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Marines Issue Mission Enhancement Kits For Mossberg 500A2 Shotguns

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

In this article on, entitled, “Marines make an entrance with new breaching capabilities” By Ashley Calingo, Office of Public Affairs and Communications, Marine Corps Systems Command, she discusses the newly acquired Mission Enhancement Kits for the Corps’ Mossberg 500A2 Shotguns. The MEK consists of a shorter breaching barrel and optionsl stock configurations.

The first contract for these kits was awarded to Pro Patria by USSOCOM back in 2009. Since then, Pro Patria has provided kits to the US Army, US Navy and US Marine Corps.

Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. —
To Marines on a breaching mission, the shotgun is more than just a weapon. It is a tool Marines use to breach—or gain entry into—an enemy-held building using the minimal amount of force. Marine Corps Systems Command’s Military Enhancement Kit gives Marines the tactical advantage by transforming current shotguns into a more compact and versatile weapon.

Sgt. Trenton Hansen, a Special Reaction Team member from the Marine Corps Base Quantico Provost Marshals Office, uses a Military Enhancement Kit to breach open a door. The MEK provides versatile capabilities to Marine units trained to engage on breaching missions. The kit builds upon the Mossberg M500A2, but gives Marines a shorter, vented breaching barrel and three interchangeable buttstock attachments, including the collapsible buttstock featured in this photo. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Alan Matthews)

The MEK is a ballistic breaching tool—or what Marines use to safely shoot the locks off of doors. It is designed to augment the M500A2 pump-action shotguns currently used by Marine reconnaissance, security forces, military police, explosive ordnance disposal and special operations units. The kit gives Marines a shorter, vented breaching barrel and three interchangeable buttstock attachments: a pistol grip, fixed buttstock and a collapsible buttstock. At 18 inches long, the MEK’s barrel is nearly three inches shorter than the M500A2’s standard barrel, making it less cumbersome for Marines to carry.

“When you’re breaching or conducting methods of entry, having the ability to secure the weapon on your body without it becoming cumbersome is important,” said Gunnery Sgt. Michael Flor, ballistic breaching course chief and senior instructor at the Methods of Entry School, the Marine Corps center of excellence for breaching. “Having a shorter barrel and a pistol grip removes all of the extra space that is not necessary for ballistic breaching. So when you stow it, you can stow it much more rapidly.”

Current shotguns can be modified by Marine Corps armorers with a special adaptor from the MEK that allows Marines to easily interchange the buttstocks in a matter of seconds without the need for additional tools.

“Having the ability to transition through the three stocks—the folding, the pistol grip and the fixed—makes the weapons more versatile,” Flor said. “The kit allows the weapon to be tailored to the tactical user at the user level.”

The shorter breaching barrel and different stock grips, namely the pistol grip, offer several tactical advantages, Flor said.

“For instance, if reconnaissance Marines repel from a helicopter carrying a long weapon system that’s unsecured, it can catch on parts of the air frame or the rope and become a safety hazard,” Flor said. “Having a shorter weapon system, secured tightly, is more manageable. That’s an advantage.”

The MEK also yields significant savings for the Marine Corps—another advantage.

The Military Enhancement Kit provides versatile capabilities to Marine units trained to engage on breaching missions. The kit builds upon the Mossberg M500A2, but gives Marines a shorter, vented breaching barrel and three interchangeable buttstock attachments pictured here. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Alan Matthews)

“By using the MEK with currently-fielded M500A2 shotguns, the Marine Corps only had to buy the kits,” said Maj. Paul Gillikin, Special Purpose Weapons team lead in MCSC’s Infantry Weapons Systems. “Also, modifying the shotgun in local armories will save time and shipping costs, and units will retain their shotguns on-hand, as opposed to sending them in to a depot for maintenance.”

As part of IWS’s evaluation process, Gillikin and his team turned the kit over to Marines at the Methods of Entry School, located aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico. MOES instructors teach breaching methodology to Marines assigned to Reconnaissance and Force Reconnaissance units, Security Forces Regiment Recapture Tactics teams, Military Police Special Reaction teams, Explosive Ordnance Disposal units and Marine Special Operations Command units. Marines who undergo training at MOES will be the primary users of the kit.

“We reached out early to MOES, and the feedback we received from experts like Gunnery Sgt. Flor and Master Sgt. Bryan Maass was key to helping us get the MEK to Marines,” said Gillikin. “They were able to articulate a capability and requirement, and assist us in test design and execution. Infantry Weapons Systems-South logistics personnel took it the rest of the way by completing the cataloging process, which will allow units to sustain the kit through normal supply requisitioning.”

The MEK is currently being fielded to select units across the Marine Corps, and is one of the many capabilities offered to Marines by MCSC’s Infantry Weapons Systems. IWS strives to ensure that Marines are equipped and ready for their next challenge, whether that means introducing new weapons systems or, in the case of the MEK, enhancing current ones.

Sneak Peek – Mini Vert Grip From Tyrant Designs CNC

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Tyrant Designs CNC, an industry leader in high-end aftermarket AR grips is only a few weeks away from releasing their first ever AR vertical grip! So far they are only calling it the Mini Vert Grip. The dimensions are roughly 3” L x .8” W and is directly compatible with M-LOK and KeyMod. The 3” in length is almost an inch shorter than most vertical grips, Tyrant instead utilizing an elongated lip at the bottom, allowing the operator the option of either tucking their pinky behind, or resting the finger on top. It is said to weigh around 2 ounces, but no official number has been recorded. Tyrant Designs also mentioned that this will be their most affordable product to date, and the price point will be very competitive with other vertical grips.

“This is something that we have been slowly working on for some time now. There are some great vertical grips out there, and we did not want to release just a ‘me too’ product. The mini vert is lightweight and shorter than most vert grips. That translates into less hanging mass on the operators rifle while still giving them the added control a vertical grip offers.”

Tyrant Designs CNC is an AR accessories manufacturer based just outside of Chicago. They have had several successful designs for AR pistol grips and are releasing their line of vertical grips and handstops next month.

IWA – Troy Industries Carbon Fiber Handguards for HK416 & 417

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

We caught up with the Troy Industries team and they showed us their carbon fiber handguards for the HK416 and 417 rifles. The mounted handguard has been Cerakoted.

The handguards are M-Lok compatible and accept Troy’s Squid Grips. Offered in 9″ and 13″ for the 416 and 13″ and 15″ for the 417, they install with the same mounting hardware as the factory original.

New Truglo Tritium Pro Night Sights

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

TRUGLO, Inc. introduces the all new TRITIUM PRO night sights for military, LE and civilian use.

These sights incorporate the same PRO-level features of the award-winning TFX PRO series (Tritium + Fiber-Optic Xtreme). These PRO features are designed to increase speed, accuracy and overall performance of any combat handgun.
TRITIUM PRO utilizes the brightest available Swiss Tritium installed in a solid-steel housing that is CNC-machined in Texas. The front sight has a large white FOCUS•LOCK ring, making it fast and easy to acquire in daylight conditions. A U-notch in the rear sight increases speed and accuracy by simplifying alignment. In low light or complete darkness, the sights glow and transition to a standard 3-dot configuration. An aggressively angled leading edge on the rear sight allows for emergency one-hand operation of the slide. Like all TRUGLO sights, TRITIUM PRO uses a FORTRESS FINISH plating that is incredibly tough.

• Front sight FOCUS•LOCK ring for even faster focus
• Quick and accurate U-notch Design
• Angled rear sight edge for emergency one-hand operation
• Machined and Assembled in USA with quality Swiss Tritium for maximum brightness
• Unmatched visibility in low-light shooting conditions or complete darkness
• Glows-in-the-dark – no batteries or light exposure required
• FORTRESS FINISH™ provides a permanent protective coating for maximum protection
• Snag resistant design / fits standard holsters
• 12 year limited warranty
• MSRP: $108 / set

TRITIUM PRO sights are in stock and shipping, including models for Beretta®, Glock®, Smith & Wesson®, and Springfield Armory®. TRITIUM PRO sights are available through shooting sports retailers and online at

Capable Citizen – U-Loop SOB B-Sling

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Capable Citizen LLC was founded in 2016 as a collaboration between a number of individuals with backgrounds in law enforcement, wilderness survival, product development and tactical and competitive shooting. Their flagship product is the U-Loop SOB B-Sling which was developed by SGM John McPhee (USA, Ret) aka the Sheriff of Baghdad.

The U-Loop version of the B-Sling (a Capable Citizen exclusive) came about as a response to the current trend in rifle handguards.

With 1913 Picatinny rails being replaced with cleaner, lighter, smaller handguards featuring newer interfaces like M-LOK and KeyMod, sling attachments have been slow to keep up. Instead of adding mounts to these cleaner, slimmer handguards, they decided to use the excellent Blue Force Gear U-Loop to allow you to directly and securely mount your sling anywhere on the rail you like.

This mounting method eliminates the cost, weight, and bulk of dedicated sling mount attachments commonly necessary for most slings. The U-Loop is also compatible with almost any sling mounting location for most rifles in use today. This aspect may be especially helpful to contractors who have to work with whatever weapons they are provided and may not know in advance what accessories will be supported.

The versatility of this mount allows you to attach the sling virtually anywhere along most handguards, without having to purchase or move any special mounting hardware to do so.

By locating the adjustment mechanism at the front of the sling in a fixed position, the release mechanism never ends up behind the user’s field of view and remains in a consistent location. This eliminates the need to look or feel around for a release in order to get the sling loose enough to shoot with, it’s always up front on the gun close to a support hand firing position, for predictable, fast access and greater economy of motion.

The slings total weight with the included Combat Band is 2.3 oz. It is available in Black, MultiCam Black, MultiCam, Ranger Green, and Coyote.

Other exclusive products include their tailor made wilderness survival tin, and a yet to be released covert handcuff key holder (expected late Spring 2017).

As a thank you to Soldier Systems followers, the first (100) orders to use Coupon Code “SSD” will get a free Capable Citizen Thin Blue Line US Flag sticker with any purchase made.

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GAOS – Gibbs Matra AK47 30-Round Magazines Available From Navy Arms

Monday, February 13th, 2017


Navy Arms offers these steel 30 rd AK47 (7.62×39) magazines by Gibbs Rifle Co. They are manufactured in the Balkans and feature a bolt hold open follower as well as ribbed construction.


Their five year warranty states that if it doesn’t work, breaks or wears out, they’ll replace it. Period.

Available for order from .

SHOT Show 17 – Lancer Systems Carbon Fiber Handguard & X-Cinch For SIG MPX

Friday, January 27th, 2017

MCX handguard

Lancer’s new MCX handguard is the only alternative to the OEM option. M-LOK compatibility allows for added accessory choices. Lancer’s MCX handguard, constructed from lightweight and reliable carbon composite, boasts suppressor compatibility, with around a 40% weight reduction as compared to the competition. Due to the use of composites, as with other Lancer handguards, such as their MPX handguard alternative, this handguard has a much lower rate of thermal conductivity. This allows for safer handling, as the handguard stays cooler.

• Available in 10.5”, 12“, and 18” lengths?• M-LOK compatible slots at 12, 3, 6, and 9 O’clock, as well as 45 deg offset faces?• Turn-key replacement for OEM handguard (no additional tools or parts needed) • Around 40% lighter than the OEM handguard?• Allows for use over suppressors with an OD less than 1.8”?• 1.5″ top rail included, or an upgrade to 3″ (all), or 4.5″ (12 & 18”) is available

Lancer Systems’ goal with their MCX handguard design is to provide recreational and professional shooters with a product that aids their performance, with apparent quality. Dean DeTurk, a sponsored competitive shooter said, “the light weight and durability of the carbon fiber, and the adaptability and cooling properties of the (design) provides me with a comfortable and quick handling rifle that enables me to compete at the highest level.”

MPX X-Cinch

A convenient, molded cinch enabling the user to double their on-weapon capacity and quicken reload time. Made from durable reinforced nylon and engineered to engage with locking ribs, this X-Cinch reflects the quality you’ve come to expect from a Lancer product.

• For use with 10/20-round and 30-round magazines?• Tool-less, thumbscrew assembly?• Locking ribs designed to mate with magazine texture to provide a secure fit

The goal of the cinch was to create a handy way to double the MPX’s capacity. This could be useful for both recreational and professional applications. Marine Infantry veteran Sean Burke commented, “this (X-Cinch) is useful because sometimes you don’t have the ability to carry additional magazines on your person, and the cinch provides security forces, or other individuals, the ability to decisively respond to threats with only the ammunition immediately available, on the weapon.”

Frank Proctor On His Y Notch Sights

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

“This picture is pretty close to what a shooter sees when shooting my Y Notch sights. I designed them for improved accuracy with less room for error and maximum speed. They have been working pretty good for me and I’m just a barely average shooter with not much experience.”

SHOT Show 17 – Badger Ordnance

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Badger Ordnance continues to innovate in mounting solutions.

Badger Ordnance has several new offerings coming for the first quarter of 2017. First off is their new line of bipod mounts and bipod kits. This line started 2 years ago when an employee with Badger Ordnance made a low profile mount for his Harris bipod to direct attach to his AR-10. Based off his experiences instructing Snipers he’d seen and experienced several Harris mounting plates break or come loose when shooting off barricades.

The new Badger Ordnance Low Profile Harris Mount is designed to replace the current mounting plate and thumbscrew for Harris Engineering swivel style bipods. Made to have a slimmer profile than traditional bipod mounting options while having a much more robust interface to allow barricade braced shooting without fear of breaking the attachment system. Easily retrofit any Harris BRM-S bipod in just a few short minutes. Made from 7075 T6 Aluminum and Type lll Hard Coat Anodized for a lifetime of flawless function. Available for Magpul M-LOK, Picatinny, and Remington RACS style handguards.

Badger Ordnance has also worked alongside Harris to design an exclusive bipod with the leg extension buttons placed on the inside to avoid accidental extension when bracing the bipods against barricades. The mounts can be bought separately as a retrofit for current Harris designs or bought as a package with the new bipod legs.

Also new from Badger is a line of accessories to work in conjunction with their S.L.I.C.K. and other spotting scope integration kits. The Badger K4 and K5 mounts are made to hold any 4000 or 5000 series Kestrel weather meter to the 3 or 9 o’clock position of a picatinny rail. The Kestrel simply snaps in and is held firmly until needed. Made from 2200 series Polyamide and colored Light coyote.

Lastly Badger has released the SPF-60 Spotter Protective Filter- 60 mm Designed to work with the Leupold 12-40X60 Spotting scope (M151) and the Badger Ordnance SLICK spotting scope mount (P/N 306-94). Provides rugged protection to the objective lens as well as allowing reduced light transmission and reducing glare via the variable aperture “Catseye” feature. Cover indexes out of the way for full light transmission or for NV/Thermal integrationPic. Made from 6061 Aluminum, Type lll Milspec Hard coat anodized.

SHOT Show 17 – Tektite Industries Mag-Pump

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

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Tektite’s Mag-Pump is a magazine loader for STANAG M4/AR-15 magazines, capable of loading both .223/5.56 and .300 BLK rounds. The hopper holds up to 60 rounds at a time, and the internal mechanism of the loader auto orients the rounds as they’re loaded so they go correctly into the magazine. Additionally, the Mag-Pump is quick to take down, and easily fits into a .50 cal ammo can for storage and transport.


Unfortunately, the clear polymer model seen above exists purely for demonstration purposes, and isn’t for sale.