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VLTOR releasing something awesome at SHOT Show

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

We received a note from Vltor stating, “VLTOR releasing something awesome at SHOT Show,” along with this image.

SHOT Show Media Day – EOTech’s New Branding

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

EOTech showed up at Media Day at the Range with a new logo not only for their main brand, but also for their line of Vudu scopes.

While EOTech’s main focus was on the Vudu line, we also caught a glimpse of an EOTech electro-optic sporting the new branding, found on the Q Concepts Honey Badger, which we will focus on in an upcoming article.

SHOT Show Media Day – Sitka

Monday, January 16th, 2017

This is the new Subalpine pattern from Sitka Gear. Designed for use in more vegetated terrain, it will be up for pre-order in March.

FirstSpear Range Day – TEXTECH Industries

Monday, January 16th, 2017

This is a new No Melt/No Drip T-shirt from ResistX, a TEXTECH Industries brand. It has a very comfortable hand and feels like cotton.  

FirstSpear Range Day – Gentex/Ops-Core

Monday, January 16th, 2017

To the left is the Gentex TBH-II MC (Mission Configured) and to the right is the Ops-Core FAST MT (Maritime).  I wanted to give you a little information to help guide those making helmet purchases.

From any angle, they look the same.  Both have the same shape, same suspension system, and same accessories. However, the TBH-II is an aramid ballistic solution and the FAST relies on a Polyethylene solution.  The TBH-II offers 9mm protection at 1400 fps and the FAST offers 9mm protection at 1200 fps, so fairly similar balllistics.  The real differences are in weight and cost.  The TBH-II weighs in at about 2.5 lbs while the FAST helmet is 1.5 lbs, both as configured. Now is the biggest factor for many agencies; the TBH-II is $599 and the FAST is in the $1400-1500 range.  

If you’re looking for mission configurability, and the cool guy factor, but are willing to accept higher weight, then you may want to consider the Gentex TBH-II MC.  

FirstSpear Range Day – SureFire Institute SFI-15 Lower Receiver

Monday, January 16th, 2017

SureFire Institute has just introduced their new Polymer lower receiver for AR-style rifles.

Developed in conjunction with E3 Arms, they took a look at the internal firing mechanism to improve trigger pull and reset. However, the selector lever can be moved to Safe with the hammer forward or to the rear. The SFI-15 can be stored on Safe no matter what condition the rifle is in, and the weapon can immediately be placed on Safe while dealing with a malfunction.

It weighs 1.1 lbs. I realize many are hesitant to use a polymer lower but SFI says that the material has a tensile strength of 33,500 psi, tensile elongation of 2.5-3.5% and flexural strength of 50,000 psi.

FirstSpear Range Day 17 – TNVC TAPS

Monday, January 16th, 2017

TNVC has made it happen! The Tactical Applications Pressure Switch (TAPS) from Unity Tactical has made the transition from low rate to full production.

It mounts directly to a Mil STD 1913 rail and its two pressure pads are user programmable to slaved or individual modes so you can control both light and laser from a single pad. You can control momentary or constant with the switch.

One lead works with SureFire lights while the other interfaces with Steiner or Insight lasers. It requires a single CR-2032 battery but will still offer momentary On with a dead or no battery.

FirstSpear Range Day 17 – Safran Optics 1

Monday, January 16th, 2017

This is the Miskito TI (Thermal Imager) Lightweight Multipurpose Target Locator from Safran Optics 1.

In asdition to a low light thermal imager with direct view day optics, it also incorporates a laser range finder, out to 10 km. It also incorporates a digital magnetic compass. Additionally, a GPS module can be inserted.

They are also offering a lightweight, carbon fiber tripod for use with the Miskito TI.