use hook/loop and web platform for unlimited pouch placement.
      • Concealed drop pocket with hook/loop lining for utility pouch or holster
        • Divided front stash pocket for longer items
          • Repositionable or removable compression straps with side release buckles
            • First Tactical’s Hook & Hang Thru™ System
              • Lynx™ Laser Cut Platform compatible with MOLLE/PALS

I got Cory with First Tactical to model the arrangement for me…

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Rifle sleeves are available in 36”, 42”, and 50”. The entire arrangement is very stable and we did spend some time attempting to destabilize it. My overall impression is excellent kit that is well thought-out with lots of usable features and no frills or fluff. The TA

The pack retails for $179.99 and is available in three colors black, coyote and OD Green. The sleeves sell in matching color for $59.99, $69.99 and $79.99 respectively. For an investment of $250, or less, you get 2470 cubic inches of internal capacity with 500D and 1000D nylon construction and a rifle sleeve of your choosing. Now you’re in business, with some great kit. Check it out!

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MEDIA DAY AT THE RANGE WITH SPRINGFIELD ARMORY SOCOM 16 CQB

 

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Just when you thought the M1A has seen its day, this old warhorse proves it’s not ready for the farm just yet. Of any military weapon system, the M14 / M1A has a glorious history. When SOF needed a sniper platform that could handle the rigors of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, they turned to the M14 / M1A platform. It was subsequently enhanced with the EBR chassis from Sage International Ltd. The M14/M1A has served our armed forces and international partners since 1959.

Springfield Armory has been building M14 rifles since their inception and in 1974 they introduced the M1A semiautomatic version of the M14. Over the years, Springfield Armory has produced a number of variants: National Match, Super Match, M21, M25, SOCOM 16, Scout Squad, SOCOM II.

For 2016 Springfield introduced the SOCOM 16 CQB shown below. The new rendition features a 16” barrel, a six position AR style adjustable buttstock, the pistol grip is AK patterned so any of the tactical AK grips will fit and M-LOK rail system at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions. The rifle ships with iron sights or Vortex® Venom Red Dot. The rifle is lightweight and very handy but I did miss the longer sight radius of the full length M1A. However, equipped with a reflex sight this baby can deliver 7.62×51 punch in a close quarters environment.

You should start seeing the SOCOM 16 CQB first quarter 2016. M.S.R.P. will vary with configuration.

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