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SIG SAUER Gives Us A Look At Their Modular Handgun System Candidate

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

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At AUSA, SIG SAUER‘s Kevin Brittingham walked us through their candidate for the Army’s Modular Handgun System program which may replace the M9 Pistol issued since the mid-80s and based on the Beretta 92F.

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Although based on the commercially available P320 modular pistol, SIG made a few changes to be in compliance with the Army’s requirement.

-Tan Color
-Ambi Thumb Safety
-Lower Profile Ambi Slide Release
-Loaded Chamber Indicator
-Trigger Boot
-Firing Pin Assembly

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Although SIG is very optimistic about their chances, they also look at programs like this as an opportunity to improve their firearms. Some of these changes may we find their way into the P320 and other SIG firearms.

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EOTech Is Discontinuing The Integrated Fore-End Lights (IFL) Product Line

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

EOTech has announced to all distributors that they are discontinuing the Integrated Fore-End Lights (IFL) product line, citing an inconsistent supply of materials from their vendors. The full release can be read below:

October 20, 2014

Dear EOTech Distributors:

This letter is to inform your company that EOTech is discontinuing the distribution of its line of Integrated Fore-End Lights (IFL). The discontinuation will include all models and sku’s, for both the Mossberg 500 and Remington 870 firearms. Effective immediately, all existing purchase orders in EOTech’s system will unfortunately be canceled. We are giving notice of these product changes in order for your company to adjust its product purchasing records and close any orders that are pending.

We request that you carefully review these changes and notify your buyers so no future orders are placed. Additionally, effective immediately, MAP restrictions will be lifted to assist you in the movement of current inventory.

Warranty and customer service inquiries regarding the product line will continue unchanged per the L-3 Warrior Systems/EOTech contact information provided in the product literature.

If you have questions and would like to discuss the changes noted above or if you need information about adding new products to your program, please contact your EOTech sales representative directly and they will provide additional information and options.

The decision to exit this business was due to the inconsistent supply of materials from our vendors. We appreciate your understanding and assistance in helping us, help you, minimize the impact of this product discontinuation on your company. We would also like to thank you for your continued support and success of the EOTech product line.

www.eotechinc.com

SilencerCo Launches Aftermarket Threaded Pistol Barrels

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Today, SilencerCo announced a line of pre-threaded aftermarket pistol barrels for most common Glock models, and the Sig P226. The full release can be read below:

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WEST VALLEY CITY, UTAH – October 20, 2014 | Silencer industry leader SilencerCo launched a line of threaded aftermarket pistol barrels today.

This step towards diversification is the first of several planned accessories expansions from the Utah-based company, who has garnered a loyal customer base by offering innovative products and best-in-the-business customer service. While rifle barrels can easily be threaded to accept a suppressor, most pistols require the purchase of a threaded aftermarket barrel to take advantage of the benefits a silencer can offer.

“The only thing better than a normal pistol barrel is a threaded pistol barrel,” stated SilencerCo CEO Joshua Waldron. “All pistol silencers require one. We noticed a market need for high quality pistol barrels and we stepped in to offer them.”

SilencerCo will begin sales with most common Glock models this year, adding select Sig Sauer, Springfield XD and Smith & Wesson M&P models in the first quarter of 2015. Barrels for Glock 17 and 21 can be purchased now on the company’s website and will ship in late October.

www.silencerco.com/threaded-barrels

Badger Ordnance – Gen 3 Ambidextrous Charging Handle

Friday, October 17th, 2014

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Badger Ordnance’s patented Gen 3 Ambi Charging Handle features several improvements over the original Ambi Charging Handle. Made of forged 7075 aluminum alloy and finished with a Mil Spec Type 3 hardcoat anodized finish, the Gen 3 Ambi features enlarged and repositioned stainless steel pivot pins for improved performance and durability. The latches and handle profile have also been radiused for a more tactile feel.

Currently available for .223/5.56 ARs. A .308/7.62 version will be available December 2014.

www.badgerordnance.com

Blue Force Gear – Limited Edition AK Sling

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

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Blue Force Gear’s AK Sling combines aspects of the Vickers Combat Applications Sling with retro-Soviet accents to create a high-quality weapon sling designed for use with the AK platform. Made using 1.25″ solution dyed webbing, an original Russian AK snap hook is sewn into the sling, followed by custom Acetal “plum” polymer hardware, and a premium leather pull tab for the quick adjustment system.

The label is placed on the sling using ink stamping, complete with an inspector’s proof stamp. Due to the limited supply of the materials, only 500 AK slings will be available for sale, so get yours while you can.

www.blueforcegear.com/limited-edition-ak-sling

AUSA – Barrett M240LW

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

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Although it’s not exactly new, the Barrett M240LW is a lightweight variant of the fantastic M240 medium machine gun. Sure, the Army has the M240L which cut some significant weight off of the American version of the FN MAG but it uses a Titanium receiver which translates into mucho dinero.

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Barrett took a different approach. They trimmed the fat out of the weapon. You’ve got to remember, the MAG 58 is over 60 years old. By analyzing the gun’s construction and applying modern design and manufacturing techniques, they were able to trim about five-and-a-half pounds from its weight down to 21.15 pounds The design is also interesting in that the receiver is manufactured in two pieces from solid billet and then welded together. This results in 2 receiver components rather than the 64 found on a standard M240. You’ll also notice a new, Barrett-designed telescoping Buttstock with adjustable length of pull and hydraulic buffer. While there is no top barrel shroud the lower handguard features KeyMod slots.

www.barrett.net

Scalarworks – Low Drag Mount for Aimpoint Micro sights

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

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Scalarworks has released their new Low Drag Mount for Aimpoint Micro Sights. Weighing in at only 1.33 oz, Scalarworks claims it’s the lightest quick-detach Aimpoint Micro mount in existence. It features a streamlined profile with no protruding levers or knobs, and a notched thumbscrew with ball detent. It is adaptable to out-of-spec rails without additional adjustments. Compatible with Aimpoint’s Micro T-2, T-1, and H-1 sights.

Available in either absolute or 1/3 co-witness height. Made in the USA.

scalarworks.com/shop/optic-bundles/aimpoint-micro-t-2-ldm-micro

AUSA – SIG SAUER Quick Attach Suppressors

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

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SIG SAUER showed us their quick attach/detach suppressors offered in (l-r) .338, .30 and 5.56mm. We haven’t fired them so we can’t speak to performance or how the attachment contributes to suppressor blowback. However, just looking at them, there is an interesting feature. The system consists of a tapered adapter that is attached to the barrel. The suppressor attaches directly to the taper and a lock twists into place. The taper gives a lot of contact surface between the adapter and the suppressor. There are no shims or crush washers here; at least to mount the adapter. If you are going to run a muzzle brake, it does require a crush washer for proper alignment and it screws into threads in the adapter. The brake and suppressor do not contact one another.

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In these CAD drawings provided by SIG you can see how this attachment works. The suppressor rests against the taper.

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You can also see in this exploded view how the brake screws into the adapter.

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Although we didn’t photograph it, SIG is working on a new suppressor coating that they feel they can keep the suppressor (within CSASS parameters) cool enough to touch (~140 deg F) without burns.

AUSA – FNH Introduces CSASS Contender And In Doing So Will Offer MK 20 Commercially

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

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At AUSA FNH USA is displaying their Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System (CSASS) entry. Based on the tried and true SOF Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR) system, FN’s CSASS rifle is essentially the same package they developed for the Mk 20 Sniper Support Rifle selected by USSOCOM. FN also told me that the rifle would be available for commercial sale about a year from now and will be manufactured in the South Carolina plant. If you’ve been wanting an SSR, your chance is coming.

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Mk 20 SSR specs:

RECEIVER
-Hard-anodized monolithic aluminum receiver
-MIL-STD 1913 accessory rails at the 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock positions
-Adjustable, removable folding front and rearback-up iron sights

BARREL
-Hammer-forged, chrome-lined steel
-Fully free-floating design
-The barrel can be removed and replaced by the operator to facilitate cleaning and maintenance with negligible impact on previously established zero
-Flash hider optimized for suppressed fire

STOCK
-Non-folding, adjustable cheekpiece
-Length of pull adjusts without tools
-Aluminum and polymer construction

OPERATING CONTROLS
-Ambidextrous selector lever and magazine release
-Charging handle may be mounted on right or left side
-Enlarged trigger guard
-Adjustable gas regulator for use with or without suppressor to maintain felt recoil

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The extended hand guard was designed to accommodate mounting of the AN/PVS-30.

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The stock is adjustable for comb and length of pull.

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www.fnhusa.com

Magpul Industries – New M-LOK Accessories Available

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Some exciting news today, as Magpul Industries announced the release of four new M-LOK Accessories. The M-LOK compatible MVG, Offset Light/Optic Mount, QD Sling Mount, and Bipod Mount all offer increased functionality to M-LOK outfitted weapons. The new M-LOK accessories are made in the USA.

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M-LOK MVG

The M-LOK MOE Vertical Grip is designed to attach directly to M-LOK compatible handguards and forends, without the use of an additional Picatinny rail. Made from the same high-quality polymer as other Magpul products, the M-LOK MVG features Magpul’s new TPS texture which provides positive control for the shooter. With its shorter length and rounded contours, the M-LOK MVG has been optimized for the use of the ‘thumb break method’ of shooting, although it also functions equally well as a traditional foregrip.

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Available in Black and Flat Dark Earth.

store.magpul.com/product/MAG597/M-LOK

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M-LOK Offset Light/Optic Mount

The M-LOK Offset Light/Optic Mount offers users an ambidextrous platform to mount lights and optics at the 11 and 1 o’clock positions on any M-LOK compatible forend or handguard. It is machined from aluminum and milspec anodized, and has beveled ends and corners to reduce snagging and sharp edges. The M-LOK Offset Light/Optic Mount is compatible with any MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny compatible lights or optics. When used with the Magpul Light Mount V-Block and Rings, lights with a diameter of .75 to 1.03 inches can be used on the mount.

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Available in Black.

store.magpul.com/product/MAG604/M-LOK

QD mount
M-LOK QD Sling Mount

The M-LOK QD Sling Mount provides a forward attachment point for push-button QD slings, such as the Magpul MS4 sling. Machined from aluminum and milspec anodized, and has beveled ends to reduce snagging, and features an anti-rotation design to prevent swivels from spinning.

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Available in Black.

store.magpul.com/product/MAG606/M-LOK

Bipod Mount
M-LOK Bipod Mount

The M-LOK Bipod Mount accepts bipods with Harris-style stud mounts, allowing their attachment to M-LOK compatible forends and handguards. Machined from aluminum and milspec anodized, the Bipod Mount is low-profile, and thanks to the direct-connect properties of the M-LOK system, the bipod will sit closer to the mounting surface when compared to other adapters. Additionally, the M-LOK Bipod Mount is also compatible with other accessories that attach to traditional sling studs.

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Available in Black.

store.magpul.com/product/MAG609/M-LOK

As a reminder, M-LOK, which stands for Modular Lock System, is a free licensed platform system developed by Magpul that serves as an evolution of the MOE slot system used since 2007. It functions as a method for hard mounting accessories to a negative space mounting point.

M-LOK Overview from Magpul on Vimeo.

For more information on M-LOK, visit magpul.com/mlok.