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SHOT Show 17 – FN 16 Tactical II Pro Series

Monday, January 30th, 2017

I was told by a little bird to stop by the FN America booth and take a look at the select fire ARs. Sure enough, my trip was rewarded with the FN 16 Tactical II Pro.  This one had an 11.5″ barrel but as I understand it, there will be 10.3″, 11.5″, 12.5″, 14.5″, 14.5″ pinned, 16″ and 18″ hammer forged barrels featuring a 1/7 twist and the Hodge barrel profile. Oh yeah, did I mention that the Pro was developed in conjunction with Hodge Defense Systems?

FN has incorporated the SureFire WarComp.  

You’ll notice the Hodge MLok handguard with FN badging, Magpul grip and stock along with oversized Bolt Catch.  

The thing about the Pro series carbines is that they are being offered as COTS options for government customers, but I’m hoping to see them offered commercially soon, as well.

fnamerica.com

– Eric Graves
SSD Editor

SHOT Show 17 – MTEK Flux Ballistic Helmet

Monday, January 30th, 2017

It was great to see the MTEK team in their own booth at SHOT Show. They had their whole line on display. A small company, creating lightweight, innovative designs, what’s not love about these guys?

This dipped version of the Flux Ballistic caught my eye and I thought it worth sharing.

www.mtekusa.com

SHOT Show 17 – The Goodman Special Operations Combat Knife from Abraham and Moses Survival Equipment

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Bill Geissele’s sons Abraham and Moses began showing an interest in knives, so he started a new company, Abraham and Moses Survival Equipment, to help them learn about the business. They are some very fortunate kids.

For one of their first knives, they partnered with Retired Special Operator and Master Knifemaker Lou Goodman. Lou has been making knives for his fellow Soldiers for years, and now that he is retired has taken up the art professionally.

The Goodman not only shares his name, but also incorporates features he wanted in a combat knife. He related that when he was a younger man, he often carried large knives but that they often just got in the way while carried, so he made the Goodman as a more agile size. He also incorporated and extended guard to prevent the hand from sliding onto the blade. Additionally, the ricasso has been lengthened to allow the user to ‘choke up’ on the blade for detailed tasks and the Goodman features a choil-less edge to prevent snagging during combat.

This 12.4 oz full tang knife is 10 5/8″ long with a 5.655” long and .210″ thick blade, which is made with Carpenter PD1 steel. They’ve differentially heat treated the blade and tempered it six times. This creates an edge that is sharp and a strong core at 60 HRC. The blade is then finished with G10 Handles and a hi-tech Nano Composite Coating to prevent wear and rust.

The 7.4 oz sheath is an interesting design, machined from a billet of 7075 aluminum with a nylon liner. It incorporates a drain hole and the different attachment systems are user configurable. In addition to PALS compatibility, the sheath can also be belt worn, or lashed to equipment.

You’ll notice a small notch in the blade. This will interface with a catch on the sheath, they refer to as an active retainmemt device. To draw the knife, use your finger to depress the catch and pull the blade free. The active retainment device is used to keep the knife in place during activities like parachuting, and swimming as well as mounted and urban operations. However, it can be removed and Lou assures me the knife will stay in place via friction for most uses.

Here you can see the Goodman mounted to its designer’s JPC which gives you a great idea of the size of the knife and how much real estate it will take up.

www.abeandmoe.com

– Eric Graves
SSD Editor

SHOT Show 17 – Blackhawk Convoy 1/4 Zip 

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Offered in Steel and Moss, the Convoy 1/4 Zip from Blackhawk is cut to help avoid imprinting when carrying concealed and incorporates zippered chest and sleeve pockets.

SHOT Show 17 – Hazard 4 Multi Pistol Carrier

Friday, January 27th, 2017

The Multi Pistol Carrier from Hazard 4 looks a bit like a lunch cooler but it has room for 6-14 pistols, depending on size and barrel length.

This padded case incorporates removable dividers, a top flap pocket, exterior PALS webbing and dual carry straps along with a removable shoulder strap.

Right now, only offered in Coyote.

www.hazard4.com

– Laurice Graves
SSD Correspondent

SHOT Show 17 – Gear Aid Tactical Knife

Friday, January 27th, 2017

You probably know Gear Aid under the name McNett. They’ve been offering tactical and outdoor accessories for years. They recently updated their Tactical Knife which is an inexpensive, fixed blade utility knife.

It features a 3″ titanium coated, 420 stainless steel blade with stiletto tip and glass breaker tang. The blade incorporates a cord cutter and serrations.  The polymer sheath can be mounted to PALS, clipped to items or attached to a belt.

www.gearaid.com

– Laurice Graves
SSD Correspondent

SHOT Show 17 – Aimpoint Micro S-1 for Shotguns

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Aimpoint has a new Optic designed specifically for use on Shotguns. The Micro S-1 features a 6 MOA red dot.

It uses a carbon fiber reinforced mounting system attaches directly to the shotgun at any point along the ventilated rib, keeping the site low to the bore axis. It comes with interchangeable adapter plates for most popular shotgun rib sizes, with more on the way soon.

us.aimpoint.com/product/aimpoint-micro-s-1

Craig ‘Sawman’ Sawyer Gets Real with Firearms Industry, Veterans

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

One of the most well-respected veterans on the planet, Craig ‘Sawman’ Sawyer, speaks with fellow Special Operations veteran Aaron Barruga (Guerrilla Approach LLC) on issues regarding veteran exploitation in the private sector, the VA, and PTSD.

Check out the full writeup at tactical-life.com, and the full video below:

SHOT Show 17 – S&W Performance Center Shield 45

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

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S&W revealed the new Performance Center Shield 45 at this year’s SHOT. The PC 45 Shield shares the same rough grip texture as the standard model, and features factory ported barrel and slide, and high visibility sights like the earlier 9 and 40 shield PC models. The PC 45 Shield is being offered both with and without a thumb safety.

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The 45 Shield PC is also being offered with tritium night sights in lieu of the high visibility contrast sights. Both models come with 1 extended 7-round magazine, and one flush fit 6-round magazine.

www.smith-wesson.com

SHOT Show 17 – Colt Ammunition

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

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Colt partnered with noted ammunition manufacturer DoubleTap Ammunition to produce a range of branded ammo in both defensive and match-grade loads. The Defensive line consists of standard carry pistol calibers, such as .38 SPL, 9mm, and .45 ACP, with jacketed hollow point bullets. A 62 gr. 223 Rem cartridge is also offered under this line, featuring a bonded defense bullet.

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The National Match line consists of various pistol calibers, 9mm; .45 ACP; 10mm, as well as 223 Rem and .308 Win for rifles, manufactured to match grade specification for accurate performance on the range, oriented towards competition use.

www.colt.com
www.doubletapammo.net